I am not usually a reader of Fantasy. However, when I was asked to read The Salvation of Tanlegalle for Author, Tim Ahrens I decided to give it a go. I must say that reading this book was a complete and utter joy. Mr. Ahrens took several stand alone short stories and wove them into a wonderful novel of fantasy and suspense. He writes in both first person and third person which as an author is very diffucult to do successfully.
He weaves the story in such a way that the reader wants to know how all of these short stories melt toghether. Tanlegalle is a society that has lost its way and its memories and with that it has also lost its true purpose. All of the history has been destroyed and forgotten through apathy or greed and corruption. All that remains is a city full of citizens who have no souls. But one person is determined to renew the life and vitality of this city and the past. He seeks the “One” who will make that happen.
This book is written in such a way that I would recommend it for young teens as well as adults. It is suspenseful, thrilling, and well written. In many ways Mr. Ahrens has defined our society of today. He has written this story in such a way that shows what happens when people lose their way through greed and corruption and the refusal to learn from the past.
I give this book a five start rating.
Tyler Trent and Zack Vander once again visit the disappearing bookstore and go on another adventure from The Book of Mysteries, this time battling the terrifying Gargoyles of Blackthorne. Their quest is to retrieve the golden sceptor of Good King Elveron that keeps the country of Gothica safe and thriving, now stolen by his stepmother, the evil former queen. She has bewitched the gargoyles that guard her castle and the beasts come alive and menace the people of Gothica every night. With the help of identical twin Goth princesses, Lily and Ivy and their cousin, Sir Valor, the boys must enter Blackthorne Castle, home of the wicked queen where the sceptor is kept under the watchful eye of the gargoyles.
Fran Orenstein, Ed.D., published author and poet, also edits both poetry and prose. She wrote her first poem at age eight and has written and published academically and professionally since then. This included working as a magazine editor and writer, writing political speeches and material for state government and newsletters for various organizations. Her credits include four previously published ‘tween novels and a book of children’s poetry. The second edition of The Wizard of Balalac from The Book of Mysteries is on sale at http://www.sleepytownpress.com. The second book in the series, The Gargoyles of Blackthorne was just released from Sleepytown Press. In October 2010 watch for the release of The Spice Merchant’s Daughter, a teen historical romance novel set in France during the reign of King Louis XIV, in Ebook format. And…there are more books as yet unpublished. Dr. Orenstein recently finished an adult anthology of mystery, ghost, and vampire short stories and just completed an adult novel of human frailty and redemption, with bursts of poetic creativity in between. She is planning book three in The Book of Mysteries Series, The Griffons of Spyr. Check her website at http://www.franorenstein.weebly.com and http://www.myspace.com/franorenstein.
Author, Poet, Editor
THE WIZARD OF BALALAC
THE GARGOYLES OF BLACKTHORNE
from The Book of Mysteries
THE SPICE MERCHANT’S DAUGHTER
Whiskey Creek Press
Coming in October 2010
Life is an adventure!
Wizard of Balalac
When 12 year-old Tyler Trent is sent by his Uncle Tad to a disappearing bookstore in New York City to find the Book of Mysteries, he and his best friend, Zack Vander, have no idea that they will enter into an exciting and dangerous adventure in the strange land of Balara. The two boys, with the help of a two Balaran girls, a dragon-slayer giant, and a yellow polka dot dog, must battle a wizard and a fire-breathing dragon to resolve the mystery of the Wizard of Balalac.
Fran Orenstein, Ed.D., published author and poet, also edits both poetry and prose. She wrote her first poem at age eight and has written and published academically and professionally since then. This included working as a magazine editor and writer, writing political speeches and material for state government and newsletters for various organizations. Her credits include four previously published ‘tween novels and a book of children’s poetry. The second edition of The Wizard of Balalac from The Book of Mysteries is on sale at http://www.sleepytownpress.com. Watch for the debut of book two in this series, The Gargoyles of Blackthorne coming soon from Sleepytown Press. A teen historical romance novel will arrive in October from Whiskey Creek Press in Ebook format. And…there are more books as yet unpublished. Dr. Orenstein just finished an adult anthology of mystery, ghost, and vampire short stories. Currently she is writing an adult novel of human frailty and redemption, with bursts of poetic creativity in between, and is planning book three in The Book of Mysteries Series, The Griffons of Spyr. Check her website at http://www.franorenstein.weebly.com and http://www.myspace.com/franorenstein.
