Future Winds by Kevin Laymon

MBB_FutureWinds_Banner copyKevin will be awarding a $20 gift card to Thinkgeek.com (international) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Set in a science fiction setting with elements of twisted horror, Future Winds is a strange yet wondrous tale of species self preservation and the all out moral cost of survival. Forced to leave earth, humanity discovers a planet capable of supporting life and hatches an audacious plan that will warp them across the universe to settle and begin anew. There is a darkness that resides below the planet’s surface, but with no option to turn back, humanity must find a way forward.




Chapter 12 excerpt:

Though humanities new planet is mostly desert, there is an abundance of lush and complex alien life that dwell below the hot surface.

The channel was lit up by neon flora of green and blue, beautiful little plants that swayed back and forth despite the lack of a breeze or draft to give them a push. Reaching out to touch one with his glove, the little blossom reacted by illuminating brighter, so much so that the exterior became transparent, and Tyler could see the thousands of cells within, that made up life for the spectacular flower.



MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_FutureWindsAUTHOR Bio and Links:

My name is Kevin Laymon. My passions are space exploration, music, sailing, snowboarding, wildlife, and of course writing. I have been writing for some time but the focus has been primarily on short stories and dark poems strictly for personal use. Future Winds is the first of a handful of novels I am working on for publication. I grew up in upstate New York and have lived up and down the east coast. New York is a location that holds a very special place in my heart. After working a wide range of jobs that I hated for far too long, Sara my significant other, and I decided earlier in 2015 to make some dramatic changes and travel. We scraped together some cash, I quit my job, and we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we live a libertarian life as vegetarians. We share our desertscape living quarters with an aquatic turtle named Taz and a rabbit named BunBear. On October 9th 2015 Sara & I got married in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sunshine in New Mexico has helped immensely in illuminating a greater perspective as to who I am and what I was placed on this planet to do; that is to teach and inspire. I have a hunger to awaken humanity so that we may break away from our programed way of thinking. Our minds are powerful and I encourage everyone to open them up, exercise them, and tap into the potential I know every living man woman and child has. Though my stories at times can be very dark there is a reason for everything I do. Perspective, perception, and relativity are everything in the world of literature.







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Space Cadets by Laurence Moroney

SBB_SpaceCadets_Banner copyLaurence will be awarding a signed copy of Space Cadets to a randomly drawn winner (US ONLY) via rafflecopter during the tour.
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After conflicts in Korea, Pakistan and the Middle East turned nuclear, the world stood on the eve of destruction. Realizing that we only have this one precious planet containing all of humanity, the United Nations pulled us back from the brink, and started a new, multinational effort to conquer space. Many years later, the peak of achievement for any young person is to be admitted to the Space Academy. Previously available only to a precious few, it has recently opened enrollment to anybody who can meet their strenuous entry criteria. Space Cadets is the story of the first African-American girl, Aisha Parks, to enter into the academy, where she learns that the more some things change, the more they stay the same, and despite the honorable intentions of the academy, there are some dark secrets being kept – secrets that could be the end of us all.




Chapter 5. A Name with Meaning

For the rest of the day, the work was hard but it was joyous. Drill after drill on the ship, learning and understanding its systems. At first they were tedious, but once they became second nature, Aisha and the others were able to relax a bit more and even enjoy them.

David hadn’t spoken much since their walk on the lunar surface. He almost seemed embarrassed around Aisha. Like a very private thought of his had surfaced, and he didn’t want people to see him ‘like that’. She made a point of working closely with him, and referring to him in conversations, but that seemed to put him in his shell all the more.

Their quarters were tiny, barely bigger than the bunk bed and the small shared bathroom. They looked more like a prison cell. But it was a refuge from outside, and Aisha was happy to be sharing with Soo-Kyung again. She wanted solace more than anything, but Soo-Kyung’s discretion was the next best thing.

