A young Chinese warrior-monk roams the seas upon a remarkable floating island, his only companion an irritable parrot named Feng.When a storm blows this tiny island into a Japanese harbor, Ennin learns the young man’s extraordinary story…This is the 35th Ennin Mystery.From the bestselling author of BIG SOUND TEMPLEAmazon reviews for ENNIN (various titles)’This Japanese detective is a fine addition to the burgeoning field of Asian historical detectives which began with Judge Dee (China) and runs through I.P. Parker’s Akitada…’ Mcb.’Delightful short story… Enjoy!…’ PeaTee (TOP 500 REVIEWER)'(The) Ennin series is intriguing… Recommend these stories to all…’ Chris’Stevens has created an interesting character and placed him in a colorful place and time in history. Stevens is cranking out stories with a certain rapidity now. That’s great news to those of us who enjoy his stories….’ AN’Atmospheric, intriguing and entertaining… feels as if it is both contemporary and traditional. A rare achievement…’ Kenny51’An excellent Japanese detective series… I enjoy each and every story…’ R. Russell’Stevens keeps on delivering… This is a great series. Anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes will enjoy the similarities in Stevens’ characters and Doyle’s. Fresh plots, exotic locale, who-done-its, and a unique set of protagonists. I’ve read all the Ennin series and look forward to each new adventure. Highly recommended…’ Abby Normal’Entertaining read with Holmesian overtones, but very different setting…’ Gerry H’Once you start this, I’m betting you won’t be able to set it down until you finish it…’ Judy’The author weaves intrigue, subterfuge and cunning into a very enjoyable story…’ J. Cepeda’Historical setting and cultural background are excellently researched…’ D. Werdin’Wonderful… Like a Japanese room arrangement with clean lines keeping clutter to a minimum…’ AcerAcer’Ben Stevens is masterful. I can’t wait to read his next set of stories…’ Kindle Customer’If you like the Akitada books, you will enjoy this….’ Mamakile’Something out of the ordinary… Well worth the read…’ Amazon Customer’The Sensei is a brilliant detective. Ben Stevens, as always rocks. He’s one heck of a storyteller…’ Lisa’I can’t stop reading this series! If you love historical mysteries, you will love the period and cultural detail…’ Pauline’Atmosphere, poetry and menace…’ ThisandThat’A feudal Japanese Sherlock Holmes… This ever-evolving excellent series… Vivid imagery and graphic detail which are a trademark of this writer…’ Deborah Chaytor’Try it… and like it… I don’t look for mysteries from the middle ages, even ones set in Japan, but for some reason I love this series… Well-written…’ Amazon Customer’The story develops wonderfully…’ Dave. N’Loved it!… Simply amazed… I thoroughly enjoyed this read…’ Edwina Callan’Cleverly written and filled with facts regarding old Japan…. Very similar to Holmes and Watson…’ Eileen Sedgwick’Good job. Very enjoyable…’ Sid’Great…’ Doug Grey’If you like the Akitada books, you will enjoy this…’ Mamakile’I loved this…’ MaidenStull’A prime example of deductive reasoning, set within feudal Japan…’ Jennifer’Ennin and his faithful servant are the Holmes and Watson of the East. The mysteries are well plotted. Sesshu is the Moriarty of the piece. If you are a Sherlock fan you should like Ennin…’ Amazon Customer, NJ United States’Five stars… Entertained throughout…’ Austerity’The mysteries are intriguing and unusual… Couldn’t put the stories down… Well worth the price…’ Jay Gold’Mystery from historic Japan… like Holmes and Watson, but in an Asian setting…’ Nysaa’Good book… the story takes you back in time…’ Santex’Very powerful…’ Bill
Mykal’s adventure in Towbar’s world continues with another dangerous and deadly adventure to the other side of Towbar’s world. Mykal is on a mission to rescue the Princess Doninka who had been captured by the forces of Zizmon-Tarl during the battle to take over the land of Labins. Zizmon-Tarl sent his special mix of forces; dragons, Goblins and other creature to assist the Sosos in their long time quest to conquer Towbar’s land. To help Towbar’s people the President of the United States sent Towbar One, a mix of special elite forces from around the world that include US Marines, US Army Green Berets, Army Rangers, US Navy SEALs, United Kingdom Royal Marines, SAS, Korean Special Forces, French Foreign Legion, Canadian Special Service Forces, Australian SAS, Special Units from the Soviet Union and others. The special blend of elite forces make up Towbar One sent on a mission to rescue Towbar’s people; Operation Towbar’s Sword.When Mykal had returned to the real world to acquire more forces; men, weapons, ammunition and supplies, dragons flew into the Pass in search of the Princess Doninka. The goal was to ransom Doninka, to swap her for her father King Loankore III. If successful and King Loankore steps down from the throne his son, the evil Locod would assume the position of King. Locod had been rumored to be in league with the Sosos and Zizmon-Tarl, thus the last of the free world would fall.Mykal needs to rescue the Princess Doninka within 32 days to prevent the swap to occur. All involved believe if the swap occurs the Sosos will take the opportunity to kill both Doninka and her father the King, which would in turn put the kingdom in Locod’s hands for sure. Mykal and Towbar with a force made up of US Marines, US Army Green Berets, Army Rangers and other soldiers along with Elves, Dwarves, a magician and some of the warriors from Towbar’s world. Mykal’s force of 76 will traverse the dangerous lands on the other side of the world for a second time in search of Zizmon-Tarl’s castle in the hopes of finding and rescuing the Princess Doninka before the deadline.Most of the survivors from the original Lost Patrol who had been lost on the other side of that world just a month prior have elected to help. The strange creatures and evil forces they had to encounter the first time prepare them for the possibility of the dangers they could face. While they journey through the strange lands on the other side of the world Mykal realizes he is tormented by the magic ring he found the first time he was on this side of the world. The ring enables him to turn invisible, but his emotions are pulled in many different directions. From super sensitive heart wrenching feelings that he calls his ‘sissy emotions’ to his hostile explosive rage that is capable of unleashing violent fury on any whom cross him that he calls his ‘bully emotions’. He knows he can’t part with the mighty powerful magic weapon due to those would try to kill him back in the real world. The rescue of Doninka is of first importance, ending his mental battles due to the magic he possesses will have to be put on hold until the mission to rescue Doninka is over. That is if his mental state will last that long.Book 4 is not a stand-alone book. Books 2 and 3 should definitely be read before reading Book 4, and to get the full story, the first Book in the Towbar’s World Series should be read first; 37 Days In A Strange World. Like the previous 3 books, Book 4 is filled with lots of action, twists and turns, shocking surprises and Dave Hazel’s unique sense of humor.
