They're no more than a few acres across, with streets and buildings on every side--yet Patrick Reed is inexplicably drawn to the woods behind his house. What he finds amongst those trees in the scarce light of the moon is an ancient power that is both wonderful and terrifying. He embraces this power at first... but when odd things begin to happen in Hillward, he's the only one who can protect the little town from the darkness that lingers there. Now, while avoiding the attention of his concerned parents and maintaining a budding friendship with a special classmate, Patrick must use his new-found power to uncover the mystery of the beckoning crow before the whole town is engulfed in shadow...
Monday, January 30, 2012
16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and she is determined to simply do that. But when she meets Kiran Kendrick and her world opens to something she thought only existed in fairy tales, she's unsure what her future will hold. Suddenly she is captivated by a boy who seems to be the source of all of her problems and struggling to rescue her best friend from a foreign prison. When attempts are made on Kiran's life, Eden alone must save him. Thrust into a world that is more make-believe than reality, Eden has to find her own destiny without losing those she loves most. Reckless is an intricate story of mystery, adventure, magic and love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine set on a path to save the world and her loved ones before its too late.
This is the first book of the Star-Crossed series. The next two books, Hopeless Magic and Fearless Magic, are also available.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Four Short Stories, by Timothy Paterson, free
Presley Jennings is a sixteen year old boy, who adores his grandfather. When the elderly man collapses, Presley, is the only person who can save his life. Through some higher power, Presley finds himself traveling through his grandfather's life, and he learns what a truly remarkable and unselfish man his grandfather was and still is. This heartwarming story is suitable for all age groups.
Scott Wilson had a great life. He was an only child, who was spoiled rotten. He was given everything he asked for. Then, his world came tumbling down. His parents lost their jobs, then they lost their house. Throughout the entire ordeal, Scott blamed his parents for everything. Scott decided to run away. Then, something happened that would change his attitude about everything. He must risk everything, including his own life to save a girl who is almost dead. Can he put her needs before his own? In those crucial seconds, his true character, would be revealed. This story is a must read for older children, teens, as well as adults.
Karen Clark was an irresponsible teenager, who didn't believe in following rules. When she became responsible for four young children, she realized why her parents were so strict with her. When tragedy strikes, she must set aside all of her fears, and keep the children from panicking. She must grow up and act like an adult, if they are to survive.
Monday, January 16, 2012
The Golden Book, by Cameron McFadden, free
Trevor Thomas wants to be a fantasy hero... and it's easy to see why.
Trevor's parents died when he was young, so he's been forced to live with his closest relatives. He doesn't fit in at school, either, and he certainly can't talk to girls-especially not with Mariah Murphy, his next-door neighbor.
Instead, Trevor spends most of his time locked inside his redwood wardrobe, reading fantasy books. So when he stumbles upon a mysterious golden book, Trevor figures it'll be a good way to spend his weekend. Only, this book's peculiar-besides being blank after page thirty, it's got a riddle.
A riddle written in blood.
And when something awful happens to Mariah Murphy, Trevor has no choice but to use his knowledge of fantasy books to solve the riddle.
But when he does, Trevor's own fantasy turns to a nightmare, as he realizes the golden book might not be fiction after all.
Trevor has spent his whole life wishing he could be a hero... now he will finally get his chance.
Be careful what you wish for... because you just might get it.
At least, that's what Trevor Thomas is starting to realize. He's spent his whole life wishing he could be a hero; so when he stumbles into the magical land of Dragonshold, you'd think it'd be a dream come true. After all, this is a place Trevor could only read about-a world of endless adventure, of dragons and elves, magic spells and rune crystals.
But even the most wonderful dreams can turn to nightmares. Trevor still hasn't found Mariah Murphy, the girl of his dreams, and now three hideous monsters are tracking him down... and won't stop until he's dead. And when his friends are forced to abandon him, Trevor has no choice but to journey to The City of Ancients in search of answers.
Yet some questions are best left unanswered, as Trevor soon discovers what it truly means to be a hero.
Now, his greatest adventure becomes a desperate struggle... one that will finally bring him back home.
The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Book 1, by Mike Wells, free
14 year old Stephen moves into a bad neighborhood and soon finds himself in love with Kristine, one of the prettiest girls in his class. Kristine appears to like him, too, but Stephen learns she “belongs” to a big, mean football player who’s three years older. Despite warnings from his best friend, Stephen moves ahead anyway. All hell breaks loose. Will Stephen allow himself to be shoved into the background, or will he win the girl he truly loves?
Monday, January 9, 2012
The Roman and the Runaway, by A.J. Braithwaite, free
In with the wrong crowd at school, Luke Brownlow is falling behind in his work. His parents take drastic action: banning him from seeing his friends and sending him to a new school. Luke falls out with his family completely and escapes from them by forming a friendship with their neighbour, Ned Kelly.
Luke's plans to get expelled from his new school have to be reassessed when he discovers that his new headmaster is the neighbour he has been getting to know over the summer. The actions of an antagonistic fellow student and the arrival of a runaway teenage girl make it harder to avoid confrontations with Ned than Luke had hoped. By the end of the school year he is in imminent danger of expulsion and is sure that he has lost the respect of the man he most admires. A sequel, The Viking and the Vendetta, has just been published.
After surviving a horrific childhood, Lucy ends up on her own trying to find solid footing in her tumultuous life. Unfortunately, her early attempts at doing so leave her living in her car and knocked up by her drug dealer.
Being a teen-aged mother drastically changes Lucy’s life, but also allows her to view herself in a positive way for the first time. Her new perspective has changed her entire concept of love, and she is able to see that everything she was searching for was right in front of her all along.
Set in Southern Suburbia, Light through the Cracks is a story of resilience, strength, love, and the ability to not only survive in a formidable world, but to find peace and hope there, too.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Terrible things happened this summer. 18-year old Oscar Knight makes a grim discovery when he learns that he was born with an identical twin brother, who has been killed in the North of England. Struggling with unanswered questions about his death, Oscar convinces his parents to let him go visit the family of his brother, Sebastian, and find out what really happened. Once he gets there, he finds grieving friends with their own secrets and the darkest secret of all: that Sebastian isn’t gone, but has become something else entirely...
Summer of the Brother is a paranormal vampire mystery. Expect suspense, romance and horror. It is young adult recommended for ages 15 and up. Not suitable for younger readers.
Overcast (The 01:23am Bardo, book 1), by Ryan O'Riordan, free
Rebecca Conner has sleepwalked through life since her older brother went missing while surfing. She frequently escapes into her daydreams where they secretly work together as detectives, in order to keep his memory alive. When Freddie, a boy she doesn't recognise appears in her class like he has always been there, she realises the world is changing without anybody noticing. Then one night at 01:23am, her own life changes forever when everything she imagined overwrites the true life she knew.
Overcast is a dystopian detective story. Expect mysteries, action and romance. It is young adult recommended for ages 14 and up. Overwrite, (The 01:23am Bardo, book 2) has now been published.