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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 10

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Relics of the Divine: The Celestial Flame by Stephen R. Watts

 

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New_Relics of the Divine - ebook coverWhen sixteen-year-old Harius is chosen to guard a mystic key and sword, he’s sure there’s been some mistake. Protecting the divine relics requires the celestial flame, a power that only mystic warriors can wield. And while Harius is training to become such a warrior, he’s lacked the faith needed to access the flame ever since his mother’s tragic death.

Despite his doubts, Harius accepts the calling at a time when evil forces threaten to destabilize his world. As the son of his nation’s most controversial leader, Harius soon becomes a delegate to a foreign land filled with technological marvels capable of saving his ancient race of winged men. Acquiring the necessary tech won’t be easy, though, as the king of this land won’t share it unless Harius uses the celestial flame to rescue the royal family from a foe out to conquer the realm.

With so much resting on his fragile faith, Harius fears he will ultimately fail. Yet, amid all the danger he will learn that the relics he guards hold the secret to not only restoring his faith, but to revealing his untold destiny.

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Stephen Watts Age 30Stephen R. Watts was born and raised at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Northern Utah, where he developed a love for stories at a very young age. Having spent his adolescence creating alternate worlds where he could escape the hardships of mental illness, Stephen wanted nothing more than to grow up and write his own epic tales capable of entertaining readers in ways that reminds them of their untold worth. Stephen’s debut novel was a fourteen-year labor of love, and when he isn’t studying story craft he can be found traveling the world or spending quality time with his family in Salt Lake City.

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10 fun facts:

  1. Stephen defied many peoples’ expectations when he overcame severe mental health challenges.

  2. In 2002, Stephen lived less than ten miles from Salt Lake City where the Winter Olympic Games were being held that year.

  3. Stephen is the only one of five brothers to have become an Eagle Scout.

  4. Stephen was selected by his senior-class president to give a speech at his high school graduation.

  5. While attending college, Stephen was invited to give a presentation at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in 2012.

  6. Stephen finished graduate school with a perfect grade point average.

  7. Stephen shares a birthday with two friends from high school, as well as with a certain young prince in England.

  8. Hot Yoga is Stephen’s favorite form of Exercise.

  9. Stephen won’t eat any food he knows contains mushrooms.

  10. Stephen is saving his first kiss for the woman he hopes to one day marry.

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 5

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Courage by Lauren H Salisbury

(The Legacy Chronicles Book 1)

 

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Can one woman evade an alien empire to save her son’s life?

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Gilla and Elias have the perfect life—or as perfect as life can be for slaves living deep in the Esarelian Empire. Elias wants freedom for his precious wife and daughter, and the rest of their people, and he is willing to fight to get it. Pregnant with her second child, Gilla only wants a happy, healthy family who share a strong faith in the God of Old Earth and to get through her workload each day.

When the Esarelians decide to teach their rebellious slaves a lesson they will never forget, Gilla’s entire life is turned upside down. She must trust that God has a plan to protect her new-born son, and have the courage to follow it, choosing the strangest of allies in an effort to ensure his survival.

Courage is a science fiction retelling of the Biblical story of Moses’s birth. It has strong, quirky characters, strange alien worlds, and a gripping plot with a twist on the original.

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Facebok PhotoLauren H Salisbury was an English teacher for sixteen years with an MA in Education. She is now a writer who dabbles with tutoring and lives with her husband and a room full of books in Yorkshire, England.

She likes to spend winters abroad, following the sunshine and becoming the seasonal envy of her friends. When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with family, reading, walking, crafting, or cooking. Courage is her debut novel.

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Top Ten Lists:

Ten Fun Facts

  1. I love making my own greeting cards and sometimes sell them at Christmas.

  2. I’m allergic to lots of things, including my own hair.

  3.  I have an MA in education with a focus on games in English.

  4. I lived in Beirut, Lebanon for a year and southern Spain for six months. I still speak some Arabic but only a little Spanish.

  5.  I play Minecraft at the weekends with my nieces in Canada, and we’re going to build the settlement and space cruiser from my novel, Courage, in one of our shared realms.

  6.  I know how to professionally frame pictures and once spent a summer working in an art gallery.

  7.  I’ve learned to walk twice as an adult. Once after dislocating my knee and tearing the ligaments, and once after a long-term illness that left my muscles partially wasted.

  8.  I donated my hair to the Princess Trust a year ago and plan to do so again.

  9. My young nieces invented lots of the animals and plants for my stories, including vevom (chicken-like creatures with eight tentacles instead of legs).

