Guardians of the Garden by Theresa Pocock

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Guardians of the Garden by Theresa Pocock
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Genre – YA Fantasy, Faith and virtue, mythology
Page Count – 240 pages
Miriam is so done with protecting immortality. Rejected by her family and the other Guardians, Miriam wants nothing more than to turn her back on Edenia and forsake her strange, invasive magic. In the outside world she could be free from the garden, free to lead her own life, and free to forget that she is a freak.
When Seth Johnson’s sister starts losing her battle with cancer, their family moves to the USA with hopes of saving her. Only that’s not what happens at all. Seth finds himself in the tiny town of Edenia, with parents that seem to have given up. Seth vows to go to whatever lengths he must to save his sister; even if that means stealing secrets, betraying parents, or risking his own heart.
Neither Seth nor Miriam want to be caught up in the tide of fate and feelings destined for them, but with such harshly opposing goals their worlds are bound to collide.
Pocock takes her readers to a land where magic, folklore and reality merge, where love is strong, fear runs deep, and the end of the world is coming.

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Theresa has been writing for fifteen years and has more story ideas than she could possibly write and still have a life. She is an avid audible ‘reader’, boardgame lover, Zelda player, book collector, adventure chaser, and history ‘studier’, besides being a mother of three, a musician and a homeschooler. Also in her life are, a white schmorkie named Percy Jackson, a hot husband named Andy and many many supportive and amazing friends. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula but is an Idaho girl at heart. You can contact Theresa at theresapocockauthor@gmail.com or see some of the books she’s reviewed at cleanlit.com.

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The Liminal Space (Antipodes Book 2) by T.S. Simons

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The Liminal Space (Antipodes Book 2) by T.S. Simons
Genre – YA, Dystopian
Page Count – 430 Pages
Content in his new life on Lewis, Cam learns that someone he loves may still be alive. Compelled to embark on a monumental journey, he discovers the true value of family and loyalty in a bleak and challenging world.
Relationships are tested, loyalties challenged in The Liminal Space, the second novel in the Antipodes series. This series asks, “If we had the opportunity to start over, would we? Or is our society destined to make the same mistakes?”

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T.S. Simons is an Australian author of Scottish heritage. Living in the alpine region of Australia, she believes in the values of sustainability and community in a world where we place greater value on possessions than people. The Antipodes series addresses the question—if we gave young people the opportunity to start over, would we replicate the mistakes of the past?

 

Her desire to assist others saw her working in international development before realising that her passion lay in education. She holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Monash University and enjoys travelling, mythology, snow skiing, while attempting to live as sustainably as possible.  She is owned by two rather bossy standard schnauzers and two rescue cats who co-manage her household.

 

Antipodes is the first novel in the Antipodes series, followed by The Liminal Space and Ouroboros. A novella prequel, Crossroads, is now available. She is working on a fifth novel in this series, Caim.

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Athalie (Sacrificial Chronicles Book 1) by Jordan Elizabeth

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Athalie (Sacrificial Chronicles Book 1) by Jordan Elizabeth
Genre – young adult, fantasy, romance
Page Count – 318 pages
Cover Designer – Rue Volley
Chosen as the yearly sacrifice, Athalie’s world crumbles into a devastating reality, but she knows her death will bring prosperity to her country and family. The emperor, however, has found a weapon created by the gods. During the full moon, he plans to activate it and eradicate their adversary, unaware it will actually destroy the planet.
Athalie, reborn and disguised, must hunt for talismans to neutralize the weapon’s power. Her journey will take her across the continent to countries unknown, to people she thought were her enemies, while being haunted by a magic she can’t fully control. The gods have allowed her one more shot at life, but if she dies this time, she won’t be reborn.

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Jordan Elizabeth writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog. Jordan roams Central New York, but she loves to travel.

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Isle of Wings by E.A. Burnett

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Isle of Wings by E.A. Burnett
Genre – Teen/Upper YA Epic Fantasy
Page Count – 510 pages
Persecuted for the death of her family, nineteen-year-old Roana plans to escape the Isle of Wings, but the sorceress who controls everything on the island stops her. When Roana discovers that the sorceress has an egg of a powerful group of raptors, rescuing it becomes her priority. Despite depending on the help of annoyingly handsome Iniko to protect the egg, she refuses to abandon it, even if that means remaining on the island longer—and bringing down the sorceress’ wrath.
When Iniko meets impetuous Roana, her deep grief and anger compel him to expose a power he has always kept hidden. As he gets entangled in Roana’s trouble, he must rely even more on his ability to safeguard the future he has worked toward, while keeping his power a secret from the sorceress who would use him.
When Roana and Iniko realize the sorceress wants far more than the stolen egg, all who live on the island are endangered. But a long-repressed magic awakens in Roana, and she must choose whether to leave the islanders to the sorceress’s mercy, or save them—and be bound to the island forever.

