Julie C. Gilbert

Julie C. Gilbert goes by the tag: Writer. Teacher. Believer. That about sums up her interests and passions. She’s a high school chemistry teacher, a Christian, and a multi-genre writer. When not consumed with something for teaching or writing, she also reviews audiobooks, takes long walks, drinks lots of tea, and collects Star Wars stuff.

Standalone Books Include:

  • Beyond Broken Pencils: A School Shooting Tale
  • Scratched Off
  • Never Again
  • The Golden City Captives
  • Innova
  • Fatal Interest

Denya Children Series

The Dark Side Of Science

This is a prequel to the Devya’s Children series. The complete original series is Ashlynn’s DreamsNadia’s Tears, Malia’s Miracles, and Varick’s Quest. There’s also a book of short stories called Ashlynn’s Dreams Shorts. They are available in audio, ebook, and paperback.

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When Dr. Jessica Paladon worked for her friend, Dr. Dean Devya, she helped create Nadia, one of the world’s few Minders. Tough circumstances drove her away from that life, and to protect the secrets, she willingly took a drug that induced amnesia.

But now she needs those memories.  Two children—her children—Nadia and Varick are competing in a winners-take-all, losers-might-die competition for the biggest secret government contract out there. They’re fighting for the right to exist.

If Jessie can’t remember, how will she help them survive?

Ashlynn’s Dreams

The kidnapping changes everything …

Twelve-year-old Jillian Blairington never thought she was particularly special.

She was wrong. She’s a Dream Shaper.

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The scientists responsible for the genetic modifications kidnap her in order to teach Jillian how to use her Gift. But she isn’t alone. They also have her babysitter, Danielle Matheson, snatched to keep her in line.

They also have a task for her.

If Jillian can’t master her Gift quickly, Danielle might only be the first victim of many.

Nadia’s Tears

How far would you go to save someone you love?

While learning to use her Dream Shaper Gift, Jillian Blairington met a sister named Nadia who has the power to speak inside one’s mind. Jillian’s grown rather fond of her.

Now, she’s gone silent.

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Jillian turns to her friend, Danielle Matheson, and together they hatch a crazy plan to get Jillian to Nadia’s side so she can awaken her from the coma.

Meanwhile, Danielle tries to keep a friend out of trouble with human traffickers.

If Jillian can’t solve the mystery of Nadia’s coma quickly, she may lose both her sister and her friend.

Malia’s Miracles

How much is one life worth?

Cancer is killing Christy Roman’s mother, and it will take a miracle to save her.

Now, she’s gone silent.

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A year ago, Danielle Matheson would have waited until the inevitable end and helped her friend mourn the loss. But now, she faces a difficult choice. She must decide whether to watch Susan Kilpatrick die or ask Jillian and her genetically Gifted siblings to help. But even if they manage to cure the cancer, nothing is certain … and the attempt would put them all at risk of discovery. After all, how can you hide a miracle?

As Jillian, Malia, and Michio race to solve the cancer problem, new threats arise which jeopardize everything they’re working to accomplish. And now Susan’s life is not the only one in danger. The siblings themselves have been targeted.

Will their Gifts be enough to save them, or will their choices cost them everything?

Varick’s Quest

Genetically altering humans is illegal …

But Varick and his siblings—Devya’s Children—exist. He’s been born and bred to be the perfect soldier, but he can’t be everywhere.

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If one counts each of his siblings plus Danielle Matheson, the list of people Varick wants to protect stretches from coast to coast. The more he gets to know Danielle, the more she comes to mean to him.

Meanwhile, somebody has captured Nadia and wants to sell her to the highest bidder. Varick’s lifelong quest has been to free her from their father, Dr. Dean Devya. But nobody knows where to find Nadia, except Dr. Carnasis, and she’s a captive as well.

Danielle and Jillian have also disappeared. Varick might be able to pull off one rescue, but can he save them all?

