The God of Time wants to destroy Eternity.
A mysterious immortal seeks vengeance.
And a reclusive deity does what no god should ever do: she answers a prayer.
As punishment, she is stripped of her powers and trapped in a mortal's body. Now a Wyrd – a fated god – she is haunted by the memories and thoughts of her host and must hide her true identity in order to survive in Niflheim, the rival Norse Underworld.
There she discovers the afterlife is not quite what it used to be. Niflheim's new ruler threatens the precarious balance of a world overrun with outcast deities and mortals alike.
To save her own sanity and find her way back to the stars, she must help the other Wyrd overcome their grievances to defeat this enemy, but those who would be her allies appear to have motives as hidden as her fragmented consciousness.
And yet it seems the greatest threat to her freedom comes from within, and the prize it seeks is her immortal soul...
In this practical, easy to understand book Alex Kakuyo explains how the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path of Buddhism can help us in daily life. Drawing from personal experiences on farms, in temples, and in the U.S. Marines, Alex tells stories that show how the daily grind of work, traffic jams, and family drama is the source of our enlightenment.
Beyond The Inferno is an immersive, engaging and atmospheric novelisation of Dante’s timeless classic The Divine Comedy, a seminal piece of literature ripe for rediscovery. Using elegant and eloquent language to appeal to a contemporary audience thirsty for the story but uncomfortable with the archaic style and cadence of classical prose, Beyond The Inferno is an adult adventure down a dark and dangerous rabbit hole; a vivid representation of brutality, torture, misery, love, beauty and perfection, stirring all five senses.
This high-end literary fiction aims to resonate with a new, global readership at a time of moral and political decay, revealing fascinating similarities between the corruption and depravity, brutality and beauty of ancient civilisations and the modern world.
Thrust into the bedlam and chaos that is The Dark Wood, lowly hero Dante is distraught for he suspects this bleak, black forest is a portal to the Underworld; a terrifying, apocalyptic realm wherein echo the chilling screams of eternal suffering, where all are dead when he is alive, a place which, he suspects, does not lead to salvation. Dante is presented with a gift from Heaven, the Roman poet Virgil, he who is wisdom and reason personified, sent to guide him through the three realms of the afterlife where no living soul has ever journeyed for, unbeknown to him, he is on a quest to save mankind from spiritual destruction. The promise of a reunion with his dead lover, Beatrice, motivates him to triumph yet, as a seed of Adam, Dante is open to temptation and failure.
First, he must descend through the terrifying Inferno, an apocalyptic, inhumane prison of misery and woe to witness the punishment of sin in its most brutal and nefarious forms. This dark realm of the phantasmagorical hosts demons and dragons, behemoths and giants, serpents and she-wolves. Residing for eternity in the infernal city of despair are sinners; corrupt, deviant malefactors all guarded and tormented by sadistic ferrymen, soul snatchers, goddesses of vengeance and the cursed crew of the Damned. He observes barbaric and violent torture including flagellation by fire where the dead burn alive, scalding in rivers of boiling blood, roasting and melting in blazing tombs, drowning in bubbling pits of tar. The welcome chill of an icy tundra as he ventures into the core of the nine circles belies a grotesque. For Dante is set for a propitious encounter with the origin of all that is evil; Hell’s Monarch, once Lucifer now Satan; Emperor of the Universe of Pain.
The Divine Comedy's underlying theme - that corruption of the Church and religious apathy threatens the spiritual stability of mankind - serves as a pertinent metaphor for the modern reader and is a timely reminder of the fragility of humanity; its ruination driven by personal indifference, political and corporate degeneracy and the Establishment’s surrendering of its moral compass.
Alex L Moretti’s debut novel Beyond The Inferno was inspired by some of the greatest and most recognisable works of art from masters including Boticelli, Rodin and Doré. It was Dante’s graphic poem, Inferno, which influenced Renaissance artists and transformed their creative depictions of Hell from barren landscapes to shocking, horrific, explicit and occasionally tender pieces, dramatically portraying the punishment of sin and torturous suffering of humankind.
Dermot is a fifteen-year-old boy living in a remote village in the land of Denú. He has always longed for something more in his life. Now, everything changes after he sees a renowned creature--a gryphon--in the sky, and then crosses paths with a reclusive healer who harbors a secret.
