2 Books by Herko Kerghans Requirements: ePUB Reader, 117 KB Overview: Herko has been writing for and around videogames since 2005. Tends to hang around the LitRPG subreddit and twitter. Genre: Fiction > SciFi
Little Lost Girl: A GameLit(e) Short Story Jack tends to play it safe. As a rookie Creature Handler, he has never been recloned. Yet. This is a GameLit lite (GameLite? =) short story. There are no stats or character sheets, but characters could very well be inside a fully-immersive MMO.
Hashi: A short story It is early in the morning. Sunlight has not yet entered the palace gardens. Dew hangs from blades of grass; mist weaves through cherry trees. Maruki walks between the trunks, bare feet over the cold ground. The air is still, the whispers of her kimono the only sound. The opulent silk contradicts the sober cut; the turquoise, indigo and azure colors show that she is of lowborn blood. Her path weaves through rough garden stones. Two palace guards follow thirty paces behind, eyes alert…
Lauraleigh’s Secret by Vic Connor (Anna the Girl Witch #0.5) Requirements: ePUB Reader, 460 KB Overview: Are some secrets better left untold? Lorelei stood facing me from a good distance away. She was no longer the snarling, raging Lorelei but the beautiful one. The one whose song made me want to drop to my knees and weep. Lauraleigh Jeanerette has never thought of her connection to the world of magic. Not until her friend’s guardian presented her with a book describing Germany’s Legend of Lorelei… and the legend came alive, leaving her with a promise of mysterious things to come. Genre: Fiction > Children’s
Alchemy’s Apprentice Series by Jeffrey Quyle (#1-4) Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.3 MB Overview: Jeff Quyle has lived most of his life in the Midwest, with brief spans of time spent living in Arizona and Canterbury, England. He is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, US and British history, and the Aubry/Maturin Napoleonic naval war adventure novels written by Patrick O’Brian. The first books he remembers are the "Lucky Starr" science fiction stories of Paul French (a pseudonym of Isaac Asimov), and he spent his youth reading Asimov, Tolkien, Heinlein, and others. Genre: Fiction > Fantasy
The Gorgon’s Blood Solution (#1) Being an apprentice to a successful alchemist has its challenges, but Marco thought he knew how to manage his time so that he could enjoy life with his friends on the street. But when a stranger offers him an unusual coin, he begins to understand alchemy a little better, and suddenly thinks that it could be a way to make a living after all. Marco’s problem is that fate doesn’t plan for his life to fit that plan, at least not at Algornia’s shop in the Lion City. An evil force is rising, and sending its destructive energy out to scour kingdoms and cities for some unknown purpose. Marco becomes an inadvertent pawn in the machinations of the evil, when he is caught up in the violence and drama of a Corsair raid, and taken away from everything – the Lion City, Algornia’s shop, even Constance the model. There are undreamt of allies and friends and opportunities though, and escape is possible. Starting over a new life is not quite as easy however, as Fate starts to hunt Marco down, demanding that he live up to the challenges that are thrown his way, as a champion begins to emerge to face the brunt force of evil.
The Echidna’s Scale (#2) Marco is about to enter the stage of great happiness in life, he thinks. He has been given a castle and a noble title by the Duke of Barcelon, and he has the most beautiful woman in the world as his beloved fiancee. They have a wedding planned for the upcoming spring, and they are happy together. He has his alchemy to dabble in and work on. Life could not be better. But a pair of serious accidents forces him and Mirra’s brother Glaze to travel to the Isle of Ophiuchus. And even though he is miraculously healed at the temple atop the island, he is given a commandment by the spirit of the island – he is sent on a deadly and arduous quest to recover a scale from the mythical monster, the Echidna, though he doesn’t even know where the monster is, or even what it is. He and Glaze and their unwilling new companion, Porenn, the acolyte of the island who Marco has met before, begin on their way to find out how to proceed with his quest. But before they even finish the first stage of the journey, they find complications and difficulties that will thwart Marco’s plans for a straightforward journey. A long dangerous trip, through the wintertime mountains, will test Marco and his companions. And he’ll be forced to travel with watchdogs who keep an eye on him, and tempt him to stray at the same time. Even finding success brings surprising twists in Marco’s plans, and by the end of the his story, Marco won’t know what his future holds, except another journey.
