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March 28, 2014







Title: Milk Fever
Author Name: Lissa M. Cowan




Lissa M. Cowan is the author of Milk Fever and founder of Writing the Body. She speaks and writes about storytelling, creativity, work-life balance and creative spirituality. She is a Huffington Post blogger and writes regularly for Canadian and U.S. magazines and newspapers.
She is co-translator of Words that Walk in the Night by Pierre Morency, one of Québec’s most honoured poets. She has been writing and telling stories in one form or another since she was six years old and has received awards for her writing from the University of Victoria’s Writing Department and from The Banff Centre. She is an alumna of The Banff Centre and The Victoria School of Writing. She has had some wonderfully talented teachers along the way such as Nino Ricci, Jane Rule and Daphne Marlatt who have helped her hone her writing craft.
Lissa believes that inspiration for writing can come from anywhere and that lifelong creativity begins by cultivating a deep awareness of ourselves, and the world around us. She coaches her students to develop the skills to tune in—rather than wait for the muse—and to trust their intuition. She believes that true creative work begins with a loving relationship to self and spreads outwards to encompass all living beings.
When she’s not writing or teaching, you can most likely find her in a cafe working on one of her stories or book ideas. She just started work on a creative non-fiction book, though it’s too early right now to spill the beans on that one!
She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from l’Université de Montréal and lives in Toronto, Canada.


Author Links - 

Website: lissacowan.com 

Blog: lissacowan.com/blog 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gosmall 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lissamcowan 

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/lissamcowan 

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lissamcowan 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Lissamcowan 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lissa-M.-Cowan/e/B00G48XN3S



















Book Genre: Historical fiction, literary suspense


Publisher: Demeter Press


Release Date: October 18, 2013


Buy Link(s): http://www.amazon.com/Lissa-M.-Cowan/e/B00G48XN3S






http://www.amazon.ca/Milk-Fever-Lissa-M-Cowan/dp/1927335205






www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/milk-fever/9781927335208




Book Description:

What if the only person you ever loved suddenly disappeared without a trace?

In 1789, Armande, a wet nurse who is known for the mystical qualities of her breast milk, goes missing from her mountain village.


Céleste, a cunning servant girl who Armande once saved from shame and starvation, sets out to find her. A snuffbox found in the snow, the unexpected arrival of a gentleman and the discovery of the wet nurse’s diary, deepen the mystery. Using Armande’s diary as a map to her secret past, Céleste fights to save her from those plotting to steal the wisdom of her milk.


Milk Fever is a rich and inspired tale set on the eve of the French Revolution–a delicious peek into this age’s history. The story explores the fight for women’s rights and the rise in clandestine literature laying bare sexuality, the nature of love and the magic of books to transform lives.

Excerpt:


My fever worsened. I don’t recall all who came to assist me on my
sickbed during those few days of torment, but I know the village
doctor was there for a time, along with a travelling barber-surgeon,
an apothecary and a healer of the stone evil. One advised bleeding
and another clysters. Still another insisted on purgatives in the way
of small spoonfuls of cinnamon water. Margot applied compresses
and told me to continue suckling even though the doctors warned
against it.


“Eventually your body will rid itself of milk fever,” she said.
Heat consumed every part of me, setting my skin on fire. One
night I didn’t sleep and hallucinated instead. In my half-mad vision,
all the saints were there before me—Augustine, Teresa, Sebastian,
Thomas, Francis, Cecilia—and many mortal beings who were now
absent to me. Although I lay in bed amidst damp sheets, I saw my
dear mother who died bringing me into the world, childhood playmates
of mine who fell during the scourge and were buried together
in one solitary grave. A neighbour who didn’t survive the birth of
her second child, and yet another woman crying out as her son lay
on his deathbed—all of them scaling the exterior walls of my house
like red-eyed lepers seeking a crypt to hide their half-deadness. At
first, I didn’t want to let these lost souls into my life. They were, after
all, echoes of the past, wreckage from a sea-bound ship that never
made it home. Although I am afraid of what they showed me, I was
compelled to let them in.


