Strange Luck by Amie Irene Winters


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In a world where memories are currency, escape means getting out before you forget who you are.

A mysterious letter. An idyllic world. And a peculiar collection of antiques. It all waits to be discovered in Strange Luck, an imaginative novel that mixes fantasy and philosophy for a thrilling reading experience.

Hopeful that her father can be saved from a chronic condition, seventeen-year-old Daisy sets out to find a cure, but accidentally lands in a wicked world called The Nameless. As Daisy explores the moaning caverns and encounters people who refuse to go above ground, it becomes clear that the world’s inhabitants are more than just strange. They may be keeping a dark secret. They may have been lured and trapped here for a reason. And somehow—impossible as it may seem—they may still have a chance to regain what has been taken from them.
A daring mystery complimented with vivid imagery, Strange Luck will delight adults, teens, and anyone who can’t resist a dark adventure.

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Mystery

Availability: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Kobo.

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AmieIreneWinters_Headshot_B&WAuthor Bio: Amie Irene Winters is a former park ranger turned YA Fantasy author. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and holds degrees in anthropology, religious studies, and environmental leadership. When not conjuring up other worlds, she can be found hiking, antiquing, traveling, or painting. Strange Luck is her first novel, and she is currently working on the next book in the Strange Luck series.

Innocence and Ice, Androids Never Think Twice By Archie Gerard

unnamedLondon, England, the year 2072. Humans and technology are swapping places. Whilst humans flock into digital worlds by means of neural implants and virtual reality headsets, their technological equivalent, android robots, are filling the real-world roles that humans are leaving behind.

A box is delivered to a third-floor London flat, Dorothea emerges. She is illegal. Based on spydroid technology and with the advanced AI and realistic appearance (as required for counter-surveillance operations), Dorothea is difficult to tell apart from a genuine human being.

Andy, technician and corporate minion in Techdomestic is in deep trouble. The problem isn’t just the secrecy, or the ridiculous three day timescale, or his boss breathing down his neck . . . it’s Dorothea. She enthuses about life, starts planning for the future, trusts him, promises to be a friend forever. Forever isn’t going to be much of a challenge—he’s deleting her on Monday. It’s total erasure: her character, her memories, even her physical profile. All that’ll be left will be a shell and his anonymous report. Andy, harangued and used,  starts to question why he’s being made to destroy something fundamentally good, and why no one will tell him why.

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The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory

The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman

Set at the turn of the nineteenth century, it is a heartrending, coming-of-age, YA story, with a dose of humor and magical realism.

moo After his adoptive mother dies in a freak accident, eight year-old, disabled, bi-racial Moojie is sent by his disapproving father to live at St. Isidore’s Fainting Goat Dairy, where he befriends a clan of outcasts from an alternate universe. Six years later, this forbidden friendship and subsequent events reveal an extraordinary boy’s tale of loss and connection, first love, and self-discovery.

Winner of the 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. “ … thanks and congratulations for producing a book with such beauty and depth.”–Nicholas Beatty, Executive Director of Gelett Burgess Center

It was also featured in the Kirkus Best Indie Books of December selection. “The book’s mysticism is lucidly presented, and its magical realism is effective, moving, and heartening. A lively, original take on a story of a boy with more limits—and more magic—than most.”—Kirkus Reviews, December 2015 Best Indies Books of the Month Selection

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The book is on sale at bookstores nationwide, also with Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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moo2Bio: I am a devoted wife and mother, writer, and amateur mapmaker. Born in Pensacola, Florida, I was raised with seven siblings in Carmel Valley. I studied Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Stanford University’s Writing Program, and French at Monterey Institute of International Studies and La Sorbonne. By turns, I have been a journalist, lay minister, and infant massage instructor with mothers and babies at risk. I live with my husband and son in Central California.

The Empath, the Warrior & the Wind Rider by Jeff Fuell

Empath Warrior Wind Rider CoverMeet Cindy, Matt and Phillip Hodges, three teenage siblings who are doing their best to cope with the divorce of their parents. Although they are siblings, they are very different people who are coping with the situation in their own way.
Through a strange circular machine with its own personality that appears in the basement of their lake house, they are transported to a different world, a world where magic and science are one. It is also a world where people have wings, can fly, and live in a magnificent, sprawling city floating in the sky. They soon find themselves involved in a religious war, their coming prophesized years ago in the Book of Origins as the Empath, the Warrior and the Wind Rider. With the help of Arion, a teenage sorcerer’s apprentice and the beastly yet strangely human Posdingo, they invade the floating city of Fastune to not only set free the Phoenix – The Daughter of God and this world’s version of Jesus Christ – but to also rid them of the evil Mephosi, a power mad wizard who has declared himself God. As the soldiers of two kingdoms collide in a terrible war they race to set this world back on a peaceful path. But then, a choice must be made. Once it is all over, will they stay here on this wonderful world filled with people they have come to love and consider family…or return home to a family that is broken?

