Babylon Books

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Babylon Books was founded by William Bernhardt, the bestselling author of more than forty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series, the historical novel Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, two books of poetry (The White Bird, The Ocean’s Edge), and the Red Sneaker series on fiction writing. In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red Sneaker Writing Center in 2005, hosting writing workshops and small-group seminars and becoming one of the most in-demand writing instructors in the nation. His monthly Red Sneaker Writers Newsletter reaches over twenty thousand people, and the Red Sneakers phone app reaches many more. He hosts an annual writer conference every year in Oklahoma City over Labor Day weekend.

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Never Say Reven (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 10)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,930. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
June Brighton can hear heartbeats. On the night of her prom, she uses her talent to track down a Reven--a Shine bounty hunter--named Memphis Stone. He's ruthless and smarter than any Reven she's ever encountered. And as it turns out--he's the only Reven who has ever been able to capture her. But Memphis isn't after money. Will she spend the rest of her life as a prisoner--or worse?
Into the Fire (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 11)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,420. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
June Brighton escaped from the Revens--Shine bounty hunters--only to land in a far more perilous situation. Memphis Stone, her captor turned rescuer, takes her into the Arizona desert on a rescue mission. June develops a growing appreciation for his abilities--and romantic feelings that she didn’t expect. Will her tenuous alliance lead to the relationship she's always wanted? Or a fatal disaster.
Ricochet (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 15)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,800. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A hairstylist, an autistic girl, and a linguist with Shine--no one's first choice team to save the world from a deadly virus. But after French and her friends rescue an infected girl and introduce the pandemic into their secret haven in Detroit's Salt Mines, they must find some way to survive. Will the Shine resistance die before it begins? And if they do survive, will they share their cure?
Lost Haven (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 7)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,780. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Camille’s life hasn’t been the same since her parents' traumatic death. In the aftermath, an intruder breaks into her home. Camille discovers a mysterious thumb drive hidden in her father’s office and realizes the dramatic changes in her life are just beginning. Caught in a spider's web of politics and conspiracy, betrayal and abduction, Camille discovers hiding is not an option--for Shines.
Conclave Spring 2017: Voices from the Edge
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 45,360. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this issue, Conclave celebrates “Voices from the Edge,” the writers whose work is not easily categorized or pigeonholed. This issue disregards genre and marketplace and instead focuses on originality and insight, artists fearlessly creating work of the highest caliber. This, then, is the No Fear issue of Conclave, the no-holds-barred highway whose only toll is vision and talent.
Whimsical Warrior
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Prepare to be enchanted by Selma Mann’s tribute to aging with grace and laughter. With disarmingly simple language, she finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, with whimsical unexpected twists that delight and connect with audiences of all ages, touching on her familiar themes of love, loss, and survival. These poems sparkle with fresh images, delightful wordplay, and a startling perspective.
The Gilded Cage (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 14)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,920. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Camille and her Shine friends are at war for the basic rights their fellow Americans take for granted. After one of Camille’s friends is killed during a mission, Camille is begged by her team members to find a safe haven. A Shine homeland. Even though she knows there are forces desperate to destroy her, she gathers her friends and travels overseas. Is there a safe haven, or only a deadly trap?
Cassandra (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 9)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,890. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Cassie escaped from "St. Augustine's Home for the Mentally Deranged," where Florida's Shines are incarcerated. But the escape only gave her a new and more dangerous set of problems. She meets a boy, a strange cat, an alleged Shine school--and they all claim they want to help her. But can she trust any of them? Or does she need to escape again, before her malevolent pursuers find her.
Raze (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 6)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,660. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Sisters May and Lillie Wheaton believe they’re prepared for anything. A client hires them to find her missing daughter and it seems like just another job until they realize the lost girl is a Shine. She’s been captured by New York’s most devious gang, the Xeros, who are armed with the explosive power of Shines. The lines between ally and enemy, between sister and friend, are changing--fatally.
Pandora's Daughters (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 3)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,970. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
After her horrifying underground discovery, Aura resolves to escape from the Shine "rehab." Unaware of the government and scientific conspiracies swirling around her, she develops a plan with the other Shines utilizing their special abilities and, most importantly, teamwork. She must somehow survive cruel retaliation and find a way off the island--before it's too late.
The Asian Imperative
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,720. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The fragile peace in the Spratly Islands is shattered when rogue elements of the Chinese Navy seize a Filipino fishing vessel. This seemingly insignificant event sweeps US President Randall Stuart and Navy SEAL Mike Rohrbaugh into the vortex of an escalating regional crisis driven by the quest for billions of barrels of crude oil hidden beneath the waters of the South China Sea.
Roses in the Ashes (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,050. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
After being locked up in the Transforming Your Light "rehab" on Antolina Island, Aura tried to adjust to life with six other Shines and the domineering Dr. Coutant. But a chance encounter with the Shine known as Perfume--soon found dead in the epicenter of a huge explosion in Santa Monica--revealed the hideous truth about this place. Can she escape before they destroy her and the other Shines?
Storms and Spirits (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 12)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,610. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
June Brighton has spent her most of life fighting Revens—Shine bounty hunters. But nothing prepared her for the Reven leader, "le Teuer Revenant"—the Ghost Killer. He wants her blood. With the help of her friend Naomi and her captor-turned-rescuer Memphis Stone, June tracks the Ghost Killer to New Orleans, only to find he expects her. If she can't defeat him, June will pay the ultimate price.
Road to Nowhere (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 13)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,310. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Camille's ability to make others see what she wants them to see is no longer a secret. Armed with a list of known Shines and the rumor of a secret Shine haven, Camille embarks. She's determined to fight the oppression of Shines. But when Camille is captured by someone bent on exploiting her Shine, she realizes the fight is not just about her freedom--but her life.
Who's Gonna Stop Me? (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 5)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,670. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Aura and the other Shines hole up in the abandoned basement of an LA library, unaware that Dr. Estes and Reverend Trent are working together to eradicate the “Shine infestation.” They infiltrate Trent’s mansion--a decision that leads to their capture. Trent has a plan to “descend” the Shines and use them to breed a new race he can control. Somehow, Aura and the others must stop him.
Childhood's End (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,560. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Aura was only trying to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong--and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath of this disaster, the government institutionalizes Shines in "rehabilitative treatment centers." But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret beneath the rehab--she realizes just how great the danger really is.
The Unfound (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 8)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,840. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Using a controversial new test, Tennessee state authorities target and arrest Shines, even if their powers have not yet manifested. They go after Lola, a newlywed military codebreaker--and her husband is shot during her arrest. Lola is sentenced to "rehabilitation"--meaning brainwashing, torture, and experimentation. She and her new Shine friends must escape before it's too late.
Renegades (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 4)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,470. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
After a skirmish with Agent Coal and her quasi-military team, Aura and the other Shines are now free but hiding as outlaws. Aura must find a way to combat the anti-Shine threat led by Reverend Trent and the SSS, and find out what happened to her mother and the other Shines imprisoned underground at the Shine "rehab"--before it's too late.
Fetish and Other Stories
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 51,470. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Okataloa County, Oklahoma is anything but a sleepy town these days. Special-needs ghost Billy Craig haunts the Pen & Quill Writing Society, while across town Janice Lynn solves her crisis by winning self-respect and a lime-green Volkswagen. Celebrity billionaires and Brangelina updates, always one click and inbox away, are virtual distractions as these female protagonists confront life's storms.
The Fifth Bomb
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,460. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Crazed by the murder of his wife and child by paramilitary police, Bashir al-Khultyer has only one goal: to seek revenge. In Russia, he steals enough nuclear material to construct five dirty bombs. When the first is detonated in Moscow, NSA analyst Nick Parkos must pursue al-Khultyer in an international manhunt to stop him before he can detonate his four remaining devices.
Thinking Theme: The Heart of the Matter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,500. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Why do some books linger in memory long after they are read? The key is theme, giving your story a dynamic idea that lends it power and purpose. William Bernhardt explains what theme is, how it is best revealed, and how to find the theme that, handled correctly, will distinguish your book from all the others. Bernhardt explains how your book can have a positive impact on the world.
Conclave Spring 2016: Writing for Change
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 34,920. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The focus for this issue is "Writing for Change," reminding us that literature matters and words can change the world for the better. “Literature and writers have always been at the forefront of positive change,” says Editor-in-Chief Lara Bernhardt. "Conclave wants to create a meeting place where writers and words can, to quote Joseph Conrad, 'teach us how to see.'"
Shine (Season One)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 353,340. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
ALL 15 EPISODES IN THE FIRST SEASON OF THE SERIES! OVER 1000 PAGES! Aura tried to use her powers to help others. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong--and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath, she's sent to the Transforming Your Light island rehab. But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret beneath the rehab--she realizes just how great the danger really is.
The Smell of the Light
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
In The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969, Bill McCloud’s poems take the reader chronologically through his personal experience with the Vietnam War. From his decision in the spring of 1967 to join the army, to the present-day determination by the VA that he has a service-connected disability, these poems chart a remarkable journey.
Equal Justice: The Courage of Ada Sipuel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,920. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Biographical / United States, Fiction » Biographical
Growing up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Ada Sipuel learned that separate was never equal. Years later, Ada hoped to fight for equality by becoming a lawyer. But Oklahoma's law school would not admit her because of the color of her skin. Her legal struggle for education set off a chain of events that broke down the barriers of injustice across America. She proved one person can change a nation.
The Code of Buddyhood
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,060. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
There couldn't be a more unlikely pair of best friends. Bobby's cautious, social ineptitude and romantic fumblings offset Mark's flamboyant, devil-may-care attitude, his irrepressible pranks, and his prowess with shapely coeds. But the cardinal rule of the Code--"A buddy does not move in on another buddy's girl"--requires Bobby to watch quietly as Mark makes time with the woman of his dreams...
Shine
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,260. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Aura was only trying to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong--and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath of this disaster, the government institutionalizes these girl with special abilities in "rehabilitative treatment centers." But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret--she realizes how great the danger to Shines and the world is.
The White Bird
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,120. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Readers can open any page in this book at random and realize that William Bernhardt is a poet of the rarest kind - one who can communicate grace, humanity, and shared experience without the obscurity and obfuscation that sometimes causes people to avoid modern poetry. His everyman approach and direct language draws in readers who might normally never give a poem a second glance.
The Ocean's Edge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,850. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
William Bernhardt's second poetry collection explores the complex tapestry of family and the subtle interconnections that bind us to our past and forms the ballast to identity. Popular culture merges with classical allusions, weaving the colorful threads of a fabric composed of moments lived and still to be lived. These poems remind us that we are part of a collective history, and we are not alone
The Black Sentry
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,570. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In the ruins of North America, Daman Adkins worries about his impending Winnowing and everyone's blind acceptance of the Sentinel's inflexible regime, enforced by the murderous Black Sentry. With the help of Brita, the brilliant girl he admires, and a slave, Xander, he tries to learn more about the fabled Resistance--the only people brave enough to stand up against the Sentinel.
Rough Justice: Three Ben Kincaid Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,900. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
This is a collection of three short stories involving lawyer Ben Kincaid and his friends and colleagues: Yuletide Justice, a Christmas story, the award-winning What We're Here For, and the controversial After Hours, involving Ben's long-time friend Mike Morelli.
Excellent Editing: The Writing Process
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Why do so many people start books they never finish? And why is the final product often so much less than what editors and agents want? Because writing is a process, and no steps can be omitted without impacting quality. Editing begins before you start writing and doesn't end until the book is in print (if then). This book explains what's worth doing, when, and how to produce a exceptional book.
Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,360. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Often aspiring writers are frustrated by rejection, not realizing that the problem is not the story but the way they are telling it. In this book, Bernhardt brings his down-to-earth approach to the subject of style, revealing everything you need to write with the art and craft of a seasoned professional. Bernhardt goes beyond memorizing rules to transform your work and take it to a higher level.
Powerful Premise: Writing the Irresistible
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,830. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
What are the essential qualities of an irresistible read? And what’s the secret to attracting a literary agent or publishing deal? The answer to both questions is: Premise. A powerful premise is what separates ordinary novels from bestsellers. William Bernhardt explains the essential elements of breakout novels: originality, high stakes, believability, inescapable conflict, and emotional appeal.
Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,210. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Dynamic dialogue can turn an ordinary novel into a delightful read, but dull, uninspired dialogue will cause readers to lose interest and try something else. William Bernhardt explains matching character and dialogue, avoiding dialogue that’s “on-the-nose,” using dialogue to suggest what no one will say aloud, dialogue beats, subtext, and using dialogue to enrich your story and quicken the pace.
Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,750. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Even the most interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey—the plot—fails. Bestselling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict while fulfilling the plot structures--the journeys--that have always delighted readers.
Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,210. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. This book explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story. He uses examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code to explain this in a direct, uncomplicated manner.
Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,610. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
New York Times-bestselling author William Bernhardt explains the elements that make stories work, using examples spanning from Gilgamesh to The Hunger Games. In each chapter, he introduces essential concepts in a direct and easily comprehended manner. Most importantly, Bernhardt demonstrates how you can apply these ideas to improve your own writing.

Series

Red Sneaker Writers Book Series
The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done, and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.

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