âShe placed a hand over each of our chests and told us our beats were rare because our love was pure, free to thrum a rhythm all its own. Called it our very own forever melody. Our hearts hum in time with the cadence of life flowing through our veins. See, the hearts are where our souls live, the thrumming crux so crucial it overshadows all others.â I stare down at my pinky finger, bending it slowly. âThis little finger appears so insignificant in comparison, but in reality, it guides us down our fated paths. Most people fight it, stumbling through their entire lives uncaring of the tiny vein that runs directly from our heart, down our left arm, and continues through our hand to the tip of the teensy digit. That fierce little stream continues on, though we cannot see it, as a thin red thread linking us to every soul weâre destined to touch. It pulls through tangles and snares, itâs tenacity unbreakable. No matter how hard you try, your thread is impossible to ignore. No matter the detour, that thread will eventually tug us back on the right path to leave our mark on everyone it ties us to. Our influence isnât always life-altering. Some lives we briefly pass through, but in others, we may find our homes. âYou canât fight fate,â she whispered with a sad smile, linking our pinkies together. âYour thread brought us together tonight because your souls needed a kind heart. Cling tightly to moments like these, and look for the gentle souls hidden among the cruel. The path ahead of you is hard, little ones, but you are stronger than you can imagine. Trust your hearts, and follow your thread. Someday, fate will lead you home.â And then, she slipped back inside.â
Title: The Righteous Man (Nine Kingdoms, Book 5)
Treachery can lie in the heart of any man, from our worst enemy to our most beloved friend. Some choose to ignore it, while others work on defeating it no matter the costâand the cost is always high. However, the Righteous Man believes he can alter the course of his life to one of redemption and justice instead of servitude and pain by using deceit and sedition.
But, he would be wrong.
For Honora, itâs something sheâs seen in her previous life as the Shadows in the form of Macarius, Dolos, and Dermont. Now it takes the shape of someone she trustsâ¦ someone she loves. The betrayal awaiting her is like no other.
For the Righteous Man deceives allâ¦ none more than himself.
Iâve always loved to write ever since I was young. I would picture myself as the main character so I could go on adventures. They began as daydreams, which I eventually put down onto paper. Throughout the years I would write whenever I got the chance no matter how small the manuscript turned out to be. Iâd tried the traditional method of sending out query letters to agents, but they would respond with a âthanks, but no thanksâ note. I felt discouraged, but kept writing. I had a lot of encouragement from my mom, my Aunt Jeanne, my daughter, and my husband. Having the support helped keep me chasing my dream. A few years ago, I decided to buckle down and get serious about my writing. After some research and speaking with a friend of my husband, I took the plunge into self-publishing. I found an editor and a cover designer along with other indie authors on Facebook. Iâve joined groups and asked advice from writers who have already been through the steps it takes to get out there. It took me four years and three versions before I published my first book titled Wasteland. From there, Iâve completed several series and stand-alones with quite a few more in progress, so watch for their release.
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Title: The Sisters of Salem
After facing a relentless foe, three sister witches are forced even further back through time to a place that holds just as much sorrow for them as it does joy. Returning to their origins in 1685, the trio races to save not only their mother from the clutches of their new enemy but also to secure the future theyâve worked for centuries to build. Avoiding their younger selves is a necessity that proves difficult, especially when one sister isnât sure she wants to leave the past behind. Faced with love and loss, these witches are forced to endure the burning times again, and one wrong step could alter history and their future forever.
A Witches of BlackBrook novel. [Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Novel Winner 2020]
#1 Bestseller in Historical Fiction
Top 100 Bestselling in Paid Kindle Store
Best Cover Award Winner
Readersâ Choice Award Winner
Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Novel Winner (x2)
Author Tish Thawer writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart. Best known for her Witches of BlackBrook series, Tishâs detailed world-building and magic-laced stories have been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris.
Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and has bylines as a columnist for Gliterary Girl media, RT Magazine, and Literary Lunes Magazine. She currently resides in Missouri with her husband and two of her three wonderful children, and operates Amber Leaf Designs, an online custom swag retail store.
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Title: With Shield and Ink and Bone
Days before she is to take her place as a shield maiden, like her mother before her, two deaths alter the course of Livâs future. One belonged to a witch who called her by name, the other a chieftain from the north. Vengeance for the chieftainâs death comes in a wild fury that burns her village and slaughters her family. Left for dead, Liv pleads to Skuld â norn and weaver of the future â to spare her. A deal is struck that will endow her with the dark magic needed to claim her vengeance. But this power comes at an unfathomable priceâ¦
Ink made from the ashes of loved ones.
After his home is attacked, Calder races to warn neighboring villages of the threat. Little does he know heâs traveling into the path of fate that will lead him straight to Liv. Despite being broken, angry, and overwhelmed by power she cannot contain, itâs her willingness to defend others that draws Calder to her.
