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Growing up is hard to do. Whether dealing with younger siblings or blended families or learning patience, compassion, or determination, it takes time and effort to make the transition from child to young adult. No matter what, there will be growing pains.

This collection of eight short stories for young readers is meant to make you smile, make you laugh, and make you nod your head in understanding, for growing pains happen to us all.

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Bethany has been acting as parental guardian for her younger sister ever since the death of their parents in a car accident. She tries hard to make Christmas a special as she can for her sister. But when her sister meets a man online who wants to meet her over the holiday, Bethany puts her foot down. Her sister shows her rebellious side and disappears. Now former police detective from Boulder is looking for the couple and suspects that the Christmas Killer from Boulder might have set his sights on their small town.

THE 12 MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS series:

• IN THE NICK OF TIME by Susette Williams

• GABRIEL’S SECRET by Alexa Verde

• GUARDING CANDY KANE by V.B. Tenery

• MURDER: UP ON THE ROOFTOP by Lilly York

• JOY IN JEOPARDY by Lynette Sowell

• HOLLY IN HIDING by P. Creeden

• STARR WITNESS by Susette Williams

• NOELLE ON THE RUN by Alexa Verde

• GOLDEN BELLES ARE WRINGING by Gina Conroy

• DEATH BY FIGGY PUDDING by P. Creeden

• DANGER FOR GLORIA by Lynette Sowell

• MERRY WITHOUT MALICE by P. Creeden

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Princess Murasaki knows her future: Betrothal, Marriage, and the end of her life as she prefers it.

Yet when her father is taken by the King of the North, Muri is saved by the gods–and granted not one but three elemental warriors to command.

It’s not the future she foresaw, but it might be better than anything Muri could have imagined.

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“A wonderfully creative blend of fairy tale and steampunk sci-fi. Mary Schlegel has written a charming, yet poignant story that manages to rework and blend two seemingly disparate myths. I really enjoyed this. Five starfish rating!” ~Mike Duran, author of the Reagan Moon novels

“An absorbing twist on the classic tale that will fill your head with nautical fantasies and make you wish for a very different film version of The Little Mermaid.” ~Evangeline Denmark, author of Curio

From the tragedy of The Little Mermaid, and the mystery of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, comes the truth that ties them both together: the story of the love that saved a life and started a war, of the quest that became an obsession…of the seaman who, for love of a mermaid, became a legend.

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“Delightful.”Publisher’s Weekly/Booklife Starred Review

The Electrical Menagerie, one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt.

Sylvester Carthage, illusionist and engineer, has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively — but none of the people skills. Fast-talking Arbrook Huxley, meanwhile, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially — but none of the scruples.
To save their show, Carthage & Huxley risk everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform for the Future Celestial Queen. In this stardust-and-spark-powered empire of floating islands and flying trains, The Electrical Menagerie’s bid at fame and fortune means weathering the glamorous and cutthroat world of critics, high society, and rival magicians — but with real conspiracy lurking beneath tabloid controversy, there’s more at stake in this contest than the prize.
Behind the glittery haze of flash paper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide… and it’s the lies Carthage & Huxley tell each other that may cost them everything.

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The Greatest Showman meets steampunk in this creative story filled with unforgettable characters, mystery, and amazing inventions. This book needs to be on every steampunk reader’s list.” Morgan L. Busse, award-winning steampunk author of The Soul Chronicles

“A tale of true imagination, wonder, humor, and heart […] this beautifully written science fantasy is sure to delight.” Lindsay Franklin, author of The Story Peddler

Dazzles from start to finish. In Carthage & Huxley, Sherlock & Watson fans will find another dynamic duo whose ready wit and sizzling banter (and inevitable personality clashes) never fail to delight. You’ll be calling for an encore performance.” Gillian Bronte Adams, author of The Songkeeper Chronicles

“The stuff that fandoms are built on.” Kyle Robert Shultz, author of Beaumont & Beasley

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What Fans are Saying:

“I have a terrible book hangover. The world, the characters, the snark! How will I ever recover?” – Deborah O.

“Magical in every way.” – Katelyn B.
“Everything you could want in a story. Adventure, conspiracy, friendship, and reaching for your dreams.” – Brandon V.
“Bottom line, this book is FUN.” – Kate A.
“Carthage & Huxley are just my type of rapscallion magicians… I can’t wait for more!” – Shannon H.

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The Celestial Isles is a new series for fans of steampunk, science fiction, and fairy tales. Although this is the first in a continuing series of adventures featuring the same characters, The Electrical Menagerie stands alone as a complete, standalone story — no cliffhanger ending!

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The one man Laurie Fields would most like to avoid just became her boss.

A thousand women would love to be in her shoes, working up-close-and-personal with billionaire philanthropist, Finn Anderson. Though alluring at first glance, he’s less than charming around Laurie. She’s not about to cut him any slack, even if her job depends on it.

Finn Anderson may look healthy, but chances are he won’t live to collect Social Security. That’s why he has to be careful never to fall in love. So far, he’s been pretty safe, since he drives away every woman who gets close.

When unforeseen circumstances force Laurie and Finn to work together, Finn finds his walls crumbling, and Laurie begins to care more than she will admit for this secretly thoughtful man. But his rejection has her on the run.

Can he catch her in time?

Note from the author: The Billionaire’s Reckless Marriage is an inspirational romance, the second of The Limitless Clean Romance Series, which centers on heroes with disabilities. The story also features an interracial romance.

Books by Tamie Dearen

Sweet Romance
The Best Girls Series:
The Best is Yet to Come
Her Best Match
Best Dating Rules
Best Foot Forward
Best Laid Plans
Best Intentions

Sweet Romance
A Rose in Bloom
Restoring Romance
Fall Into Romance Boxed Set

Inspirational Billionaire Romance
The Billionaire’s Secret Marriage
The Billionaire’s Reckless Marriage
The Billionaire’s Wayward Marriage (coming soon)

Christian Romance
Noelle’s Golden Christmas
Haley’s Hangdog Holiday
Shara’s Happy New-foundland Year
Holiday, Inc. Christian Romance Boxed Set

The Alora Series – YA/Fantasy
Alora: The Wander-Jewel
Alora: The Portal
Alora: The Maladorn Scroll

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Protect their community or protect their discovery?

For eighth graders Chace, Harley, Will, and Cherise, that’s a life-changing question after they find a dragon’s egg while hunting for thundereggs on the beach. Toss in summer jobs, family struggles, and a National Security Agent, and their summer vacation just became complicated.

Can they find a solution that won’t leave their hearts broken or their community in flames?

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– Updated Version –

Power comes with a price.

Treated like an outcast in her own kingdom, Ariah learned to live in the shadows. But as she comes into her powers, she catches the eye of her life long crush and an unlikely ally. Trusting either of them could help her along a dangerous journey… or could bring her journey to a dangerous end.

When enemies come to light and distrust spreads, Ariah’s safety is put in jeopardy. If she places her trust in the wrong people, her hidden powers will be unveiled to those who wish to use them against her.

To survive, Ariah must learn who has her best interests at heart. If she chooses wrong, it could mean not only her own death, but the crumbling of the entire country.

Game of Thrones meets Practical Magic in DAWNING ASCENT, a coming of age fantasy read for adults and young adults alike!
Scroll up and one-click to start this powerful spell-binding journey.

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What happens when your gift turns against you?

All her life Bess has known the magic streams around her, waves of power she can draw from to wield the gift of magical threads. Now the youngest member of a team of Anchors, she helps protect the city streets from Drifters—energy thieves who prey on the life force of ordinary humans.

But when a battle leaves Bess’s threads in an irreparable tangle, she is faced with an agonizing choice: sever her threads and lose her magic forever—or be slowly consumed by her own power.

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Adriel should have known that with a werewolf, it never stopped with just one body. She would have gone to the police after witnessing Dolores’ death, but she wasn’t certain the killer she saw was responsible for the other murders. Besides, the police didn’t believe in werewolves, and they weren’t going to believe she was a witch either so what could she tell them?

She kept her eyes and ears open while she tried to help her latest client escape the clutches of a voodoo witch, but things went from bad to worse when more bodies turned up. She was greatly relieved when she met White Feather, an undercover cop. Unfortunately, he wasn’t convinced she was innocent of all wrong-doing.

It was going to take every spell she knew and a few she hadn’t tried to solve the murders and stay alive.

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