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A new job assignment. A suspicious murder. A town full of suspects.

Traveling nurse Mercy Mares is an expert at two things: trouble and mayhem. Now if only she could get herself out of both before the locals pin the murder on her.

This is the 2nd edition of Mercy & Mayhem. The same great cozy mystery minus the fluff!
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There’s trouble afoot in Regency London’s Jewish community, and no one to stop the crimes—until wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Mr. Ezra Melamed teams up with an unlikely pair: General Well’ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane, the leaders of a gang of young Jewish pickpockets.

In this short Jewish Regency mystery story set during the Frost Fair of 1814, a recently orphaned boy disappears, seemingly off the face of the earth. Mr. Melamed enlists the aid of General Well’ngone, who has his own reason for wishing to find the missing child—the General has fallen in love with the boy’s older sister.

The ebook edition includes both the novella General Well’ngone In Love and an excerpt from the first volume in the Jewish Regency Mystery Series, Tempest in the Tea Room.
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The crown is her strength. The crown is her weakness.

Princess Lily, the eldest of twelve sisters and heir to a mighty kingdom, desperately seeks a break from her mother's matchmaking. Tradition forbids marriage with the man Lily loves, so she would rather rule alone than marry someone who only wants the crown.

Fleeing an overzealous suitor, Lily stumbles into a secret underground kingdom where she and her sisters encounter a mysterious sorcerer-prince and become entangled in a curse that threatens the safety of her family and her people. Lily can free them, but the price for freedom may be more than she's willing to pay.

The Firethorn Crown, a re-imagining of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, is the first novel in The Firethorn Chronicles, a series inspired by fairy tales and other classic stories. Follow the sisters on their adventures in a land where sorcery is feared, women can rule, and dragons fly.
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Murder shatters the calm of the arboretum
Another murder in small town Cold Creek has tensions rising. Clive Johnson, the groundskeeper at Cold Creek College, is a convenient scapegoat for a police chief who seeks an easy solution. Convinced Chief Pfeiffe has it all wrong, professor and psychologist Sheridan Hendley sets out to help prove Clive's innocence. Not everyone is pleased by her enthusiastic search for the truth.
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["Clean read" edition - full details below] Anissa is traumatized by the most brutal conflict of the 21st Century: the Syrian Civil War. In 2012, Islamists in Homs terrorize a Syrian-Christian community and destroy everything that a young woman holds dear. Narrowly escaping death, Anissa restarts her devastated life as a college student in New York City. She is bewildered and lost, but hopeful for a better life in a new land.

Anissa is soon drawn to two powerful individuals: Michael Kassab, the Syrian-American leader working to found the first Mideast Christian state, and Julien Morales, her Columbia University professor who runs a $20 billion hedge fund.

Complicating matters, Michael is still attached to his ex-girlfriend and Julien is the most sought after bachelor in Manhattan (and has hidden demons that even his therapist can’t extract). Anissa’s heart and her communal ties pull her in different directions, as she seeks hope and renewal in a dark world.

Anissa of Syria might be compared to The Kite Runner, Exodus, and The Diary of Anne Frank.

NOTE: This is a "clean read" edition of The Syrian Virgin (i.e., this version has no profanity and just a few, brief scenes of minimally described intimacy without reference to any explicit details or sexual anatomy). Due to war themes, this book is not recommended for readers under 16.
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There was nothing left.

I looked at the landscape, unable to miss its barren coldness; one that had been caused by the insatiable appetites of those in power.

Walking along the white stretch of road, white due to the continual fall of snow, I saw no-one, as usual.

Not that I expected to see anyone. For I’d been walking for what felt like forever, and as yet found not another soul.

Was I the only one left?

And really, what was the point if I were?

And why had I survived?


Bare tree with roots by Vlado from freedigitalphotos

Cover Design: Julie Elizabeth Powell
Source photo(front cover) : Stuart Miles from freedigitalphotos

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What was Christmas? How did it start? And why was it now banned? Why had the Elders decided it would only cause trouble, that its roots were based on something that only caused wars...those that had destroyed the Old Earth?

Some disagree, and maybe can change things before it’s too late for humankind.

Or maybe it’s already too late.

Cover Design: Julie Elizabeth Powell
Original Photo (supernova) by koratmember from freedigitalphotos.net
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What is difference?
Is it in how we speak,
How we look
Or how we see the world?
Is it the colour of our eyes
The swing of our walk
Or the very essence of
Our minds?

Whatever it is
Maybe we should embrace it
Rather than wanting to
Run away
Or kill it.

Next time there is
Difference
Think,
What about me,
How do they see me,
Do I care?
Should I care?

What in the end do
We need but
Love
And
Acceptance.
Regardless of change.