Ashlynn’s Dreams Shorts: Helping Mr. Blarington And Other Misadventures

”I will reiterate that the young lady is unusually brilliant, highly opinionated, very compassionate, and brave to a fault.” (Dr. Carla M. Wittier, Jillian’s Old Shrink Lady)

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”She’s not afraid to set all wrongs to right.” (Jimmy Denson, best friend)

”You spend enough time in conversation with Jillian and she’ll have you talking with a Southern accent, drinking some berry flavored tea, and fighting the urge to dig up worms to go fishing.” (Danielle Matheson, former babysitter/current friend)

Now meet Jillian Blairington in some of the adventures and misadventures that pre-date the events of Ashlynn’s Dreams.

Contents:

”Helping Mr. Blairington” ”It Wasn’t the Old Daddy’s Day” ”I Caught the Clothes-Stealing Wretch” ”JJ and Jimmy Take on Crazy Nick” ”Chester M. Norrington and the Devil Boy” ”Beachside Invitation” ”Frightening the Flight Ladies” ”Dumpster Diving” ”Exploring Mr. Kremel’s Creepy Old Place”

Redeemer Chronicles

Awakening

Being the Chosen One could kill her …

Victoria Saveron knows two things for certain. Dark forces want to kill her, and her friends have cooler powers than she does. Katrina can shapeshift and Tellen can tap into destructive magic currents.

Everything else is uncertain and rumors abound.

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Victoria might be the Chosen One, whatever that means. Her father might be able to help them, but only if they can find him. Coldhaven’s villagers might be able to offer them food and shelter. Some fool might be running around unlocking Darkland portals to raise an undead army.

The further Victoria and her companions get on their journey, the more dangers and betrayals they face. They must awaken Vic’s true powers or forfeit the world.

The Holy Wars

The Chosen Redeemer has awakened …

But the Outcast’s schemes continue to unfold. Terrible creatures seep in from the Darklands while his servants sow discord wherever they can.

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Blaming the Saroth for the rise in dark creatures, an Arkonai cult vows to wage a holy war.

Victoria Saveron and her friends embark on a desperate journey to warn the Saroth of the cult’s plan. Along the way, they come across an entire village of refugees. They want to protect the refugees, but thousands more will die if they fail to stop the holy war.

Reclaim The Darklands

Being the Chosen One could kill everyone she loves …

The Outcast knows Victoria Saveron could destroy his plans to control the planet of Aeris. To gain her cooperation, he begins collecting everyone Vic holds dear.

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Meanwhile, the rift between the two magical races grows and individuals on both sides cause chaos.

Vic and her friends work hard to relocate refugees and keep the peace, but they’re only addressing symptoms. The main problem lies in the Darklands, the realm controlled by the Outcast.

To save her homeland, Vic must reclaim the Darklands, but is she prepared to sacrifice her friends and her father to do it?

Aeris Legends (Prequel To Redeemer Chronicles)

River’s Edge Ransom

Money cannot buy a cure…

The secret contract Daniel accepts to hunt down a powerful and dangerous destroyer should set his career for life.

But it’s a lie.

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Marina is not trying to destroy River’s Edge. She’s trying to save it, but is she willing to give up everything to rescue strangers?

The Huntsman And The Healer

The Guild wants justice. They’ll settle for her life.

Marina didn’t cause the River’s Edge tragedy, but she knows who did. Knowing the truth could spark a war between the two magic races, she determines to carry the secret forever.

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The Arkonai High Council wants answers, and they want Daniel to get them.

He knows she’s innocent, but if he doesn’t cooperate, they will send another huntsman. And Marina might not live through the encounter.

The Dark Man’s Wrath

Love. Honor. Family.

What’s worth fighting for?

Marina longs to heal the hatred that exists between the two magic races, but evil men and dark spirits fuel the discord for their own purposes.

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Daniel strives to fulfill his duties as an Arkonai huntsman and spend time with his family. He’s good at his job, but the Council politics disgust him.

The Dark Man needs something from Daniel, and he will kill or threaten anybody to get it.

Fighting an immortal seems impossible, but if Daniel and Marina fail, their infant daughter will only be the first of many to die.

The Lady’s Grace

Daniel’s daughter is dying.