However, discretion wasn’t on her mind. As soon as they were alone, Soo-Kyung spoke up. “What happened out there? David hasn’t been the same since our walk on the surface this afternoon.”

“He shared something from his past,” Aisha said, trying to keep as neutral as possible. “And I think he’s a bit embarrassed about it. Like he doesn’t know why he shared it, and he doesn’t want me to know what I know.”

Soo-Kyung sat on the bed. “Is it bad?”

“It’s sad. But he did nothing wrong. He is angry though.”

“I can’t ever see David being angry.” Soo-Kyung’s eyebrows furrowed. “It’s just so not him. One of the things I really like about him is how calm and controlled he always is.”

“Don’t let Seamus hear you say that,” Aisha teased.


“That there are things you like about David.”

“But there are.”

“You don’t know guys, do you?”

Soo-Kyung slumped on the bed. “No,” she said quietly. “I don’t.”


“Yeah. Think about where I came from. Think about who I am. Do you think a guy my age could ever possibly be honest with me? Those that would claim they liked me were probably prodded into doing so, and maybe some that really did like me were afraid to speak up, so I never really got guys.”

“You’re probably better off,” Aisha smiled.

“Am I? It leaves me in such doubt, I mean Seamus–”

“Seamus is one of the good guys,” said Aisha, sincerely meaning it. “One of the really good guys.”

“How do you know?”

“Because it’s clear that he knows how to love. And he loves you.”

“How can you tell?”

Aisha sighed. “I’m not exactly an expert, but there are guys who would say anything, and don’t match it up with what they do. And there are guys who would do anything, but don’t match it up with what they say or who they are.”

“And neither of these types are sincere?”

“Exactly. To be honest, most of the time, when you see a sincere guy it’s because he’s already with someone else. When they aren’t with someone, you have to be sure that they are right, and it’s really hard to tell.”

“So how do you tell?”

“When their words are backed up by their actions,” Aisha said. “And when they’re willing to wait.”

“Willing to wait?”

“As in, not just trying out every girl that they can. Not just basking in the attention that relationships give them, or not just getting into one because everyone else is doing it.”

“I see. And if they are willing to be patient in that, they’ll be patient in many other, more important, things too?”


“And you think Seamus is like that?”

“I know he is.”

“And you really think he loves me?”

“For sure. The question is, do you love him?”

“I think so. I don’t know, but I think so.”

“Then you probably do.”

“How can you be so sure?”

“It’s obvious,” Aisha smiled. “Because you hesitate. You are thinking of his feelings, you are considering him. You don’t want to declare that you love him when you might not, because that would possibly hurt him. And you never want to hurt someone you love, right?”

“Can’t I just be compassionate?”

“Something tells me you’re passionate. I’m not sure about the ‘com’ part!”

They laughed, and hugged a little.

Soo-Kyung asked quietly. “Patrice is like that a little bit too, isn’t he?”

“I think so, but, I can’t tell for sure right now.”

“And how about you?”

“Like you, I think I love him, which probably means I do love him.”

“I can see why. When Seamus talks about him, I see his eyes light up. They were really good friends, and he’s hurting to see Patrice the way he is, but also proud of him for what he did.”

“Yeah, me too.”

They sat in silence a while longer.

“So,” said Aisha. “I have a very important question for you.”


“Did he kiss you?”

“On our walk?”

“Yeah. You guys went off alone for a while.”

“We were wearing spacesuits. It’s not exactly possible.”

“But did he try?”

Her only answer was a smack in the face from Soo-Kyung’s pillow, which despite the moon’s lower gravity, still hit her with some force.

