Freedom Rings (The Circle Book 3) by Brenda Hardwick

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Freedom Rings (The Circle Book 3) by Brenda Hardwick
Genre – Fantasy, African American, Black Literature
Page Count – 319
Cover Designer – Megan McMinimy

In times of crisis, our true nature is revealed.

Following the attempted murders of the Elders in The Conductor, Soraya is forced to lead The Circle into a new era of taking the offensive. As she awakens new powers and works to bring together The Circle under her leadership, she takes the opportunity to build a stronger, united front that can attack if necessary.

But she’s not the only one discovering new abilities. Shawn Kites, Owner and CEO of DNAgen Biolabs, is determined to release Melacrit into the world, eliminating races of color with one simple pill. He’s already proven he’s willing to get his hands bloody, but with High Priestess Madeline pregnant with his son and heir, the clock is ticking. If his plan is to succeed, he’ll need to destroy The Circle before his son is born – and now that he has the power to walk the Dream Plain, he has everything he needs to achieve his ambition.

Can Soraya and The Circle finally defeat Shawn or has all their sacrifice been in vain?

Secrets are revealed, friendships are betrayed, and lives are lost in Freedom Rings, the explosive finale of The Circle’s first trilogy.

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CIPA EVVY Award-winning author, Brenda M Hardwick, released The Conductor: Book Two of The Circle, the anticipated sequel to Harlem Angel during the pandemic lockdown.

Brenda’s latest release, Freedom Rings, Book 3 of The Circle was released on October 11th, 2022. 

Brenda lives in Colorado with her dog Lelu and two noisy parakeets. She has two sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Brenda spends her days writing, helping with her twin granddaughters, and serving people through Angel Communication and Energy Healing.

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Misfortune of Song (Druid’s Brooch Series Book 5) by Christy Nicholas

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Misfortune of Song (Druid’s Brooch Series Book 5) by Christy Nicholas
Genre – Historical, Fantasy
Page Count – 290
Cover Designer – MiblArt

Ireland, 1114. Maelan serves his chief with bloodied blade. And though he wields a unique ability of magical camouflage, the aging warrior longs to truly transform and provide a legacy for his seventeen-year-old grandchild, Orlagh. But he’s horrified when the headstrong girl falls for a disreputable bard and runs off in the dead of night.

With his own children having long gone to ash, he can’t bear to let go of the last of his kin. And though dishonor threatens to rend his soul in two, the loyal guardsman fears he may have to abandon his chief for the sake of his family.

Will Maelan risk disgrace and betrayal to bring the wayward youngster home?

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Celtic Fairies, Fables, and Folklore!

Christy Nicholas loves all things historical, especially if it has anything to do with Ireland, Scotland, England, or Iceland, and she writes historical fantasy, travel guides, and a book on writing craft. Her tales tend to the gritty, with bittersweet endings, and she’s never afraid to torture her characters. But there is beauty in all darkness, and she loves showing that, as well.

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The Sacrifice (Dragonpets Book 1) by R. L. S. Hoff

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The Sacrifice (Dragonpets Book 1) by R. L. S. Hoff
Genre – YA, Fantasy
Page Count – 196

I should be worried about the dragon.

Dragons are known for cruelty. For fire and carnage. And here I am, chained up outside this one’s lair, wearing flimsy finery, waiting for a monster.

Did I agree to this?

Why can’t I remember?

Or seem to care?

Something here is not at all as it should be. I wish I could figure out what. Preferably before a terrifying beast has me for lunch. 

Dragonpets: The Sacrifice is the first book in R. L. S. Hoff’s new YA fantasy series, which features strong young women in a society not ready for them. It contains significant, but clean romantic elements.

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L. S. Hoff writes young adult fantasy and science fiction with strange worlds, stranger creatures, bits of romance…and princesses, of course. She lives with her husband, kids, and pets in a just-big-enough house with a messy yard in view of The Rocky Mountains. Many days, that’s it’s own strange world, with stranger creatures, bits of romance…and princesses, too.

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Dream-Shifter by Lois Wickstrom

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Dream-Shifter by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Fantasy
Page Count – 216
Cover Designer – 100Covers

Middle school student Gwendolyn is a dream-shifter. This means that when she dreams, she becomes what she dreams about, and she dreams about being different animals. If she awakens naturally, she becomes a girl again. But a fire alarm jars her awake when she’s dreaming that she’s an elk.  She awakes as an elk. It’s elk hunting season, and she doesn’t know how to change back to a girl, or how to stay alive.