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E.A. Burnett is a teen fantasy author. She has published two short stories and a debut novel, SILVERGLEN, which can be found on her Amazon author page.

Burnett grew up devouring works by Garth Nix, Robin McKinley, and Philip Pullman, among many other authors. She began her first novel in grade-school, with her youngest sister as her primary audience, and hasn’t stopped writing since.

Today, Burnett lives outside of Columbus, Ohio with her husband, two Labradors, two corn snakes, and two little people. When she isn’t writing, reading, or caring for her boys, she is often out in nature or enjoying her husband’s delicious cooking.

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Becoming Human by Amy Michelle Carpenter

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Becoming Human by Amy Michelle Carpenter
Genre – Family
Page Count – 330 pages
Cover Designer – Ashley Literski
In Georgia woods, lightning bugs flutter, rednecks roam, and an alien ship lands …
“Human and alien, complex and sweetly personal, Carpenter’s thoughtful world blends sci-fi with coming of age as three unique worlds collide. This book will make you laugh, make you fall in love, and then make you re-evaluate what it means to be human.” McKelle George, HarperCollins author of Speak Easy Speak Love
Carter just wants his old dad back, but his once genius father won’t stop raving about the existence of aliens. His dad’s claims are ruining his life. Until the girl he’s falling for starts doing strange things, magical things, things that seem a bit out of this world.
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Kokab hungers to be a Perfect in a world where her emotions make her flawed but when her people face extinction, its her feelings that make her the perfect candidate to go to Earth and persuade humans to accept her kind’s immigration. Failing means a war between her kind and humans. But success means she will never be close to Perfect again.
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Ags dreams of the day she graduates from the Academy and can finally become a guardian of Earth. She’s eager to spend her time researching art and history of people, but when she learns her enemies are coming to Earth, she knows what no one else will believe. Her enemies will destroy Earth, and she’s willing to lose everything, including herself, to stop them.
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A redneck boy. An Earth-obsessed alien. And a robotic girl. In a tale of understanding, forgiveness, redemption, and love, three teens must learn to accept one another and recognize what it truly means to be human.

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Amy Michelle Carpenter is a developmental editor with Eschler Editing and a professional blogger. She’s written hundreds of blogs and news articles for local and national companies. She also has a children’s story in an anthology.

 

 

As the daughter of an Army officer, she grew up traveling the country and has lived by sandy beaches, southern woods, towering cities, and the rocky mountains. Now, she resides in the countryside of Tooele, UT with her husband and baby girls. She enjoys seeing what wildlife and farm animals dare venture into her yard only to be chased by her toddlers. Wherever family is is home.

 

 

BECOMING HUMAN, her young adult sci-fi debuts December 2020 and tells the story of a girl from an austere planet who discovers what it means to be human.

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Bake Believe by Cori Cooper

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Bake Believe by Cori Cooper
Genre – Middle Grade Contemporary Fantasy
Cat Anderson doesn’t want much out of life. Give her a circle of friends to giggle with, a few boys to flirt with, a cute outfit, bouncy hair and she is good to go!
She especially could care less about food.
But food, it turns out, is a very big deal.
A scheduling mishap on her first day of 8th Grade lands Cat in a Culinary Arts class.
Something happens when Cat bakes, something amazing, something impossible.
Can it be true?
Or is it Bake Believe?

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Cori Cooper lives in the magical Arizona Mountains, which she’s pretty convinced is the setting for all the fairy tales. 

Besides writing stories, she adores hanging out with her family, playing board games, hiking and baking, baking, baking. Like Cat’s family, she’s positive Cinnamon Rolls fix everything.

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Antipodes by T.S. Simons

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Antipodes by T.S. Simons
Genre – YA, Dystopian
Page Count – 414 Pages
Antipodes is a unique work of fiction, set in present-day post-apocalyptic Australia. Aimed at young adults who are disillusioned with our world, and concerned for the ecological future of our planet, Antipodes focuses on the values our society lacks-sustainability, inclusion, community and friendship.
Cam Mackintosh is in his last year of a science degree at Melbourne University when he is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to help establish an entirely sustainable community on an island off the coast of Australia following a deadly outbreak. The community is presented with a clean slate; a completely new eco-village, protected from the outside world, but with much of the knowledge and technology of today. The community on August Island thrives and is established on modern values of gender equality and cultural inclusion.
In their second year, Will overcomes his personal challenges and finds love with Freyja. Life is idyllic until Freyja goes missing. Will follows her to Scotland using Antipodes, an ancient secret, referenced by many cultures throughout history. There he connects with sustainable community on the island of Lewis, much like his own. Strangers become friends, and he realises he has found his forever home, the place where he is genuinely “of the land”. His new friends include Fraser, who shares his passion for sustainable agriculture and Laetitia, a psychologist turned teacher with a challenging past. Despite his contentment, his loyalty and commitment to Freyja continue to haunt him, and Will travels outside the protection of the communities in search of Freyja and other communities like theirs.
This book will appeal to readers who enjoy the environment-centred work of Margaret Atwood such as Oryx and Crake, or work by Piers Torday, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Sarah Crossan’s Breathe.