SBB_SpaceCadets_Banner copyAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Laurence Moroney is the author of more books than he’s prepared to admit. After several best selling programming books, his first Young Adult novel “The Fourth World” became a #1 book on Amazon Kindle, spawned two sequels “The Million Year Journey” and “The Legend of the Locust”, and is currently being shopped around studios for a potential movie. “Space Cadets” is his latest, a cutting edge science fiction novel, based on real science that starts a new series charting out humanity’s course to the stars. He’s presently working on the sequel “The Quiet World”, which he hopes to finish in 2015. For his day job, Laurence works as a Developer Advocate for Google, where he is constantly counting his blessings for being part of the best workplace in the world…

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Athena’s Secrets by Donna Del Oro

BBT_TourBanner_AthenasSecretsDonna Del Oro will be awarding a print copy of Operation Familia or Born to Sing, to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Rafflecopter and tour links are listed at the end of this post.

GENRE: romantic suspense w/ESP elements


What if you could read minds with just a touch? Would you be able to trust anyone?

Athena Butler, the twenty-year-old descendant of an ancient bloodline of psychics, yearns to lead a normal life. She wants a career, a boyfriend, independence. Her clairvoyant gift, however, has taught her that people can be false and dangerous. Although warned to keep her powers a secret, she’s recruited by law enforcement to help search for a serial killer and uncover a terrorist cell.

She bonds with an intriguing, handsome man, Kas Skoros, who knows her secret and accepts it. Of the same bloodline, his mother is precognitive and predicts that they are meant to be together…some day. Kas, military veteran and Search and Rescue deputy, is skeptical and cynical– life is too uncertain–but can’t resist exploring his passion for Athena. Yet there are obstacles beyond their control.

Can Kas overcome these obstacles? Can Athena stay alive long enough to fulfill her dream?


“So I hear. We—my father, Alex and I–protect my mother from people who’d try to exploit her. Is there anyone protecting you and your mother?”

More than a little surprised, Athena halted. “Not really. Father pretends we’re normal and I supposed Chris does, too. Mum and I—we keep our clairvoyance a secret from everyone. Everyone except the police, that is.”

They’d come to a fork in the path. Ahead of them, through a thicket of oaks and pines, Athena could see the lake glimmering in the sunlight. Kas took the path to the right. “Follow me.” He headed for the boathouse that she could now see about fifty yards away. “We’ll have to wear wet suits. The air’s warm, but the water’s snow melt.”

“I live in D.C. so I can handle it. I can read minds, but can’t do weather forecasting. Go figure.”

Kas harrumphed. “I hear you work part-time at a coffeehouse. Seems like you could make more money doing psychic readings. But then, you’d have to expose yourself and your secret.”

“Yes, that won’t do. I guess it’s safer this way.”

“I know, my mother feels the same way. There’s a history of the bloodline having problems when people find out the truth. There’s always a group in society that doesn’t understand, people who take advantage or exploit them, or use them as scapegoats. I guess that means there’s been some witch-hunting in the past, burning at the stake, that kind of thing. The Romans would kidnap soothsayers and hold them as slaves. I’ve heard only the Temple seers in Greece were off-limits. Even so, the Temple priestesses had Guardians assigned to them day and night.”

She looked at him. He wasn’t joking. The protective side of him was rearing up. “I’ve heard that, too. I thought it was just nonsense, Mum trying to scare me into keeping it secret.”

“Can’t be any harm nowadays.” He glanced back and grinned. “Now, if your secret came out, you’d get celebrity status and your own reality TV show.”

She couldn’t help but laugh. “Not interested.”

“Well, whenever you want to read me, go ahead. No skin off my nose. I’m sure that what you see will either turn you off or bore you to death.”

“Then I guess you’re different from all the other men I’ve known,” she tossed back. “Even my father doesn’t like it. Men like their secrets.”

“All the other men?”

“Figuratively speaking,” she said wryly.

He frowned and ran his gaze over her. “Chris filled me in about you. You’re nineteen. An art student. Single. He says you had a hard time when you were younger. With your clairvoyance, I mean. Trusting people, making friends. Sorry for my blunt speaking, but this is who I am.”