Award-Winning Speculative Fiction by Dana Davis Dear Readers: Halloween is just around the corner. My favorite holiday! Time to get out those decorations and decide on a costume. I’m also thrilled because Sage Truth: Book Two of the Teadai Prophecies will be released as an eBook in October. This is the second book in this fantasy trilogy for adults. And if you haven’t read book one, Deadly Fate, it’s now available from mobipocket, fictionwise, Kindle, eReader, and as a PDF download or CD. Please check out my website for more info. Other publications: My young adult, fantasy eBook Breach of Worlds is also available from the places listed above. And you can order the trade paperback versions of my award-winning novels Desert Magick: Superstitions and The Mask of Tamirella online or from your favorite bookstore. City of Gods: Book Three of the Teadai Prophecies is scheduled for release in December. And by next year, I should have an agreement for my young adult, audio book Quest for Freedom, so I’ll keep you posted on that as well. Upcoming public appearances: If you’re in the Phoenix area, please come out and join me on Saturday, October 10th from 10-3. I’ll be speaking at The Write Stuff writing seminar at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, along with several other authors on various aspects of writing and publishing advice. Registration is required and you might still get a seat if you act quickly. The venue is free but there is a $10 lunch fee which must be paid in advance. What a deal! But hurry – payments must be received by October 7th. If you’re interested, please check out the Appearances page on my website for information. Current writings: I’m now back to revising Desert Magick: Dream Catcher, the second book in my paranormal fantasy series. I’m anxious to focus on the third book in this series, as well as get those final edits done on my other fantasy and sci-fi novels for adults. Fun Stuff: Hubby and I had a great trip to Salem, MA a few weeks ago. We stayed at a haunted B&B and went on a haunted tour of the city, as well as doing all the witch stuff around town. Though we didn’t encountered any ghosts at the B&B we were creeped out by the dolls in our room. And of course, we couldn’t skip all the great author sites in the Boston area. I posted a few pictures on my website for you to check out and enjoy. For updates on my projects, appearances and general goings-on, please check out my website http://www.danadaviswriting.com Happy reading! Regards, Dana Davis Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.danadaviswriting.com Blog: http://www.danadaviswriting.blogspot.com Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/danadaviswriting Twitter: http://twitter.com/DanaDavis New from SynergEbooks Deadly Fate: Book One of The Teadai Prophecies trilogy adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Coming October 2009 Sage Truth: Book Two of The Teadai Prophecies trilogy adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Coming December 2009 City of Gods: Book Three of The Teadai Prophecies trilogy adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Now on Kindle Breach of Worlds new young adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Trade paperback Desert Magick Superstitions award-winning paranormal fantasy for adults Trade paperback The Mask of Tamirella award-winning teen post-apocalyptic adventure.
The Multi talented Ann B Author Brings Readers Three Exciting Books And All Three Are Vastly Different
In the first book of this exciting sci-fi/fantasy trilogy, Briggen, the brawny warrior prince, is plucked from a hostile planet by the powerful wizard, Quinhelm, beginning his desperate plunge into the midst of an interplanetary war. Briggen and Quinhelm rush home as the powerful Xandoth and their allies surge across the galaxy, killing and laying waste to everything they encounter. As Briggen confronts the evil Sorceress of Endih, squabbling nobles and an assassin on his home planet, the great dragon Ephereon abducts the good sorceress, Telana, instructing her in the ways of magic. To her astonishment, Telana learns that she is the Chosen One, the one foretold by the ancients to lead the people of Mantasi to a stunning victory. Telana joins forces with Briggen as they battle the Xandoth for supremacy over the planet. Will magic and courage triumph over the powerful forces of evil?
In The Devil’s Crescent, hardened bounty hunter Diego Montoya descends upon a small Texas village in the midst of a cloudburst and boldly plunges into the life of beautiful, small time cattle rancher, Maggie MacNaughton. Diego is a man haunted by a past filled with death and disappointment, a nobleman fleeing from the dictates of his demanding father and an arranged marriage. When a U.S. Marshall asks Diego to infiltrate a gun runner’s operation, Diego reluctantly agrees, shadowing the powerful land baron, Morgan Lansing. Morgan’s efforts play into the hands of a group of Mexican nationalists, who quickly claim the land vacated by the terrified settlers until only one parcel stands in the way of their march toward the border — the one occupied by Maggie MacNaughton. Diego and Maggie match wits and wills as the danger mounts. Only their reliance upon each other has the power to save them from a swift and certain death.