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Jeff Fuell was born in Dallas, TX and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. He first began to feel the desire to write when he was a teenager and started writing short stories. He is also an actor and member of the Screen Actors Guild/America Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and has been busy throughout the years involved with numerous theatrical productions, commercials, print work, independent films and industrial films. Besides writing and drama, his interests also include music, fitness, and, of course, reading and collecting books. His books include The Perfect Woman, Across Time, Earth Angel, WAR – Horseman of the Apocalypse (Love Blooms Eternal), Beethoven’s Immortal, The Goatman, Transference, TITAN: From Earth’s Past A Hero Rises, IMMACULATE: The Second Coming Of The Christ and The Empath, the Warrior & the Wind Rider. His writing spans genres such as science-fiction, time travel, adventure, romance, humor, theology, paranormal and young adult/coming of age. Two of his previously published works are the short story “Birds,” published in The Armchair Aesthete Issue 7, and the poem “A Dark Place,” published in the collection The Colors of Life. He is currently at work on another project.

Discern by Andrea Pearson

DiscernPICNicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no
matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems
to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

This doesn’t stop her from competing to be included on a university-led
expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone,
but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip,
she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be
impossible.

Nicole turns to her best friend, Lizzie, for help, along with fellow
student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also
happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in
her.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right
choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be
studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.

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“Wow! Original, classic ya fantasy. This book is simply captivating! Once
I read the first sentence, I couldn’t put the book down.” – Marina

“This story was a pleasant surprise. Exciting and full of intrigue.
Totally different take on magic. Loved the characters, even the
(purposefully) annoying ones.” – Susan

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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N1NZIKA

AndreaPearsonAndrea Pearson graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many
full-length novels (the Kilenya Series and Katon University series), and
several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life – it is, in fact,
the only thing she ever craves. Being with her family and close friends is
where she’s happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking,
public speaking, painting, and traveling.

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Shiver Cove, Part 2: Val by TJ Shortt

Final Book2 Shiver Cove New CoverShaken by suspicious deaths in Shiver Cove, Val begins his own investigation. Five teenagers have been brutally mauled to death and the police aren’t looking for a murderer. The incidences have been deemed as ‘animal attacks’ and it seems only Val and his friends are searching for the actual killer. Certain the attacks have been committed by a supernatural being, Val hunts for a creature he calls ‘The Beast’.
After discovering a warning to ‘stay away’, Val knows he’s on the right track.

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TJ Shortt, a perpetual teenager, has been fascinated by the supernatural her entire life. She spends her days dispatching trucks and plotting out how to kill people… on paper. In 2010 she attended the Borderlands Press Writer’s Bootcamp. She enjoys participating in local and on-line writing groups improving her craft. She lives in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada, with her husband and four-legged children.

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The Ray Synchronicity by Lata Sony

TRScoverIn a busy market place, Major Vohra spots a suicide bomber from his eBombVest. He whispers his suspicion to a stranger near him. The stranger takes out a gun and shoots the bomber between his eyes. To Vohra’s surprise, instead of keeling over the bomber visibly changes and confesses.

Vohra is interested in the gun and the stranger, who introduces himself as Ketu, a soul engineer.

Shadows, made of Dark Energies in the universe, learn about this first use of Bioray gun. They realize that mortals had developed brainwave entrainment tools to drive them away, in accordance with a synchronicity created by Shadows’ arch enemies Rays. Shadows create a synchronicity of their own to make mortals undo Rays’ work.

The Bioray gun was a result of the last meeting between Rays and Time. Through Time travel, Rays discover that if their waves do not spread fast by next 500 years, the dawn of the Platinum age will be delayed. To explain how hard people are finding it to cope with just Ray frequencies, Time takes them to Arnavi and Gatik’s life spimes (space+time vehicle).

Arnavi was born with frequencies of Ray Intelligence and Ray Love. Thwarted Shadows hoped that she will eventually acquire Shades Hatred and Craving from her father. Arnavi tried to earn love as a toddler from her parents but her love is mistaken for meekness.

When Arnavi’s brother Gatik was born, Time allowed Shadow Ego to shade the baby because Time feels that mortals appreciate light only in darkness.

Rays observe that Arnavi felt unloved and unappreciated at both school and home while Gatik fared better.

Rays know that humans are capable of changing their brainwaves through low frequencies such as sound and among the methods, brain entrainment was the fastest. To further speed up brain entrainment methods, the Rays create the Ray synchronicity to bring about the events that allow humans to develop faster brain entrainment machines.

Consequently, an Indo-American spiritual leader collaborates with a medical equipment manufacturer to create these weapons of peace. The first of these weapons were now with Ketu for testing in India.

Back in the present, Major Vohra introduces his Colonel to Ketu, who tells them that his Bioray gun eliminates certain dark frequencies from the mind, making a person more peaceful and righteous. The two are disappointed to know that use of the gun declines the life of the person shooting the gun. Ketu reveals other methods such as the Entrainment couch and Shade Slayer to change violent and evil tendencies and develop out-of-body experience (OBE) capability for spying. Due to the non-violent nature of the methods, they finally decide to test them while working for an NGO affiliated to the Human Rights commission.

