Devil in the Countryside by Cory Barclay

Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.

It’s 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever — or whatever — the killer might be. He’ll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who’s recently stumbled into town. Though they’re after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart. And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.

In a time when life is cheap and secrets run rampant, these four divergent souls find themselves entwined in a treacherous mystery, navigating the volatile political and religious landscape of 16th century Germany, fighting to keep their sanity — and their lives.

Targeted Audience: 21-65

Author Bio:
Cory Barclay has always been fascinated with histories and mysteries. Whether it be Norse mythology, the Dark Ages, conquests of great leaders, Cory loves learning and writing about how our world has been shaped.

The unsolved mysteries that make our world exciting are particularly intriguing. How much knowledge did humanity lose when the Library of Alexandria was burned down? How has the concept of Heaven, in one form or another, stuck around for so long? Cory obsesses over questions like these to no end.

Cory has been a perpetual writer since he was a kid. He's a songwriter and guitarist, whose songs often explore such topics as above. His novels ask questions and try to find answers to the many mysteries of our crazy world.

Cory Barclay was born and raised in San Diego, California, and he went to UC Santa Cruz and studied Creative Writing and Modern Literary Studies.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Interested in all things historical! This is a historical mystery with elements of romance.

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Vivienne: The Lost and Found by S. M. Bowles

Vivienne-Book-CoverVivienne is an epic two-part paranormal romance novel – part one taking place in the late 1800’s France and part two in the early 1900’s America. It is the story of a first love that spans three lifetimes of heartache and tragedy before finally coming to it’s fateful conclusion.

Targeted Audience: 21+

Author Bio:
I am an independent author and I do my best to tell my stories in a highly visual and entertaining way. I try to keep my plot lines original with exciting and dynamic characters that grab you from the very beginning and carry you through to the end. Though I write paranormal fiction my main focus is the story itself. My objective is to appeal to readers of all genres and I do my best to keep away from any stereo-typical overloads.

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Favorite Daughter by Paula Margulies

FavoriteDaughter-FRONTCover-1Set in the time of the Jamestown settlement and the English explorer John Smith, Favorite Daughter, Part One recounts the story of Chief Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas, as she prepares to take her place as one of our nation’s earliest leading women. Pocahontas invites readers to experience her native world when strangers appear on the shores near her village. From forging a relationship with the charismatic Smith, to experiencing love for the first time and creating a role for herself in her father’s plans for peace, this young girl takes us on a poignant and harrowing journey through the turbulent events of her life. Eventually betrayed by all of the men she loves, Pocahontas matures into a heroine of tremendous nobility, courage, and heart.

Told in first person, in a voice brimming with compassion and wisdom, Favorite Daughter, Part One provides a compelling look at the early days of one of the most remarkable legends in American history.

Editor’s Choice Award Winner, 21st Annual San Diego State University Writers’ Conference

Targeted Audience: Adults

Author Bio:
Paula Margulies is the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. She has received numerous awards for her essays and works of fiction, including her first novel, Coyote Heart, and her short story collection, Face Value: Collected Stories. She has been awarded artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Centrum. Margulies resides in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit www.paulamargulies.com.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After finishing my first novel, Coyote Heart, I was trying to decide what to write next. At that time, I happened to purchase a copy of Sena Jeter Naslund’s historical novel, Abundance, which is a fictional retelling of the life of Marie Antoinette. I was dazzled at both the story and the way Naslund used first person to allow the main character to tell the reader her version of what happened (rather than the fairly judgmental history we all know). I was so captivated with the first-person narrative and the voice in Naslund’s book, that I decided I would like to attempt something similar. I’ve always been fascinated with the story of Pocahontas, and since so much of her history has been told to us by the English explorer John Smith, I decided that retelling her story, from her perspective, might make for an interesting read.

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The City of Man: Inferno by Michael Harrington

b2Book I of a trilogy based on a true story of the Italian Renaissance, structured on Dante’s The Divine Comedy.
Florence celebrated its Golden Age during the late 15th century under Lorenzo de’ Medici, the Magnificent. This was the age of artists, philosophers and poets like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Machiavelli.But a societal crisis was imminent by the century’s last decade. As chaos loomed, an obscure Dominican friar, Girolamo Savonarola, arose to restore order. A charismatic preacher and prophet who advocated religious and political reform, his mission was to transform his corrupt society into St. Augustine’s mythical City of God. At the height of his reign he orchestrated the infamous Bonfire of the Vanities, fomenting a wave of popular discontent to become the most influential religious and political figure of the age. His theocratic republic left its indelible mark on the face of Florence, Italy, and Western history.The City of Man is the dramatic story of this preacher’s fantastic rise and tragic fall. Young Niccolo Machiavelli provides the counterpoint to Savonarola as he develops his new political philosophy. Their momentous clash illuminates the transition from the Age of Faith to the Age of Reason, heralding the birth of our modern age.
Formatted especially for the Kindle, the digital version incorporates special features to explore the world of Renaissance Florence, including maps, family trees, art images, dozens of internal and external hyperlinks to biographies and historical events, an extensive glossary and selected scene index.

Targeted Audience: 22

Author Bio:
Michael Harrington is a political economist, public policy analyst, and author. He holds advanced degrees in political science, finance, and economics and his scholarship has garnered several national awards, including the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Prize for best research in policy studies. His research interests include trade policy; capital markets; the politics of finance; risk, uncertainty and social insurance; voting patterns in American politics; agent-based modeling techniques; and the economics of inequality. He has worked in the securities and venture capital industries as an investment portfolio manager and financial analyst. In more recent years he has taught political science as a lecturer at the University of California and worked as a research fellow and public policy analyst. He currently writes on economic policy and politics on the blog, Casino Capitalism and Crapshoot Politics.

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The Other Side of Anne by Kelly Stuart

The-Other-Side-of-Anne-WEBSITE-USETudor historian Avery Franklin is horrified when his dying father leaves him a most unusual inheritance: Anne Boleyn. Yes, that Anne Boleyn, beheaded queen of Henry VIII. She is a time traveler and is struggling to adjust to the modern world.

Avery tells himself that he has no time for Anne, but then he finds out a secret about himself that leads him to take Anne in. They try to develop a tentative friendship despite fighting their attraction to each other. Can they figure out their lives together, especially when time might be running out for Anne?

Targeted Audience: romance and sci fi fans

Author Bio:
Kelly Stuart has been writing since she was a wee lass. Her B.A. is in English writing, her M.S. in deaf education. She enjoys writing about “gray” issues.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love history and the Tudors. After reading several books on them, I knew I had to write something about one of the Tudors.

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Saving Mona Lisa by Michael Harrington

b114Saving Mona Lisa is a story of art, love, and genius. The story is inspired by the nine versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa depicted on the book cover—the original, plus eight copies of dubious provenance. The mystery over who painted these copies still confounds art historians, as does the fact that Leonardo refused to finish the original or deliver it to its rightful owner, right up until his death more than fifteen years later.
In 2012, conservators at the Prado Museum in Madrid determined that their copy was painted at the same time as the original, but Leonardo did not paint it.
In 2009, another “nude Mona Lisa” surfaced in France, further fueling the titillating question over who painted the nude versions.
Five centuries after his death, Leonardo da Vinci, the most renowned personality, artist, and genius in history, continues to reveal his many mysteries…
Based closely on scholarly research, historical evidence and credible speculation, Saving Mona Lisa weaves a story of art, love, and eccentricity as Leonardo clashes with his two young apprentices over the ultimate fate of a painting that had achieved world renown soon after everyone thought it was finished…everyone, that is, except Leonardo.
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” -Leonardo da Vinci. ***The Kindle version of Saving Mona Lisa is programmed for easy reader navigation and includes short bios of the principal characters, maps, historical Afterword, Italian glossary, and over 30 illustrations and photographs of Leonardo’s most important works.

Targeted Audience: 22

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Winds of Betrayal Boxed Set by Jerri Hines

windsbetrayalA rousing family saga for the fight for America’s independence!

The winds of change brews over the colonies.
Tension against the crown is mounting daily. In Williamsburg, the rebellion burns strong in the hearts of two siblings, Jonathan and Hannah Corbett. Spirited and headstrong, Hannah finds herself thrust in the middle of a conspiracy when her father receives a strange package from Philadelphia. Jonathan, a physician for the Continental Army, is torn between duty and family. With war looming on the horizon, the siblings soon discover there is a high price to be paid for the cry for freedom.

