Cover Reveal for Numbers Ignite!

Numbers Ignite
Rebecca Rode
(Numbers Game, #2)
Publication date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Treena and Vance think they’ve pulled out of the numbers game forever. They’re wrong.

After Treena’s disastrous attempt to unite the nation, she has the deaths of hundreds haunting her dreams. Now, with hatred and accusations following her past the border, she’s determined to leave that horrible day behind and find a peaceful, uneventful life with Vance and the settlers. But when she starts seeing mysterious figures hiding in the abandoned cities at night and uncovers a strange desert population, she realizes there’s a danger much greater than NORA to worry about—and she just abandoned her people to their fate.

Vance is a prisoner. Being rejected by the girl he loves and put on trial for betraying his clan are bad enough, but now he’s been framed for a crime he never committed. Their less-than-perfect refuge has become the political game of a madman, and Vance is the only one who can stop it—if he can keep from being executed first.

Treena and Vance are still very much in the game, and this time it will take everything they have to save those they love.

*Numbers Ignite is the sequel to the runaway Amazon #1 Bestseller, Numbers Game.

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REBECCA RODE is an award-winning author, journalist, and mother of four. She is the author of the YA dystopian novel, NUMBERS GAME, and the inspirational book, HOW TO HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU’RE FALLING TO PIECES. She also writes for Deseret News,, FamilyShare, and Provo Daily Herald. However, her true love is writing for teenagers. She enjoys traveling, reading, and martial arts, and she has a ridiculous addiction to chocolate-banana shakes. Visit her at

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Andrea Pearson

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Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

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Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

This doesn’t stop her from competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

Nicole turns to her best friend, Lizzie, for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.


Adrienne Monson

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Leisha used to be a loving mother with a perfect family, but that was more than 2,000 years ago. Though she holds the memory of that time dear to her heart, she must now focus on trying to escape the eternal and bloody war between her kind—the Vampires—and the Immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy her people. Leisha soon finds herself captured by the government, only to be saved by a young and mysterious human girl. What follows is the beginning of a long and tortuous journey as Leisha and her newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can bring an end to the conflict—the prophecy child.

Blood Crown

Ali Cross

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Genre: Science Fiction

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Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them. But it wasn’t always so. Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorem was to be humanity’s crowning glory and the key to their survival in deep space. But Serantha, Daughter of the West, was the last female to receive Gifts from her Servant and when the Mind mutinied, she was hidden away, and presumed dead. Without Serantha there is no hope of the Blood Crown being realized so Nicolai, Son of the East, abandons his crown to join the rebel forces. He might not provide the future for his people he had once dreamed of, but he will not go down without a fight. When Nicolai discovers Sera among a small compliment of kitchen staff, everything changes–but Sera’s Gifts were never completed and she is ill-equipped to face a legion of androids determined to wipe her, and every other human, out of existence. Their only hope is the Blood Crown–but even if Serantha and Nicolai can realize their potential it may be too late to save mankind.

What If It’s Love?

Alix Nichols

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

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What If It’s Love? is Book One in the Bistro La Bohème series. Book Two, Falling for Emma, is on sale on Kindle for $0.99 (regularly priced $3.99) October 14-20.When the hottest man in Paris – Rob Dumont – shows interest in geeky, introverted heiress Lena, she suspects something fishy.
And so she should.

A New Beginning

Amelia C. Adams

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Genre: Western Romance

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Handsome young heir Adam Brody sees nothing but possibilities in the sprawling old building he’s just purchased. With a little hard work, he will transform it into a hotel to meet the needs of those traveling by railroad. Aunt Caroline believes he’s lost his mind, but she agrees to help him give it a try.
Left a widow with a small daughter, Elizabeth Caldwell must find work. When she sees an advertisement in the newspaper inquiring about cheerful young women to work in a hotel, she decides to apply. However, the hotel owner specifically requested single ladies, so she must hide her former marital status, and her child, if she wishes to get the job.
With cloudy pasts to overcome, both Adam and Elizabeth want to believe in a bright future. Will they find the strength they need in each other, or will their differences keep them apart?

Return to Moon Lake

Amy Gamet

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Lisa Addario is struggling to make peace with her family and her own bad decisions, while ex-soldier Greg Mora is desperate to carve a new life for himself after war. Can two broken people heal the wounds from their past, or will their demons destroy their chance at happiness forever?
Books in the Love on the Lake series (each can be read as a stand-alone story):
Treasure on Moon Lake (Tori and Jed)
Fortune on Moon Lake (Melanie and Rafael)
Return to Moon Lake (Lisa and Greg)

The Superstitious Romance

Anastasia Alexander

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Genre: Sweet Romance

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Friday the 13th has always been unlucky for history professor Camille Britain, and this one doesn’t seem any different. In an effort to escape her failed marriage, Camille is renting a cabin in beautiful Island Park, Idaho, where she meets wildlife photographer Jackson Armstrong, who scoffs at her superstitious ways and infuriates her with his offers of help.
Camille doesn’t need another man—not even one as compelling and attractive as Jackson. Especially when he seems hung up on another woman. And yet Camille can’t deny the passion between them or the way Jackson makes her feel.
This Friday the 13th upsets both their worlds by forcing Camille and Jackson to see things about themselves, their families, and each other that might—with a little help—change them forever. Maybe this time superstition is on their side.
The Superstitious Romance is a “sweet romance” about a strong woman who feels weak, a man who doubts himself, and a powerful love that changes everything.


