The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri – Spotlight

Title: The Fragile Thread of Hope Author: Pankaj Giri Synopsis: In the autumn of 2012, destiny wreaks havoc on two unsuspecting people—Soham and Fiona. Although his devastating past involving his brother still haunted him, Soham had established a promising career for himself in Bangalore. After a difficult childhood, Fiona’s fortunes had finally taken a turn for the better. She had married her beloved, and her life was as perfect as she had ever imagined it to be. But when tragedy strikes them yet again, their fundamentally fragile lives threaten to fall apart. Can Fiona and Soham overcome their grief? Will the overwhelming pain destroy their lives? Seasoned with the flavours of… Read More

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The Amazing Captain Casual by J. Lee Smrz – Spotlight

DASTARDLY DANGER! MALICIOUS ROBOTS! SUPERHEROES THAT TRIP OVER THEIR OWN TWO FEET! This book has it all, and MORE! Join the Amazing Captain Casual and friends on his thrilling first adventure!

IN THIS ISSUE:

Will Archer and Cole Stephenson have two things in common: they attend the same high school, and they both have after school jobs. However, where Cole works in construction, cleaning up messes caused by Supers and trying to raise money for college, Will has been fighting crime under the guise of his alter-ego, the amazing Captain Casual! So when their worlds collide in an explosive fashion, the question becomes: can these two put aside their differences to form a new iconic duo, or is betrayal inevitable? Who knows, perhaps neither will happen and they’ll instead simply part ways, neither friends nor enemies, just awkward acquaintances people sometimes have. This is a superhero novel, though, so probably not. Read on to find the answer in, THE AMAZING CAPTAIN CASUAL!

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So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch – Spotlight

From the moment she crosses paths with Danny, Jessica is fascinated. The dashing, confident twenty-year-old has everything she dreams of—looks, success, independence, money—and his kind, infinitely cheerful nature is spellbinding.

Yet Jessica sees something else lingering underneath Danny’s perfect facade. Bit by bit, she manages to pick it apart, unveiling harrowing truths about a deeply traumatic childhood that has left more than just emotional scars. Now, far away from his home and family, he is fighting to build a normal life for himself—even though he may be destined for a future as dark as his past.

Despite all adversity and against all reason, a deep and intimate love develops between Danny and Jessica. But soon they find themselves confronting the harsh realities of a superficial world, battling against prejudice and exclusion at every turn… and, worst of all, racing against time…

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Mother Earth Insurgency by J.G. Follansbee – Spotlight

What if you learned a terrorist might destroy a structure 20 kilometers tall, murdering thousands of people inside? Nick Sorrows is an undercover agent with the Bureau of Environmental Security. He is ordered to discover the plans of Jon Janicks and The Mother Earth Insurgency, which is determined to stop the hijacking of clean energy by greedy corporations. After a riot in Seattle, and an attack on a wind power farm in California, Sorrows learns about the MEI’s most audacious plan yet. Will Agent Sorrows stop the terrorist Janicks from killing thousands?

Winner of an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Writers of the Future science fiction contest, the Mother Earth Insurgency: A Novelette is the first thrilling story in the series Tales From A Warming Planet, which is set in a near-future world ravaged by climate change.

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Flame by Tara Heavey – Spotlight

Single mother Rachel and young son Ember are on the run from something.

Or is it someone? Something or someone dark and threatening. They hope that they are running towards a better life, a life of hope and light. But will they be able to remain unseen and fully escape their past? To create the future that they both desperately long for and deserve, in the heart of the beautiful and verdant Irish countryside. Perhaps finding healing in the magical landscape itself.

Maybe.

Just maybe.

With the help and romantic attentions of Ben the solitary woodsman and the surprising friendship of Madame Cyn, the bosomy and outspoken cafe-owner. And a friend that Rachel could never have imagined, a ghostly presence from the distant past, this time a positive force.

Add to the mix a mystical forest and the sudden appearance of an orphaned fox cub ….

Through it all. Can the flame of hope and love be kept alive?

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Love, Murder & Mayhem by Russ Colchamiro – Spotlight

Love science fiction stories that all include elements ofLove, Murder & Mayhem?

Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy 8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with superheros and supervillains. AIs, off-worlders, and space cruisers. We’ve also got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travelers, aliens and monsters—and one DuckBob!

With tales ranging from wild and wacky to dark and gritty to heartbreaking and fun, take the deadly leap with authors Meriah Crawford, Paige Daniels, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Lois Spangler, Patrick Thomas, and editor Russ Colchamiro.

You’ll never look at Love, Murder & Mayhem the same way again—and that’s just the way we like it.

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Trust by Tabitha Darling – Spotlight

Centaurs arrive on Earth, they are dying. Hoping to get help from humanity, war breaks out instead. The last infant must be saved! As one centaur, Ieang struggles to keep the infant girl alive, he finds himself not only trapped on this planet but on the run. In desperation he and his companion capture one of the enemy humans, in the hopes she will care for the infant. Every day the baby lives, is precious.

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Vishwamitra by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal – Blitz!

When Satyavati, wife of Rishi Ruchik, exchanges with her mother the magic potion for bearing a child, they change not just their children’s destiny, but also the history of mankind. Born of this mix up is Vishwamitra, the son of a Kshatriya, who strives to become a Brahmarishi—the ultimate and most powerful of all Gurus.

Vishwamitra is the powerful story of a brave but stubborn, haughty yet compassionate, visionary king of Aryavarta who not only acquires material wealth through military conquests but also becomes one of the most well-known sages of all times.

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