Jane Henry

Title: Vladimir: A SciFi Warrior Romance

Author: Jane Henry

Genre: PNR Romance

Published: March 23, 2017

ASIN: B06XTP4PKB

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Freanossian spy R-482
My job as a Freanossian spy is simple: assimilate as one of the savages on the foreign planet of Avalere, and report my findings to my people. I did not plan on entering the circle of sacrifice, the center ring of women willingly giving themselves to the military leaders of Avalere. When the most barbaric leader of the lot apprehends me, I know no means of escape.

By the time he is finished with me, I am not quite sure I want to.

Aldric

When I see the little one in my midst, I am drawn to her ethereal beauty. I wonder if she has the blood of the gods in her veins. Though she faces execution for breaking the most serious laws of our country, it is an easy choice to claim her as my mate, my chosen one, and spare her life. She is as willful as she is beautiful. It will not be easy to convince the headstrong woman that I am now her master, but I relish the challenge.
It is my privilege and honor to tame her.

Disclaimer: Aldric: A Sci-Fi Warrior Romance is a dark, erotic work of fiction with strong BDSM elements, including the disciplining of adult women. This is a standalone novel with a happily-ever-after.

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I lean forward and grasp her chin with my fingers, turning her eyes to focus on mine. “When your king asks you a question, you are expected to answer. Now answer me. Do you feel hunger, or no?”

She nods, her eyes focusing on mine. “I do.” A brief pause, then, “But I do not wish to eat.” She wrinkles her nose in disgust.

I release her chin and nod. “I see. But I am not giving you a choice in the matter, you see. If you are hungry, you must eat. Now do so, or I shall be forced to feed you myself, but not until I’ve taken you across my knee for your defiance.”

Her eyes widen. I do not wish to punish her again, but I must teach her to obey me.

She eyes the food on the plate. Her bravado wanes a bit, and her voice is small when she speaks. “I don’t know what it is, or what I like,” she says. “I…” Her voice falters before she continues. “It is unfamiliar to me.”

Ah. She is not defiant, but afraid. I nod. “Come here,” I say. Though apprehension colors her eyes, she stands, shuffling her feet as she slowly walks over to me. When she is by my side, I gently push her to sitting upon my knee. “You will try one bite of everything,” I say. I take a small purple grape in my fingers and lift to her mouth. Like a good girl, she opens for the first bite as I put it in her mouth. “Chew, little one,” I say. “This is a grape. It is juicy and sweet, and can be eaten whole without being peeled. We crush and ferment them to make wine.” She obeys, and as she does, her eyes widen.

She swallows. “That is… I do not have a word,” she says with surprise. “What do you call something that tastes wonderful?”

I smile. “Delicious?”

She nods in wonder. “Delicious,” she says, savoring the word as much as she savors the fruit. I am pleased. My kingdom is well known for their flourishing vines.

I pick up a small wedge of cheese. “Again,” I instruct. She obeys, opening her mouth, and I carefully insert a small corner of the wedge. It is a sharp cheese, tangy and salty. She closes her mouth and chews. “As is that. What do you call it?”

“This is cheese.”

“Cheese,” she murmurs. “Delicious.”

She reaches for another grape. Surprised at her boldness, I swat her hand away. I am feeding her now, and she must defer to my leadership.

“No, little one,” I chide. She tucks her chin and her eyes cast down. She is chastened. That is a far better response than the flashing eyes and defiance. She is learning quickly. I continue to admonish her. “When your king feeds you, you will wait patiently.”

“You are not my king,” she says through gritted teeth.

I spin her around so that she is straddling my lap, facing me, and I grasp her firmly, my fingers cupping her jaw. The temptation to punish her again is strong, but I must keep in mind that she is ignorant of our ways, and it is my job to teach her. “You listen well, woman,” I say. My voice is low, a near growl, as I convey my displeasure at her disrespect. “That circle of women that were brought forth were woman who are subservient to the Hisrach. They voluntarily gave themselves to the military leaders of our planet. You entered our presence as one of them. You made that choice. Thus, choosing you out of the ring, I was given headship over you. I marked you publicly. I am your king.”

“You are not,” she whispers, shaking her head.