I awakened in a pool of water, nightshirt clinging to my hot, wet
body. My child was no longer beside me. Did the lost souls take her,
I wondered. Perhaps the flames licked her all away. Just when I had
given up hope of ever seeing my darling baby again, Margot walked
into the room. She passed a cool cloth over my forehead and cheeks.
Its freshness soothed me.


“Where is Rose-Marie? What happened to her?” I asked deliriously.
“She is asleep in a basket by your bed. There, you see?”


I raised my head and glimpsed her round face peeking out from the
covers. She batted the air with her fists, emitting rapid cries. Margot
sat on the bed and looked upon me as a mother does a daughter.


“You were burning up.”


“Yes. I have spent the night watching saints and others battle the
fires of Hades.”


“Take the child. She needs your milk.” Margot handed her to me
and I brought her to the spot of all my woes.


Amazed to find that feeding her soothed the pain in my bosom, I
felt my fever much less than before. A sensation that I cannot put
my finger on took hold of me when my milk fever subsided and I
became bright-eyed and shiny as a new coin.


I am no more able to understand my transformation than I am
able to blame Rose-Marie for taking me from intellectual pursuits.
My melancholia vanished with the morning mist.


My baby’s little mouth curled and eyelids like pea pods opened
and closed. When she looked up at me with knowing eyes, I couldn’t
help but think it was my milk that produced such a state. My heart
was suddenly joyful and I reasoned that there was no better place to
be. Her gurgles and chirps told me she was happy in my arms and I
now sensed the same emotion holding her. Ten little fingers and ten
little toes, she was built of the stuff that made a body unstoppable.
I held her always, all day, bestowing kisses upon her downy head. I
couldn’t believe that this little nut, this sleeping angel, was mine. I
cried and laughed as I rocked her. My words were caresses for her,
flowing and erupting. She drank in my sweet hums and coos, her
mouth lingering at my every syllable.


After feeding, I wrapped Rose-Marie and myself in a blanket and
madly raced down the stairs toward the door. As I combed the garden
for a bit of wind to quell what was left of my fever, I sensed my present
life slipping away. My head and heart informed me that mothering
wasn’t contrary to learning, yet instead part of it. I can write and reflect
and talk philosophy just as I can suckle a child. No one can tell me—not
even my own father—that it is not a woman’s privilege to do both.







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March 27, 2014


Dumah's Demons is on tour with Bewitching Book Tours by Roxanne Rhoads. Please join me and let me know what you think of the book.


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Published on March 27, 2014 01:14 • 24 views

March 3, 2014

February 17, 2014

I've been here and there for two years -working feverishly on my film THE SHIFTERS and on my Montessori degree. Well, the film hard part is done and we will be going into animation shortly, and I finished my Montessori degree.

So, I hope to be giving my readers more books to come! FALLING ANGELS will be out April 2014!


Get book one now!


    "I tried not to sound hysterical, but it’s not every day you find out the paranormal is hunting you."

                    What if everything you believed was a lie?

              A Suicide
Seventeen year old Allison Maney attends Millennium High School in Manhattan. Nothing out of the ordinary, unless you consider the occasional suicides at the school. At least that is what everyone is told, what everyone believes. But Tommy Bachelor was a popular football player; why would he jump off the roof of the school?

          Dangerous Liaisons
When Dameon pays attention to Ali, she couldn't be more excited, because for the past three months he was all she could think about. But now that Dameon is finally pining for her affections, she is becoming more and more wrapped up in a clique of three who, as new transfers to the school, are proving to be trouble. But at least Dameon loves her, doesn't he?     

    A Soul Purpose
The underworld of angels and demons have one thing on their mind: Earth. Demons want to do what they want. Angels want to protect humans from these rogue angels, AKA: Demons  

        A Suspenseful Romance 
Caught between Dameon and Kian, the suicide and the clique of three, Ali doesn’t know who to trust…or who to love, because for Allison Maney, everything is not exactly what it seems. 