“It’s okay. When it first came on, yes, I had some hard times. Now I manage it. I keep it under control.” She shrugged and added, “I’ll be twenty, December first.” Now she wondered what else Chris had told him. Probably how she couldn’t get a boyfriend if her life depended on it. That she was a virgin desperate for love. God, no wonder Kas was put off.

“Don’t believe everything my brother tells you about me,” was all she could think of to say.

AuthorImage_AthenasSecretsAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Donna Del Oro lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. She taught high school and community college English classes for 30+ years and is now happily retired. When not writing novels or reading voraciously, she travels and sings with the medal winning Sacramento Valley Chorus.

Donna is a member of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime in addition to the Valleyrose chapter of the RWA. She has judged RITA entries and does developmental editing on the side. Two of her novels, Operation Familia and Born To Sing, have won national and international awards.

Follow clairvoyant artist Athena Butler in the next book in The Delphi Bloodline series: ATHENA’S QUEST.


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GENRE: Contemporary romantic suspense


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Meet Anabel Axelrod, a smart, sassy, and sexy small town bookstore owner. She’s also a control enthusiast with quirky ideas, decided convictions, and firm rules for the men who want to date her. When Anabel meets Luke Drake, she is appallingly fascinated to be attracted to the mysterious alpha male like no man before in her extensive dating career. Anabel is right to be wary because Luke does not play by any rules. What do you get when you mix together a witty, confident woman who is a magnet for trouble, a dangerously seductive man with a secret agenda who is not too tall, not too handsome, and definitely dark, fun loving friends with their own set of problems, and a few crazy relatives? The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod! An ongoing series that is part steamy romance, part suspenseful mystery, and always laugh-out-loud fun!

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Luke took his time and blew across his hot coffee, did a test sip, and winced dramatically. He then focused on me, and again I felt the power of his stare hit me over the head.

‘Whoa! Okay, this was some serious, force field level magnetism going on here.’

I practically had to physically brace myself not to be pulled into the tractor beam of his charisma. I wanted to beg him to go steady, or be my valentine, or take me to a homecoming dance somewhere–I was crushing like an innocent schoolgirl, that hard, that fast. It was nauseating, confusing, mesmerizing, and not to be tolerated.

His black-lashed eyes were not only beautiful, but shined with a lively intelligence and, dare I pray, humor? I hoped that was true. Poor war-god, from the way I was reacting he’d need a very healthy sense of humor in his immediate future, and the smarts to understand what hit him.


USE THIS BookBlastTour Ad 110215 by Tracy EllenAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tracy Ellen is happily married and lives with her family in the suburbs of St Paul, Minnesota. She loves writing and living dangerously through the lives of her characters. Tracy’s a firm believer that smart + confident = sexy as hell. But she hopes that’s the only formula you’ll ever find in her unique, steamy, witty, suspenseful, and sometimes incredibly funny romances featuring sassy, independent heroines and their seductively alpha heroes.

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Jax’s secrets stripped bare…..

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Wind River Refuge Originally submitted Cover with font layout 4613Synopsis

Jax runs for her life and is apprehended by the police. She’s sentenced to a juvenile detention facility, at the tender age of twelve. Lockup becomes an unexpected sanctuary for the traumatized child. It affords a safe harbor from her abuser, but she’s plagued by nightmares well into adulthood. Fate and her Grandmother step in to successfully reduce her sentence, and she’s paroled into a distant cousin’s custody, and relocated to a cattle ranch in Wyoming. The young parolee finds the transition difficult at first. She spends the next nine years learning the ropes, making friends, and a couple of powerful enemies.

She’s been on her own since the age of ten and has of necessity become a fighter, but her aggressive in your face attitude hides a fragile, mistrustful soul. She’s unnerved when instead of her long time friend, a dark imposing stranger shows up at the Denver airport to fly her home.

Garrett left home to attend college under a cloud of suspicion for a brutal crime. He returned more than a decade later wounded from a chopper crash in Vietnam. At odds with his father, he jumps at the chance to get away. His agreement to do a friend a favor changes his life.

