#BookTour “The Sacred Artifacts (The Young Alchemist Series Book 2)” by Caldric Blackwell

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Author: Caldric Blackwell

Genre: Middle Grade

Determined to uncover the secrets of a mysterious artifact, fourteen-year-old alchemy student Craig Pike and his teacher, Cornelius, journey to the birthplace of alchemy to seek the advice of a wise, ancient alchemist named Quintus. With the help of a witty archer, Audrey Clife, they trek across dangerous lands, compete in a cutthroat tournament, and reunite with old friends. They soon find out the artifact is more powerful than anticipated, and they aren’t the only ones seeking to discover its secrets….

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Caldric BlackwellAuthor Bio

Children’s book author Caldric Blackwell first realized he loved reading when he read about a bunch of people (with single-syllable names) and their pets (also with single-syllable names) in kindergarten. From that point on, he was nearly inseparable from books.

His interest in reading culminated in him studying English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Exposure to a host of great authors inspired him to begin writing fiction and started his journey to becoming a children’s book author. Although he began writing short stories for adults, he was drawn to the whimsical, imaginative nature of children’s literature and began working on his first book for children.

Blackwell’s debut work is an adventure-filled early chapter book, titled The Enchanted River Race, which follows a team of children as they compete in a river race. His next release is the beautifully illustrated picture book The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf, which revolves around a young werewolf who is self-conscious about his inability to howl.

His most recent work is the two-part Young Alchemist series, which is targeted at a middle grade audience. The first book in the series, The Missing Alchemist, follows alchemy student Craig Pike and clever archer Audrey Clife as they travel across mysterious lands and battle other-worldly creatures in a quest to rescue a famous alchemist. The second book in the series, The Sacred Artifact, centers on Craig’s attempt to uncover the secrets of a mysterious artifact, which entails journeying to the birthplace of alchemy to seek the advice of a mysterious, ancient alchemist.

Outside of reading and writing, children’s book author Caldric Blackwell enjoys jiu jitsu, gardening, and playing bass and guitar. He currently resides in Southern California.


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“The Swap: A Nicole Graves Mystery (Nicole Graves Mysteries Book 1)” by Nancy Boyarsky

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The Swap: A Nicole Graves Mystery (Nicole Graves Mysteries Book 1)

by Nancy Boyarsky

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Action & Adventure/International Mystery & Crime/Detective

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When Nicole Graves arranges a summer-long swap of her Los Angeles condo for a London couple’s house, she thinks it’s the perfect arrangement. She’s always dreamed of seeing the real London; she’s also hopeful the time away with her husband Brad will be good for their troubled marriage. But things don’t turn out the way Nicole expects: The Londoners fail to arrive in L.A. and appear to be missing. Then people begin following Nicole and making threats, demanding information she doesn’t have. Soon, Nicole realizes she’s in serious trouble––but she can’t get Brad or the police to believe her. When the confrontations turn deadly, Nicole must either solve the case or become the next victim.

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“Between Mountain and Sea: Paradisi Chronicles (Caelestis Series Book 1)” by Louisa Locke

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Between Mountain and Sea: Paradisi Chronicles (Caelestis Series Book 1)

by Louisa Locke

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/YA/Colonization/Action & Adventure

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Mei Lin Yu should have been looking forward to the next stage in her life. As a descendant of one of the Founding Families who led the exodus from a dying Earth and now rule New Eden, Mei’s choices are endless. But she has never felt part of the Yu Family or the world of technological marvels and genetic perfection the Founders created.

All that will change the summer she spends at Mynyddamore, the home her ancestor Mabel Yu built in western Caelestis. Here, living among the Ddaerans, the original inhabitants of New Eden, Mei will discover secrets about Mabel Yu that her family want to keep buried and a truth about herself that will forever change her own destiny.

Louisa Locke is a USA Today bestselling author, and Between Mountain and Sea is the first book in her Caelestis series in the Paradisi Chronicles (an open source, science fiction world created by multiple authors).

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“Fairyville Adventures: Tasha’s Wish Volume 1” by Simone Cannon


Fairyville Adventures: Tasha’s Wish Volume 1

by Simone Cannon

Genre: Children/Action Adventure/Bedtime & Dreaming

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Would you like to be granted three wishes by a beautiful fairy? Most people would really enjoy such an opportunity. What would you wish for? Would you wish for a pony? Would you wish for a new bicycle? Or would you wish you never had a little brother?

Six-year-old Tasha is visited by Cleona, a fairy. Cleona grants Tasha three wishes. Tasha wishes she never had a little brother. But then she realizes that life as an only child is not what she really wants. Tasha confronts her emotions and feelings as she realizes that nothing is more important than family. Join Tasha in this unique fairy tale filled with fantasy, adventure, and magic.


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#BlogTour “A Necessary Deception (Search and Recover)” by Lucy Farago

Book: A Necessary Deception
Author: Lucy Farago
Genre: Romantic Suspense. 
Part of a series but can be read standalone.