“Dragon, we’ve got to think of a description—an amazing description—for The Enchanted Shield’s Amazon page. That’s pretty hard work, if you ask me, but I’m sure we’ll put something together.”“Indeed, writing a description is harder than writing the book itself. Have you thought of anything as yet, lad?”“Well, Dragon, I have, but it still needs more work, and seems rather incomplete to me. Goes like this: The Enchanted Shield is the sequel to The Quest of the Golden Apple, and once again follows the adventure of Geoffrey and the Dragon.”“No, that won’t do at all. Certainly needs more work, but I suppose it’s all right for a start.”“All right for a start? Can you think of a better, Dragon?”“Sure I can. Let me think. On the other hand, we can’t just give away the whole plot: that would spoil the book. I think it’s better if the reader didn’t know all that much about the tale before reading it.”“Could be, Dragon. Could be.”“So let’s ask readers to read our tale, and we hope that it delights them much.”“Very well, Dragon! I’ll write that up! I knew you’d think of something!”
Jenna grew up on fairy tales of the Old Kingdoms and the magical Gentry creatures. The stories have always whispered to her of another life, called her to something that Jenna only thinks she’s prepared for.
When a band of tinkers arrive in town, Jenna comes face to face with Tam, a peevish faun who catches her spying on his people. Suddenly, Jenna’s dreams are full of his golden skin and flashing yellow eyes. Something about the faun triggers her wanderlust, but the more she learns of magic, the more she sees the flaws beneath the fantasy.
Tam might believe she is more than an ordinary girl, but to make her dreams come true, Jenna will have to believe in herself. Otherwise, the chance she’s been waiting for will vanish back into the pockets forever.
A Kingdoms Gone Fairy Tale Fantasy Romance
Enter CG36JYJR for 10% off August 3-7. On an unusual wet, rainy day when the yard is flooded, a girl named Allis looks outside and sees a small figure parachuting from a sweet-gum tree. Curious, she goes outside in the pouring rain and meets an extraordinary talking frog wearing a suit-coat and a tie. At first she doesn’t believe her ears, but then her sister Elsa, joins them. Together, they sit in the rain, on the very wet day with water, water, everywhere, while the witty frog tells stories of his adventures as an extraordinary frog.
Ivy’s journey continues as she struggles with the loss of her beloved friend. Instead of freedom from the conservatory, now all she wants is revenge for his death. Then, on her way back from the island, something horrible happens. An excruciating pain rips through her heart as the serum of the plant invades her system. While it makes her stronger, it is seemingly destroying her at the same time.
As if that wasn’t enough of a burden, just after Ivy arrives at the conservatory, the prince of Leviatha rescues her from the wrath of Headmaster Drake. His mission is to take her to the castle to finally learn about the prophecy, but a secret plan is brewing between him and his father, King Giddon.
In this continued tale of mythical creatures, adventure, and love, Ivy must learn how to overcome her enemies, and more importantly, herself.
A 2015 FINALIST for the JukePop/Black Hills Press Summer Writing Project
Harry Houdini has a talent unlike any other—and it isn’t magic. The world’s most famous illusionist has escaped death countless times because of his supernatural ability to see potential outcomes. But his secret talent is about to be revealed.
When a man on the run seeks out the magician for help from a deadly pursuer, the only outcome Houdini sees is death. Even so, he must perform his most dangerous illusion to lure a supernaturally strong man to Hollywood, where he and a band of other uniquely gifted friends can confront him. It’s a risky move that will force Houdini to decide who can live and who must die.
An origins story of The Sixteen Burdens, this standalone novella takes place fifteen years before Gray Studebaker finds himself in the middle of the hunt for Newton’s Eye. Read Houdini’s Last Trick before The Sixteen Burdens to get the full backstory, or wait to read until after you jump into the full-length novels.