Category Archives: FTL Publications books

Latest titles by Joan Marie Verba

Modern Surprises was no ordinary company: the science division had secretly developed a portal that would take them anywhere. The plan was to use the portal to help those in need. However, a billionaire industrialist found out about the portal, and would lie, cheat, and steal to get it. But the Modern Surprises team was not about to let him have it.

Do you like dragons? Follow the adventures of Wondry Dragon as she finds a new home with her new human friend, Rhea. Rhea and her mom and dad have never had a dragon in the house before, and they all learn what Wondry can and cannot do. Rhea and Wondry play together, help out their neighbors…and try to stay out of trouble. Rhea can never tell what Wondry will do next…Wondry is always surprising her with what dragons can do. Wondry will surprise you, too!

A children’s chapter book story for ages 6-8 (grades 1-3).

Coloring Books from FTL Publications

FTL Publications has started a line of coloring books. Here are the first two titles:


These 25 designs are generic cityscapes for both children and adults who want easy drawings to color. Most of the drawings are simple, though some are more complex. Feel free to color entire sections or individual buildings. You can even create a mural or write on the side of a building. There are dotted lines at the side of each page. There is only one drawing per piece of paper, so if you wish to cut them out and save them, use the dotted line as a guide. Whether you need a coloring book for an adult or a child, this is one to consider!

Paperback available here. If you prefer to print your own pages, purchase and download the PDF version from Smashwords.

Cover, Print Version Cover, Print Version

This coloring book is for both kids and grownups who want easy drawings to color. Most of the 26 drawings are simple, and you can add your own designs in the blank areas if you wish. There is only one drawing on each piece of paper (the back side of the page is blank). The dotted lines on each page show where you can cut out the page from the book if you want to display the finished piece, or color the drawing outside of the book. Whether you need a coloring book for an adult or a child, this is one to consider!

First FTL Publications Audiobook – Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets

FTL Publications is delighted to announce its first audiobook, Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets. It is available on Audible at the following address:

Voyager cover

Voyager cover

Thunderbirds™ novel Danger Zone receives Mom’s Choice Award®

FTL Publications is pleased to announce that the Thunderbirds™ novel, Danger Zone by Joan Marie Verba, is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient for the best in family-friendly entertainment. Danger Zone joins the previous award recipients Countdown to Action, Action Alert, Deadly Danger, Situation: Critical, and Extreme Hazrard in being honored by this award.
More information at

Danger Zone front cover

Danger Zone front cover

Posted by Publisher at 10/5/2012 12:36 PM 

Thunderbirds novel Extreme Hazard wins Scribe Award

FTL Publications is pleased to announce that the Thunderbirds novel, Extreme Hazard, has won the Scribe Award in the Young Adult category.  The Scribe Awards acknowledge and celebrate excellence in licensed tie-in writing—novels based on TV shows, movies, and games. The Sixth Annual Scribe Awards were given at a ceremony and panel discussion held during Comic Con International in San Diego on July 13, 2012.



Posted by Publisher at 7/14/2012 6:55 PM

Extreme Hazard nominated for Scribe Award, received Mom’s Choice Award

Extreme Hazard, a Thunderbirds™ novel by Joan Marie Verba, is a nominee for the Scribe Award. The Scribe Awards are from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. The awards will be given at a ceremony in July at this year’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego.

Earlier this year, Extreme Hazard received the Mom’s Choice Award for the best in family-friendly entertainment. 

Thunderbirds ™ & © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2012. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Extreme Hazard front cover

Extreme Hazard front cover

Posted by Publisher at 5/25/2012 2:53 PM

Bradamant’s Quest by Ruth Berman first place in Midwest Book Awards

FTL Publications is delighted to announce that on May 9, 2012, Ruth Berman was awarded first place in the Midwest Book Awards for Bradamant’s Quest, her fantasy novel set at the time of Charlemagne. For more information about Bradamant’s Quest, go to

Ruth Berman with award

Ruth Berman with award


MIPA Award for Ruth

MIPA Award for Ruth

Midwest Book Review of Bradamant’s Quest

Midwest Book Review
January 2012 Small Press Bookwatch

Bradamant’s Quest
Ruth Berman
FTL Publications
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9781936881024, $15.95,>

“Bradamant’s Quest” is a youthful fantasy from Ruth Berman who
presents a story of Bradamant, who is charged in recovering her
family’s magical talismans after Charlemagne’s wars are over. But
faced with the forces of magic . . . Bradamant’s task is
anything but easily done. “Bradamant’s Quest” is an excellent pick
that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Posted by Publisher at 1/7/2012 7:12 PM

Ashes to Ashes by Mary Monica Pulver available as ebook

Ashes to Ashes cover

Ashes to Ashes cover

A body is found in “Crazy Dave” Wagner’s appliance store after the store is destroyed by a fire. Detective Peter Brichter is called in because local organized crime is thought to be involved. Brichter consults arson investigator Captain Isaac (Zak) Kader, and other officers in the police department, but no matter how many suspects they interview, they seem no closer to solving the case. Meanwhile, at home, Kori Brichter struggles with the right timing to tell Peter that she’s pregnant, after they agreed they would not have children.

