Twisted Root Publishing

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Established in 2010 to meet the demand for quality e-publications, Twisted Root Publishing is dedicated to providing the finest in Adult and Young Adult novels and short fiction. Visit our website regularly to see the latest in new releases.

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Moonstruck
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Danny Black’s world ended with the death of his parents, but no one understands his need to escape everyone and everything around him—no matter how well-intentioned. Then he meets the moon horse and everything’s solved. He thinks. Karen L. Abrahamson returns to her lyrical style for this tale of magic and childhood longing.
Aftermath
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 8 · The American Geological Society, Book 3. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 104,880. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2014 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
After the attempted destruction of the American Midwest, Vallon and her allies must face Homeland Security’s decision to destroy all people who can rewrite the landscape with their minds. In a race to save her kind, Vallon rushes to Seattle, only to find that friends betray her and nothing is what it seems. Will she be forced to break every moral code to stop a war between Gifted and unGifted?
Shadow Play
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 100,970. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When star reporter Kaitlin Blackwood arrives in Cambodia she drops right into the mystery of her missing father. Then two men try to abduct her and the wrong man comes to her rescue. B.J. McCallum - ex-man of her dreams - who comes with his own heap of troubles. Can Kaitlin and B.J. quit fighting long enough to solve the case and survive in a country where people have a habit of disappearing?
Aftershock
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 7 · The American Geological Society, Book 2. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 123,380. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
In the gripping sequel to Afterburn, a massive quake threatens America’s heartland just as Homeland Security arrests the only people who can protect the country—the Gifted agents of the American Geological Survey. Only Vallon Drake can battle the unseen forces that will devastate America, but stopping the culprits means first she must face the demons of her past and admit her own transgressions.
Maps of All Things
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 51,160. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
An ancient city Marshall fights for justice in an unjust society of powerful wizards. A private school student investigates the murders that seem to occur far too close for comfort. A far-future teenager must overcome his own fears as he travels across a post apocalyptic world. All Cartographers. All of the ancient blood that gives them the power to rewrite their landscape. But, should they?
Christmas Break
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,340. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When the opportunity arises to use two of her horses to drive Santa Claus in the Christmas parade, cash-strapped Kate Shasta jumps at the chance even though none of her horses are broke to harness. She’ll train them. But when handsome Ted Cross tries to help her might expose not only the desperate lie she told about the horses, but also the vulnerability of Kate’s lonely heart.
A Sprinkle of Murder
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,420. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Vallon Drake once more discovers a dead body on the grounds of the AGS Academy. When no one calls the police to investigate it looks like the powers-that-be are going to sweep the whole thing under the carpet. Enter one-person-investigative-team Vallon. But finding the truth in a school filled with secrets can be a dangerous game—especially when you can’t tell friends from enemies.
Raising Grace
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,900. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Dude wrangler Grace Tyson knows better than to trust men. Just as she knows that Mikhail Sturmgeist, with his money and rich man accent, signals trouble for her upcoming trail ride. A runaway horse forces Mikhail to reveal his true identity as a' game player' and his dangerous purpose. Can Grace trust him in order to track a dangerous man in the wilderness where only the truth can save them?
Falling In
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 23,630. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Remember the heady days of sexual attraction? The time when just the turn of a wrist, the lift of a chin or a whiff of your partner’s scent turns you on? This five pack of romance takes us back to the doubts and the wondrous days of getting to know a potential lover; will these women walk away or take a chance and fall in love?
Emberstone
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 71,240. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Forest Holmes just turned seventeen. He wears black leather and drives a motorcycle. He doesn’t believe in his mother's crystals and amulets, or in stories of demons and djinn. But the arrival of strangers in his small town changes that, because Forrest Holmes has a heritage to claim. If he doesn’t it could lead, not just to the town’s destruction, but to the destruction of EVERYTHING.
A Different Nightmusic.
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 33,200. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When a flaming white horse causes Monty Montgomery to crash her truck, she ends up stranded at Lake Farm. Trapped there, she finds herself entangled in mysterious goings-on: Is the flaming horse real? Why does the stable's stallion go mad every night? And most of all, will Jack Lake, the farm’s owner, send her stumbling back to a life of shame, or help her find a better future?
The Rescue
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,380. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Amanda Ripper escaped a controlling husband who convinced her that she was weak and an invalid. To convince herself that it wasn't true, she fills her life with friends and hiking and refuses to become involved with anyone again. Then she falls and breaks her leg, reigniting the specter of her old life. Can a handsome man from search and rescue to give Amanda a chance at life again?