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Starvation by Molly Fennig

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Starvation by Molly Fennig
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Page Count – 248 pages
Genre – YA contemporary, Mental health/issues book
16-year-old Wes McCoy is not the favorite child. He does not have a wrestling scholarship to Stanford nor does he live up to the family legacy as an athlete, unlike his brother, Jason. But when Jason dies in a car accident on the way to the state high school wrestling championship, Wes turns to food to give him the control over his life he didn’t have before, and the kind of success he never tasted.
Told through alternating past and present chapters revolving around Jason’s death, Wes must come to terms with more than Jason’s death. There’s Caila, a defiant girl who introduces him to the painful pleasure of starving. And there’s Collin, Wes’s best friend who speaks in Shakespearean insults and with whom his relationship is irreparably damaged. But most of all, Wes must take back control from his eating disorder as he learns more about himself and the mystery surrounding Jason’s accident, before he loses his life and those closest to him.

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Molly Fennig studied Neuroscience, Spanish, and English at Swarthmore College. She has published in The Blue Route Literary Magazine, The Blue Nib, the Running Wild Press Anthology, Havik 2020 Anthology, other literary presses, and multiple scientific journals. Molly currently works at the University of Minnesota in eating disorders treatment research and hopes to get her doctorate in clinical psychology.

 

Outside of her passion for writing and mental health, Molly enjoys eating large quantities of chocolate and spending time with her goldendoodle, Mocha.

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Blood of the Dragon (Relic Hunters Book 4) by Martin Ferguson

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Blood of the Dragon (Relic Hunters Book 4) by Martin Ferguson
Genre – YA, Adventure
Page Count – 316
Cover Designer – Thomas Roberts – Zoom Illustration
RELIC HUNTERS: BLOOD OF THE DRAGON
An urgent plea for help leads Adam Hunter and the Relic Hunters to the ruins of Poenari Castle in Romania. In the former home of the most infamous mass-murderer in history, Vlad the Impaler, they find that history and myth collide more than ever before.
As their actions lead to the return of an evil long-thought banished to the pages of fiction, Adam and his team soon find that they are not the hunters, but the hunted. The darkness pursues them across the globe and nowhere, not even the British Museum itself, is safe.
One by one they fall until only Adam remains, facing the horrifying wrath of the Blood of the Dragon alone. Can he save his friends and survive the greatest fight of his life or has Adam’s luck finally run out?

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Martin Ferguson – I live in Norwich, England and am currently working on the young adult adventure and historical series ‘Relic Hunters’. Inspired by the myths and legends my parents told me as a boy and with the help of my ever-suffering wife, a teacher and history graduate, ‘Eagle of the Empire’ was the first entry in the ‘Relic Hunters’ series.

 When not writing, I am training or at least planning my next challenge. Following a serious knee injury, I was told by surgeons never to run or play sports again. Stubborn and reckless, much like the characters in my writing, I have not listened and have completed the Three Peaks Challenge, the Great North Run, the Greater Manchester Marathon and the London Marathon.

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WAR OF THE DAMNED (Relic Hunters Book 3) by Martin Ferguson

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WAR OF THE DAMNED (Relic Hunters Book 3) by Martin Ferguson
Genre – YA Adventure
Page Count – 458 Pages
COVER DESIGNER – Thomas Roberts – Zoom Illustration
RELIC HUNTERS: WAR OF THE DAMNED
When a perfectly preserved German U-Boat from World War II is discovered, the last thing the Relic Hunters expect to find are artefacts that were stolen by Hitler and thought to be lost to the world forever.
What should be a routine excavation quickly turns into a deadly chase in the pursuit of Europe’s stolen relics. Ghosts from their past return to haunt Adam and his team and in their journey they discover the terrifying truth of Hitler’s lust for power.
Trapped in the depths and darkness of a nightmare the world has forgotten, the Relic Hunters are forced to draw upon all their skills and experience to survive. Surrounded by enemies, Adam and his friends face no choice but to fight if they are to escape the War of the Damned.

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 When not writing, I am training or at least planning my next challenge. Following a serious knee injury, I was told by surgeons never to run or play sports again. Stubborn and reckless, much like the characters in my writing, I have not listened and have completed the Three Peaks Challenge, the Great North Run, the Greater Manchester Marathon and the London Marathon.

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