Crenellations is a marvelous collection of poetry that will enchant and inspire the reader to the greatest of human emotions. This is a seamless journey from the mist-enshrouded hills of Scotland to the peace of the Cathedral at York, from the mysterious Stonehenge to the sparkling vision of a fairy bower, and from dragons and wizards to the simplest of Earth’s creatures. May this journey be but the first step as we stride the path of greater knowledge, embracing all that we are and all that we may some day become.
Award Winning Author Dana Davis, Brings Her Readers The Mask of Tamirella, Desert Magick:Superstitions,Breach of Worlds,Deadly Fate:Book One of the Teadai Prophecies, Sage Truth,City of Gods
The Mask of Tamirella
by Dana Davis
2008 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist
2008 Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist
2007 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention
Sixteen-year-old Caitlanna Mullen lives in a harsh world where technology no longer exists. In her post-apocalyptic society, she salvages priceless artifacts for trade. One artifact is especially desired. The Mask of Tamirella. Cait steals the Mask from another sanction, putting her own at risk. As punishment, the Elders send her to a hazardous dig. She must travel through a mutant forest without becoming a sacrifice and into Rotted City, where toxic ruins hoard an ancient disease. To complicate matters, the man she loves accompanies her group. Because of their age differences, an intimate relationship with him is strictly forbidden and would bring severe punishment, perhaps even exile. Cait’s life takes an unexpected turn when she uncovers secrets she never imagined.
Will this sixteen-year-old survive in a place where death and injury are daily concerns? Can she quell her feelings for a man forbidden to touch her until she’s older? Or will her confrontations with mutants and toxic ruins cause her demise? One thing is certain: the secrets Caitlanna uncovers will change her world forever.
“The magic of this tale lies in the straightforward narrative and the authentic, witty dialogue…enchanting, informative…a wonderful adventure story.” WriteWords.
Desert Magick: Superstitions
by Dana Davis
2009 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist
Daisy Hammel-Kavanaugh lives a perfectly average life in the Arizona desert, except for one thing. She’s a witch. Her relatives and ancestors consist of various, and sometimes colorful, paranormals. When Daisy is attacked by a mystical, ghost-like figure, she must enlist the aid of those she trusts in her quest to find and eliminate this enemy before he destroys her.
There’s another problem. To ensure her success, she must somehow get her hands on a treasured and protected Native American artifact, without pissing off the entire Indian community. Desert creatures, ancient myths, sex and magick abound in Daisy’s world but can she trust herself to know what is real and what isn’t?
“Dana Davis is a skilled and confident storyteller. Her bold characters ignite the action with wit, intelligence, and just enough sass to win your heart.” Marilyn McGrath, creative writing teacher and author of All You Know On Earth
Breach of Worlds
by Dana Davis
How can a destitute orphan get an ordinary life? Seek out the valley sorceress, of course, a woman rumored to ride dragons and eat young men.
Armed with only her wits and a stolen map, Nara goes in search of the famed sorceress. At age fourteen, when her own powers begin to manifest, she becomes a target for evil. This adolescent girl must help defeat the shadow ones before they destroy everything she has come to love. Orphanage life was difficult, but her future terrifies her as she embarks on a harrowing journey fraught with magic and peril.
Nara’s life will be anything but ordinary.
Coming soon to Kindle, Mobipocket, Fictionwise and others.
Deadly Fate: Book One of the Teadai Prophecies
by Dana Davis
Coming September 2009 from SynergEbooks.
What do a mysterious woman, a tavern wench who counts to calm her fears, and several annoying adolescents have in common? They are destined for a magical and uncertain future together. Whether they want it or not.
For millennia, Gypsies have harnessed the Energy, allowing them to perform incredible feats of magic. Most die if not properly trained, and those few who manage to survive without guidance tend to lose their sanity. Gypsy Haranda Banwidden and her kin must locate the untrained, many who come from backgrounds with beliefs that demonize them, instruct them in the Energy, and oath them into service.
Meanwhile, a tiny, yet potentially deadly, void has formed within the Energy and is expanding. The only way to destroy the void is to locate ancient texts, which contain information the Gypsy kin so desperately need. Unfortunately, no one knows exactly where these texts are hidden or if they’ve survived the ages. Ready or not, the prophesied New Age is upon them, and they must succeed against a growing list of enemies or disappear forever.
