By Claire Youmans

This three-book omni edition contains the entire text of the first three books in the highly-rated The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy series!
The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy

Book One: Coming home (2014; American I Publishing)

Azuki, the girl who can become a Toki, races across Meiji-era Japan to join her bird-kin. Her parents dead, herself hunted because of her beautiful feathers – what else can she do? Shota, her Sparrow-boy brother, hurries after her. They must return to claim their human status or spend the rest of their lives as human outcasts. Shota know they need to be able to live as both human and bird. Ghosts, ogres, dragons and talking horses – nothing can stand in their way. Shota has to find his sister and get them home in time.

When they arrive, there’s war brewing over the domain. They’re not home safely yet.

 

The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy

Book Two: Chasing Dreams (2015; American I Publishing)

 

In the middle of battle, Azuki discovers an asset even more valuable than her feathers. Now, Shota and Azuki must reach their lord, secure their status and never, ever give up on themselves or their dreams. As orphaned children, though, their options are limited. Harassed by Tengu, helped by Tanuki, surrounded by stunning technologies and strange new people, Azuki and Shota find a long-lost uncle and can go home at last.

 

The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy

Book Three: Together (2016; American I Publishing)

 

Azuki and Shota are finally home! Life in their corner of rural 19th Century Japan is nearly perfect – but Azuki’s sick and Shota doubts his friendship with the Dragon Princess, who is upset because her mother rejects her dual nature. Shota defies his uncle to track down the legendary Crane-girl to help Azuki and impress the Princess. This leads to the discovery of a new and better way to incorporate Azuki’s spectacular feathers in fabrics. When Shota takes his beloved boat to deliver Azuki’s work, he finds trouble – and not just among humans! Even the Dragon King and Princess Renko’s European mother must join forces with Azuki and Shota to repel a sea-monster’s challenge, but it’s Uncle Yuta who crafts a lasting peace.

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By Claire Youmans

Azuki, the Toki-girl, and Shota, the Sparrow-boy, are home with their new-found uncle as their guardian. Azuki loves her incredible new loom. She’s saving feathers hoping for a better way to use them in fabric. Sewing them on just doesn’t work. It’s too bad she isn’t feeling well. She wonders what’s missing in her life.

Shota’s busy with the traditional boys’ school, his sailing lessons, and Uncle’s new school for girls and boys. His only worry is that the Dragon Princess, Renko, isn’t paying him much attention.

When Uncle discovers Azuki isn’t well, Shota decides the Crane-girl can help her. Disobedient, he sets off to find her, but returns defeated. Nobody he’s talked to could help. Even the news that Red Wind is in foal to Blackie doesn’t cheer him up.

Azuki finishes the fabrics and garments she promised and it’s time for Shota to set sail and deliver them.

Then Tsuruko, the Crane-woman arrives. She got Shota’s message and can tell Azuki what’s making her ill, but she is shy and sad. She decides to stay for now.

The Dragon King decides Renko must attend Uncle Yuta’s school to learn to be human. Renko worries: her father wants her to live as a girl, but her mother wants her to be a full-time dragon.

She’s happy to practice calligraphy but sad because she and Shota can’t fly together: they’re the wrong sizes. Renko can’t even tell him how proud she is of him. Yuta-Sensei forbids it.

Shota sets sail with his master, Minoru. In the Shimonoseki Straits, he sees many ocean-going western steam ships. Minoru predicts trouble: the foreigners think they should control the straits; the Japanese naturally disagree.

As they emerge from the Straits, Shota sees a monstrous waterborne army on the move. Minoru changes course but they are attacked by tentacled Umi-bozu. Shota is pulled overboard, but does the sensible thing and becomes a sparrow. He calls the Princess for help through his Wishing Rock.

Renko, Azuki and Tsuruko rush to help. Renko helps Minoru defeat the Umi-Bozu patrol while the birds assess the havoc they’ve wrought. Renko rejoins her friends, telling them her mother would be proud. A vast Dragon appears. Renko’s mother barely has time to look over Renko’s bird friends before she spots what she calls Kraken. Quickly, she deploys Renko and the others before attacking the Umi-bozu fleet herself. Tsuruko and Azuki round up the shipwrecked sailors while Renko, with Shota on board, blows approaching boats out of the way. Renko finally tells Shota how she feels, and their friendship is restored.

