Episode 31: Andrea White reads from Surviving Minimized

SurvivingAMAZON BESTSELLER IN CHILDREN’S DYSTOPIAN, CHILDREN’S SCIENCE FICTION, AND INTERMEDIATE READERS

Zert Cage accepts a dare. The 13-year-old sneaks out of his house to engage in a Trash War with his friends. Nothing out of the ordinary about that. Except that it’s 2083, and the world is falling apart. The Nuclear Mistake has left the oceans dead and brown, and grime and pollution are the way of life for anyone not wealthy enough to live in the Up Cities, which float high above the surface of the earth. Those left behind in the Low Cities wear gas masks when they go outside to avoid the Superpox, a highly infectious and deadly disease with a vaccine that few can afford.

When the Trash War goes all wrong—Zert encounters Superpox and also has a brush with the law—he must do something drastic to secure a vaccine and avoid a long stint in Teen Jail.

Zert and his father get wind of a top secret project to save people from both the disease and the wasteland that the earth has become and agree to allow themselves to be shrunk to the size of their thumbs and transported to an as-yet-undisturbed national park.

With signs of infection appearing on Zert’s arm, they act quickly, and overnight, they become outsiders in a community of minimized people who are trying to thrive in the wild using insects as food.

Roach stew? Cricket farming? Predators bigger than he is? Zert must find a way to fit in with this new world if he’s going to survive.

Surviving Minimized is a thrill-ride of a young adult novel that will make you both laugh and think. This is the story of a flawed, but good-hearted kid who wants to do the right thing when everything around him has gone wrong.

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Episode 23: Kathryn Heaney reads from Destiny Fulfilled: Book 3 of the Anandrian Series

Destiny fulfilledLucifer brings magic, dragons, and his gargoyle horde through to terrorize downtown Toronto by taking advantage of a tear in the fabric between the two dimensions of Earth and magical Anandria. His goal? It is time to conquer the universe!

Cousins Raonull and Kathryn, grandchildren of Laura and Vaaron, grow up between Earth and Anandria. They both exhibit exceptional powers in Anandria and lately on Earth, too. When Kathryn has a vision, they don’t hesitate to venture to England on a quest to help Laura in her fight against Lucifer. However, no one predicts that they will come back from England with a Druid and fairy in tow.

Can the universe be saved?

And who is the woman Lucifer has enslaved… Or is it the other way around?…

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Episode 21: Joshua Rutherford reads from Kinghood (The Fourpointe Chronicles) (Volume 1)

kinghoodFrom birth, Prince Jameson has been groomed to reign. On the heels of a victory against a barbarian force, he is welcomed home as a savior. His father toasts his impending marriage to the daughter of a key ally. Everything is in place for the young monarch-in-waiting. Yet all is not what it seems in Arcporte Castle. In the shadows, barons speak of usurping their sovereign. Kings doubt their alliances on the eve of signing a treaty. And one royal is much more than the man he claims to be. In the midst of this mystery and intrigue, a throne is challenged. Kin Saliswater, having ruled their island nation of Marland for over two centuries, find their dynasty in tatters. Only by marshaling every resource – and blood relative – available, do they stand a chance to defend their rule and secure a lasting legacy for the next generation to rise as King.

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Episode 15: Kathryn Heaney reads from Destiny Reclaimed

Destiny Relcaimed

Twenty years have passed, and Mandy has helped to raise Laura’s fraternal twins David and Diana. When Laura is suddenly pulled back to Anandria, she must find a way to unite her fractured family. Vaaron is eager to meet his adult children for the very first time – but both are missing.

Diana awakens to find herself the centre of attention in a cult-like gathering. They revere and fear her, and she finds she has to rely upon their High Priest for help.

David opens his eyes to find he’s in a forest with a creature hovering over him. Confused and disoriented, it takes an unsettling act of magic, and the persistence of the creature following him, to lead them into an unusual relationship.

Both siblings eventually discover they are in Anandria – a world they had believed to be a figment of their Aunt Mandy’s imagination – where they must face challenges with their unlikely partners as their guides.

Lucifer is delighted when he lands in Anandria and feels his powers stir. Better still, he discovers that at least one of Laura’s children has come to Anandria, too. And since he still desires the destruction of Laura’s soul, what better way to lure Laura to her death than to use one of her children?

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Episode 8: Excerpt from A Maiden’s Honor by Josanna Thompson

MaidenA young woman raised in the South Pacific, captured by pirates.  The Dey of Algiers, torn by conflicts in religion and love. Their stories intertwine.

Raised by her Scottish father and the natives of a remote island in the South Pacific, Sarah and her father embark on a perilous journey to Scotland. Sarah knew that her life would change when she left her beloved island. Never did she imagine that she would be sold into a harem. Only Hassan Aziz, the most feared pirate on the Barbary Coast can save her. But is Hassan willing to jeopardize his secret mission and risk his life and the lives of his crew to shield this intoxicating maiden from slavery?

Naa’il is the Dey of Algiers, a man who has everything including, wealth, power, wives, slaves, concubines. Drawn to two beautiful American captives, Naa’il tests their loyalty to each other. Little did he know that his game would have devastating consequences… especially for him.

“This story is quite complex, but, there is so much description of the people, times, and places, that you can almost imagine being there.” ~ Amazon Reviewer

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