Sage Truth: Book Two of the Teadai Prophecies
by Dana Davis
Coming soon from SynergEbooks
Enemies seem to be growing with every sunrise, and when the Gypsy kin are captured, they fear they will weaken and die. There is hope, though, as they gather allies from unexpected places. But can they survive long enough to live out the Prophecies
City of Gods: Book Three of the Teadai Prophecies
Coming soon from SynergEbooks
Grieving Gypsy and Sage kin continue searching for a way to save their world. But the yellow-eyed woman hides somewhere in the darkness, waiting, and she won’t be sated until she overpowers them all. The kin must get back home to the Land of the Goddess, where they will engage in a final battle for their world.
Author Bio: Dana Davis is a four time award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction. Her published books include the adult paranormal fantasy Desert Magick: Superstitions, the young adult fantasy Breach of Worlds, and the teen sci-fi The Mask of Tamirella. During her college years, she had the good fortune to study with Nebula Award-winner Sheila Finch and received her creative writing degree from California State University, Long Beach. Her adult fantasy Deadly Fate: Book One of the Teadai Prophecies is scheduled for release September 2009 from SynergEbooks Publishing.
When she’s not writing, she loves to read and travel. Just try to keep her away from ruins and old cemeteries. Dana lives in the Arizona desert with her husband and two insane birds, where she is currently writing another book. She invites readers to visit her website at www.danadaviswriting.com.
In the troubled land of Taren rules a bitter, oppressive regent named Nephredom, who alone maintains the Gate a Psi-magical barrier that contains thousands of mutated beasts, that were once men. However, the strain of keeping the Gate has pushed Nephredom to the , and it is only a matter of time before the Gate opens.
Into this world comes an outsider. Following a bizarre lightning storm, college student Rayna Powell finds herself lost and alone in Taren with only her stubborn instincts and logical mind to guide her. She is a student of science, but what she experiences in Taren defies science, and forces her to come to terms with the unknown powers growing inside her. Many of the people of Taren believe Rayna to be a Power –the greatest kind of mage, who holds wields the legendary magic chaotic. Treachery and political strife run rampant as opposing factions clash, with Rayna caught in the middle.
She reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious woman with a bounty (imposed by Nephredom himself) on her head, who in exchange for Rayna’s help promises to help Rayna in her quest to return home. However, as they flee and hide from Nephredom’s red-robed minions, the price of the stranger’s help may be higher than what Rayna is willing to pay.
Come, brave souls…the world of Taren beckons.
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Apollo House Press
R.A. Baker is the author of the new fantasy novel “Rayna of Nightwind. He was born in a small town in , before his family moved to Virginia. He grew up watching TV shows like “ ” and “The Twighlight Zone”, which sparked an interest in sci-fi and fantasy at an early age. R.A. Baker went on to write stories throughout school and college, winning several writing awards and competitions. Soon after college, the author began work on the novel “Rayna of Nightwind” and finished it a few years later. He is now working on the second novel in the series tentatively titled, “Beyond The Band Of Death”. In addition to writing, R. A. Baker enjoys art, reading, and listening to jazz. He lives with his wife and two children in Virginia.
My grandson asked his mother, “Why doesn’t granddad write something I can read?” He is eleven. So I wrote him a dragon story. What’s not to like about dragons? In “Josh’s Dragon,” a 247 page fantasy, I tried my best for him. He was eleven-years-old when I wrote the story and he designed the front cover, and the drawing of the dragons I include at the beginning of each chapter he also sketched. Proud? Of course I am.
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Synopsis of The Telepaths of Theon – Book 2 – Sarah’s Landing Series:
Sarah’s Landing –II – The Telepaths of Theon – Synopsis
Torn by the plight of the people of the planet Theon and his love for one of their daughters, the man from Earth, Joshua has returned to his own planet to re-evaluate his dedication to his first love. As the novel of the second episode opens it is slightly before the time of the birth of his Earth son. After Joshua reluctantly decides to return to Theon, the guilt of leaving Alexandra, his first love, and Andrew his son to be, dulls his senses as he traverses the void between Earth and Theon. His thoughts thus consumed he is unaware of the pull towards the dark planet Crlllion until suddenly an internal alarm alerts him. Trying desperately to gain control, he wonders if the barbarians are actually the cause of the diversion in his transport destination. Joshua’s plight is detected on Theon by the Ruler, Heron, in time to avoid disaster by correcting his trajectory, and bringing him safely through the void. As the weeks and months pass, Joshua and his Theonian wife, the Ruler’s daughter, settle into a normal routine while awaiting the birth of their son Adam. Meanwhile the birth of his Earth-bound son, Andrew, proceeded in near unison with his half-brother.
