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My Reading Wish List for 2015

The Compass (Max Meyers Adventure 0) by Joshua Lisec

An American, an Englishman, and an Australian walk into a massage parlour…
Cairns, Australia, 1991. Archeologist wunderkind Jack Staples is the talk of the telly once again. Discoverers of the lost compass of Captain James Cook, Staples and his best friend and protégé Charles Kensington are on holiday in the Land Down Under, sitting on their find as offers from museums and auction houses pour in.
But when the compass is stolen by an antiquities trafficker known as the Waltzing Matilda, Staples and Kensington are joined by the pride of Sydney’s police force, Detective Sergeant James Russell. The Aussie’s incognito scheme gets the trio inside the crime lord’s center of operations, a sleazy massage parlour. But a brief conversation with the Matilda will send the trio on an adventure of prehistoric proportions.
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The Phoenix Reich (Max Meyers Adventure #1) by Joshua Lisec

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Find the killer, restore your father’s legacy, save the world…all before finals week.
Germany, 1945. Nazi leaders scramble to hide stolen wealth from Allied invaders. Among them are members of the German Christian Church, the spiritual arm of Hitler’s empire. When an American soldier stumbles upon the Church’s loot, he learns of the master plan to resurrect the Nazi regime—when the time is right.
But the solider dies in action just days before war’s end. The secret, lost.
Until now.
Virginia, Present Day. A Senator’s home has been consumed by inferno. The nation mourns the loss of a beloved statesman until painful questions are asked. Was it arson? Or the instrument of suicide?
The late Senator’s son Max Meyers refuses to believe the FBI’s ruling. Joined by his astute professor Charles Kensington and renegade law enforcer James Russell, Max forsakes posh campus life to learn the truth. A forgotten letter sent by Max’s great-grandfather from the carnage of World War II provides a clue, lighting a trail of decades-old conspiracy across Europe.
A lost faction of Nazi religious leaders has risen from the ashes of a failed Reich, prepared to revive a government of tyrants built to last a thousand years. To keep the promise of justice made to his late father, Max must prevent the conspirators from unleashing vengeance on an unsuspecting continent.
Is modern Europe’s fate sealed?
The first installment of the Max Meyers Adventure series, THE PHOENIX REICH is a fast-paced thriller set against the backdrop of World War II mysteries and the reality of modern-day Nazi conspiracies.
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Betrayal in the Highlands (The Riddle in Stone #2) by Robert Evert
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Pursued relentlessly by goblin hunters for the ancient secret he knows, Edmund the stuttering librarian fights back in the fast-paced sequel to the epic fantasy novel, RIDDLE IN STONE.
Edmund’s old, boring life is gone forever. Knowing the answer to a cryptic riddle that, if in the wrong hands, could destroy all of humanity, Edmund is hiding in a sleepy coastal town as far from the frozen mountains of the Undead King as possible. For a moment, he believes he’s finally safe. Then he learns that Molly, the woman he’s loved since childhood, is telling stories about him—stories that will get him and his friends killed. Edmund is forced to embark on a perilous journey home to confront the woman who broke his heart. If he fails, all will be lost.
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Blood in Snow (The Riddle in Stone #3) by Robert Evert
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The third installment in the epic RIDDLE IN STONE saga.
Having committed treason by claiming the Highlands for his own kingdom, Edmund—the one-eyed, stuttering former librarian—decides to stop running and make his final stand. Along with his best friend, Pond Scum, and his manic dog, Becky, he must fight off goblins, magic users, and King Lionel’s entire army in order to protect what he loves. However, his deadliest adversary is the approaching winter, and neither Edmund nor his men have the supplies they need to survive.
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The Attic’s Secret by Andrea L. Staum
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Hestia Diedrich is a bright eighteen year-old with clairvoyant abilities. In the final two weeks of her third year at the Institute for the Understanding of the Metaphysical she is asked by her best friend, Peregrine Essay on a trip to England. It is supposed to be a business trip to meet an investor in Peregrine’s family business, so why does he need her ability? Despite her suspicions, Hestia trusts her childhood friend and follows him into more than meetings on dividends and returns as Peregrine is searching for hidden past that only Hestia’s ability can reveal.
An Agency Novella
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Blood of the Sire by Andrea L. Staum
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When Zabond’s raiders come to the shores of Kalahtaya, Kitra, the village outcast, is sent to find allies by the village’s Elemental Guardians. Forced to travel with the man she accuses of stealing her daughter and a granddaughter she has never known, Kitra soon uncovers the villages long forgotten past, as well as, learns how misguided her own memories have become.

