"The Forever Saga: Flash" - The Science Fiction Novel by Sean C. Sousa

Available today in e-book and paperback formats: http://www.amazon.com/The-Forever-Saga-Flash-ebook/dp/B0099B2UBS

"An ancient enemy rises,
A lost hero finds his way,
And his son brings hope,
To a world on the verge of rebirth."

Introducing The Forever Saga: Flash - the first novel of a gripping sci-fi series intended for mainstream audiences.

Sean C. Sousa's debut novel introduces our world to the futuristic realm of Regnum Aeturnum, where the robotic Vaucan race serves Grigori Geist - an ancient monarch with designs on ruling over the world once again. For reasons only Geist knows, an aging war veteran is the one man who can stop him.

Flash follows that hero, Brian Renney, along with his grown son, Jason, as they come to grips with the technology and ambition of Geist and his armies. Reluctant to be drawn into another war, Brian struggles with his past to reach redemption, as Jason comes to understand both his father and the cause he fights for. And they do not stand alone: an unlikely ally, exiled from Regnum Aeturnum, will become the world's greatest defender.

The Forever Saga: Flash is available in e-book ($0.99) and paperback ($12.99) at http://www.amazon.com/The-Forever-Saga-Flash-ebook/dp/B0099B2UBS.

Lab Notes: a novel by Gerrie Nelson

KDP Select Free Promotion Dates: February 8th, 9th & 10th and March 10th & 11th, 2013. Find Lab Notes: a novel at  www.amazon.com/Lab-Notes-a-novel-ebook/dp/B0088SA420/ref
 
"…a spellbinding mystery…intricate adventure…Murder, deception and passion moved the story at a fast pace…kept me guessing until the end."
 
Where secrets collide…
     Shortly after university researchers Diane and Vincent Rose join a prosperous Houston biotech company, Vincent begins seeing hints of darkness in their new workplace and records his suspicions as if they are scientific data.
     When Vincent vanishes during a yacht race off the coast of Texas, Diane Rose makes the stark discovery that another BRI scientist disappeared just months before. Is there a connection? Devastated but determined to uncover the truth, she trades her microscope for binoculars and master keys—unaware she's being watched.
      Drawing on her research skills, she covertly investigates BRI's enigmatic staffers: an animal rights extremist with destructive tendencies, a disgraced scientist with ulterior motives, a shadow employee with dangerous secrets to protect and a sadist who gets his thrills through animal torture.
     But the hunter becomes the hunted. On the run, Diane follows an international trail of secret societies, ill-fated lovers, greed and murder; all the while fighting an attraction to one of the world's most powerful
men—a man who wants to bed her or kill her—or both.

Perdita - a science fiction novel by Arwen Spicer



http://www.amazon.com/Perdita-ebook/dp/B00AW5CY16/

Free promotion: February 10-12, 2013

Amazon description: 
For centuries, the planet Perdita has warred over the proper use of high technology. Now the West-of-Now family has crash landed on the planet, bringing with them the secrets of jae, a tech as perilous as it is powerful. For pro-tech Ethan and anti-tech Sherayna, the stakes of the battle have never been higher, for their actions may decide whether Perdita will enter into a new golden age or face cataclysmic destruction.

Additional:
I started the very first draft of Perdita as a teenager in the golden idyll of the early 1990s.  This was an age of great Les Misérables obsession, especially at my theatrically inclined high school, and I was no exception.  Thus, I can truthfully say that Perdita is in a very small way inspired by Les Misérables.  

My challenge to you, O Les Mis fans, is to read Perdita and tell me what aspect of the story is inspired by Les Mis; in other words, where do you spot a "Les Mis flavor"?  Because I like you, I'll even give you some hints:

Hint 1: It's more a character thing than a sweeping political thing.
Hint 2: I was a teenage girl.
Hint 3: Track me down on An Archive of Our Own (Ao3) and you'll find another hint.

What a lot of hints!

To reply to this challenge, just comment on this entry on my blog at Goodreads.com.  (URL: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3643222-the-perdita-les-mis-challenge)

The first person to guess correctly will receive a free PDF of my second novel, The Hour before Morning.

To those who I have frightened away by the teenage Les Mis fan thing, be reassured: while I started this novel at fifteen, I finished the first edition at twenty-five and the second edition a good twelve years after that.  So fear not: it's been tempered (mostly).

Radical Survivor: One Woman's Path Through Life, Love, and Uncharted Tragedy - Memoir - Nancy Saltzman

http://www.amazon.com/Radical-Survivor-Through-Uncharted-ebook/dp/B00A9NLUPC

Free February 2 and 3 on Amazon

Radical Survivor chronicles elementary school principal Nancy Saltzman's extraordinary saga as a two-time cancer survivor who lost her entire family in a small-plane crash. Told with honesty, insight, and laugh-out-loud flashes of humor, Radical Survivor traverses the full spectrum of human emotions. 

• The story is uncommonly open and honest about what one must go through in a catastrophic accident resulting in multiple deaths. Yet it also shares the strength that can be mustered when necessary, and showcases one woman's remarkable resilience in the face of ultimate loss.

• The book is enriched by letters to the author interwoven with narrative throughout the book. Most of the notes were received after the death of her family, but some are mementos from her husband and entries from her sons' journals before they died. These sentiments give the book added depth and poignancy. 

• Unlike many books about surviving personal tragedy, this is not a story of religious wakening or reliance on faith. The author finds her way within and by herself, with the support and love of friends and family. Religion is not ignored, but is also not the foundation of her strength.

• Despite the sadness of the book's key circumstances, there is also a surprising amount of humor, joy and hope. As one reviewer noted, "Saltzman mixes the mundane with the morbid, and the painful with plenty of humor."

"Reunion: A Search for Ancestors," a memoir by Ryan Littrell

"Reunion: A Search for Ancestors" will be free at Amazon on February 6th and 7th: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WZGOU4.

"Reunion" recounts a fascinating journey--a search for origins. An anonymous letter reveals the first clues about Ryan Litrell's family story, and soon those clues lead to country graveyards, long-lost cousins, and a shocking DNA discovery. And as one hint follows the next, he uncovers his place in a tragic struggle--a tale of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength.

A real-life account, "Reunion" shows how our ancestors are still a part of us, and how our story began long before we were even born.

