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Harmless by Katherine Dell

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Title: Harmless
Author: Katherine Dell
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

v2Cover_300_394x600Be careful what you wish for.

After moving from Vancouver to isolated Hazelton, BC, high school senior Rachel Barnes hopes she’ll finally find closure and a sense of direction after tragedy has torn her family apart. When she and her friends discover the old spirit box her grandmother gave her, they see it as a chance to wish their troubles away. But the Great Spirits—deer, crow, bear, and the mythical wendigo—give away nothing for free.

So instead of worrying about fitting in and finding a boyfriend, Rachel finds herself in a race to control the malevolent spirit who’s taken up residence in Mason Allen, who she fears and craves in equal measure. What began as a harmless game forces Rachel to confront her past—and offers her a future she never imagined.

Step into a reality that is not as it seems in Book 1 of the Harmless series.

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      I watch as Julie fills the mugs with water and puts them in the microwave. When they’re done, she plunks a tea bag in each and brings them over to the kitchen table. Sitting with a huff, I plunk myself down on a chair. Wrapping my fingers around the steaming cup of tea, I breathe in deeply. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the same effect as that mist. My problems are all still here.
      “Thanks, Julie.”
      “For the tea? No problem.”
      “No, for not leaving.” I drown my tea bag with my spoon, pushing it to the bottom. “I just invited people over for some drinks and cards and . . . that happened!” I motion to the box laying open in the living room.  “You guys are never going to want to hang out with me again.”
      “I wouldn’t say that. Sure, this is probably the strangest thing any of us has ever seen, but we all like you. Hey.” She gives my shoulder a little push. “Don’t frown too much. You’ll give yourself wrinkles. You’re too pretty for wrinkles. On a different note, I guess we know that wishing box works. I can’t wait for mine to come true. Could you imagine?”
      “Why? What did you wish for?”
      “For a new community center,” she says. “One with a gym, and a games room, and a place to take classes and work out and stuff. I’ve been on the committee at school for it for, like, two years. It doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to happen.”
      I know the project she’s talking about. My grams dragged me to a craft sale at the community center once. The building looks like it’s made entirely out of school portables, like a patchwork quilt. The town has been raising funds for years to build a new one. It’s just one of the many projects Julie gets involved in around here. That’s why she’s a lifer. She loves this town. She’s never going to leave it.
      Julie’s watching me over the rim of her cup. “So what was your wish?”
      I let the waiting air in my lungs huff out. “I wished that . . . that I knew what I wanted, and that I’d find it here in Hazelton.” Saying it out loud doesn’t sound as awesome as it did in my head. The look on her face makes me wonder if my best friend just found out what a nut bar I really am.
      “I like it,” she says finally. “I hope you find whatever it is you’re looking for too.” She sounds convincing. Thank God. I don’t know what I’d do without my rock.
      “Do you want me to call my mom and ask her if I can stay over? Or you could come stay at my place if you’re too creeped out to stay here alone.”
      She knows what I’m thinking without me saying a word. “It’s okay. I’ll be fine.”
 I’ll be no more screwed up than I already am.
      “Okay. I’ll at least help you clean up a bit.” She puts her mug in the sink before going to the living room. I see her hesitate for a second before bending down to sweep the carved animal pieces back into the box. “The wendigo piece isn’t here.”
      “Don’t worry about it. It’s probably under the couch. I’ll find it later.” Maybe it’s best if no one else but me touches the box from now on. “Do you want me to take you home?”

 

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About the Author:

Katherine Dell is a young adult fiction author fascinated by the supernatural and the stories that surround them. She began her writing endeavours in 2011 when she wanted to reinvent herself from her previous career as an event planner. When she’s not writing, she can be found in cold hockey arenas sipping coffee, working on her tan at little league games, or trying to keep her dog out of her many gardens. She lives with her husband, two boys, and fur babies, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Q & A’s with Katherine Dell:

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Harmless?

