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THE EX-PACIFIST


Vera and her bodyguard, Roman, are connected by the computers in their heads. They can silently co-ordinate and comment on the world around them. The downside? They’re on an impossible mission set by a vengeful emperor who would prefer to see them both dead. Not many sixteen-year-olds have to fight an entire empire for survival – and not many would be so good at it.


A young adult science fiction thriller with epic themes of family, duty and conscience, a diverse cast, non-stop action and romantic sub plots that echoes the work of S. J. Kincaid’s “The Diabolic” or Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games.”







EMERGE

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.

You’re born. You live. You die.

She has no cause to believe those rules don’t apply to her.

All her life, Allie has suffered in silence as those around her shrink from her touch, too intimidated to take the time to get to know her. It’s left her feeling like an outcast for fifteen years.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He isn’t affected by her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends.

For the first time ever, Allie knows what true friendship means. Finally, she has a real shot at normal–until “normal” crashes and burns when she wakes in agony on her sixteenth birthday. Aidan calls it her Awakening, a rite of passages he and their friends have all faced. Allie struggles in ignorance through the experience, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, she is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.

As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world of ancient Immortal beings. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.


CURSE OF THE SPHINX

An Ancient Curse. An Immortal Monster. A Forbidden Love.

Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends.

If she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to keep it that way.

When her mother is murdered, Hope is left orphaned and alone. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse? Is Hope, too, being hunted? Staying hidden is now more important than ever.

But learning to navigate mean girls, demigods, and shadow-monsters from the Underworld is nothing compared to the enigmatic and persistent new-boy, Athan Michael.

In a modern world still ruled by the Greek Gods, being a monster is more than a curse. It is a death sentence.




AIR AWAKENS

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all–the Crown Prince Aldrik–she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.





SWORD & STILETTOS

Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.

Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.




DRONE

YOU MUST SACRIFICE TO SURVIVE.

Vikka is a Drone, a member of the worker caste destined to labor in the grim factories of the New World Plutonomy.

When Vikka is forced to sell her organs to pay her family’s oxygen bill, she becomes trapped in a secret genetic modification program. The experiment transforms Vikka from a frail waif into a super-soldier. She escapes the program with the help of a mysterious, handsome stranger.

Hunted by both the New World Plutonomy and the Revolution that opposes them, Vikka must learn to harness her power and decide whether to help her rescuer reform the NWP from within or join the Revolution to destroy it.


SOULMATE

Most people search for decades to find their soulmate; Rachel Masterson was born with hers.

Rachel is fed up with being known as the crazy girl who talks to herself, so she’s thrilled when moving to a new town gives her a chance at a whole new identity, without the stigma of her “imaginary friend,” Rider, the soul who has shared her body for the last fifteen years.

In Indianapolis, Rachel is adopted by a kooky bunch of science club geeks, but somehow she still manages to attract the attention of the hottest boy in school. Her new friends are less than impressed with the notorious chick magnet, and Rider fears he’s losing Rachel as she makes one bad decision after another in pursuit of love.

When a tragic accident tears Rachel and Rider apart, Rachel finally realizes who her true soulmate really is. What she doesn’t know is, how can she ever live without him?

If you like unique and fascinating paranormal romance stories that make you laugh, cry, and cheer all on the same page, you’ll love Soulmate!


OBSIDIAN

Seventeen-year-old Aspen is a skydiving, rock climbing, adrenaline junky. All her life, she’s been fascinated by the dragons who roam near her home in Yellowstone Park. Yes, Dragons. Though no human has ever gotten close enough to touch one. Except Aspen.

While most people avoid the national parks because of the resident dragons, Aspen spends most of her free time in search of the feared and misunderstood creatures. For her, studying the dragons is a way to escape a painful past and avoid getting too close to anyone.

She’d rather track dragons in the wild and through the lens of her camera than talk to real people. But then Aspen meets a hot new guy at school, Sid King. He’s the one person she’s ever met who shares her obsession with all things dragon. But even as she feels strangely drawn to the mysterious boy, she senses he’s hiding his own set of dark and powerful secrets.

When hikers start turning up dead in the park, everyone suspects the formidable predators. Unless Aspen can prove their innocence, every one of her beloved dragons is in danger of eradication.

After Aspen and Sid uncover a sinister plot behind the brutal attacks, Aspen can no longer deny that Sid somehow knows more about the deaths than he should and the secrets they both keep threaten to rip their lives apart forever.




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How to disable page flip feature for MOBI file


There is a claim among many indie authors who have performed tests with their own books, that the Kindle “Page Flip” feature can cause erroneous “pages read” to be reported back to Kindle Unlimited (KU) for books enrolled in the program.

The issue seems to occur when KU customers read any of the participating books while “Page Flip” mode is activated in their devices. In the worst case scenario, a KU customer might read the entire book in this mode, resulting in a complete monetary loss for the book’s author. Amazon’s position states that this is not happening and that their page-counting algorithms contain no errors.