Bleed to Love Her - a supernatural novel by David Andrew McGlone

http://www.amazon.com/Bleed-Love-Her-David-McGlone-ebook/dp/B00JO9C6RI
Patrick, a former journalist and biographer, stays at the grand old Manor House. The former residence of Arthur LaSalle, he wishes to write his story, using the family history and reference books kept there. Following the collapse of his marriage and subsequent mental breakdown, this is a chance to re-establish himself.
At night, as he sleeps, he is visited by a woman, dressed in black lace with a veil, she comes each night; touching, looking, entrancing him. As days go by she inhabits his dreams, taking his heart and stealing his mind; she asks for only one thing - 'The Truth.' But what is the truth in this history?
It was 1841 when the wealthy landowner and philanthropist Arthur LaSalle announced his engagement to the society beauty Catherine Tremayne. Although LaSalle was 46 and Catherine only 19, the match was seen as a good one in those years. A short engagement was followed by a handsome, if modest, marriage. It was not to be a happy one. Arthur was concerned with his business and had no time for society or frivolity, as he saw it. Trapped in the exquisite prison that was Manor House, Catherine tried to adapt, to please in some way. Then, at the end of 1842, there it was. The endurance that was the bedchamber produced a child, a son, Sebastian. This pleased Arthur.
It isn't clear if this event brought husband and wife closer, or even a modicum of long-term happiness. They were seldom seen and nothing is recorded. What we do know resumes in 1846 December 12th; on this day Sebastian LaSalle died of typhoid fever. Mourned and buried on December 15th, Catherine and Arthur would be placed in the ground by his side on January 8th. Violence and blood are known to be true; whose madness wielded the blade a matter of conjecture.
The popular account, stated that Catherine was riven by grief and gripped by madness; Arthur, the gentleman, defending himself too late to survive, but too strongly for Catherine. Others spoke of his violent rages, as the gossips raked his name through the mud; not with any certainty, but enough to taint the memory. For society, the whole affair was ugly enough, without any need for blame.   
A haunted dream and a waking nightmare, Patrick Nichols find love, hate and obsession in a dark history that will become his future.

Charden Wood's Sex With a Stranger Collection - Volume 1– a collection of erotic stories by Charden Wood

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B6UBEDK

Charden Wood's Sex With A Stranger Collection - Volume 1 will wet your sexual appetite with four steamy tales of eroticism.  Read about Laura, and the property owner who shows Laura more than an apartment; Donald, a diner customer who gets a lot more from the waitress than a tuna melt and Anna, a woman who surrenders herself to a strange man at night on a darkened road.  After reading the "Drunk Off of Bacardi" story that's included, you may want to check out the rest of the books in the Charden Wood Bacardi Series.

READERS BEWARE:  You won't find any flowery or romantic love scenes here.  This erotica is raw and explicit, written for both the men AND women erotic eBook fans who enjoy it that way.

The Bacardi Series (Collection) - Book One – an erotic first time lesbian tale by Charden Wood

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B6Q3NZQ

Charden Wood's new Bacardi Series contains all four of the eBooks currently available in this series.  They all center around the hot and steamy bisexual predator and blackmailer, Bacardi Sullivan.  Gino, her domineering male lover and partner in crime is out of town.  Bacardi aims to have a little girl on girl fun while he's gone.  

She lies about herself when she meets Anna on an alternative dating chat line.  Bacardi deceives Anna into believing that she is a lesbian virgin just like her.  In "First Taste of Bacardi", the two are caught up in an afternoon of erotic bliss as they enjoy each other's bodies.  But the second book, "Bacardi With A Chaser", turns up the heat!  Anna discovers that she has more to worry about than the lie Bacardi told about her sexuality.  Not only does their girl-on-girl action turn into a three-way ménage when China enters the picture, but someone has been secretly taping the whole thing! 

In book three of the series, in spite of being "Drunk Off of Bacardi", Anna all but flees from the house after discovering the video equipment and two-way mirror.  An unscheduled stop on the way home results in yet another sexual encounter with a strange man on the road.  Before "Hung Over From Bacardi" comes to an end, Anna must confront the reality that her lusty, sex-filled afternoon and evening may result in some potentially negative consequences.

Each book provides the same raw and gritty sexual imagery that will heighten your arousal from beginning until end.  READERS BEWARE:  You won't find any flowery or romantic love scenes here.  This erotica series will appeal to both men and women erotic eBook fans.

STRIP--a crime novel by John Bruni

http://www.amazon.com/Strip-ebook/dp/B00AK1J2LW/
 
A lot of people go through life unsatisfied.  They become desperate.  They feel the urge to fight against these ill feelings that try to bring them down so quickly.  STRIP is populated with such characters.  Will Timmon is about to be homeless.  Bud Langer's mom is dying.  Tweaker Phillips is running out of money and running low on street cred.  Dan Kean needs to pad his wallet with enough dough to get him through to his next criminal enterprise.  These are the people who are willing to do anything to get out of their predicament, but they are also fighting against those who would keep them down, those who are also desperate and unsatisfied.  Enzo Moretti doesn't want to run a strip club the rest of his life; he wants to manage fine dining restaurants.  Lt. Garver wants to make the world a better place, even if it means making life miserable for certain people.  And Ana Santamaria merely wants to punish the wicked, so they can't destroy her dreams for a perfect life.
 
How do all of these people come together?  It all happens at a strip club out in an unincorporated area.  Their story is written in blood, booze, and cash, and their desperate desire to be free from the tyranny of their wretched down-on-their-luck lives.

The Legend of Devil's Creek - a mystery novel by Anonymous A

http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Devils-Creek-ebook/dp/B00AMRGIXY

KDP Select FREE download promotion on Friday February 15th and Saturday February 16th on Amazon.com

Free on Amazon again on March 10, 2013, and again this book will be free on kindle on March 30, 2013

Do you fear death?

The Legend of Devil's Creek is a murder mystery that explores the questions of whether much of the evil in the world ultimately flows from our anxiety over mortality, and whether upbringing and early childhood experiences impact our ability to cope with this anxiety.  In grappling with personal demons, the characters exemplify the process of psychological recovery from traumatic experiences.    
The author is a former federal agent who tapped his law enforcement experience in crafting this story.  He hopes readers will enjoy this insider's look into the world of investigative police work.   
The plot revolves around a series of grisly murders on a remote island of modern-day Puget Sound.  The killings appear to be connected to a century-old local ghost story born in the island's dark and violent past.  A redemption-seeking police captain leads the frantic murder investigation.  The horror of it brings back tragic wartime memories, engendering the return of fugue episodes and debilitating recurring nightmares.  More convinced with each day that it is humanity's fate to destroy itself, he races against both the murderer and the specter of his own mental breakdown at the hands of an unshakable despair.  At the same time, a student at the island's small college faces growing evidence that one of his new friends and fellow students may be the murderer.  In struggling with his suspicions, he confronts dark truths about the childhoods of each of his friends, and contemplates how these things may have caused the psychological damage behind the self-destructive behaviors they exhibit as adults.

