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Hybrid Magic; Two nations joined peacefully as one, but a band of assassins lurks in the shadows

Sunday, July 25th, 2021

 

Hybrid
Magic

 

by
Cristy L. Bowlin

 

Genre:
YA Fantasy

 

 

Two
nations joined peacefully as one, but a band of assassins lurks in
the shadows.
 

 

Magic
isn’t uncommon in the Deravine Commonwealth, where people can be
gifted with the faculties of combat, healing, transformation, or
sight. Yet as a hybrid mage, Aaron Ztrong’s abilities aren’t so
easily categorized. He managed to save his parents during a dangerous
confrontation when he was only a young boy, and now a decade later
most people in his life expect him to do remarkable things with his
powers. Then there are those who fear what Aaron and others like him
can do. When Aaron’s life is threatened by a group calling
themselves the Defenders, he takes refuge with two other hybrid mages
and the teacher who is training them to enhance their abilities. As
the Defenders continue to hunt down hybrid mages, Aaron and his new
companions must find a way to survive.
 
 

 

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Cristy
L. Bowlin grew up in Ventura County, CA where she spent most of her
free time ballet dancing and reading fantasy books. She got her BA in
English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in dance
from the California Polytechnic State University. She then received
her MA in English with a minor in gender and women’s studies from the
University of Kentucky. She currently lives with her husband,
daughter, and cat in Southern California where she is a college
English professor. Her debut YA fantasy novel The Temple Dancer’s
Diary was published in July 2019, and her next book Hybrid Magic was
just published in the summer of 2021.
 

 

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He must accept his new fate and life before being killed

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

 

The
Awakening

 

Guardian
of Spirits Book 1

 

by
Kaylee Johnston

 

Genre:
YA Urban Fantasy

 

 

Not
everyone wants magic.
 

 

In
a world where humans hate witches, there’s no one who hates them
more than Jameson Tyler – they are the reason his mother and little
sister are dead. Then one morning, he wakes to find those he’s
hated for his entire life are now his only hope to understanding his
new identity, his new life…as a witch.

 

Jameson
has to get to the witch’s side of town – a place he’s never been
and has loathed his entire life – and give up everything he’s ever
known before the Witch Special Forces (WSF) captures him. On top of
avoiding the WSF, when his new Headmistress attacks him, things get
even more complicated.

 

He
must accept his new fate and life before being killed, letting the
Magical Community fall into the wrong hands. Can Jameson put his
hatred aside or will he let his prejudice destroy them all?
 
 

 

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Kaylee
is an author on YouTube who helps writers understand and conquer the
Business Side of Writing. She lives with her fiancé, Russell, and her
spoiled Beagle, Basset Hound, Ollie, in San Diego, CA. To learn more
about her books, check out her website.
 
 

 

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Grow; tongue twister for children ages 4 – 7 (preschool – 2nd grade)

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

 

 

Grow! How We Get Food from Our Garden

 

Food
Books for Kids Book 3

 

by
Karl Beckstrand

 

Genre:
Children’s Book

 

 

A
black child and grandfather till, plant, and harvest fruits,
vegetables, flowers, herbs, and grains in a colorful picture book.
This tongue twister for children ages 4 – 7 (preschool – 2nd
grade) includes online tips for starting your own garden.

 

Kids
love to see things grow. Learn basic gardening and find the animals
(revealed in online extras). 325 dyslexic-friendly words by
award-winning author and media professor Karl Beckstrand (She Doesn’t
Want the Worms: A Mystery [English-Spanish]
 

 

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Media
professor Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning
author/illustrator of 23 multicultural/multilingual books and more
than 60 ebook titles (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School
Library Journal, The Horn Book, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San
Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in
international relations from APU, and a broadcast/film certificate
from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His
survival western, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book
Award. Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for
Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. His
nationally lauded Y.A. stories, ebook mysteries, nonfiction,
Spanish/bilingual/ESL, wordless, career, and STEM books feature
ethnically diverse characters–and usually end with a twist.

