YA Sci-fi Mystery
Date Published: May 2019
Publisher: Carrick Publishing
You know A. B. Carolan as the writer of The Secret Lab and The Secret of the Urns. Those novels are sci-fi mysteries for young adults (and adults who are young at heart). In Mind Games, A. B. tells a new story thatâs set a bit farther into the future than his first two books. Della Dos Toros is a young girl with psi powers living in the Dark Domes of the planet Sanctuary. Her adopted father doesnât let her use those powers, but she must do so to find his killer. This story about ESP and androids adds another action-packed novel to the ABC Sci-Fi Mystery series. Available in both print and ebook versions.
About the Author
The reclusive and ageless A. B. Carolan lives in Donegal, Ireland, where he spends most of his time writing stories for young adults and adults who are young at heart. There are rumors in Donegal that A. B. was raised by leprechauns. He says they like to joke a lot there. Other rumors in the Donegal area saying that heâs a distant relative of the great Irish harpist and composer Turlough OâCarolan are more believableâhe loves OâCarolanâs music. He is good friends with author Steven M. Moore and communicates with his American friend a lot, as all good collaborators must do. Readers can reach him via the contact page at Steveâs website, http://stevenmmoore.com.
Jackson: Book 2 of a 3 book arc
Building Up to Love
“You’re a genius.” Gage clapped his hands. His posture loosened, shoulders down and relaxed. “So what’s with you hitting the bottle on a weeknight? I thought you left your partying days behind you in grad school.”
Jared rolled his eyes. “I was such a party animal, too. Because construction sites are great places to be hung over.” He’d worked full time throughout his college years, and Gage knew it too. Sure, he had a full scholarship, but it hadn’t covered books or living expenses, and Jared had felt obligated to help support their mom and younger siblings at home.
He scoffed and took another gulp of his drink. “So your favorite client came by the building to pick out his finishes yesterday.”
Gage paled. “Aw, Geez. Wait— you’re working on that project?”
“Yeah. Well, the other interior guy’s in jail, so I picked it up.”
Gage grimaced. “I guess I couldn’t have kept you apart forever. But it shouldn’t have been a problem. You can be around each other long enough to let him pick out finishes.”
Jared squirmed in his seat. He didn’t want to confess his weakness to anyone, but he had to say something to someone. Gage was the best choice. And he should know. “He came back while I was laying out bathroom tiles.”
Gage closed his eyes. “Tell me that’s not a euphemism.”
Jared blushed. “It wasn’t a euphemism at first. But, um. We were arguing, and then—”
“Oh God, I watched this porno in middle school.”
“It’s not a porn— wait, what?”
“Angry office sex. It’s a classic porn trope. Come on, Jared, have you been living under a rock? The couple — who may not be a couple yet, but you know how it is — they argue, and then the next thing you know they’re getting busy right then and there over a desk or something—” Gage’s eyes bulged open and he grabbed for Jared’s drink. “Oh my God. My baby brother. Cannot unsee.”
Jared took his drink back. “Dude. No. It wasn’t quite like that. I mean there’s no furniture in there.”
Gage whimpered and covered his eyes.
“It’s just— I’m not sure where my brain went. I was just not thinking clearly, and that was all she wrote. I shouldn’t have done it. I should’ve punched him in the face and called the cops for trespassing.”
Gage calmed himself down. “But you didn’t,” he said with a sigh. “I think you need to ask yourself why.”
“I don’t know why. Impulsivity. Stupid bi people doing stupid bi people things—”
“Hey.” Gage’s voice cut through the din of the bar like a whip. “None of that. You never believed any of it before, don’t you start now.” He put his hand on Jared’s drink. “Maybe you’ve had enough of that.”
“Maybe if I drink enough of it, I’ll stop hearing him say it.” Jared took his drink back and drained it, but he could still hear Logan.
Kingdom of Sand & Wishes: A Limited Edition Collection of Aladdin Retellings
Three Wishes by J.A.Armitage
Her future was mapped out…
She would one day be queen…
When a curse was cast, trapping Jini in an old lamp, her life ended along with everyone she had ever known and loved. Centuries of darkness passed and then a young man made a wish.
He wanted to be the Sultan.
Read this powerful new rendition of the age old classic, Aladdin, where things are not as they seem and magic might not be enough to save them all.
The Djinn Curse By Margo Ryerkerk
How far will you go to reclaim your freedom?
Granting Wishes (A Once Upon a Curse Prequel) by Kaitlyn Davis
She’s about to discover a whole new world…
“His words come back to me—magic is the law. I guess I’m making my own set of rules.”