Jax discovers that Garrett is the sheriff’s prime suspect for the multiple attacks on her. She confronts him with the lawman’s accusation. Garrett turns on her, but he refuses to confirm or deny the law officer’s charge. The sheriff calls in the FBI to assist with the case. Bodies are unearthed, and the hunt is on to apprehend a murderer.

Harper Blackelk is in the minority among the residents of the Wind River Valley. He doesn’t think that Jax is mentally unbalanced. She’s troubled, but he also believes her to be brave, resourceful, and loyal. He alone knows that she will need all of her bravery and resourcefulness to navigate the dark pathways of the spirit world.


Andrew observed his son, and tried to gauge his mood this morning. To approach Garrett these days was like poking at a rattler, better left alone. “Are you feeling better?”

“Than what?” He sat down across from his father with his own mug of the hot potent brew.

“Than you were feeling last night?”

“I’m fine. I got a decent nights sleep, for a change.”

“Are you going to tell me where you went off to yesterday?”

“I ran an errand for Maggie.”

Andrew frowned at him. “What kind of errand?”

Garrett sipped his coffee, as he threw an irritated look at his father. A memory took root, the words she had whispered to him before kissing his cheek. “I flew to Denver to pick up Jax for her”

“What the hell did you do that for?”

“Because Maggie needed a favor, and I said I would. What’s wrong with doing a favor for Maggie? Don’t you like Jax?”

“The girl is a damned delinquent. She’s caused trouble ever since she arrived here!” Andrew was shouting at him and getting red in the face to boot.

“That’s funny, she seems to like you.” Garrett noticed the creases on his father’s forehead deepen. It was obvious from Andrew’s rising color that the comment had penetrated his thick hide.

“What the hell makes you think that?”

“She said to be sure to thank you for lending her the services of your son for the day.”

“Christ Almighty, Garrett! Stay away from her. She’s crazy! Not to mention, Maggie will shoot your balls off!”

Jax, girl, you nailed this one, he thought, but he only shrugged his shoulders and grinned at his father. Not another word passed between them. He couldn’t recall ever seeing Andrew so upset over a female, of any age. It was his father’s view that women had little value other than cooking, cleaning, and bearing children. He simply tolerated them, if in a setting where it was impossible to ignore them. Not much riled his father, but just the mention that his son had been in Jax’s company had set him off. It had been perverse of him to edit her actual words and add a sexual connotation, but he found the results more than interesting. What could that little pint-sized female have done to warrant such animosity?

About the Author:
Ms. AnJackie Anton 2015author photo 2ton is the author of the award-winning children’s series Backyard Horse Tales. In “Wind River Refuge” she turns her attention to the difficulties in overcoming childhood abuse. Set in the turbulent sixties and early seventies. This romance / who done it comes from a time before child advocacy, cell phones, and PCs.
J. M.’s next full length romantic / mystery thriller “Cassandra: Night Shades” is scheduled for a Jan. 2016 release.

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Brave Men Die by Dan Adams

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GENRE: Fantasy


Part one of an exciting epic fantasy series written by a new voice in Australian fantasy.

Castor and Pollux Fallon are members of the Buckthorne military, and have been since their mother handed the unruly little bastards into the care of the Baron after their father’s death.

When the Kyzantine Empire attacks the Murukan outposts in the Callisto Mountains the brothers answer the call to war. Behind the front-line battle scenes are brutal assassinations, political backstabbing and the re-emergence of a dark power long thought eradicated from the land. the conflict escalates, all the while forcing each brother to make another difficult decision between sacrifice and duty until the day that the toll is unbearable … and there is only one type of sacrifice left.

In the vein of Mark Lawrence and Peter V Brett, this is an exciting new name in medieval epic fantasy.


