Fantasy (16)
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    A world without war?

    Professor Sawhele Fielding stumbles across an invention that would change the world; something so monumental, it could spell the end of environmental disaster and conflict. With the help of her father, a shadowy figure in the world of international banking, she begins to set into motion the biggest upheaval the planet has seen.

    But in a changed world, dark forces are threatening the fragile peace. Where modern technology is proving useless, old magic from a bygone era might just save the day. Adrian Oliver, expert in ancient religions is skeptical until faced with incontrovertible proof that ancient evil is abroad once again.

    How could a Utopian dream of free fuel and peaceful co-existence turn into a nightmare?

    Iamo, a priest of the Mother Goddess and Riga, a Black Shaman assassin captain, are thrown together – reluctantly at first – to face a threat that nobody could have imagined before “The Changes”.

    ALCHEMY is the prequel to Shaman’s Drum which features the adventures of Iamo and Riga through their world in the near future, where the established religions of our own days had been banned.


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    Writer Paddy Fields sets out to investigate the mysterious disappearing Isle of Larus – but never dreams he will find himself helping to defend it against a seemingly unstoppable enemy. His adventures with the gentle people of Larus lead him into a profound, exciting and life-changing experience.

    Can Paddy juggle fighting off rampaging pirates in the world of Larus as well as keeping the press in his own world from discovering the island’s secrets?

    Return to the elusive Isle of Larus for the final adventure in the trilogy.

    The Larus Trilogy:
    Isle of Larus
    Sea of Clouds
    All the Wild Weather


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    As a publisher of predominantly full-length fiction, we always wanted to create a collection of short stories by our talented Crooked Cat authors – so here it is!

    You will find twenty tantalising tasters from Crooked Cats from the UK and the US, all keen to showcase their writing skills with glimpses into their existing releases, or with something new altogether.

    Twenty stories of historical and contemporary fiction, crime and drama, fantasy, humour and ghostly shenanigans. Murder. Love. Adventure. Gossip. Growing up. Scheming. Friendship – Crooked Cats’ Tales has it all!
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    Crooked Cat authors and their contributions:
    Cocktail Hour by Pamela Kelt
    A Rescue in Graphite by Maggie Secara
    Once Again by KB Walker
    The Pied Piper of Larus by Kathy Sharp
    Her Visitors by Ailsa Abraham
    White Rose by Carol Hedges
    A Bright New Copper by Catriona King
    Altared by Adele Elliott
    Misgivings by Nancy Jardine
    Saturday Fever by Sue Barnard
    The Wanderer by T.E. Taylor
    Sheffield Steel by Trevor Ripley
    The Blue House by Carol Maginn
    Processionary Penitents by Nik Morton
    The Second Summer of Love by Michela O’Brien Young Loves by Jeff Gardiner
    Cradle of Man by J.L. Bwye
    Silken Knots by Frances di Plino
    The Thread that Binds by Mark Patton
    Boo! by David W Robinson


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    ***The Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction First Place Category Winner***

    “Never had she imagined she would be brought so low, and all for the love of a very bad man.”

    1710

    Convict’s daughter, Laetitia Beedham, is set on an epic journey from the back streets of London, through transportation to Barbados and gruelling plantation life, into the clutches of notorious pirates John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, Mary Read and the treacherous Anne Bonny.

    In a world of villainy and deceit, where black men are kept in chains and a woman will sell her daughter for a few gold coins, Laetitia can find no one in whom to place her trust.

    As the King’s men close in on the pirates and the noose begins to tighten around their necks, who will win her loyalty and her heart?


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    It’s only a fly…

    Often ridiculed for being different was normal for young James Allen.

    He was used to it – until he found himself on the receiving end of a happy-slapping incident. This turned out to be the spur he needed to change his life and, in doing so, for him to make a difference to the rest of the world.

    Inspired by his secret childhood friend, Zoga, his decision takes him on adventures far and wide, introducing him to challenges most adults would cringe at or shy away from.

    A short while before his 16th birthday, James develops an increase in physical and mental powers. Energised by his drive and ability to think and act faster than most, he saves the world from the nemesis known as INSECTIPIDS.

    “It’s only a fly.” Those four simple words will forever be a reminder that ‘only’ could mean far worse…

    Insectipids – an inter-galactic adventure for young and young adult readers!


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    The calm before the storm.

    The four guardians of the Isle of Larus have been enjoying quiet and comfortable lives, with nothing more than the occasional shipwreck to trouble them – but all that is about to change.

    The Spirit of the Sea decides to send a series of alarming events to test and teach them, as well as providing himself with hours of entertainment at their expense.

    For the first test, how will the guardians cope with the arrival of a fleet of completely impossible ships? Not too well at all, it would seem.

    And that is just the beginning…


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    Disgraced guardian angel, Jack Foyle, is hunting for his missing girlfriend, Lizzie, from somewhere in the 1840s when he butts in on a chrono-criminal organization stealing oil from the past and selling it in the future. No wonder his home time of the twentieth-century is running out of oil.

    On the run and chased through time by the criminals, the Time Cops, the guardian angels and a hungry kitten, Jack must protect the twenty-first century inventor of time travel or he will never see Lizzie again.

    But it’s a race against time…


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    Happiness in a Pill

    The government has rushed through drug trials to release Pacifex, a powerful anti-depressant. Inventor Torin Oakwood is a hero: he makes people happy!

    Jessica Fleming is thrilled to start her new job at Oakwood Industries. Yet, as she arrives, Torin Oakwood flees from the army sent to arrest him.

    In the ensuing chaos, Jessica is left in possession of a file that exposes a cover-up in the drug trials. And it turns out, her boyfriend is one of the many Pacifex addicts in danger of turning into a mindless, raving monster.

    Chased by the army, government agents and anti-government activists who all want the file, she must find Oakwood and force him to produce an antidote.

    Can her first day at work get any worse?


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    A gothic ocean mystery.

    In a world of monsters, sharks, castles and corpses it is up to Eden to keep the ocean’s beasts at bay.

    Eden Hollow is being hunted. A dark secret from her past has followed her to the remote island of Cantillon, where she is due to start college.

    Before long, a corpse dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, is found floating in the ocean. Together with her friends Niamh, Amira, Riley and the handsome but mysterious Dylan, Eden must confront her dark past in order to find the predator. In doing so, the teenagers stumble into a sinister world that stretches the realms of reality, as they discover just what is causing the uncanny ripples on the ocean’s surface.

    A grotesquely beautiful tale of love, friendship and transformation.


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    Three messages arrive in the world of Larus: one brings a seeker of the truth, one brings an old flame, and one is a cry for help. They are all bad news, so far as the Reverend Pontius is concerned.

    But little does the Reverend, and the other guardians of Larus, know that none of them will have such far-reaching consequences as a fourth and very mysterious message that appears inscribed upon the very rock of the Isle – if only somebody can discover what it means. What is the secret of the Knotted Cord? Not to worry, the Reverend is on the case…