Rachel, Mason, and Nate are my main characters.Rachel, is a disconnected teen who’s trying to find direction after her brother’s death and parents divorce.

Mason is complex. He’s sweet at times and a total jerk at others, but I can’t help but love him! Even though his actions can be erratic and harsh, his reasons for doing horrible things will pull at your heart strings.

And Nate… Nate is perfect. He’s patient, caring, and has seemingly no anterior motives other than to be a good person. All my readers love Nate. Did I mention he’s also gorgeous.

 
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

My favorite character by far is Mason. I think because he’s such a true reflection of an ambiguously moral character. And I think people gravitate to that. Mason does horrible things in the story, but you can’t help but sympathize, and reason with his actions. He’s the bad guy you hate to love.

 
What do you do to unwind and relax?

I camp, I garden, I spend time with family and friends. One of my favorite places to go to relax is the interior of BC. It’s some of the most beautiful country on earth.

 
How to find time to write as a parent?

I’m lucky enough to be able to stay home, so when my kids are at school, I can write. That’s if I don’t get too distracted with other things, like beautiful weather. September to February are probably my most productive months for writing.

 
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

In general, I’m more on a pantser than a planner, but I do outline a little. I figure it’s good to know what general direction the story is going, but I like to let my characters take it where they may.

 
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Dreamer, storyteller, nature lover, mom.

 

Mental Damnation: Reality by Konn Lavery

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Title: Reality
Series: Mental Damnation Part 1
Author: Konn Lavery
Genre: Epic Dark Fantasy

konn-lavery-mental-damnation-realityHaving her family murdered by the humans during her people’s banishment from the surface world, Krista and her only friend, Darkwing, struggle to remain alive. The pair of reptilian street scum live in their newfound home, the City of Renasence, dictated by a fascist military known as the Renasence Guard. The two find themselves at odds when Krista puts her faith in the Five Guardians’ goal of unification, while Darkwing chooses to stand with a notorious gang, the Blood Hounds, who are known for their anarchist views.

This divide in their friendship forces Krista to persist on her own as the Five Guardians become crazed from an unknown disease – Mental Damnation. After their infection, the Guardians develop a bizarre interest in her, claiming they must reap her innocence for their newfound master, the Weaver.

With a military dictatorship, politically-driven gangs and their guardians infected and on a hunt for her, Krista has limited options for survival: Does she fend for her life in the City of Renascence, against menacing forces, or risk leaving everything behind and enter the uncharted realm of the underworld?

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The strange male and Krista paused simultaneously, listening to the noise. Once the roar faded, the Corrupt continued to squirm. Krista suddenly realized that he was trying to crawl off of her, but his hands and feet had been cut off. Blood oozed from his limbs and smeared onto Krista. The Corrupt was essentially defenseless, so she calmed down – a little bit – and tried to work with him to get him off her.

Krista managed to roll the Corrupt to the side and he attempted to scurry away, but without hands and feet, he stumbled back to the ground whining, moving like a newborn calf.


A second male leaped from the higher rocks and landed with a heavy thud, raising dust. He threw a spear at the bleeding Corrupt. The weapon soared into the air, piercing through his victim’s skull and pinning the Corrupt to the ground.


Krista looked at the newcomer, mesmerized by his physical appearance. Muscles bulged on his shirtless torso. His skin was peach-toned, something Krista had never seen before.


What is he? she wondered, eyeing the male from his feet to his head.


The male’s five-toed feet were clad in sandals, with leather wrapped around his ankles. He wore a green kilt and several sheathed weapons strapped to his bare chest, which was marred by numerous jagged scars. His right hand had a cloth wrapped around it, and a ring flashed on his left.


He had a tail similar to Krista’s but with no scales. His brown scalp-feathers were plucked on the sides, leaving the remaining long feathers tied into a ponytail running down to his shoulder blades. Like hers, his eyes glowed, but they were bright white, not nearly as vibrant, and had green irises.


The male’s light skin and unusually flat facial structure called up flashbacks to the human raiders of Krista’s childhood.


