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Rebel Storm Rider

Rebel Storm Rider by Jennifer Macaire

When intergalactic herders Carl and Ruby Cadet find a Raider baby in a wrecked spaceship, they decide to keep her as their own daughter. Raiders are considered the scourge of the galaxy and the Federation, never having captured a Raider alive, demands they give her up. When Carl and Ruby refuse, the Federation declares them outlaws and sends Raider hunters after them.
The hunters have been given an order: capture the baby alive but eliminate Carl and Ruby if necessary. Despite the danger, the young herders decide to go rogue and flee. Their only hope of saving themselves and the baby Raider will be the space-travelling horses, and the mysterious Horse Passages.
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Carl held his hand up. “Shh. Listen.” He froze, and then swore loudly. “By the gods of the eight corners of the universe!”
“What is it?”
“No time to explain. Just start packing! We have to leave!” Carl grabbed Boo’s bridle, slung his saddle over his shoulder, and dashed out into the rain.
Ruby didn’t waste time trying to imagine what was happening. She put Sally in the crib, feathers and all, clipped on her harness and zipped the top closed. She put everything else lying around in a bag, including a half-open pack of hydrolyzed lasagna and Sally’s milk bottles. She rolled up the sleeping bags, grabbed the clothing satchels and Sally’s cradle, and she put everything under a tree right outside. Then she turned to the new tent.
It was a domed construction and folded into a package small enough for one person to carry. First she had to pull the stakes out all around it, then take down the two awnings. The tent then flipped over by itself and all Ruby had to do was fasten the pack tightly, pick it up, and put it on their pile of belongings. She put the campfire out, quickly unstrung the fairy lights in the trees, and shoved them in a bag. Now, under the tree, there was the tent pack, the clothing satchels, Sally’s bag, the supply bag, and her saddle and bridle. Just as she finished, Carl rode up on Boo. He led the three other horses, and had the foal slung over his lap. He wore the corral rope coiled around his shoulders.
“Ruby, you’re a wonder,” he said, sliding to the ground while carefully holding the foal. He set her down and then he grabbed the tent and bags and lashed everything on the pack horses while Ruby saddled and bridled Shade. When she finished, she made sure Sally was securely strapped in the cradle then fastened it to the back of her saddle.
Carl came over, checked the cradle, Shade’s girth, and then boosted Ruby onto Shade. “Be quiet, and follow me.”
“Should I be worried?” Ruby asked in a low voice. “Is it the Federation? Was that a spaceship?”
“Did you hear it too?” Carl lifted the foal onto Boo then mounted. He juggled the pack horses’ leads and then nodded toward the river. “I thought it was thunder, but it is a spaceship. There’s no reason for one to come here unless they’re looking for us. We were camped down by the river—so that’s where they are right now. I saw their lights. They’ll figure out soon enough we left, and they’ll be combing the area. The rain will slow them down. We won’t show up on their scanners. As soon as we get out of the woods, we gallop away from the river, all right? I’m hoping Boo will open a passage for us so we can slip away.”
“I’m right behind you,” said Ruby. Sally was starting to fuss in her cradle, but she wasn’t crying. She was just letting everyone know she was awake, and not happy about being cooped up in the dark. “Hush darling, don’t cry,” said Ruby.
In the rain, in the dark, Ruby could hardly see the horses in front of her. Boo’s nearly white coat showed up when lightning sheeted across the sky, the trees’ shadows zig-zagging across their path. The horses picked their way carefully through the woods, and then suddenly they were out on the plain. The full force of the rain and wind hit them, and Ruby gasped in surprise. She had her new hat on, and the brim kept most of the water out of her eyes, but the rain soaked her collar and ran down her back. It wet her reins and her hands kept slipping.
“The horses see in the dark—don’t worry. Let’s go!” shouted Carl, and he gave Boo his head.
Ruby grabbed her saddle horn as Shade bunched her muscles and launched herself through the pouring rain. Carl may have told her the horses saw in the dark, but she was still terrified. The rain slashed her face, and the dark was only lit by violent flashes of lightning that showed the grass nearly flattened by the wind. The horses pounded through the storm, and Ruby had to pull back on the reins to keep Shade from taking the lead.
“I know you’re the fastest, but stay back!” pleaded Ruby, gasping for breath. She was standing in her stirrups, bent over her horse’s neck, and praying that Sally would be all right.
Suddenly the horses slowed, and instead of a headlong gallop, started to trot. Ahead, Ruby heard Boo whinnying. She rubbed the rain out of her eyes with the back of her hand and tried to see through the dark. Thunder rumbled again, lightning sizzled, and a shimmering mist curtain appeared, waving crazily in the wind.
Carl wheeled Boo around and urged the pack horses in first. Then he came alongside Ruby. “Go, I’m right behind you,” he shouted. “Hang on tight. It’s going to be a rough passage!”
The rumbling grew louder and Ruby realized it wasn’t thunder. A blinding light shined on them, and she heard sharp cracks.
“Go!” shouted Carl.
She went, screwing her eyes closed as Shade careened into the maelstrom of the Horse Passage. They fell through nothing, then there came a jolt hard enough to nearly knock the breath out of her. Shade uttered a sharp whinny and Sally wailed loudly in her cradle. There came another jounce, and Shade scrabbled like mad. Ruby felt her hooves bite, felt a giant lurch, and then they were out—past the last stinging veil of the passage, into bright sunlight.
She dragged air into her lungs and turned to see Boo and Carl surge out of the mist. Behind them, the curtain shimmered and vanished. “Thank goodness. We made it,” she cried.
“Thank…,” said Carl. Then he slumped over and slid off his horse, landing with a sickening crunch on the ground.
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Lost Storm Rider