Helga: Out of Hedgelands - Middle Grade Fantasy Novel by Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson
Helga: Out of Hedgelands
FREE DAY: 02/12/2013


"Moving with horrific speed, the kayaks approached Helbara and Helga's hiding-place. Suddenly they slowed, pausing about fifty yards away. Using only hand signals to communicate, the Wrackshee slavers silently peered here and there for any sign of their prey. Each time a slaver's gaze seemed to fix on their hiding-place, Helbara's heart raced wildly. 

Slowly, the Wrackshees again moved forward. They were now close enough that their stench nearly made Helbara gag, but, to her relief, their slow advance and darting looks indicated that she and Helga were not yet discovered. In the shadowy moonlight the deeply sunken eyes of the Wrackshees stood out like deep bowls against their pasty, pale faces. Even across the distance that still protected them, the moon set the dark sockets in sharp relief against the evil milk-furred faces. Living skulls. Helbarba shuddered. She could now make out the individual razor-sharp tips—glinting like pale vicious teeth—of the dozens of small throwing lances the Weasels carried on bandoliers slung over their shoulders."

     So begins a chain of events by which Helga is torn from her family, not once, but twice, and sent on an amazing search for those she has lost. Helga's quest leads her on a mind-twisting adventure of astonishing discoveries. 'Common sense' is often revealed to be nonsense and the meaning of family itself transforms. In paradox, contradiction, and enigma, she is able to escape from her own terrors and brings liberation to entire societies. In a climactic race against time, Helga bends 'reality' to thwart a death sentence, turning the tables on the insidious WooZan, and winning a breathtaking reunion with a family larger than she dreamed.

Escaping from the Wrackshee slavers, but losing her mother to them, Helga is rescued and raised by good-hearted beasts in the Rounds of Deep Springs. Questions about her lost family, however, urge Helga to leave the Rounds at age twelve. Most of the book is an account of the epic adventures and magical mysteries Helga encounters after she leaves the Rounds. In her quest to find her lost family, she endures a brutal exile by the half-mad ruler of the Hedgelands, where she came to reside after leaving the Rounds; survives a deadly attack by bandits; and escapes several more close calls; as she ultimately unlocks the secret of the hidden worlds beyond the Bone Forest.

As Helga's own dire circumstances move toward a climax, they inexorably reveal the deeply entwined strands of Helga's life and those of her lost family. Forced by a cascade of circumstances to confront deep prejudices and hatreds such as led to her own exile, Helga enters a surreal underground realm where her own survival, and reunion with her family, depends on breaking the ferocious power of mere illusion. 

Breaking this power is so terrifying to the very creatures it imprisons, that Helga discovers the true weakness of that power. This paradox is but one that unlocks the worlds of perception where flight from undeniable truths may be the only pathway to truth. Enigma? Yes, and that is the delicious point. Find out what your mind cannot do. Find out why.

On The Edge Volume 1 - Crime, erotica - Andy R

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B5KFO5A

A fact based fictional account of the life of a bodyguard and his transformation from underground prize fighters to personal bodyguard leading to him becoming a trained assassin after the disappearance of his girlfriend.

In a time line of about 3 short years Andy Mathews goes from being an agency employee working on building sites to highly trained assassin seeking revenge and answers as to how and why his girlfriend disappeared.

This is volume 1 of a 3 part series following his life as he temporarily settles in the USA financed by his employer in order to find out what happened. Along the way he meets two women who move in with him. A tale of revenge, graphic violence, drug use and graphic sexual content culminating in him sharing his life and his bed with both women.

There are lots of twists, turns and loose ends towards the end of the book leaving plenty of openings for the series to continue depending on the success of the first book.

Endpoint by Rejean Giguere

Endpoint (Action/Adventure) by Rejean Giguere.

It seemed like a simple mugging on the streets of New York. The second time it happened it became obvious that it was a kidnapping attempt. Suddenly, Gary and Chantal are thrown into the strange world of a former KGB agent determined to find the source of a message encoded inside a migraine headache.

Rescue comes from unexpected places and old friends come out of the woodwork to help Gary solve the puzzle and keep Chantal safe.

Brand new, released January 15, 2013

First Taste of Bacardi - an erotic first time lesbian tale by Charden Wood

Bacardi Sullivan is more than just the lusty 30 year-old bisexual woman who Anna meets on a telephone dating line.  From the very First Taste of Bacardi (first book in the series), to Hung Over From Bacardi (last book currently available), the real Bacardi Sullivan becomes unveiled.  This intriguing tale of sexual seduction, intimidation and blackmail begins with Anna's longing to taste a woman's juices; a desire that ultimately ends in a three-way sexual ambush, secret video taping, stalking and a lot of other related sexcapades.

You can count on author Charden Wood's Bacardi series for lots of raw and gritty sexual imagery.  This is definitely not an erotica series with flowery and romantic love scenes.  Enjoy the same fast pace, and witty and colorful language that is typical of Wood's writing style.  First Taste of Bacardi will arouse and wet your sexual appetite from beginning to end. 

Charden Wood' is offering this first book in the Bacardi Series FREE and welcomes feedback and reviews from those who would like to show their appreciation.  You can also get all four of the first four books currently available in the series at a bundled discounted price (only $3.99). 

Visit:  http://chardenwood.webs.com to view the video and learn more about Charden Wood erotica eBooks.

Keeper (Keeper Trilogy, #1), Love, Romance, Suspense - Robyn Roze

http://www.amzn.com/B00AYYPDF4

Keeper, the first book in the Keeper Trilogy, is the story of a young woman's struggle to acknowledge not only the tragedy in her past, but also the hope in her future.

Olivia Marshall has lived isolated and under the strict control of her guardian, Nick Moretti, for a decade since the accident that defined her life.  Having survived a terrible tragedy ten years earlier and then a heartbreaking betrayal a few years afterwards, Olivia has dealt with the loss and deceit in a way that allows her to maintain her sanity.  Yet, she begins to feel her shaky hold on reality slipping as Nick continues to pull her down into the darkness with him.

