When all actions have repercussions, it isn't really a game.
While focusing on completing some of their quests, Mallory and her companions travel to new locations, face various creatures, meet more people and discover new information. Something they learn the hard way. As they've been warned, their actions have consequences. Will those consequences be more dangerous than they expected?
***This is a bundled edition of the following five stories.***
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy.
Word Count: 281,113
When dragons have the ability to shapeshift, anyone could be one. Even the boy sitting next to you.
Dragon Blood 1: Pliethin
Dragon Blood 2: Wyvern
Dragon Blood 3: Surety
Dragon Blood 4: Knight
Dragon Blood 5: Mage
Amber wants to take back control of her life. She's fed up with assassins, death threats, unrealistic expectations, nightmares and secrets. The secrets most of all. Especially Ronan's secrets and in particular his secret that she knows will scare the hell out of her and will probably never let her have another moment of peace. Maybe some secrets shouldn't be told.
Amber is starting to feel that her list of enemies is growing longer by the minute. Those she cares about are threatened and during a surprise attack she fears one of her people is killed. Her life is spinning out of control, there are too many people she desperately wants to keep safe, but she can't be with all of them at once. There's only one of her and so many of them. It's tearing her apart.
Amber learns her family has an interesting past. It is now creating problems for her. Negotiations, attacks by an unknown enemy and her mother discovering some of her secrets causes more complications. The only thing that hasn't changed is that someone wants her dead. She needs to find out who before they succeed and she doesn't live long enough to solve her other problems.
Amber struggles to keep up with the constantly changing dragon alliances and is worried Ronan might not keep his end of the bargain they made. Sometimes Amber wants to get away from it all, which makes her jump at the chance to visit dragon lands. The visit is ruined when she learns someone wants her dead. And they're willing to pay her weight in gold to make their wish come true.
Sixteen-year-old Amber's life, that was once completely normal, is dramatically changed when she is forced to move to a small Queensland town west of Brisbane. Suddenly dragons are no longer creatures of myth. Amber becomes caught up in their world of clans, survival of the fittest, ancient traditions, dangerous enemies and dragon warriors.
Returning to Inadon, Mallory and her companions are determined to level up, gain better gear and learn new abilities. They soon discover it might be more difficult than they realise when they encounter members of the dark forces. Will their actions have the wrong consequences or will they have time to gain the experience points they need before they become a target of the dark forces?
Aura spends a ridiculous amount of time rescuing her mum from dangerous situations. This one would have to be more dangerous than the serial killer episode. And for once, it isn't her mum's fault. Demons are real and they want her family dead. She's determined not to let that happen. Now if only she can come up with a sensible plan. One that will allow her and her family to live.
Mallory's brother brings home the wrong game disc causing them to be transported to a role-playing style world. When you're a noob in a world you don't understand, death is always imminent. They aren't sure if they want to leave Inadon, even if they can figure out a way to return home. But they do know they need to get good or they're likely to learn what happens when a player runs out of revives.
Seventeen-year-old Kayla finds life a breeze. She has plans for her future and friends to hang out with. Life is exactly the way she wants it to be. Until she realises that not every person she can see is actually alive. Or friendly. Her world is crumbling, her twin brother is suicidal, a ghost moves in and her own death seems a distinct possibility.
In a world ruled by those who own dragons it is almost impossible to change your station in life. Fen, an orphan with a short life expectancy, is faced with a difficult decision when he's caught trying to steal a dragon for his master. Should he risk everything, including his blood boiling in his veins, for the chance of a future or remain with his corrupt master.
Shadow thinks their country is in bad shape if her Pa is considered one of their greatest heroes. To her he's the bitter man she has to escape before he learns the secret she's kept her entire life. Getting away, with the help of her brother Irlan, is meant to simplify things. Instead, they become involved in plots against the royal family, hidden identities and magic-wielding enemies.
In an effort to salvage a friendship Kobe turns up at school after dark. Things rapidly go wrong and he's held at gunpoint, along with his friend Xavier, fearing he'll lose more than a friendship. When a ghost offers to help, Kobe doesn't know if he's lost his mind, has already died or if ghosts might actually be real. And if ghosts are real, how can one help him and Xavier escape from the gunmen?
