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 Simply reading a list of plant names from a book and trying to memorise them is boring to children. But, if that learning is made fun, children are more likely to retain what they have learned. Herein are 6 of the most important plants in New Zealand which are explained to them by the Piccaninnies, the wee bush folk who live in New Zealand’s forests and how they interact with the flora around them. So,
 

If your heart is pure, and your eyes are clear,
And you come the one right day of the year,
And eat of the fruit of the Magic Tree
The wee Bush Folk you will surely see.

In this book children will learn about flowers and trees which are native to New Zealand. Children will learn both the Western name and the Maori name for the plants. The plants they will be taught about are:
The New Zealand Christmas Tree,
Clematis,
The Cabbage palm
The Tea tree,
The Kowhai blossom,
The Hoheria blossom, and;
The Great Red Enemy

So, we invite you to download and read this fun and happy book about the small folk of the New Zealand forests and the plants and flowers the live with and use every day.

10% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.
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STARLEY'S RUST 

a YA urban fantasy 

Book 2 of the EMBODIED trilogy 

Six months ago, Kari Marriner’s life was torn apart. Now turned 17, she’s looking for answers in her rural Wisconsin hometown. But just as the Embodied seemed to have vanished, there’s a new, more terrifying visitor from the Dark Universe. 

Back in Manhattan, a charismatic English artist named Starley convinces Kari he can find her missing mother if she flies to Paris with him. He also shares an incredible secret from the dawn of mankind. But Starley is not who he seems. Before she knows it, Kari finds herself standing in front of the Mona Lisa with him, yelling out, “He’s got a bomb!” 

And that’s when things go totally insane. The Rebel Embodied’s henchman, Cilic, returns to Earth on a deadly mission. The body of Kari’s treacherous friend Aranara is washed up on the banks of the Hudson. But is she really dead? In the Paris catacombs, Kari and Starley are hunted by a nightmarish mythical creature that’s all too real. 

A family mystery, an exiled race, freakish beasts, jealousy, love… and death. Kari has to face them all in the fast-paced fantasy thriller . 

Starley’s Rust is the spellbinding second novel in JB Dutton’s EMBODIED trilogy. The first installment, Silent Symmetry, was published in 2013 and reached the #1 spot on Amazon’s free Kindle ebook Futuristic & Sci-Fi Romance chart. 


Goodreads raves for Silent Symmetry 

“...so hard to put down” 5-star review 

“The concept is unique, interesting, gripping” 5-star review 

“...a bizarre and scary world” 5-star review 

“Kari's adventure was thrilling!” 4-star review 

“It's unique (never read anything like it before)” 5-star review 

“...really, really good” 5-star review 

“...filled with mystery and danger” 5-star review 

“...can't wait for the sequel.” 5-star review 

“Who doesn't love hot aliens?” 5-star review 


About the author 

JB Dutton is the pseudonym of author John B. Dutton when writing Young Adult and Children's fiction. After graduating from film school in London, England, John emigrated to Montreal in 1987, where he still lives with his two young children and their even younger goldfish. He spent over a decade as a music TV director before moving into the advertising industry as an award-winning copywriter for clients such as Cirque du Soleil. John has written novels, short stories, blogs, screenplays and a stage play, and is currently writing a trilogy of Young Adult novels. John speaks four languages and has been married three times in three different countries in three different decades. He therefore likes the odd pint of Guinness. And he’s pretty keen on the even pints too… 

Visit John's website at johnbdutton.wordpress.com 

 Silent Symmetry 

a YA fantasy-mystery love story 

Book 1 of the EMBODIED trilogy. 

The Embodied glide through the busy streets of New York, uttering barely a sound. 

Their eerie beauty comes from their perfect symmetry. Are they flawless humans, the epitome of evolution? Are they a genetically modified super-race? Are they extra-terrestrials? Once prep school student Kari Marriner becomes aware of their existence, she is driven to seek out the answer and finds herself ensnared in a web that reaches further than she could possibly have imagined. 

Kari’s earliest memory is her father’s death in a car crash back in small-town Wisconsin. Now, 12 years later, her mother has been hired by a pseudo-religious organization in Manhattan called the Temple of Truth (a.k.a. the ToT). At Chelsea Prep, Kari develops a crush on classmate Cruz. But when she realizes that Noon, another attractive guy at school, is involved with the ToT, her curiosity gets the better of her. 