I am baffled at her defiance. Does she not know what I am well within my rights to do to her? I could have her flogged and imprisoned. I could mount her at my leisure, morning, noon, and night, and call each of my men to do so in turn. I could have her beg at my feet, caged by my bed, and fed the scraps from my plate.

Lesser men have done this, and more.

I lean in closer to her, my eyes meeting hers squarely as I speak. “Little one,” I say. “I am not merely your king. I am your master. You would do well to remember that.”

About the Author

Jane has been writing since her early teens, dabbling in short stories and poetry. When she married and began having children, her pen was laid to rest for several years, until the National Novel Writing Challenge (NaNoWriMo) in 2010 awakened in her the desire to write again. That year, she wrote her first novel, and has been writing ever since. With a houseful of children, she finds time to write in the early hours of the morning, squirreled away with a laptop, blanket, and cup of hot coffee. Years ago, she heard the wise advice, “Write the book you want to read,” and has taken it to heart. She sincerely hopes you also enjoy the books she likes to read.

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Daughters of Destiny

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Ten full-length novels, ten heroines at the right hand of destiny…

Whether you’re slaying vampires or holding your own alongside superheroes, one of the best things about heroines is that they show us how strong, cunning, and magical they can be.

This box set contains TEN complete novels, all gripping and intriguing stories with women rocking rebellions, handing out justice, battling shadow gods, and bending the wills of kings.

Contributing authors include: Seattle Times bestselling author Raven Oak, Amazon bestselling authors Alesha Escobar, Devorah Fox, Christa Yelich-Koth, NIEA finalist HM Jones, the fantastic sci-fi/fantasy mavens HM Clarke, Sara C. Roethle, HB Lyne, JC Cassels, and Kylie Qullinan.

These science fiction and fantasy tales will take you on a thrilling journey.

House of Diviners (The Diviners #1)

Kelsey Jackson Diviner is a shaman–a walker between worlds, a healer and protector.
But when she witnesses a gruesome attack on one of her own, she must become a hunter and track down the monster responsible for disturbing the delicate balance between the human and spirit worlds.
In trying to navigate her day job as a therapist and help pain-in-the-ass ghosts cross over by night, Kelsey draws the attention of a clandestine paranormal society and a mysterious man who calls himself the black dagger god.
Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this urban fantasy unleashes a blend of magic and thrills.

Bitter Ashes

Madeline knew her life was strange, and not just because she could sense the emotions of others. Having people die by your hand on two separate occasions can make a girl question her very existence. Still, she never thought she’d wake up in a world straight out of Norse myth. A world where corpses reanimate all on their own . . . and she’s supposed to be their executioner.

The Redoubt

Voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016. Having bested beast, man, and even his own failings, King Bewilliam has restored his embattled kingdom, yet finds his life lacking. When a crippling famine threatens the Chalklands’ very survival, his vassals propose to seek aid from a distant monarch, unaware that the plan will reunite their king with a woman from his past: the Empress Alexandra, a formidable ruler in her own right. The expedition proves perilous and the king calls on his sole female knight, Dame Deidre, to face off against a murderous mob rabid with hunger. As treacherous as the journey is, the greater challenge comes when the king confronts a powerful woman whose love he spurned.

Muse (Tales of Silver Downs #1)

Brigit is supposed to become a wise woman but she longs for something more exciting. Diarmuid is a bard who accidentally brings his imaginary muse to life, only to discover that she isn’t the woman he thought she would be. Together they need to find a way to destroy the muse — if they survive the journey to find her.

Amaskan’s Blood (Book I of the Boahim Trilogy)

Adelei, one of the feared Amaskans, is sent into the hands of the Order’s worst enemy—her father. She tumbles dagger-first into the Boahim Senate’s political schemes and finds that magic is very much alive and well in the Little Dozen Kingdoms. They say the truth depends on which side of the sword one stands, but they never said what to do when all the swords are pointing at you.

The Enclave (The Verge: Book 1)

Katherine Kirk lived only for vengeance. Vengeance against the man who destroyed her home, her family and her life. Sent on a babysitting mission to Junter 3, RAN officer Katherine Kirk, finds herself quickly embroiled in the politics between the New Holland Government and the Val Myran refugees claiming asylum. After an Alliance attack, Kirk and her team hunt the enemy down and discover that they have finally found the lair of the man they have been searching for…
And the captive who has been waiting patiently for rescue.
“What would you do to the man who destroyed every important person in your life?”