He’s like a cross of humans and my people. I’ve never seen anything like it before!


The male walked over to the dead Corrupt and pulled his spear free from the body, then kicked it over the rocky edge. He kept his gaze on the rocks, watching the corpse fall into the fog.


Krista could hear the body tumble down the mountain, until the sound faded. Now that his back was facing her, she could see his spine was covered in light grey scales that came up to his neck. Krista was frightened by the peach-skinned male and kept motionless. She was uncertain whether he was a friend or a foe, or what she should do.


He’s going to notice me eventually. She waved nervously. “Hi.”

 

 

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konn-laveryKonn Lavery is a Canadian horror and dark fantasy writer who is known for his Mental Damnation series. The second book, Dream, reached the Edmonton Journal’s top five selling fictional books list. He started writing fantasy stories at a very young age while being home schooled. It wasn’t until graduating college that he began professionally pursuing his work with his first release, Reality. Since then he has continued to write works of fiction ranging from fantasy to horror.

His literary work is done in the long hours of the night. By day, Konn runs his own graphic design and website development business under the title Reveal Design. These skills have been transcribed into the formatting and artwork found within his publications supporting his fascination of transmedia storytelling.

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Q&A with Konn Lavery:

Mental Damnation: Reality is filled with glyphs, icons and illustrations, who did the artwork for novel?

All of the artwork was done by myself. Writing and drawing have been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. After high school I learned graphic design at a college called Edmonton Digital Arts College. There I learned a lot of the tools, theories and techniques to get into the graphic design industry.

What made you want to take on this extra task?

I am a huge fan of transmedia storytelling. RPGs (Role Playing Games) have been a huge inspiration to my fantasy stories and I admire their manuals for the backstories, drawings, graphics and glyphs that are scattered throughout the pages. With my writing, I wanted to reflect that in the novels themselves.

How else does having a graphic design background help your writing career?

It has helped drastically. I don’t have to outsource the skills to format books in print and ebook formats. Nor do I have to contract someone out for novel covers, posters, banners, promo material or marketing swag. Learning graphic design has given me a special skillset to aid in marketing myself as an indie author. In addition I am a freelance graphic designer/web developer, which provides immense flexibility with my writing compared to a 9-5 job.

Back to the Mental Damnation artwork, why did you approach the novel with the style that you did?

The artwork takes a lot of inspiration from ancient civilizations such as the Mayans, Aztecs and Egypt. I wanted to include artwork for the novel but I didn’t want to go with super realistic renderings of characters or scenes found within the novel. You see that style a lot with fantasy book artwork. Readers interpret characters differently and the abstract approach allows for their imagination to still interpret the characters as they see fit.

The novel’s heaven and hell concepts pull a lot from religious mythology and it made sense to have the artwork reflect this inspiration too.

What about the glyphs found in the novel?

The glyphs do follow a code that can be interpreted into English. The decoder hasn’t been published anywhere, most likely saving that for the last novel, Mortal, so it gives the readers some bonus content in the previous books.

You mentioned transmedia storytelling, what else do you do besides artwork to accompany the novels?

In a perfect world I would expand into film and video games to really embrace the transmedia storytelling experience. The reality of that is you can only do so much on your own with your skill base and with a limited budget.

I did branch off into audio with my stand alone novel, Seed Me, which features a compilation score written by a number of musicians, including myself. Seed Me was an experiment to try entirely new things with my writing and bonus material, so I explored music. The score was well received with readers who admired the creepy atmosphere the music provided when reading the novel.

Do you have other transmedia storytelling ideas in mind?

Of course, I have plenty of ideas but so does everyone else. Unfortunately it always comes down to time, resources and solid effort. Realistically I would say the next closest thing on the horizon is an audio book and another score related to Mental Damnation.

