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Demon Storm, Book One

YA Fantasy

Release Date: 6/13/22

Publisher: Shadow Spark Publishing

 

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A bolt of lightning. And a dream of vengeance.

For wolf-demon Kari, these define her every waking moment. Her parents are
dead, slaughtered by human hands, forcing their only daughter to masquerade
among their killers to save her own skin. Now she dwells among them, hiding
her lightning-based abilities and plotting a terrible revenge, believing her
schemes are all she’s good for now. But when she discovers unexpected solace
among a group of humans who look past her monstrous nature, Kari finds
herself questioning everything. Her mission. Her dreams. Even the hatred
festering in her heart.

Is it possible for a creature like Kari to find happiness in a world that
despises her?

Or will the specters of her past force her down the path of vengeance in
the end?

 

About the Author

Valerie Storm was raised in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up, she fell in love
with everything fantasy. When she wasn’t playing video games, she was
writing. By age ten, she began to write her own stories as a way to escape
reality. When these stories became a full-length series, she considered the
path to sharing with other children & children-at/heart looking for a
place to call home.

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Book One of the Vanquish Trilogy

YA Fantasy, Fantasy

 

Date Published: March 31, 2022

Publisher: Kingsbrook Publishing

 

Two strangers in the wrong place at the worst possible time…

.a lone assassin prepared to do the dirtiest of jobs…

and a guard sentry determined to stop him.

A dark enemy is about to rise in Illmoor, something even more chaotic and twisted than the citizens themselves. Step forward Enoch Dwellings, master sleuth, who boasts a reputation built entirely on an intricate web of carefully calculated lies. Together with his hapless but increasingly inept assistant, Doctor Wheredad (no medical training whatsoever), he will do anything it takes to solve a crime that might actually end up costing him more than his own life.

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PROLOGUE

‘I don’t like this,’ the traveller whispered to his friend. ‘I don’t like this at all.’
Having been caught short of common sense in the wilderness north of Crust, they’d been delighted to discover a dilapidated coaching inn amid the fierce woodlands. However, their delight had soon changed to dubious apprehension when the place turned out to be full of strangely inhospitable locals. They could forgive the sniggering dwarves at the corner table and the odd looks from the group of farmers huddled beside the bar, but there was something seriously amiss with the hooded man who sat next to the fire, rhythmically cracking his jaw, not to mention the deeply lugubrious innkeeper hulking behind the bar who was quite clearly two teeth short of a beaver. To make matters worse, there was now a silent yet unsubtle exchange running between the two, albeit from far ends of the room.
‘I bet it’s about us,’ said the first traveller, licking his trembling lips. ‘Did you see that bit where the innkeeper walked his two fingers along the bar top? That might be code for “hitchhikers”…’
The second traveller rolled his eyes.
‘Oh, don’t be so paranoid,’ he said, smiling nervously.
‘I’m not being paranoid – why aren’t they just speaking to each other, like normal folk?’
‘Perhaps they don’t want the farmers listening in.’

‘Ha! I doubt that. Look: the bloke beside the fire just ran a finger under his jaw – ‘sa death signal, that! I just knew it was a bad idea to come in here! I mean; what kind of place is open at nearly three o’clock in the morning…?’
‘Go, then!’
‘Aren’t you coming?’
‘Nope: I’m far too tired to go on, just now.’
Time passed. One by one, the farmers began to drink up and head out into the early darkness. They were followed by the dwarves, who were all the worse for drink. Eventually, the inn became quiet, with only a crackle from the fireplace to hold back the silence.
‘Let’s get out of here; please,’ whispered the first traveller, anxiety creeping into his voice.
‘And go where? There probably isn’t another inn for miles, at least not one that’s open! Besides, we haven’t even finished our drinks…’
The traveller stared down at the tankards.
‘I don’t like this ale, anyway,’ he muttered. ‘It tastes funny. I tell you, this place is knee-deep in the bad stuff…’
The man beside the fireplace abruptly folded his arms, then seemed to change his mind, and reached up to caress his jutting jaw.
The first traveller leaned close to his friend.
‘You’re not telling me he’s balanced,’ he whispered.
‘Why, just because he’s not running over here to engage us in conversation?’
No, because he’s wearing a hood and playing with his jawbone: that’s proper mental.’
His friend gave a dispassionate shrug.
‘Look, I’m cold, I’m hungry, and I’ll be damned if I’m walking through the woods for another six miles. I’m staying here and that’s that!’
‘Fine,’ snapped the traveller, snatching up his backpack and clambering to his feet. ‘Well, just so you know, the innkeeper has dried blood all down the back of his coat: I saw it as I ordered the drinks…’
The traveller slung on his pack and departed. When the door had slammed behind him, his friend made a disgruntled face and took another large swig of ale: it did taste funny, he had to admit.
The clock struck three. As the last of its chimes sounded throughout, the door of the inn creaked open, and a thin, spindly man with bulbous eyes and a strangely active tongue sidled his way in.
‘We’ve got it, massster,’ he spat, apparently addressing the hooded man. ‘It’sssss in the yard.’ That said, he hurried outside again.
The traveller looked on in a not-looking-on sort of way as the stranger beside the fire got carefully to his feet and followed.
‘Open up the back,’ the stranger called, as he passed the table. ‘I’ll give them a hand.’
‘Right you are,’ the innkeeper shouted after him, stomping off into the dark recesses of the inn. 

