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"If you enjoy a fast paced book with twists, then this one’s for you."

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Dead Spell
by Belinda Frisch
Genre: Young Adult Horror Book Synopsis Harmony Wolcott's darkest secret has clawed its way back from the grave. Afraid to ask for help or admit the strange occurrences happening to and around her, Harmony searches for answers in the wreckage of her childhood home where the truth is buried under the rubble of a family plagued by mental illness.

Some secrets you keep even from yourself until something from beyond the grave forces you to remember. Dead Spell is about a ghost with a past and a girl who would die to forget it.

"There is enough substance within this book's…pages to make a very enjoyable, albeit quick read."

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Spirits Rising
by Krista D. Ball
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Book Synopsis Rachel Mills has one wish in life: for the spirit world to shut up and leave her alone. She thought her move to a remote fishing village in Northern Newfoundland would help.

Population: Twenty. What could go wrong?

When a local teenager accidentally summons the spirits of the area, including those from a thousand-year-old Viking settlement, all supernatural breaks loose. As the spirits stalk her and each other, Rachel finds herself in over her head. With the help of Mrs. Saunders, her 93-year-old neighbour, Rachel has to put aside her own prejudices long enough to send the spirits back to rest, or risk being caught in the midst of a spirit war.

"The writing was interesting and the plot, while predictable at points, had my attention." #Kindle #BookReview

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Falling
by L C Smith
Genre: Young Adult Romance Book Synopsis After the death of her parents in a car accident when Reid South was eleven years old she gained the ability to jump into peoples bodies. Not a single person knows her secret, not her only friend Sara and especially not Keller. The problem is, every time she looks into his eyes, she starts to fall into him.

Comments, questions & suggestions about our upcoming writing contest are welcome & encouraged.

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This is the tenth part of a multi-part series devoted to our plans for a writing contest. To read this from the beginning or to see a full list of posts as they are posted, please refer to this page.

Since we are still in the planning stages, be aware that any of the following is subject to change at any moment (though I doubt it).

Can you help us advertise our upcoming writing contest?

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This is the ninth part of a multi-part series devoted to our plans for a writing contest. To read this from the beginning or to see a full list of posts as they are posted, please refer to this page.

Since we are still in the planning stages, be aware that any of the following is subject to change at any moment (though I doubt it).

We’re looking for help in graphics, editing, and formatting for a publishing venture.

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This is the eighth part of a multi-part series devoted to our plans for a writing contest. To read this from the beginning or to see a full list of posts as they are posted, please refer to this page.

Since we are still in the planning stages, be aware that any of the following is subject to change at any moment (though I doubt it).

We’ve covered the contest itself and judging. Unless something comes up, the next time I mention those we should be out of the planning stage. Let’s hope, anyway. But there’s a lot more that people can help us with in connection with the contest and subsequent publishing venture.

"Some of the experiences are amusing, others are horrifying but all make for an interesting tale."

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CurbCheK
by Zach Fortier
Genre: Non-Fiction Crime Book Synopsis Curbchek is the story of a damaged cop, Zach Fortier. Fortier worked in the police department for the city where he grew up. One foot in the world of the cops, courts and legal system. The other in the world of gangs, drugs, thugs and street violence. Where the laws and rules are made by the strongest, the schemers and the most brutal. Read about the transformation of Fortier from a green rookie to a damaged paranoid veteran seeing danger in every situation. Follow along as he walks this tight rope. Trying to make difference, breaking the laws he promised to enforce. This is a story of law and order uncensored.

Which judging system should we use? Let us know.

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This is the seventh part of a multi-part series devoted to our plans for a writing contest. To read this from the beginning or to see a full list of posts as they are posted, please refer to this page.

Since we are still in the planning stages, be aware that any of the following is subject to change at any moment (though I doubt it).

Will there be a Financial Gain for the big event?

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This is the sixth part of a multi-part series devoted to our plans for a writing contest. To read this from the beginning or to see a full list of posts as they are posted, please refer to this page.

Since we are still in the planning stages, be aware that any of the following is subject to change at any moment (though I doubt it).

'There’s mystery & clues that bug you when the protagonist ignores them & a bird with a physic link.' #Review

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For The Birds: a Tall Pines Mystery
by Aaron Paul Lazar
Genre: Paranormal Mystery Book Synopsis What happens when a parakeet named Ruby gets an unexpected mind-meld with Marcella Hollister's quarrelsome mother, Thelma? After Thelma is kidnapped from her hospital bed, Marcella must find her -- somewhere in the tall pines of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. With the help of her Native American husband Quinn and bizarre ""tips"" from Ruby, Marcella butts heads with quirky bird psychic Earl Tiramisu, much to the chagrin of the FBI, who wants her to stay out of the investigation.

Why is Tiramisu asking questions about Thelma's past and the money she's been spending? The FBI agents hint that it may be related to an unsolved fifty-year-old bank heist, but Marcella can't believe her annoying, but honest-to-a-fault mother could be involved.

