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Icefire Trilogy Book 3: Blood & Tears

Icefire Trilogy Book 3: Blood & Tears by Patty Jansen

Following the destruction of the City of Glass through an explosion of sonorics, huge numbers of refugees have descended upon the Chevakian capital Tiverius.

The refugees are mostly members of the rebel group Brotherhood of the Light, supporters of the old royal family. They are injured, scared and hungry, and few speak Chevakian. The young Queen Jevaithi and her lover Isandor are amongst them, safe from the Eagle Knights for now.

Young Eagle Knight Carro is waiting in an old farmhouse with his fellow Knights for the order to invade the camp, capture the Queen and deliver her back to his father, where she will continue to live as imprisoned puppet for the Knights’ tyranny.

The Chevakians know none of this, and struggle to contain the refugee population, and the dangerous sonorics contamination the people have brought from their ravaged country, contamination that defies Chevakian efforts to contain it, and is getting worse, not better.

In their struggle for power, the Brotherhood and the Knights disturbed something from an ancient and magic civilisation.

The sorcerer Tandor knows what happened, but he is on death row in a Chevakian jail.
The southern woman Loriane is aware of the things that are required, but she is amongst Chevakians who can’t understand her.

The Chevakian proctor Sadorius han Chevonian could put the pieces of the puzzle together, but he is struggling to keep the peace, and besides, Chevakians don’t believe in magic.

Meanwhile, the massive, and malevolent, sonorics cloud drifts towards the city, hungry for revenge.

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The Blue Witch

The Blue Witch by Kevis Hendrickson

An evil witch hatches a plot to destroy the kingdom of Kaldan. Kòdobos Falinn must embark on a perilous quest to save his kingdom from the malevolent witch.

Taken from the legendarium of the ancient tales of Arva, The Blue Witch retells the legend of Prince Kòdobos, his knights, his love for Enolia and the great war that was waged to rescue her from a jealous king. It also tells of the coming of a menacing witch and the fall of a great kingdom. Hearken to a tale of mighty warriors, lusty maidens, and foul treachery. The Blue Witch awaits you!

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The One That Binds

The One That Binds by Daniel Murano

The Dark Rainbow Project Book One

Raine Falinmore is a young woman with massive potential in a rapidly decaying world. Despite her secret supernatural ability to heal plant life, the land around the home of her deceased parents continues to deteriorate.

Raine’s already shaky world is upended when she discovers a network of caves that runs beneath her property and a group of orphans who live in it. Although her appearance is not met kindly by the orphans or the property’s duplicitous caretaker, Raine knows that her mother would have wanted her to befriend and save the orphans. And when Raine discovers that the orphans are trying to protect a legendary, mysteriously powerful tree on the premises, she knows that it is her destiny. As the environment plagued with earthquakes and a forest fire continues to decay, Raine uncovers a web of murder and betrayal that dates back to her parents’ deaths, forcing her to decide if she has the inner strength to save the world she loves.

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Mythical

Mythical by C.E. Martin

Teens Josie Winters and Jimmy Kane are drawn into a world of monsters and magic they never knew existed when they find a super soldier left for dead in the desert.

Returning to life with partial amnesia, Colonel Mark Kenslir eventually remembers his last mission: stop a shapeshifter on the loose in America. It can take the form, memories and even the powers of anyone- by ripping out and consuming their heart. Kenslir and his squad were sent to stop the shapeshifter, but were all killed by the monster.

Unarmed, with no support and not sure who to trust, Kenslir sets out with the teens to stop the shapeshifter’s killing spree.

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Icefire Trilogy Book 2: Dust & Rain

Icefire Trilogy Book 2: Dust & Rain by Patty Jansen

Fifteen years ago, a brilliant scientist built a barrier against the dangerous power that radiates from the City of Glass in the southern land, allowing the citizens of Chevakia to live without fear of their lives. Since then, the democracy of Chevakia has prospered, with free-thinking scientists developing steam power and the beginnings of electricity.

But the power, which they call sonorics, controls the weather in Chevakia.
Senator Sadorius han Chevonian is the country’s chief meteorologist. While taking measurements for his job, he is the first to notice a rapid rise of sonorics levels out-of-season. The senate is locked in trivial debate, and to make them listen, he has to take a step he never thought to make.

After the huge explosion of the machine they call the Heart of the City, Loriane has fled the southern land with the sorcerer Tandor, who hovers in and out of consciousness. But while Tandor isn’t speaking, she cannot confirm her fears that he caused the explosion, and that the child she carries has something to do with his twisted plans to seize power from the Eagle Knights who rule the City of Glass.
Just before the explosion, southern queen Jevaithi fled into Chevakia with her young lover Isandor. While they think they’re free of the tyranny of the Eagle Knights, it soon becomes clear something very bad has happened in the City of Glass soon after their escape. Something so bad that it sends waves of sonorics into Chevakia, causing even the Chevakians to flee.

Several streams of refugees are heading for the Chevakian capital. Southerners by train, Chevakians by road, into a city that is tragically unprepared, a country in turmoil with a leader whose support hangs by the merest thread.

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{Guest} James T Cochrane

Max & The Gatekeeper by James Todd Cochrane

For me, writing is an adventure.  I am one of those authors who knows pieces of a story but not how the whole thing fits together.  It must be the way my muse likes to toy with me.  Give me a little information so that I have to start writing to see what happens.  So, when I write the rough draft, it’s as if I’m reading the story for the first time.
As a young adult author, I have had a chance to visit with over seventy schools in eight states.  Meeting with people who like your books has to be the second best thing about being an author.  The students are who have motivated me to keep writing.  I’ve actually had a couple of classes help me develop characters that have been incorporated into my stories.
Currently, I am working on The Dark Society (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV).  I am hoping to have it ready for spring or early summer of 2013.  This has been the hardest of the four books to write as I am tying in current events happening around the world into the story.  This added with the fact that I have a lot more subplots in this story are making it a complex book to write.
I have ideas for five books in the Max and the Gatekeeper series.  I have several other stories which are unrelated to Max and the Gatekeeper rattling around in my brain.  I hope to start on one of those in the next couple of months.  One is a science fiction that wasn’t intended to be a young adult novel, but I have thought of a way to make it for young adults.
I currently live in Madison, Wisconsin and am taking sailing lessons.  I am know wondering if I can think of a pirate adventure or maybe some kind of horror at sea.  Water can be dark and mysterious but also life giving and full of promise.   There are lots of stories waiting to be written.

Author Bio

James Todd Cochrane was born in Fremont, California.  He received his BA from Utah State University, where he majored in Business Information Systems with a minor in German.

A writer since elementary school, he published his first novel, Max and the Gatekeeper, in 2007.  The sequels, The Hourglass of Souls and The Descendant and the Demon’s Fork, followed

He now lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he writes part-time while working as a computer programmer.

His first novel, Max and the Gatekeeper, is on the Accelerated Readers List and was a 2010-2011 Alaska Battle Book.

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Max & The Gatekeeper

A war has been waging for centuries; a magical and technological battle between good and evil. This conflict will affect life everywhere, but not everyone is aware it exists. When twelve-year old Max Rigdon is sent to stay with his grandfather for the summer, he unwillingly enters the fight.

The day Max steps off the bus he is marked with an evil curse and immediately becomes the target of evil men and creatures with designs on ruling the universe. Not only does this curse cause Max physical pain but it allows his enemies to track and find him. He soon learns that the reason for this unwanted attention is because his grandfather is the keeper of a gateway; a powerful machine that makes travel to hundreds of strange unknown worlds possible. The enemy will do anything to gain possession of this power in their quest to control all worlds.

With the help of his friend Cindy and others, Max must quickly learn the necessary skills to survive if he is to avoid the deadly trap that has been planned for him and his grandfather. A trap that has been decades in the making with Max as the missing piece. If successful it will change life as we know it.

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Pryde’s Choice {short story}

Pryde’s Choice by Kevis Hendrickson

After committing a horrible crime against the Gaiad, the eternal guardians of the woods, a remorseful knight is forced to confront his demons. Pryde’s Choice is a heroic tale of redemption and hope reminding us that it’s never too late to make amends for the past.

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Icefire Trilogy Book 1: Fire & Ice

Icefire Trilogy Book 1: Fire & Ice by Patty Jansen

Deep under the City of Glass in the frozen southern land, an age-old machine called the Heart of the City radiates a power which locals call icefire. Most citizens are immune to it, but a few, always born with physical disabilities, can bend it to their will. For fifty years, the ruling Eagle Knights, who fly on the back of giant birds, have killed these Imperfects, fearing the return of the old royal family, who used icefire to cut out people’s hearts, turning them into ghostly servitors.

The old king’s grandson Tandor only sees the good things icefire brought: power and technology now forgotten while the people of the south live in dire poverty. He’s had enough of seeing his fellow kinsfolk slaughtered by ignorant Knights, of Imperfect babies being abandoned on the ice floes to be eaten by wild animals. His grandfather’s diary tells him how to increase the beat of the Heart the first step to making the land glorious once more. Arrogant as he is, he sets the machine in motion. All he needs is an army of Imperfect servitors to control the resulting power.
Isandor is Imperfect, an ex-Knight apprentice, betrayed by his best friend and running for his life.

The queen Jevaithi is Imperfect, living like a prisoner amidst leering Knights, surviving only because the common people would rebel if their beloved queen were harmed.

Both are young and desperate and should be grateful that Tandor wants to rescue them from their hopeless situations. Or so he thinks. The youngsters, however, have no inclination to become heartless ghosts, but while they defy Tandor, the Heart beats, and he alone cannot control its power.

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{Guest} L Blankenship

Kickstarter by L Blankenship

People who know me would be surprised if they knew I’m writing a six-part gritty fantasy romance. I’m publishing the first part this year — Disciple, Part I: For Want of a Piglet.

They wouldn’t be surprised by the “fantasy” part — I love fantasy, and always have. And not surprised by the “gritty” part because I’m the sort who’s just as fascinated by the ugly, grimy side of life as the smooth, beautiful side. They wouldn’t even be surprised that it’s six parts, because I love big, meaty stories just as much as the next fantasy fan. Read the rest of this entry

Burns Like The Sun

Burns Like The Sun by Amanda Stafford & Melissa Melton

Emeline Ryan — an orphan trapped forever in the beauty and naiveté of her nineteen-year-old self — first lays eyes on haughty vampire Jude Archer in London, 1854. For Jude, it is love (and lust) at first sight. For Emeline… not so much. The brief moment sparks a singular obsession in Jude. Determined to have her, he stalks Emeline across the Atlantic, across the breadth of her native America, and across time. More than 150 years later, flitting among the metropolises of 21st century America, the pair is still engaged in an epic game of cat-and-mouse. The world has changed dramatically, but they have not. As always, Emeline runs from Jude and the destructiveness of her vampiric nature he represents. Jude still chases his unrequited love, a symbol of virtue and human sensibilities he is not even aware he desires. Yet, for those with eternity stretched out before them, time becomes fluid — and like a river current, it can wear down even the most unchangeable elements. As Emeline reaches the point where she must decide whether or not to stop running, the dark corpses in Jude’s closet begin cropping up in her present, and it becomes clear his past could be a threat to their future.

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