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February 13, 2014

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New York, in the not so distant future…
As quickly as they started, the tremors rocking Gloria’s body stopped and she pushed herself to her knees; her arms shaking in front of her.  Her fingers tingled and her normally smooth skin started flaking. Green mold traced her veins covering her body. Her mouth gaped in disbelief, her green eyes staring down at her arms. Something inside of her felt different, too.  She heard screeching beside her and realized it was coming from her friend Tammy, who they all called Tam Tam. Gloria covered her mouth and took a long, shaky breath. Her stomach rumbled and she heaved a few more times. With a start, she realized that the screaming had stopped and her friend yelled a question.  “What the hell happened to you?” Tam Tam dropped to her knees with a sway in her hands, she seemed torn between wanting to lift her friend up and fear of contagion. 

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January 14, 2014



 Title: The Charlatan’s Crown
Series: Tallent & Lowery
Author: Amy Lignor
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
Formats Available In: Digital and Print
Publication Date: MARCH 2014
Blurb: Fans across the globe jumped on board when the ‘best action/adventure tale since Indiana Jones’ arrived. In 13, the puzzle that no one could solve was revealed, and led everyone to race to their computers in order to discover how on earth this incredible author figured it all out…
In The Sapphire Storm, Leah Tallent & Gareth Lowery took on a new case – a spider web of evil and deceit that would have them piecing together a mystery that began in an old London college; an institution that harbored secrets of a fraudulent author the world still celebrates today, and connected that man to a strange shop in Cairo…exposing the real story of a legend that all knew but no one could ever solve…
In The Hero’s Companion, Tallent & Lowery were given seven days to figure out a puzzle of mammoth proportions in order to save the father Leah dearly loved. But as the web unfolded from Athens to Cleopatra’s Mines, more secrets erupted of a personal life Leah knew nothing about, and unveiled an evil man who wants nothing more than to destroy the Tallent & Lowery team in order to bring back an army that was the worst the world ever saw…
NOW, Tallent & Lowery are headed into a castle that serves tourists every day in order to make their way through a maze to find the parent Leah never even knew existed. She and Gareth will reveal secrets that were embedded in the Third Reich’s reign – secrets that date back to a time far before the evil Hitler had attempted to reign. 
Reviews:
Reviewers and Fans Agree: Tallent & Lowery is Action/Adventure/Romance/Suspense – GOLD!
“Snappy dialogue, fast pacing and attention to detail complete the formula for this successful novel!!” 4 ½ Stars (RT Rating)Romantic Times _____
“Amy Lignor is a truly amazing and gifted author. Tallent & Lowery "13" immediately grabs the attention of the reader. Infused with emotion and "edge of your seat" adventures, the spider web of this plot is entirely believable!”Mad Hatter Reads_____
Fact: Amy Lignor ROCKS! I absolutely adored 13! I loved the smart plot and how cleverly it unfolds. The originality of it all is breathtaking – I could NOT stop reading!Literary Circle_____
"Indiana Jones meets DaVinci Code!!! Amy produces a book with locations, plots, webs of deceit interwoven perfectly! Escape the drab, dull books with THIS series!!! Massive THUMBS UP.  — ROMCOM _____
“Get ready for a thrill ride with Amy Lignor’s “13” – the Tallent & Lowery adventure series! Sharp writing, witty dialogue, and a quest that rivals everything you have EVER read!”Susan Fleet, author of “Natalie’s Revenge” _____
“Amy Lignor’s storylines are AMAZING!”Tiffany’s Bookshelf_____
“A flat-out, slam-dunk, no-questions-asked-terrific-adventure. Try not to turn the pages too fast because the wonderfully complex characters deserve your time! This is truly a magical story that had me in its thrall from the very first page. It’s so exciting to discover a new talent like Lignor and have more books to look forward to.”International Bestseller, M.J. Rose _____
“Full of mystery, wrapped up in just enough historical fact to make it all seem so real, and with plenty of sizzle between the two main characters, “The Sapphire Storm” is a definite winner!”Ellen Feld, The Feathered Quill _____
“This masterfully told page turner is fresh, innovative, descriptive, and intense but I must warn you, prepare to stay up late because it’s not a story you can easily put down. I was blown away by Ms. Lignor’s knowledge and imagination and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I want more!!!!”Cat Kalen, author of the RT’s ‘Top Pick’ Pride Series _____