Hero
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 11,710. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
As a trainer on the horse show circuit Robbie Burns has had to deal with flighty horses and horse show moms. Now saddled with a brainless horse, the uber horse show mom from hell, mom’s sexy date, a newbie rider and a pink umbrella and Robbie faces a situation where there’s no way anyone comes out a hero. Or is there?
The Wedgie
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,130. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Since her divorce, Danica Wilson fills her days fighting to regain her self-confidence and swimming her way to fitness. The local pool becomes her respite from a world that doesn't even notice her existence. But when an angry swimmer calls her 'useless', she finds herself right back where she began. How does a 'useless' woman deal with a bully of a man? Maybe she gives him a wedgie.
Ice Dragon: The Novel
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 5. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 55,020. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When threatened with marriage to a village elder, Jazella of Gruenheld takes matters into her own hands. She sets out to reclaim the treasure that will buy her freedom and find the man who has haunted her dreams all her life. But dreams aren't always true and it will take all of Jazella's strength to face the dragon guarding the treasure and the Dead who walk the night.
Solstice Knight
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,780. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Two years ago Count Islee killed Rosalee’s family. Now known as Rosalee-of-the-woods, she lives her life in fearful hiding, dreaming of revenge. When a dark horse breaks the solstice night silence, can her enemies be far behind? Rosalee must choose between safety, revenge, or the chance for an old love.
Drive
By Victoria Sly
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
The morning Stacey Neuman’s husband told her just what he thought of her—unsexy and frigid—she headed out driving. When a good-looking trucker comes alongside a little voyeuristic fun heats up Stacey enough to cream her white leather seats.
A Christmas Blizzard Kiss
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,100. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
(5.00)
Two years ago Rebecca Murray lost her husband and her laughter. She began living life by going through the motions. On a blizzard night, her sixteen-year-old son goes missing from the family ranch. Rebecca must brave the snow storm in order to find him. But the night and the wilderness bring dangers. Can a chance meeting with a winter cowboy bring an early thaw to reignite Rebecca’s joy in life?
That was Then...
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 7,080. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Marion Murphy could meet the qualifications to become a police officer, but when the man who will train her also once broke her heart, will Marion have the qualifications to know what she wants?
Deep Water, Sharp Teeth
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 9. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,480. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When bandits take fifteen-year-old Ravi Sanghera captive in their stilted town, he knows he has to get free and find his father before something bad happens. But then the sharp toothed, tattooed man arrives and the ‘something bad’ becomes something far worse than he could ever imagine….
A Pearl Away
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Suspicion falls perilously close to home, when someone steals Rachel Wilkes’ Great Grandmother’s heirloom ring right before the museum show that will celebrate the grand lady’s contributions to the town. In this story of what it means to be family, will solving the crime bring peace to the Wilkes household, or will it further drive a wedge between Rachel and her sons?
Juggling Changes
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
For Janice Marley losing her house, her neighbors and her husband was bad enough, but now her daughter no longer needs her and her job looks like it may go up in smoke. Can a woman torn loose from her roots find a place to call her own and the strength to welcome love again?
Burmese Shadows
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When a modern young Burmese woman falls in love, the ancient spirit of Lady Three Times Beautiful must guard her from a dishonorable man. But protecting the heart and protecting a woman are two very different things. In a changing world can The Lady and the old powers do both?
For the Love...
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,480. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When her world comes apart, Shandy Phillips must sell her prize dressage horse and lose the life she loves. When a buyer arrives to try her horse it arouses the specter of a teenaged crush and an old animosity towards Kurt Mackenzie, the one man who violated everything Shandy values.
Terra Nueva
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 12 · The Terra Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 81,650. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
After Couver's devastating defeat, Terra Vargas abandons her city in search of redemption. Across treacherous mountains she follows an insistent drum beat that might be friends guiding her to safety… or those who want her dead. Ruthless marauders pursue her. So do those who believe the prophecy that she will destroy the world. Will Terra escape, or will she become what they fear the most?
Revelation
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,030. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
The Final Installment: Banished from her village in the middle of winter, Jazella must protect her family and herself while trying to reach (or reunite with) the mysterious young man who haunts her dreams. To do so, she must survive the Dead-infested forest and discover the secret of the strange metal dragon that beleaguers her village.
