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The Thing in the Stone

**A mind-opening collection of short science fiction from one of the genre’s most revered Grand Masters.**

Legendary author Robert A. Heinlein proclaimed, “To read science fiction is to read Simak. A reader who does not like Simak stories does not like science fiction at all.” The remarkably talented Clifford D. Simak was able to ground his vast imagination in reality, and then introduce readers to fantastical worlds and concepts they could instantly and completely dig into, comprehend, and enjoy.

In the title story, a man’s newfound ability to walk in the past allows him to dwell among dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers . . . and something even more timeless. In “Construction Shack,” the first manned expedition to Pluto reveals that no matter how advanced aliens may be, even they don’t always get everything right. And in “Univac 2200,” the thin line between humans creating technology and humans becoming technology is about to be crossed—and there may be no going back.

*Each story includes an introduction by David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak estate and editor of this ebook.*

Then Came Wanda…with a Baby Carriage

There’s almost nothing Wanda Jefferson wants more than a family to call her own, and she’s almost got it all with her husband Heath, a beautiful home in the suburbs, and her soul-satisfying work with her best friends as part of OOPS—a paranormal crisis hotline.
Yet still, there’s a tiny hole in Wanda’s heart she longs to fill with a baby. As she and Heath explore adoption, and finally bring home a beautiful baby boy with the support of their friends and family, everything that can go wrong, does.
First, no one, not even Nina the baby-loving vampire, can soothe the cranky infant. He’s cries constantly, bringing Wanda’s insecurities as a new mother out in full force. Then banshee, Sal Brice and sexy skinwalker, Grey Hamlin show up, and yikes, do they have a tale to tell—one that involves a diabolical plan that threatens Wanda’s newly formed family!
You know what that means, right? Hell hath no fury like the OOPS women on a case!
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There’s almost nothing Wanda Jefferson wants more than a family to call her own, and she’s almost got it all with her husband Heath, a beautiful home in the suburbs, and her soul-satisfying work with her best friends as part of OOPS—a paranormal crisis hotline.
Yet still, there’s a tiny hole in Wanda’s heart she longs to fill with a baby. As she and Heath explore adoption, and finally bring home a beautiful baby boy with the support of their friends and family, everything that can go wrong, does.
First, no one, not even Nina the baby-loving vampire, can soothe the cranky infant. He’s cries constantly, bringing Wanda’s insecurities as a new mother out in full force. Then banshee, Sal Brice and sexy skinwalker, Grey Hamlin show up, and yikes, do they have a tale to tell—one that involves a diabolical plan that threatens Wanda’s newly formed family!
You know what that means, right? Hell hath no fury like the OOPS women on a case!

The Royal Sorceress

It’s 1830, in an alternate Britain where the ‘scientific’ principles of magic were discovered sixty years previously, allowing the British to win the American War of Independence. Although Britain is now supreme among the Great Powers, the gulf between rich and poor in the Empire has widened and unrest is growing every day. Master Thomas, the King’s Royal Sorcerer, is ageing and must find a successor to lead the Royal Sorcerers Corps. Most magicians can possess only one of the panoply of known magical powers, but Thomas needs to find a new Master of all the powers. There is only one candidate, one person who has displayed such a talent from an early age, but has been neither trained nor officially acknowledged. A perfect candidate to be Master Thomas’ apprentice in all ways but one: the Royal College of Sorcerers has never admitted a girl before.
But even before Lady Gwendolyn Crichton can begin her training, London is plunged into chaos by a campaign of terrorist attacks co-ordinated by Jack, a powerful and rebellious magician.
The Royal Sorceress will certainly appeal to all fans of steampunk, alternate history, and fantasy. As well as the fun of the ‘what-ifs’ delivered by the rewriting of our past, it delights with an Empire empowered by magic – all the better for being one we can recognise. The scheming and intrigue of Jack and his rebels, the roof-top chases and the thrilling battles of magic are played out against the dark and unforgiving backdrop of life in the sordid slums and dangerous factories of London. Many of the rebels are drawn from a seedy and grimy underworld, while their Establishment targets prey on the weak and defenceless. The price for destroying the social imbalance and sexual inequality that underpin society may be more than anyone can imagine.