 

Bound By Steel by Connie Lafortune

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Title: Bound By Steel
Author: Connie Lafortune
Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

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I was driving home to spend the holidays with my family.
But I lost control of my vehicle on an icy mountain road.
I slammed into a tree on the edge of Lake Lucerne.
I barely remember writing my name on the frosted windowpane.
The darkness had swallowed me whole.
I spiraled toward oblivion.
When I awoke from the gloom
I found myself in an old log cabin
With the devil’s eyes piercing fiercely into mine.

Ryker Steel
Up until four days ago, my life was tedious and tiresome.
Until, I rescued a dainty girl with golden hair and hazel eyes.
She looks just like the one I’m trying to forget.
Now my life has turned upside down and inside out.
You see, I inadvertently revealed my true identity.
Now, she can never leave.
We will live in hell, until we take our last breaths, together.
Lyra was the one who insisted on playing the game.
But I have a gut feeling, I will be the one to lose…

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ConnieConnie is a true believer in love conquering all… This being the reason why she loves writing romance novels. She wants to create a story based on strong, believable characters. One’s that will make you laugh, cry and feel every emotion under the sun. Connie wants to leave you breathless and begging for more…

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Q&A with Connie Lafortune:
What is something unique/quirky about you?

Well, I have a crazy sense of humor and I’m quick witted. I’ll have a snarky comeback before you get the last words out of your mouth. Nothing hurtful or spiteful, that’s not how I roll. I love to sing and dance *even at work* which gets me in hot water from time to time but that’s just who I am. I always see the glass as half full and look at the world with rose colored glasses. I just try to live life to the best of my ability, enjoying every little moment because you can’t hit delete and begin again.

 
Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

Well, many years ago I was at the grocery store when a young girl started chocking. I still get chills when I recall her mother screaming for help. Everyone turned around to gawk but no one went to her rescue. Now mind you, I’ve never had any formal training just what I was taught in school. So, I raced over there, made a fist and began giving her abdominal thrusts, better known as the Heimlich. Within seconds, a chunk of lollipop that was wedged inside of her throat popped out. The mother couldn’t thank me enough and I had my five minutes of fame.

 
What are some of your pet peeves?

My number one pet peeve is do not make promises you can’t keep. Here are a few others in no particular order: lying, eye-rolling, invading my personal space.

 
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

Wow, this question is very difficult for me because I’ve read so many good books in my lifetime. So, I guess I’ll have to pick the ones I’d read over and over again. The ones that gave me all the feels… Here they are in no particular order. 1) Hopeless by Colleen Hoover 2) Destroyed by Pepper Winters 3) Don’t Hold Back by Missy Johnson 4) Eighteen by J. A. Huss 5) Amour, Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie 6) Find You in the Dark Series by A. Meredith Walters 7) The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige 8) Unraveling You Series by Jessica Sorensen 9) Inside Out Series by Lisa Renee Jones 10) Gypsy Brothers Series by Lili St. Germain.

 
What inspired you to write this book?

Bound by Steel actually started with a dream I had one night. Normally, I don’t remember them once I’ve woken up but this one was vivid and lifelike. So I quickly jotted everything down, made an outline and allowed my characters to create their own story.

 
What can we expect from you in the future?

Well, I’m diligently working on my fourth book which should be completed by September of this year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a late September early October release. It will be another romantic suspense with tons of heat from Zane and Lilianna, who are the two main characters in this one. Stay tuned for teasers and snippets which I will post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

I do and I’m diligently working on my Newsletter so I can give them away as freebies to all of my subscribers. As of right now, you can subscribe on my website but it will only let you know of my latest post. I’m hoping to have the Newsletter up and running by the end of the month so check back for freebies, giveaways and my latest news.

 
Where were you born/grew up at?

I was born and raised in a small town in Northeastern Connecticut. Where I went to school, got married and raised my family.

 
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

At the beach surrounded by my family and friends. Celebrating life and soaking up every precious minute with the ones I love.

 
Who is your hero and why?

To anyone who follows their dreams. It doesn’t matter whether they’re successful or not as long as they never give up. That’s what real hero’s are made of.

