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Fantasy Life


Kristine Kathryn Rusch - 2003
    Violent storms spring up like magic, even when the rest of the state enjoys sunshine; unearthly beings are sometimes glimpsed in the twilight; and those who live there understand that a rare enchantment still lives in the world, although they seldom speak of it. For Seavy County is home to not just animal life, but to fantasy life as well: mythical creatures long vanished from the rest of the planet. The last survivors of a bygone age, they lead a precarious existence, skirting the fringes of modern civilization.The Buckingham family has protected the hidden wonders of Seavy County for generations. Forty years ago, Lyssa Buckingham's father lost his life doing just that. Lyssa fled from Seavy County, searching for a more normal life, but found tragedy and heartbreak instead. With her ten-year-old daughter, Emily, in tow, she has come home at last, just as the malignant forces that killed her father are gathering strength once more.Now Lyssa must make some hard choices. About the county, about Emily -- and about the fragile fantasy life that surrounds them all.

TAP: Origins (T.A.P. Book 1)


Cebelius - 2020
    For my many sins I've been forced to scrape a life out of poker games and side-jobs on the fringes of civil society. I thought I hit it big when I raked fifty-grand off the table at a roadhouse in Texas.It is amazing what a win can cost you.Now, on the run from a drug cartel headed by an unstoppable juggernaut, pursued by a shape-shifting killer, and framed for attempted murder, I have to protect a girl with a bounty on her head as I try to figure out why the hell the vehicles I turn on are suddenly transforming into stupidly hot super-powered women.I guess you take the good with the bad, right? So pull up a chair and pick your poison, I'm gonna tell you a story you will never believe ...Warning: This book has adult themes including a slow burn harem and violence.

A Life Less Ordinary


Christopher G. Nuttall - 2013
    If you search for it, you will find it, or it will find you. Welcome to the magical world.Having lived all her life in Edinburgh, the last thing 25-year old Dizzy expected was to see a man with a real (if tiny) dragon on his shoulder. Following him, she discovered that she had stumbled from her mundane world into a parallel magical world, an alternate reality where dragons flew through the sky and the Great Powers watched over the world. Convinced that she had nothing to lose, she became apprenticed to the man with the dragon. He turned out to be one of the most powerful magicians in all of reality. But powerful dark forces had their eye on this young and inexperienced magician, intending to use her for the ultimate act of evil – the apocalyptic destruction of all reality. If Dizzy does not realise what is happening to her and the worlds around her, she won’t be able to stop their plan. A plan that will ravage both the magical and mundane worlds, consuming everything and everyone in fire.

The Price Family Field Guide


Seanan McGuire
    Each entry has an illustration by Kory Bing and a small blurb by Seanan McGuire.

Bare Snow Falling on Fairywood


Wen Spencer - 2014
    A free novella from the Elfome unverse that takes place directly before Elfhome #1

Exile's Challenge


Angus Wells - 1996
    Now, continuing the thrilling new adventure begun in Exile's Children, he weaves his beguiling powers of magic into an unforgettable tale...Escaping a life of servitude under the evil Autarchy, a warrior, his beautiful wife, and a gifted Dreamer are refugees from the war-ravaged prison colony of Salvation. It was the young Davyd's dreams, magically bound to those of a far-off Seer, that guided their perilous flight to the land of the Matawaye. But even now they might not be safe. For a man whose gifts are eclipsed by Davyd's is looking for the perfect vengeance. Meanwhile, a renegade band of the Matawaye, forced out by their peaceable leaders, is wreaking havoc on Salvation. And there's worse to come. For the real threat has yet to descend on Salvation--and when it does, its bloodlust and magic could well mean the end of them all.

A Mage's Power


Brian Wilkerson - 2012
    While he struggles to adjust he recieves an offer that will set the course of his life: a job in a mercenary guild. Between training and missions he's unaware of the forces at work in his life. All of them have a stake in his quest to acquire A Mage's Power.--------A Mage's Power is the debut novel for Brian Wilkerson. The third edition was published in August 2013.