Sovran’s Pawn (The Black Wing Chronicles Book 1)

Convicted traitor Bo Barron will do whatever it takes to purchase her father’s freedom from his kidnappers, even assume the guise of a Kiara Joy Babe at a high-stakes gambling tournament. When a handsome stranger steals a kiss, everything Bo thought she knew about her assignment turns upside down. If she wants to save her father and keep herself alive, she’s going to have to figure out how to survive the game she didn’t realize she was playing.

Ghosts of Winter (Echoes of the Past series)

Deep within the city of Caerton, shape shifters hide in the guise of humans, secretly fighting to protect them from the unimaginable demons that threaten their world.
Caerton’s newest shifter, Stalker, faces an uncertain future; as her pack struggles to cope with their devastating loss, dark forces begin to mass in the shadows. Tensions with the Witches continue to threaten the north, while the young shifters desperately strive to determine which of the city’s elders they can trust.
As an ancient and deadly evil emerges from beneath the city, Stalker and her new pack face a frantic race against the changing face of the moon. Can their demonic enemy be defeated? Heroes will rise in this, the second thrilling instalment of the Echoes of the Past series, where creatures from our darkest nightmares stalk our world…

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Alesha Escobar

House of Diviners (The Diviners #1)

Alesha Escobar writes fantasy to support her chocolate habit. She enjoys reading everything from Tolkien and Dante, to the Dresden Files and Hellblazer comics.
She resides in California with her partner-in-crime, Luis Escobar, a 20-year art veteran on The Simpsons television show. Alesha is the author of the bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed supernatural spy thriller set in an alternate 1940’s. The Tower’s Alchemist, the first book of the trilogy, is now being adapted to screenplay.
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Sara C Roethle

Bitter Ashes

Sara C Roethle is an author and part-time unicorn. She resides in the Land of Enchantment, as far from humans as possible. Sara is the author of the Bitter Ashes Series, the Xoe Meyers Series, the Tree of Ages Series, and the Thief’s Apprentice Series.

Devorah Fox

The Redoubt

“What if?” Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series including “The Redoubt,” voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016, and ”The Lost King,” awarded the All Authors Certificate of Excellence. She also wrote the historical thriller “Detour,” co-authored the contemporary thriller, “Naked Came the Sharks,” with Jed Donellie, contributed to “Masters of Time: a SciFi/Fantasy Time Travel Anthology,” and “Magic Unveiled: An Anthology,” and has several Mystery Mini Short Reads to her name. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats … and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com.

Kylie Quillinan

Muse (Tales of Silver Downs #1)

Kylie lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her pack of one husband, two dogs, and a cat. She spent most of her childhood wandering in fictional worlds but it was many years before she made the connection between her own made-up worlds and the written word. She will read almost anything but prefers a fantastical element, including magic, time travel and monsters.

She is the author of the Tales of Silver Downs historical fantasy series and her 2017 releases include the paranormal fantasy, Speak To Me, and a fantasy series set in ancient Egypt. Her other interests include canine nutrition, playing the piano badly, zombies and organic gardening. She blames the disheveled state of her house on her dogs but she really just hates to clean.

Sign up for her mailing list at kyliequillinan.com to receive alerts for new releases, advanced reader copies, and other goodies. SWAN — the epilogue to the Tales of Silver Downs series — will be available exclusively to her mailing list subscribers.

Raven Oak

Amaskan’s Blood (Book I of the Boahim Trilogy)

Bestselling science fiction & fantasy author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood (Epic Awards 2016 Finalist), Class-M Exile, and the collection Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays (Foreword Reviews 2016 Book of the Year Finalist). She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet.
When she’s not writing, she’s getting her game on with tabletop games, indulging in cartography, or staring at the ocean. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.

