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I would get stuck with an archenemy who won't stay dead...


"Why do I have to pay a toll? No one else is forking out dough, you big baboon."


I wouldn't recommend repeating those words to anyone who is dangling you a foot off the ground. My face suddenly felt like it had collided with a cement wall at forty miles per hour. I found myself sliding across the tile floor and coming to rest in the corner of the hallway.


"You hit me!" I rubbed my jaw in disbelief. Damian had always seemed a level-headed sort of guy. "I can't believe you hit me!"


"I'll do a lot worse than that!" A handful of spectators scrambled out of the way as he lunged for me. I dove behind a bench outside the high school office. The secretary never even looked up. I hoped word of my death in front of the wide, newly installed security window didn't leak out to the city's more violent criminal element...


I just can't catch a break. Most of my friends only concern themselves with girls and grades, but I have to worry about retaliation from hellish warlords. When three of my classmates succumb to a strange malady, I become the target of irrational violence. Is it a coincidence, as Elena so firmly believes? Or could there be a deeper, more evil explanation? 


When the epidemic goes national, my team and I are called on to uncover the root of the problem before violence breaks out on a worldwide stage. Our quest leads us to the heart of Africa, to the underworld, and to a second encounter with an enemy who just won't stay dead.

Runaways hidden in the barn, slave catchers lodged in the hotel, and Emily squeezed between two very different loyalties.


Danger is the last thing Emily Preston thought she’d encounter in her uncle’s hotel. She’d been forced to travel to Detroit, sent by her parents from their plantation home. Now she’s vowed to become the most disagreeable houseguest ever. She doesn’t count on Uncle Isaac’s iron will. And she has no idea what to do with Malachi, the son of freed slaves who challenges every idea she’s grown up believing. Malachi’s lessons finally begin to sink in when Emily stumbles across two runaways hidden in her uncle's barn. And they’re about to become personal as she’s drawn into operations of the Underground Railroad. Meanwhile, Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is only yards away, lodged in the hotel.


Likened to the rich literary style of Ann Rinaldi but with its own twist of adventure, The Candle Star wraps American history in an exciting, kid-pleasing package. Find out why so many teachers have incorporated this Civil War historical fiction series into classrooms across America. The price is kept deliberately low so you can feel as good about the price as you do about the content. Download your child’s copy today. 


Recipient of a Reader’s Choice 5 Star Seal of Approval.

Series librarian-nominated for the 2012 Great Michigan Read.


Divided Decade Series:

1858 – The Candle Star

1862 – Blood of Pioneers

1865 – Beneath the Slashings 

In a nation built upon lies, the truth is a dangerous secret.


Born into Capernica's lowest social tier and not permitted to leave Settlement 56, Jaclyn (Jack) Holloway refuses to pour out her years in the local fish cannery. She gambles on the one chance available to her to advance--the high school Exit Exam. In a country that still keenly remembers its own violent birth, the smartest and strongest are richly rewarded in exchange for military service. Jack is adamant that her best friend, Will Ransom, strives for induction with her, but Will is tied to the sea. Would he give it up for her? He's never so much as kissed her. 


Meanwhile, a string of abductions breaks out across the nation, targeting girls eerily similar to Jack. Her Exam score places her in a position to aid Axis, the underground organization investigating the disappearances. Working in tandem with the handsome Captain Ethan Alston, Jack finds she has an unusual proclivity for the case. The evidence leads them back forty-seven years, to a series of high-profile cover-ups linked to the creation of the new nation, but nothing prepares them for the face that emerges from the past. 


Jack and Ethan must make a crucial decision. Blowing the whistle could have grave consequences for loved ones they've left behind, but holding their silence means history will likely repeat. And Capernica could never survive a second upheaval.


A startling tale where past and present intertwine, fusing at the point of revolution. Have time to binge read? You've found your next dystopian indulgence.


Recompense series:

Recompense

Betrayal

Retribution

Abduction

Reprisal


This series is complete and will be available on Google Play in its entirety by June 20, 2019.

Three authors. Three books. Three eras that shaped America’s fate.


Journey with us through 100 years of American history, beginning with Sara Whitford’s adventurous Adam Fletcher series, set within the Colonial Era. Witness the dramatic birth of a nation in Lars Hedbor’s Tales From a Revolution. And finish with the heartbreak of civil war in Michelle Isenhoff’s Southern saga, Ella Wood.



THE SMUGGLER'S GAMBIT, by Sara Whitford

Port Beaufort, North Carolina – May 1765


Seventeen-year-old Adam Fletcher is no stranger to fist fights, but when he bloodies the nose of the obnoxious son of Port Beaufort’s customs agent, the local magistrate offers Adam two choices: jail or an apprenticeship.