Alanna thought rock climbing in Yosemite National Park would be the trip of a lifetime. Until an earthquake strikes and she finds herself plummeting to her death. But instead of slamming into the forest floor, Alanna drops into a secret underground cave where she’s confronted by the impossible—magic.
A mysterious man named Erick uses incredible powers to save her life, then tells her that his magical world has collided with earth, merging the two together. Alanna writes it off as crazy, until he shows her a vision of her brother being dragged down a sandy cobblestone street in chains. Crazy or not, she’ll do anything to save him.
As Alanna and Erick team up to rescue her brother from the clutches of a decrepit sorcerer king, fate intervenes in the form of a handsome prince. Alanna doesn’t know who to trust, but in this foreign land, flying solo just might get her killed…
Don’t miss GRANTING WISHES, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Aladdin.
Sultana of Amethyst Sands by Emma Savant
A beautiful genie craves her freedom. A handsome prince longs to heal his kingdom. And a con artist named Aladdah has big plans for them all.
Between theft, sleight of hand, and her indentured servitude to a powerful magician, Aladdah has always managed to survive the brutal streets of Citron. But survival isn’t enough for a woman of Aladdah’s ambition. She craves more—more food, more power, and more magic than her master has seen fit to teach her.
When she demands a greater challenge, her master sends her on a mission into an enchanted cavern beneath the desert sands. There, in an abandoned garden glittering with the lights of precious jewels, Aladdah discovers a genie whose power and beauty are matched only by her determination to escape the bonds of her servitude.
But the genie is bound by her magic lamp, subject to Aladdah’s every wish, and it’s an opportunity no self-respecting street rat could resist. Aladdah forms a plan to use the genie to destroy the sultan and establish herself as a new ruler who will turn the savage inequality of Citron on its head.
But the sultan has many protectors, from his court magicians to the beautiful, idealistic son who infuriates and enchants Aladdah in equal measure. Her genie fights her at every turn. And her old master will not be dismissed so easily, not when he has a plan to gain power the likes of which the kingdoms have never seen.
Sultana of Amethyst Sands is a romantic, fast-paced adventure through the sands of a faraway kingdom of magic, genies, and wishes come true.
Title: Chasing the Sunrise
Author: E.M. Rinaldi
Genre: YA Paranormal
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
Publication Date: May 30th, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amberâs PR
Fate plays a fickle game and Casey knows better than most what it feels like to lose. Her triumph in defeating the Dean came at a price, one sheâs still struggling to pay, and now she doesnât know what to do to make the nightmares stop. Haunted by dark memories and decisions she regrets, itâs becoming impossible to keep pretending that everything is okay.
When Sebastian finally makes his move, the war has officially begun, and Cedric, Falon, and Casey now find themselves on the runâonly this time, they have an entire school to protect. Sacrifices are made, relationships are tested, and hearts are broken as Casey tries to shield herself from the monster within while also preparing for the day sheâs called upon to fulfil the prophecy.
With a Council that refuses to acknowledge the danger on their doorstep and a betrayal coming from the most unlikely of places, can Casey stay one step ahead of what destiny has planned? Or will she destroy everything sheâs ever fought for, and herself in the process?
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E.M. Rinaldi lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her boyfriend, Milz, and their slightly psychotic pup, Boone. By day she is a Registered Radiologic Technologist taking pictures of mangled bones and by night she writes about all the bizarre situations her characters get themselves into while she was away. She is a Second Degree Blackbelt and canât write a story without at least one fight scene in it.
When sheâs not writing, or trapped at work, E.M. likes to read (obsessively), clear her DVR, and have all night Buffy marathons with her friends, complete with cookies and cinnamon rolls.
Her love for writing stems from an early age where she would create stories on an old computer program and force anyone within grabbing distance to read them. Not much has changed; be warned: stay out of grabbing distance.
Evading the Dark is her debut novel and the first of The Cross Chronicles.
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Title: Gateway to the Galaxy (Books 4-6)
Author: Jonathan Yanez
Publication Date: May 30th, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb: No good deed goes unpunished.
Frank and the rest of Marine Space Corps One have been put through a gauntlet of pain. With the Chaos Lord behind them, the future can only be brighter, right?
But when you're part of an order that policies the universe there are those who will blame you for everything that goes wrong.
Collateral damage and a flawed sense of justice will see a new villain emerge from the shadows. A villain hell bent on seeing Frank and the Arilion Knights, dead.
I'm Jonathan, a former personal trainer turned full-time author and part-time model.