A Child Among Us
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 15,920. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Ambea, Sister-head of the Sisters of Flame, yearns to do her duty and provide a viable clutch of eggs that will produce a great leader or to step down from her role. When her latest clutch begins to flicker and die, she must decide whether to go to her fate or suffer the consequences and use her herb magic to make her dream come true.
The Lips of the Waves, The Tips of Their Wings
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 15,950. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When Vessra of the Village of 100 rejects the transformation choice of his brood mate, he embarks on an adventure to find a different way to live—one that won’t require his brood-mate’s death. But different and better are two different things. Can Vessra face the secret of his race to ultimately transform himself?
The African Queen and Other Stories
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 40,170. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
A little fantasy, a lot of mystery: welcome to strange lands, strange crimes and stranger investigators—swordsmen, aging women from another world, and a love struck teenager, to name a few. Come along for the ride up-river to Sing Sing, through a wild night on horseback, or driving a Mazda GLC through flooded suburban streets. I guarantee there’ll be something interesting waiting for you.
Sirens
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,560. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When Dana and her two male shipmates crash land on a distant planet, they do what they have always done: work together. One to survey the planet's dangers, one to repair the ship, and one to act as peacemaker. When one of them unwittingly falls under the spell of the native creatures--siren-like beings that destroy the bond between them—can two that were three ever find the balance to escape?
When to Fly the Black Mare and When to Fear Coyote
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,580. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When Molly's husband brings a dangerous black mare to their lonely homestead, it only fuels her feelings of impending doom and her nightmares of horse hooves galloping. Then her husband uses the half-mad horse to clear the boulders legends say were left behind by an ancient Native American trickster. That's when the bad things start to happen.
Ruin
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,890. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Jazella of Gruenheld risked everything to steal back her village's precious metal from the dragon's lair. Instead of riches, she brought back a deadly sickness. Now, in a race against time, Jazella must seek help from creatures she dreads in order to save the man she loves. But will they bring rescue, or ruin?
After the Fall
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,580. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Years ago, as a young man, Daedalus lost Icarus, his son to the God Apollo. Now the child of his old age threatens to take wing. What will a father do to keep his son safe? Includes Short Story: Coyotes Cats and Other Creatures.
Terra Infirma
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 11 · The Terra Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 97,130. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
When nomadic marauders attack the Independent city of Couver, seventeen-year-old Terra Vargas must choose: use her Cartos powers to protect her city, or rescue her mother from the marauders' camp. But as her control over the earth power erodes, so does her ability to choose wisely. Stay or go? Either way, there will be a horrible price to pay.
Book of Days
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,320. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Years ago Eanid Dupuis’ husband stranded her in Paris while conducting research from the transitive dimensions. The discovery of the book that will send her home sets Eanid on a collision course with an African refugee, a book vendor, and the true meaning of freedom.
The Dead
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,860. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
In 'Ice Dragon' Jazella of Gruenheld ventured out into the snow covered forest in search of dragon treasure. Now, inside the dragon, the youth who has haunted her dreams holds her captive. Escape means risking her life in a dangerous return to Gruenheld, for the freezing forests holds worse things than dragons, wolves and wild men. Far worse.
A Faded Magic
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,510. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
A jaded carnie fortune teller at the end of the world. A little girl dealing with her parent’s divorce and the horror she creates in her magic place. A jockey who still dreams of horses no matter how broken her body. The characters in these five stories carry the loss and longing that opens them to the tragedy and triumph of a faded kind of magic in a too real world.
Brambles and Black Horses
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 10,160. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Gayle lost everything in the long ago accident that killed her family's champion race horse and left her a ruined wreck of flesh and broken bones. Now, as bulldozers destroy the old farm where her love of racing was born, the appearance of a strange barefoot boy threatens to bring ruin upon her again. Includes short story: Bees in the Morning.
Ice Dragon
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,700. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Only the brave and the lucky can survive the walking dead, the frozen winter and the perilous ice dragon. When seventeen-year-old Jazella of Gruenheld faces a forced marriage to the ancient Venerable Heed, she makes the decision to risk everything in hopes of obtaining the treasure that will buy her freedom. Faced with the dead and the dragon, will her luck hold?
Happily Ever After At the End of Days
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,130. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
All Agatha Cluney (that's Clun-eh, as in the French) wants is to make people happy, but when you're a psychic at the end of the world, that's a little hard to do...
Blood Knowledge of Swans
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,050. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
A small child, a string of pearls and a pool of swans converge in this short story of family life gone wrong. For Bella, in a world of beautiful swans, her mother is the most beautiful being of all. But swans abandon Bella every year and now her mother may abandon her, too. In a world of magic, what’s a child to do? Includes Short Story "In a Fold of Green Leaf Shadows".