Sweat dripped down Derrick’s face. Perspiration clung to his body, the humid conditions in the tunnel mercilessly sapping the energy from him. He could feel the exhaustion weighting his limbs. His opponents did not look perturbed. Their faces were calm, concentrated. Even with their heavy armour, they didn’t look discomforted, no flush in their cheeks. The Prince lunged forward, almost stumbling as he overextended but still managed a glancing blow to one of their thighs.

Each strike now was countered in double unison, two blades creating an effective barrier. Through his gasping he could hear his men cheering in the background. It spurred him on. Faster now he attacked, pressing whatever advantage he could get.

Then without warning the Seraphim stopped defending and stepped up their offensive. The two blades rained down blow after blow, relentlessly pressing the Prince back step by step. His sabre deflected the heavier blades, his body dodged the killing blows. For all his efforts, maintaining his defence under such an inexorable attack was beginning to take its toll. He stepped back and forced his head backwards to avoid a strike to his neck. He wobbled slightly before stumbling backwards into his accompanying guard. Hands steadied him and propped him back firmly on his feet.

His breathing now rasping and painful, the Prince stared at his opponents. They paused in their attack, their stillness a silent menace as they regarded him impassively, their blades poised in front of their torsos. Their armour was of archaic design, full plate with an insignia he didn’t recognise. Their shaved heads glinted and dark eyes glowed under heavy brows.

Edrazil stepped back and with an abrupt hand movement indicated to Devilin to continue alone. Devilin shifted his stance gracefully, centring himself in the tunnel, flexed his muscles, and drove forward. The Prince reacted instinctively, pushing forward to meet the devastating blows. The force behind each strike jarred his arm as his sabre merely glanced the blade away. The burning ferocity in the attacker’s eyes unnerved the Prince as much as the effortless precision of his strikes. Increasingly desperate, the Prince dodged from side to side, up and down. There was little room for him to move and very little he could do.

In a last ditch effort the Prince drove forward as the blade thrust toward him, plunging his sabre into Devilin’s arm. The Seraphim retreated two steps bringing his wounded arm to his side. As the Prince stepped in for the kill, Devilin reached around for his dagger, stepped to the side avoiding the deathblow, and plunged the shorter blade into the Prince’s chest.

Derrick stumbled back, his sabre clattering to the floor as he clutched at his chest. Blood seeped from the wound, covering his hands with the sticky red fluid. He finally fell, mouth open, blood dribbling from the corner of his lips. As his body slumped to the ground, the guards behind him found their courage and surged forth to avenge Derrick’s death. Three abreast they came at the two Seraphim. Edrazil stepped forward, swinging his blade high across the chests of those in the front row, clanging their swords away. Devilin lunged at the closest soldier and drove his sword into the chest. He brought his foot up, planted it below the blade and kicked the body away.

Chaos reigned in the cramped conditions as soldiers scrambled over the dead and dying bodies of their comrades and the Seraphim drove home the advantage. Devilin struck out, cleaving a head from a torso. Swords clattered against the tunnel walls as they battered to fruitless avail. The Kyzantines failed to wound in close combat, while the two warriors savagely shed their blood with ruthless efficiency. Within moments the carnage was over — the Kyzantines all lay dead, blood pooling around the mass of bodies.

With cool deliberation, Devilin and Edrazil stooped to clean their blades, only raising their heads at the sound of Avernus approaching through the tunnel. His hood was down revealing a small gash on his forehead and dried blood on his chin, his eyes gleaming in the flickering light.

Devilin raised an eyebrow at the sight. Avernus merely responded with a dismissive shrug and patted a pouch at his waist.

A satisfied smile briefly touched Avernus’ lips as he studied the sight of the dead Prince with the Murukan dagger protruding from his chest. Turning on his heel he strode back along the tunnel with the two warriors in tow, Devilin trying to stem the flow of blood coming from his arm. The Seraphim left silently and swiftly, leaving the Tarkinholms to the mess, melding into the confused and chaotic throng to disappear into the night.