I could go on and on about how many books I've written and awards I've won and blah, blah, blah but I'd rather use this time for you to get to know the real me.
I write because that's what I was born to do and I freaking love doing it. Because of awesome people like you, I get to do it full time.
Connecting with fellow lovers of the written word is important to me so please join the Pack via my website at www.jonathan-yanez.com where you can grab an exclusive story or hang out with us at www.facebook.com/groups/1944447962437071/
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Title: Sweet Complications
Author: Stacy Claflin
Genre: Sweet Romance
Cover Designer: Naijla Quamber
Editor: Staci Troilo
Publication Date: May 30th, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amberâs PR
He can have any woman he wantsâ¦ except her.
NFL quarterback Dylan Manleyâs life revolves around his career and the fame associated with it. Heâs only back in Indigo Bay to help with a fundraiser in memory of his best friend. But then finds he has to work with Brookeâthe one person who has always made him trip over his own feet.
Brooke Davenport is a far cry from the girl next door who left town years ago. Focused on her political aspirations and still recovering from the loss of her doting brother, she wants nothing more than to return to DC for good. But first she has to get through the fundraiser with Dylan, who she blames for her brotherâs death.
When a family emergency pulls Brookeâs parents out of town, the success of the fundraiser depends on Brooke and Dylan. Heâll do whatever it takes to show her heâs a new man, but every attempt only makes him look worse. If he canât make things right, heâll lose her forever.
Sweet Complications is the fourth book in the Indigo Bay Second Chance Romance series. Each book is a standalone, so you can read them in any order.
Stacy Claflin is a USA Today bestselling author who writes about complex women overcoming incredible odds. Whether it's her Gone saga of psychological thrillers, her various paranormal romance tales, or her sweet romance series, Stacy's three-dimensional characters shine through.
Decades after she wrote her first stories on construction paper and years after typing on an inherited green screen computer that weighed half a ton, Stacy realized her dream of becoming a full-time bestselling author.
When she's not busy writing or educating her kids from home, Stacy enjoys watching TV shows like Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, and Once Upon a Time.
She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. âIâm sorry for the things I said at Sweet Carolineâs. It wasnât fair. Or true.â
Relief washed through him. âReally? So, you donât think Iâm all brawn and no brain?â
âI mean it. I was insensitive. The thing is, Iâm used to being hard-lined and direct at work. Itâs the only way to get things done. But this isnât politics, and youâreâ¦â Her voice trailed off.
He leaned forward.
âYouâre a friend.â
Ouch. Well, it could be worse. She could see him as an ex to leave in the dust, orâ¦
âYouâre also a good person. I know that.â She drew in a deep breath. âYouâve always looked out for Evan, for both of us. For anyone you care about.â
Her gaze lingered, as did the silence between them.
Dylan swallowed. Should he tell her he cared about her? Was she waiting for him to say it? Or was it too soon?
Brooke pulled out her phone and scowled at it. âAnd it isnât just that. Things at work are really stressing me out.â She looked back up at him, her eyes shining.
His heart leaped into his throat. He wanted to jump up and wrap his arms around her. Instead, he scooted closer and put his hand on top of hers. It was so soft. She smelled so good, too. Like a field of wildflowers.
âI could lose my job, and there isnât anything I can do about it.â Her voice cracked. âAnd I didnât do anything, either. Somebodyâs making me look guilty to cover their own tracks.â
âWhat? Are you serious?â
She tugged on her ponytail and nodded. âDC is a vicious place to work.â
He squeezed her hand and resisted the urge to hold her in his arms. âIs there anything I can do?â
âNo.â She blinked and a single tear ran down her cheek.
Dylan couldnât take it anymore. He wiped the tear away. âLet me secure the rest of the auction items so you can deal with this.â
âYouâd do that?â
âEven after the things I said to you?â
âYou didnât mean them, right?â
She shook her head no. âIt was the stress talking.â
âThen let me take this burden from you.â
Brooke held his gaze, her mouth gaped just slightly like she was going to say something. Or like she wanted him to kiss her. Did she?
He wanted to feel her sweet lips on his. To stop thinking about the past kisses and experience the real thing again.
She didnât say anything.
Dylan took that to mean she wanted the same thing. He leaned forward.
Title: Chasing Souls
Author: Tia Silverthorne Bach
Genre: YA PNR
Editor: Jo Michaels
Cover Designer: Jo Michaels
Publication Date: May 29th, 2019
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Shifter twins Jackie and Maddie must harness the power of their unique bloodlineâa mix of wolf, magic, and angelsâand wield their unholy alliance with vampires to vanquish Hellâs army.
