Nora Colburn was perfectly content in life. A junior in high school, she had good friends, a great family, and did well in school. Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable. But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Nora’s school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Nora becomes determined to find out the truth. As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret... one that may yet put both of them in grave danger. And for the first time in her life, Nora is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes her to a place where romance and great destiny may yet await... and where supernatural powers run wild.
In April 1912 in Hampton, Virginia, white eighteen-year-old reporter Charles Mears covers his first murder case, a trial that roiled racial tensions. An uneducated African American girl, Virginia Christian, was tried for killing her white employer. "Virgie" died in the electric chair one day after her seventeenth birthday, the only female juvenile executed in Virginia history.Charlie tells the story of the trial and its aftermath. Woven into his narrative are actual court records, letters, newspaper stories, and personal accounts, reflecting the arc of history in characters large and small, in events local and global. Charlie falls in love with Harriet, a girl orphaned by the murder; meets Virgie's blind attorney George Fields, a former slave; and encounters physician Walter Plecker, a state official who pursues racial purity laws later emulated in Nazi Germany.There is much to admire in the pages of Forsaken, especially the vivid sense of time and place, Hampton Roads after the Civil War and Reconstruction. The novel's premise is ambitious, its events striking and tragic, and fiction and nonfiction are deftly blended in this powerful read on the themes of injustice, corruption, and racial conflict set in the poisonous epoch known as Jim Crow.
They tempted me with her. And I couldn’t resist. I’m not a good man. I’m a hired killer, and damn good at what I do. Raised to be ruthless and forced into this life, I never had a choice. Until she was thrown into my lap. I didn’t want to take the hit. It’s too dangerous, and I can’t afford these kinds of risks. I turned my employers down, but they sweetened the deal. Gifting her to me. She’s scared, beautiful, and all mine. She gazes at me with her gorgeous baby blues, and I can hardly resist taking her. She makes me want to break my rules… all because of the desire hidden in those stolen glances. I’m addicted to her seductive curves and the soft moans that spill from her lips. She’s tempting in ways she doesn’t even realize. I’m practically obsessed. They’re going to want her back, but I’ll kill them all to keep her. *Forsaken is a full-length standalone DARK romance with an HEA, no cheating, and no cliffhanger. Includes expanded content and a deleted scene!
They tempted me with her. And I couldn’t resist.I’m not a good man. I’m a hired killer, and damn good at what I do. Raised to be ruthless and forced into this life, I never had a choice.Until she was thrown into my lap.I didn’t want to take the hit. It’s too dangerous, and I can’t afford these kinds of risks. I turned my employers down, but they sweetened the deal. Gifting her to me.She’s scared, beautiful, and all mine. She gazes at me with her gorgeous baby blues, and I can hardly resist taking her. She makes me want to break my rules… all because of the desire hidden in those stolen glances. I’m addicted to her seductive curves and the soft moans that spill from her lips. She’s tempting in ways she doesn’t even realize. I’m practically obsessed. They’re going to want her back, but I’ll kill them all to keep her.*Forsaken is a full-length standalone DARK romance with an HEA, no cheating, and no cliffhanger. Includes expanded content and a deleted scene!
What happens when you discover an astonishing world, so existent and extraordinary and terrifying, but everybody tells you that this place was simply, only a dream? What happens when you find the love of your life, yet nobody believes that such a soul was ever real? Skylar Vail was just your ordinary teenage girl. Nothing was unique about her, and nothing exactly stood out. Until that one night, that one world, in which changed everything.
Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.She protected him. He loved her. They can trust one another with their lives, but what about their hearts?Special Agent Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren seeking redemption. Thousands of years ago, she was banished from Mount Olympus by Zeus and cursed by Demeter for failing to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades. Now she's working for the FBI, seeking salvation while searching for and finding the missing. Her partner, Zack Armstrong, is a werewolf with a grievance of his own. The former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments is atoning for his past. Ironically, Zack's just discovered an important piece of his past has been magically wiped from his memory--an affair with Emma. It doesn't matter she used the spell to save his life, that's something he'll never know. With trust eroded and love overshadowed by betrayal the only thing holding them together is the job.When the son of multi-billionaire Roger Maitlan is kidnapped and his babysitter murdered in cold blood, Emma and Zack travel to New York to work the case. They go undercover, infiltrating a playground of private dungeons where those who are rich and powerful can live out fantasies without consequence. What they find is a conspiracy born of a twisted mind and fueled by greed. The clock is ticking. Will Zack and Emma be able to find the missing boy and their way back to one another?
J.D. Barker's Forsaken is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul. Truly the birth of a new master in the genre.Bram Stoker Award Nominee - Superior Achievement in a First Novel“Barker’s ambitious debut is aimed squarely at fans of classic horror. Witches, spells, miniature demons, and personal doubt give plenty to latch on to… the plot moves at a brisk pace… a promising start to a planned series.”- Editorial Review, Publisher’s Weekly"A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind!"Jeffery Deaver#1 International Bestselling Author"Incredibly written, supremely creepy. I don't say this lightly: J.D. Barker is a force to be reckoned with."Tosca LeeNY Times Bestselling AuthorBook One of the Shadow Cove SagaInspired by Actual EventsExcerpt from the Journal of Clayton Stone – 1692She was examined today without torture at Shadow Cove township on the charge of witchcraft. She said she was wholly innocent of the crime and has never in life renounced God. I watched as they brought her out. A poor, sickly thing, worn by her time behind the walls of her prison. Her bared feet and hands bound in leather, her clothing tattered to that of ruin. Despite such condition, her head was held high, her eyes meeting those of her accusers. Upon being stripped and examined, on her right side is found a bluish mark, much like a clover leaf; it was thrice pricked therein but she felt no pain and no blood flowed from the wound. She still refuses to provide her name so we remain unable to search baptismal records, nor has her family stepped forward to claim her as their own. We have no reason to believe she is anything but an orphaned child. I find myself unable to look at her directly in the moments preceding her trial. She is watching me though; with eyes of the deepest blue, she is watching me. Thad McAlister, Rise of the WitchWhen horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.But was it really fiction?He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.She wants to come back.At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal with the Forsaken.
This is the first installment in the Forsaken Riders MC Bad Boy biker series of NOVELLA length stories...***now includes the 2nd Novella in the series - LYNX - as well as a pile of free bonus stories!The small town of Slate Springs is hiding a wild and lawless secret... At the center of its quiet society is a ruthless motorcycle club, The Forsaken Riders. They are everything the straight laced town is not…wild, dangerous, full of themselves … and sexy as hell.Feisty Lexi has always had a wild side, so when she is fired from her job at the only strip club in town, she knows working a 9-5 isn't going to be for her – but she doesn’t know what else she can do. Having to deal with a creep of an ex-boss and her overbearing mother, she is desperate to get out on her own and make a new start, but it seems everything she tries just gets her more and more stuck.Just when Lexi thought her bad luck was there to stay, she meets King, one of the dark and sexy bikers from the secretive Forsaken Riders. King is everything she had spent most of her adult life trying to stay away from. He’s the epitomy of the outlaw your mother warned you about…and she can’t get enough of him. As much as she tries to resist him, their connection is undeniable from the second they lock eyes.Lexi has spent her whole life trying to hide from men like him. Truth is they always scared her…but now she realizes how alive she feels in his arms and with the bikers. So far she has kept on the right side of town and managed to avoid being caught up in their lawless games... But now that she knows King, how will she ever be able to stay away as the lines between right and wrong begin to blur?With each passing moment she is getting in deep and falling faster and harder for her hot new man. But will a family secret destroy everything? Or will Lexi find out her own past is more entwined with King's than she ever could have dreamed of?***INCLUDES 30 plus FREE STORIES for a limited time only!!!!***Warning: This ebook contains mature language and themes and is suitable for 18+ readers onlyThis story is best enjoyed by those who are looking for MC Biker Alpha Male Bad Boy Motorcycle Club New Adult Contemporary Short Stories series Collection Bundle Mega Pack Romance Series