Across the rugged Adirondack park landscape, a brutal scenario evolves, where the good guys aren't what they…

What about the money the collection brings in?

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This is the fifth part of a multi-part series devoted to our plans for a writing contest. To read this from the beginning or to see a full list of posts as they are posted, please refer to this page.

Since we are still in the planning stages, be aware that any of the following is subject to change at any moment (though I doubt it).

"Sarah’s story is one that would speak to many of us." #Kindle #BookReview

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Letters to Juniper
by Peggy Tibbetts
Genre: Young Adult Book Synopsis A gripping account of life inside a Separatist compound during an FBI standoff, from a 12-year old girl’s perspective. Sarah Smith remembers when she was six years old her mother died and she moved to northern Idaho with her brother and father. Their lives changed drastically. The only vivid memory she has of her early childhood is her best friend Juniper Holland.

In her letters to Juniper, Sarah reveals her innermost thoughts and feelings about her reclusive life with three younger brothers under the rigid oppression of her father and stepmother who call themselves Separatists. Their lives are turned upside down by an FBI investigation into her father’s association with members of the Aryan Nation. As the tension and violence escalate, Sarah faces life and death decisions in order to survive.

"Caldera has so much potential to be a great fantasy read…" #Kindle #BookReview

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Caldera: The Book of Ixkin
by Matthew Cousineau
Genre: Fantasy Book Synopsis The Americas, history's greatest secret, hidden for thousands of years by the mystical race known as the Delar. Now as their last mother draws her final breath, the secret they have fought and died for has been discovered. The fate of these lands filled with magic and wonder rests in the hands of her twin sons.

Here in the vast untamed wild filled with supernatural forces and fantastic creatures, each child must survive, separated from his mother and hidden from an ancient evil that waits to be freed from the shadows of the great Caldera. As the twins endeavor to survive through war, love, betrayal, life and death in these magical lands, the fate of their friends—and the world—hangs by a thread.

Who will have copyright of the contest submissions? #writers

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This is the fourth part of a multi-part series devoted to our plans for a writing contest. To read this from the beginning or to see a full list of posts as they are posted, please refer to this page.

Since we are still in the planning stages, be aware that any of the following is subject to change at any moment (though I doubt it).

We're making our writing contest easy to judge. #writers #authors

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This is the third part of a multi-part series devoted to our plans for a writing contest. To read this from the beginning or to see a full list of posts as they are posted, please refer to this page.

Caution: some of the following material is no longer up-to-date. Please refer to later parts in this series for more up-to-date information.

How the upcoming writing contest might work. #writers #authors

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This is the second part of a multi-part series devoted to our plans for a writing contest. To read this from the beginning or to see a full list of posts as they are posted, please refer to this page.

Since we are still in the planning stages, be aware that any of the following is subject to change at any moment.

"It's the kind of book I would pick up at the library." #Kindle #BookReview

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Gold Train
by Lada Ray
Genre: General Fiction Thriller Book Synopsis For the fans of The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure comes this gripping new thriller, based on true historic events. 1918: Civil War in Russia. The entire Gold Reserve of the Russian Empire vanishes without a trace. But what if it's about to resurface? And what if it's about to be used to shift the global balance of power? Today: the world's largest treasure; dangerous adventure; forbidden passion, defying time and space; conspiracy that threatens to plunge the country into darkness.

International journalist, Jade Snow, travels to Russia to investigate the tantalizing mystery of the Gold Train. Instead, she finds herself a pawn in a struggle between forces beyond her control. Running is not an option, as commitment to solve a murder makes her play the deadly game. Jade must choose between her worst friends and best enemies, and the fate of the world just might depend on her choice.

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"If you are into quirky fantasy stories ... this one may be for you." #Kindle #BookReview

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The Banned Underground: The Amulet of Kings
by Will Macmillan Jones
Genre: Fantasy Book Synopsis Take one Dark Lord, one off-white witch, two teenagers, one dwarf blues band and a jazz-loving BogTroll. Mix. Wait for the explosion of laughter...

What could be worse? Having to take a holiday in the (rainy ) Lake District in the North West of England, with an aunt who turns people into frogs for a hobby? Or battling the local Dark Lord, whose attempt at World Domination starts with the nearby underground Dwarf Mansion, and its enormous collection of used Pizza boxes? Or getting involved with a jazz-loving BogTroll and his dwarfish Rhythm and Blues band? Or is it being miles from a McDonalds?

When Chris and Linda are sent on an enforced holiday in the English Lake District, they get more action than they expected.

"While the book has many problems which dissuaded me as a reader, it was not completely lacking."

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Legends of Auryona: Return of the Queen
by T. D. Wulf
Genre: Fantasy Book Synopsis From tattered scrolls, through time and war, many of the legends of Auryona have survived. The Return of the Queen is one such legend. Just days after Eire's King fell in battle, the country was plunged into terror. The queen and princess were missing and Prince Terquin announced that they had left in the night and were presumed dead.

Years went by and tyranny, war, and bloodshed mixed with rumors that the queen still lived. Terquin and Hrolf fought over their father's throne, using the people as their weapons. It seemed as if nothing could be done to save the people and the land from the darkness that shrouded them.

