Two Halves by Marta Szemik

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Two Halves by Marta Szemik

The Indie Book of the Day for 21st of November, 2012!

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Sarah killed her human mother shortly after she was born so she could quench her thirst. She hates her vampire father who she never met and blames him for her mother’s death.

Now twenty-one, Sarah suppresses her dark side with serums. When a nightmare stirs her dark traits, underworld creatures hunt for the half-breed vampire. On the run, Sarah learns the secrets hidden from her, for a good reason. Had she known her destiny, she may have continued with the serums that kept her safe in the human world.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MyLit Publishing; First Edition edition (November 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F9G8ME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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Marta Szemik is an author and a writer. As a mom of two and a wife she enjoys using her family’s attributes in her writing – just because they are unique:) A great skier (in her kids eyes), she loves the outdoors. Very often she can be found creating new worlds in front of her computer. Her favourite pass-time is sitting on the front porch with a cup of coffee. Powerful writing with colorful characters who make you cry, laugh and wish they were real intrigue her. She has a sarcastic sense of humor and those close to her know that she can make a joke out of almost anything, but she could never do stand up comedy.

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Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh

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Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh

The Indie Book of the Day for 2nd July 2012!

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

It’s been almost ten years since Nathan Garrett woke on a cold warehouse floor with nothing but a gun, a sword, and no idea of who he was or how he got there. His only clue … a piece of paper with his name on it. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his abilities to work as a thief for hire. But he’s never stopped hunting for his true identity, and those who erased his memory have never stopped hunting for him. When the barrier holding his past captive begins to crumble, Nathan swears to protect a young girl who is key to his enemy’s plans. But with his enemies closing in, and everyone he cares about becoming a target for their wrath, Nathan is forced to choose between the life he’s built for himself and the one buried deep inside him.

Crimes Against Magic is an Urban Fantasy set in modern day London with Historical flashbacks to early fifteenth century France. It’s book one of the Hellequin Chronicles, a series about Nathan (Nate) Garrett, a centuries old sorcerer.

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IBD Verdict

Meet Nathan, he is the equivalent of ‘Merlin meets James Bond’ in present day London. Steve McHugh’s Robin Hood is on an action packed, magical crusade against those that dared ruin his life. Nathan is a people’s character and the story itself is full of surprises. Steve McHugh had made a promising debut with Crimes Against Magic.

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  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477411321
  • Publisher: Hidden Realms Publishing (April 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YK01JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled

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Steve’s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson. Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language. The follow up ‘One boy and his frog’ was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.

It wasn’t for another decade that he would start work on a full length novel, the result of which; Crimes Against Magic is now available from Amazon.

He was born in a small village called Mexbrough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and two young daughters in Southampton.

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Nolander by Becca Mills

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Nolander by Becca MillsOf all the beings that have lived on Earth, what if just a few had the power to make new realities, according to their desires? What would they create? The Second Emanation. A shadow world where ancient creatures persist, where humanity’s dominance is far less certain, where wonder competes with horror. A world like an autumn forest, its realities as multiple and layered as fallen leaves. The world that gives us our gods.

In Nolander, the Second Emanation crosses paths with a seemingly ordinary young woman from the American Midwest. It’ll never be the same again.

Amateur photographer Beth Ryder sees plenty wrong with her life. At twenty-three, she feels trapped in her small Wisconsin town. The guy she’s been seeing lately wants nothing more to do with her, and her sister-in-law is doing her best to push Beth out of the family.

Then one day, Beth takes a picture no one can explain. Her quest for answers leads her far from her small-town roots and opens her eyes to the unseen world around her. Sucked into a dangerous organization responsible for policing visitors from Earth’s shadow world, Beth discovers that humanity is far from alone, and that its fellow creatures, many endowed with disturbing abilities, do not wish it well.

As events spin out of her control, Beth must leave her restrictive but safe life behind. Thrown into a frightening new world, she struggles not to surrender more than she can bear to lose, and not to become something she can’t bear to be.

At 99,000 words, Nolander is a full-length novel, the first in Mills’s Emanations fantasy series.

(June 7, 2012: Newly edited text uploaded.)

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  • Series

    This is book 1 of 1 in the Emanations series.

  • Characters (37)

    • Elizabeth “Beth” Joy Ryder: an amateur photographer from the small town of Dorf, Wisconsin
    • Ghosteater: a mysterious beast
    • Gnaeus Cornelius Marci Filius Cordus: a powerful Second
    • Ben Ryder: Beth’s older brother, who lives in Dorf with his wife, Justine, and their four daughters
    • Justine Jenson Ryder: Beth’s sister-in-law
    • Tiffany Ryder: one of Beth’s nieces, twelve years old when Nolander begins
    • Jazzy Ryder: one of Beth’s nieces; nine years old when Nolander begins
    • Lia Ryder: one of Beth’s nieces, five years old when Nolander begins
    • Madisyn Ryder: one of Beth’s nieces, three years old when Nolander begins
    • Janie Fitzgibbon: Beth’s best friend in Dorf
    • Graham Thomas Ryzik: a Madison-based member of Cordus’s organization
    • John Williams: a Minneapolis-based member of Cordus’s organization
    • Kara Dolores Sanchez: a Minneapolis-based member of Cordus’s organization
    • Callie McCallister: a resident of Dorf
    • Lord Limu: a powerful Second
    • Lady Innin: a powerful Second
    • Dr. Nielsen: the physician who’s employing Beth as a receptionist when Nolander begins
    • Mrs. Gunderson: one of Beth’s neighbors in Dorf
    • Zion: a member of Cordus’s household
    • Gwen Hegstrom: a member of Cordus’s household
    • Theo Duff: a member of Cordus’s household; brother of Andy
    • Andy Duff: a member of Cordus’s household; brother of Theo
    • Hortencia “Tezzy” Tolosa: a member of Cordus’s household; a martial arts specialist
    • Koji Nakamura: a member of Cordus’s household
    • Henry “Hank” Justice O’Malley: a member of Cordus’s household
    • Suzanne Dreisbach: Beth’s next-door neighbor in Dorf
    • Matt Kelsey: the guy Beth has been dating when Nolander begins; a high-school gym teacher
    • Nanny Hansen: Justine and Ben Ryder’s next-door neighbor, possessed of an overgrown backyard
    • Ambassador Jane: a Second; the ice men’s ambassador to Cordus’s court
    • Doyle Schumaker: a Dorf police officer
    • Billy Wozowski: a Dorf police officer
    • Jackie Britt: a waitress at Pete’s Eats in Dorf
    • Grant Tilwith Eagan: a member of Cordus’s household
    • Jim Foley: a beer-loving resident of Dorf
    • Ambassador Cra: a Second; the green men’s ambassador to Cordus’s court
    • Bob: a Second; an ice man
    • Kyle: a member of Cordus’s organization, now deceased

IBD Verdict

A picture is worth a thousand words, or is it? Join amateur photographer Beth Ryder as she accidentally stumbles on to a different version of the world, with dark secrets and a sinister plot.

Book Insight

  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R6PPZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled

Becca Mills is an over-educated, under-exercised lover of good coffee, science, and fast cars. And books. Oh yes. She believes the world can be a rough place and that everyone deserves to leave it behind now and then. That pretty much makes books a human right, no?

Becca is currently writing Book 2 of the Emanations series. She also spends time developing her blog, The Active Voice, which promotes and assists independent authors through book reviews, writing tips, and analysis of the publishing world. In addition, she has a wonderful “day job” as a college professor teaching literature and writing at a liberal arts college in the northeastern U.S.

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