Ketu starts looking for young trainees with high IQ, as intelligent people become ‘soul engineers’ more easily. He shortlists Arnavi and Gatik. What happened to Arnavi and Gatik in the mean time?

In her search for love, child Arnavi meets all the wrong people including a pedophile, who leave her shaded with guilt and shame. As an adolescent, Arnavi feels and acts like a pathetic loser and loner in school. She makes an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

An adolescent Gatik constantly shuns his parents’ opinions having decided that they were half-witted and silly. He learns things by himself and uses extreme anger to rebuff people into agreeing with him.

In adulthood, Shadow Hatred manifests from Arnavi’s inherited genes as she reels under failed relationships.

Ketu contacts Arnavi through the advisor mode of her hi-tech IntelliHouse and convinces her to undergo brainwave entrainment from Beta to Theta state. She begins to feel happier and appreciate finer qualities more. She starts training under Ketu for OBE and other mental powers.

Their first case is to stop frequent violent protests by the public in a crime-infested area. The last time protestors had thrown stones at a police station, the police had shot 9 of them down. The news had caught nation-wide attention and was widely condemned.

Monitoring the area, Ketu and Arnavi see a shopkeeper being harassed by a goon. They manage to trick the goon to the Entrainment room.

He confesses to his crimes and surrenders to the police. A couple of his friends follow. Ketu uses OBE to hear their conversation in jail. He overhears the inspector taking orders from someone on the phone.

The next day he uses OBE again to find that the goons have been killed in the jail.
Ketu and Arnavi realize that the public dissatisfaction is due to a nexus between the police and administration.

People at random approach Ketu for brain entrainment. Some people including an MLA experience no change. Gatik too arrives for training.

Arnavi tries to get the inspector to Entrainment couch but he escapes and tries to shoot Arnavi forcing Ketu to use his bioray gun. Inspector comes around and confesses his nefarious connections with the MP.

Ketu asks Arnavi to try OBE to the MP’s house. She tries but she is confronted by shadows and she comes back midway.

Using OBE Ketu finds that the MP is an extremely sensitive person but he lacks empathy frequencies.

Ketu has no option but to use his Bioray gun on the MP.

Next Arnavi uses OBE on the CM and finds that he is shaded with Inertia that prevents him from taking action on his own ministers.

Ketu uses his bioray gun on the CM as well. With the transformation of the CM, MP, MLA and police, the state soon becomes crime-free and prosperous.

Due to frequent use of Bioray gun, Ketu looks 60 years old while Arnavi is 24. Ketu dies much earlier but both of them reunite in the garden of Rays after Arnavi’s death.

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Review 1:

If you are a tad tired of the androids of the future and the inter-galactic wars, then you may want to step into this world of Ketu and Arnavi. If you have a philosophical or spiritual bent of mind, irrespective of which religion you follow, or if you follow none, you may want to enter the realm of the Rays and the Shadows. This book – the maiden release by the author – was refreshingly different from the contemporary fiction. What particularly appeals is the author’s astute observation of human nature, and of the underlying forces that govern our thoughts and actions. The darkness is not just the hatred, greed or ego, but also self-pity and self-flagellation; and the light is not just wisdom, faith and love, but also wit and vivacity. Universal truths are presented in an imaginative sci-fi plot, which is an easy and fun read. We may never develop the bioray gun or the entrainment couch, but the image of a washed-clean, ‘baptised’ individual is something we’ll find irresistible…..and that is, at the very least, wonderful and much-needed food for thought in this troubled age. ”
Review 2:

Lata Sony pulls us into a creative world with both story and well-crafted narrative.

The book follows Ketu and later Arvani, in India, in the mortal year 2039. The author’s descriptions brought this world into focus and easily transported this reader right in the midst a futuristic India.

The book also follows a variety of characters, or extensions of mortal minds and souls, presented as wider understanding of where the truths of the self and all that’s around us lies. I was intrigued by the idea of mind-altering weapons and out-of-body experiences, and pleased the author detailed the technical aspect in ways that made it thought-provoking and easy to follow.

The story brings up questions regarding technical dependency in our always-connected world as well as the morality of our entanglements. While the concept has been done many times before, you won’t get recycled ideas here, but rather a fresh and fascinating take on an awareness that transcends the corporeal realm of the senses and even thought.

This high tech, science fiction book is unlike anything I’ve read, with the setting functioning as a highly appealing point. The author takes her time working through a descriptive beginning before arriving at the dynamic plotline, which worked well for this reader tired of forced, immediate suspense — and once we do reach the tipping point, there is no turning back. One must turn the pages fast, greedy for the conclusion.

The end is stunning. The author’s ability to tell a story with so many moving parts, while keeping the suspense going and bringing the storyline to a crescendo, is admirable.

I recommend this book to readers of science fiction and to those looking for something fresh and different.