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Shiny Metal Boxes: The Wormholescope Chronicles, Entry: One

2079
Humans depend on AI, including eyeGo, a visual implant installed from the age of nine.
When a mysterious illness known as Jobs Disease incapacitates millions, Emma Castle, a bright eyeGo health technician, is reassigned to investigate a possible link between the implant and the affliction.
As the disease continues to spread at an alarming rate, Emma uncovers a potential conspiracy that could rock both mankind and technology forever.
Teaming up with a private investigator, a hacking and deepfake specialist, a senior member of The Milky Way Library, and a million-dollar AI assistant, Emma races to stop the devastation before it’s too late.
Shiny Metal Boxes, the first installment in The Wormholescope Chronicles, is a science fiction novel that delves into the chaos born from humanity’s addictive inventions.

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Tarja Titan: A Terrian Chronicles Novel

Avatar: The Last Airbender Meets World of the Gateway
Abused and neglected for nearly a decade, Tarja Titan always longed for a home…
…But she didn’t anticipate the reception she’d receive upon her return to a world she thought only existed in fiction
For starters, everyone in Elemental Society knows her name. Even if she has no recollection as to why. For another, she’s going to a university to hone a rare supernatural ability, or abilities, she’s never heard of.
Everywhere Tarja goes and everyone she speaks to, new secrets emerge. Like the fact she was murdered as a child and somehow here she is, as alive and well as her new classmates.
And this school has more secrets than Tarja could imagine. It has hidden rooms, corridors, and yeah, resident spirits love hanging out here. And they’re not shy about sharing a few stories. Even if her newly-discovered godbrother is.
Calling all fans of E.E. Holmes’ World of the Gateway and Carissa Andrews’ The Windhaven Witches. If you like strong heroines, elemental magic, complex plots, and young adult fiction, or better yet YA+, given the more mature subject matter, you will fall in love with Tarja Titan.

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Apprentice

Freewoman Dalm, she thought, whatever you think this thing around my neck is, I can assure you it is definitely not a treasure.
One month after her childhood friend Gilbert appeared on the doorstep of her library seeking help in fleeing from the Blue Crescent Brotherhood, Lenna Faircloth – librarian, self-proclaimed dormouse, and lover of all things alcoholic – finds herself in the unlikeliest of situations: roughing it in the forest with her mother’s people, the Freewomen of Laur.
With his dying words Gilbert bequeathed to Lenna one of three powerful artifacts, dubiously named the Godjewels, and it had formed a unique psychic bond with her that only the wards of the Freewoman settlement could mask from the other parties interested in acquiring her gem.
As for Lenna? She’s just interested in taking a bath, having a tall glass of wine, and forgetting the last month ever happened.
Apprentice continues the tale of Librarian and follows the adventures of a young woman forced to confront and discover what it means to be a hero (albeit a sometimes tipsy one), a friend, and a person with far too much power at their ready disposal.

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Librarian

Lenna Faircloth thought she was content enough to be a junior librarian at one of the grandest libraries on the Continent, so long as at the end of the day she can enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and some decent shut-eye. Reticent and unconcerned with trivial matters, Lenna is almost laughably nonplussed the day her childhood friend, Gilbert, appears at her door, asking her to help smuggle stolen goods across national borders.
When unfortunate circumstances leave a bizarre, out-of-place artifact in the sole custody of Lenna, she is forced to question her own wants, the source of her withdrawal from others, and how to survive in a world sullied by what she sees as random loss and turmoil – all the while being the target of numerous political factions longing to possess the strange item bound to her by a child’s promise.
Librarian is the first part of a young woman’s journey set in an alternate and sparsely-populated world, comprised of four nations and two independent political factions. Between the Krevlum Empire, a militarist country reviving ancient technology to expand its borders, and a shadowy arcane Brotherhood, the librarian finds herself pursued by powerful enemies who would spare nothing to acquire the object of which she would gladly rid herself.

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The Angry Lion: How Love Can Change the Strongest of Hearts

Deep in the jungle, there lives an angry lion who spends his days scaring all of the other poor animals who live there. He doesn’t care what he does or who he hurts. That is until, one day, he meets a young cub. He learns that this cub is his daughter, and his heart melts! The angry lion is determined to change his ways. He wants to be a good dad for his new found cub and show her just how much he loves her. But can an angry lion really change his ways?