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The Dark Adventures of Mermaid Lorelei
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Imagine being a fourteen year old again and finding an enchanted conch shell in the Pacific Ocean, a shell that seems to give off a neon light and spiritual energy of its own. The magical shell will only come to the rightful owner and share its’ purpose, and instructs you to put it up to your ear to hear your dark adventure. That's what happens in The Dark Adventure of Mermaid Lorelei, and what starts my protagonist off on a dark magical adventure that many youth and children of any age especially ones that love to see kindness triumph over evil and goodness and purpose win out over destruction and greed.

Emma Grace Waveland, a self-proclaimed Shutter Bug at twelve, finds herself transported from a safari in Disney World to Africa's Serengeti where she joins a group of professional hunters who capture wild animals for zoos. Her new adventure brings her face-to-face with deadly crocodiles, a giant rhino, a pet rock python, a lady photographer who looks like a young version of her great grandmother, hunters who resemble old movie stars and a camp cook with mysterious powers. Her family doesn't believe her when she returns from her trip, but she has evidence on her cameras' memory cards and her iPhone.

Dream Wanderers: The Escape
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Dream Wanderers guide you through your worst night-mares. Far across the universe, an elite school runs a special program, training the Dream Wanderers of tomorrow. But what happens when… Gren and Lawson will soon achieve the impossible, becoming the first male/female partners to make it through the program. Or with they? Their feelings for each other and Lawson’s disdain for an unbreakable rule, risk their expulsion. They wander into a nightmare of their own… When Lawson and Gren disappear, most assume they’ve run away together. But their four best friends aren’t so sure. Following a shaky clue, they enlist the help of a crazy old man and set out to find the truth. Soon, the dream Wanderers will take on an entire army, as the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance.

Kyle Donovan’s well manicured world is falling apart. His parents have lost the family business and now they are divorcing. To make matters worse, Kyle’s mom suffers from severe depression and will check into a mental health facility in Vermont, hours from the Donovan home in wealthy Fairview, Massachusetts. And the final disruption….Kyle will move into his curmudgeon of a grandfather’s house in blue collar, ethnically diverse Crandall, Massachusetts. Demographically and aesthetically, Crandall and Fairview are as far apart as one could imagine. Kyle does not know much about his grandfather, Francis Xavier Donovan except that he’s a retired carpenter and Marine war hero who always kind of scared him during his rare Sunday afternoon visits to Crandall. And everyone called him Butchie…there was no one in Fairview named Butchie. Kyle reluctantly moves into his grandfather’s modest two family house on a crowded city street where residents claim street parking

The Captains Daughter
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Macey discovers her dad has taken a job across the country and must leave her home and friends. In order to soften the news, her parents take her on a vacation to Walt Disney World. At Blizzard Beach, she and a boy named Luke zoom down a water slide but pop up in water hundreds of miles away in the freezing Atlantic Ocean and a long way from shore. They are able to use a pendant that magically takes them to the shore of a secluded island. There a mysterious friend introduces them to the legend of the Ghost of White Island. The teens hear the courageous story of Martha Herring, forced into marriage with a brutal pirate, and abandoned on the miserable rock. The pirate goes back to sea, leaving Martha to guard his treasure. This is a recounting of her adventures and the challenges she and the people

A boy struggles to pass Mauhad, the manhood test of his people, and falls in love in the process. Javik lives in a country surrounded by mountains and covered in old growth forest. His ambition is to become a warrior like his father, Tolda, but he must pass Mauhad before he can realize that ambition. When is father is killed saving the others in his raiding party, Javik despairs of ever reaching that goal without his father’s training. Goldar, who led the raid when Tolda was killed, convinces the King to allow Javik to train with Tao Shan, the finest mentor in the kingdom. Javik finds himself among the sons of the wealthy and must adjust to the situation quickly. While in training he encounters a girl in the forest. She is Allana an escaped slave, but Javik falls in love with her. He convinces her to come out of