Armor forged from the bones of those she held dear.
Together, Liv and Calder discover they are two sides of the same sharpened blade. Rising from the heartache and fury in their pasts, they see a future together worth fighting for. With their strengths and hearts combined, can they become a force powerful enough to defeat the fleet of darkness coming for them? Or will the thread of fate that binds them unravel?
Praise for With Shield and Ink and Bone:
âAn exhilarating Viking-inspired fantasy, With Shield and Ink and Bone by Casey L. Bond keeps your nerves teetering on the blade of an ax!â - Lani Forbes, award-winning author of the Age of the Seventh Sun series
âWith Shield and Ink and Bone is a fast-paced, vivid, and mesmerizing tale that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. If you love Vikings or strong heroines youâll find lots to enjoy here! Casey L. Bond has woven together unexpected twists, high stakes, romance, and bargains with gods to create this original story for readers.â -Victoria McCombs, author of The Storytellerâs Daughter
Casey L. Bond has managed to take a classic genre and make it new and fresh. A page turner that kept me staying up late just to know what was going to happen next. Excellent writing, excellent story. Well done!â â Quinn Loftis, USA Today bestselling author of the Grey Wolves series and The Vikingâs Chosen
writing, excellent story. Well done!â - Quinn Loftis, USA Today bestselling author of The Grey Wolves series and The Vikingâs Chosen
Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn't tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he's the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.
Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at www.authorcaseybond.com.
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Title: Of Fire and Water
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Cover Designer: Jay Villalobos - Covers by Juan
Publication Date: November 14th, 2020
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Calla escaped Morbeth only to find herself fighting for her life once more. Incendia seemed the perfect sanctuary of escape. The stories told of the mystical island claim all inhabitants were annihilated. Those tragic tales . . . were lies.
Desperate to keep their truth hidden, the islanders take Calla and her friends prisoner. Despite her dire situation, something about that beautifulâyet deadlyâparadise speaks to Callaâs soul, whispering the powerful secrets pulsing through her veins. As Roehl hunts for her, eager to claim his murderous vengeance, Calla searches for answers she believes only Incendia can offer.
Can Calla harness the power surging within her in time to protect herself, and those she loves, from Roehl? Or, no matter where she runs, will the twisted royal continue to chase her to the farthest reaches of any realm?
Cameo Renae, was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now resides with her husband and children in Las Vegas.
She's a daydreamer, caffeine and peppermint addict, who loves to laugh, and loves to read to escape reality.
One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. It is the love of her family and amazing support of her fans that keeps her going.
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then...she'll keep writing!
Kelly Martin is a quiet Southern Christian gal who writes terrifying tales that will scare the bejesus out of you. Not really a description one would expect to see together, but that's sweet Kelly in a nut shell. You wouldn't know it to look at the her but she loves discovering old abandoned houses with her hubby. And has even been known to visit the infamous Waverly Hills Sanitorium. It's rumored that she lives in a haunted house too.
While I haven't officially met Kelly in person, she is one of my besties. She is amazeballs and I consider her a mentor. Her books have won awards and she was the Keynote Speaker at this year's Virtual Books & Boos. For this and so much more, Kelly Martin is the Queen of Horror.
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The Queen of Horror
Kelly Martin lives in a possibly haunted house in a small southern town. While she'd like to say paranormal things have only happened to her at her home, it would be a lie...
She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and an international #1 best selling author in horror, paranormal, contemporary, historical, young adult, and mysteries. All of Kelly's books have one thing in common-- imagine the real world is tilted slightly on its side. You don't really know what's going on, what's missing, but there is a tilt, a hum you can barely hear, telling you that something is off.
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Kelly is both independently and traditionally published with two titles with Monster Ivy - Trinity Row and What Rachel Did.
Title: The Ghost Files â 7 Year Anniversary Edition
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check
For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. Sheâs been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.
Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she seeâs the ghost of her foster sisterâ¦ Sally.
Everyone thinks Sallyâs just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truthâsheâs dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she canât do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sallyâs disappearance.
Only to find out sheâs dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victimâ¦
Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?
So who am I?
Well, Iâm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesnât love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.
Now, I live in a small town in West Virginia where I entertain my niece and nephew and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierceâ¦lol.
I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.
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A budding attraction. A sinister stalker. A plot to tear their lives apart.
After an ugly break-up, I moved back home to make a better life for my daughter and myself. I thought I landed my dream job as an assistant athletic trainer, until I got a glimpse of the eye-candy I would be working with. The last thing I need is to get mixed up with cocky goalie, Parker Marshalâeven if he is painfully attractive. More than ever, I have to stay focused. My ex has sauntered back into my life, and where he goes trouble follows. Callie has to be my primary focus if I hold any hope of keeping her safe from her fatherâs twisted intentions.