Then, there was silence.
As the room’s enormous fire crackled away, the traveller – now totally alone in the bar – began to feel very uncomfortable.
‘Maybe it’s an ale delivery or something,’ he said to himself, but aloud, so the room didn’t seem quite so menacing. ‘Yeah, that’ll be it: an ale delivery.’
Then it happened: a terrible scream, a cry of pain that pierced the silence of the inn and nearly caused the traveller to bite clean through his tongue. He jumped to his feet.
‘What the hell was that?’ he gasped, glancing around at the empty room. There was still no sign of the innkeeper.
He quickly snatched up his backpack, left an overly generous tip on the table and made his way to the door, but he hadn’t gone more than ten steps when a deep, booming voice said:
‘And where do you think you’re going?’
The innkeeper had appeared at the bar, his spindly associate standing beside him.
‘I – er – thought I might head off…’ the traveller said with a forced smile, sweat beginning to bead on his brow.
‘Oh, you did, did you?’
‘Er…yes: I’m afraid so. It’s getting late. Goodnight!’
There was a ‘click’ from behind him, and the traveller spun around: the hooded stranger from the fireplace had re-entered the inn and was lowering a bar across the door.
‘Wh-what are you doing? What is this?’
He made to step around the man, then thought better of it and turned back to the innkeeper.
‘What’s going on here?’
The innkeeper smiled, displaying a grim formation of broken teeth, but neither he nor his snake-like companion spoke a word.
‘LET-ME-OUT!’ said the traveller, gritting his teeth, partly to show some mustard but mainly because it stopped his jaw from shaking. ‘I’m going home, do you hear me? I don’t belong here!’
‘Oh, we know that,’ whispered the hooded man, putting a hand on the traveller’s shoulder. ‘But tonight, for us, is a very important night, when something we’ve planned for a very long time has come to pass.’
‘W-what’s that got to do with me?’
‘Nothing. It’s got nothing at all to do with you, but when your friend left earlier, he did so at a very inopportune moment…and he saw someone that he shouldn’t have seen. He was in the wrong place at the worst possible time…as are you.’
The traveller’s eyes filled with tears, and his lips began to tremble.
‘B-but I’m not g-going to tell anyone…’
‘Not good enough. Besides,’ the stranger said, removing his hood. ‘You’ve seen my face.’
The traveller stepped back, his jaw dropping. ‘B-b-but I don’t understand: aren’t you Viscount-‘
There was a sudden, sickening thud and then…there was silence. 


About the Author

Between 1998 and 2016, David wrote fantasy and YA books for some of the biggest publishers in the world. These included The Illmoor Chronicles (for Disney and Hodder), Gladiator Boy and Undead Ed (for Hodder and Penguin), Davey Swag and Outcasts (for Hodder). His books have been converted into audio works for BBC Worldwide and Random House and translated into fifteen different languages by companies including Sony in Japan. David’s short stories have also appeared in a variety of anthologies, including the celebrated Knights of Madness (with Terry Pratchett, Tom Sharpe, etc) for Orbit and Penguin, edited by the late and great veteran fantasy anthologist, Peter Haining. David has also written review columns for Interzone and SFX and fictional histories for Games Workshop and their Warhammer universe.

