A Missing Ferryman. An Undead Dilemma. An Immortal Detective. An emissary from the Dark Council has just materialized in the office of the Montague & Strong Detective Agency, and makes Simon Strong an offer he can't refuse. Charon is missing. The legendary ferryman responsible for transporting souls across the river Styx hasn't been seen in days. And with each passing hour, those unable to cross the river are left to walk among the living, tilting the world further out of balance.Meet Simon Strong, an immortal, who is also the best private detective in New York City. Together with his surly partner-Tristan Montague, a mage of indeterminate age, they must find the Ferryman and get him back to work before another Supernatural War ravages the earth, destroys humanity, and Simon's local coffee shop.Time is running out. His landlord wants the rent and Karma with a capital K is paying him a visit, and she can be a real... Join the Montague & Strong Detective Agency and help them locate Charon, so he can restore balance to the universe, put the dead to rest, and maybe solve the age-old conundrum-coffee or tea?
Mages. Magistrates, Murder.Montague and Strong have left the building-in fact, they've left the continent.When a teleportation circle sends them to London, The Penumbra Consortium-and older darker version of the Dark Council requests Montague & Strong look into the murder of the leading demonologist Mage Nigel Warrenton. There are a few complications -Tristan is being hunted by Golden Circle magistrates, Michiko must return to take her seat on the Council, before her brother is challenged, and demons are roaming the streets of London.Now, with the help of Thomas Rafael-a mage who doesn't believe in magic, they must avoid the magistrates, return Michiko to the Dark Council, and stop London from becoming a demon breeding ground. Join Montague & Strong in a thrilling adventure as they face off against demons and dark powers who want to destroy humanity and civilization as we know it!
Author: Gary Jonas
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2017-07-04
Life sucks. My old man makes me work for a big-ass witch named Lakesha so I can learn magic and help people. My first gig turns out to be an abduction, which sounds like a job for law enforcement, not a half-assed wizard like yours truly. Just my luck though - it's a ghost that's been snatched, which is right in my wheelhouse. Why would anyone want to kidnap a ghost? And why should I care one way or the other? I prefer power napping to kidnapping. But when the abductors use the ghost to kill a man in a robbery gone wrong, it's up to me to save the day. As long as I don't have to get up before noon...
Author: Gary Jonas
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2017-05-27
A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back. The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn't she have led with that information? Magic was never my scene, but my dad is one of the most powerful wizards in the world, so I've got unrealized potential if I ever bother to apply myself. I'd rather power nap, but with wizards, gunslingers, and cannibalistic shark dudes coming at me, that's not gonna happen. They say I'm a half-assed wizard, but if I don't play my cards right, I'm gonna get my whole ass killed.
Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard. Show me an amateur conjurer, and I'll stop him before he gets himself killed. That's the idea, anyway. But New York City isn't what it used to be, and I don't mean the recent crash. Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn't be able to. And there's been a murder at the city's most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim's back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday. Something tells me I'm in over my head. And that's not just Chinatown's newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking. No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I'm amassing enemies like they're aluminum cans. Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh? Damn. Maybe I'm the amateur here.
For over one hundred years, Central Park has been a maximum security prison. Home to creatures of unimaginable power, they are kept imprisoned by the wards that surround the park. Now those wards are failing and people are dying. Creatures, called the Unholy, are escaping into the night. Only the Hunters, an elite force of warriors can stop them. Sepia Blue is a new hunter, with little experience. Together with her gunman and partner, Cade, they must stop the wards from failing completely. Can a hunter with a dark past and a darker sword stop the Unholy before they destroy all of humanity?
With the success of Kinley MacGregor's latest New York Times Expanded and USA Today bestseller A Dark Champion, we are in the perfect position to republish her backlist gem Master of Desire. A Dream of Desire Awakened . . . Beautiful Lady Emily dreams of the rapture of love and the joys of marriage. The youngest daughter of an English lord at war, she is shaken by the arrival of a mysterious stranger to her father's castle. Could this breathtaking man be Emily's yearned-for lover? Indeed, Draven de Montague, Earl of Ravenswood, has come for Emily . . . but romance has nothing to do with it. In the Tender Embrace of an Enemy . . . Draven would never have entered the home of his most hated adversary had not the King himself ordered him to take in his foe's daughter for a year to forge bonds of peace between their two feuding houses. Worse still, here is a lass whose exquisite loveliness could tempt Draven to betray his sworn vow never to let anther close to his heart. Emily knows the searing heat of her passion could burn down the defenses of this proud warrior. But will the surrender of the sweet nectar of his lips and his bold, sensuous caress ignite a blaze so hot it consumes them both?