H.M. Clarke

The Enclave (The Verge: Book 1)

In the past, H M Clarke has been a Console Operator, an ICT Project Manager, Public Servant, Paper Shuffler and an Accountant (the last being the most exciting.) She attended Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, where she studied for a Bachelor of Science (Chem), and also picked up a Diploma in Project Management while working for the South Australian Department of Justice. In her spare time, she likes to lay on the couch and watch TV, garden, draw, read, and tell ALL her family what wonderful human beings they are. She keeps threatening to go out and get a real job (Cheesecake Test Taster sounds good) and intends to retire somewhere warm and dry – like the middle of the Simpson Desert. For the time being however, she lives in Ohio and dreams about being warm…

JC Cassels

Sovran’s Pawn (The Black Wing Chronicles Book 1)

In an alternate universe JC Cassels is a space pirate. In this reality, she quenches her thirst for swashbuckling adventure by writing space opera. When not writing in her haunted hospital, JC lives with her husband, three children, five dogs, twenty chickens and a horse in a century-old house in a tiny rural community, and enjoys spending her free time sewing, camping, and heckling theoretical physicists on the Science Channel.
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H. B. Lyne

Ghosts of Winter (Echoes of the Past series)

H.B. Lyne lives in Yorkshire with her two children and two cats. When not juggling family commitments, she writes dark urban fantasy novels, purging her imagination of its demons. Inspired by the King of Horror himself, Holly aspires to be at least half as prolific and successful and promises to limit herself to only one tome of The Stand-like proportions in her career. Other idols include J.K. Rowling, Joss Whedon and Robert Kirkman, and she will often be spotted wearing Harry Potter, Firefly or The Walking Dead apparel.
Author Site: http://hblyne.com/

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Sara C. Roethle
Devorah Fox
Kylie Quillinan
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Debut Novel – In The Wreckage

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After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team—all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger is all it takes to show Jamie exactly what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated.

A soldier with secrets.

Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan was only looking to relieve some stress after a long mission. He didn’t know the hot guy he picked up at a bar was the leader of the MDF’s top field team. When Kyle and his partner get seconded to Alpha Team to help fight a terrorist threat, he has to balance his desire for Jamie against his duty to keep his secrets safe. That gets harder and harder to do amidst regulations both are tempted to break.

Two men trying to survive.

Giving into passion could cost both their careers. Abiding by the rules will only result in heartache. An attack on MDF headquarters brings with it a choice Jamie and Kyle can’t escape—duty, or love?

In the Wreckage is a 100k word steamy m/m sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under 18.

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Mystery Angel Romance Series

MYSTERY ANGEL ROMANCE SERIES

by PETIE McCARTY

Official Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance

NO GOING BACK (Book 1)

Kellen Brand’s inheritance turns out to be a whopper — one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel! Since Kellen is convinced no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, she vows to sell her farm and quick.

Her handsome and reclusive neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family’s secrets. While Kellen has located one potential buyer, she faces a town full of objectors. Someone is trying to frighten her off, and Luke is forced to step in and rescue her more than once.

Unfortunately, Kellen can’t seem to stay out of trouble. She stumbles onto a clandestine hazardous-waste-dumping operation next to her farm, and she prays Luke has one more rescue up his sleeve. It’s her only hope of staying alive.

Unless her mother really did leave her a guardian angel…

A horse whickered behind her, then the telltale creak of a saddle — too close for comfort. Kellen froze. The hair on the back of her neck prickled as though lightning were about to strike. Ankle deep in the water, she couldn’t make a decent sprint for the car, and she regretted her impulse to visit this deserted stretch of riverbank.

She eased around and saw the towering silhouette of a powerfully built man astride a huge black stallion, the rider’s face shadowed beneath a wide-brimmed Stetson. The cowboy made an impressive, and at this moment intimidating, sight — a throwback from the frontier days of the wild wild West.

The horse whickered again and sidestepped away from the edge of the embankment, forcing the cowboy to twist around to keep her in sight. She could feel his dark eyes studying every inch of her. The intensity in his gaze raised goosebumps on her arms and sent a tiny shiver vibrating up her neck. Trapped here along the edge of the river, she felt vulnerable yet strangely unafraid. Would he come any closer?

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ANGEL TO THE RESCUE (Book 2)

Child psychologist Rachel Kelly isn’t quite sure how to handle the situation with her newest client — a six-year-old boy who says he can talk to angels and one is coming to help Rachel. She already has her hands full of trouble this Christmas season, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when a stalker crashes Rachel’s Christmas party and takes her young clients hostage.