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Book One of the Vanquish Trilogy

YA Fantasy, Fantasy

 

Date Published: March 31, 2022

Publisher: Kingsbrook Publishing

 

Two strangers in the wrong place at the worst possible time…

.a lone assassin prepared to do the dirtiest of jobs…

and a guard sentry determined to stop him.

A dark enemy is about to rise in Illmoor, something even more chaotic and twisted than the citizens themselves. Step forward Enoch Dwellings, master sleuth, who boasts a reputation built entirely on an intricate web of carefully calculated lies. Together with his hapless but increasingly inept assistant, Doctor Wheredad (no medical training whatsoever), he will do anything it takes to solve a crime that might actually end up costing him more than his own life.

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David Lee Stone

Between 1998 and 2016, David wrote fantasy and YA books for some of the biggest publishers in the world. These included The Illmoor Chronicles (for Disney and Hodder), Gladiator Boy and Undead Ed (for Hodder and Penguin), Davey Swag and Outcasts (for Hodder). His books have been converted into audio works for BBC Worldwide and Random House and translated into fifteen different languages by companies including Sony in Japan. David’s short stories have also appeared in a variety of anthologies, including the celebrated Knights of Madness (with Terry Pratchett, Tom Sharpe, etc) for Orbit and Penguin, edited by the late and great veteran fantasy anthologist, Peter Haining. David has also written review columns for Interzone and SFX and fictional histories for Games Workshop and their Warhammer universe.

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Forlorn Series, Book Four

 

YA Supernatural, YA Fantasy, YA Christian Fantasy

Release Date: March 29, 2022

 

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After thousands of years imprisoned in the Abyss, the fallen angels known
as the Watchers are on the loose. Jared Lorn and Grace Fortune have also
escaped from prison, but all they want to do is get home to their family.
Dark forces conspire against them, and soon they find themselves on a
perilous journey to the Other Side, the spiritual realm.

 

They must battle the Watcher Samyaza and his cohorts to escape, not knowing
that the leader of the Watchers, Azazel, has taken control of the real world
and subjugated all nations to his will. Soon they must join the few that are
left standing against this worldwide evil, those that have not given in,
known as the Forbidden.

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Bad luck seems to follow Grace Fortune wherever she goes. She was orphaned
at a young age, and her musical talent got her accepted to a prestigious
school for the arts, where she was caught in the middle of horrific school
shooting that nearly takes her life.

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Forsaken

Forlorn Series, Book Two

He was forsaken but not forgotten.

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Forgiven

Forlorn Series, Book Three

Jared Lorn’s secret is about to be unleashed.

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Chapter One

FALLOUT

GRACE

Well, it’s been a day.

I woke up this morning a prisoner in a castle tower.

In Switzerland.

Seriously.

I managed to escape through a stone shaft that might have been a medieval
toilet. I searched the whole castle until I found him, my husband Jared,
chained up in an actual dungeon—seriously—dying from gunshot
wounds that weren’t healing.

Darwin Speer did that. Inventor. Genius. Billionaire. Megalomaniac.

I thought Jared was going to die in my arms. But then I sang, and he
started to heal.

God did that.

And then Rael, who’s a Nephilim and looks like a giant man-lizard,
got loose and broke a hole in the castle wall, and we escaped, crossed a
lake, in which I almost drowned, and ran up a mountain before the whole
world blew up.

Well, that’s the gist of it. Am I going too fast?

At the moment, I am lying on the rocky patch of ground under a tree, trying
to breathe through the gurgling in my lungs as the earth trembles violently
under me. It’s louder than a crashing plane, louder than anything I
can even imagine. Metaphors fail me. I’m pretty sure the world is
about to end any second now.

Something blocks the sun shining in my eyes. Rael. All nine feet of
reptilian humanoid. Despite the scaly, greenish skin and a skull sloped like
the hood of a Volkswagen, he’s got a very beautiful, very human face
which always freaks me out a little. His muscular shoulders and sides are
covered in ugly stumps where Darwin Speer’s scientists did their
grisly work, amputating the graceful tentacles that once adorned his body
like angel wings. One of his hands is missing—he chewed it off to get
free of his chains.

