New on the Shelves - Books

New on the Shelves - Books

Lazette Gifford


Two Year Novel Course 3: World Building

This set of world building classes provides a few tricks for both physical and cultural world building and includes exercises, examples and many questions to answer about your own work. This set of classes will help science fiction and fantasy writers, however the cultural aspects and conflicts can also work well in modern and historical fiction.

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The Servant Girl

Eliza lived with Princess Sondra as her trusted companion until civil war tore her from her friend's side. Now she must learn to live in a world filled with intrigue and danger, where the use of her magic might get her killed...and where it is getting increasingly difficult to tell friend from foe.

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Necia Phoenix

(Site Member eblgorton)

Help Never Comes

Chris and his team of scavengers struggle to locate other survivors and much needed supplies, but things never go as planned in a zombie-filled land.


For more information, go to Nacia Phoenix's website or pick up a copy at Smashwords.

Margaret McGaffey Fisk

(Site Member marfisk)

Curve of Her Claw

Fall into a world where beauty is a facade, and one elf is pushed beyond reason to rid herself of the smooth-skinned curse.

The elves in this dark fantasy have little in common with the tall, beautiful faerie kind who often condemn humanity for brutal natures. These elves make up for their lack of the traditional virtues with a desire to improve themselves, to make their tribes stronger and more wise. A pretty goal, you might think, until you learn just how this can be accomplished.


For more information, go to Margaret McGaffey Fisk's Website.

David Bridger

(Site Member David Bridger)

Beauty and the Bastard

Saul the Bastard is a fallen angel who works as a bounty hunter for powerful urban demon families. Rebecca Drake, a modern day demon princess, is being hunted by dangerous desert demons. When Rebecca's family hires Saul to protect her, they are both unhappy with the arrangement--but before long sparks fly as they try to resist their strong mutual attraction. For the first time in living memory, Saul has someone to love; someone he is scared of losing; someone the desert demons have marked to be their next sacrifice.


Available from Liquid Silver Books. For more information about the book, click here.


Update: AudioLark has contracted to produce an audio book of Beauty and the Bastard to be available some time in 2013.


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Scarlett Archer

(Site Member Scarlett)

1001 First Lines

Have you ever wondered which novels contain the most famous opening lines? Or how the writers of Science Fiction compare to those of Romance? Now you can compare for yourself, with 1001 of the best and worst First Lines from fifteen genres.

1001 First Lines is for the writers and the readers of the world, providing inspiration and instruction. Purchasing the paperback gives you a checklist of titles to tick off as you go!

For more information and author interviews, go to the blog of the book or you can purchase the book from

D. Jordan Redhawk

(Site Member djredhawk)

The Strange Path (Book 1 of The Sanguire)

It would be a dream come true for a homeless teenager: suddenly the wealthy cool kids can't wait to lavish money, motorcycles, club nights and sumptuous beds on you. That is, it's a dream come true if it weren't for the nightmares. Hardened by the brutal streets, Whiskey is wary of her newfound status among the powerful cliques that dwell in Seattle's murky night world and clings to her motto: Take more than you give. But when you have nothing, anything can be tempting.

For more information, go to D. Jordon Redhawk's site.

A.J. Maguire

(Site Member AJMaguire)


He'd promised to unite the land, to bring Eldur and Human together in peace, but Nelek Dyngannon never expected that peace to come at the cost of his wife. Together, Trenna and Nelek must battle past the demons of Trenna's past in order to forge a peaceful future.

Available from Wings ePress.

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R. Thomas Brown

(Site Member RonBrown)

Hill Country

Gabriel Hill stumbles home to find a mutilated corpse on his porch. A man who had beat him earlier. After puking, he finds a makeshift animal sacrifice behind his house. The next day, his life got complicated.

His home is broken into. He's beaten by a stranger. Seduced by another. Threatened unless he can find the valuables his dead brother supposedly sent to him.

Ignoring advice to run, Gabe searches for answers. He finds a brother unlike the drug addicted young man he forgot. He finds new threats, new enemies, more dead bodies, a courage he didn't think existed, a love that he didn't expect, and a truth that he feared.

You can purchase the book from Amazon.

Tony Jacks

(Site Member TJacks)

The Bully Squad

Bullies prey on the weak. Essentially, they’re cowards. Public exposure hurts them.

When Jack finds out his little sister is being bullied by three girls from his class, he is shocked. He's also worried about his father, who is in the early stages of dementia.