 

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As Holly delves deeper into solving the murders, she finds herself being sucked into a game of cat and mouse by the killer

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

 

 

Daddy’s
Home

 

A
Holly Jennings Thriller Book 1

 

by
A.K. Alexander

 

Genre:
Thriller, Murder Mystery

 

 

A
KILLER STALKS HIS PREY…

 

A
calculating and deadly killer is in search for what he terms as his
perfect family. Preying upon single mothers and their innocent
children, the police have dubbed him “The Family Man.”
 

 

HE
WATCHES THEM…HE TAKES THEM…

 

He
plays out his role as the perfect father. When things don’t go so
perfect in his insane fantasy world, the family man kills.
 

 

HOLLY
JENNINGS IS ON THE CASE…

 

Crime
Scene Investigator Holly Jennings of the San Diego Police Department
is determined to track him down and see that justice is served. With
Holly being a single mother herself, this man’s crimes are deeply
personal to her, and turn more so when a friend and her daughter
become the latest victims of “The Family Man.”
 

 

Along
with tracking an evil killer, Holly is dealing with her own internal
demons. She is raising her daughter Chloe alone after the death of
her husband–a death she feels guilty for.
 

 

To
complicate her life further, Holly is doing her best to avoid
possibly falling in love again with charming veterinarian Brendan
O’Neil. As Holly delves deeper into solving the murders, she finds
herself being sucked into a game of cat and mouse by “The Family
Man,” that may lead her down a dark path too horrible to bear.
One that may cost her gravely-her family, her new found love, and
even her life.
 

 

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A.K.
Alexander is the international bestselling author of Daddy’s Home,
“Mommy, May I?, The Cartel, and The Michaela Bancroft Suspense
Series.

 

When
she isn’t writing thrillers, she is writing mysteries and young adult
novels under her real name Michele Scott. The author resides in San
Diego, Ca with her family and large crew of animals.
 

 

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Knucklehead Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy named Fred

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

 

Knucklehead
Fred and the Principal’s Challenge

 

Knucklehead
Fred Series Book 2

 

by
Arias Williams

 

Genre:
Children’s Picture Book

 

Knucklehead
Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy
named Fred.

After
struggling with behavior problems at school, Fred is presented with a
challenge by his school principal, Mr. Boronstine. He promises Fred
that if he can be a model student for one week, he will be presented
with a special surprise.
Will
Knucklehead Fred rise to the occasion and be the best he can be? Or
will he fail to control himself and miss out on a special treat?
Find
out in this second installment of this whimsical children’s book
about a mischievous little boy who walks to the beat of his own drum.
The
Principal’s Challenge
 is
the second in the 
Knucklehead
Fred
 series,
a collection of stories about the troublemaker you can’t help but
love.


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Fred
Knucklehead
Fred Series Book 1

Knucklehead
Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy
named Fred.
His parents just can’t figure out how to make
him sit still and listen!
But when Fred finds himself in need
of a favor, Mom and Dad use it as a perfect opportunity to teach him
a thing or two about responsibility.

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Arias
Williams is a creative based in Los Angeles, CA.
He
is a father of two children, a husband, and currently teaches 7th
Grade in South Los Angeles.
When
he isn’t working on Knucklehead Fred, Arias can be found in his home
studio making beats, hanging with his family, or working to educate
the future of Los Angeles.

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Emotional, physical, and spiritual experiences are all part of the intricate, interwoven tapestry of existence

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Conversations
With the Past
How
to Let Go of the Past, Redefine Your Present, and Create a Positive
Future
by Dr. Aura Imbarus
Genre:
Self-Help, Nonfiction 
 
 
There
are no accidents in this life?and the more aware we become, the
more we’re able discover the patterns that challenge, elevate, and
enlighten us. In 
Conversations
with the Past
,
Dr. Aura Imbarus delves into many of the profound experiences she’s
had over the years?from emotional breakdowns to spiritually
elevated states?in order to help people discover and understand
their own purpose in life. Through this exploration, we will all be
inspired to examine our own lives and take the necessary steps to
enhance our happiness and well-being.

 

 

Emotional,
physical, and spiritual experiences are all part of the intricate,
interwoven tapestry of existence. And though it may sometimes feel
like  finding our life’s purpose is difficult and elusive, Dr.
Imbarus demonstrates how it can, and will, be revealed to the curious
mind and willing heart.