The King’s Sorcerer: The Caldronian Guild : Book 3

Book 3 of The Caldronian Guild.
PRINT LENGTH 350 Pages
YA Fantasy Fiction
With the overwhelming forces of Belaria pushing forward, the capital city of Surmont is once more under threat. Outnumbered and without allies, can the Caldronians and its much revered guild, survive another onslaught? With defeat looming, the country’s future is entrusted to one special young sorcerer, as Leo once more finds himself at the centre of the troubles, and with the help of a few of his friends is left to restore the nation’s sovereignty.
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Book 3 of The Caldronian Guild.
PRINT LENGTH 350 Pages
YA Fantasy Fiction
With the overwhelming forces of Belaria pushing forward, the capital city of Surmont is once more under threat. Outnumbered and without allies, can the Caldronians and its much revered guild, survive another onslaught? With defeat looming, the country’s future is entrusted to one special young sorcerer, as Leo once more finds himself at the centre of the troubles, and with the help of a few of his friends is left to restore the nation’s sovereignty.
Language : UK

Tess of the Road

Award-winning Rachel Hartman’s newest YA is a tour de force and an exquisite fantasy for the #metoo movement.
” *Tess of the Road* is astonishing and perfect. It’s the most compassionate book I’ve read since George Eliot’s *Middlemarch*.” (NPR)
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things. Tess is…different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can’t seem to keep out of trouble. Then Tess goes too far. What she’s done is so disgraceful, she can’t even allow herself to think of it. Unfortunately, the past cannot be ignored. So Tess’s family decide the only path for her is a nunnery.
But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She’s not running away, she’s running towards something. What that something is, she doesn’t know. Tess just knows that the open road is a map to somewhere else – a life where she might belong.
Returning to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in the award-winning, *New York Times* best-selling novel *Seraphina* , Rachel Hartman explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.
Named one of the best books of the year by NPR, *Boston Globe* , The Chicago Public Library, *Kirkus Reviews*.
“The world building is gorgeous, the creatures are vivid and Hartman is a masterful storyteller. Pick up this novel, and savor every page.” ( *Paste Magazine* )
**PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.**

Ten Years Later…

The one who got away?and came back
What was he doing back here, disrupting Brianna McKenzie’s cozy world? Sebastian Hunter, heartbreaker extraordinaire, had actually shown up to their high school reunion. All at once, she felt that unshakable chemistry again, the life that might have been if he’d stayed in Bedford. Broken promises and regret. Why would she even consider getting involved with him again?
If it weren’t for his mother’s suspicious encouragement, Sebastian would never have attended the school function. But then he saw Brianna, the woman he’d blocked from his thoughts for years as he threw himself into his work. The past?those feelings he never quite forgot?came rushing back. This was his chance?to walk away again or face the person who’d captivated him, body and soul.
(source: Bol.com)

