In China they whisper about the Jade Owl and its awful power. This ancient stone, commissioned by the Empress Wu and crafted by a mineral charmer, long haunted the folk of the Middle Kingdom until it vanished into an enigma of legend and lore. Now the Jade Owl is found. It wakes to steal the day from day. Its power to enchant and distort rises again. Its horror is revealed to a band of five, who must return it to the Valley of the Dead before the laws of ch'i are set aside in favor of destruction's dance. Five China Hands, each drawn through time's thin fabric by the bird, discover enchantment on the secret garland. Five China Hands, and one holds the key to the world's fate. Five China Hands. Only one Jade Owl - but it's awake and in China, they whisper again.
Professor Rowden Gray has come to San Francisco following a new opportunity at the East Asian Arts and Culture Museum, only to find that the opportunity has evaporated. Desperate, he means to end his career in a muddle of pity and Scotch, but then things happen. He latches on to a fascinating young man who is pursuing a lost relic that Professor Gray has in fact been seeking. Be careful for what you seek - you may just find it. Thus begins a journey that takes the professor and his companions on a spirited adventure across three-thousand miles of Chinese culture and mystery - a quest to fulfill a warrant long set out to ignite the world in myth and legend. The Jade Owl is the beginning of a series - a legacy that fulfills a terrible truth; and in China, they whisper again.
A Finalist in the 2009 RAINBOW AWARDS
Review from Rainbow Reviews
Sinologist Professor Rowden Gray receives the opportunity of his professional lifetime, a curator position at the fabled San Francisco East Asian Museum of East Asian Arts and Culture, which houses the collection of his late mentor, "Old China Hand" John Battle. Battle's great work had been discredited due to his insistence on the Jade Owl, a mysterious missing ...
While searching for the lost ruins of an ancient temple, the mad goblin scholar, Bugbear, and his gambler cousin, Tudmire, come into possession of a most peculiar scroll. It is through this scroll that the mystical world of Annwfn and the world of 19th Century humanity are suddenly and inadvertently thrust together. Allying themselves with the awkward human stage magician, Martin Manchester, and the fierce warrior woman, Maga, Bugbear and Tudmire must rally the frightened folk of the small town of Willow Prairie against the gathering evil... an evil that has been awakened by the scroll... an evil that hungers for revenge! It is only when Bugbear and Manchester come to realize the wisdom held in an ancient rhyme that they are able to summon the courage to face their hidden foe...
"White, gray, and black stones
Scattered `cross the board
Now you must unite them
To become the Noggle Lord!"
Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts - A magic school like no other!
Nestled amidst the beauty of New York's Hudson Highlands and hidden from the eyes of the Unwary, Roanoke Academy is a place of magic and wonder. It offers everything a young sorceress could desire -- enchantments, flying brooms, and the promise of new friendships.
On her first day of school, Rachel Griffin discovers her perfect memory gives her an unexpected advantage. With it, she can see through the spell sorcerers use to hide their secrets. Very soon, she discovers that there is a far-vaster secret world hiding from the Wise, precisely the same way that the magical folk hide from the mundane folk.
When someone tries to kill a fellow student, she investigates. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel bravely faces wraiths, embarrassing magical pranks, mysterious older boys, a Raven that brings the doom of worlds, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.
Described by fans as: "Lovecraft meets Narnia at Hogwarts", The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a tale of wonder and danger, romance and heartbreak, and, most of all, of magic and of a girl who refuses to be daunted.
Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!
"Lamplighter introduces many imaginative elements in her world that will delight... " VOYA
Recommended for 15+
Spirits, apparitions, and ghosts all play a part of an unexplained realm where paranormal and supernatural phenomenon are concerned, and there is nothing quite like watching a skeptic turn into a believer once they have seen a ghost. Spirits, ghosts, and apparitions come in many different states of existence and their various types are as distinct in nature as each individual person. Stuck in a parallel world, they are forced to exist with the living, surfacing from time to time, searching for their exit portal that eventually leads to a final state of peacefulness and eternal rest.
