Heart of the Empire by Carrie Summers

Heart of the Empire (The Broken Lands Book 1)


Two young people fighting for justice…

On opposite sides of the war.

Tainted magic spills from a crack between worlds. Quakes rattle the Atal Empire, opening rifts that sunder towns. As the land shatters and betrayals cleave the Emperor’s court, ancient power awakens in a flame-haired young woman.

Savra, a miner on a remote coast, lives in innocence of her Emperor’s savage rule. Only her father’s disappearance–and the rumors of his rebel connections–break her illusion. But when she’s suddenly torn from her home, turned pawn in the plots of madmen, a chance meeting with a young man provides the first glimpse of her tangled destiny.

For nineteen years, Kostan has been groomed for one thing: ascension to the throne. One of thirteen imperial Scions, he bears a wound that won’t heal until his twenty-first birthday. On that date, the shape of the Scions’ scars will determine the next Atal Emperor.

Savra secretly fears she carries her father’s rebel blood. Kostan despises everything the Empire stands for. Neither desires a fight, but as the Empire crumbles around them, they stand on opposite sides of a war. Each can be part of the Empire’s salvation, but only if they can bridge the chasm dividing them.

Tangled fates. Epic stakes. Read it now and join thousands who have entered the Broken Lands.

Books in this series:

Heart of the Empire
Rise of the Storm
Fate of the Drowned

Other books by Carrie Summers:

Shattering of the Nocturnai series:

Nightforged
Shadowbound
Duskwoven
Darkborn

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Arcane by Sever Bronny

Arcane (The Arinthian Line Book 1)


A coming of age young adult saga readers are comparing to Harry Potter, Wheel of Time, and Eragon. A tale of magic, ambition, betrayal . . . and compassion.

Fourteen-year-old Augum grew up with bullies instead of friends. In a kingdom where superstition trumped the written word, he fought loneliness by reading books and doing hard labor. It was a typical life for a gutter-born orphan.

An inferno changes everything. And Augum, having lost it all, begins again. He finds a mentor and even befriends Bridget and Leera, two passionate and quirky girls willing to give him a chance. Together they dream of becoming warlocks.

But Augum’s mentor possesses an ancient and highly sought-after artifact. When an ambitious tyrant suddenly turns up demanding it, Augum resists–and discovers something about himself that changes the course of history. As the tyrant plunges them into a harrowing ordeal, Augum will have to use his newly-learned spells to try to save the only thing he has left . . . a friendship forged in fire.

Delve into the magical world of The Arinthian Line and see why fans describe Augum, Bridget and Leera as “beloved characters.”

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The Enchanted Box Set Collection by May, Middleton, Stevens, Mayer, Starkey, DeHavin, & Peebles

The Enchanted Box Set Collection


**Click on the ‘look inside’ feature to see covers, blurbs, and book trailers**

Some stories have been previously published.

11 thrilling stories in one volume
11 sexy heroes.
11 strong heroines.

These works of fiction are from some of today’s most exciting authors.
A star-studded anthology of thrilling, action-packed and totally swoon-worthy first books by your favorite fantasy authors.

Crush by Chrissy Peebles
Eternal Vows by Chrissy Peebles
Seventh Mark by W.J. May
Rae of Hope by W.J. May
Blur by Kristen Middleton
Enchanted Secrets by Kristen Middleton
Captured by Erica Stevens
Deceived by L.A. Starkey
Vampire in Denial by Dale Mayer
Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer
Nine Lives by Karin DeHavin

Each story is the first book in each author’s series. Some questions won’t be answered without purchasing the next book.

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Moss Forest Orchid by Shari L. Tapscott

Moss Forest Orchid (Silver and Orchids Book 1)


What happens when a feisty adventuress, a lord looking to make his own way in the world, and a handsome sea captain set out to find Kalae’s rarest and most valuable flower?

Trouble—and lots of it.

Lucia needs a job, and she needs one fast. Looting dragon caves hasn’t proven profitable lately, and she’s tired of waiting tables. Her business partner usually finds the work, but Sebastian isn’t speaking with her, and Lucia’s getting desperate.

Luckily, Lucia finds a simple request posted on a community board. All the man wants is an orchid. Nothing to it.

Except the flower only grows in a montane cloud forest in Grenalda… And Lucia must take a ship through sea serpent-infested waters to get there… And her new helpful friend—the one and only, dashing Captain Avery Greybrow—just might be a pirate.

At this rate, Lucia’s not sure if she’ll ever reach the orchid. But she’s determined to try.

Romance, magic, and adventure come together in a new series that’s perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, and Kristin Cashore.

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Deliverance Mary Fields by Miantae Metcalf McConnell

Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States: A Montana History


AWARD WINNING CREATIVE NONFICTION BIOGRAPHY

1885 – 1914. Mary Fields, a fifty-three-year old second-generation slave, emancipated and residing in Toledo, receives news of her friend’s impending death. Remedies packed in her satchel, Mary rushes to board the Northern Pacific. Days later, she arrives in the Montana wilderness to find Mother Mary Amadeus lying on frozen earth in a broken-down cabin. Certain that the cloister of frostbit Ursuline nuns and their students, Indian girls rescued from nearby reservations, will not survive without assistance, Mary decides to stay.

She builds a hennery, makes repairs to living quarters, cares for stock, and treks into the mountains to provide food. Brushes with death do not deter her. Mary drives a horse and wagon through perilous terrain and sub zero blizzards to improve the lives of missionaries, homesteaders and Indians and, in the process, her own.

After weathering wolf attacks, wagon crashes and treacherous conspiracies by scoundrels, local politicians and the state’s first Catholic bishop, Mary Fields creates another daring plan. An avid patriot, she is determined to register for the vote. The price is high. Will she manifest her personal vision of independence?

PRAISE FOR DELIVERANCE

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

“Under McConnell’s hand, the atmosphere, frontier challenges, and landscapes of Montana come to life. Mary Fields is a true historical figure, dramatized in novel format. Her story will delight readers who look for a blend of accurate historical facts, hard-hitting drama, and realistic scenes powered by a feisty protagonist whose values and concerns become part of the social changes sweeping the nation.”—Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Miantae Metcalf McConnell has fashioned a historical narrative marrying prose and poetry, fact with creative writing. With the discerning eye of a photographer, the deft hand of a historian, and the literary heart of a poet, the life of Mary Fields, legendary black woman of Montana, rises majestically off the page into living history. If the reader has any interest in Mary Fields, aka Stagecoach Mary, Deliverance is the one book you must read.—Michael Searles, Author, Emeritus Professor of History, Augusta University, Georgia

Miantae Metcalf McConnell provides us with a great story and history of Mary Fields, an important black westerner. A must read for youths and adults. —Bruce Glasrud, Author, Professor Emeritus, California State University

WISHING SHELF U.K. 2016 Finalist Nonfiction

REVIEWS
‘Powerfully written with excellent characterization. The author knows her history and seamlessly has her characters live within it. Wonderful cover too.’

‘This author works wonders with her pen. The prose really is lovely; every sentence is a joy to read. A fascinating tell on the life of Stagecoach Mary.’

‘… a well-researched, thoroughly enjoyable novel based on a strong, black woman living in the west. I’d highly recommend it anybody.’

‘…Rich pickings for any history student.’

‘Excellent in many ways. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on women’s right to vote. This was very well researched; I’d recommend it to history students. It’s so well written I had no idea what happened and what didn’t. I always enjoy books
with a strong female hero.’

‘A fascinating, hard-hitting saga. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

MIANTAE METCALF MCCONNELL’S RESEARCH enabled USPS historians to verify Mary Fields as the first African American woman star route mail carrier in the U.S. A fact-based chronicle of Fields’ life in Montana from 1885 until her death, the narrative examines women rights, bootleg politics, Montana’s turn-of-the-century transition from territory to state and its scandalous 1914 woman suffrage election.

AWARDS
Finalist Chanticleer Laramie Awards 2016
Finalist Wishing Shelf Awards 2016

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Lilac Dreams by Ify Okonta

Lilac Dreams: Sovereign Jewels


Accustomed to supernatural revelations, Omaka Ochuba is shown a vision for her secondary school. She eagerly dives into bringing it to pass, but her efforts are thwarted repeatedly by the school’s mean popular girls.

Ona, Omaka’s twin sister, is disheartened at her inability to hear God’s voice and drifts away from her faith. A sudden change in school brings her love and renewed hope, but the reality of an inevitable separation places a shadow over her happiness.

Will Omaka win the fight for the soul of her school?
Can Ona cling to her new love or find her way back to a love greater than every other?

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Generation by J.J. Green

Generation (Shadows of the Void Space Opera Serial Book 1)


What if the alien who wants to kill you looks exactly like your best friend?

Martian Chief Security Officer Jas Harrington must protect her starship’s crew from hostile aliens.

For the efficient if quick-tempered Jas, that hasn’t been too hard up till now. But the captain is drug-addled, and he’s hungry for the bonuses he gets from finding valuable resources on new worlds.

When the captain won’t listen to Jas’ fears about a mysterious planet, he is compromised by contact with a strange life form. A life form that threatens to take over the entire ship and return to Earth, where it can spread its deadly infection.

Now Jas is in a race against time, fighting to quarantine the alien infection and prevent the aliens from achieving their goal: Generation. She doesn’t realize it yet, but as she fights to save her crew, the future of all humanity hangs in the balance.

Generation is book one in the fast-paced, action-packed Shadows of the Void space opera series.

“…well-written sci-fi heroine.”

“Great characters, fast-paced action and insidious aliens.”

“…roller-coaster ride that seldom lets up.”

“This one will hook you from the first few pages and won’t let go. It’s well thought out and the writing is fantastic.”

“Very good characters with plenty of depth and a very good plot line.”

“…a fabulous, fast-paced story that doesn’t let up from the first paragraph.”

“…reminded me of sci-fi written by Andre Norton…strong female protagonist.”

Sign up for a free copy of the Shadows of the Void prequel, Starbound, at JJ Green’s reader group: http://jjgreenauthor.com/

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The Serenity Stone Murder by Marianne Jones

The Serenity Stone Murder


After a long winter in their small town of Jackpine, best friends Margaret and Louise are looking forward to enjoying some R&R in Thunder Bay. Louise has insisted that their stay include taking part in a women’s “discover your inner goddess” retreat. Margaret plans to track down a famously reclusive wildlife artist to persuade him to do a workshop for her art club in Jackpine.
Things get off to a rocky start when their hotel refuses to accommodate Louise’s canine companion Vince, and they are forced to stay at a dodgy establishment over a strip bar. Then Margaret clashes with the retreat leader. To complicate matters further, a dead body turns up next door to their retreat.
The deceased turns out to be a local casino manager with a lot of enemies. When Margaret spots the dead man’s widow being squired around town by a male companion, her curiosity is piqued. The ever-intrepid friends, against all advice and their better judgment, become embroiled in looking for clues to the murder. It’s a search that takes them all over the city and surrounding countryside, where they encounter a whole cast of possible suspects, including a dangerously lovelorn church organist, a stripper-turned barmaid, a fiery septuagenarian, and a widow with very expensive tastes. But are they getting too close to the truth for their own good?
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The Orphan’s Secret by R J Francis

The Orphan’s Secret (Principality Book 1)


Nineteen-year-old orphan Elaina has a lot going for her. She’s beautiful. She’s creative—crafting gourmet dairy products in a factory she built. She’s also a brilliant student, finding higher dimensional physics quite simple, really.

But she’s alone much of the day. She has no family and only two friends: her magnificent black horse, and her private tutor, Alessa.

Everything changes the day Elaina rescues the handsome Prince Jaimin of Arra. Pulled into his turbulent world, she becomes the secret girlfriend of a future king, and discovers true friendship and love.

When a bitter evil threatens to destroy her, the prince, her new friends, and the rest of the kingdom, Elaina finds a remarkable power within herself. Along with this power, she discovers who she truly is, the incredible truth about her parents, and how she came to live on the farm.

She also learns that only she can save everything she loves.

Follow Elaina, Prince Jaimin, and the socialite genius Nastasha, as they unravel clues from their past to save their kingdom.

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