Science fiction and fantasy stories by Joan Marie Verba
The Wisest Wizard: Who will be the next Wisest Wizard? Maybe not who you think.
The Sum of the Parts: Susan Page is a pacifist, who is attacked repeatedly by a criminal who evades arrest. Will she need to compromise her principles to defeat him?
This One Time: Allira Elhalyn-Alton, and her daughter, Bruna, have always been protected by the men in their life. Can they stand on their own in a crisis?
Death’s Scepter: Brothers Regis and Stefan Hastur have always been close. Will politics make them turn on each other? * Mind-eater: Domenic MacAran seeks shelter in a house where the residents are terrorized by a bully. Can they turn the tables on him?
The Honor of the Guild: A murder is committed and the Renunciates are blamed. Can Janna n’ha Cassilde solve the crime and restore the reputation of the guild?
An Invitation to Chaos: Gwynn Alton has harbored resentment of his father since childhood. Will their simmering conflict mean danger for the Domains when the Towers experiment with their powers?
The Mystery Woman of the Kilghard Hills: Young Kennard Lanart encounters a mysterious young woman in the woods, but his family is skeptical of his story. Will he, or they, uncover her secret?
Safe Passage: Orain, a peddler, is beaten and robbed and left in an approaching blizzard. Can he get his merchandise back and evade the determined robbers?
“Safe Passage” was originally published in the Darkover anthology Snows of Darkover, January 1995. Reprinted by permission.
“The Madwoman of the Kilghard Hills” (retitled “The Mystery Woman of the Kilghard Hills”) was originally published in the Darkover anthology Towers of Darkover, July 1993. Reprinted by permission.
“An Invitation to Chaos” was originally published in the Darkover anthology Leroni of Darkover, November 1991. Reprinted by permission.
“The Honor of the Guild” was originally published in the Darkover anthology Renunciates of Darkover, March 1991. Reprinted by permission.
“Mind-eater” was originally published in the Darkover anthology Domains of Darkover, March 1990. Reprinted by permission.
“Death’s Scepter” was originally published in the Darkover anthology Four Moons of Darkover, November 1988. Reprinted by permission.
“This One Time”was originally published in the Darkover anthology Free Amazons of Darkover, December 1985. Reprinted by permission.
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).
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!
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!
Current FTL Publications titles. For details on any or all of them, go to http://ftlpublications.com
FTL Publications is delighted to announce its first audiobook, Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets. It is available on Audible at the following address:
Practical Journals and Diaries from FTL Publications
A Writer’s Journal
If you’re a writer, this writing journal is just for you. There are plenty of pages for writing or drawing. There’s also a section in the back to keep track of the daily progress (number of words) of your current project. With 30 entries, it’s perfect for use with a monthly writing project (or two). Here are just some of the ways you can use this blank book:
• a daily personal journal or diary
• taking notes
• recording story ideas
• writing down your story or poem
• drawing or doodling
• keeping track of how many words are written each day on your current project (see end of journal)
So, if you’re looking for a writing notebook or journal diary, try this one!
A Fantasy Reader’s Journal Diary
Here are just some of the ways you can use this blank book:
• a daily personal journal or diary
• taking notes
• drawing or doodling
If you’re looking for a writing notebook or journal diary, try this one!
A Convention Journal
Going to a convention? Take this with you to use as your convention diary. There are pages to record the panels you go to, pages for autographs, and pages to write down anything else about your experiences. The extra blank pages are perfect for drawing or doodling, as well as for taking notes or writing down appointments and reminders. You can keep a record of your expenses, too.
If you’re looking for a journal for a convention, this is one you can use!
A Trip Journal with Sample Packing List
You can use it for:
• daily travel schedule entries
• a travel journal
• a writing notebook
This blank book has plenty of pages not only for writing, but also for drawing or pasting photos or clippings. If you’re looking for a personalized notebook or journal diary to take with you on your travels, buy one today!
Address Book with holiday card tracker
Black & White on White paper
Reference / Personal & Practical Guides
Looking for an address book? This one contains spaces for names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, birthdays, and anniversaries.
Need to keep track of the addresses you sent holiday cards to…and where you received cards from? There is a ten-year holiday card tracker for this, too.
There’s also a page for frequently used or important contacts.
If you need an address book with all these features, this is the one for you!
A Gratitude Journal Notebook
Want to start a gratitude journal but can’t manage a daily schedule? Try this one! Start on any day you want to, write as much or as little as you want to (you can easily overflow into the next section), and skip days if you need to. You can enter your goals (proposed or accomplished) and to-do lists, as well as your insights and breakthroughs. Whether you prefer to write notes, essays, or poetry, this journal can help you organize your thoughts and preserve your experiences.