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Lois is a former high school chemistry teacher and former head science teacher at Science in the City Summer Camp in Philadelphia. She has also been an adjunct science teacher at University of South Florida. Since retiring, she continues to take science classes. Her class in Forensic Biology led to Little Red, The Detective, in which Red is studying fingerprint identification, so she can tell that “Grandma” isn’t who she says she is.

Lois has taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales. She has invented what she calls Science Folktales. In each science-based tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending than the original because of learning scientific principles. She has turned some of these tales into plays.

She has also created a series of Mermaid Science stories, which make use of water science.

Lois is married to the love of her life. She has two children, four grandchildren and a dog.

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie
Genre- Horror, Fantasy
Page Count – 127
Cover Designer – Rachel Ross

A compelling gothic fairytale by bruja and award-winning writer Maria DeBlassie.

The women of Sueño, New Mexico dont know how to live a life without sorrows. Thats La Lloronas doing. She roams the waterways looking for the next generation of girls to baptize, filling them with more tears than any woman should have to hold. And theres not much they can do about the Weeping Woman except to avoid walking along the riverbank at night and to try to keep their sadness in check. Thats what attracts her to them: the pain and heartache that gets passed down from one generation of women to the next.

Mercy knows this, probably better than anyone. She lost her best friend to La Llorona and almost found a watery grave herself. But she survived. Only she didnt come back quite right and she knows La Llorona wont be satisfied until she drags the one soul that got away back to the bottom of the river.

In a battle for her life, Mercy fights to break the chains of generational trauma and reclaim her soul free from ancestral hauntings by turning to the only things that she knows can save her: plant medicine, pulp books, and the promise of a love so strong not even La Llorona can stop it from happening. What unfolds is a stunning tale of one womans journey into magic, healing, and rebirth.

CW: assault, domestic violence, racism, colorism

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Dr. Maria DeBlassie is a native New Mexican mestiza and award-winning writer and educator living in the Land of Enchantment. She writes about everyday magic, ordinary gothic, and all things witchy. When she is not practicing Brujeria, she’s teaching classes about bodice rippers, modern mystics, and things that go bump in the night. She is forever looking for magic in her life and somehow always finding more than she thought was there. Find out more about Maria and conjuring everyday magic at www.mariadeblassie.com.

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The Dwarves’ Dilemma (Science Folktales) by Lois Wickstrom

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The Dwarves’ Dilemma (Science Folktales) by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Fantasy
Page Count – 32
Cover Designer – Ada Konewki

The Queen is the fairest judge in the land.

All her subjects bring their problems for her to decide. She uses her magic mirror to see the Sparkle of Fairness in their eyes. The dwarves bring her a problem where both sides think they are being fair, and the mirror shows that the Queen is NOT the fairest one of all. Snow White is sent to investigate.

What she finds can change the kingdom forever.

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Lois is a former high school chemistry teacher and former head science teacher at Science in the City Summer Camp in Philadelphia. She has also been an adjunct science teacher at University of South Florida. Since retiring, she continues to take science classes. Her class in Forensic Biology led to Little Red, The Detective, in which Red is studying fingerprint identification, so she can tell that “Grandma” isn’t who she says she is.

Lois has taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales. She has invented what she calls Science Folktales. In each science-based tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending than the original because of learning scientific principles. She has turned some of these tales into plays.

She has also created a series of Mermaid Science stories, which make use of water science.

Lois is married to the love of her life. She has two children, four grandchildren and a dog.

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Order of Vespers (The Vespers Chronicles Book 1) by Matilda Reyes

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Order of Vespers (The Vespers Chronicles Book 1) by Matilda Reyes
Genre – Supernatural, Fantasy
Page Count – 368
Cover Designer – Dark Unicorn Cover Designs

A deadly explosion. A league of assassins. And no place to hide.

Jasper Andrews is pinned as the prime suspect when an explosion rocks her small town in upstate New York. Not that she’s surprised. This isn’t the first time she’s been caught near a suspicious blast. Considering she has supernatural powers she can’t control, even she’s not convinced it would be the last.

Jasper flees her small town for the anonymity of Manhattan. Before she can get far, she’s kidnapped by The Order of Vespers, a cabal of assassins who believe she’s the key to a prophecy they believe can save the world. In exchange for helping them with their mission, The Order offers her a place to hide from her enemies and a chance to learn how to control her powers. Left with no allies or friends, Jasper takes them up on their offer.

Life with a league of assassins isn’t at all what Jasper expected. Just as she begins to let her guard down, a betrayal from within The Order leads to a deadly standoff.

Will Jasper choose to save her new friends and all of humanity . . . or save herself?