“After the brilliance of “13,” book one in the series, it would take a jewel to outshine it. Amy Lignor finds that jewel with “The Sapphire Storm.” It is a storm of brilliant writing and amazing characters. I cannot wait for the next installment of the Tallent & Lowery series. Encore!”J.M. LeDuc, author of “Cursed Days”  _____
The Big Thrill Magazine Feature (November Issue)
 About Amy Lignor:
The daughter of a career librarian, Amy Lignor’s first love has always been books. She began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing. Working in the industry for twenty years, she is now the Owner/Operator of ‘The Write Companion’, an editorial house offering authors a range of services.
Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of a brand new traditional publisher–Hallowed Ink Press–Amy somehow finds the time to do it all while still putting out the most amazing series that has received every ‘Top Pick’ readers can think of!
Her popular YA Series: The Angel Chronicles (Until Next Time, Gilded Wings & A Privilege), introduced her to fans who now wait with bated breath for the next ‘Tallent & Lowery’ suspense/thriller to arrive. 
Inducted into the International Thriller Writers Organization, Amy is also a writer/contributor for various magazines, companies, and review organizations; Authorlink, The Feathered Quill, Suspense Magazine and more.
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- When did u start writing? 
I actually started writing when I was very young. I began writing in journals when I was around eight. I loved observing people and locations and life going on around me, and I would make up stories in my head using what I saw. I got a taste for humour when I was around 12 or 13, when my family went away for a vacation that literally was the worst imaginable. On that trip I wrote: My Life: A Comedy & A Tragedy, and it was my very first book. (LOL)
- Major influences? 
My mother was the most influential when it came to writing. She is a career librarian, and surrounded me and my sister with books. No cell phones (of course, they were just arriving on the scene); but books were the end-all and be-all of life. I remember going to that library almost every day and researching everything I could. I love the past and stories about other worlds that actually existed, and I spent a great deal of my time just soaking up my surroundings. I am very much like a hockey player who loves the smell of the ice; although, with me, I love the smell of the books. Everything from the old leather spines to the well-read paper... I get a true thrill when I walk into a library.
-How are you're stories different?
I always want to go outside the box. I don’t have a calling for fiction that is ‘set and planned out.’ With the Tallent & Lowery series I’ve been able to create a hero and heroine that are able to banter and come closer as the stories progress. Their admiration and respect is evident, and the loyalty they show to readers, I believe, is one of the key reasons why they’ve been so successful. 
The puzzles they have to solve are not like anything else. I work very hard to find locations, historical data and figures, etc., that I can somehow link together. And these places and people need to be as different and ‘unlinkable’ as humanly possible. Such as in the first book, 13, the puzzle includes a link between the New York Public Library, the haunted Winchester House in California, Jack the Ripper, Loch Ness, and Glastonbury. These ‘places and historical moments’ are so different, that I truly love being able to weave a tale that makes readers run to Google to check them out and see what’s truth and what’s fiction.
-Favorite genre to read and write?
I love writing anything that has to do with history. Action/adventure – those ultimate thrill rides – are extremely exciting for me. And I also get to delve into my characters’ backgrounds and lives in order to create that spark of humour, romance, etcetera. That way, I get to touch upon all genres at the same time.
Reading is much the same. I love the family saga and fast-paced adventures, and I’m also partial to the horror of Koontz and King. Erotica is not for me, but I love a true romance along the lines of Austen. (Chivalry and elegance is a must)
-Time of day you favor writing? 
Actually, I write mostly in the evening hours. During the day the real-world takes a great deal of time (LOL), so I seem to connect with my characters at night, when the house is quiet and I have an open number of hours to just go on their adventures with them. However, I have been known (and don’t tell the people I work for), to step away from real-life during the day when I get a true craving to get back with Tallent & Lowery and see what their next step will be.

