Listener Advisory: Mature Situations, Strong Language
About The Author: Tammy Mannersly is an award-winning Australian author frequently praised for her heart-warming stories full of romance, dedicated friendships and stunning Australian locations. All her books ensure a great Happily Ever After and a love story that will sweep you off your feet. Tammy has a Bachelor Degree in Creative Industries majoring in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology. She lives on the coast near Brisbane, Queensland and loves to write about her favorite Australian destinations.
About The Reader: Mark Love lived for many years in the metropolitan Detroit area, where crime and corruption are always prevalent. As a former freelance reporter, Mark honed his writing skills by covering features and hard news. He is the author of the Jamie Richmond Romantic Mystery series, and the Jefferson Chene Mystery series, as well as short stories and anthology contributions. Mark now resides in West Michigan, where he enjoys a wide variety of music, books, travel, cooking, and the great outdoors.
Book Title: Drawn To Him
Book Synopsis: The new doctor in town is attracting some attention, especially of the female persuasion, but art teacher, Erica Townsend is blissfully unaware until she ends up injured and in his office. Too bad she’d vowed to resist love—that traitorous emotion, the destroyer of lives—after numerous failed relationships. Something about Matt, about their electrifying connection has her wondering if he might just be…the one.
Dr. Matthew Garrick is tired of playing wing-man for his best friend. It isn’t that he wishes to look for love, rather the opposite. But the eagerness of some of the single women in their small country town unnerves him. That is, until a certain stunning brunette appears in the waiting room of his medical practice. Her touch sparks something deep inside him, jolting his heart into a new rhythm and Matt makes it his mission to win’s Erica love. Can he convince her to take a risk on him and what they share together?
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About The Author: Xander Cross holds a Bachelor’s degree in History, which he uses to write his paranormal fiction. A lifelong enthusiast of Japanese culture and folklore, Xander cosplays as a kitsune yōkai on occasion, and photographic evidence can be found on Instagram and Pinterest under @ayakashi_fox. He has also published a short novella series as an adjunct to “The Atlas Dystopia Apocalyptica,” entitled “Come by Night” on Wattpad and Instagram.
Book Title: Enchanted Forests: Apple and The Dead Forest
Genre: YA Fantasy
Book Synopsis: Another artifact of the TADA-verse, "Apple and the Dead Forest" follows Ping and his friends Lin and Min as they brave the demon-haunted, apocalyptic waste in search of a doomsday seed vault guarded by a dragon.
One of ten beautifully crafted faerie tales in a diverse and enchanting collection, of which all proceeds are donated to The Rainforest Foundation.
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About The Author: Eli T. Evans is a composer, writer, software designer, and raconteur. He studied music education at Eastern Washington University for a while, then left to pursue a career designing software. He writes music and novels, too. He lives in Washington State with his wife, Olga, and their five children.
Title: Inside Every Circle
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Book Synopsis: For centuries, the Seven Cities have enjoyed peace and prosperity. Four strangers — a mute scribe, an orphaned prophetess, an elderly politician, and an egomaniacal autocrat — independently pursue glory, fame, and forbidden knowledge as they approach the end of the age. Will their increasingly intertwined paths lead to enduring peace or unspeakable horror?
Eli Evans' imaginative and thought-provoking debut novel is a genre-bending literary fantasy that explores themes of identity, privilege, the quest for meaning, and every person’s struggle to find their own voice and place in the world.
Taláni, an ambitious warlord, has united the scattered tribes of his people and is preparing to invade. His plan: To subjugate the Seven Cities and feed his voracious god on their blood. With oracular dreams of fiery conquest, his concubine Selolo maneuvers herself into a precarious position by his side. Are the spirits guiding them both or taking control?
Meanwhile, Atnan, a young scribe from an obscure fishing village, obsesses over a trove of mysterious scrolls he believes may hold the key — to what, he isn’t sure. Outcast and frustrated, he enlists the help of Mekvat, an elderly sage whose final accomplishment in office will define his legacy. He must decide if Atnan’s unconventional ideas present an opportunity or an obstacle. And then, catastrophe.
Histories, prophecies, and worldviews will collide. Ancient monsters will awaken. Signs will appear in the earth and heavens. While spirits and powerful rulers enact their plans, and the lives of ordinary people hang in the balance, a lowly scholar looks to the sky seeking answers. Will he and his compatriots unravel the mysteries of past, present, and future before it's too late?
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About The Author: Bradley Poore is the author of A JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE: How I embraced mediocrity and failed to turn my old vacuum into a rocket ship. Men of War is his second book of essays. Bradley is considered by many to be a fool's fool; with very little understanding or knowledge of how the world works.
He loves waffle fries, chainsaw sculptures, traveling by train, and the Amish. Bradley lives in Ann Arbor, MI.
Title: Men of War
Genre: Essays/Short Stories
Book Synopsis: Men of War is a book of essays, where fact is often intertwined with fiction.
Inside you will find stories about loss, a joke that Bradley doesn’t understand, the afterlife, an amusement park injury, a beloved toy set free, how the rich choose to spend their free time, and how drinking alcohol and the internet don’t mix.