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Matilda Reyes was born and raised in New York City. After an eight-year stint in Los Angeles, she moved to South Florida, which she’s still trying to love. She loves living by the ocean. She owns more books than she could possibly read in this lifetime and has no compunctions about buying more. Her favorite genres to read are urban fantasy and paranormal romance though she’ll read anything you put in front of her. Her newest series, the Black Cauldron Detective Agency, kicks off with the release of book one, Unearthly Magik, in 2022.

Matilda lives in the Miami area with her husband and dog, Jon Snow.

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Ghost Talker (Madame Chalamet Ghost Mysteries Book 1) by Byrd Nash

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Ghost Talker (Madame Chalamet Ghost Mysteries Book 1) by Byrd Nash
Genre – Ghost, Fantasy
Page Count – 163
Cover Designer – Rook and Castle Press

Madame Elinor Chalamet battles a ghost in the Beyond.

Trained as a medium by the elite Morpheus Society, Elinor Chalamet uses her skills to aid the police while she hunts for her father’s killer in the coastal city of Alenbonne. 

But a dead body found in the canal puts her in deep with royal matters. And she might even succeed in solving the mystery if Tristan Fontaine, duke de Archambeau, would stop getting in her way. 

The first of a six part gaslamp fantasy ghost mystery series featuring a strong female character in a slow burn romance.

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Spinning tales of subtle magic with unexpected twists, she packages satisfying stories that reads like no others. Byrd writes the book you need, not the one you expected.

Described by one reviewer as a “literary glass of bourbon after a long day,” and another: “When I get a Byrd story, I know I’m in good hands.”

Whether it is a Doppelgänger who was once a medieval knight now working in college administration, or an updated Red Riding Hood escaping a post-WWI wolf pack, her characters all feel real.

That Celtic goddess at the pet store? She’s someone you know. A medieval queen fleeing an abusive marriage? You experience her pain and triumph.

With a B.A. in journalism, she worked as a newspaper reporter, covering news, schools, and lifestyle for both weeklies and dailies. She was the first journalist to serve as director of The Forest Heritage Center in Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma.

Her hobbies include reading, nature hikes, and traveling when she has the money. She seldom has the money. Married to a man who reads all her books but with two adult children who never read them. Byrd has cats, which makes her a legit author.

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Sword of Darkness (The Vigilant Book 3.5) by LM Preston

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Sword of Darkness (The Vigilant Book 3.5) by LM Preston
Genre – YA, Fantasy, Multi-Racial
Page Count – 128
Cover Designer – Molly Phipps

Reece had a thirst for the adrenaline rush that came with taking risks. He’d avoided paying the price for most of his push of the envelope until he met one person that used his lust for fast cars, wicked weapons, ditching school, and beautiful girls to trap him in the most seductive ways. Someone he least expected put her life in danger to save him from himself, and he wouldn’t waste her sacrifice. Reece would use the anger fueled by the strikes to an innocent to start the beginning of the turn of justice that would change the course of his life. He hoped his family could forgive him for the deal that put a target on their heads.

Read other books in the Vigilant series: Insatiable Darkness, Caged Fire, Unbreakable Darkness, Scepter of Fire, Break the Darkness.

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L.M. Preston, a native of Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. She is an author, an engineer, a professor, a mother and a wife. Her passion for writing and helping others to see their potential through her stories and encouragement has been her life’s greatest adventures. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

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Shadow and Crystal Thorns (Fae and Crystal Thorns Book 2) by Kay L. Moody

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Shadow and Crystal Thorns (Fae and Crystal Thorns Book 2) by Kay L. Moody
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Genre – Fae, Fantasy
Page Count – 348
Cover Designer – Angel Leya

Chloe remains in Faerie, but she’s only supposed to stay long enough to defeat the bloodthirsty mortals who are trying to claim the land for themselves. But now she’s not so sure she wants to return to the mortal realm, especially when the devastatingly handsome fae, Quintus, keeps asking her to stay.

Even worse, defeating the mortals becomes more difficult by the day while their numbers continuously grow. She also learns exactly why they want the land. As a mortal herself, it’s hard to disagree with them. But they can’t take Faerie unless they steal it from the fae.

Alliances blur when Chloe realizes both sides deserve what they seek. But only one of them can win.

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Kay L. Moody is the YA fantasy author of COURT OF BITTER THORN and THE ELEMENTS OF THE CROWN. Her books feature rich world building, slow burn romance, mythical creatures, and twisty plots. 

As a lover of strong female characters, books, and the color pink, she enjoys diving into magical worlds where characters can overcome even their darkest struggles. She lives in the western United States with her husband and four sons. Connect with Kay directly when you follow her on social media @kaylmoody

Visit her website to learn more. KayLMoody.com

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