In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?
In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.
“SHE IS MY LIGHT, SHE IS MY AIR, SHE IS THE HEART, THE SOUL, THE ESSENCE—SHE IS HOME. I MAY NOT WANT TO FEEL THIS WAY, BUT THE BINDING HAS ENTWINED US IN AN UNSHAKABLE BOND THAT NO BEING CAN TEAR APART.”
There is a secret that will bring America to its knees. Brutally trained from birth to live, talk, and think like Americans, Russia has constructed the most dangerous network of secret operatives ever known – created for the ultimate trinity: Intelligence, Espionage, and Warfare.
The rebellion to remove King Henry II, from the throne of England has been crushed. The perpetrators have either been imprisoned, or have all met untimely ends. Henry’s forces have done such a thorough job of rooting out the dissidents, that England seems to truly be at peace.
Appearances can be deceiving. When hostilities are bottled up, they find new avenues of release, and bring forth something Lord James has never had to deal with before when a mutilated body is discovered in his quiet town of Loxley. Facing a foe on an open battlefield is a far cry from finding a monster hiding in the shadows, or worse, the madman who walks among them.
It is medieval murder most foul, and James must wrestle with his conscience over what is the truth and what is justice.
Four years after a tragic mission decimated his team, Cole “Tox” Russell has been disavowed by the United States. And that’s fine–he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.
Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers–and a cure. As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.
With time running out and the threat for a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.
“A sword untried is a sword untested,” says one raven to another as they set out to witness the fate of the finest farm in Garmrland and its owner, Barbarian Lord. When he is cheated out of his lands and banished, Barbarian Lord begins a quest for allies and for justice, encountering monsters, ghouls, gods, and mediocre poets along the way.
Combining the rich traditions of the Vikings and Nordic lore with sword-and-sorcery-and slyly understated humor-this graphic novel introduces an original hero with classic flair, brought to life in Matt Smith’s beautifully drawn, detailed, and action-filled black-and-white illustrations.
If progress is your goal, you will die pursuing it.
Sitting in the world’s highest mountain valley, such words are what Lord Opaji lives by. Chigou’s founder declares his city to be society’s greatest accomplishment; a competitive theater for ambitions, ideologies and life itself.
A Civil Enforcer searches for a new purpose as he tries to escape the violent conflict of his past. A young farmer strives to make a bigger difference after she takes charge of a child, one tragically snared by a growing conflict. They are all visited by the young heir of an industrial empire, and questions quickly arise over the foreigner’s true intentions.As their lives unexpectedly collide, they begin to discover a subversive power emerging from the shadows. They must decide to face the threat, or run towards something else known only through tales and legends. Their decisions will not only change their lives, but could alter the course of their entire society.
“A World War II veteran recounts firsthand horrors on bloody battlefields and passionate liaisons in Middle Eastern nightclubs as a Grecian soldier.
Hadjifotiou’s (Games of Passion in Mykonos, 2015) life was interrupted by war, with Mussolini’s invasion of Greece spurring him to leave home and join the fight against the Axis powers. He enlisted in the British army and found himself in the port city of Tobruk, Libya. Here, he was one of history’s famous “Desert Rats”—men who spent eight months of hell under siege by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s troops: “Thirty-five thousand wounded and several thousand dead.” Hadjifotiou’s reputation as one of Tobruk’s heroes afforded him numerous promotions and military decorations. He was eventually assigned to pilot a crane named “Mac” to salvage Allied vehicles and save trapped soldiers. Between the siege and battles against German forces in both El Alamein, Egypt, and Rimini, Italy, he spent many of his nights with fellow soldiers acting out in the urbane nightclubs of Egypt, and later Beirut, seeking pleasure and luxury with alcohol and women. The author recalls his wartime adventures with a dry romanticism, never shying away from his experiences, be they vodka-fueled nights or hand-to-hand combat on the battlefield. Hadjifotiou is short-tempered and apolitical, prone to nostalgia in unexpected ways—the soldier recalls his crane with more sentimentality than his whirlwind marriage to a French general’s daughter. When reunited with his lost love, Yuki Russell, a Jewish-American singer he met early in the war, his enthusiasm will likely seem shocking to some, as he seemed to have all but forgotten her before. There’s no sugarcoating these oddities, no rationalizations made for these arrogant or reckless turns any more than for the heroic ones. The closest the book comes to indemnifying the actions of any—from womanizing to looting—is to maintain that those who were not there cannot know. The autobiography is remarkably concise, perhaps to its detriment—it’s unlikely readers will feel transported to nightclubs or war zones with its minimalist approach.
A pithy and unapologetic memoir, as much about the good times of war as the bad.”
Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game.
The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this!
Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe.
Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood.
Michelle starts to fall for Prince Jayse, the only one who believes Michelle to be a savior rather than a curse. But not even video games could prepare her for what the cult has in store for them…
After spending so much time with Colin and Anthony, Sydney has become unavoidably attached to the two Doms and best friends. With Sydney’s first public scene rapidly approaching her, heart begs her to speak up and voice her true desire for her Top. While visible wounds and hidden scars cause Sydney to worry and doubt herself as a worthy play partner or submissive for anyone, they don’t stop her from fantasizing that she belongs to Colin or Anthony…or both.
As Colin and Anthony continue to work with Sydney they begin to unravel the nightmare life that she has been living. The connection and chemistry between Anthony and Sydney becomes more apparent. Colin wants nothing more than for Sydney to be in a happy and healthy D/s relationship and he knows his best friend can give that to her along with anything else under the sun. The only problem is that Colin’s idea is met with resistance from Anthony. But with the clock ticking closer to Sydney’s first public scene, Colin has to move quickly.
Will Colin be able to convince Anthony that he is the right Dom for Sydney without his own feelings getting in the way and will their strong friendship and bond survive?
*This book contains sexually explicit scenes, adult language, disturbing scenes that may be considered offensive to some readers. This book contains content that is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.
Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren’t bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering — which is a problem for Kael. It’s not like he asked to be born a whisperer: he didn’t ask for his strange healing powers anymore than he asked to be the village runt. And when he rescues a wounded girl from the perils of the Unforgivable Mountains, his luck only gets worse. She couldn’t have been just any girl: she had to be Kyleigh — the sword-wielding renegade knight with all of Midlan on her trail. Then one miserable, snowy evening, things go from bad to worse, and Kael is left with no choice but to follow Kyleigh down the mountains and into the tumultuous lowlands. She leads him on one mad quest after the next — eventually pulling off an act of such mischievous proportions that it threatens to change the Kingdom as they know it.
It’s magic and mayhem in Manhattan, as Gutter Magic follows the story of Cinder Byrnes, who should be heir to a magical legacy, but can’t cast a spell to save his life. When he finally tracks down a spell that can help him, he must figure out how to cast it before the necromantic crime lord he stole it from tracks him down. An epic, gritty urban fantasy adventure that takes place in an alternate-history New York, where long ago, World War II was fought with magic.
When the bullet pierced her father’s heart and he crumpled to the floor of his convenience store, it changed Janey Santiago’s life forever. At first she wasn’t even sure if she was alive or dead as she watched a strange blue light shift from his body to hers. In his final moments he handed Janey his mask, confirming her suspicions that he was indeed the vigilante fighting the local cartels. Janey felt a surge of energy and knew it was her time to carry on her father’s work. With the guidance of Augusto – her father’s mysterious young right-hand man – and enigmatic parallels from her favorite comic book series, Janey must learn how to use her mysterious new abilities to fight back against the gangsters that killed her father and threaten to overtake her town. This is the first in a series – The Thunderbird Chronicles.
An exciting new adventure featuring a teenaged Hatter Madigan, one of the most popular character from the New York Times best-selling The Looking Glass Wars trilogy by Frank Beddor!
Combat training! Secret society initiations! Self-serving rivals! Welcome to Wonderland’s prestigious Millinery Academy: where those born to protect the queendom train to become spies, assassins, and bodyguards. With all that to contend with, not to mention following in his popular older brother’s footsteps, just getting through Imagination Class seems impossible already.
And that’s before he starts seeing ghosts lurking in the corridors…
When students begin behaving strangely throughout the academy, Hatter and his fellow cadets must unlock the mysteries behind the ghosts, and the headmaster’s suspicious behavior, before the entire student body finds itself possessed!
Join Hatter and his fellow cadets on their first adventures in Wonderland. Let’s just hope it isn’t their last!
Bow-Breaker. Half-breed. Cursed. Forsaken.
The names are bad enough. But if anyone ever finds out that he’s a whisperer, Kael could be in very serious trouble.
Born into exile and living as the outcast of his tiny mountain village, there’s little chance that his luck will turn. Kael is desperate to keep his strange healing powers a secret, and grows up resigned to the fact that life will never get any better. But when he rescues a wounded girl from the perils of the Unforgivable Mountains, he’s thrust into a quest that will forever change his world.
The journey is long, the battles are fierce — nearly all of his companions are outlaws. And Kael’s rotten bad luck seems to make everything worse. But the war has only just begun: it soon becomes clear that in order to save the Kingdom, he’ll have to defeat Fate, herself.
An adventure wrought with all the magic of epic fantasy, the Fate’s Forsaken series is a story of trial, heartache, and one young hero’s iron will.
Charley McElroy is a handsome, well-heeled travel writer and CIA informant who also happens to be an F-to-M transman. And he’s been recently benched by the Agency for not paying his taxes. On the other side of San Francisco, Electra, a Manhattan socialite-turned-dominatrix has just arrived to rebuild her life. After they meet at yet another boring society benefit, the two manage to uncover a Christian fundamentalist’s plot to destroy the ‘hedonists’ of San Francisco. Soon after they meet Frankie, a lesbian police sergeant on the outs with the SFPD. Together, the three set out to foil this terror plot – but can they get anyone to listen to them? Or are they on their own? Find out in this funny thriller filled with San Francisco’s spectacular scenery and inimitable, quirky characters.
Middle-class, mid-career, and Midwestern, twenty-something Emily Carpenter walks into a new job that isn’t middle anything. In only slightly more time than it takes to get a passport, this brave adventuress finds herself thrust into a world of lavish luxury, corporate hijinks, and personal scandal. Jet-setting around the globe with her sociopathic boss, she discovers the line between right and wrong is generally negotiable, and almost always in a language other than English. Forced to her breaking point, Emily has to decide what is more important: her old self-respect or her new career. But first – she’ll have to survive.
American Female is “The Devil Wears Prada,” meets “Eat, Pray, Love,” while “On the Road”. Narrated in Emily’s unflinchingly honest voice, this modern day Hero’s Journey is an odyssey you won’t be able to put down.