However, Olivia is stronger than even she realizes and has come to understand that she hasn't been living at all.  She recognizes the need to break free from the man that has controlled her all these years before it's too late to find her way out.  After distancing herself from Nick, Olivia's subsequent interactions with the real world, beginning with Jake McCloud in Book 1, enables her to discover that her strength has always been there, and now there is no going back - much to the deep disappointment and anger of her tormented, vengeful guardian.

When Olivia Marshall's latent independence and courage begin to awaken in Keeper, she unwittingly sets off a chain of events that unfold throughout the three books and will ultimately force her to accept the past, savor the present and dream of the future.

Disconnect by Imran Siddiq

http://www.amazon.com/Disconnect-Divided-Worlds-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00B4ZE87G

In space, love has boundaries.

Dirtying fingernails in sewers is fast approaching worthlessness for Zachary, a 16-year old Underworld scavenger. When footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, is discovered, his intrigue heightens at why she expresses sadness with a lavish lifestyle.

In meeting Rosa, Zachary is scorned by her opinion of the deprived. She pities him and provides a means for them to communicate. With time, friendship and something he's never felt grows; love for another human. Knowing Rosa calls him when it suits her isn't enough; he wants to meet her, but how? Relationships in Underworld are few, let alone the impossibility with those above the ceiling.

Underworld will suffer when plans to conquer Jupiter's moon, Europa move ahead. Worse is Rosa's father, a disgraced Overworld ambassador, approving the plan.

Zachary must defeat the prejudice of the worlds, sneak within opposing forces, lose friends and challenge Rosa's sadness. In doing so, a twisted secret is uncovered that may devour the reason he lives; Rosa.

Somewhere Between Black and White - women's fiction novel by Shelly Hickman

http://www.amazon.com/Somewhere-Between-Black-White-ebook/dp/B00ATL0I8O

Romance, humor, family drama, with a touch of Buddhism. Sound interesting?

When approaching life's problems, Sophie sees in black and white. That is, when they're someone else's problems. So when it comes to her sister, Sophie is sure she has all the answers, and offers them without hesitation. If only her sister would listen.

Then, through a series of chance encounters, she meets Sam, who is witty, kind, and downright unflappable. Sophie has the overwhelming sense that she's known him before, and as a relationship builds between them, odd visions invade her mind. Though she tries to dismiss them, their persistence will not allow it.

As someone who is quick to judge others, she is intrigued by Sam's ability to accept people as they are. She begins to see him as a role model, but try as she may, his accepting nature is difficult to emulate. 

Will Sophie ever be able to put her hasty judgments aside and realize not every problem has a simple solution?

Moons' Dreaming - a fantasy novel by Susan Sizemore and Marguerite Krause

Epic fantasy novel MOONS' DREAMING is free on Amazon January 25-29, 2013.

http://www.amazon.com/Moons-Dreaming-Children-Rock-ebook/dp/B00AXO708S

For generations of generations, the Children of the Rock have led orderly lives, guided by the tales and traditions passed down year after year, everyone knowing his or her place in society. But a recent plague has decimated the population, leaving the survivors struggling to adapt to a far more precarious world. Every day brings more bad news: deadly border skirmishes between troops of royal guards and raids by outlaws on undefended towns. But still greater danger threatens from the realms of magic, and the power-wielding Dreamers who defend the Children of the Rock from these other-worldly monsters have been reduced to a mere handful of men and women scattered across the kingdoms, struggling to maintain their fragile lines of defense.

Vray of Rhenlan didn't set out to antagonize her brother Damon, chief counselor and heir to their father, King Hion, ruling Shaper of Rhenlan. But when a territorial dispute drives King Hion to order the execution of the princess from a neighboring kingdom, Vray challenges her father over the injustice of his decision. Damon, not wanting to be inconvenienced by her obsession with the traditional Shaper values of responsibility and fairness, has her banished from the capital and imprisoned by one of his allies.

Dael, captain of the king's guard, is torn by indecision. His duty is to obey his sovereign…yet he also has a duty to uphold the laws of the land and protect its people. What is he supposed to do if one set of duties comes into direct conflict with the other? Meanwhile, a carter named Jordy has begun to ask some dangerous question of his own. What's the use of having rulers who don't fulfill their responsibilities to their people? And what if "magic" is no more than superstition, and the Dreamers outdated relics whose time has passed?

Marguerite Krause and Susan Sizemore have been friends since their days of writing and editing for a Star Trek fanzine. When they decided to try their hands at collaborative writing, it seemed only natural to create a fantasy universe together. They set out to write a story about belief and disbelief, duty and selfishness, the nature of parenthood, and the many different aspects of love. The results are Moons' Dreaming and Moons' Dancing.

Susan is the New York Times bestselling author of dozens of romance, paranormal, and fantasy novels in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats. She has won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award. Marguerite is a freelance editor and writer, and for recreation plays the Highland snare in a bagpipe band.

Terminus X, Part 1 - Science Fiction by Shane Ward

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B2AZ02A

Free on (Feb. 16, 17) - (March:21, 22) and April 10!

Terminus X is a story that is based on an unprecedented disaster when the
sun ejects a massive cloud of charged plasma particles and lethal radiation.
When the solar wind reaches Earth, it destroys electronics and heats the
Earth's core to a point the planet is shattered into fragments around its
molten core and moon    One hundred years later society slowly reorganizes
itself, forcing a government system onto the survivors: Xigen and HumaniX.
Any leftover survivors are then placed into a five-tiered cast system
consisting of: Priests, Communicators, Warriors, Outcasts, and Dregs.

HumaniX government is advanced in technology and its citizens live in huge
sky cities that travel through the gravity wakes between the moon and
Earth's molten core. The Xigen are a lesser-advanced government, which lives
on the floating landmasses, struggling to survive. The two governments have
been constantly at war over water, food and land.

Struggling in a hostile environment, Travis Medwin and Nelson Porter conduct
illegal deals and eventually join a dangerous race that could mark the
outcome of their lives. But after being dragged into a conflict between two
warring factions, their goal suddenly changes to that of survival as they
fight to discover the truth that's plaguing the struggling remains of
humanity.

Small Town Dead; a noir mystery novel-by Caleb Yeaton

http://www.amazon.com/Small-Town-Elliot-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00B54TRV8

A story of sex, lies, and murder in small town Illinois.

Elliot Sharp has no fondness for his hometown Rochelle, Illinois. On a visit to his sanctimonious brother, Elliot has a chance meeting with Callie Marcum; a wealthy country princess whose brother is suspected of abducting-and possibly killing-five young women. Lucky thing they met, Elliot says, because he's a private investigator. And, for the right price, he will prove her brother's innocence.

