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See You in the Cosmos

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

What Girls Are Made of

When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she’ll do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she’s worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of? Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are.

Ginger Kid: Mostly True Tales From a Former Nerd

In Ginger Kid, popular comedian Steve Hofstetter grapples with life after seventh grade . . . when his world fell apart. Formatted as a series of personal essays, Steve walks his readers through awkward early dating, family turbulence, and the revenge of the bullied nerds. This YA nonfiction is sure to be the beloved next volume for the first generation of Wimpy Kid fans who are all grown up and ready for a new misfit hero.

Escape to Clown Town

General Sharaya touched Duchess’ dark brown hair as she lay weak and dying on the cold stone floor of their jail cell. The dark star Epsilon Eridani finally succeeded in taking her star stone. Duchess has yet to learn that General Sharaya is her cousin and that she herself is Faree.

18 year old Duchess is a simple village girl that has no idea that she is at the center of the most epic war of the ages that is soon to come. Duchess tries desperately to escape her village upbringing and dreams of becoming a dancer in the famous Royal Clown Ballet. Duchess has not been told the truth about her royal fairy lineage and falls victim to a universal plot; conjured by the dark star Epsilon Eridani. The clowns easily ensnare Duchess by seducing her with the life she’s always dreamed of.

After Duchess escapes her kidnapper, she wakes up in the grandest room she has ever been in. When she gets up to look out of her window, she realizes that she is in the Grand Clown Plaza Hotel located in the center of Clown Town. King Clownington quickly learns of Duchess’ arrival to Clown Town and immediately plots with Epsilon on how to extract her star stone. Epsilon learned from killing many fairies that star stones must be freely given in order to retain their power and cannot be extracted under duress. King Clownington orders his son Jax to court Duchess and the entire clown family does all that they can to trick Duchess into sacrificing her stone.

Duchess falls in love with the king’s son but starts to grow suspicious when she tries to leave Clown Town and is not able to. General Sharaya sends Duchess a seemingly cryptic message about the clowns that Duchess fails to understand, until it’s too late. With the universe on the brink of a war that has the power to penetrate space and time, will Duchess become trapped by her hatred of the clowns or freed by her new found destiny?

The Day of Awakening

A one-hundred-year-old prophecy told of our future. Still, we were not prepared.
My name is Jade. Seven years ago, everyone that I knew disappeared. All over the world, people were missing. We call it the Day of Awakening.

I was eighteen years old and a leader of a faction that fought against the new world government. We protected the non-pledgers. You can’t imagine what you are capable of until you are faced with death. Take some advice: Forget -The old world never existed, Hope -We are not lost forever, Assist -Your crazy is useful.

The hour has come to wake from sleep. We can’t prevent the war that’s coming. Heaven has sealed our fate. A complex web of secrecy, love and terror ensues as we race to unravel the mystery surrounding the Day of Awakening. All is not lost.

  • : Auri Blest
  • : 01/05/2018
  • : 1981808469
  • : 978-1981808465
  • : B077LTYX76
  • : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOIptzs6mX4
  • : info@auriblest.com
  • : Laurie Best
2018-02-01T08:58:27+00:00 Young Adult|0 Comments

The Dawn

​I am one of the few children born after the day of awakening. My name is Hannah, and I am being hunted…

The people that found me have become my new family, but that comes at a cost. They risk everything to keep me protected. The new world government calls us insurgents. They have left those living in this seemingly deserted metropolis few choices: Pledge or be eliminated, hide or be eliminated, fight or be eliminated.

Heaven has sanctioned our survival and has sent a warrior to combat the evil forces at work against us. A terrifying battle to save humanity will prompt a sequence of events that no one could imagine and define the greatest love that one can have for another.

The Dawn begins with a mysterious little girl found alone on a street in a ravaged Manhattan, the beings that are approaching her, and the superhuman woman that saves her. It’s an action packed story of faith, hope and courage within the realms of a dystopian society. At it’s heart is the true meaning of love and sacrifice, and the realization that we are not alone in our battles.

  • : Auri Blest
  • : 11/14/2017
  • : 1975604873
  • : 978-1975604875
  • : B07791C7S9
  • : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNxSZYYRxTI
  • : info@auriblest.com
  • : Laurie Best
2018-02-01T09:06:36+00:00 Staff Pick, Young Adult|0 Comments

Wanted, the Chase Ryder series Book 1

TO THEM, HE WAS AN EXPERIMENT
TO HER, HE WAS FAMILY

The award-winning creator & screenwriter of ground-breaking BBC television show, Spirit Warriors starring Jessica Henwick (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Game of Thrones, The Defenders) brings you an action-packed thrill-ride in her debut novel readers unanimously raved about, describing it as a “MUST-READ” and “UNPUTDOWNABLE”. If you loved Dean Koontz’s Watchers, Marvel movie Logan and heroines like Maximum Ride, you will love The Chase Ryder Series.

The first time I saw him, I had no idea he was created in a lab.

I’d been living on the streets for around eight months before I lost count. It wasn’t easy, but it was still preferable to what I had to deal with at home. In all that time, unable to trust anyone, I had been alone (I knew from experience that people always failed you). Then one day, while out searching for food, I stumbled upon this mangy dog being attacked.

It wasn’t a big deal to help him, but then he ended up saving my life which is when I realized there was something special about him: Muttface wasn’t a normal dog – he was crazy intelligent. I’m talking Mensa levels. And he wasn’t an accident either, having recently escaped from a mysterious lab.

We were just getting to know each other when things took a bloody turn.

The vet, Sully, a troubled guy who had recently lost his wife to cancer, did what he could and I guess that would’ve been the end of our story if we hadn’t been attacked by a gang of mercenaries who destroyed Sully’s clinic and seemed intent on doing the same to us.

So now here we were, the three of us. On the run across the country against a powerful enemy. Who were they and what did they want with us?

Through the danger, terror, and pain, one thing was becoming clear to me: I had finally found the family I had always wanted and I would do anything to keep them safe…

Even if it meant risking my own life.

WHO THIS BOOK WILL APPEAL TO
Did you love how awesome Katniss (The Hunger Games) was? How, despite being so scared, she risked her life to save her loved ones?
Did you root for Eleven (Stranger Things), who was tortured then hunted for her special abilities?
How about Ellie and Joel (The Last of Us) or Logan and Laura (Logan) – did you love their relationship?
Do you like characters who feel so real, that they leap off the page?
And dogs. Do you love reading stories with a dog as a main character?
If you love all this and more, and you’re looking for an original story, one that will make you both laugh and cry, then you should try Wanted.

A Knight in Dented Armor

Phillip Miiithainson (Long I long A and yes, it’s spelled right), fell in love from a distance. Wanting to get away from his traumatic past, he moves across country and sets himself up in a basement apartment just down the street from where the Sister missionary he fell in love with. He has Diplomas on his wall, a business in his name set up in his living room and a diamond ring in his Briefcase.
Shellie’s thoughts and nightly dreams are filled with finding a missionary whom she only knows his nickname. She’s not sure how she feels about this Phillip, who is one surprise after another. Nor is she able to maneuver the internet to find the missionary she’s looking for. Will either of them end up with the beginnings they so want?

  • : Vickie A. Stewart
  • : Safe Waters Books
  • : 10/16/2017
  • : 10 1978092083
  • : 13 978-1978092082
  • : B0769XTWK8
  • : https://youtu.be/V9Dg5PW1S_o
  • : vickie@vickieastewart.com
  • : Laura N. Stewart

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls

A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.
From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.

From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music of the nineties and stunning scenery – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.

“M.P. Tonnesen has created something really beautiful in Desert Skies, Rebel Souls – a flowing, immersive narrative with a warm heart, gorgeous settings and a feeling of youth, optimism and zest for life.” — Freda Warrington, author of the Blood Wine series

  • : M.P. Tonnesen
  • : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • : 11/06/17
  • : 1977695302
  • : 978-1977695307
  • : B0773QDNLC
  • : https://youtu.be/M3bF3p8DIQk
  • : michelle_tonnesen@hotmail.com
  • : Michelle Tonnesen

R.E.birth

Time travel is hard on a person. Random time traveling is harder. Follow Rain’s adventure as he tries to figure out who he was and who he wants to be all while dealing with different eras of his world, Salvoa.

Will his interactions and decisions have a lasting impact throughout time, or will he be just a blip and fade away?

  • : Thomas W. Everson
  • : Thomas W. Everson
  • : 03/17/2014
  • : 0986412015
  • : 978-0986412011
  • : B00J3D2XYG
  • : https://youtu.be/TEucxbPcDvE
  • : tomthedesigner@msn.com
  • : Thomas W. Everson
  • : http://www.tweverson.com

Shortgrass

Mennonite farm boy Lance Roark’s faith is as big as the challenges he faces on his family’s drought-ravaged Dust Bowl spread on the old Chisholm Trail. He can also run over, around, and away from people on the football field and is a natural-born aviator. These abilities lead him to college gridiron glory and bring him into contact with famed aviators Charles Lindbergh and Wiley Post, entertainment icons Will Rogers and Bing Crosby, best-selling young author John F. Kennedy, and President Franklin Roosevelt.

As war clouds gather across the seas, Lance finds romance first with teenaged Chickasaw cowgirl and stunt flying sensation Sadie Stanton, then with beautiful oil heiress Mary Katherine Murchison, whose mesmerizing voice carries her to the heights of Big Band Era stardom. Nearly all of this crashes against his pious, peaceable ways. And it leads him into the dangerous world of America First, the Lindbergh-led organization that opposes the popular Roosevelt’s covert drive toward American involvement in World War II, now ablaze in both Europe and the Pacific.

When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Lance, with his lifelong commitment never to raise his hand against another human being, faces his ultimate decision—whether to accept command of a B-17 Flying Fortress in which he would face, and inflict, mass slaughter in Nazi-occupied Europe amidst history’s most fearsome war.

  • : John J. Dwyer
  • : Tiree Press
  • : 05/25/2017
  • : 1633732037
  • : 978-1633732032
  • : B06XSSNW89
  • : https://vimeo.com/218549983
  • : grant@saleskit.io
  • : Grant Hobbs

The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community College a Couple of Semesters Later

It’s a couple of semesters after the fateful Tri-County Relay Race that changed everything for the crew from Yellow County, Maryland. Charlie is treading water at a dead-end job, uninspired as a writer once again, and taking classes at the Yellow County Community College. Roheed is a successful app developer on the west coast, but his relationship with his girlfriend Florence is on the rocks. Jonathan is the swim team coach at the community college. He’s not living at the Swim and Racquet Club anymore and he’s never looked back.

When Jonathan and his fiancée’s wedding weekend brings the gang back together it kicks off another series of happenstances that could mean the end of old relationships, the beginning of new friendships, and the bottling of miniature pirate ships (well except for that last one). A villain threatens the wedding and the gang has to rely on an old traitor, a new flame, and a forgotten family member to hopefully wed Jonathan and his betrothed, keep Roheed and Florence together, and maybe inspire Charlie to get off his bum and follow his dreams.

The citizens of Peter L. Harmon’s wonderfully weird fictional Maryland county are back in this essential, esoteric new chapter in The Happenstances… saga.

2017-06-12T07:58:11+00:00 Staff Pick, Young Adult|10 Comments

Sage Alexander and the Hall of Nightmares

The world is darker than it seems. Demons, vicious half-humans and evil creatures of myth and legend prowl the earth, unseen to human eyes but not to the eyes of 14-year-old Sage Alexander. Descended from humans and angels, Sage has the power to see and fight all these creatures, and in fact he must. The human race is in danger, controlled unknowingly by the Seven Princes of Hell, the seven deadly sins. Greed, Sloth, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath and Pride all breathe their sin into weaker human ears and take those willing souls for their own, as they have for centuries. And now Mammon, Greed incarnate, has possessed Sage’s father and threatens to keep him forever. The Angelic Response Council, a committee of angels, archangels, guardians and half-angelic humans, has fought the forces of blackest evil for centuries, but their numbers are dwindling. There is prophecy of a gifted warrior, who will come in the Council’s darkest hour to bring about the demise of the fallen angels cast out from heaven and all of their nefarious descendants. His name will be Sage Alexander. Sage must face danger and death as he assembles a supernatural team and battles his way through time and Godspace in order to save his family from the grips of Greed. But he has an even bigger quest ahead of him. … This is only the beginning.

The Wrath

A monster lurks in the storm.

In the mid 1800’s, a family takes refuge in an abandoned cabin deep in the woods as they travel south through the Canadian wilderness in search of a warmer life. Having lost their way, snowed in by a heavy storm and long out of food, a dark fever spreads among them.

The father, William, sinks to desperate measures in his effort to acquire meat and stay headstrong to his plan. The only one seeing through his madness is his superstitious daughter, Caitland. Her only possession is a book that has filled her head with tales of the supernatural powers of the forest.

Powers that seem to be growing all too real… and becoming hell bent on making sure the family doesn’t get through the storm alive.

Whisper Independence

A story of an overreaching government and how its leaders draw the support of unsuspecting citizens –wrapped up in a sci-fi/dystopian romance.
Adora is a fiercely independent young woman who learns she could be targeted by human-looking aliens whose government has detestable plans for humans like her. Genetically transformed Humiens who deceptively call themselves Guardians want to use people like Adora as test subjects to create a subservient, dependent population. Her only protection must come from Zane Hawkins, a similar being whose unnatural magnetism she can’t ignore. But she is reluctant to believe him and refuses to relinquish her freedom, even in order to save it.

Dan Versus Nature

Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl and looking out for his mom as she dates every man in the state of California. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she’s sending her “two favorite men” on a survivalist camping trip to “bond.” Determined to trick Hank into showing his true — flawed — colors on the trip, Dan and his nerdy germaphobe best friend, Charlie, prepare a series of increasingly gross and embarrassing pranks. But the boys hadn’t counted on a hot girl joining their trip or on getting separated from their wilderness guide—not to mention the humiliating injuries Dan suffers in the course of terrorizing his stepdad-to-be. With a man-hungry bear on their trail, no supplies, and a lot of unpleasant itching going on, can Dan see his plan through now that his very survival depends on Hank?

Edge of Liberty (Book Two of Whisper Independence)

The Luxurs are unable to protect Adora from her own personal devastation after an encounter with the Guardians. Zane’s unthinkable agreement with them leaves humans on Vitory vulnerable, as the Guardians continue to capture unsuspecting humans for their experiments. Adora detests that her situation affects all those she loves, and she sets out and risks her life, vowing to never be a victim.

Half Bad

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.

  • : Sally Green
  • : Penguin Teen
  • : 03/04/2014
  • : 0670016780
  • : B00DGZKJ8O
  • : https://vimeo.com/87531472
  • : cushmanovich@gmail.com
  • : Film 14
  • : http://www.film-14.com