FBI Agent Diana Sheen is an agent with a secret...
... she carries a badge and a troll, along with a little magic.
But her Most Wanted List is going to take a little extra effort.
She'll have to embrace her powers and up her game to take down new threats,
Not to mention deal with the troll that's adopted her.
All signs point to a serious threat lurking just beyond sight, pulling the strings to put the forces of good in harm's way.
Magic or mundane, you break the law, and Diana's gonna find you, tag you and bring you in. Watch out magical baddies, this agent can level the playing field.
It's all in a day's work for the newest Federal Agent of Magic.
For a thrilling action-adventure with spells, guns, hand to hand combat, and just the right amount of snark, join the team today!
Tara Thompson cannot be injured. Since the night her parents died in a tragic accident, she hasn't felt pain of any kind, not so much as a papercut. And she has no idea why. Though her body healed quickly, her heart and soul took its time. Luckily, a loving foster mom and an unwanted best friend stepped in to speed up the process. Despite Tara's best efforts, her new BFF, Shelly Smith, just wouldn't go away. By their senior year, the girls were thick as thieves and would probably become thieves if Shelly had anything to say about their future.
Thankfully, fate intervenes in the form of a high school recruiter, Elias Creed, who works for a mysterious geological testing company. Cue the dreamy music and soft lighting as he walks in slow motion toward her. Then Elias opens his mouth and Tara laments the fact that the first guy she's ever been seriously attracted to... is a complete and utter butthead. Still, she can't seem to shake him, and she and Shelly are both intrigued by the company he works for. Little do they know it's not a company at all. It's an academy for those gifted with elemental powers and she's already been enrolled.
And Elias isn't Tara's only suitor. The hottest guy in school--Tucker Adams--has been asking Tara out for the past three years and each time she's shot him down. Now, he's finally broken down her walls. But when Elias and Tucker both warn Tara the other is dangerous, she doesn't know who to believe. When the truth is finally revealed, Tara finds out both men know more about her past than she does, including what caused the accident that took her parents' lives.
"Lisa Renée Julien excels in crafting the trappings of a near-future San Francisco Bay Area that feels familiar in landscape but unfamiliar in its social and cultural identity. The young characters who reside in New California are both at home in this alien environment and chafe at the restrictions of their lives and directions, and the boundaries of their relationships with one another." (D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review)
"The characters are powerful women whose lives, assumptions, experiences, and connections to California and beyond are realistically portrayed, but with a futuristic edge that keeps readers on their toes." (D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review)
"Fans of alternate history and LGBT romances will find Midnight in New California fosters an eerie sense of familiarity and strange new worlds that keep it thoroughly engrossing and hard to put down." (D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review)
Midnight in New California combines relatable larger than life characters, a dreamy atmospheric setting, and a unique, insightful voice into an approachably intellectual page-turner.
Cora Broussard finds herself restless in utopian 2030's New California until a seemingly chance meeting with Ashley Doral, a sultry free spirit from the Jobber underclass.
Ashley has what Cora wants: fire, agency, and the ability to express unfettered desire. Despite the dizzying bliss of a new romance with Ashley, Cora can't shake the feeling that she is being watched by New California's tranquilizer gun-armed Government Protection Officers.
Lured by a strange phone call, Cora embarks on an ominous journey back to the country of her birth. Will her desire for power be stronger than her contentment in the life she created for herself?
Midnight in New California addresses the deep-seated anxiety and thrilling hope of the future, wrapped around toxic romance and cultural identity. Fans of classic sci-fi crossovers like Brave New World and ...
The Cult of Dzur i'Oth wants its magical tome back. They can't rule the world without it.
The only person who knows how to destroy the twisted tome is Meena, a testy heroine who accidentally inherited immortality from the tome's pages centuries ago. Long turned to cynicism by the petty whims of mortals, she's secretive and brusque, dragging her young companions into mortal danger without a second thought.
