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Books I've Edited

Please peruse some of the books I've had the privilege to help with.

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The Debut Fantasy Adventure from T.K. Kiser

Ever since the ash dragon Kavariel killed her sister, fourteen-year-old Carine has hated dragons and the magic they bring.

Every year she endures the Festival when the dragon delivers his flame to the capital city of Esten. The dragon's flame is powerful. It kills, but also provides magic that keeps the Heartless Ones at bay.

Until this year, when the dragon doesn't come.

Instead, a Heartless One enters Esten and threatens the safety of Carine's family and beloved city. Forced to leave her parents behind, she joins forces with two princes and sets off on a death-defying journey to save all she holds dear.

But when restoring her home means confronting the powerful language she has come to hate, and when unraveled secrets threaten to destroy the world she is trying to save, Carine's only hope is in her enemy...

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Would you betray yourself for someone you love? The ash dragon Kavariel's continued absence from Navafort unleashes a new threat. From Carine's home of North Esten to the princes' royal family, no one is safe. Desperate for an answer, Carine, David, and Giles encounter stealthy creatures, journey deeper into Navafort, and teeter precariously at the moral edge of good magic and bad, all while shadowed by a mysterious girl from a foreign land. But even as they band together to protect life and the kingdom, the biggest threat to each other. Perfect for readers of Gail Carson Levine, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and Patricia C. Wrede.

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What if you woke up one day only to find out that everything has changed forever? Elena knows what she wants from life, she has her whole world charted out and is engaged to be married to Alex, but when she takes a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful southern charm of Saint Simons Island, Georgia, her whole world is rocked and rolled when she meets handsome Chris. No one told her she may have to make a choice, but now, faced with the inevitable reality, she realizes that her final destination is not nearly as important as her endless Journey to the Ocean.
Praise for Lena Mikado
WRITER'S PERSONAL STORY STRANGER THAN FICTIONASSOCIATED PRESS"ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- As a girl growing up in Voronezh, Russia, Lena Mikado loved the Southern classic novel, "Gone with the Wind." Of course, she was reading it in her native language - Russian...""Amidst the humor, very poignant and philosophical moments." - My Sweet Delirium"You will laugh like you did with Bridget Jones, you will cry like you did with Eat, Pray, Love. It will stay in your heart forever." - Bookworm and Coffee

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The Colossal Titan has breached humanity’s first line of defense, Wall Maria. Mikasa, the 104th Training Corps’ ace and Eren’s best friend, may be the only one capable of defeating them, but beneath her calm exterior lurks a dark past. When all looks lost, a new Titan appears and begins to slaughter its fellow Titans. Could this new monster be a blessing in disguise, or is the truth something much more sinister?

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The last thing Eren remembers before blacking out, a Titan had bitten off his arm and leg and was getting ready to eat him alive. Much to his surprise he wakes up without a scratch on him, with a crowd of angry soldiers screaming for his blood. What strange new power has he awakened, and what will happen when the boy devoted to destroying the Titans becomes one himself?

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The Survey Corps develop a risky gambit—have Eren in Titan form attempt to repair Wall Rose, reclaiming human territory from the monsters for the first time in a century. But Titan-Eren’s self-control is far from perfect, and when he goes on a rampage, not even Armin can stop him! With the survival of humanity on his massive shoulders, will Eren be able to return to his senses, or will he lose himself forever?


June, 1947. Charleston is poised to celebrate the biggest wedding in high-society history, the joining of two of the oldest families in the city. Except the bride is nowhere to be found…

Unlike the rest of the debs she grew up with, Vada Hadley doesn’t see marrying Justin McLeod as a blessing—she sees it as a life sentence. So when she finds herself one day away from a wedding she doesn’t want, she’s left with no choice but to run away from the future her parents have so carefully planned for her.

In Round O, South Carolina, Vada finds independence in the unexpected friendships she forms at the boarding house where she stays, and a quiet yet fulfilling courtship with the local diner owner, Frank Darling. For the first time in her life, she finally feels like she’s where she’s meant to be. But when her dear friend Darby hunts her down, needing help, Vada will have to confront the life she gave up—and decide where her heart truly belongs.


The Petigru Review is the annual literary anthology of the South Carolina Writers' Workshop, featuring the best of members' writing as chosen by a panel of judges in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Also includes the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards first and second place winners as chosen by a panel of judges. These authors do not have to be members of SCWW.

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Seventeen-year-old orphan Deirdre moves to Neo-London, a city created after an attack by Unseelie faeries, and becomes caught in the tension between the city faeries and the human military. Deirdre develops uncontrollable magical abilities after having her fortune told—making her the target of Alan Callaghan, an extreme anti-faery general. His sons, Iain and James, cross paths with Deirdre and are pushed towards the opposite sides of the conflict between humans and Fae. Iain is a rookie soldier in the Iron Guard trying to atone for past mistakes and keep his family together. James is a fourteen-year-old aspiring scholar fascinated by faeries and eager to leave his life in the city behind.

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Though Deirdre and James have escaped Neo-London and survived the monstrous Fachan, dangers both human and Fae close in on them. General Alan Callaghan, James’s father and the leader of the Iron Guard, hunts Deirdre to harness her magic as a weapon against the faery Courts. And a dark curse is attached to James, connected with the disappearance of his mother. But their greatest worries are close at hand—James’s brother Iain, a soldier sent to capture Deirdre, is traveling with them.

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Vonda DeJanes is looking forward to playing basketball in high school in Indianapolis with her best friend, Ruby, but when their parents whisk both of them away from their rough neighborhood, Vonda doesn’t know if she’ll ever see Ruby again.

Spending the summer of 1972 on her grandparents’ farm in Seymour, Indiana, Vonda transforms from a girl into a woman, discovers her calling, witnesses the darkest depths of young love, experiences its brightest highs, and most importantly, befriends a “monster” – Muscatatuck Jack, himself.

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The decade following the volatile and combative years of the 1960’s was one of realizing the dreams so aggressively pursued before by so many. Young adults from all backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures left past expectations to pursue the dreams to which those before them aspired and they poured into colleges and universities with the expectations of executing the change. Into the tumultuous mélange two very unlikely young adults, hurled from two decidedly different worlds, found an epic romance. Not so much a blending of souls, Reggie and LaVonda experienced a fiery collision of their hearts.

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Emma was filled with anticipation and excitement as she traveled with her aunt and uncle from her home in San Francisco, California to her grandparents’ home in a quaint midwestern village. With her imagination in overdrive, Emma experienced a whole new world of wonder. This enchanting summer was her right of passage from a little child to a big girl ready to enter school. In Emma’s words, “It’s the GOAT…” the greatest of all times!

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A mysterious world of lost souls. A boy thrust into a deadly adventure. An unshakeable sibling bond.

When Kara's soul is snatched from her body on her 13th birthday, Arias will do anything to find his sister - even if that means crossing into the deadly land of Falasia, the realm of forgotten souls.

Discovering the demonic King Kazzabus intends to stitch Kara into the dreaded 'Shadow Cloak' to fulfil an unspeakable plan, Arias desperately seeks the help of the legendary Sakundra, a mysterious woman who leads a group of ruthless rebels with secrets of their own.

Imbued with immense powers he could only dream of, Arias prepares to cross blades with Kazzabus, the most deadly warrior in Falasian history, in a deadly duel for his sister's soul and the future of Falasia itself.

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Old friends and new enemies lurk in the mysteries surrounding Mugen Academe. The Death Busters crave the Hoste, the human energies, of Sailor Moon and her friends—and they’ll prey on the girls’ dreams and weaknesses to get it! Furthermore, prophetic dreams hint of “talismans” that could awaken a “Deity of Destruction.” Could these things be connected to the guardians’ power? And are the Sailor Senshi capable of murdering the innocent to save the entire world?

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Chibi Usa’s sickly friend Hotaru isn’t just Sailor Saturn, Deity of Destruction. She’s also possessed by Master Pharaoh 90. Facing this cataclysmic power will be impossible—unless Sailor Moon can unite the powers of every Guardian of the Solar System. Then, when the moon eclipses the sun, a mystical unicorn begs for help. An elaborate ship floats through the sky, and Usagi and Chibi-Usa have trouble seeing eye to eye…

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The threat of Dead Moon Circus is so great that the outer planet Guardians return to fight alongside their compatriots. But with Usagi now coughing up black blood as well, are they too late? And to make things worse, Queen Nehelenia’s servant Zirconia casts another curse upon Usagi and Mamoru, sending them both back into childhood. However, Helios whisks away their spirits to Elysion, where they manage to break free and return to their true forms. After they rejoin their companions, the final showdown against Queen Nehelenia herself begins! Will the Sailor Guardians and Tuxedo Mask manage to save Earth and Elysion before the Queen transforms them into eternal realms of nightmares?

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Amidst the chaos caused by Usagi and Chibi-Usa’s body swap, courtesy of the Amazoness PallaPalla, the Sailor Guardians’ primary concern remains Mamoru’s illness and its possible link to the newcomers in town, the Dead Moon Circus. The Amazonesses and their circus animal lackeys go after the guardians one by one, tempting them with false visions. However, each of the Sailors manage to defeat the enemy after their inner selves show them their individual heart crystals and new weapons. Meanwhile, it is still a toss-up who the “young maiden” is that Elysion priest Helios seeks: She who shall find and unlock the Golden Crystal that will save Earth, Elysion, and Mamoru!

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The Alliance and Oracion face off in this climatic battle! Oh … And did we mention that there is a dragon in this book? There totally is — and he's about to destory EVERYTHING! When the dust settles, what will be left of Fairy Tail?

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Natsu and the gang journey to Edolas, a parallel world in the sky, in search of their vanished guild. Instead they stumble upon the parallel version of Fairy Tail and find their guild mates all have completely different personalities, as well as a long lost member of the original guild.

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King Faust finally reveals his plan — and it's even crueler than anyone imagined! Happy, Carla and Lucy have to hurry if they're going to rescue Natsu and Wendy from the king's torturous magic extraction machine and stop a genocidal scheme that would kill the remaining Fairy Tail members. But first, they'll have to make it through… an amusement park?!

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