Talents, Incorporated by Murray Leinster, Science Fiction, Adventure


Murray Leinster - 1962
    Now he wanted Kandar's unconditional surrender, or his vastly superior forces would blast it out of existence.It took a lot of guts, and the hope that is frequently born of despair, for a military man like Bors to throw in his lot with Talents, Incorporated, an untried, unscientific organization. Through peculiar gifts of extra-sensory perception, its personnel could, their leader insisted, out-think and out-guess even the most deadly dictator in the history of mankind. Could it? It just might.And it just might not. . . . But there was absolutely nothing to lose, and a free world (and a beautiful girl) to win. Captain Bors made his decision, and the loaded die was cast!*Aficionados of science fiction recognize and respect Murray Leinster as a writer of rare talent. His ingenuity of plot, his technical know-how and flight of imagination in Talents, Incorporated will go far to increase his stature and popularity as an exciting and thought-provoking storyteller.

Iron Chamber of Memory


John C. Wright - 2016
    By law, no motor vehicles run on the road, and no lights burn at night. Only the lord of the island may keep hounds.Into the strange, high house of Wrongerwood wanders Hal Landfall, penniless graduate student at Magdalen College, looking for his missing friend Manfred Hathaway, who has just inherited the lordship, the house, and the island. What he finds instead is the lovely, green-eyed Laurel, a beautiful girl from Cornwall who is Manfred's wife-to-be. There is said to be a haunted chamber in the house, erected by Merlin in ancient days, where a man who enters remembers his true and forgotten self. When Hal and Laurel step in, they remember, with fear and wonder, a terrible truth they must forget again when they step outside. John C. Wright is one of the living grandmasters of science fiction and the author of THE GOLDEN AGE, AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND, and CITY BEYOND TIME: TALES OF THE FALL OF METACHRONOPOLIS, to name just three of his exceptional books. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, and in 2015, he was nominated for a record 5 Hugo Awards.

Ink


Damien Walters Grintalis - 2012
    When Jason Harford meets the tattoo artist he nicknames Sailor, ink is the last thing on his mind, but he's hurt and angry from a recent loss and makes an impulsive decision to go under the needle. Sailor’s work is extraordinary, though, and the griffin tattoo is a thing of beauty, leaving Jason with no cause for regret. Until he hears the flutter of wings in the night. Finds drops of blood staining his sheets. Sees a brick wall where the tattoo shop should be. The truth is as sharp as a monster's talon, and if Jason can't find a way out, everything he knows will be destroyed and everyone he cares about will pay the price.

Death's Mantle


Harmon Cooper - 2019
     Suffering from a rare heart condition that doctors say should have killed him over a year ago, Lucian is playing a video game when Death finally comes. Rather than give in, Lucian pulls a gun on the Grim Reaper. As the two stare each other down, terrible demons known as injuresouls swarm into the room in pursuit of Death. Summoning courage he never knew he had, Lucian comes to Death's aid. And for his troubles, he is awarded Death's Mantle. Transported to a spiritual world he could have never fathomed, Lucian finds that he is instantly powerful, able to conjure weapons from scratch and perform incredible feats. He introduces game mechanics to his new role, develops a carefully curated inventory list, and modifies a HUD system that allows him to better track his targets. It isn’t easy being Death, and Lucian will need just about everything he can get as he faces off against fallen angels, appalling parasites, demon-born injuresouls, and savage Death Hunters. Regardless of his sudden strength, his newfound enemies, and his gamer ingenuity, Lucian can't communicate with the living, which wouldn't be a problem if he hadn’t discovered something terrible about his family... Lucian’s brother is scheduled to die, and only Lucian has the power to do anything about it. Death’s Mantle is a dark fantasy GameLit novel that LitRPG, metaphysical fantasy, occult sci-fi, and thriller readers will love. Death’s Mantle is written by Harmon Cooper, bestselling GameLit author of Way of the Immortals, House of Dolls, Cherry Blossom Girls, The Feedback Loop and Monster Hunt NYC. It was inspired by the anime Parasyte, the comic book series Sandman and Spawn, the books On a Pale Horse and the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Broken Lines Omnibus


James Hunt - 2015
    No Rules. For A Limited Time Get the entire best selling EMP "Broken Lines" series that accumulated over 200+ 5 star reviews on Amazon- Save over 50% The advancement of technology has allowed our society to grow in leaps and bounds. The fields of medicine, engineering, agriculture and countless others have benefited from the applied science of high tech microprocessors and their data processing capabilities.   This technology helps power our homes, cars, laptops, and phones. It is involved in every aspect of our lives, but as powerful and complex as these systems are there is one device that can cripple everything and bring the world as we know it to a standstill: EMP blast. After a week with no power whatever shred of humanity is left in people is slowly dwindling away. Gangs are forming, people are starving, and the whole country is in a free-for-all. Mike Grant, a veteran welder for a Pittsburgh steel company, finds himself on the road, fighting to stay alive. A single thought propelling him forward: get to his family. Accompanied by his neighbor, Nelson, Mike leaves Pittsburgh and heads to his family's cabin in Ohio. For Mike the only thing worse than not making it to the cabin is the fear of his family not being there when he does.

The Forerunner Factor


Andre Norton - 2012
    A heroic young woman seeks her origins as she comes of age on worlds of peril and alien mystery.  Forerunner On ancient port world planet Kuxortal, young Simsa grows up among garbage pickers who live upon the ancient ruins of a fallen galactic civilization–the Forerunners. But Simsa has always been different. Her skin is iridescent blue-black and she shares a telepathic bond with an alien pet, a bat-like zorsal, like no other. When Simsa’s mentor dies, she must scrape a poor existence from an unyielding planet. But then Thom, a star ranger, arrives from the heavens, and he leads Simsa on a path to the discovery of her origins that takes both through danger to the ultimate revelation. The truth may lie below in the ancient high tech Forerunner ruins where Simsa was first discovered as a infant, but these cavernous mazes are far from quiet and dead–and what Simsa discovers there will change her life, and perhaps galactic civilization itself, forever. Forerunner: The Second Venture Simsa has escaped the criminal guilds of Kuxortal only to find herself held prisoner by starfaring humans intent on discovering the secrets of the Forerunners contained within her. With the aid of her pet zorsal, Simsa escapes her captors and crash lands on a sandy world full of danger and mystery–another world touched by ancient Forerunner civilization. Now Simsa must escape death at alien hands while battling the spirit within her that seeks to possess her very being and transform her into something utterly inhuman. But though the ancient Forerunners may have been technologically advanced beyond comprehension, they have never reckoned with the courage and gritty determination of one young woman determined to keep her freedom and write her own destiny among the stars. About Andre Norton: “The Grand Dame of Science Fiction…”–Time“One of the all-time masters.”–Peter Straub“Andre Norton is a superb storyteller whose skill draws the reader completely into a fantastic other world…”–Chicago Tribune“Norton's renowned story-telling magic is present in abundance . . .”–Future Retrospective

Ignition


Emma Shelford - 2015
    As Arthur lay dying he promised to return. Merlin is holding him to his word. Forever young, forever waiting, Merlin lives an unassuming life in the city, keeping his identity and abilities secret from his friends. It's a long and lonely road, but Merlin is a patient man.It's now the 21st century and when the earth begins to groan with earthquakes, Merlin knows the situation is anything but natural. An eruption is imminent, but something—or someone—is forcing this volcano to erupt. Merlin must use his concealed talents and practiced charisma to save a town of innocent people before disaster strikes. He has the power to thwart a catastrophe—if time doesn’t run out first.

Cirque De Slay


CeeCee James - 2018
     Working at the circus is exactly what Trixie expected. What she didn’t expect is to find a dead body…with a dark apparition rising up from it. Claudette Barbarosa, the beautiful bearded lady and rumored girlfriend of the Ringmaster, has been murdered and suspects are everywhere. Trixie is desperate to catch the killer before she is caught herself. Even more, she wants an explanation for what she saw the spooky, rainy night that Claudette died. Were her eyes lying to her…or was everyone else lying? "Just finished love this !!! Refreshing heroine!" "Fast, fun read!"