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Join us as we watch Charlotte travel the Four Directions to save a Kingdom.


Fairy tales are like life, filled with insurmountable obstacles and heart breaking tragedies. How did the Prince find Cinderella hidden in the vanishing spell set by her wicked stepmother?

And then what happened? How did Cinderella transform from a girl into a Princess?

The Prince shared with Cinderella what he had learned with his teachers the Fairy Godmothers. He explained, “There are many Fairy Godmothers. I studied with a different Fairy Godmother for each cardinal direction.”

He said, “Each direction is a paradigm for inward knowledge an worldly knowledge. Together the Four Directions form the beginning of the wisdom required to govern a Kingdom.”

Taking Cinderella’s hand between his warm and steady hands, he said, “The dangers inherent in running a Kingdom are immense. If you’ll agree, I’d like you to study with my teachers.”

Experience the adventures with Cinderella as she studies with four Fairy Godmothers. In her search for wisdom, will she be initiated into the powers of the Four Directions?
Fairy Godmothers of The Four Directions
John Grammatico
From the moment he steps into the mysterious swirling portal in his granddad’s clock shop, Julian realizes that there is no going back. Instantly, he is sucked into the wormhole and spit out into a world very different from his own - a dimension frozen in time. There, trapped in permanent midnight, Julian must battle a maniacal villain bent on controlling time if he is to save his kidnapped grandfather before more portals are opened, unleashing chaos in every dimension, including his native London.
Julian Rigby and the Keepers of Time (Volume 1)
J.L. McCreedy

“An excellent tale, told with real artistry that is sure to captivate all of its readers!” The Children's Book Review

“I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy. This book is the best I’ve reviewed. An amazing story.”Readers' Favorite Five Star Review

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The average ten-year-old girl seldom travels far from home. She doesn't worry about being kidnapped by witches or imprisoned in medieval castles where children meet their unspeakable demise. She rarely gives thought to curses, potions and magic. She certainly isn't concerned about risking life and limb to decipher ancient rites and lost treasures....

But Liberty Frye is about to discover that she is not just an average girl.

When a cryptic note from long-lost relatives arrives, the news it brings flips Libby's small-town existence upside down. Soon, she finds herself lured to a foreign land where retired witches, talking bats and geriatric World War II pilots await. It's up to Libby to unravel the sinister plot that brought her there in the first place, but in so doing, she'll uncover a shocking secret that will change her life forever ... if she survives the challenge.

Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen (series)
Tom Berquist
Stalking Los Angeles©
Finding courage and love in the madness

Reggie is tormented by his domineering father to shed the old Indian ways. Forced to leave his country home, he hates the city and his new school, where he is attacked by Kevin, the racist beast on campus. He falls hard for his first girl who can love him in only one way.

Reggie goes on a vision quest to reconnect with his Cochimi tribal ancestors –to discover his supernatural ‘power animal’ that will guide him into manhood. At the same time, a young cougar enters the megalopolis in search of a mate, but is attacked by the dominant male of his species.

Reggie’s vision quest spirals out of control –hallucinating he is a half-human, half-animal, capable of killing. He now must face Kevin, confront his father and challenge the stalking cougar, in order to win over a new girl who could love him completely.
Praise for Stalking Los Angeles

“Nothing seems to be going right in Reggie Youngblood’s life...Reggie soon finds his escape in studying mountain lions and his Indian heritage... Read Stalking Los Angeles by Tom Berquist to discover how Reggie falls in love, discovers himself and learns some of life’s most important lessons. Four out of five stars.”
~Litpick.com

“...the storyline was a very original idea... Reggie was likable and easy to relate to. (T)he plot moved along at a nice pace, and it always held my interest. I ... would recommend it to others.”
~Taylor H. Litpick.com

“Reggie is likeable... the epitome of a teenage boy...Berquist employs the use of dual narratives, paralleling Reggie’s journey with the journey of a mountain lion just reaching his maturity. This dual narrative brings (the novel) to the next level. I believe this novel would be something teenage boys ... could really identify with.”
~Shannon A. Los Angeles

“I would recommend this book to teens (who) struggle with who they are and struggling to accept their new surroundings. Stalking Los Angeles shows the perspective of various characters undergoing confusions about life, parents, sexuality, and themselves....(T)his book moved me to try and become more observant of nature and what it has to offer, what it can do to relieve my troubles, and to become more protective of it...Life will turn out ok; there are many bumps, trips, and struggles, but as Reggie proved, most struggles have a better reward at the end and have a great outcome.”
~Mel R. Los Angeles

“Stalking Los Angeles is a coming of age story for nature lovers... (A) heartwarming story of conservation and coming of age in a world that is careless and unkind both to mountain lions and to teenage boys. ...(I)t is a good story in which heroes get to be heroes. We could use more stories like that.”
~Elizabeth K. Lexington, KY