Joshua’s decision to return to Theon leaves his first love feeling hopelessly abandoned which drives her into the arms of his best friend. Although reluctant at first, the feeling of total loss compromises Alexandra’s innermost desires for the sake of her son, Andrew. Before her marriage can be consummated Alexandra’s husband-to-be “dies” in a mysterious car crash. His body is never recovered, which drives her to the brink of insanity. She doesn’t realize these events are being orchestrated by the Ruler of Theon and his henchman on Earth.
Theon’s Council and its Ruler, Heron, worry that Joshua’s loyalty to his first love on Earth cannot be completely broken. Believing it to be the only way to keep him on Theon, they plot to destroy all his Earthly ties, which mean the destruction of Alexandra and his first-born son, Andrew. Detecting their plan, Joshua, with extra-ordinary powers gained from discovering their Ancient culture, imprisons Theon’s Council within the depths of the planet where signs of their ill health, manifests itself.
While Joshua’s attention is diverted on Theon, he is unaware that on Earth, his young son, Andrew, desperately wishes to spend this third birthday with his alien brother. Andrew plans to wait until all are asleep before teleporting to Theon to be with Adam. He does not realize the danger he places himself in, or the heartache he causes everyone, both on Earth and on Theon.
Joshua’s search for Andrew brings him to an offbeat planet where he discovers the answer to a long sought secret. He knows, once he sees to Andrew’s safety, he will have to return to the rescue site in order to ensure no evidence remains that might lead the Theonian nemesis, the barbarians of the dark planet Crlllion, to them.
With the death of Heron, Theon’s Ruler and Adrianne’s father, the role of Leader is thrust upon Joshua and any thoughts of life on Earth forces a decision he would rather not make. After all, each of the two women is desirable and they are the Mothers of his children. Reluctantly, final decisions must be made for the survival of an entire race, the safety of his two sons, and the home he yearns for where the happiness of his first love still remains.
The Telepaths of Theon – Book 2 – Sarah’s Landing Series
by Elena dorothy Bowman
Write Words, Inc./Cambridge Books
Review by: Angela Verdenius author of:
“Soul of the Forgotten” Wings Press Author, Australia
The Theonians, a civilization far advanced, and with fantastic psychic abilities, are on the brink of disaster. The need to find another universe with a compatible life form is urgent.
That life form is found on Earth. The Theonians easily integrate amongst the people of Sarah’s Landing, New England, unbeknownst to the inhabitants.
Joshua Morgan is a special investigator of the Alien Intelligence Team of the Space Intelligence Command (SICOM). In love with telepath Alexandria, he mysteriously vanishes leaving her alone and pregnant.
On Theon, he is chosen as the next leader of the Theons, and joins with Adrianne, the daughter of the leader, Heron. He also fathers a baby with her, and telepathically, all five are linked ? Alexandria, Adrianne, Joshua and the babies, sons Andrew and Adam.
Joshua’s friend, Lt Harry Jacobsen, loves Alexandria, and hopes to marry her. At first disbelieving, he eventually comes to realize that she speaks the truth about another species. This results in his disappearance and ‘believed death’.
The problems are building at a tremendous rate, for now not only is Joshua caught in a quadrangle with the two women and the two sons he loves, but the possible ‘neutralizing’ of Alexandria and her son Andrew by certain Theon Council members is a very real threat. Internal conflict breaks out between the Earth men who live on Theon and the Theon council themselves. Andrew disappears when trying to teleport to Theon. And to top it all off, a growing threat in the form of a cannibalistic race called the Crlllions is looming.
A story of epic proportions, book 2 of Sarah’s Landing is a whirlwind of happenings and possibilities, and heart-wrenching emotion, as a group of people are caught up in a future of what remains to be seen…horror, love, or despair? What are the secrets that link Sarah’s Landing to the Theonians?
Elena Bowman is a mistress of her craft! A recommended read for any lover of the sci-fi genre.