Of course, he won't.

Because Elliot Sharp is a small time con-man taking advantage of a troubled young woman. The plan is simple; he pretends he's a PI, pretends to work Callie's case, comes up empty, and collects a paycheck.

There's just one problem. The people who REALLY committed the crime think Elliot is the real thing. And they want to set him up for the job. Or worse. Now, together with his faithful yet put-upon partner Jess Maroni, Elliot, who has never worked an honest day in his life, has to live his own lie and solve the case. Or die trying, anyway.

Small Town Dead is a fast-paced, twisting noir mystery with a sardonic edge.

The Dragon and the Faerie - YA fantasy by Roland Capalbo

http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Faerie-Vasara-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00785HRTC

Sixteen-year-old Andy has an inhuman appetite for adventure. He ignores the dangers and potential victims of his recklessness, until his sister is lost through a portal to another world. Who knew a ruined, condemned castle perched on an island in the Hudson River was dangerous? Seemed more like an adventurer's dream instead of a nightmare.

Andy follows his sister through the portal, landing himself into his own special kind of trouble. Unknowing, Andy was lured through the gateway by the demon sorcerer Devon, who plans to use Andy as portal doorstop, allowing himself to crossover and dominate our world.
With the help of the wise wizard Loki, Andy escapes, but learns his only way home can only happen with the death of Devon. Oh, and to make matters more fun then they already are (insert sarcastic tone), Andy is no longer human...

A world full of magic, wizards, gods and a goddess. Faeries with incredible abilities fight alongside humans and dragons. Hero's are born and quests undertaken. All this and more await you in the land of Vasara.

Murder in Death's Door County - a mystery novel by Elizabeth Rose

Amazon link: http://amzn.com/B00APPXD90

Free Promotional Dates: January 25 to January 29, 2013

Several years ago, I had a very odd ghostwriting project... the subject of the book was almost certainly nuts... and then the project was cancelled - out of the blue! Soooo... since I'm the kind of person who makes lemonade out of lemons, I added humor, drama, a beautiful setting, and fictionalized the heck out of the story.

Annie Malone is in a rut. She needs a change, and fast. When her moonlighting job gives her a chance to make some big changes to her life, she leaps at it. But suddenly, weird things start to happen... and how does the dark mysterious Donovan Archer figure into this new chapter of her life?

I Am That I Am a science fiction novel by Heather Pioro

http://www.amazon.com/Am-That-ebook/dp/B00AUHAE3G

I Am That I Am
will be a KDP free promotion from 02/01/2013 - 02/05/2013

Who is God? Who am I? Why am I here? What is the meaning of it all?

Fortunately, most of us are too busy living to be confronted by the truth of a possible answer. However, one simple story, I Am That I Am, proposes to provide an answer for everyone- and to do it without the prescribed morality of a specific religion.

Margaret works in the necrology department of the United States Census Bureau. That is to say, she keeps track of the number of citizens dying every day. Surrounded by death and devoid of friends or family, Margaret doubts the purpose of identity and life itself. She is content with an empty existence until the day she is confronted by stranger who informs her of a startling fact- she is God. Margaret is quickly intoxicated by the power this man bestows upon her. She descends on a path of violence and murder, eliminating whomever she chooses. However, Margaret discovers that ultimate decadence is as unfulfilling as the vapid life she has left behind. She must learn to find a balance with nature- her own nature, human nature, and the nature of life itself.

Just as people can take on many identities at any given time, I Am That I Am exists across genres. It is at once a thriller, a science fiction inspired dream, and a philosophical treatise. But, it is always engrossing, fast-paced, and filled with unique and vibrant imagery. Readers move quickly through a one-of-a-kind adventure and exit with a greater understanding of their place in life, space, and time.

For the Love of God by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

An incidental and shocking discovery of a cave with tiny unmarked graves shatters the peace of Exton, a small town in upstate N.Y.

More horrifying is the forensic analysis that reveals that these young children died needlessly as the result of neglect and abuse at the hands of a religious fundamentalist cult that disavows medical care.

The sheriff, an investigative reporter, the local coroner and two forensic experts from Albany develop the case. When the county DA, a fundamentalist himself, resists vigorous prosecution, the Governor of New York intervenes and appoints Rosemary and Calvin Brandt to represent the State and speak for the dead children. These controversial attorneys and former fundamentalists have devoted their lives to the protection of children.

Some fundamentalists and their political action groups come to the defense of the cult and the parents of the dead children setting the stage for the final courtroom clash between freedom of religion and the State's responsibility to protect innocent children.

 

If you believe that prayer for the sick to the exclusion of medical care is a thing of the past, think again. Each year children in the United States suffer horribly and die from injuries or medical conditions readily treated by physicians and hospitals. Do a literature search on faith healing or go to the website of "Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc." (www.childrenshealthcare.org) and you'll see a litany of horrors as a small segment of mostly fundamentalists allow their minor children to die from diabetes, pneumonia, asthma, and many other conditions all readily responsive to standard medical care.


Kindle Books: Money Making Machine – Business Book by Anbu Rayappan

http://amzn.to/XymAdY

I make around $2739.57 every month from Kindle Books, I have published so far. This amount slightly goes up or down. Is it possible to make $2739.57 every month by publishing books on Kindle?

   I am not a writer by profession. I am a software Engineer doing a full-time job in a Fortune 500 company.

   I have not written any book in my life. My friend, Paul, can't write either. He is making around 3000$ every month.

   Obviously, I was interested to know how he was pulling this off.  So one fine Saturday morning, when we were having coffee in the local Starbucks, I asked him how he is making money with Kindle books in spite of not writing anything.

   He was bit cocky with the money he was making and made a big fuss about revealing the "secret".

   As I was persistent, he relented and said, "There is only one word for this secret. Outsource!!"

   Then he went on to tell how he hired someone online to write a book for him and how he published bunch of books.

    I got really excited as I found a somewhat easy way to make money. I did some home work and analysis as usual. And in the year 2012, I published 21 books. Not single one of them was written by me.

    I have outsourced everything to the online writers who did the excellent job of writing the book for me.

    This doesn't mean that I don't have to do anything. I have my own set of things that I need to take care of to make sure it brings me money.

    Those things are much easier compared to writing the book. Things like analyzing the market for the book, coming up with the catchy title and impressive/clickable cover design, choosing the right keywords and making sure to enroll in KDP etc.

     I have explained all these steps in my book in a step-by-step blueprint. If you follow this blueprint, you would have the same kind of success I have. It's guaranteed!!

