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Ring Around the Rosy by W. B. Cushman

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Ring Around the Rosy is a  Dystopian YA adventure by W. B. Cushman.

 

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The sun has broken through the inevitable hole in the Earth’s atmosphere, and the only survivors are those underground during the event. Seven young people, led by a girl in a wheelchair, her nerdy high school attendant, and a boy with Down Syndrome, meet in the ruins of a private school in their hometown of Marion, Massachusetts. One finds a portable radio in a ruined basement, and the group hears the plea of the one station still broadcasting. “Please come to Rockport.” So begins a journey across the length of the state, in hopes of finding the one parent who may still be alive.




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Author Buddy Cushman pictureRosy is in her wheelchair, Matt is her nerdy attendant for the summer, Home Slice has Down Syndrome. They are underground in an aquarium when the sun burns through the Earth’s atmosphere and cooks the entire, 24-hour rolling planet. They make their way to the burned surface, miraculously find a way to keep Rosy’s chair charged and, after discovering their families and homes and everything they knew is gone, find their way to the ruins of a school in their hometown of Marion, Massachusetts. There they meet up with four younger boys, and when one of them discovers a still working portable radio in the ruins of a basement the group scans the dial and finds just one station still broadcasting – WANN in Rockport. That leads the group of seven on a journey across the state, and along the way they are joined by a family hiding in the underground Tube, and later, an alcoholic scientist who has given up on life. It’s just possible, they all come to believe, that one parent remains alive – in Rockport. This is a story of hope in a seemingly hopeless world, and faith – faith in each other, and , eventually, faith in miracles.

(W. B. Cushman, January 2017)

 

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The Pitchfork Rebellion by Mary Anne Yarde

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The Pitch Fork Rebellion (The Du Lac Chronicles) – a Historical fantasy/Young Adult Novella by Mary Anne Yarde. This novella takes places between the 1st and 2nd book of the series.

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From the author who brought us The Du Lac Chronicles


When the devil wanted to destroy the world he would do so with fire. Alden du Lac knew this for a fact, because the devil had come to Cerniw.

Alden may have driven the man who tortured him from his lands, but he can do nothing to drive him from his dreams.

Alden has become bitter, angry and unrecognizable to those who love him. The only person whom could possible bring him back from the brink is his younger brother Merton. But even Merton is at a loss as to what to do.

As Alden seemingly wars with himself, there is a new threat to the kingdom. A threat that nobody foresaw, or could have possibly predicted


The adventure continues in this beautiful novella.

The Pitchfork Rebellion has a recommend reading age of 16+




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Author Mary Anne YardeMy novella, The Pitchfork Rebellion, is set in the year 496 AD in Cerniw (Cornwall) and is part of a series called The Du Lac Chronicles. The Du Lac Chronicles is an Arthurian, historical fantasy series, which has been compared by reviewers to George R. R. Martin’s, Game Of Thrones.

Why did I choose Cornwall as my setting? Cornwall has a long association with Arthurian folklore. It was the kingdom of King Mark — the cuckolded king in the legend of Tristan and Iseult, and thanks to the work of Geoffrey of Monmouth, Tintagel Castle, in Cornwall, became the birthplace of King Arthur.

Alden du Lac, son of Lancelot, is King of Cerniw in the novel, The Pitchfork Rebellion, but Alden’s subjects are not happy with their new Queen. Annis is a Saxon, a foreigner, the daughter of their greatest enemy and she is not to be trusted. Alden is faced with an impossible choice, should he forsake his wife, and keep his crown? Or, should he stand down as King and let his brother rule in his place? Only time will tell


(Mary Anne Yarde, December 2016)

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The Du Lac Devil by Mary Anne Yarde

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The Du Lac Devil is the second book of  The Du Lac Chronicles – a Historical fantasy/Young Adult novel by Mary Anne Yarde

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War is coming to Saxon Briton.

As one kingdom after another falls to the savage might of the High King, Cerdic of Wessex, only one family dares to stand up to him — The Du Lacs.

Budic and Alden Du Lac are barely speaking to each other, and Merton is a mercenary, fighting for the highest bidder. If Wessex hears of the brothers’ discord, then all is lost.

Fate brings Merton du Lac back to the ancestral lands of his forefathers, and he finds his country on the brink of civil war. But there is worse to come, for his father’s old enemy has infiltrated the court of Benwick. Now, more than ever, the Du Lac must come together to save the kingdom and themselves.

Can old rivalries and resentments be overcome in time to stop a war?

The Du Lac Devil has a recommend reading age of 16+




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Author Mary Anne YardeFor well over a thousand years we have been enchanted with the tales of King Arthur and his knights. Arthur’s story has everything – loyalty, betrayal, love, hate, war and peace, and like all good stories, there isn’t a happy ending for our hero. Arthur is betrayed by his best friend, Lancelot, and then he is betrayed once again by his nephew, Mordred. Arthur’s reign comes to a dramatic and tragic end on the battlefield at Camlann.

When Arthur died, the knights died with him. Without their leader they were nothing, and they disappeared from history. No more is said of them, and I always wondered why not. Just because Arthur is dead, that doesn’t mean that his knights didn’t carry on living. Their story must continue — if only someone would tell it!

War is coming…

The Du Lac Devil follows the fortunes and misfortunes of Lancelot du Lac’s sons — Budic, Alden and Merton — as they try to forge a life for themselves in an ever-changing Saxon world.

Unfortunately, there is a problem. It is imperative that the sons of Lancelot remain united at all times, for only then are they unconquerable. However, if it were known that there was a quarrel between the brothers, then that would change everything. As the brothers continue to argue, their enemies plot against them. War is coming, and only one man has the power to stop it —the youngest son of Lancelot — Merton du Lac. But, Merton loyalty is questionable. Will he stand with his brothers in their hour of need? Or will he forsake them and follow his own interests? The fate of Briton depends on his decision.

(Mary Anne Yarde, December 2016)

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The Du Lac Chronicles

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The Du Lac Chronicles by Mary Anne Yarde

Novella – The Pitchfork Rebellion

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