There have been warnings from scientists and other experts for years that the Nation's electrical grid system and other critical infrastructures that have almost complete dependency on electricity and electronic components are highly vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event either from natural or man-made causes. However, Congress and the administrations of previous and current presidents largely have ignored those warnings. Events such as the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States and then the devastating Hurricane Katrina that revealed vulnerabilities to those infrastructures heightened that concern. Due to the lapse of time and a relatively calm period since those disasters, policymakers have been lulled back into complacency rather than take preventative action against what could be the biggest threat to US national and economic security in our lifetime. The threat from an EMP attack on our critical infrastructures either from an impending solar storm of serious intensity – expected between 2012 and 2014 – or a high-altitude nuclear explosion are threats that could have long-term catastrophic consequences for our society and our way of life. In 2008 a congressional commission studied the consequences of an EMP attack not only the power grid itself but also the consequences to every sector of our economy: telecommunications, banking, transportation, food, manufacturing, construction, and energy. While these critical infrastructures continue to face such an impending crisis, Congress has basically ignored its own commission report and instead has treated the threat of an EMP event as a political football to be punted whenever expedient for their own gain. To date, still nothing has been done to protect the nation. Michael Maloof breaks down that threat in his book A Nation Forsaken. He even outlines how our own military is similarly vulnerable to an EMP event due to its 99 percent dependency on the nation's electrical grid system for electricity and communications, raising the high prospect that it may not be able to function to defend the nation in its time of greatest need. While an EMP event on our civilian infrastructure could be serious, it can be managed if government at the federal, state, and local levels gives a high priority to undertake preventative action to lessen its impact to recover from such an event. Now is the time for Congress to act and stop forsaking our nation.
The United States is more vulnerable than ever to an EMP attack that could shut down the country overnight, resulting in tens of millions of deaths and a 19th-century lifestyle for Americans for the foreseeable future, says a new book, A Nation Forsaken, written by a long-time national security expert. Even worse, the threat doesn't just come from terrorists, but from unpreventable solar activity - and a new peak period is on the way, threatening the economic and national security of the entire country, writes F. Michael Maloof.Although presidential candidates such as Newt Gingrich and congressmen such as Roscoe Bartlett have warned for years about the danger posed by an EMP, the government is ignoring simple, inexpensive steps that could safeguard critical infrastructure from an attack. Incredibly, even while the idea of an EMP has entered the public consciousness through pop culture events like NBC's new show Revolution, the federal government is ignoring its own reports and not taking it seriously. The reality of a potentially devastating electromagnetic pulse event is brought home by Maloof in A Nation Forsaken. He reveals the nature of the EMP threat, describing how a nuclear detonation in low orbit creates an electromagnetic pulse that can disable all electronics throughout the entire country. The result would be a complete breakdown of the delivery and distribution of food, medicine and other essential supplies. The author also describes the plausibility of such an attack, noting that several nations already have the means and motivation to use such weapons. Even more terrifying, Maloof describes how a natural EMP caused by solar flares is becoming ever more likely - with increased likelihood in the first quarter of 2013. Maloof exposes the self-interested actions of the energy industry in preventing simple reforms that could potentially save millions of lives. Most importantly, Maloof provides a practical guide for how individuals and families can prepare for the day when the lights go out for good.