The Dragon King appears to see who makes a storm on his turf. He helps Renko organize the boats while Azuki and Tsuruko herd the swimmers towards them. The Dragon King leaves the mop-up to them and goes to assist the Dragon Queen. Together, they attack the Umi-Bozu.

The mother of the Umi-Bozu appears, begging them to stop, as Umi-Bozu have no quarrel with Dragons.

The Dragons have to admit their daughter is dual-natured The Dragon King proposes a meeting with Yuta via sound wave speech.

Yuta convinces the Dragons and the Umi-bozu to stop fighting with each other and let humans tackle their own problems, with the proviso that everyone will talk before fighting. The battle is over.

Renko hesitantly approaches her parents. They’re off to some big mountain, probably to talk about her, but as they leave, her mother tells her both her parents are proud of her, and her confidence is renewed.

Back at home, daily life resumes but Tsuruko has always had a mission and feels it’s time for her to leave. Renko has Wishing Rocks for all of them. Azuki realizes that they can’t split up. They must stay together, for they can help others and fulfill themselves. This is what she’s been missing.

They agree they will always stick together, as friends and to help others with their special powers.

Uncle Yuta knows his life won’t be easier, but he’s grateful for what his wards and their friends have accomplished.

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By Nick Cascino

Those of us who cherish the forbidden fruit are defined by the thrills we seek; the arousal of love, the exhilaration of sport, the stimulation of risk, the seduction of high speeds, and many more exhilarations that combine in endless ratios. They spiral us in the shape of a vortex, from the quantum center of our brain to the infinity of the universe, and back again. Along that spiral, that bending ladder, that uncoiling snake, we are sucked higher and lower by buoyancy and darkness, moving as notes across the octaves. For as Pythagoras stated; there is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.

For a young couple seeking purity in Saratoga Springs as they embark on new careers, the height of the racing season becomes a clash between the poetry of dance and galloping horses versus the vile forces of greed, drug addiction and animal abuse. The only solution for a woman and a city on the verge of destruction is the merging of the golden geometry that spans all ages and the magic of the music of the spheres.

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By Troy Creamer

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Sep 20

Joan

By Graeme Johnstone

Joan Child led a remarkable life. A genuine trailblazer, she carved a path for young women across the nation. The widowed, sole parent and mother of five sons supported them by cleaning other people’s houses and working as a hospital cook before she rose to become Labor’s first woman Member of the House of Representatives, Australia’s first woman Speaker of the House and Australia’s Permanent Delegate to the European Parliament. At the same time she managed to care for her frail and elderly parents who lived with her!
Joan Child entered Parliament in 1974, midway through the boisterous times of the Whitlam Government – sitting in the House on the day of infamous Dismissal – and left as Paul Keating was challenging Bob Hawke for the Prime Ministership.
She gained an astonishing 9% swing at her first tilt at the Liberal-held seat of Henty, missing out by a handful of votes. She then won it, lost it, and won it again, ultimately turning it into a safe ALP seat. Her empathy and understanding of the needs of her constituents endeared her to her community and her sharp political brain out manoeuvred her opposition.
Tiny and soft-spoken, dogged and feisty, Joan Child was an acknowledged women’s rights activist, a resolute anti-Vietnam campaigner and a staunch supporter of the ‘refuseniks’ – citizens blocked from seeking to leave the USSR.
She met all men as equals, bowing low to none.
From her early days growing up in rural Beechworth to her retirement in bayside Melbourne and dying, aged 91 in 2013, it was an eventful, roller-coaster ride; an inspirational, history-making journey.
She was ‘Joan’.

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by Lottie D Perkins

“Treat Your Body Like A Temple” will teach you how to optimize your health by tapping into God’s natural resources, and how to restore your health, God’s way. Most importantly, you will learn how to stop, be quiet, be still, and live in gratitude.

