"You!" shouted a voice from near the willow tree. "Stop!" Hodge heard the jangle of a horse's bridle. He spun about the other way, but a dark shape jumped out of the shadows and knocked him to the ground. Light flashed into his face as a lantern was uncovered. "A spy," hissed the figure. "A stinkin' spy." A glorious adventure of castles, kings, traitors-and one humble hunchback who has to save them all Long ago, Castle Marlby rang with the comings and goings of kings and princes. Now the castle is a quiet, sleepy place where everyone seems to have forgotten those golden days. Everyone but Hodge, that is. Though his hunched back earns him the unlovely job of mucking out the latrine, he dreams of serving a prince someday. But when one finally appears, he is nothing like Hodge expected. Prince Leo is kept hidden away behind locked doors, as if he were in terrible danger. Or is he himself the dangerous one? When Hodge discovers the truth, he tumbles headlong into an adventure that proves far more exciting than he could ever have imagined. It will take all his strength to survive-and all his heart.
It is the seventies. Bert Lev, World War II vet and retired New York City detective, is in Acapulco managing a small hotel owned by a wealthy man grateful to Bert for rescuing his kidnapped daughter. Bert, who has lost his wife and suffered a heart attack, is piecing his life together when he is faced with another crisis. He is asked to find another kidnapped girl. His budding romance with the beguiling Sabrina makes him reluctant, but he is soon enmeshed in a frightening and mysterious struggle.
They say that every 100 years or so, nature throws humans a curveball in the form of a pandemic. The effects, challenges, and changes may not be the same, still, a pandemic affects us all. But soon, everything we are experiencing will be part of history. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has not only slowed us down, but also changed the way we work, live, and plan for the future. Not only for the duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Modified ECQ, or General Community Quarantine (GCQ), but for a very long time. The Quarantined Thoughts book project (formerly called Coronavirus Chronicles) was created to give people something to do at home during the ECQ in March 2020. Our goal is to encourage everyone to chronicle life during a pandemic and help process thoughts and feelings through writing. Each of us has stories that deserve to be told. This is one of the many volumes. You can read Quarantined Thoughts Vol 1 here for free: https://bit.ly/ReadQTVOL1 This is Volume 2 with stories from: ✔️ Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla (Philippines) ✔️ Jill Barcelona-Suzuki (Japan) ✔️ Krishna Lou Ayungao (Philippines/USA) ✔️ Aurora Castillo Pulido (USA) ✔️ Kaye Angelyah Pingol (Philippines) ✔️ Ara D. Larosa (Philippines) ✔️ Rachel Arandilla (Philippines) ✔️ Reagan A. Latumbo (Philippines) ✔️ Ivy Antonio (Spain) ✔️ Kei B. Suzuki (Japan) ✔️ Paulo Lorenzo L. Garcia (Philippines) ✔️ Albert Gavino (Philippines) ✔️ Trizza Tolentino (Philippines) ✔️ Anjali Sinha (India) ✔️ Danica D. Profeta (Philippines) ✔️ Erika April V. Cruz (Philippines) ✔️ Ava Banzuela Esplanada (Philippines) ✔️ Jeffrey G. Delfin (Philippines) ✔️ Kathleen May C. Gagasa (Philippines) Both volumes have paid versions on Amazon/Kindle and Google Play. The sales from Amazon/Kindle and Google Play will be divided among the 20 authors. Each author will then have the option to donate their royalties to the ABS-CBN Pantawid ng Pag-ibig - a program of ABS-CBN that uses cash donations "to buy food and basic necessities which are then distributed to different communities in need" in the Philippines, especially those greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The author can also donate his royalties to the charity of his choice. If you decide to buy and read the Amazon/Kindle and Google Play paid version, thank you for helping us raise funds! A little goes a long way!
True stories and hard-won lessons about a life of hockey, from a Stanley Cup champion and top analyst. “I was unconscious before I hit the ice. The fight happened in New York, where just three years before I’d won the Stanley Cup with the Rangers. And now, I was literally fighting to keep my job with the Toronto Maple Leafs, to prove I could help my team. I didn’t know it, but my playing career was about to end.” As a child growing up in Toronto, Nick Kypreos lived for hockey and dreamed of following in his idols’ footsteps to play in the NHL. Hockey was an important part of the Kypreos household. It was largely through the game that his immigrant Greek parents acclimatized to their new lives in Canada, and from a young age “Kyper” proved he was more than good enough to move through the ranks. But he was never a top prospect—he didn’t even attend the NHL draft when he became eligible. And yet, through dedication and constant improvement, he made it to the show. Kypreos built a career on his tireless work ethic and made a name for himself for always having a positive influence on team morale. A medium-weight fighter, he squared off with the league’s toughest players, including Chris Simon, Joey Kocur, and Scott Stevens—anything to give his team an edge. Ultimately, he was brought to the New York Rangers to help them win the Stanley Cup in 1994—their first in 54 years—with the legendary Mark Messier. And then he got to live his other dream: playing for his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. When a concussion forced him to retire early, it changed his life. But the lessons he’d learned on the ice over eight seasons helped him build a new career as a top hockey analyst and personality for Sportsnet. For twenty seasons he provided unique insight on the evolving game, and a player’s perspective on the biggest discussions of the day. Revealing, fun, and brutally honest, Undrafted shows the challenges of being a pro player. It’s a story of the resilience it takes to prove yourself every night, and how the right attitude can lead to the greatest success, not only in the arena, but in life.