The Anytime Daily Timer: A Daily Planner or Scheduler
If you need a place to plan your schedule, this daily timer is for you! You can start any day of the year—just fill in the dates that you need. You can skip days if you wish, or leave them blank, if you prefer. There are extra spaces for notes, too. This daily timer puts you in control!
The Anytime Day Planner: Start Any Day of the Week, Month, or Year
If you wanted to start a daily or weekly planner today, but it’s after January 1, this is the one for you! You can start any day of the week, month, or year. If you need to skip a day, or several days, or a month…no problem! You don’t have to leave a bunch of blank entries or blank pages. Just fill in the date of the next entry. There’s space for writing down appointments, shopping lists, to-do lists…whatever you want. If you have a lot to write down, just overflow into the next space. You fill in the dates, times, or details.
Week-at-a-Time: Weekly Planner and Daily Timer
Are your appointments written down throughout your office and house on scraps of note paper? Ever wish to put them all in one place? This weekly planner is for you! With this flexible organizer, you can view one week of appointments at a time, hour-by-hour. Start any week of the year. You can skip days or weeks if you wish, and fill in only what you need to use. With this scheduler, you are in control!
Make Your Own Cookbook: A Blank Recipe Book
Need to organize your recipes? This blank cookbook is for you! Write down your recipes, instructions, and notes in one place. There are spaces and lines for 2 recipes on each page, all numbered so you can find them by number. There’s a section in the front of the cookbook for you to fill in so that you can find your favorites again at any time. If you clip recipes from newspapers or magazines, or have recipes written on pieces of paper, just paste them in!
Posted by Publisher at 8/18/2013 2:49 PM
Midwest Book Review
MBR Bookwatch – December 2012
Sword of Queens
Joan Marie Verba
P O Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9781936881116, $15.95, www.amazon.com
For over five centuries, Tashtalon the overlord has ruled the
patriarchal kingdom of Somerlie with an evil iron fist. No one has
ever seen Tashtalon but everyone knows of his presence especially
at night when sleeping is dangerous. Each evening, Tashtalon puts
his subjects to sleep two hours after sunset; and awakens them each
morning two after sunrise with some vanishing overnight. No one
has any hope of overthrowing this invincible malevolent God.
Twentyish Gill is like everyone else living in fear of the evil ruler;
wondering if she will disappear next and knowing how helpless it
is as nothing can defeat Tashtalon. Gill wonders why the overlord’s
most enforced law is that no woman will yield a sword with the
penalty of breaking his code instant death though she assumes it
has to do with females being subservient to males. As she begins
her required quest year “To Find Herself”, Gill thinks of her elderly
grandma’s tales of life before Tashtalon. On her journey Gill learns
that the magical Sword of Queens can destroy Tashtalon.
Sword of Queens is an excellent coming of age quest fantasy
starring a likable heroine. The vibrant Verba world of magic seems
real while the vile villain is made even stronger and eviler by the
fearful whispers of his subjects. Sub-genre readers will enjoy Gill’s
adventures in an engaging good and evil thriller.
Posted by Publisher at 12/9/2012 8:38 PM
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 http://ftlpublications.com/books/danger-zone
Posted by Publisher at 10/5/2012 12:36 PM
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, 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.
Posted by Publisher at 5/25/2012 2:53 PM
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 http://ftlpublications.com
Midwest Book Review
January 2012 Small Press Bookwatch
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
“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
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 ftlpublications.com
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
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.
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?
Posted by Publisher at 10/25/2011 2:47 PM
Cover for next Thunderbirds novel, Extreme Hazard
Posted by Publisher at 7/26/2011 10:31 AM
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 MomsChoiceAwards.com.
A current list of honorees is posted at: http://www.momschoiceawards.com/celebrate09.php#YA
(“Young Adult” category.)
Posted by Publisher at 4/18/2011 7:52 PM
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:
BEST YOUNG ADULT
ALPHA & OMEGA: THE JUNIOR NOVEL by Aaron Rosenberg
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: ALDWYNS ACADEMY by Nathan Meyer
THUNDERBIRDS: SITUATION CRITICAL by Joan Marie Verba
CSI: SHOCK TREATMENT by Greg Cox
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
SAVING GRACE: TOUGH LOVE by Nancy Holder
GUILD WARS: GHOSTS OF ASCALON by Matt Forbeck and Jeff Grubb
STAR TREK: MIRROR UNIVERSE: THE SORROWS OF THE EMPIRE by David Mack
STAR WARS: FORCE UNLEASHED II by Sean Williams
SUPERNATURAL: HEART OF THE DRAGON by Keith R. A. DeCandido
WARHAMMER: BLOODBORN: ULRIKA THE VAMPIRE by Nathan Long
FINAL CRISIS by Greg Cox
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 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