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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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The Crystal Courtesan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,840. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Seven years ago, a night of flames destroyed everything Ressana loved. Now she hides as a village healer far from those who know her true nature. But the night of three moons brings guardsmen seeking those of her kind. Captured by Prince Dak, the only man she ever loved, Ressana will learn that the fate of all Noralla lies in her hands— the crystal-bound hands of the last Crystal Courtesan.
Ice Dragon: The Novel
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,020. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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.
Impossible
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,280. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
To Ralia of the Maps, change never comes to Ouzadadade—until the day a stranger rides out of the mountains. But when she seeks him out in the village no one will admit to the stranger’s existence. Her dangerous search for him leads Ralia on a risky venture to discover her past, her purpose, her magic and—perhaps—her future.
Ice Dragon
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,700. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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?
The Warden of Power
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 148,260. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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
Revelation
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,030. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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.
Maps of All Things
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,160. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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?
Blood and Magick
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,450. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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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.
Unlocking Her Doubts
Series: The Unlocking (Peachland) Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,010. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Once Hollywood’s newest ‘it’ girl, Lila Weber ran away from the fans and one man who never forgot her. Fifteen years later, she wears the mysterious silver bracelet that has almost led to the death of five of her friends.The danger mounts as her long-lost love arrives looking for her. Only when Lila accepts him can they overcome the final monstrous attack of the creature pursuing the bracelet.
A Faded Magic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,510. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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.
Ruin
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,890. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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?
Aftermath
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 8 · The American Geological Society, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,900. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2014 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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?
The Cartographer's Daughter
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,300. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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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.
Terra Infirma
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 12 · The Terra Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,130. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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.
Terra Nueva
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 13 · The Terra Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,650. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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?
Aftershock
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 7 · The American Geological Society, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,390. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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.
Afterimage
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 9 · The American Geological Society, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 121,350. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
With the destruction of the American Geological Survey complete and the Gifted who have the power to change the landscape no longer a secret, all Gifted must choose to fight or flee. Mortally wounded, Vallon Drake and friends must overcome the ancient Cartos and Vallon's secret personal history to face a threat that will destroy not just the Gifted, but all life on earth.
Terra Incognita
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 11 · The Terra Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 88,740. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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?
The Dead
Series: Ice Dragon, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,860. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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.


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  • 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 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.
  • Rook: Allie's War Book One 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

    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.
  • Shield: Allie's War Book Two on Sep. 02, 2011

    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

    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.