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Since she was five years old, R.M. ArceJaeger (pronounced R-C-jay-grr) has been writing stories. Her forte is taking a familiar, classic tale like Robin Hood and twisting it into something refreshingly new. And that’s exactly what she’s done with Robin: Lady of Legend, which has topped Amazon’s paid Kindle bestseller list. Today it’s free and it tops the Buffet.
Yes, it turns out that Robin Hood isn’t the man you thought she was. She’s a headstrong young lady who is constantly at odds with society’s expectations and her father’s plans for her future.
A review in Publisher’s Weekly gushed: “The storytelling is solid, the research is thorough, the details are spot-on, and the skill is undeniable. . . . As Robin Hood retellings go, it’s pretty much a bullseye.”
The novel took Second Prize in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award, which awards a $50,000 grand prize to unknown authors.
In college, R.M. earned a B.S. in Computer Science (with Distinction) from Harvey Mudd College in Southern California. She now resides in South Carolina, where she’s teaching 4th- and 5th-grade math and science.
Some of her story ideas come from dreams and real-life events, R.M. told me yesterday. But mostly, she gets her creative juices flowing by asking, “What if?”
“What if Cinderella cut her foot on her glass slipper when it fell off her foot, and her foot was too swollen to fit in the shoe when the prince came calling?” R.M. pondered. “What if Robin Hood wasn’t a man at all, but a woman? Coming up with “What If” questions is great fun, but the real adventure is turning it into a story that sounds so feasible it forever changes how a reader perceives a character or tale.”
She prefers writing at night, and almost always at her computer. “The darkness and the quiet really help get my thoughts moving, and a keyboard lets me write only somewhat slower than I think,” R.M. explained. The speed available with a keyboard is a must — she spends 10 percent of her time writing, 90 percent editing. But she relies on a handwritten plot and a journal for recording separate thoughts.
Her favorite books include Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Lirael and Dragonsdawn. As for her own projects, R.M. has several irons in the fire: She’s working on a sequel to Robin, as well as a fairytale adaptation and an original fantasy novel for young adults. Stay tuned.
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Action & Adventure
Author: R.M. ArceJaeger
Headstrong Robin of Locksley finds herself constantly at odds with society’s expectations for women of her station, but when she balks at her father’s plans for her future, the consequences of her rebellion prove deadly. Hunted by both her father and the Sheriff, she is forced to hide her identity and seek refuge as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.
Disguised as a lad for protection, Robin maintains a careful isolation from the world around her . . . until the day she saves a young boy being beaten to death by the Sheriff’s soldiers. So begins Robin’s rise to leadership in Sherwood forest and of the unfortunates who seek refuge therein. But while her endeavors to provide a life of honor and purpose for her people win her high esteem, they enrage the Sheriff of Nottingham, who plots a deadly fate for her and her band.
As the Sheriff’s traps close in around her and assassins seek to bring her down, Robin must risk losing love, leadership, and life if she is to save her people and fulfill her destiny as one of history’s greatest heroes.
Alive with adventure and danger, sword fights and heists, hatred and love, Robin: Lady of Legend is the never-before-told tale of the girl who became Robin Hood.
Biographies & Memoirs
Author: William C. Anderson
BAT-21 is the harrowing real-life story of the rescue of Colonel Iceal “Gene” Hambleton from behind enemy lines, the largest rescue operation attempted by the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. This 1980 bestseller was later turned into a film by TriStar Pictures starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover.
Hambleton’s reconnaissance plane is shot down over enemy territory. Accustomed to giving orders from behind a desk, Hambleton lacks combat survival experience, and is forced to adapt while the enemy surrounds him on all sides. As the Air Force plans a risky rescue mission, he is befriended by pilot Bartholomew Clark, who can’t land to pick up Hambleton due to the enemy activity but keeps him company by radio.
Hambleton’s plight takes a turn for the worse once the brass decide to execute an intensive bombing mission in the area, whether or not they can rescue Hambleton. The colonel, meanwhile, confronted for the first time by the horrors of war, begins to reassess his role in the bloodshed.
Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Nancy Wright
FACT: Priscilla and Steve Phillips adopt a Korean baby. Shortly afterwards little Tia begins developing strange symptoms. In and out of the hospital for months, she finally succumbs. Cause of death: unknown.
FACT: The Phillipses adopt a second Korean infant named Mindy. Once again the same symptoms develop. Near death, the child is taken away to intensive care, away from any interaction with her mother. The child recovers.
FACT: Mindy is removed from the Phillipses’ home. Months later she is adopted by a new couple. After a few weeks in her new home, she falls ill once again.
As far as anyone knew, Priscilla Phillips was the perfect mother: A pillar of her church, a social worker, a devoted wife and loving mother of two sons of her own. Priscilla lavished endless love and attention on little Tia, and later on her sister Mindy. To this day she claims total innocence of any wrongdoing. Yet she was arrested and tried for murder. Was she a mother who literally loved her children to death? A woman so desperate to be needed that she’d take any risk, pay any price?
This is her incredible true story.
Author: Neal D. Bogosian
In 1909, before Babe Ruth, there was Chip Doolin.
These are the improbable and humorous tales of a farm boy from Somewhere, Virginia, who has few life tools and an abundance of raw talent, who becomes the starting first baseman for the 1909 Detroit Tigers. It soon becomes apparent that the fate of Chip Doolin is a blessed one — heroics and home runs are part of his destiny.
Chip’s follies are often amongst some of baseball’s most prominent and colorful luminaries including Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Rube Waddell and Hughie Jennings, with cameo appearances from the likes of famed boxer John L. Sullivan, President Willam Howard Taft, and famed writer, Ring Lardner. The stories are sure to warm the nostalgic hearts of baseball fans young and old.
Lifestyle & Home
Author: Mahe Zehra Husain
Have you ever wanted to give a handmade card to the people you love? There are numerous occasions throughout the year when a little handmade love goes a long way. We’re talking about Birthdays, Anniversaries and Valentines. The birth of a baby, an opportunity to say you’re sorry or a job well done! These are all special moments that deserve to be celebrated with love — handmade love.
This step-by-step guide is the only book you’ll need to start a wonderfully creative journey. You will get to turn trash into treasure. You will take ordinary card scraps or paint chip samples and turn them into little works of art. All the scraps that have been left over from previous craft projects will be put to good use, and you will also discover what a versatile crafting supply paint chips can be.
Join millions of other crafters from all over the world who are trying to do more with less and embark on the creative journey called “Green Crafting.”
Advice & How-to
Author: Bruce Bryans
What’s the secret to getting your wife to have sex with you when and how you want it? Simple. Learn how to turn her on by seducing her.
Most husbands probably don’t think about “seducing” their wives. A lot of guys seem to think that once they get married they don’t need to make the effort anymore, and that sex is just a given.
It’s still worth learning how to seduce your wife. Chances are that she’ll be more enthusiastic about keeping you happy in the sack, and that the sex you do have will be even hotter and far more exciting all because you’ve taken the time to seduce her.
She needs you to learn how to get her in the mood.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Richard Brown
This is the story:
- of a shipbuilder who designed the greatest ocean liner ever imagined.
- of a captain on the final voyage of his long and distinguished career.
- of a crew dedicated to the safety and well-being of all passengers.
- of an unsinkable woman who stood up when everyone told her to sit down.
Oh, and there’s an infection that turns hundreds of passengers into violent, flesh-eating ghouls.
That’s right. This ain’t no love story. This is the story of the Titanic with ZOMBIES.
All aboard. It’s about to go down!
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Jen Blood
A convicted murderer desperate to prove his own innocence, and a serial killer with a list of victims dating back to the 1970s. The only thing the two seem to have in common is their link to investigative reporter Erin Solomon’s own father. When she and fellow reporter Daniel Diggins are forced into the northern Maine woods during their investigation by someone intent on making them pawns in a diabolical game of cat and mouse, it will take everything they have to get out alive, and finally learn the truth about Erin’s father’s past — and the trail of bodies in his wake.