Ultra-Boiled is hard-boiled on steroids. 23 stories by Gary Lovisi that are guaranteed to make you nervous because of their extreme attitude. Lovisi discusses the genre of hard-boiled noir in his introduction and promises these 23 stories are among his most disturbing.
In the second Farmer’s Daughter Mystery from the national bestselling author of No Farm, No Foul, farm owner and blogger Shelby McDonald must field another murder mystery.... The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon. But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend. INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES
A thrilling tale about football and sportsmanship by American novelist Ralph Henry Barbour, who wrote some famous works of sports fiction for boys in the early 1900s. His stories teach the significance of sports, teamwork, and school spirit. A must-read for football fans.
“An absolutely stunning work of fiction.” - Goodreads Reviewer Six strangers wake from the Fever, only to discover they've lost everything, the world has gone mad, and even they begin to change in the most impossible ways. The Great Alone meets X-Men in this bone-chilling, heart-wrenching adventure series about an unlikely family, surviving the end of the world in the Alaskan frontier. This gritty, post-apocalyptic collection includes over a 1,000 pages of grueling landscapes, epic love stories, and action-packed adventures that will leave you craving more. Perfect for fans of Kresley Cole's Arcana Chronicles, Nora Roberts' Chronicles of The One, and Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone. “One of the best series ever read!" - Amazon Reviewer Volume One includes the first three installments: 1 - The Darkest Winter 2 - The Longest Night 3 - Midnight Sun Since the outbreak spread from the lower forty-eight, new monsters lurk in the darkness. When Elle wakes from the fever, capable of horrific deeds, she fears she’s one of them. After the world goes mad and takes his family with it, Jackson tosses aside his badge and decides a bottle of bourbon and the depths of despair are preferable to any semblance of living. All of that changes, however, when a group of young survivors are in dire need of his help and Jackson sacrifices his blissful oblivion in order to keep them safe. As the six survivors trek further away from the collapsing cities, they must rely on Jackson's knowledge of the backcountry and the traditions of his people, or succumb to the dangers of the Alaskan wilderness. But the north isn't all that is savage anymore. Prepare to feel the cold in your bones in this soul-stirring series about misfit strangers who face the horrors of a virus-ravaged world, and the hope, love, and family they find in one another along the way. These are the Savage North Chronicles, books 1, 2, & 3. *CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT AND TRIGGERS FOR SOME* SAVAGE NORTH CHRONICLES INCLUDES: The Darkest Winter The Longest Night Midnight Sun Fading Shadows Untamed Unbroken Day Zero - Beginnings (Origin Stories) **** Keywords: science fiction and fantasy survival series, post-apocalyptic adventure, gritty dystopian setting, genetically engineered superheroes, Alaska native, superhuman, alaskan frontier wilderness survival, pandemic and plague, X-men superpowers meets The Walking Dead grit, slow-burn romance, homesteading, winter survival, second chance love story, Kyla Stone Edge of Collapse and Last Sanctuary, Sarah Lyons Fleming Cascadia Series, Lindsey Sparks, Lindsey Fairleigh, The Ending Series, the Ending World, Nora Roberts Year One, Kresley Cole The Arcana Chronicles, Stephen King horror story The Stand, telepathy, telekinesis, Haida, indigenous people, Alaskan culture, wildlife
Prepare to feel the cold in your bones in this soul-stirring series about six strangers who face the horrors of a virus-ravaged world, and the hope, love, and family they find in one another along the way. These are the Savage North Chronicles. Over 2,000 pages of superhuman abilities, harrowing adventures, and heartwarming moments that will give you all the feels. What readers are saying... ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "One of the most beautiful series ever read." - Amazon Reviewer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "You feel the lump in your throat, the tears in your eyes, and the fullness in your heart. That's what these characters, this series gives to me." - Jennifer G, Vine Voice ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "I was obsessively in love!" - Carol Goodreads Addict Reviews ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "The chemistry between Elle and Jackson smolders." - Amazon Reviewer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "At roughly 3am I knew sleep was not happening!" -Amazon Reviewer Savage North Chronicles Reading Order: 1. THE DARKEST WINTER Elle - Haunting shadows are nothing new to Elle St. James, she’s been running from them all her life. But since the outbreak spread from the lower forty-eight, new monsters lurk in the darkness. After Elle wakes from the fever, capable of horrific deeds, she fears she’s one of them. Jackson - After the world goes mad and takes his family with it, Jackson Mitchell tosses aside his badge and decides a bottle of bourbon and the depths of despair are preferable to any semblance of living. All of that changes, however, when a group of young survivors are in dire need of his help and Jackson sacrifices his blissful oblivion in order to keep them safe.Brought together under the worst possible circumstances, Elle and Jackson must face the inexplicable realities of the new world. Their past lives are over, and the arctic isn’t all that’s savage anymore. 