In the belly of the supernatural underworld, a young girl has become the latest victim of the mad vampire King, Daffyd Llanneli's cruel intentions. A triumphant war between his kind and the old God’s is soon to break and he’s find the upper hand. Mason, an ancient vampire and gun for hire, tasked to retrieve the ultimate weapon, the young girl, finds himself at two ends. Betray a well paying king or let a nation of God’s that the world has long forgotten perish. Madison Mahoney, a young girl at the prime of her life, finds herself encapsulated in this battle that has been stirring for eons. The final piece of the puzzle, a werewolf, a witch and a hybrid, ripped from the peacefulness of their reserved pack culture, to complete a ritual so vile. A gripping tale of deceit, death and redemption between a criminal underground, the ones we used to worship and a young girl caught in the mix of it all.
Full Moon Rising The world is in shadow. To one side stretches the forest, to the other the city. Your claws are stained with blood. Your senses whisper of prey that runs before you, and of predators who stalk even the likes of you. You hear the howls of your brothers and sisters. Luna rises. Your blood boils. It is time to hunt. Wolves at the Door Werewolf: The Forsaken - the game of bestial violence and supernatural terror - is the second core setting sourcebook intended for use with White Wolf's new Storytelling System . Werewolves are creatures of original sin, tainted by ancestral crimes and driven to hunt by the shame of being abandoned. This book details what it is to be Forsaken, one of the Tribes of the Moon. Create your own werewolf pack and seek redemption or give in to your savage nature. Hardcover. For use with the World of Darkness Rulebook.
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At his kingdom’s darkest hour, the lost heir returns. A pity he can’t remember who he is ... To save his people and the forbidden magic they’re sworn to defend, Wardin Rath surrenders his birthright and his past. For seven years he’s held at the court of his deadliest enemy, oblivious to all he’s lost. Until one day, the spell that stole his memories begins to crack. On the heels of a harrowing escape, Wardin's quest for answers leads him to the last magistery, where he studied magic as a boy. But he’ll find no safe haven there—or anywhere. Plagued by threats and suspicion, hunted relentlessly by the king who will stop at nothing to crush him, Wardin is soon battling for his life, his home, and the survival of magic itself. And this time, the enemy will take no prisoners.
Six months ago Rayna Stone came face-to-face with a demented serial killer and survived, but not unscathed. Even though she rescued C.J. and for a moment things seemed to be normal, Rayna knows things are about to get very dangerous, for everyone. Everyone knows that Rayna is the “girl who almost died.” It seems like she’s become a small town celebrity, which makes her want to hide. Knowing that is not an option, she tries to live her life, go to school, get a job and try not to let her Gift overwhelm her. Her nightmares are different, but they’re still trying to show her something. All she can see are The Eyes and they have to be watching her for a reason. Ron is still out there and The Shadow still haunts her dreams. Her Gift is getting stronger and she has obtained very powerful and more deadly abilities. While this might sound desirable, Rayna can’t help but think that means her Gift is preparing her for a war.
Heart of the Predator What’s it like to have the soul of a beast and the calling of a monster, all concealed within the skin of a person? How do you live among the human herd when your instincts tell you they’re prey? What sort of strain does shapeshifting have on your system? What does it mean to have the blood of the wolf? A character book for Werewolf: The Forsaken™ • Practical information on how werewolves cope with both the wilderness and the urban jungle • Expanded information on werewolf physiology; new shapeshifting tricks, regeneration, and more • Expanded information on wolf-blooded characters (the offspring of werewolves and humans) and their role in the setting • A bevy of new rules and character options make this an “advanced player’s guide”
*****The third book in an ongoing serial story.***** New friendships will be forged, answers will be found, and lives will be lost as the survivors journey deeper into unfamiliar and treacherous areas. With new dangers arising every day, they find themselves faced with only one conclusion; sometimes the end of everything they know is just the beginning of something more. ***Due to language and graphic content this book is recommended for readers 17 and older.*** Recommended Reading Order for this Complete Series: The Upheaval: Book 1 The Divide: Book 2 The Forsaken: Book 3 The Risen: Book 4 Edited by Leslie Mitchell at G2 Freelance Editing. Cover art by EbookLaunch
A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up. The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.