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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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A Christmas Blizzard Kiss
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,100. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
(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?
A Tiger Heart Wrapp'd in a Woman's Hide
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 12,050. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2010 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
In the Sundarban swamp of Southern India, when man-eating tigers threaten the teak loggers, Nirojan, the shaman, protects them through his talisman to Bonobibi, the gentle forest goddess. But in the face of man's never-ending greed can a simple talisman placate a goddess? Includes the short story: The Lady of Ashuelot
Blood and Magick
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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 » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(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.
Ashes and Light
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,620. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2010 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00)
Taliban plans to start a war between China and America fuel this Romantic Suspense tale: After her brother’s death, medical student Khadija Siddidiqui returns to Afghanistan to help her father, only to find herself torn between her faith and her attraction to Michael Bellis—a man who can be nothing but her mortal enemy. But only working together can they avert the looming conflict.
Shades of Moonlight
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,880. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2010 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.60)
Bad boy Simon Renault has trouble with the past: including the indiscretions of the warrior spirit who possesses him. When folklorist Kalla Jervis arrives at the same archaeological dig as Simon, it threatens Simon’s plans to redeem himself. Kalla’s trim body might just hold too much temptation. She might also hold the key to ancient Burmese treasure. If the spirits don’t kill them first.
Afterburn
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Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 6 · The American Geological Society, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 110,380. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.50)
Vallon Drake, American Geological Survey agent, harnesses a power that can rewrite the landscape—or protect it. When she discovers her ex-partner murdered, she must solve a case with too many links to her own troubled past. If she can't solve it, and fast, Seattle will be written right off the map.
The Cartographer's Daughter
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Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,300. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(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.
Mutable Things
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 108,650. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(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.
Pretense for Murder
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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 » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(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.
Judas Kiss
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,440. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.00)
Deena Hunter, rising-star Assistant Deputy Warden, investigates a death everyone says is a suicide. Events conspire against her and send her into the arms of her police contact, the one man she let get away for all the right reasons – reasons that haunt him to this day. Being alone in a prison is always dangerous and Deena’s search for the truth endangers not only herself, but everyone she loves.


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Smashwords book reviews by Twisted Root Publishing

  • Aremac Power: Inventions at Risk on May 25, 2011

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Monsoon on Aug. 14, 2011

    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

    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.
  • Chance Damnation: A Tale of the Weird West on Sep. 02, 2011

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.