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Finding Resilience – June 30, 2021

Please join us with authors Zachary Pieper, Suvendu Tripathy, and Robert Williscroft.

Zachary Pieper, author of “The Garden of Lies” – Some lives are defined by a single choice. Selected at a young age to be trained as a warrior for an Empire he detests, Dalj, a wolf shifter, must rally his pack against heavy odds in the Festival of the Hunt. As Dalj plans his path to victory, he must navigate an unsteady alliance with a rival pack led by Amnis Lupine, the eldest daughter of a noble house; while also seeking to expose the foul play of his lifelong enemy, Aryan Anathema. To win the hunt, Dalj must take down the Behemoth of the plains, the Mighty Kerrapane before either of the other packs, or else he will never be awarded entry into the legendary Trial of War. However… Little does Dalj know, that while he hunts for glory, a rebellion plots in the shadows to overthrow the Shaman Empire; and they want Dalj’s help to do it. Approached for help by a mysterious girl named Angel, Dalj is asked to join The Forgotten, a rebellion of people immune to the mental manipulation of the shaman, who seek to expose the grand conspiracy the shaman have fed to the populace. They must find a way to awaken the brainwashed masses, and overcome the shaman’s godlike powers before they are eradicated. Will Dalj join them? Or will he succumb to darkness and mindlessly serve evil?

Suvendu Tripathy, author of “The Crepe Jasmines” – An exploration of the lives of people on the edge of society, their dreams, and their desires. A poor brahmin man from a remote village in Odisha treads the world of rural India as his academic pursuits lead him through the greatly changing times of the 1970s and 80s. From the life of the son of a small farmer to the fast-paced, big city life of a college student, Partha Sarathi Panda comes face to face with the judgments of his religion, his economic status, and, eventually, of the society at large.

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Robert Williscroft, author of “Slingshot: Building the Largest Machine in Human History (The Starchild Trilogy Book 1) – The setting is the day-after-tomorrow. Technology has advanced, the web is more pervasive than ever, but human ambition and greed remain unchanged. In Slingshot Alex Regent, Margo Jackson, and Klaus Blumenfeld reach for the stars as they blend their skills to create the world’s first space launch loop, backed by major software money. Environmental fanatic Lars Watson with his team of young eco-terrorists is funded by opposing international interests, who will go to any length to halt the project. Reporter Lori Kutcher indiscriminately applies her own personal skills to ensure it is she who reports the unfolding events to a watching world. With a cast of 69, Slingshot takes you from Seattle’s world financial district to the ocean bottom at 5,000 feet off Baker Island, to the edge of space 80 km above. You play with dolphins and battle sharks. You fly and sail and dive, you work and play and love across the vast panorama of an Equatorial Pacific being put to leash to serve humanity’s surge into outer space. While its accurate science and precise engineering will appeal to hard science-fiction buffs, Slingshot’s major focus is the grand journey, the opening of outer space to the common person by men and women who loom larger than life as they work, play, and love.

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New Beginnings – June 23, 2021

Join us with authors Christina Hoag, Patrick LeClerc, and Grace Sammon.

Christina Hoag, author of “Skin of Tattoos” – When Cyco Lokos gang member Magdaleno (Mags) Argueta comes home to Los Angeles after serving prison time for a robbery, he wants nothing more than to start a new life. However, there’s one obstacle he has to overcome first…his old life. Mags tries to let go of his bitterness—he was framed by Rico, the new leader of the Cyco Lokos—and stay out of gang life for the sake of his Salvadoran immigrant family and his girlfriend Paloma, but trying to integrate into society after a stint in prison doesn’t come easily. Faced with low job prospects and Rico’s demands to help the Cyco Lokos make money, a broke and disillusioned Mags makes the only choice he can. However, Mags soon discovers that loyalties have shifted, including his, and being a part of the Cyco Lokos with Rico in charge is far more dangerous and uncertain than it used to be. With his sister pregnant by a rival gang member and his own relationship with Paloma, his best friend’s sister, a violation of gang code, Mags becomes caught in a web of secrets, revenge, lies, and murder that might ultimately cost him everything.