Police negotiator, Lt. Jake Dillon, walked away from his fiancée Rachel when she suddenly balked at having kids. His kids. Yet when the hostage crisis erupts, Rachel calls Jake first. Now he has a choice to make — stand back and wait for the cavalry to save Rachel or step in and try to save her himself. Time is running out, and Jake may be their only chance for rescue.

Unless Rachel’s little angel-spying client is telling the truth…

“Want to tell me what that was all about?” Wally asked, when they climbed into their Crown Vic.

“No.”

“You said ex-fiancée.”

Jake ignored him, hoping he’d shut up. Seeing Rachel — touching her — had shaken him.

“She’s gorgeous.”

He shot Wally a fulsome glare.

“Just saying is all. Kind of hard to believe you’d let somebody that gorgeous get away.”

“Drop it,” he growled.

“But we’re partners. Partners talk.”

“We’ve only been partners for three days.”

“We can still talk about stuff that bothers you,” Wally prodded.

“Nothing’s bothering me,” Jake snapped. “Come find me in three months. We’ll talk then.”

“But as real partners, we’re supposed to share–”

“No, we’re not,” Jake bit off. “You don’t need to know everything about me.”

Wally stuck his palms up. “Okay, okay. Gees! Doesn’t matter anyway. Some things I can see for myself.”

Jake glowered at him again. “What are you talking about?”

“I thought you said to drop it?”

“Spit it out,” Jake snapped.

“I can see you’re not over your ex-fiancée. Yet.

“Jake swung the Crown Vic hard into traffic. “You’re crazy.”

Wally shrugged. “I don’t think so.”

THE SEAL’S ANGEL (Book 3)

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay’s teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay’s teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs.

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory’s whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother’s death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay — the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

Mac hauled ass for the main house, Garth huffing hard alongside, already winded and trying to stay on his heels. Something had happened to the dog, but he couldn’t worry about that now.

The two broke through the border of the side garden. Mac could see the kitchen door of the main house standing wide open and raced that direction.

A second scream ripped through the air. This one sounded closer to the front of the house, and Mac turned course to race in that direction. Garth stayed straight and bounded through the kitchen door as Mac cleared the corner on the house.

He stumbled when he spied a man wearing a black hood and dark clothes — a knife held at Cory’s throat — half-carrying, half-dragging her down the front steps. Mac skidded silently into the rhododendron bushes lining the porch. The assailant hissed over his shoulder to someone behind him.

Okay. Two tangos.

A wolf-like howl suddenly echoed in the house, clearly audible through the open front door. A heavy thud, a scream of pain, and vicious snarling sounded in rapid succession. Mac had backup. Garth had made it inside.

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Petie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Central Florida, which was no help at all when she decided to write romance novels as a second career. Her particular background did afford her the luxury of many unique assignments during her career as an aquatic biologist, including aquatic plant surveys in Florida lakes and streams by airboat. Many of those off-the-wall assignments provided background for her stories.

Petie spent most of her career working as a biologist at the Walt Disney World Resort, “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” What could be more magical than driving by Cinderella’s Castle on your way to work every day? Living in the heart of the theme park entertainment industry constantly tweaked her imagination and made her want to write. She had the fun of working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night. She eventually said good-bye to her wonderful “day” job to write her stories full-time.

These days, Petie shares her home on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English springer spaniel addicted to green olives stuffed with pimento, and a talkative Nanday conure named Sassy who makes a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue. She loves golf, running, and reads voraciously. That’s Petie, not the conure.

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New Release from Kayla Kirby

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Title: Souls of This Broken City
Series: The Necklace Series #1
Author: Kayla Kirby
Genre: dystopian/fantasy
Release date: December 15th, 2016

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Chase Tombson wants to live unseen by the world so he can be a protective force for his sister, only her and his best friend by his side. Blinded to the war raging on around them, the three friends focus on their lives as young teens while an uprising is growing between those in charge and those they rule over.

In search for answers about their friend’s brutal and mysterious death, Chase’s world is turned upside down when he comes face-to-face with a shadow world hidden within his own. Facing enemies beyond human capabilities, who have kidnapped his sister, can Chase gather allies and mount a rescue? The clock has started, and Chase’s actions will shape the future. Can he make it to the light, or will he succumb to the darkness surrounding him?