  10. I like to renovate old houses, and I’m about to find my fourth.

 

Ten Favourite Things

  1. Reading. I can read for hours without noticing night falling.

  2. Evaporated milk. Every baked dessert tastes better with evap, except possibly cheesecake.

  3.  My tablespoon. I love cooking and baking, but I never weigh anything on scales. I’ve used the same spoon for years and know how to measure every ingredient using it. Besides, it has a comfy handle.

  4.  Messenger. It’s how I communicate with family living in Canada.

  5.  My fleecy grey jumper. It’s warm and soft—perfect.

  6.  Dry humour.

  7. Firefly. I love the mash-up between outer space and old west, English and Chinese. The main characters’ sense of wit helps too.

  8. Long showers to wake me up and get my brain working.

  9. Coming up with new twists for my series; hidden links between characters are my absolute favourite.

  10. Designing a new card. I love to make my own.

 

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 4

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Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

 

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 If they fail…
She could die over 3300 years from home!

Tackle the elements & evil of Ancient Egypt…
A history-changing battle & Time Travel Thriller…

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Fifteen-year-old Rosa doesn’t see dead people…
She hears them & talks to them.

When she agrees to help King Tut’s ghost find his lost queen & clear his family’s name, she doesn’t count on falling for him.

She & Tut must also outwit an evil pharaoh determined to stop them…
Even if it means one of them must die.

Get it today and see who triumphs.

2015 IAN Book of the Year Finalist YA
2015 CAL Book Award Finalist YA Fiction
2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval
2015 Readers’ Favorite Finalist YA
2014 Literary Classics Silver Medal for PreTeen/Tween

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Author Picture 300dpi copyI’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past.

Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds.

Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.

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Top Ten List:

  1. Things I like to do when not writing:

    I enjoy traveling—I will travel anywhere, any time; reading; spending time with my family; and working in the yard. I’m definitely not a housekeeper.

  2. How I relax:

    Sitting on the beach in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico!

  3. My favorite color:

    Blue’s always been my favorite color. It’s the color of my eyes, of the sky, and of the ocean.

  4. My favorite drink:

    Just can’t pass up a good margarita!

  5. My favorite snack:

    I devour nachos and Auntie Anne’s pretzels!

  6. My favorite movies:

    Star Wars, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and The Mummy. I’ve watched each of these so many times that I’ve lost track, and my husband shakes his head when he sees one on and says, “Really?” I just smile.

  7. I am a night owl:

    I don’t usually go to sleep until midnight, and now that I’m retired, I’m comfortable not seeing the sun come up in the morning:)

  8. My favorite food:

    That would be a smothered shredded beef burrito followed by coconut ice cream.

  9. My favorite concerts:

    Elton John, Sting, Paul McCartney, and Mumford & Sons.

  10. If I could live anyway, it would be in Colorado.

    We have the best weather—All four seasons. I live next to the foothills, and a drive up in the Rockies is a cure for any ailment. I can see the world famous Red Rock Amphitheater from my couch, and if the wind is just right, we can hear the concerts. My immediate family is all here, except for one sister who lives in Texas, poor soul. In addition to being a retired teacher, I’m also a retired airline employee. So, when I need a change, it’s so easy just to hop a plane and go to the beach.

 

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 3

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Queen Immortal by Kaci Morgan

 

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Secrets can be agents of destruction, Queen Beza learns after three-hundred years of ruling. Unable to produce an heir, and on the hunt for a sibling who should have never been born, Beza struggles to understand what the Gods and Goddesses have planned for her. Unable to come to terms with past discretions, she pushes away what might be her last chance at love, focusing only on the murder and betrayal going on all around her.

Immortal as Beza might be, she soon finds her life, and queendom crumbling underneath the burden of a brother, so named the lost king, who holds more legitimacy to the throne than she herself. Can she find him before his shadow becomes her devastation?

 

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AuthorKaci Morgan is the author of The Queen Immortal Series. She found her passion for writing later in life, but for the last eight years she has worked on honing the craft to the best of her ability by attending local classes, seminars, and reading books about the craft and in the genre.

As a wife and mother, she feels that writing has helped her to find a sense of purpose, and to understand that hard work and determination are the keys to unlocking our dreams.

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Top Eight List:

 

Top 8 favorite things (aside from my family, because of course they are number 1):

 

  1. Writing. This is obvious, but I didn’t know that I enjoyed it so much until I was 26. I am so glad I found this passion. It has given me a new purpose to my life. 

  2. Chocolate, specifically Guittard chocolate chips straight from the bag.

  3. Reading, especially with my children. (I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach is our current favorite. It makes all of us laugh.)

