Summer

Summer

Michelle Zoetemeyer

Fiction

Summer is a time for love, sorrow, joy and pain – but mostly, it is a time for change. Summer is the season from which all memories flow. For Maggie and Peter, the summer of 1968 is one that changed their lives forever. For Jenny and Tom, the summer of 1979 is the one that will be remembered most. Two couples - one married the other childhood friends - separated by years, but inexorably linked.Peter and Maggie are happily married. For a fortyish couple with two kids, they get on remarkably well. While all their friends are in relationships that make them wonder why they bother, Maggie and Peter have always prided themselves in being different from other couples. They are soul mates and best friends who are more in love now than when they first met. With school holidays fast approaching, Maggie makes the usual preparations for their annual stay at Bellbird Cottage. However, when one of Peter’s students from the university where he teaches decides to make trouble for him, his relationship with Maggie is put to the ultimate test.Jenny and Tom are best friends. They share everything, including a birthday. They will both tell you that school holidays are their favourite times of the year. For Jenny and Tom, the summer starts out like every other summer. With no school for weeks, a birthday party to plan and Christmas to look forward to, life couldn’t be better. Not long into the holidays; however, things start to go wrong. An encounter with the neighbourhood bullies gets out of control and the young friends find themselves in over their heads. As Jenny and Tom experience a range of emotions and events unfamiliar to them, it becomes apparent that the summer will not turn out to be the usual carefree one they expected. Living in Australia, you can’t help but feel some affinity towards summer. It is a time for love, sorrow, joy and pain – but mostly, it is a time for change. Summer is the season from which all memories flow. For Maggie and Peter, the summer of 1968 is one that changed their lives forever. For Jenny and Tom, the summer of 1979 is the one that will be remembered most. Summer tells the story of two couples - one married, the other childhood friends - separated by years, but inexorably linked.
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A Step Beyond Protection

A Step Beyond Protection

Andie Renee

Andie Renee

USSS Special Agent Raven Somers is finally returning after a frightening incident & the coinciding death of her father. Her father inspired her on her path with Jesus, but she is now struggling in the dark because her light has died. With help from the CAT guys, President Hawk delves into her life at every opportunity. But Raven's mind screams for her to run, while her heart aches for his comfort.Special Agent Raven Somers, of the United States Secret Service, is finally returning back to duty after having been gone for over ten months because of a frightening incident. Only she isn't the same strong, always smiling and laughing, joyful woman that left. Raven is still reeling from the sudden death of her father, which coincided with her leaving. Her father was the one that inspired her on her path with Jesus, and she is now struggling in the dark because her light has died.Raven strives to get back into a routine with the only familiar thing she has left, her career, but she is in grave danger of losing that as well, and is plagued by a fear that is paramount to her livelihood. However, at every turn she encounters an elusive group of men, and one powerful man that is always right there in the center of them with his broad shoulders and comforting arms open to her. Her mind screams for her to run away, but her heart begs her to run towards him. Circumstances force her to do the unthinkable every time.In this first novel of the Protection Series, the United States Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team (CAT) go a step beyond just merely protecting their President and aide him when he delves into Raven’s life at every opportunity. However, President Drake Hawk is forced to cling to his confidence in Jesus while he struggles to wait for her, and humbly finds out that as always only God’s timing is perfect.
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Syria's Seduction: A New Adult Introduction to the Boudoir Sessions