Andreas Christensen

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Genre: Science Fiction

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When mankind faces extinction, how can anyone survive?

In 2072, Earth faces the ultimate extinction event. In an America turned authoritarian, a race against time begins. To send a starship to a distant planet, where the remains of humanity can survive. Only a small number will be chosen for this final endeavor to save mankind from extinction, and among the contenders only the most resourceful will have a chance.

But while the government wants to choose loyal subjects in order to create another version of the society they have engineered, there are those who secretly conspire to let the starfarers choose their own destiny, free from the bonds of their mother world.

As mankind on Earth faces its final blow, the selected few set course for Aurora, more than 40 light years away!

Follow Tina Hammer, scramjet pilot and officer, Kenneth Taylor, Harvard professor and alienated by the nation he once held so dear, Maria Solis, daughter to one of the richest men in the world, a girl who would never have been chosen, except for her dad’s money, on their various paths toward the greatest adventure in human history.

The Captain of Her Heart, Vol I of the Buchanan Saga

Anita Stansfield

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Genre: Historical Romance

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The year is 1777. As the brooding mists of war settle over a stark American battlefield, Captain Ritcherd Buchanan yearns for his native England—and for Kyrah Payne, the woman he loves. Wounded and disheartened, he eventually returns home, only to have Kyrah torn cruelly away from him and deported for a crime she didn’t commit. Desperate to bring her home, he joins a band of privateers and finds himself embracing the American patriot cause—a cause he’d once sworn to defeat.
All alone in a country at war, Kyrah becomes a victim of the breach between her own impoverished circumstances and the aristocratic upbringing of the man she loves. They had been best friends and confidants for more than half her life, but now she wonders if Ritcherd will ever be able to find her—or if he’ll even try. And she fears that the chasm between their worlds can never be bridged.
A powerful and deeply moving saga, its intricate plot expertly woven and guaranteed to keep any reader turning its pages. The only disappointment is that the book ends!


Ann Hunter

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Genre: YA Fantasy

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“My most beloved brothers, and father,
I feel as though I have failed you. With Mother’s death and the threat of Ciatlllait’s dark powers looming, I am not sure I am strong enough to save you. But I will try.
War is coming. I am just one girl. I feel so small, but I will draw strength from Mother’s final words: You are never alone.”
One vow. One curse. One thousand moons.
While Princess Aowyn’s six brothers are favored by their father, Aowyn is the jewel in her mother’s crown. When the Queen dies, Aowyn takes a vow to protect her brothers and father from the hungry eyes of the queen’s handmaiden, Ciatlllait – who is more than she seems.
In order to save her family, Aowyn risks a dangerous deal with the dark creature Sylas Mortas. But magic comes with a price: and Aowyn soon realizes the one she has paid is too steep.
Only true love can reverse the spell…but it will take one thousand moons. Can she keep to her word with war and romance on the horizon?
Set in a Celtic world, “Moonlight” is the story of faith and true love woven through a breathtaking coming of age retelling of the classic fairy tale “The Swan Princess”

Dead Running

Cami Checketts

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Genre: Clean Romantic Suspense

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Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them?
A light-hearted and clean romantic suspense, by #1 Bestselling Christian author, Cami Checketts, Dead Running will have you lacing up your running shoes and racing for the sequel, Dying to Run.


Dhayaa Anbajagane

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Genre: Science Fiction

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An ordinary man would fear the realm of the unknown.
An extraordinary boy would conquer it.
Enemies can come from a different country, different continent or even a different planet, but what if they came from a different Universe? When a freak space phenomenon threatens to tear open the ancient seals of the Universe, teenage rookie Q and his crew are told to head out and gather vital data on the situation.
What they weren’t told is they wouldn’t be coming back.
Thrilling, adventurous and action-packed, ConQuest promises to be a page turning read that’ll always keep you guessing.

New World Orders

Edward G. Talbot

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Genre: Political (Action) Thriller

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Killing Kennedy was only the beginning. . .
In the nineteen-sixties, a group of wealthy men concludes that it’s already too late to stop global warming from destroying the planet. But they have a plan to save themselves.
Twenty years later, Jack Crowley and Jim Patterson stumble onto the conspiracy, and every answer they find is accompanied by more questions – and more deaths.
Jack is a former idealist, turned cynical by his years working as a New York tabloid editor. But his enthusiasm returns as he looks into the work of a NASA scientist who tells Jack about cover-ups at the space agency. Jim is a detective with little patience for conspiracy nuts. But he hates loose ends, and is unable to let go of the inconsistencies in another suspicious NASA death. Soon, his investigation leads him to Jack, and they join forces.
As Jack and Jim dig deeper, they are targeted by the type of killers that don’t usually miss. From Washington to Las Vegas to the Middle East, they manage to stay one step ahead of their pursuers in a race to expose the truth, and maybe, just maybe, save the world.

