Friday Five: Fantasy
YAY! My favorite genre. I am so happy to share these titles with you, today.
And, I’m also happy to be back on a semi-regular schedule from my other job, so I can start blogging on a normal basis again.
1. The Great Altruist by Z.D. Robinson
Genesis is nine inches tall, travels through time, and never wears clothes. She’s brash, cocky, and even a little arrogant. But when people have a mistake from the past they want to fix, she’s ready. It doesn’t matter if she’s trying to help a Holocaust survivor find her lost parents and prevent World War II, or help a lonely young man reclaim the love of his life and save his parent’s marriage. Genesis has the power and desire to help!
But when she mysteriously loses her powers, becomes a normal woman, and decides to settle down, the leader of a secret organization is planning to travel into the future and destroy all of humanity!
Can Genesis rise to the new challenge and save seven billion lives? Or will the organization’s most twisted agent prove too much for even Genesis to handle?
Filled with ruthless secret societies, backstabbing parents, and a vicious battle across time and space, The Great Altruist is the story about a powerful woman whose only limitation is her compulsion to serve others.
This 100,000-word epic adventure is fast-paced, funny, and stays with you long after the pages are turned.
Available at: Amazon
2. The End of the World by Andrew Biss
Accustomed to a life of cosseted seclusion at home with his parents, Valentine is suddenly faced with making his own way in the world. His new life is quickly upended, however, when he’s mugged at gunpoint. Finding shelter at a mysterious inn run by the dour Mrs. Anna, he soon encounters a Bosnian woman with a hole where her stomach used to be, an American entrepreneur with a scheme to implant televisions into people’s foreheads, and a Catholic priest who attempts to lure him down inside a kitchen sink. Then things start getting strange…
In this story based loosely around the state of Bardo from The Tibetan Book of the Dead – an intermediate state where the dead arrive prior to rebirth – dying is the easy part. Getting out of Bardo and returning to the land of the living is a far more perilous proposition, and unless you know what you’re doing…you might never leave.
An odd, yet oddly touching tale of life, death, and the space in-between.
Available at: Available at:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004RZ26E2
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004RZ26E2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/end-of-the-world-andrew-biss/1100240706
3. My Sparkling Misfortune (The Lakeland Knight) by Laura Lond
***1st place winner of the Reader Views Literary Award 2010 in the Young Reader category***
Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a Sparkling instead—“a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains’ plans.” Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the Sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of “best interests” is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.
My Sparkling Misfortune is approximately 33,000 words (126 pages in the printed edition). Includes 10 black-and-white illustrations.
Available at: Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JXVYR2
4. Eon’s Door by J.G. McKenney
Eon’s Door should not be open.
Two thousand years after three clans flee the world of humans through Eon’s Door to find sanctuary in a realm called Erla, a prophecy left to them by the ancient race that created the tree portal is coming true. A trusted sage has stolen the portal’s key and is using the awesome power that separated the worlds to tear apart the very soul of Nature. The key must be taken back and Eon’s Door closed–before it’s too late.
Hope lies with a “child of doubt” from the world the clans left behind and the courageous young Erlan who’s been sent to find him. Together they must retrieve the key and close Eon’s Door. It won’t be easy. Abominations of beasts and trees stand between them and their goal. Even worse, the sage knows the prophecy and is expecting them.
Available at Amazon:
Also available at Smashwords.
5. A Place Beyond The Map by Samuel Thews
Phinnegan Qwyk thought he knew everything there was to know about fairy tales. But when the notorious Faë Periwinkle Lark snatches him from his cozy home in Ireland to a Place-Beyond-the-Map, Phinnegan discovers that reading a fairy tale and living in one are two altogether different things.
When Phinnegan escapes from the mountain prison of Féradoon, he must travel a treacherous path riddled with dangers both fair and foul – where the wild hounds of the Faolchú await a single misstep and gholems stalk their quarries unseen from the shadows. Forced into a daring match of wits with a beautiful troll, Phinnegan may find the way home if he wins – but if he loses, he will be her pet. Forever.
Available at Amazon:
Also available at: B&N and Smashwords
Feel free to check these out!
Happy Reading…and Writing 🙂