    Main reason for my success is due to my "Not-Giving-Up" tendency. I give 127% before deciding that this won't fit with my personality and give up.

    Perseverance pays off.

    There are some basic things that you need to know such as how to hire a good contractor to outsource your book, how to publish it and market it through Amazon etc. It could be pretty daunting to anyone new to the Kindle Books publishing.

    That's why I took the hand-holding approach in my book, explaining each and every step clearly. There won't be any confusion on your part. After reading the book, I guarantee you that you will be pumped up to write your first book.

    You don't know what to write about? No worries!! I have been there. I have given 3 SIMPLE but POWERFUL ways, to get so many ideas that your head will start aching.

    There are millions of books in Kindle. Most of them are gathering dust and are hardly selling 1 book in year. I don't want you to be one of them.  That's why I have dedicated 1 full chapter explaining how to analyze the market even before writing the book.

    Amazon had made it publishing amazingly easy. Wow…Look at me…Amazon..Amazingly…huh?...Who knew? I could write.

    Anyway, if your book is ready, you can publish it in 24 hours. It is that simple and you get to keep up to 70% of royalty.  Cool, Right?

    That's exactly what I thought. It didn't belie my hope. It is doing excellently well.

    The best part is, Amazon does the marketing for you from their eco-system, if you choose KDP Select promotion. I have explained about this Marketing Program in the book and steps to take to select this promotion.

    Now the question is, what are you waiting for? Buy the book and get the details and publish your first book.

Caution: Don't stop at 1 book.  You need to publish a bunch of books to have a sustainable result and enough money to quit your terrible day job and fire your horrible boss. I am almost there. What about you?

All the Best,

Anbu Rayappna

HERE WE ARE & THERE WE GO: Teaching and Traveling With Kids in Tow-A Travel Memoir by Jill Dobbe

http://www.amazon.com/Here-Are-There-Traveling-ebook/dp/B008PV3N9G
 
Here We Are & There We Go: Teaching and Traveling With Kids in Tow is a travel memoir about our family's experiences while living and working overseas for ten years in four different countries (Ghana, Singapore, Guam, Mexico) and the crazy, hilarious, and sometimes scary adventures we found ourselves in.  Then after those ten years overseas we return to the U.S. and experience reverse culture shock while trying to reacclimate ourselves.
 
Almost being trampled by elephants, bathing in a polluted river, and swimming with whales, are only some of the adventures that our family experienced.  We also ran out of money a couple of times, survived a hurricane, and just missed being mauled by a pride of lions.  Through all of it though, we grew closer as a family as we literally traveled around the world experiencing some of the most amazing things together. 
 
This travel memoir will appeal to everyone as it is not just about traveling, or kids.  It is about a family experiencing new cultures, new foods, new languages, and new ways of life, while trying to make a living, getting used to new schools and making new friends, not to mention learning how to drive in each different country.  Here We Are & There We Go is a travel memoir that will appeal to even those armchair travelers who are happy to stay put, as well as educators or others who contemplate traveling, living, or working overseas, with or without kids.

Dangerous Waters - a romantic mystery by Anne Allen

http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Waters-Mystery-Guernsey-ebook/dp/B007P1EIAU

Dangerous Waters is a romantic mystery set in Guernsey, Britain and follows the loves and losses of Jeanne Le Page. She's a thirty-something who left the island 15 years before after a family tragedy and now is forced to return after her grandmother's death. The old lady has left Jeanne her cottage but she doesn't want to live there, planning to sell it and leave.  Heartbroken after the recent end of a relationship she is feeling completely lost.  But then Jeanne starts to unearth secrets going back to the German Occupation in the Second World War as well as the truth behind the unexplained tragedy. She had been injured in the accident and suffered traumatic amnesia. With the help of hypnosis Jeanne slowly recovers her memory but this puts her in mortal danger from an unexpected source. Jeanne's story has some parallels with that of her grandmother and their stories intertwine. There are a few twists in the plot and there's actually a 'book within a book' to add some extra interest, together with mouth-watering recipes at the end!

This novel will appeal to anyone who enjoys a love story with some depth and, as it's set on a beautiful Island, makes a perfect read to escape from everyday life.

Spirited Away: A Novel of the Stolen Irish by Maggie Plummer

Spirited Away: A Novel of the Stolen Irish will be free in the Kindle store on January 26, 27, and 28!


It's May 1653. When fourteen-year-old Freddy O'Brennan trusts the wrong stranger on an empty beach in western Ireland, she inadvertently places herself in the crosshairs of Cromwell's notorious Reign of Terror.

Freddy awakens in the cramped hold of a slave ship bound for Barbados. Ripped from her loved ones, she endures a gruesome voyage and a vile auction. Freddy, sold to the highest bidder, alone, and far from her beloved homeland, faces the brutal realities of life as a female Irish slave on a seventeenth century Barbados sugar plantation. Amidst the island's treacherous beauty, she must find a way to bear her cruel, drunken Master using her as a breeding slave and kitchen drudge.

Heartsick with yearning for her family and the farm life she knew, Freddy reaches deep inside herself for the strength she needs to protect her young spirit from being broken. As she struggles to survive rape, degradation, beatings, and the harrowing spectacle of her Irish countrymen being flogged and starved to death, the high-spirited Freddy risks severe punishment by sneaking food and medicine to the suffering field slaves. Eventually she braves more serious threats for the sake of loyal friendship and love.

SPIRITED AWAY – A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH is a 60,000-word historical novel that paints an intimate, compelling portrait of 1650s Irish slavery in the Caribbean.




Angel of the City-A scifi novel by rj leahy

http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Of-The-City-ebook/dp/B00B3934O6

A story of hope and survival in a broken world and dysfunctional world.

Freedom breeds uncertainty; uncertainty invites chaos.

The last city on Earth is an overcrowded, festering metropolis of segregated quarters and ancient, ethnic hatreds. It is a city on the edge of starvation, slowly succumbing to the creeping death that has choked off the rest of the world.

When the leader of a nascent resistance movement is captured by the government, a nameless, brain-damaged thief is hired to rescue her. It's a suicide mission and he knows it, but it's a job he can't refuse.

And if he can get her out, then what? Where do you go, when there is no place to go? How can you hide in a city tearing itself apart in a wholesale ethnic cleansing? What drives a man to keep fighting, when he knows the terrible truth the future holds?