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Listener Advisory: Mature language, Mild Drug Use
About The Author: Ken Schafer started his professional writing career as a screenwriter, working for companies as diverse as Disney, Paramount and ABC, and on projects ranging from a prequel to "Sleeping Beauty" to "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and ABC Night at the Movies. His passion for all kinds of writing, and the enthusiasm of his daughter for all things word-related, inspired him to branch out to children's books. ─including his forthcoming "A... is for Ahhhhhhh!" A Halloween Alphabeastiary", and "The Cow who Conquered the Moon"─along with both adult historical/Fantasy novels, and his first YA Novel: "An Otherwise Perfect Plan; A Novel of Mystery, Love, and Chocolate that Defies Description."
He is represented by Anne McDermott at AM Management and can usually be found in San Diego along with his wife, and a Schrödinger's Number of Cats.
Title: An Otherwise Perfect Plan
Genre: Young Adult
Book Synopsis: An Otherwise Perfect Plan is a laugh out loud YA Novel, narrated by the quirky Gwen Pendergrass, a sophomore in high school, who infuses this contemporary coming-of-age story with sarcasm, hyperbole, and wild flights of fancy—including a paleolithic “Shark Tank” with the builders of Stonehenge—all as she tries to make sense of her life with a single mom working two soul-crushing jobs, dysfunctional high school teachers, and her own wild emotions which seem to have a mind of their own.
Her riffs on life, modern society, and the virtues of several kinds of chocolate take us on a journey of discovery as she and her best friend Peter unravel the mystery of who her father actually was, along with the mysteries of her own emotions, ultimately reminding us that the journey very often IS the destination.
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Visit KJen's Website: https://www.moonjumperpress.com
About The Author: A. Kidd is the middle child in a family of three girls. She started making up her own stories at age four. Because she couldn't yet write, her mom wrote the stories down for her while she painted the pictures. Her first story was called Wagland and featured an island community with sea creatures that ate tuna fish sandwiches.
She has a B.S. in Written Communication with a minor in Language, Literature, and Writing from Eastern Michigan University and an MLIS with a specialization in children's librarianship from Wayne State University. Her poetry has been published in literary magazines. She is also an artist and a performance poet. In her free time, she enjoys finding and hiding painted rocks in her neighborhood and going on adventures with her family and friends.
A. Kidd lives with her husband and daughter in a suburb of Detroit, MI. The Healing Star is her debut novel. She often wishes on stars but hasn't caught one yet.
Book Title: The Healing Star
Genre: Middle Grade
Book Synopsis: Feisty fourth-grader Julia’s best friend in the entire universe is her grandmother. Julia and Grammu share secrets while cooking soup together, stay up late eating junk food and watching scary movies, and go stargazing on Blackberry Hill. They even wish on the same star every night.
But everything changes when Grammu catches the disappearing disease: little by little, she’s turning invisible. If Julia can catch a falling star, then her wish to save Grammu will come true. All Julia needs to do now is find the legendary ladder to the stars…
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About The Author: Award-winning Canadian author Miranda J. Chivers writes about faith, mental health, and authentic living. As a second-generation Canadian of Russian Mennonite refugees, she grew up surrounded by poverty and intergenerational trauma. As a former social worker, avid researcher, and student of the Bible, her writing reflects her fascination with cultural diversity and social differences. A survivor of complex PTSD, she yearns to heal hurting souls through both nonfiction and fiction.
Title: Katarina’s Dark Shadow
Genre: Christian/Historical Fiction
Book Synopsis: After Katarina disappears during WW2 in Ukraine, her son, Peter, struggles with closure. Will her diaries from the Russian civil war reveal buried secrets? Can he penetrate the iron curtain?
KATARINA'S DARK SHADOW: The Early Years in Ukraine 1915-1917: As a teenager, Katarina discovers that faith is more than a badge and a belief system. During war-time, it requires resilience.
Fifteen-year-old Katarina’s dreams of a self-determined future are compromised by a rebel attack. As Ukraine seeks independence from Russia, Katarina and her German Mennonite family are caught in the political fray. Sides are taken and loyalties questioned. Katarina must choose her fate. Growing up has never been more difficult.
Set during the darkest days of Ukraine’s history, Katarina’s Dark Shadow portrays the courageous human struggle inside a distinct faith during violent political times. Like the book of Job in the Bible, the characters search for the indominitable quest for spiritual truth.
Inspired by true stories and actual events based on the harrowing tales of the author's ancestors, this book will particularly interest those with German-Prussian, Ukrainian, or Russian Mennonite ancestry.
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About The Author: Lisa Jacovsky currently lives in her hometown of North Brunswick, NJ. She works as a Child Development Specialist with Early Intervention. In her job she is able to help children under the age of three with cognitive and developmental delays, sometimes with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis for eight years and this is where she had inspiration for writing her very first series, Lets Talk!. Her hopes for this series are to simply inspire families and their children to be open to anyone no matter their differences. There will be six books in the series, with the fourth in production right now! Lisa has always loved writing and hopes to use this way of expression to show the beauty that is in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Title: Spooky Ooky Dance Party
Book Synopsis: Moon is a very special kitty, so special in fact that he can become invisible and ride a broomstick! His hoomans don’t know this and he likes to play silly tricks on them! His favorite day of the year is Halloween. Because that means him and his friends, who are also special, can come out and cause some mischief. No one suspects a thing too! This year though they decided to have a different kind of fun; they started a dance party at the town Halloween event! It was so boring anyways, why not start some music with dancing decorations! Come see all the spooky ooky fun in this story of Halloween and mischief.
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