 

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Aura Imbarus is an awarded educator, freelance journalist,
motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Amazon
best-seller and Pulitzer Prize entry, Out of the Transylvania
Night: A Story of Tyranny, Freedom, Love and Identity
 (Bettie
Youngs Books, 2010), a memoir detailing her life in Romania
during the Communist regime, and an upcoming self-help
book, Conversations with the Past: A Journey Home (Rainbow
Ridge Books, Sept 2020). She was featured on NBC, ABC, CNBC,
Good Morning San Diego, Forbes Romania, etc.
She
is also the president and founder of 
See
Beyond Media
, a
company focusing on adolescents’ challenges in the 21st century,
having as its launching platform 
See
Beyond Magazine
(www.seebeyondmag.com)
and of 
Raw
and Real with Leo and Aura 
podcast,
where on a light and humorous tone she is examining and dissecting
social issues. Dr. Imbarus is a licensed hypnotherapist, having
trained with Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Wanita Holmes.
She
sits on the Advisory Board of CA Ballet, is a member
of Royal Society of St. George, SACC – Swiss-American
Chamber of Commerce
; she is also one of the founding members
of RACC – Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce, CA.
In
her free time she is taking ballroom dancing. She loves car racing,
skiing, yoga, sailing and traveling. 
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With no magic, no brawn, and no pirate crew, Zala seeks to steal back the one treasure that matters to her most: her husband

Friday, July 17th, 2020
By Sea & Sky
The Sky Pirate Chronicles Book 1
by Antoine Bandele
Genre: Fantasy Adventure, Pirates
With no magic, no brawn, and no pirate crew, Zala seeks to steal back the one treasure that matters to her most: her husband.
To succeed she needs a ship—and not just any ship, but the latest, secret invention by the Vaaji Empire. An airship.
Zala will have to use her wits to overcome scoundrels and nobles alike on her journey through the clouds.
But if she’s smart enough, she may just have what it takes to save her husband—and go down in history as the first sky pirate.
Delve into a pirate fantasy inspired by the West Indies, The Swahili Coast, and Arabia, where Zala will encounter ruthless raiders, arrogant aristocrats, and imperial secrets.
By Sea & Sky is Antoine Bandele’s sophomore novel, the first in the Sky Pirate Chronicles trilogy, a pirate fantasy.
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ANTOINE BANDELE IS AN AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR IN AFRICAN LITERATURE.
He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his girlfriend, where he produces work on YouTube for his own channel and others, such as JustKiddingFilms, Fanalysis, and more. During the summer he is a camp counselor. Whenever he has the time he’s writing his debut series: Tales from Esowon.
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Knucklehead Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy named Fred

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

 

Knucklehead Fred
by Arias Williams
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Knucklehead Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy named Fred.
His parents just can’t figure out how to make him sit still and listen!
But when Fred finds himself in need of a favor, Mom and Dad use it as a perfect opportunity to teach him a thing or two about responsibility.
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Arias Williams is a creative based in Los Angeles, CA.
He is a father of two children, a husband, and currently teaches 7th Grade in South Los Angeles.
When he isn’t working on Knucklehead Fred, Arias can be found in his home studio making beats, hanging with his family, or working to educate the future of Los Angeles.
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The trouble is that Patrick is anything but average–he’s a fallen hybrid angel

Sunday, May 19th, 2019
Heart
of a Hunter
Hell
On Heels Book 1
by
Tamela Miles
Genre:
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance  
 
Life
has never been kind to teen, Elle Connor. With a troubled home life,
the gritty, violent streets of Los Angeles have become her home. She
never questions her superhuman abilities until she encounters, in a
fight or die situation, a guardian angel Tagas, who reveals her holy
origins as one in a long history of demon hunters. She also has her
eye on her attractive classmate, Brandon. 

 

 

Problems
arise when Elle finally realizes that life as a hunter is fraught
with tragedies and is deeply lonely. Elle is presented with a choice
– follow her calling from God as a hunter or live a “normal”
life with love. Can Elle tip the scales in favor of what’s good or
will she become just another casualty in the eternal war between good
and evil?

