Lock Down

My superpower? I can’t die. You can imagine how much it hurts when they test that out… Phoebe Atkinson has always felt different, but in the typical angsty way most teenagers do. She had no idea just how different until that fateful day she died—and then came back to life. It appears that sort of thing is frowned upon because Phoebe awakens to find herself locked up in Leavenworth, a notorious prison that now holds teens with supernatural abilities. Behind bars, some are welcoming and others are… not. One group in particular seems determined to make the lives of Phoebe and her new friends as miserable as possible. Although Phoebe’s life before being imprisoned was far from perfect, she wants it back. And she will… if they don’t find a way to kill her first. Regardless, she’s no longer going to stand by and be the rule-follower she’s always been. Look where that got her.

Meet Aella Black

Aella Black is the new pen name for an author who may possibly have multiple personalities based on her predilection for a plethora of pseudonyms. She might also like alliteration but works very hard to limit it to her everyday conversations. She loves dogs–who doesn’t love dogs?–and wants to save the world one rescue at a time. When she’s not world-saving, Aella feeds her other obsession: books. Writing them, reading them, smelling their musty old pages or brand new out-of-the-box pages. She happens to love the electronic pages too, since a whole host of stories can be transported easily wherever she goes. Aella hopes you’ll want to take her stories with you wherever YOU go!

Wall of Fire (Bargain Read)

“A riveting tale of resistance, romance, and betrayal, […] a blistering rollercoaster ride from start to finish.” – Readers’ Favorite® Review

The final safe haven. A test of belonging. Deception of epic proportions.

Sheltered inside a dome city, Emery believes she’s safe from the worst danger imaginable: a ravaging pandemic. But when her beloved brother falls victim to a strange and deadly disease, she risks everything to save him, illegally crossing the Wall of Fire that divides their city in search of the medicine that will save his life. When her plan goes awry, she becomes an unwilling participant in a gauntlet of trials she must pass or be exiled forever.

While fighting for her life, she unexpectedly meets up with Eason, the guy she’s secretly loved forever and never dreamed she’d ever see again. Suddenly, everything she thought she knew is thrown into question, and trusting the wrong person could mean the difference between life and death—not only for Emery and her brother, but for everyone she’s ever known.

Could the one thing that was meant to protect her actually be her biggest threat?

For fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, andDelirium series comes a gripping, fast-paced story of deception, intrigue, hope, and enduring loveWall of Fire is the first book in the young adult, post-apocalyptic, dystopian Wall of Fire Series.


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.

The Black Heart of the Station

Delinquent or Prophet? Whichever one teenager Josh Driscoll is, he may be the Station’s only hope for survival. The Station is a city buried deep beneath the surface of a frozen, lifeless earth, its origins lost in the mists of time. Josh’s frequent rule-breaking exploits are focused on a single question – how did we get here? But Josh goes too far when he steals a space-suit and escapes to the surface to explore. As punishment, the governing Council, of which his father is a member,forcibly enrolls him as a novice monk at Saint Carmine’s, the Station’s resident monastery. At first desperate to escape, Josh finds himself drawn into the monastery’s ancient texts. Deciphering an encrypted journal hidden for centuries, Josh learns that the Black Heart, a computer complex sealed off after an ancient asteroid strike, may hold the answers he’s been seeking, and may be all that can save the city from certain annihilation. When the deranged head of the Council is determined to demolish the Black Heart and doom them all, Josh leads a desperate battle to stop him. But can Josh and his tiny band of followers prevail in time to avert catastrophe?

Meet Jay Allan Storey

Jay Allan Storey is a musician, international traveler, and author. Jay has traveled the world, passing through many places in the news today, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Swat valley in Pakistan. He has worked at an amazing variety of jobs, from cab driver to land surveyor to accordion salesman to software developer. Jay is the author of of THE ARX, the BLACK HEART series, the VITA AETERNA series, and ELDORADO, and a number of short stories and screenplays. Two new novels are in the works for 2022. His stories always skirt close to the edge of believability (but hopefully never cross over). He is attracted to characters who are able to break out of their stereotypes and transform themselves. He loves both reading and writing, both listening to and playing music, and working with animals. He’s crazy for any activity relating to the water, including swimming, surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Jay is married and lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Her Virtual Eyes: Version 1.0

Can a computer fall in love? Is that love any less real than that of a human? Alex WAS just your typical average high school computer nerd until he was given a scholarship from a mysterious benefactor to attend the prestigious halls of ITSI, the world’s number one location for learning technology and the sciences. Going from an average high school student to a below average college student, Alex’s new school life was a lonely existence…until the day he met Ariel, the Artificial Reality Intelligent Emotional Lifeform. Now finding himself becoming more and more emotionally involved with his new friend, Alex will need to navigate a new world of industrial espionage, hacking attempts, and solving Ariel’s increasing hardware issues…all while keeping her true nature a secret from the rest of the student body in order to keep her safe. …And that’s just until Ariel’s father comes looking for him. A fun, slightly technical, modern sci-fi journey which tries to answer the question ‘Is it possible for a human and an AI to fall in love?’

Meet H. G. Jeffries

H. G. Jeffries is a self-published author interested in the massive genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Pretending to be an author in his spare time, he recently got back into writing fiction while on medical leave from his full time job. Drawing experience from his 25 years in the I.T. industry, he likes to combine fiction with real world technical scenarios that are on the edge of fantasy. When not coming up with ideas for books and working his day job, H. G. usually ends up spending time with his wife and kids, or playing on his virtual reality headset. ‘Writing my first book has been a fun and learning experience. Even if it doesn’t do well, I’ve found my language skills have increased and I enjoyed the process of self-publishing.’ – H. G. Jeffries

Firmament: No Man

She doesn’t have much longer to live. Losing the last of the radialloy puts Andi’s life in immediate danger and sends her, August, and the Doctor rushing towards the demolished Qandon system in search of more. Their speeder is crippled, a powerful man is desperate to stop them — and they are running out of time. Meanwhile, Crash has escaped from prison and is hiding somewhere in Hungary, hunted by assassins who have instructions to kill him if Andi and the others don’t return to Earth in one week. The only person on Earth who can help him is Guilders, who very nearly despises him. Is there more radialloy out there? Can Crash and Guilders make it to safety? And will Andi ever be able to return to the way of life that she loves so much?

Meet J. Grace Pennington

J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk, and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.

Firmament: Gestern

You never escape your past Andi Lloyd is more comfortable than most with interstellar travel, but she’s not prepared for the perils and peculiarities of a world she has all but forgotten—the planet Earth. As the Surveyor undergoes repairs, her brother August receives a message with news that will send both of them across the world to a place he never wanted to visit again. Neither of them are prepared to be thrust into a world of political intrigue amid the tangled forests and crumbling ruins of Austria. They aren’t prepared to encounter wild animals and endure cross-country hikes. And they definitely aren’t prepared to face it all alone. But despite the dangers they must press on into the unknown to find a way to save Andi’s life, to decide the fate of Earth itself—and to rescue a lonely girl who just happens to be their little sister.

Meet J. Grace Pennington

J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk, and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.

Firmament: Reversal Zone

Nothing is as it should be After weeks of boredom, Andi is excited when the Surveyor is called upon to rescue a freighter that mysteriously vanished in uncharted space. Excitement quickly turns to unease when the ship encounters an unknown phenomenon—a cloud that appears not to exist. But with the freighter’s crew in danger, the Surveyor has no choice but to venture into unknown territory. As soon as they enter the cloud, its unstable effects wreak havoc on the ship. They’re flying blind. Every piece of equipment is malfunctioning. And every member of the crew is unable to think straight or act like themselves—except Andi. Now she’s expected to guide them through the predicament with no previous command experience and no one to turn to for support. And with each passing hour, it becomes clear that if they don’t escape the cloud soon—they won’t escape it at all.

Meet J. Grace Pennington

J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk, and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.

Firmament: Machiavellian

On their way back to Earth from the newly discovered world of Kainus Ge, the Surveyor rescues the personnel of a malfunctioning science station. Young medical assistant Andi quickly befriends the newcomers, particularly the charming captain, but things get complicated when the scientists offer the impossible–a way to improve the barren planet and the lives of all its inhabitants. There’s only one problem: their solution requires the Surveyor to enter the one area of the galaxy which is off-limits to travel. As the Captain struggles with his decisions, Andi and her father become suspicious of the “accidents” that keep happening on the ship. Could it be coincidence, or is someone trying to sabotage their mission? Can they uncover the truth in time to stop the Captain from wrecking his career and losing his ship forever?

Meet J. Grace Pennington

J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband and children, and looking up at the stars.

Journey to the Hopewell Star

★★★★★ 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 a 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. Journey to the Hopewell Star is her first novel. You can find her author page on Facebook.

Dating For Christians: Practical Tips & Inspiring Quips

When Christians date, they’re not looking for a one-night stand or a hook-up. Instead, they’re looking for someone to marry and share their life with, as they try their best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ together. Their standards and expectations are high. This book offers practical tips for men and women as they navigate the tricky dating world. The book is written by best-selling author Trina Boice and her son, a dating expert and dating app developer, Cooper Boice. You’ll get a kick out of their sense of humor and be inspired by the Bible-based advice.

Meet Trina Boice

Dr. Trina Boice grew up in California and currently lives in Las Vegas. In 2004, she was honored as the California Young Mother of the Year, an award which completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a #1 Amazon best-selling author of 31 books with another one hitting store shelves soon! You can see them all at Trina’s Books. You can listen to her daily podcasts on the Volley app on your iPhone or on Spotify, Alexa, and Anchor. It’s called “Daily Inspirational Quotes with Trina Boice”. She is a movie critic at www.MovieReviewMom.com and offers online courses for professional & personal success at Lifelong Learning Education. She helps writers as an author coach to turn their books into a thriving business at FromBook2Business and shares travel hacks at EmptyNestTravelHacker. Trina has a doctoral degree in Management at CTU and teaches class at Brigham Young University. Her master’s degrees are in Healthcare Administration and Community Wellness Promotion. Trina earned two Bachelor’s degrees from BYU where she competed on the Speech and Debate team and the Ballroom Dance Team. She was President of the National Honor Society Phi Eta Sigma and served as ASBYU Secretary of Student Community Services. Trina also studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and later returned there to serve an LDS mission in Madrid for 1 1/2 years. She has a Real Estate license, Travel Agent license, 2 Master’s degrees, and a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, although she’s the first one to admit she’d pass out from fright if she were ever really attacked by a bad guy. She is a doctoral candidate in Management with a concentration in Adult Education Leadership. She is passionate about learning! She worked as a Legislative Assistant for a Congressman in Washington D.C., and was given the “Points of Light” Award and Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her domestic and international community service. She currently teaches at Brigham Young University and is the Entertainment News Editor for BellaOnline.com Trina was selected by KPBS in San Diego to be a political correspondent during the last election. If she told you what she really did for a living she’d have to kill you.