Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One (A Dystopian Vampire Novel)
by Robert S. Wilson
4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon
Vampire Dark Fantasy
Set in a dystopian, religiously-demented American Empire, the city of Las Vegas is no longer a city of sin. Now called Necropolis, it is a city that eats sin. The vampires of Necropolis wait patiently for the Empire's weekly drop off of guilty Penitents; sinners and criminals full of fresh blood.
Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren't for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank's only son. Now, Hank must do whatever it takes to escape the city of the dead and save his son from an Empire as bloodthirsty as the vampires it uses to keep its people in line.
Drowning Mermaids (Sacred Breath Series)
by Nadia Scrieva
4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon
Deep under Arctic waters lies an ice kingdom carved into a glacier. Those who dwell within it possess magnificent biological secrets. Due to the dangers of impending war, the Princess of Adlivun is forced to flee her undersea utopia and regroup with her sisters in Alaska.
Captain Trevain Murphy is a successful king crab fisherman who has spent his life building his empire above the sea, and knows nothing of the empire beneath it. When he meets a mysterious dancer whose father has recently died, he extends kindness towards her, unaware of her unique genetics and royal lineage.
Trevain's attraction to the enigmatic Aazuria Vellamo will involve him in dangerous designs that will forever change his life, and his perspective on himself and his world. He embarks on perilous journeys in which he will need to release all of his insecurities and inhibitions in order to survive.
A Wizard's Role
by Zak Shareef
3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon
YA Contemporary Fantasy
Wands are for pretenders. Staffs for the impotent. Magic is an Art, and the only thing a real Wizard uses to create is his mind.
Joshua Awen casts spells as easily as he argues the theory behind them. During the school year he's a prodigy, but the summers are a different story. He chooses to spend those in a place where he can't work with the subtle, complex, and powerful force he was born to. He trains to fight with a simpler, rougher, brutal kind of magic.
The summer before his senior year Joshua has to do more than train. He's asked to use his full range of abilities to help the man who taught him how to fight. The consequences of his decision force Joshua to delve into the nature of his magic and reconsider what he believes a Wizard should do with his power.
A Magician's Purpose
by Zak Shareef
4.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon
YA Contemporary Fantasy
Wands are for pretenders. Staffs for the impotent. Magic is an Art, and the only thing a real Wizard uses to create is his mind. The Awens are a family of true Wizards with a reputation for greatness stretching back millennia.
Unfortunately for him, Marcus Awen is only a Magician. Denied his heritage as a Wizard, he joins the Guard, a group of elite fighters who use their Magicians' magic to kill rogue Wizards.
Marcus is forced to reconsider his recent decisions and lifelong assumptions, when he gets sent to look into rumors of magical abuse in an Independent Zone, one of the few places on Earth where scientific development was not restricted when magic became readily accessible early in the 21st century.
Something to Live for (Moonlight Dating Series #1)
by Natalie G. Owens
4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon
Fifteen years ago, one fateful day bound the lives of two perfect strangers...
Melita Saari-Quinn is living the consequences of a traumatizing psychic event that turned her adolescence upside down. Now, disillusioned with her job as a psychotherapist and desiring a change from her lackluster existence, she hopes that something out of her ordinary sphere of existence - something totally uninhibited and spontaneous - will renew her zest for life.
Alex Moncado seems to have it all - good looks, a successful business, and a fun life in "party central" of the Mediterranean: the island of Malta. Except for one day in the year when he can't help but remember a tragedy that never should have been. One day he'd rather forget, because if he doesn't, the guilt will consume him.
Can one passionate night together banish the ghosts of the past and give two lost souls a second chance?
Only Fate can tell...