 

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Dark
Deliverance
Hell
On Heels Book 2
 
Elle
Connor’s life is as grim as she had always feared. Years of demon
slaying have left her with nothing to show for her trouble. She’s
convinced a “normal” life was never meant for
her. 

 

 

Patrick
Holt wants nothing more than to be away from the holy wars and has
lived quietly for years as an average human. The trouble is that he’s
anything but average–he’s a fallen hybrid angel.

 

 

When
Tagas the guardian angel pairs them up to investigate the brutal
slayings of young women in Los Angeles, Elle wants nothing to do with
Patrick. As Elle and Patrick begin to understand each other,
irritation is forgotten and fiery passion ignites between them. “No
ties” is how they both live, but Elle soon begins to long for
much more. As they become sucked deeper into the mysterious killings,
Elle fears that, in this battle, Hell will win.

 

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Hell
Hath No Fury
Hell
On Heels Book 3
 
Elle
and Patrick have settled into a life of peaceful domesticity with
their infant daughter after years of battling in the holy wars.
However, Hell’s agents haven’t forgotten about them. When Pyro
unleashes his torment in the worst way, Elle and Patrick must find a
way to save their child and hold onto each other in the face of
incredible evil. Will Hell have the last word in a battle that forces
Elle to return to the darkness inside herself?
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Tamela
Miles is a California State University San Bernardino graduate
student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a
former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that
tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family
in the Inland Empire, CA. She’s a horror/paranormal romance writer
mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things
and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never
seem to change their wicked ways.

 

 

 

She enjoys emails from
people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be
contacted at 
[email protected] or
her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader
reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much
as she does.

 

 

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Patricia is a computer whiz, Zoe and Xander, the twins, are inventors, Nickie is a mathematician, Sally is their administrator and Chas is the leader

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
The
Sherlock Jr. Detective Agency
by
Marc Morgenstern
Genre:
YA, Teen Mystery
 
Chas,
Zoe, Xander, Nickie, Patricia and Sally make up the Sherlock Jr.
Detective Agency. Even though they are only 12 years old, each one of
them possess their own unique specialty. Patricia is a computer whiz,
Zoe and Xander, the twins, are inventors, Nickie is a mathematician,
Sally is their administrator and Chas is the leader. In this
adventure, they are hired by Skids, the local skate boarding champ,
to find his missing dog Casper which was stolen out right of his back
yard in broad daylight. Suspecting foul play their detective skills
and the Sherlock Jr. Network in the neighborhood. They must put their
best foot forward to solve the crime before time runs out and the
kidnapped Casper is sold on an auction web site to the highest
bidder.
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Marc
Morgenstern has been a part of the film industry for at least 25
years, but became a serious writer/director in 2004 when he shot his
first feature film, The Vampire Conspiracy, that went on to receive
worldwide distribution. In addition, it has been translated into four
languages and sold in Wal-Mart, Blockbuster, Target, and more. It
launched Fangoria’s, the nations largest resource for horror
fiction’s online streaming service Fangoria TV, and during its
release was searched in the top 700 searched movies on imdb.com.
After it was turned into a graphic novel, it won a silver medal at
the 2010 Independent Publishing Awards.

 

 

Since
then, Marc has achieved international recognition with his Cannes
Lions Shortlisting commercial “Poker Face”, that either
placed or won in 10 different award shows.

 

 

One
of Marc’s greatest industry accomplishments was as the creator of the
variety show HouseCapades with Mike Bullard, and achieved the #1 show
of its kind in its time slot and ran for over 250 episodes, one of
the longest running television shows in Canadian history.

 

 

After
that, he ended up becoming the Broadcasting Creative Director at Avid
Life Media, where he created and produced over 80 international
commercials for over 30 markets and directed the documentary Affairs
Across America. With Avid Life Media, Marc has written and developed
a variety show, a reality show, two feature films and a
sitcom.

