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Author name: Diane Nelson

DA-200-300Title of book: Dragon Academy


Nick trains horses, but teenage dragons with ’tude stretch his skills and his patience to the limit. With the military “very interested,” there’s not a lot of margin for error. And when things go wrong, it hurls everyone into a race against time and the overwhelming forces of nature.


[The dragons have arrived at the farm. Nick and his friends tackle the dangerous job of unloading them from the tractor trailer.]

Nick braced for what he knew was coming. Michael stood poised to lunge after his femme, the long elegant neck arched with anxiety. His cobalt blue eyes, ringed with a pearlescent green, flashed concern as Nikita sauntered away from the tractor trailer, meekly following Maxie toward the indoor. As Michael lunged, neck extended, Nick flipped the halter over his snout, clipping the latch at the last second. Michael landed with a thud and spun to face down his attacker.

AnnaLise moaned, “Be careful, Nick. He’s upset and thinks you are the poacher between him and his femme.”

“I know, Aunt Anna. It’s okay.”

Nick fingered the leather handhold on the chain lead, tugging gently to pull Michael’s head toward him. The male’s nostrils distended ominously, his lungs filling with oxygen, rapidly circulating through oversized arteries, ready to fuel the gland that acted like an oxyacetylene torch. Nick attempted to move to a neutral position on the male’s shoulder but Michael circled, following Nick’s every movement with precision and contempt.

“Uncle Dietrich? You better get everybody behind the rig. This bad boy and I have a little dance to do.” Nick nodded confidently to the group, now scurrying to keep the tractor trailer as a bunker between the agitated dragon and themselves.

Will called out, “Nick, keep him circling. Don’t let him get a straight-line bead on you. Remember that the flame comes out as a cone. You’ve got to avoid that.”

Nick nodded, never taking his eyes off the menacing male. “Okay, buster. You wanna dance? Let’s do it.”

Bio and blog link:

Diane Nelson was a social studies teacher (briefly), a Political Science instructor, and analytical chemist. When she opted out of the rat race, there were stories to tell. She spins tales of conflicted heroes in dark urban fantasy worlds, where para is the new normal and the mythologies of our deepest fears come to life.

Name of publisher… PubRight

Cover Artist: Sessha Batto

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Name of author: Penny Estelle

Billy Coopers Awesome Nightmare 200x300Title of book: Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare


Billy Cooper’s seventh grade class has been given a last-minute weekend assignment.  An oral book report, due Monday, on some stupid historical figure, he draws from a box.

Who the heck is William Tell?

His outlook changes when he finds himself in the fourteenth century, standing in front of William Tell’s house.  Billy’s present day style and lingo has William Tell thinking the lad a bit unbalanced, but asks him to go along with him and his son to the town of Altdorf, where Billy learns who William Tell is and why he is a legend.


Billy turned to William. “Dude, it’s a hat….a stupid hat. Really? Go to jail? You don’t even have to bow all the way,” he whispered, “just bend a little and call the guy a jerk under your breath.”

“I am a free man. I will not bow to a hat!” William stated loudly.

A booming voice rang out behind them. “Your disrespect for me will not be tolerated and you will be punished!”

William turned to see the Governor and several guardsmen behind them. “We do not live in Altdorf. I knew nothing of your proclamation. Still, you expect people to bow down to an empty hat?”

“Oh crap,” Billy muttered.

“What is your name?” Gessler asked.

“William Tell.”

“I have heard of you, Tell,” Gessler said, looking down from his horse. “Your skill as an archer is known far and wide.”

Tell did not respond, but Walter was quick to pipe up. “That is true. My father is the very best archer in all the lands!”

“Bro, ix-nay on the alk-tay,” Billy whispered.

“I am not an unreasonable man,” Gessler sneered. “I will make you a proposition, Tell. At fifty paces, your son will have an apple placed on his head. If you shoot if off successfully, you may go. If you miss, or you refuse, you both die!”


I was a school secretary for 21 years.  We moved to our retirement home in Kingman, AZ, on very rural 54 acres.  We use solar and wind power—a real adjustment for a city girl, but I love it.  At night, the sky is an explosion of stars.  It is breathtaking!

Publisher:  MuseItUp Publishing

Cover Artist:  Charlotte Volnek

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Author: Kelly Abell

Haunted Destiny smallName of novel: Haunted Destiny

Blurb: Haunted Destiny is the story of one teenage girl and how she learns to deal with a special gift to see and talk to the dead.  Is it a blessing or a curse?  With the guidance of her strange grandmother, Destiny faces a choice to do battle with evil or let it consume the one girl who’s made her life impossible.

Destiny Dove is the only survivor of a tragic car crash that killed her parents and baby brother. A teen uprooted from her home, she is forced to live with her New Age Grandmother whom she’s been taught her entire life to fear. If that’s not enough, Destiny soon discovers she has developed the family gift of being able to see and talk to ghosts, The Shade Sight, her grandmother calls it. Grams Rose will be the one person who can help her understand her haunted destiny.