Carl isLost-storm-rider-evernightpublishing-JayAheer2016-smallprevew a herder, one of the elites who follow their horses through the galaxy in search of new planets. During a passage, Carl’s worst nightmare comes true when he falls off his horse. He ends up on Planet Earth, lost for nine centuries and now nearly empty because of a deadly virus.

He’s rescued by Ruby and her father, who nurse him back to heath, because Carl isn’t immune and nearly dies when he catches the virus. He tries to adapt to “Mother Earth”, a planet run by robots, where everyone is either a breeder or a sterile worker. As time passes, he becomes more attached to Ruby. He doesn’t know if he can leave Ruby to her fate, or if she’d consider leaving her family and everything she knows to follow him.

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Riders of the Lightning Storm

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Riders of the Lightning Storm
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Voyagers from earth have not only found haven on a faraway planet, but vast herds of horses that seem to vanish as if by magic. In reality the horses are able to open passages through time and travel from planet to planet. Settlers on the “Home Planet” learn to tame these horses and accompany them on their journeys, following the herds through the universe. Their life, their existence, is idyllic but for the scourge of the alien Raiders, who stalk and capture the herders and their horses.

 Twins Carl and Meagan Cadet are the youngest herders in the Federation. Though they savor their privacy and the bond with their horses, they eventually join forces with the rowdy Jeffries brothers. Just as they are learning to live and travel together, however, tragedy strikes.

…No one has ever escaped the Raiders. But when Luke Jeffries and Meagan, long ago orphaned by the cruel and barbaric aliens, find themselves slaves on a mining planet, they know they must try.Yet to do so, they must first discover the key to unlock the mystery of the marvelous Horse Passages.

“Horse Passages by Jennifer Macaire is the story Carl and Meagan Cadet and the Federation, a group devoted to saving the beautiful and magical horses who travel through galaxies. Readers will follow Meagan and Carl as they choose to join forces with the Jeffries brothers and pursue battle with the Raiders. Meagan and Luke Jeffries find themselves have to escape from the captivity of the barbaric aliens, something that has never before been done. An engaging novel taking place on a world far away, featuring an intimately detailed plot, Horse Passages is very highly recommended as action/adventure science fiction novel and an altogether entertaining read.”

