Kendra C. Highley


Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stickshift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica. If she's not writing, she's reading. If she's not writing or reading, she's likely a little cranky.

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Price: Free! Words: 21,820. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In a world where genetically-engineered humans serve as slave labor to “real” humans, ten-year-old Quinn is an anomaly. Designed with superior intelligence and physical attributes, he lives and trains at Maren DeGaul’s lakeside mansion, being readied for some mysterious purpose. But everything changes the day they introduce him to a new artificial, one who is both his equal and his soul-mate.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,180. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned some bridges in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies. When a risky job goes south, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing—plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans.
Matt Archer: Omnibus (Books 1-3)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 266,330. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
The MATT ARCHER SERIES Omnibus includes Matt Archer: Monster Hunter (MA1), Matt Archer: Monster Summer (Novella, MA1.5), Matt Archer: Blade's Edge (MA2), and Matt Archer: Legend (MA3), along with exclusive, brand new short stories, and interviews with the author and characters.
Matt Archer: Redemption
Series: Matt Archer, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,350. Language: American English. Published: July 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
The epic conclusion to the Matt Archer series. Mystery, tragedy and the power of family combine as Matt and his team race to win the war and save the world. There’s just one thing Matt’s afraid of…it might already be too late.
Matt Archer: Bloodlines
Series: Matt Archer, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,420. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Matt Archer's newest mission in the Australian Outback isn't going well. After only two days on the ground, his best friend is possessed, a long-lost family member has returned and hidden truths have come to the surface. As his power and strength continue to grow, so does Matt’s concern that he’s becoming more and more like the creatures he's been charged to hunt: a monster.
Matt Archer: Monster Summer
Price: Free! Words: 12,940. Language: American English. Published: October 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
In this companion short-story to Matt Archer: Monster Hunter, fifteen-year-old Matt Archer finds himself in the Australian Outback on the trail of his latest targets...and hunting hyper-intelligent, mutated Dingoes is not his idea of a great summer vacation.

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  • Out of Xibalba on Aug. 17, 2012

    A richly written fantasy, based on the Mayan "doomsday" myth. Beautiful prose and memorable characters.
  • The Assassin's Curse on Aug. 17, 2012

    Another great add to the EE universe!
  • Blood and Betrayal (The Emperor's Edge Book 5) on Sep. 03, 2012

    Another great entry for fans of The Emperor's Edge series. After leaving us on a cliff-hanger, Ms. Buroker plunges us directly into the action, with the team in danger . Told from Amaranthe's and Maldynaldo's points of view, this book is darker than earlier entries, but that's balanced against a greater sense of urgency in their mission. The team has picked up two extra members--Sergeant Yara and Emperor Sespian himself--but lost their intrepid leader Amaranthe. Faced with conflicting priorities (help the emperor or find the boss), the team splits up. This allows for some interesting character growth among the secondary characters, Yara in particular, adding depth to the story and the already colorful cast of main characters. Mal's point of view is particularly intriguing. After seeing him as just a pretty face in earlier books, his interior monologue is surprisingly soulful and tragic as we find out more about his past, and why he was disowned. Being Mal, however, he also manages to get the team into hot water on more than one occasion, while attempting to win the trust of Emperor Sespian...often to very entertaining (and disastrous) results. Amaranthe's side of the story uncovers many secrets from the mysterious Forge coalition. It also tests her mettle and her loyalty to Sicarius. All in all, Blood and Betrayal is a very satisfying read. If you love steampunk, fantasy, kickass heroines or a good steamboat crash, this is a definite recommend.