Tea

This book is a fascinating history of tea and the spreading of tea throughout the world. Camellia sinensis, commonly known as tea, is grown in tea gardens and estates around the world. A simple beverage served either hot or iced, tea has fascinated and driven us, calmed and awoken us, for well over two thousand years. The most extensive and well-presented tea history available, Tea: The Drink that Changed the World tells of the rich legends and history surrounding the spread of tea throughout Asia and the West, as well as its rise to the status of necessity in kitchens around the world. From the tea houses of China’s Tang Dynasty (618-907,) to fourteenth-century tea ceremonies in Korea’s Buddhist temples’ to the tea plantations in Sri Lanka today, this book explores and illuminates tea and its intricate, compelling history. Topics in Tea: The Drink that Changed the World include: From Shrub to Cup: and Overview. History and Legend of tea. Tea in Ancient China and Korea. Tea in Ancient Japan. The Japanese Tea Ceremony. Tea in the Ming Dynasty. Tea Spreads Throughout the World. The British in India, China and Ceylon. Tea in England and the United States. Tea Today and Tomorrow. Whether you prefer green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, chai, Japanese tea, Chinese tea, Sri Lankan tea, American tea or British tea, you will certainly enjoy reading this history of tea and expanding your knowledge of the world’s most celebrated beverage.
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It’s this unveiling of both the sordid and sublime elements of tea’s evolution that make the book such a fantastically riveting read-one served best with a bottomless cup of your most beloved blend. -Conscious Choice magazine Tea: The Drink That Changed the World is an engaging and offbeat exploration of the rise of tea around the world. -Tea: A Magazine Martin uses both anecdotes and practical information to tell the story of tea’s route through history. -Fresh Cup magazine As a tea lover, I really enjoyed this one. Martin starts with the legends about the discovery of tea, then follows it through China (where it was originally a bitter drink prized mostly as a stimulant) to the discovery baking and drying it would make it taste good. What followed was a mix of steady growth, coupled with more than a few dark sides… -Goodreads It provides the history of tea and its introduction to the various parts of the world. The history of tea trade is really quite interesting with wars, drugs and secrets filling the stories. This book does a lovely job of giving the history and sharing the various cultures views and methods of tea. -Crafty Moms Share blog
(source: Bol.com)

Taboo: Cuffed by the Cop

Please, ‘Peek Inside’ this book to see the taboo description.
This title was previously published under a different title.
This title is also available as the non-taboo ‘Cuffed By The Cop.’
Emma gets pulled over once too often, this time it means an arrest… Unless she can think of some way to talk the hot, young officer out of taking her in, and into just taking her.
Approx. word count 10,000+ (Not including supplementary material)
Bonus sample of Taboo Times Two- Public Taboo Ménage at the end of this short.
Genre: contemporary romance, new adult romance, erotic romance

Taboo Times Two: Amusement Park

A short, down and dirty, Taboo, menage, public, amusement park ride romp for your enjoyment. ‘Peek Inside’ for more. *****This short is also available as the less taboo “In Public- Amusement Park.”***** Bonus excerpt of “Taboo Times Two- Public Taboo Menage” at the end of this short story. Aprox word count- 3,400+ words (not counting supplementary material)

Tablet of Destinies

tory’s twin babies are changelings and she must journey into the fourth dimension to reclaim her own … Book 2 in the Celestial triad trilogy takes tory and Maelgwn into the realms of the Devachan, the Fourth Dimension. they and their clan have had many peaceful years on the planet of Kila until tory’s new twin babies, only a few days after their birth, are switched with changelings … the babies now exhibit all the characteristics of fairy folk and, as with all deva infants, they are neither male nor female. tory seeks the counsel of the tablet of Destinies and is told that the changelings are the first of the Devachan to venture into human existence and that her twins are the first humans to choose to experience the world of the Devachan … and all the babies are psychically linked. to reclaim their children tory and Maelgwn must journey to the Fourth Dimension. At the same time, other human breeds are on the brink of war and tory and Maelgwn must divide their energies. the changelings prove to be of inestimable value in aiding their foster parents to unite the human clans of the galaxy and in guiding tory into the Fourth Dimension …

Surrounded

A Black Bat Mystery. A “caper book”, the second in a suspense series featuring Mike Tucker, art dealer, heir to a large fortune and professional thief. An early Koontz mystery using one of his pseudonyms.