A different puck bunny every night, and no strings attached. That was the life I thought I wanted... until I met Mandy. Sheâs beautiful, intelligent, and easily shrugs off my go-to moves that make other women swoon. Iâm willing to fight for her to prove myself, and right now she needs an ally. Someone is targeting both of us, hellbent on destroying our careers and lives. Can we stand together against the threatening storm of chaos?
Sarah Stevens is a New Adult Romance author.
Sarah started writing her first novel The Night He Saved Me in her free time while being a stay-at-home mom. Then one day, it started to flow, and she was writing "The End" in a matter of two months.
When she isn't writing, she is enjoying the southern life with her husband, three kids, a Saint Bernardâwho is still adjusting to the southern summers and Bruno a rescue dog. She can't go a day without her coffee in the morningâand a few more cups during the day and her late nights writing.
She enjoys reading Contemporary or New Adult Romance and going to the pool or beach as much as she can. She loves all things Disney and collects Disney mugs to drink her beloved coffee in.
Title: Beyond the Veil
A Cold Soul by USA Today bestselling author D. Fischer.
Life and Death kept Cody from passing through heaven's gate. As punishment for the wrong he'd done when he was alive, he must walk the earth until the ends of time as a Reaper.
Circle's End by Daphne Moore.
Once a leader of the resistance, Nicte bartered her own freedom in exchange for her familyâs safety. Now, after years of confinement, sheâs freeâ¦and determined to liberate her people from the Dominionâs reign of blood and terror. However, with no weapon or magic, her only hope is invoking an ancient legend to help herâ¦if he still lives.
Pigwitch Now by Mari LaRoche.
Drackonai â witches and wizards with the blood of dragons in their veins. When Keely Hargestâs family is attacked by a rogue Drackonai, she unexpectedly finds herself trapped in a pigletâs body. Will Keely find a way out of her predicament and stop Ruari Darksingerâs rampage, or will she be stuck as a pig forever?
Undetected by Kerensa Gowan.
When Teernan Orare Kensington, the last Oracle of planet Vergus, is orphaned on Earth, how does she survive the assassins sent to prevent her return?
55:15 by Jibril Stevenson.
An American patrol in Iraq discovers that insurgents arenât the only danger lurking outside the wire.
Queen of the Underworld by R.A. Winter.
Death walked into a bar and nobody noticed.
Haven by A. Maguire.
Haven. Noun. A place of safety or refuge. So for Reba Meade whose life is filled with monsters and things that go bite in the night, and anything but safe, the house left to her by a relative sheâd never met is more than a refuge, itâs a way to reconcile her losses and the past, and to discover where she came from.
Mourning Dove by S. M. Savoy.
From darkness to light, a woman grasps at life.
She can speak all languages. He can smell evil intent.
They're enemies. They crave each other.
Secret magic, international settings, a conspiracy plot, star-crossed lovers, and sharp writing The Demon in Business Class is a stunning debut novel spanning continents and genres.
Zarabeth travels the world for a shady executive, laying the groundwork for global war.
Gabriel offers a second chance to the criminals that a visionary leader sees in dreams.
One rainy night in Scotland, they meet...
Now, it's complicated.
There's also the investigator, the witch, the playboy, the gangster, the cultist, the pre-school teacher, the two angels…
And, the demon.
Fans of Jeff VanderMeer and David Mitchell will love this stylish cross-genre novel. Gorgeously narrated by Laura Petersen, The Demon in Business Class is an international story of fantasy, intrigue, and love, on the uneasy ground where the human meets the divine.
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About the Author: Anthony Dobranski
Anthony Dobranski is from and lives in Washington DC. His debut novel is The Demon in Business Class, a modern fantasy. He also designed and published Business Class Tarot, a modern Tarot deck inspired by his novel. He is finishing up his new science-fiction novel, The White Lake. He’s volunteered with many arts organizations, and now serves on the board of The Inner Loop, a Washington DC live-reading series and podcast. He loves to ski.
About the Narrator: Laura Petersen
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Laura Petersen is the youngest from a very large family. She matured like a nice cheap wine in Southern California where her family moved when she was in high school. Honing her acting chops in college in Orange County and in the school of hard knocks in Los Angeles, she eventually settled down with a handsome young man and married. Then promptly moved to North Carolina, and then again headed West to Oregon where she now lives with her husband, and two kids.
She traveled extensively before becoming a suburban mom, traveling all over Europe and North America. She has also worked in almost every manner of job, from fast food service to bartending and from retail clothing to costume department PA, actress, short order cook, barista, auto repair, ballroom
dancer, and independent film producer.
Now, when she is not busy narrating, she uses her BA and MBA to homeschool her kids (thanks pandemic) and enjoys hanging with her quarantine pod for occasional game nights.