With No Regrets

Julie N. Ford

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Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance

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Living With No Regrets Is Harder Than It Seems
Finley isn’t exactly sure when her life began to feel unfamiliar. She suspects the transformation started long before she caught her husband and fellow garden club member doing the white-trash-two-step on her new Bernhardt sofa. Now free from the shackles of a loveless marriage, and with her children off to college, she’s finally able to go searching for the missing pieces of her heart.
Finley’s best friend, Cathyanne, is already working hard to ensure that Finley finds true love this time around. But when Finley is unwittingly tossed into the arms of two men—their sexy trainer and her neighbor, a popular country star—Cathyanne fears finding the right guy will be more complicated than she ever could have imagined.
For Finley, building a new life feels as impossible as flying a paper airplane to the moon. But maybe, just maybe, with the right help, she will find her whole heart—even if it’s in the very last place she thinks to look.

To Swallow the Earth

Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox

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Movie Rating: PG for violence
Genre: Western Suspense

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108 years in the making! What if you came home after a journey and your family was no longer there? What if someone else was living in your house, running what you used to manage—and trying to kill you?
Wade Forester must stay in the shadows because, it seems, everyone has reason to shoot him. His father has disappeared, and his sister won’t speak a word to anyone. Beautiful Patricia Laughlin is searching for her family as well. Few people gain her trust or approval, though powerful landowner Bridger Calhoun just might be the man to do it.
After a clash throws them to opposite sides, Wade must decide if risking his life to help Patricia is worth the trouble. Bridger must win Patricia’s heart, and Patricia must learn which killer to trust with her life.
Set in Nevada’s historic silver rush, and reminiscent of Crichton, Grey, and L’Amour, the writing comes from intimate knowledge of the era and area. Having lived off the land, Wilcox depended on his wit, grit, and strength—and that of his animals—for survival, just as these characters do. Wilcox and Beckstrand weave authentic detail and care for the terrain and its creatures into a mystery that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the “rarefied air” of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Comes with additional short story.

Cold River

Liz Adair

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Movie Rating: PG for some mild adult themes
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Mandy Steenburg thinks her doctorate in education has prepared her to run any school district – until she tangles with the moonshine-making, coon-dog-owning denizens of a tiny district in Pacific Northwest timber country. She’s determined to make a difference, but the local populace still looks to the former superintendent for leadership. When Mandy lands in the middle of an old feud and someone keeps trying to kill her, instinct tells her to run. And though she has to literally swim through perilous waters, she finds a reason to stay and chance the odds.

Finding Success in Failure

Lucas Carlson

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Genre: Non-fiction Business Advice

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Want to make millions (or even billions) as an entrepreneur in just 18 months?
So did I. And I used to read anything that promised it.
It was a constant disappointment. Time after time I would read these books feeling like I couldn’t apply or reproduce their efforts.
But after 10 years of struggling, something finally clicked. I signed up over 100,000 users for what started out as just a side project, raised almost $10 million, and ended up having my company acquired.
So what did I do differently?
The real question you should be asking is what I DIDN’T do to find success in failure.
In every field, from chess to gymnastics, we can make bigger gains by reducing mistakes than by making winning moves. This is especially true in business. We study the greats, trying to extract valuable lessons, when avoiding a few key blunders would be more valuable.
Fortunately, advice on what not to do is universally applicable. The ways to fall down the mountain are shared by all climbers, no matter which path they’ve chosen.
This book is here to teach you how NOT to fall down the mountain.
How can you be an entrepreneur that beats the odds? How do you build a successful business that not only changes the world for the better, but creates generational wealth for you and your family? You simply need to avoid mistakes — and this book will show you how.

You Belong with Me

Melissa Storm

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Would you let your dog choose your boyfriend?
Maybe Charlie Rockwell should have thought a little harder before adopting the large, out-of-control rescue dog she saw featured on the local news—but, then again, her life has always been best with no waiting, no attachments, nobody to hold her back.
Will Porter lives a life of order and routine, so, of course, he’s miffed when a savage Rottweiler picks a fight with his golden retriever at the dog park. His anger quickly vanishes when he looks into the tearful eyes of the dog’s owner—eyes that look strikingly similar to his ex’s. Even though he’d like nothing more than to run in the other direction, he’s unable to ignore the beautiful stranger’s request for help in taming her new dog.
Can Will get past her resemblance to his ex and finally learn to love—and trust—again? And can Charlie find the fun in a simpler existence? Who knows, maybe opposites really do attract.

Paladin: Pawn

Michael Young

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Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

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When nerdy eighth-grader Rich Witz unwittingly becomes a paladin, a white knight in training, he is thrust into a world where flunking a test can change the course of history, and a mysterious bully is playing for keeps with his life.
Rich’s grandmother leaves him one thing before disappearing for good—a white chess pawn with his initials engraved on it. The pawn marks him as the next in an ancient line of white knights. He must prove himself in a life-or-death contest against his nemesis, a dark knight in training. With the ghost of an ancestor for his guide, he has seven days to complete four tasks of valor before his nemesis does, or join his guide in the realm of the dead.

Paradise Lot

R.E. Vance

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Movie Rating: PG13
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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The gods are gone. All of them.
Their last message to humanity was: “Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We’re leaving. Good luck.” At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people’s doorsteps.
Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on earth. Trouble is, after eons of living forever, they’re not very good at being mortal.
Caught in the middle is Jean-Luc, a struggling hotelier who (reluctantly) promised to help these wayward ‘Others’ live in this new GoneGod world. But taking care of his guests, keeping his hotel afloat and dealing with the constant drama of the Others’ lives is figuratively killing him. And now that an unusually strange Other is in town, his figurative demise might soon become more literal.
Paradise Lot is a new urban fantasy series by R.E. Vance that chronicles the adventures of the humans and ‘Others’ alike, as they struggle to navigate this strange, new post apocalyptic godless world.

The January Cove Series: Books 1-5

Rachel Hanna

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Movie Rating: PG13 for fade-to-black sex scenes
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The first 5 books of the January Cove series!
Welcome to January Cove, a quaint beach town on the coast of Georgia where true love always wins and happy endings are the catch of the day.
In the first 5 books of the January Cove series, you’ll meet the Parker family. There are 4 brothers (Kyle, Aaron, Jackson and Brad) and one sister (Addison). Books 1-5 follow each of the siblings through the trials of falling in love, and you’ll also meet their mother, Adele, who raised her five children alone after becoming a widow at a young age.
These books will make you swoon and leave you wanting more. Don’t start reading them before bed or you may not get a wink of sleep!
The January Cove series books are the perfect beach reads. If you love small town romance set in a beach town with rich characters and amazing love stories, this series will be a new favorite!

Numbers Game

Rebecca Rode

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Genre: Dystopian (Science Fiction)

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Treena isn’t sure she wants to be Rated anymore. Sure, she’s prepared for Rating Day her entire life. Sure, she’s one of the top contenders in Level Three school. But this number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. And then there’s the the issue of being within 100 points of her top-rated boyfriend if they’ll attend the academy together.
But Rating Day comes and her number is announced–and it shocks everyone.
To get her life and boyfriend back, Treena must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and gorgeous brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

The Change

Teyla Branton

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Death, Life, or Love—Unbounded Always Play for Keeps
There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities.
Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, the Emporium and the Renegades, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene.
As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her unique ability is vital to both groups in the race to secure an identification software that spells death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. Some will stop at nothing to use Erin as one more pawn in a battle that has spanned centuries. Erin’s undeniable attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps.
Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make The Change an exciting addition to the world of romantic urban fantasy.


Cover Reveal: Copper Reign

Copper Reign Final 1The tale of Sinauf was a secret nineteen-year-old Nina Douglas’ ancestors kept hidden for generations. But after six-hundred years of concealment, their protection has failed, bringing Nina’s fate into light, and revealing an inescapable truth.

The dark god of legend is real.

Caught in an ancient war still raging in the modern world, Nina is confronted with Sinauf—the embodiment of all she fears and desires. Like a moth drawn to a deadly flame, she must resist the seductive charm of an alluring monster, or prepare for the destruction of an entire universe.

Temptation is known by many names, and he is coming for her.

Shards Giveaway and Interview

shards-blog-bannerThere is a Shards giveaway from June 3rd-July 3rd! This is one you definitely want to enter! And if you haven’t read the first book of this series, you must check it out! (Links are at the bottom)

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1: Describe your book in one sentence.

Fiona: The shapeshifting Splinters that infest Prospero answer Ben and Mina’s resistance with some particularly horrible new tricks.

Matt: Shapeshifters, serial killers, urban legends and the vicious cycle of being a teenager surrounded by lies: this book has it all.

2: What’s your favorite music to listen to while you write?

Fiona: It depends on what I’m writing, Matt and I have a pretty weird, long playlist for The Prospero Chronicles, but mostly I listen to alternative rock along the lines of Rise Against to get me in an epic kind of mood, and emo pop like A Day to Remember to get me to open up with my characters. Plus a few of Mina’s major anthems in my head are P!nk’s “Please Don’t Leave Me,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” and Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me?” Oh, and the bad guy of Shards is all “Enter Sandman.”

Matt: Again, as with Fi, it depends on what I’m writing. My last few projects, both with Fiona and on my own have had me listening to an odd mix of disco, one hit wonders, 80’s hair metal, pop from the last 30 years and Marilyn Manson. Eclectic tastes for eclectic stories.

3: Do you like writing heroes or villains more?

Fiona: This is strange to say, considering how much I love reading and watching a good villain, but so far my favorites to write have been the heroes. One of my favorite parts of the process in fact is really getting into the head of the POV character, figuring out what they want, what their limits are, what makes them different. Shards does have my favorite villain I’ve worked on so far, though. I can’t give away his name yet, but he’s uniquely suited to test those heroes’ limits, and the rules for writing him were basically, once he hits the page, he doesn’t leave until he can make me uncomfortable. That was fun.

