June Book News

Gems of Strength (Gems of Sisterhood Book 1)

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Eighteen lovely, talented women authors from all over the world contributed to this anthology project, and one cover artist. Our authors are, in alphabetical order, Alana Madden, Ann Harrison, Ashley Melanson, Chrissy Moon, Christie Stratos, Claire Plaisted, Elizabeth Horton-Newton, Jane Rose Frances, Jennifer L. Roche, Karen J. Mossman, Kirsten Campbell, Kristy Wagner, LG Surgeson, Markie Madden, Mistral Dawn, Natasha Madden, Thanna A. Setliff, and Valarie Savage Kinney. Our cover artist is Rachel Bostwick. Our publisher is Metamorph Publishing. We hope you enjoy the stories in Gems of Strength, and come back in November for our next release, Gems of Gratitude, where you might get to meet even more of our lovely authors!

Stories included in Gems of Strength:

Alana Madden–Angel Strong

Ann Harrison–A Whirlwind of Memories

Ashley Melanson–Fox

Chrissy Moon–Bettina

Christie Stratos–Focal Point

Claire Plaisted–Deep in the Valley

Elizabeth Horton-Newton–Burned Toast

Jane Rose Frances–Dancing with Lilacs in My Hair

Jennifer L. Roche–Hidden Identities

Karen J. Mossman–The Road to Happiness

Kirsten Campbell–The Gravedigger’s Mark

Kristy Wagner–See

LG Surgeson–Any Kind of Velvet

Markie Madden–Vanquish

Mistral Dawn–Childish Things (Chessie’s Story)

Natasha Madden–Undeniable Love

Thanna A. Setliff–Combustion

Valarie Savage Kinney–A Mother’s Heart

Phaelyn ( The Dark Shadows 2.5) by  Ariel Marie

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The Dark Shadows were charged with the responsibility of protecting the vampire nation. Going after the kidnapped vampire royal guard was all in a day’s work.

Idris Lafayette waited inside of his prison cell for the Dark Shadows to come for him. Idris knew that they would be relentless in their quest to find him. No vampire left behind. Through all of the torture and experiments the necromancers put him through he refused to break. He held onto a small shred of hope. Hope that he would be rescued, hope that the Shadows would tear through the necro’s hidden underground lair and kill them all. He yearned to get at least one last glimpse of her.

As the lone female Dark Shadow member, Phaelyn Otvos was used to being singled out. She was one of the deadliest females to ever hold a sword. Enemies underestimated her, while potential lovers were intimidated by her. Her latest assignment—retrieve the missing vampire guard. The one person who captured her heart years ago was now her mission. Thrown together in the midst of the war between vampire and necromancers, will Phaelyn and Idris recognize that they were meant for each other?


Teague (The Dark Shadows Book 3) by Ariel Marie

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The necromancers are not the only ones with allies….

Failure is not an option. Teague Olaru, vampire prince and Dark Shadow warrior, has received his orders. Seek out the vampire’s long time ally, the valkyries, and convince them to stand with the vampires in their war against the necromancers. It should have been a straightforward mission, that is, until he met Bella.

Arabella Kaldana, Valkyrie warrior, had led the life of a seasoned maiden warrior staying true to her oaths and protecting the good people of Aphadore. She’s never had doubts about the life she was destined for, until she met Teague. The sexy vampire was never far from her thoughts. He had her wanting more.

Teague and Arabella’s budding relationship is put to the test in the midst of the war. Arabella’s ultimate destiny has been presented to her and she’s torn…. follow her destiny or follow her heart?

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Meet Carolyn Donnell

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C. S. Donnell’s short stories and poems (under the name of Carolyn Donnell) have won awards: a 1st in fiction-2015 San Francisco Writers Conference, 2014 Exhibitor of the Year-Literary Arts Division San Mateo County Fair, Frontiers in Writing-Panhandle Pro Writers, Southwest Writers. Anthologies include San Mateo County Fair-Literary Arts Division Anthology-Carry the Light, V. 1- 4, 2012-15), California Writers Club Anthology-Westward Winds 2010, South Bay Writers’Anthology – Who Are Our Friends? 2009, and Sand Hill Review 2007.
Blood Will Tell is her first novel. Deeper Colors is the second.


Family ties. A good thing, right?  Not if you come from Amy’s family. Amy escapes her gilded cage only to find herself alone. One by one, everyone disappears from her life, including the baby daughter she never even got to see.  Eighteen years of futile searching end when a letter arrives and leads her through a maze of shifting identities, kidnapping and attempted murder. Will she find the answers in time?

Deeper Colors

The vivid hues in the painting captured her attention. Deep blue and green water seemed to move as if a breeze blew across it. She felt giddy and stepped

closer. The air around her turned cold. A picture formed in her mind of the river flowing through a city, reflecting buildings in the waters below. That night the river from the painting invaded her dreams. She could feel the breeze. Lavender shadows lapped ever closer to her face. She awoke with a start.

Vermont artist Gina Martin had always been boringly rational but when she encounters an 18th century artist’s painting at the Louvre she is drawn to Périgueux, the artist’s home in southwestern France. There she finds herself tangled in a web with the artist whose life eerily matches her own and the owner of the painting—a handsome French art gallery curator. Recurring dreams of murky shadows and death threaten her sanity and her life.

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