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Part of the Process - Morcheeba
This track evokes the uncertain, down-but-not-out place Zarabeth finds herself at the novel's start. On my own visit to Aberdeen, Scotland to research the novel, I bought Morcheeba's album Big Calm in a record store bargain bin. I think it's the last actual compact disk I ever bought!
Opium Dreams - Rithma
Don't read into the title. This song is here for its smooth groove, punctuated by the unsettling party laughter, both evoking when we meet Gabriel at a party that really isn't fun.
Cirrus - Bonobo
This propulsive yet pretty track, known for its amazing video, is all for mood, launching Zarabeth and Gabriel down their respective rabbit holes.
The Marriage of Coyote Woman - All Them Witches
A slow, psychedelic blues, with an opening line that works in business class - "I never met a salesman like you before" - and a mood that fits Walt's as he kicks himself back into the world.
Season of the Witch - Lana Del Rey
This breathy take on the 60's pop classic brings out Missy's seductiveness, and the turmoil behind it.
All That We Perceive - Thievery Corporation
A song about picking up more than other people do, and the difference between knowledge and understanding, an issue even for those paranormally gifted.
My Girls - Animal Collective
Sunny, but also manic, this track is from the album Gabriel plays for Zarabeth on their first drive together. It's a hope for simplicity that Gabriel will not find.
Atlas - Part 1: Personal Climate: Travel Dream Song - Meredith Monk
This minimalist, haunting opera about modern travel is what Gabriel is listening to when Zarabeth comes to visit him in his Aberdeen hotel room. Zarabeth thinks it sounds like DNA.
Example #22 - Laurie Anderson
A fun nod to Gabriel's uneasy trip to Hamburg, seemingly sung by Zarabeth working her way into his dreams. "What are paranormal voices?"
Policy of Truth - Depeche Mode
At a house party of deaf grad students, Zarabeth taps into her wild magic while dancing. This naughty, world-weary ode to lying was on repeat while I wrote the scene.
Just Like Heaven - Katie Melua
A gentle, sad take on The Cure's story of lost love. We're at the halfway point. It gets darker from here.
Revenge - XXXTENTACION
Like Zarabeth's own feelings, this track is small and dense, a seed for careful growing.
Chce Se Mi Spát (I Want to Sleep) - Psí vojáci
One of the major voices of Prague's Velvet Revolution, Psi Vojáci (Dog Soldiers) evoke Zarabeth's fatigue, and the insincerity and disconnection in a world of surveillance.
等著你回來 (Waiting for You) - 白光 (Bai Guang)
1940s singer and actor Bai Guang was the sultriest of what have become known as the Shanghai Divas, and is still known across Asia. I went with the original to evoke Zarabeth's bitter desire in Hong Kong, but you can find updated remixes on the album Shanghai Lounge Divas.
Furious Angels - Rob Dougan
Some will recognize the instrumental version, used in The Matrix Reloaded during Neo's opening fight sequence. (“Upgrades.") For burning blue Zarabeth and hot desperate Gabriel outrunning angry angels, I opted for the full melodrama of Rob Dougan's original.
Hessel, Raymond K. - The Dust Brothers
This heavy, spacy drum and bass track evokes the Las Vegas cult ritual where the wrong god shows up, to Zarabeth's benefit... and no one else's. Originally from the Fight Club soundtrack.
Thirteen - Johnny Cash
Gabriel crosses the American West, trying to find an answer to his love and the hurt he caused her. Johnny Cash knows about that.
Wolf Like Me - TV On The Radio
Missy and Walt just hope to settle down, but there's a reckoning ahead with Missy's family and coven. TV On The Radio's tale of horror and hunger speaks to Missy’s reaction.
Cheap Thrills - Sia
My editor Vivian Caethe told me to add a chapter about Zarabeth after Las Vegas, lest she seem to be "waiting by the phone." Laying low in Lincoln, Nebraska let Zarabeth tie up some loose ends. To get back in her head, I had this song on repeat as I wrote the chapter.
IKAZUCHI (Thunder) - Tom H@ck - Yoshida Brothers
During my own work in Tokyo, I was introduced to the spare, bluegrassy music of the banjo-like shamisen -- just before Yoshida Brothers took it international by mixing in drums and synth. This track is for modern Japan, land of quiet beauty, bullet trains, and much that is not spoken but that you need to know.
Regret - St. Vincent
Wouldn't it be nice if love stories just ended well forever? St. Vincent doesn't think that happens, and maybe Zarabeth and Gabriel agree, sometimes.
Demons Are A Girl's Best Friend - Powerwolf
A little heavy metal, and maybe a renewed love triangle, to close out this alternately calm and stormy ride!
Thanks for listening!