Soon, he and his brother have no choice but to leave the only home they've ever known. They travel with new friends across the land through several great forests, along the way meeting an old man, a family of unicorns, and witnessing an important birth. They must evade fire-breathing dragons and dark-armored soldiers hunting them down, all serving an evil sorcerer determined to subjugate the kingdom, and who will stop at nothing to destroy them.
Denú's only hope is if a renowned coven returns to face the enemy after years in hiding. Dermot, however, suspects their own role may be more significant than he thought, as he slowly discovers a power which exists among the trees and creatures of every greenwood. Can they save those they hold dear? Will Dermot find what he has sought? Or will all that's free and good be consumed by darkness?
There has been a massacre in the desert. Dozens executed under the order of Jose De Santos, a lieutenant in the ruthless De Santos drug cartel. Men and women cut down in a hail of bullets.
Among them, alive and hidden under the bodies, is undercover DEA agent Michelle Vasquez… and her lover Helena Esposito, slain by the cartel firing squad. From beneath the remains of these murdered souls, Vasquez emerges with a deep and shattering grief that transforms into an unrelenting, burning rage.
And so begins a chase through the brutal heat of the desert, in which Michelle Vasquez unleashes a crusade of vengeance with a single goal: to destroy Jose De Santos and the cartel men who killed Helena and ripped her great love from this world.
Written in fast-paced continuous prose and packed with vivid action sequences, Beneath the Remains is a relentless, white-knuckle action thriller and a gripping tale of revenge.
In the grip of a brutal, unforgiving winter, the people of a humble village in an ancient oriental landscape face a horror that threatens to eradicate them from the earth. It has been spoken of in legend. It was believed to be simply a nightmare. But it is real… and it brings with it only darkness and terror.
Emerging from the deep waters of an infamous ocean known as the Carrion Sea, an evil, shape-shifting dragon has set out to destroy every man, woman and child in the village. The fate of the village falls into the hands of a retired, samurai-sword carrying soldier, trying to carve out a life of peace and build a family.
Only he can defeat the dragon. Only he can slay the beast. But in order to destroy this abomination, he must once again transform himself into a weapon of war.
Intimate yet epic, The Carrion Sea is a fantasy thriller unleashing an explosive battle between man and monster.
Chloe Carp, daughter of Sallea Valley's conservative mayor, is an open Lesbian. As her father is running for re-election, Chloe must put aside her own political views in order to keep out of trouble. Ash Martin is the bad girl of Sallea High. She likes her reputation, and doesn't seem to have friends. Is it all an act, or is she just as bad as the rumors say? What happens when the Mayor's daughter and the town rebel cross paths one night? Will their lives change for the better, or will their greatest fears come true?
To save her soul, he must become part of her…
Aidan Morgan, a Spirit Guardian and a Special Agent with the FBI’s Section Seven Department, has come to Oakview for a long overdue vacation. After twenty years with Section Seven he needs to take the time to relax, recharge and decide if he wants to continue as part of the FBI.
He didn’t expect to be drawn into a murder case the moment he pulled into town.
Dead bodies are appearing in the local jewelry stores, one after the other, with a pentacle carved into their chests. The only item missing from each store is a single large 10-carat diamond, each one a different color that could represent the Elements.
The colored diamonds are linked back to Molly Moore, an exclusive jewelry designer and Earth Magum. It is she who becomes the focus of the investigation as each death locks onto a portion on her soul.
Aidan must find a way to protect her soul as the battle for the power in the diamonds is unleashed.
It's the end of the world. The last two survivors of warring factions lie across the street from each other dying of their injuries. One of the survivors, James begins to reflect on the meaning of it all as we join him on his soul's journey from life into death over the last four days of his life. This transition happens in the place known as the Duat. Won't you join James on his trip?
Abigail Lewis can’t remember a thing about the horrific car accident that killed her mother and landed her in the care of her uncle Tom when she was six years old. Eleven years on and Abby’s life is a living hell. She is physically abused by her alcoholic uncle and bullied at school. Since she and Tom moved to the farm six months ago, her nightmares have worsened. They somehow feel real. Like something evil is on its way. She sees no light at the end of the very dark tunnel that is her life.Until Mike arrives. It’s as if this mysterious boy fell from the sky. Abby can’t believe her luck when he takes a special interest in her. His unconventional and other worldly good looks immediately draw Abby to him, but when she sees he has abilities far beyond that of any normal human boy, she questions whether he’s there to help her or harm her.
