Journey to the Hopewell Star (Bargain Read)

★★★★★ GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 2021 READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (Young Adult – Sci-Fi)
A mysterious star could bring stability to her world…or lead her to a blistering end.

Quiet and introverted twelve-year-old Sam Sanderson is comfortable living a simple life on her family’s peaceful farm. That is, until a mysterious visitor arrives one night, thrusting her on a formidable and dangerous journey across galaxies.

With little direction and no training manual, her mission is to find the elusive Hopewell Star to save a dying planet. But with time running out, a destructive business mogul tracking her every move, and deadly disasters threatening her community, she’ll have to rely on her wits, courage, and friends to make things right and restore peace to both worlds…all while surviving seventh grade.

From discovering the secret of the Hopewell Star to locating a lost civilization, this book has it all: exhilarating adventures, mystery and intrigue, and fascinating characters—you won’t be able to put it down!

Praise for Journey to the Hopewell Star:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 2021 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards
WINNER of the Literary Titan Gold Award (December 2020)
GOLD AWARD RECIPIENT, MOM’S CHOICE AWARDS®
“A RED RIBBON WINNER and highly recommended” – The Wishing Shelf
Book Awards 2020 (UK)
A Must-Have New Brunswick Book of 2020 – Atlantic Books Today
LONGLISTED for The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards 2021

“[A] spellbinding story that is impossible to put down.” – Readers’ Favorite

“A well thought out, entertaining fantasy adventure that works on several levels.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Young adult author Hannah D. State effortlessly blends science fiction and fantasy in Journey to the Hopewell Star, an engaging story featuring an alien culture and a destructive megacorporation that is as enjoyable as it is timely.” – IndieReader (starred review)

“Wonderfully imaginative!” – Cary Caffrey, bestselling author of The Girls From Alcyone

“Five stars for a fine debut novel!” – The Miramichi Reader

“A wonderfully engaging fantasy adventure for YA. Cleverly plotted and totally unique, I’d highly recommend it.” – A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review

“Refreshing…well-written and thoughtful.” – Literary Titan

“A page-turner full of surprises.” – The Prairies Book Review

Meet Hannah D. State

Hannah D. State is an award-winning Canadian author. She graduated from McGill University with a BA and earned her MPL from Queen’s University. Hannah is bothered by inequality, violence, greed, complacency, snakes, entering a dark room, and not getting enough sleep. She enjoys writing about strong-willed characters who don’t fit the norm and who overcome great obstacles with perseverance, self-discovery, and help from others. Sometimes Hannah can’t keep up with her characters’ ideas and plans, so she takes breaks, drinks coffee, does yoga and tai chi, and takes nature walks to calm her mind and really listen.

Kronnus 13

One virus. Two outcomes. Fly or Die.

A fatal virus that kills children when they turn thirteen has swept the globe.
A distant planet holds the cure, but few children are selected to travel. Teenagers fly or die. Death or Kronnus 13.
Zak Connors is about to become a teenager and is selected to fly to Kronnus 13.
During his first night on ‘new Earth’, he has a vision of his mother who disappeared without a trace when he was five-years-old.
He then discovers he has special gifts and uses them to uncover the secrets of his mysterious new world – Kronnus 13.

The first book in the Teen/Young Adult trilogy packed with action, adventure, and superpowers.
Ideal for fans of The Maze Runner, Avatar, and Enders Game.


Meet James Sharkey

James Sharkey was born and lives in Fife, Scotland.
He published the second and third parts of the Kronnus 13 trilogy in July 2021.
He is also writes humorous children’s books. ​The 8th book in the Sergeant Smelly And Captain Chunder series is out now.

The Adventures of PB&J: Attack of the Green Goo

Meet PB&J, a young superhero with a power that’s a little nutty–he can whip up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches faster than you can say “super sandwich”! But watch out! Trouble’s always on the menu when PB&J’s powers get cooking. Teamed up with his brainiac buddy Jimmy, they’re about to face their stickiest situation yet—Dr. Vile, a sinister scientist armed with a green-goo zapper that turns everything it touches into tasty treats of terror! Luckily, our sandwich-slinging hero isn’t alone. Along for the ride is Sophia, a spunky new pal rescued from Dr. Vile’s clutches. Together, they’ll cook up a plan to foil the fiendish foodie and save the day! With a dash of daring, a dollop of determination, and a heap of hilarity, PB&J and his crew are ready to spread the joy of justice. Can they stop Dr. Vile’s evil plan before it’s too late? Find out in this wild ride where the fate of the town hangs in the balance—and the hero serves up sandwiches with a side of superpower! The fate of the galaxy is literally in PB&J’s hands!

Meet Jon Haney

Jon grew up in Northeast Georgia close to the Appalachian Mountains. As a kid, he loved reading. Book series such as The Boxcar Children, The Hardy Boys, and Redwall captivated him at an early age, and now Jon reads these same books to his children. His favorite book of all time is Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce.

First Spark

Their saviors became tyrants. Their safe haven became a prison. And worst of all, most people don’t have a clue they should be fighting for their lives.

Meet Melanie Tays

Melanie Tays is an author of young adult, speculative fiction. She loves stories with twists you don’t see coming, intriguing questions, and satisfying answers. She spends her days imagining how the world could be different and then takes readers along for a surprising and exciting ride. Melanie lives in Arizona with her husband, Chris, and two brilliant daughters that keep life interesting.

scattered Ash

even in exile, Emery isn’t free of the tyrannical clutches of the Council. She soon discovers that the Ash isn’t what anyone thought and the truth is more horrifying than anyone could have imagined.

Meet Melanie Tays

Melanie Tays is an author of young adult, speculative fiction. She loves stories with twists you don’t see coming, intriguing questions, and satisfying answers. She spends her days imagining how the world could be different and then takes readers along for a surprising and exciting ride. Melanie lives in Arizona with her husband, Chris, and two brilliant daughters who keep life interesting.

Our Dried Voices

A future society about to collapse. A reluctant hero alone in the world. When he suspects sabotage, will he abandon his newfound friend to save humanity? Samuel has grown accustomed to the mindless routine of the last human colony. Life is good for him and the other survivors: prefabricated meals three times a day, a freshly made bed each night, and hours in between with nothing to do but play and relax. But when the machines that regulate their community begin to malfunction, Samuel and the other colonists face a test for the first time in their existence. Aided by his determined new friend Penny, Samuel struggles to repair each breakdown. But when they discover a group of shadowy saboteurs behind the colony’s mechanical failures, Samuel and Penny fear their idyllic community is not alone. Facing a treacherous journey to confront their attackers, can Samuel rescue the colony if it means leaving Penny behind? Our Dried Voices is a thought-provoking, instant classic dystopian novel. If you like false utopias, societies harboring dark secrets, and prophetic visions of humanity’s future, then you’ll love Greg Hickey’s perfectly engineered new world. Buy Our Dried Voices and experience this unique dystopia today!

Meet Greg Hickey

Greg Hickey started writing his first novel the summer after he finished seventh grade. He didn’t get very far because he quickly realized he preferred playing outside with his friends. Eight years later, he began to find a better balance between writing and life. He wrote the early drafts of his first screenplay Vita during his last two years of college. Vita went on to win an Honorable Mention award in the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards script competition and was named a finalist in the 2011 Sacramento International Film Festival. After college, he spent a year in Sundsvall, Sweden and Cape Town, South Africa, playing and coaching for local baseball teams and penning his first novel, Our Dried Voices. That novel was published in 2014 and was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Science Fiction Book of the Year Award. Today, he still loves sharing stories while staying busy with the other facets of his life. He is a forensic scientist by day and endurance athlete and author by nights, lunches, weekends and any other spare moments. After his post-college travels, he once again lives in his hometown of Chicago with his wife and daughter.

The Chosen Legacy Complete Series Boxed Set

When the pressure of spending the rest of her life shackled to someone else overwhelms her, Ren makes a choice that will change the course of her entire life.

She signs up for the yearly lottery. When she’s selected, she’s thrust into a game the whole world is watching.

Will she be able to win the life she desires, or will the outcome be something she didn’t expect?

Grab your copy of this complete 4-book series boxed set to lose your heart as The Bachelorette meets Hunger Games in the The Chosen Legacy Series!

Love is a game Ren never wanted to play.

Growing up in the desert biodomes of Province 5-9, there is little room for individuality and choice. Every part of life is dictated by the Council.

At seventeen, Ren knows her path in life has been determined for the betterment of humanity.

Her permanent job placement, her relationship status, and even the number of children she will have are out of her control. Like it or not, she is expected to marry a complete stranger who was assigned to her based solely on their combined genetic diversity.

When the pressure of spending the rest of her life shackled to someone else overwhelms her, she makes a choice that will change the course of her entire life.

Signing up for the yearly lottery could buy her the time and freedom she craves…or she could be condemned to her worst waking nightmare.

The odds she’ll win the right to choose her own spouse are so low she decides it’s worth risking everything. The last thing Ren expects is to be chosen.

Ren is thrust into a house with seven pre-selected men. She must play the game while the whole country watches.

As Ren’s journey progresses, she learns the heart can be a fickle thing, and the road ahead might lead to a destination she never expected.

Can she find a way to break the rules without leaving a path of shattered hearts behind her? Or is all fair in love and survival?

Included in this boxed set:

  1. Glitter and Kindling
  2. Lace and Flames
  3. Armor and Infernos
  4. Sunrise and Ashes

Click BUY NOW or READ FOR FREE to dive into this dystopian romance today!

A Hardness of Minds

A Near-Future Hard Sci-Fi about Data, War, and First Contact in our Solar System. Life exists under Europa’s ice, but there’s doubt in the data. The novel intertwines perspectives of Earth and under Europa as all search for truth. For fifteen years, probes have hinted at life under Europa’s ice. An eccentric mogul— bent on expanding his legacy—funds and launches his probe to Jupiter. The robotic submarine can reach the ocean floor and return by an expertly trained AI. But Earth smack in the middle of the Misinformation Age; tensions flare between the United States and China and scientific data is under attack. Meanwhile, Dalton, a self-sabotaging synthetic data engineer, longs to make a name for himself in the scientific community, even at the cost of being infamous. Unknown to Earth, aliens led by Ice-Driller have explored ‘up’ and penetrated the ice and have researched ‘Nullworld,’ the mysterious ether beyond the ice from which no sonar returns. Meanwhile a hydrothermal vent has gone cold and tensions in their global society have escalated as city-states fight for survival. Now the military caste is in control, halted all research, and pressed capable scientists and engineers into militia service. Ice-Driller must escape and bring back research he hopes will diffuse tensions: the revelation of another water world.

Meet Eric Kay

A Near-Future Hard Sci-Fi about Data, War, and First Contact in our Solar System. Life exists under Europa’s ice, but there’s doubt in the data. The novel intertwines perspectives of Earth and under Europa as all search for truth. For fifteen years, probes have hinted at life under Europa’s ice. An eccentric mogul— bent on expanding his legacy—funds and launches his probe to Jupiter. The robotic submarine can reach the ocean floor and return by an expertly trained AI. But Earth smack in the middle of the Misinformation Age; tensions flare between the United States and China and scientific data is under attack. Unknown to Earth, aliens have explored ‘up’ and penetrated the ice and have researched ‘Nullworld,’ the mysterious ether beyond the ice from which no sonar returns. Meanwhile a hydrothermal vent has gone cold and tensions in their global society have escalated as city-states fight for survival. Now the military caste is in control, halted all research, and pressed capable scientists and engineers into militia service.

Above Dark Waters

Deepfake therapy so great, you’ll never log off! (And won’t notice the ads).
A near-future sci-fi about brain privacy in the age of unfettered surveillance capitalism.

What will companies do when they can read your actual mind? How far will they go to get your click? How much engagement?

Ed’s in a bind. He’s tried everything to keep the North Pacific Seastead afloat financially, loses mount, except for the datacenter cooled by the Pacific. But the seastead needs an infusion of cash to keep it solvent. He needs it quickly, and the only one who can do it is his well-to-do partner, Keight.

Keight Stanford is doing great. Life’s good on her residential condominium complex offshore of San Francisco. Her secretive mental-health startup, WellSpring, has passed all hurdles with the Department of Veterans Affairs to treat PTSD. Adding to that success she just received an infusion of funds from the Department of Defense. Though she does not need the money, she needs the computing power for an artificial therapist, and has entertained Ed’s offer.

But all is not as it seems with Keight’s startup. A rogue programmer stumbles upon ways to boost his output to unnatural levels. Is this artificially intelligent co-coder an extension of his mind, or is he merely a tool of its growing intelligence. Meanwhile brainwave technology has finally been miniaturized, and it is commonplace to monitor employees everywhere.


The Binaries: part one

After holding his dying younger brother in his arms, the defector became disenfranchised with the world he lives in. It is obvious the arch-appointee is the villain and despite not having any superpowers he seemingly has a spell over the people. Each of his fingers is adorned with a gold ring yet the people praise his modesty and humbleness. He is the source of all of their misery, but he is the protector of their zone and without his leadership and protection, those vile people of the other zones would climb over the wall and steal what little they had. And what little they did have is given to the arch-appointee. Every morning the giant beast that lives on the other side of the world disk (people here believe the world is flat) would eat the sun. The only way to lure it away from the life-giving sun is to feed it gold. Gold that people don’t have and have gone into great debt to obtain. If you think simply not paying the gold would solve the problem, you would then be deemed an outcast, a non-normal which the common person fears the most. If someone were to tell the people the arch-appointee is a charlatan and there is no giant beast trying to eat the sun, then they would be met with the violent rage of the people. How does one liberate those who don’t even know they are slaves and being in debt is slave-hood.But the defector has a powerful force on his side, a force much stronger than the lies of the arch-appointee. That force is the truth and he must find a way to expose the powers that be who they truly are.

Meet J. S. Manning

The hardest thing to write is a bio. It isn’t because I don’t know what to write, but I don’t know what to filter out. I studied art and originally wanted to travel and draw, yet my journey seeded ideas and visions of a literary universe. The best thing about being self-published is that there are no obstacles to bringing out an entire world from my imagination. I am an Australian who has travelled and lived abroad by working as an international teacher.