~Midwest Book Review 

Das Versprechen (German Edition of The Promise)

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Mein Name ist Ryan, und ich habe letzten Monat angefangen, über das Virus zu schreiben. Ich habe für diese wenigen Seiten so lange gebraucht, weil ich nicht viel Zeit zum Schreiben habe, und oft schlafe ich ein, bevor ich einen Satz beenden kann. Ich habe zuerst in der „dritten Person“, wie meine Lehrer immer sagten, geschrieben. Aber dann hat mein Bruder Alan, der mir manchmal über die Schulter schaut und mich auf meine Rechtschreibfehler hinweist, gesagt, ich solle damit aufhören und wie eine normale Person schreiben. Er sagt, es ist zu unheimlich, wenn ich mich wie eine Art Gespenst anhöre, das uns alle beobachtet und seine Kommentare macht, und ausnahmsweise gebe ich ihm Recht. Ich bin jetzt vierzehn. Als man zum ersten Mal von dem Virus hörte, war ich elf, und ich war zwölf, als meine Eltern starben. Es kostet mich noch immer Mühe, über das alles zu reden. Ich bin nicht der Einzige. Manche Kinder sprechen jetzt überhaupt nicht mehr. Sie wachen nachts oft schreiend auf. Alan und ich haben zwei kleine Kinder, Julia und Thomas-Wassermann, in unserer Obhut. In unserer Gemeinschaft auf dem Bauernhof gibt es zwei Fünfzehnjährige. Dann sind da noch sechs Zwölfjährige, drei Dreizehnjährige und vier Zehnjährige. Die älteren Kinder kümmern sich um die jüngeren. Wir haben sie aufgeteilt, so gut wir können. Die meisten von uns haben mindestens zwei „Kinder“. Es ist nicht leicht, aber wir haben ein Versprechen gegeben, und wir wollen es nicht brechen. Es ist leichter für mich, über unser Leben zu sprechen, wie es jetzt ist. Wir leben auf einem großen Hof. Das gehörte zum Plan meiner Eltern. Als offensichtlich wurde, dass das Virus alles töten würde, machten unsere Eltern Pläne für meinen Bruder, meine kleine Schwester und mich. Sie waren vorausschauend. Das war nicht bei allen Eltern so. Ich denke, wir hatten Glück. Sie bestanden darauf, wir sollten nach Süden gehen, wo wir im Winter nicht unter der Kälte leiden würden. Sie sagten uns, welche Bücher wir lesen sollten, um überleben zu können. Sie gaben uns Landkarten und brachten uns bei, wie man Feuer macht und Essen zubereitet, und dann starben sie.

The Promise

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Welcome to Paradise

A meteorite crashes to earth and a strange virus kills all the adults in the world. What would you do? Ryan and his brother travel south, stopping in towns on the way, searching for survivors, determined to save mankind. They’ve made a promise – never give up – never say die, and always help anyone they can find, even when those children seem to have reverted back to savages.


“I sat down on a Saturday afternoon on my porch and started reading The Promise by Jennifer Macaire. I soon came to the realization that I could not put this book down. I became totally involved in this story of children living in a devastated world. I read it from cover to cover and was totally satisfied with the experience.

I do realize that this is a Young Adult book that starts off with almost all people on the Earth dying, but Macaire handles this carefully and the read is acceptable for all ages. Although this book is mainly intended for boys, I think that girls will like it also. What I really liked about this story was the way Ryan, the main character, handled every situation in the story. The promise is something that all of the kids create about how they are going to live their lives. I think it is a good promise and will serve them well. They will create a better world to live in without violence and hate. Personally, I didn’t want to book to end.

The Promise is a great book any should not be missed by any Young Adults.”

~Conan Tigard for a Reading Review

“The Promise is a gorgeous uplifting little story. It reads like a combination of Lord of the Flies and the TV series Survivors. The novel takes the form of a journal written, in the third person, by one of the children and charts their experiences as they travel south to set up their new life.
What is particularly well written is their overall learning experiences. It would have been all to easy to make the story about young adults rather than children. The author could then have explained away their apparent knowledge of essential skills as the results of a conveniently wide range of further education. Jennifer Macaire doesn’t do this. Her characters range from infants to young teenagers. When the get sick they find books that tell them what to do. When they need to learn to ride or fish, again they find books.
It would also have been easy to make everyone friends who happily work together. Again, Macaire does something different. Some of the survivors are so traumatised by their experiences that it has a negative affect on their relationships.
All in all this is a superb original story of children’s ability to survive. Uplifting and enchanting.” 