The agents of the renowned Investigative Collection Unit have to be the biggest, baddest, and brightest to take on missions no one else would dare. It doesn’t hurt that they’re also the sexiest. But in a shadowy world where reality means living on the razor’s edge of deception, few survive with their hearts intact . . .  

ICU intel expert Monty Buchannan’s idea of fun is creating software—not roughing it in a cabin off the grid in Alaska. But his team forced him to unplug when his intense need to be in control put a mission at risk. Being alone isn’t a problem; most people make him uncomfortable. But there’s something about the woman he finds floundering in a frozen stream that warms his ice-cold heart . . .

Taylor Moore was once a spoiled socialite famous for her tabloid-worthy exploits, until she broke out from under wealthy father’s thumb. Now she’s the self-made CEO of an online matchmaking service—and on the run from Russian mobsters who’ve hijacked her website. But when she’s suddenly plucked from a river by a half-naked mountain man, trust will become a matter of survival. And desire just might break down the defenses that have kept them both playing it far too safe for far too long . . .



Meet the Author

Lucy Farago is an award winning, romantic suspense author whose sixth book, A Necessary Deception, released this May. A native Canadian, she began her writing journey twelve years ago when she joined the Romance Writers of America. Although she reads all genres, she prefers turning that final page with a smile on her face. She strives to give her readers the same satisfaction.

“Admit it, you were scared when you first saw me, but when you
woke up, I was wearing the glasses. Your opinion changed. You thought
I was smart. Most people trust someone they perceive as intelligent…and
relatively harmless.”
“You mean nerdy. You wear glasses so people think you’re smart. Why
is it you have to convince anyone of that?”
“I’ll admit I’m not a patient person. I don’t want to have to continually
convince people I know what I’m doing. I…I did a lot of…convincing…
when I was a kid. I won’t do it again. You asked who I was earlier. I’m a
computer expert.”
Okay. “But not a normal techy.” Normal techies didn’t have underground
hidey-holes. “So, what is it? Information officer for the military. Hacker
for the CIA. What?” She’d feel a lot better if she knew he’d gone through
some security clearance.
 “You watch too much TV.”
“I don’t watch any television. Except for The Bachelor, and that’s purely
for business.” That was her story and she was sticking to it. “And who else
but the government would fund a place like this?”
He sighed like a man not used to people questioning him. “I work for
an agency that specializes in search and recover. Every team member has
a role. I’m the computer guy. Mostly, our job is to find…things.”
“Judging from the hardware out there, I’d say they don’t hire you to
find their missing pet.” Of that she was certain.
“And isn’t it the police’s job to find…things?”
“Sometimes,” he said.
“You with the police?” How much could she trust him?
“You’re asking too many questions.”
“Put yourself in my shoes.”
He got up and went into the kitchen. “How about some food? All you
had was soup, and I haven’t eaten since this morning.”
Why didn’t he want to answer her? “Avoiding my questions when you’re
stuck with me for who knows how long isn’t going to work.”
“I’m not avoiding. I’m hungry.” He opened a cupboard and pulled out
a large can. “Chili? It says right on the can, fit for kings.”
“Sure,” she said, more to stay agreeable than actually looking forward to
canned chili. She joined him. “You don’t work with the police. Do you work
against them?” Although even to herself that sounded like a stupid question,

because if he did—if what they did was illegal—he wouldn’t tell her.


“Latino in London: Live, Laugh, Love” by Agustin Rubini


Latino in London: Live, Laugh, Love

by Agustin Rubini

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Travel/Action & Adventure/Hispanic-American

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The story of all expats that land in a big city like London…

Live in London through the eyes of a newcomer!

Twenty-two-year-old Juan Martinez’s humdrum life takes a drastic upward turn when he learns that he’s won a trip to London to see the Rolling Stones in concert. London is the stuff his dreams are made of.

Landing in London, he’s dazzled by the bright lights and fast pace, and fascinated by the rich culture. The London he discovers isn’t anything like the one he’d seen on the big screen or read about in books. He grabs the once in a life time opportunity with both hands and, despite a few hiccups along the way, can’t help but fall in love with the city.

    • Is London everything that Juan ever dreamt of? 
    • Will he be able to get back on that plane after just one week? 
    • Or will he end up having an even bigger adventure then he’d ever imagined possible?

This is not the typical novel, or the classic touristic guide. This book will get you under the skin of a cheeky adventurer that brings out the life in London

Buy this book now and start living the London dream…

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“The Matriarch Matrix” by Maxime Trencavel #Excerpt

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Jean-Paul looks down in sorrow. “And thus I have requested special permission to revoke my fourth vow, where I further promised an extra obedience to the Sovereign Pontiff in regard to his missions. To fulfill my inner mission, I can still remain chaste, still remain in poverty, and still remain obedient in my spirit of faith and love in the following of Christ. And thus I have asked that the Church allow me to retain my ordination, which I believe will be important for me in fulfilling my personal quest, but release me from the special vow to the Pontiff.”

The Father General reflects while rubbing his fingers, and then thoughtfully replies, “Jean-Paul, after two months of reflection, do you really believe that forsaking all of your good work in the name of Christ, in the name of our Lord, to enter the employ of Alexander Murometz is truly God’s calling to you?”

