The Watchmaker: A Novelette

Seraphim Press
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--Ask how you can win an hour in time—

Marae O’Conaire has much bigger problems than the fact her watch stopped at 3:57 p.m. When she brings her watch to a kindly repairman, she learns she has won a peculiar prize, a chance to re-live a single hour of her life. But Fate has strict rules about how one can go poking in the past, including the warning that she can’t do anything that would create a time-paradox. Can Marae make peace with the mistake she regrets most in this world?

This poignant tale about racism, regret and second chances is set in the historic mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts.

"A poignant short read around a theme from Norse mythology. Time is a gift, and sometimes, a last chance…" —Dale Amidei, author

"A very moving and dramatic story… if we had a chance to change our past, would we?" —Reader review

"Getting a do-over on your deepest regret is a one in a million opportunity!" —Reader review

What if you could do it over again?


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About the author

Anna Erishkigal is an attorney who writes fantasy fiction under a pen-name so her colleagues don't question whether her legal pleadings are fantasy fiction as well. Much of law, it turns out, -is- fantasy fiction. Lawyers just prefer to call it 'zealously representing your client.'
Seeing the dark underbelly of life makes for some interesting fictional characters. The kind you either want to incarcerate, or run home and write about. In fiction, you can fudge facts without worrying too much about the truth. In legal pleadings, if your client lies to you, you look stupid in front of the judge.
At least in fiction, if a character becomes troublesome, you can always kill them off.

Anna has the following books available on GooglePlay:

 Sword of the Gods Saga:

--The Chosen One

--Prince of Tyre

--Agents of Ki

--The Dark Lord's Vessel (coming spring 2015)

Children of the Fallen

--Angel of Death: A Love Story

--A Gothic Christmas Angel

The Auction 

The Watchmaker
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Seraphim Press
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Published on
Oct 28, 2014
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Military
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Time Travel
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Death & Dying
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
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Winner of the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards - Best Novella

 The ghosts of old miseries are never far behind…

Dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Cassie Baruch thought her pain would end when she aimed her car at an ancient beech tree. But when a gorgeous black-winged angel appears and tells her ‘this ain’t no stinking paranormal romance, kid,’ she realizes death hasn’t solved her problems. Can Jeremiel help her exorcise the ghosts of problems past and find a little closure?

A poignant tale about teenage and young adult suicide that will appeal to fans of "Thirteen Reasons Why" and the movies "A Christmas Carol" and "It's A Wonderful Life."

Note:  This book is NOT religious fiction.

At the request of the publisher, this book is sold without DRM.


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What if ISIS controlled America?

Sixteen year old Eisa McCarthy lives in Caliphate City under the control of the radical Islamic group, the Ghuraba. Seven years ago General Mohammad bin-Rasulullah defeated the United States in a ruthless betrayal and set up their worldwide Caliphate in the ruins of Washington, D.C. The Ghuraba's supreme holy leader, the Abu al-Ghuraba, claims Eisa's father gave him control of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, a claim bolstered by the smoldering ashes of many cities and her Syrian-born mother's testimony. But after her mother is accused of apostasy, she learns her father may not be the 'martyr' the Ghuraba claim. 

Do the Ghuraba really possess the launch codes for the ICBM missiles? Or did her father 'lock them out' as Colonel Everhart, the rebel commander, wants her to tell the world? If she fights, the Ghuraba will kill her little sister, but if she doesn't, eventually the Ghuraba will hack in and nuke them all. All Eisa has are a string of Muslim prayer beads and a pre-Islamic myth her father told her the night he disappeared. 

The fate of the world, and her little sister's life, hang in the balance as Eisa sorts through ancient myth, her Muslim faith, and what really happened the night the Ghuraba seized control.

Note: The Caliphate was inspired by the brave Kurdish and Yazidi women's YPJ fighters.


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Dumped at the altar and left without a home, Rosie Xalbadora takes a job as a governess at the edge of the Australian outback. There she meets Pippa Bristow, a sensitive child who copes with her parent's bitter divorce by escaping into a magical world of fairy queens and unicorns. Pippa's enigmatic father, Adam Bristow, will endure whatever it takes to shield his daughter from his selfish, oil heiress ex-wife.


Struggling to shield Pippa from her mother's games, Rosie must face her own painful past while fighting a growing attraction to her handsome, emotionally unavailable employer. But help comes in the form of a quirky neighbor, a friendly Outback town, and two ghost riders who visit Rosie each night in her dreams. When Rosie and Pippa save a small, white pony from slaughter, their ill-timed compassion puts Adam's custody dispute, Pippa's fantasies, and Rosie's worst fears all up for bid in an epic showdown.


The Auction Trilogy is a contemporary romantic family saga styled with the heart-wrenching, Gothic undertones of 'Jane Eyre' and just a hint of the supernatural.


'The Auction Trilogy' contains:

—If Wishes Were Horses
—Well of Dreams
—Behold a Pale Horse

“A mystical, magical landscape, and old legends take on a new life…” —Romancing History Blog


“I was instantly drawn into the characters’ lives, and felt like I was right alongside Rosie as she struggled to keep her life from falling apart…” –N.Y. Times Best Selling Author Stacey Joy Netzel


"This modern day rendition [of Jane Eyre] … is spot on with the Bronte storyline, but with a refreshingly modern twist. You'll want to cry with the heroine as she struggles to protect the little girl from her crazy and manipulative mother, and you'll cheer for Adam & Rosie as they take baby steps toward trusting one another and believing in true love…" —Dark Lilith Book Blogs


"I cried, laughed and my heart sang throughout its entirety. If you're a romantic at heart and love to be put through the wringer just to have your heart sigh, this is the book for you…" —Reader review


"The mental imagery of this story is incredible. I fell in love alongside Rosie with the Station and its dream walks. A beautifully written tale!" —Reader review


"The book induces a roller-coaster of emotions in the reader ranging from unadulterated mirth one moment to such deep grief and sadness the next. The description of Australian outback, the auction and the scenes are so vivid that they took me down memory lane to the trip I took to that country…" —Reader review


"The story of Adam Bristow, his daughter Pippa, and incoming tutor Rosie Xalbadora invokes shadows of Jane Eyre, with Erishkigal’s flair for complex story line and a rich supporting structure of subplot … "The Auction” is satisfying, inspiring, heart-rending, and epic…." —author Dale Amidei, Jon's Trilogy


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