~Eternal Night Reviews

Five Stars!  “THE PROMISE by Jennifer Macaire is a riveting short novel that speaks volumes about the fragility of human life. The setting is the near future, not unlike the world of today. A simple meteor enters the atmosphere of the Earth and lands near the Gulf of Mexico. Ten years later, a fisherman catches and is bitten by an odd looking eel with a shell. He promptly transports it to the nearest laboratory, where he jokes about having the fished named after him, Jake Brown. Instead a virus that starts in America spreads around the world and comes to be known as Jakebrown virus, after patient 0.

Initially countries accuse one another of biological warfare as it soon becomes evident that the fatality rate among adults is 100%. Children under fifteen are the only known survivors. One of these children, Ryan, at the age of fourteen decides to begin a journal to document the survival of the few children who survived the virus. By the time his parents die from the virus, when he is twelve, they succeed in training both him and his brother Alan how to survive and care for their baby sister Julia.

After recovering from the disease, Ryan sets out to fulfill a promise he made to his father. He and his siblings pack up and head for Paris to the centers that were set up for children orphaned due to the plague. Along the way there and to his final destination, he and his group look for any surviving children, particularly those who cannot care for themselves or have become subjected to abuse since the fall of the adult population.

Jennifer Macaire has crafted an excellent novel. Although this is a young adult novel, I would also recommend this book to older adults who enjoy inspirational pieces. Macaire’s story is chilling in its realism as the reader imagines such a catastrophe actually occurring in modern days. Even more disturbing is the way Macaire portrays how ill equipped modern children can be in areas of basic survival techniques, though I daresay that Ryan was better prepared than many adults. Most important, THE PROMISE portrays realistically that despite devastation, as long as there is a glimmer of hope, there will always be survivors. This is a book to be enjoyed by readers who enjoy adventure fiction or science fiction/future world plots.”

~Katherine Maria Scott All Rights Reserved. Sime-Gen reviews

Welcome to Paradise

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Welcome to Paradise

Growing up on an island paradise isn’t as easy as one might think. Sugar is infatuated with the boy next door, worried she won’t make the cheerleading squad, and even more worried that she will. She is paranoid that because of the horrendous scar on her face, no one really expects her to succeed at anything. Her sister is smart, her mother is a legendary model, and her father is a famous artist. Her family’s success sets a high bar for her to live up to.

Everything changes for Sugar when a plastic surgeon removes her scar. The surgery makes her beautiful, but she makes the shocking discovery that being beautiful can be awful. When she finally discovers who she is, and what she wants from life, it nearly destroys her tightly knit family. She must confront abuse, an elopement, loss, and a secret her father has kept from her all her life. Sugar is struggling to pull everything together and find her own version of ‘Happily Ever After’.


Wonderful island life! 5 Star Review ~ by R. de Regnauld

“Couldn’t put it down! Loved the simple pleasures of island life and the colorful characters! It was a great escape! I’m sad it’s over.”

An intriguing YA read you won’t want to miss. 5 Star Review ~ by heath1005

“Wow. I don’t know where to start when it comes to Welcome to Paradise. First off, I will say that this book is unlike any other I’ve ever read. For the first two pages, I’ll be honest. I struggled a bit trying to get a sense as to where the story line was going. Reading more like a memoir at first, I didn’t know what i was getting into. But due to the fact that Ms. Macaire has a flair and magnetism with her teenage voice, I was so far pulled into the words that it didn’t matter anymore.

This is Sugar’s story. She lives on the exotic island of St. Thomas. (A plus off the bat for me for the diversity in the characters) After a freak accident as a child, Sugar is scarred on one half of her face. She’s not ugly, just damaged on the outside. Inside, she’s a sweet young girl who is struggling to find her way more so than most kids her age. Her family is fairly wealthy, but she never exhibited annoying qualities from that. In fact, Sugar looked at everyone in a positive light, regardless of being closed off to a lot of people. But when the one boy she’s always been head over heels for starts paying attention to her, then things change.

Eventually her scar is removed, but with one bit of her recovered physically, she loses something emotionally at the same time. And oh my was that a sucker punch to my heart. No spoilers here though, just know that the one thing she does lose makes way to a future that’s completely unexpected.

