Not a Ghost Story

      AM Kirkby
Not a Ghost Story

A young professional finally finds the apartment she's been looking for. But she can't seem to turn it into a home. And then strange things start to happen.But this is not a ghost story. Or is it?This sampler is the fastest way to satisfy your curiosity about those fabled members of the Owen Family from Shenandoah County, Virginia. Acclaimed author Marsha Ward introduces the family in three chapters from each of the first three novels in The Owen Family Saga. Then there's the bonus chapter from the forthcoming novel, Spinster's Folly, Book 4 in the Saga. A "don't miss" way to get acquainted."Marsha Ward has the ability to grab readers by the lapels, yank them into her stories, and make them care deeply about her characters." ~Phyllis Dugan, Former President, Wyoming Writers, Inc."Trail of Storms by Marsha Ward is the third book in a western series featuring the Owen family that takes place during those first years following the conclusion of the US Civil War. Ward is recognized as an award winning western writer, the founder of the American Night Writers Association, and an authority on Southwestern history. "This series chronicles the events...that send several families from the Shenandoah Valley west following the war, their journey westward, and their struggle to establish homes in the American Southwest.... It is the historical details of Colorado and New Mexico and the writer's understanding of both the American and Hispanic cultures of this place and time period that are superbly done and make all three novels worth reading.... Ward doesn't glamorize the West and some of her characters aren't particularly likable, but they are realistic and she is true to the rough times of that settlement period.... Historical and Western fans of either gender will enjoy this series from the compelling covers to the last word of this third volume. It's a series I'm glad I had the opportunity to read."~Jennie Hansen, Reviewer, Meridian Magazine

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    Egerius

      AM Kirkby
Egerius

A story of ancient Etruria. Young Egerius is brought up by women after his father's early death; but there are secrets in his father's family, and as he grows older, he learns that he has a family he has never met, and is the heir to more than his father's slim estate...This is a chapter from 'Etruscan Blood', an epic novel of ancient Italy that will be published later this year.The Feng Shui woman is not prepared for Grandpop and his harem. He has taken over one of the upstairs bedrooms. He is loud, smells of sulfur and brimstone and a general nuisance. All of this began the day he was buried. As the Feng Shui woman approaches the top of the stairs, she hears the trumpet of an elephant, the roar of a lion and the crazy laugh of a hyena. All coming from the last bedroom.

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    Sacrifices

      AM Kirkby
Sacrifices

In the Etruscan city of Cisra, the boy Karkana sacrifices his prize possession to help a prisoner of war. But the true implications of his act won't be felt till years later.Bring On The War Mice is Book Three of the epic serial adventure series The Go-Kids by Amazon Top 100 science fiction writer Ryan Schneider.After surviving the worst attack on American soil in the nation’s history, only to be informed that his dad has been listed as Missing In Action, Parker is the victim of mistaken identity and kidnapping. He soon finds himself and his irrepressible friends in a Top Secret government facility confronted with technology the likes of which none of them has ever seen. But could it be a way for him to rescue his dad? Will Parker accept the mission? Will Sunny fall prey to Colby’s flirtations? Will Parker’s nightmares continue? Find out in Book Three of the ongoing serial adventure series, The Go-Kids.Though it is a story about kids, it is far more than just a kids' story. It is a story involving young protagonists dealing with universal themes of growing up, friendship, and making the right moral choices.

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    Etruscan Blood

      AM Kirkby
Etruscan Blood

A boy slave who becomes general and then a king. A princess who leaves home with her husband to win a new city and found her own dynasty. The rule of the Etruscan kings of Rome. War and politics, vengeful gods and vindictive ghosts, passion and hatred, and above all, blood.The Etruscan civilisation still dominates the centre of Italy, but things are changing. Trade with Greece brings new ideas, while the recently founded city of Rome may be poor and lawless but offers a chance for the ambitious to make their names and their fortune. Thanchvil, though a member of the royal house of Tarchna, takes that chance with her husband the half-Greek, half-Etruscan Lauchme, and soon they gain the old king's favour. Can they take power? And can they keep it?

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    The Claim to Royal Blood

      AM Kirkby
The Claim to Royal Blood

A contest is announced! The winner gets a fairy kingdom all his (or possibly her) own.Timon hopes he'll be the lucky one, and takes his friend Hamnet along. He has to prove his claim to royal blood - through combat, through ordeals, through multiple choice tests. Is he going to make the final cut?A story with a little twist in its fairy tail.This story happily stretches the imagination. Kids love it. Age 4 and over.

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    The Tin Heart

      AM Kirkby
The Tin Heart

A tourist steals a tin heart from a church in Venice. The theft is unseen - but strange happenings suggest the heart is taking its vengeance. A ghost story in the style of M R James.When Scott moves in with his best friend, Dan, things change in ways he never imagined. Surrounded by Dan's friends, he lives a life of glorious drunken creativity, quite unlike anything he's known before. The problem is that he also finds himself falling for Rebecca, Dan's girlfriend. Then Dan leaves unexpectedly and the little mysteries of his life are revealed, heightening their feelings for each other and sowing the seeds of tragedy, guilt and sadness.'Bonfire Blues' is the third part of the Diamonds collection of Short Stories. A prequel to both 'Bewilder' and 'Heart over Head over Heels', it is one man's love story to his twenties, a love story to friends loved and lost, and, above all to the woman he didn't dare love.