Choosing the latter, he soon finds himself bound apprentice to a reclusive old man with a secret, colorful past. Although Adam is less than thrilled about his new situation, when he is asked to spy on his master as a suspected smuggler, he has to decide where his loyalties lie. Will he perform his civic duty to the Crown, or will he do whatever is necessary to protect the old man, possibly putting even his own family in danger?


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY says, ”Whitford delivers an enjoyable tale.” Readers love this family-friendly adventure!



THE SMOKE, by Lars Hedbor

Upstate New York – 1779


They Should Have Been Enemies, but They Became Friends.


Joseph Killeen was sent into the wilds of frontier New-York to eliminate the threat of savage enemies in the forests of New-York, but when he meets Ginawo and his peaceful Skarure village, he realizes that nothing is as simple as he was told. The Haudenosaunee Confederation is being torn asunder by the American Revolution, forced to choose sides in a fight that’s not their own. Can Joseph and Ginawo bridge the divide between their peoples, when warfare threatens to destroy both societies?


Ordinary people in extraordinary times. The question of how the American colonists made the long trip from being subjects of the British King to being citizens of the independent United States has nearly as many answers as there were people. Within these collected Tales From a Revolution, you’ll be transported to the time when the American Revolution tested how a young farm boy from Vermont, a Quaker blacksmith, and a Tuscarora clan member would all navigate the tumultuous times of the American Revolution.



ELLA WOOD, by Michelle Isenhoff

Charleston, South Carolina – 1860


Will Emily forego love for a chance at independence?


Emily Preston wants only to become an artist. As the nation teeters on the brink of civil war, she must wage her own battle against the restrictive ideology of her father. Several schools in the North have opened their doors to women. She must make her father see how much an education means to her. 


Independence isn't the only contentious point between them. A recent visit to her uncle's home in Detroit has called Emily's entire upbringing into question, but her father doesn't appreciate her criticisms of his management of the plantation. Then there's the problem of Thaddeus Black, the handsome, charming young man who simply won't take no for an answer. It could be that the real fight lies within her heart, which stubbornly refuses to accept that a choice for independence must be a choice against love.


"Poetic" and "nuanced," Ella Wood is the story of a young woman standing at the edge of war and struggling with questions of morality, purpose, and love.

Lizzie, Jack, Jovie...you've come to love them in the Ella Wood trilogy. Now get to know these important characters better. This series of novellas will fill in some gaps in Ella Wood's main storyline. Experience Lizzie and Ketch's escape north. Follow Jack and Jeremiah into the Confederate army camp. And find out exactly what happened to Jovie after Gettysburg.


Each Ella Wood novella is approximately 85-95 pages and can be read as a stand-alone, but starting with the main trilogy is recommended. To avoid spoilers, read in the following order:


Book 1: Lizzie. To be read anytime after the first book of the Ella Wood trilogy, Ella Wood.

Book 2: Jack. To be read anytime after the second book of the Ella Wood trilogy, Blood Moon.

Book 3: Jovie. To be read after the third book of the Ella Wood trilogy, Ebb Tide.


LIZZIE:

Lizzie has made it aboard a ship without anyone guessing her deception, but many miles still lie between South Carolina and freedom in Canada. With two small children to hide, she and Ketch will no longer have their former master's daughter, Emily, nearby to protect them. They'll need to rely on their wits, their strength, and each other.


Though Lizzie loves Ketch and longs to merge their two small families, she's still haunted by that violent night at Ella Wood nearly a year before that resulted in the birth of her son. Will she be able to put that nightmare behind her? Will the north hold the peace, safety, and love she so desperately desires?


But before the steamer even leaves Charleston harbor, the water grows red with danger...


JACK:

For the better part of a decade, Jack has lived a double life. To all appearances, he's the spoiled heir to one of Charleston's wealthiest plantations. But his life would be forfeit and his family in jeopardy if anyone knew what he'd really been up to. He'd be shunned from polite society if anyone guessed his plans for Ella Wood. So he maintains his lonely façade, with no realistic hopes of marriage and only slaves to confide in.


When war comes to Charleston, Jack enlists in the South Carolina infantry. But military service brings him into contact with a beautiful and unlikely confidante. Will his dreams for Ella Wood outlast the war? Will his new love?


JOVIE:

After taking a bullet at Gettysburg, a clever maneuver lands Jovie in a Northern hospital instead of a POW camp. Staying alive means remaining unidentified. But when a devastating amputation claims his leg, Jovie loses the will to live. His best friend died at Antietam a year ago, and the woman he's loved since childhood has made it clear that she doesn't return his affection. Why not just blurt out his secret and let it claim his life?


A chance encounter with a beautiful spy offers him new purpose, and the rush of their subterfuge distracts him from despair. But adrenaline is a poor substitute for hope. Despite her refusal, Jovie just can't forget the woman he still loves. Will he find the courage to renew his pursuit despite his disfigurement? Will a last long chance be enough to bring him home?


In this game of chance, will he even live long enough for it to matter?

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