As a newspaper reporter, Realtor, and paralegal, Barbara Letson told other people’s stories. Now she tells her own, writing tales filled of magic, mayhem, monsters and ghosts. Her urban paranormal fantasy series “Fort Hopeless” follows Bobbi Harwood, a reluctant witch who returns to her ancestral home to discover she is next in line to inherit the family curse and is charged with protecting the town from ancient harm. ‘Aamira’ is the origin story of one of the main characters. The first novel in this exciting new series, “Fortress of Fear”, releases in Fall, 2020. For more by Barbara Letson, visit www.ghost-stalkers.com.
Eleven-year-old Aamira has been in and out of hospitals for months, but her doctors can’t find the problem, let alone the cure. How could they? Physicians are men and women of science; they would never consider magic as the cause of her many strange and dissimilar maladies. Is Aamira blessed? Cursed? Or simply unaware of the Hidden Magic she possesses? She’d better figure it out before it kills her. Get Hidden Magic to find out if she does.
Lee French is a prolific USA Today bestselling author living in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She’s a frequent visitor to Myth-Weavers, an online RPG site, and also trains in taekwondo. Best known for her young adult urban fantasy series Spirit Knights, she is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison. Find more of her work at www.authorleefrench.com.
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In the world of The Greatest Sin epic fantasy series, a teenage boy and his grandmother face a home invasion on a stormy afternoon by the sea. With neither capable of fighting toe-to-toe, they’ll have to use their wits and their knowledge of the house to defeat a band of murderous thieves. Get Hidden Magicto find out what happens.
“What if?” Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. A multi-genre author, she has written a best-selling epic fantasy series, an acclaimed mystery, a popular thriller, and co-authored a contemporary thriller with Jed Donellie. She contributed short stories to a variety of anthologies and has several Mystery and Fantasy Short Reads to her name. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats …and a dragon named Inky.
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When his ship goes off course, King Bewilliam and his knights venture into an unknown land in hopes of gaining practical guidance to reach their destination port. Instead, the people they encounter have heard only of the mysterious fabled land of Perooc and its magnificent treasure rumored to satisfy every desire. Even those who refute Perooc’s existence live lives shaped by its denial. Others devote themselves to the attainment of its treasure. Yet no one admits to knowing its location or how to reach it. An empiricist, the king wants nothing to do with magic. In pursuit of his own ends, however, he finds himself breaching the gates and plumbing the hidden passages said to lead to Perooc and the acquisition of its secret power in Hidden Magic.
Washington state author H.M. Jones. Jones is an N.I.E.A finalist and B.R.A.G medallion honoree for her debut novel, Monochrome. She writes poetry, fantasy, sci-fi and speculative fiction. In her spare time, she loves to cosplay with her two favorite geeklets, sing to her chickens and dance haphazardly around the house while talking to characters she hasn’t written yet. Her dog worries for her.
Ariana has come of age. Her father has been trying to marry her off to any rich Lordling who makes an offer in a weak attempt to save her from the attentions of the evil Count Repugnian. Unfortunately for her father and suitors, Ariana has a knack for intimidating young men. A strange power flows through her veins. It’s a power that terrifies her, but also gives her hope. If it doesn’t kill her, it might save her. Find out in Hidden Magic.
Hidden magic is not just baubles buried in the earth, or swords that burst into flame with the right words, but things overlooked in plain sight. Faith is magic, belief has power and such is the magic buried in the soul. Six Hooves is tale about love and family that I was inspired to tell because of its great resonance to these things so important in my own life. So we join Al’rashal and her husband Ukjourman as they walk the path of family and faith and learn, with them, if they have the strength to see it to the end. Find out if they do. Get Hidden Magicnow.
Five years ago, Al’rashal and Urkjorman made a deal, a decade of service to the Baron of Wings and he would make of them what they could not make of themselves. Now that oath has put them in service of the Wayfarers on their pilgrimage through the desert wastes to Karden. Can they protect these brave yet meek people or will sands claim the lives of the innocent and all their dreams? Find out in Hidden Magicnow.