The body of the Prince lay solemnly still, his eyes staring into the darkness after the retreating intruders, the deadly knife still embedded in his chest.



Riding over the loose sun-dried dirt, Volans kicked up dust as he rode back along the column. There had been little rain since the beginning of summer and the hardened travel road had become brittle and cracked. Volans’ face was covered in dust and his sweat had smudged it in. He looked over the faces of the unit as he went past. The men mainly looked casual, but under the bored expressions were men willing to receive and carry out any of his orders. He continued riding until he found the two men he was looking for.

A smile formed on his parched lips. Volans watched as the faces of the two young men turned sour. Castor appeared to take it to heart, his sullen expression revealing his opinion for only the briefest of moments before control returned. Argol on the other hand was furious. He muttered something so low under his breath that Volans could only make out some key words, not appropriate language to be directed at a superior officer.

‘What else do you want us to do?’ Argol asked, highly suspicious and aggravated at Volans’ arrival and not at all worried about letting it show.

‘Lieutenant,’ added Castor.

‘Hydrus has a lovely job for you two.’

Castor looked at Argol and raised an eyebrow. ‘And what does it involve?’

‘You two get to ride down the Trasken road and act as decoys.’

‘Sitting targets? No fair!’ exclaimed Argol.

‘Everyone else will ride cross country. Either you will draw them out or we will flush them out.’ Volans remained rigid, trying to press on the youngsters the seriousness of the situation.

For a brief moment Volans wondered if they would disobey him. Castor and Argol were his closest friends within the unit but he drew a fine line when they were on duty and he was their superior.

Fate stepped in. Castor nodded his head in acceptance and started to ride off. Argol sucked in his gut and puffed out his chest before audibly exhaling. ‘It’s all good mate. We know where the orders came from.’

Volans turned and rode about twenty paces behind Castor and Argol. They sat straight and tall in their saddles, even amongst the sniggering and laughter from the rest of the Nails. Since the rest of the unit was older they seemed to enjoy the novelty of youth, and when those two got the shit jobs they couldn’t help but smile, the tension between Hydrus and those two obvious to all. Argol and Castor never returned the unflattering remarks. As they passed Hydrus the boys both saluted, mocking Hydrus and his orders. Volans glanced at Hydrus. His face displayed no sign of offence, his lips remaining a hard, straight line.

With big smiles the boys dug in their heels and rode off.

As Volans pulled up at the front of the company next to Hydrus, it occurred to him that neither Castor or Argol were part of Hydrus’ loyal followers. Castor, having grown up and tutored with him, thought of him more as a sibling, an annoying, snobbish one at best. As for Argol, Hydrus was just another competitor who was slightly older and lucky enough to have a better station in life. They respected him and grudgingly followed his orders, but when the opportunity presented itself they followed their own agenda. Well, more so Argol’s. Volans smiled and Hydrus raised an eyebrow at the sudden shift in attitude. Volans shrugged it off and regained his composure. Those two were not Hydrus’ men. They were his.



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Dan Adams is a Sydney-based writer. When he’s not penning kick ass war stories, he’s working on his guns – the arm variety, rather than the weapons featured so prominently in his books. He loves slushies and always finds himself climbing too many stairs on Wednesdays. Follow him on Twitter at @DanAdamsWriter




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Title: Witch Hunt

Series: The Witch Game Novels, Book Two

Author: Kasi Blake

Published: October 6th, 2015

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance


A magical game of hide-and-seek begins.
Find the missing player and win.
The game resets.
They all forget and start the game again.

Seventeen-year-old Starr Hughes hasn’t believed in magic since the day her mother died. As an aspiring reporter, the only thing she cares about is cold, hard facts. So when she hears the popular kids at school (the It-Squad) are about to start a secret game, she wants every detail, especially since she has a major crush on gorgeous Dylan Winchester. Hiding under the headmaster’s desk, planting bugs, and breaking into a classmate’s home are all on her to-do list. With her boy-crazy best friend Lily at her side, Starr discovers that witches are not only real, but they also need her help. Someone is using the game to steal their memories, their powers, and perhaps even their lives.