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Patrick LeClerc, author of “Broken Crossroads: Knights of The Shadows Book 1” – The city of Laimrig, once a mighty hub of commerce and a seat of power sinks into corruption and decay. Slavers, crime lords, and corrupt officials hold sway while the ruling nobility wallows in decadence. War rages beyond the borders, while within rebellion simmers and sinister plots unfold. Trilisean is an acrobat-turned burglar. Conn is a jaded former mercenary. Against the background of deadly blades, subtle schemes, glittering treasures, dark sorceries and fell servants of forgotten gods, fate has thrown them together. Fate has a sense of humor. Broken Crossroads is a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling modern pulp fantasy adventure in the tradition of Fritz Leiber and Robert E Howard.

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Grace Sammon, author of “The Eves” – A multi-generational novel portraying lives lived well and lives in transition. Filled with poignancy and humor, The Eves captures the conversations we wish we had had with our parents, if we had taken the opportunity, and the lessons we would want to impart to our children if they were ready to listen. Told through the voice of the psychologically complex Jessica Barnet, this is her story. As the primary witness in a messy trial, she has been torn from the foundation of her existence–her connection to her children. With a partially finished doctoral degree, and incomplete renovations on her Washington, DC row house, she has let go of her ambitions and her appearance, but not her vodka or her sense of loss and guilt. When Jessica meets five diverse, determined, and sometimes ditzy old women living in a sustainable community everything and everybody changes. Through plot twists and turns that cover three continents, we learn the truth of Jessica’s life and lies just as we fall in love with the vividly drawn characters and the vibrantly described settings.

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Dangers Lurking – June 16, 2021

Please join us with authors John Coon, and Katharine Wibell.

John Coon, author of “Alien People: Alien People Chronicles Book 1” – Calandra Menankar dreams of becoming her planet’s top astronomer. So when a probe from a place called Earth rockets into her solar system, she’s determined to uncover its secrets. And when the foreign craft transmits a message of peace, Calandra secures permission to voyage to the unknown orb despite brittle bones that could make space travel fatal. Teaming up with her boyfriend pilot, Xttra Oogan, the two cross the stars towards the mysterious blue-green globe unaware one of their crew hides a sinister agenda. And when they translate the Earthian communications, Calandra and Xttra fear the probe may have led them into a deathtrap far from home. Will traversing the Milky Way to a dangerous, new planet make both explorers wish they never left home?

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Katharine Wibell, author of “The Twelve Tasks” – The precarious balance between two opposing forces has begun to shift and threatens the very existence of life throughout the universe. Only the Djed—the prophesied savior—has a chance of thwarting a catastrophe that could destroy the cosmos. And the next Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth. Katie awakens on a world far from her own, a world bound in magic, one of twelve that hosts entities of vast power and might. She is suspected to be that savior. However, to be acclaimed Djed, difficult and dangerous tasks, one on each of the magicked worlds, must be completed. Katie and a menagerie of misfit companions—a precocious witch, a half-blood elf, and a humanoid pup—work together to discover her fate. If proven true, a terrible burden will be placed upon her, one that will link her destiny with war, a war led by a thirteen-year-old girl.

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The Fine Line Between Good and Evil – June 9, 2021

Please join us with authors Kris Faryn, Danielle Orsino, and Rue Sparks.

Kris Faryn, author of “Song of Destiny” – Seventeen-year-old Korrina will do anything to stop her voice from killing again. Including trusting too-hot-for-words, book-nerd Luke, who has an uncanny ability to silence her song with his touch.  But when she discovers she’s a mythological Siren prophesied to break an ancient curse, and that those closest to her have been keeping secrets, she’s not sure who—or what—to trust. Now she must choose. Wield her song to fulfill her destiny and risk unleashing its power to kill. Or turn her back on her destiny to save those she loves.