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    Sword of Justice

      AM Kirkby
Sword of Justice

When Lawrence agrees to look after the Sword of Justice while the silversmith is away, strange things start to happen. An eerie tale of betrayal and sorcery.For years, hundreds of alien vessels hover over major population centres about the globe. Eventually these "Godships" become objects of worship.There are no lifeforms on board; the ships are sentient automatons.When they leave, they abduct several humans, including Gordon Blend.Gordon describes their journeys through the galaxy, debates the purpose of the Godships and the role, if any, of God.Eventually, they return to planet Earth. Because of space-time anomalies and time dilation, the planet has changed dramatically.

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    The Cat Who Couldn't Miaow

      AM Kirkby
The Cat Who Couldn't Miaow

When a street cat is lucky enough to find a home, he learns to adapt - even when his people bring a new kitten to share their lives. But he never really learns to miaow... until, one night, danger threatens.Fidelia was happily married, with one child, but her life was about to turn into a nightmare, for her only child had gone missing from school. In the ensuing quest for the girl, she is to realize that the ideal life she had been living was nothing more than a sham; that the wealth she had come to enjoy had been hinged on ritual murders, the likes of which she had never heard of before. She was the chosen blood for the ritual goddess. And now, her only child was the ultimate blood sacrifice for the altar.She would have to battle to save, not only herself, but also her daughter, from the greatest evil they had ever encountered.

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    The Tea Master

      AM Kirkby
The Tea Master

The story of a warlord and his tea master in a handful of tea ceremonies. Toyotomi Hideyoshi rises from a servant to become the master of Japan, and acquires, among other possessions, the tea master and sage Rikyu who served Hideyoshi's former master Oda. Rikyu tries to teach Hideyoshi the Zen way, but will he succeed?Unfathomable forces have always contested Genevieve Indiana Falcon. The curse of her cold touch entraps her just as the grief ignited in her past torments her. Yet, her mysterious ability to dream while awake saturates her in the belief that she was not always anguished. There is hope that one day a true peace in her soul can be found. Special note to the reader: This Novel is part of the “Web of Hearts and Souls,” a massive story where more than one series connect. The series can be read separately or together.COMBINED WEB OF HEARTS AND SOULS READING ORDER: Insight, Embody, Image, Whispers of the Damned, Witness, Vital, Vindicate, Synergy, Enflame, Redefined, Rivulet, Imperial, Blakeshire, Derive, Emanate, Exaltation, Disavow, The Witches, Revolt, Scorched Souls.*If you are a fan of Adult Paranormal Edge (Season 1&2) can be read with the Web of Hearts, before of after Exaltation--the stories share the same characters. Season 3 can be read after Scorched SoulsINSIGHT READING ORDER: Insight, Embody, Image, Vital, Vindicate, Enflame, Rivulet, Imperial, Blakeshire (Drake's Story), Emanate, Exaltation, Disavow.SEE READING ORDER: Whispers of the Damned, Witness of a Broken Heart, Synergy of Souls, Redefined Love Affair, Derive (Aden's Beginning), A Lovers Revolt, Scorched Souls.EDGE SERIES READING ORDER Alphas Rise, Dark Lure, Sacred Betrayal, Risen Lovers, Fall of Kings, Queens Rise, Stolen Son, Disloyal Souls, Aftermath.We all fell hard for Twilight. We lost ourselves in the teen angst of Vampire Diaries, Fallen, and Hush, Hush. We found courage in the pages of Hunger Games, Divergent, and the Maze Runner. Our imagination was on fire inside of Mortal Instruments, Throne of Glass, and The Red Queen. We fell back into our childhoods with the likes of Cinder. And now we have the compelling, enigmatic, character driven thrill ride of the long reaching contemporary fantasy series INSIGHT. Fans of contemporary and paranormal fantasy you cannot go wrong! Looking for ghosts? Angels? Demons & Devils? Witches? Gods? How about action and adventure wrapped around the romance of soul mates? Do you like to dive into the mystics? Science Fiction elements found in our own realm? Past lives or the zodiac? Ancient and modern civilizations? Spirituality? A setting that is contemporary, urban, and otherworldly? How do you feel about psychics? What about gothic elements? All of this and so much more is wrapped in this long reaching teen series. Insight is the foundation for not only its self titled series but also as a thread in the Web of Hearts and Souls Series, where several series intertwine to offer a mind-bending experience for the reader. If you're looking for originality and one hell of a deal this series is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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    The Augur

