Swords and Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem


I stumbled into Kieran as a tremor moved through me. Hairs on my arms

stood at attention like tiny lightning rods. “Do you feel that?” my voice sounded

breathless, even to me.

He glanced sideways, “Feel what?”

“Look.” I held out my arms to him. “I feel strange. Like someone . . .” I

rubbed my slightly numb hands over my forearms and sucked in a breath, as he

hooked his head around. I fell into step beside him. “Never mind. It’s probably


This happens when lightning’s about to strike, right?

The heat from the sun radiated off the few cars parked along Boutique Row,

their owners engaged in mid-afternoon shopping. Store fronts displayed the new

and trendy “must-have” dresses, shorts, and shoes for the spring season. I paused

to see my reflection. Not a hair was out of place. Thank God.


Swords and Stilettos
Enlighten Series
Book One
Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Genre: YA urban fantasy
Publisher: Kasian Publishing LLC
Date of Publication: December 7, 2016
ISBN: 9781943207367
Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 73k
Cover Artist: Angela Fristoe of Covered Creatively
Book Description:
Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.
She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.
Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.
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About the Author:
USA Today bestselling and Award-Winning, Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River with her parents and older sister. Currently, Kristin lives in Minnesota with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.
In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women’s Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!
Kristin’s books are published by Kasian Publishing LLC.


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Simulation by M. Black


I hardly notice my attraction, but my fingers have nudged their way onto the platform as

my chin tucks over the wood, and my eyes fix on the Givers moving speedily to and fro as if I’m

watching a coveted movie, though none inside of Iliad are as good as this performance. Attention

is drawn to my fingers when Jez approaches from my side and taps his foot at my forefinger. “If

it isn’t the Princess Thief. Have you come to take more goods?”

I almost gasp. The guards had a strict talk with him about not speaking with me, and

letting me take what I want—and yet here he is. Not that I expect that I should be able to do

whatever I want, but I certainly don’t expect a Giver to not follow orders.

I stumble my words. “Wha? I…I’m not here for that,” I defend poorly.

“Then why are you here? Isn’t that what you Insiders do best? Take?” Jez’s voice cracks,

as if the word take weighs particularly heavy on him.

“I’m not here to take anything,” I say as my voice quivers, hands tremble, and my eyes

flit around for focus.

“Then why are you here?” His brazen tone makes me uneasy.

The question stops me. I can’t be at all sure why I came, why I insisted on seeing Jez.

Curiosity? Passion? I hardly know. I only know there is something about him—something

mysterious— something different from all the rest of the boys of Iliad. Maybe it’s because he’s

been Outside, seen the world. Maybe it’s because he must be so brave to do so.

His eyes dig deep into mine, waiting for an answer I can’t give. So, I answer a little

shakily, “I just wanted to see the inner workings of the Center of Citigog Goods.”

Jez stares briefly, a smirk sliding across his face—not believing a word. Then he says

snidely, “Curious how the other half lives?”

“Why do you keep attacking me?” I grit my teeth, my fingernails scratching the wood of

the platform, my head fixed upward at Jez, sun glares hurting my eyes. “What have I ever done

to you?” His audacity surprises me. I should be used to it by now. Every time I talk with him, he

has nothing but ridicule for me. Still, I can’t wrap my brain around his disgust. No one speaks to

the princess this way.

“Attacking you? You call a few words an attack?” Jez shakes his head and ruffles his

fingers through his hair, releasing a loud huff of disbelief.

“You didn’t answer my question,” I press, keeping my eyes locked on his. He isn’t going

to get away with it this time. Not without an explanation.

Jez pauses, his eyes searching me, and I can see questions circling his mind. “You really

don’t know.”

“Know what?” My brow quirks, and he draws all my attention. I wouldn’t notice now if a

Citiguard stood beside me.

“Anything,” Jez remarks, and I’m not sure if he’s just being smart or if he really cares

about my so-called ignorance.

“So, enlighten me, oh Giver of all.”

He squats so that we are eye to eye, and his smirk becomes more of a sadness, his color

more of a pale crème, but his hair engulfs him—his square face and broad shoulders—as it falls

to his chest. Then, I regret what I’ve just said. I feel I’ve hit him somewhere deep inside where

even I didn’t intend.

“You live in your perfect princess castle, with three meals a day, and everyone at your

beck and call. Safe from danger, and from the truth.” His head lowers, and he looks like he is

about to cry, before he takes a deep breath and his head rises. “I won’t be able to enlighten you

with anything but misery. I’m not a Giver. I’m a survivor.”

