Friday Roundup

Hi folks, it’s Friday and I have a bunch of awesome indie books to tell you guys about.

First up – look at is stunning cover!

MOONLIGHT BEAUTY is a Beauty and the Beast retelling by USA Today bestselling author, Anna Santos.

What to do when the creature that saved you from impending death is the beast you’re hunting down?

Belle lives a sheltered life until her father is killed by the creatures hiding in the neighboring forest. Struck by pain, she wants revenge, and the only way to achieve it is to join the hunters. However, the hunters are an elite squad that doesn’t allow women to enlist. Using their captain’s love interest in her, Belle agrees to let him court her if he trains her to be the first huntress of their kingdom.

Alpha Drake and his pack have been hiding in the Black Forest to protect a powerful relic. They are shapeshifters and guardians, yet the humans of the neighboring kingdom believe they are nothing more than beasts who prey on the humans and kill for sport.

Two worlds collide when Belle’s first mission goes terribly wrong. Not only she’s captured by the beast she’s hunting, but she’s also turned into one of them. When the werewolves’ leader refuses to let her leave, Belle needs to gather all her courage and wits to defy him and return to her mother and the safety of her kingdom.

The sexy alpha has other plans—keep her safe from the real danger and convince her to be his Luna.

Stuck in his house, will she be able to resist him?
Journey into the steampunk world of magic, humans and shifters, love and duty, and a tale as old as time with a twist that will leave you craving for more.
Moonlight Beauty is a standalone novel inside the Fairy Tales with a Bite Universe. If you love a feisty heroine and a swoon-worthy werewolf alpha, then this fairy tale retelling of the Beauty and the Beast won’t disappoint you.

Available for 2.99 on Kindle or free to subscribers of Kindle Unlimited.

Next up uncover VITRIAN SECRETS by Dele Andersen.

Unveil the secrets around Wanda Troms’ life. Secrets her mother had kept from her. Secrets around her father’s death that was hidden from her for years. Secrets about a group of people called Vitrian have watched her for years.

Now, the secrets are emerging as Wanda shows traits of a gift that her mother had prayed, her daughter never had. Her gifts open her up to the evil that was determined fifteen years ago to destroy her but her father, Marcus, a skilled fighter, protected her. Who would protect her now that her father is dead? She has no knowledge of the Vitrians or how to fight demons, yet she needs to fight, retrieve The Healing Mendez, and save her little brother who has been poisoned.

This is a must-read story with a young adult adventure. It is captivating and contains young adult enemies to lovers.

Just 99 cents on Kindle.

And now for a FREEBIE.

DISCOVERY by Allison Rose is FREE to all those who sign up for her newsletter over at Story Origin.

There is a world beyond human sight. A world of magic and winged beings. When Nola stole a strange substance from her father’s basement lab, she never dreamed it would make her the target of blackmail or that it would leave her forever changed. Or that she would encounter a faerie in the woods. But there is no going back.

PIck up your FREE copy today!

And now something for your little ones!

In this true-life puppy-story, Bailey meets his Daddy and Mommy and tries to overcome all of the challenges every new puppy must endure, but Bailey must endure a different challenge he never expected! Will Bailey find his forever home?

Sign up for Sensei Paul David’s newsletter and pick up your FREE copy today!

Free reads over at Story Origin.

Friday Fiction

Short audio titles for readers on the go!

Happy Friday, Folks, and welcome to July! What are you reading over the holiday weekend? Maybe pick up one of these awesome books from up and coming indie authors.

Available on Amazon.

If the green should fail, the dragon shall rise, and the red will be redeemed of his eternal sin. All colors under one sun, the diamond sun, must unite. – From the prophecy of colors, Agartha, 1050 B.C. –

When Ethan accompanied Annias to the surface, Darren and Mara were left behind to continue their quest. Now, the journey continues.
Darren and Mara face a minotaur and barely flee the battle. They meet Fatima, a woman who holds a powerful Arcanos, and she saves Mara’s life.
Annias and Ethan face untold challenges to find Merlin, but eventually, they do.
Yet even the eternal wizard has his limits, and everything has a price, sometimes this price could be too high.Ethan finds out about the price, and he might not be able to pay it.
Richard, an orange boy, joins Mara and Darren, and questions Mara’s aura, causing her to question her presence in Agartha.
Throughout this, Darren must search for a way to fulfill his Deal with Black, find a soul to replace his own.

Now, Darren’s soul is at stake, and another part of the prophecy comes to fruition.

Join Darren, Mara, and Ethan in their next step of the journey, read Red’s Soul TODAY.

FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Maybe I shouldn’t have punched that fae. Ever since then, my life has been getting weirder and weirder.

From the time she was little, Chloe has kept a secret – the knowledge that paranormal creatures are real and living right underneath the humans’ noses. Her father is the CEO of one of the country’s top paranormal containment agencies, after all.

The summer before her senior year of high school, an unfortunate occurrence lands Chloe under close watch of the agency, placing her in classes to learn how to peacefully handle conflicts with the world’s paranormal co-inhabitants. Determined not to let the agency and the particularly handsome, yet bad-tempered guard Luke ruin her summer, Chloe begins snooping around, uncovering secrets not just about the agency, but about herself.

As she begins being plagued by strange dreams filled with a silver-eyed woman and the sudden onset of supernatural powers, Chloe finds herself swept up into the dangerous plot of a powerful Immortal and hurtling towards an unexpected destiny.

Will Chloe be ready for the fight of a lifetime?

PIck up your copy today to find out!

FREE on Story Origin

When fate brings the young Prince Ryzyn and the rover girl Gem together their lives become forever entwined in this YA Epic Fantasy Adventure

When fate brings the young Prince Ryzyn and the rover girl Gem together, not only do their lives become forever entwined, their meeting also ignites the power within an ancient object—the Heart of Cyan. With the mystical Heart discovered, the wielder must prepare for an epic battle against a vicious, pervasive darkness that threatens all of Parlethis. Magical forces unite for the good of the land, but will that be enough to stop the Shadowland creatures from destroying them all? Join the incredible journey full of magical beings, terrifying and majestic creatures, and the two young hearts destined to save a kingdom.

Be Swift ~ Be True

FREE sample from Story Origin in exchange for signing up for the author’s newsletter.

Puzzles & Prompts

On my puzzle blog today – a puzzle book for writers! Word seek puzzles that are also story prompts.

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As many of you know, I am both a writer and a puzzler, thus when I came across this book series I adored the idea. The author Adeena Mignogna (AKA Crazy Robot) publishes word seek books that also act as writing prompts with extra space on the page to jot down inspiration. Each book contains 100 puzzles and there are currently NINE books in the series.

Check them out here!

Happy Writing and Solving!

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An Ex in the Puzzle by Louise Foster

Over on my puzzle blog today – a mystery book by local author, Louise Foster with a bonus crossword puzzle by me. Enjoy!

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Hey folks, one of the most fun recent projects I worked on was with mystery writer, Louise Foster. I met Louise originally at Archon, a local science fiction convention which I attend every year as a writer, puzzler and fan. At the time I was running a workshop on writing puzzles. In following years I’ve also with my son, Joey run puzzle hunts at Archon and storytimes in children’s programming.

Louise contacted me because she was working on a mystery series featuring crossword puzzles and wanted to include puzzles both in the books and on her website. Well, COVID happened and the project took a little longer to complete but today the first of Louise’s books and puzzles are out. So over to Tracey Belden – PI and puzzle enthusiast.

I’m Tracy Belden. Creating crossword puzzles is my passion. But it doesn’t pay the rent.
Being a part-time PI does…

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Manus Wu is Here!

“Manus Wu? Where’s that?”

“It’s not anywhere as far as I can tell—a legend, a fairy tale, a place stuck outside of time. It is everywhere and nowhere. The beginning and the end and all the places in between.”

“So … how do we get there?”

Travel to the lost village of Manus Wu and encounter an old witch, an avian magician and a distraught silver fairy. All must play their part in the seventh installment of the P.A.W.S. Saga.

NOW AVAILABLE!

Need to catch up!

Pick up the box sets of the P.A.W.S. Saga books 1-6 in two 3 volume sets just 4.99 a piece.

4.99 each for a limited time!

Want to make sure that you’re the first to read P.A.W.S. 8?

Preorder book 8, Akash, today! And hop over to the Amazon page to read a sample from the beginning of the book!

Step On Board the Puzzle Train

On my puzzle blog today!

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The most popular TV game show ever, Puzzle Train, has Tom hooked. Obsessed. Every week, he watches as the adults fail to complete the unseen Conductor’s puzzles. Every week at school he debates the Conductor’s identity with best friend, Isabelle. And every week, his stepfather tells him to get out of the living room and play sports.

An opportunity presents itself as a children’s special is announced. Tom is desperate to get on-line and attempt the qualification puzzles, his stepfather is equally desperate to stop him. The mystery to Tom is why does his stepfather hate the Puzzle Train so much?

Tom knows he can defeat the Conductor’s puzzles – if he can overcome his initial shyness – he has studied every episode and he has his grans words of wisdom in his head.

He has to win.
Not just for the fame of becoming the first person in 500…

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Catch up on the P.A.W.S. Saga with TWO discounted Box Sets!

Hi everyone, it’s just one month to go until the release of MANUS WU (P.A.W.S. 7), so it’s time to catch up with the P.A.W.S. Saga … so I now have two box sets on sale on Amazon for just $4.99 a piece or free to subscribers of Kindle Unlimited.

This first collection contains P.A.W.S. (Book 1), Argentum (Book 2) and Umbrae (Book 3) – all for $4.99 – a saving of $4 on the normal price. On Kindle and big chunky paperback.

And newly released a box set of Londinium (book 4), Cotula (book 5) and Jhara (book 6) – normally 9.99 – and for a limited time just 4.99. Check it out!

Plus preorder book 7 – Manus Wu for just 2.99 for a limited time.

Puzzly Roundup

Over on my puzzle blog today, a puzzly story for little ones and a coloring book.

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Hi folks, how is your Spring going? It’s getting really nice around here, my favorite time, not too hot, not too cold.

I’ve got a couple of books for little ones to share with you this month. Both of these titles are FREE from Story Origin in exchange for signing up for the author’s newsletters.

First off Solve the mystery with child sleuth, Maggie Mae in this fun, free mystery book for kids.

Maggie Mae, detective extraordinaire, is on the case of who stole her grandma’s super-duper snickerdoodles. With her detective’s badge and notebook, she finds clues, interviews suspects, and sets a trap.

Who did it–Grandpa, her brother Ben, or Toby the dog?

Get the story here to find out!

Next up a purrrrfect coloring book!

These 40 different kawaii kittens come from a land full of flowers, where every day is spring. The flowers will challenge you creativity. Their…

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A Cryptic Crossword for International Women’s Day

Over on my puzzle blog today – a cryptic crossword in honor of International Women’s Day.

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Hi folks! I’m excited to announce I’m part of a wonderful Cryptic Crossword puzzle hosted over at 1Across today.

The puzzle was put together by Sowmya Ramkumar in honor of International Women’s Day and features clues from eighteen awesome women constructors.

Check it out here!

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Friday Fantasy and more!

Hey folks, happy Friday! Today I’m going to share with you a couple of books from some awesome indie authors.

First up check out Aegyir Rises by Amanda Fleet.

People are dying all around Reagan Bennett. They’re dead because someone—something—has ripped all of their energy out.

Meanwhile, Reagan is being plagued by dreams of a different world. Ones where she’s a warrior called Aeron. Ones where a woman keeps urging her to come home because it’s the demon Aegyir who is killing everyone.

Aegyir is no dream. He is very real. And he believes Reagan is his old enemy Aeron. The woman he’d sworn to destroy.

Reagan needs to figure out who Aegyir is, before he slaughters everyone she loves. And to do that, she needs to figure out who she really is.

Pick it up on Amazon for just 2.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Next up a freebie for the middle graders in your household.

Christmas Day in Upton Snodsbury certainly doesn’t go to plan for the Pinkertons. Twelve year-old Timothy opens his Professor Nervetski Super Deluxe Chemistry Set and creates a load of trouble – and something else that he never expected…

Pick up a FREE review copy over at Story Origin