Only the Lady’s magic bracers can save Victoria from a horrible fate.

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The Dark Man promises to heal Victoria with the bracers if Daniel gives them to him. Since he doesn’t trust the huntsman to be reasonable, he makes another simple bargain: Raelyn’s life for the bracers.

Raelyn’s ready to die for Victoria, but can Daniel accept such a gift to save his daughter?

Anotech Chronicles

Reshner’s Royal Ranger

Crowns often come with a price.

For Terosh, the Kireshana—or “renewing fire journey”—offers a chance to prove himself as a man, not just the spare prince. However, first, he must escape his father’s smothering presence.

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For Reia, a Ranger sworn to protect royals, the task of keeping the prince safe turns complicated when the fool runs away from his private guards. After an explosive meeting, the prince and the Ranger decide to travel together. Forces of nature and wild animals are expected dangers, but several predators come with political agendas.

When Terosh’s attraction for his Ranger guardian becomes apparent, Reia becomes a pawn in a wider game.

Even access to the fabled god-machines might fail to save them from having to answer a single question: what is one life measured against the fate of a planet?

Reshner’s Royal Threat

Revenge takes times and effort … and sacrifice.

Once upon a time, Princess Mavis chose love over a political marriage. Her father disowned her, stripping away any chance she or an heir would inherit Reshner’s throne. But her father is dead, and so are her little brother and his elder son.

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Thus far, Mavis’s nephew, Terosh, has turned out to be an adequate king, but Reshner cannot afford to be divided. The Galactic Alliance of Populated Planets has been hoping to annex the Edge Planet for years.

Mavis bears no particular ill-will toward the young queen or Terosh. However, if she cannot install a powerful ruler quickly and secure strong allies, her homeworld will be enslaved.

The only way to remove the current rulers is to kill them.

Reshner’s Royal Ranger

Crowns often come with a price.

For Terosh, the Kireshana—or “renewing fire journey”—offers a chance to prove himself as a man, not just the spare prince. However, first, he must escape his father’s smothering presence.

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For Reia, a Ranger sworn to protect royals, the task of keeping the prince safe turns complicated when the fool runs away from his private guards. After an explosive meeting, the prince and the Ranger decide to travel together. Forces of nature and wild animals are expected dangers, but several predators come with political agendas.

When Terosh’s attraction for his Ranger guardian becomes apparent, Reia becomes a pawn in a wider game.

Even access to the fabled god-machines might fail to save them from having to answer a single question: what is one life measured against the fate of a planet?

The Guardian Angel Files

Spirit’s Bane

The Kindred Spirit Bond makes them powerful … Lucifer has noticed.

As with all young angels on the Guardian path, Allister and Mina undertake a wide variety of missions to discover their Gifts.

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Meanwhile, Satan and his top lieutenants have a new secret weapon to test, so they set a trap for the pair.

Now, the Guardian Angel candidates need protection. If Spirit’s Bane successfully destroys the angels of light, the last line of defense between humans and demons will disappear.

Kindred Spirits

Victory comes at a price.

Exiled to Earth, Mina bears the weapon she stole from Satan, preventing him from destroying the angels of light. Despite this, Spirit’s Bane weakens her with pain when she uses her Gifts to protect those under her care.

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Meanwhile, the Council of Light confines Allister to the Heavens. They fear what Satan will do if he captures the Kindred Spirit Pair.

Allister knows they are stronger together, but even if he defies the Council by going to Earth, there’s no guarantee he’ll reach Mina before Satan’s minions.

If Allister and Mina cannot defeat Spirit’s Bane swiftly, precious souls will be lost in the coming conflict.

Heartfelt Cases

The Quinn Case

When a child disappears, every second counts.

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As a relatively new FBI agent Ann Davidson struggles with personalizing the cases. Hours after delivering the news that a boy’s murder investigation has officially gone cold, Ann and her partner, Patrick Duncan, catch a new case: a custody kidnapping. They have precious little time to find the victim, two-year-old Josiah Quinn. If even a day goes by without locating the boy, the odds of finding him drop to nearly nothing.