Kari stumbles upon a secret tunnel leading from her apartment to another in the building, where an ancient book holds images she can scarcely believe, and a cavernous room contains... something inexplicable. As Kari pieces together the incredible evidence, she discovers that the ToT is run by other-worldly beings called The Embodied who influence human behavior and have established a global long-term human breeding program. But why? And what is her role in all this? 

Just as she starts wondering whether the love she feels for Cruz is genuine or if her emotions are being controlled by The Embodied, her mother is kidnapped and Kari has to figure out who is human, who is Embodied, and who she can count on to help rescue her mother. 

Silent Symmetry is the exciting first novel in JB Dutton’s EMBODIED trilogy. The second installment, Starley’s Rust, will be published January 2015.

Goodreads raves for Silent Symmetry 

“...so hard to put down” 5-star review 

“The concept is unique, interesting, gripping” 5-star review 

“...a bizarre and scary world” 5-star review 

“Kari's adventure was thrilling!” 4-star review 

“It's unique (never read anything like it before)” 5-star review 

“...really, really good” 5-star review 

“...filled with mystery and danger” 5-star review 

“...can't wait for the sequel.” 5-star review 

“Who doesn't love hot aliens?” 5-star review 


About the author 

JB Dutton is the pseudonym of author John B. Dutton when writing Young Adult and Children's fiction. After graduating from film school in London, England, John emigrated to Montreal in 1987, where he still lives with his two young children and their even younger goldfish. He spent over a decade as a music TV director before moving into the advertising industry as an award-winning copywriter for clients such as Cirque du Soleil. John has written novels, short stories, blogs, screenplays and a stage play, and is currently writing a trilogy of Young Adult novels. John speaks four languages and has been married three times in three different countries in three different decades. He therefore likes the odd pint of Guinness. And he’s pretty keen on the even pints too… 

Visit John's website at johnbdutton.wordpress.com 

As the heir to the largest shape shifter pack in North America, Alec Graves has inherited a savage, dangerous life. If he can successfully take over his father's pack, Alec will finally have a chance to make changes for the better, but he wouldn't be the first person to be corrupted by that kind of power.

Human teenager Adri Paige is only days away from manifesting a supernatural ability that is as powerful as it is terrifying. Her only hope of survival lies in mastering her gift before it lures dark forces into her life.

Separately, Alec and Adri have no chance of seeing another year. Together they just might be able to save the world.

This omnibus edition includes the first three novels in the popular Dark Reflections Series (which has received more than 300 4- & 5-star reviews), and is nearly 800 pages of action, danger and romance set in one of the richest, most complex worlds in the genre. 

This Bundle includes:

Bound:

The only thing worse than having no family at all, is having a family that is out to hurt you. That would all be bad enough for a normal 17-year-old, but it's even worse for Alec Graves. A shape shifter's pack, his family, is the only thing stopping the other preternatural creatures out there from killing them.

Alec's pack isn't just neglectful, he's pretty sure that his father wants him dead. Alec is about to be sent to the front lines of a war between his people and everything else that goes bump in the night. His only chance of survival is to convince everyone around him that he's the perfect soldier, but there are lines that Alec won't cross, not for any price.

Hunted:

The Perfect Weapon: Adri Paige can visit people inside of their dreams, where they are defenseless. 

The Ultimate Spy: Adri's power lets her ferret out anyone's secrets and even influence their waking actions. 

The World's Biggest Prize: Adri's power comes with a price. Dark forces hunt her, hoping to bend her gifts to their purposes. 

The Real Problem? Adri needs to make it through high school without letting anyone around her figure out her true capabilities—all while crushing on a guy she knows is probably trouble.

Ambushed:

Adriana Paige has survived not one but two vampire attacks in less than twenty-four hours, and unless she's able to master her ability to share other people's dreams, the attacks are only going to get worse. Taggart has promised to train Adri, but he's got even more enemies than she does and there's no guarantee that he'll be able to keep her from being caught in the crossfire. 

More than anything else, Adri wants to talk to shape shifter Alec Graves, but he's gone strangely silent. There's no way for Adri to know if that's because he's no longer interested in her, or if it's simply because he's still on the run from his ruthless father, Kaleb. 

