Magian High

By Lia London

MAGIAN HIGH ~ where the bullies fly and throw fire balls.

Kincaid Riley, a senior at Magian High, just wants to bring people together ~ smart kids, athletic kids, and magic kids. When his lobbying efforts to desegregate the town’s schools finds success, he stands ready to help transfers from other schools in the district. He’s sure the bullying Punkers will settle down and stop harassing the new students soon. He’s wrong.

Amity Griffin is in line to be valedictorian at Wiser High, the high school noted for academic brilliance. When the district scrambles her plans and forces her to attend Magian High, she is furious … until she meets Kincaid and discovers there are more ways than one to be smart. In fact, kids will have to get over all kinds of prejudices and preconceptions about people who are different if they are going to save the school — and their lives!

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

An accused main character creates a novel tie.

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About the Author

Lia LondonLia London was born in southern Oregon and raised as a military brat in North Carolina and Scotland before returning to Oregon. She attended Western Oregon University and earned degrees in Language Arts Education and the Performing Arts. Upon graduation, she served for 18 months as a missionary in Guatemala, teaching cholera prevention, literacy, and gospel messages. She worked as a high school teacher and ESL instructor for college students for a few years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

London currently home schools her two teens, plays the organ at her church, and volunteers in her community. She also is the founder and chief administrator of a network called Clean Indie Reads, an organization of over 2500 authors, illustrators, and marketing specialists who work in the independent publishing industry.

She loves milk chocolate, extra-cheesy pizza and cuddling with her cute dog to watch old movies and TV shows from the 50s and 60s.

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Montgomery House

By Katharine E. Hamilton

Elizabeth Montgomery wishes to honor her grandfather’s memory by moving back to her hometown of Quinton, Georgia, to take care of her grandmother and to remodel their family home. Unfortunately, rumors spread of mysterious happenings haunting the property, and the only contractor willing to take on the project is Jackson Dean, the long lost nephew of her grandmother’s chief enemy.

Jackson Dean moves to Georgia to reignite his family relations, but his work poses a threat to a peaceful transition. He accepts the job on Montgomery House to prove his skills as a contractor, but what he is not expecting are his feelings towards the granddaughter of Sissy Montgomery, and his personal quest to mend more than just the house.

Elizabeth and Jackson must learn to work together on more than just construction, and their hearts must face more than just family prejudice.

Can years of family rivalry truly be forgiven?

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

Forgiveness is a strong tie.

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About the Author

Katharine E. Hamilton graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and uses her knack for research in all her stories. She is a Southern Belle with a pinch of sass, and when she is not writing she can be found chasing around her toddler son, driving around the ranch, or baking delicacies for local parties and events.

Katharine currently resides on a ranch in South Texas where the skies and rivers, in all their beauty, rejuvenate the soul.

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HOW TO: Stick Your Neighbor

(Without Starting War)

By Earl Chinnici

Looking for a family-friendly card game that will provide hours of entertainment without quarrels or pouting?

This probably isn’t for you!

Actually, the card game called stick your neighbor can provide hours of fun with little to no pouting or fighting so long as all the players understand and agree upon the rules before playing.

That’s where this little book delivers.

Though the rules set forth in this book are by no means “official,” they should help create an environment free of bloodied noses or crumbled cards and pave the way to bliss even in the most dysfunctional of families.

(Disclaimers: Previous statements not based on reality. Results may vary.For entertainment purposes only.Use at your own risk.)

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

The American Civil War is the setting of the previous book, The Candle Star by Michelle Isenhoff. The author of HOW TO: Stick Your Neighbor (Without Starting War) hopes to help prevent a repeat of this time in history.

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Earl Chinnici was born April 18, 1970 in Miami, Florida. In the summer of 1982 his family relocated to Lake City, Florida.

His first book, “Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You” is an intimate account of his journey to overcome severe tobacco cigarette addiction and also conveys the story of the start of his writing career. He is now working on several fictitious masterpieces as well as additional non-fiction.