He pauses, studying Jean-Paul’s face. “A rhetorical question, which you have recognized with your silence.”

With a voice that echoes the spirit of the Superior General, Antoine Lemoine adds, “Please, with all due respect to your humility, let me remind you of your lifetime of deeds, which has saved souls, lives, and in some cases, prevented needless deaths. Even in your Regency, you and Brother Petrus turned around the violence that local boys perpetrated upon your students. Your academic excellence in biblical archeology and geo-archeology have made you a leading expert in the claims of human-alien interaction in the scriptures. And from this, the Pontiff has found your distinguished value towards his key commission and working group on these subjects.”

Flushing slightly at the accolades, Jean-Paul replies, “But a man, a sole man, can never be indispensable. He can be replaced.”

The Father General takes a different tack with his young mentee. “And let us not forget the work you have done to save lives. A sole man who saves a life is not indispensable. What you did in Nigeria, the Congo, and in Egypt—can you tell yourself that those children, those students, those members of our parishes would say you were replaceable? And your relief work after the great quake in Van, Turkey, or with the refugees from Northern Mali—would those survivors say you were replaceable?”

Jean-Paul gets up, stretches, goes to the window and gazes upon the Milky Way. He turns and says, “It fills my soul well, your kind words of recognition.

Especially you as my friend, but notwithstanding as my Father General. Mr. Murometz has shown me a pathway, a solution postulate to a problem that afflicts not only myself but, as I have discovered, many others. My special talents with his resources and access can help save the souls of many who are unaware that their souls could be saved. But to do this, I may need to act in ways that may seem superficially to be inconsistent with my vow to His Holiness, the Pontiff. My actions may look questionable for the reputation of the Order, especially to our detractors. Mr. Murometz has indicated that part of his family traces its lineage back to the Jesuit Order in Russia, during the time of Catherine the Great, and thus, he has the utmost regard for what I have vowed to the Order. I trust that you will trust me when I say that I intend to uphold my other three vows in what I will do.”

And with that, the Father General gets up, shakes his black cassock and in a deep voice requests, “Father Sobiros, I ask that you meditate on the wishes of the Pontiff for two more weeks. I will take your request under advisement in my conversation with His Holiness tomorrow morning. You are dismissed.”

“Father General, thank you for your audience. Ad majorem Dei gloriam. For the greater glory of God.”

And so the humbled Father Sobiros, perhaps soon to be simply Jean-Paul, leaves the Jesuit Curia. As he slowly walks back towards his residence, Jean-Paul stares at the Milky Way again, deep in contemplation.

Then his MoxWrap taps his wrist. The message reads, “Did he accept our story?”

Jean-Paul taps back,

“Yes, Your Holiness.”

A few seconds pass, and then the reply comes. “Then may the Lord be with you on your mission.”

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Title: The Matriarch Matrix

Author: Maxime Trencavel

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

The Matriarch Matrix – A speculative fiction novel of origins, faith, passion, and the pursuit of peace.

It was always his destiny to save her. It was always her destiny to die. The fate of the world hangs on their choices…

The past foretells her future…

What does it take to change a loving child of peace into an assassin for a dangerous and powerful oligarch? Zara Khatum knows. Once a fighter for her Kurdish people, the memory of the atrocities inflicted by her captors has Zara seeking one thing: vengeance. But the voices of the ancients call to Zara. In the past, in another life, she knew the secrets of the artifact…

Twelve thousand years ago…

She is Nanshe, revered matriarch of the family she led away from the monsters of the north. In the land that would one day mark the treacherous border between Turkey and Syria, she created the temples at Gobleki Tepe and founded a dynasty, heirs to a powerful object. For millennia, Nanshe’s descendants have passed down the legend of the artifact: “The object can save. But only a man and woman together can guide the salvation of others.”

Heirs to destiny…

By fate or destiny, Zara is thrown in with Peter Gollinger, a quirky Californian from the other side of the world and the other side of everything she believes. But he, too, is heeding the voices of his ancestors. Joined by Jean-Paul, a former Jesuit priest, these three people—from wildly different religions and cultures—must find a way to work together to solve a twelve-thousand-year-old mystery of the powerful object that spawned a faith. The world teeters on the precipice of war. The outcome depends on them. And one of them is living a lie.

The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a spiritual odyssey with a heartbeat of an action adventure. It may make you think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the comedy, the romance, the tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien origin believing atheist. Their journeys separately and together will be a test of their respective faiths and their inner search for personal and family redemption.

Author Bio

Maxime has been scribbling stories since grade school from adventure epics to morality plays. Blessed with living in multicultural pluralistic settings and having earned degrees in science and marketing, Maxime has worked in business and sports, traveling to countries across five continents and learning about cultures, traditions, and the importance of tolerance and understanding. Maxime’s debut novel was written and edited in different locations in Belgium, including the Turkish and Kurdish neighborhoods of Brussels, in South America, and on the two coasts of the United States.



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