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If you ask Kasi Blake how old she was when she started writing, she will probably say twelve. That’s when she wrote her first short story. But it started long before then. Her first characters were invisible friends she played with as a child. In the third grade she wrote a one-page story about a mummy for an assignment, and the teacher read it to the class. Even though she was embarrassed, the other kids laughed in all the right places, and she realized she could affect other people through her writing. She loves to get lost in emotional stories, crying and laughing with the characters, so she thinks it’s the most amazing thing in the world to be able to do this for other people.

Kasi is a hardcore Supernatural fanatic and practically has the shows memorized line for line. If you want to see her freak out, tell her you’ve never watched an episode. Then be prepared to listen to a long list of reasons why you should. In her spare time, when she’s not reading or writing, she does nail art, engages in day-long shopping trips with friends, and takes care of her many animals.

Originally from California, she resides in the Midwest on a farm with cows, chickens, ducks, a dog, and two cats.

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     Lily rolled him onto his back while Starr gaped at Dylan in fascination. How had she known he was in trouble? Were they connected, destined to be together?

“I think he’s dead,” Lily said.

Starr shook her head vehemently. “He is not dead.”

“He isn’t breathing.”

With trembling hands covered in sand, Starr grasped his face. It was hard to remain calm. Those CPR classes she’d taken seemed eons from this moment. Her mind shut down. Reflex took over. She opened his mouth and placed her own on top. Two breaths. She watched his chest move up and down. It seemed to be working. Now what?

Before she could do anything else, he choked and sputtered. Water gushed out of his mouth like lava from a volcano. He turned on his side and vomited some water onto the sand. Starr rubbed his back and told him it would be okay. He just needed to take it easy for a few minutes.

Groaning, Dylan returned to his back. He looked up at her through slits, only half-focused, obviously out of it. A slow grin spread across his face, and he reached up with one hand, brushing the ends of her wet hair. “Starr-bear.”

Starr froze.

His eyes drifted closed. She bent over him, wondering if this was it, the moment they would get together. He might wake up and tell her he wanted to be with her. He might open his eyes, pull her down, and kiss her like in that old movie her father insisted on watching every year, the one where the couple rolled around on the beach, locking lips as waves washed over them. Her own lips still tingled, a side-effect of touching his mouth with her own.

Sea gulls continued to cry in the distance. Grains of sand were everywhere, on her skin, inside her clothes, in places she didn’t want to even think about. Ignoring the discomfort, she leaned close and whispered, “What did you call me?”

Eyes popping open wide, he bolted upright, almost slamming his head into hers. The sleepy grin died a quick death. He jumped to his feet, hands up like he was preparing to fight them off, and shouted, “Get away from me! Stay back. I mean it.”

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     “It’s him,” Starr said as she grabbed Lily’s foot. “He’s here.”

“Huh?” Lily halfway sat up, looking dazed. “What are you talking about?”

“Dylan Winchester is at my house.” She couldn’t believe it was true even as she heard herself say the words. “He’s knocking on my front door. What do I do?”

Lily sighed. “Answer it so he’ll stop with the pounding.”

Starr glanced down at what she was wearing, black pajamas with purple and silver stars on the top. “I can’t let him see me like this.”

“He already saw you in pajamas once. What’s the big deal?”

And that was when Starr’s ears picked up voices coming from downstairs. Someone else had already opened the door to their young visitor. Hands over her mouth, she freaked out. “Oh no! Dad is talking to him.”

Wide awake now, Lily leaped off the bed. “We’d better stop your dad before he says something that will embarrass you for life and ruin your rep at school. As your best friend, if you go down, I go down.”

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