Yet the magical reach of the cult leader, the Hand of Power, is long. Even from the far side of the world, he causes chaos and death in order to retrieve the key to the tome's magical prison.
A glorified librarian, a substitute prince and a secret-wielding swordsman must resolve their interpersonal conflicts in order to aid Meena in her quest. But when the Shanallar makes an unexpected sacrifice halfway to their goal, can they carry on without her? Or is the world doomed to enslavement at the hands of a magic-wielding madman?
All the martial artists wanted was to earn a spot in history.
Some blended in the crowd, and some didn't. Some worked their way to the top and some became nothing but heaps of dust on the ground. Some were born into riches and jewels, and some were born with nothing but a strong mind and a great talent, like Zen Luo.
However, when he saw just how unfair the world was, he couldn't stay put and set out on a journey towards greatness, with only two goals in mind: To witness the world from the very peak of martial arts and to provide a safe and happy future to the people he cared about.
Falling from nobility, Zen Luo became a humble slave and served as a human punchbag for his former cousins. Inadvertently, he found a way to refine himself into a weapon and a legend started because of that.
With a strong belief in never surrender, he strove for revenges and pursued big dreams. Warriors from various clans contended for hegemony and the world was stirred.
Relying on the body that was comparable to a powerful weapon, Zen beat his numerous enemies on his way to the immortality. Would he succeed eventually?
There's a story you might have heard about an outlaw named Hood. Well, that story was wrong. Very wrong. Hood was a man to be remembered alright, but not for the reasons you're thinking of. After all, an outlaw's an outlaw for a good reason.
This dark and twisted tale leaves no death out, no gut-churning detail is eluded. For this bandit's ambition rose higher than the tallest castle in England and his arrows tore through more flesh than a butcher. The thought of being forgotten galled the bowman, worse, it became an obsession. Which man, after all, does not want their name sculpted into history and their lives fashioned into words on a page?
Hood wanted this and more. His fingers grasped at the strings of life, pulling all he could and searching for a kind of immortality. This, however, comes at a cost. A cost that's measured in buckets of blood and shrouded in death.
A magical boarding school. Budget cuts. Missing teaches. A not-so-cozy mystery.
You think you know the world of magical boarding schools? Not from a teacher's perspective at a school for at risk youth.
A mysterious force is keeping Prince Elric and Felix Thatch weak and drained. Clarissa must discover the cause of both men's magical malady's -- and her own -- before the Raven Queen strikes when they are all at their weakest.
The Joy of Hex
Despite her lack of magic, Clarissa is determined to get those she loves back, even if it means joining the dark side. In order to bring justice to the land, she will have to fulfill her contract with a Fae, seek answers from Alouette Loraline's diary of experiments, steal the Ruby of Divine Wisdom, and accept assistance from the wickedest witch in all the land -- even if it kills her and everyone around her.
Hedge Witchin' in the Kitchen
Clarissa Lawrence knows little of her fairy godmother's past. When she discovers an unopened wedding present in the form of a recipe book from her adoptive mother, she also finds a letter that explains Abigail Lawrence's mysterious past.
What's a villainous vampire to do when he is thwarted from drinking blood by all the sexy vampires?
Greener on the Other Side
Prince Charming knows he is meant to be a human prince, not a frog. Only if he can outsmart a vicious cat and get help from a flighty princess and those pesky children who would rather eat the witch's gingerbread house rather than help him, will be able to use the witch's spell book to turn himself into the hero he knows he is meant to me.
This book bundle includes:
The Joy of Hex
Hedgewitchin' in the Kitchen
and BONUS MATERIAL:
Greener on the Other Side
are also included in this bundle.
WARNING: These books contain hex-rated mysteries.
Traversing back to the ancient Prime Martial World from modern age, Austin finds himself in a younger body as he wakes up.
Yet, the young man he possesses was a miserable dimwit, what a bummer!
But it doesn't matter as his mind is sound and clear. Possessing this younger and stronger body, he will fight his way to become the God of martial arts, and rule the whole Martial World!