Available as an ebook from Kindle and Smashwords

Posted by Publisher at 1/7/2012 11:48 AM

Thunderbirds novel Extreme Hazard published

Extreme Hazard front cover

Extreme Hazard front cover

Gordon Tracy, aquanaut, weapons expert, and fun-loving fourth son of Jeff Tracy, learns of a missile that can destroy an International Rescue aircraft. While working on a way to defeat that, the team discovers an even greater menace: plans for a bomb that could destroy the Earth have been lost. Unless International Rescue finds those plans, they could fall into the hands of criminals, who could build such a device and use it for their own ends. Can International Rescue retrieve the plans and save the planet from certain destruction?

More information at

Available from FTL Publications and 

Thunderbirds ™ & © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2011. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Posted by Publisher at 12/18/2011 5:15 PM

Show Stopper by Mary Monica Pulver available as ebook

FTL Publications is pleased to announce the publication of the mystery novel, Show Stopper by Mary Monica Pulver, in ebook form. This ebook is available on Kindle and Smashwords.



When Kori Brichter took her horses to the Fourth Annual Lafite Class-A All-Arabian Horse Show, she wasn’t expecting murder. But the next morning, an unpopular horse trainer is found dead in one of her stalls, and her 18-year-old groom is the prime suspect. Convinced of the groom’s innocence, she sets out to solve the crime herself.

A delightful mystery, particularly for horse fanatics. Kori Brichter is a horse farm owner, whose Arabian filly is competing in a local show. There, her 18-year-old groom is accused of murdering another groom, a man noted for his cruelty both to animals and his fellow humans. When the police delay the show in order to investigate, Kori decides to get it going by solving the crime herself. There is a lot of detail about horses, shows, and trading in this story that’s sure to hold the attention of animal fans as well as mystery lovers. —Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Library, VA  (School Library Journal)

Posted by Publisher at 12/14/2011 5:41 PM

Midwest Book Review of Secret Murder

Midwest Book Review
November 2011 Small Press Bookwatch

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Secret Murder
Ellen Kuhfeld
FTL Publications
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9780982523285, $15.95,

Before forensics, the truth had to be found through determination.
“Secret Murder” is an alternative historical novel, set in a world
where the Europeans settled North America much sooner than
1492. When murder is afoot in a Minnesota trading outpost, Ellen
Kuhfeld blends this unique world into a fascinating read that will
prove hard to put down. “Secret Murder” is an excellent pick for
both historical fiction and fantasy collections, very much
recommended reading.

Posted by Publisher at 11/7/2011 1:48 PM

Bradamant’s Quest by Ruth Berman published

FTL Publications is pleased to announce the publication of Bradamant’s Quest by Ruth Berman, a fantasy novel which takes place at the time of Charlemagne. 

Bradamant's Quest front cover

Bradamant’s Quest front cover

It sounded like such a straightforward quest when Oberon proposed it—just gather up the magical talismans the fairies had given her family and give them back, now that King Charlemagne’s war with Spain was over. But when Bradamant took on the quest, she didn’t know that her brother would think it was trafficking with devils. Her cousins the magicians didn’t want to give up their carefully indexed books of magic (much less the hippogriff—a useful steed and a loyal companion). Her sister-in-law was willing to give up the spear of Galafrone, but not until she’d finished using it. And her cousin Roland seemed to be haunting his grave, where his magically enduring sword was buried with him, and dead set against being disturbed. What’s a warrior to do when valor alone is not enough for her to complete a quest?

Available from Amazon.comAmazon Kindle, and FTL Publications.

Posted by Publisher at 10/25/2011 2:47 PM

Secret Murder: Who Shall Judge? by Ellen Kuhfeld published

FTL Publications is pleased to announce the publication of Secret Murder: Who Shall Judge? by Ellen Kuhfeld. This is an alternate history and mystery novel.

Secret Murder paper front

Secret Murder paper front

What if, in the middle ages, North America had been settled by Europeans? The Americas would have developed very differently. Settlers from an eleventh-century Europe would have been on a relatively even footing with the local people. We could end up with an Anglo-French empire along the Mississippi up to the head of navigation at Saint Anthony Falls. North of that would be Norse, settling on the Iron Range; and north of the Norse, Finns. Large areas of North America would still belong to the indigenous peoples. Traders would travel about, by land and by river, as traders always have. At trade fairs, men and women of different lands, laws, and customs would come together. As always, jackals would gather to prey upon them …

Secret Murder kindle front

Secret Murder kindle front

Secret Murder is available through FTL PublicationsAmazon.comAmazon Kindle

Original Sin by Mary Monica Pulver available as ebook

FTL Publications is pleased to announce the publication of the mystery novel, Original Sin by Mary Monica Pulver, in ebook form. This ebook is available on Kindle and Smashwords.

Original Sin front cover

Original Sin front cover

Kori Price Brichter planned on a wonderful Christmas. She and her police officer husband, Peter Brichter, had invited their friends, Frank and Mary Ryder and Gordon Ramsey, to spend the holiday with them, their son Jeep, and their nanny, Jill. Most important, Kori had invited Evelyn Biggins to join them. Having believed that all of her relatives had died, Kori was particularly thrilled to have found Evelyn, now her only living relative, to tell her of her family history. But Evelyn had only been in the house for a few hours when she was found, dead, in the house’s library, victim of an apparent murder. Since the guests were now isolated in house because of a blizzard, the only possible conclusion is that one of them had killed Evelyn. But who?

Posted by Publisher at 8/18/2011 3:25 PM

Extreme Hazard – Thunderbirds novel cover

Extreme Hazard front cover

Extreme Hazard front cover

Cover for next Thunderbirds novel, Extreme Hazard

Posted by Publisher at 7/26/2011 10:31 AM

Situation: Critical is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient

Mom's Choice Award seal

Mom’s Choice Award seal

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2011

On this date, the Mom’s Choice Awards® named Situation: Critical, a Thunderbirds™ novel by Joan Marie Verba among the Best In Family-Friendly Products.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

Parents, educators, librarians and retailers rely on MCA evaluations when selecting quality materials for children and families. The Mom’s Choice Awards® seal helps families and educators navigate the vast array of products and services and make informed decisions.

An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of our panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of theDunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., hostof the Wright Place™ TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder ofPrecision Education, Inc.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics which ensures expert and objective analysis free fromany manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries arescored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainmentvalue, originality, appeal and cost.

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five identical samples of a product. Entries arematched to judges in the MCA database. Judges perform a thorough analysis and submit a detailedassessment. Results are compiled and submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final approval.
The end result is a list of the best in family-friendly media, products and services that parents andeducators can feel confident in using.

For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit

A current list of honorees is posted at:
(“Young Adult” category.)

Posted by Publisher at 4/18/2011 7:52 PM 

Situation: Criticial is a finalist in the Scribe Awards

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers is proud to announce the 2011 Scribe Award nominees for excellence in licensed tie-in writing — novels based on TV shows, movies, and games.

Our 2011 Scribe Nominees are:



BURN NOTICE: The Giveaway by Tod Goldberg
MIKE HAMMER: THE BIG BANG by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane
MURDER SHE WROTE: The Queen’s Jewels by Donald Bain
PSYCH: The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin


GUILD WARS: GHOSTS OF ASCALON by Matt Forbeck and Jeff Grubb


GOD OF WAR by Matthew Stover & Robert E. Vardeman
THE WOLFMAN by Jonathan Maberry

The Fifth Annual Scribe Awards will be given at a ceremony and panel discussion held during Comic Con International in San Diego in July 2011. Details will be announced soon.

Posted by Publisher at 4/4/2011 5:20 PM 

FTL Publications announces the next 2 Thunderbirds novels

FTL Publications is pleased to announce that it will be publishing 2 Thunderbirds novels in the last half of 2011.

Extreme Hazard by Joan Marie Verba will be focused on Gordon Tracy.

Arctic Adventure by Anthony Taylor will be focused on Brains. Anthony Taylor is a long-time Thunderbirds and Anderson fan.  He is the author of The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim, detailing artist Mike Trim’s career designing models and special effects for Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and UFO.

More details to follow as they develop.

Posted by Publisher at 4/2/2011 11:51 AM

Midwest Book Review of Situation: Critical

Children’s Bookwatch: February 2011
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review

Thunderbirds: Situation: Critical
Joan Marie Verba
FTL Publications
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9780982523223, $15.95,

The Thunderbirds captured the imaginations of many young
television viewers decades ago, and now they can once more for a
new generation. “Thunderbirds: Situation: Critical” follows John
Tracy and Thunderbird 5 as he finds a planetary system that is
hurtling meteors towards earth and may be a sampling of the
disasters that are to come. Another exciting short novel for young
adult readers following the adventures of International Rescue,
“Thunderbirds: Situation: Critical” is a choice pick for science
fiction collections.

Posted by Publisher at 2/14/2011 5:40 PM