The exploitation of Cestry Prime was supposed to be a simple operation. But neither the Company nor the beautiful technician Sindon Liang counted on Rukmani Khan… and his incredible powers of Persuasion. The Khan can cleave stone with his touch, draw gold from the hills – and touch a woman’s soul like no Earthman ever could. And his proud and independent people have ruled over Cestry Prime since before the Company first coveted its resources.
Even with their advanced technology, Terrans may not be able to resist the Khan. Sindon Liang isn’t sure she wants to…
About Cynthia Felice
I have written fiction and non-fiction all of my life, and worked as a middle manager for some of the largest corporations in the world—usually managing technical editors—and small ones, too, as sales manager for capital equipment in technical applications. I thrived in the corporate environment. Even when the environment is hostile, it’s all ‘grist for the mill.’ (read more)
Intriguing YA Trilogy Explores Impact of Inclusion and Equality in Any Realm
What if everyone who dies on Earth is reincarnated in a new world—vastly different from our own—with a strict, caste color system? Such is the intriguing premise at the core of Nikki Minty’s compelling young adult saga, The Zadok Series.
The first book in the series, Pastel Pink, introduces readers to Ruby, who was murdered on Earth 18 years ago and reincarnated on Zadok as a Pastel Zeek named Harlow. Born at the bottom of her race’s caste color system to a middle-class family of Magentas, Harlow is a source of conflict among the ruling Purples, and a source of derision from all three colors.
In a plot twist, Harlow’s human spirit is unexpectedly drawn back to Earth, and her double life has her toggling between Zadok, where she is embroiled with a young man determined to disrupt the caste color system; and Earth, where she finds herself tempted by an impossible relationship with a handsome human. The decisions Harlow makes could have dire consequences on both planets.
Books two and three of the trilogy, Ruby Red and Powerful Purples, dive deeper into Zadok’s history, reveal new secrets, introduce new characters and follow Harlow’s future exploits. She and those in her orbit continue to navigate romance, political intrigue and moral dilemmas while attempting to neutralize the color caste system on their way to a surprising resolution.
With undercurrents of the importance of inclusion and looking beyond someone’s color and creed, The Zadok Series touches on timely topics and aims to create a vivid, immersive experience for teens and young adult readers.
“My son Randall Jackson, aka RJ, helped to inspire The Zadok Series,” Minty explained. “We were sitting in the library … when the question, ‘I wonder what happens after you die’ came up. RJ said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if every time we died, we regenerated onto a different planet?’”
As a tribute, Minty added, one of the characters is modelled after RJ, who has Asperger’s/Autism and, in her own words, “is quirky with a brain like an encyclopedia.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Queensland, Australia, 1984, Nikki Minty rose into this world with a wild imagination. As a young girl, she would lie in bed with her family, co-telling stories about the big bad wolf and his turbulent adventures.
Nikki Minty is a writer and avid reader of YA. She loves fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural elements, magical realism and romance. Amanda Hocking is her all-time favorite author, she has a huge collection of Monster High Dolls, and her favorite color is red.
For more information, visit https://nikkiminty.com, or follow the author on Instagram (@nikstamint) or Twitter (@NikkiMinty1).
Pastel Pink (Zadok Series Book 1) ISBN-10: 0645056219 ISBN-13: 978-0645056211
Ruby Red (Zadok Series Book 2) ISBN-10: 0645056235 ISBN-13: 978-0645056235
Powerful Purples (Zadok Series Book 3) ISBN-10: 064505626X ISBN-13: 978-0645056266
In this enchanting collection of young adult tales, 20 authors explore the overlap of the mundane and the fantastical, with LGBTQ protagonists juggling the pressures of school and the wonder of magic in its many forms. From entrance tests to final exams, casting spells to breaking curses, these teens seek to claim their place in the world. In these pages, you’ll find gay and lesbian, bisexual and asexual, trans and nonbinary characters, all experiencing sexy, strange, wicked, wonderful, romantic adventures. They deal with bad roommates and bullies, first loves and new friends, all while crafting and inhabiting their ideal identities. Featuring authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cheryl Rainfield, Cecilia Tan, E.C. Myers, Rajan Khanna, and many more. Step inside and experience Schoolbooks & Sorcery…
“I snagged a few pinches of herbs from the apothecary cabinet in the kitchen and ground them into a paste. The bruised leaves let out their oils, and the air filled with a sweet, green, medicinal smell. Just a small magic, friend-to-bees magic, and it didn’t look like magic unless you knew.” ~ From “The Delicate Work of Bees” by Emily Horner
“What is the centaur philosophy of magic?” Clementine cleared her throat, cheeks flushing pink, and said, “That if it were easy, everyone would do it, and that means it must be hard.” ~ From “Finals” by Seanan McGuire
“A big message to queer and trans youth in the 2000s was ‘it gets better,’ but in YA publishing there’s still a struggle for representation of LGBTQ protagonists–and a big-name author promoting transphobia certainly hasn’t helped,” said Circlet imprint editor Cecilia Tan. “Putting the ‘magic school’ trope together with queer teen angst was a natural: in fact it’s my catnip.”