Mirrors and Cloth
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Lost in Rajasthan, the home of camels, hevalis, ornate men’s turbans and women draped in mirror-embossed saris, freelance journalist, Lena, must deal with strange customs and two men who profess to love her. Choosing the right path can be as convoluted as the twists on a Rajasthani turban.
The Warden of Power
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 148,260. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Blood magick, earth magick, treachery and deceit. In the First Age of the World, the Cartos Age, someone creates a huge rift in Pangea and triggers devastating, magick-imbued quakes that threaten Creation’s fabric. Lazar, First Cartos, and his squabbling kin must stop the ruinous quakes. But ruin comes in many guises and the greatest threat to the Cartos Age might well be the Cartos thems
Blood and Magick
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,450. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
(5.00)
A murdered caravan merchant. A threatened city. A forbidden magick that could start a war. As Marshal of the City of Dreams, Marcellus deim Lazar must solve the murder of a half-breed deim merchant discovered in a place no deim should be. To gather the evidence, Marcellus must confront a magick that could save the woman he loves, or destroy everything he has given his life to preserve.
Second Spring
By Karen L. McKee
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 115,310. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
In a modern ranching community, ancient powers chose Letha Rivers as consort of Spring. While she yearns for freedom, Spring and the people of the Valley trap her. Can the return of the valley’s prodigal son bring escape, or will falling in love mire her deeper in an unwanted life? If she leaves will Spring return, or will the valley she both loves and hates wither and die under eternal winter?
Bees in the Morning
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 10,170. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
Samuel Benson’s life changed the day he found his best bee hive destroyed. When the creatures who have taken over attack him, he thinks he might be losing his mind. After all, they look suspiciously like fairies. Includes:Short Story Brambles and Black Horses.
The Cartographer's Daughter
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 79,300. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50)
In 1432 Portugal, the remnants of an older, powerful race live scattered amidst the humans. Once they ruled the world and could rewrite its form, but ancient arrogance destroyed their power. Now, Lianna Reinel’s love for a human youth threatens her people’s existence. Lianna must choose: Safety. Or the man she loves and the consequences. Fire, water, pestilence. And lost love.
Pretense for Murder
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 4. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 16,110. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
(4.00)
A dead girl, an empty phone booth where one shouldn’t be and a school full of suspects with too many unusual powers.Trust Vallon Drake to break the rules to take the investigation on—even when the cost of doing so might be her life.
Terra Incognita
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 10 · The Terra Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 88,740. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
A ruined city in a flooded world, marauders, and a prophecy of the world's destruction. Terra Vargas' discovery of blood-soaked ruins ignites a series of horrible events that threaten everything she thought she knew about herself and her world. For Terra belongs to an Elder race that once held the power to rewrite the world. Can a girl of destruction bring healing to an angry and desolate world?
Mutable Things
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 108,650. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50)
A stolen antique mask. A serial killer. A female shape shifter forced to wear the faces men’s desires place on her. In rain-soaked Vancouver, Jamyee Grey must solve the mystery of her origins to solve the crime. Her only potential ally: an immortal man who just might love her. Unfortunately, he may also want her dead.
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  • Aremac Power: Inventions at Risk on May 25, 2011
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    Reading Gerald M. Weinberg's Aremac Power: Inventions at Risk was like a return to the golden age of science fiction, when we all believed that science and scientists were good and, if we were just smart enough, technology could solve any human problem. Of course Weinberg has updated the themes to fit today's world and its problems. The book provides a fast-paced follow-up to the previous book in the series, The Aremac Project, but you don't need to have read book one to enjoy this one. Coupling Theoretical Physics, governments' need to control technology to their advantage, the culture of Navaho reservations, and the ever-seething turmoil of West African states, Weinberg takes you on a rip-roaring ride across the world as the band of scientists responsible for the memory-reading Aremac struggle to maintain ethical control of `the monster' technology they've constructed.
  • The Detective & The Unicorn on July 02, 2011
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    As the title implies, this novel is a different kind of urban fantasy, or perhaps just a fantasy, as the ‘urban’ soon disappears, but who cares? The novel is kick ass fun! In a world where the Morning Land is now a member of the United Nations, Detective Derek Ridder is thrown into an investigation involving a threat not only to the Morning Land, but also to our entire world. His partner in the investigation is none other than the Warder of Cavilad’s daughter – Tavia the unicorn. Author Michael Angel provides a wonderful, realistic touch to both these complex characters (who knew unicorns were complex). The story combines both the feel of detective stories of old, and the wonder of fantasy in an action-packed fantasy that follows the characters from Derek’s to Tavia’s world and back again. A VERRY fun read, and touching as well. I can hardly wait to read the sequel. Please.