Syria's Seduction: A New Adult Introduction to the Boudoir Sessions

Starla Cole

Contemporary / Chick Lit / Romance

A shy Oklahoma girl discovers a new passion for boudoir photography through a seductive encounter with a boy she has just met.Syria has just failed out of her second community college program when she stumbles upon a boudoir photographer shooting an almost-naked woman in a public park.The photographer Anthony asks for her assistance with his equipment, but also to help fend off the prowling woman, and suggests they have dinner to offer his gratitude for saving him from the cougar, who seems hell-bent on making Anthony her next conquest.Syria is anxious and shy, having never dated in the small town where her mixed-raced heritage and absent father were a constant source of gossip. Anthony comes on a little too strong at dinner, sending her into a panic, but with encouragement from a friend, Syria decides this might be her best opportunity to loosen up and gain some life experience from someone who knows exactly how to make a woman look and feel beautiful.Their tryst by a lake goes from photo lesson, to sexy photo shoot, to a seduction that will change Syria's life and open her eyes to both the beauty within her and an art form that will become her new passion.12,500 words/45 pages**If you love Syria, don't miss her other boudoir session stories**Naughty Santa (This was no ordinary mall Santa!)Pirate Hooker (Pirate performance artists have a sexy sideshow)Goddess of Bondage (Syria ends up on stage at a Japanese Bondage show)
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Love and Decay, Kane's Law

Love and Decay, Kane's Law

Rachel Higginson

Romance / Contemporary / Young Adult

Kane Allen has met his match in Reagan Willow. While he plans to keep her forever, she plots to run away. Even if their separation is inevitable, can he make her trust him first? Can he plant the seeds that will develop the substantial relationship he hopes to cultivate?Kane Allen had been one thing for the last two years and one thing only: A soldier. The Zombie Apocalypse changed the entire landscape of his future, and turned him from a simple small town boy into a fearless warrior. Battling Zombies hordes daily, dealing with the declining morality of civilization and combatting the darkness that haunts his own mind, Kane has been a little lost and more than alone for almost two years. And he expects his world to stay that way. That is until a routine patrol through the forest brings him face to face with something so lovely he begins to feel hope for the first time in years. Reagan Willow is more than a well-deserved reward for his hard work, she is the goodness that’s been missing from his black existence, she is a light for his dark world, she is his redemption. And he plans to hold on to her with everything he has.If only she felt the same way. Even though Kane claims her as his own in front of the entire Colony, his fight to keep her is not over. Reagan doesn’t want anything to do with him and looks for every opportunity to escape. But he isn’t just planning to lock her away; Kane wants to build something with Reagan. Something real. Something lasting. In order to do that he must make her trust him first and before it’s too late.Love and Decay, Kane’s Law, is the first episode in the Love and Decay, Novella Series told from Kane’s point of View; and a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.
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The Life, Death and Life of Amelia Hollow

The Life, Death and Life of Amelia Hollow

Edward James Bowman

Edward James Bowman

In the year 2808 AD, eighteen year-old Amelia Hollow gets accepted into Starside Academy: the top United Systems of Mel naval academy. She is the first human to ever be accepted into such an elite academy as the human race is looked down upon by the USM... and because she has a huge ego she wants to shame the USM for doubting her.In the year 2808 AD, eighteen year-old Amelia Hollow gets accepted into Starside Academy: the top United Systems of Mel naval academy. She is the first human to ever be accepted into such an elite academy as the human race is looked down upon by the USM... and because she has a huge ego she wants to shame the USM for doubting her.Amelia thought screwing over the academy was going to be a challenge, but saving the universe from a mad woman seemed like it was going to be a harder task.
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Worth The Wait

Worth The Wait

Cindy A. Christiansen

Romance / Suspense / Contemporary

This sweet romance short read is a prequel to the author's series - A Merchant Street Mystery and will be continued throughout the rest of the books. For young adults and up.Dependable Adele Abberley is tired of seeing to everyone else’s responsibilities. When idealistic Kipp Waterbury drops by her antique store, will his romantic nature help her to view the world in a brand new lightThis is a sweet romantic suspense and a prequel to A Merchant Street Mystery series. It occurs fifteen years before the series begins and the story will continue in the full-length novels. In other words, TO BE CONTINUED or a TEASER. It is suitable for young and adults and up.Storyline: Dependable Adele Abberley is tired of seeing to everyone else's responsibilities, including running the family antique store, taking care of her dad, and tending her brother's two boys. When idealistic Kipp Waterbury drops by her antique store, will his romantic nature help her to view the world in a brand new light? Will the secrets they find hidden in an antique Victorian chair encourage her to stop trying to please everyone and please herself instead?
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Crime at Cripple Creek (The Sisters Week Series #1)