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Once Chase had left the graveyard, Alice finished getting dressed and gathered up her belongings, crying silently. She began to leave, her shoulders hunched. In the distance, she heard the flapping of wings and froze. She heard something land on the lamp post above her and she very slowly turned around, glancing up to see, blinded slightly by the street lamp’s light, the silhouette of a man perched on the street lamp, large wings spread out. The man extended a hand to her and Alice screamed.

Shortly after, the street was stained red, and a young girl’s body was found, torn to shreds, unrecognizable. The only clue to what killed her was her phone, which was turned on, a picture of a man with wings taking off from the street lamp with half of his face showing, was on the screen.

The rain began to fall, the sound of sirens ringing in the distance.

In the bushes of the cemetery, a black sleeve swung in the wind.

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Kayla Kirby was born and raised in Washington State, a place she has never really considered home. She dreams of traveling someday with her family to see new sights and discover the secrets of the world. She began writing when she was a young child and started with writing Harry Potter fanfiction.

Kayla met her now-husband in High School through a debate about the similarities of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Their romance started nearly two years after meeting and the pair eloped shortly after. Kayla packed up her life in Washington and moved to California with her husband, finding her home under the warm sun and close to the water fronts. However, a year later, they moved back to Washington where they currently reside, waiting to once again leave the rainy, Evergreen State behind.

When she isn’t writing, Kayla is either spending time with her husband, their young and active toddler, and their family including their dog Kodiak or working on her photography or, on a not-so-rare occasion, having arguments with her fiction characters inside her head.

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Presenting: Mooniana

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In every epoch and age there are a handful of souls who hear the Earth’s voice, hearken to the Muses’s song and drink from the font of the Goddess of Wisdom. These are the poets, artists and visionairies of our world: the creative geniuses like Dante, Milton and Blake, whose inspiration and insights have shaped our cultural memory.

Unhappily, with the advent of the modern age the Muses’s song has become silent and the font of the Earth’s Wisdom has begun to dry up.

To redress this precarious situation, six of the nine Muses have descended from Olympus to take birth upon the Earth. Their purpose is to re-awaken humanity to the inspiration of the great arts and restore the broken links between gods and men. But, the six Muses are not just daughters of Zeus, they are also the daughters of Mnemosyne, the Goddess of Memory, and the granddaughters of Gaia, Mother Earth herself. And when the Muses discover that their mother and Gaia have a totally different agenda for them than their father Zeus, well it is at this point that their loyalties become divided and everything becomes very bloody and messy.

Find out how in this dramatic and spellbinding new novel by Miranda Moondawn “Mooniana and the Secret of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia.”

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“It is I who am you And it is you who are me And wherever you are, I am there, For I am sown in all And you gather me from every place Of your desire… And when it is that you gather me, It is your own self that you collect.” (The Gnostic Gospel of Eve)

Lake Vattern Sweden. May Day 1991.

The early morning sun cast its golden bow across the snow-covered Swedish pine forest. Liv von Sommer and her sister Pia rode their adopted horse through the solitary avenues which opened up before them. The breeze from Lake Vattern pierced the pine needles and toyed with Liv’s hair, spinning its golden whiteness like silken threads from Heimdal’s bow. Its angel watched Pia with a dumbstruck expression, before it settled on Liv, playing with her, as if she were a naked pearl churned in Freya’s milky cauldron. The two sisters rode together until they came to a clearing in the forest. They left their horse and spread a blanket out upon the carpet of pine needles. Liv sat herself upon the blanket and crossed her legs. Pia took a carry bag which they had brought with them and emptied its contents on the blanket. There were a dozen or more crystals and stones, moonstone, amethyst, lapis lazuli, rose quartz and turquoise, which spilled out. There was also incense, a bell, a book of poems and incantations, as well as other objects, such as Liv’s flute, which the girls needed to perform a ritual for Mother Earth. With eyes half closed Liv meditated for several moments on the sunbeams which reflected through the avenues of pine trees. And as Pia lit the incense and consecrated the spirits of the four directions with incense and water, Liv took up her flute and began to play various musical scales upon it. The flute was a seven holed Indian bansuri flute, crafted from a single hollow shaft of bamboo. Liv and Pia were both students at the nearby boarding school, “Albatross Kostskolen.” Liv studied music at the school and her music teacher Chandramukhi Mukherjii came from Bengal in India. She had been teaching Liv the bansuri flute for the past year and had informed her that the instrument possessed a three octave range and had been used by Indian musicians all the way back to the time of the Hindu God Krishna. Krishna was apparently something of a playboy and, when he played his bansuri flute, all the gopi girls immediately abandoned their household duties to come and dance with him in the moonlit forest by a beautiful river called the Yamuna. As Liv played her flute, Pia invoked the power of the awakening Earth with a haunting poem by the English Romantic poet Percy Shelley: “Sacred Goddess, Mother Earth, Thou from whose immortal bosom, Gods and men and beasts have birth. Leaf and blade and bud and blossom, Breathe thine influence most divine.” As she intoned the words, Liv tried to capture the lyrical music of the poetry in her flute. As she played and the tones of her flute drifted up and echoed melodiously in the clearing, Pia contemplated her elder sister’s beauty with rapt attention…….