Rael saved my life, but right now I’m pretty sure he wants to end it.
He leans over me, his mouth falling open to reveal sharp white teeth,
electric blue eyes boring into mine, his breath heavy on my neck. I try to
scramble away from him, but a stabbing pain catches me in my ribs. I cry out
as he reaches toward me with his one good hand, and I notice the perfection
of his long, elegant fingers—six of them—thin and pointed like
talons. A low growl escapes his throat—he is more purely animal after
the torture he has endured.

“Stop!”

The finger is almost upon my cheek when it freezes in midair. Jared pushes
the giant arm away, wet hair pale as snow falling into crystal blue eyes. In
some bizarre way, they look alike, these two. The black hoodie of
Jared’s captivity hangs off him in ragged strips, revealing the
puckered skin of healing wounds on his stomach and shoulder.

“Back off.”

Rael, to my surprise, obeys. Jared kneels beside me. “You
okay?”

“My ribs. I can hardly breathe. What’s happening? Was that an
earthquake?”

“The collider blew.”

The collider. The machine in Geneva—Darwin Speer’s Big Bang
machine.

“What does that mean, blew?”

“I saw the explosion.”

“You mean a…nuclear explosion?”

“Yes.”

“So why aren’t we dead?”

“I think most of the blast went underground. Besides, it’s
pretty far away. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of danger. Can
you walk?”

I try to move, but the pain takes my breath away. “Can you…do
anything?”

He takes a slow breath and lays his hands gently against my ribcage.
Lightning flickers under his skin. His hands grow very warm—I gasp at
the burning sensation. He pulls away. I breathe deep.

“Better?”

I take another full breath for good measure. I nod.
“Thanks.”

 

About the Author

Gina Detwiler

Gina Detwiler was going to be a teacher but then switched to writing so she
didn’t have to get up so early in the morning. She is the author of the YA
Supernatural series FORLORN as well as co-author with Priscilla Shirer of
the bestselling middle-grade fantasy series THE PRINCE WARRIORS. She also
wrote the ULTIMATE BIBLE CHARACTER GUIDE for Lifeway. She lives in Bucks
County, Pennsylvania.

 

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Juno and the Lady Virtual Book Tour

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Epic Fantasy, YA Fantasy, Fantasy

Date Published: 16th September 2021

Publisher: SilverWood Ltd

 

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Juno’s beloved Petra is dead.

Petra’s replacement, the mysterious Lady, has put Juno’s best
friend Tilly under a dark spell that has left Juno with nobody she can
trust.

With only Chax, her kitten, for company, Juno escapes from her school to a
town at the bottom of the cliffs.

A town ruled by men.

Alone, scared, and without friends, Juno feels an unknown power growing
inside her. A power she knows she will one day have to harness. With all
lost, a dark figure from within the shadows cups her mouth and whispers in
her ear to keep quiet.

Juno joins her new friends but just as she starts to learn how the world
really works, the ill-tempered Dr Viktor demands an audience.

Juno and the Lady is a young woman’s journey into a land of the old
ways, where men rule, and women are property.

With unlikely friendships, forbidden love and burning magic, can Juno
change the conventions of old? Can she save the town? And will she figure
out who the Lady truly is?

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Juno sat on the edge of the cliff and let her feet dangle over the side. Chax sat next to her and licked her paws, showing no interest in what lay before her.

Juno bumped her shoulder into Chax. ‘Are those orchards to the east of the town?’

Chax lifted her head and sniffed the air. With a growl, she stood and faced north.

Juno tilted her head and sighed at the shouts of men echoing down the river.

She turned and gazed out across the lands below.

Chax meowed next to her.

‘Yes, Chax,’ Juno said, placing a hand to her brow. ‘That’s where we are going.’

About the Author

G. J. Kemp

A nomad at heart, GJ has lived in nine countries across Africa, Europe and
the Middle East. His career has included working as a Divemaster in The Red
Sea, a zookeeper in Israel, and a proofreader in Sweden.Born with cerebral
palsy, GJ has spent a lifetime trying to tie his shoelaces while standing up
in the hope of not falling over. It is a constant challenge, but sometimes
he occasionally succeeds.Finding the love for writing later in life, GJ
spends most of his free time going for walks and dreaming of story ideas. He
hopes to one day have a small place on the oceanfront where he can walk his
dogs on the beach.For more information please visit gjkemp.co.uk

 

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