Crime at Cripple Creek (The Sisters Week Series #1)

Elizabeth Sherry

Romance / Suspense / Mystery

Beth is flying to Colorado for a week with her two sisters. They start off having fun until Beth stumbles upon a dead body and Tyler, the FBI agent she met on the plane ride, is worried that he might not be able to keep Beth alive long enough for the two to explore the romance they briefly started.This book is a novella.Beth is flying to Colorado for a week with her two sisters, Joy and Lynn. On the flight she is seated next to a very handsome, single FBI agent named Tyler. Both Tyler and Beth can feel a strong attraction growing by the time their plane lands in Denver. Beth is distracted by this attraction but knows this week is primarily for the three sisters to laugh, be silly and have fun, which they start off doing until Beth stumbles upon a dead body and Tyler is worried that he might not be able to keep Beth alive long enough for the two to explore the romance they briefly started.This book is a novella.
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The Man Who Never Was

The Man Who Never Was

Hylton Smith

Fiction / Mystery

In 1986, Derwenthaugh Coke Works closed, and demolition began. A strange discovery halts the regeneration plans. As there is no obvious explanation as to why these artefacts are there, the police become involved. The only clue which offers any progress points to events which took place many years ago. When a young police officer thinks she has seen one of the objects before, the intrigue thickens.In 1986, Derwenthaugh Coke Works closed, and demolition work began. A strange discovery halts the regeneration plans. As there is no obvious explanation as to why these artefacts should be there, the police become involved. The only clue which offers any progress points to events which took place many years ago. Just when a young police officer thinks she has seen something similar to one of the objects, and a new line of inquiry looms, higher authority descends on the investigation. The intrigue thickens
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Darkness Rising 1: Chained

Darkness Rising 1: Chained

Ross Kitson

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Literature & Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels

Darkness Rising 1: Chained is the first book in a ground-breaking new epic fantasy series. When tragedy awakens the sorcery within the serving girl, Emelia, she is propelled into an incredible journey in the company of two theives. But in the Dead City and ancient evil awakes, who will threaten the whole of Nurolia. And Emelia may hold the clue to his destruction... or his success.Wild magic comes at a cost... that of the mind.Emelia dreams of escape from her life of servitude. She dreams of magical powers; she dreams of dark things. When tragedy awakens the sorcery within her she embarks upon an epic journey in the company of two charming thieves.In the Dead City an ancient evil awakens. The Lord of the Ghasts covets a magical Prism, the clues to which lie with Emelia. And when he begins to share her dreams, surely it is only a matter of time until she succumbs to his power?Darkness Rising Book One - Chained is the first book in an exciting new epic fantasy series combining traditional heroic fantasy plotlines with modern dialogue and thrilling characters. Available for the first time free on Smashwords, readers have given excellent reviews:'Ross M. Kitson has built a complex and convincing world here. Frankly, I wouldn't recommend just picking up just the first book, or even the first two books. Get all three, because you'll be chain-reading them.' D Brzeski (British Fantasy Society)'A finely crafted and unique fantasy novel which had me hooked from the first page. Packed full of action, drama and humor this is a must for anyone who enjoys epic fantasy.' G.Turner 5 stars'this is an excellent start to the trilogy - richly imagined, well written and thoroughly absorbing. I loved all the main characters, with their quirks and complexities and quarrels and insecurities, and I loved this beautifully detailed world, which feels completely real. A very enjoyable read, and I look forward to the rest of the series.'Pauline Ross 4 stars
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Street Fighter: Dream Never Ends