When Destiny meets hot hunk Jake Turner along with his jealous girlfriend Amy, sparks immediately fly. Jakes sees Destiny as a new kindred spirit, while Amy sees her as a threat and is determined to ruin Destiny’s life at Blake High. But when Amy’s mother, an antiques dealer, buys Amy some old furniture, it comes with a lot more than anyone bargained for.

Only Destiny stands between Amy and an ancient ghostly evil so strong it might just take the entire town of Arcadia down with it. When called upon, can Destiny forgive and draw upon her new gift to save Amy and a group of local teens from certain destruction?

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Kelly is the author of five novels with three different publishers. She writes young adult thrillers as well as adult romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Her aim is to write about gripping characters in tense situations that keep a reader turning the pages. She also spends a great deal of time helping other writers through her Writing Tips on her website and as a board member of the Paranormal Romance guild and a member of the Florida Writer’s Association.

Publisher:  World Castle Publishing

Cover Artist: not available

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Name of Author: Ros Gemmell

the Jigsaw Puzzle 200x300Title of Book: The Jigsaw Puzzle


Twelve-year-old asthmatic Daniel stays with his bossy cousin, Amy, her mum, and two cats in the Scottish countryside during the Christmas holidays while his parents take a trip to sort out their problems. When Amy and Daniel make up an old jigsaw puzzle, the cottage and garden begin to change.

In between searching for the missing Title Deeds of the cottage, they complete the jigsaw and find a strange rhyming puzzle hidden within the box. Then Daniel and Amy become trapped in the past. Will they solve the cryptic written puzzle and find their way back to the present before it’s too late to save themselves, the destruction of the woods, and their cottage?


They ran through the house again, checking the other door and all the windows. Nothing would open. Daniel’s heart beat faster. His face started to get all hot and sweaty. Then his chest tightened. Difficult to get breath… He gasped a few times, trying to suck in some air. He needed his inhaler. He put his hand in his pocket. It wasn’t there! He searched the other pocket. Same thing. Then he remembered. He’d put it on the table in the real house during that asthma attack while watching the cartoons.

He started to breathe even quicker, panic taking over at not having his inhaler. Daniel leaned against the wall, half-bent over, gasping for another breath. He was going to die here! And Amy would be all alone, trapped in a house that didn’t exist like this any more.

Bio: Rosemary Gemmell is a Scottish freelance writer whose short stories, articles and children’s stories are published in UK national magazines, in the US, and online. The Jigsaw Puzzle is her second tween book published by MuseItUp Publishing (as Ros). Her first tween book, Summer of the Eagles, was published last year. Her historical novels, Dangerous Deceit and Mischief at Mulberry Manor are published under the name Romy. Rosemary is a member of the Society of Authors, the Scottish Association of Writers and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Cover Artist: C.K.Volnek

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Name of Author:  KC Sprayberry

softly say goodbye (220 jpgTitle of Book: Softly Say Goodbye


Erin Sellers, along with her guy Bill and two friends, take on the issue of underage drinking at their high school. They use Twitter in an effort to identify those breaking the rules, but they learn even the best intentions can’t stop someone who doesn’t want to. Then tragedy strikes, and Erin almost quits, until she sees a news story. Can she overcome a horrific event and continue her quest?


The sound of liquid gurgling and a thunk distracts me as my art teacher, Mr. Janks, says he has a major announcement. An overwhelming urge prods me to confront the offender, but she’ll deny my accusation, even though everyone in the vicinity knows she just chugged some vodka.

Do it! My hands clench into fists. Tell Laura to quit! 

High school drunks totally piss me off. The urge to deal with the offender overcomes common sense. I start to turn around to give her a piece of my mind but stare in shock at my teacher instead.

A week before Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, I want to throw my books into the nearest trashcan and run until my legs give out. Here I am, sitting in my art class, and Mr. Janks announces we have to do a term project but not just any term project. Oh no! We have to develop a major project like cleaning up the Rec Center’s playground and painting a mural on the huge cylinders kids climb all over. Worse, I swear I heard something about a video. Who has time to do all that and a video?

“Tell me Mr. J didn’t say that,” I cry.

The now protesting students echo my feelings. The new issue drives all other thoughts out of my head. Oh yeah, I heard right, and the timing is rotten.

Tuck Amstead rolls his eyes and glances at me. “Total pits, Erin.”

“Maybe we heard wrong?” I offer.


KC Sprayberry has always written, no matter where she is. Her work was published as early as 1981 after placing third a contest with Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. After her youngest was born more than seventeen years ago, she pursued her passion adamantly.


Publisher: Solstice Publishing

 Cover Artist: Select-O-Grafix LLC

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