Excerpt:
Reggie could not see or hear that he was being sought out. Fast asleep, he could not know that animal that he wanted as his spiritual guide was steadily following his scent, and heading directly to the cabin.
At fifty feet away, the lion’s acute hearing picked up the rhythmic inhale and exhale of the two-leg’s breath. At twenty-five feet, the lion’s acute night vision could see the rise and fall of the two-leg’s chest.
On the ground below the raised cabin, the lion anchored its hindquarters with its tail and lifted its front quarters in one effortless ascension. It reached up and unsheathed its two-inch claws and locked them on the outside lip of the cabin floor. At two feet from the two-leg’s face, but on the other side of the screen, the lion’s whiskers felt the warmth of his body. Although the lion could have cut through the screen and then through the throat of the two-leg in a single swipe, he did not. The two-leg stirred and the animal left as silently as he came.
A note from the author: I hope you will enjoy my book. Know too, that you will be helping to preserve nature in the process. I am donating 25% of the royalties on this book to wildlife conservation.Reggie is tormented by his domineering father to shed the old ‘injun’ ways. Forced to leave his country home, he hates the ‘burbs and his new school, where he is attacked by Kevin, the racist beast on campus. He falls hard for his first girl who can love him in only one way. Reggie goes on a vision quest to connect with his Cochimi tribal ancestors –to discover his supernatural ‘power animal’ that will guide him into manhood. At the same time, a young cougar enters the megalopolis in search of a mate, but is attacked by the dominant male of his species. Reggie’s vision quest spirals out of control –hallucinating he is a half-human, half-animal, capable of killing. He now must face Kevin, confront his father and challenge the stalking cougar, in order to win over a new girl who could love him completely.
Stalking Los Angeles
J. D. Tew
Theodore Crane finds solace in goofy everyday pranks, in order to cope with living under the shadow of an abusive father and dealing with a belligerent bully who seeks him out at school. 
One day, intervention from outer space strikes as a mysterious amulet soars into his room bearing enigmatic clues. This causes Theodore to question everything about the universe, and the answer comes in the form of two battling intergalactic warlords who, unknown to Theodore, have been analyzing him all his life.
To protect his loved ones, and to avenge what has torn his family apart, Theodore must leave Earth. He is given just fourteen days to assemble a team of trustworthy friends, and to convince each one to go on this dangerous mission. 
The Acolytes of Crane is two parts; a coming-of-age story that delights us when it turns into a blast 'em, rock 'em space odyssey. In the words of one reviewer, it starts out like "Sandlot" and finishes up like "Ender's Game."100% of net proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation, a foundation providing military families a comforting place to stay while their veteran family member is receiving treatment.
The Acolytes of Crane
J. D. Tew
Having left his innocuous childhood on Earth behind for the adventures of outer space, Theodore Crane now thrusts himself into desolate conditions, vowing to find two valued members of his crew that were lost in battle, and to rejoin the Opposition. After falling into a state of disarray, the Opposition must retrench in order to rid the universe of the two demigods who threaten the freedom of the Galaxy. Somehow, Theodore must help the Opposition's freedom fighters--and give them hope. 
Along his journey, Theodore and his crew learn of an all-powerful omnipotent mainframe, Eppa. Records of her existence suggest that she knows everything and sees everything. If Theodore can find Eppa, he may determine the outcome of the Galaxy. 
The Ghost of Sephera is a rollicking space adventure to be enjoyed by readers age twelve and up.100% of net proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation, a foundation providing military families a comforting place to stay while their veteran family member is receiving treatment.
The Ghost of Sephera
Elizabeth Atkinson

Cheerful Ruby and her shy friend Eleanor couldn t be more different. Ruby has lived her whole life in Paris, New Hampshire. Eleanor s family is from Sri Lanka. But these best friends share one thing: they both have impossible dreams.

Ruby and Eleanor live in the quaint town of Paris, New Hampshire, located at the base of Sugar Mountain, an exclusive ski resort in the White Mountains. Every winter, Paris comes alive with "Outers," wealthy families from out of town who own ski condos and wear designer clothes, luxuries that Ruby and Eleanor (and most of the year-round residents of Paris) cannot afford.

One December day, Ruby and Eleanor stumble across Madame Magnifique, the "World s Most Divine Psychic," who urges them to unlock their deepest dreams. Ruby s has always been to mingle with Outers, and now, more than ever, she is determined to make that dream come true.

As a chain of events unfolds over the winter months, both girls find themselves on a journey of self-discovery that starts with unlikely friendships, secret crushes, and newfound skills, and snowplows to an unexpected outcome.

A relevant story in today s world exploring cross-cultural sensitivities and diversity within a classic New England microcosm "The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball" questions the role of destiny and the ability we all have to achieve that which seems impossible.

The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball
Michael Bowler
The future looks bleak unless eighteen-year-old Lance and his New Camelot Earth Warriors can save the planet from catastrophic climate change. Spurred by twelve year-olds Billy, Enya, Itzamna, and his ten-year-old brother, Chris, Lance creates a branch of Earth Warriors, a youth-led movement designed to save the earth from its greatest enemy – greed. His involvement leads to Earth Warrior crews springing up all across America. Millions of kids leap into action, paralyzing the country and alarming the rich and powerful. Having adopted his father’s philosophy of doing what’s right, rather than what’s easy, Lance makes serious enemies when he calls out New Camelot donors who represent fossil fuel or other polluting industries, and then barely escapes a series of "accidents” designed to kill him. When he challenges the United States Congress to step up and act immediately on the climate crisis, the attacks on him escalate. With the majority of America's kids on his side, Lance and his young Earth Warriors prepare for the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Paris, where they will call upon world leaders to stop talking about sustainability and start acting on it. But whoever wants him dead isn't giving up. Will Lance and his crew live long enough to even get to Paris? Warrior Kids is a standalone tale set within the Children of the Knight universe.
Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot

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The Deadly Wizard Games
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Everything Everything
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Chantarelle
The Candy Store
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The Whisperer
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