 

 

Marc
is no stranger to directing children. He also created the three
award-winning nationally renown live-action shorts titled: Operation:
LabBrats. In 2013 Marc moved to California where he immediately went
into production, writing and directing the feature film ‘Vitals’ with
Christopher Showerman, Charlene Amoia, Tim Russ, Claudia Wells and
Sachin Mehta.

 

 

He
currently lives in Burbank, CA with his loving wife Tanya.

 

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Children’s author Karl Beckstrand, Winner: 2016 International Book Award

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Karl, welcome to my blog
Thank you, Anna
Tell us where you were born
San Jose, CA
Beautiful place. What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Taking time to market books!
Amen to that, my friend. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
Having time to write and getting my first publishing contract. (Reviews are a great help too!)
Great! Who or What inspired you to write this book?
It came to me after I’d visited many schools and observed no curriculum on earning a living.
How interesting… What is the name of your new book?
The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money
Intriguing… Tell us more about it. 
A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches the value of work and comes with money-making activities; ideas for businesses; and online resources (for ages 5 and up). 8.5″x8.5″, 26 pages, 530 words. I did some of the illustrations too.
Wow, that sounds awesome. What genre does your book fall under?
I’m marketing it to children, but I’m also going to put it under business books.
Here are my thoughts about the book
Review:
What an entertaining bookThe Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money is entertaining and educative at the same time. The story of a kids who help a fish, is a great idea to teach children how to earn money. I remember when I was young, and even just barely married, how much stress I had trying to find ideas of how to make extra money for our small family.In this book, you will find great ideas and all your children need to get into an entrepreneurial mindset. It will help you to teach your children the value of money and hard work. It will also guide your children to ask more questions and start thinking in a more down to earth manner. Most kids don’t know how to use their money or lack ideas and motivations to find and do something real to better themselves and their future. This book will help with this task. I think that it will be a great fit for all kids from a young age to adults alike. They are many adults who have no idea what to do with their future either, and this book will give them a little taste of reality. Great job Karl Beckstrand.
Where can we find your book?
 http://tinyurl.com/zxy2xp9
http://www.gozobooks.com/bridge-of-the-golden-wood.php
Thank you!

What does it mean to be the Executioner?

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

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Follow the Ashes
Book 1 of the Executioner Trilogy
by Kindra Sowder
Genre: Urban FantasyAbout the Book
What does it mean to be the Executioner?
Is it the struggle between good and evil, and the fulfillment of a Gypsy legend?
For Robin, it’s simply another day in the park in downtown LA. It’s killing the undead as she attempts to juggle life and love the same as any other ordinary woman would. That is until she meets Gordon, a crazed demon with a conscience. Now she must battle an ancient evil far more powerful then she’s ever faced before, or risk losing the world to Lilith, the mother of all vampires.
Will she save mankind? Or will we all follow the ashes of destruction as we burn in Hell?

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Follow the Screams
The Executioner Trilogy Book 2About the Book
Robin had made the ultimate sacrifice; losing life, love and fate in the process.
Or so it seemed.
When all hope was lost her destiny was finally made clear.
What would you do if you were trapped in a prison where most were put there by you?
You rise…

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Follow the Bloodshed
The Executioner Trilogy Book 3
Robin had gone toe-to-toe with Lilith, losing everything. Now she is back in the explosive final chapter of the Executioner Trilogy for revenge. After emerging from Hell, lying in her cold and dark grave, she is thrust into a world that she would’ve never thought possible; filled with creatures she never imagined. And her power is growing. Los Angeles is a ghost town, with the world following close behind. It is up to her to stop Lilith and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

 

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Kindra Sowder was born and raised in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA until the age of 12, when her family moved to Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from high school in 2006  with full honors and as a member of her high school Literary Club and the Spanish Honor Society. In January 2014, she graduated with her second degree in Psychology, earning her an AA and BA in the field. She began to write long before this though, forming the basis for the Executioner Trilogy (being released in January 2015) at the age of 15. She got married to her husband Edd Sowder in May 2014 and still lives in Spartanburg, SC where she is basing Burning Willow Press. She dissolved her contract with another company, deciding to form her own. She based the company around the idea that she would be fair to all of its authors and not just a select few. She has decided to show that she has complete faith and trust in her own press by publishing her own works with her own company.

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