Helga: Out of Hedgelands by Rick Johnson

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Helga: Out of Hedgelands by Rick Johnson

The Indie Book of the Day for 30th of October, 2013!

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Twelve-year-old Helga has more danger in her life than most beasts her age—Wrackshee slavers after her, a vicious attack by bandits that nearly kills her, a race against dragons pursuing her, and leading a daring rebellion to save her life and rescue friends and family from the insidious WooZan. And that is just the beginning. But what do you expect when you are a young beast who just can’t see the stupid rules of the world making any sense? Helga can’t accept things as they are and ends up taking on not just one, but two all-powerful, supreme tyrants in two different realms. 

Helga never intended to lead a revolution. It just sort of happened because she wouldn’t go along with the “rules of normal” that keep tyrants in power and entire societies enslaved. Beginning on a dangerous quest to solve some mysteries in her own past, Helga leads her quirky comrades on a journey that will not only forever change them, but upset ancient civilizations. 

As an author, I’m drawn to eccentric, unexpected characters: those who surprise because they hear a distant galaxy, see a different music, create their own fragrance rather than get hooked on a soundtrack; the child who has her own ideas about how the emperor is dressed; the lunatics and rebels who tell stories on the boundaries. Helga’s unusual story will take readers to worlds they never imagined—definitely a whole new ride.

Time and again, the unconventional heroine and her eccentric comrades overcome ominous tyrants and black-hearted slavers, not by battling to the last beast standing, but by being the first beast to think differently. 

Helga: Out of Hedgelands is divided into three books which introduce the epic saga of the Wood Cow clan and their role in overturning centuries of slavery and tyranny. This story will continue in additional volumes of the Wood Cow Chronicles now in development. Over the series of current and future volumes, the entire history of the Wood Cow clan, the fall of Maev Astuté, and the coming of Lord Farseeker to the Outer Rings, will be told.

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  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IJRW0G
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I am a native of the Great Plains, having grown up on a farm in the Platte River Valley of western Nebraska. I love the wild beauty of the Plains and nearby Rocky Mountains–the too hot, too cold, too empty, too full of life extremes. Typically, the awesomely diverse and the awesomely stark are much the same, even as they are different. Although I have lived in Michigan, North Carolina, and British Columbia, the western plains, mountains, and desert are in my heart.

As my day job, for over thirty years I have been a faculty member and administrator in higher education. Teaching broadly in the liberal arts, including creative writing, my professional publications include educational materials, poems, and 28 stories for young readers. During my spare hours, I have also collected and carefully studied the records of former times upon which the Wood Cow Chronicles are based. It is my privilege to bring this astonishing saga to light.

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The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

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The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

The Indie Book of the Day for 2nd of September, 2013!

Genre: Literary, YA

Book 1 in the Cerulean Songs series. 

Time is all we have; it flows – it cannot stop.

Jayne wakes up in hospital following a terrible accident, which changes her life as she knew it. While struggling to recover, she is visited by a mysterious woman who offers her a gift. To the girl’s astonishment, she finds herself on a journey, on both the physical and mental plane. It brings her to the mystical realm of Entyre, where life is very different and power lies with the creatures of the deep. While the threads of time keep flowing, Jayne must decide what is real, who to trust, and regain her inner strength in order to find herself and her true destiny.

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‘Jayne concentrated on getting better. The dark mood that she had found herself in grew steadily lighter and she pushed her memories of the blue city to the back of her mind, dismissing them as dreams, which would gradually fade with time. That was her hope, for while she slept her mind wove images of the sea, accompanied by the echo of the whales and a tall man whose hair was the colour of the darkest waves. He was always there, not far away it seemed, thus was the lucidity of her sleeping life.’

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  • File Size: 357 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490417540
  • Publisher: Vickie Johnstone (May 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0BGJJW
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Hi, I live in London and have a thing about fluffy cats. I work as a freelance layout sub-editor on business magazines and editor/proofreader on books. I love reading, writing, films, the sea, art, animals, nature, rock music, Milky Bar and travelling. I have self-published 13 books.

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Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

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Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

The Indie Book of the Day for 23rd of August, 2013!

Genre: Fantasy, YA

There are worse things than death, worse people too.   The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life. Get this book via:

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  • File Size: 374 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Euterpe (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HYPD58
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Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book, and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with her, she rewrote it. She’s always wanted to be a writer, and spent high school and college learning everything she could so that one day she could achieve that goal. She graduated college with my BFA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and is pursuing her masters at the University of Georgia.

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River Dream by DW Davis

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River Dream by DW Davis

The Indie Book of the Day for 20th of August, 2013!

Genre: Romance, YA

Rhiannon has a rule against dating her best friend, Michael. Is it a rule meant to be broken, or a rule that will break her heart? 

Rhiannon and sailing are Mike’s two greatest loves. Sailing’s the one thing he can always count on. Rhiannon’s the one he can count on to keep him confused.

As high school begins, the new girl in town sets her sites on Mike. What will Rhiannon’s rules cost her, and will she ever get to show Michael she really does love him, too?

