Local Australian Show

Our Local Show
For the first time ever, Writers Exchange had a stall at our local show and it was fantastic!

Over 100 people took our business card and 80% of people who visited got to see an ebook reader for the first time!

We had a contest for someone to win a brand new ebook reader, too. We were raffling off the MiGear ebook reader which has backlighting rather than eink technology. That is what I use myself until I get a Kindle (which now operates Internationally and not just in America).

So next year I will hopefully have my own Kindle to display and a Kindle to give away as well.

Our book catalogue was available in print for people to flip through, but I had to break it up into sections as it was just too big. The file I used to make that is the basis for our new PAGE FLIPPING catalogue up at the site. I am still fiddling with it today to make it even better, so the final address for that will go up tonight – but there is a big link on the left hand side with a beautiful graphic made by out talented author and illustrator Robert Beers, who also did the books in our logo for us. Thank you Robert. And the great thing is he is as good a fantasy writer, as he is an artist, lucky fellow.

That is about all to report from the Show in Regional Australia….

New Fantasy/Romance ebook Anthology Release (September 2017)

Well, we are finally caught up today, and can announce today’s actual new release!

A brilliant fantasy/romance anthology starring vampires, elves, ghosts by the talented Margaret L. Carter who has already published 5 books with us previously…

Hearts Desires and Dark Embraces

Author: Margaret L. Carter

Genre: Fantasy Romance Anthology

ISBN: 978-1-925191-37-0

Word Count: 60, 440

When Margaret L. Carter first read Dracula at the age of twelve, her spontaneous reaction was to wonder how the undead Count saw the events in which he was portrayed as the villain. She has always been fascinated with the “monster’s” viewpoint and relationships between human and nonhuman beings. Most of the stories in this collection can be described as romances, and all involve love and passion in some form. Here you will encounter vampires, elves, ghosts, and at least one human-monster hybrid. The vampire stories in the first half of the book are part of an ongoing series in which the creatures we know as vampires belong to a naturally evolved, nonhuman species secretly living among us. Readers can get better acquainted with them in Crimson Dreams, Sealed in Blood, and Passion in the Blood.

PRICE: $2.99



RELEASE DATE:  14 September 2017

New Mid-Grade Reader Ebook/Print Release (September 2017)

Writers Exchange is thrilled to announce our other new release so far for this month:)

Cathan’s first book with Writers Exchange, a funny mid-grade reader…

Dani Pepper and the Spelling Bee

Author: Cathan

Genre: Mid-Grade Reader

ISBN: 978-1-925191-36-3

Word Count: 6,624

The State Spelling Bee Championship. Wow!

Dani Pepper, self-proclaimed and second-best speller at Fisher Pitt Junior School takes us on the journey to the finals of the state championship. With her best friend Danny and her nemesis–the stuckup Mary Ellen–they get ready for the big day.

The whole class takes a bus trip to the library to work on essays and learn new words. Meanwhile, the word ‘catastrophe’ causes a great kerfuffle between Dani and Mary Ellen. Sometimes words can be so confusing.

The big day is almost here. Dani is excited because she’s going to wear her wonderful MTV- inspired outfit: a yellow jumper, red- and green-striped stockings, and green ponytail scrunchies. Mary Ellen says that outfit isn’t lady-like.

Who will win the coveted championship trophy?

PRICE: $2.99



The print version is available from Amazon US right now, and should be at the Amazon ebook page for every other country in coming days.

So just click on the above Amazon links to get the print if you wish it.


New SciFi ebook Release Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 24: Azuli Eyes (September 2017)

Writers Exchange is thrilled to announce our first new release for September 2017…

This is a massive series, but although the books build the depth and texture of the universe as you go, nearly all the books make sense as stand alones…

Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 24: Azuli Eyes

Author: Michelle Levigne

Genre: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-925191-34-9

Word Count: 74, 377

Scout Captain Ian Fieran is cleaning up operations after battling a Gen’gineer team that attacked and decimated a small colony. The crime of the colonists? Their genetics didn’t suit the exacting standards of the Gen’gineers, who continue the dogma and goal of the Set’ri from centuries ago, trying to create the “perfect” Human genome. Captured data leads Ian and his team of Scouts across the galaxy to the Rim colony world of Chorillan, where they hope to track down a Gen’gineer nest.

At the same time, Mirana Riallon, a schoolteacher and daughter of very important members of the Colony Council, is worried about one of her students. The boy is an orphan, and she wants to adopt him. However, Ranny is showing all the signs of going into Phase–the sensory overload that hits some children near adolescence. No one knows what causes Phase, and there is no known cure. Some fear that the Azuli, sentient canines native to Chorillan, are stealing the children when they escape into the wilderness, seeking to ease their discomfort that has been compared to an allergy to civilization and all things processed, manufactured and synthetic. When Ranny vanishes, Miranda determines to go into the forests of Chorillan to find him.

She meets Ian and his Scouts. They help her look for Ranny while she helps them hunt down the Gen’gineers. As each side educates the other, they come to a partnership, then friendship. The choices Ian and Miranda make during their hunt will change Chorillan for generations to come.

PRICE: $2.99



RELEASE DATE:  4 September 2017

Publisher News September 2017

Hi all!

Thank you so much for your patience recently for our quietness:)

Most of you will be aware that the Writers Exchange website got hacked in July. Since then we have had to change hosting to a dedicated server and totally start from scratch with a new website! (http://www.writers-exchange.com) which looks totally different from the old site, and the colour scheme of this blog.

Things did not go smoothly:)

As of today I have nearly added 200 of our 470+ books into the new site, and only today did the techs get the admin section of the blog working, so I could do blog posts!

All of August was just fixing stuff and putting our old books back in, but September so far, has included two new book releases that I couldn’t do a release notification for!

If you will bear with me I will send out the notifications for those books after I do this post, so you will get three posts straight after each other. Also, I am hoping to release the third book for this month this afternoon, so you will get another notice then as well!

The hacking made us think about a few things, so our business practice has changed slightly as well:

  1. We are now selling direct from Amazon only – so all the book pages take you to Amazon to actually buy the book. We did this because the hackers just wouldn’t stop, but with only a catalogue online there isn’t much they can do.
  2. Our new books at Amazon will now have DRM security. This was because we were very disappointed to find nearly all of our books pirated on file sharing sites. A few thieves ruin it for everyone 🙁
  3. So our new site has all our books, easy for you to find, plus new things. We have a “universe” page to give you heaps of info on the various universes our authors have made, and there will be author interviews and other things that Amazon cannot provide:)

So again, thank you all for your patience as we make these changes. I hope you check out the new site and let me know what you think.



New Noir Fantasy/Mystery ebook release July 2017

Tony Mandolin Mystery, Book 7: Stake and Eggs

Author: Robert Lee Beers

Genre: Noir Fantasy/Mystery

ISBN: 978-1-925191-33-2

Word Count: 103, 520

Sometimes it simply doesn’t pay to crawl out of bed. That’s Tony’s feeling when he has to deal with the original Count Dracula and a massive hangover at the same time.

What does a rumpled Private Eye do when the original bloodsucker wants to reunite with his estranged tea-totaling vampire family, and he figures Tony is the only one to solve the problem?

PRICE: $2.99



Publisher news 18 July 2017

Hi all,

This is just a quick update to let you all know that the Writers Exchange domain has been suffering Denial of Service attacks, which keeps making the main site, and this blog periodically unavailable. We are trying to find a way to combat this, but until we have it sorted the site will continue to go up and down periodically.

We apologise for the inconvenience and recommend that if you are after a purchase, you go directly to Amazon as all our books are available there. I am doing a new release in a few moments but other than that I will be keeping changes to the blog as minimal as possible over the next few days as we keep having to restore the site from backups.

Hopefully, this will all be over in a few more days, in the meantime, thank you for your patience.



Karen and Melanie Mid-Grade/YA Christian Series by Kathleen Paul

Karen and Melanie Series, Book 1: Camp L.O.S.

AUTHOR: Kathleen Paul (and Kathleen Paul’s Writing Adventure Club, 1999)

ISBN: 1876962305 (978-1-876962-30-2)


The church bus will be taking off on Friday for Camp L.O.S. Karen Aimee had planned to visit her father in New Mexico while her best friend, Melanie Honeywell, went to camp for the first time. When Karen’s dad cancels the visit, the girls make a mad scramble to get enough money for Karen’s camp fee. Campers swim, canoe, hike, and go horseback riding. They can also get lost, get sunburned, and get in trouble. Melanie must have her friend beside her for all the adventures.

PRICE:  $2.99


Karen and Melanie Series, Book 2: The Haunting Past

AUTHOR: Kathleen Paul

ISBN: 187696250X (978-1-876962-50-0)


Melanie Honeywell and Karen Aimee take on the job of doing yard work for a strange old lady in the neighborhood. They soon discover that the woman is lonely and frightened.  The amount of work to be done on the old run-down house is more than the girls can handle. To make matters worse, a troublemaker targets the woman for acts of vandalism.  The girls are fortunate to have God on their side as they find ways to help Mrs. Coffenstein and uncover the cause of her fear. They enlist the aid of their parents, the church, the fire department, and the police before they get everything settled to their own satisfaction.

PRICE:  $2.99


Karen and Melanie Series, Book 3: Where Love is Needed

AUTHOR: Kathleen Paul

ISBN: 1876962526 (978-1-876962-52-4)

GENRE: Young Adult/Christian

Melanie Honeywell comes from a large family and looks forward to the adoption of a child by her aunt and uncle. But Samantha arrives, not as a tiny infant, but as an obnoxious teen-ager. Worse! Samantha will attend their brand new Christian school and be in the same classes as Melanie. Melanie’s best friend Karen Aimee accepts Samantha. Melanie wonders if this is the end of the friendship she’s had with Karen since they shared a playpen. Samantha has ruined everything. It seems to be her specialty. She can foul up recipes, mess up Melanie’s clothes, and break things, all without even trying. Maybe Aunt Maggie and Uncle Mike will realize that Samantha isn’t worth the trouble and send her back.

PRICE:  $2.99



Karen and Melanie Series, Book 4: The Wedding

AUTHOR: Kathleen Paul

ISBN: 1876962666 (978-1-876962-66-1)

GENRE: Christian and Young Adult

Karen’s mom has fallen in love with the veterinarian! The wedding is scheduled for the end of summer. But Karen generously offers her and Melanie’s services to baby-sit Priscilla Clark, a six-year-old better known as Pistol. The little girl has broken both her arms in a skateboard accident, and her Grandmother just can’t cope anymore. It’s up to Karen and Melanie to keep Pistol occupied and out of trouble all summer. A letter from Karen’s father arrives announcing he will pick up Karen to take her camping at Yellowstone with his current girlfriend. He has often failed to keep his promises and there’s no date for the vacation. He could not come at all, or he might come when Karen wants to be at home for her mother’s wedding.

PRICE:  $2.99




New Gothic Paranormal Romance ebook release by Karen Wiesner

Writers Exchange is thrilled to announce our latest release from Karen Wiesner…

Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series, Book 4: Return to Bloodmoon Manor

Author: Karen Wiesner

Genre: Gothic Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 978-1-925191-32-5

Back into the mouth of hell…

Daniel and Hannah Reynolds are newly married with their first child on the way when a notice comes from a lawyer saying that the remaining member of the Bonavaris clan has died and willed Bloodmoon Manor and all its possessions to Hannah, her former maid and cook. While Hannah can’t fathom the reason for the bequeath, the notion of selling the manor and the valuable items inside it begins to grow inside her like an obsession. She and Daniel have begun their married life with little more than outstanding debts from his medical education–debts that come due around the same time as the birth of their baby. After a lifetime of poverty, Hannah refuses to allow her child to face the kind of scavenging, hand-to-mouth existence that had led to her employment at the horrible Bloodmoon Manor in the first place.

Unable to convince his beloved wife to forget about returning to Bloodmoon Cove to secure a future for their family, Daniel has no choice but to follow her into what he aptly calls “the mouth of hell”–a place Hannah just barely escaped with her life last time.

Daniel’s worst fears are justified when the doors of Bloodmoon Manor slam shut behind them. They’ve been lured here deliberately, and the horrors that haunt the dark, evil manor aren’t willing to let Hannah leave ever again…

PRICE: $4.99


RELEASE DATE:  4 July 2017


Free Short Story – Fantasy Humour by Leslie Roy Carter

Flour Power

(A Wild Sorceress Short Story)

by Leslie Roy Carter


Innocema hurried along the garden path to the Headmaster’s house, noting with displeasure the weeds that had sprung up between the rows of flowers she had so carefully groomed less than a week before. She worried that this might be the reason she had received a short-notice summons to appear before the Headmaster. The upperclassman who had delivered the note had taken great delight in making sure everyone in hearing range knew Innocema was being sent for.

Although the note hadn’t mentioned the cause for the summons, her mind was all too ready to supply reasons. She had barely passed the standards for progressing to the second year of Provisioner training. The rumors had spread throughout her class that she was advanced only because she was an officer in the First Royal Mounted Sorcerers. This rumor more than likely stemmed from the fact that, like many older Neophytes who had spent their early youth in the service of the King’s army–hers in the Border Guards–many of her class had not scored high enough to pass the Test. Officially, they should not even have been admitted for sorcerer training.

The resentment the upperclassmen directed at her class was never going to go away and, in her case, seemed to double when she was passed upward. For all her efforts to learn the techniques of Power storage, her spells remained pitifully weak. Her roommate had suggested on more than one occasion that Innocema was a better Illusionist than Provisioner in that her conjured bread looked better than it tasted, let alone providing any sustenance. If she had so much trouble with basic foods, how was she ever going to advance to turning water into wine?

Nearing the vine-covered cottage that Magess Trelana preferred over the old Headmaster’s stone edifice, Innocema hoped that the sense of welcome from the neat, white-boarded home tucked amid the green ivy and flowers of many colors was not just a façade. She had been in the previous Headmaster’s home only once, for a reception of first-year Neophytes, and it had made her think she was entering a prison, so intimidating was the huge stone structure. The Inhestia Training Lodge had started as a Mage Sorcerer’s castle several centuries before, when magic-users ruled the land. The old Headmaster Mage Kelristo had followed in the steps of his predecessors by using the Lord’s mansion as his residence. Tradition dies hard among sorcerers, as Innocema was learning daily.

She stopped before the wooden door, which had a curtained window in the top half, and glanced at her reflection in the glass. From long habit she checked that her white student’s robe hung straight from her shoulders with the collar properly buttoned all the way up. Female Neophytes were not allowed to show cleavage until their fourth year, which was normally about the time most girls had anything to show. Entry to the lodge usually happened at age thirteen, and when Inhestia had first started training magic-users, the course had lasted five years.

At nearly nineteen, Innocema was small for her age, barely five feet tall. A childhood as the oldest of five girls born to a sonless dirt farmer had toughened her body early. Of formal education, she had none because she had joined the Border Guards at fifteen with most of her village friends. Fully grown, she and her follow veterans stood out from her classmates by virtue of their age, a difference that only added to the resentment – at least from the female upperclassmen. The men didn’t seem to mind except when called to task by an instructor for not paying attention. The mantra at Inhestia was, “Control, control your thoughts. You cannot create a spell without control!”

Glancing down at her chest, she pulled up the sash running from her left collarbone between her breasts and across her right hip, ensuring that the bundled wheat symbol of a Provisioner student was positioned correctly at the shoulder. The sashes had a tendency to loop forward under the weight of attached insignia and fall off the shoulder. In her case, she had only one metal weight, a single starburst designating her as a second-year student. Her suggestion to the class mentor of adding a belt to hold the sash in place was dismissed as improper. A belt would only accentuate the curve of the waist – another distractor.

Flipping her short, blonde hair away from her neck, she set a slight smile in place and, finally convinced that her appearance was correct, she knocked on the door panel. The curtain behind the glass was pulled aside to reveal the face of another girl, about her own age. There was no answering smile or anything but a brief nod of recognition from the woman who opened the door. It was Alexia, the fourth-year student in charge of Innocema Provisioner group. Not one of her favorite people.

“The Headmistress is in her parlor. Follow me and show some respect for her. She is not an instructor you can charm with your smile and wit, nor is she anywhere near an equal. You may be an officer in the Sorcerer squadron attached to Inhestia, but you are not an employee. You are not a member of her staff. You are just a student, a poorly performing one at that.”

Innocema was tempted to snap a salute at the woman, which she knew would really irritate Alexia, who hated all things military. Alexia demanded respect for her position but had never done anything to earn it. Innocema decided to follow along quietly – she didn’t need another enemy in the room with her.

The Headmistress sat reading a lengthy scroll she held in her left hand, the right in the process of laying the previous scroll on top of the growing pile beside her on the tea table. She seemed so absorbed in the last scroll that she could not bring herself to put the one in her right hand down. Frowning, she looked back to her right and muttered “…that can’t be true!” That was when she noticed the two young women in front of her. “There are bandits attacking the refugees in our northern valley – where we just now settled them to be under our protection. This is unacceptable!”

Alexia made a moue to show the Magess her disapproval. “The very nerve of them. Where is the king’s army when you need them?”

Trelana waved away the comment and directed her gaze at Innocema, noticing the confusion on her face. “Which is why I sent for you, Neophyte Innocema.”

Drawing herself to attention, Innocema responded energetically, “The First Sorcerers await your orders, Ma’am. We can ride out and take care of the problem.”

“What?” It was Magess Trelana’s turn to look confused. “The bandits are the army’s problem. That is not why I sent for you two.”

“Ma’am, I am with the army.”

Alexia turned on Innocema and scolded her. “Nonsense, you are strictly a ceremonial concession to the idea of cooperation between our Council of Mages and King Phyrlatus. The Council long ago withdrew our support of the army. The war ended long ago. You are an unnecessary functionary.”

Innocema stared at Alexia in disbelief, then glanced at the Headmistress to see if she agreed. Magess Trelana was acting head of the Council and had approved the creation of the First. The old woman frowned at the two young women before her. One of them had been sheltered in the bosom of family and friends through the long conflict, and the other had fought in it. To Trelana the war was just yesterday; to Alexia it was “long ago”. The Headmistress cast a sympathetic glance in Innocema’s direction.

Alexia, clearly not noticing the lack of support, stupidly continued her scold. “Furthermore, our Sorcerer Guard, who have never been attached to the army in any form, have always protected us and all of the facilities run by the Council. They will ‘take care of the problem’, not you.”

Innocema’s rage nearly overmastered her. It was fortunate that she was not armed, but she fought the urge to put all that anger behind a fist and smash Alexia’s face in. Control, control, control… she recited to herself. “Just like they took care of the kidnapping of Magess Coleni’s baby, Novice Alexia?”

Alexia’s mouth dropped open, but no words came out. The kidnapping had shocked the entire training lodge, who mourned the loss of so many of their Guard who had failed to prevent the baby’s disappearance.

The Headmistress stood and stepped between the two students. Because she was taller than either, separating them was easy. Turning slightly to Innocema, she said softly, “You know that the Guard failed because of betrayal from within their own ranks. The bravery shown by the First in the recovery of the baby has been recognized by the Council. The problem I am trying to solve now is simpler and requires cooperation between the Guard and all of us here at Inhestia. Now we all need to step back and take a deep breath. Close your eyes and think, control.”

Both students did as they were told. Trelana returned to her seat and waited until both young faces were calm and watching her. “Now, let us start again, please. There is a group of refugees who have been driven off their farms by bandits. The refugees were given permission to settle on Council land until the army could win back control of the refugees’ farms. The process will take a while, and the likelihood of the refugees being returned to their land with any means of support from the crops they planted is slim indeed. That is why the bandits drove them off.”

The two women nodded at Trelana. Innocema, because she was raised on a farm, understood what the Headmistress was defining for them. Alexia nodded because she had heard the problem before and wanted to let her Headmistress know she was being cooperative.

“So the Council suggested our training lodge take on the project of sending our Provisioner Neophytes to the refugee camp and assist in supplying them with food and clothing to tide them over. This would be excellent training for our second-year students because they have advanced far enough in their training syllabi to be able to help. We will send along the Provisioner Sorcerer instructors who taught them their lessons and provide logistic support of a couple of sources. This is going to require more Power than the student sources can generate and we must be careful in our supervision.”

The two women continued to nod. They were taught from day one at Inhestia that all sorcerers drew the energy needed to power their spells from precious stones known as sources.

“Because all of the second-year students will be going, which stand currently at a class strength of twenty…” Alexia frowned at Innocema, as if she would not have included her in that number. Trelana feigned not noticing and continued, “…we will send a contingent of Sorcerer Guard to escort the second years to and from, for the students’ protection, and of course to prevent a valuable source from falling into non-sorcerer hands. After all, the last war was fought over such a thing.”

Innocema nodded. She hadn’t even known what a source was while she was a Border Guard, but she remembered quite a fuss was made about sources and who controlled the mines they were dug from.

“Therefore, I am sending Alexia, our upper-class lead for the second-year students, to be in charge. It is her senior class project and will be good leadership training for her.” Trelana gave Alexia a reassuring smile, but her eyes warned the upperclassman not to foul up the opportunity, what with her recent display of arrogance.

Alexia gave a small bow of acknowledgement.

“And you, Neophyte Innocema, will assist her with your extensive knowledge of moving people and equipment from point A to point B with maximum efficiency. This operation is not unlike a military movement of forces. You’ll take your orders from Neophyte Alexia, who I’m sure will leave the minor details for getting the job done to you and not interfere with the minutiae of the small tasks. Am I clear on this?”

Innocema stiffened her back and replied, “Yes, Ma’am.”

Trelana clearly hesitated to say “dismissed”. Innocema suspected the Headmistress feared that Alexia would not understand the order or leave the room with any assurance of what her task was. Instead, Trelana stood and gave the senior girl a hug and a smile, wishing her good luck in her endeavor, and gently pushed her toward the door. Turning to Innocema, she offered her hand and a grim smile. “Follow her orders, but don’t do anything stupid.”

The young woman answered her smile with one equally grim.  “I hear and obey, Magess.”


Three wagons conveyed the group, two filled with laughing students and one with sacks of grain. The oversized platoon of the Sorcerer Guard rode behind, trailing leisurely. There were scouts out ahead of the wagons, and the Guard looked relaxed, but their eyes stayed alert to their surroundings. This might seem a stroll in the woods, but they knew the convoy offered an opportunity too good for an enemy to overlook. Their orders were to prevent anyone from capturing the sorcerers or, more importantly, the source they carried in the lead wagon. The Guard leader glanced nervously from side to side. She would have felt more comfortable with the presence of a couple of Aggressors, student or not. Fireballs and lightning bolts from a sorcerer level Aggressor would go a long way to frighten off bandits and make her job a lot easier.

One of her detached scouts came around a bend in the road and signaled they had found the refugee camp. The experienced captain gave the order for the rest of the guard to deploy to make a sweep for the ambush she would have set if she were the bandit chief. She sent her aide to tell Alexia in the lead wagon to get her people in hand and to keep alert. They should be behaving more like magic-users doing serious work than giggling children.

The Neophyte Provisioner riding separately on a cavalry mount moved to intercept the aide and took the message from him. She closed with the lead wagon and transmitted the orders after first speaking with the fourth-year student. The gaiety died down quickly under the glare of the woman giving the orders, and the students gave her their attention.


“The Guard did a marvelous job driving the bandits away, don’t you think so?” Alexia asked Innocema, who sat on her horse and watched their escort chase after the fleeing raiders. Innocema phrased her reply in a neutral tone. “The ambush was poorly executed by the bandits, who did not seem to put up much of a fight after their initial volley of arrows. I am worried that this might be an attempt to draw the Guard into a better prepared trap.”

“Nonsense. The bandits were clearly overmatched and running for their lives. Now, gather your classmates, and we can get this provisioning project started. The first thing we need to do is to create journey bread in quantity enough to tide over…how many refugees are there? Magess Trelana said something about over fifty people. That means two loaves a day for a week-then there are the children, who can get by on a loaf a day. Next…”

Alexia rushed off to consult one of the instructors about the advisability of switching to hardtack as their next course of action. Innocema could only shake her head in disbelief. The security of the sorcerers and refugees was hardly guaranteed, and her leader was thinking of anything but their safety.

Innocema rounded up the students who had been standing around the wagons watching the skirmish unfold. They had not bothered to arm themselves with their personal weapons, even though all students were required to go armed and spent an afternoon each week in self-defense training. She wondered if these kids would even have tried to defend themselves if the bandits broke through the Guard. The refugees had not, fleeing the safety of their camp and scattering in the forest beyond. She had seen this reaction so often during the war. People were conditioned to flee from things they feared.

Using her command voice, which sounded surprisingly loud coming from such a small frame, she forced their attention back to their purpose for being here – to feed people. Their interest in the project now revived, they started to ask numerous questions about how it was going to be done. None of which she had the answers for. In the army the Provisioners worked with the quartermasters to supplement what the cooks needed to feed the troops; the Provisioners did not actually cook the food.

“But we already have what it takes to make bread: flour, water, and salt,” Colastia, the outstanding student in her year, said, “I don’t cook, I conjure.” She materialized a delicate pastry that plopped into her open hand. Taking a bite out of it, Colastia smiled to the watching crowd. “That is how it is done.”

A hand took the delicacy from Colastia. Alexia nibbled it and said, “Too sweet and needs more salt. From the release of Power we all just felt when you cast that spell, I’d say you could repeat that effort maybe a dozen more times before you’d be drained of Power. Then after you have meditated for at least eight hours using your student source, you could make a dozen more.”

Looking around at the astonished faces of the assembled students, she tossed the half-eaten bun to the ground. “Congratulations, Colastia, you have shown us that you are capable of keeping yourself and one refugee from starvation – not going to save many people that way, are we?” Shaking her head, she continued, “No, we are not. Nor are we going to waste our time mixing the flour and kneading the dough, waiting for hours to let the bread rise, punching it down and repeating the process. We are sorcerers, users of Power. We use magic wisely, efficiently, bypassing time and process with transformation.”

“Transformation?” Colastia asked.

“Anyone can conjure wine…” After looking around at the other students, Alexia turned her eyes on Innocema. “…well, almost all of us. It is more efficient and uses less Power to turn water into wine. Let me show you how. Now, pay attention, we don’t have time for repetition.”

Despite Alexia’s smart remark about her failure to produce wine, Innocema grudgingly had to admit that Alexia’s process for making bread without conjuring proved both effective and efficient. The team began to produce an impressive number of loaves without exhausting their supply of Power. Innocema organized her classmates into two teams of nine, one team transforming the raw ingredients into loaves and wrapping the loaves for distribution while the second team meditated before the main source. This procedure was also new to them all because that source was large compared to the one each student carried around his or her neck. Because it was easy to overload their storage capacity, they were closely supervised by the Sorcerer level instructors.

By the end of the day, all the students dropped into an exhausted sleep. Innocema had not participated much in the actual production. She had kept too busy ensuring everyone took proper care of themselves by drinking water and remembering to eat. She was getting more nervous as the day worn on because the Guard had not returned from their chase. The handful that remained behind did not seem too worried about their fellow guardsmen’s absence. The sergeant-in-charge pointedly reminded her that she might be an officer in the army, but she had no authority over them at all.

Innocema left the sergeant and took a short ride around the perimeter of the refugee camp. She was about to ride after the main body when a messenger came trotting along the path. The female Guard did not stop when Innocema hailed her, instead hurrying to the sergeant. She was delivering her message as Innocema joined them.

“The Captain says it looks like the bandits joined up with another group and took off into the hills. She believes they were a scouting party originally sent to reconnoiter the refugees and did not expect our arrival. The Captain was going to send out scouts herself to see if those bandits would merge with a larger force and return to attack.”

“What are the Captain’s orders to us?” the sergeant asked, cutting off Innocema as she started to ask the same question.

“She wants me to pass her respects to Neophyte Alexia, requesting that she hurry with her project and be prepared to move tomorrow morning, with the refugees, back towards Inhestia.”

“Best do it now, Sergeant,” Innocema said, trying to make her remark sound like a suggestion and not an order.

“I’ll let Neophyte Alexia make that decision, Ma’am. But I’m sure she will follow the direction of Sorcerer Martiles, who is the senior sorcerer present.”

“The Guard is tasked with our protection, Sergeant. I’m sure the Captain will remind you of that if a sorcerer comes to harm. It is up to you to make that decision. You know magic-users have little common sense when they get wrapped up in their magic. They will want to finish what they started because they don’t realize the danger.”

The sergeant waved the messenger on and reached out a hand to grab Innocema’s bridle. “The Captain sent her respects to Alexia, not you. You heard the order. Convince your own people if you feel so strongly about it. Now leave us alone and go play soldier somewhere else.”


At dawn, with professional detachment, Innocema watched the bandits ride past the refugee camp without breaking formation and engage the few sentries the Guard had stationed around the sorcerer wagons. As the attack began, the refugees, aroused by the noise of the fight, did manage to man the barriers they had erected earlier. Their actions would not have made much difference in the outcome of the combat, as the bandits showed no interest in the refugees at all. They were after the sorcerers.

The Guard sentries had not been taken by surprise but were outnumbered. The bandits rode in with a platoon-size force, the Guard reduced that by ten or so. They fought bravely enough. Their Captain could not fault the sergeant’s effort, but it was not sufficient. All that stood between the bandits and their goal were twenty teenage kids, two middle-aged sorcerers, and one Lieutenant in the First Royal Mounted Sorcerers.

A rider passed through the ranks of the bandits and slowly rode toward the sorcerers’ wagons. A grizzled veteran from the last war, he showed his age but sat straight in his saddle. A shock of recognition crossed Innocema’s mind. She recognized the man.

“I would have a word with your leader, Neophyte.”

Innocema replied, “Sorcerer Martiles suggests you take your men and leave the area immediately. He has been informed that a squadron of the King’s cavalry is on its way, and our detachment of the Sorcerer’s Guard is between you and your route of retreat. Any delay in your departure is not advised.”

Looking past the young woman before him, the bandit leader smiled. “I knew ‘Spuds’ Martiles when he was just a Novice. Tell him to turn over all the sources in his possession, and I will let all of you Inhestia youngsters go. Oh, and we’ll take all the bread you have worked so hard to prepare.”

Innocema was sure she knew this man. “If you knew Sorcerer Martiles, you would know he is not to be trifled with.”

The leader turned to stare at Innocema. “Look, young lady, stop the idle threats. I can tell by your robe that you are a second-year Provisioner student, as are all your friends gathered around the wagons. I know Spuds is a sorcerer Provisioner. There is nothing you people can do that will harm me or my men. You have no Aggressors or those blasted Illusionists in that crowd.”

“Sir, I make no idle threats.”

“That tale of the cavalry just over the hill is not a credible threat.”

Innocema glowered back. “If you know so much about sorcerers, you would know we communicate with sources. Help is on the way, Commander Naldestus!”

Glancing down at her horse’s saddlery, Naldestus frowned. “Ah, now I see why you know my name. You’re one of the kids we met in battle last year.”

“And we fought you to a draw, as I recall.”

“Yes, the baby incident. We deliberately let you go. You weren’t worth the trouble of pursuing.” The Commander leaned forward. “I will not be fooled by another female magic-user ever again. Get back to Spuds and tell him I will be attacking in ten minutes if I don’t see a flag of surrender from him. I will kill you all this time.”

Innocema turned her horse away and trotted back to the wagons with their embarked cargoes of students. She rode over to the wagon where Sorcerer Martiles stood waiting. He calmly received her message. After a brief conversation, he spoke to Alexia, who was standing next to him. She bowed in response. She addressed her class in a high voice that could be clearly heard by enemy and friend alike. “Neophyte Innocema has been given permission to take over this class and instruct your efforts. Remember what I taught you last night. You must control your Power, but don’t let it get away from you. Sorcerer Martiles will assist as necessary. Innocema, take charge.”

Innocema drew her saber to salute Alexia, who returned the salute with a little half-wave. Facing the bandits, Innocema laid the sword across the pommel of her horse and awaited the attack.

Naldestus sighed and signaled his men. “They have made their choice. We will attack on foot, single line abreast. Form up.”

Innocema watched the line form and noted their commander remained mounted in the center of the line…the best place to direct the action. She glanced to either side, where Colastia and her fellow students crouched behind the wall of their wagons. With a roar the line charged, the bandits quickly closing the gap.

Innocema called out, “On my command, at twenty-five feet. Volley fire. Commence fire.”


Trelana stood at the head of the commons and watched as the two wagons rolled through the gate at Inhestia, proceeded by their escort of Sorcerer Guard. There were not as many as had ridden out a week ago, their ranks sadly depleted by the losses inflicted by the bandits. Their commander split her column and lined the field as the wagons trundled forward. The assembled student body waited silently, flanking the commons on all sides. The faculty grouped behind their Headmistress, everyone straining to see into wagons.

A lone rider following the last wagon trotted forward and presented herself to Trelana. Innocema saluted and reported in a loud, clear voice, “Mission accomplished, Ma’am.”

The students sitting in the wagon stood up and waved to the crowd, who erupted into cheers at the sight.

Trelana waited as Innocema dismounted and stepped to embrace her. “How did you defeat the bandits, Innocema? You were outmanned, using civilians who were unexperienced in combat.”

The young Lieutenant offered her a slight smile. “We gave the enemy the battle they weren’t expecting. It was a fight our class was well trained for and ready to wage. A good old-fashioned food fight. We used Colastia’s sticky buns spelled to harden on contact, and plastering them into immobility. You could say we stuck it to the enemy and they were ours.”

About the Author

Born into a Navy family in Washington, D.C., Leslie Roy Carter lived all over the United States, as well as in Argentia, Newfoundland, while growing up. After receiving a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While serving as a naval officer, he earned an M.S.E.E. from the Naval Postgraduate School. His career as a surface line officer took him to many ports such as Pearl Harbor, Long Beach, San Diego, and Charleston, culminating in command of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, U.S.S. Reid. He then switched to the acquisitions specialty, eventually becoming a major program manager before his retirement in 2002 with the rank of Captain.

In retirement, he turned his attention to writing as well as his volunteer service in the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

You can keep track of all Leslie’s books on his author page at Writers Exchange E-Publishing:


Also by this author, and set in the same “universe” (All available from Amazon, B&N, etc in ebook with print available by the end of June 2017!):



Blood Bred Series by JennaKay Francis – Vampires…

Blood Bred Series Book 1: Gift of Blood (ebook and print)

Author: JennaKay Francis

ISBN: 192097282X (978-1-920972-82-0)

GENRE: Fantasy: Vampire

Jaeger needs blood. Half Vector, half human, newly coming of age, he is now drawn to human blood for the first time in his already long life.

Rhiannon, a witch, has a problem with her blood–she produces too much iron to safely live. She decides on a partnership with the Vectors, but before she can approach them, she is attacked and left for dead beneath a pier. Jaeger finds her, unconscious and bleeding.

Fighting against the lure of her blood, he helps her instead. His actions set them both on a course of pain, hunger, terror and love. But can he save her from himself?

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Blood Bred Series Book 2: From the Heart (ebook and print)

Author: JennaKay Francis

GENRE:  Fantasy (Vampire)

ISBN: 192097296X (978-1-920972-96-7)

Baris had everything…a wife he worshipped, a child he adored, a life of comfort and security. But it changes suddenly and dramatically, with no explanation. Anika, his wife, shuns him and orders him to leave her side. His child claims that his mama is not really his mama. And Dierdre, a devastatingly beautiful young woman slides into Baris’ life, seduction on her mind.

When Baris attempts to take his wife to the Lair to be healed, she flees, leaving him alone with his child and Dierdre. To add to his agony, the child is bitten by a poisonous snake and Baris takes him to the Lair to save his life. Once reunited with Dierdre, the pair set off in search of Anika. But as the days turn to weeks with no sign of his wife, Baris must accept that possibility that she does not wish to be found.

As his life grows increasingly entangled with Dierdre, he makes the mistake of feeding on a young man who is addicted to a powerful drug called Hack. Baris is soon addicted as well, and now must struggle to reclaim everything that he once held dear. Or die.

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Blood Bred Series Book 3: New Beginnings (ebook and print)

Author: JennaKay Francis

GENRE:  Fantasy: Vampire

ISBN: 9781921314353

Word Count: 76, 782

A powerful Vector roams the dark alleys and streets searching for his next victim. But he is not interested in those with normal blood, only those in whose veins runs blood thick with hack. And if Adan can’t find someone who has just ingested the potent drug, he will use his powers to coerce them to do so before he feeds.

For Darius, the Vector Sovereign, Adan has become a problem. A problem he needs to fix.

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Bitter Tree, Thriller by Frank Altobelli

Bitter Tree (ebook and print)

Author: Frank Altobelli

GENRE:  Thriller

ISBN: 9781921636004

Eleanor could not have known the effect the handsome, idealistic archeologist, Rene, would have on her. She gave him her heart, but did not easily give up her secrets. She knew the mystery hidden under the desert sands; one of the Bible’s most intriguing stories was not the miracle that would bring clean safe water to the world’s thirsty poor as Rene believed. She knew it was instead, a weapon that could humble the world’s industrial powers and they would kill to keep it hidden.

Trapped between the longings of her heart and the danger she has unleashed, Eleanor finds herself on the run and separated from the man she loves. She must do the impossible, overcome her mentor and former CIA boss, Steve Clarkson as well as the men plotting to destroy the strategic oil reserve, poisoning the US economy’s lifeblood.  To Steve she is a traitor who joined his nation’s enemies. To the terrorists she is the one person who can stop them.

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A Vince Torelli Novel (Series) by John Schembra

A Vince Torelli Novel Book 1: MP – A Novel of Vietnam

AUTHOR: John Schembra

ISBN:  1920741186 (978-1-920741-18-1)

GENRE: Vietnam War

June 1967 As Vincent Torelli stepped off the plane at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, he was almost overwhelmed by the stench in the hot, humid air.  He still had a hard time realizing he was in Vietnam.  Drafted into the armed forces five months earlier, he ended up becoming a Military Policeman, assigned to the 557th MP Co. at Long Binh Post just outside Binh Hoa City.

His year tour of duty in Vietnam changes him from a somewhat naïve young man to a battle hardened veteran.  Through unlucky chance, Vince becomes involved in the ferocious ’68 Tet offensive, barely surviving the night.  He sees and experiences things he could never have imagined before Vietnam.

This is Vince’s story, of how he survived that year in Vietnam, how he coped with the hell he faced, of the friendships he formed, and of the sorrow of lives lost.

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A Vince Torelli Novel Book 2: Retribution

Author: John Schembra

ISBN: 1920972854 (978-1-920972-85-1)

GENRE:  Mystery (Serial Killer)

There’s a vigilante killer loose in San Francisco, and when the justice system fails, he doles out his own brand of justice.

Homicide Inspector Vince Torelli has handled some of the city’s worst murders, but this case has him baffled.  It seems no matter what he does, the killer manages to stay one step ahead of him, anticipating his every move. Hell, the false clues and trail the killer leaves keeps Vince chasing shadows as the body count rises.

Will he discover the killer’s identity?  And will he survive long enough to bring him to justice?

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A Vince Torelli Novel Book 3: Diplomatic Immunity

Author: John Schembra

GENRE:  Mystery/Thriller

ISBN: 978-1-921636-79-0

Word Count: 59, 440

There are sixty-six Consulates and Embassies in San Francisco, and a very talented, deadly sniper is targeting the Consul Generals, seemingly at random.

Homicide inspector Vince Torelli has a reputation for solving the toughest cases in the City, but this one is unlike anything else he has faced.  The killings make no sense, lack motive, and appear to be unrelated but Vince knows there has to be a link between them. He struggles to find the connection and identify the suspect, but as he gets closer to the answer, he becomes a target himself.  This can end only one of two ways, either by him solving the case, or by becoming a victim himself.

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A Safe and Welcome Nest Romance Ebook

A Safe and Welcome Nest

AUTHOR: Judith B. Glad

ISBN: 187696295X (978-1-876962-95-1)

GENRE: Romance

Page Count: 67,557

Sometimes there’s a reason why a guy acts like a jerk, but that doesn’t mean a determined woman can’t teach him better manners…

It’s not just because Delilah’s lonely that she puts up with Jake’s crustiness. His son brings laughter and love to her empty nest. But her love for a little boy isn’t enough to build the rest of her life on. Even if Jake were interested.

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Dead Certain by Dan Donoghue (Murder Mystery/Thriller)

Dead by the Sea

Author: Dan Donoghue

ISBN:  1920972579 (978-1-920972-57-8)

GENRE: Murder Mystery

Jim Groggan was bored. He was so bored that when a brutal murder occurred on the beach where he was staying, he took too great an interest in it. He even volunteered to drive a police officer down along the beach to interview Hippies in a seaside camp. There he met a girl, and unwisely went to her aid. Then events spun out of control and he was mixed up in turmoil of drugs, guns, and murder. Suddenly, boredom seemed a very desirable state indeed as he and the girl became the target of ruthless gangsters, while the police seemed more interested in using them as bait than in protecting them.

When a police officer told Jim not to shoot as it was becoming a massacre, he wasn’t fooling, and he knew only the half of it.

“I enjoyed this well-written, exciting adventure. Try it. It is worth your time. I award it five out of five stars.” ~ Dee Lloyd, author

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A Muse of Fire by Sean O’Brien (Science Fiction ebook)

A Muse of Fire

AUTHOR: Sean O’Brien

ISBN: 1876962658 (978-1-876962-65-4)


Page Count: 87, 401

Tyr Yllen could not be educated–at least, not by the ultramodern techniques Earth teachers used. But when Horace Mann, Earth educator, arrived at the Terran base on the conquered planet of the Mnemosyneans, Tyr allowed himself to feel hope.