Cover design: Julie Elizabeth Powell
Image: freedigitalphotos.net
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Twelve-year-old Jack knows they shouldn’t go, but is unable to persuade his parents not to take the planned trip to the Lake District, England.

Something was going to happen, but what?

The weird feelings he had were always so fuzzy and they didn’t always make sense. Maybe it was just because he’d have to spend time with his pampered cousin, Rosie? Anyway, it was nearly Christmas and what could go wrong with just staying in some cabin in the woods?

He was being stupid…all he had to do was ignore the way his belly churned and his head pounded.

He might be wrong after all.

This mystery adventure tale will drag you into the depths of an icy landscape where you may be afraid to breathe.

The setting is the Lake District in the UK; an exquisite location which almost becomes a character in itself... Rosie Morgan

What a gripping read! I was engaged from the opening pages. The characters were well-built and believable, the pace quick, and there were a few surprises... Marianne Sciucco

The author's descriptive skills are excellent. She wove a tale that drew you in and held you right the end... Yvonne Lee

It's a great adventure story that keeps you wanting more and cheering on the good guys. I loved it so much I read it again... Luzmaria

The pacing is non-stop thriller. I highly recommend it...Mallory Heart Reviews

Exciting, a few tugs at the heart-strings, interspersed with humor that can make you laugh out loud - who could ask for more? L. Gardner

Because of Powell's well-told, vivid, engaging scenes, I felt the emotions of the characters and was immersed in the action... On The Prowl

Cover Design: Julie Elizabeth Powell
Original photo (winter forest) by Evgeni Dinev
Wolf photo by Evgeni Dinev from freedigitalphotos

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What would you do if you were called to another world…a world filled with seemingly impossible things?

Faced with this choice, Davie, Ben, Anne, Chrissie and Billy embark upon a mysterious quest, finding themselves transported to the spectacular and extraordinary world of Avalon, whereupon they are catapulted into one of the uncountable heptagonal pieces that make up the magical sphere of the Orb of Caprice…namely, the Star Realm.

Follow the exploits of the five and champion their long, arduous yet amazing journey. Though the question remains…will Time be on their side?

This story is for anyone with a head overflowing with dreams, a heart filled with a yearning for adventure and a soul buoyant in magic.

This is the first adventure in the Avalon trilogy.

Cover Design: Julie Elizabeth Powell
Original background photo: sattva from freedigitialphotos.net

"It's an enchanting, captivating read which also contains important messages about the way we treat the world and the consequences of our actions." Maria Savva

"This is a magical book." A. E Thomas

"I found the characters lovable, the adventure amazing, frightening and fun." Sheri Wilkinson
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Ali’s never been so scared. She’s housesitting for a colleague on Halloween night, but the lights have gone out, and terrible noises and crashes send her imagination into overdrive. When her brother’s friend comes to her rescue, he kisses her in the dark three times. Once back in the light, Ali is embarrassed at allowing him to kiss her. Byron tries to ignore his strong attraction for Ali, especially seeing he’s not ready for a relationship. When Ali finds out why, she runs away, but life has other plans. What can bring them together? Fate, faith, or the memory of his Halloween kisses?
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Mia wasn’t planning to fall in love with a mysterious stranger called Luke the day before she left for a new life in London. She also didn’t expect every tall, dark stranger to remind her of him, including his look-a-like, Bryn, who comes into her work one day. Unable to make contact with Luke, she instead has a fling with Bryn who understands how it feels to have a love you can’t reach. Once she finds Luke, will Mia’s memories bring them together or force them apart?
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Sworn enemies ... until they pretend to be in love. Is the lie really the truth?
Shelby Porter doesn't like Sheriff Sawyer McIntyre and everyone in town knows it. The only person in town oblivious to their feud is Dolly Porter, Shelby and Sawyer's daffy, much-loved aunt. Dolly's health hasn't been good of late and she worries about Shelby's single status. To ease her mind, Shelby tells a little white lie that gets twisted by misunderstanding until she's standing in Sheriff McIntyre's bedroom at three o'clock in the morning with a request: "Lie for me." And that's when things really get scary. Shelby has to find a way out of the fake romance even as Dolly recruits the whole town into planning a fall wedding.
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Lisa works for a top South African magazine as the make-up artist, but writes articles on the quiet. When the chief editor, Daniel, asks for her help in posing as his ex-fiancée to save face with his family, Lisa agrees, hoping to obtain a promotion in return. She doesn’t expect to fall for the handsome editor nor to fit in with his family who love her unconditionally. But Lisa has more secrets, and she doesn’t believe in love and family. After Daniel finds out her secrets, will his forgiveness and determination be enough to cut through all the layers Lisa has put over her heart?
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