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  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983355614
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: River Sailor Literary; 1 edition (March 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QS96LG
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My writing reflects my memories growing up along the North Carolina coast near Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches. I left that area when I graduated high school and traveled half-way around the world and back collecting memories and experiences which help shape my characters. Now back in eastern North Carolina, I enjoy bringing to life characters whose adventures take place in my favorite part of the world.

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Silent Symmetry by JB Dutton

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Silent Symmetry by JB Dutton

The Indie Book of the Day for 11th of June, 2013!

Genre: Paranormal Mystery, YA

Silent Symmetry a mystery-fantasy love story

Book 1 of the EMBODIED trilogy. 

The Embodied glide through the busy streets of New York, uttering barely a sound. 

Their eerie beauty comes from their perfect symmetry. Male, female, old, young… their faces are always absolutely symmetrical. Are they flawless humans, the epitome of evolution? Are they a genetically modified super-race? Are they extra-terrestrials? Once prep school student Kari Marriner becomes aware of their existence, she is driven to find the answer and finds herself ensnared in a web that reaches further than she could possibly have imagined.

Kari’s earliest memory is her father’s death in a car crash back in small-town Wisconsin. Now, 12 years later, her mother has been hired by a pseudo-religious organization in Manhattan called the Temple of Truth (a.k.a. the ToT). At Chelsea Prep, Kari develops a crush on classmate Cruz. But when she realizes that Noon, another attractive guy at school, is involved with the ToT, her curiosity gets the better of her.

Kari stumbles upon a secret tunnel leading from her apartment to another in the building, where an ancient book holds images she can scarcely believe, and a cavernous room contains… something inexplicable. As Kari pieces together the incredible evidence, she discovers that the ToT is run by other-worldly beings called The Embodied who influence human behavior and have established a global long-term human breeding program. But why? And what is her role in all this?

Just as she starts wondering whether the love she feels for Cruz is genuine or if her emotions are being controlled by The Embodied, her mother is kidnapped and Kari has to figure out who is human, who is Embodied, and who she can count on to help rescue her mother.

Silent Symmetry is the exciting first novel in JB Dutton’s EMBODIED trilogy. The second installment, Starley’s Rust, will be published in late 2013.

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  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0534UC
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After graduating from film school in London, I emigrated to Montreal in 1987, where I still live with my two young children and their even younger goldfish. I spent over a decade as a music TV director before moving into the advertising industry as an award-winning copywriter and translator. In parallel to my corporate work, I’ve written novels, short stories, blogs, screenplays and a stage play.

I also write Young Adult and Children’s fiction under the name JB Dutton.

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The Guardian’s Keeper by T.R. Raven

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The Guardian's Keeper by T.R. Raven

The Indie Book of the Day for 28th of February, 2013!

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Kidnapped by the handsome young vampire Nikoli, eighteen year old Claire discovers she holds the relic capable of resurrecting the most dangerous vampire in history. She should be repulsed by her kidnapper, but instead she’s irresistibly drawn to him-and he to her as well. Claire wants to explore their feelings for each other but Nikoli resists, worried their romance will distract him from his part in the dangerous task at hand.

Together they must seek the help of the Gypsy Queen Renka in order to destroy the relic. Their lives are on the line as they travel across the globe in search of Renka and her Gypsies while safeguarding the relic from those who would use it to resurrect their Master.

Claire and Nikoli must also struggle with a possessive unwanted suitor, surprising news about Claire’s lineage, and a meddling ancient Greek Goddess-all while holding the fate of the world in their hands. They must destroy the relic- but at what cost to them both? Is the Gypsy Queen’s prophecy about their love true?

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  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9NXA96
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The Guardian’s Keeper series came about when I was driving home from a family member’s house one night. It’s a lengthy drive, more than two hours, and I repeatedly had to pull over to throw on the interior light and jot down ideas in a mini notebook I carried in my purse. Claire, Nikoli and their story were born that night- but spent almost two years tucked away in a draw. I couldn’t ignore my idea. I kept picking at the story in my mind- time and time again I’d come back to their saga and I wanted to put it out there for anyone who might enjoy it.

I enjoy anything paranormal, horror, and urban fantasy, both YA and adult. Some of my current favorite authors include Jonathan Maberry, David Moody, and David Wellington. On TV I enjoy The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story: Asylum, and various sitcoms.

I live in rural NH with my husband and our kids, along with our multiple cats and dogs. By trade I am a Radiolgic Techonologist, but as I’ve been home full time for some years now I finally had the opportunity to take the story I couldn’t ignore in my head and share it publically.

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Feyland by Anthea Sharp

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Feyland by Anthea Sharp

The Indie Book of the Day for 9th of October, 2012!

Genre: Fantasy, YA

What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?  

WHEN A GAME…

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

TURNS REAL…

Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.

WINNING IS EVERYTHING…

Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.

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  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466408715
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IBU9PQ
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Growing up, Anthea Sharp spent her summers raiding the library shelves and reading, especially fantasy. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, plays the fiddle, and spends time with her small-but-good family.

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