Author: Kate Bloomfield
In a future where ignorance has destroyed the world that we know, humans are slaves and Mages – advanced beings with abilities beyond everyday reach — rule the land. Avalon is one such Mage. Barely 18 years of age, she wields the gift of fire yet she is unable to control it. She leaves her family in the dead of night and heads to the city of Frost Arch, her future seemingly grim. Will Avalon be able to overcome the trials that befall her? Will she be able to save the ones she loves and stay strong within herself? Time will tell.
Author: Sarah Wynde
Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts.
All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth—she can see and communicate with spirits. But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic energy.
Zane Latimer believes in telepathy, precognition, auras, and that playing Halo with your employees is an excellent management technique. He also thinks that maybe, just maybe, Akira Malone can help his family get in touch with their lost loved ones.
But will Akira ever be able to face her fears and accept her gift? Or will Zane’s relatives be trapped between life and death forever?
Author: Sarah Wynde
For Dillon Latimer, meeting his long-lost mother comes too late. He’s been a ghost for five years. Still, a little thing like death won’t get in Dillon’s way when he decides his mom’s life needs improving. Unfortunately, it’s not easy for ghosts to influence the material world, especially when every choice Sylvie makes brings her deeper and deeper into danger.
Sylvie Blair ran away for reasons that seemed right at the time but she’s never let go of the past. When it comes back to haunt her—literally—she’s forced to face her regrets, even as she tries to decide whether to believe her high school sweetheart’s crazy stories about ghosts and drug cartels.
Can Sylvie let go of the past and embrace the future?
Author: Paul Henke
America at the turn of the century. For the enterprising immigrant, it’s a land of optimism and hope. From the hardship and poverty of Wales in 1890, this is the story of the Griffiths family and their journey to succeed in the new country. Follow the excitement of the pioneers in the early twentieth century in this tale of intrigue and adventure, the story of a family whose devotion for each other helps them to succeed where others fail.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Nancy K. Duplechain
When Leigh Benoit returns home to Louisiana for the funeral of her brother and his wife, she becomes increasingly concerned about the welfare of her orphaned niece, Lyla. She is prompted by her grandmother, Clothilde, to move back to take care of her. Leigh has no desire to take on any responsibility, and being home again brings back painful memories. At the funeral, Leigh’s childhood friend, Detective Lucas Castille, tells her the mysterious details of the accident that killed her brother and his wife. Lucas’ young son has dreams of a Dark Man who wishes to harm Lyla. Leigh begins to have similar dreams. She struggles with her rational mind but vows to protect her niece. Soon, she finds out there is more to the story and more to her grandmother than she thought.
Advice & How-to
Author: C.D. Shelton
There are many diet plans for weight loss being touted today from Zone, Atkins, Scarsdale, Paleolithic, and so many other diets. Each of them is centered on one of four categories; Low-Fat, Low Carbohydrate, Low Calorie, Very Low Calorie, and in some cases a combination. This book will help you decipher which plan is right for you, which in turn will help you succeed in your diet plan goals.
You will discover the essential nutrients your body needs in order to thrive while implementing a diet program, not knowing can cause vitamin toxicity, and/or deficiency, dry skin, tiredness, and other damaging effects to you.
Author: Bernard Jacobs
The U.S. economy of 2015 remains mired in a cycle of debt and decline. President Winters sets out to acquire the financial resources necessary to restore. In a radicalized world of the President’s making, taunted Islamic expatriates demonstrate violently against their European hosts. A threatened Iran seeks nontraditional alliances. A nuclear-armed Pakistan encourages Israel to consider a multiple first strike. Traditional political alliances crumble, new leaders emerge. Outgoing rulers follow their personal wealth to the safety of the United States. Foreign investment swells America’s coffers – all in reaction to the President’s nefarious intrusions.
