The Adventures of Ominous Crane

What kid doesn’t love having a blast with their grandfather? Especially when it’s blasting heads from Hallowed Men and witches from their brooms! Orin Crane surely does, as his grandfather is the world famous child adventurer, Ominous Crane! What’s this I hear you say? You have never heard of him. Well then let me clear things up right this moment! Ominous Crane has battled not only the dark spirits that prey on humanity, but also rock trolls, centaurs, dragons and a mysterious creature that lurks in the depths of the ocean! Now, I must warn you, that what hides inside of this book may scare you. Matter of fact, put down this book and walk away while you still can!

Meet R.C.J. Dwane

Rory C.J. Dwane is an author/artist living in the midlands of Ireland. He writes fiction in the genres Children, Fantasy, Horror and Literary (for now). As a child, Rory’s favourite stories brought him many hours of joy, such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, the fabulous Asterix and Obelix comics, and many, many more! He is currently finishing his first Fantasy novel, Tale of a Blackbird, and also has recently finished his first children’s graphic novel, The Adventures of Ominous Crane, for ages middle grade and older, which he is self-illustrating. When he is not writing, he enjoys music, art, food, and hiking in the woods with his family and dog.

Thread of Souls

Thread of Souls is a sprawling eight-book epic fantasy series based off a TTRPG campaign. These stories weave a world of deep history, cultures, and lore with a fascinating pantheon of good and evil gods. Adventure across the vast world of Corventos while diving right into the heart and soul of a diverse and colorful cast of characters whose passions, strengths, and failures drive the story. In the first installment of this thrilling series aspiring Paladin Zok hopes the sleepy coastal village he traveled to will be his new home. A place to become a full-fledged Paladin of his dragon god away from large cities where his Half-Elven heritage is shameful. But his world is rocked when the temple High Priest, his beloved mentor, is murdered. Now Zok finds he can’t trust anyone in a place that once felt like a safe refuge. Seeking answers within the catacombs beneath the temple, a dark plot reveals itself. Zok teams up with old and new friends on a journey for answers and for justice. He discovers that if he is ever to become a Paladin, he will have to rise to a challenge that takes him further from home than he’s ever been, and against the most dangerous enemies he’s ever faced. Thread of Souls is a must-read fantasy epic that blends swords and sorcery, dragons and mythical creatures, and fully realized locations that take your breath away. From the desert wastelands of the Expanse, down the twisting caverns of the Deep Hollows, through the beautiful streets of the Elven capital city, and all the way to the icy tundra home of the Citadel. The books in Thread of Souls’ “Spider Octology” currently include: Book 1 – Phantom Five Book 2 – Ash & Thunder Book 3 – Path of the Spiders Book 4 – Asunder – set to be released December 2022 And more to come!

Meet Scott and Ashley Roepel

Scott and Ashley are a husband and wife team of co-authors, fantasy lovers, avid travelers, and video game narrative designers!

Fair Wind

Lored and his companions are on a rescue mission but first they have to endure a sea voyage. “I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It’s a beautifully written story and I find all of the characters interesting. The descriptions, particularly of the sea voyage, were fabulous. I can feel myself being present in the places described. There are lots of hints of problems to come and foreshadowing which all adds to a sense of mystery.” E Baxter Lored and Otta are struck down with seasickness. Tari finds herself nursing a man she fears and a woman she hates. And Erl has worries of his own… Can the companions conceal Otta’s kaerling heritage when they land on the Isle of Kiros? And, how will Lored find the herb woman who has the remedy he and Otta will need when they set sail again in pursuit of the kaerlings? Thwarted at every turn, Lored finds himself agreeing to help the Kirridians without even knowing what needs to be done. Everything seems to be against the companions; how will they overcome the obstacles in their path? Fair Wind follows the travels of Lored, Tari, Otta and Erl as they seek to rescue two people who have been abducted by the evil kaerlings. This is the eighth volume in the epic fantasy saga that is The Kaerling.

Meet Freya Pickard

Pushcart Prize nominee, Freya Pickard is the quirky, unusual author of The Kaerling series, an epic fantasy set in the strange and wonderful world of Nirunen. A cancer survivor, she writes mainly dark fantasy tales and creates expressive poetry in order to rest the prose side of her brain. Her aim in life is to enchant, entertain and engage with readers through her writing. She finds her inspiration in the ocean, the moors, beautifully written books and vinyl music (particularly heavy metal and rock). Her most recent relaxation techniques to get her through lockdown include hatha yoga and painting landscapes and monsters in watercolour.

The Mysteries at the Vanished Villa: An Isabella and Henry Howard Mystery #1

Twins Isabella and Henry Howard have spent the last few summers at Misenum, Italy, on the Bay of Naples with their parents Carol and David. Misenum is an archaeological site where their parents hope to discover a lost villa that belonged to Pliny the Elder, a Roman statesman and admiral who died during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. The villa has never been located but Carol and David think they have found it. The twins make amazing discoveries of their own; ones that will change the course of the excavation. They think of themselves as “dirt detectives,” but this summer they also become real detectives when they uncover a nefarious plot to steal ancient Roman antiquities. With the help of trusted friends, Guido and Stefano, and their parents, they help the Italian Art Squad capture the crooks and recover the stolen art.

Meet Sandra Forrest

Kathrine Rinne is an independent scholar of Rome’s fountains and aqueducts. She has published widely on this topic, including her book The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City, Yale University Press, and the mid-grade novel Francesco’s Fountain with Sandra Forrest, Four Fountains Press. Sandra Forrest has illustrated over 50 children’s books including Fanny McFancy: A Passion for Fashion, Simon and Schuster, winner of the Parents’ Choice Award for Illustration. She was also an art teacher and an art director for children’s publishers including Golden Books and Weekly Reader.

Ghost of a Chance

A rainy night in east Texas leads to murder

Who killed aunt Emma. Paranormal investigator Buck McDivit needs to know. When he inherits her island, marina, and rustic fishing lodge on a primordial lake in east Texas, he finds the ghost of a long-dead little girl haunting it. The restless spirit is the least of his problems. To hold on to the property, he must deal with foreclosure, murder, and the New Southern Right, a radical group that seeks the island for nefarious purposes. If Buck fails, he’ll lose his inheritance and suffer the same fate as his aunt Emma.


Meet Eric Wilder

Eric Wilder is a writer spinning tangled webs. Author of 13 novels, Eric lives in Oklahoma not far from historic Route 66

Earth’s First Civilization, Antarctica, 55 Million B.C.

Explore evidence of an Advanced Civilization that existed on the Antarctic Continent in the Paleocene Epoch, and other mysterious cultures of prehistory. To explore these remarkable finds, this book has four primary purposes: 1) to present archaeological and other competent evidence demonstrating that civilizations of tremendous antiquity once existed on our planet—evidence either known, inexactly known, or currently tentative; 2) to examine evidence regarding the true age of those civilizations; 3) to explore the possible origins of those civilizations; and 4) to reveal the profound esoteric knowledge and technical abilities possessed by the cultures of those civilizations. For decades the archaeological community labored under the theory that human civilization began after the last Ice Age. The theory conjectured that, prior to that time, humans were no more than primitive hunter-gatherers incapable of communal organization or sophisticated abilities, and it was only after the last glacial period—following the melting of the 10,000 foot thick ice sheets that covered much of the northern portion of the world’s continents—that our human ancestors began to develop agriculture and complex economic and social structures, sometime around 4000 B.C. Contemporary discoveries have dramatically undermined those theories. Modern research has unearthed buried civilizations and discovered hidden cities one after another—archaeology now reconstructs an unsuspected antiquity of man and paints a canvas of stunningly mysterious dimensions. Previous academic accounts of the origins of civilization have fallen forfeit to evidence from archaeological sites worldwide, including Thebes (c. 37,900 BC), Edfu (c. 18,000 BC), Turkey (c. 12,000 BC), Bolivia (c. 15,000 BC), Indonesia (c. 22,000 BC), and, most intriguingly, on the Antarctic Continent. The stunning discovery in Antarctica, if fully confirmed, will represent the greatest archaeological find of history. Organization & Content: Part I of this book explores the true antiquity of civilization on this planet, examines the ancient traditions and theogonies that shed light on the existence and age of prehistoric civilizations, details the substantial evidence for a Paleocene civilization on the Antarctic continent 55 million years ago, and takes an inside look at recent astronomical and cosmological discoveries. As the study of antiquity is properly accounted purely academic except as it may be made living knowledge which illuminates and enriches our contemporary life, a comprehensive Special Bonus Supplement containing Parts II and III of this book explore the extremely rare arcane knowledge of the ancient world, along with the powerful abilities that can be attained from the study of that knowledge, ones that convey benefits of great value in our modern world. Doubtless many of the very earliest chapters of our planet’s history will lie forever silent under her most desolate soil and deepest waters, yet extant legends and traditions have been too readily set aside—academic pundits love to brand as mythical the accounts which have endured the millennia, and which mischievously persist. We invite you to explore amazing discoveries and knowledge that for long millenniums has remained concealed under layers of legend, myth, and secrecy. A truly incomparable book for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and personal power, and especially fascinating for anyone interested in the realities behind the ubiquitous legends of antediluvian civilizations and the possibility of ancient extraterrestrial influences. 2021 Edition, for more information, please see the ‘Look Inside’ feature on the book’s Amazon page. Thank you.

Meet Michael Hawking and Jenna Wolfe Ph.D.

M.G. Hawking is an avid traveler, adventurer, and writer. Devoted to exploring remote areas of the globe to discover regions unknown to the Western world, always in search of extraordinary people and experiences, he has found many, especially in the Great Range of the Himalayas, the setting for most of his books. His focus is documenting profound wisdom traditions and revealing the knowledge and power they convey. Hawking is the author of the book series, ‘In The Valley of Supreme Masters,’ along with its associated companion volumes. When not traveling, he spends his time working on projects related to presenting books of an esoteric nature with his wonderful team in Northern California. Heather Cantrell, M.Litt., contributor and editor for Wisdom Masters Press, is an experienced world traveler. Having been born in Nepal to British parents who were teachers in various parts of Asia, she has extensive experience in the Himalayas, and is a devoted equestrian and animal lover. Amber Chellings, M.Phil., contributor and newsletter director, is an avid photographer, outdoor enthusiast and ardent equestrian. Jenna Wolfe, Ph.D., our exceptional research expert, contributor and book content supervisor, is a primary link to our numerous academic technical advisers.

Aerovoyant: The Industrial Age, Volume One

Discover a new world. On planet Turaset, droughts ravage farmlands, cyclones rip through coastal cities, and with every barrel of oil the combustion industry pumps from the ground, the climate worsens. Alphonse has just refused a council seat because taking it means serving that rapacious industry. He leaves the city to seek solace in the wilderness, and there, a power to live the past awakens within him. Alphonse walks the steps of his distant ancestors on long-dead Earth, soon growing plagued with memories of its collapse, and he’s left with a troubling certainty: He must infiltrate the combustion industry to secure proof of its treachery, or Turaset will be next to fall. Alphonse finds an ally in Myrta, a farmgirl who sees air, every molecule in every pulse of breath or blast of exhaust. With her talent, she can evade the patrols on the industry’s grounds. Together, Alphonse and Myrta can prove the industry lies about emissions. They can convince the councils to shut down fossil fuel use permanently. But people in the industry have grown wise to Myrta’s power—and now she’s marked for death.

Meet P. L. Tavormina

P. L. Tavormina is a North American middle-aged mammal living during Earth’s Anthropocene. Dr. Tavormina has identified human disease genes at the University of California and catalogued ecological changes in the wake of petroleum disasters at Caltech. Now, she’s writing fiction to make climate science more broadly accessible. Additional short stories from the world of Turaset are freely available at pltavormina.com.

True Tales of a Traveller: Overlanding (Part Two)

This story picks up from Overlanding Part One, which ended at the Turkish border with Iran, and finishes in the Netherlands. Of all my travels in the 1980s, in terms of time spent, undoubtedly no journey made such a deep and lasting impression on me as this overland trip from Karachi to Rotterdam, which in total took just a little over three weeks. Not only did it unceremoniously blow away many of my own preconceived notions of life in Pakistan and Iran, it was also a harsh lesson for me as a traveller in the virtues of being prepared for any journey into terra incognita. Additionally, the first part of the journey, from Karachi to the Turkish border with Iran, was relatively dangerous, not due to involving difficult terrain, but rather to man-made hazards. But overall, the journey turned out to be something I originally had never suspected for a moment it would be: an intensive course in the follies of racial prejudice and ethnic chauvinism.

Meet Alix Lee

I am a Taiwan national, born and bred in the UK. I began travelling in 1981 and soon found I couldn’t stop….

And Call It Peace

A Native American girl, running for her life, narrowly escapes being murdered by narcotraficante thugs just outside a small town in Arizona. Just why she was a target, she won’t say; and the Sheriff’s Office seem more interested in the man who saved her than the ones who attacked her. Then, when the girl disappears, it seems that man is the only one who cares enough to go looking for her. Luckily, he’s no ordinary man.

Meet Michael Gift

Michael Gift is the pseudonym of an internationally-award-nominated author whose existing body of work is mostly in another genre.

Nowonderland

Billy, the only child of a working mother, moves into his late father’s childhood home and soon finds himself trapped in a hidden fantasy world that’s as dangerous as it is weird. Will he make it out alive? He finds help from the most unlikely cast of characters imaginable, including a squad of walking talking toys on a mission, and finds a link to his past he never knew existed. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll lose yourself in a world of pure imagination.


Meet M. C. Gladd

Hello to all,
I am a long time reader with an overactive imagination who, after twenty-two years in the military, wants to bring this weird little world to life and invite you all to enjoy it. There will be more adventures in Nowonderland to come.