A dead witch. A bitter curse. A battle of magic. Some people knit socks by the fire at night. Gyssha Blackbone made monsters. But the old witch is dead now, and somehow it's Elodie's job to clean up the mess. When she was hired at Black Oak Cottage, Elodie had no idea she'd find herself working for a witch; and her acid-tongued new mistress, Aleida, was not expecting a housemaid to turn up on her doorstep. Gyssha's final curse left Aleida practically dead on her feet, and now, with huge monsters roaming the woods, a demonic tree lurking in the orchard and an angry warlock demanding repayment of a debt, Aleida needs Elodie's help, whether she likes it or not. And no matter what the old witch throws at her, to Elodie it's still better than going back home. Praise for Winter Be My Shield: 'Unlikely heroes, villains you will cheer for, and cold that eats your bones. "Winter Be My Shield" will take you to an unforgiving place, but you won't want to leave it.' Robin Hobb
Seeing things that no one else can is more than enough of a burden for anyone. Drake McCarty however, finds himself thrust into the position of liaison to an alien race at the tender age of sixteen. Bole and the other exiled Royal Guardsmen are friendly enough, and the work is fascinating. However, Drake is also often required to run dull errands for the large shape shifting aliens. A two story tall glowing blue elk might be something a National Park Ranger can explain away to a frightened tourist, but for anything in a populated area a human representative is needed. Meanwhile the civil war that drove the aliens from their home-world has arrived on Earth and the conflict begins anew. Drake is just learning to cope with the fact that his life is constantly in danger when an alien pod falls from the sky. Within hours of it striking an island in the border waters between Russia and the USA, McCarty is sent to retrieve the debris. He arrives to find international tensions the least of his worries. Inside are three embers, infants of Bole’s species; desperately afraid, injured, and carrying a dangerous contagion. Military medics make two startling discoveries; the embers have imprinted and bound themselves to McCarty, and the disease that they carry is terminal.
Welcome to the enchanting realm of "Ink and Embers," a spellbinding narrative that unfurls within a world where mystical tattoos grant their bearers extraordinary abilities. In the heart of a bustling city lies "The Inkwell," a concealed sanctuary overseen by the gifted tattoo artisan, Armani. Amidst the vibrant streets, the mesmerizing fire-dancer Ember enthralls onlookers with her graceful displays. Yet, unbeknownst to them, their destined meeting will initiate an extraordinary journey of magic, artistry, and rejuvenation. As Armani and Ember collaboratively craft breathtaking designs, they uncover more than just artistic harmony. Their mutual ardor for art and enchantment forges an unshakable connection that transcends their haunting pasts. Laden with emotional wounds, they find solace within each other's presence, embarking on a mission to mend not only their own scars but those of others around them. Delve into the enigma of magical tattoos as age-old legends and guardian spirits spring to life, steering our protagonists on a path of self-discovery. However, as they plunge deeper into the realm of tattooed enchantment, they must confront malevolent forces that exploit these gifts for sinister purposes. Do they possess the fortitude to confront their deepest fears and safeguard the world from this encroaching malevolence? Journey alongside Armani and Ember, a trek woven with vivid dreams, captivating performances, and cryptic visions that unveil an ancestral link between their families. Observe their trials, make note of their sacrifices, and celebrate their victories as they labor to preserve the sanctity of magical tattoos and unveil the truths concealed within their very souls. "Ink and Embers" is a saga of profound sentiment, where art metamorphoses into a channel for restoration and redemption. A tale that will kindle your imagination and leave you entranced by the enchantment residing within the hearts of two extraordinary individuals. So, come forth, and set out on an unforgettable expedition where ink entwines with embers, and unbreakable bonds are molded through the potency of art and love.
Ember watches helplessly as her future and happiness vanish in a scorching burst of flames with the murder of her husband. Determined to bring retribution, she enlists the help of Ash, the son of a seer, and together they will pit themselves against the terrible elements in a last, desperate attempt to end the conflict once and for all. Travelling through fear and desire, Ember and Ash must pay with love to mend a wound that has lasted a thousand years.
This tale is for a reader of high fantasy intrigued by the mysticism of the ancients – one who is constantly seeking or just wants a legend that plays a role in shaping true belief and core thought – it is a doctrine speaking to the soul offered within the body of a tale of Astral traveling, enlightenment and success – The sword of heaven is a passage in itself and the Great opal gate is burning before the altar of the oracle will you find the truths and unlock the lore a legend of the phoenix and other earthbound tales have been fitted within the story to complete a picture of glory Are you ready to journey into the astral sky and find the mastery within your guiding light? Are your dreams ready to take flight? Following the story is just one part of the lore and is the light and dark. A journey of the soul and lasting belief a sweeping single thought of eons past that passes into levels beyond reality to form the great ancestral image – Demons and witches sage and spirit devise the lore of the mind…A legend for the age of the soul and the rite of the spirit’s eternal dawn This work is unlike any other and holds spiritual truth as well as a resting place in deep imagination. The power of the legend will awaken you.