Please join us with authors Jon Cronshaw and Gabriella Balcom.
Jon Cronshaw, author of “Dawn of Assassins” – Two friends. A master assassin. One deadly choice. Fedor and Lev are thieves…not killers. They lead a desperate life in the tunnels of Nordturm, conning and stealing to buy their next meal. But when an assassin recruits them against their will, they are forced into a life they do not want and cannot escape. If they leave, they will die. But if they stay, they must kill. Can they survive the master’s relentless evaluation? Is loyalty stronger than the will to live? Will their friendship last the ordeal? From the best-selling author of The Ravenglass Chronicles, comes a new thrilling adventure featuring a new cast of unforgettable characters. Start reading today, because these unlikely heroes have a story you won’t be able to put down.
Gabriella Balcom, author of “On the Wings of Ideas” – Some authors have a range so wide and a scope so varied that it’s difficult to ‘pin them down’ in a few words. Best-selling author Gabriella Balcom can write science fiction, fantasy, children’s literature, literary fiction, poetry, horror, humour, romance and more — and you’ll find all of the above in this eclectic collection of tales, including the award-winning ‘Mouses and Rats Cot Reel Cheep!’ and the story ‘Nun or Not?’ featured in Clarendon House Publications’ special Gold anthology which presented the best short stories of 2017/2018.
Meet Jennifer Tempest, author of “The Cardinal War,” Alexander R. Davis, author of “Omeron: The Hero’s Chronicle Book 1,” and Anat Eliraz, author of “Jewels of Smoky Quartz.”
Jennifer Tempest, author of “The Cardinal War” – With no known heir to the Empire, four conflicting noble families will use whatever means necessary to claim power for themselves, but only one can become the next ruler. While the nobles fight amongst themselves, some people of the Empire struggle to survive.
Anat Eliraz, author of “Jewels of Smoky Quartz” – She is just an ordinary woman – an emergency room nurse who practices martial arts in her free time. Teleported into a harsh, strange world and sold into slavery to the fighters’ ring of Tur’an, she must use her wit and skills to survive. On the brink of death, she wakes up in a strange room – only to meet one of her captors. Now, he acts as her protector. Together they leave the city, but their journey will confront them with their own fears and deepest secrets. And through it all, she finds solace in an old tune. Not knowing yet how it will impact her life – and the lives of everyone else.
Alexander R. Davis, author of “Omeron: The Hero’s Chronicle Book 1” – “If you could stop all of this, would you?” the hero asked. Randrum knelt before the hero, who was adorned in his bloodstained armor. That armor had once been bright and gleaming, but no longer. Randrum only lifted his eyes, too weak to stand. He hardly noticed the blood-red snow, or the still bodies around them, which he himself would soon join. “Of course, I would… but it’s too late,” Randrum said before going into a fit of coughing. Once he recovered somewhat he raised his eyes to meet the hero’s gaze. “No one can turn back the hands of time….” The hero crouched down before Randrum, still holding his gaze. “But what if one could?” Randrum licked his lips. The blood loss must have been getting to him. He actually considered the question, even though it was impossible. “If it were… possible… I would sacrifice anything to change this.” The hero smiled and held out his hand. “That’s the right answer.” Randrum hesitated, then reached for that hand. If a murderer was given the choice between death and becoming a hero, something so contrary to everything they know, would they? Even if they did, could they actually change? Could they fight their nature and become a true hero?
Join us with authors Carly Furino, Bill Schoening, and Danielle Scott.
Carly Furino, author of “Libby The Ladybug Learns Helpfulness” – Libby the Ladybug is a sweet and loving little ladybug who wonders why she does not have any spots on her back like the rest of her ladybug friends. She tries to earn spots but doesn’t quite get it right. The funny thing is, when Libby doesn’t try so hard, amazing things happen! Enjoy the adventures of Libby the Ladybug and see the wonderful lesson of helpfulness that she learns along the way.
Bill Schoening, author of “Stories, Sports, and Songs” – Long before he hit the big time as the play-by-play voice of the Texas Longhorns and San Antonio Spurs, sportscaster Bill Schoening paid lots of dues. “Stories, Sports, and Songs” is a collection of 101 tales that chronicle Schoening’s unlikely and often humorous radio journey. It started with the childhood dream of a 4th grader in inner-city Philadelphia and continued to small market stations in rural areas of Central Illinois and West Texas. Along the way, he wrote melodies and lyrics about his life experiences. Schoening’s broadcasting career now spans over four decades, and he has spent half of those years with the Spurs, describing four NBA titles during his 21 seasons.