 
What book do you think everyone should read?

Without a second thought, it would be Black Beauty. I chose this book because there are important lessons to be learned hidden inside of these pages. Not only about the health and well being of our animals but how we should treat one another. With kindness, sympathy and respect. This is a must read for young and old alike.

 
What kind of world ruler would you be?

Truthfully, I’d be terrible! I have too many voices inside of my head, telling me what to do and say at any given moment. How could I rule the world when I have so many characters wanting to escape? I think it’s best for everyone, if I just continue writing..

 

 

Case File Phantom by Dana Ford

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Title: Case File Phantom
Series: C. McCauley Case Files Book 1
Author: Dana Ford
Genre: Mystery Fiction

cover-case-file-phantom_orig_399x600Georgia Richards lost hope of ever seeing her husband again since he disappeared over a year ago. On a Saturday afternoon, she thought she saw him at a play; on stage at the Oaksdale Playhouse. But, Georgia didn’t have the courage to find out if it was really him. Constance McCauley was empathetic to Georgia’s faint of heart and decided to offer her investigation services to find the true identity of this mysterious man. Would Constance be able to track down Georgia’s estranged husband? If he was found, why had he been missing for over a year? As Constance pursued this case with a combination of faith and persistence, she witnessed the power of forgiveness unfold before her eyes.

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Why weren’t there more lights backstage? I felt like a mouse in a maze. It was difficult to tell if the hanging costumes were people or if the shadows were hanging costumes. There he was! “Excuse me sir! Sir!” He turned around and caught my eye. I managed to hold his gaze for a moment. He was nervous, almost frightened. His eyes a deep brown, he seemed to want to say something, but instead he fell into the low lighting and disappeared. I picked up my pace to try and catch him. “Wait!” I briskly walked and then ran past racks and racks of costumes and odd set design items like furniture, tall plants, and a fake standing bear.
“Wait! Please, I want to talk to you!” The backstage door swung open and blinding light flooded me where I stood, and hindered my view. He was gone. I quickly looked to the left and then to the right and no one was there. I looked to the left again and then began to run along the backside of the theatre. I slowed down, because I realized that he was in fact gone. Why would anyone run from a perfect stranger unless they had something to hide or something to lose? Turning around, I walked back towards the backstage door. I again waded through the racks of hanging costumes and walking shadows of actors and busy people. Why would he run? I found myself back in my seat.

 

 

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author graphicDana Ford has enjoyed writing stories since she can remember. She has penned several books and has found a new love in writing mystery fiction. Her favorite hobbies besides writing is watching old movies, volunteering in her community, and spending precious moments with her family.

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Q&A with Dana Ford: 

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I love to crunch on ice. I need to stop.

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

A famous person asked me out once, but I was already married at the
time.

What are some of your pet peeves?

Dishes piled up in the sink. The toilet paper under the bar.

What inspired you to write this book?

They say that we all dream, but some of us don’t remember our dreams. I
am one of those who don’t remember my dreams. However, over the past
10-years I have been having dreams about the plots within the C.
McCauley Case Files. I have been writing stories since elementary
school. Was also a reporter for my local newspaper early in my career.
Because I love to write, I decided to put these plots to paper and that
is why I now have a mystery series.

What can we expect from you in the future?

More novels to come!

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I would spend the day with my family, letting them know how much they
mean to me and encouraging them to be all that they can be while eating
chocolate chip cookies, sitting on a bench in a park.

Who is your hero and why?

My hero is my mother. She has had a hard life but continues to see the
half glass full.

What book do you think everyone should read?

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

What kind of world ruler would you be?

A peacemaker.

 

 

 

The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief

by Diane Moat

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Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

 
Page-1-Image-1_399x600Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

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Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. The Supernatural Pet Sitter is her debut children’s novel. Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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When did you start writing?