Ascendants are being killed and the barrier between worlds is failing. Dante, along with a group of Warriors and Guardians must confront the Harbinger. An undying servant of Lucius, a killer who can't die. His purpose is to destroy the barriers and recapture Maelstrom-a sentient weapon of evil created by his master and wielded by Dante. Can Dante learn how to control Maelstrom before the evil corrupts and kills him? Can the Warriors of the Way stop the Harbinger, and prevent the fall of the barriers before it's too late? Or will Lucius escape and kill them all?
THERE are some strange summer mornings in the country, when he who is but a sojourner from the city shall early walk forth into the fields, and be wonder-smitten with the trance-like aspect of the green and golden world. Not a flower stirs; the trees forget to wave; the grass itself seems to have ceased to grow; and all Nature, as if suddenly become conscious of her own profound mystery, and feeling no refuge from it but silence, sinks into this wonderful and indescribable repose. Such was the morning in June, when, issuing from the embowered and high-gabled old home of his fathers, Pierre, dewily refreshed and spiritualized by sleep, gayly entered the long, wide, elm-arched street of the village, and half unconsciously bent his steps toward a cottage, which peeped into view near the end of the vista. The verdant trance lay far and wide; and through it nothing came but the brindled kine, dreamily wandering to their pastures, followed, not driven, by ruddy-cheeked, white-footed boys. As touched and bewitched by the loveliness of this silence, Pierre neared the cottage, and lifted his eyes, he swiftly paused, fixing his glance upon one upper, open casement there. Why now this impassioned, youthful pause? Why this enkindled cheek and eye? Upon the sill of the casement, a snow-white glossy pillow reposes, and a trailing shrub has softly rested a rich, crimson flower against it. Well mayst thou seek that pillow, thou odoriferous flower, thought Pierre; not an hour ago, her own cheek must have rested there. "Lucy!" "Pierre!" As heart rings to heart those voices rang, and for a moment, in the bright hush of the morning, the two stood silently but ardently eying each other, beholding mutual reflections of a boundless admiration and love.
Author: Robert Udulutch
Release Date: 2017-02-10
Spot and Smudge - Book One This spec fiction thriller masterfully kicks off the series. A 'boy and his dogs' tale that's been kicked, bitten, attacked by a pack of wild dogs, genetically modified, and superbly crafted into a darkly humorous, wonderfully twisted, utterly unique story. "He's lying dead in the woods somewhere...and I think we both know who did it " The Hogan's weren't looking to start a war. They just wanted to put their problems behind them, move closer to their recently widowed mother, and let their kids adopt some damn puppies. But their quaint new town is harboring some gruesome secrets... ...and their strange new pups are not what they appear to be. There's a dark connection between these mysterious orphaned pups and the town's twisted criminals...and that connection is dragging the Hogan's into a ruthless fight they aren't prepared to win. But the grit of a devoted family, like the loyalty of a faithful pair of dogs, shouldn't be underestimated... ...Especially when those cunning dogs are the most significant leap forward in the forty million years of canine evolution. Praise for the Spot and Smudge Series: "Truly fascinating two and four legged characters!...a black-witted, biting, fun story!" Pat O., W VA "Addicting and very unique, this is a well-written series" Mark B., Racine Wi "Disturbingly fun, intelligently twisted" Allison C., Boston MA "The more wrong it got, the more I loved it." Dave R., WA "Totally believable absurdity, gritty spec fiction at its best!" Gayle D., Dallas TX. "A fantastic, fresh spin on the uplifted animal genre. Wicked and witty." Huy G., Singapore, ROS Enjoy the entire series! Spot and Smudge - Book One The Glasgow Gray - Spot and Smudge - Book Two Let Slip the Pups of War - Spot and Smudge - Book Three
Author: Herbert George Wells
Release Date: 1896
Genre: Animal experimentation
Mad surgeon-turned-vivisectionist performs ghoulish experiments that transform animals into men. Early Wells personification of the scientific quest to control the natural world and, ultimately, human nature.
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2013-04-23
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids, New York Times bestselling author and professor Thomas C. Foster gives tweens the tools they need to become thoughtful readers. With funny insights and a conversational style, he explains the way writers use symbol, metaphor, characterization, setting, plot and other key techniques to make a story come to life. From that very first middle school book report to that first college course, kids need to be able to understand the layers of meaning in literature. Foster makes learning this important skill fun and exciting by using examples from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from short stories and poems to movie scripts. This go-to guide unlocks all the hidden secrets to reading, making it entertaining and satisfying.
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-07-24
In Molly Harper's newest paranormal romantic comedy, Ben, Gigi's old boyfriend, must find a way to save his new love after a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident. But will she want to live after she finds out how Ben had to save her? In this exciting addition to Molly Harper’s beloved Half-Moon Hollow series, the focus is on Gigi’s ex-boyfriend Ben. When his new girlfriend is killed in a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident, he’s determined to save her, no matter the cost, even if it means bringing her into the darkness of vampire life!