As enemies both new and old start closing in on Adri, she's starting to worry that she might be forced into choosing between Taggart, the man who saved her life, and Alec, the guy to whom she feels inexplicably connected. 

Publisher's Note: Dean Murray's ongoing Reflection Series has been a stunning success with more than half a million copies in circulation, and a rich, complex world where choices—right or wrong—have real, profound consequences. Unsatisfied with the restrictions imposed on him by writing inside of the conventional series structure, Dean has returned to Sanctuary and the characters so many fans have fallen in love with. 

The Dark Reflections Series is an alternate timeline set in the same world and featuring many of the same characters as the Reflections Series, but with a profoundly different backstory.

Keywords: Teen, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, YA, Vampires, Werewolves, Series, Paranormal, Romance, Shape Shifters, Shapeshifters

A fun, creative,
non-stop adventure! Tait brings us a well-realized magical world full of double
dealing, action, and romance that fans of urban fantasy (like me!) will really
love.

-Chris Marie Green, author of ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG, Ghost for Hire, Book
1



An ancient, deadly
magic is rising, and she’s the only one who can harness it…



Kate Hamilton hates being treated like an outcast. Born a
powerless Null to America's pre-eminent magical family, she escapes to a
distant college and the life of a theater major. The last thing she wants is to
be dragged into her family's war for global domination against the rival Makris
clan. But when an innocent favor pulls Kate into a perilous contest with a
legendary magical stone, she plunges into their dangerous world of spellcasting
and scheming. A world Kate's sexy, devious boyfriend Kris is all too familiar
with…



Hardened magical operative Kristof "Kris" Makris
chafes under the rule of his lunatic father, but he's found the perfect way to
overthrow his leader and save his people. But the artifact he needs is in the hands
of the Hamilton family, and each attempt to steal it from Kate brings him
closer to blowing his cover. If he does, he'll do more than alert his father to
his treachery. He'll lose Kate. And that possibility bothers him more than he
cares to admit.



As the ancient power inside the stone begins to transform
Kate into a vessel of world-destroying magic, the line between friends and
enemies blurs. Kristof must choose between his family and the girl he's grown
to love. And Kate must either trust the man she thought she knew or lose
herself to the stone’s deadly embrace.

Keywords: urban fantasy, new adult, young adult, college, witch, wizard, coming of age, 



 

In White Witch, Jax Pherson fled the darkest of covens to escape from her own father's evil. In that life-and-death battle, she gained staggering power. Power so intense, so dangerous, she fears the darkness that now dwells inside her like a living thing. If she can't control the power, she may become as
evil as the witches she conquered.

For a brief moment, her courage was rewarded. She found everything she'd ever wanted. A normal life. An amazing boyfriend. An envy-worthy best friend.

Now, in Bane, her past puts those she loves in danger again, forcing another confrontation with the covens. Jax must leave her new life behind.

With her friend Egan, she heads for the one place that might hold the answers she desperately needs--Salem, Massachusetts. There, her research unearths a hopeful but shocking discovery: The Bane, a secret group of witches dedicated to the same cause as Jax--thwarting the covens.

Finding The Bane is easier said than done; Jax must use all her skills in the search, while evading a deadly witch hunter. As the tension rises, her sinister powers begin to tempt her. If she succumbs, Jax may have as much to fear from the hunter and The Bane as from the evil covens.

"Fresh, fun, and dangerous! I can't wait for the next one!"
-- Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Dark-Hunter series on White Witch

"This is definitely the kind of book that I most enjoy reading--it reminded me of Kim Harrison's The
Hollows series or Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. Supernatural + good powerful girl who can kick butt = WINNER!"
-- Mandi Kaye on Amazon.com on White Witch
This collection is the first 5 books in the Family Blood Ties series. Those books are:


Vampire in Denial


Blood doesn’t just make her who she is…it also makes her what she is.


Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.


Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle–high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.


Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one.


Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what? 


Vampire in Distress


When Tessa rallies friends and family to find her missing date, they uncover a secret...and start a war that causes ripples in all aspects of their lives.


A vampire with throwback human genes. Sixteen-year-old Tessa finds more than just her friend in this journey...she also finds herself in need of rescue ... Imprisoned, she has to find a way to escape and reunite with her family before this war takes out those she loves.


