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Tags: dragon, dragons, Elves, fantasy, fey, magic, novelette, prince, sarcastic, short, short story, urban
Author: Ruthanne Reid
Series: Among the Mythos
Publisher: 4th Floor Publication
All Katie Lin wants is to get away from her family: from the magic, from the mayhem, and from the never-ending war. Unfortunately, running away doesn’t always work as planned. Katie Lin is special, but she really doesn’t want to be. Descendent of one of the few families of “humans” who can use magic, Katie long ago grew tired of the constant fight over magical heritage, land rights, and power struggles with other members of the magical Mythos. Unfortunately, she didn’t run far enough: one day, a box appears on her doorstep. A box with a just-hatched baby dragon. The baby dragon inside is a magical mess, and Katie flees to the only family member she trusts: the only and only legendary Merlin. It figures he’s gone missing, and with the Wild Hunt on the baby dragon’s trail, Katie runs amuck of dragon royalty, the Crow King, and at least one reluctant elf prince. So much for escape. Sometimes, running away just doesn’t work as planned.
Tags: college, Coming of Age, dystopian, faith, fantasy, ideals, love, magic, paranormal, Seattle, urban, YA Romance
Author: Kate Policani
Series: The Convergence
Colleen is a normal girl. She loves shoes, chick flicks, and cute clothes. The only thing abnormal about her is that she’s just become a magician; not the disappearing bunny kind, but the power-shooting-out-of-your-hands kind of magician. Her problem now is that she doesn’t believe in magic. Well, she believes in it. She’s seen it shoot out of her own hands, but she opposes it in a moral sense; no hexes, no spells, no incantations, no potions, no amulets, no tomes, no casting circles, no eye of newt, none of that. She has to be very clear because people pressure her about it. Whatever they say about “how it’s done,” this is a morality issue for her and she will not cave in to their pressure. Join Colleen at Seattle Pacific Regional University, where she becomes a part of The Convergence. She’ll learn the freaky side of Work Study, Financial Aid, and Vyxhepiocht. Seriously, she’s never seen so many hot guys. It’s going to be wild!
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Author: Tahlia Newland
Series: Diamond Peak
Publisher: Catapult Press
A scream pierces the night. Ariel jolts awake and watches in horror as demons drag her mother into a hidden realm. She finds help and sets off on a rescue mission. But to defeat the demons, who feed on fear and seek to enslave the human race, she must learn a secret esoteric wisdom to awaken the dormant, but potentially explosive, power of her mind. Walnut, a quirky old wise man, guides her through treacherous inner and outer landscapes, and Nick, the powerful Warrior who travels with them, proves a dangerous attraction. Can Ariel defeat the sadistic demon lord before he kills her and enslaves her mother? The stakes are high, death a real possibility. Fail now, and she fails humanity.
Author: David Ross
Series: Disco Days
Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS
Early in the decade that taste forgot, Fat Franny Duncan is on top of the world. He is the undoubted King of the Ayrshire Mobile Disco scene, controlling and ruling the competition with an iron fist. But the future is uncertain. A new partnership is coming and is threatening to destroy the big man’s Empire ... Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller have been best mates since primary school. Joey is an idealist; Bobby just wants to get laid and avoid following his brother Gary to the Falklands. A partnership in their new mobile disco venture seems like the answer to everything. The Last Days of Disco is about family, music, small-time gangsters … and the fear of being sent to the Falklands by the biggest gangster of them all. Witty, energetic and entirely authentic, it’s also heartbreakingly honest, weaving together tragedy and comedy with an uncanny and unsettling elegance. A simply stunning debut.
Author: Kendall Grey
Series: A Just Breathe Novel
Publisher: Howling Mad Press
After betrayal rocks the foundation of their relationship, Australian Sentinel Gavin Cassidy and whale biologist Zoe Morgan call it quits. Gavin can’t forgive himself for shattering her trust, and being with the sexy rock star is killing Zoe. Literally. But there’s no time to talk it out. Gavin and the other Sentinels must find the door into the Dreaming and defeat the supernatural Fire Elementals—starting with Scarlet, the woman who set fire to his relationship with Zoe—before millions of humans are killed. Meanwhile Zoe, hoping to take her mind off her heartbreak, tries to focus on work, only to discover that her whales know more than she expected. Love and duty are powerful motivators, and alliances are formed in the most unlikely places in this final installment of the Just Breathe trilogy.
Implosions of American is a collection of nine short stories that deal with issues of love, sex, beauty, marriage, loss, confusion and, sometimes, the meaning of fishing, art, or TV in America. They were inspired by watching people around me struggle with the reality of mature love, and the the battle to keep the flame of tenderness alive. Many of these stories are the antidote to romance novels. They're about real love, mature love, and the confusions that we all face in life trying to make meaning out of how we live. As a writer, I believe in happily ever after. But I also believe in real love. Buy this book and you'll see what I mean.