Matt: I’m going to go with an obvious answer for a less obvious reason and say I enjoy writing villains more. I don’t particularly like writing them because I think evil is just more fun and uninhibited, rather, I enjoy the challenge that villains offer. I can never just write someone who is evil for the sake of evil. I have to get in their head and understand why they’re doing what they’re doing and write them as if they are the heroes of their own story that we’re just not seeing (though, going by my own recent yet-to-be-published projects, you actually will see them). I enjoy the challenge of making the readers uncomfortable, even sympathetic toward following a villainous character, where at the end of the day you may actually find yourself rooting for them if it weren’t for the fact that they kinda want to take over the world.

4: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Fiona: Mina is probably my favorite thing I’ve ever created, period. She’s a hero, and she’s a long, long way from the standard heroine formula. She’s smart and tough and capable, and awkward and weird and paranoid and genuinely messed up in the head. She’s vicious and harsh and secretly incredibly vulnerable.

Matt: Mina’s a standout character, and while I enjoy writing for Ben, I found myself enjoying two of our supporting cast members even more than our two leads. Haley was a lot of fun to write for in this book, given her recovery from a pretty traumatic experience in the past book, where she tries to reconcile being the happy person she wants to be with the angrier, more bitter person she’s become given what the Splinters did to her. Another favorite, in a very weird way, is one of our new characters, Patrick Keamy. He’s everything I hated about a lot of the guys I knew

in high school, he’s loud, arrogant and violent, but in writing him and putting thought into him we wound up creating this character who’s weirdly principled for being as awful as he is, which made him a lot more fascinating to write.

5: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?

Fiona: I’m a sweet tooth type.

Matt: I love my sweets. Probably too much if my scale has anything to say about it.

5: What authors do you look up to and why?

Fiona: J.K. Rowling was my biggest inspiration as a kid, and she’s the standard I still look to for being able to pull readers head-over-heels into the world of the story and keep them there. Suzanne Collins changed the game and the standard for YA heroines and their quests, and a generation of women owes her a huge thanks. Lauren Oliver and John Green are my favorites for pure emotional resonance, and Scott Westerfeld for bringing the great potential for satire and social commentary in sci-fi into the YA realm.

Matt: I enjoy the works of Harry Turtledove and George R. R. Martin for their insane abilities to build worlds within reasonably realistic but still fantastical realms. Ditto Max Brooks, where although certain aspects of World War Z require more of a suspension of disbelief than I initially thought, it’s still a strong contender for my favorite book. That being said, I’m a horror geek who’s been alive these last 30 years, of course the writer I look up to most is Stephen King.

7: What’s your favorite food?

Fiona: Who can pick just one? Okay, I’m such a girl in that way, probably teriyaki steak and chocolate cookie dough ice cream.

Matt: Peanut butter and jelly on fresh sourdough.

8: What’s your favorite movie?

Fiona: I’ve never been able to settle on just one of these either. Chocolat was the reigning champion for a long time, but more recent movies are in competition now. Cabin in the Woods, the Tim Burton adaptation of Sweeney Todd, The Fault in our Stars movie adaptation, and this year alone has been crowding my list with Unfriended, It Follows, and Mad Max: Fury Road (brainless-sounding title, amazing movie).

Matt: I love movies so much that this is a nearly impossible spot to fill. That said, there’s a select list of movies that I can watch over and over without getting really tired of, so my favorite movie’s bound to be somewhere in there: Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Jaws, The Room, True Lies, Star Wars, Cabin in the Woods. Like Fi, Mad Max: Fury Road is a strong contender to being added to that list, but for being so new I can’t quite pull the trigger on that yet.

9: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

Fiona: Mina was basically written for Chloe Moretz. Ever since I first saw her in Kick-Ass, I wanted her to play one of my characters someday. The rest of the younger characters we never really matched to ideal actors, because we always hoped they’d be played by real teens, especially at first, since it’s a five book series that would take a long time to film in its entirety, so anyone who struck us as possible, we’d instantly think, “oh, but they’d be in their twenties by the time the first movie would start shooting under the best circumstances.” We’ve got favorites picked for a lot of the older generation, though. Michael Emmerson for Sam Todd, Kevin Klein for The Old Man, Sacha Baron Cohen for Alexei Smith, Bruce Campbell for Mr. Finn, and Elizabeth Mitchell for Ben’s Aunt Christine.

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Author Interview: Jenniffer Wardell

Jenniffer Wardell’s latest release, Beast Charming, just released. If it’s anything like her debut novel, we’re in for a real treat! Read below to get to know the author and learn more about Beast Charming.


Beast-Charming-cover-web1: What’s your favorite music to listen to while you write?

I can’t listen to music while I write, because the lyrics start a fistfight with the words of the story and it ends up in a big mess all over the page.

2: Do you like writing heroes or villains more?

I like writing heroes better, but only if they’re flawed heroes. Perfection is dull.

3: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

For writers, the characters in our books are distressingly similar to our children, and if I tried to pick one as a favorite I’d feel far too guilty any time I even thought about the other ones. Generally, though, I’m fondest of whichever character is being most witty at the moment.