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Danielle Orsino, author of “Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven” – Ride on the backs of fire-breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their magical world. Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power.

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Rue Sparks, author of “The Stars Will Guide Us Back” – Thirteen short stories encapsulating the elements of speculative fiction and magical realism travel the themes of mental health, loss, mortality, self-confidence, and finding hope through difficult circumstances. Explore the immersive worlds within, along with a range of peculiar, distinct, and queer characters. Sometimes confidence comes from knowing we have no other choice, and the ones who rescue us come from the strangest places. Dark and light collide in this collection that highlights the liminal spaces of the human experience.

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Things Aren’t Always As They Seem – June 2, 2021

Join us with authors Shannon Denise Evans, Steve Bergsman, and Wendy Beasley.

Shannon Denise Evans, author of “Velvet Moon Chronicles: The Leveling” – Secretive and satiated by a life that others would consider taboo, Zoë Hall has architected her existence. After petrifying nightmares begin infiltrating her tightly controlled waking life, she inadvertently awakens a preternatural presence that casts darkness into her psyche and draws her deeper into the embattled realms of her dreams. Part psychological thriller, part surrealistic fantasy, The Leveling explores consciousness and reality, grief and loss, and fearlessly delves into the existential. Pulled between present-day Manhattan and the forested realms of her dreams, Zoë finds herself wedged between the very pillars of light and dark as she comes face-to-face with the most formidable force she’s ever encountered: her own mind.

TheVelvetMoonChronicles.com

 

Steve Bergsman, co-author of “Chapel of Love: The Story of New Orleans Girl Group The Dixie Cups” – In 1963, sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Hawkins and their cousin Joan Marie Johnson traveled from the segregated South to New York City under the auspices of their manager, former pop singer Joe Jones. With their wonderful harmonies, they were an immediate success. To this day, the Dixie Cups’ greatest hit, “Chapel of Love,” is considered one of the best songs of the past sixty years. The Dixie Cups seemed to have the world on a string. Their songs were lively and popular, singing on such topics as love, romance, and Mardi Gras, including the classic “Iko Iko.” Behind the stage curtain, however, their real-life story was one of cruel exploitation by their manager, who continued to harass the women long after they finally broke away from his thievery and assault. Of the three young women, no one suffered more than the youngest, Rosa Hawkins, who was barely out of high school when the New Orleans teens were discovered and relocated to New York City. At the peak of their success, Rosa was a naïve songstress entrapped in a world of abuse and manipulation. Chapel of Love: The Story of New Orleans Girl Group the Dixie Cups explores the ups and downs of one of the most successful girl groups of the early 1960s. Telling their story for the first time, in their own words, Chapel of Love reintroduces the Louisiana Music Hall of Famers to a new audience.

 

Wendy Beasley, author of “Beasts and Butterflies” – Raped and pregnant at thirteen, Rachel is forced by her uncaring adoptive parents to leave the picturesque village where she had grown up. Years later, she is given the opportunity to go back with her son. But can she face her old friends, her inner demons… and the rapist? And if so, will it destroy her completely…or can she finally find the love and the closure she craves?

 

 

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Twists and Turns – May 26, 2021

Meet Joanne Rock, author of “A Nine-Month Temptation”, Kevin Albin, author of “Stonechild”, and Anthony Tonelli, author of “Legacy: Book One of the Dominion Series.”

Joanne Rock, author of “A Nine-Month Temptation” – She’s having a baby with her boss’s brother in this scandalous Brooklyn Nights novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Joanne Rock! One night rocked their world. Now can they tame their passion for their baby’s sake? Ever since their mind-blowing encounter months ago, fashion CEO Roman Zayn hasn’t stopped hungering for Sable Cordero. But as a rising star in his brother’s design studio, the intoxicating celebrity stylist is strictly off-limits. Even when Roman discovers Sable is pregnant and steps in to offer support, further intimacy between them feels forbidden. But resistance to an attraction like theirs just may prove futile…

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Kevin Albin, author of “Stonechild” – Where do we go to when we die? Imagine human consciousness embedded in the molecules of a statue. So, when the statues of London come to life, it is a spectacle like non-other, and they come with a specific message, and an offer we cannot refuse. As the world reels in this wonder of science and religion, Molly Hargreaves has other plans and she sets out to prove that things are not as they seem. Chased, captured, and confined, Molly, confronts the statues and her own fears. But who can she convince? The people are welcoming, the Government has succumbed, and the police try to act, but how do you shoot stone and metal? Be prepared to be run ragged around London on a mystery worthy of the great Sherlock Holmes.

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Anthony Tonelli, author of “Legacy: Book One of the Dominion Series” – As the American Revolution rages on in the colonies, operatives from The Dominion are there to give birth to democracy in the United States as part of a bigger plan to spread freedom throughout the world. What the colonists don’t know is that some of the most prominent figures rebelling alongside them have traveled back in time from the 22nd century to secure a victory for the colonies. When The Console, the machine that sent them back in time malfunctions, it leaves the operatives trapped in 18th century America. The operatives fight to stay alive long enough to get back home, while their team in the 22nd-century works furiously to bring them back safely. The operatives must try to get back home while still carrying out their mission to free the colonies or risk drastically altering history and freedom as we know it forever. If their mission fails they will come back to an America that never gained its freedom, the America they departed from will no longer exist. As time begins to run out in both centuries, a sinister plot is uncovered that may bring down The Dominion and leave their operatives stranded in a war zone 400 years in the past. The future of America and of democracy in the world hangs in the balance.

AnthonyTonelli.com

 

 

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Self-Discovery – May 19, 2021

Join us with authors Eric Friedmann, Thomas Duffy, and Laura Kemp.

Eric Friedmann, author of “It’s Still Strictly Personal: A Continuing Nostalgic Movie Memoir of 1983-1991”It’s Still Strictly Personal continues Eric Friedmann’s journey through the movies during the nine-year period of 1983 to 1991. While he and the rest of the world embraced blockbuster motion pictures like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Top Gun, Die Hard, Batman, and Terminator 2, it was also alternative films like A Passage to India, Blue Velvet, Platoon, Do the Right Thing, and Cinema Paradiso that captured his attention and continued to impact his youth, while shaping a deeper and more meaningful insight to the possibilities of cinema. Eric’s personal story about the movies is still told with great memory and affection, for those who still remember a time when movies continued to change, grow, and evolve into deep-rooted memories for all of us who loved sitting in front of the big screen and waited for the magic to unfold.

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Thomas Duffy, author of “Heavenly” –  This is the story of second chances, love, hope, and faith. When a middle-aged man named John is killed, he is given a second chance at life through the birth of a new male named Peter. Peter struggles to find his way, discover love, and understand the meaning of his existence as he does the best he can to learn the true purpose of his life.

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Laura Kemp, author of “Evening in the Yellow Wood: Yellow Wood Series Book 1” – Abandoned by an eccentric father on the eve of her twelfth birthday, Justine Cook has lived with her fair share of unanswered questions. Now, ten years later she leaves her life in southern Michigan and heads north to the mysterious town of Lantern Creek after seeing his picture in a local newspaper. Once there, she discovers her father had been leading a double life and meets the autistic brother she never knew—a young man who is mute but able to read her mind.
When a local girl who looks like Justine is mysteriously murdered, she joins forces with sheriff’s deputy Dylan Locke to capture the killer. But the more they dig for clues to the past, the closer they come to discovering a secret someone will kill to protect. Justine begins to show signs of supernatural power and eventually must stop an immortal enemy that has hunted her family for generations.

LauraKempBooks.com

 

 

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Spring Has Sprung – May 12, 2021

Join us with authors Cully Mack, Debbie DeLouise, and Melody Lipford.