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Published on January 14, 2014 11:15 • 48 views

December 22, 2013



I have chosen this particular excerpt from The Hero’s Companion in order to show all the genre boundaries that ‘Tallent & Lowery’, as a team, cross over. From the romantic aspect, how they feel about each other which has been building since Book 1; to the emotional suspense, giving the reader just a glimpse of what they’re now taking on; to the adventure, which is hinted at in this excerpt as to the enormity of what lies ahead—the novel is a true puzzle. 
I believe that’s been the power of Tallent & Lowery with fans. This duo combines the action, suspense, banter, wit, and intelligence people latch on to; and they rely so heavily on each other that the reader is drawn to the characters. Since 13, the beginning of the series, Leah and Gareth have both evolved so much that what began as an adventurous puzzle has now turned into an exciting, yet complicated life. And, in the end, the puzzle is a whole lot of fun to solve while standing by their side. Enjoy! _____
All Leah could remember was the harsh voice coming through the telephone erasing her serenity, informing her that her father had been taken. All she could hear playing over and over again in her head was, Merry Christmas, Princess. You’d better come home soon or the only thing you’ll find at the bottom of the sea is your father’s dead body. Leah dropped her head in her hands as tears of frustration and fear ran down her cold cheeks. She had no idea what she and Gareth would be walking into when they pulled up in front of her childhood home. Her father was everything to her, and Leah could not even fathom what happened to him. He was so kind and had so many friends—who on Earth would possibly want to hurt a man like that?She tried to calm her ragged breathing and turned to stare at the love of her life. Except for a jaw that was clamped tight, Gareth’s face was expressionless. Leah knew he was feeling the pain and agony that was washing through her soul. After all, they were a part of each other. They’d stood before both Heaven and Hell together and then, Leah laughed to herself; the relationship had really gotten interesting. She felt the smile creep across her face when she focused on his handsome profile. She thanked Jesus for everything that Gareth Lowery was; the soft, blond hair; the brilliant green eyes that seemed to stare into her soul knowing what she needed before she could put her wishes into words; the strong hands that held her in his grip, no matter what monster may be running directly at him to claim his soul; his charm, humor—there was just so much to love that Leah had a hard time cataloging all the qualities that Gareth possessed. As if he could feel her intense study, Gareth turned his face and smiled at her. Leaning over, he kissed Leah on the lips; his cold hand squeezed her own trying his best to warm her with his love. “Everything’s going to be okay, you know.”“Always the optimist,” she said with a smile. “I’m sorry . . . I’m sorry you got into this.”Sitting back against the seat, Gareth’s eyes filled with confusion. “There is no place I’d rather be. Besides, if you remember correctly, you saved my sister. You saved her . . . friend.” Stuttering over the final word, he stared out the window.Leah snorted, “They’re married now, Gareth. I think you finally have to accept the fact that Emmanuel is your sister’s husband.”When the large, ‘manly-man’ winced at the dreaded ‘H’ word, Leah almost burst into laughter. He shook his head, erasing the idea that his baby sister, who would always be a preteen at the most in her big brother’s eyes, was actually a woman now. “What I was I saying?” Closing his eyes, he muttered, “Oh, yeah . . . you also saved me, Leah Tallent . . . years ago. And, together, we will most certainly figure all of this out and save your father.”Leah threw her head back against the seat and let loose a frustrated sigh, “But, save him from what? I don’t get any of this, Gareth. My father is just a boring businessman.”He shrugged. “To be successful in business you usually make enemies over time.”Leah shook her head at the idea. “At the worst, he’s just a hard boss. But he’s always been fair. Everyone loves the guy. I swear to you. Every person who I’ve ever met since childhood praises him up and down. This just doesn’t make any sense!”Gareth remained silent.“I’m sorry,” she said, reaching out for him.“Don’t ever be sorry,” Gareth replied, taking her into his arms. “We’ll figure all this out when we get to your parent’s house, I promise you. I’m sure this is nothing more than a case of . . . mistaken identity, or something just as silly.”“Exactly,” Leah said. “That’s what it is. Someone’s just got the wrong guy.”Gareth leaned forward and tapped the window between him and the driver. “Can you go any faster?”Leah barely registered the almost imperceptible nod, but the large car immediately accelerating down the two-lane blacktop was definitely a sign that she was speeding toward the answers she desperately needed. It was so dark in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. There were no stars, no moon—only the all-consuming blackness met her gaze. Leah took a deep breath, fighting the fear that was raging inside her soul. “It’ll be just fine. We’ll figure everything out once we get there,” she whispered to any entity that was listening and then allowed her normal calm, controlled persona to take over. The Head Librarian of Research at the New York Public Library took her rightful place, basically shoving the scared little girl out of the way. The card catalogue in Leah’s brain sprang to life, as she searched for any information buried in there that could help her understand.Frustration weighed like an anvil on her chest when she came up with nothing. There were no images from the past that would lead her to believe someone she’d once met was now holding the power to end her father’s life. As her brain continued to swirl like a tornado causing havoc, all Leah could hear was that perky stewardess back on the plane announcing the fact that Tallent and Lowery were, indeed, beginning their descent.Although what they were descending into was anyone’s guess._____
Purchase Links for the print & digital versions of Tallent & Lowery:Amazon: www.amazon.com/13-Tallent-Lowery-Book-One/dp/1481136070/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385748415&sr=1-2&keywords=Tallent+%26+Lowery
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Storm-Tallent-Lowery-Book/dp/1482671921/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385748415&sr=1-3&keywords=Tallent+%26+Loweryhttp://www.amazon.com/Heros-Companion-Tallent-Lowery/dp/0615907164/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385748415&sr=1-1&keywords=Tallent+%26+LoweryBarnes & Noble:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/amy-lignorSmashwords:https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/4177Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5222068.Amy_LignorAuthor Links:https://www.facebook.com/alignorhttp://tallentandlowery.blogspot.com/http://the-angel-chronicles.blogspot.com/Twitter: @HelloWritersAmywww.TheWriteCompanion.comhttp://www.pinterest.com/amylignor/

