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Rip Tide, Lisa T. Bergren

Rip Tide

After narrowly escaping arrest, Luciana Betarrini hurtles back to medieval Italy.
Black Earth: End of the Innocence by David N. Alderman (2023)

Black Earth: End Of The Innocence

The night the stars fell was only the beginning of the end.
Baptism By Fire by Alexandra Gilchrist

Baptism By Fire

A phoenix cursed to be human and a skeptical human cop join forces to stop a mythical threat from starting a war between man and mythic.
Estuary, Lisa T. Bergren
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Estuary

With battles upon their border, and rumors of war growing louder on every front, Lady Tiliani Forelli’s decision could secure her kingdom’s peace… or bring about its destruction.
“Although its portrait of medieval Italy is not wholly convincing, Lisa T. Bergren’s time-travel romance Estuary will sweep away many readers with its romance and excitement.”
Dessi and Ky Go Poof, Candice Pedraza Yamnitz
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Dessi and Ky Go Poof

On a blustery and wet May day in Chicago, Dessi and Ky get transported to a tropical island where wicked pirates have turned the islanders into birds.
“Children learn to apply parental advice in this imaginative story whose simple prose keeps young readers engaged.”
Castelon, Alyssa Roat

Castelon

Adelynn’s visions have returned. But this time, she’s not the only one seeing the future before it happens.
Frost, Winter's Lonely Guardian, E. E. Rawls

Frost, Winter’s Lonely Guardian

Seventeen-year-old Norah meets a handsome guy with snowflakes in his hair who says he’ll train her to become the next Winter Guardian.
Mordizan, Alyssa Roat
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Mordizan

The bane of Mordred, the son of Mordizan, and a millennia-old prophecy may provide what Brinnie needs to defeat the world of magic’s greatest threat.
“Alyssa Roat creates a thrilling sequel to Wraithwood, introducing new characters and moral quandaries in this Arthurian-inspired tale.”
Head Over Tails, Brianna Tibbetts

Head Over Tails

Jacob didn’t ask to fall in love with a mermaid, but when he seeks treatment for his “hallucination,” a very real mermaid is forced to face the human world.
Wraithwood, Alyssa Roat
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Wraithwood

An estranged uncle, a mysterious mansion, and Arthurian legend–together they lead to a world of magic and bloodthirsty wizards who want teenage Brinnie dead.
“This tale of wizards battling between our world and a parallel one conjures an enjoyable reading experience.”
Paper and Thorns, Elijah David

Paper and Thorns

Lost in a labyrinth and faced with impossible tasks, one Beast will stop at nothing to save the woman who cursed him.
These Nameless Things, Shawn Smucker

These Nameless Things

Once held captive and tortured on a mysterious mountain, Dan remembers one thing—his escape meant having to leave his brother behind.
Hunter's Moon, Sarah M. Awa
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Hunter’s Moon

One bite on her hand … and Mel has a million problems slipping through her fingers.
“Sarah M. Awa’s howlingly intense drama Hunter’s Moon is perfect for young adults who enjoy plot-driven stories and horror genres.”
Iggy & Oz: The Plastic Dinos of Doom, J. J. Johnson

Iggy & Oz: The Plastic Dinos of Doom

Iggy, Oz, and their friends must catch the plastic dinos of doom before the damage escalates.
Light from Distant Stars, Shawn Smucker
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Light from Distant Stars

Cohen Marah steps over his father’s body, and then steps into a labyrinth of memory. Did he kill his father?
“Magic-edged memory meets the reality of death and family trauma.”
Lorehaven review, summer 2019
The Line Between, Tosca Lee
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The Line Between

Cult escapee Wynter Roth finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse her former cult taught her to fear all her life.
“Tosca Lee’s thriller quests toward truth among apocalyptic madness.”
Lorehaven review, spring 2019
Diondray's Discovery, Marion Hill

Diondray’s Discovery

Diondray Azur never questioned his regular life. But everything changes when he learns that the true history of his family and his world isn’t what he was taught.
The Man He Never Was, James L. Rubart
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The Man He Never Was

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back. Then his family is shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.
“James L. Rubart’s novel fleshes out the quest of a man at supernatural war with himself.”
Lorehaven review, spring 2018
Summoner, S. D. Grimm

Summoner

Allie accidentally summons a soul who wants more than Allie is willing to give. And the boy next door could be the key to saving her.
Albion Academy, Elijah David