Cully Mack, author of “A Voice That Thunders” – Immortals conquering as gods. A Shadow creeping closer… Can an apprentice healer be the key to ignite a war? Mirah looks for the best in everybody. But her naiveté is shattered when her clan is slaughtered, and she’s dragged into captivity. Vulnerable and scared, she has no choice but to accept her kidnappers’ offer to join their sect of lethal female fighters. Desperate to find stability in her chaotic new life, Mirah throws herself into training as a water mage and warrior. But as she discovers her unprecedented elemental control, her instructor warns that revealing her power will put her in mortal danger. With the fate of humanity at risk, will Mirah’s growing abilities spell her salvation… or destruction?

Debbie De Louise, author of “Time’s Relative” – It’s the fall of 1998, and librarian Samantha Stewart is looking for a new job. After seeing an ad for a high-paying position at a company called Virtual Software that entails research and travel, Sam investigates the company and learns that its president has gone missing and that it’s currently being run by the vice-president Greg Parsons. Before Sam makes it to the interview, she’s visited by a strange woman who introduces herself as Jane Oldsfield: a time traveler whose mission Greg Parsons is trying to prevent. Sam ignores the woman and goes on the job interview anyway. Soon, she finds herself involved not only with Greg Parsons, but also Philip Montmart, a chain-smoking detective with a vendetta for his wife’s killer, and the time-traveling Oldsfield and her feline accomplice. Witnessing world events that have yet to happen in her lifetime, including 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, Y2K hysteria, and the COVID pandemic, can Samantha figure out Oldsfield’s plans?

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Melody Lipford, author of “Diary of Psalms: A Christian Poetry Chapbook – Welcome to my “Diary of Psalms, This is a seven-year collection of poems along with interactive reader journal/gratitude pages, cut-out bookmarks, verse cards, question/exercises pages, and more. Overall, this collection explores the experiences of one humble poet on her ever-evolving journey as a Christian, servant, and daughter of the King. My prayer is that these poems help demonstrate the everlasting love of our Heavenly Father amidst life’s joys and challenges. These poems explore a myriad of themes as a young girl growing in her faith and relationship with Christ from adolescence to young adulthood from depression, anxiety, family/friend relationships, and overall, finding true identity through the love of Christ. I encourage you to practice writing your thoughts to the Lord whether through poetry or writing your prayers or worries to Him in a simple journal. Regardless of age, poetry is a timeless expression of art and worship between a believer and Christ such as we see in the book of Psalm between King David and the Lord. This priceless exchange between myself and my Savior has now become an invaluable collection of His unfailing love and everlasting grace in my life. When storms arise in my life, I have an irrefutable record of God’s love and goodness that I can’t deny. It has given me strength when I’m weak. It is a humble reminder that when I am weak, He is strong. All glory to Him.

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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo! – May 5, 2021

Join us with authors Rebecca Simon, Jason Gardner, and Argyro Graphy.

Rebecca Simon, author of “Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever” – How the global manhunt for Captain Kidd turned pirates into the romantic antiheroes we love today.  During his life and even after his death, Captain William Kidd’s name was well known in England and the American colonies. He was infamous for the very crime for which he was hanged, piracy. Rebecca Simon dives into the details of the two-year manhunt for Captain Kidd and the events that ensued. Captain Kidd was hanged in 1701, followed by a massive British-led hunt for all pirates during a period known as the Golden Age of Piracy. Ironically, public executions only increased the popularity of pirates. And, because the American colonies relied on pirates for smuggled goods such as spices, wines, and silks; pirates tended to be protected from capture.  The more pirates were hunted and executed, the more people became supportive of the “Robin Hoods of the Sea”―both because they saw the British’s treatment of them as an injustice and because they treasured the goods pirates brought to them. These historical events were pivotal in creating the portrayal of pirates as we know them today. They grew into romantic antiheroes―which ultimately led to characters like the mischievous but lovable Captain Jack Sparrow. Simon has presented her research on the history of pirates around the world and now she’s bringing the spectacular story of Captain Kidd to her readers.