      AM Kirkby
The Augur

Nothing in Rome can be done without an augury. A magistrate is elected, a law is made, a marriage is arranged; the augur reads the signs in the heavens - the flight of birds, or the roar of thunder. It is, in many ways, a formality; but sometimes the gods seem to speak more directly, and a man's sanity could easily be threatened.It was the summer of '72 and Jason Helsing was born into a world that was supposed to embrace him, but only left him alone on this big planet to figure things out on his own. After his birth Jason was whisked off to foster home after foster home without knowing what it was like to be brought up in a happy home. Jason had been teased all through his school years about how slow he was, and couldn't keep up with the other classmates on any subject he took. Jason didn't have nice clothes like other students had. All he wanted was to be accepted, but all he got was heartaches. As the years peeled away, and Jason became more resentful towards his classmates, and his foster parents, the anger that was bottled up inside was about to explode, and the classmates that tormented him all those years were about to have their innocence destroyed by the hands of someone that just wanted to be loved, but instead got his heart crushed.One night when Jason was lying in his bed trying to get a good night’s sleep he started having flashbacks when one of his foster father's was choking his wife, but didn't kill her. When Jason entered their room he asked what was going on and his foster father said, "Come in boy and watch a real man in action." All Jason wanted to do was run and hide, but his foster father grabbed him by the arm, and told him to place his hands around her neck, and squeeze. Jason was scared, but knew if he didn't do what his foster father told him to do, he would be beaten.So as her tears poured out from her sad frightened eyes, Jason turned his head, and squeezed, and squeezed. Then his foster father said, "Don't be scared it's only a game, turn and look at her."She removed Jason's hands from her neck and laughed. Jason said, "I don't find that very funny."His foster father slapped him in the back of the head and said, "Why don't you go play?"Jason ran out of the room confused at what just happened.

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    A Ghost Story of the Norfolk Broads

      AM Kirkby
A Ghost Story of the Norfolk Broads

Two cruisers on the Norfolk Broads discover an eerie story behind the strange pub where they tie up one night.On her twenty-first birthday, Franki Smith receives a dozen black roses and an unsigned invitation to a nightclub that doesn't seem to exist. The dark gift haunts her because of two handwritten words near the top. Little Bird. Her mother's nickname for her.Only, Franki's mother disappeared from her life without a trace exactly three years ago to the day.Who sent the mysterious invitation? Franki's need to answer this question will lead her to the doorway of a strange and dangerous new world. A world her mother went to great lengths to keep hidden.A world someone desperately wants Franki to discover.Return to the world of the bestselling Peachville High Demons series, this time from the viewpoint of a brand new, kickass heroine.Sacrifice Me is a serial new adult paranormal romance with twists and turns that will pull you in and keep you guessing until the last installment. There are six episodes total. The first two are both available now! The remaining episodes will release every two weeks. Each episode is about 17,000 words (or 60 pages).Sacrifice Me: The Demon (Episode 1) - May 12Sacrifice Me: The Dream (Episode 2) - May 12Sacrifice Me: The Darkness (Episode 3) - May 26Sacrifice Me: The Dying (Episode 4) - June 9Sacrifice Me: The Devil (Episode 5) - June 23Sacrifice Me: The Doorway (Episode 6) - July 7**Unlike the Peachville series, this is NOT a young adult story. Due to some language and sexual situations, it is appropriate for readers 16+**

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    Haunted

      AM Kirkby
Haunted

A real estate developer acquires a spooky old house. Everything is quite normal, he keeps telling himself, though it won't sell and he doesn't like being there alone...Preston Cunningham has just been rescued from a group of North Vietnamese Army regulars in Cambodia where his helicopter made an emergency landing in forbidden territory - known as "over the line."Following an operation to repair his broken eye socket, teeth, ribs and third degree burns, he is under the care of Lieutenant Linda Villani who is assigned to Preston for the duration of his (30 day hospitalization).She nurses him back to health, but not before falling in love with him. She suggests that Preston work for her father at his construction company in San Francisco. In the meantime however, Linda is engaged to an engineer in her dad's firm ten years her senior.While recouperating, Preston is informed that he has been considered for The Medal Of Honor based on his conduct as a POW. Preston Cunningham a sergeant, and Linda a lieutenant are prohibited according to military rules from fraternizing. Her commanding officer turns a blind eye and deaf ear to their budding romance.On the day he is to leave the hospital and Lieutenant Villani behind it is a sad departure, but both look forward to fostering their relationship. This author will release additional chapters as short stories from the novel "Orphans Of The Mourning."

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    Rise Above

      AM Kirkby
Rise Above

A reclusive scholar, worn down by political demands of his new post as Archbishop, retires on his physician's orders to one of his country manors to convalesce. His illness, his disillusion with public life, and a new friend make a dangerous mixture...In a snapped second his life changes.A woman falls from the sky, right before his eyes. She is his enemy. Yet the men that hunt her are worse. As his life crashes down around him, Jackson is faced with a horrible choice: blind loyalty to the country he loves of informed betrayal for a woman he hardly knows.He chooses her....All three books of the Ki saga are currently available, so start the adventure today.

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