Secrets: The Steamship Chronicles by Margaret McGaffey Fisk

If you’re in the mood for a sci-fi steampunk adventure, then you’ll want to check out…

 

Secrets

The Steamship Chronicles: Book One

by Margaret McGaffey Fisk

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Genre(s): Science Fiction, Steampunk, Adventure, Young Adult

Description: “Can a sheltered Victorian girl with an extraordinary gift with machines make her way to safety without losing her freedom and endangering all around her?

Samantha Crill can read the hearts of mechanical devices and transform them into what they long to be. In a steam-powered Victorian England where only the wealthy can afford such sophisticated contraptions, the law does not look kindly on Naturals who destroy these purchases. Barely able to resist the demand of the devices, Sam becomes a danger to everyone around her, not in the least because the mechanicals show little restraint once changed.

Nathaniel Bowden, cabin boy on the oldest of the East India Trading Company’s steamships, intends to learn everything he can in the hope of becoming a captain in this age of productivity. He’s eager and willing, but his despised noble background and the engineer’s unprovoked loathing threaten his position with the crew.”

Get it on Amazon >> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LNQ3BXI

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About the Author

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Margaret McGaffey Fisk

Margaret McGaffey Fisk is a storyteller whose tales often cross genres and worlds to bring the events and characters to life. She currently writes romance, science fiction, and fantasy but will go wherever the story takes her.

In a different time, you’d find her before a bonfire or with a mug of ale and a lute spinning tales for all who are in earshot. Now, though, you can read her explorations of loyalty, love, and cultural conflict wherever you might be.

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Bloodline by Tara Ellis

Today, I’m sharing the first book in an epic dystopian series filled with ancient mysteries, a world wide plague, and forces beyond the world we all know.

 

Bloodline

Forgotten Origins Trilogy – Book One

by Tara Ellis

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* Cover Design by Melchelle Designs *

 

Genre(s): Teen to Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Adventure

Description: “Sixteen-year-old Alex has always suspected her father’s death wasn’t random, but she never guessed how deep the mystery runs or what it involves. When a rare meteor shower is followed by a highly contagious infection, the people she once knew so well start acting like they have a similar purpose that doesn’t include her. Alex can now only rely on her friend Chris and loyal dog Baxter as she plunges into a strange, new world predestined since ancient times. Wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, deciphering cryptic messages left by her father, desperately searching for a cure—will Alex have the courage and faith to even survive?

Bloodline is the first book of the Forgotten Origins Trilogy.”

Get it on Amazon >> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ILPL7K8

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About the Author

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Author Tara Ellis

Author Tara Ellis lives in a small town in beautiful Washington State in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys the quiet lifestyle with her husband, two teenage kids and several dogs. Having been a firefighter/EMT and working in the medical field for several years, she now teaches CPR and concentrates on family, photography and writing young adult novels.

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Know Your VA Benefits

One of the very first authors I met when I first started this indie venture has brought an important issue to my attention. Author Jessie Cox is a veteran and recently encountered a few issues with his local VA clinic. The staff there failed to inform him of all the benefits and services available to him. Luckily, Jessie was proactive and managed to find them himself, but he fears others out there are still left in the dark. Please, if you or someone you love is a veteran and needs help, check out these links:

• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

http://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/

• Explore ALL Veterans Benefits

http://www.va.gov/explore/

• For Dependents or Survivors

http://www.va.gov/opa/persona/dependent_survivor.asp

I know there must be more helpful links out there for veterans and their loved ones. If you know of any, please comment with a link below and I will gladly add them to this post.

Our soldiers have sacrificed so much for us – we owe them the world and beyond. Know your rights. Know that you have more than earned the right to proper health care. Our veterans should never be forgotten.

Thank you to every soldier everywhere and all of those who love and support them for your service and sacrifice.

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If you’d like to know more about Jessie, you can check him out on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Jessie-Cox/e/B007Q21D6A

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Thank you so much for your attention on this matter.

Get Dirty

For those with their heads in the gutter, that is not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the great outdoors. I’m talking about how easy it is for kids to forget about the beautiful world outside. I won’t sit here and say I’m not guilty of it. I grew up during an age when video games consoles were first born and it was exciting. I also knew what it was like to leave the house with my little friend and explore the neighborhood, as long as I was home by dinner time. And when my brother and I were at our father’s, we were free to wander the trails of the woods, so long as we checked for ticks before we came back in the house. I do my best to make sure my son gets a healthy mix, considering he’ll need to know the basics of a computer or tablet when he starts school. But I’d rather he create rather than relish in the creativity of others all the time.

For Father’s Day, we packed up the car and went to visit a friend of my husband’s. He lives, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere. It was fantastic! The dogs roamed the property with the chickens, the kids caught frogs and chased each other, and we had a casual cook out with new friends. When we got home, it was way too late for a bath, so I stripped the boy down to his Ninja Turtle Underoos and scrubbed him down right there in the kitchen.

“Did you have fun?” I asked.

“Yes!” he said quite confidently.

“What was your favorite part?”

He thought for a moment, tapping his little finger to his chin. “All of it!” he said, “But I really like the duck.”

Being out there made me miss my days of adventure as a child. We grow up and work so hard, sometimes we’re just too tired to do anything else afterwards. So today, the boy and I grabbed his butterfly net and a bucket and walked down to the stream behind our neighbor’s house. I wanted to catch him a polliwog, to show him how frogs look before they become frogs. But I suppose I’m a bit out of practice. Silly me didn’t wear my boots, so my Converse sneakers slipped on the banking and into the mud I went.

“What’d you do that for, Momma?”

Yep – he’s definitely my kid.

Until next time, polliwogs.

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