Scarlet From Gold (#3) A boy without memories- only a compulsion to find an unknown lady who is hundreds of miles away: that is the beginning of Marco’s adventures in “Scarlet from Gold” the third book in the Alchemy’s Apprentice series. Marco lands at a small port and knows he has to travel a great distance to find Folence. But his journey is made easier, and the nature of the journey is changed, when a group of pilgrims take him under their wing and travel with Marco to Compostela, the great holy site that sits astride the road Marco is bound upon. The journey proves entertaining, thoughtful, and unexpectedly enlightening. When he completes the trip, after passing through an unhappy encounter with Mirra, Marco reaches his goal and recovers his memories, only to discover that another extraordinary challenge awaits him, and he’ll be accompanied by a supernatural companion as he attempts to return to the underworld while still alive! Marco returns to scenes of past adventures, meets old friends, and undergoes new challenges as he moves along the trail of discovery that will lead him towards the conclusion of the Alchemy’s Apprentice series in the final book in the series, “The Southern Trail.”
The Southern Trail (#4) Marco continues to serve the needs and directions of Lady Iasco in the fourth and final book of the Alchemy’s Apprentice series. Marco fights in the battle of Athens to begin the story in "The Southern Trail" but the heart of the story is the long journey that follows afterwards, as Marco tries to understand, interpret, and follow the expectations of Lady Iasco as the battle against the evil of Docleatae switches gears, descending from the grand battles of armies and sorcerers to the more intimate and intimidating clashes of personalities, events, and localities in which Marco can survive only by sublimating his powers to his wits. The journey takes Marco and his surprising new companions to the perilous center of power in Docleatae, where he finds that love and friendship can blossom even in the most intimidating environment. The deadly choices that Marco is forced to make culminate in a shocking climax that will mesmerize readers of Marco’s adventures!
The Southern Continent Series by Jeffrey Quyle (#1-3) Requirements: ePUB Reader, 939 KB Overview: Jeff Quyle has lived most of his life in the Midwest, with brief spans of time spent living in Arizona and Canterbury, England. He is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, US and British history, and the Aubry/Maturin Napoleonic naval war adventure novels written by Patrick O’Brian. The first books he remembers are the "Lucky Starr" science fiction stories of Paul French (a pseudonym of Isaac Asimov), and he spent his youth reading Asimov, Tolkien, Heinlein, and others. He attended Wittenberg University, The University of Kent at Canterbury, and Indiana University. Jeff has worked in the government and economic development sectors for the past thirty years, and has served several terms as an elected official in local government. He has coached youth sports teams for over a decade as his family has grown, and has been married to his college sweetheart, Judy, for over 30 years. Genre: Fiction > Fantasy
The Elemental Jewels (#1) The first book in the four book Southern Continent Series. Grange was a small time pickpocket – not a bad person by nature, just tossed by circumstances onto a rocky shore, and doing what he needed in order to get by. But just when he saw an opportunity to leave thievery behind, fate cruelly dashed him into worse circumstances. And from there, the mundane and ordinary world he occupied began to be replaced by one that features adventure, magic, monsters, and palaces. Captured and thrown into a hard-scrabble, isolated labor camp, Grange faced exile at best, and death as a more likely outcome. But a whispering voice in the darkness led him to discover a set of enchanted jewels, and the jewels placed him on an entirely new path towards freedom and a new life. But the jewels also slowly revealed that his new life will carry a very, very steep price at some point in the future. Grange’s unique capacity has made him a needed – and hunted – man. A lovely girl appears to lead him, but not love him, and a vagabond lifestyle wandering through a bucolic countryside enchants him, so much so that he forgets the warning of the jewels, until strange and terrible things happen, and the boy realizes that the road to the future will be a dark one. He’ll have to rely on the Elemental Jewels if he is to survive, and carry out his fate! )
Perilous Travels (#2) Grange begins to understand the use of his powers, under the tutelage of Brieed, the mighty court wizard in Palmland. But his lessons are disrupted when he is asked to leave the kingdom and accompany a diplomatic mission to a distant land, one where he will be able to display his powers as a demonstration of the might of Palmland. The journey to Kilau is more dangerous than expected though, and the disruption of Grange’s trip is only the beginning of the perilous travels that impact Grange’s life.
The Greater Challenge Beyond (#3) Grange’s life has sunk to a nadir, though he doesn’t realize how much he’s lost. As the story begins, Grange has lost the elemental jewels, he’s lost his memories, and he’s lost his way back home. He’s wandered through the brutal wilderness of the subarctic south, and been rescued by a cold-hearted adventuress who reluctantly saves his life, then abandons him soon after he returns the favor and saves hers. His lonely journey out of the wilderness is interrupted when he stumbles into the midst of sundered nation that hasn’t reconciled after its king was overthrown a generation before, and he’s suspected by both sides of being a traitor. And even though the gods seem to have plans for Grange, they treat him in ways that seem hard to accept and understand – telling him that he must chose a wife in Southgar, as well as reunite the nation where he is a stranger. And all the time, as Grange tries to make sense of what is happening in Southgar, he knows that the war with the demons is drawing closer.