2 THE LONGEST NIGHT, prequel novella Life seemed complicated for Sophie when she had teen pregnancy and her squeaky-clean reputation as the mayor’s daughter to worry about. Now, everything is changed. Bloodcurdling screams pierce the night air and lurid memories haunt feverish dreams. Alex is the new kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and it’s all he can do to keep his head down until his eighteenth birthday when he can leave his life in foster care behind him. But Alex doesn’t realize he and the quiet girl from class with lonely, blue eyes are fated in the most impossible way imaginable. 3. MIDNIGHT SUN The six of them survived the Alaskan winter after the Virus devastated the North, but summer in the land of the midnight sun is fraught with a brutality of its own—long, grueling days, mosquito-ridden evenings, and woods with lurking shadows more dangerous than grizzlies. 4. FADING SHADOWS Crazed survivors and Ability-hungry madmen aren’t the only repercussions of the Virus, and when a new, unforeseen danger threatens the townspeople, Kat must embrace her unharnessed Ability she’s been trying for years to avoid. 5. UNTAMED Beau has learned to embrace his Ability, but when he loses his best friend, Beau’s world crumbles all over again. Brokenhearted, he embarks on a transformative journey of self-discovery, fraught with danger and adventure, and most unexpectedly, love. But the scars left in the wake of the Virus run deeper than Beau can possibly imagine. 6. UNBROKEN Thea fears the moment she’ll have to use her telekinesis again. After all, the mere flick of her wrist in the heat of the moment could prove fatal for someone she loves, and she already has enough blood on her hands to last her a lifetime. So, Thea jumps at the chance to shrug off the shadows of her youth and prove to herself she’s unbroken. Hunter and Thea have never gotten along, and three weeks together could be Hunter’s undoing...just not in the way he’s expecting. Keywords: a post-apocalyptic survival action adventure series, science fiction and fantasy survival fiction, superhuman, supernatural super powers, for fans of The Stand by Stephen King, The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. In The Ending Series world by lindsey fairleigh, lindsey pogue, lindsey sparks, pandemic and Virus outbreak, gritty apocalypse and horror setting, science fiction and genetic engineering
They survived the Alaskan winter after the Virus devastated the North, but summer in the land of the midnight sun is fraught with a brutality of its own—long, grueling days, mosquito-ridden evenings, and woods with lurking shadows more dangerous than grizzlies. With the discovery of impossible superhuman Abilities, and the looming threat of General Herodson in the lower forty-eight, the Yukon is no longer the refuge it once was. After deciding to stay in Whitehorse, Elle and Jackson work tirelessly to build a self-sufficient home and protect their newfound family. But, it’s not long before they realize that even if the world as they once knew it is long gone, everyone’s turbulent pasts still linger, and surviving the Virus was only the beginning. Sophie’s troublesome dreams begin to worsen, and her Ability makes it impossible for the people she cares about to get closer to her, especially Alex. As her friendship with Phil strengthens, and Alex pulls further and further away, she begins to question her reality, and above all else, her sanity. When whispers of dissension and chaos among the General’s ranks reach Whitehorse, and other survivors begin to amass in Hartley Bay, Alex jumps at the chance to explore the world beyond the group’s safe haven, and leave his bitterness behind. But when alarming news from home reaches him, Alex must face his fears once and for all, or risk losing everything good he’s ever known. From the author of the bestselling, post-apocalyptic world of The Ending Series, comes a new standalone series of epic adventure set in the virus-ravaged world of The Ending. The Savage North Chronicles contain new characters, locations, and adventures — they can be enjoyed on their own or in conjunction with The Ending Series novels. The Savage North Chronicles (An Ending World series) 1. The Darkest Winter 2. The Longest Night 3. Midnight Sun 4. Fading Shadows 5. Untamed 6. Unbroken 0. Day Zero: Beginnings (prequel story collection) *** Keywords: a complete science fiction fantasy series, perfect for fans of Kresley Cole and the arcana chronicles, Nora Roberts Year One, includes the following topics: first loves, second chances, coming of age, friends to lovers, telekinesis, telepathy, post-apocalyptic survival, farming, action adventure science fiction series, dystopian end of the world series, homesteading, wilderness survival, Canada farming series, superhero powers, dystopian settings, virus, pandemic, plague, science fiction genetic engineering, lindsey sparks, lindsey fairleigh, the ending series, women's fiction, young adult science fiction fantasy series