For my part, I wanted to be on the safe side and figured out a way to disable the feature. Below I describe the method step by step. For my ebook-generating process, I create my .epub files in Scrivener, then use Kindle Previewer to create the final .MOBI file that is required for Kindle. Try this at your own risk weighing in the decision of turning off a Kindle feature that readers might enjoy.

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  • (2) Open your .epub file in SIGIL. Sigil is an .epub file editor which is what I use to modify the files that I generate in Scrivener
  • (3) Content in Sigil is displayed within .xhtml files, so you have to find the right file where to add the SVG. You might have to double click and search within a few of these .xhtml files before you find the right place. I added my SVG only once, right under my dedication text. Easy!
  • (4) With your .xhtml file open, click the “Code View” button in the toolbar. This will allow you to see the mark-up language ONLY. You could also use the “Split View” button, if you prefer to see the mark-up language and preview at the same time
  • (5) Paste the SVG code you copied in step (1) in the exact position where you would like it to appear. Be careful to preserve the integrity of the mark-up code, ensuring all tags are closed correctly
  • (6) Click the “Book View” button in the toolbar. You should now be able to see the SVG image of the separator in the preview
  • (7) Save your changes
  • (8) Open Kindle Previewer
  • (9) In the file menu, click “Open Book” and select the .epub file you saved in step (7). Opening the .epub file initiates the process of converting it to MOBI. Once the process is complete, Kindle previewer will inform you in what drive location the file was saved. I found that the previewer does not actually show the separator, so don’t be alarmed about that
  • (10) The .MOBI file generated will disable the PAGE FLIP feature once uploaded to KDP

I hope these instructions are clear. If you have any questions, write them in the comments section.




I’m excited to finally be able to show this beauty to the world. I have been working on this project for a long time, and it is a real joy to do this cover reveal. One Wish Away is a very special book to me. This book and I have been through thick and thin together. I absolutely love this cover, and I hope it will tempt you to hit that pre-order button!

First, let’s check out the blurb, then scroll down for the cover and for a giveaway to win a paperback ARC (advance reader copy) of One Wish Away, so you can read it before anyone else!


One Wish Away (Releasing Feb 7th, 2017) 

Can one love destroy the world?

Marielle Iris used to believe her grandpa when he said she’d inherit his wish-granting Djinn.

That was a while ago, though, when she was little, naïve and happy. Now she believes in completely different things like lousy ex-boyfriends, dead mothers, and alcoholic fathers who abandon you.

But everything changes when Grandpa dies and her mourning tears conjure Faris Nasser, a sensual creature she’s been warned never to trust. She’s desperate to dismiss the fiend but agonizes over the right wishes. Meanwhile, he tries to prolong his freedom by seducing her with his magic and sexy looks. However, she knows better than to trust romantic advances, much less from arrogant mythical beings. What she doesn’t know is that she’s become part of a mortal conflict between two spell-bound Djinn, each seeking to regain freedom by breaking their curse. Though Zet, Faris’s Djinn brother, also wants revenge, which involves killing Marielle.

Determined to stay alive, she devises a plan to defeat Zet. But when Zet kidnaps her best friend, she’s faced with the difficult choice: save Faris from eternal imprisonment or save her best friend from certain death.







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Here is a list of some disappointing YA Books I’ve read…well, disappointing to me, anyway :) I add books to my “Disappointing” Goodreads Shelf as I finish them and these are the few that have made it in there since I joined that site.

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I’ve been thinking and have decided that I will write a young adult book and will become a millionaire author. I’m going to just write something like Twilight. I’ll publish it on Amazon and watch the $$$-bills stack themselves *chi-ching* How hard can it be? A bunch of people are doing it, so why can’t I?

I swear I can almost hear these thoughts telepathically pouring out of many aspiring and new authors. Of course, most don’t go as far as expressing it in so many words, but under their dismissive, offhand comments, the essence of the message is there. Though I have, on a few occasions, actually heard a couple of them speak these thoughts out loud. Really?! For Pete’s sake!

There is no denying that a few talented authors have seen the type of results that can make even the most seasoned financier go weak at the knees. There are a few stories of authors who have achieved overnight success with their YA books. We’ve heard the tales. We’ve seen the book deals, movies, merchandise, fame and fortune that some of them have reached. The staggering accounts sound like fairy tales, don’t they? Enough to make anyone wish it happened to them.

But . . . these things don’t just “happen.” More talent and work than people realize go into the creation of a book. Many bestsellers take years to write, take battalions of people to get in perfect form for publication, take more than just a whim to generate the millions these authors dream of.

Oh and, news flash, they also take respect for the genre and its dedicated, passionate readers.

Because when YA fans see someone approaching the genre dismissively and assuming things about them as an audience, they will band together and will make a consorted effort to inform you about the error of your ways, while, at the same time, pointedly avoiding your book like the plague. I have seen it happen to several authors who have come into the YA genre with dollar signs in their eyes and contempt for its readers.

Writing YA has to be about passion and love for the genre. The author must enjoy reading and writing stories of hope, adventure, and discovery. Only then, lovers of the genre will accept these authors, knowing that their books truly embody the essence of YA.

If you write young adult fiction, you have to do it because there’s nothing else you’d rather do. Any other reason is bogus.