The Supernatural Bounty Hunter Files Collector’s Set: Books 1-10: Urban Fantasy Shifter Series

**An unlikely pair on a collision course with trouble.** ****Bounty*** * Hunter John Smoke never liked the rules. As a result of his overly aggressive—and often illegal—arrest methods, he ended up behind bars. But the Bureau wont’ let him be. Placed in the able care of beautiful, no nonsense, Sidney Shaw, his new FBI handler, Smoke needs to alter his loose-cannon ways to remain a free man.
But there is an unchecked evil festering deep in the heart of the nation’s capital. A shadow conspiracy than won’t be defeated by conventional means. A vast, hidden network of criminals with the terrifying ability to shapeshift into monsters is spreading its supernatural sickness in the very fabric of human society.
No ordinary mortal can fight the evil. But, there is nothing ordinary about John Smoke. Sidney Shaw is about to discover for herself as she follows Smoke’s trail into the darkest, most secret corners of Washington, DC. Smoke and Sidney must fight the evil that will stop at nothing to tear them apart while destroying a nation as well.
**If you like Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files and shows such as the X Files and Supernatural, then this dynamic pair is just for you!** ***Scroll Up And Grab Your Copy Today!** *
***More about Craig’s books … ** *Craig Halloran is a #1 Bestselling Amazon Author in the following genres and categories: Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Coming of Age, Dragons & Mythical Creatures, Werewolves & Shifters, Dark Fantasy and Collections & Anthologies. He is a KDP All-Star and Top 100 Amazon author as well. Over 70 books in publication.  The Supernatural Bounty Hunter Files (10 Books) The Darkslayer, Series 1 (6 books) The Darkslayer, Series 2: Bish and Bone (10 books) The Odyssey of Nath Dragon, The Chronicles of Dragon Prequel Series (5 Books) The Chronicles of Dragon, Series 1 (10 Books) The Chronicles of Dragon, Series 2, Tail of the Dragon (10 Books) The Clash of Heroes (3 Books) Zombie Impact (3 Books) The Gamma Earth Cycle (2 Books) The Red Citadel and the Sorcerer’s Power (5 books in 1) Learn more about Craig and his works at: **WWW.CRAIGHALLORAN.COM** Sign up for is newsletter and get free books! **Yay!**
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“Smoke is like Jack Reacher with a warped sense of humor. Loved all the characters, even the bad guys!” **Amazon Reviewer**
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“What a refreshing author! With perfect twist and turns, and a super sense of humor. I look forward to all his books!” **Amazon Reviewer**
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“I would recommend this book to fans of Cormac in the Kitty Norville series, fans of the Dresden Files or fans of Monster Hunter International.” **M.L. Page, Amazon Reviewer**     *******  
“Smoke Rising” is an effective, engaging suspense novel that starts out as pure thriller before developing its supernatural twist that pulls the reader even more deeply into the plot. 
**-E. Lucas, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer-** ******* “Not one boring moment. Meets my bookly needs, for adventure, mystery, romance, and the paranormal all in every single book.”  – **Reader Freak**        
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**An unlikely pair on a collision course with trouble.** ****Bounty*** * Hunter John Smoke never liked the rules. As a result of his overly aggressive—and often illegal—arrest methods, he ended up behind bars. But the Bureau wont’ let him be. Placed in the able care of beautiful, no nonsense, Sidney Shaw, his new FBI handler, Smoke needs to alter his loose-cannon ways to remain a free man.
But there is an unchecked evil festering deep in the heart of the nation’s capital. A shadow conspiracy than won’t be defeated by conventional means. A vast, hidden network of criminals with the terrifying ability to shapeshift into monsters is spreading its supernatural sickness in the very fabric of human society.
No ordinary mortal can fight the evil. But, there is nothing ordinary about John Smoke. Sidney Shaw is about to discover for herself as she follows Smoke’s trail into the darkest, most secret corners of Washington, DC. Smoke and Sidney must fight the evil that will stop at nothing to tear them apart while destroying a nation as well.
**If you like Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files and shows such as the X Files and Supernatural, then this dynamic pair is just for you!** ***Scroll Up And Grab Your Copy Today!** *
***More about Craig’s books … ** *Craig Halloran is a #1 Bestselling Amazon Author in the following genres and categories: Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Coming of Age, Dragons & Mythical Creatures, Werewolves & Shifters, Dark Fantasy and Collections & Anthologies. He is a KDP All-Star and Top 100 Amazon author as well. Over 70 books in publication.  The Supernatural Bounty Hunter Files (10 Books) The Darkslayer, Series 1 (6 books) The Darkslayer, Series 2: Bish and Bone (10 books) The Odyssey of Nath Dragon, The Chronicles of Dragon Prequel Series (5 Books) The Chronicles of Dragon, Series 1 (10 Books) The Chronicles of Dragon, Series 2, Tail of the Dragon (10 Books) The Clash of Heroes (3 Books) Zombie Impact (3 Books) The Gamma Earth Cycle (2 Books) The Red Citadel and the Sorcerer’s Power (5 books in 1) Learn more about Craig and his works at: **WWW.CRAIGHALLORAN.COM** Sign up for is newsletter and get free books! **Yay!**

