After the Plague Wars they waited for the invasion. And as the new Dark Age dawns… there is one who can bring light.
In a world little more than a whisper away from ours, the islands of Grand Brittannia lie just off the shores of the deeply forested content of Evropa, the dark and forbidding realm of legends scarcely remembered.
Grand Brittannia, itself almost completely a place of deep forest and mystery, has at its heart the crumbling, anachronistic administrative city of Londonborough. From here the Central Authority wields power over the Islands and exercises its control rigidly and clinically. Since the rigours of the Plague Wars, some hundred years in the past, when almost the entire population of the world was wiped out and the gradual decline of civilization began, industry and technology have atrophied, their development now strictly vetted by the Authority.
Out on the far-flung coasts, a network of ancient fortress ports wait in readiness for an invasion that some say will never come, their ancient, declining Academies committed to the rigours of training the defenders of the Islands. These Academies are subjected to regular inspections by Enforcers from Londonborough, and their native inhabitants are constantly being swelled by the young military graduates from the Authority’s own Military Academies in the center. Into a cauldron of intrigue and subterfuge that is the town and Academy of Petra comes Chad Mundy, the Authority’s replacement for Drew Vasillius, a veteran teacher who has committed suicide. At least, that is what he’s been told…
About The Author:
Adrian Cole was born in Plymouth, Devonshire in 1949. He is currently the Director of College Resources in a large secondary school in Bideford, where he now lives with his wife, Judy, son Sam, and daughter Katia. He remains best known for his Dream Lords trilogy as well las his young adult novels, Moorstones and The Sleep of Giants.
Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood Published by: Entangled Embrace
Publication date: October 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
A new adult romance from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…
Love burns hotter the second time around…
Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels’s family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind―her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother’s death—and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn’t forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can’t run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is.
As if being at the same university isn’t enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each other reignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father’s high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past—including the only guy she’s ever loved.
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My pillow was wet and stuck to
my face. I inhaled, and my nose wrinkled as the stench of beer, Kool-Aid,
and—French fries?—stung my nostrils.
sunshine.” Jules handed me a red Gatorade and ruffled my hair. She was eating
curly fries and swiveled from side to side in my computer chair, the motion
making me seasick. She shoved a fry in my mouth. “It’s good for your hangover.
I peeled my
cheek off the fabric, chewed the fry, and sat up. Immediately, I laid back down
and pulled the covers over my head, the material cold and damp against my skin.
What the hell? With a dull ache in my hip and my head throbbing like it was
having its own techno rave, it made it impossible to recount the events of the
frat party. Crap. What did I do?
embarrassing, but what happened last night?” I pushed my comforter off and took
a swig of Gatorade to dilute the stale alcohol taste in my mouth. I didn’t
remember anything after seeing Blake at the party.
Blake. What if he blew my cover?
You got insanely drunk and were carried home by a total hottie.”
Andrew took me home. The night couldn’t have been that bad if he was there to
take care of me.
think of Andrew? So sweet, right?”
She raised her
brow and stared at me like I’d lost my mind. “I’m talking about that guy with
the cross tattoo on his smokin’ bicep.”
“Blake?” I squeaked and buried my head into my palms, pressing so hard my
headache was momentarily overridden by the black spots swarming across my
another curly fry and plopped it into her mouth. “Yeah, that’s it. Nice guy.
I’m not religious, but he can make me praise God any day of the week.”
I frowned at
the thought of Jules with Blake. He wasn’t religious, but his mom was a devout
Roman Catholic. Never missed a Mass in her life. He got that tattoo after his
mom died when he was sixteen—I would know; I went with him. Somehow, he talked
the guy into tattooing him, even though, technically, people had to be eighteen
in California to get ink. But that was Blake; he could talk someone into doing
just about anything.
get out of bed, I cringed as the fabric of my boxers pulled on my skin. I
looked down to see a reddish-brown stain on the side of my shorts. Blood.
“Why the hell
am I bleeding?” The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end as I waited for
turned into a Cheshire cat grin. Oh great.
on swinging around the light pole like a stripper and fell on your ass. You
even referred to yourself as ‘Wanda.’” She threw her head back and cackled.
seriously climb any higher on the embarrassment scale? Doubtful.
really sweet and carried you up to the room and tucked you in. He got you a
glass of water and everything.” I spotted the cup in the corner of my bed,
which explained the wet comforter and pillow mystery.
saying how sorry you were. I don’t know what you had to be sorry about. I mean,
we just met the guy, but I told him that you’d make it up to him by helping him
out in medical ethics.”
He had class
with me? How had I not seen him in class on Friday? There were only forty
students since it was an upper-level class.
I groaned and
took another sip of Gatorade. “Oh, goody.”
This was bad.
So bad. Blake would want an explanation for going off the grid. I owed him one,
but I couldn’t even explain if I tried. Then again, he also had some explaining
How was I
going to face him? Or Andrew?
Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and New Adult author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. Her debut novel, UNETHICAL, comes out in October with Entangled Embrace.
Lenora Scheid can tell you much of human nature. After
more than a century of traveling from warzone to warzone, she has experienced
more than she can handle of mankind’s thirst for blood and power…she cannot,
however, tell you what she is.
Not exactly human, but not precisely vampire either, Lenora’s whole life has been spent under the watchful eye of her father. With only her dreams of a mysterious blue‐eyed man as company, she has little choice but to follow her father across the world despite his refusal to help her understand her true nature. As Lenora reaches the end of her tolerance with their life of travel and death, she comes face to face with her blue‐eyed man and everything changes. Can this man save her from a life of brutality? Or will the secrets kept from her for so long destroy them both?
It feels to
me that I have seen every corner of this planet, from the bustling streets of
Shanghai to the remotest villages of Romania. Spring into summer, fall into
winter, I know Earth’s every crevice. I can close my eyes and smell a snow
storm rolling in from the arctic. I can taste a monsoon in the air over the
Indian Ocean. I know the sting of a Saharan sand storm. And yet, it is here,
this tiny town that will always be home to me.
unseasonably warm this September, and sunnier than I have come to expect. I am
glad that it still rains every day, but the sun showers are growing shorter and
shorter, coming later in the day, offering me no respite from the sun.
The air is
thick as I sit here, watching the sunset fade into night. The stars are already
shimmering slightly in the distance. It’s a clear night, and I can faintly
smell the peat burning in the village behind me, reminding me of a thousand
little lives proceeding on.
Here, on the
beach, I am alone.
the sun sinks further, the ache in my skin dissipates more. The exhaustion
begins to drain from my bones and I can finally see clearly, the haze and the
glare fading from my eyes.
It will be
time again too soon. If the sun continues to shine so relentlessly, I will be
packing my tiny case, waiting for the sunset, waiting for my father to wake,
and we will be on our way again, always going somewhere and never really being
however, I do not think on these things for too long, just concentrate on
counting the seconds it takes the horizon to steal the sun and tuck it away. I
have been sitting here for hours, and know standing, walking, breathing will
include the customary, angry ache.
As the sun’s
descent finally finishes, I feel a familiar murmur in my head—Father is
up. I stand, groggily, and plod back
across the thick, soggy sand towards the small house, hidden by the cliffs and
rock, that is home for today. Home for me always. Father and I both pretend
that I feel this way out of love for the scenery, or the lilt of the native
Gaelic, spoken so infrequently here now. We both pretend that it isn’t Michael
that tethers me to this place.
I’ve thought of him quite inadvertently, and it prompts an ache that
sounds infinitely louder than the creaking of my knees and throbbing in my skin
after too much time in the sun. Today is apparently a day for recklessness, and
I feel its effects throughout me.
Kelley lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and beloved mutts.
Dedicated aunt, adventurous baker, and action movie fanatic, she spends her
days writing, teaching, and crocheting.
first novel, Max and Menna, was a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year
Award finalist for Young Adult Fiction in 2010. Naliyah is her third
Kelley delights in the opportunity to interact with readers.
After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.
Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.
Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.
Demon's Vow by Jocelynn Drake
Tattoo artist and warlock Gage is having a rough week. He’s trying to track down a mysterious murderer in Low Town while also chasing a powerful entity that’s been using forbidden Death Magic across the nation. When Gage discovers that the two forces may be trying to unite, the stakes get even higher. With Gideon’s help, Gage is determined to stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt—including his girlfriend, Trixie.