They couldn’t save the other boy, but Ann’s determined not to fail again.

The Collins Case

A young family disappears …

FBI Special Agent Ann isn’t assigned the case, but she works it anyway because she knows the Collins family. Add in a baffling case of internet thievery, and Ann and her partner, Patrick, have plenty to think about.

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Who took the Collins family and why?

One thing’s certain: time is running out. If Ann and Patrick don’t work fast, Rachel Collins and her kids will die.

The Kiverson Case

One man’s vendetta could cost them everything …

When a routine arrest turns deadly, FBI Special Agents Julie Ann and Patrick Duncan are drawn into a dangerous game with Kevin Kiverson, a man with little to lose and much to avenge.

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In her heart, Ann knows they will catch Kevin, but she doesn’t know when or how or what sacrifices will be made along the way.

She’s prepared to risk her life for others but will her resolve hold when the threat turns to her baby boy?

The Davidson Case

Somebody wants her sister dead …

FBI Special Agent Ann Duncan knows how to face down danger, but once again, she’s not the target. Her baby sister, Joy Davidson, has stumbled upon a conspiracy and made some powerful enemies.

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Luck and God’s grace help Ann save her sister the first time, but she knows the bad guys will try again. With Patrick on a university tour and perhaps the most important case of her career weighing upon her mind, Ann must find the strength, wisdom, and heart to find out who wants her sister dead, what Joy discovered, and how to stop the conspirators.

Ann instinctively knows that if she fails the Davidson case will only be the first of many tragedies.

The Keres Case

After six years of silence, a serial kidnapper and killer returns …

His plans are convoluted. His motives are obscure. He leaves notes, cards, and other clues. What he truly wants is a worthy opponent. He kidnaps a boy only to return him in the Erie National Wildlife Refuge as promised. Then, he snatches one of the volunteers searching the woods for the child.

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When FBI Special Agents Ann and Patrick Duncan are assigned to the case, they soon realize the kidnapper likes getting personal. To make matters worse, the perpetrator has help from surprising sources: victims’ families.

The more the agents learn about The Keres Legacy, the clearer it becomes that their family and friends are both fair game. Losing clearly means somebody dies, but even winning might come at a cost.

The Shadow Council

Money Makes It Deadlier

Money can buy many things…

But can it purchase a permanent solution to divorce?

Martin Cantrell would like to know the answer to that question. He has money, respect, and power, but he also has a monthly alimony payment that’s making him miserable. When a friend offers to deal with the “ex” problem for a fee, he can hardly say no. Time is of the essence. The life insurance policy on his ex-wife expires in less than two months.

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Unaware of the plans set in motion, Special Agent Megan Luchek goes about her business as usual, only now, she finally has an excuse to dress up on the job. She’s been asked to go undercover to check out some banks. One of the branches just happens to be managed by Martin Cantrell’s ex-wife.

What’s an agent to do when a perfectly peaceful morning turns into a hostage-taking standoff?

Revenge Makes It Sweeter

Revenge is a lot of work.

When the original plan for his ex-wife goes awry, Martin Cantrell turns his mind toward a sweeter revenge: stealing their daughter’s affections. But he’s not the only one plotting, and his enemies are better at keeping to the shadows.

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Meanwhile, Special Agent Megan Luchek gets a late night summons to the hospital to speak with a gunshot victim. She knows to expect almost anything, yet he still surprises her.

“Agent, if I die, save the girl.”

The girl turns out to be Katelyn Cantrell. Megan’s not the only one protecting her, and the other person has no problem killing to obtain their goals.

Can Megan prevent an assassination and catch a killer?

Christmas Makes It Chaos

Christmas is a time for peace, love, and family. Right?

Wrong. Some people prefer chaos.

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FBI Special Agent Megan Luchek travels to Philadelphia with her partner, Daniel Cooper, for a law enforcement conference on battling terrorism. She never makes it. Instead, she ends up investigating an actual threat with an unlikely ally.