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Published on December 22, 2013 15:43 • 59 views

December 21, 2013




Series: Tallent & Lowery
Author: Amy Lignor
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
Formats Available In: Digital and Print
Release Date: March 5, 2013



Blurb: After going up against a man who believed he was the Devil, himself, the beloved characters from 13 - Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery - are beyond exhausted. Now they are about to embark on the most terrifying journey imaginable…a trip to meet Leah’s parents.

When Leah arrives where the ‘home fires burn,’ her sarcasm burns even brighter, while Gareth Lowery - the handsome adventurer - uses his charm to sway the ‘odd’ Tallent clan. But when a frightening call from Gareth’s sister arrives telling him that her love has disappeared, the daring duo is soon running away from one horrific situation directly into another. A new puzzle from the past has come to life. Following clues left behind, the courageous couple becomes embedded in a world filled with liars, killers and greed.

And when the riddle of a famous ‘Bard’ is solved, a strange woman appears who has far more in common with Leah than she can possibly imagine! The heart-stopping suspense of this new quest takes them from Coptic Cairo to the magical world of Petra, in search of a cave deep underground that once housed a true ‘Illuminator.’

Yet again, they must find the answers and stay one step ahead of true villains who are determined to make sure that – this time – Tallent & Lowery do not survive. 
Excerpt:
Nothing mattered now except getting to the end of his journey…
A thunderous crash from up above sent Emmanuel’s heart into overdrive. The harsh winds had apparently slammed shut the door of rock that’d been built to protect the Treasury.
As he reached through the barrier of sapphire light to grab the object in front of him, Emmanuel screamed in pain as his flesh began to sizzle. Immediately, he ripped his hand from the ball of pulsating light and watched the steam rise off his now blackened fingers. A pair of cold blue eyes appeared and sent an evil hiss into the room. 
Emmanuel found himself in a state of shock as the illusion simply disappeared. Holding his breath as pinpricks of yellow light appeared through the sapphire glow, he was mesmerized; they looked like tiny suns trapped in an intense blue sky. The excruciating pain of his burned flesh was forgotten when words appeared before his eyes. On and off like a light switch, the golden names materialized and danced along the shaft of the ancient weapon. 
“I need Gareth Lowery,” Emmanuel whispered; his voice sounded foreign to him in the suddenly terrifying room. 
Harsh winds raced down the staircase and pelted Emmanuel with shards of ice. He covered his face, trying to stop the sleet from blinding him, as the large weapon suddenly sliced through the air and knocked Emmanuel to his knees. 
The golden names flashed brighter and brighter—faster and faster—familiar names from an ancient world. A shrill bell pealed through the room and Emmanuel covered his ears, as the chamber began to shake and mounds of snow cascaded down the narrow staircase like a white waterfall; an avalanche that successfully cut off any chance he had of escape . . . or rescue.
The rod hit the ceiling of the chamber and then plummeted to the floor. Emmanuel winced, praying it wouldn’t snap in two as it crashed to the ground. But the object simply stopped its descent, taking its original place between the two famous men. The sapphire light immediately dimmed and Emmanuel raised his gaze to stare through the now soft, blue beam, recognizing the one and only name that was now etched in golden script at the top of the shaft.
Emmanuel gasped. “It’s her?”
Crawling over to the staircase that was now buried by snow, he peered into the small pipe that stuck out from the wall. Emmanuel felt the pulse of the sapphire light coming from the center of the room; it felt as if the object was breathing. And once again he stared at her name, woven like a golden signature into the sapphire rod.
Closing his eyes, Emmanuel shoved his burned, raw hand into the snow bank that now barred his way to freedom. As his fingers went numb, he thought about the woman with eyes the exact same color of the magical artifact, and hope beat inside Emmanuel’s chest. She was brilliant. After all, she was the one who found Gareth the missing pieces of the puzzle that’d led him straight to the gate. It had been her strength, courage and wisdom that’d carried them through the darkness of a maniac’s mind in order to survive the first time . . . Her!
As a picture of the lovely lady appeared in his mind, Emmanuel smiled. She’d figure it out. After all, there was no better choice than a brilliant librarian who never took the facts at face value to follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare. 
Emmanuel put his mouth against the pipe and screamed, “Leah!” 
The shout echoed through the ancient pipes, and Emmanuel closed his eyes. His insides grew numb as the air inside the chamber began to freeze his soul.
“Leah,” his voice cracked. “Please help me.”
As the snowflakes around him turned blue, the chamber one again turned peaceful . . . reverent . . . quiet—what it must feel like right before someone dies. And as sleep overtook him, Emmanuel begged any and all ‘powers that be’ to help lead Leah Tallent safely through the sapphire storm.
Reviews:
Ms. Lignor penned another great novel that grabs you immediately and takes you on the ride of your life. In this sequel to the novel, 13, we find Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery heading to Leah’s parents’ house in Connecticut for the Christmas holiday. This is the last place that Leah really wants to be right now, but Gareth is trying to convince her that it’ll only be for a few days. While kicking off the festivities, Gareth receives an unexpected call from his sister, Kathryn, and finds her hysterical on the other end of the phone. She says that her fiancé, Emmanuel, has gone off on some exhibition and he hasn’t called to check in with her. She feels that something is seriously wrong and fears that he could even be dead. Gareth explains his situation to the Tallent family and tells them that it’s a matter of life or death and unfortunately, he must leave. It’s at this moment Tallent & Lowery’s adventure truly begins. I loved this second story in the series and I’m eagerly looking forward to the next adventure. Ms. Lignor has a way of interweaving historical facts with legends and she adds just enough magic to make you devour the pages in record time. This sequel is a fantastic addition to this amazing series. I highly recommend it! Night Owl Reviews “TOP PICK”_____
“A flat-out, slam-dunk, no-questions-asked-terrific-adventure. Try not to turn the pages too fast because the wonderfully complex characters deserve your time! This is truly a magical story that had me in its thrall from the very first page. It’s so exciting to discover a new talent like Lignor and have more books to look forward to.”
International Bestseller, M.J. Rose _____
 “Full of mystery, wrapped up in just enough historical fact to make it all seem so real, and with plenty of sizzle between the two main characters, “The Sapphire Storm” is a definite winner!”Ellen Feld, The Feathered Quill _____
 “This masterfully told page turner is fresh, innovative, descriptive, and intense but I must warn you, prepare to stay up late because it’s not a story you can easily put down. I was blown away by Ms. Lignor’s knowledge and imagination and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I want more!!!!”Cat Kalen, author of the RT’s ‘Top Pick’ Pride Series _____
 “After the brilliance of “13,” book one in the series, it would take a jewel to outshine it. Amy Lignor finds that jewel with “The Sapphire Storm.” It is a storm of brilliant writing and amazing characters. I cannot wait for the next installment of the Tallent & Lowery series. Encore!”J.M. LeDuc, author of “Cursed Days” _____





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 About Amy Lignor:
The daughter of a career librarian, Amy Lignor’s first love has always been books. She began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing. Working in the industry for twenty years, she is now the Owner/Operator of ‘The Write Companion’, an editorial house offering authors a range of services.
Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of a brand new traditional publisher–Hallowed Ink Press–Amy somehow finds the time to do it all while still putting out the most amazing series that has received every ‘Top Pick’ readers can think of!
Her popular YA Series: The Angel Chronicles (Until Next Time, Gilded Wings & A Privilege), introduced her to fans who now wait with bated breath for the next ‘Tallent & Lowery’ suspense/thriller to arrive. 
Inducted into the International Thriller Writers Organization, Amy is also a writer/contributor for various magazines, companies, and review organizations; Authorlink, The Feathered Quill, Suspense Magazine and more.
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Mers, a YA Mermaid Dystopia (Mer Chronicles Book #1)Ami Blackwelderisbn:language: Englishformat: paperbackcategories: Action & AdventureDRM free for reader convenience. Convert your .mobi into an .epub or other ereader format as needed. “Ami Blackwelder is a Romantic Suspense author with a Unique Social Voice and Unpredictable Plots.” Book 1 in the Mer Chronicles:1-THE MERS2-ETHAN'S EMPIRE3-MIRA RISING75,000 words. If you enjoyed this book, try The Gate of Lake Forest also by Ami BlackwelderSummary: The Mers: What lies beneath the surface? One hundred years from now the world has changed and brought with it new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira? “I am not a Mer,” A simple but profound statement that changes Mira’s life forever. She always knew she was different. She never quite fit in with the Mers. However, when her quest to understand her past leads her across the border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thinks the journey to find out who she really is will be an easy one. But, in Jersey she finds more questions than answers. The “Garden State” has become a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them, finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her traveling companion is a Mer willing to fight to the death. READER REVIEWS: "The Mers is not quite the type of novel I usually read. I'm not a big fan of the fantasy genre but I DO love a good dystopian story! And Mers delivered on that! This novel does Dystopian lit well. It's also a coming of age novel with some romance. It's one of the most unique YA novels I have ever read. I look forward to reading the sequels." -Tzipora @Goodreads"Oh my...this was truly an interesting read for me. It's my first mermaid dystopian and I really enjoyed every single page of this book." -Ananda @Goodreads"The Mers was a very interesting and exciting novel! It combines two of my very favorite genres and blends them into an enchanting story. Ami Blackwelder writes a mermaid dystopian that is a combination of action and romance that is extremely fast-paced from the very first page and never stops until the end." -Destiny @Goodreads"Gripping and Brilliant!…I honestly liked it. It was different!" -Diary of a Cambridge Student"I finished "The Mers", and I loved it….The characters are complex …I want to know more!  LOVE IT! LOVE IT!" -Charla VandeBerg (Raymond B. Stewart Middle)Other Books by Ami Blackwelder:The MersShe Speaks to AngelsThe Day the Flowers DiedThe Invasion of 2020The SCM of 2030The Shifters of 2040The Hybrids of 2050The Hunted of 2060The Revolution of 2060The Gate of Lake forestPrisoners of Pride
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