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Green Heart of the Forest: Bethloria Book #2

Green Heart of the Forest: Bethloria Book #2

A once in a lifetime adventure!

The first crystal has been found. Six more are scattered throughout the lands and Morgran's power is increasing.

Two brothers and an Elf girl uncover dark secrets that drive them into another perilous land in Book 2 of Lizbeth Klein's Bethloria series, Greenheart of the Forest. After arriving at Syone, the only sanctuary left in Bethloria, the young protagonists discover that it isn't as safe as everyone believes. In fact, they barely survive werewolf-like creatures that breach its walls in order to hunt them down.

"What I love about this series is the thread of mystery which runs through and, I assume, will not be revealed until the very end," writes fellow author, Paula Vince. "Readers are left wondering about the linage of the two brothers and their rightful heritage."

That's because it's a cobwebby tale set in a mystical world where magic rules. Nothing is straightforward; everything is hidden, and dangerous.

Joined by an elemental, the journey takes the trio to an abandoned, underground city infested with giant, flesh-eating arthropods. Escaping that danger, worse awaits when they are captured by an evil tyrant and taken to Wychwyre. Here they face their greatest challenges of faith, loyalty and friendship when they attempt to free the people from the tyrant's rule, return the elemental to her home-tree and seek the second lost crystal.

"Nothing is easy for my heroes," Lizbeth explains. "It's written like that because precious things in life often come with personal struggle and sacrifice. This is a story of overcoming hardships that anchor us to the mundane. It also explores the blossoming of teenage love with all its emotional complexities."

Lizbeth lives in Sydney in the Sutherland Shire with her husband, Malcolm. She spends six days a week tutoring primary and high school students. In between, she's off fighting dragons or inventing far away kingdoms.

Greenheart of the Forest is available in all good book stores or buy online now.

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How do you find hope when lifelong dreams are shattered?

How do you find hope when lifelong dreams are shattered?

The Celtic Stone, by Nick Hawkes is due for release on 1 November and you can win a copy!

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This romantic adventure is centred on the wild, storm-battered islands of the Scottish Hebrides.

“I felt an instant resonance with this story. It reminds me of the adventure romances I devoured growing up. But it’s better, deeper, richer. It’s a lavish homecoming feast for heart, mind and soul. Tick, good clean romance. Tick, adventure. Tick, flawed heroes and even more flawed villains. Tick, mystery and intrigue. Tick, plot nicely tied up. Plus, surprise twists and unexpected connections. I loved it.” said multi-award winning author, Anne Hamilton.

Here’s a little of the story to whet your appetite:

Chris Norman's dreams of being a commercial pilot are shattered when he crashes his light plane in central Australia and is badly wounded. His life hangs in the balance, a balance that is swayed by the intervention of an aboriginal bushman bent on his own murderous mission. The bushman leaves Chris with a mysterious and incongruous legacy, a Celtic cross made of stone.

Partly blinded and in deep grief at no longer being able to fly, Chris finds his way to the inhospitable islands off the west coast of Scotland where he seeks to unravel the secrets of the Celtic stone.

A blind Hebridean woman, shunned by many in the local community, becomes his reluctant ally, along with a seven year old boy who is as wild as the storm tossed seas. Two other allies in the form of a game-keeper with his own dark secret, and an alcoholic writer with a love of sailing, introduce Chris to the culture of the islands.

It becomes apparent that the violence of the island's history has carried on into the present. Chris needs to recover from his grief, discover his identity... and avoid being murdered.

The author, Nick Hawkes, says, “Absolutely nothing beats a good story. The best of stories enrich us and become a strand in the fabric of who we are. I hope this is one of them.”

Nick’s life prepared him well to be a writer. He has lived in several countries and collected many an adventure. Along the way, he has earned degrees in both science and theology and has written books on both. Since then, he has turned his hand to novels, writing romantic thrillers that feed the soul.


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