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The Duchess Quest
Jordinia Book 1
C.K. Brooke
 
Genre: Romantic Adventure Fantasy
 
Publisher: 48fourteen
 
Date of Publication: 1st edition 2014, 2nd edition 2017
 
ISBN: 978-1937546342
ASIN: B00NKN1WLU
 
Number of pages: 388
Word Count: Approx. 65,000
 
Cover Artist: Amanda L. Matthews
 
Tagline: Love is destined to find her…
 
Book Description:
 
Dainy doesn't know that she is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, or that her uncle has organized a contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward!
 
Though at odds, three clashing rivals—a noble giant, a forester, and a thief—voyage together by woodland, plains, and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic triangle as her suitors compete to capture her heart.
 
Charmingly romantic and bursting with action, startling twists, and vivid characters, fans of Anastasia and The Princess Bride will adore this original yet timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.
 
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A Shelf Unbound Top 100 Notable Indie Book of 2015
 
5 stars from Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews & Award Contest
 
 

 

All-New Revised 2017 Edition
 
 
The Sugar Maple Chronicles  
4 Book Collection
Barbara Bretton
 
Genre: Paranormal romance
 
Publisher: Free Spirit Press
 
Date of Publication: December 15, 2017
 
ASIN: B077WFCGDY
 
Number of pages: 1191 pgs
 
Word Count: approx. 300,000
 
Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill
 
Tagline: Welcome to Sugar Maple . . . where the knitter sitting next to you only comes out after dark
 
Book Description:
 
Welcome to Sugar Maple . . .
 
Sugar Maple may look like your postcard-perfect Vermont town but that’s where the similarity ends. Our librarian is a beautiful Norwegian troll. The funeral parlor is run by a family of vampires. The Sugar Maple Inn is owned by Fae while the werewolves keep our hardware store well-stocked. For centuries we have been home to house sprites, witches, selkies, spirits, shapeshifters, and elves.
 
And who could forget Forbes, our lovable Mountain Giant?
 
I’m Chloe Hobbs, the half-human/half-magick owner of Sticks & String, the most popular knit shop in New England, where your yarn never tangles, you always get gauge, and the knitter sitting next to you only comes out after dark. And did I mention that I’m almost thirty, single, and with no prospects in sight? My friends and neighbors have been casting spells to help me find Mr. Right but so far their efforts have been all wrong.
 
Who'd have guessed I'd find my soulmate in Luke MacKenzie, a cop investigating Sugar Maple's very first murder? Bad news is he's 100% human which could spell disaster for a normal future with a paranormal woman like me--in love, in danger, and in way over my head.
 
Casting Spells - Chloe falls in love and comes into her magick but can she trust the very human Luke MacKenzie to keep her secret?
 
Laced with Magic - Chloe and Luke are determined to make their unlikely romance blossom but when Luke’s ex-wife shows up in town on a desperate mission to save their daughter’s soul, they find themselves in the fight of their lives.
 
Spun by Sorcery - Sugar Maple has gone missing and Chloe travels to Salem where she battles the forces of evil to fulfill her destiny and save her beloved town from the clutches of a powerful Fae warrior.
 
Charmed - Chloe has a secret that will change Sugar Maple forever.
 
Spells and Stitches - Baby Laria is six pounds, eleven ounces of perfect, and Chloe and Luke are over the moon. But when they learn that Laria takes after her mom in the sorcery department, it becomes clear that their baby might have more power than even a pro like Chloe can handle...
 

 

Enchanted – The Wedding Story
The Sugar Maple Chronicles
Book Five
Barbara Bretton
 
Genre: PNR/Mystery
 
Publisher: Free Spirit Press
 
Date of Publication: February 14 2018
 
ASIN: B078HMCTT5
 
Number of pages: 201
Word Count: 48,000
 
Tagline: Welcome back to Sugar Maple . . . where the knitter sitting next to you only comes out at night
 
Book Description: 
 
Welcome Back to Sugar Maple . . .
 
Sugar Maple may look like your postcard-perfect Vermont town but that’s where the similarity ends. Our librarian is a beautiful Norwegian troll. The funeral parlor is run by a family of vampires. The Sugar Maple Inn is owned by Fae while the werewolves keep our hardware store well-stocked. For centuries we have been home to house sprites, witches, selkies, spirits, shapeshifters, and elves.
 
And who could forget Forbes, our lovable Mountain Giant?
 
I’m Chloe Hobbs, the half-human/half-magick owner of Sticks & String, the most popular knit shop in New England, where your yarn never tangles, you always get gauge, and the knitter sitting next to you only comes out after dark. And did I mention that I’m almost thirty, single, and with no prospects in sight? My friends and neighbors have been casting spells to help me find Mr. Right but so far their efforts have been all wrong.
 
Who'd have guessed I'd find my soulmate in Luke MacKenzie, a cop investigating Sugar Maple's very first murder? Bad news is he's 100% human which could spell disaster for a normal future with a paranormal woman like me--in love, in danger, and in way over my head.
 
So here we are, two years and one baby daughter later, about to get married. They say nothing good comes from unions between mortals and magicks, but Luke and I are determined to prove them wrong.
 
But a beautiful antique ring may hold the key to a promise that could tear us apart forever.
 
 

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Unorthodox
A Kendra Spark Novel
Book One
S. Peters-Davis
 
Genre: Paranormal Suspense-Thriller Romance
with a good dollop of Supernatural
 
Publisher: Books We Love Publishing
 
Date of Publication: September 15, 2017
 
ISBN 978-1-77362-303-0
ISBN 978-1-77362-304-7
EPUB 978-1-77362-300-9
Kindle 978-1-77362-301-6
WEB 978-1-77362-302-3
 
Number of pages: 153 pages
Word Count: 63,000
 
Cover Artist: CoverUp.Net
 
Book Tagline:  Kendra’s ability of communicating with the dead is requested by her FBI criminal analyst friend to stop a killer from murdering agents.
 
Series Tagline: Kendra sees ghosts, and then her BFF, Jenna, becomes one. The two friends and FBI agent Derek Knight fight for justice to the victims of heinous crimes.
 
Book Description:
 
Kendra Spark, suspense-mystery romance author and communicator with the dead, is requested to hop on the first flight to D.C.
 
Jenna Powers, FBI criminal analyst and estranged best friend of Kendra, gets ghosticized in a fatal accident before relaying all the details of the FBI killer case.
 
Derek Knight, a dedicated FBI Special Task Force agent, takes lead on the case.
 
The investigation into the FBI agent killings continues as Kendra, Jenna – yes, even after death – and Derek work together on the case before Director of the Special Task Force Jackson Powers’ number is up. He’s Jenna’s father and the end-game of the killer’s target list.
 
Somehow the elusive killer remains undetected, until Kendra’s unique ability produces results and a final possibility at stopping his killing spree before it’s too late.
 

The Dragon’s Playlist
Laura Bickle
 
ISBN: 9781537891965
 
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
 
From the author of THE HALLOWED ONES and NINE OF STARS comes a new novel blending the magical and the real…
 
“This is war,” the dragon said. And she believed him.
 
Di fled rural West Virginia to study music and pursue a bright future as a violinist. But when a mining accident nearly kills her father, she is summoned back home to support her family. Old ghosts and an old flame emerge from the past. When Di gets a job as a bookkeeper at the same mine where her father worked, she is drawn into a conflict pitting neighbor against neighbor as the mine plans an expansion to an untouched mountain.
 
If the mining company’s operation goes forward, there will be more at stake than livelihoods or the pollution of the land: Di has discovered a dragon lives deep within Sawtooth Mountain, and he is not happy with this encroachment upon his lair. When catastrophe strikes, Di must choose between her family’s best interests and protecting the dragon – the last surviving bit of magic in Di’s shrinking world.
 
In every fight, sides are chosen. And there can be no yearning for what has been left behind.
 
 
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Flesh
Laura Bickle 
 
Genre: YA Horror/Paranormal/Fantasy
 
Book Description:
 
The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.
 
Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.
 
Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead.
 
 
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Animal Graph
Graph World
Book 1                  
M.Black
 
Genre: Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic Action-Adventure
 
Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing
 
Date of Publication: July 2017
 
ASIN: B072M7BVXR
 
Number of pages: 157
Word Count:  40,000
 
Cover Artist: Amy Blackwelder
 
Tagline: In this never-before-seen-concept, follow Jin through the Amazon in a struggle to survive.
 
Book Description:
 
Get lost with Jin in a world of exotic animals, landscapes, rivers, warring groups and an evil ruler.
 
The novel came to the author in a dream. When prisoners are experimented on by the ruler of the Americas, after a nuclear war, their cells are grafted with cells and neural tissue from animals of the Amazon. Release to be hunted in the Amazon, to train soldier, Jin finds another Graph like herself named Adan and the two have to survive the Amazon if they are going to live.
 
Immerse yourself in the gorgeous and dangerous Amazon, find new creatures, learn about new exotic countries, travel the highlands, savannas, and plateaus in this breath-taking, page-turning book, ANIMAL GRAPH.
 
 
 

 
Exotiqa
Exotiqa World
Book 1
M Black 
 
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian Cyberpunk
 
Print Length: 342 pages
 
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
 
ASIN: B06WRWZRMN
 
Book Description:
 
Enter a world where the line between robot and man is blurred.
 
Set in the robot cyberpunk year 2055 in British Columbia, Canada, where humans are part robotic and robots are becoming more humanlike, the line dividing the two is becoming less clear. When the nation is controlled by a popular online program, those that deviate risk their lives. But that never stopped Fione. Filled with haunting questions of consciousness and artificial intelligence, identity and self-awareness, politics and love, life and death, the reader will be engaged in an entertaining story filled with futuristic technology.
 
This robot cyberpunk will appeal to fans of Divergent, Configured, Freelancer, iRobot, The Glitch, Blade Runner, artificial intelligence, robotics, and futuristic technology will enjoy this story about two young, but strong female heroines who must save the fragile system crumbling around them.







Dragon’s Den
Terri Branson
 
Genre: Science Fiction
 
 
Date of Publication: 2003
 
ISBN: 978-0-9787421-1-9
ASIN: 0-9787421-1-7
 
Number of Pages: 104
Word Count: 34,000
 
Cover Designer: Terri Branson
 
Tagline: With treachery afoot at a secret facility on isolated world of T'Panabar, martial arts master Raza must find an illegal mining operation.
 
Book Description:
 
For three years Raza has been stuck inside the Dragon's Den, a military training facility hidden on the icy and isolated world of T'Panabar. There he serves as master of martial arts, counting the days until he can return home. When his father shows up, Raza is sent on a secret mission to find an illegal mining operation.
With treachery afoot, Raza must confront the most dangerous dragon incarnate of all: himself.
 
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Terri Branson
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
ISBN: 978-0-9817049-4-4
ASIN: 0-9817049-4-8
 
 
Date of Publication: 2001
 
Number of Pages: 292
Word Count: 92,000
 
Cover Designer: Terri Branson
 
Tagline: As a young woman fights to keep her former brother-in-law from taking her home, a sexy martial artist shows up at the same time her grandmother's ghost appears.
 
Book Description:
 
Seven years ago Phoebe promised her drying Cherokee grandmother she would solve this riddle: “Take care of the land and the land will take care of you.”
 
Now she fights her former brother-in-law Jack for possession of her home and farm near Oklahoma City. Just as she is ready to give up, a sexy and mysterious Native American martial artist named Alex offers to help.
 
 
Who is Alex and what is his connection to Jack? Why does Jack want the farm? Why has her grandmother's ghost appeared after all these years? Instead of one riddle to solve, Phoebe now has a fistful of them.


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Terri Branson
 
Genre: Western Romance
 
ISBN: 978-0-9817949-5-1
ASIN: 0-9817049-5-6
 
 
Date of Publication: 2001
 
Number of Pages: 308
Word Count: 96,000
 
Cover Designer: Terri Branson
 
Tagline: When a series of strange fires spooks the local ranchers, Chloe and Max must work together to discover who is setting those fires and try not to get themselves killed in the process.
 
Book Description:
 
Chloe plans to stay only a short time at her brother Joe's ranch in 1893 Oklahoma Territory. Despite her best efforts to prevent it, she is soon entangled in Joe's matchmaking schemes. At the same time, she catches the interest of a nosy and possibly dangerous ghost called Fire Horse. All Max McKee wants is to buy a few horses.
 
Before he realizes it, he becomes part of Joe's scheme to marry off the rich and lovely Chloe, who happens to be the owner of those horses. Max is a man with many secrets. Despite the risks, he finds Chloe irresistible.
 
When a series of strange fires spooks the local ranchers, Chloe and Max must work together to discover who is setting those fires and try not to get themselves killed in the process.
 
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Where Worlds Meet
Lucinda Elliot
 
Genre: Spoof Gothic Historical Paranormal
 
Publisher: Elliot
 
Date of Publication: January 2018
 
ISBN: 9781976874314
ASIN:   B078WNHH57
 
Number of pages:  304
Word Count: 107,000
 
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics
 
Book Description:
 
The half vampire inventor Kenrick and his savage man Arthur have retreated to his sphere outside time. They plot to return, aided by a team of grotesquely comic monster men and a sinister widow who has her own reasons for co-operating with Kenrick, whose one passion remains reunion with his lost first wife.

When Émile’s maid, Éloise, comes on Arthur seemingly dying, she cannot resist reviving him with the sort of blood transfusion that only vampires need. Drawn into Kenrick’s household, her dreams of humanising Arthur seem futile.
 
Meanwhile, the birth of a son to Émile’s wife Sophie has made him anxious to see that all is yet still in Kenrick’s house on the remote Famau Mountain in North Wales.
 
He and his cousin, the reckless Reynaud Ravensdale – also a former highwayman – travel up from southern England to find out. On the road they meet the mysterious siren, with disasterous consequences.
 
Warned anonymously, Sophie and Isabella, Reynaud’s wife and former highwaywoman accomplice follow, along with Émile’s comrade-in-arms Georges.
A bloodbath seems unavoidable. Still, Sophie has been doing some experiments of her own...
 
While written as a sequel to 'That Scoundrel Émile Dubois' (available free on Amazon) and 'Ravensale', 'Where World's Meet' can be enjoyed as a standalone adventure.'
 
 


That Scoundrel Emile Dubois
Lucinda Elliot
 
Genre: Spoof Gothic Paranormal Historical
 
Publisher: Elliot
 
Date of Publication: December 2012
 
ISBN: 9780992736101
ASIN: B00AOA4FN4
 
Number of pages: 371
Word Count:  127,000
 
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics
 
Tagline:  As the companion to an elderly Countess, Sophie de Courcy longs for Gothic adventure. She gets more of it than she wishes as she joins her grand relative Emile Dubois into an occult struggle, with man vampires and time travel.
 
Book Description:
 
That Scoundrel Emile Dubois' has been honoured with the prestigious B.R.A.G medallion for outstanding fiction.
 
Plunge into a world of over-the-top Gothic adventure and darkly comic happenings and met the wicked Emile Dubois, and the determined Sophie, who will not let him turn into a vulpine predator.
 
Sophie de Courcy, living during the time of the French Revolutionary Wars on an isolated mountain in North Wales as the bored companion to a kind elderly countess, dreams of excitement and romance. When she meets her long term hero, her grand distant relative, the dashing but wicked Emile Dubois, she has more adventure than she ever wanted.
 
Caught up in occult happenings with predatory half vampires and time warps, Sophie finds herself living in true Gothic style in an isolated mansion staffed by Emile's villainous accomplices.
 
With the help of her fearless Tarot reading maid, Sophie must somehow help Emile to overcome the sinister changes that are removing his humanity, and to defeat their evil, half-human neighbours who need him to further their occult schemes.
 
Set largely in the remote countryside of North Wales, UK, this occult adventure is both a spoof of traditional Gothic themes and a vivid love story.
 
Half Vampires, time travel, highwaymen, love and dark comedy combine for enthralling adventure as two eighteenth century French scoundrels are incongruously drawn into occult adventure, while their love interests, the romantic Sophie and her loyal ally Agnes stubbornly refuse to allow them to lose their dwindling humanity.
 
 
 
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Ravensdale
Lucinda Elliot
 
Genre: Spoof Historical Romance
 
Publisher: Elliot
 
Date of Publication: April 2014
 
ISBN: 9780992736125
ASIN: B00JSPXQV8
 
Number of pages: 327 pages
Word Count: 86, 000
 
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics
 
Tagline: A satire on the old tropes of the wild young Earl, wanted for murder through the machinations of a conniving cousin, turned higywayman and seeking to clear his name.
 
Book Description:
 
The author is proud to announce that this novel has become her second to win a B.R.A.G medallion for outstanding self-published fiction.
 
For those who love a satire on the cliches of historical romance, which at the same time draws them into the adventure.
 
When the group of highwaymen, headed by the disgraced Earl Ravensdale hold up the hoydenish Isabella Murray’s coach, she knocks one of them down and lectures them all on following Robin Hood’s example. In fact, she has been long resisting the urge to escape from her parents' plans for her advantageous marriage and become one herself.
 
The rascally Reynaud Ravensdale – otherwise known as the dashing highwayman Mr Fox – is fascinated by her spirit.
 
He escaped abroad three years back when he fell under suspicion of shooting a friend dead after a quarrel. Rumour has it that his far more respectable cousin was involved. Now, having come back during his father’s last illness, the young Earl has largely lost hope of clearing his name of murder, living as an outlaw as he is, and having sworn to protect someone else who was involved in the quarrel.
 
Isabella’s ambitious parents are eager to marry her off to Ravensdale’s cousin, the next in line to his title. The totally unromantic Isabella is even ready to elope with her outlaw admirer to escape this fate – on condition that he teaches her how to be a highwaywoman herself.
 
This hilarious spoof uses vivid characters and lively comedy to bring new life to a theme traditionally favoured by historical novelists – that of the wild young Earl, who, falsely accused of murder by the machinations of a conniving cousin and prejudged by his reputation, takes up life as an outlaw.
 
‘Ravensdale’ is a fast paced, funny and light hearted read from the writer of ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’, and follows the adventures of Émile Dubois' equally roguish cousin just prior to the outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars. It can be read as an independent novel.
 
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