Melinda Kucsera writes fantastic short stories and books when dragons aren’t trying to kidnap her. (Sometimes, her characters rescue her, especially when evil corporations are involved.) Check out all Melinda’s books on melindakucsera.com and meet her characters. They’re lining up to meet you.
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To stay alive, wizards and witches, mages and warlocks, and everyday sorcerers have hidden their power for centuries. But they can’t hide anymore. Magic is breaking free in the subterranean cities and the enchanted forests surrounding it.
Magic won’t be denied. In these perilous times, one thing is certain. It won’t stay hidden for long. But there are dire consequences for the magic-user whose power is exposed, consequences Nulthir and his creature friends must thwart to survive. Get Hidden Magicto read more!
C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at www.csjohnson.me.
Like the rest of her community, Skyla Mercer’s life is perfect; but unlike the rest of the community, Skyla can see shadows — flashes of pain, injuries, and “imperfections” that instantly correct themselves. As the Learning Ceremony and her induction as a full Community Member approaches, Skyla seeks out the source of the hidden magic keeping her Community’s existence in perfect stasis with the help of Aidan, her older neighbor that knows the terrible secret the City Elders are keeping.
A community has created the perfect life for its residents — but when one girl learns the price of her perfect life comes at the cost of another’s suffering, she is determined to find a way to make things right. Find out if she does in Hidden Magic.
When asked how long they’ve been a writer, S. Wallace has this to say: “Writing? As long as I’ve known how to put words together. My first story was probably written when I was between five and seven years old.” They write primarily science fiction, “though Science-Fantasy is probably more accurate, but that conjures images of Flash Gordon which is far from my meaning; my writing is closer to Starship: Andromeda.”
Wallace’s current project is a set of three interconnected short stories for the Magic Underground trilogy of anthologies. Their stories tell of a pair of sellswords who agree to protect a caravan of pacifists through a desert filled with monsters. What makes this story different? These sellswords are a centaur and a minotaur. And they are married.
“We so rarely see RELATIONSHIP stories. I love those, as they are the most human. This is the story of two beings who love each other, who struggle together against arrows and desert wind as well as the prejudices and hatred of those they are contracted to serve. To succeed, they’ll have to put aside racial enmity and pride to work together.” The question arises: who are the real monsters? The creatures surviving in harsh desert climes, the sellswords, or the prejudiced pilgrims?
Although William C. Cronk has been writing since he first picked up a pencil, he began taking his creative skills seriously in 2017 when he won a contest to write a Dungeons & Dragons gaming module for none other than Ed Greenwood, creator of The Forgotten Realms. “I was ecstatic. I had no idea I could win,” William modestly says of his adventure module, set in the trading city of Ormpur. “Ed Greenwood is such a wonderful man, very down to earth. We still keep in touch.” William’s stories have appeared in Sylvermoon Chronicles’ 2019 anthology with a sci-fi tale entitled “Linear Rotation”, and another, “Not the One”, is due out in mid-2020.
William’s current project is a set of three short stories written specifically for the Magic Underground trilogy of anthologies. His story tells of a young boy from a remote desert village going on pilgrimage to the capital city in hopes of becoming a mage-priest. “These stories are a great fit for the anthology’s theme of ‘hidden magic’ because the current would-be rulers only recognize magic that works in a specific way. Their own beliefs will not allow them to see that other forms of magic exist. This boy has a kind of magic that has been hidden by their own prejudices.”
When asked why he chose this story, William confessed, “It chose me. The idea of a young boy with hidden magic, trying to find his place in the world, came to mind. Before I knew it, I had a main character and a setting.” His first story, “Bands of Gold”, will be continued with “Bands of Brass” and “Bands of Iron” in the Magic Underground trilogy of anthologies, now on sale.
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