The youngest of his ancient line. Eighteen-year-old Cody descends from flyer vampires wants Tessa back at his side where she belongs – even as he struggles with conflicting emotions about his best friend's kid sister...


A human determined to protect his people. Seventeen year-old Jared thought his life was over then he finds out that his rescuers are vampires...how can he trust them? And then he finds out the truth about Tessa...and that she's been taken, too...


Three brave souls struggle as war breaks out around them...a war that shows them no mercy.


Vampire in Design


Left behind. Scared. And getting really pissed off.


Tessa and her friends were supposed to be on their way home. On their way to safety. Instead she wakes up alone, with her friends kidnapped. Targeted and hunted, Tessa goes on the attack, desperate to find her friends and family. But her attackers want her throwback genes and will do anything to have her locked down in their lab.


Caught in a dangerous maze, Cody is torn between helping his fellow captives and finding Tessa. He’s young to have the connection that’s growing between him and his best friend’s sister. But any future they might have is in jeopardy if they can’t stop the blood farm from taking over the humans…and his people.


Jared is free at last, but he can’t stop thinking about what he went through at the blood farm and those who helped him. Then he finds out something personal that so horrifying, he has to act…even if it means walking back into the place he swore to never return.


These three need to be strong…the war is far from over…and they are right in the middle of it.


Vampire in Deceit


Hurt and hurting, Tessa wages war against her own as she tries to protect those she loves and save those that can’t save themselves.


Exhausted by the constant attacks, afraid for her friends and family, Tessa is driven to the ends of her reserves as she strives to beat back the never ending wave of war. Thankfully she’s never alone…inside or out.


Kidnapped and injured, Cody struggles to escape and find the girl whose connection to his heart, mind and soul is growing by the moment. The chances of them all surviving this chaos are slim…but he just knows he can’t live without her.


Jared is determined to help his father and friends. He can’t leave them alone to their fate, even when his own life becomes endangered…again. Only this time, he has allies on his side…or does he?


The war unites humans and vamps as the war ratchets higher to a survival of the fittest…but the people most deeply involved can’t take any more. And then they find out the worst… 


Vampire in Defiance


This was it. For Tessa. For Cody. For Jared. Her family. Her Friends.


Moltere’s Mountain is collapsing. With Tessa, her friends and family still inside. Tessa won’t go out without a fight…and she won’t leave the others behind. But as she races to save everyone, time runs out.


Grounded with an injured wing, Cody wants Tessa to leave while they still can. But most of their friends and family are missing. He wants to do the right thing and save them all…but it’s too late…


Jared had led the army into the mountain. Only to find they were looking to annihilate all vamps, not just the bad ones. He can’t leave his friends vulnerable to yet another attack. But the mine is a death trap. And he could be the one that ends up dead.


The pressure is on – to save friends, family, each other – only the enemy is just as determined that no one survives. 

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Altro Evo is a series of adventures in an alternate fantasy world (some sort of Sword & Sorcery magic-punk).
Every story has a different hero, the story is independent but closely connected to the other episodes. All events take place over the same day, within the walls of the same old city, like a jigsaw puzzle.
The series can be read in any order and each one is a self-contained ebook.

THE DAY OF THE DRAGON
Gillean Conroy, sailor on the fastest merchant ship of the South Seas, has two problems: an amnesia, deep as a bottomless pit, and a stinking alcohol hangover.
He has to find his way back to the port and reach the rest of the crew, but he woke up in a tough city to figure out.
Gillean will run through the maze of the strange old city, trying to escape from bizarre characters and dangerous situations.
He will find out that he is the only one who can solve the mystery of the dragon mark, and he need to do it fast because time’s running out and he has to put together the pieces of his memory before dawn.

KAFRA THE MAGNIFICENT
Jelicho is an old bounty hunter and all he wants is one last job to get enough money to settle down.
Kafra is a poor trickster and a phoney but there's a big hit out on him.
It seems a child's play to kill him, but Jelicho doesn’t know how much he was wrong. Killing Kafra is easy, but keeping him dead is a hell of a problem.
In the old city, nobody is safe and plans never go the way you want.

UGLY AS DEATH
Life is tough in a lawless frontier town and things don't get better if you’re ugly as death.
Zira, barmaid in the worst tavern on the port, looks for a new job, but she has no idea she's going to be the only one to know when the whole city will be destroyed.
And to make matters worse, she has to deal with a deadly and uncontrollable trunk, a crazy alchemist and creatures that are not supposed to exist in the world.