Strange Highways

From the denizens of hell to unlikely heroes, from vengeful children to suspiciously humanlike robots, this new collection of tales from a genius of horror and suspense writing provides a hypnotic view of the strange highways of human experience. A masterful achievement–as profound as it is mesmerizing. (Ficiton–Horror)
### From Publishers Weekly
Collection of tales from horror novelist Koontz.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
### From Library Journal
This collection includes a new novel along with previously published novellas and short stories.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Strange Death of Europe

**The *Sunday Times* number one bestseller** *The Strange Death of Europe* is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society. This book is not only an analysis of demographic and political realities, but also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes reporting from across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who appear to welcome them in to the places which cannot accept them. Told from this first-hand perspective, and backed with impressive research and evidence, the book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel’s U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, Lampedusa and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away. In each chapter he also takes a step back to look at the bigger issues which lie behind a continent’s death-wish, answering the question of why anyone, let alone an entire civilisation, would do this to themselves? He ends with two visions of Europe – one hopeful, one pessimistic – which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next.

Storm Front

**In the first novel in the #1 *New York Times* bestselling Dresden Files series, Harry Dresden’s investigation of a grisly double murder pulls him into the darkest depths of magical Chicago…**
As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. And those that do enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Technically, he’s the *only* at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business—to put it mildly—stinks.
So when the Chicago P.D. bring him in to consult on a double homicide committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name…
**“A great series—fast-paced, vividly realized and with a hero/narrator who’s excellent company.”— *Cinescape*
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**Praise for the Dresden Files**
“Think *Buffy the Vampire Slayer* starring Philip Marlowe.”— *Entertainment Weekly
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“Fans of Laurell  K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will love this series.”— *Midwest Book Review*
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“Superlative.”—* Publishers Weekly* (starred review)

“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”— *Cinescape*

“Butcher…spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally-charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry’s wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot.”— *Booklist* (starred review)

“What’s not to like about this series?…It takes the best elements of urban fantasy, mixes it with some good old-fashioned noir mystery, tosses in a dash of romance and a lot of high-octane action, shakes, stirs, and serves.”— *SF Site*

“A tricky plot complete with against-the-clock pacing, firefights, explosions, and plenty of magic. Longtime series fans as well as newcomers drawn by the SciFi Channel’s TV series based on the novels should find this supernatural mystery a real winner.”— *Library Journal*

“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden, wizard, tough guy and star of [the Dresden Files].”— *The Washington Times*
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The first case file from Harry Dresden, a modern-day wizard and P.I.

Stonecast

**NO STONE UNTURNED…**

Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry—even with the help of her dedicated friends—are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis’s fate haunts her—and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn. **
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**Praise for the novels of Anton Strout**

“Following Simon’s adventures is like being the pinball in an especially antic game, but it’s well worth the wear and tear.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 *New York Times* bestselling author

“Make room on the shelf, ‘cause you’re going to want to keep this one!”—Rachel Vincent
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**NO STONE UNTURNED…**

Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry—even with the help of her dedicated friends—are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis’s fate haunts her—and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn.