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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