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Jelicho is an old bounty hunter and all he wants is one last job to get enough money to settle down.
Kafra is a poor trickster and a phoney but there's a big hit out on him.
It seems a child's play to kill him, but Jelicho doesn’t know how much he was wrong. Killing Kafra is easy, but keeping him dead is a hell of a problem.
In the old city, nobody is safe and plans never go the way you want.

“The night had transformed the city into a black labryinth. Jelicho walked through the crooked alleys and could clearly perceive the presence of indistinct shadows moving behind the corners or spying from the windows. They retreated as soon as they saw the Moor put his palm on the enormous scimitar’s handle, tall as he was like a giant dressed in clothes that made him seem a demon. At times he felt like an old lion, who frightened the young men still too terrorized to face him, lurking in the shadows and awaiting the day he would finally be weak.”

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"Kafra the magnificent" is the second adventure of Altro Evo, fantasy stories of Sword & Sorcery, self-contained adventures.
Find more content and illustrations on www.AltroEvo.com

Episodes of Altro Evo are:
* "The Day of the Dragon"
* "Kafra the Magnificent"
* "Ugly as Death"

Altro Evo is a series of adventures in an alternate fantasy world (some sort of Sword & Sorcery magic-punk).
Every ebook has a different hero, the story is independent but closely connected to the other episodes. All events take place over the same day, within the walls of the same old city, like a jigsaw puzzle.
The series can be read in any order and each one is a self-contained ebook.
 Adriana Paige has survived not one but two vampire attacks in less than twenty-four hours, and unless she's able to master her ability to share other people's dreams, the attacks are only going to get worse. Taggart has promised to train Adri, but he's got even more enemies than she does and there's no guarantee that he'll be able to keep her from being caught in the crossfire.

More than anything else, Adri wants to talk to shape shifter Alec Graves, but he's gone strangely silent. There's no way for Adri to know if that's because he's no longer interested in her, or if it's simply because he's still on the run from his ruthless father, Kaleb.

As enemies both new and old start closing in on Adri, she's starting to worry that she might be forced into choosing between Taggart, the man who saved her life, and Alec, the guy to whom she feels inexplicably connected.

Publisher's Note: Dean Murray's ongoing Reflection Series has been a stunning success with hundreds of thousands of copies in circulation, and a rich, complex world where choices—right or wrong—have real, profound consequences. Unsatisfied with the restrictions imposed on him by writing inside of the conventional series structure, Dean has returned to Sanctuary and the characters so many fans have fallen in love with. 

Ambushed is the third of Dean's new Dark Reflections novels, an alternate timeline set in the same world and featuring many of the same characters, but with a profoundly different backstory. 

Dean finally answers many of the questions that his most dedicated readers have been asking themselves for years. What would have happened if Alec's father hadn't been murdered by the Coun'hij, how would Adri's life have changed if her family hadn't been shattered in a horrific accident? 

The answers may surprise you, but one thing is for sure; you'll see new sides of familiar faces and when all is said and done, you'll never be able to look at some of them the same. 

Readers new to Dean Murray's writing can start with Bound in the Dark Reflections Series or Broken in the Reflections Series.

It's been a difficult year for Abilene Collins. Since her father's death, her whirlwind life of adventure and travel has come to an end.


Now, she's living with her mysterious uncle.  He's a man with secrets, living almost alone in a ridiculously large mansion that he doesn't own.  He doesn't like questions, and when Lena starts asking after the enigma of his job, it isn't hard to tell that he's hiding some family secrets.


Family portraits have been removed from the walls, and areas of the house are off limits.  Some rooms even seem to have been walled off completely. No one will talk to her.


The young and ambitious groundskeeper has become her only friend, and one day he tells her that she was stolen from her mother years before.  Lena's family are all telepathic, and that isn't all.  They're a religious pillar of the Silenti society.  Her grandfather has used his religious standing to gain political power, decimating his rivals along with anyone who gets in his way.  


Suddenly thrust into a life of political plots and religious fanatics, Lena finds herself struggling to navigate her own life.  Some people aren't fond of the Darays, and the family has nearly died out through assassination.


It appears Lena is the latest target.


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