When Douglas bursts into the bookstore, Gina is meant to be on the beach, not working an extra shift. Along with two teenage boys, she's kidnapped by a crazy gunman talking about human experimentation and a highly contagious virus that was meant to create a super army. Instead it brings death. If the virus doesn't kill you, those that want it kept secret will.
After running into Luca, Penelope gets out of her car, worried he's hurt. When he tells her she's now his master and he's a genie, or a jinn as he says, she wants to put as much distance as possible between them. Others believe he's a genie, even though Penelope doesn't. They're willing to do anything to end her life so they can become Luca's master, including summoning demons.
Emily Hunter has had the same dream every night for the past six months, one that made her quit being a demon hunter. When she dreams of something else it has her fearing for her sanity and her life. To survive, she needs to face all she's avoided. If she fails it'll mean not only her life is over, but the life of a boy from her dreams. She knows when demons are involved, nightmares can come true.
Cassidy is sick of her father looking for a miracle cure. He should accept there is none, instead of believing the lies told by those who prey on the desperate. But he doesn't and Cassidy finds herself in an abandoned industrial building staring into the flame streaked eyes of a demon. Only a thin line of salt keeping her alive.
Scarlett knows the things that go bump in the night are real. Her family has hunted demons for generations. She has grown up learning how to banish them. In fact, hunting demons is just like many other jobs. The hours are long, the pay is nearly non-existent and the clients are determined to have their own way. Like any other job… or at least it seemed that way before demons started hunting her.
Everyone knows about stranger danger. Never talk to a stranger. And no matter what, never accept a ride from a stranger. In a moment of anger at her parents, Alyssa ignored these basic rules. Now she's facing the most terrifying situation of her life. A world of demons, sacrifices and swords becomes her reality. Not many people survive demon encounters and Alyssa fears she might not either.
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Word Count: 65654
Maddy hates living with her overbearing father and is determined to live with her mum. She's sick of not being able to be herself. But no one is listening to her wishes and when she learns why, she begins to fear that not only will she be stuck living with him until she finishes school, but her family has other secrets they're keeping from her.
Brianne, a Caelian, has always dreamed of leading a squad. The one thing she has no control over is holding her back. Talon is the son of the Terstens' General. His secret could end the lives of him and his family.
Both societies revolve around their armies, believing the other race caused the war. When circumstances bring them together, they learn the truth may lie beyond the Feronian Mountains.
Meikah, Kellan, Livia and Rafe travel to the Arcton Mountains when an assassin comes asking for help. A vampire holding is overrun by zombies. But it's not the bandits and necromancers that most fear in the area. It's the dragons and their nesting grounds. Cross a dragon and they never forget. In an area known for its myths, legends and dangers you need to stay vigilant if you want to survive.
Genre: Children's Urban Fantasy (9+ years).
Word Count: 24014
Thirteen-year-old Hailey spends far too much time following her older brother, Lachlan, into trouble. When her entire world changes she thinks at first it's something Lachlan has caused. But surely magic is beyond him, even though he's always wanted to be a wizard.
Genre: Creative Writing (Nonfiction)
Word Count: 3153 (52 Writing Exercises)
Looking for ways to practice and improve your writing skills? An exercise a week to help you hone your skills might be exactly what you need. These exercises have been collated from workshops run by Avril Sabine where she has shared some of her knowledge gained from decades of writing.
The beginning of a new dawn.
When an alien life form is discovered and brought back to Earth Piper is fascinated. She is desperate to own one when a limited amount are released to the public. There are of course the usual rumours and crazy people who preach that the end of the world is coming. But Piper knows better. It's the most monumental discovery and somehow she'll become part of it.
Genre: Nonfiction (Cooking)
When choosing or needing to have a diet free from gluten, dairy and cane sugar, main meals tend to be easy to make. Biscuits, cakes and desserts can be another matter. Missing chocolate? Wanting strawberry ice cream? Enjoy ginger cake? Well you can find these recipes and many others in Cooking For Families With Allergies along with a handful of savoury recipes too.