Journal of a Lycanthrophile - paranormal gay erotica by Fierce Dolan

"Journal of a Lycanthrophile" is free on Kindle 25-26 December 2012.
Paranormal fetishism - confronts when the kink most forbidden is the monster that sates. Only for the daring... and fetishists of the forbidden.
Book One of The Scattered Dark Series, "Journal of a Lycanthrophile" isn't your grandma's sparkling, romantic little shifter fic. Rather, it's a hard-hitting, gritty, and graphic glimpse into the dangerous subculture of shapeshifters, the underworld of humans.

The truth is, nothing we know about werewolves is accurate anymore, and people need to know that. People don't believe in what they can't see, like human trafficking or slavery. The thing is, once they actually see something like that, it's too late. They're in it, and there's no one to tell. So why would they believe in werewolves, or something far worse?

Jesse Holloman has a fetish for justice and a kink for werewolves. An erotic interlude leads to years unraveling legend from truth, spiraling him into a world of pain, shadow desires, and an even more sinister, secretive sort of shapeshifter—the kind that changes without shifting, monsters in the light.

Enjoy Journal Book One along with the Reader's Guide, at http://www.fiercedolan.com/Lycan-readersguide

Learn more about The Scattered Dark Series at the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Scattered-Dark-Series/439793242738455?fref=ts

The Light Heart of Stone - a Fantasy novel by Tor Roxburgh

http://www.amazon.com/Light-Heart-Stone-Promise-ebook/dp/B0080UJUIU

11-year-old Fox lives in Kelp province where her father is the Indidjiny keeper of the land and sea. When the 84-year-old Oak Companion arrives to test the camp's children for talent, Fox finds herself wrenched from her family, forcibly adopted into the famous Oak clan, and thrust into the slow culture of the city of Komey. Fox's adoption should signal a life of bound motherhood, aimed at returning her talent to its rightful owners, but nothing is as it seems. The Companionaris' ability to grow plants and breed animals is failing, a murderous ambition has been sparked, and there is a stirring of old magic in the air.

The Light Heart of Stone is a wonderful, fresh epic fantasy novel for adult and young adult readers. The story is set in the world of the Stone Body, a continent on which plants and animals need human companions in order to thrive. For more than one thousand years, the Companionaris and the Indidjinies have lived side-by-side. The colonising Companionaris control the talent for growing plants and breeding animals. The colonised Indidjinies own the land. And so, it would seem, some sort of balance has been achieved. The novel opens at a time when that balance is faltering and the fragile harmony between the two peoples is fracturing. The companionship system is in crisis. Crops are failing, fishing boats are returning to villages with empty baskets, vast areas of land have become barren and there are famine refugees. The peace cannot and will not last. Both the Indidjinies and the Companionaris must find new ways and new leaders. The question is, will the path out of crisis be violent or is there another, more ancient way for this vibrant world to escape disaster? The Light Heart of Stone is a fascinating novel that will enthral readers, especially lovers of epic fantasy. Roxburgh's exceptional storytelling skills bring the customs, passions, and dramas of this rich speculative world to life in a manner reminiscent of Robin Hobb's Live Ship Traders and Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori.

The Light Heart of Stone is a substantial 640-page read that has received very positive reviews. While the novel is the first volume in a three-volume series, the book offers a satisfying story and a cliff-hanger that leads into volume II. Volume II is scheduled for release in 2014.

Read a review of the novel by following this link: http://bookonaut.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/ebook-reviewthe-light-heart-of.html .

About the Author

Tor Roxburgh's fiction and non-fiction books have been published by William Heinemann Australia, Pan Australia, Pan UK, Australian Consolidated Press, Greenhouse Publications and The Federation Press. She is an experienced genre author, writing as Linda Hollan, Gina Walsh and KD Miller, with a track record of 12 teenage romances. She created Curious Crow Books to publish her speculative fiction. Tor lives in regional Victoria in Australia and runs a successful writing and public art business as well as a gallery where she exhibits her paintings. She was the senior writer and researcher on the National Inquiry into Youth Homelessness and wrote Taking Control, one of the first successful Australian titles about family violence.

Listen to an online interview of author Tor Roxburgh by following this link: http://galactichat.podbean.com/2012/09/18/galactic-chat-15-tor-roxburgh/ .

The Palmyra Effect: an action adventure fiction by Colin Perkins

http://www.amazon.com/Colin-Perkins/e/B00B0Y8GHY



The Palmyra Effect is more than a story about a WWII plane and a ruthless band of terrorist who are trying to unearth its secret cargo. It is also a story about passion, trust, betrayal and regrets. The story revolves around Brenda Madison, Steve Woodward, Craig Davis, and Vincent Foster; four strong personalities who join together in defiance of their superiors and head out across the Syrian desert to prevent the cargo from falling into the hands of the terrorists. While the team battles the harsh desert and races against time they must also face the shadows in their past and acknowledge how they will deal with the effects of the decisions they have made under the stress of the mission. Brenda realizes that every action involving the cargo, even those taken before it was buried in the desert seventy years earlier, have had a profound effect on the lives of many in the present, including the lives and loved ones of the team. She makes a startling decision to end the influence the cargo will have on future generations—a decision that shocks the other team members, sets lives spiraling out of control, and sends ripples around the globe. It is decision that is in itself the result of—The Palmyra Effect.

In every fat man a crime story written by Mitch Tempest.

A man who for most of his life has battled with weight problems, he finally had it under control whilst serving in the military, until he is shot and wounded in Iraq and discharged from the services.
 He becomes a loner suffering from low self esteem, screws up his marriage and distances himself from his children.
 He piles on the weight and ended up at over 400 pounds, he then suffers with the related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, blood pressure etc.
 He has a dream throughout all of this and it simply to win on the lottery or a scratch card, if he wins he would undertake to have a gastric bypass.
And when he does win on the scratch cards and his dream journey begins.
This lets him escape the prison his body had now become, and lets him live a normal life again.
Well as normal a life as you can as a Hired Assassin. He has an ironic sense of humour and is strongly protective of his family.
Mitch Tempest.

Fight For Me - Romantic Suspense by Hayden Braeburn

http://www.amazon.com/Fight-For-Everetts-Tyler-ebook/dp/B00A24U8UQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358731719&sr=8-1&keywords=fight+for+me

When Dylan Black took two bullets to save Cassidy Everett's brother Mason's life, she decided then and there she would nurse him back to health despite her lack of medical training. What she didn't plan for was the explosive chemistry she had with the brooding former Army Ranger.

Dylan Black knew he'd be in heaven and hell under Cassidy's care, but he went willingly, and just as willingly followed her to bed. He never expected the need to protect her against threats on her life, but he wasn't about to let anyone hurt his Cassie.