4: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?

Depends on my craving.

5: What authors do you look up to and why?

Terry Pratchett was a genius, and the world is a duller place now that he’s not in it. He could combine humor and truth better than anyone, and he had a way of turning fantasy inside out that made it both seem incredibly real and somehow more magical at the same time.

6: Which author do you think you write like the most?

I had someone compare me to Terry Pratchett, once. I nearly cried I was so happy.

7: What’s your favorite food?

There’s too many to list.

8: What’s your favorite movie?

Same as above. The world is a varied, magical place, full of delicious things for both the mind and the body, and I’m delighted by nearly all of it.

9: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

I have to admit that Kat Dennings is my fantasy Beauty, mostly because of the sarcasm that radiates out of her every pore. James (aka Beast) would probably require major CGI, but I’d love it if he was voiced by Karl Urban. The man can get such a great growl in his voice.

10: Describe your book in one sentence.

Beauty and the Beast with a better sense of humor, family drama, and some aggression issues.

11: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?

I’d love to have them talk to me, whatever their preferred format is. (If you want to go straight to e-mail, it’s

12: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

Somewhere in between. I go quiet in big crowds, but if it’s someone I’m comfortable with I will absolutely talk their ear off (often with dramatic hand gestures, which have thankfully not injured anyone so far).

13: If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Terry Pratchett. I’d like to have had a chance to give him a hug and tell him thank you.


Book Blurb: 

Beauty Tremain had spent her life being thrown into the path

of ogres and noblemen by her title-hungry father, Noble Tremain (whose name is really Frank.) Escaping the bonds of her sadistic matchmaker father to work for a dragon-owned temp agency, Beauty hesitantly takes a mysterious job working for a butler in an enormous mansion. When the mansion’s owner,

James Hightower, proves to be a seven-foot-tall brooding beast

with the bad habit of hurling statuary from the rooftop, it’s up to Beauty to roll up her sleeves and argue her way to a paycheck.

When Beauty and James start having feelings for each other, however, they determine their relationship is the least of their concerns. Beauty’s father re-enters the scene armed with lawsuits and threats. To add to the chaos, James’s mischievous ex-fiancee shows up to reclaim him. Beauty and the beast need to somehow control their tempers long enough to return the favors with schemes of their own.








Interview: Author Johnny Worthen

Worthen_TheBrandDemand_CMYK300dpiJohnny Worthen is an author I’ve met through the writing industry. He’s a giant teddy bear that everyone loves, and his magnetic energy is also in his writing. In honor of his latest release, I had the privilege to interview him!

If you’re interested in attending his launch party on April 18th, click here for details – it’ll be a blast!
Me: What’s your favorite music to listen to while you write?

Johnny: Sometimes I have a song that inspires a book. Lady Gaga was at the center of ELEANOR, The Temptations for ANDI KENDRICK (not published yet) but I had nothing special for THE BRAND DEMAND.

I do however have a favorite playlist featuring Godspeed, You Black Emperor!, but that’s only for my dark stuff and only when I’m in a zone. Otherwise, silence is usually required. Never anything with lyrics. I write by sound. I read every word aloud, paying close attention to rhythms and cadences. Lyrics mess me up.

Me: Do you like writing heroes or villains more?

Johnny: If I’m doing my job right, they’re very much the same insofar as my heroes are flawed and my villains believe they’re doing the right thing. I tend to make my villains so villainous that they make me uncomfortable so a short visit with them is usually enough. My heroes however are complex and reward the effort I put into them.

Me: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Johnny: In THE BRAND DEMAND, I love Galen Reed, my protagonist. Though the book is ostensibly a mystery and a bit of political polemic, the book evolved into a character study of a lonely man. Power and limitations, source of purpose and connection became the theme.

Me: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?

Johnny: Sweet. And it shows.

Me: What authors do you look up to and why?

Johnny: Elmore Leonard and Tim Dorsey are my mystery heroes. Leonard defined a genre, Dorsey writes to my irony. Cormac McCarthy shows me what language can do, the shadows it can cast.

Me: What’s your favorite food?

Johnny: Beef Barbecue Back Ribs – my own recipe.

Me: What’s your favorite movie?

Johnny: Generally speaking, I’d say Blade Runner, but I have many favorites. Noir, detective, mystery, heavy thematic influence and cool as all get out. Thoughtful science fiction.

Me: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

Galen: Jake Gyllenhaal

Bonnie: Chloë Grace Moretz

Brand: Ben Mendelsohn

Carson: Gary Busey

Alice: Lena Headey

Me: Describe your book in one sentence.

Johnny: Galen Reed and his gang of political activists face ruin when things get out of control during a blackmail scheme of a local Utah philanderer.

Me: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?

Johnny: I dream of a connection the way Edward Abbey had with his fans for THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG, but I’ll settle for a fan-base who enjoy thoughtful character driven thrillers. I’m sure I’ll get letters complaining about the beginning of THE BRAND DEMAND from one group and the end from another. There is controversy in the book. I might piss people off. I might give them hope.