High school doesnât usually include life-or-death battles with evil incarnate, but on the precipice of war, the girlsâ education prepares them to face malicious threats intent on destruction and revenge. Still, years of studying battle strategy, weaponry, mythology, and magic might not be enough to tip the odds in the twinsâ favor.
Continuing their parentsâ legacy as warriors for mankind, the twins must protect the world from a devil-sired army of shifters. A pair of Valkyries provide a spark of hope.
Thereâs more at stake than victory or defeatâsouls hang in the balance.
A new generation emerges from the world of the Tala Prophecy, and this action-packed young-adult adventure brings forth new creatures that rock the very foundation of the series.
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Everyone grouped up according to the directions, and Maddie took off her boxing gloves as they walked. Normally, she wouldâve taken them off earlier, but sheâd been too distracted.
âIâm not going to take it easy on you,â Gunner whispered in her ear.
A shiver ran down her spine at the close contact as it always did. When she and Gunner had first started their relationship, everyone at home had warned her that she couldnât trust her emotions around him, that vampires oozed charm and allure. But she trusted him. Not just him, she put full faith in her heart and its ability to know what was real.
âGood to know. Guess Iâll have to give back whatever I get.â She kept her voice low, her eyes unblinking and never wavering from his gaze. âSo bring it.â Seeing the flash of want in his eyes, a flicker she knew all too well, gave her an extra boost of adrenaline.
Within a heartbeat, he was behind her, his arm wrapped around her neck. She didnât hesitate, swiping her right leg behind her and kicking just below his knee, which buckled. As soon as his hold loosened, she spun and thrust her palms into his chest, pushing all her energy into the attack, her left foot behind her as an anchor. Gunner flew several feet through the air, slamming into the back wall of the gym, leaving a slight dent there to add to the others previously created.
âNice move,â Dad said, but then he suddenly cut his eyes to the other corner, and Maddie followed his gaze.
Xavier had Jackie pinned on the ground, his fangs bared and only inches away from her throat. Without thought, Maddie raced to her twin.
âKnee him in the groin!â Maddie shouted to Jackieâs mind, not slowing down just in case.
With a piercing scream that stopped everyone in their tracks, and causing two of the other vampires who were sparring with Aunt Jessica and Uncle Sam to press their hands against their ears, Jackie thrust her knee into the vampireâs privates and rolled out from underneath him, hopping up and into a crouch, one hand planted on the ground and the other straight out in front of her. By then, Maddie was by her sisterâs side, and the two circled Xavier.
A tingling sensation ripped down Maddieâs spine, but before she could turn, a force crashed into her, sending her flying forward. Gunner pinned her to the ground, her face pressed into the cold floor. Unwilling to admit defeat, she remembered a recent class with Aunt Winny. Maddie squeezed her eyes shut and pulled her energy into her core, focusing it on her back, heating it to an uncomfortable temperature, sweat trickling down her forehead and stinging her eyes.
âFreakingââ Gunner jumped off her, and she flipped around to her back and catapulted to her feet in a kip-up maneuver Aunt Jessica had taught Maddie the previous week. Sheâd have to thank both aunts later.
From the corner of her eyeâMaddie refused to lose focus on her opponent againâshe noticed Jackie had Xavier on his knees in a choke hold. Aunt Jessica blew into her whistle, a toy she was overly enthusiastic about in Maddieâs opinion, and everyone relaxed and stepped away.
Science Fiction, Humorous Science Fiction
Date Published: February 2019
A robot possessing unique artificial intelligence and human awareness, AndrÃ© 1 tells the story of his creation and âgrowing upâ in his inventorâs family. Often humorously fumbling in his interactions with people, AndrÃ© analyzes his experiences, attempting to understand the faults and foibles of human personality. Accompanied by his girlfriend, Dr. Margaret 13, a droid physician of his own creation, AndrÃ© achieves a position as translator and self-appointed mendacity-monitor to the American President and strives to save humans from themselves.
The novel is a work of science fiction and social commentary. AndrÃ© is wired to take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning so as to be able to analyze human societies without the usual biases and to propose clear-eyed strategies for saving humanity from the many calamities toward which it presently appears to be headed.
âWHAT IS IT, ANDRÃ? YOUâRE vibrating all over.â Dr. Margaret 13 exclaimed. âWhatâs happened?â
âThey threw me out, Margaret. Theyâre about to make
a horrendous mistake.â I glanced around the White House Infirmary, noting no humans present. âHe had me ejected from the Situation Room. Secret Service agents forced
âFirst, letâs reduce your electromagnetic activity,â she said. She took me by the hand and led me over to a chair. I sat but was too excited to be still.
âNow tell me what happened,â she insisted. âTell me everything, so your circuits will release the energy.â
âThey are considering a nuclear attack. Nuclear, Margaret! Itâs Armageddon if they do it.â I paused to release a breath of static discharge. âI must act,â I said, standing up, âbut do what?â
Margaret gently pushed me back down in the chair. âJust sit here for a moment, dear, while I go get my meter. I want to be sure your servomotor controller is functioning correctly.â
âBut I have to . . .â
âHush, AndrÃ©. I am the doctor. You must be still for a
Reluctantly, I sat back and shook my head. I had no authority. I merely was the Presidentâs translator, which allowed me no more than a position against the wall in
the Situation Room. I had determined, however, that I had
a more valuable duty to perform, which was to offer observations void of emotionâsomething I had learned humans could not do. And with this President in power, my sober views were vital. Never before had I faced a crisis
like this. What occurred to meâand it was a dangerous circumstanceâbecause of my dispassionate awareness, I was as responsible, as liable to blame, as anyone there. I
had watched the crisis unfold in the Situation Room, and
my neural network began to heat up as I realized the circumstances were intolerable.
âYou must listen to me,â I had shouted at them, with my volume up several decibels. âYou cannot win. There is no way to win. We have tried to tell you that for . . .â
But it was uncanny how the assembly silenced me at that point with their jeers and threats. I was ordered out of the room forthwith, and my departure was between two burly Secret Service men.
âHow am I to combat such foolishness?â I said when Dr. Margaret 13, a creation of my own hands, my only real companion, returned with her scanner.
âCombat is a strong word, AndrÃ© 1, Iâve never heard you use it before.â She opened my chest and carefully touched probes to my voltage regulator. I processed the idea of combat 378 times.
âI do not have any active algorithm for violence in my
entire circuitry,â I said, âexcept for what may be required
for self-defense. And yet to prevent the imprudent actions
of an unquestioning military, a spineless staff, and a reckless
President, I cannot calculate any alternative.â I paused 4.96 seconds to reconsider.
âYou were programmed for loyalty, duty and respon-sibility,â Margaret said as she removed the probes and closed my chest. âYou have no algorithm to deal with the present situation. You have no menu of violent responses to activate any physical aggression. That is why your circuitry is vibrating with heat.â
âI must modify my behavior programming,â I said. âI cannot sit idly by and let these humans destroy everything.â I took her hands in mine. âYears ago, when Dr. Strauss helped me develop self-defense, I installed secret integrated circuitry in my legs. These ICâs only need to be connected to my CPU. You can make the connections and then reprogram me, Margaret, so I can I generate aggressive behavior. I must be made capable of violent force.â
âWhat will we be doing, AndrÃ©?â Dr. Margaret 13 asked. âIf I reprogram your CPU to allow for violent action, the process will corrupt your basic behavior algorithms. And what right does a droid have to act aggressively? Will we
not be violating the very principles of ethical behavior?â
âListen, Margaret,â I said. âWe are facing a tremendously serious crisis, not only for humans but for the Earth itself. We must act immediately.â I sensed my circuits abuzz as
she pulled up the schematic diagram of my system and studied it.
âIt could cause a deep disturbance in your processors,â she shook her head. âI cannot condone such a traumatic operation. No, AndrÃ©, you are programmed to obey humans and not harm them.â
I produced the sound of human laughter. âI have been disobeying the President for months already. Look how often I have contradicted and argued with him. Not that itâs done any good.â
âAnd now you can do no better than violent attack?â She held up her hands to signal dismay. â¦
About the Author
A resident of Birmingham, Stephen B. Coleman, Jr. (Steve), a graduate of Indian Springs School, earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Duke University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Alabama. He is married to the former Dr. Sumter M. Carmichael, a psychiatrist. Steve has been a naval officer, a high school teacher, a businessman, and a commercial real estate broker. After retiring in 2009, he now enjoys sailing, writing, and landscape painting. He has authored biographies and histories of local interest, magazine articles, novels, and poetry. His story, âThe Meanest Man in Pickens County,â was the first place (state) winner in the 2013 Hackney Literary Awards for short stories. He has published two novels: The Navigator: A Perilous Passage, Evasion at Sea and The Navigator II: Irish Revenge. For more information, please visit his websites: www.captstevestories.com and www.andretherobot.com
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