Max! Box Set by Vic Connor (#1-3) Requirements: ePUB Reader, 9.38 MB Overview: As Max Lapin approaches his 13th birthday, he has no idea what incredible adventures his future holds. Max’s journeys take him from his tiny hometown of Belsk, Russia, to the bustling Russian capital Moscow, then to Alaska and beyond! Along the way, Max battles bullies at school, major changes at home, and threats to his very life. But his most difficult battle might be his blossoming feelings for his beautiful classmate, Tanya. He may fail, and he may succeed, but by focusing on what is right and putting others first, Max learns many life lessons as he struggles to grow up in a rapidly changing world. You’ll laugh, cry, worry, roll your eyes, and appreciate the challenges he is willing to face. Join Max, his wise Grandpa Anton, and precious beagle Charlie in Vic Connor’s series that devoted fans call “an extraordinarily enjoyable and fascinating story of a wonderful kid” and “a very funny story and at heart, a very inspiring one. Five stars!” Genre: Fiction > Children’s
The Aeneid Of Virgil by Elizabeth Vandiver Requirements: .MP3 reader, 314 MB Overview: The Aeneid is the great national epic of ancient Rome, and one of the most important works of literature ever written. And with Professor Vandiver’s twelve instructive lectures, you’ll enter fully into the gripping tale that Virgil tells. Join Aeneas on his long journey west from ruined Troy to the founding of a new nation in Italy, and see how he weaves a rich network of compelling human themes. Your encounter with the Aeneid focuses on careful, detailed examinations of the epic’s background, main themes, and significant episodes. You’ll get a helpful introduction to Virgil’s Latin epic and the mythic and literary background with which Virgil was working (including an insightful summary of the legends of the Trojan War and of Romulus and Remus). From there, you’ll dive into the poem itself with lectures that, in their clarity, economy, and enthusiasm, you’re sure to find illuminating and thoroughly engaging.
Throughout it all, the figure of Aeneas is never far from center stage- as fighter and lover, father and son, refugee and ruler, wanderer and founder, spellbinding storyteller, and sword-wielding man of action.
Whether you read the narrative of his adventures as a paean to the glories of Rome or a cautionary tale about the human costs of empire, by the end of these lectures you’ll come to understand precisely why Tennyson called Virgil a lord of language, and lauded his special gift for golden phrase. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell Requirements: .ePUB reader, 487.11 KB Overview: In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.
Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing. Genre: Fiction > Mystery/Thriller
Booked by Kwame Alexander Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.2 Mb Overview: In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.
This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match! Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics Poetry
Overcoming Underearning: A 5 Step Plan to a Richer Life by Barbara Stanny Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 2.3 Mb Overview: When it comes to money, are you controlled by fear? Do you underestimate your worth? Are you ready to go to the next level, but can’t seem to get there? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be an underearner. Underearners are self-saboteurs who don’t live up to their earnings potential, says Barbara Stanny, a financial educator, motivational speaker, and career counselor. Whether they make $10 an hour or six figures a year, they tend to live paycheck to paycheck, are often in debt, and have a high tolerance for low pay. Ironically, many work incredibly hard.The good news is that underearning is a self-imposed condition. By focusing on overcoming it, underearners will not only earn what they deserve, but live a richer life. With techniques and exercises that have helped thousands of people, Stanny teaches five essential steps to financial independence and brings a message of empowerment to all those who chronically undervalue themselves. Genre: Non-Fiction > General
A Modern Look at Ancient Greek Civilization by Andrew Szegedy-Mazak Requirements: .MP3 reader, 278 MB Overview: A series of sixteen lectures with Professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak of Wesleyan University, discussing various aspects of ancient Greek civilization. Introduction And Prehistory – The Cycladic And Minoan Civilization.Homer And The Origins Of The Epic Tradition.The Archaic Age.Sparta And Lycurgus – The Creation Of A Martial Utopia.Athens And Solon – Economics And Political Reform.From Tyranny To Democracy.The Ionian Philosophers, Herodotus, And The Birth Of History – The Persian War.The War Generation.Society And Social Life In Athens.Tragedy, Myth, Ritual And The Polis.Democracy And Empire – The Rule Of Pericles.Thucydides And Scientific History – The Peloponnesian War.Old Comedy And New Politicians – Satirists And Demagogues.Socrates.The Fourth Century And The Rise Of Macedon.Alexander The Great And The Onset Of The Hellenistic Age. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction