Between the shadows of the human world, a war as old as time is being fought. Ageless pantheons scheme to obtain or keep control, provoked by the weight of human belief which has altered the realm of the divine.
An ancient prophecy speaks of a human woman who will alter the course of this divine war, a descendant of a Great House mired in misfortune and blood, whose history was shaped by the cruelty of the gods.
On a day as unremarkable as any other, Elena Vicens, a young woman living a seemingly ordinary life, receives a letter about a deposit box belonging to her mother, nineteen years after her mother’s death. When this letter sends her on a journey halfway across the world from New Orleans to Japan, Elena unknowingly comes into possession of a cursed inheritance. She is suddenly thrust into a world of myths and legends, where the intangible and the strange are the fabric of everyday life, and deathless gods vie for victory at any cost.
As allies converge to help Elena fulfill the prophecy, one of whom is struggling with his own inheritance, Elena must choose for herself the measure of her own destiny.
>>>The Butterfly Crest is a Finalist in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest
“Intriguing, imaginative and very original story… It is an exceptional read.” —Mamta Madhavan, Readers’ Favorite.
“A strong story with a beautifully strong female main character, in a world and with a story line that is imaginative and unique. If you are looking for a read for the summer that will have you hooked within the first pages and hold your interest until the very end, leaving you wanting more… then this is your book.” —Kathryn Bennett, Readers’ Favorite.
FEATURED BOOK: The Art of Trapeze: One Woman’s Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening by Molly McCord
Genre: Memoir, Travel, Spiritual Awareness
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On a random Thursday morning, with nothing to lose and only a dream to gain, Molly McCord decides to move to Paris, France to follow the courageous call of her heart. She arrives in a city she has never visited before and where she knows no one, yet she trusts her ability to figure it out because her adventurous life has prepared her for this biggest of leaps. She carries the wisdom of Solitude, Strength, Style, Flexibility, Heart, Endurance, and Grace in her non-matching luggage collection.
Molly’s soul-riveting experiences unfold in surprising ways as she discovers the joys and realities of life as a foreigner in France, falls in love with a sexy Turkish man, moves her cats across the Atlantic, enjoys the rare opportunity of working for a U.S. Ambassador, and creates the life of her dreams in less than two years.
Yet when unexpected developments require her to surrender once again, a higher consciousness catches her with a deeper spiritual awakening.
“The Art of Trapeze” soars with emotional honesty, delightful humor, unexpected wisdom, and inspiring spiritual perspectives around living life to the fullest when nothing is guaranteed except gravity.
** “The Art of Trapeze had me swinging through a swirl of spirit and sisterhood. An intensely relatable read- down to earth, charming, humorous, poignant, and infinitely wise – for those of us on the path of self discovery and even those who just want a good story – you will love this book!”~ Sass Jordan, Juno Award-winning Artist, Canadian Idol Judge, Broadway actress
** “An inspiring memoir about a brave go-getter who makes things happen! Molly guides us readers into the power of reemergence as the shining jewels we really are.”~ Rosemary Sneeringer, Literary Editor, Author, TheBookNurturer.com
Genre: Military Science Fiction, Space Opera
All alone at the edge of human territory, a clandestine Imperial facility has suddenly fallen silent, and operative Elm Caden has been tasked by the Empress herself to find out why. Haunted by his past, in a series of unprecedented and increasingly unnerving episodes, Caden wants and expects a straightforward mission with a simple conclusion. What he finds is a woman whose mind is missing.
As the evidence of a hostile incursion mounts, and the Imperial Combine begins to mobilise a massive retaliatory strike against a neighbouring power, Caden and his companions discover a web of intrigue which becomes steadily more disturbing. One thing is clear: the threat is very real, very dangerous, and it has its origins somewhere in the Deep Shadows. Out there, in the darkness between the bright arms of the galaxy, something subversive and malignant is preparing for a conflict capable of changing the face of the entire Milky Way.
Driven by its personable characters and heart-thumping battle scenes, and eschewing the traditional clichés of science fiction, Steal from the Devil imparts a sense of believable events unfolding in a realistic universe. After all, in a galaxy with billions of stars, sometimes reality is stranger – and more terrifying – than any fiction…
FEATURED BOOK: The Girl Who Remained Elusive(Part 1 of a YA Dystopian Serialized Novel) by Whitney Pagano
Genre: Sci/fi, dystopian
Some things you should know about me:
I’m seventeen. The world is gone to hell. I sleep in a cave with a couple dozen other people, hiding from a government corporation intent on keeping every single human being on the planet too doped up to be aware of their surroundings. As far as I know, we are are the only ones on this earth who still remain uncaptured and free from Isis’ claws.
Maybe we’ve just been lucky. Or maybe our success at sticking to the rule has been what’s kept us all alive this time. And here, in my world where human life has little to no value, and people roam the streets like half-dead unthinking corpses, there are many rules, but none more important than the Golden Rule:
Stay out of sight. Remain unseen. Because that’s the only way one has a chance to stay alive.
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Thriller
In this second book of The PSS Chronicles, Olivia Black is back and so is her ghost hand.
Only this time she’s not the one in need of rescue.
Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers’ list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.
Olivia doesn’t expect it to be easy. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.
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Your world’s water supply is reaching its finite end. Aquifers are drying, and water is being divided between production of food, medicine, and agriculture. When America found itself on the brink of Malthusian catastrophe, population control was installed for the greatest good for the greatest possible number of people. Inevitable is a near-future legal thriller which is driven both by the transformations of its characters, and the protagonist’s attempt to escape his early death.
Benjamin Zachary expects to receive his Fairness In Nature And Life Act (FINAL) letter from The Office of Population Management, but he grows suspicious and nervous when he fails to receive it within the customary days after turning twenty one. While his mind grows with fear of The Office, he also entertains the exciting possibility that he may have been forgotten, as he teeters between emotional and logical responses.
Ben soon learns that his hope is unwarranted and he is being accused of a crime he did not commit for a second time. He is wanted for immediate trial by Panel Hearing. Once he is caught, he struggles to face his own death, knowing that he has little chance of defeating The Office at its own game. He has no lawyer to represent him, no knowledge of the rules of the hearing process, and he finds that the Panel that is going to decide his fate is hand-picked by his adversary, Office Director Dante Ringer.
His only hope is his friend, Patricia Mullins, whose cold acknowledgment of The Office’s necessity juxtaposed with her feelings for her friend, twist her into conflicting directions. But Ben is compelled to rely on Patricia’s brilliant mind because she is able to see past the distractions of what she believes, and focus on what she can prove.
During the course of his Panel Hearing, he finds himself in the position he so detests. He is forced to choose between his own life and the lives of innocents. He has a choice between doing what he knows is just by freeing himself of a crime he did not commit, and letting himself perish. But he feels that if he chooses himself first, he has harmed another. And resigns himself to the fate that awaits everyone, choosing to do what he believes is right over what he knows is fair.
Do you wish you were in leadership, or are you frustrated with being in leadership? Do you wonder why leadership sucks? You are not alone.
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Miles uses the first person throughout to personalize the account, which is based upon not only his perspective, but his successful experiences as such a leader. As he explains, a leader role is less forgiving, with organizational leaders held to a much higher standard and less able to recover from mistakes. While Miles’ book isn’t the only guide available, it is the most succinct, hard-hitting survey on the market, linking personal ideals and ethics to business and spiritual pursuits alike.
-Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
A young business senior may find it much more palatable than many out on the market today, and I am pretty sure if I was starting out and had read it, I would have made a lot fewer mistakes and have had a much better rep as a leader, maybe. Because it’s all exactly that – bite sized and accessible without reading like a tome on business theory from a knowledgeable and entertaining author…a smart choice for a speedy, easy read to get your chops down pat for business leadership.
-Catherine Tosko, Self Publishing Review
Miles has held positions as General Manager for several small businesses or business units over the years. He currently works for Rawhide Boys Ranch as Vehicle Program Director. Miles has broad management skills across many functional business disciplines in accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, and leadership. Miles earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oral Roberts University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.
Born a Hoosier, raised an Okie, and currently residing in the Frozen Tundra of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Miles Anthony Smith is a happily married husband of Carolyn and a proud father of three. Now in his mid-30s, he was fortunate to have been given a significant leadership opportunity by his father at the age of 25. He is a classically trained violist, violinist, and composer, with passion in the fields of small-business management, marketing, macroeconomics, servant leadership, Classical education, and Christian apologetics.
Miles, a Gen X’er leader and author, cares enough about organizational health to make the tough decisions, hire and coach the right people, set clear expectations, develop a strong team culture, and strengthen organizational cash flow, exhibiting both humility and fierce resolve. His mission in life is “To Chart the Course, Pave the Pathway, and Light the Lane for Others to Eclipse My Own Success in Leadership.”
Genre: Young adult paranormal romance or urban fantasy
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Young Adult Paranormal Romance / Fantasy
Do you know what it feels like to die? Alastrina Byrne does; she dies all the time. She has felt the pangs of starvation, the wounds of being stoned and the burn of fire behind cries of “witch.” Yet, she cannot reach her true death. She is a three-century-old Imati with the face of a seventeen-year-old girl.
Ally is on the run from Seeker assassins, a secret brotherhood determined to kill her kind. Forced to flee and pack up her life for the umpteenth time, she moves cross-country to hide out in a small, but quirky town: Belfast, Maine.
Ally just wants to be “normal” — but she is haunted by the mistakes of her past. However Belfast and its residents are different and for the first time in a century, she meets a boy — Connor Winfield.
But Connor has secrets of his own; secrets that could get Ally killed and the two of them together will change everything.
Set in a world of immortals, Souljumpers, Seekers and ancient prophecies — with flashbacks to Ally’s life in 18th century Ireland, the French Revolution, 19th century South America, a slave ship bound for the New World, and beyond — this is a journey about choices and how the decisions we make in the past, have consequences in our future.
Mazie Reynolds has moxie from the top of her bruised face to the tip of her broken wrist. She married a man she adored, and who adored her in return. But over fourteen years, her happy marriage soured with each new beating. When his attentions shift to their twelve-year-old daughter, Mazie knows it’s time to get the hell out. She hatches a plan to escape. But can she outwit the man she vowed to obey until death do they part?
Genre: fantasy, young adult
No SanClare fated to bear the title “Prince of Sorrows” ever enjoyed an easy life, and soon after Nylan learns he will carry this prince-name, his existence as a sheltered Sensitive comes to a brutal end. Abducted by pirates who leave his beloved guardian for dead, Nylan is thrown through the Breach into magic-fearing Camarat where he lands with a broken shoulder and only a few, frayed strands of his unraveled memory.
Once shielded by his guardian, Nylan must endure the invasion of thoughts and emotions from even the slightest touch. This dangerous empathy leads Nylan to the accidental discovery of his healing ability, but when he dares to use this power to save a dying woman, Nylan is convicted of witchcraft and thrown into the streets.
Faced with only one way to survive, Nylan sells his body to buy his escape from the harsh slums of Camarat and becomes famous for his unmatched skill and beauty. But as his guardian searches both sides of the Breach for his lost prince, Nylan’s secret use of his healing powers to help those in need brings him a different sort of fame—and the attention of a power-hungry man who realizes that Nylan possesses exactly what he’s been looking for.
About Once Written, Twice Shy by Carey Decevito
After a bitter marriage, Paxton seeks respite from his loss. Rediscovering his writing, he never expected creating a piece worthy of reading nor for two unsuspecting paths to cross in the most unconventional of ways.
Thousands of miles separated them, yet he’d never felt closer to anyone. Finding out that happiness and love was attainable again, was one thing. Having Alissa, was another.
When the two meet, sparks fly, chemistry is beyond explosive, and emotions reach a boiling point. Their brief love affair ignited the fuse but what Paxton neglected to anticipate was that his son would fall for the sweet, meek demurred woman in Alissa or the fact the woman would be their salvation…in more ways than one.
About Taste by Cambria Hebert
A Take It Off standalone novel
One taste is never enough…
Spencer Waller’s main purpose in life is to protect and serve. After spending years in the military, he gets a coveted spot on the Secret Service detail protecting the president. Spence doesn’t have time for women or all the work having a relationship with one requires. But just because he isn’t looking for a lady doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate a beautiful one when he sees her.
And he makes it a point to see one in particular every single day.
Elle Bond has literally chopped and fried her way to the top of the food chain. Earning a coveted position in the White House as the president’s personal chef, she figures her professional life can only get better. Her personal life, on the other hand, could use a little bit of an overhaul, and because of that, she tries to ignore the charm-dripping cookie thief every time he comes into her kitchen. After all, she knows better than anyone that just one taste of something good is never enough.
One night after work, Elle is assaulted, threatened, and given an ultimatum. She can’t go to the police, and she sure as hell can’t do what she was ordered.
But she has to. Or else.
Pale, shaken, and scared to death, Elle confides in Spence, and his protective instincts take over. Together, Elle and Spencer have to uncover a sinister plot and stop it before someone ends up dead.
About Shade by Marilyn Peake
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Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. The summer before Shade’s junior year of high school, her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend and moves them once again to a new town.
This time, they move into a dilapidated old house where Shade has an entire attic bedroom to herself—at least until she discovers it’s haunted by the ghost of a teenaged boy named Brandon Yates. When Shade’s best friend goes missing, her life becomes even more complicated. With the help of Brandon who’s struggling with his own issues in the world beyond, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a true hero.
Although this novel deals with a number of serious issues—drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, and disturbing world events—it’s primarily a novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she’s capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.
SHADE is a YA Mystery novel with Paranormal elements.
About A Taste of Fire by R. Tezak
What if you were scarred and you didn’t know why?
What if your blood was the aphrodisiac of the underworld?
What if your life line is not years but centuries and you couldn’t remember any of it?
You might not recall that you’re seriously involved with a sexy and dangerous vampire (although really he’s hard to forget). You might not know why his ex-girlfriend wants you dead, or why an attractive yet psychotic detective is out for your blood. But that’s the pitfall of amnesia, I can’t remember four years into my past let along four centuries.
But I know this my name is Zara, my blood is fire, and everyone’s dying for a taste.
About Simply Irresistible: A Spruce Creek Romance by Sharon Burgess
This is a complete romance novel – there is no cliffhanger ending. Simply Irresistible is a ‘sweet romance’ – no graphic sex. That’s not to say there is no sex, but it takes place behind closed doors.
A Spruce Creek Romance
Kat Morelli, determined to escape the scrutiny of her parents, accepts a job as a veterinary technician in the Rocky Mountain town of Spruce Creek, Colorado. She thinks her boss is a pompous ass and she doesn’t especially like him. But when she is attacked in his clinic, she moves into his apartment for her own safety.
Jordan Walker, DVM, is a man with a lot of baggage. Since he is always dragging it with him, he is not a very nice person. But he doesn’t need to be nice to know his duty and do it. Kat was attacked in his clinic. She might still be at risk. His duty is to protect her, even if it means letting her be his roommate.
Can Jordan shed his baggage? Can Kat overcome her dislike of the surly vet? Can their relationship survive the ultimate betrayal?
Featured Book: Whispers of Hope: Transcending Abuse, Cancer and Divorce to Embrace Peace by Denise Cunningham
About Whispers of Hope: Transcending Abuse, Cancer and Divorce to Embrace Peace by Denise Cunningham
Have you ever wondered, “Is there more to life than merely surviving?” If you’re ready to set down the baggage from your past and experience lasting peace, joy, and love in your life, then this book and its transformational tools can be a gentle guide on your journey to thriving.
Whispers of Hope is an inspirational story of courage, resilience, and forgiveness. It chronicles the author’s victory over generational patterns of abuse, addiction, suicide, and cancer, and offers heart-changing practices to empower you. Through its pages you’ll discover that inner peace is possible, no matter what has happened in your past. You are not broken and you are not alone. There is hope in all situations. It’s whispering all the time…Are you ready to hear its messages?
About Peril by Frank Howell Evans
Free on kindle! Detective Jules Poiret falls ill. From his hospital bed he and his assistant Miss Sarah Long have to solve the murder of the lady on the bus.
According to Wikipedia, Jules Poiret was inspired by Sherlock Holmes and in turn inspired Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. Created in 1909 by writer Frank Howel Evans, Jules Poiret is one of the grandfathers of the British detective genre.
This year sees Sophie Hannah writing the first new Hercule Poirot book in 39 years, The Monogram Murders, the first new Lord Peter Wimsey book and the first new Albert Campion book since the death of their respective original writers. It also sees the publication of the stories of detective Jules Poiret on Amazon Kindle for the first time.
About A Sandy Grave by Donna McDine
The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of the adventures to be had, especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they find themselves thrown into discovering the identity of the mysterious men at the beach?
About Shrouded in Blackness by Norma Jeanne Karlsson
Gangs, organized crime and underground bare-knuckle fighting make up the world that Kieran Delaney thrives within. His reputation is built on the talent of his fists, as much as his ability to get information about any and everything. Never one to be caught by surprise or bested, Kieran knows what you’re going to do before you do it… until Darcy Quinlan enters his life. She introduces herself with a knife to his throat and a promise of unbridled pain. Darcy’s life has been destroyed by betrayal and false promises of safety. Living on the streets for the last eight years, she’s has been a ghost. Never in one place long enough to be seen because you can’t catch what isn’t there. Now Kieran sees her and can’t erase her image from his mind.
Kieran and Darcy must now battle to keep her alive and by his side. As her past enters her life from every angle, Kieran makes certain her safety is no longer a concern, annihilating her demons at every corner. He’ll fight, he’ll maim, he’ll torture and he’ll murder to keep Darcy protected. If Kieran can win, her life will no longer be shrouded in blackness… loyalty will lift the veil.
Finding Forgiveness in God’s Word by Joyce Villeneuve
DO YOU STRUGGLE TO FORGIVE? All of us experience hardship of one kind or another as we go through life. But it’s betrayal by loved ones, colleagues, friends, and even complete strangers that can lead to one of the toughest challenges that human beings face—the issue of forgiveness. So, where can we find that “deeper grace” to forgive the seemingly unforgivable?
Finding Forgiveness in God’s Word is a journey through the Bible and author Joyce Villeneuve’s own difficult experiences—one that offers true hope to those who struggle with unforgiveness, along with answers to such tough questions as: How can I forgive others? How can I forgive myself? How can God forgive me? And more…
Through these powerful true stories, you’ll discover there is nothing that can keep you from receiving God’s forgiveness, grace, and redemption, if you ask for it. You’ll also learn the keys to forgiving others, no matter how inexcusable or even unspeakable their actions.