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Sep 20

The E-Ticket

By Lawler Kang

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By M.L. Sackett

The lives of the mcGreggor clan is still in great peril with the witch and her evil doers still at large. With their family growing in numbers and Viviane finding a new best friend things are bright for them until terror strikes the heart of the clan and Viviane and Brittney are kidnapped.

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By Isaac Ward Koren

Our planet is in great danger. Jack firmly believes that major disturbances in the Earth’s resonant equilibrium are leading us to to our demise. He insists there is only one way to recalibrate the Earth’s harmonic equilibrium and to do so he must risk his own life. He writes his son a parting letter before embarking on a perilous overnight journey in the Yosemite Valley. Max receives this letter from his mother on his seventeenth birthday and is his first communication with his father. The letter invites the boy on a secret mission which is he is willing to accept, will connect him to the “Alpha 13” – a renegade network of agents joining forces to save our home and resist the evil working against them. Will they reunite to save the home?

While writing the letter, Jack is in a harrowing position as he sets out on his own mission to construct a secret energy portal in the Yosemite Valley. He also comes to learn that his wife, Evelyn, has gone into early labor. Meanwhile, their midwife is being followed at the edge of the forest. Jack has no choice but to keep writing before delivering his son in their cabin with his bare hands.

In the letter, Jack begins to give the context for the groundbreaking awareness of the life of music, bringing together the science of music and sacred geometry, using the philosophies of Heidegger and the lineage of the ‘Music of the Spheres.’ Max quickly discovers the relationship between Music and the mathematics of Pythagoras, as well as the power of the frequencies of his brain.

Later, Jack prepares Max with knowledge of sacred mathematical codes hidden inside musical harmony, linked to secret societies and the Gnostic mysteries. Max discovers that the coveted ‘Golden Mean’ is the mathematical link between harmony and life in our galaxy. Max also learns of his father’s hunt for extraterrestrial life and how he augmented the famous ‘Drake Equation’ with a ‘Harmonic Limitation Function,’ giving a solution for a ‘rare Earth.’

It becomes apparent that our planet is in great danger. From the control of standardized pitch in music to the flooding of the airwaves with man made electro-magnetic frequencies, Jack firmly believes that we are cultivating an inhabitable zone for the mammalian brain and nervous system. He insists there is only one way to recalibrate the Earth’s harmonic equilibrium: he and his cohorts must develop a fleet of Star Tetrahedrons, technology that uses sound and electromagnetic signals to open the human mind to inter-dimensional travel and communication. Max must quickly learn how to power this energy portal and save the day.

If everything goes according to plan, he will reunite a group of energetic activists that have been hiding out, working on a plan to restore the harmony of life on Earth.

If you choose to read this book, you must do so within forty-eight hours. If not, destroy it.

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By T.R. Connolly

Brasil! Ao mesmo tempo excitante e exótico; rico e pobre; ambicioso e lacônico. Convidando o mundo a vir. Sejam bem-vindos! Chegou a hora. O palco mundial aguarda e a mesa está posta. A Copa do Mundo! As Olimpíadas! Uma exibição para o mundo ver. Rio de Janeiro, Amazônia, Brasília e São Paulo. Comunidades, música e carnaval. Favelas de nível internacional; praias de primeira classe. O povo bonito.

Há setecentos anos, índios nativos possuíam a terra, a selva e as praias. O Pão de Açúcar era só um morro; Cristo ainda não chegara ao Novo Mundo. Canoas trilhavam o Rio Amazonas, o Rio Negro; floresciam as permutas entre as tribos. Um império existia. Agora, o mundo viria para ver sua usina de oxigênio; ver o poderoso Amazonas, maior bacia hidrográfica da nação; e visitar suas selvas exóticas.

Isto é, se o país conseguir sobreviver aos protestos de milhões nas ruas contra a corrupção, ao Zika vírus, a um rio subterrâneo ameaçando um estádio e a Chunk DeLuna, a fera do Brasil.

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