Genre: Fairytales Retold Short Story.
Word Count: 10730
Snow-White and Rose-Red live with their widowed mother in a cottage in the middle of a forest. One winter's night a bear knocks on their door wanting to come in and warm himself at their fire.
This short story was written by an Australian author using Australian spelling.
Shen needs to journey far from all he's known, leaving behind the Arena and Battle Circuit, in his quest to find the family he hasn't seen since he was three-years-old. He doesn't know what he'll find, who he can trust or if his family still lives. But it's the only way he can find the answers he seeks.
Shen continues to search for the family he lost eleven years ago during a volcanic eruption. Following the trail of a scarred man believed to be associated with his family, Shen soon finds out things are more complicated than he'd thought and he doesn't know who to trust or what to believe.
Continuing to use the Battle Circuit as a way to travel in his search for his family, Shen returns to the place where it all began. The Island. An important clue is discovered, but disaster strikes and the journey he's waited years to make, may need to be delayed.
Shen was separated from his family during a volcanic eruption when he was three-years-old. No one has ever come forward to claim him, but he refuses to believe he's an orphan. Trained to be a sword fighter at an Arena, he uses the Battle Circuit to travel the country looking for clues about his family. All he has is a gold medallion known as the 'Mark Of Kings'.
Meikah's family are templars, as far from necromancers as it's possible to be. When she learns she can see the dead and wield magic, she fears what the future holds. People have begun to treat her like she's an evil necromancer and rumours have started. Kellan says she belongs with the Assassins Of The Dead. But if she was to join them her family might disown her and the rumours would never end.
Asa's cousin, Mila Bloodstriker, turns up on Rosie's doorstep seeking help. Asa's father is missing. One blood shaman in a country that would hang them on sight is a bad idea. Two could risk all their lives. There are very few clues and what little they learn indicates they might already be too late. But how can Rosie refuse to help Asa find his father? No matter the danger she faces.
As the anniversary of her dad's death approaches, Jena is visited by a ghost who says he's there to help. All she wants from him is contact with the ghost of her dad, unable to accept her life is in danger. Her life is too ordinary for her to ever be in danger. Things like that happen to others. People, like her father, who put themselves at risk to keep everyone else safe.
Genre: Young Adult Western Steampunk (with elements of romance).
While searching for a stolen submersible Rosie ends up looking for a missing girl, a murderer and trying to unravel the mystery surrounding an engraved bracelet. Rosie needs to find answers and locate a dangerous war mech or risk cities being annihilated when someone seeks vengeance for the past.
When the law refuses to help Rosie turns to Carlton, a human mech. Rosie discovers family secrets, ones that threaten her future, and complications increase. They need to track down outlaws and find a missing woman before the rainy season starts and wipes away all the clues.
Aiden has been waiting for years to live with his father again. He knows this time will be different. His father has promised it will be. But somehow things aren't turning out like he expected. The ghost he met can't be right. Things will improve. He just needs to figure out how to solve all the problems piling up before someone gets hurt.
In a quest to find a bride, Prince Ruairidh stumbles upon The Light Princess, a completely inappropriate bride with an unbreakable spell upon her. The Light Princess would make no one a suitable bride, least of all a prince. But when she's in the lake there's something about her that intrigues Prince Ruairidh and he can't help wanting to spend more time with her.
When Aschenputtel's mother dies, her father marries a woman with two daughters. They treat her like a servant and she's left to sleep on the hearth amongst the ashes, her only friend a little bird. When the king throws a feast to find his son a bride, Aschenputtel begs to attend. Her family answers her with taunts and impossible tasks. She's determined to complete them and attend the feast.
Each afternoon when Lucy has arrived home from school she's found a white rose on her doorstep. Most people would be thrilled to have a secret admirer. She had been for a while, but it's now annoying not knowing who it is. And if that wasn't bad enough, she has a ghost wanting to know how he can help her. She doesn't have a problem and no idea why he's pestering her. He has the wrong person.