Michael Anthony
After twelve months of military service in Iraq, Michael Anthony stepped off a plane, seemingly happy to be home--or at least back on US soil. He was twenty-one years old, a bit of a nerd, and carrying a pack of cigarettes that he thought would be his last. Two weeks later, Michael was stoned on Vicodin, drinking way too much, and picking a fight with a very large Hell's Angel. At his wit's end, he came to an agreement with himself: If things didn't improve in three months, he was going to kill himself. Civilianized is a memoir chronicling Michael's search for meaning in a suddenly destabilized world.
Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir
Angeline M. Bishop
Every story has a beginning, a gestation period where everything takes time to manifest.

Before Natro, Resna, and Xavor ruled the kingdom of Jacmuir they were ordinary college students navigating their senior year at Jacmuir University. Xavor watched cautiously as Natro won over the Jacmuir University student body with the promise of a legendary Homecoming costume party aimed to win Resna's heart. Xavor reluctantly helps Natro with his party plans with the pretense of finding the perfect time to tell Resna he has feelings for her. He's not sure how Resna will react to his disclosure but he has to find out before Natro discovers their playful rivalry is actually a serious competition.

At the costume party, Xavor is forced to confront a secret from his past that will change Resna's and Natro's perception of him and seal their bond as friends forever.
Jacmuir: Gestation (Jacmuir Prequel Series Book 1)
Mary T. Kincaid
The story about making new friends in a new town. Mason Garcia struggles to find new interests and make friends away from his surfing and his beloved ocean. In a town with no surfing he finds a spooky park just down the block from his new house. Is it haunted? Can everyone see the Punwees? He sees them through his bedroom window. They open a door in a walnut on the tree and stand on the branch of a tree. Spend time in the world of little people. Imagine that there are little people all around your house, yard, and school. Mason is sent to counseling because no one else sees the little people, and his parents think he is having trouble adjusting to the move. Is it always better to talk to someone about what is going on in your life? Can Mason find someone to play video games with beside the little people who are very competitive? Everyone serious about something knows what it is like when they meet people who are not as serious as they are. Practice your reading with this adventure. A good story to read in chapters. This fantasy will expand your vocabulary and introduce you to Mason's world. About The Author I'm an Oklahoma girl who spent thirty years living in the deep South. I'm an observer. Everything can be the basis of a good story. Story ideas are everywhere. No need to give you my dates like I've passed from this life. I'm here. It's now. Let's read. I write stories for children. The golden age of adventure when they can still use their imagination is between the ages of six and twelve. I love creating worlds for them to explore. Reading is so important. It is the gateway to their future. I live with two cranky cats in northeast Oklahoma. I’m a widow. I can be contacted: Like me on Facebook: marytkincaidauthor Follow me on Twitter: @marykincaid2001 Follow me on Pinterest: marytkincaidauthor/blogger Website: http://www.marytkincaidauthor.com Mary Scroll up and grab your copy today.
Little Worlds of Magic
The story of a mole who hears singing the day he is born drifting into his den. His family doesn't make any noises like singing, so where is it coming from? Will he have the nerve to defy traditions and venture into no mole territory? Can he have membership in two worlds? Join him and see.
MORTIMER: A Chapter Book
Gina LoBiondo
For hundreds of years tales of dragons have been told and cherished. What child hasn't wished to have his or her own dragon or to fight the great fire-breathers? Pegasus – A Dragon’s Tale is the delightful, heartwarming story of two young bear cubs and the dragon they find that changes their lives forever.
Pegasus -- A Dragon's Tale
Hannah Hoffman
The Pathway to Dragons

The Portal to Pyranis


Nine-year-old Billy Jones dreams of having a pet dragon! After finding an odd book in the library titled The Pathway to Dragons, he and his two best friends, Maura and Roy, are off for a summer adventure at his Grandma Meg's beach house. Once there, strange events begin happening, and Billy is reminded that his Grandfather Hugo has been missing for many years. It's a family mystery. While strolling on the beach, the kids discover an underwater stone arch. They decide to swim through it, and...WHOOSH! They are transported to a fantastical forest, with a view of castle ruins on a distant hill! There, they meet young Talia, and Billy learns that a dragon egg belonging to his family is about to hatch. But beware the dragon hunters!

About the Author
Written for children by an author their age, eleven-year-old Hannah Hoffman hopes to inspire other young dreamers. If she's not at the barn, or in Pyranis, you will most likely Find Hannah sitting at her desk, coming up with new adventures for Talia and Billy!
The Pathway to Dragons: Book I: The Portal to Pyranis
Aric Cushing
WINNER of the Reader Views Literary Awards, 2016-2017. WINNER of the Purple Dragonfly Awards, 2017.WINNER of the Pinnacle Awards, 2017.WINNER of the Silver Medal for Reader's Favorite Awards, 2017.Trailer:youtube.com/watch?v=mH6eAe0434g                'The Adventures of Alex Vambarey is a masterpiece. This is the best children's book I have read in years after Rick Riordan." - Readers' Favorite
When Alex Vambarey attends his first year at the Carpathian Academy, he has no idea that there are other creatures besides vampires. He's never met a gargoyle, or a pixie for that matter. Of course he's read about them -- in the Vampedia -- but in real life? No way. And why in the world are all the janitors collecting dirt? That was just plain weird. No, there was definitely something bigger going on. Way bigger. And if he was right, it was hidden somewhere in the Night Gallery--the secret about Carpathia, and the secret about himself.          
Vampire Boy (Carpathia Chronicles Book 1)
Edward Stanton

The lyrical tale of a boy, a girl, their island, and how they saved it.

Wide as the Wind is the first novel to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island (Vaitéa). It could be described as quest fiction for all ages in the line of Tolkien's The Hobbit, but it is set in the real world, not Middle-earth. Wide as the Wind portrays Polynesian voyages across the Pacific Ocean in canoes with no metal parts or instruments: the greatest adventure in human prehistory, as bold as modern space voyages (National Geographic).

When Vaitéa is ravaged by war, hunger and destruction, it falls upon Miru, the fifteen-year-old son of a tribal warrior, to sail to a distant island to find the seeds and shoots of trees that could reforest their homeland. If he decides to undertake the voyage, he must leave behind Kenetéa, a young woman from an enemy tribe with whom he has fallen deeply in love. And if Miru and his crew survive the storms, sharks and marauding ships that await them on a journey over uncharted ocean, an even greater mission would lie ahead. They must show their people that devotion to the earth and sea can be as strong as war and hatred. Wide as the Wind is both a stirring novel of adventure and a prophetic tale for our times.

Wide as the Wind

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