Author: Cat Lavoie, Samantha March
When 27-year-old Roxy Rule’s best friend and roommate accepts a glamorous new job overseas, she expects their relationship to continue as it’s always been—carefree and easy—until they share a heart-stopping kiss moments before his departure. Overcome with mixed emotions, she fights the urge to over-analyze the situation, and resumes her normal life, working for an intolerable boss at a dead-end job, creeping further and further away from her own dreams of becoming a professional chef.
Roxy’s already topsy-turvy life only gets more complicated when her sisters Steffi and Izzie suddenly become her roommates. Steffi is six months into a pregnancy she refuses to discuss and Izzie is in the throes of a premature midlife crisis. Roxy tries to take control of her career, her love life and her sisters -– but can she really handle it all?
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Parker Francis
When PI Quint Mitchell volunteered to help with an archaeological survey in St. Augustine, he didn’t count on digging up a murder victim. In the nation’s oldest city, Mitchell discovers links to ancient sins, comes face-to-face with his own past, and unleashes powerful forces that will do anything to keep their secrets—even if it means taking his life.
When Mitchell’s friend, the City Archaeologist, is charged with a brutal murder, he must find the true killer while fighting inner demons and the corrosive residue of racial violence dating back to the Civil Rights Movement.
Author: John Horst
Nineteen-eleven is the year our two beauties, Rebecca Walsh and Marta del Toro, leave the comfort and safety of their boarding school back East, under the watchful eye of their grandmother Abuelita and Madame Boutin, headmistress of Stonefields School for Young Ladies. They’re headed to Smith College in the fall, to continue on the path of the blueblood debutante. But something is rotten in their beloved Mexico. The Revolution has started; Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa are on the move. Adulio, their faithful servant and overseer of the Del Toro ranch has come to fetch them. They are needed in Mexico.
Follow the girls on an adventure, a road to discovery where they will have to summon their courage and call upon their talents, their loyalty, their faith in each other to overcome the challenges facing them as they search for inner and outer peace, battling the old demons, greed, lust, vanity, self-doubt and a new one, likely the most difficult of them all, maturation into adulthood.
Author: Evan Tyler
It happened by accident, a lottery of events…
In 1988, a blind seven-year-old lay in a hospital room longing for her mother, unaware that eight years earlier a chance encounter occurred that would shape her life.
American musician Bobby Carter moved to Manchester, England with one objective—to become a major player in the postpunk scene of the late 1970s. His quest for stardom steers him in the direction of Kindle Hyrum, whose feistiness is only exceeded by her raw beauty. Though Bobby’s steady pursuit trumps Kindle’s cheeky resistance—sweeping them into present bliss—past secrets, new temptations, and a series of hapless and happy accidents will determine their future…and the future of a blind child.
Author: Vincent Yee
Aiko is a young fourth-generation Japanese-American. There’s a mysterious person in her life, her grandfather. But he died in World War II, and she never knew more than that. Until one day, a clue appears.
She follows this clue and discovers a family secret and defying her father’s warnings, she learns of the amazing love story between her grandparents while they were interned during World War II. However, that love story turns to heartache as her grandparents are separated when the grandfather goes off to Europe to fight the Nazis. But as she follows the clue further, she discovers the truth about her grandfather and it changes hers and her family’s life forever.
Author: Tommy Davey
Cora Flash is ecstatic when she finally convinces her mom to let her take a train ride by herself to visit a relative in the mountains. Once on board, Cora meets a cast of intriguing characters, and stumbles upon her very own mystery: A valuable diamond has gone missing, and only one of her fellow travellers could have stolen it. It’s up to our novice detective to solve the crime before the train reaches its destination – or the thief reaches Cora.
Author: David L. Bradley
Addison Kane is 39, a workaholic loner whose best friends are his landlady, a good book, and a shot of Irish whiskey. One rainy day while working out of town, he meets and falls in love with Eleanor the History Lady, who excites and challenges him like no woman he has ever known. Is this it? After all these years, has he finally found The One? What does her husband think?
At work, Addie begins investigating the Conley Land Trust and its creator, the dynamic Elizabeth Theodora Conley Burroughs, whose death in 1968 did nothing to loosen her grip on the land. Researching the trust, now valued at eleven and a half million dollars, he meets Dick the Turd, a ruthless banker with a plan to steal it. Then Addie sees the ghost of Isaac Cooper, and Isaac begins haunting his dreams, seeking justice.
Action & Adventure
Author: Terry Schott, Alan Seeger
What if life as we know it was just a game?
What if, instead of traditional schools, children learned by participating in a virtual reality simulation, one that allowed them to experience “life” from birth to death — multiple times?
What if one player, on his final play, could change the world forever…?
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Jen Cole
Ready to play the game of your life?
Could you stay ahead of a sociopathic hunter being sent your co-ordinates every three hours? Jo Warrington is about to live this nightmare. On a Melbourne city street she is plunged into a game devised by people from the future. Her choices: play or die.
As Jo flees a remorseless Hunter, her watching audience places bets on how long she will survive and awards points for ingenuity. The points allow her to ask questions, but when the answer to one reveals her father’s recent death to have been no accident, she resolves to play the game on her own terms.
Desperately searching for clues as the assassin closes in, Jo is tempted when her father’s sexy equipment salesman turns up asking her to trust him, but Richard seems to have his own agenda.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: C. Gockel
In the middle of America, on Route 44, Amy Lewis has a plan — to get to her grandma’s house in time for dinner. Galaxies away Loki is waking up in a prison cell, strangely without a hangover, and with no idea what he’s done wrong — this time anyway. But he does know Thor is hiding something, Odin is up to something wicked, and there seems to be something he’s forgotten…
Author: Elizabeth Carr
The man at the door carries a vital message for the King of Caelius, but he is mortally wounded and near death when he knocks at Elspeth’s door. The young woman, living alone in a ramshackle house, at the edge of starvation is stunned by the arrival and death of the messenger. Abandoned by her abusive father and left to care for her sickly mother until her death, she struggles to survive both physically and emotionally and fantasizes about rescue by the young Prince of Caelius to ease her misery. Seizing the opportunity to chase her fantasy, she sets out on the man’s horse to deliver the message herself.
Author: Frankie Robertson
Jared Price is a Celestial, one of a race of beings often taken for angels. Exiled on earth, he’s offered a chance to return to the Celestial Realm. All he has to do is protect Cassie Lewis from a demonic assassin.
A genuine psychic, Cassie can’t resist Jared’s Celestial aura, but she doesn’t trust him. He’s hiding something behind his strong mental barriers and she’s learned the hard way that what you don’t knowcan hurt you. But when a demon tries to kill her, Cassie has no one else to turn to.
Then the stakes are raised even higher, and Jared must decide if Cassie’s love is worth sacrificing a dream he’s held on to for 150 years.
Author: June Kearns
Texas 1867. Victorian bluestocking Annie Haddon finds herself thrown into the company of cowboy, Colt McCall – a man who relies on animal instinct for survival and lives by his own rules.
Two cultures — one crude, loud, boom and bust. The other, all buttoned-up reticence. Can two people moulded by their pasts overcome that conditioning? Annie and McCall find out on their journey across the haunting , mystical landscape of the American West.
Lifestyle & Home
Author: R.J. Ruppenthal
Explains how to plant and grow organic potatoes in the home garden. Recommended for backyard gardeners and container gardeners with small city-sized yards, patios, balconies, decks, and rooftops.
Potatoes are one of the simplest food crops to grow at home. You will learn how to plant and grow potatoes in any sized garden. Even if you have no garden at all, and merely a doorstep, patio, rooftop, balcony, or deck, you can grow potatoes in very small spaces. Learn which type of containers potatoes thrive in, producing bigger harvests than you’ll ever get from a bed in the ground.
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