Cassandra Mirren prefers working alone, but she’s been ordered to bring Agent Luchek along for the ride. Their last encounter was adversarial, but this time they have a common foe.

Can the agent and the assassin save countless lives this Christmas?  

Treachery Makes It Tense

When a vanquished foe resurfaces with vengeance on his mind …

Special Agent Megan Luchek expects the danger to fall to her. She does not expect her FBI partner’s entire family to disappear.

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Cassandra Mirren witnesses her boss’s murder and gets drawn into a deadly game. Now, she has a choice—either work with Agent Luchek or betray her.  

Both women are about to find out that treachery makes it tense.

Eagle Eyes

Eagle Eyes Series

Vacation with a side of violence …

After a stressful few months, FBI Special Agent Megan Luchek is ready for a nice, relaxing working vacation.

It doesn’t work out that way.

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Violence in Vegas: A simple case of sabotage turns terrifying when Megan stumbles across a human trafficking ring deep in the tunnels under Sin City.

Rescue in Reno: The bad guys make it personal by kidnapping the husband of Megan’s friend. She turns to unlikely sources for help pulling off a rescue in the Biggest Little City.

Danger in Dallas: Megan winds up trapped in a madman’s mansion just outside Big D.

Join Megan’s journey to survive several kinds of crazy with the help of an eccentric billionaire’s genius computer program, Eagle Eyes.

Violence In Vegas

Sin City holds some dark secrets …

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But Megan Luchek’s in town to help Angela Melkin-Pierce with a small case of sabotage. Somebody’s been slashing guests’ tires and ransacking rooms at The Grand Game Hotel. With the guest list including the Reno Birdwatcher’s Society and the Paradise Quilting Club, the suspect list is very thin. The only intriguing option is Gatton Technologies, headed by eccentric billionaire, Jeffrey Gatton. When he decides to host a masquerade party at the hotel, Megan goes undercover.

The air of elegance quickly turns to terror when masked men kidnap Gatton and Angela.

Megan is going to need all of her wits—and a borrowed handgun or two—if she wants to survive the violence in Vegas.

Rescue In Reno

The Biggest Little City might be the death of her …

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FBI Special Agent Megan Luchek is still officially on vacation in Las Vegas, but the previous night’s violence has made her aware of the crimes against humanity going on in the tunnels. Before she can investigate too hard, the bad guys get proactive. They kidnap Anthony Pierce, the husband of Megan’s good friend, and warn her to back off.

Predictably, she doesn’t react well to the threat. Megan has several problems, including the fact that she’s being watched in Vegas while she really needs to be up in Reno if she wants to help Anthony.

Danger In Dallas

Disaster awaits her down in the Big D …

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After encountering the wrong kind of crazy in Vegas and Reno, Megan Luchek goes to Dallas to relax and check out a hotel for her friends. Par for her luck, she gets kidnapped in broad daylight and taken to a madman’s mansion. Worse, she gets locked in a storm shelter.

But the bad guy’s not really after her. He simply needs her as bait to draw out the assassin—Cassandra Mirren.

Megan and the assassin are going to have to rely upon the Eagle Eyes program one more time if they want to live through the danger in Dallas.

Cyber League Crimes

The Popularity Contest

Popularity never meant so much.

When the Club runs a contest to see which profession will triumph, they gather some involuntary contestants, including FBI Special Agent Megan Luchek’s sister, Tara.

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Gambling’s always more fun when the stakes matter. Nothing could be higher than life or death.

To save her sister, Megan must stop the contest by any means necessary, even if that means infiltrating it the hard way: as a prisoner.

The Hero Contest

Saving others makes them heroes …

It also makes them targets.

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Despite the setback dealt by FBI Special Agent Megan Luchek, the Club moves forward with a new contest centered around heroes. Partly looking for payback and partly look to cash in, they forcibly invite Megan—and her sister—to participate. 

The agent quickly discovers that the contestants aren’t the only ones in danger. Each one has a family member to fight for.

Will the heroes have to be villains to save those they love?

The Criminal Contest

Criminals can make a lot of money …

If they can catch her. FBI Special Agent Megan Luchek has twice escaped the Club’s clutches, but her luck may be running out.

There’s a price on her head.

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They want her alive, but nobody’s specifying how alive.

Megan has powerful friends, but her biggest supporters have their own deadly issues to deal with. Can she survive being the primary target for the criminal contest?

The 5 Step Series

The 5 Steps To Surviving Chemistry: Tips for Understanding a Challenging Course

Do you struggle in chemistry class?

You’re not alone. It’s easy to get lost in the technical language. Enhance any course textbook with these step-by-step instructions to help with your homework and classwork sheets. Master the material and perhaps even have some fun along the way.

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Inside, you’ll find …
• 13 easy-to-read chapters broken down by topic
• Detailed instructions for dealing with the math
• Tips and tricks for better understanding
• Common mistakes to avoid

Bonus: Suggestions for communicating effectively with your teachers.

The 5 Steps to Better Audiobooks: An Indie Author’s Guide to Awesome Audio Productions

Want to see your book become an awesome audiobook?

This is a great place to start. Before you get lost in the audio world acronyms, borrow money for this grand adventure, or inadvertently tick off the narrators you may wish to hire, let me help.

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Inside, you will find …
•The many lessons I’ve learned commissioning 25+ audiobooks
•3 major reality checks
•An overview of the 3 main payment paths
•An overview of my process
•5 detailed steps to creating awesome audiobooks

Bonuses:
•Some dos and don’ts that will make narrator relations easier
•An introduction to audiobook promotions
•The basics of audiobook email writing
•A section about seeing both sides of the business

The 5 Steps to Better Blurbs: Crafting Dynamic Descriptions that Sell

Want to write better blurbs?

Blurb writing is the most misunderstood task we undertake. Herein, I’ll dissect the principles at work behind awesome blurbs, examine the common mistakes, and detail some completed case studies. Once I’ve shown you the five steps to strengthening the book description, you can put what you’ve learned into play.

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Inside, you will find

  • Ten principles of dream blurbs
  • Five common mistakes
  • Ten plus case studies
  • Five steps to better blurbs
  • Six exercises to strengthen your blurbs

Bonus:
You’ll find information on getting additional case studies and free or discounted blurb overhauls.

The 5 Steps to Surviving Teaching: Tips for Conquering the First Year and Every Year

Teaching is awesome …

And tougher than it looks.

The first year of teaching will likely be the roughest one of your career, but every year has its own unique challenges. Whether you’re about to embark upon the epic journey or speeding toward burnout, I hope you can find something inspirational within these pages.

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Inside, you’ll find …
•5 steps to surviving teaching
•Tips and tricks for staying sane and saving time
•Commentary on common teaching myths
•Questions to ask yourself before quitting
•How I improved my parent communication

Bonus: Get 7+ fun and easy-to-run chemistry and biology projects

The 5 Steps to School Success: Plus, Tips for Improving Communication with Teachers

Want to make the most of your time in school?

Whether you’re just starting out your high school career or about to finish, you owe it to yourself to have more fun and stress less. How do you do that? One of the most important and easy to overlook methods is this: communicate better with your teachers.

This book can help you with that.

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Inside, you’ll find …
•An overview of how you can maximize your school success
•Several ways to understand your teachers better
•Several ways to improve communication with your teachers
•A summary of the vital life skills you can learn in school
•Tips on seeking help, gathering information, and writing excellent emails

Bonus: 
Wise words from students, former students, parents, and teachers.

Poetry (Christian Inspirational)

Thin Black Road

This is the first inspirational Christian poetry collection. It’s followed by Just like You and My Champion. The combination book Made to Praise contains all three collections.

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Thin Black Road

There’s a thin black road
I have traveled many times.
It leads to peace
In so many ways.
It’s kind of hard to describe
For the road’s oft unclear.
It unfolds to me
Like a lovely gift
One word at a time.
Then, music fills in the gaps,
Making worries fade away,
As unexplainable peace pours in.
There’s a thin black road
It leads me to peace.
When good or ill tidings come
To threaten my equilibrium,
I will travel that road
And return to peaceful calm.

Just Like You

This is the second inspirational Christian poetry collection. It’s preceded by Thin Black Road and followed by My Champion. The combination book Made to Praise contains all three collections.

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Just like You

You’re my hope. You’re my hero.
You know all I am and what I can be.
Take this hard heart and make it like yours.
Holy Father, I need your heart.

You’re my heart. You’re my hero.
Let my life reflect your love.
Give me eyes to see past walls.
Give me ears to hear heart cries.
Give me hands that heal in your name.
O Holy Father, I want to be just like you.

You’re my Father. You’re my hero.
May my spirit walk with you.
Train my mind to see the lost ones.
Tune my ears to hear your voice.
May my soul shine with your light.
Dear Holy Father, I want to be just like you.

You’re my light. You’re my hero.
You know all I am and what I will be.
Take this one soul and make it like yours.
Dear Dad, I want to be just like you.

My Champion

This is the third inspirational Christian poetry collection. It’s preceded by Thin Black Road and followed by Just like You. The combination book Made to Praise contains all three collections. 

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“My Champion”:

You are Lord in Heaven
Lord on this Earth.
Master and Maker,
King and Creator,
Father of all things,
And lover of my soul.
I have an enemy.
He knows how to hurt me.
He knows what I want to hear.
He knows how to twist my wants,
Make me think they’re needs.
Help me drown out his voice.
Lord, be my victory,
Be my champion.
Show me Your glory.
Make me part of your story.
I want to know You better.
Open my ears, flood my mind.
Teach my heart to hear
You and only You.

Made To Praise

Please note: This collection contains three separate compilations of poems. They were individually published as Thin Black RoadJust Like You, and My Champion.

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Made to Praise

As I walked around on this gorgeous day,
I reflected on my life and then prayed,
“Father God, thank you for being You.
Thank you too for the many blessings …
I would try to count them,
But they are countless.
Thank you for being holy …
All good things in life reflect You …
”At that moment I realized …
You and I, we were made
To praise His name.
You and I, we were made
To love and be loved.
You and I, we were made
To live, learn, grow, and pray.
You and I, we were made
To lift our hands, bow our hearts,
And open our eyes to the truth.
We were made to praise the Lord!
We were made to praise Him!

Princess Melia’s Plight Comic Book

Princess Melia’s Plight Issue One: Draygor and the Wildwood Witch

One man’s quest to conquer the world put seven kingdoms in peril.

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Draygor controls the dragons, but he really wants to rule the hearts of men.

He’ll do anything to get his way, including assassinating heirs and putting powerful curses on royal lines.

But to do that, he needs the Wildwood Witch.

What will their uneasy alliance mean for the world?

Princess Melia’s Plight Issue Two: Conquests and Chains

The path to glory requires patience … and sacrifice.

After many years of plotting and planning, Draygor once again unleashes his armies of men and dragons on the seven kingdoms

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One by one they fall.

Desperate to protect their only princess, the Shadow Kingdom resorts to subterfuge, but will it be enough to save her?

Princess Melia’s Plight Issue Three: The Princess Test

The path to glory requires patience … and sacrifice.

After many years of plotting and planning, Draygor once again unleashes his armies of men and dragons on the seven kingdoms

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Draygor needs the Shadow Kingdom’s princess to complete his plan, yet two young ladies vie for the dangerous position.

The fate of the Seven Kingdoms rests upon the simple question: which young woman is the Shadow Princess?

Princess Melia’s Plight Issue Four: The Witch’s Revenge

The means to control the world is close at hand …

But Draygor needs the Wildwood Witch’s help.

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She can show the princesses of the Seven Kingdoms how to forge the fabled pendant, but it cannot be safely made in the natural world.

Standalone Books

Beyond Broken Pencils: A School Shooting Tale of Heartbreak and Healing

He has a goal and a plan.

If he carries through with the plan, his sister will die first. His ex will die next, and he will die last. In between, he’ll take out as many people as he can.

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Students. Security guards. Teachers. First responders. They are all fair game.

Who will live, and who will die?

How will those who live go on when their world is shattered by unthinkable tragedy?

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This is a standalone story about a tough topic. There’s also an audiobook version performed by Curt Bonnem. If you’re looking for something more light-hearted, try the Shadow Council series.

Scratched Off

Failure means more people die.

“The Big One” could make Sam’s career or … break him.

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FBI Special Agent Samuel Kerman has been tasked to catch a wildly erratic serial killer dropping bodies in Pennsylvania state parks. The victims differ, and the manner of murder changes every time.

Amid the mountains of physical evidence, only a mysterious gray dust and declarations of guilt or innocence link the crimes. It’s not much to work with, and the case drags on for months.

Then, things go from bad to worse when the killer makes it personal. Family, friends, strangers … everybody’s in danger of being scratched off.

Never Again

The breakup was just the beginning …

When college junior Alana Adams catches her boyfriend passionately kissing another woman, she promptly dumps Nathan and turns to her best friend, Jacob, for advice and emotional support.

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At first, Nathan apologizes and showers Alana with gifts in an effort to win her back. He tries to get her to see they belong together, but when his efforts fail, he concludes the real problem in their relationship must be her best friend.

As Alana’s rejection further sinks in, Nathan realizes there’s only one solution to their problem: kill Jacob Talford.

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This is a standalone clean suspense story. I may write more Defining Moments stories. If you’re looking for something longer, try the Shadow Council series.

The Golden City Captives

Captured. Sold. Enslaved. Displayed.

Keio’s dream of seeing the Golden City turns into a nightmare. He and his friend, Clara, get swept up by Fire Fairies along with the other youths in their village. They’re quickly sold to the local lord.

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The man seeks something very special that only certain young people possess, and he’s willing to threaten anyone to get it. But his daughter has other plans.

Like it or not, Keio and Clara land in the middle of a brewing war. They’re going to have to pick a side soon, and if they choose wrong, their lives aren’t the only ones forfeit.

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This is a standalone short fantasy story. Tip: Grab the cheap ebook and add in the audiobook for a nice discount.
If you’re looking for something more epic, try the Anotech Chronicles. Book 1 in that series is Reshner’s Royal Ranger.

Interview questions:
Q: What makes The Golden City Captives special?
A: It’s a classic story of good vs. evil wrapped in a world full of magic and mystery.

Q: Is there a sequel?
A: Not yet. One day, I hope to expand the world as I’m quite certain there are tons of untold tales here. Keio and Clara have a long road ahead of them. This is just the beginning.

Q: What theme(s) make it special?
A: Family. Friendship. Responsibility. Destiny. (All the cool stuff.)

Innova

Churches are banned. Religion is outlawed. Freedom is dead.

Found guilty of “spreading dissent,” Jenna and David Hall are sentenced to re-education at the Innova Center.

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Their home is forfeit. Their marriage is dissolved.

Once a famous actress, Jenna is afforded immunity from the most aggressive forms of therapy because they want something from her, but David is not so lucky.

He’s a hostage. Cooperation will keep him alive, but at what cost?

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This is a standalone Christian dystopia short story. If you’re looking for something longer, try Spirit’s Bane and its sequel Kindred Spirits.

Fatal Interest

Miranda Kale doesn’t believe in ghosts … until she meets one.

Without warning, the Ghost Girl appears in her room and tells her to expect a phone call. Despite the strangest referral ever, Miranda accepts what appears to be a simple case of high class mischief at an exclusive boarding school.

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The Head Mistress can’t tell her much, but she fears one of the students might be in danger. Rooms are being searched seemingly at random, and the list of potential targets stretches to nearly everybody. Still, compared to Miranda’s other cases, this one has all the markings of an open/shut one for her and her dog.

Looks can be deceiving.

Somebody has a keen interest in this small, posh school, and it’s up to Miranda and Tate to expose the bad guys before that interest turns fatal.

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This is a standalone clean mystery. It may eventually be part of a series though. If you’re looking for something longer, try the Shadow Council series.

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