  • The Bikini Wedding on July 02, 2011
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    This touching Christian short story explores the importance of faith—and bikinis—as a father and daughter deal with past tragedy and healthy eating. Who knew bikinis held such meaning.
  • The Bikini Wedding on July 02, 2011
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    This touching Christian short story explores the importance of faith—and bikinis—as a father and daughter deal with past tragedy and healthy eating. Who knew bikinis held such meaning.
  • The Taste of Shrimp on July 02, 2011
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    This little romance explores the strength of sensory images to memory—and to the heart. A lovely, sweet read by author Laura Ware.
  • Chasing the Minotaur on July 05, 2011
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    A literary feast for the senses, Terry Hayman takes us to Provence, France with renowned American painter, Emery Lake, and his daughter, Violet. Lake has had a crisis of faith in his art and himself after the death of his wife. When he arrives in Provence and goes wandering in the hills, he runs into no less than the famous, long-dead painter Renoir. Crazy? Lake might be. But Hayman skillfully paints us a story that layers the long dead artists of southern France with Lake’s own journey to rekindle his purpose in life. Luscious imagery overlays a suspenseful story as Lake struggles to save both himself and his daughter from the powerful passions that fill all artists. A must read for those who love art or want to know more about it.
  • Rook: Allie's War Episodes 1-4 on July 19, 2011
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    Siddhartha meets The Matrix in this complicated Fantasy of a young woman who might presage the third destruction of the world. The author does a superb job of building a universe just slightly different than our own, where holy men and street people are actually representatives of a race of Seers who live amidst humans and are owned by them. The language and setting are beautifully rendered so that I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more J.C. Andrijeski.
  • Monsoon on Aug. 14, 2011
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    Having travelled in India and visited His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, this story and its rich details brought back all the contradictions of that country. The middle-aged character carried her angst with a humor that only someone with a few years on them could have. A really fun read. Recommended.
  • Skin and Bone on Aug. 22, 2011
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    Wow! With gritty details, Leslie Clare Walker draws you in and forces you to sit down and keep reading. Wonderful, mysterious world building and a lush and telling eye for details make this novel a gripping read. Walker builds characters you can care about and keeps you on the edge of your seat as you enter a world where towns and cities have been set adrift from the landscape to stagnate in an isolating mist.
  • Shield: Allie's War Episodes 5-8 on Sep. 02, 2011
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    Take an apocalyptic heroine, monks with psychic powers, villages in the Himalayas, a very torrid romance and a political thriller that reaches right to the core of the US government and you have this complex and compelling thrill-ride of a novel. Allie now lives with the Seers after humankind has named her an enemy and terrorist. She’d like to heal the world and finally have sex with her husband, except her husband is gone on a secret mission and everyone—humans, and every enemy faction of seer—is hunting her. And meanwhile darker forces bring to play a seemingly ageless monk of surreal power, an old nemesis biding his time as the President of the United States, and horrible secrets from her husband’s past. These forces together might tear her love apart, and might bring about the apocalypse she would do anything to stop. A great read. Highly recommended. A far superior book to book one.
  • Chance Damnation: A Tale of the Weird West on Sep. 02, 2011
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    Take a little girl who can change the world with her dreams, a screwed up family, a countryside of farmers being overrun by demons and you’ve got Chance Damnation by Deanna Knippling. Nine year old Jerome knows that his friend, the frail little girl, Celeste Marie, is someone special. He also knows the demons that destroyed the church on Gray Hill are out to get her, so when his older brothers and the rest of the town decide to go after the demons, he knows it’s more important to keep Celeste Marie safe. When things go bad, it takes Jerome to enter the demon caverns and his cranky older brother, Aloysius, left topside, to deal with the demons factions who are taking over the community, and to find Celeste Marie and wake her up. Who knew such powerful dreams could come from such a little kid. Nightmares, I mean. A wickedly weird read.