Danielle Scott, author of “Nice Girl” – Chloe finds herself in the South of France during peak summer season. Unlike everyone around her, she isn’t there for the glitz and glamour of a summer vacation in the Cote D’Azur. What brought her there? What is she running from? Follow Chloe’s story as it takes her from one Mediterranean summer locale to another. Can she outrun whatever she’s left behind in New York before it catches up to her?
Join us with authors Jay Willis, Jamie McFarlane, and Gerald Everett Jones.
Jay Willis, author of “Dream of the Sphere: The Sphere Saga Book 1” – Dashira Eisenheart takes ultimate comfort in her community. So she’s thrilled when her brother ascends to the coveted order chosen to protect the world from safely sealed-away, millennia-old, dangerous magic. But her faith in her beloved parents’ loyalty cracks after she spies her mother sneaking about town to meet with the enemy. Striving to stay focused on her own academic studies, Dashira becomes caught in family tensions that soon reach a boiling point. And as her father’s Brotherhood and her mother’s rebel group head toward a cataclysmic clash, the young seeker finds herself trapped by conflicting choices. Will she face her fears and accept her role in a grand destiny? Dream of the Sphere is the intricate first entry in the expansive The Sphere Saga epic fantasy series. If you like gargantuan conflicts, jaw-dropping twists, and deep explorations of humanity’s beliefs, you’ll love Jay S. Willis’s hard-hitting tale.
Jamie McFarlane, author of “Junkyard Pirate” – Vietnam vet Albert Jenkins is battling a bulging waistline and a passion for drink. So when a towering pile of scrap rocket parts falls and crushes the stubborn curmudgeon, he thinks it’s finally the end. But just as he’s about to take one final breath, a snarky alien parasite offers him a deal: his life in return for sharing his body. With a little coaxing from his new pop-culture-loving inner resident, AJ’s broken carcass improves so much that even an old flame is impressed. But his bright outlook fizzles when he discovers he’s at ground zero of a galactic conspiracy to strip Earth of precious resources humans don’t even know exist. Can the unlikely partners join forces and use AJ’s rusty military skills to raise the alarm? Or, will the alien invaders put him down once and for all? Junkyard Pirate is the first book in an imaginative space opera series. If you like grizzled soldiers, clever twists and turns, and intergalactic tactical pairings, then you’ll love Jamie McFarlane’s fast-paced alien adventure.
Gerald Everett Jones, author of “Preacher Raises the Dead” – Guest preacher and part-time investigator Evan Wycliff reluctantly takes on the role of full-time minister and walks straight into more responsibility and trouble than he can handle. He attends to a near-death experience, late-stage dementia, long-term coma, and consequences of the pandemic. His old nemesis investment banker Stuart Shackleton is back — and claims to be converted! Shackleton’s money sustains a critical-care medical breakthrough, the building of a new church, and a career boost for Evan as a celebrity evangelist. Are these thrilling transformations part of a divine plan, or has Evan sold his soul?
Meet Wayne Turmel, author of “Johnny Lycan & The Anubis Disk,” M.E. Saladino, author of “The Love Letter Ghost” and Desiree Scott, author of “Crescent Vendetta.”
M.E. Saladino, author of “The Love Letter Ghost” – Born over a century ago in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Alexander Sullivan knew hardship having survived poverty, physical abuse, and the Spanish flu pandemic. Above all he knew the power of love. In The Love Letter Ghost, Alex reaches through the ages to expresses that primal emotion the only way his unearthly form is able, by channeling his spirit through a fountain pen he once owned in 1908. Now in the hands of New York novelist, Conrad “Mac” MacConnell, the enchanted pen becomes Mac’s ally enabling him to write heart-wrenching love letters to his fiancée, Angela Russo, after she breaks their engagement. Problem is they’re inexplicably written in flowing calligraphy and poetic language of the early 1900s by a ghost who insists on sticking his nebulous nose in Mac’s love life—a ghost with a hidden agenda. To complicate matters further, Angie’s Italian grandfather gets kicked out of his retirement home and moves in with the Russo family. The pasta hits the fan when Gramps hatches a scheme to reunite the couple enlisting Angie’s sister, Marie, and a neighbor’s ornery pet, Tiny—a small dog with a big attitude—that Gramps bribes into submission with enough pepperoni to give The Pope agida. Just as Mac’s letters begin to work their magic, Angie’s childhood nemesis, Bianca Lombardi, heiress to the Lombardi crime family fortune, pounces on their break-up as the opportunity she’s been waiting for and makes a move on Mac. Gramps’ plan would’ve worked if Angie didn’t catch Bianca with her arms wrapped around Mac like a starving anaconda. Now it’s up to Marie and Gramps to clean up the mess he’s made while Mac and the meddling ghostwrite love letters to Angie.