Albion Academy

Is a Djinni just a trickster? Can a wizard only learn magic? Must a Valkyrie always ferry the dead?
The Druid's Spear by Parker Payne and Lee Thornton III

The Druid’s Spear

Ken Aoki’s world is shattered with the loss of his mother. All that is left is two strange objects she willed to him. If the doomsayers all over the media are right, and everything is soon to end, then at least the apocalypse will end his pain.
Whispers of a Faded Dreamer by Celesta Thiessen

Whispers Of A Faded Dreamer

Through an unsettling turn of events, Cara Peirce finds herself a mostly-willing participant in a bizarre life in which she only feels truly alive in her dreams.
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Failstate: Legends

Failstate thought his life would get easier after he’d earned his superhero license. But now a horde of shambling horrors wants to eat his brains.

Seeking Unseen

It’s been two years since Angel learned the magic chip of wood inside her locket would grant any wish. What is taking her so long to choose?
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Digital Winter

Egged on by a shadowy figure, 22-year-old savant Donny Elton creates an evolving computer virus that knocks out satellites and communication systems.
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Failstate

Why again did Robin Laughlin (a.k.a. Failstate) think being a superhero on a reality show would be a good idea? Especially when his brother is winning?

Ripper Grimm

“It’s only a puppet. It’s only a puppet.” Perhaps blessing the puppet wasn’t such a good idea. Yet, the more Chelsea Grant tries to reverse this seemingly harmless spell, the more vampiric her college project becomes. Contemporary horror for adult readers.
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Electric Angel

Because of her cancer, Anna Chadwick wouldn’t live long enough to carry her twin infants to term. But when an electrical entity arrives to take the place of her stillborn, some would reflect that prayers aren’t always answered the way we’d expect them to be. Fantasy horror for teen readers and older.

Vigilante

Former elite soldier Nolan Gray decides to defend the helpless, tear down the wicked, and wage a one-man war on the heart of man, and he won’t stop until the world is the way it should be.

42 Months Dry

Angry, arrogant, and armed to the teeth, Eli Tishbi is ready for his next assignment. He may not look like a divine messenger, but his god is sending him to settle a score with the king of Ephraim. Biblical/alternate-historical urban contemporary fiction for young-adult readers and older.

River Of Eden

News reporter Rebekah Berman is plunged into deadly intrigue with a PR firm, a secret project, and an unlikely partnership during a nuclear strike in the Middle East. Political/supernatural thriller by Paul Wagner.
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The Sending

The minions of Satan think Mark is working completely for their errands. But someone else is sending Mark, as well. Racing time to find them and the Tree of Life, Mark must decide if he’s willing to lose his faith to save his soul. By Matt Koceich.

Heading Home

When every Christian simultaneously receives a message that Christ will return sometime in the coming week, the world is thrown into stark panic. And two military veterans don’t know that they and their entire church have been targeted for satanic annihilation. By John Robinson.
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Demon: A Memoir

Clay drifts from his drab apartment to his equally lusterless editing job — until the night Lucian finds him and everything changes with the simple words, “I’m going to tell you my story, and you’re going to write it down and publish it.” Biblical/supernatural fantasy for adult readers.
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The Muse

Stan Marino needs a muse. He’s written himself into a corner … again. A shot of inspiration is all he needs to finish his story … where is he going to find it? What Stan doesn’t know: Inspiration has found him. And it’s about to take over his life. Contemporary fantasy for teen readers and older.

Deadlock

Hutch is a newspaper columnist, single dad … and last defense against a lunatic’s high-tech killing machine. Book 2 of the John Hutchinson series, thriller/contemporary science fiction for adult readers.
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The Bones Of Makaidos

A wall of fire protects the inexperienced villagers of Second Eden from a planned invasion of dragons and Nephilim, but how long will the flames last? Book 4 in the Oracles Of Fire fantasy series by Bryan Davis.

Enoch

“Look for the one I am sending you …” An unusual message is popping up in unexpected places around the world — in radio commercials, movies, TV shows, even within the pages of The New York Times. A Biblical prophet who never died has returned. Supernatural thriller for adult readers.
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The Last Of The Nephilim

With giants battling dragons, and a rogue dragon taking the side of the forces of evil, a cataclysmic battle erupts, endangering every life in the land of Second Eden. Book 3 in the Oracles Of Fire fantasy series by Bryan Davis.

Merciless

Grant Borrows has supposedly fallen to his doom, but when something crawls out of the pit–something dark and merciless with unrestrained power.