Blythwood by Carol Goodman
After narrowly escaping death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, seventeen-year-old Avaline Hall is sent to Blythewood Academy, the elite girls’ boarding school in New York’s Hudson Valley that her mother attended years before. Ava hopes to solve the mystery of her mother’s death and its connection to the students who keep disappearing from Blythewood. But the school is not all that it appears . . . and neither is the handsome young man who saved Ava from the fire. What’s the meaning of the extraordinary powers Ava possesses? Who’s good and who’s evil? And who has the right to make that distinction?
Ever After High by Shannon Hale
Read these exclusive introductions to all your favorite characters to find out what their lives are like at home! A new chapter is about to begin at Ever After High, and all the students are preparing to start their Legacy Year. In just a few weeks it will be Legacy Day when they will sign the Storybook of Legends and commit to live out their fairy-tale destiny, repeating the famous stories of their parents.
This volume collects together for the first time 12 short tales, including five BRAND-NEW stories. For the first time, find out what Dexter and Darling Charming, Cedar Wood, Lizzie Hearts and Kitty Cheshire were doing just before school started. This collection also includes the stories of Apple White, Raven Queen, Madeline Hatter, Briar Beauty, Ashlynn Ella and Hunter Huntsman, and the fairy tale The Tale of Two Sisters, which were previously only available online.
Don't miss this Once Upon a Time special edition of enchanting stories by bestselling and Newbery honor-winning author Shannon Hale.
The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy Gift Set includes three hardcovers: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, and Dreams of Gods & Monsters.
From master storyteller and National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor comes a sweeping and gorgeously written modern fantasy series about a forbidden love, an ancient and epic battle, and hope for a world remade.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
In a starred review, THE BULLETIN called THE DREAM THIEVES, the previous book in The Raven Cycle, "a complex web of magical intrigue and heart-stopping action." Now, with BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE, the web becomes even more complex, snaring readers at every turn.
Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection
Minecraft's four bestselling handbooks are available in this stunning, gold-foiled boxed set! Includes the Essential Handbook, Redstone Handbook, Combat Handbook, and Construction Handbook.
For the first time ever, Minecraft's four bestselling handbooks are available in a stunning, gold-foiled boxed set! This ultimate collection includes the Essential Handbook, Redstone Handbook, Combat Handbook, and Construction Handbook.
Minecraft--the indie sandbox video game that took the world by storm--has been hailed as one of the greatest phenomena amongst gamers and educators for both its simplicity and its brilliance. Allowing players to build, explore, create, collaborate, and even survive, Minecraft has created a brave new world of gameplay. Each handbook contains helpful tips and information from the creators themselves, all of which will prove vital to your survival and creativity as you learn to mine, craft, and build in a world that you control.
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.
Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from utter destruction.
This new edition of The Ice Dragon is sure to become a collector’s item for fans of HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones.
Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. Before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.
Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out Charley Davidson’s jugular and serve her body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and as she retraces his last steps she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments have forced her to become a responsible adult. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Every touch has its price
Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who's pretty sure things can't get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.
But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla's powers begin to evolve, and she's offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She's finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay .
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
From Tamora Pierce, the final book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.
Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. She has triumphed in countless bloody battles, and her adventures are already legendary. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs…but Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when she is challenged with the impossible. She must recover the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem with enormous power for good—but only in the right hands. And she must work fast. Tortall is in terrible danger from all directions, with enemies great and small plotting to destroy everyone and everything Alanna loves.
Isla was content to let her father keep his secrets, but now she can’t stand the touch of iron and her dreams are developing a life of their own. She must discover the truth — before it’s too late.
Seventeen-year-old Isla Blackman only agrees to participate in a Halloween party séance because Dominic, an old crush, wants to. She is sure nothing will happen when they try to contact the spirit of her mother. But the séance receives a chilling reply.
SHE IS NOT DEAD.
Isla doesn’t want to upset her father by prying into the family history he never discusses. When the mysterious and unearthly Jack offers to help her discover the truth, Isla must master her new abilities to protect her loved ones from enemies she never knew existed.
Heart in my throat, I spun so quickly I nearly fell. Standing a few metres away from me was a figure in baggy jeans and a soft grey jumper. A hood was pulled up to cover his head, casting his face in deep shadow.
“I’m not alone,” I lied, squaring my shoulders and putting one hand on my hip. The other I slipped into my jeans pocket, getting a good grip on my car keys. Natalie had told us after she did a self-defence course that the individual keys, protruding from a clenched fist, could serve as an improvised weapon.
My heart raced so hard I was sure the stranger could hear it.
“You are,” he corrected me. At least, I thought it was a he, judging by the voice.
“My boyfriend has just gone to the bathroom.” Absurd; there were no public bathrooms up here. Before he could call me on it, I added, “It’s none of your business.” He wasn’t tall, which made me feel a little more confident.
“It is not safe for you, lady.”
What? “Who are you?” He hesitated, and I took a step forward. It was foolish, but I’d had enough tonight. “Tell me!”
The stranger pushed his hood back.
His dark eyes, fixed on my face, were the first things I noticed. They were large, like those of a baby animal that hadn’t grown into its skin. In the poor light I couldn’t determine their colour. His nose was small; his chin pointed; his skin pale and covered in delicate wrinkles, especially around the mouth and eyes; and his hair straight, either dark blond or light brown. And his ears….
They protruded from his hair, long and pointed, the tips a good hand span away from his skull.
Cassandra Page is a mother, author, editor and geek. She lives in Canberra, Australia’s bush capital, with her son and two Cairn Terriers. She has a serious coffee addiction and a tattoo of a cat — which is ironic, as she’s allergic to cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she engages in geekery, from Doctor Who to AD&D. Because who said you need to grow up?
It was another day at the ranch, training horses and working fifteen hour days. And then the last person I ever expected showed up. Lake McCain: a Marine, tall, ripped—and the best friend of my dead fiancé. Cal died to save Lake, and now Lake claims that he carries a debt to me that he can never repay.
I wanted to brush him off. But then my mom, the manager of the ranch, went and hired him. We spend hours working together with the horses. Lake doesn’t say much. He’s layered and dark and he tries to seem shallow and simple. But he isn’t. There are things under his surface that matter. He works, quiet and strong, and never once lets me down.
Until he confesses that he may be falling in love with me. I can’t deny that there is something between us. But a relationship? I just can’t. I’ve used up all my chances at love. My past relationships have ended in death or disaster, and now I have to live with all of that.
I’m Riley James, and there are depths to Lake—depths to myself—that I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand.
“Thank you for this,” I say, my voice small and quiet. “This was all you. You didn’t have to, and no one asked. But you did it. And for that, I’m grateful.”
Lake slides his hands into his pockets and takes a few slow steps toward me. His eyes drop to the ground at our feet. “You know, for a long time, I’ve felt like I didn’t really matter. If that makes any sense. Being in the Marines helped some. But you know that feeling of emptiness?” he looks up at me, his eyes opening up in a way that I can see. And I do know. “It was always there. But being here lately? It’s changed that. I love what we do here. I love working the ranch and the long days and the feeling that I’m doing something good. That I’m doing something important.”
He takes two more steps toward me. He’s close enough that I can smell him now. The sweat of the day. The scent of his shampoo from this morning. And something that is so Lake that it sends my head spinning.
“But it’s not just the ranch and the work, Riley,” he says quietly. His voice is low and warm, just like the day outside. “It’s you, too. When I’m around you, I feel like I matter.”
Something builds inside of me, something that resembles a thousand hooves beating across the fields at sunrise.
One slow, carefully thought out step at a time, he closes the space between us. He places a hand on the wall on either side of my head, boxing me in. His eyes study my face. My cheeks, my nose, my lips. His face is so close.
Something in my blood jumps to life, and I’m staring at his mouth.
“What’s holding you back, Riley?” he finally says. His voice is low and rough. And there’s a mountain of unspoken words behind it. “Why won’t you let yourself go?”
Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit www.KearyTaylor.com.