I have always had a strong imagination but thought you had to be “trained” to be a writer. Last year I was about to turn 50 when I heard an author speak on how easy it was to create a cookbook of her favorite family recipes. It struck me like a bolt of lightning. I couldn’t get the thought of writing a novel out of my mind. I bought an electronic notebook and wrote a few sentences. Then a chapter. By the end of the second chapter I was hooked, and I haven’t stopped since!

 
Other than writing, what are you passionate about?

Animal rescue. I volunteer every chance I get, and I currently have six rescues dogs. Everyone can make a difference in the lives of animals. Adopt, don’t shop. Spay or neuter your pets. Volunteer. Donate. Spread the word. Every bit helps.

 
What are some of your pet peeves?

People who are negative about something new without even trying it. Also, people who talk on their cellphone while they are walking.

 
What can we expect from you in the future?

There will hopefully be more Supernatural Pet Sitter installments. Pepper has been very busy, and is currently at my house trying to lift a curse off of the werewolves.

 
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I’d get a huge mocha coffee and a gigantic bag of dog treats, then plop myself down in the middle of the nearest dog park!

 

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The Yellow Hoods Series by Adam Dreece

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Series:The Yellow Hoods
Author: Adam Dreece
Genre: YA, Steampunk, Fantasy

Gripping adventure, brilliant inventions, and splash of humor.
Steampunk meets Fairy tale.

 

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“…intriguing contraptions, appealing characters, snide villains, humor, and an exciting story.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Dreece has crafted a tale with elements to delight the child in all of us, and intrigue the most creative adult mind.” — Author J.K.Norry

Book-1-Along Came a Wolf_393x600Tee, Elly, and Richy peaceful little world is shattered when they become entangled in a plot to steal the world’s first steam engine plans from master inventor, Nikolas Klaus. Will Klaus’ ties to the secret society known as the Tub (lead by a butcher, baker, and candlestick maker) be their undoing? Or will they live on to become legends?

The series grows in intensity as it goes and uses humor along the way. It has strong female characters, no graphic violence, no sexual content, and is loved by kids aged 9-15 and adults (written for both audiences). Loved by fans of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Ranger’s Apprentice.

Awards and Accolades:
Finalist for IAN’s Book of the Year 2015 in Young Adult
Honorable Mention by Reader’s Favorite for their 2016 award for grades 4-6
Calgary Herald best-sellers ’14, ’15
Amazon #1 Best Seller in Steampunk, Fairy Tale

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“A powerhouse of young adult fiction” – IndieImprint.com

Book-2-BreadcrumbTrail_393x600In an act of desperation, Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to smuggle the completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another kingdom. When the nefarious secret society, the Fare, learns the game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their own scheme to neutralize to reclaim control over the kingdoms.
Meanwhile, after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find the missing children before it is too late.

What is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?

Who are the Red Hoods?
 

 

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All the King’s Men

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“Truly masterful storytelling” – Goodreads.com

Book-3-All the King's Men_393x600More than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses, scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies, the Tub and the Fare.

Decades later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged.

A betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?

And Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe Creangle.

 

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Beauties of the Beast

Book #4

Book-4-Beauties of the Beast_400x600The Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything, except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?

Tee watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.

Who’s the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for the count?
Beauties of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in angst.
 

 

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The Day the Sky Fell

Book #5

Book 5- The Day the Sky Fell_393x600The gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!

As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?

The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods? Find out!

 

 

 

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The Author

Adam DreeceAdam Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the former software architect put out two more young adult books, the post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent Author’s Network.

When he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to give a successful book signing.

Along the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a symbol of tenacious hard work to others.

He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

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Q&A with Adam

What is something unique/quirky about you?

Well, I’m sure there are other dyslexic, chronic pain ‘enjoying’, severe asthmatic authors who used to be software architects, so let me think. And I’m sure you don’t mean dressing up as Supergirl whenever I have to write action scenes, because that’s not true. Hmm, a genuine quirk might be using different voices to act out the dialogue in my books. I’ll talk to the mirror, I’ll walk down a street talking, all in the pursuit of living a moment that I can capture and put to paper.
#NotCrazy #Crazy #NotCrazy-ish

 
What are some of your pet peeves?

