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Welecome to the breakout authors page on Online Book Club. One of the best things about Online Book Club is that we don't just throw the same recycled bestsellers at you that you can find front and center in any bookstore or other website. No, we introduce you to up-and-coming books and authors, the best-selling authors of tomorrow, the ones you might not hear about anywhere else. Come back to this page often, we update the featured authors every couple days. Check them out...

  • E. R. Barr


    Long ago, the Tinkers exiled themselves, sailing from the west of Ireland, their women weeping in despair over the men folk who had consorted on the sand with the shape-shifting Roan, non-human beings from Celtic myth. The sea-wives had returned in the shape of seals bearing pups that transformed to human children as soon as they touched the sand. 'Dark ones', the Tinkers called these offspring and claimed them as their own. Traveling to the New World, they found the spot where two rivers flowed together–a thin place, where myths from many cultures converged and legends came to life. There, for a century and a half, the 'dark ones' stayed hidden and the town kept their secrets.

    That’s how Conor Archer heard it in the days after he arrived at Tinker’s Grove, Wisconsin. Three days earlier, the night his mother died, the seventeen year old was playing in a pickup band at a downtown Chicago Irish bar. A strange biker approached him, looked at Conor’s webbed hands, pronounced him kin, and then took a chunk out of the boy’s palm with weird pointed teeth. Racked with pain, he found himself at Buckingham Fountain, bleeding and delirious. He saw a woman there, washing her hair in the sparkling water. Dazzled by her beauty, he allowed her to wrap his bleeding hand in a piece of her dress. Incredibly, she aged to an old crone before his eyes, and then told him he had less than twenty-four hours to live. Conor made it back home to hold his mother as she passed, her last words a whisper for him to go to Tinker’s Grove, his only hope for salvation.

    He did as she said; his fever left only when Malachy, the Abbot from the town monastery, took him down to the river where an old Indian Mound stood. With the twins, Jace and Beth Michaels by his side, they watched in wonder as something came out of the Mound, vaguely human, and healed the boy. A murky prophecy was spoken about Conor, but what he remembered more clearly was looking out at the river and seeing a shadow there of Piasa, the legendary Native American river demon, gazing at him with hungry eyes. Most of all he remembered Emily, his aunt, aged but loving, who took him in and gave him a home.

    No peace for him though--he was changing. He ran in the night like a wolf and flew through the trees like an owl. Strange visions of what might be, and glimpses of otherworldly beings in the forest troubled him.

    Conor’s nemesis is Caithness McNabb, wealthy landowner, who has a plan for power and riches for her and her three misbegotten sons. Selling land to a genetics company, she hires Dr. Nicholas Drake, respected bio-geneticist, to come and learn the secret of the ‘dark ones.’ Cate is motivated by Piasa, who whispers fame and glory to her in the night as she walks the banks of the Wisconsin River. The monster has told her who lives in the Mound, an immortal Welsh prince named Madoc, exiled by his countrymen centuries ago because of his strange affinity with the Roan. He’s Piasa’s mortal enemy, and an alliance with Cate will give Piasa the chance it needs to rise to power, spreading evil and chaos through town and countryside.

    Into this web step Conor and his friends. When children go missing, townspeople panic thinking that their secret sins have come back to demand vengeance. Drake has abducted them and begins to experiment on them, seeking the source of their shape-shifting power.

    All that Conor and his friends can do is awaken the power of the land and allow long dead myths to come to life. Conor, however, runs from who and what he is, becoming his own worst enemy. Beth carries his child and those who hate Conor need the infant to rise to power.

    All seems lost as science and technology clash with myth and legend–two dying worlds trying to survive. The outcome will rest on whether Conor will accept who and what he is. Set in the present, but spanning centuries, a battle for humanity and the future of the world begins anew.

    Officially rated 4 out of 4!

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  • J. Wesley Porter

    A Spiritual Dog: "Bear"

    The story is about an awesome dog who was in a animal shelter our family adopted when he was eight weeks old. Our dog Bear was a little puppy with jet-black curly hair, very adorable and cute. He soon grew into a twenty-eight pound adult size dog who was a ball full of energy during his thirteen years of life. Bear gave love to us and everyone he ever interfaced with. This book is for people of all ages and all walks of life who want to enjoy a great wholesome story about beautiful, kind animal. This book will appeal to Animal Shelters, Children’s reading groups and anyone who loves animals for a feel good story. This book also makes for a good bedtime story.

    Officially rated 3 out of 4!

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  • Evy Journey

    Welcome, Reluctant Stranger (Between Two Worlds, Book 3)

    Leilani’s mother has never set foot in her school until the day she comes to whisk her children out of their country for America, without their father and without explanation. A peaceful life follows this frantic flight until Leilani—an ace with a gun—rescues a drunk stranger from thugs. That drunk is Justin Halverson, a computer nerd with culinary skills and a biting sense of humor

    Brokenhearted after his girlfriend of seven years leaves him, all Justin wants is to drown his sorrows. But he finds more trouble than he’s looking for when thugs assault him.

    The attraction between Leilani and Justin is palpable but Leilani fears Justin is on the rebound, or has a rescuer complex. She doesn’t want to get involved.

    But Leilani cannot deny her feelings. Just as she begins to open up to Justin, her past comes back to haunt her. A friend of her father arrives with shocking news and her mother is forced to reveal a secret she has long held. Leilani’s father, Dr. Torres, was caught in a deadly political web in which he played a major and horrific role.

    Can Leilani deal with the truth? But hero or villain, he is her father; and only she and Justin can rescue him from the island she’d left so long ago.
    The many faces of love spun into a tale of past political intrigue and a young woman’s inner journey, accepting her past.

    Officially rated 4 out of 4!

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  • Brady Stefani

    The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman

    Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with when she was a child. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her. And the last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did.

    But what about the tattoo? And the alien scouts who visit Courtney in her bedroom at night claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather? And her new friend Agatha’s apocalyptic visions? They have to be connected. Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before the universe is destroyed.

    Officially rated 4 out of 4!

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  • John Powell

    Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer

    A humorous book for older children, also enjoyed by adults. Stories are set in Olde England with King Freddie, Prime Minister Merlin the Whirlin and George, Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment, engaged in a fire-breathing-monster pacification program.

    Officially rated 4 out of 4!

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  • Magus Tor

    My Ladybird Story

    John Bird has never fit in. He can’t be the all American boy his dad wants him to be, he’s bullied at school and he can’t bear to look at himself in the mirror. While most boys his age are playing sports and kissing girls, John can only find comfort in the secret he keeps hidden away in a box in his room…

    When feisty Aureus crashes into his life, John starts the long process of realizing that it’s what is inside us that counts and that true friends love us, no matter what our secrets are.

    It’s time John learns to embrace the school taunt, “Ladybird” and grow into the person he is meant to be.

    Officially rated 4 out of 4!

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