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Jason Gardner, author of “A Flower in the Mouth” – A Flower in the Mouth is a book by award-winning photographer Jason Gardner, showing the culture, music, and rituals of the authentic, folkloric Carnaval festival in Pernambuco, Brazil. The 128pp book contains color and black & white images and interviews of the people shaping this dynamic culture, as well as writing from Jason’s experiences.

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Argyro Graphy, author of “The Adventures of Bentley Hippo” – A loud knock at the front door has Bentley startled.  Who could it be? An excited Jaxon rambles on not making any sense.  Racing ahead pointing in the distance Bentley follows this silly monkey.  A large crowd has gathered making it impossible for Jaxon to see what the fuss is all about. Sprinting to the front of the line, Jaxon is stopped and directed to the back of the line by the ticket agent.  Frustrated, Jaxon looks around waiting for the right moment.  Determined, he makes a mad dash. Bentley has his hands full with this hyperactive monkey.  The illustrations and expressions will have you giggling in this entertaining and educational story.  

BentleyTheHippo.com

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Taking Charge of Life – April 28, 2021

Please join us with authors Milda M. DeVoe, Sydnie Beaupre, and Ali Skylar.

Milda M. DeVoe, author of “Book & Baby: The Complete Guide to Managing Chaos & Becoming a Wildly Successful Writer-Parent” – Partly a fascinating memoir tracing the development of the nonprofit Pen Parentis, partly an encouraging how-to manual, and lastly a valuable collection of helpful tricks, tips, and resources for parents who write, Book & Baby, The Complete Guide to Managing Chaos & Becoming A Wildly Successful Writer-Parent is an inspiring writing craft book that showcases the experiences of more than 300 authors including such powerhouses as Patty Dann, Daphne Uviller, Mira Jacob, and Min Jin Lee, to address the various stages of parenthood and how a writing career could be affected at every stage from infancy to grown-and-flown. Drawing on experiences gleaned from ten years of running the literary nonprofit that helps writers stay on creative track after starting a family, Milda M. DeVoe, founder of Pen Parentis, puts her Columbia MFA to good use in creating this fun, readable, helpful, and inspiring reference book for parents, caregivers and others who feel they need time, money, or energy to get back to their writing careers.

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Sydnie Beaupré, author of “Dark One” – Readers of books written by Becca Fitzpatrick and Lauren Kate will love this take on Fallen Angels… When Khiara Banning was born, her soul— the purest of all souls— was inextricably intertwined with the outcome of the final battle between good and evil. However, due to her parents’ foolishness, she was cursed, cursed to be truly alone; no Guardian, no Soul Mate. But yet, when the fallen angel—Cael—heard the whisper of this and from the exact moment he first saw her, he knew with the core of his being that he above all others needed to protect her. Cael begged and pleaded with God to be appointed as her guardian and because He is fair, it was permitted. However, He ruled that if any mistakes were to be made, Cael would instantly be stripped of his title. Years later, the curse evolves in a terrifying new manner that not even God could have predicted. The only entity who knows the key to reversing the effects of her life, no… world-changing curse is none other than the Goddess, Morrigan, whose curse tainted Khiara in infancy. She alone has knowledge that could change Khiara’s fate forevermore. Can Cael’s perseverance, love, and angelic power surmount the poisonous evil influences that rise up as the final battle draws nearer? Will Khiara be able to endure the relentless onslaught? Her survival is crucial, as the fate of the world depends on it.

 

Ali Skylar, author of “Transforming “Ahh Crap” into a “Wholy Shift!” Created to inspire people with authentic, humorous, insightful, and gutsy explorations of everyday topics to help all of us move from sucky to soulful in our everyday lives.  Personal growth at the speed of life! The book was written in conjunction with a “workshop-on-the-go” for busy people seeking practical and powerful personal growth.

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