“Survivor of what?” I ask, not sure if he even heard me ask the question, because at that

moment the dark-skinned man with the buffalo tattoo pushes beside Jez and tugs on his shoulder.

“Get going, Jez. Your tribe can’t handle another reprimand.” Jez looks at the dark man

and nods before he pulls away from me and straightens up to return to the Box Carrier. As Jez

walks away from me, the dark man hawk-eyes me. “You’re nothing but trouble for us. Why

don’t you crawl back to your castle?” The corner of his mouth curls up as he turns back to Jez. I

stand there, alone, lingering in questions. Survivor? Aren’t we all survivors of CR? What tribe?

Safe from danger, the truth?

Everyone I come to for answers turns into another blockade, but I won’t let curiosities go

unsatisfied this time. Jez knows something, something my aunt and mom know as well,

something no one wants to tell me. I’ll watch him, and wait. He’ll lead me to what I want to

know. He just has to.


M. Black
Genre: YA SyFy Dystopian
Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing
Date of Publication: DECEMBER 16th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1539194675   
ISBN-10: 1539194671
Number of pages: 380
Word Count: 85,000
Cover Artist: M. Black
Book Description:
SIMULATION is a fictional novel and is the debut release from Dystopian Thriller author M. Black.
A YA SyFy dystopia, along the lines of City of Ember meets CW’s The 100. This story will capture your heart and still won’t let go even at the end. Written in part while listening to Outside by Ellie Goulding, this story contrasts technology to nature, rich to poor, privilege to hardship, and illusion to reality.
“No one is getting in but whom we allow, and no one is ever getting out.”
Set in 2175 in Colorado, USA, where Citigogs are the new form of cities and citizens are kept under a careful population control, we meet Ilia the Princess of our main Citigog named Iliad, and Jez a Giver. As Ilia spends more time with Jez, she finds herself drawn to the Outside and ventures out of her Citigog only to learn that everything is not what it seems.
Fans of the Divergent and Hunger Games series will revel in this story about a strong, but disillusioned heroine who must become brave as she uncovers the truth about her world.
About the Author:
M. Black is a pen name of Ami Blackwelder.
M. Black is her dystopia and thriller line of books. Rebecca May is the pen name for her historical and contemporary line of books. Ami Blackwelder writes paranormal and sci-fi novels.
Her stories range from Tween and YA to NA (new adult), but focus primarily on YA. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand in her early thirties.
Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA.
Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.


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Cover Reveal: Just off the Path by Weston Sullivan

off the Path

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Cover Artist: Joemel Requeza and
Sandra Valente
Book Description:
Hansel never asked to be a hero.
He never wanted to fall in love with Rapunzel, Queen of the East. He didn’t ask
to be raised by Gothel the Wretch, and he certainly never wanted to be credited
for her arrest. But more than any of that, Hansel never wanted to lie: but he
did. He lied about everything. He thought that he was done with it all when he
and his sister Gretel retreated into the woods to reclaim their land, but he
should have known better.
Years later, Rapunzel’s guards
knock at his door, and they say the words he hoped that he would never hear:
Gothel has escaped. As he and Gretel take refuge inside Rapunzel’s castle in
the eastern capitol of Hildebrand, Hansel is thrust back into everything he
never wanted in the first place: his lies, his legend, and his lust. In the
wake of it all, he knows that Gothel has escaped to finish what she started. She
is out to make sure that the Sleeping Beauty never wakes, and that Grimm
suffocates under her blanket of thorn and vine. In order to find Gothel and
save the kingdom, Hansel and Gretel must look for fact in a land of fairy-tale
by following a trail of grisly murders, a girl in a red cape, and a powerful
little man who can’t stand the sound of his own name.
As they search for answers,
Hansel finds that he isn’t the only liar in Grimm, and that there may be a
traitor among them of royal proportion.
the Author:
Weston Sullivan lives and writes
in Tampa, Florida. He spends his days splitting time between writing, a full
time job, and studying for his degree in Creative Writing from the University
of South Florida. He enjoys everything related to storytelling, including film
and theater. He likes to read all genres, from contemporary fiction to classic
favorites such as Faulkner and Woolf. After he finishes his undergraduate
coursework and continues to build his career as an author, he plans to attend
graduate school in New York City.


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