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This book was first written many years ago in Copenhagen Denmark, as a short surrealist novel, or fabla rasa, based on six sisters, who were sirens in human form. The sirens were also Muses, connected to Mnemosyne, the Greek Goddess of Memory. The book was originally named after their mother, the Mnemosyne and ended in a dramatic play in the genre of ritual theatre as process of psycho-spiritual transformation. The names of the sisters were Mooniana the poet, Fuchsia, the painter, Loreley the singer, Ondine the dancer, Kastanja the Weaver and Afranella the harpist and, along with the motifs of Greek myth, there was a heavy undercurrent of Radical Gnosticism in the original work.
Left to stew for some years, the characters and themes of the book were taken up again and the original theme of Greek Myth, Ritual theatre and Gnosis was supplemented with imagery and lore from the Hindu Bhakti and Tantric traditions. Along with being sirens, the sister now took on the attributes of conventional Hindu goddesses, such as Saraswati and Lakshmi, as well as functioning as mediums for the Maha Vidyas or Wisdom Goddesses of the Kundalini Tantric tradition of Shakti – Smashan Tara, Chinnamasta, Bhuvaneshwari and the like. Due to these changes, the six sisters of Mother Memory and Sophia were now the six sisters of Sophia-Shakti. Fusing the archetypal goddess traditions of both East and West brought a universality and depth to the narrative which was not there previously. During the time of re-writing, from 2012-2014, the characters were also filled out, political issues relevant to the time span of the novel – from May 1 1991 to September 11 2001 – were also added. And the original sirens were allocated their formal Muse titles: Mooniana became Euterpe, Fuchsia became Urania, Ondine became Terpsichore, Loreley became Polyhymnia, Afranella became Erato and Kastanja became the Muse of Tragedy Melpomene. It is to Melpomene that the veiled Sophia, banished from the throne of God, comes – to reveal the exact location of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia.

About the Author

Romantic Poet, Moon Priestess, Sybil and Faery Bard: Political Radical, Free Thinker, Androgyne and Mad Soul: How does one describe our Miranda Moondawn? From her youth Miranda has always been a spiritual seeker, studying and practising the esoteric Wisdom traditions of both East and West – Hermetic Magicke, Alchemy and the Tarot, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Shaktism. Miranda has a passion for Romantic poetry, fairy-tales, Greek myth and Hindu and Celtic lore. Her major literary influences are Dion Fortune (Moon Magic and The Mystical Kabbalah), William Blake (Marriage of Heaven and Hell and Songs of Inn. and Exp.), George Macdonald (Phantastes and Lilith), along with diverse mystical writers such as David Crawley (Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses), Vanamali (Shakti Realm of the Divine Mother) and Bentley Layton (The Gnostic Scriptures). Miranda also has a Master’s degree and PhD in Hindu film and cultural studies from Copenhagen University: plays guitar and piano, sings and composes her own music. At present she lives in Charlottenlund Denmark, by the sea, with her son Tristan and their fluffy bichon Shimba. Here, in-between the black and white sparkles of the Moonlit ocean, she hears the Siren’s song and hearkens to the whispers of the Earth, as she writes down all their secrets for her book – MOONIANA AND THE SECRET OF THE LOST CHRONICLES OF SOPHIA.

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