Watch the stubborn prosecutor and her healing, alpha-man protector fight for their lives and each other as they fall in love.

From Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews: "Fight For Me is a sultry suspense novel filled with great characters, a superior plot line, smokin' sex, and impressive dialog. Hayden Braeburn has confirmed with this book that she is an author you should be reading."

From The Romance Man: "What a story! They have very strong feelings for each other, but definitely don't want to. Their encounters heat up the pages."
 

The Man Who Ended the World - a science fiction novel by Jason Gurley

http://www.amazon.com/The-Man-Ended-World-ebook/dp/B00AZUEPII

When Steven Glass's third grade teacher asked his class what they wanted to be when they grew up, Steven's classmates shouted the usual answers: "A fireman!" "A teacher!" "The President!" When his turn came, Steven said, "When I grow up I'm going to be the last man on Earth." 

Warning signs don't come much clearer than that. 

Nearly thirty years later, Steven Glass is a billionaire. Surrounded by groupies, yes-men, investment opportunities and glamour, all Steven really wants is to be alone. 

Really, really alone. 

In secret, Steven builds a personal sanctuary nearly a mile underground. He vanishes from public life, goes off the grid. He's finally alone. Well, except for an artificial intelligence companion named after the only girl he ever loved. 

There, Steven plays video games, heckles the news, and waits for the apocalypse. When the end doesn't come soon enough, Steven goes to work. He still has billions of dollars to spend -- and there must be something he can do to accelerate the coming storm. 

Wrestling with his own destiny, unaware of the young stowaways who have discovered his underground paradise, and battling his duplicitous A.I. companion at every turn, Steven Glass struggles to create the reality he has always hoped for -- at the expense of the future of every single living human being on Earth... 

Unless a pair of eleven-year-old children can stop him and save the world, that is.

Golden Scarab, Book 2 of the Windflowers Trilogy, a fantasy novel by Wendy Scott

Golden Scarab, Book 2 of the Windflowers Trilogy. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B14SGNW

A year has passed since Kalli escaped from the Ferrasium, but the High Priest's stranglehold on Wasset is tightening and his tentacles are extending out to encompass all of Keymett. As Pharaoh's royal barges sail toward Wasset to celebrate the Jubilee Festival, the High Priest is poised like an arachnid in his nest, waiting to hatch his plans. Kalli must unlock the secrets of the Golden Scarab before all of Keymett falls under the High Priest's dominion.

Excerpt –
They crept toward the boat, keeping to the shadows, but the last stretch was barren of cover. Kalli stepped into the open. One pace … two. Tarreq was on her heels. Her heart walloped. Three paces. They were half way to the boat. Four paces. She could see the glitter of the Captain's eyes as he watched their progress. Five paces. Only one to go.
Metal clinked. She froze for a split second before diving for the boat. Arrows, shouts, and stampeding feet filled the dock. Hands hauled her on board and shoved her below the rail out of the range of the weapons. Her head whirled around looking for Tarreq, but couldn't see him. "Tarreq?"
She heard a grunt and the wet sound of metal churning through flesh. She threw off the hands restraining her and leapt up. "Tarreq!"
His gaze held hers as he crumpled to his knees, a spear jutting out of his chest and a widening circle of blood staining his robe. The distance between them was growing as the tide tugged the boat away from the dock. He called to her, "Open the Holy Way and bring them back."
Arrows thudded into the side of the boat, but Kalli ignored them and grabbed the rail, calculated the jump. She could make it. Her windflowers could save him. Rope snaked around her shoulders pinning her arms at her sides. She struggled and cursed, but couldn't squirm free of the knots.
The Captain pointed to the shore. "There's nothing you can do. He's dead."
"I want to go back."
"I'll not place my crew in further peril." He stalked away.
 Kalli watched as soldiers swarmed over Tarreq's still form until tears blurred her vision. She couldn't believe she'd just lost her only friend.

First readers' reviews –
"Just as unputdownable as Bk 1! My new favourite fantasy, can't wait for Bk 3!" AM
"Very bloodthirsty and a real page turner." DS

Fantasy, contains adult themes.

Oceanheart, YA fantasy - Pen Clements

Free 1/28/2013-2/1/2013

I crewed a yacht across the South Pacific many years ago and this story was waiting to be written ever since. 

Wynn sits beside the bed of her dying sister and writes in a journal. She has no idea that the journal is enchanted and is about to sweep her into a tropical island world of crystal seas, deep jungle and strange inhabitants. This is no island paradise, however. Paradise doesn't have poison masters called the Teeth and it doesn't have Sorrowmaker patrolling the reef.

If Wynn can find the 'Oceanheart' she may save the island and her sister too. But the islanders don't trust her, the Teeth are after her and she's just not sure about Soran. Is he a friend, one who reads nature like a book and can help her survive anything? Or is he something else entirely?

If she is to succeed, Wynn must travel deep inside herself and find qualities she never knew were there. And all the while, Sorrowmaker sweeps endlessly closer in a childhood nightmare made real.

Winner - Australian Society of Authors Mentorship Award 

Winner - Olvar Wood Fellowship Award.

Ferrasium, Book 1 of the Windflowers Trilogy, a fantasy novel by Wendy Scott

Ferrasium, Book 1 of the Windflowers Trilogy. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009AKHJPA

Kalli's fight for survival begins when the Priesthood uncovers her talent for forbidden magic. Thrust into their killing arena she's forced to fight or die. No one has ever escaped from the Ferrasium, but Kalli knows she must or her younger sister will face the same fate.

 

Excerpt –

 The night's silence shattered as metal cogs cranked the arena gate open. Flaming torches bounced waves of shadows and light across the path ahead and the guard jabbed the blunt end of his spear into Kalli's back and said, "Move."

     She staggered down the tunnel; grasping her stomach, vomit swirling in her belly like a volcano. Bitterness scalded her tongue and she gulped to clear the rancid taste of the priest's concoction, believing the guard's threat to force fed her more of the vile drug if she dared to be sick.

     The guard shoved her into the arena, and as she tumbled through the opening he snagged a handful of her shift. The cloth ripped, leaving her sprawled naked in the dust. Behind her the gate slammed shut.

 

Editorial review - "I'm half way through Ferrasium. In trouble with the family, forgot to feed the chooks, didn't cook tea and I'm running late for work! Can't put it down!" AM

 

Ferrasium is a fast paced fantasy adventure with romantic elements and contains adult themes. The setting is inspired by Ancient Egypt.

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