Determined to stamp out bullying in his school, Jack attempts to set up a Bully Squad network to aid the victims and expose the perpetrators. After being beaten up by two older male friends of the three bullies, he ends up in hospital, but he’s undeterred.

And all the time his father's health is deteriorating. Will Jack win out in the end and set up his Bully Squad and help stamp out the scourge of bullying in his town?

For more information, go to Solstice Publishing.

S. Durham

(Site Member SaharaD)

The Powers

When Angela Sullivan, an ER nurse with a tragic past, receives a cryptic warning from a homeless street prophet, and one of her patients is found dead in the Willamette River, her reality begins to take on inexplicable changes as she is propelled toward a destiny meted out eons before the age of man...

Camael is one of seven ancient warriors known as 'The Powers,' incarnated to earth thousands of years ago to lead, guide, and affect outcomes in battles and wars throughout history.

When Camael is summoned to Portland, Oregon to awaken the latent warrior in Angela Sullivan, he finds his very soul is torn as he struggles with his duty to mentor and protect the chosen warrior and the profound attraction he has to her as a woman.

As Angela is plagued by increasing visions, surreal dreams, and physical changes, she begins to question her own sanity.

But when a very real demon from Camael’s past, threatens all that Angela holds dear, she is forced to accept her fate and attempt to destroy him before the pivotal governor's election takes place...

Available from MuseitUp Publishing.

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David Bridger

(Site Member David Bridger)

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Quarter Square

A new old evil...

English carpenter Joe Walker thinks his life is over when he discovers his wife and best friend having an affair. Restoring an abandoned theatre offers little hope for a fresh start...until he follows a group of strangers through a hidden door into a world he never could have imagined.

In the haven known as Quarter Square, Joe encounters a community of supernatural street performers who straddle the mortal world and the magic realm known as the Wild. Here, Joe finds a sense of belonging he's never known before—and a chance to uncover the truth behind the frightening visions that have haunted him since childhood. He also meets Min, an enchanting singer who quickly captures his heart.

But as Joe settles into Quarter Square, he learns their haven is under attack, while an ancient enemy threatens to tear him and Min apart. Now, Joe must learn to wield his own powers in order to save the life he's come to love...

Available from Carina Press or on kindle edition at Amazon.

The Weaverfield Heir

A new old evil...

When Kate Richards inherits a dilapidated English estate from her estranged grandfather, she finds herself thrust into a world full of hostile new family members, mysterious Romany tenants, and strange visions of "the net"--an invisible web that connects everything in the universe. Kate thinks she's losing her sanity, but the odd family stories and disturbing tales of the locals convince her that something sinister is going on at Weaverfields, while the inescapable pull of the net draws her deeper into the secrets of her new home.

But with those secrets come danger, and an old evil that refuses to let go of its hold on the net--or on Weaverfields. The only person who seems to understand is Joe, a Romany street artist with his own ties to the land. Kate and Joe must master the net before the past intrudes upon the very ugly ways...

Available from Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Noble.

Alex F. Fayle

(Site Member LordMotte)

An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life

For thousands of years fairy godmothers have helped princesses break curses and marry Prince Charming. Gail, however, is not a princess and isn't interested in meeting Prince Charming, so no godmother for her. Instead, she gets a fairy life-coach who decides that Gail's social life is flatlining and needs resuscitating, stat. Whether Gail agrees with her or not.

Available in a kindle edition at Amazon and in various formats at Smashwords.

Maria Zannini

(Site Member mz)

Apocalyse Rising

The only place left to hide was in the past.

Fire Elemental Leda and her plainfolk companion, Grey, are running from a demented time traveler, a man obsessed with creating a creature who can read thoughts. Convinced that Leda can produce this unnatural child, he has threatened to hunt her down to the ends of the earth—and he has kept his word. Their only escape is a one-way trip through the time portal.

With death on their heels, salvation appears in the form of two strangers. Seemingly ordinary people, Tom and Cassandra assure Leda and Grey that they are here to help. They claim they are repaying a debt—Leda and Grey helped them once, 1200 years ago.

The trip through the portal offers no escape, as Leda and Grey discover that evil transcends time. Can their presence in the past stop the eventual apocalypse that forms their future?

Available from Carina Press in May 2011. Click here. for more information.
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David Toft

(Site Member dmtoft)

A Betrayal of Butterflies

What is left of the free world is mobilising for the liberation of fundamentalist-controlled Europe.

Time is running out for Gordon Aldridge if he is to return to England, exact a personal revenge on Ahmadzai, the country’s despotic new ruler, and rid himself of his legacy of butterflies--the frightening secret weapon he cannot always control.