At the ABSOLUTE top of the list has to be people who are immune to discussion. They are so self-convinced that nothing else in the realm of possibility can exist. It gets my left eyebrow twitching. Another pet peeve are indie authors who don’t believe in having a professional editor. That rounds up the top five because those bother me so much, they’re super-sized 😉

 
What book do you think everyone should read?

There are three books that always come to mind as the ones that influenced me most: Brave New World by Aldus Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, and Good Omens by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchet. The last one was about how a great collaboration can still show the best of both authors, without having to compromise.

 
What kind of world ruler would you be?

Metric. 😉

 

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Thank You

 

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Thank you very much to Claire Plaisted for nominating me for The Liebster Award.

Claire Plaisted lives in New Zealand with her husband and three children. She is an Indie Author and runs a company, Plaisted Publishing House Ltd, helping Indie Authors get their books online and looking professional.

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Here are my answers to Claire’s 11 questions:

1. Why do you blog?

When I started blogging I was full of great ideas of what I was going to blog about, but when it came to putting my brilliant ideas online, I dried up and only managed a couple of posts. Then I stumbled on the #IndieRoar Challenge, which introduced me to the world of the Indie Authors, and my eyes as a reader were opened.
Now I blog because I get a lot of pleasure from putting reviews and blog posts together and helping, even in a small way, to promote and support indie authors and their books.

2. What do you blog about?

I blog mostly about books and authors, with a bit of my craft makes and art thrown in

3. What is your favourite book?

My all time favourite book is Contact by Carl Sagan.

4. Who is your favourite author?

This is a very difficult question. Up until a year or so ago, my answer would’ve been Stephen King. Now… I have so many favourite authors, most of them indie authors, that I would be here all day trying to list them.

5. Preference – Radio or TV?

I don’t do very much of either! I prefer to watch TV… although only the programs I really enjoy. I’d rather listen to my own choice of music rather than a random playlist on the radio

6. Many of us like to read a real book – what do you prefer?

I have no preference as to how I read my books as long as I can read. I do have a treasured collection of signed paperbacks though.

7. Chocolate or Strawberries?

Chocolate

8. If you supported a Charity which would it by and why?

I support the NSPCC. I think it’s important that we take care of all children and that they have a support system in place if things go wrong and they have nowhere else to turn. I wish ChildLine had been in place when I was growing up.

9. I like autumn the best, which season is your favourite?

I love summer. I like the warm weather, which we don’t get enough of here in the UK!

10. Are you a dog person or a Cat person?

Cat person here 🙂

11. How many blogs do you have?

I have two blogs. This one, Rainne’s Ramblings, which has a combination of books, crafts and occasionally bits about me, my life and my family.
I also have a blog called Just Books, which is just books… a mix of blog tours, book spotlights, book reviews and author interviews.

 

Here are 11 random facts about me:

  1. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 26 years.
  2. I have a cat and a TAG (Timneh African Grey)
  3. I have a need to organise… everything!
  4. I love David Bowie.
  5. My favourite colour is purple.
  6. I’m an ‘army brat’.
  7. I got my first ‘real’ tattoo when I was 51.
  8. I don’t like liars.
  9. I love to sing but I’m way out of tune.
  10. I like dragons.
  11. I have little to no self-confidence.

 

I nominate the following people for The Liebster Award for bloggers:

Phillip T Stephens ~ Mistral Dawn ~ Lizzi Newton ~ Gina Moray

11 Questions for you to answer.

  1. What’s your dream occupation – the one job you’d love to have if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?
  2. How tall are you?
  3. What advice would you give to your younger self?
  4. Favourite quote?
  5. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
  6. What foreign country would you most like to visit?
  7. What was the last song you listened to?
  8. What is your most treasured possession?
  9. Sweet or Savoury?
  10. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?
  11. If you could be any age for one week, what age would you be?