Street Fighter: Dream Never Ends

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa

After destroying a Japanese fishing village in a possessed state, veteran martial artist Ryu Hoshi struggles to comprehend why the simple presence of an actress ignites the dark arts within him. Finding himself in a sea of confusion and doubt, Ryu must re-open his past to uncover the truth.Since killing his eternal foe in the heat of battle, Japanese martial artist Ryu Hoshi vowed to never fight again. Seven years later, Ryu continues to live his life in isolation, pursuing the way of the warrior with constant fear that the evil dormant power within him will awaken. One harrowing night, Ryu suddenly feels his animalistic self being unleashed upon a quiet Japanese fishing village, destroying everything in sight. Strangely, it is only in the presence of a young American actress that he feels such malevolence open up to the world. Her body is scarred with Ryu’s name, and her aura mimics that of the demonic rival he destroyed so long ago. Finding himself in a sea of doubt and confusion, Ryu must re-open old wounds to discover his destiny.
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Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past

Paul Cude

Young Adult Fantasy / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Sports

An adventure story children and adults alike will love. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity. Team sports teach them life lessons which become vital in equipping them to deal with a dragon enemy. Humour and fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. You'd be flamin' mad to miss it!Ever been addicted? Most people have at some point, but it was different for these three. They'd become addicted to their respective sports: hockey, lacrosse and rugby. What's wrong with that? Nothing, apart from the fact they're DRAGONS, living in the present day, in a world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them.Three young dragons, a master mantra maker, and a complete dragon stranger with more than a little history attached to him, become caught up in an evil plot by a sinister newcomer to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past?Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes?In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon team sports, you'll learn the true story of George and the Dragon, get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you're wearing nothing but your smile!You'd be flamin' mad to miss it.
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Bluest Eyes in Texas - Book 1

Bluest Eyes in Texas - Book 1

S.A. Tadej

Romance / Young Adult / Fiction

After her father receives a large promotion at work, 21-year old Makenzie Adams is forced to move with her family from Oklahoma to Texas to finish her last year of college. She quickly falls in love and finds her soul mate in Caleb, one of her family’s new servants from the opposite side of the tracks. When her parents learn of the romance, the two are tragically forced apart.Another collection of original tales brought to you by The Indie Collaboration. This time we present a chocolate box selection of love stories. Some are romantic, some funny, some sad and some mysterious. Whatever the style, there will be a story or poem in here that will melt even the most hardened of hearts.The TalesALL THE WAY TO GENEVA BY Alan HardyLOVE ISN'T FAIR By Madhu Kalyan MattaparthiSUNNYSIDE By Peter JohnONE DAY IN THE RAIN By Priya BhardwajWHEN LOVE CAME KNOCKING By Sonya C. DoddTALES OF ERANA: THE LEGEND OF OELIANA By A. L. ButcherTHE PRINCE By Gunjan VyasLOVING HEARTS AND BLACK ARTS By D. C. RogersA LATTE TO GO By Chris RavenYOU CONTRADICT YOURSELF By Gunjan VyasTHE HEART WISH By Kristina BlasenThe PoemsEVAN AND JOAN By P.W CollierWISHES By William O'BrienA VALENTINE FROM MARCELLA By Greatest Poet AliveYOUR SMILE By Madhu Kalyan MattaparthiTO THE MOON By P.W CollierFORETOLD By William O'BrienTWO FLAVORS By Madhu Kalyan MattaparthiJUST HEAR ME OUT By Greatest Poet AliveBONDED By William O'BrienLOVE AT FIRST SIGHT By Madhu Kalyan MattaparthiETERNITY By William O'BrienFIRST KISS By Madhu Kalyan MattaparthiTHE FLEETING KISS By Peter JohnSERENE By Chris RavenWAIT FOR ME By Greatest Poet Alive
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Two Horizons