Me: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

Without a doubt I’m an extrovert. I draw power from crowds.

Me: If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Calvin. I’d punch him in the nose. The whole “God loves the wealthy more than the He does the poor” has done more social damage than any other single idea.


Johnny and BrandBook description:

Galen is political. Galen is fed up. Galen is a blackmailer.
Brand is a jerk who has money. He had an affair and Galen found out. Now Brand has
new problems.
A criminal and self-styled Robin Hood, Galen must face down a ruthless enemy who
does not share his ideological limitations.
In the footsteps of Edward Abbey’s THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG, THE BRAND
DEMAND follows a group of political activists who strike at the system with cunning and
guile while getting rich doing it.
Galen takes risks and money, but when his plans go awry, he quickly learns that politics
are no substitute for wits.
Galen has to come to grips with his own boundaries of action and love while running for
his life in Southern Utah. He has to stay under the radar, dodging skinheads and corporate
moguls, Latter Day Saints romance writers and cheating husbands and—of course and
always—the authorities.

Learn more about Johnny and all of his published works at the following links:




Twitter: @JohnnyWorthen

About the Author:

Johnny Worthen is a nationally acclaimed, award winning author of books and stories.
A son of the Wasatch Mountains, he graduated with a BA in English and Master’s in
American Studies from the University of Utah. With this basis in literary and cultural
criticism plus a lifetime of scars, he writes upmarket, multi-genre fiction seeking truth in
When not presenting at conferences or attending conventions, Johnny is most likely
hard at work at his keyboard somewhere in Sandy, Utah with his wife, two sons and cat.
“I write what I like to read; this guarantees me at least one fan.”


Black Jack – The Ace of Hearts Book Two

Melanie S’velare is a survivor, the strongest witch in her coven, and a princess. With the key to her magic, the Ace of Hearts, presumably destroyed, her powers continue to grow. As her power increases, her control on them becomes weaker until it is clear she may be the most powerful witch on the planet and the most dangerous. The Alaman, another coven, concerned by her strength, send an ambassador to gauge her control, stability, and how dangerous she truly is. The Alaman are well known for killing witches who pose a threat to their own powerful hold over the globe and if they see fit to end her life, she will have no choice but to fight.

With her soulmate by her side and the remains of her Vanguard, Melanie strives to maneuver a maze of political scandals designed to make her falter. If she fails, she will not only lose her throne to the traitorous Lord Rossi, but also her life to the fiery Alaman.

Melanie can only pray her secret that the Ace of Hearts is alive and manipulating them all in a final deadly game is never revealed.

Black Jack book two in the Ace of Hearts series will be released July 2015.

Sounds awesome, right? If you haven’t read Ace of Hearts (book 1) check it out here. Are you ready for the big reveal? Drumroll….

Black Jack Cover


About the author:

headshot Mikki KellsMikki Kells is both a writer and a rider. She spends her nights crafting fantastical stories and her afternoons bowing to the demands of her beloved horse. Her interests in fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal stories developed from a childhood of imaginary exploits and continue to influence her professional career. She resides in central Utah.

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Twitter/Instagram: @mikkikells


Spotlight: Assets

assets-coverAssets is the second in The Plague Legacy young adult dystopian series. Assets is available for pre-order now and releases April 9.

If you sign up for Haggerty’s newsletter, you’ll receive a free ebook of her next Grimm Chronicles novella, One, Two, Blood on My Shoe, in May! Click here to sign up.

Haven’t read the first book yet? Good news: Acquisitions will also be on sale for 99c from April 3-12.

Enjoy this exclusive excerpt from Assets:

Ben leaned back again and shifted his eyes to Cam. “Name?”


“No, no,” Ben shook his head and clicked his tongue. “Here we do it right. Just ‘cause we’re slaves don’t mean we don’t have manners.” He sniffed and held out his hand.

Cam took it. The old man’s skin was as dry and thin as paper.

Smiling, Ben pumped Cam’s arm. “Mister Benjamin Tanner. And you are?”

“Cameron Landry.”

“Well met, Mis-ter Cam-er-on Lan-dry,” he drew out each syllable. “Welcome to my fine establishment. The smell of manure is exceptional here, ripened to perfection. We live with horses and detest housecleaning. You understand, I’m sure?”

Not sure what else to do, Cam nodded. “Nice to meet you, Benjamin Tanner.”

“Please,” Ben released Cam’s hand, still speaking as if he were someone else, “do sit.” He pulled an overturned bucket away from the wall.

Cam sat on it, shifting his butt around until he was as comfortable as he figured he’d get. “What about the dog?”

“Kitty?” Ben took on a new accent. “Nine lives, this one.” He stooped and scratched the dog’s tall ears. “She had ‘er throat smashed by a Regulator, she did. A mighty ‘eart without a bark,” Ben grinned.

Offering the old man a tight smile, Cam reached out his hand and bit his lip while Kitty sniffed his fingers. After a moment, she nudged her nose under his hand. “My friend was attacked by dogs on the trip here. The bite wounds got infected,” Cam’s throat tightened.