  4. Mowing the lawn. I don’t like doing any other yard work, but I get a weird sense of fulfillment from rolling out the mower and cutting the grass.

  5. Chocolate milk. Yes, I am addicted to chocolate in any form. I blame this one on my dad. He and I would live on chocolate milk if we could.

  6. Horses. I have never owned a horse, and my riding experience is extremely limited, but I have a fascination with the creatures. My husband and I share a dream of one day owning a farm. He can have his cows, goats, and chickens, and I can have my horses.

  7. Imagine Dragons (the band). Bleeding Out, Underdog, and I Love You All the Time are three of my very favorites. I might be listening at this very moment
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  8. Traveling with my husband. My husband works for an amazing company that takes us all over the world. We have been to Cancun, Costa Rica, Maui, South Africa, Budapest, and we will travel to Barcelona in the fall. My husband is an adventurous soul (me: not so much), and traveling with him is never short of exciting. 

 

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 2

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Tarragon: Dragon Bane by Karlie Lucas

 

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The Revenants are coming. 

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Only recently woken from their centuries’ long slumber, the dragons are unprepared to face them. But when a legend is uncovered, revealing the existence of a lost tribe of mages, hope flickers to life.

The race is on as Tyler Durand and Anwen Kaida rush to find this missing tribe while the others prepare for their last stand. But time and numbers are against them, and Anwen fears that even if they find the lost mages, it will be too late.

 

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AuthorKarlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.

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Top Ten List:

Top Ten comfort/go to books

  1. Christy by Catherine Marshall

  2. Dragon Harper Trilogy by Ann McCaffrey

  3. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

  4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

  5. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

  6. Streiker’s Bride by Robin Hardy

  7. So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane

  8. Deerskin by Robin McKinley

  9. Skip Beat! By Yoshiki Nakamura

  10. The Dalemark Quartest by Diane Wynne Jones

 
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Genesis of Light by D.M. Cain

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I’m so excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming release, Genesis of Light! This novella is part of my epic, immersive fantasy series The Light and Shadow Chronicles. The series is centered upon a centuries-long war between two armies and each book focuses upon a character within the timeline. This novella gives the origin story of one of the armies – The Children of Light. A complementary novella entitled Origin of Shadow will be released towards the end of 2018.

There is no official release date for the book yet but I am hoping it will be towards the end of July 2018. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the others in the series yet you can get them here (though reading these first isn’t required to understand Genesis of Light):

A Chronicle of Chaos • The Shield of Soren

 

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Genesis of Light D.M. Cain novella immersive epic fantasy fictionWarring countries, fantastical creatures, beings of terrible power and journeys of epic scale. The legendary Book of Alcherys tells wild and unimaginable stories. But they are not mere fairy tales. They are true, every word.

Callista Nienna is strong and independent, but nothing could have prepared her for civilisation being brought to a violent end. Now, she is forced to stay alive in a desolate wilderness with only her closest friend for support.

She has two choices: give up and die with the wilting world around her or seize her destiny and make it to the only sanctuary left unscathed. At the end of her journey, something awaits Callista, something both terrifying and unbelievable.

Excerpt:

      Everything happened in an instant. The sky tore open with a deafening crack and the ground beneath their feet shuddered. A deep boom and then fireballs were shooting through the air and plummeting down to the city. Callista gasped and jumped to her feet. Even from this distance, she swore she could hear the screams of terrified people as the city was obliterated. Buildings were flattened, reduced to smouldering rubble within seconds. It was as if the gods themselves were hurling rocks from the sky, decimating everywhere and everyone she loved. Tears welled in her eyes, her mouth wide with horror.
      Between the crumbling buildings and blazing infernos, Callista caught a glimpse of something impossible and unimaginable. She shook her head but when she looked back again it was still there. An enormous creature of towering height, unlike anything she had ever seen before. Engulfed with dripping lava and leaving wafts of sulphuric smoke in its wake, it skulked through the burning city. It swiped indiscriminately with gigantic burning fists, smashing aside buildings and trees, and crushing the bones of any living thing in its path.
      Slowly, as if recognising Callista’s presence, it turned to look at her. Sizzling eyes of such intense evil focused upon her petrified form. It held her gaze for a moment, then turned away. As quickly as it had emerged, it disappeared behind the remaining buildings and out of sight.

 

D.M. Cain Bio:

D.M. CainD.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Creativia Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The series instalments to date include A Chronicle of Chaos and The Shield of Soren.

Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Sci-Fi novel Award.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her two young children, and spends her time reading, writing, reviewing and indulging in geek culture (Marvel, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy).

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The Sentinel’s Reign by Suzanne Rogerson

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Title: The Sentinel’s Reign
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles Book 2
Author: Suzanne Rogerson
Release date:  29th June 2018


The new Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.

The Sentinel's Reign ebook pic smallerWith the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?

The Sentinel’s Reign is a heroic fantasy. If you like character-driven adventures then you will love The Sentinel’s Reign.

This is the second book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and follows on from The Lost Sentinel.

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Prologue

Twenty years ago…
      ‘Hello, Callisa.’
      The little girl stopped playing with her doll and looked up at the red-haired woman standing outside the gate.
      ‘That’s a pretty doll.’
      The girl hugged the doll tightly against her chest and stroked the flower sewn on its dress.
      ‘Has your doll got a name?’
      Callisa sucked her lip and considered the question as she studied the woman, not sure if she should answer her.
      ‘I bet I can guess her name. Is it Dolly?’
      Callisa giggled and shook her head, twirling her finger through the doll’s woollen black hair.
      ‘Is it Ebony?’
      The girl shook her head again.
      ‘I know, it’s Raven, isn’t it?’
      Callisa loosened her hold on the doll and pouted. ‘How did you know?’
      ‘I know a lot of things, the same as I know you’re special.’
      ‘Mummy says I am.’
      ‘Your mummy’s right.’ The woman smiled and rubbed her belly.
      ‘You have a big belly,’ Callisa said and then watched the woman, worried she would get angry.
      Instead the red-haired woman laughed. The sound was musical and her eyes crinkled up at the corners. ‘That’s my baby. I’m going to have a little girl.’
      Callisa tilted her head to the side and studied the woman’s belly before closing her eyes and concentrating hard. ‘I can hear her heart beating.’
      The woman nodded. ‘Come and say hello to Tei.’
      Callisa got to her feet and approached the gate, her doll discarded in the dirt. She reached out and pressed her hand to the woman’s warm belly. ‘The baby moved.’
      ‘She’s saying hello to you.’
      Callisa kept her hand on the baby, feeling a foot kick against her.
      ‘You’re going to be friends one day.’
      ‘Are we?’
      ‘Oh yes, but not for a long time. Now I need to tell you something important, Callisa. Something only you and your mummy and daddy can know.’
      ‘A secret?’ She looked up at the woman, having to squint as a shaft of sunlight blinded her. ‘I like secrets.’
      ‘You have an important job to do, Callisa. One day Kalaya will need your help.’
      ‘The island is my friend.’
      ‘The island is a friend to all of us, but not everyone understands its magic.’
      ‘Mummy and Daddy don’t see it.’
      ‘But they know you do and that’s what matters. They’ll keep you safe here, safe from everyone.’
      ‘Mummy said a spirit visited her the day I was born and told her I was a child of magic.’
      The woman ran her hand down Callisa’s black hair. ‘The spirit was right. You’re a precious child, and they can’t have you until it’s time.’
      The woman’s eyes filled with tears, but she smiled them away.
      ‘Why are you sad?’
      ‘I’m not sad, I’m happy.’ She took hold of Callisa’s hand. ‘I know you and Tei will save the magic.’
      ‘People don’t like magic.’
      The woman nodded, her long red hair drifting around her shoulders in the breeze. ‘But it won’t be like that forever. Until then, you have to be very careful who you trust.’
      Her skin had gone pale and she gripped Callisa’s hand tightly. Callisa tried to pull away, but the woman held her as she gazed at the treeline.
      The woman relaxed her hold and smiled away the fear fluttering in Callisa’s chest.
      She tried to be brave and chewed at her nail, still a little bit scared by the woman’s words.
      ‘Tei will come for you and keep you safe, I promise.’ She brushed a lock of hair behind Callisa’s ear and winked at her. ‘You’ll both grow up to be special young women.’
      The baby kicked again and the woman smiled down at her bump. ‘See, Tei’s agreeing with me.’
      ‘Callisa, come inside and wash your hands. It’s dinner time,’ her mother called from inside the house.
      ‘I have to go.’ Callisa put her hand to the spot where the baby had kicked and felt the tiny push of a foot. ‘Goodbye, Tei. See you again one day.’
      She waved to the red-haired woman and dashed towards the cottage. When she reached the doorway, she stopped and turned back. The woman was still watching her, with her hand resting on her belly.
      Callisa ran back to her, swooping up the doll as she passed. ‘This is for Tei.’
      The woman hugged the doll to her chest. ‘Goodbye, Callisa.’
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author photo 2015Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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