He could not begin to imagine where Mann would lead him…

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A Heartstopper Horror: Felicity’s Curse by Robin Helene Vogel (Young Adult Horror/Thriller)

A Heartstopper Horror: Felicity’s Curse

AUTHOR: Robin Helene Vogel

ISBN: 1876962739 (978-1-876962-73-9)


12-year-old twins Frankie and Tracy Considine are excited to be moving to Leams, Massachusetts to live in their grandmother’s beautiful old house. Typical brother and sister, they’re always fighting, pummeling each other and playing tricks. With their mutual thirteenth birthday looming near, Tracy and Frankie have much to look forward to–or so they believe.

When their beloved dog, Muffin, disappears, they begin to wonder if this was the right move after all. Tracy’s friend, Carol, is distant, odd–but she did just turn 13, so perhaps that’s all it is. Tracy hears strange sounds coming from the woods, but everyone insists it’s her imagination, and Frankie teases her mercilessly about it. Bizarre events begin to occur: Girlfriends turn up with frightening tattoos; a young boy abruptly disappears; a fortuneteller warns her that those she most trusts are not to be trusted. Tracy rationalizes away all her doubts, eagerly looking forward to her 13th birthday party.

Frankie learns about Leams’ unusual, horrifying history and realizes his sister’s life is in danger. He must save her–and himself–from what is destined to happen. Will Tracy and Frankie escape their fate, or will they be the next victims of the town’s tragic curse?

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A Heart Stopper Horror: Brad Simpson and the Ghostly Field (Midgrade: MILD Horror/Supernatural)

Brad Simpson and the Ghostly Field: A Heartstopper Horror

Author: Robin Helene Vogel

ISBN: 1876962755 (978-1-876962-75-3)

GENRE: Mid-grade Reader

Talented eleven-year-old actor, Brad Simpson, has just finished making movies with some of the most famous actors in the world, but he’s more than ready to settle down with a steady role on “The Pioneers”, an exciting new TV show.  He and his young castmates are having a great time together.  Brad even gets the chance to play baseball, his favorite game, against the cast of another show.

From day one, however, Brad senses something seriously amiss on the set of “Pioneers”–terrifying visions, threatening ghosts, an accident that nearly costs the entire cast their lives.  The director is forced to shut down filming while the kids recuperate, and it begins to look as if the show isn’t even going to make it to the small screen–unless Brad and his scared but determined “Pioneers” castmates team up to play a game of baseball against the Los Angeles Pioneers, a ghostly, doomed baseball team made up of failed actors from the late 19th century.  They need an ingenious solution–and Brad is confident he can satisfy both teams and keep their show in production.

Will Brad and his castmates solve the mystery of the ghostly field and successfully banish the ghosts from their set?

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A Cry of Shadows by Max Overton (Mystery: Paranormal)

A Cry of Shadows

Author: Max Overton

GENRE: Mystery: Paranormal

ISBN: ebook: 978-1-922233-30-1

Print: 978-1-922233-31-8

Word Count: 128, 903

Australian Professor Ian Delaney is single-minded in his determination to prove his theory that one can discover the moment that the life force leaves the body. After succumbing to the temptation to kill a girl under scientifically controlled conditions, he takes an offer of work in St Louis, hoping to leave the undiscovered crime behind him.

In America, Wayne Richardson seeks revenge by killing his ex-girlfriend, believing it will give him the upper hand, a means to seize control following their breakup. Wayne quickly discovers that he enjoys killing and begins to seek out young women who resemble his dead ex-girlfriend.

Ian and Wayne meet, and when Ian recognizes the symptoms of violent delusion he employs Wayne to help him further his research. Despite the police closing in, the two killers manage to evade identification as the death toll rises.

John Barnes, the detective in charge of the case, is frantic, willing to try anything to catch his killer. With time running out, he looks desperately for answers. Will John get them before it’s too late?

PRICE: $3.99



A Beth-Hill Novel: Wild Hunt Series by Jennifer St. Clair

A Beth-Hill Novel: Wild Hunt Series, Book 1: Heart’s Desire

Author: Jennifer St. Clair

GENRE:  Fantasy

ISBN: 9781921314964

Word Count: 142, 583

The Wild Hunt roamed the forest outside of Beth-Hill until the Council bound them for a hundred years–a lifetime, to a human, but only a passing thought to one such as Gabriel. But a century has put its mark even on the Master of the Wild Hunt, and as the Council’s binding draws to a close, old enemies reappear to ensure that the Wild Hunt is bound again, to a Master–or Mistress–much worse than the Council could ever become.


A Beth-Hill Novel: Wild Hunt Series, Book 2: Fire and Water

Author: Jennifer St. Clair

GENRE:  Fantasy

ISBN: 9781921636219

Word Count: 95, 831

Erialas Morgan brought his mother back to life with a spell that shouldn’t exist, but he acted out of desperation and love.

There are others who wish to use that same spell for their own gain–and to destroy the Wild Hunt once and for all. Caught in the middle of a war between the Morgan clan of vampires and their human kin, Erialas turns to the Hunt for help. But even Gabriel cannot stop the tide of death and destruction once it turns.


A Beth-Hill Novel: Wild Hunt Series, Book 3: The Lost

Author: Jennifer St. Clair

GENRE:  Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1-922233-09-7

Word Count: 109, 105

Almost sixty years ago, Darkbrook opened its doors to students of *different * natures, sending out letters of invitation to the elves, the dragons, and…the vampires. The three who responded banded together despite their differences, and vanished only weeks later, along with an entire class of students and their teacher.

Someone summoned a demon to Darkbrook and trapped that demon in a body the shape of a human boy. That demon is still in Darkbrook after sixty years, and all he wants to do is go home.

The Wild Hunt has healed, and grown closer together, keeping the forest safe and secure for those who live there. Malachi has adapted to Josiah’s spell, but when the demon boy disrupts this newfound calm, the Hunt–and those they protect–are thrust into a struggle that should have ended almost sixty years ago–when a vampire, an elf, and a dragon–among others–vanished into the Mists.