One man broke away from Terquin and waged his own war. Morgard, loyal to the king and queen, served Terquin for too long. He broke ranks and set out for eastern Eire. There he will make his stand, there he will wait for his Queen.

Morgard's actions will turn the tables on Ter…

A fascinating plot that will draw you in. You'll want more. We promise. #Kindle #BookReview

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Sylvianna
by Keryl Raist
Genre: Fantasy Book Synopsis Sarah Metz just got to Sylvianna College. She went in search of a biology degree. She found a group of wizards on the run from their past. They remember her. She doesn't remember them. Over the next year, she'll help them fight off the creatures trying to kill them, fall back into love with the man who used to be her husband, break the heart of her best friend while doing it, and maybe, if they're very, very lucky, not remember who she used to be.

Sylvianna is a modern day fantasy with a scorching hot romance and a deeply layered plot. Angels, demons, magic, sword fights, free will, destiny, and true love all weave into a complex tale of the search for redemption.

"I really found myself feeling for the main characters..." #Kindle #BookReview

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Moral Authority
by Jacob Z. Flores
Genre: General Fiction Book Synopsis In the year 2050, America has changed. Profoundly.

Homosexuality is a crime, cursing is a punishable offense, and lifestyle legislation keeps American citizens on a prescribed moral path. The country lives in a Moral Age, all thanks to The Moral Authority, the nation’s fourth branch of government, which has held dominion for the past thirty-five years. Yet the Moral Age comes at a price. Americans either live like mindless cattle or in fear.

Told from three points of view, Mark, the brash young hero who finds true love in the most desolate of places; Isaac, the renegade, who searches for redemption; and Samuel the dictatorial megalomaniac intent on maintaining his power, Moral Authority exposes what happens to a nation that continues to restrict, instead of broadening, civil rights.

"If only it didn’t get bogged down in the details." #Kindle #BookReview

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On Message
by Joyce T. Strand
Genre: Mystery Book Synopsis Murder intrudes on Jillian Hillcrest’s routine as head communications executive at a small Silicon Valley biotechnology company. She is eagerly staying “on message” to inform investors, the media, and the community about her company, Harmonia Therapeutics, and its latest drug candidate in Phase 2 clinical trials for the difficult-to-diagnose and treat autoimmune disease, lupus. When someone near to her is murdered, a determined San Francisco police inspector involves her in the investigation, convinced she is key to solving the crime. She co-operates fully only to find that solving a murder is more hazardous than writing press releases. On Message is the first of a series of Jillian Hillcrest mysteries.

"Read this book if you like mystery…You may solve this one, but…you may also be left astounded as I was."

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Everything I Tell You is a Lie (A novella)
by Fingers Murphy
Genre: Mystery Book Synopsis Fingers Murphy pushes his work in a new direction with this deceptively simple novella that explores the basic question: what drives someone to kill?

The answer, like life itself, is never as simple as it seems. As a prison psychologist and his young patient peel back layers of violence, abuse, mistrust, and missed opportunities, we see a family imploding on itself and the disastrous affects parental decisions can have on their children. Most people who kill never intend to kill, and yet they do.

This 30,000 word novella will keep you up late to finish it in one sitting, and it will stick with you long after you thought you put it down.

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"…elements of the story which made it interesting and worth the read." #Kindle #BookReview

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The Speed of Darkness
by Sarah Baethge
Genre: Fantasy Book Synopsis Eric Omlup, (computer teacher, web design consultant) tries to be seen as a normal, friendly guy. He is determined to hide the fact that he is a werewolf from everyone so he can just live a normal life. Unfortunately, because he tries to be a good guy, he finds himself jumping in to try and save a man who looks to be helplessly under attack.

Unexpectedly, the two villains that he wants to scare off may back down, but happily consider finding him to be a great asset. Eric is horrified to learn that he has exposed himself to a company of cruel scientists, called The Eclipse, that are capturing near-human 'supernatural' creatures for use in questionable medical experiments because no laws protect them are in place.

Now can he and Nigel Hunter (the man he saved) remain outside of the clutches of The Eclipse as their pursuers quietly, yet persistently tear bit by bit away from the safety and secrecy he so endeav…

"...woven together so well that you’ll want to keep reading way into the night." #Kindle #BookReview

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Passing Love
by Jacqueline E. Luckett
Genre: Women's Fiction Book Synopsis Nicole-Marie Handy has loved all things French since she was a child. After the death of her best friend, determined to get out of her rut, she goes to Paris, leaving behind a marriage proposal. While there, Nicole chances upon an old photo of her father—lovingly inscribed, in his hand, to a woman Nicole has never heard of. What starts as a vacation quickly becomes an investigation into this mystery woman.

Moving back and forth in time between the sparkling Paris of today and the jazz-fueled city filled with expatriates in the 1950s, Passing Love is the story of two women dealing with lost love, secrets, and betrayal...and how the City of Light may hold all of the answers.