The innovative publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books just published Schoolbooks & Sorcery: a New Anthology of Inclusive YA Urban Fantasy edited by Michael M. Jones.
About Michael M. Jones
Michael M. Jones lives in southwest Virginia with too many books, just enough cats, and a wife who’s been with him every step of the way. His stories have appeared in venues such as Hexagon, Metastellar, MadScientist Journal and Enchanted Conversation. He also edited Scheherazade’s Facade: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross-Dressin, and Transformation. For more, visit him on Twitter at Oneminutemonkey or at www.michaelmjones.com
Peter’s got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to find a treasure that will set him up for life, if he can survive. He’s not going to let the fact he’s being watched stop him from following his quest to its rich ending.
Only his shadow isn’t so easy to lose.
Nora’s been relegated to babysitting a human. A cute one with a charming smile and a nice butt who has no idea what she is. Or what she’ll do to protect the Pride’s secrets. If only her inner feline would stop encouraging her to nibble on his tender parts.
Dealing with Peter means going on a wild adventure to uncover a centuries-old mystery that could change the course of shifter history forever and doesn’t compare to her dilemma of whether or not she should marry a human.
Alana is the author of the young adult fantasy series, Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program. Books in the series include: The Charm (#1), The Retreat (#2), and The Rescue (#3) and are published under her maiden name, Siegel.
She grew up on Long Island in New York and graduated with a B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Alana currently lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband and two ragamuffin cats named Zeus and Thor. Since early childhood she loves to read fantasy books. Add a little romance and a happy ending and in her eyes you have a perfect afternoon of reading.
The Curse of the Winklevoss Twins
((after)life lessons Book 2)
THE CURSE OF THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS is a young adult fantasy novel and book #2 in the (after)life lessons series.
Death is optional.
Communicating with spirits may be normal for some people, but forcing a spirit back into a body is downright creepy. Hair-raising abilities aside, bringing her boyfriend back to life doesn’t come close to crowning Jules Winklevoss the most dramatic in her family, which is prone to headline-grabbing feuds and life-or-death spectacles.
Jules’s mother and grandmother are always at odds. Her grandmother enforces law and discipline, while Jules’s mother is touted as the Great Liberator of the Downtrodden for exposing the spirit-seeing community’s embarrassing secrets.
The downtrodden may not be grateful when these secrets strike a nerve with the elusive evil spirit, Machiavelli. If the High Spirit Advisory Council is unable to prepare proper defenses, Vita Post Mortem Academy students are not only helpless, but Machiavelli’s first target. Jules and an unusual crew will need to band together if they have a shot at saving the school.
Five Gates. Five Sisters. Five Very Different Men.
Once there were two worlds connected by five magical gates. Then the Gate Keepers closed the gates and disappeared. The Gate Keepers have returned.
Nadia de Quinones was exiled when her nephew, the crown-prince was abducted on her watch. She’ll let nothing stand in the way of her redemption, not even discovering her heart bonded and a connection to an ancient magical gate.
Lord Gregor Cyrene is sworn to protect his country’s royal heirs. After the youngest prince’s life is threatened, Gregor sets out to discover who is responsible and suspects the answer lies with Nadia.
When fate forces their competing goals to align, neither are prepared for the irresistible attraction between them. Can they see beyond their pasts and a millennia old hate between their people? Or will they continue to distrust, allowing those plotting against them to win?
Sabrina A. Fish lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and two cats, where she owns a trophy company and collects names for her novels from lists of award’s recipients. She loves all things chocolate and her husband is sweet enough to never let the candy dish near her computer become empty.