Ben’s bushy white eyebrow shot up. “He died, eh?”

Cam nodded, the memory stealing his voice.

“You said you were hungry?” the old man’s voice returned to his normal pitch and he took another drink from the bottle.

“Starving,” Cam’s stomach rumbled, the fish from Styx’s warehouse long gone.

“Well, I ain’t got any food,” he held out the bottle, “but I got my own special brew.”

“No, thanks,” Cam looked at the door, his thoughts on Myla and Jax.

“Waiting for someone?” Ben walked past Cam to the door and opened it. He looked outside, then banged it shut, the liquid in his bottle sloshing from the vibration. “Nobody there, rookie.”

“My friend is a mutant. She came here with me.” Cam watched as Ben busied himself at the iron stove. Kitty jumped onto the cot and watched, her ears pricked high.

Heat blasted into the room when Ben popped the doors, raising the temperature from hot to sweltering. Sweat ran down Cam’s back and soaked into the waistband of his shorts. Flinching in sympathy when a couple of sparks landed on Ben’s bare thigh, Cam’s throat tightened as Ben rammed a branding iron into the flames.

The man stumbled as he stood, and Cam caught him before Old Ben fell against the stove. The old man was as light as a child, as weightless as his paper-thin skin. Settling Ben on his feet, Cam sat back on the bucket. “What did Charyn mean when she told you that Valiant will expect to see me here in the morning?”

“If you’re gone, I get whipped.”

“Whip you?” Cam was surprised. “Why?”

Ben shrugged. “Basic crowd control. Most people are willing to risk their own punishment for something they want, but they won’t risk hurting someone else. Slavery 101.” He pointed at Cam. “Consider that the beginning of your education in Salvation. Next course is all about pain.” Ben played with the end of the branding iron.

Cam felt the blood drain from his sweating face. “What if I don’t care if they hurt you?”

“Oh, you’ll care,” Ben smiled, showing off a row of crooked yellow teeth. “I’m pretty fabulous.”


Christine_Haggerty_web_mediumAbout the author: Christine Nielson Haggerty grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her passion for life is to craft stories of strength and survival.

As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche in combining those skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.

An award-winning young adult author, she writes the dystopian The Plague Legacy series and the dark fantasy fairytale novella series The Grimm Chronicles.

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Spotlight: Pretty Things

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Pretty Things Blurb

When Maddie’s father catches her with a boy, he hauls her into town in a pig wagon and finders her a husband. But Peter’s cabin in the woods promises something very different than Maddie’s happily ever after.

Pretty Things, a retelling of “The Robber Bridegroom,” is the first novella in the Grimm Chronicles series. Warning: not your granny’s fairytales!

Christine Nielson Haggerty grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her passion for life is to craft stories of strength and survival.

As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche in combining those skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.

An award-winning young adult author, she is now launching her dark fantasy fairytale novella series The Grimm Chronicles.

Find out more here!

Guest Post: Favorite Halloween Movies

It’s great to be back, Adrienne! I’ve got a fun list for you today. Are we ready??

You know things are going to suck when you’re the new kid. But when you’re the new kid and a vampire… well, it bites!


Unlike most kids, Scarlet Small’s problems go far beyond just trying to fit in. She would settle for a normal life, but being twelve years old for an entire century is a real pain in the neck. Plus, her appetite for security guards, house pets and bloody toms (tomato juice) is out of control. So in order to keep their vampire-secret, her parents, Mort and Drac, resort to moving for the hundredth time, despite Scarlet being dead-set against it. Things couldn’t be worse at her new school, either. Not only does she have a strange skeleton-girl as a classmate, but a smelly werewolf is intent on revealing her secret. When she meets Granny—who fills her with cookies, goodies, and treats, and seems to understand her more than anyone—she’s sure things will be different. But with a fork-stabbing incident, a cherry pie massacre, and a town full of crazy people, Scarlet’s O-positive she’ll never live to see another undead day.


Not even her Vampire Rule Book can save her from the mess she’s in. Why can’t she ever just follow the rules?

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When I was a teenager, I was big into slasher films. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the Thirteenth, Fright Night, to name a few. But I’ve tamed my viewing preferences in my adulthood. Now I’m not so much into the super gory, gross horror movies or shows (unless we’re talking The Walking Dead), which means I tend to go for movies that could appease a younger audience. Some of them are classics, others just a little creepy, some are cheeeeeesy, but every one of them are a hit in my book!

Amie’s Top Five Halloween Movies:

  1. The Others

  2. The Corpse Bride

  3. Hocus Pocus

  4. Sleepy Hollow

  5. Bram Stroker’s Dracula

There you have it! What are your favorite Halloween movies?




About us:

Amie Borst is a PAL member of SCBWI. She believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate. 

Bethanie Borst is a spunky 14 year old who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. She was only 9 when she came up with the idea for Cinderskella!

Little Dead Riding Hood is their second book in the Scarily Ever Laughter series. Their first book, Cinderskella, released in October 2013.

You can find them on facebook. Amie can be found on twitter, pinterest, and her blog



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