The first book of lore reveals the birth of the Dragonchild and her tie to the Guardians of Kalahtaya.

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Guardian of Souls by Lee Appleby
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COMPLETE – ★★★★
Haunted by impossible dreams after waking from a coma, Leone Decker is torn from his dead end existence by a beautiful young woman and given everything he’d ever wished for. It can’t last. Soon his perfect reality is shattered and he finds himself dragged into a magical world he never knew existed. With two sides of questionable honesty battling to earn his loyalty, he enters into a desperate struggle to avoid becoming a puppet in an age old underground war he doesn’t understand.
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All Our Foolish Schemes: The Creepers Saga Book 2 (The Creepers Saga #2) by Raymond Esposito
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The survivors had experienced things worse than death…
Like the loss of friends, infected cats, and the Creepers. Fleeing from the insanity of Fort New Hope, pursued by the relentless Infected, their hope rests on their love for one another and a far off place once called Wyoming. It is a thousand mile trek across a landscape of death and horror and a journey marked by impossible choices.
First, however, they must buy Dr. Thorn enough time to save their injured friend. In the remains of a small hospice, they will again, play out a dangerous race against the clock. For with each passing moment spent saving their friend, the Creepers draw closer.
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The Commons: Book 1: The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck

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COMPLETE – ★★★★
“Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him.”
And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It’s been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead.
Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.
Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever.
But first they have to save themselves.
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Sacred Fear (Love & Fangs) by Lucy-Anne Smith

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Daisy’s a young woman who writes books about vampires. She has no idea, though, that she’s writing from experience.
She was once the princess of a great vampire clan whose memory was wiped by a powerful wizard. Her body was altered enough that she could live away from her Earth, parallel to ours, where vampires reign and war against each other and humans. She was sent to this Earth to hide her away from her family’s ancient enemies, the Scythe Kingdom.
Should she return to her own universe, it would mean the destruction of her family, her clan and her bonded love, Spencer.
When the eldest prince of the Scythe Kingdom murders Daisy’s parents, Spencer must lead a rescue party across the dimensional divide to bring her home and bring an end to the war that has raged for millennia. But, the wizard who could restore Daisy to her proper self has gone missing, and Daisy is trapped in her human form and identity–ignorant of who she really is and her true power.
For readers who love the “Twilight, Sookie Stackhouse” and the “Interview with a Vampire” series!
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Venomoid (Night Code Saga #1) by J.A. Kossler

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In Book One of The Night Code Saga, Venomoid, paranormal creatures are governed by the IPO, a secret police force that ensures vampires, zombies, and others follow all required public safety regulations. Among the officers is 17 year-old Lorin, theIPO’s most skilled cadet. His co-workers distrust him, however, and in extreme cases barely tolerate him. As a vampire, he must follow the rules — including turning a blind eye to the IPO’s practice of torturing prisoners — or face death by sunlight exposure.
On one intense dragon-hunting mission, Lorin encounters Lex, a handsome but flesh-eating paranormal who is quickly intrigued by the young vampire. Lorin fears this hunter, but as an unexpected friendship unfolds between the two, an even more unlikely romance blossoms. The problem is Lex is on the IPO’s radar, and when they capture him for scientific experimentation, Lorin must risk his life to overthrow the organization he’s always feared in order to save his love.
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Deviants (Dust Chronicles #1) by Maureen McGowan

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In Glory’s world, different means deviant…and dead.
In a post-apocalyptic world, where the earth is buried by asteroid dust that’s mutated the DNA of some humans, an orphaned sixteen-year-old, Glory, must hide and protect her younger brother. If their Deviant abilities are discovered, they?ll be expunged?kicked out of the dome to be tortured and killed by the Shredders. Glory would give anything to get rid of her unique ability to kill with her emotions, especially when Cal, the boy she’s always liked, becomes a spy for the authorities. But when her brother is discovered, and she learns their father, who was expunged for killing their mother, is still alive, she must escape the domed city that’s been her entire world.
Outside in the ruins, they?re pursued by the authorities and by sadistic, scab-covered Shredders who are addicted to the lethal-to-humans dust now covering the planet. Glory’s quests to transport herself and her brother to safety make up the thrilling and fascinating first volume of The Dust Chronicles.
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Technomancer (Unspeakable Things #1) by B.V. Larson

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A new kind of alien invasion…
When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash?
After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: he is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural—which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute. It seems he is one of a special breed, a person with unusual powers. He’s also the prime suspect in a string of murders linked by a series of seemingly mundane objects. The deeper he digs and the harder he works to clear his name, the more Quentin realizes that some truths are better off staying buried…
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