What is it about him? He’s gorgeous. He looks like a bad boy. She’s falling for him. In a big way.
Little does she know, though, that she’s about to enter into a world of supernatural forces, fallen angels, demons and even Lucifer himself, and she has to save her own life and Mike’s – the heaven-sent angel who has come to protect her.
Made to Break Your Heart is a family saga, set in a gossipy suburb, that explores the complexities of raising a child, holding a marriage together, and maintaining your sanity in the cutthroat world of Little League baseball.
It’s 2008, and Nick Marhoffer is a stressed-out dad who finds himself flirting with thoughts of infidelity. While his job is being threatened by a crumbling economy, he’s fraught with anxiety over his only son’s well-being. So when his son starts playing baseball, Nick becomes a rabid Little League dad who loses sight of what’s good in his life. After developing a crush on a gorgeous team mom, he can’t decide between her and his wife, then finds himself at risk of losing everything that’s most important to him.
This is a smart, sexy, and funny novel about bad breaks, bad decisions, and the long road of life.
Honest Inventions is a collection which blends speculative fiction with some more realistic tales. It contains stories about space, emotion, and life.
Twenty authors, twenty gods, twenty stories that will chill, thrill and kill you. The Gods of the Pantheon present their first anthology of halloween stories, the time for Samhain draws near....
When Felix and his friends get told the truth about an adjoining world of magic that they never knew existed. They get given the choice to explore the possibilities and learn how to harness the elements. Along the way they will experience many adventures that will test the strength of the bond they have together.
There’s nothing wrong with being different, it’s wrong that people think there is.
And, in lots of ways, I am different. I’m too thin. My eyes are too dark. I breathe funny. I’m genius level smart... but I’d rather be an artist like Aunt Zelda was. Not that my parents like that much, since they’d rather I wasn’t 'wasting my potential'. But the thing is, I don’t just love art, I’m seriously good at it too. Maybe not as good as Aunt Zelda, but still really good; even if it’s not always easy to get everyone’s colours right.
That’s one of my secrets you know. The colours I see around people. The ones that tell me what everyone’s feeling. Most people can’t see them. But I can. And, from the way Aunt Zelda painted, I’m pretty sure she could too. It’s another thing that makes me like her, and something else that makes me different. That makes me, me. And one I’m totally not above using to my advantage, because, lets face it, what else am I going to use the world’s lamest superpower for?
There’s... another big secret I have. One which could get me into a lot of trouble if the wrong people found out. But it’s not like I planned on fancying him. I didn’t even realise I could fancy him till I already did. And there’s nothing wrong with me trying to find out if he fancies me back, is there? I mean, I have his colours right there, just begging for me to use them. So I should try to figure it out, shouldn’t I? Because... because I... I really want him to fancy me back, and then...
But if he doesn’t, that’ll be okay. I mean, I’ll make myself okay with it. Because he’s one of my best friends, and... and I’d rather he was in my life than not. And if Aunt Zelda figured out ways to make it okay, then... then I know I can too. I just... really hope... I don’t have to.
If you can read this, HELP! I’m stuck in this mother F’n children's game and I can’t find a way out.
Every time I die, I restart in the F’n town square with only vague chopped up memories of my past runs. The game keeps track, but clues are few and far between. If you--
**Thinking hard, Tyrone stood at Blue Town’s fountain.**
Oh no...not again! Please, for all that’s holy, unplug this game. I can’t escape. I can’t die. I can’t cuss. This is Hel--
It’s not every day you witness someone’s brains blown out over the scorching desert sand, much less survive a meteorite strike. This day has included both. The media manipulates, politicians lie, banks steal and the world is not what you’ve been taught to believe it is by those in power, the education system or even your parents. We were once endless possibilities, now we are the property of limited liability companies. And nobody has bothered to inform you. There is an alternative to the reality you think you know. There is another side to life. Beneath what you have seen and experienced, behind the artificial and illusory constructs of social media and its fabricated fantasies lies the dirty, deranged and downright desperate. From psychotic Samurai swordsmen in Swansea, shotgun-wielding cockney cowboys in London’s seedier suburbs, hashish hallucinations in the sun-blasted desert of the Middle East to a seemingly never-ending flow of spice under Tokyo’s neon night sky… step into the shadows, travel the globe and explore the less frequented corners of society and the human psyche. This is not a journey for the politically correct or faint of heart. This reality requires more than just a TripAdvisor review and a Google translate app. This trip requires a thirst for raw knowledge, a total disregard for the law and an appetite for radically altered states of consciousness. Or possibly just a lack of common sense when you’re surrounded by chaos and danger where death could be your final destination. Enter Chuck Thompson’s world, witness his reality and let him show you the life less travelled.