Two Horizons

Hank Lawson

Horror / Anthologies / Short Stories

Great Pyramid, rival priests, romance with a harem (perhaps royal) woman, and jealous Queen prey on God-king Khufu. In parallel to Khufu’s labors, Mehi labors to absolve his family’s crime by self-sacrifice as a pyramid worker. The crime also burdens his love for An-khi, a governor’s daughter who aspires to be governor herself. Will Mehi save Khufu from his enemies, including Mehi’s own brother?Great Pyramid, jealous Queen, rival priests, ambitious princes and drought all prey on God-king Khufu. Frightfully, his most potent protector is a mere commoner, Mehi, the son of a tomb-robber.Khufu’s external trials are the nomad invasions and regicide attempts conspired by the priests, his gold treasury’s depletion he requires to perfect his pyramid, and his Queen’s sterility that extends into Khufu’s romance with Theormi, a harem woman. As a result, Theormi embarks on her own path to prove her royalty.Yet Khufu’s inner and ultimate battle is with his own kingship. While his desire for Theormi proves his humanity, Egypt’s people require his divinity. The God-king’s divine magic raises the annual Nile inundation, irrigates the ribbon of Egypt’s farmland, and feeds his people who would otherwise starve in the desert that creeps in on all sides. But when the Nile doesn’t rise in this year of the novel’s setting, Khufu searches for the magic in his body, apparently abandoned like love has abandoned him. Do the Gods disfavor him against protecting his people as they have in, or perhaps because of, his quest for human love? In parallel to Khufu’s labors, Mehi labors to absolve his family of its crime by self-sacrifice, physically and mentally, on the pyramid. The crime also burdens his love for An-khi, a governor’s daughter. In the course of the year, propelled by the Nile’s seasons of inundation, harvest and drought, Mehi’s brother enters as a rival for An-khi’s love. Meanwhile, she aspires to be governor herself. By year’s end, will Mehi save Khufu from his enemies, including Mehi’s brother?
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Firesong

Firesong

Terry Milien

Romance / Gay & Lesbian / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Miller has a long history with fire, one he cannot forget as he was disfigured by it. So when the crippled, flying Sasha crashes into his home from exhaustion and burns the whole place down with his unchecked magic, he does the only thing he can think of: he runs into the raging flames and saves the unconscious creature.A light yet thought provoking sci-fi adventure. "Dwarg" is a "Whisp" from a non-physical world, who is on a mission to stop Humans sending rockets into the Aura. He becomes an entity of a young and dying Aggie who accepts him. Dwarg infuses her with health, wisdom and maturity. With her aunt, they go on an adventure to France to solve a puzzle of a painting by Vincent van Gogh and learn more of his life and the story of his ear. Dwarg realizes that there are alien viruses landing on the planet and infecting Humans in different ways. Aggie, his host, is from the Abenaki nation and Dwarg is fascinated by the rituals of that culture. Aggie graduates from the University of Oklahoma at age 11 and participates in an exclusive experiment utilizing the LHC (which she cleverly used to sent Dwarg back to his own non-physical world).
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Forever Seventeen

Forever Seventeen

Lizzie Bowen

Lizzie Bowen

Sam Baker is a severe bullying victim who makes a spur on the moment attack on everyone she's ever felt has fallen guilty to her mistreatment resulting in getting expelled. She's left not knowing quite where to go next in life until she sees a newcast that a massive boyband is holding auditions for their instrumental band... she's shocked at the outcome...Samantha Baker is a bullying victim who makes an attack on everyone that has ever fallen guilty to her mistreatment resulting in getting expelled. Not sure quite what she'll do with the rest of her life she uses her musical background to her strengths and tries out as guitar player for a massive boy band that is temporary in town holding auditions. She's stunned to receive an acceptance letter in the mail. But it isn't very long before she catches the eye of ladies man/player Hunter Thompson. Just when she's got her head wrapped around being linked to "Hollywood's It Boy" another man comes into her life and turns her world upside down once again. With her alcoholic brother, mother struggles, body, and continuous bullying issues she doesn't seem to find much time for silly romance games. Will one of these two boys change her outlook on love AND life forever?
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