Besides writing, Earl Chinnici also owns and operates a remote access computer help desk and consulting service, the website you are now viewing, and is on a team of administrators of a large writers group, especially for independent authors of clean fiction.

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Augment

By Heather Hayden

By Government-enforced mandate, genetic augmentation and implant technology cannot coexist in the same human body. Sixteen year old Viki’s life has depended on her implants since she was five.

Now her implants are failing.

When Viki discovers that the malfunctions are due to illegal augmentation, she is determined to find those responsible. However, Agent Smith of the Search and Retrieval Bureau is also looking for the geneticists who augmented Viki, and his orders are to capture them by any means necessary–even if it requires risking Viki’s life by using her as bait.

Viki’s friend Halle, a rogue AI, is doing its best to help her search, but Halle has its own problems. Agent Smith had been closing in on the AI before being reassigned to Viki’s case, and Smith’s partner is still on the hunt. Searching for the geneticists risks exposing Halle, but Viki and her friend must find them first–they are her only chance for survival.

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

Augment ties into Heart of the Winterland because they both feature non-human best friends.

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About the Author

Heather Hayden lives in three places, sometimes simultaneously. Although her corporeal form is most often found in the beautiful state of Maine, her mind tends to wander in whatever made-up world she’s currently obsessed with, while her emotional core splits itself between loved ones, writing, and a gorgeous red sand beach she can rarely visit but which has been an inspirational place to walk on many an occasion.

Heather loves reading science fiction and fantasy. It should come to no surprise that these are also her favorite genres to write. She tends to lean toward the YA age group, since that’s her preferred reading level. She loves action, well-developed characters, and descriptions that paint a beautiful scene without distracting from the story.

When not lost in the world of words, Heather can be found hanging out with friends and family, playing computer games, and catching up on her favorite shows. Her favorite foods are pizza, onigiri, sushi, ice-cream, and – of course – chocolate.

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Heart of the Winterland

By Kristen Kooistra

The Princess
On her 200th birthday, the enchantment that holds Princess Calisandra in a state of apathy breaks. Full of questions about her kingdom’s history and what lies outside the borders of her snow-cursed kingdom, she leaves home in search of answers.

The Sorceress
Fate has always been against Amee. Orphaned as a baby, she grew up with darkness snuffing out what little light she could find in her life. When her spirit breaks, she sequesters herself in the border forest. Powerful and angry, she waits …

The Guardian
An orb formed to protect Cali, Voice has never had a purpose beyond caring for the princess’s needs. But as she joins Cali on her journey and the spell that confined her breaks, she starts to wonder about her place in the world.

The Captain
Captain Kota, in forced exile from her homeland, swears that never again will she be powerless. Ascending the ranks of the Shayal guard, her latest mission is to find the one who has escaped Duke Bludgaard.

The Fugitive
A desperate search has brought Angel far from her home, but now Captain Kota’s relentless pursuit keeps her from her task. When she crosses paths with a naïve princess and a sage orb, she finds more than she anticipated.

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

Princess Calisandra is the crown princess of her world like Princess Lily from The Firethorn Crown.

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About the Author

Kristen Kooistra fell in love with reading at a young age and never resurfaced. She loved solving mysteries, riding across the prairie, and sailing on the open sea. But her favorite books were those that held the fantastical. So when the time came for her to seriously approach publishing a book, it had to be fantasy!

Living in Michigan (her own winterland) with her husband, three kids, and two cats, she has lots of free time … Okay, so more like she squeezes in writing time late at night when only the cats are awake to pester her.

Tucked into a quiet countryside, Kristen spends most of her time being Mommy. She loves spending time with her family and hopes that her writing will entertain and inspire them as well.

Besides writing, Kristen enjoys reading (of course!), chatting with her writer’s group, sewing, swimming, gardening, and cooking (please no baking!). She also loves doing just about everything with her kids and has come to realize that life is a lot more fun when you see it through the eyes of a child.

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