Workaholic, Jessie Smith is living the high life in London, with a career in publishing that she loves, her own pad and the best friends a girl could ask for. But could one unbelievable night with an incredibly handsome stranger change everything?
Jessie has her professional and personal life turned upside down as an unexpected, stormy love affair unearths some deeply hidden secrets and forces her to confront her own personal demons.
A collection of poems ranging from coming of age reflections and romance, to socio-political commentary, Written in Blood is the voice that describes the world as is and what the world could be. In the manner not seen since the Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron, and the Watts Prophets, the author takes from those influence and adapts them to modern times. A must read for anybody.
Sister witches, Sarah and Emy must stop Orthus, a brother of the church, from taking all the life essence from the witches in their puritan village and save a young witch as well. Can they stop Orthus before it's too late? Or will they die in the process?
Alexander a young soldier just wants to live a normal life have a family. But there is more to him than meets the eye. Alexander is a Powercaster, most in the empire are weary at best about what they are capable of. At worst they are hunted and killed. When he is confronted with tragedy, he must untangle a web of lies to find the truth. But can he maintain his humanity, or will he become the evil many claim Powercasters to be?
A gruesome murder has been discovered in a sleepy Welsh town. Out of their depth and with a lack of resources, Sergeant Francesca Thomas and PC Gethin Jones enlist the help of Detective Inspector Nicholas Bridge from London.
As the sinister nature of the case begins to unfold, a murderer is still at large and it is only a matter of time before they strike again. In a town where everyone knows each other, there is no telling who the killer might be.
Underneath this quaint town lies a bed of dark secrets and the team will be pushed to their limits in their quest to unearth them.
Ted Denton's explosive debut novel is an exhilarating action thriller pitching the privileged, seductive world of a professional sports agent against a backdrop of political double-dealing, corporate corruption and brutal violence.
A young Daniel Ratchet arrives in Spain to begin his dream job as a golf agent on the European Tour. In London, the Russian Rublex Corporation, with its history mired in 'Vory' mafia criminality, is working on a huge gas deal off the Falkland Islands with the British government. Veteran civil servant Derek Hemmings is tasked to rubber-stamp the deal for the Foreign Office.
But things are not what they seem ... With the help of Wallace, a cantankerous old golf coach, Daniel discovers match fixing, fraud and corruption on the Tour, all at the seeming behest of Rublex. A thorn in the Russians' side, Daniel is kidnapped before he can expose the truth. Wallace, needing help, contacts an old army buddy who deploys violent loose cannon Tom Hunter on a mission to save him.
A tense race against time ensues, both to rescue Daniel from the clutches of the Vory and for Hemmings in Whitehall to prove that the deadly deal is corrupt. The stakes are high. As the body count mounts will the volatile Hunter reveal the truth or will he be too late?
Dead or alive, the truth always comes at a cost.
Death is a tale as old as well… death. Jack’s life is simple in many ways, yet extraordinary in others. It’s simple in the fact that he has a well-paid job, routinely partakes in sexual encounters and enjoys the occasional drink. The extraordinary part kicks in when you understand what it is exactly that Jack does for a living. Jack is a ‘Grinn and bear it’ representative or what’s more commonly known as a Grimm reaper. This is his story and it’s the story of just how cruel life can be when you allow your past to steal your future.
-Legend of the Fallen Angels-
Remiel is both a fallen Watcher and an Archangel in the apocryphal Book of Enoch. The watchers are angels dispatched to Earth to watch over the humans. They soon begin to lust for human women and, at the prodding of their leader Samyaza, defect en masse to instruct humanity and procreate among them criminally. For this, the watchers were bound ‘In the valleys of the Earth’ until Judgment Day. In this first series of the realm surfer, the condemned fallen angels somewhat found their way out of their bondage and sought revenge over Ramiel for his betrayal. But they encountered Ramiel’s wife who has powers to foil their entire plans.
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