Gordon’s adoptive parents and the American government do all they can to dissuade him from his potentially suicidal mission, but his hunger for a bloody revenge has become an obsession.

Then--the one thing that Gordon can never seem to resist--a sexy, beautiful girl is thrown into the equation.

Only one person wants him to succeed in his mission and Gordon’s ultimate survival is the last priority on that person’s agenda.

Available from Wings ePress in both e-book and print formats. For information about the book, click here.

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C. E. Murphy

Spirit Dances (Walker Papers Series #6)

For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She's mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely) and now she's facing the biggest challenge of her career—attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance—billed as transformative—actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.

And there's more. Homeless people are disappearing, a mystical murder puts Joanne way out of her jurisdiction and with the full moon coming on, it's looking like the killer is a creature that can't possibly exist.

But Jo could probably handle all of that, if one ordinary homicide hadn't pushed her to the very edge...

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Lynn Viehl

Frostfire: A Novel of the Kyndred

As one of the genetically enhanced Kyndred, Lilah's mind-reading powers make her vulnerable to a mysterious biotech company willing to murder to acquire her superhuman DNA. But her true fear may come from her own Kyndred brethren...

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S. Durham

(Site Member SaharaD)

The Lycan Moon

As Dana Pierce blithely goes about unearthing a past best left forgotten, Calen Meer is torn between his anger at her intrusion into his life and the profound effect she has on him. But when several women are found brutally murdered, Calen must face the fact that a creature, not unlike his immortal self, is not only escalating in its rabid need, but Dana may be the next victim.

Available from MuseitUp Publishing.

Kasey Mackenzie

Hell hath nothing worse than a Fury scorned...

Starting June 29, 2010, Fury and Boston's Chief Magical Investigator Marissa Holloway gets mad and even.

What they're saying:

"Urban fantasy readers looking for something new will thrill to this exhilarating debut, populated with creatures from Greek myth...Riss is the perfect urban fantasy heroine--fresh, sassy, smart, and determined--and a cavalcade of fully developed side characters keep this twisty tale moving quickly."

-Publishers Weekly Starred Review.

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Shana Norris

(Site Member shana)

Troy High

Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider who fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena--who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders--transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie's brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten.

Available from Amulet Books and most bookstores as well as and Details here.

Published August 2009 by Amulet Books

ISBN-13/EAN: 978-0810946477 - 272 Pages

Justin Stanchfield

(Site Moderator Justinvs)

Space Cowboy

This debut young adult novel is now available from Usborne Publishing Ltd in the United Kingdom.

Check it out here. Space Cowboy is also now available in the US at both Amazon and B&N.

Wen Spencer

Endless Blue

The Very Large Object That ATE the Other Very Large Objects!

The Sargasso. Space ships go in, and they don't come back. But as the all-destroying Nefrim drive humanity from the stars, everything depends on one captain's desperate gambit: to dial his stardrive to zero to "fall off the map" and plunge into the ocean-covered pocket universe that is the Sargasso. Within is a secret that can change a galaxy. And, though escape is a trick generations of trapped starfarers have tried and failed to master now the fate of two universes depends on Mikail Volkov being the first to GET OUT!

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Robert A. Black

(Site Member ShutterBob)

Lunar Pioneers

"We are all pioneers on the frontiers of our own lives. Each day is a new trip into the unknown." It's the biggest day of 13-year-old Blair Kelly's life, but she's not sure whether to be excited or anxious about it. If all goes as planned, her family will soon be leaving the Earth and moving to Clementine Colony, at the south pole of the Moon. The only person who seems to understand her mixed feelings is her grandfather, who reminds Blair of the things her ancestors faced when they settled the Nebraska prairie, centuries before. Blair and her older brother, Tom, have both gone to "Moon School" to prepare for the journey, but classes can't prepare them for leaving their friends, extended family and most of their possessions behind. As they become more settled, Blair begins volunteering with the group that maintains the colony's plant life, while Tom competes in many of the unusual sports that can be played in the Moon's light gravity. Just as she's selected to help with a special project at a new research facility, a tragedy on her grandparents' farm divides Blair's loyalties. Should she return to Earth? Or should she remain on the Moon?

This YA novel was named winner of the Youth Moon Fiction category for's Best of the Moon awards for 2008. For more details about the contest, go here. For information about the book, click here.

Stephanie Green

(Site Member Lysistrata)

33 Mistakes Writers Make About Blind Characters

In 33 Mistakes Writers Make about Blind Characters, you learn about:

What it's really like to be blind

How a blind person tackles daily living--eating, dressing themselves, working, cooking, putting on makeup, travelling and playing sport.

Resources and technology available for people who are blind.

Treatment of the blind throughout history.

Famous blind people and their feats--you'll be amazed at the achievements of these people!

Available from Holly's Shop.

Tamara Siler Jones

Valley of the Soul

Detective Dubric Byerly returns in the third and final installment of this medieval fantasy-meets-thrilling mystery, genre-bending series from the author of Ghosts in the Snow and Threads of Malice.

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Holly Lisle

Hawkspar: A Novel of Korre

Stolen away from their families, they are slaves; women with no names and no futures. Every moment of their day is controlled by the avatars of the stone Eyes: Obsidian, Emerald, Raxinan, Ruby, Windcrystal, Sapphire, Sunspar, Tigereye...

Plucked from the ranks of slavery, protected by forces unseen, she is put to trial and found worthy. With her eyes replaced by eyes of Hawkspar stone, she can slip into the streams of time. Her vision of the past, the present, and the future lets her see the secret of the Eyes and their evil.

Kings and despots come to her to know their futures. As she pulls apart the sticky threads of time to arrange the world to her satisfaction, the new avatar knows that she must find a way to use time to her own ends to free the slaves once and for all, and to destroy the Eyes, even if it means destroying herself in the process.

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The Silver Door (Book 2 of Moon & Sun)

In the battle between nightlings and humans, it's prophesied that the Sunrider is destined to unite the magics of the sun and moon for the good of all. She alone can lead the fight to defeat an immortal evil.

Genna is the chosen Sunrider, and under nightling protection, she must learn the ancient magics so she may bring an end to the war between slaves and masters. When she escapes a brutal plot concocted by the evil kai lords, Genna finds herself cast into the depths of the Sun Wizards' world.

As the war begins to cross the moonroads, threatening to destroy all the worlds beneath the sun and moon, Genna must rise and harness her new powers in order to save her people.

Will Genna, with the help of her brother, Dan, and their friends Catri, Doyati, and Yarri, be able to fulfill her fate?

Master storyteller, Holly Lisle, once again transports readers to the twilit realms of the night worlds in this enchanting and gorgeous second tale.

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How to Find Your Writing Discipline

A Three-Day Plus 20 Minute Do-It-Yourself Writing Bootcamp You want to write. You've always wanted to write. But you:
Can't find the time
Can't find the initiative
Can't find the discipline
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Lazette Gifford


Kat Among the Pigeons

Kat and her boyfriend frantically fight the enemy with the aid of a lazy tom cat, an African gray parrot who only speaks in verse, and a wise-cracking cockatiel with a bad attitude. She's trying very hard not to think the world is doomed.

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Silky 3: The Queen's Champion

In the final book of the Silky trilogy, Silky must face all his worst fears -- and a few new ones. With Anthica under siege, Silky, Magellan and Queen Maris take a perilous sea voyage to find allies they hope will help win the embattled country from the Jainta and their dark magic. During the journey Silky will battle his personal demons and new enemies . . . and find a lost piece of his soul.

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Coming soon: Print Editions of the Silky trilogy.

Silky, Silky 2: Lord of the Land & Silky 3: The Queen's Champion

Follow Silkation's life from a young slave boy to a powerful lord of the land, with danger always close at hand, and magic both his gift and his bane. As Anthica faces dangers from the outside, can Silky's enemies turn away from their old hatreds to help keep their country safe?

All three Silky books have been released in Nook and Kindle versions. For more information, go here:

Silky is also available as part of a bundle of Lazette Gifford's fiction and nonfiction works.

Writing Science Fiction: What If!

Who else wants to write science fiction? Written by professional writer (see this book takes the reader by the hand and explains exactly how to create a commercially successful science fiction novel. The author is well known in the genre and regularly teaches creative writing. This book defines science fiction and explains the different categories of science fiction. The reader is then taught the basics of research, how to build a world based on science and myth, how to build 'the others', namely building up believable characters in your Aliens, how to write the language of the future, placing stories in the universe, space travel, the possibilities of government in the future, the challenge of writing something new, creating an effective outline, being a professional writer and preparing your manuscript for the publisher. Market; All creative writing enthusiasts; All university and WEA creative writing students; Secondary school and sixth-form libraries; Teachers, tutors and lecturers responsible for creative writing and English teaching; College/university central and departmental libraries. Available from Aber Writers Guides

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C. E. Murphy

Demon Hunts (The Walker Papers Book 5)

Seattle police detective Joanne Walker started the year mostly dead, and she's ending it trying not to be consumed by evil. Literally.
She's proven she can handle the gods and the walking dead. But a cannibalistic serial killer? That's more than even she bargained for. What's worse, the brutal demon can only be tracked one way. If Joanne is to stop its campaign of terror, she'll have to hunt it where it lives: the Lower World, a shamanistic plane of magic and spirits.

Trouble is, Joanne's skills are no match for the dangers she's about to face—and her on-the-job training could prove fatal to the people she's sworn to protect...

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Gifted with an uncanny intuition, Lara Jansen nonetheless thinks there is nothing particularly special about her. All that changes when a handsome but mysterious man enters her quiet Boston tailor shop and reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie. What's more, Dafydd ap Caerwyn claims that Lara is a truthseeker, a person with the rare talent of being able to tell truth from falsehood. Dafydd begs Lara to help solve his brother's murder, of which Dafydd himself is the only suspect.

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Lynn Viehl

Dream Called Time (Tenth Stardoc Novel)

Dispatched to investigate an unidentified ship that has emerged from a mysterious rift in space, Cherijo discovers technology far more advanced than anything she's ever seen. Before she can unravel the alien ship's mystery, Cherijo's own ship is sucked into the rift and transported through time. Unless she can find a way to reopen the rift, they will remain trapped in another time. And Cherijo will never see her family--which she's only just been reunited with--again...

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David Toft

(Site Member dmtoft)

A Gift of Butterflies

Mark Aldridge and Susie Philips have a gift. Anyone who antagonizes them dies. How not to antagonize each other is a skill they must master very quickly, if both are to survive.

To ensure that the right people antagonize them is the mission of agent, Maurice Bruner and his team. Can they target the gift without upsetting its hosts? If they can't, they are dead.

Available from Wings ePress in both e-book and print formats. For information about the book, click here.

A Legacy of Butterflies

The whole of mainland Europe is under fundamentalist control. Only Ireland, protected by the military might of America, remains free.

Gordon Aldridge has a mission – To use his potentially murderous powers to help secure the release of American hostages from the heart of fundamentalist England. If he can control and target the butterflies, only his enemies will die; if he can't, everybody will.

Available from Wings ePress in both e-book and print formats. For information about the book, click here.


Maria Zannini

(Site Member mz)

True Believers

Something is killing off immortals, one by one.

Taelen Jessit is an alien emissary on a mission sanctioned by the U.S. government to search for ancient gods. His hunt leads him to a dig headed by archaeologist Rachel Cruz. When his military entourage forces Rachel's team out of the cave they were exploring, a flash flood hits the riverbed and threatens to tear them through the ravine.

In the aftermath of the flood, Taelen witnesses the incredible healing of Rachel's broken ankle and believes his gods have blessed her. He is inexplicably drawn to her, and she to him.

What Taelen doesn't know is that Rachel is Nephilim—a descendant of the gods his people worship—masquerading as a human to find the god-killer and destroy it. Rachel needs help to bring down the tech that is manipulating the Earth's magnetosphere and frying her people alive. She's given Taelen her heart, but can she trust him with her secret?

Available from Carina Press: here.

Touch of Fire

Between mage and man lies fire.

Leda has been ordered by the House of Ilia to use her fae gifts to find an alchemist's bible, no matter what the cost. In a world where technology has been replaced by Elemental magic, this book is more dangerous than any spell or potion.

This futuristic fantasy was released in May 2008 by Samhain Publishing (ISBN: 978-1-60504-031-8) and is available in both eBook and print.

You can read an excerpt and buy a copy here.

A.J. Maguire

(Site Member AJMaguire)


Smash witchcraft and steampunk technology together and you get the world of Magnellum, where Witches are nobility and the populace depends on Magic to keep the Wild at bay. Witch-Born is a Fantasy with steampunk tendencies revolving around the lives of Elsie Delgora and Saldorian Feverrette. Fate literally thrusts these two together when Saldorian stumbles over the seditious plot Elsie has been conducting for 23 years. As the two struggle to find an accord, the House Lands of Delgora begin to crumble under the tyranny of Vicaress Reonne, whose hidden pet known as the Dellidus slowly eats at the Magic keeping the Wild away.

For more information, go to Double Dragon Publishing or you can purchase the book from Barnes and Noble.


Thrust chest deep into the politics surrounding the Kiavana throne, Trenna must scramble to keep Prince Nelek alive as he searches to free his mother.

Available from Wings ePress.