Welcome to Paradise was a journey to me, not necessarily just a story. A lost girl growing up, discovery love and heartache in a way that was just unfair, but needed at the same time. I enjoyed this heroine. I really did. She was real to me, a girl who you want to root for no matter what. She’s not the popular girl, nor is she the nerd. She’s simple, flawed, and someone young girls everywhere–including teenage me from the past–will probably be able to relate to.

Welcome to Paradise is a brilliant example of how a young adult book should be written…at least to this very picky reviewer. It doesn’t stray from reality, it doesn’t shy away from sex and some language either, and I appreciate that because, lets face it, young adults out there do those things, therefore making this book something more realistic. I’d probably say Welcome to Paradise is more so a book for ages sixteen and up…but every parent is different, so take my advice as literally as you’d like. Overall, I highly recommend readers of every age take a chance on this book. It’s heartbreaking, it’s beautiful, it’s a story that will stick with you for days. Not a lot of books make feel this way either. 🙂 Well done Ms. Macaire, you’ve earned a fan in me.”

The Secret of Shabaz

The Secret of Shabaz

The Secret of Shabaz

Once upon a time, there was a brave and noble unicorn whose name was Shabaz. So wondrous was this beast, so loyal and devoted to his mistress, that he gave up his horn to a powerful magic to save her and her infant daughter from the evil and terrible Dark Lord, a necromancer. He travels through time with his precious cargo, and Birchspring, a warrior elf, to a place they believe will be safe. Two hundred years have passed. Tania, a servant lass, toils in the stable of the once mighty Castle Storm. An orphan, Tania has only her Grandfather Birchspring, and the tired old war horse she tends. Her life is hard and dull with drudgery. Until Tania hears that a new Dark Lord has risen, and threatens the centuries of peace the countryside has enjoyed. It is not all she learns. “Grandfather” Birchspring can no longer contain the secret of Tania’s heritage. The tired old war horse can no longer maintain his masquerade. Together, the three cannot sit idly by while the evil force that destroyed Tania’s mother returns to finish what he once started. Ill equipped, with only great heart and noble purpose, they ride to war. But it is more than battle they encounter. And it is only the force of love that will endure. Love, and the unicorn’s final, precious gift.

“Here is a solid little fantasy adventure with a strong heroine and plenty of action. …this novel would be a good choice for junior high school readers.”
~ Diane Emge, VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

The Secret Of Shabaz is a wonderfully engrossing, finely detailed adventure through mystical lands, bursting with elves, spells and secret surprises. Author Jennifer Macaire has written a magical masterpiece! Reminiscent of Tolkien’s engrossing works, The Secret Of Shabaz is sure to delight all readers of fantasy fiction.”
~ The Road to Romance

The Secret Of Shabaz by Jennifer Macaire is a wonderful story that I would definitely recommend to my friends.”
~ Young Adult Reviewer: Louise Aged 13 for Romance Junkies

10 out of 10!
” …This young adult fantasy will also appeal to all fans of Tolkien and Terry Brooks. Jennifer Macaire is a very visual writer who writes entire scenes that come alive in the mind’s eye. The Secret Of Shabaz has magic, romance and a bit of mystery imbued into the story line so it will appeal to a variety of readers.”
~ Blether Reviews

“Though marketed as a book for teens, any one who loves fantasy, especially people who are already fans of Macaire, will love this book. It’s a read I’d suggest for parents and children to share, because both will gain a lot of pleasure from the experience.”
~ Gotta Write Network

“A classic story is redone in this book. Offering the same fairy tale qualities as Snow White, this book kicks it up a notch by giving us an extremely strong heroine with a mind of her own. Add to that a cocky unicorn with attitude to burn and an extremely conservative elf and you have a true masterpiece. The characters are definitely the book’s strong point, with all being uniquely their own. This is truly a book to be kept at your bedside and read often!”
~ Young Adult Reviews/Romance Reviews Today

“This science fiction mystery has a fascinating premise that readers will find pulls them into the story line almost from the start.”
~ Harriet Klausner

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The Secret of Shabaz was published in Thailand – here is the Thai cover!

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