Wayne Turmel, author of “Johnny Lycan & The Anubis Disk” – Johnny Lupul is riding high. He’s got a PI license, a concealed carry permit, his first big payday and a monster of a secret. After rescuing a bookie’s daughter from Russian mobsters, the newbie PI catches the attention of a rich, mysterious client. At first, it’s easy money. After all, magic isn’t real and those “occult” objects have to be fakes. But while chasing an ancient relic, an obsessed enemy from his past emerges. Johnny learns that the world is much stranger—and more dangerous—than he ever suspected. Malignant forces dwell in Egyptian artifacts, Romani superstition is fact, and being a werewolf may be the most normal thing he has to face on this case.
Desiree Scott, author of “Crescent Vendetta” – Wolf-shifter Vanessa Burns has survived a life of brutality and neglect. Being kidnapped, drugged, and forced into an underground fighting right is just the beginning of one man’s sick and twisted obsession. Travis Kameron, the Alpha of the Crescent Ice Pack, suffering a similar fate; wakes up to find that his life is about to be irreparably changed by the fierce she-wolf in the next cage. Can they put aside old rivalries and the past and work together to not only survive and escape but to weather the storm of complications, revenge, and betrayals waiting for them on the outside?
Please join us as we welcome authors Rob Samborn, David Dobson, and Cami Murdock Jensen.
Rob Samborn, author of “The Prisoner of Paradise” – Nick and Julia O’Connor’s dream trip to Venice collapses when a haunting voice reaches out to Nick from Tintoretto’s Paradise, the world’s largest oil painting. Though Julia worries her husband suffers from a delusion, Nick is adamant the voice belongs to a woman from the 16th century—his soul mate from a previous life. He discovers a religious order that has developed a method of extracting people’s souls, which they imprison in Paradise. Over the centuries, they’ve judged thousands of souls and sentenced them to eternal purgatory. As infatuation with the past clouds his commitment to a present-day wife, Nick must right an age-old wrong—destroy the painting and liberate his soul mate. But freeing her would allow all the souls to be reborn. The order will never let that happen.
David Dobson, author of “Flames Over Frosthelm” – Sometimes, your case takes a left turn. Or three or four. Marten Mingenstern and Boog Eggstrom are provisional inspectors, fresh out of Inquisitor’s Guild training and eager to prove themselves. Assigned the mundane task of tracking down stolen jewels, they instead uncover a mysterious cult set on destroying the city. After a thief explodes, they earn the enmity of a vicious noble, the Chief Inquisitor gets bought off and goes rogue, they are seized by barbarians, and they are sentenced to death at least a couple of times. In a final, frantic race with prophecy, they face ruthless fanatics, a city turned against them, and terrible forces long buried. Flames Over Frosthelm is the first novel about the Inquisitor’s Guild, the investigative arm of the government of Frosthelm, a medieval city-state where criminals thrive, nobles scheme, and dark secrets lurk. Expect intrigue, mystery, swordplay, adventure, politics, romance, and the strong bonds of friendship. And a little magic along the way. Described as Princess Bride meets CSI, this new novel is a tale of classic adventure with a healthy dose of humor.
Cami Murdock Jensen, author of “First Earth: The Arch Mage Book 1” – Scarred and reviled. She’s the only hope for a magical world… and ours. Sixteen-year-old Agnes Ann Cavanaugh hates mirrors and herself. Horribly disfigured as a baby and constantly battling chronic pain, she trusts only two people: her mom and the blind author who offered her an internship. But as she’s translating an ancient tablet for him, she triggers an attack by terrifying monsters that catapults her into an enchanted realm. Barely able to catch her breath, she meets a strange old man and his talking cat who claim she’s a wizard destined to save their Earth. But when Agnes magically determines he’s lying about something, her wariness warns her she needs to get home. Yet, if she doesn’t master her latent abilities to defeat an evil necromancer, her own planet is as doomed as the one she hopes to escape. Will Agnes protect the people that desperately need her, or is this the end of life as she knows it?
Please join us with authors Kimberly Wilkerson, Danielle Orsino, and Jan Foster.
Kimberly Wilkerson, author of “Kingdom of Grace” – A queen’s journey begins when she leaves her comfort zone and shares the love she has with those willing and worthy to receive it, bringing abundance all around her kingdom.
Danielle Orsino, author of “Thine Eyes of Mercy: Book 2 of 4 Birth of the Fae” – Queen Aurora, of the Court of Light Fae, and King Jarvok, of the Court of Dark Fae, are exhausted and battle-worn after centuries of fighting. The attrition has taken its toll upon their kin and power bases. What happens when you have to give in to your enemy? All wars eventually end, even magical ones. The Dark and Light Fae have set their elemental magick and weapons down, but, all is not quiet in the Veil. King Jarvok was confident his army could win the war, but at what cost? It was time to act like a King, not a power-hungry megalomaniac. That was his Creator’s role, not his. He reaches out to Queen Aurora, and the Treaty of Bodhicitta is signed. The treaty promises the Fae will never spill each other’s blood again. Rules for their human worshippers are put into place. The Court of Dark must not interfere with humans in a malignant way, but they can act as gods and goddesses of atonement. The Court of Light can return to acting as advisors to the European royal families, as they have done for centuries. However, Queen Aurora and King Jarvok will learn that while they were playing war games, their humans have changed and moved away from the old ways. The two monarchs face unknown challenges in a world where Christianity, not paganism, is the new power. Sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you do not.
Jan Foster, author of “Disrupting Destiny: Book 1 of the Naturae Series” – Annabella’s secret destiny was never meant to come between them, but after a century of hiding in Tudor England, a violent confrontation with a shadowy figure from her past leaves her heartbroken and alone in a realm she hated. Once a mortal, when homebody Joshua loses Annabella, only his belief in her innocence and the kindness of strangers keeps him alive. In a dangerous quest through the turbulence of Reformation England to find his love, he thinks he only has to survive long enough to save her. But not everyone is what they seem, and he finds himself questioning his own faith as much as being a fae. Kept a prisoner, Annabella refuses to comply with the future envisaged for her until a darker secret threatens to destroy the realm and fae immortality. The fate of an entire race rests on their shoulders, but can destiny be changed? Rebellion, danger, and intrigue threaten the future in a thrilling journey, weaving Tudor times with magical fantasy.
Please join us with authors Peter Servidio, J.V. Hilliard, and Babak Hodjat.
Peter Servidio, author of “The Deliverance Book 1 of 3: Agents of Tomorrow – Joshua Miller is not what you would call “a nice guy.” Having served fifteen years of a life sentence for multiple homicides during a bank robbery “gone wrong”, he finds his freedom following a state-mandated vaccine which is supposed to eradicate the new superflu is flawed and ends up turning people into blood-hungry beasts. During his escape from the prison, he promises a friend that he will find their daughter and keep her safe. Worrying about the creatures as well as being recognized as a convict, Joshua makes his way to Seattle to track down the girl. But when he finds her, will he be able to keep her safe in this new reality?
J.V. Hilliard, author of “The Last Keeper” – Blind at birth, Daemus Alaric is blessed with the gift of prophetic Sight. Now, as a Keeper of the Forbidden, he must use his powers of the Sight to foil the plans of a fallen Keeper, Graytorris the Mad. Princess Addilyn Elspeth travels from Eldwal, the magically hidden home of the Vermilion elves, to begin her life as a diplomat to the human capital of Castleshire. During her journey, she stumbles upon a mystical creature foretelling ill tidings. Daemus’ recurring nightmare vision threatens to catapult him into a terrifying struggle that will leave the fate of the Keepers—and the realm—hanging in the balance. Daemus and Princess Addilyn must set out to face the menace that threatens their very existence. The Last Keeper is the first book in The Warminster Series. With gripping, epic action, and heart-pounding adventure, you’ll love this new adventure series.
Babak Hodjat, author of “The Konar and the Apple: Fun, Beauty, and Dread – From Ahwaz to California” – An eight-year-old boy assigned the task of throwing flowers during the Shah’s visit. A teenager in boot camp eager to catch episodes of a popular Japanese TV show. An adult coming to the United States, ready to make his mark in the tech world. These are just some of the personal experiences shaping Hodjat’s intimate narrative of a boy growing up in post-revolutionary Iran. The stories paint a picture of a middle-class, westernized boy experiencing all the common—and uncommon—adventures of childhood and self-discovery. Blending both humor and insight, The Konar and the Apple transcends culture to celebrate the fun, innocence, and anticipation of growing up that unite us all.
Join us with authors Stephen Renwick and Sylvie Bordzuk.
Stephen Renwick, author of “Sleepwalk: Live in the Dream” – Straddling both sides of the foul-line—over-educated psychologist on one side and hyper-competitive, fear-driven obsessive on the other—Stephen Renwick is an eminently qualified therapist. He will not only guide you on how to screw up your life, but more importantly, he will show you why. His latest gem—”SLEEPWALK™ – Live in the dream”—provides a detailed roadmap to multi-faceted personal ruin via clear steps, real-world testimony, hot tips, and inspirational quotes. This tome leaves no stone unturned to leave no life unscathed. Savage in approach, the author’s mock 9-step program is a punchy, dark, and unrelentingly irreverent parody of the self-help genre. Yet, as hysterical as it is pseudo-smart, the humour is entirely at the writer’s expense. At its heart, this is a confessional. That is what makes this assault so touching. Few could be so honest. Fewer could be so funny whilst being so honest. Whether you are confronting your own demons and seek some perspective or are simply looking for an opportunity to laugh at the mistakes of another, or both, this book is a smart celebration of irony, wit, insight and humility that will leave the reader feeling better for the experience. And you can trust Renwick on this; he’s a psychologist.
Sylvie Bordzuk, author of “The Adventures of Kodie and Bella” – This book is about the friendship between a curious kitten (Kodie) and a charming squirrel (Bella). When a fun day at the park takes a wrong turn, Kodie asks a kind family for help, and the two friends learn some very important lessons.
Meet Jane Taylor, author of “Dragon Tempest: Season of the Dragon Book 1,” James Battestelli, author of “(A Resolution) To Die For: Book II of Resolution” and Stephen Christiansen, author of “Istobarra Commencement: Orbbelgguren Book 1.”
Jane Taylor, author of “Dragon Tempest: Season of the Dragon Book 1” – Everyone thought monsters were things of pure fantasy. We were so very, very wrong. The end of life as we knew it didn’t come with a nuclear blast of light. It didn’t come with the deadly impact of a hurdling asteroid. No. It came in a wave of illness that swept the world with fear. With all the humans in quarantine, quiet settled over the planet for months. Beasts hidden away for millennia ventured out of their buried caverns to investigate the sudden stillness. Leviathans, serpent kings, and dragons came forth from the bowels of the Earth, and they saw no reason to go back to their sleep after the humans tried to reemerge. The season of the dragon began with fire and fury and would end with a new world order. One in which these giant terrorists held all the power. Every military institution across the globe was rendered to dust by these intelligent creatures. And then came their demands: humanity’s complete surrender and servitude. Being a slave is not in my DNA and yet I have been called upon to negotiate a peace treaty with these monsters. The only problem is every fiber of my being opposes their terms. If I blow this mission, the human race won’t be given another chance.
Stephen Christiansen, author of “Istobarra Commencement: Orbbelgguren Book 1“ – Medri Jabbress Olis’inth, a female dark elf necromancer, finds herself ensnared in a web of intrigue and conspiracies. In her journey through the underworld she uncovers more and more of a grand plot while discovering more about herself and where she fits in with her new life. Yasrae Do’tlar retains the blasphemous secret of his house. His only hope in keeping his house and his life alive is in the trust of a battle captive. Valas Velkyn, leader of the House of acquisitions from the city of Malzebowan, has found that one of his most trusted contacts has been assassinated. His investigation leads to a discovery of grand proportions, the likes of which can only lead to war. Enter a world of plots, lies, deception, and murder.
James Battestelli, author of “(A Resolution) To Die For: Book II of Resolution” – This is what happens some 19 or so years after Dylan had a mental breakdown in the fall of 2001 as a Freshman at Temple University (In “Shook”). Find out if he settles into his life, or if he is still struggling to find his true self in the great big world. What happened after the grim resolution that he made on New Year’s Eve?