  • Jhyoti on Sep. 24, 2011
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    In Jhyoti, Marcelle Dube uses a science fiction setting for another of her thought-provoking mysteries. Jhyoti is an anomaly: the first of her low caste to be accepted into training that might actually allow her to leave her planet for the stars. While conducting research that should finally confirm that she can go off-world, she discovers a body where it shouldn't be. Worse for Jhyoti, she shouldn't be there, either. The discovery of her presence leads Jhyoti into a murder investigation that pits a low-caste cadet against the highest echalons of her planet's elite. The result is a tense tale in a unique setting, with an interesting protagonist that you can't help but root for. I recommend Jhyoti and look forward to more stories with this protagonist.
  • Jules on Sep. 24, 2011
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    Marcelle Dube continues her excellence in suspense and mystery with this tight little novella with an interesting protagonist who everyone -- including herself -- suspects might be losing her mind. My particular favorites in this piece were the wonderful opening images and the evocative description of the Yukon and the fact that Author, Dube, always presents fully developed characters. Just how does one deal with a killer who might be a figment of your imagination? Read Jules and find out.
  • Chimère on Sep. 24, 2011
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    Marcelle Dube's interesting fantasy story sets Bittan, the daughter of a high priestess of an ancient god in a the modern city of Montreal. The God expects Bittan's obediance and love, and has set a Chimere (gargoyle) to protect her. Unfortunately that protection also keeps Bittan sacrosanct for the God. But a modern woman can't really be expected to cleave only to stone, so a fledgling romance places her lover in danger. The final poignant scenes of this story actually made me a little misty eyed as I made the choice with her. I mean who wants to kill your lover? But who wants to kill a God?
  • Going to Liard on Oct. 16, 2011
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    I will come clean. I love Marcelle Dube's writing and each of her stories seems to get better and better and the stories stronger with more emotional depth. This story of a woman in crisis is no exception. What could make a successful lawyer, wife, and mother suddenly walk away from her life? Read this story. If you aren't choked up by the end, then you're a heck of a lot thicker skinned than me.
  • Music to Die By on Oct. 17, 2011
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    Rose Nanashima takes readers into the dark, unrelenting underbelly of Japan's Indie-music scene in this novel of old wrong and how they come back to haunt us. Try skimming the surface of this novel and the dark things that live at the bottom rise up to get you. Shanti is a wandering soul who ha grown up in various countries abroad and has lived in Japan the past sundry years surviving on her wages as an English teacher while 'living' as an indie rock singer. Her world changes dramatically when a man from her childhood shows up and begins to follow her. Worse, he insinutates his way into her group of friends. From there the situation spirals down. We know that something awful happened years ago between this man, Shanti and Shanti's brother. We also know that something bad is going to happen again -- and it does. Unfortunately for this reader, this detracted from my sympathy for Shanti, and made me feel like screaming at other characters to run away before things got worse and she dragged them down with her. On the upside, the author did a fantastic job of of evoking the aimless existence of a segment of Japanese culture I wasn't aware of. It gave me a new view of Japanese youth living in the wild, international world of music, but still trapped within the strictures of Japanese society.
  • Earth's Endless Effort on Nov. 12, 2011
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    Again, Weinberg takes us back to the golden age of science fiction when cooler heads prevailed in finding the solutions to human problems. In this case the cooler heads are those of Daphne, a genius at investments and a reluctant environmental protestor, and an entity named LAFE who just happens to be the gestalt mind of the Kebler Forest of aspens. When Daphne falls off a cliff when pursued by the men who want to put a pipe line through the forest, LAFE uses his ability to heal himself and his denizens to also heal Daphne – and improve her. With the world thinking Daphne is dead, she embarks on a mission to save Kebler Forest and in the process discovers that her real nemesis is none other than her cousin, Russell. Using only her business acumen, the help of a computer genius and the huge mental faculties of Buddy and his allies, Daphne must face down a foe with the incredible resources of the corporate world. Can she do it? I won’t spoil the suspense, but Weinberg weaves a tale of the science of investing, the environment and physics to make it all seem plausible. Makes me want to think twice before I cut off a tree branch….
  • Running Away From Christmas on Dec. 16, 2012
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    How many of us HAVEN'T felt like running away from all the hubbub and emotional turmoil of Christmas? I'd guess most of us are like Faith the main character, except this woman has the fortitude to actually walk away from friends and family that are coming on too strong with matchmaking. The author, Marcelle Dube, takes us along with Faith as she escapes her northern Canadian home for the big city of Vancouver. But it seems that running away from Christmas isn't as easy as it seems and Dube sucks us back into the spirit of the season as smoothly as homemade eggnog. A charming read that reaffirms the romance of Christmas.