Targeted Audience: Historical Fiction

Author Bio:
Winds of Betrayal series was inspired by Jerri Hines’ fascination with a revolution filled with intrigue, spies, betrayal and romance. The American Revolutionary War Series-Winds of Betrayal is a family saga that follows the lives of two siblings, Jonathan and Hannah Corbett, and their path to freedom. The series includes The Cry For Freedom, a free ebook, along with Embrace of the Enemy, and Kiss of Deceit. The fourth installment of Winds of Betrayal will be released May, 2014– The Heavens Shall Fall. She also writes under the pennames of Colleen Connally and Carrie James Haynes.

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The Ribbon Tier by Garrick McFadden

b94Trees with-not-so-magical fruit make up a secret grove of trees that hold the secrets of the interactions between slave masters and female slaves in the town of Kinslove. A story of slavery and the cruelty that slaves endured, but also the pain that white women encountered watching their husbands take liberties with their female slaves. The story centers on Jeb Hayes, the most successful landowner in the town and his journey to break the Curse of Ham, by abandoning his white wife, and taking a recently purchased slave with grieving green eyes as his wife. Jeb believes that by producing a baby with her he will be able to atone for the sins of his past.

Targeted Audience: 22

Author Bio:
Garrick McFadden, is an attorney who currently lives in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and newborn daughter. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Buena Vista University. His interest include: photography, international travel and fantasy football.

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Dunham (Tales of Dunham #4) by Moriah Jovan

dunham-200x300It’s 1780.

The Americans are losing their desperate fight for independence from the most powerful nation on Earth. Britain’s navy is crushing outposts up and down the eastern seaboard and the Americans’ pitiful navy consists mostly of small-vessel privateers on missions of profit.

“Captain Jack” Celia Bancroft is one of those privateers, whose list of debts of honor is a nautical mile long. Sailing for the Americans is the current project on her to-do list, and once she has finished all her tasks, she will then be free to sail on a tide of whimsy.

Commander Elliott Raxham, cashiered from His Majesty’s Royal Navy, is a newly made British earl who longs for his own independence — from the title he never expected to inherit and the country that has betrayed him time and again.

They meet in a Caribbean tavern where he steals a kiss that starts a brawl she finishes. In retaliation, he steals her ship’s figurehead and, if that isn’t a grave enough insult, proceeds to chase her across the Atlantic to collect on the promise in her kiss.

With that, the romance is on, but the adventure is only beginning as Elliott and Celia face obstacle after obstacle in their own fight for independence — a new life together on the American frontier.

Targeted Audience: Women – 30’s and up

Author Bio:
MORIAH JOVAN writes what her imaginary friends tell her to write. Thus far, they have shown up in the novels Dunham , The Proviso , Stay , Magdalene , and short novella “Twenty-Dollar Rag,” published by B10 Mediaworx, and will, most likely, continue to order her around until she hits on the right drug and dosage. Fortunately, her husband is very understanding of all the other people in her life and her children have no need of their own imaginary friends since they know all of mommy’s.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
MORIAH JOVAN writes what her imaginary friends tell her to write. Thus far, they have shown up in the novels Dunham , The Proviso , Stay , Magdalene , and short novella “Twenty-Dollar Rag,” published by B10 Mediaworx, and will, most likely, continue to order her around until she hits on the right drug and dosage. Fortunately, her husband is very understanding of all the other people in her life and her children have no need of their own imaginary friends since they know all of mommy’s.

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Of Moths and Butterflies by V.R. Christensen

Moths-frontArcher Hamilton is a collector of rare and beautiful insects. Gina Shaw is a servant in his house. Out of place in so low a position, she becomes a source of fascination. A girl with a blighted past, Gina has lowered herself in order to find escape from her family and their scheming designs. All she wants is the freedom to live her life as she would wish. All her aunts want is the money she has inherited. An arranged marriage might turn out profitable for more parties than one. Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it?

Targeted Audience: Adult/Young Adult

Author Bio:
V.R. Christensen studied Interior Design, Art History and English Literature at BYU Idaho. When she is not writing, she is designing impractical clothing, redecorating her historical home, or making impossible demands of her husband of seventeen years. She travels a great deal and considers herself a citizen of the world.

Currently, V.R. makes her home in Appalachian Virginia, where she lives with her husband, three children, seven cats and a dog named Jasper.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Of Moths and Butterflies is partly autobiographical. It is meant to depict how difficult it is to rise overcome the affects of abuse. And yet it is meant to show, at the same time, how possible, even necessary, it is, and how it is first accomplished by learning to love yourself, and then by having the courage to let others love you for who, not what, you are.

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