She loves and advocates being involved in the local writing community, and is President for the 2018 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc (OWFI).
She is an annual featured speaker at The Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Wizard World Comic Con.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, she considers the three years she spent in a Texas high school to be a short trip down the rabbit hole that ended at graduation. She returned to Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. BOOMER SOONER.
When she isn’t writing & promoting her novels or running her company, she can be found reading, scrapbooking, or spending quality time with her family.
Catch the Wave to Great Reading with these Vanilla Heart Publishing Authors – Chelle Cordero, Lauren Shiro, Malcolm R. Campbell, Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, Neva Squires-Rodriguez, Charmaine Gordon, Angela Kay Austin, and Tamara Philip
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Edward Hoornaert penned five intriguing sci-fi/romance stories that we can all relate to. My personal favorite was To Cry in Zero G and the story of how lust turns to caring. A beautiful woman who is ready to sacrifice her dignity because she feels guilty and a dying man who has yearned for her touch — the poignant time they spend together is guaranteed to leave an imprint on your heart.
In the future, love will get even tougher . . . Set out on a journey into tomorrow in five short stories that explore how love can sometimes sting, sometimes heal—and always transform the mind.
To Cry in Zero G
A spaceman wins the woman of his dreams . . . too late.
A stranded time-traveler searches for the love he abandoned in the past.
A crook invents a new form of pornography, but it teaches him about love. Not sex.
Audition at Sexsmith Station
A woman crosses the galaxy for revenge. But revenge isn’t as simple as she expected.
Funeral in a Teriyaki Cathedral
A man pursues his beloved beyond death, but finds only the evil in his own heart.
Amazon Customer Review
Great stories, each with a unique voice
by Cara Bristol
If you like Sci-fi or Sci-fi romance, you’ll love this book: five short sci-fi stories with a romantic element. Each one has a creative, interesting plotline, complex characters, and a unique voice. Unlike some other short stories, these don’t feel like longer works that are abruptly cut off. Author Ed Hoorneart focuses in on the right time and scenes to create complete stories. Five stars all the way!
The once-magnificent city now sprawls dormant beneath the Amazon jungle, its pulse a terrible power still in play to this day. And it desperately wants entry back into our world… Gather your nerves for this spellbinding adventure filled with amazing treasure, disturbing villains, and shocking revelations in Fate Walkers by Shar Martin.
The story begins in the depths of the Amazon jungle. Protagonist Ellis Hollander is a teenage prodigy in the field of archeology, and finds himself in charge of a haunted site. Forced to shut down after his workers run away, he returns with spiritual reinforcements in the form of his best friend, Salvar. In the meantime, while working on a dig in the Congo, he is plagued by horrifying visions and dreams, which he can only attribute to the Amazon project…
Unbeknownst to Ellis, he has an enemy. Avrum Henson hates him and wants to destroy his reputation as “a leader among men.” Driven by greed and envy, their inevitable clash ends in an unforgettable and terrifying revelation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Southern California, the author dabbled in the motion picture industry with extensive training in the craft of screenwriting. After writing several feature-length scripts she discovered a passion for writing books. Over the years she has worked in the corporate arena and later attended Ashford University, majoring in English. She currently lives in Houston, Texas with her family. Shar Martin is her pen name.
What if you discovered the ultimate power source—something that could redefine what it means to be human. What if you discovered, in the simplest of places, that the universe was no longer out of reach?
And what if you learned that we’ve been though this before, and it didn’t end well?
ZERO is a short story about second chances, and all the risks that come with them.
About the Author:
Kevin Tumlinson was born in Wild Peach, Texas, in 1972. He spent most of his childhood running barefoot in places no sane human would tread even with boots on. With only three fuzzy channels on television and the invention of game consoles still slightly out of reach, Kevin learned at an early age to keep himself and his family and friends entertained with stories and anecdotes. He did not always tell his family and friends that these were stories or anecdotes.
Kevin has been writing professionally since he was twelve years old, and has an ever-growing library of novels, novellas, and non-fiction books to his credit. He is an award-winning copywriter, and once endured a shockingly long career in marketing, media, and documentary television. He’s also a renowned expert on pants jokes, with over a thousand in his repertoire–far greater than the actual number of pants he owns.