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The selection includes top science fiction, fantasy, and adventure authors like Leigh Brackett, C.J. Carella, Larry Correia, Jon del Arroz, David Drake, Eric Flint, Declan Finn, Harry Harrison, Daniel Humphreys, Tom Kratman, Mike Massa, Andre Norton, Richard Paolinelli, John Ringo, Mark Wandrey, David Weber, H.G. Wells, David J. West, Michael Z. Williamson, John C. Wright, and a wide range of other established and emerging talent.
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Marymae and the Nightmare Man
by A.M. Freeman
Marymae is a little girl with big problems! First, no one will believe her imaginary friend is real…
And then he goes missing!
Marymae must set out to find her friend. But she soon discovers something scary is happening in the Forest of Make-Believe. Those that were noble are now hiding. Dangerous creatures lurk in the shadows. And a growing darkness threatens to engulf even the bravest heart. If Marymae and her friends can’t stop it in time, the nightmares will spread across all the worlds, including her own! Enjoy the journey with her as she discovers how to be a light to inspire courage in those around her, and how to love even the most broken heart.
Pick up this illustrated novelette and join the characters on their journey as they spring from one challenge to the next. A refreshing light to illuminate a mundane day, or to enjoy reading with your children.
The Widow’s Son: A Novel
by Ryan Williamson
Salt Creek, Utah, 1867
When the infant son of a young pioneer widow is abducted by Navajo skin-walkers, Special Agent Zarahemla Two Crows takes up the chase.
Reluctantly, he partners with the child’s mother, and soon they are joined by a vampire-slaying nun and a young cavalryman as the four heroes find themselves sucked into a continent-spanning apocalypse. In their quest to rescue the child they encounter the worst that Hell can throw at them, and the widow Mary Anne must dig down deep within herself to find the faith she needs to defeat an evil greater than anything she could have possibly imagined.
The Widow’s Son is a story of a West that never was, where the stuff of nightmares roam the wilds and Buffalo Soldiers patrol the frontier in giant iron steeds. A world of cannibal lizard men deep in the Louisiana bayou and the ravenous Mexican undead. A world where one needs both a trusty six-gun at their side and an even stronger faith in God in order to survive.
A blend of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher Saga, Louis L’Amour, and Robert E. Howard’s The Horror from the Mound, The Widow’s Son is a fun, pulpy adventure that will take you on a wild ride unlike anything you have experienced before.
Added bonus! Check out Ryan Williamson’s short stories, also priced at $0.99!
A young radio engineer travels across an alt-history America, encountering primeval gods, mythical beasts, and tall tales come to life, in a quest to build a radio transmitter that can reach the stars.
It all starts in the mountain town of Porterville.
Twelve-year-old Philo starts a pirate radio station with his friends, and learns that the world is a stranger place than he ever imagined.
The Ancient Marauder, the Bright and Terrible Birds, the Mishipeshu, and other creatures of myth and legend populate this enchanting mixture of science and fantasy.
YANKEE REPUBLIC is an old-school adventure series with traditional values and down-to-earth heroes. Escape from the pessimism and propaganda of modern fiction, and take a journey through a mythic America that might have been.
Black Amazon of Mars
by Leigh Brackett *FREE*
Grimly Eric John Stark slogged toward that ancient Martian city—with every step he cursed the talisman of Ban Cruach that flamed in his blood-stained belt.
Behind him screamed the hordes of Ciaran, hungering for that magic jewel—ahead lay the dread abode of the Ice Creatures—at his side stalked the whispering spectre of Ban Cruach, urging him on to a battle Stark knew he must lose!
Classic sci-fi from the writer of The Empire Strikes Back.
Review: I picked this up because Gary Gygax recommends Leigh Brackett in his Appendx N to the 1st edition AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide Unfortunately, it is not the beginning of her Mars series, as I discovered, but nearer the end. Even without knowing the protagonist’s backstory, however, it’s a great pulp space opera story in what some authors call Old Mars – the Mars of the pulps, full of ancient cities consumed by endless deserts, canals bearing life-giving water, frozen cities under the polar ice caps, etc. I really liked this one – I’m going to read more! But this is the easiest Brackett book to find on Amazon, so it is where I started!
Cartwright’s Cavaliers (The Revelations Cycle Book 1)
by Mark Wandrey
*** 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Military Scifi ***
Heir to one of the leading “Four Horsemen” mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed his high school VOWS tests, he’s just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright.
But the Horsemen of eras past were smart—they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company. It’s up to Jim to find the people he needs to operate the machinery of war, train them, and lead them to victory. If he’s good enough, the company can still be salvaged.
But then again, he’s never been good enough.
Salvage Title (The Salvage Title Trilogy Book 1)
by Kevin Steverson
The Salvage Title journey begins!
They couldn’t afford a ship, much less the cost of registering one. But there is always a loophole…
Harmon Tomeral wanted nothing more than to go to space. Sent to an orphanage when his parents were killed in a sandstorm, the odds were stacked against him. Despite that, he made it to the academy and graduated in the top ten percent of his class…only to find out the fleet did what it wanted, regardless of regulations, and he came from the wrong planet.
He didn’t give up his dream, though, because where there’s a will, there’s a loophole, and Harmon and his friends found their loophole in the Top Fleet Marine competition—the winner would get 100,000 credits, which would just be enough to start their own salvage company. If they could build a mech and win the competition, they would be set.
But the fleet had already shown they didn’t want him in space, so it would be an uphill fight. Good thing his friends and crew were very much against fleet regulations.
Shakes (Murphy’s Lawless Book 1)
by Mike Massa
Taken from their planet and their century, they are…the Lost Soldiers.
Diagnosed with MS, Major Rodger Murphy was stateside-bound on a Blackhawk from Mogadishu when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile. Somehow, however, he didn’t die, nor did the others in the helicopter with him on that fateful day in the 1990’s. Instead, they were captured by an almost-alien race and put into cold storage.
Recovered over a hundred years later, Murphy and his compatriots wake to find themselves rescued by the officers—and truly alien allies—of the Consolidated Terran Republic. But Murphy and the other refugees from the Twentieth Century—the so-called “Lost Soldiers”—are now untold light years from Earth, where everything and everyone they once knew are long gone.
Granted, the friendly forces who’ve rescued them will retrieve them on their way back to Earth as soon as they complete an ongoing mission. But in the meantime, Murphy and Company need to accomplish a small task of their own: seize a planet and establish a base of operations. They will have to recruit allies and capture enemy equipment to sustain them until the main force returns, and Murphy’s troops have to do it with little support and fewer resources.
As if that isn’t enough of a challenge, it’s just Murphy’s luck to also be the victim of Murphy’s Law: the only Lost Soldiers who could be spared for the job were the losers and ne’er-do-wells who weren’t considered useful enough to take on the main mission. Defiant and determined to prove that assessment wrong, they gave themselves a different, more suitable name:
Authors and reviewers are raving about the Caine Riordan universe:
“Fire with Fire and Trial by Fire blend ruthless political pragmatism, advanced aliens with subtle and dangerous agendas, and human courage, determination, and sacrifice into an action-filled story that keeps readers up late. Very late, in my case. You should already have Chuck Gannon on your shelves. If you don’t have him there, rectify your oversight immediately!”–David Weber
Pure Poison (Purity Wellman Book 1)
by Hawkings Austin
Purity isn’t going to give up and die again.
She died the first time in 1958, and the devil stole her soul on her front doorstep. After more than fifty years in Purgatory, she returns from the underworld. Her brother, who saved her from the devil and handed her to Hades, is supposed to be there to meet her.
But he isn’t. Purity has to find her way in a new, overwhelming world she doesn’t understand. But there is still evil, supernatural evil, in the world, and that she understands all too well.
The devil’s work is never finished and the family business is never done.
Hawkings Austin begins his new urban fantasy series with an original and intriguing first tale. Purity Wellman is a fish-out-of-water, but not because of the magic in her life. That she understands. It’s the real world that’s the problem. Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Sookie Stackhouse in Purity Wellman, who is trying to find her place in a creepy Appalachian American Gods universe.
Can Purity discover what happened to her brother, and deal with Knoxville’s vampire problem? Or will she end up back in the underworld for good? Read Pure Poison today and find out!
From Barsoom to Malacandra: Musings on Things Past and Things to Come
by John C. Wright
Peek into the heart of Science Fiction!
From John Carter’s Mars to that of C. S. Lewis, Science Fiction astounds us with wonder.
Science Fiction Grandmaster John C Wright here presents essays on topics both deep and trivial surrounding the strange and wonderful worlds of science fiction and fantasy. Thoughtful, humorous, deep, or absurd, Wright travels the width of the cosmos and plumbs the deeps of eternity through the lens of simple space adventure stories to say what these flights of fancy say about life on earth, and the secrets hidden in the human heart.
Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth
by John C. Wright
“Shoot him with an elf arrow!”
Learn why this may be author John C. Wright’s most famous line!
A collection of brilliant and thought-provoking essays by the science fiction grandmaster John C. Wright. From the history of the Golden Age of science fiction to the ideology of the gender wars presently dividing hard science fiction from urban fantasy-romance, Wright’s commentary is always intelligent, observant, and precisely to the point.
In the 16 essays that make up the collection, Wright addresses a wide spectrum of ideas. He considers the darker possibilities of transhumanism, provides a professorial lesson on the mechanics of writing fiction, explains the noble purpose underlying science fiction, and shows how the genre’s obsession with strong female characters is nothing less than an attack on human nature. In every essay, Wright exhibits his compassion, his humanity, and his deep and abiding love for literature.
John C. Wright has been described as one of the most important and audacious authors in science fiction today. In a recent poll of more than 1,000 science fiction readers, he was chosen as the sixth-greatest living science fiction writer.
Lament of Prometheus is a nonfiction work in which award-winning science fiction grandmaster John C. Wright sets out to explain the inexplicable:
A Voyage to Arcturus written in 1920 by Scottish author David Lindsay, is a fascinating, blasphemous, and magnificent failure.
Wright sets out to explore the weird, wild, wonderful world depicted in Lindsay’s forgotten masterpiece, to plumb its depths, decode its symbols, discover its secrets, praise its breathtaking literary achievement, and to name rightly what David Lindsay hid under onion layers of riddles: a striking yet morbid message.
The Last Straw: A Critical Autopsy of a Galaxy Far, Far Away
by John C. Wright
Come quibble about a galaxy far far away!
Once, in a theater long ago and far, far away, young audiences thrilled to the nostalgic space epic of yesteryear, known then only as STAR WARS, and were duly enthralled. So much goodwill, so much affection, so much love has rarely been lavished on any franchise. So much money from so many eager fans was never so readily available.
And yet, with one potent Deathstar-like blast of mind-breakingly awful film making, the Disney Corporation has managed to alienate that goodwill, spurn that affection, and lose that money. Why? What makes THE LAST JEDI so appallingly bad? What made the film maker think he could win over his audience by insulting his audience?
Science Fiction Grandmaster John C Wright laments, analyzes, and autopsies the horrific story-telling of a film that, for so many of us, was the last hope for STAR WARS, the last dime we will ever spend on this once-beloved franchise, and the last straw that broke our patience.
The Hidden Truth
by Hans G. Schantz
Change the past. Control the present. Rule the future.
They’ll do anything to hide the truth.
When high school student Peter Burdell uncovers a subtle clue in a dusty book buried deep in a forgotten Appalachian library, he realizes someone altered history. Who’s been lying, and why?
His discovery lands Peter in the cross hairs of the deadly Cabal whose Deep State agents changed the past to control the present, so they can rule the future. Aided by family and friends, Peter races against the odds to expose the conspiracy and uncover the answer to the most important question of his life:
What is The Hidden Truth?
Hans G. Schantz’ THE HIDDEN TRUTH is most highly recommended.
It is a gem of a book, a rare find, combining a charming coming of age story, diamond-hard science fiction speculation, a conspiracy thriller, a touch of trenchant political commentary, and, uniquely, a challenge written into a science fiction book of the reigning scientific orthodoxy of the day….
This trilogy works on several levels. In style, theme, in social commentary, in genre, in plot-weaving and world-building, the craftsmanship is top-notch.
Stylistically, it is written in the same journalistic prose as a Heinlein juvenile, but, frankly, is better. Not only are some of Heinlein’s more dubious moral lessons absent, the work attempts something more ambitious: introducing a real theory of physics in the midst of a fictional adventure yarn.
Thematically, it is a bracing and inspiring coming-of-age story telling young readers and reminding older readers what it means to be a man, a man of integrity, in a world where no one is there to dig you out of a mess.
It works as social commentary. As in a Heinlein juvenile, there are memorable quips and trenchant observations about political realities peppered throughout the dialog, which have as much application in our world as theirs.
Review by John C. Wright
by Daniel Humphreys
Harry Dresden’s sorcery goes on a Supernatural-style road trip. Cool car sold separately.
Paxton Locke is the son of a Witch.
Family drama is bad enough without adding human sacrifice to the mix. Ten years ago, his mother killed his father in a grisly ritual that Paxton interrupted. Now he criss-crosses the countryside in his RV working as a paranormal investigator while Mother languishes in jail. She’ll never forgive him for interfering…or for stealing her spellbook.
It started as a normal job for Paxton. At least as normal as speaking to ghosts ever was. But then the terrified shade of a murdered boy warns him of a dangerous, newly-freed entity, and suddenly he has to talk to Mother again to save the day.
In a battle for his very soul, will he be able to endure – or simply fade away?
Dragon Award nominee Daniel Humphreys’ urban fantasy debut brings all the best elements of Supernatural and the Dresden Files, written with his typical engaging style and evocative prose. Avid fans of the genre will be satisfied with the sarcasm, quips, and pop culture jokes found in Fade. Not to mention the spells, action and family drama.
Nephilim: Corruption: A Christian Space Princess Novel (Warrior of the Kizan Book 1)
by Ann Margaret Lewis
Dune meets Star Wars in this galaxy-crossing Christian sci-fi tale!
Dakhar knows his place in life. But the God of his ancestors has a different plan for him.
For generations his people have fought an endless battle with the cursed Nephilim, and Dakhar followed in his father’s footsteps and went off to war. All he found there was horror and death. He is unclean, and unworthy of the honor his people want to grant him.
But his bravery has won him command of the Royal Guard, and the sacred duty of protecting the King and his family. The King who rules by divine right, and receives council directly from an Angel. Dakhar doesn’t deserve this life, but he will do his duty anyway.
Then Tasia, the lovely young Princess he’s honor-bound to protect is kidnapped and whisked offworld. Dakhar will tear apart the galaxy to find her, no matter the cost.
Can he find Tasia before it is too late? Will he forgive himself and become the man he’s meant to be?
And what orders will the Angel of their people have for a sinner like him?
Read Nephilim: Corruption today and find out!
The Trilisk Ruins (Parker Interstellar Travels Book 1)
by Michael McCloskey *FREE*
Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist in a future where humans have found alien artifacts but haven’t ever encountered live aliens.
Of all the aliens whose extinct civilizations are investigated, the Trilisks are the most advanced and the most mysterious.
Telisa refuses to join the government because of her opposition to its hard-handed policies restricting civilian investigation and trade of alien artifacts, despite the fact that her estranged father is a captain in the United Nations Space Force.
When a group of artifact smugglers recruits her, she can’t pass up the chance at getting her hands on objects that could advance her life’s work.
But she soon learns her expectations of excitement and riches come with serious drawbacks as she ends up fighting for her life on a mysterious alien planet.
by Iris Paustian *Updated Edition!*
As different as Night and Day.
Tender One lost her beloved brother, and now someone in this unfamiliar, underground Night Dweller community wants Tender One dead. If she can overcome her culture shock, maybe she can discover the truth before anyone else is harmed.
Nub is fascinated by Tender One and her people—but he is also the prime suspect. Will Tender One reject this stranger who looks nothing like her people? Or will she find the courage to follow her heart?
And then Tender One discovers a dragon’s egg!
As cultures clash, love is kindled and mysteries unfold on Jinjang, the world where a year is but a single day.
Buy it now!
Whispers Out Of The Dust: A Haunted Journey Through The Lost American West (Dark Trails Saga)
by David J. West
Some things lost on the borders of dusk were never meant to be found.
Whispers Out Of The Dust: A Haunted Journey Through The Lost American West is a supernatural treasure hunt. Documents spanning centuries relate the story of a forgotten valley brimming with magic, ghosts and evil. Published here for the first time these newly discovered papers grant a rare glimpse of the awful truth about this very real American Nightmare. From the era of wayward conquistadors and pioneers of indomitable spirit on to the weird wild west of gunfighters, gunslingers, preachers, gamblers, and medicine men these authentic accounts stalk through the forbidden desert leading you to an oasis of eerie horror and occult terror.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Buy this lost collection of forbidden lore and help put the ghosts to rest.
Bless the Child
by David J. West
He has no name. His past is a mystery. His future is etched in blood…
The Spartan knows an opportunity when he sees one. There is unholy work for a mercenary in the Holy Land. And work is good, for there is no end of service amongst kings and robber barons for a man who sells his sword so well. Can a mercenary trained only for war become an instrument of peace?…
But after an alluring handmaiden to the queen catches his eye, the Sellsword puts himself in harm’s way to protect her and the innocent people of Jerusalem. To save the noble few, curses and blades won’t stop the Spartan from leaving a swath of righteous carnage in his wake…
Bless the Child is an action-packed historical in the vein of classic pulp fiction and biblical epics. If you like gory battles, larger-than-life characters, and old school drama, then you’ll love David J. West’s gripping tale.
Buy Bless the Child to get lost in a bloody sword and sandals adventure today!
Heroes of the Fallen (Heroes of the Fallen Saga)
by David J. West
The Golden Age is over. An army of evil is coming. Heroes are in short supply…
It is the last days of the great Nephite nation and their civilization teeters on the brink of devastating war. Their blood-enemies and rival nation, the Lamanites, have sworn their destruction. As the conflict unfolds upon this ancient American landscape, courageous heroes fight to defend their people against ruthless forces of evil. Amaron and his Ten Scouts, Zelph the White Lamanite, and Anathoth the Lamanite general all must face the Gadianton Master Akish-Antum, as he orchestrates the greatest terror the land has ever known.…
In a world at war, who will rise to become the heroes of the fallen? To save the noble few, conspiracies and assassins blades won’t stop the Heroes from leaving a swath of righteous carnage in their wake…
Heroes of the Fallen is an action-packed historical fantasy in the vein of classic pulp fiction and thrilling adventure epics. If you like sword battles, larger-than-life characters, and witty humor, then you’ll love David J. West’s gripping tale.
Read Heroes of the Fallen and journey to an Ancient America that might have been!
A Hymn Before Battle (Legacy of the Aldenata Book 1)
by John Ringo *FREE*
“WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE . . .
With the Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans—for a price.
Humanity now has three worlds to defend.
As Earth’s armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson:
You can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies.
by Marina Fontaine
Randy risked it all for a box of strawberries.
A box of strawberries for a beautiful girl, one outside his league. All he wanted was a little bit extra to purchase an almost unobtainable luxury to impress a girl. He’d never expected the robbery to go so wrong, or to have to stop his friend from killing the innocent shop owner.
Luckily for him, the shop owner understands the bleak and futureless world they live in. And Julie, the girl of his dreams, doesn’t want strawberries.
She wants a revolution. Tired of government controlled, overregulated lives lived in overpopulated cities without even strawberries to enjoy, Julie wants freedom. Randy can help her get what she wants. Now along for the ride, the two of them turn to technology to start their insurgency.
But changing the world isn’t as fast or as easy as it seems in the movies. And it takes sacrifices neither Randy nor Julie imagined.
Marina Fontaine is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She uses personal experience to craft a novel that takes an intimate look at life in a totalitarian society and the role that individual choices play in advancing the cause of liberty.
Can Randy and Julie survive the wrath of an oppressive regime? Or will chasing freedom demand the ultimate cost?
Read Chasing Freedom today and find out!
by Andre Norton *FREE*
DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY OF TIME
Intelligence agents have uncovered something which seems beyond belief, but the evidence is incontrovertible: the USA’s greatest adversary on the world stage is sending its agents back through time! And someone or something unknown to our history is presenting them with technologies—and weapons—far beyond our most advanced science. We have only one option: create time-transfer technology ourselves, find the opposition’s ancient source . . . and take it down.
When small-time criminal Ross Murdock and Apache rancher Travis Fox stumble separately onto America’s secret time travel project, Operation Retrograde, they are faced with a challenge greater than either could have imagined possible. Their mere presence means that they know too much to go free. But Murdock and Fox have a thirst for adventure, and Operation Retrograde offers that in spades.
Both men will become time agents, finding reserves of inner heroism they had never expected. Their journeys will take the battle to the enemy, from ancient Britain to prehistoric America, and finally to the farthest reaches of interstellar space.
Between Home and Ruin (Fall of the Censor Book 2)
by Karl Gallagher
The Censorate wants to impose its rule on Fiera.
They would destroy all the art and history the Fierans preserved from Old Earth.
If the embassy can’t placate the Censorate, Marcus Landry will be forced from the world of the woman he loves . . .
and he will return to a home facing annihilation.
Buy Between Home and Ruin today!
The Baron Trump 3 In 1 Collection:
The Last President (Or 1900),
Travels And Adventures Of Little Baron Trump,
Baron Trump’s Marvelous Underground Journey.
by Ingersoll Lockwood
Lockwood published the first novel, Travels and adventures of Little Baron Trump and his wonderful dog Bulger, in 1889, and its sequel, Baron Trump’s Marvellous Underground Journey, in 1893. The novels recount the adventures of the German boy Wilhelm Heinrich Sebastian Von Troomp, who goes by “Baron Trump”, as he discovers weird underground civilizations, offends the natives, flees from his entanglements with local women, and repeats this pattern until arriving back home at Castle Trump.
The novels were part of a trend in U.S. children’s literature that responded to the demand for fantastic adventure stories triggered by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (1865). They were, however, indifferently received and did not enter the canon of children’s literature. An 1891 reviewer wrote about one of Lockwood’s novels: “The author labors through three hundred pages of fantastic and grotesque narrative, now and then striking a spark of wit; but the sparks emit little light and no warmth, and one has to fumble for the story.”
In July 2017, the books were rediscovered by Internet forum users, and then by the media, who pointed out similarities between the protagonist and U.S. President Donald Trump.
Also available for free at the Internet Archive:
- Travels and adventures of Little Baron Trump and his wonderful dog Bulger
- Baron Trump’s marvellous underground journey
BRUTAL: A Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (THE BRUTAL SWORD SAGA Book 1)
by James Alderdice
He has no name. His past is a mystery. His future is etched in blood…
The Sellsword knows an opportunity when he sees one. When he rides into the border city of Aldreth, he can tell that the power struggle between two feuding wizards needs a solitary spark to ignite into all-out-war. As he sets the corrupt paladins and demonic adepts against each other, he’s not surprised when the blood begins to flow…
But after the alluring duchess catches his eye, the Sellsword puts himself in harm’s way to protect her and the innocent people of Aldreth. To save the noble few, spells and blades won’t stop the Sellsword from leaving a swath of righteous carnage in his wake…
Brutal is an action-packed grimdark fantasy in the vein of classic pulp fiction and Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns. If you like gory battles, larger-than-life characters, and witty humor, then you’ll love James Alderdice’s gritty tale.
Buy Brutal to get lost in a bloody sword and sorcery adventure today!
THE USURPER: A Heroic Fantasy (THE BRUTAL SWORD SAGA Book 2)
by James Alderdice
When a tyrant wears the crown, a hero must become an Usurper…
The Fates weave a tapestry of life and death for young Gathelaus the Sellsword. Now an unexpected opportunity presents itself for the famed mercenary, he has but to claim the blood red crown…
But once you wear the crown, how long can you hold it until that power is turned against you? Follow Gathelaus on a journey through a life of magic, action and intrigue; battling gods and monsters across a mystic realm …
The Usurper is an action-packed heroic adventure in the vein of classic pulp fiction and heroic fantasy. If you like Conan the Barbarian, The Witcher and Logen Ninefingers along with vengeful sorcery, savage duels, larger-than-life characters, and witty humor, then you’ll love James Alderdice’s barbaric tale.
Buy The Usurper to get lost in a bloody sword and sorcery adventure today!
A Princess of Mars:
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
A Princess of Mars (1917) is a science fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first of his Barsoom series.
Full of swordplay and daring feats, the novel is considered a classic example of 20th century pulp fiction. It is also a seminal instance of the planetary romance, a subgenre of science fantasy that became highly popular in the decades following its publication. Its early chapters also contain elements of the Western.
The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment. This vision of Mars was based on the work of the astronomer Percival Lowell, whose ideas were widely popularized in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Fantastic Schools Volume 2
edited by Jagi Lamplighter
Have you ever wanted to go to magic school? To cast spells and brew potions and fly on broomsticks and—perhaps—battle threats both common and supernatural? Come with us into worlds of magic, where students become magicians and teachers do everything in their power to ensure the kids survive long enough to graduate. Welcome to … Fantastic Schools.
Follow a mundane teacher striding into a world of magic, a spy on a mission, a guided tour of a magical school, a school dance for monsters, a dangerous reunion … and many more.
Follow us into worlds different, magical …
… And very human.
Becky R. Jones,
Christopher G. Nuttall
Paul A. Piatt,
L. Jagi Lamplighter
The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin (The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment) (Volume 1)
by L. Jagi Lamplighter *FREE*
Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts – A magic school like no other!
Nestled amidst the beauty of New York’s Hudson Highlands and hidden from the eyes of the Unwary, Roanoke Academy is a place of magic and wonder. It offers everything a young sorceress could desire—enchantments, flying brooms, and the promise of new friendships.
On her first day of school, Rachel Griffin discovers her perfect memory gives her an unexpected advantage. With it, she can see through the spell sorcerers use to hide their secrets. Very soon, she discovers that there is a far-vaster secret world hiding from the Wise, precisely the same way that the magical folk hide from the mundane folk.
When someone tries to kill a fellow student, she investigates. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel bravely faces wraiths, embarrassing magical pranks, mysterious older boys, a Raven that brings the doom of worlds, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.
Described by fans as: “Supernatural meets Narnia at Hogwarts”, The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a tale of wonder and danger, romance and heartbreak, and, most of all, of magic and of a girl who refuses to be daunted.
Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!
Tanager’s Fledglings (The Tanager Book 1)
by Cedar Sanderson
When the starship’s captain died midway through a run with a cargo of exotic animals, the owner gave first mate Jem one chance, and one choice.
The chance: if he successfully runs the trade route solo, he’ll become the new captain.
If he fails, he’ll lose the only home he’s ever known.
And the choice?
He’s now raising an old earth animal called a basset hound.
Between station officials, housebreaking, pirates, and drool, Jem’s got his hands full!
The Case of the Perambulating Hatrack
by Cedar Sanderson
She was trouble, and from the moment she sailed into his office in search of a PI, Soldagh Dennessey was caught in her wake.
In a city where the streets started mean and went worse, Soldagh had carved a relatively solitary existence out between the goblins in their dens of minty iniquity, and the gnomes who’d snitch on their own mothers for rent money.
Rough as it was, he’d come from worse family, and had no intention of going back.
As the case grows tangled and terrifying, Soldagh is starting to suspect the past he’s been avoiding lies at the bleeding heart of the matter.
And only the few friendships he’s made and an unexpected ally might be enough to save them now…
With the Lightnings (Lt. Leary Book 1)
by David Drake *FREE*
A Friendship Forged in Hell!
Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father.
Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar.
Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.
In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma. Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren’t much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet, but just possibly they’re enough.
by Declan Finn
The #1 Amazon Bestseller from three time Dragon Award nominee Declan Finn!
My name is Officer Thomas Nolan, and I am a saint.
Tommy Nolan lives a quiet life. He walks his beat – showing mercy to the desperate. Locking away the dangerous. Going to church, sharing dinner with his wife and son. Everyone likes Tommy, even the men he puts behind bars.
Then one day a demon shows up and he can smell it. Tommy can smell evil – real evil. Now he’s New York City’s only hope against a horrifying serial killer that preys on the young and defenseless.
But smell alone isn’t enough to get a warrant. Can Tommy track down the killer and prove his guilt?
Dragon Award Nominated Author Declan Finn returns with his typical action-packed, Catholic influenced style, in this groundbreaking horror series about an honest, religious man given the powers of a saint to fight demons in the Big Apple.
How do you do forensics on a killer possessed by a demon?
Can Tommy catch the killer before he becomes a martyr? Or will the demon bring darkness beyond imagination to the whole of New York? Read Hell Spawn today and find out!
And a number of Declan Finn Short Stories are also available either free or $0.99:
The Pirate King: An AP Ryan Short Story Somali pirate Abdi Barre considers himself the Emir of the sea. So when a superliner crosses his path, he wants it. And this pirate is going to get everything that’s coming to him.
Mad Dog Moon: A General Mattis short story (Love at First Bite Book 5) In the year 2017, ISIS ran rampant over Syria. The solution? General George Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, will personally handle the situation. It’s one man against an army of terrorists. But they don’t call him Mad Dog for nothing.
Blood Stained Cliffs of Dover: a Love at First Bite short story In World War II, the allied invasion of the continent hinges on keeping one secret absolutely secure. No one must find out, or all hope is lost. Tonight, German spy Konrad Achterberg is about to discover what that secret is. He’s also about to find out that the Nazis aren’t the scariest predators in the night. Because something in the dark is colder than the dark. And it is hungry.
Arresting Merlin: A Magical Short Story When the ten year old tried to murder New York City’s Mayor with a wrought-iron flamingo, Officer Tinney figured that this was just another day of weird. When the perp insisted that he was two thousand years old, it was another flavor to the stew of strange that came with the job. But when the runes start exploding and the forces of darkness invade the station, Tinney is going to have to make a choice. He will either have to jump down the rabbit hole or be dragged down, screaming.
Bad Date: A Love at First Bite story A serial killer is on the loose, and there’s one more victim. Perhaps she’s bitten off more than she can chew.
by Kia Heavey
Men and women who hold courage cheap and honor more dear than life itself face impossible odds in a novel of color, intrigue and slashing action. From the corridors of a treason-ridden palace through the perils of unknown seas and hellish jungles to a final blazlng climax in space, the heroes never bow and the action never flags.
They have nothing on their side but each other—and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!
Pampered and cultured Katie Welch has had the same friends her entire life, but lately she doesn’t fit in anymore. Then her mother drags her to a remote farm town where the local kids are friendly, but they don’t know the real her. Even the grownups in her life seem to have lost their way. In the throes of growing up and growing apart, Katie discovers the most unusual boy swimming in her lake and for the first time in memory, she connects. John is refreshingly old-fashioned and wise in ways Katie has never encountered before, but it’s clear he’s hiding something. Katie is just so happy to have someone she can relate to, she’s willing to defy her mother and ignore the warning signs – until it’s too late.
The Dream of the Iron Dragon: An Alternate History Viking Epic (Saga of the Iron Dragon Book 1)
by Rob Kroese *FREE*
DRAGON AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST ALTERNATE HISTORY NOVEL
Trapped 1300 years in the past, they have one mission: survive.
In the 23rd century, humanity has been hunted to the verge of extinction by an alien race. When an exploratory ship accidentally travels back in time to Viking age Scandinavia, the human race is given a second chance. Pursued by the power-hungry King Harald, the four surviving crew members join a ragtag band of Vikings as they pillage their way across Europe. It will take all their ingenuity, courage and technical know-how just to survive. But survival is only the beginning. To save humanity, they must somehow return to the stars.
Thus begins a decades-long effort to teach the Vikings to build a craft capable of reaching space—a ship that will come to be known as the Iron Dragon.
THE DREAM OF THE IRON DRAGON is the first installment in the 5-part Saga of the Iron Dragon.
“Terrific storytelling, letter-perfect alternate-history, and the highest stakes for humanity imaginable combine to make this a thrilling start to an exciting new Viking saga. Kroese avoids both romanticizing and demonizing the Vikings, showing them to us in all their humanity, while spinning a tale that pulls no punches and leaves us gasping for more.” – Lars Hedbor
Distopia (Land of Dis Book 2) by Robert Kroese *FREE*
Praise for Distopia
“Best thing I’ve read in a long time.” – T. Holland
“A book that equals some of Pratchett’s work in the vein of aburdist fantasy, the author tackles politics, religion, economics, corruption, heroism, myth and reality, sacrifice and fanaticism in a way that’s both fun and fast paced, and completely logical.” – Robert D.
“If you like Terry Pratchet, you’ll love this book. A perfect mixture of comedy, fantasy and suspense.” – Andrew B.
Here Be Dragons…
A fearsome dragon roams the Land of Dis, and only one man can stop it: an awkward young missionary named Wyngalf.
Accompanied by a beautiful stowaway named Evena and an oddball goblin who has been shunned by his clan, Wyngalf wants nothing more than to prove himself to his superiors. Unfortunately, his proselytizing has hit a snag: his would-be converts are too busy being terrorized by a dragon to worry about spiritual concerns. Wyngalf realizes that in order to prove his faith, he must summon the courage and resourcefulness to defeat the dragon. But getting rid of a dragon is more complicated than it seems….
At turns riveting, hilarious and sweet, Distopia is perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett and The Princess Bride.
Hop aboard. The Land of Dis awaits you!
Out of the Soylent Planet (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) (Starship Grifters Universe Book 1)
by Rob Kroese *FREE*
A prequel to the book NYT bestselling author Hugh Howey called “One of my favorite space romps of all time!”
“I laughed out loud (like, guffawing) on multiple occasions while reading this book.” – Brian G.
This and Starship Grifters is an excellent entry point into the insane adventures of the galaxy’s greatest wheeler-dealer. Not to be missed! – Robert D.
“Utterly hilarious.” – Bernie V.
Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head.
Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation’s products. Well, maybe not so much terrible as mildly unnerving.
To escape, Rex and Sasha team up with a mis-programmed combat drone and an intelligent mutant plant to lead a rebellion against their merciless corporate overlords.
Out of the Soylent Planet is a novel-length prequel to Starship Grifters, the book NYT bestselling author Hugh Howey called “one of my favorite space romps of all time.” You can start your adventures in the Rex Nihilo universe here or with Starship Grifters; you’ll be equally confused either way.
This edition of Out of the Soylent Planet also contains the story The Chicolini Incident, because Robert Kroese loves you and wants you to be happy. Pick up your copy today!
by Michael Z. Williamson *FREE*
Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn’t matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne. There, one may seek asylum and build a new life in a society that doesn’t track its residents every move, which is just what Pacelli has done. But now things are about to go royally to hell. Because Earth’s government has found out where she is, and they want her back. Or dead.
About Michael Z. Williamson:
“A fast-paced, compulsive read…will appeal to fans of John Ringo, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, and David Weber.” – Kliatt
“Williamson’s military expertise is impressive.” –SF Reviews
Michael Z. Williamson is retired from the US military, having served twenty-five years in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Desert Fox. Williamson is a state-ranked competitive shooter in combat rifle and combat pistol. He has consulted on military matters, weapons and disaster preparedness for Discovery Channel and Outdoor Channel productions and is Editor-at-Large for Survivalblog, with 300,000 weekly readers. In addition, Williamson tests and reviews firearms and gear for manufacturers. Williamson’s books set in his Freehold Universe include Freehold, Better to Beg Forgiveness, and When Diplomacy Fails. He is also the author of The Hero–written in collaboration with New York Times best-selling author John Ringo. Williamson was born in England, raised in Liverpool and Toronto, Canada, and now resides in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.
Dragontiarna Omnibus One
by Jonathan Moeller
Combined for the first time in one volume are the first three books of the internationally bestselling DRAGONTIARNA series: DRAGONTIARNA: KNIGHTS, DRAGONTIARNA: THIEVES, DRAGONTIARNA: GATES, and the bonus short story SHIELD KNIGHT: THIRD’S TALE.
Ridmark Arban has defeated both the mighty Frostborn and the evil of the Seven Swords, and now he only wishes to live quietly with his family.
But Ridmark’s oldest enemy, the Warden of Urd Morlemoch, has not forgotten him.
And the Warden knows a dangerous secret.
For the dragons are returning…
Secrets always reveal themselves. As I discover more of who I am, I realize I may be the monster everyone warned me about…
I should have died. Instead, I wake with strangers beside me in an unknown place and healed from my near-fatal wounds.
They say I have no powers, that I’m only human. But I have amnesia and no longer able to mask who I truly am and now everybody knows what I am.
I’m no longer safe.
Can I trust the vampire who saved my life? And can the were-leopard tasked with helping me understand my past, accept me for who I really am before the threat returns to finish what they started?
Ulysses Exposed is a dark adult urban fantasy with a hint of romance.
Fans of True Blood will be transported into a new world where nothing is as it seems.
Reader discretion is advised, recommended ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.
Up In Smoke: Flak-Jack #1
by Steven Johnson
The crooks and punks all have superpowers now — they can fry you any time they like.
Who’d stay on the police force in a town like this?
Only the men who need to be heroes very, very badly.
Marc Chaves looks up to the superheroes who battle evil in the skies above.
But all he has is a badge and a flak jacket. Will it be enough?
It better be, because ready or not, Marc’s going into action as Flak-Jack, the Bulletproof Man!
The Thing From HR: a Cthulhu, Amalgamated novel
by Roy M. Griffis
Amusing…inventive…clever. Fans of H.P. will enjoy The Thing From HR
—Paul Guay, co-writer Liar, Liar, The Little Rascals, Heartbreakers
What’s a nice Shoggoth like him doing in a dump like this?
Narg was content working as a Damnation Services-10 in HR. Sure, he was related to one of the Elder Gods, but a little nepotism never hurt any Thing. His life was just wailing and gibbering, right up until his Uncle needed a small favor from his nephew.
All Narg had to do was go down among the humans…and pretend to be one of them.
These are not your Grandfather’s tales of Eldritch Horror: this is the untold story of the ghastly, unappreciated (and entirely expendable) minor monstrosities that support the Inscrutable Plans Of Dark Gods And Elder Things Beyond The Knowledge Of Men.
The Cthulhu, Amalgamated series is a comic romp full of action and mystery, including, of course, Sanity-Shattering Horror––and that’s just the paperwork. Even H.P. could not conceive of the Corporate Terrors that await The Thing from HR.
The Good Fight
by Justin Robinson
Atlas Shrugged Meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Terry is an ordinary 16-year-old girl in Toronto.
Her days are usually filled up by schoolwork, karate class, and helping out in her mother’s store, but strange things are happening behind the scenes of the city.
People are disappearing and coming back changed, with their identity torn out of them.
A series of close calls with an unthinkable adversary puts a target on Terry’s back.
It’s everywhere, enslaving people, hollowing them out into puppets… and now it wants her.
by Timothy Zahn *FREE*
EARTH’S ONLY HOPE WAS THE COBRAS
The colony worlds Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle. Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. It would attack the aliens not from space, but on the ground—with forces the Trofts did not even suspect.
Thus were created the Cobras, a guerilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly.
But power brings temptation, and not all the Cobras could be trusted to fight for Earth alone.
Jonny Moreau would learn the uses—and abuses—of his special abilities and what it truly meant to be a Cobra.
Franklin Pierce in Death of a Vice President
by Eric M. Hamilton
Madness, murder, and mystery permeates throughout this Edgar Allan Poe-inspired thriller!
It is early April 1853.
Franklin Pierce, the newly elected President of the United States, has suffered the greatest personal tragedy of his life, plunging him into a depression fueled madness.
The Vice President, William King, unexpectedly appears at the White House in the middle of the night having overheard details of an international assassination conspiracy that threatens both King and Pierce. Unfortunately, Vice President King is killed without any clue as to who could have done it.
Can President Franklin Pierce overcome his personal demons and discover who killed the Vice President before they kill him too?
Franklin Pierce in Death of a Vice President is a thrilling psychological horror, starring the president from the 1850’s you forgot in 4th Grade. It’s an exciting read, and you don’t have to be familiar with Franklin Pierce at all to enjoy the story (in fact, it may be a better story if you go in knowing almost nothing). This is perfect for the American history-buff and “normal people” alike!
Through the Lichgate
by Kyle Adams
Thana Ayers is a part-time necromancer, the undefeated defender of Green Grove Cemetery.
She commands small armies of the dead to repel worse abominations, and still manages club meetings, homework assignments, and church services.
It’s a balancing act, but hey, the dead don’t raise themselves. Right?
Thana’s act is turned on its head when a new breed of monster shows up.
He’s got necromantic powers and secrets she’s never seen before, but he’s not after the power of the gate.
He knows Thana’s name, and he’s coming for her.
Justified (The Saga of the Nano Templar Book 1)
by Jon del Arroz
To save a world…
…he must rely on God.
After years of fighting for justice with his deadly nanotech, Templar Drin abandons his post, crash landing on a desert world controlled by a tyrannical alien empire. Its inhabitants are forced into slavery, broken where a once-proud race cultivated its lands.
For the first time in Drin’s life, he has no backup, no support, none of his brothers.
He stands alone against evil.
Drin must face overwhelming odds to liberate millions of slaves from their captors and bring faith to a downtrodden world. But in his way stands the most dangerous weapon in the galaxy.
Can Drin use his Templar training to survive?
Fans of Star Wars and Warhammer 40K will love Justified, the new military science fiction epic from #1 Bestselling author, Jon Del Arroz. Read today!
At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of The Thirty Years War.
The Dean Died Over Winter Break
by Christopher Lansdown
Dean Floden is dead!
Winter break is normally a peaceful time at the university, especially during a blizzard. So it shocked everyone when they found the dean murdered at his desk. Thanks to an empty campus, there are no witnesses and police have little to go on. With the police stymied, and hoping to wrap up the investigation before students return for the spring semester, the president of the university has turned to the Franciscan Brothers of Investigation for help.
Jovial and mild mannered Brother Francis arrived on the scene to find a jealous mistress, a clever drug dealer, a disappointed researcher, and a mortally insulted professor on his short list of suspects. Did one of them do the other three a huge favor? Or was it someone else entirely?
Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael meets G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown in this old school cozy.
by Christopher Lansdown
Millenia ago martian superheroes defeated an ancient evil, who was imprisoned on a moon of Jupiter. Neglected for centuries, the prison is about to fail, giving the ancient evil a second chance to wipe out all life in the solar system. Unfortunately, the martians have gone extinct so it’s up to earth’s superheroes to save the day. Worse, there’s only one man who even knows of the threat, and he’s not a superhero. On the plus side, training teams of superheroes to save the world is what he does.
Mr Macho, Mockingbird, and the Mega Ninja were just ordinary college student/superheroes doing ordinary student things like attending class and ordinary superhero things like foiling bank robberies and catching drug dealers until one night when they returned to their apartment and found a strange old man with a mystical amulet sitting on their couch. Unfortunately, while he can teach them how to teleport to other planets, he has no idea how to repair the prison. Did the amulet pick correctly this time, and will they figure out what they need to do before it’s too late?
Squeeze on the Moon, by Lou Antonelli – An expert in disaster recovery gets the opportunity of a lifetime – plus a little walk down memory lane.
Man of the House
by Kalkin Trivedi
By his mid-teens, Jason Olson expected to go to college, find a good job, start a family, and enjoy with them the kind of lifestyle he grew up with as the son of a successful Oncologist. Then one evening, a casual announcement after dinner abruptly changed his prospects.
Now some years later, he still managed to start a family, but he’s a lot less confident in himself now than he would have been if life had gone according to plan. He feels like he’s lost his bearings by which to navigate life. Then a family crisis requires that Jason help out with his spit-fire of a niece. Can a man with so little control over his own life handle the extra responsibility without it messing up his life any more than it already is?
Learn along with Jason how to…
- be a hands-on dad instead of a passive dad
- handle disciplinary matters yourself, without any yelling, nagging, hitting, or passing the buck to mom
- talk to kids (and adults too, actually) about problems in a calm, business-like manner, acting neither like a wimp nor a bully
- avoid doing what most parents unwittingly do that escalates conflict
- train kids to respond to just two words, to put an immediate halt to misbehavior
- avoid anger, frustration, and embarrassment at home or in public
- discourage bad habits and prevent the formation of new ones
- help kids learn how to manage impulses and resolve negative emotions
- respect your children and promote their good self-esteem
- watch out for bad influences and sinister characters
- cultivate good relationships with your kids, and avoid the mistakes that lead many well-intended dads to heartbreaks
- encourage performance and personal growth
- reclaim your place as an integral part of the family
Space Force: Building the Legacy
Doug Irvin, Editor
Tenere Altum. Hold The High Ground.
These are the stories of the first 100 years of the United States Space Force created by then U.S. President Donald J. Trump. Within this new anthology of military sci-fi short stories you will find stories of service and incredible sacrifice. Stories of the one sacrificing a few to save the many, and of the one sacrificing himself for all.
But mostly these are tales of the men and women to come, who will patrol the harsh, cold blackness of space. Those that willingly place themselves in harm’s way to protect a solitary blue marble and all that call it home.
Have you sometimes felt, since an early age, that you were an alien, somehow placed on Earth and observing the antics of humans as if they were a different species? Why do they believe such stupid things? Why do they do such dumb things? And why do they keep doing them over and over again, seemingly incapable of learning from the bad outcomes of all the previous attempts?
That is how Cal Adler felt since childhood and, like most people with such feelings, kept them quiet and bottled up while trying to get ahead in a game whose rules often seemed absurd. In his senior year in high school, he encounters a substitute guidance counselor who tells him, without any preliminary conversation, precisely how he feels. He’s assured he is not alone, and that over time he will meet others. He is given an enigmatic contact in case of emergency. He is advised, as any alien in a strange land, to blend in while observing and developing his own talents.
Then he meets a Mystery Woman…and the real adventure begins.
by Harry Harrison *FREE*
Harry Harrison’s Deathworld is a 1960 sci-fi classic, nominated for a Hugo. The story is a straight up action packed thriller of a planet that appears intent on killing its human inhabitants. An adventurer with a flair for gambling due to psionic powers assists its leader with acquiring more weapons for their never ending battle with both fauna and flora that continuously mutates to ever deadlier forms that are constantly attacking the small colony. The adventurer checks out the place and finds a dwindling community that is so focused on exterminating nature that they can’t even remember how they arrived on the planet generations ago. Eventually, he goes native and finds others living under better conditions and slowly surmises the basis for the state of affairs which the groups have little interest in pursuing.
While space travel is routine, biological mutation and evolution is front and center. Psionic abilities also play a prominent role. Given the global state of affairs at the time of its publication, the planet is clearly a metaphor for the single-minded stubbornness of large groups (be they colonists or whole governments) to pursue self-destructive paths with expectations of total annihilation of an equally matched enemy, never questioning the overall strategy and constantly upping tactical approaches. Not surprisingly, the story transcends its time and resonates even today.
Son of Grendel: Battle for the Wastelands #0
by Matthew Quinn
A tyrant’s heir must go into the mountains to face a band of insurgents on its own ground. Not everybody will emerge from the confrontation unscathed, not least him.
Falki Grendelsson, eldest son of the first lord of the Northlands, serves as a company commander in his father’s elite Obsidian Guard. Though many lords would keep their sons close and out of harm’s way, Grendel is determined his son learn the business of war firsthand for the day he puts on his father’s cloak. But when Robert Dalton leads displaced farmers armed with stolen Old World repeating rifles in a raid that kills a favored officer, Grendel sends Falki to make an example of them. Falki has never fought this type of war before. Although the Obsidian Guard has the deadly weapons of the ancient world and dirigibles to rain fire from the skies, Dalton’s insurgents know the land and the mountains hold terrors beyond his increasingly-desperate men.
In order to cement his father’s new order, Falki has to triumph not only over a physical foe who would gladly kill him, but his own demons. And victory over one might mean falling to another… This novella is set a year before the first novel in the series, Battle for the Wastelands.
by Russell May
Five hundred years into the future, humans have conquered the void of space and spread throughout the galaxy. But we’re about to discover that – in the cold, dark places between the stars – an ancient horror has been watching. And waiting.
On the distant edge of a far-flung planetary system, faith and science are about to go to war with monstrous evil.
Lars Stockwell is one of the last combat Cyborgs still in service. When a remote mining colony falls mysteriously silent, he and his team of black ops veterans are sent in with orders to terminate any threats to human life.
What they discover is worse than anything they could’ve imagined.
Along with a callow data analyst, a rogue Artificial Intelligence, and a spacefaring grifter, Lars and his men find themselves on the front lines of a war between humanity… and Hell incarnate.
if an ancient monster doesn’t devour both worlds first.
Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunters International Book 1)
by Larry Correia *FREE*
Welcome to Monster Hunter International.
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.
It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.
It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves.
Business is good…
Sworn to the Light: The Avatar Wizard – Book 1
by Denton Salle
“Power comes from either the Light or the Dark, lad. Nothing is neutral.”
Jeremy has a problem: he randomly turns into a black and white bear cub. The transformations panic his mom, but his father says he knows a wizard who can help. That scares his mother even more.
The volkh wizards once ruled like gods in their power, building the great golden city of Miklagard, establishing kingdoms, and trading with legendary places like Sheba, Chin, and India. Then the Dark arose and the wars destroyed much of the world. Kingdoms fell, cities burned, and the volkhvy were merciless in crushing it.
Master Anthony remains the greatest of the living volkh lords. Can he, will he help Jeremy stop this random changes? And at what price? Why is Jeremy’s dad so worried? Isn’t the war against darkness over?
Join Jeremy as he enters the world of the volkhvy. A world of mysteries and secrets. Where women walk in shadow and men call lightning at will. Where endless war against the Dark continues. If you liked Harry Potter and the Heroes of Olympus, you’ll enjoy this series set in a Rus fantasy world where the lines between Good and Evil are clearly drawn.
The Clown Prince of Paris
by James Dudley
Paris, 1954. A city rebuilding from war reclaims its former grandeur, but dangers lurk in the shadows as battle lines are drawn for a new type of conflict.
Up-and-coming comedian Tommy Malloy is preparing for the biggest break of his career; a series of headline shows in one of Paris’s hottest clubs. With its seamless mix of slapstick, social commentary, and impeccable comic timing, his unique act is sure to be the biggest thing to hit France since the Blitzkrieg (too soon?)
But when a mysterious audience member asks Tommy for an unusual favor, he is unwittingly pulled into a series of shocking events that leaves him trapped in a deadly web of international espionage. Pursued by the KGB’s deadliest assassins with only his wits to protect him, Tommy must run for his life, improvise new identities, and put together the pieces of a sinister plot that threatens to shatter a precarious peace.
by Mary Kit Caelsto
When Tyche sends exercise rider Brie, and her mare, Lady, to Lady Luck Stables, Ettie’s pleased to have the talented young rider within her ranks. Something isn’t right and even her consort, the goddess Fortuna, knows something, or someone, is stealing luck from racehorses. This is more than the usual meddling of lower level supernatural creatures. It’s something more, and maybe that’s way her consort has been called to the mysterious island of Rota to resume her seat on the Council of Good Fortune.
But the Celtic Goddess of Horses, Epona–Ettie to her friends–isn’t without her own resources. When a member of the Seelie Court whose horses she trains alerts her to something more sinister, she believes it’s connected to the theft of luck. What she uncovers is something far darker, far sinister than she ever imagined, and everything–including Lady Luck Stables–is on the line.
Only when he is finished will there be peace: the peace of an empty wind as it blows across a desert strewn with the bones of Carrera’s enemies.
by Tom Kratman *FREE*
“Slavery is a part of Islam . . . Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam.” —Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, author of the religious textbook At-Tawhid (“Monotheism”) and senior Saudi cleric.
Demography is destiny. In the 22nd century European deathbed demographics have turned the continent over to the more fertile Moslems. Atheism in Europe has been exterminated. Homosexuals are hanged, stoned or crucified. Such Christians as remain are relegated to dhimmitude, a form of second class citizenship. They are denied arms, denied civil rights, denied a voice, and specially taxed via the Koranic yizya. Their sons are taken as conscripted soldiers while their daughters are subject to the depredations of the continent’s new masters.
In that world, Petra, a German girl sold into prostitution as a slave at the age of nine to pay her family’s yizya, dreams of escape. Unlike most girls of the day, Petra can read. And in her only real possession, her grandmother’s diary, a diary detailing the fall of European civilization, Petra has learned of a magic place across the sea: America.
But it will take more than magic to free Petra and Europe from their bonds; it will take guns, superior technology, and a reborn spirit of freedom.
A State of Disobedience
by Tom Kratman *FREE*
It’s Time to Remember the
Alamo All Over Again!
In the long war against terrorism, the US Government had taken on extraordinary powers. And now that the war was won, powerful forces in the government had no intention of relinquishing those powers. As in 1860, the country was on the verge of civil war. And as in 1860, a leader arose to save the country—but it was not the President this time. Instead, the Governor of Texas was the woman of destiny. And, though the Federal Government had more guns and troops, David was about to give Goliath a run for his money…
Reviews: “Probably the most realistic depiction of a second American Revolution ever written.”
“Kratman looks at the state of the nation and sees how far we’ve fallen in the past eighty to one hundred years, and the kinds of people who have risen to the top in this progressive, corporate state. A tiny extrapolation, combined with his military and legal experience and wordsmithing skills, and he produced a real spell-binder of a novel of the near future, very much like his Carrera series. I like that he chose Texas as the place where things start to turn around, but I suspect he underestimated the speed with which other states would have come to Texas’ aid.”
Decisively Engaged by C.J. Carella
(WARNING: Contains violence, strong language and adult content)
They picked a fight with the wrong species.
A NATION AT WAR: The United Stars of America. Born in the conflagration of unprovoked alien attack, the newest entrant to galactic politics took the few crumbs of hypertech gifted to it and ran with them, soon expanding over dozens of star systems and establishing a wide trade network, protected by its powerful Navy and the dreaded Warp Marines.
A FIGHT TO THE DEATH: A single Marine platoon, tasked with protecting an embassy on a hostile alien planet. An embassy – and the human enclave around it – that soon finds itself surrounded by armed mobs. Can the Marines and a ragtag band of civilian and Navy personnel survive long enough to be rescued?
by C.J. Carella
“Superheroes with style and wit.”
– S.M. Stirling, best-selling author of the Change Series.
(WARNING: Contains violence, adult content and strong language.)
A world of larger-than-life heroes and villains with all too human failings. An action-packed tale, combining thrills with humor and more than a few pop culture references and nods to geek culture. This is the first tome of the New Olympus Saga.
College student Christine Dark wasn’t happy. Her social life sucked, she spent too much of her time playing computer games or reading sci-fi novels (and the occasional paranormal romance) and she felt like she was missing out on everything.
Fate had something special in store for her, though.
Without warning, an unknown force drags Christine out of her world and takes her to a whole new universe, an alternate Earth where superhuman beings have existed since the end of World War One, a world filled with strange and dangerous characters.
Christine soon learns she too is more than human, and that her choices may save her new home… or bring about its destruction.
REVISED EDITION: The original novel has been updated and revised, with some typo corrections and edition changes.
Combat Frame XSeed
by Brian Niemeier
The future is over.
Civilization on Earth has collapsed. Oligarchs have established a new order in manmade space colonies at the Earth-Moon LaGrange points.
A group of powerful colonies form the Systems Overterrestrial Coalition to re-civilize the earth, but grounders view the colonists as hostile meddlers. The Coalition counters the rising violence with giant manned robots called combat frames.
The independent L3 colonies denounce the war on Earth. In response, Coalition Security Director Sanzen takes L3 leader Josef Friedlander’s wife and daughter hostage. Amid the tense standoff, Friedlander’s son Sieg launches an unsanctioned rescue mission to L1’s Byzantium colony.
The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells *FREE!*
“This isn’t a war,” said the artilleryman. “It never was a war, any more than there’s war between man and ants.” ― H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. It first appeared in serialized form in 1897, published simultaneously in Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. The first appearance in book form was published by William Heinemann of London in 1898.
It is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and that of his younger brother in London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon. The War of the Worlds has two parts, Book One: The Coming of the Martians and Book Two: The Earth under the Martians.
The narrator, a philosophically inclined author, struggles to return to his wife while seeing the Martians lay waste to the southern country outside London. Book One also imparts the experience of his brother, also unnamed, who describes events as they deteriorate in the capital, forcing him to escape the Martian onslaught by boarding a paddle steamer near Tilling ham, on the Essex coast.
A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!
The First Men in the Moon
by H.G. Wells *FREE*
What good would the moon be to men? Even of their own planet what have they made but a battleground and theatre of infinite folly? Small as his world is, and short as his time, he has still in his little life down there far more than he can do.
A chance meeting forms an unlikely friendship between a London businessman (Mr. Bedford) and a physicist (Mr. Cavor), who is developing a new material, aptly named “cavorite,” that negates the force of gravity. Soon the material is tested successfully and the two men build a ship that capable of transporting them to the Moon!
What awaits our two enterprising men destined for the surface of the Moon?
The Compleat Martian Invasion: Earth’s Defense Awakens
by John Taloni
With Earth left in shambles by the Martian invasion, Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise must lead the world through a dire emergency: The Martians are coming back. First she must rescue Cavor from his prison on the Moon in order to build a defense fleet. Even with Cavor their efforts would be for nothing without the genius of Nikola Tesla leading the way. And on Mars, unexpected allies fight a rearguard action to help Earth. Meanwhile the Time Traveler repeatedly appears, but is he friend or foe?
Review: A number of years have elapsed since the Martian Invasion chronicled by H.G. Wells in The War of the Worlds . The damage inflicted on the Earth was severe, and the protracted process of recovery, begun in the British Empire in the last years of Queen Victoria’s reign, now continues under Queen Louise, Victoria’s sixth child and eldest surviving heir after the catastrophe of the invasion. Just as Earth is beginning to return to normalcy, another crisis has emerged. John Bedford, who had retreated into an opium haze after the horrors of his last expedition, is summoned to Windsor Castle where Queen Louise shows him a photograph. “Those are puffs of gas on the Martian surface. The Martians are coming again, Mr. Bedford. And in far greater numbers.” Defeated the last time only due to their vulnerability to Earth’s microbes, there is every reason to expect that this time the Martians will have taken precautions against that threat to their plans for conquest.
Earth’s only hope to thwart the invasion before it reaches the surface and unleashes further devastation on its inhabitants is deploying weapons on platforms employing the anti-gravity material Cavorite, but the secret of manufacturing it rests with its creator, Cavor, who has been taken prisoner by the ant-like Selenites in the expedition from which Mr Bedford narrowly escaped, as chronicled in Mr Wells’s The First Men in the Moon . Now, Bedford must embark on a perilous attempt to recover the Cavorite sphere lost at the end of his last adventure and then join an expedition to the Moon to rescue Cavor from the caves of the Selenites.
Meanwhile, on Barsoom (Mars), John Carter and Deja Thoris find their beloved city of Helium threatened by the Khondanes, whose deadly tripods wreaked so much havoc on Earth not long ago and are now turning their envious eyes back to the plunder that eluded them on the last attempt.
Queen Louise must assemble an international alliance, calling on all of her crowned relatives: Czar Nicholas, Kaiser Wilhelm, and even those troublesome republican Americans, plus all the resources they can summon—the inventions of the Serbian, Tesla , the research of Maria Skłowdowska and her young Swiss assistant Albert, discovered toiling away in the patent office, the secrets recovered from Captain Nemo’s island, and the mysterious interventions of the Time Traveller , who flickers in and out of existence at various moments, pursuing his own inscrutable agenda. As the conflict approaches and battle is joined, an interplanetary effort is required to save Earth from calamity.
As you might expect from this description, this is a rollicking good romp replete with references and tips of the hat to the classics of science fiction and their characters. What seems like a straightforward tale of battle and heroism takes a turn at the very end into the inspiring, with a glimpse of how different human history might have been.
Crisis on Stardust Station
by John Taloni
The cats of Stardust Station have long hidden their intelligence from the humans that live there. Now a crisis threatens them both. Can the cats and humans learn to work together in time to save both the station and the planet below?
A few hundred years from now, Earth has gone to space…and come back. The remnant of a once vibrant space effort persists in the form of a few hundred solar power satellites that provide half of the world’s power. John Aldrin is one of four people crewing the last remaining space station, with the mission to keep the satellites operating. But Earth has neglected them so long that they are on the verge of breakdown.
Benign neglect has allowed something else to happen: In the station’s forest habitat, a group of genetically modified cats have grown to intelligence. Some have been adopted by the astronauts and brought to their living area. Natural telepaths, both groups of Cats have agreed to keep the knowledge of their intelligence secret from the humans.
Their equilibrium is destroyed when a solar flare strikes and knocks out the satellites. The Cats must reveal their secret to save both their station and the world below. But can they convince a skeptical Earth to work with them?
Thunder God of Mars: A Superhero Prose Novel
by John Taloni
Thor vs. Ares with the fate of Mars in the balance!
An urgent challenge calls Thor to Mars, where hostile forces threaten a new colony’s fragile future.
To aid the colonists he must contend against opportunistic deities from Earth and Mars, as well as the harsh environment of Mars itself.
This Novella-length book is inspired by Thor comics and Ray Bradbury’s “Martian Chronicles,” with a dash of Richard Riordan.
Contains six short stories making one complete arc.
Also includes a bonus story where being normal is enough to be a superhero.
Also, a John Taloni Short Story: Mars Needs Chickens
Giant chickens run amok on Mars! When Katy steals her father’s experimental dinosaur growth serum to help her runt chicken it works much better than she could have anticipated.
Can she keep her chicken from ruining the dome that the colony lives under?
Also includes “Lord of the Rings Short Version” with a flight to a Martian Mount Doom!
Contains two stories of giant Martian chickens totaling 12K words.
Fire with Fire (Caine Riordan Book 1)
by Charles E. Gannon *FREE*
2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth’s Moon—a history-making clandestine project—and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan’s mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient—enough so to have built a lost civilization.
However, arriving on site in the Delta Pavonis system, Caine discovers that the job he’s been given is anything but secret or safe. With assassins and saboteurs dogging his every step, it’s clear that someone doesn’t want his mission to succeed. In the end, it takes the keen insights of an intelligence analyst and a matching instinct for intrigue to ferret out the truth: that humanity is neither alone in the cosmos nor safe. Earth is revealed to be the lynchpin planet in an impending struggle for interstellar dominance, a struggle into which it is being irresistibly dragged. Discovering new dangers at every turn, Riordan must now convince the powers-that-be that the only way for humanity to survive as a free species is to face the perils directly—and to fight fire with fire.
Love in the Time of Cinema
by Francis Porretto
At 28 Jana Tyrell is already the foremost actress in the world. But she wants the love of a good man, and they’re not so common in Hollywood.
She finds it in a most unexpected place: Onteora County, NY, a land that produces geniuses and heroes as if they’d been sown there by God.
Her target, engineer and Web writer Tim Beaufort, will be rocked by the changes Jana brings to his life.
Review: When a reclusive actress finds love with a solitary engineer and blogger, they must work together to thrive and prosper in the cut-throat world of Hollywood.
This is a remarkably poignant romance that really sneaks up on the reader. Clever and distinctive characterization, interesting plot turns, and a simple but engaging style. Reminiscent of Nevil Shute’s No Highway.
The only problem with this story is it ended too soon! Highly recommended.
Which Art In Hope (Spooner Federation Saga Book 1)
by Francis Porretto
When the remnant of the anarchist Spooner Federation fled Earth before the genocidal wrath of the States, the fugitives had only the slimmest chance of finding a habitable world orbiting a benign star. Yet 544 years after embarking on their planetoid-ship, they found one that seemed too good to be true. They named it Hope.
Like all things that are too good to be true, Hope isn’t what it seemed.
For 1200 years, a secret Cabal has elevated powerful psi talents to the the management of Hope’s crust, at the eventual cost of their lives. The alternative was a choice between mass death by heavy-metal poisoning and mass death by starvation. But the pool of psi talents has dwindled till only two remain: Armand Morelon, heir apparent to the richest and most prestigious clan on Hope, and Victoria Peterson, a young woman of great beauty and intelligence immured in poverty and abuse. But one is utterly unwilling and the other is murderously insane. And the survival of Mankind hangs in the balance.
The Athene Academy Collection (Futanari Saga)
by Francis Porretto
Note: Adult Themes!
Become acquainted with Athene Academy, the only college on Earth that accepts only futanari: Genetic women, two X chromosomes in every cell, but who possess male genitalia.
Here in a single volume are three novelettes centered on that unique institution, its students, faculty, and staff:
— A Place Of Our Own
— One Small Detail
— A Daughter of the County
These stories are prequels to the full-length novels Innocents and Experiences.
Innocents (Futanari Saga Book 1)
by Francis Porretto
Note: Adult Themes!
A novel of the Onteora Canon, set in the very near future.
Genetic engineering and zygotic microsurgery have produced both wonders and horrors. Wonders such as drugs tailored to attack a specific disease in a specific sufferer, or surgery to eliminate genetically borne handicaps before mitosis can begin. Horrors such as blindness or deafness deliberately inflicted upon unborn babies, or pitiable creatures whose bodies and minds are warped to satisfy the whims of wealthy perverts.
Security specialist Larry Sokoloff is on vacation far from home, straining to forget a woman he loves but cannot have, when Fountain, a teenaged escapee from a malevolent institution, comes under his protection. What he learns of her nature and origins lays bare the darker face of the Janus of biotechnology, and catapults him and his colleague Trish McAvoy into a mission of vengeance and cleansing.
Recruit (The United Federation Marine Corps Book 1)
by Jonathan P. Brazee *FREE*
Desperate to escape a life of poverty on his desolate home planet, Ryck Lysander enlists in the United Federation Marine Corps, hoping to make a better future for himself.
However, Ryck soon discovers that the Corps is more than a means of escaping his former life as he is pushed beyond the very limits of his strength and willpower.
From bootcamp brawls to skirmishes with galactic pirates, Ryck’s new life presents him with unimaginable adventures and forces him to prove his mettle as he forges his new identity and fights to earn his place as one of the Brotherhood of Marines.
The Last Ancestor: The Swordbringer Book 1
by Alexander Hellene
They killed his father, oppress his people, and threaten them with extinction . . . and one of them is his best friend.
The Growlers rule their corner of the planet Yxakh with an iron fist, intent on driving the human refugees from their land. They almost did eight years ago, killing Garrett’s father in the process. Only their guns, and lots of them, keep the Growlers at bay. Now a young man, Garrett burns for revenge, but finds it hard to reconcile this hatred given that his best friend is a Growler youth named Ghryxa.
Desperate to cleanse his land of the invaders, the Growlers’ High Lord dispatches his trusted heir on a mission to acquire the humans’ superior weaponry. The Earthlings barely won the last war . . . but this time the High Lord will leave nothing up to chance.
Garrett and Ghryxa run headlong into the High Lord’s conspiracy and find themselves the only thing standing between their two peoples and all-out war. Now Garrett must participate in an ancient rite with the fate of humanity on his shoulders. It’s a chance to be a hero like his father . . . but only if he makes it out of the Growlers’ forbidden city alive.
The Second Sojourn: The Swordbringer Book 2
by Alexander Hellene
Terror strikes the heart of Pysh!
The Global Union has tracked the Canaanites across the galaxy, hellbent on finishing the job of extermination. But first they need to recover a secret, one that will explain everything.
A distress signal from the East brings Garrett, Ghryxa, and their friends closer to the answers about what happened on Earth. The lost ship survives! But to find it they must cross the Waran Steppes, and an endless swamp filled with ancient, deadly creatures.
Pursued by assassins, Garrett must make the hard choices and be a hero like his late father. Escaping the High Lord was just the beginning.
A Traitor to Dreams
by Alexander Hellene
Shadowy horrors prowl the depths of her dreams, and she just broke their shackles.
The Idiomatic Corporation promised it could free Elpida of her unwanted desires and dreams with their device, the Dream Trashcan. They never told her those desires would be given flesh and hunt her down.
She could’ve stayed out of trouble if she just left the Dream Trashcan alone. But she had to know what was inside. She had to open it. Now a winged swordsman and a talking bird are her only companions as she travels across the dangerous landscape of her own dreams . . . and all Elpida brought was a screwdriver.
Rosita and the Beautiful Game
by Loretta Malakie
“Rosita met the Lycan at an after-party. Of course. Where else would you meet a werewolf. It was probably about 4 in the morning, and he was on the wane. He was a Lycan on the wane in general, which was why he was even approachable. The embers still smoldered in his eyes, but the spark was out.”
Thus begins an epic game of psychological cat and mouse. For solace, Rosita seeks emotional support from a varied cast of characters:
Josh: Rosita’s college friend. He’s working on his PhD. He thinks it’s all just pheromones and the Lycan is a credit risk.
Caligulito: Rosita’s brother. So-called because he’s a lot like Caligula, only smaller. He thinks the Lycan is a great guy.
The Maiden Aunt: Rosita’s best law-school friend. He’s 23, but he looks 37. So-called because he’s into feeble remonstration.
Margot: Another college friend. Two days into their trip to Costa Rica, Margot tells Rosita that, due to the natural and spiritual setting, she has quit her psychiatric medication cold turkey.
Rosita’s mother: All Rosita’s life, Rosita’s mother has told her to never get married. Now suddenly she’s lighting candles in churches for Rosita to meet a nice boy.
Rosita’s grandmother: She walks with a cane, and Rosita’s worried. Someday she’s going to smack someone with it.
Father Pavel: Rosita’s grandmother calls him “the gloomy Slav.” He accepts small-talk with Rosita as just another cross to bear.
The Vampire: Rosita’s high-school sweetheart. Rosita uses his own “Art of War” dating advice against him.
And Rosita, who is she? Rosita is the girl in the computer lab now googling “hysterical pregnancy” after half an hour spent googling “early pregnancy symptoms.”
Love in the Age of Dispossession
by Loretta Malakie
Love in the Age of Dispossession is a nostalgic tragicomedy about an upstate 1990s New York girl who loses herself in the big city but finds redemption in returning home.
This coming-of-age novel follows a small-town Gen X American girl named Kitty, from her senior year in high school to her life as an extremely unsuccessful lawyer in Manhattan.
The novel begins with three days in the life of a group of high-school friends in 1993, culminating in a fistfight on the village green over the honor of the Prom Queen. The scene then shifts to New York City. Kitty is called back home for a funeral, and then, years later, someone from her small-town past pays Kitty a visit that changes her life.
The Gentleman Farmers
by Loretta Malakie
Maggie Kingsbury, single middle-aged alcoholic lawyer, joins her in-laws Molly and Kevin on a homestead in the mountains of North Carolina, where their trustafarian college frenemies Brock and Sandra have just bought their third home.
Molly commissions Brock to renovate an old Appalachian tobacco barn on their property.
But when maverick hillbilly throwback Uncle Billy shows up to live in their field in a camper van, power struggles ensue.
Meanwhile, Kevin has become dangerously obsessed with breeding heritage livestock.
When Maggie’s beloved niece Juliet asks her to take on a mysterious client, Maggie becomes implicated in a national political furor.
The scars of the long war run deep. And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.
Academic Magic: Academic Magic Book 1
by Becky Jones
Zoe O’Brien has found her dream job at a small liberal arts college teaching the history of Medieval witchcraft and magic.
Academic life is exactly what she expected it to be…until the squirrels stop by to talk with her and her department chair and best friend turn out to be mages.
Zoe discovers a world of magic and power she never knew existed.
She and other faculty mages race to stop a coven from raising a demon on the winter solstice while simultaneously grading piles of final exams and reading the tortured prose of undergraduate term papers.
But first, she must learn to master her new-found powers.
Dungeon Samurai Volume 1: Kamikaze (An Anti-LitRPG Dungeon Crawl)
by Kit Sun Cheah
Yamada Yuuki is an ordinary college student with an extraordinary hobby: the classical martial art of Kukishin-ryu. Until one fateful day when a demon rips through the fabric of space-time, abducts everyone in his dojo, and transports them to another world.
To return home, Yamada and his friends must join forces with other displaced humans to conquer the dungeon that runs through the heart of the world.
Standing in their way are endless hordes of bloodthirsty monsters and countless traps.
Armed only with steel, faith and guts, they must battle their way through the winding catacombs to confront the demon waiting at the bottom floor.
Yamada was once a student. Now he must become a samurai.
Singularity Sunrise 1: Edenet: A Cyberpunk Espionage Thriller
by Kit Sun Cheah
The Singularity is Coming!
The 22nd century brings an era of technological wonders—and horrors. Cybernetics and genetic engineering. Mass surveillance and social credit. Full body cyborgs and nanoscale engineering. And the pinnacle of human achievement: machine intelligence.
Edenet is the next generation of the Internet. Designed by Anatol Corporation, it will bring the power of a supercomputer to the fingertips of every user, anywhere in the world. At the heart of Edenet lies a cutting-edge artificial intelligence that regulates all traffic on the network.
And one of its lead scientists has disappeared.
Fearing the worst, Anatol hires psychic contractor James Morgan to track her down. Accompanying him is Eligia Ogrod, the mysterious assistant to Anatol’s CEO. Their investigation takes them through the militarized streets of Warsaw, a corporate fortress in Shenzhen, and the human hives of Hong Kong.
Morgan is no stranger to intrigue. Yet the deeper he digs, the more questions emerge. Who is Eligia Ogrod? What does Anatol want?
And what is the truth behind Edenet?
But when machine superintelligences go to war, is there still a place for the human soul?
Pulp on Pulp: Tips and Tricks for Writing Pulp Fiction
edited by Kit Sun Cheah & Misha Burnett
No. 1 New Release in:
Words and Language Reference
Write Fast. Write Well. Get Paid.
These were the watchwords of old-school pulp fiction: fun, fast-paced, and immensely popular with readers.
The pulp era is coming back.
Blending timeless lessons from the grandmasters of the pulp era with the genres, tastes and technologies of today, PulpRev forges boldly ahead into the future of fiction.
Hugo and Dragon Award nominated writer Kit Sun Cheah teams up with Misha Burnett to compile a selection of essays on the PulpRev aesthetic from some of the leading writers in the movement.
Pulp on Pulp covers:
* How to plot like a pulp grandmaster
* How to write 5000 words a day
* The secrets of writing fantastic fight scenes
* Worldbuilding and character creation tips
* And many more!
PulpRev is the Revolution, Revival and the Renaissance of Pulp. Take the plunge into the new pulp era and become the best writer you can be!
Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1: A Space Adventure Anthology
by J.D. Beckwith
Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.
In this volume:
The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.
The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.
by J.D. Beckwith
Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations.
But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.
Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?
Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.
by Richard Paolinelli
“As we crossed the threshold the temperature difference between the air outside and the building we were entering was slight. But for some reason I felt a harsh, icy shiver travel the length of my spine.”
Lost on a dark desert highway, Pete Childress just wanted a good night’s sleep. Now he must find a way back out of a hotel with no exits and where tomorrow never comes. Worse yet, the fate of a ruined world, and the future of all humanity, hangs in the balance.
Working with the lovely, yet mysterious, Hotel Desk Clerk, Liz, and under the ever-watchful eyes of the hotel manager, Pete explores the many mysteries that lay within the walls of The Infinity seeking the answer to the mystery and the way back to the outside world.
2017 Dragon Award Finalist – Best Sci-Fi Novel
2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards – Honorable Mention
2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards – Official Selection
2017 ETWG Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest – 2nd Place
by Richard Paolinelli
A collection of stories by nine authors based on The Infinity Hotel from the 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Sci-Fi Novel, Escaping Infinity.
These eight stories explore some of the other “guests” collected by The Infinity, as well as others who encountered the mysterious hotel but did not enter. Some of history’s most memorable fictional characters – including Sherlock Holmes and the answer to that one case Dr. Watson wrote about but never published, the true fate of Ichabod Crane and what really inspired a certain storyteller of the Arabian Nights – who will all cross paths with The Infinity.
This second book also helps set the stage for the next book in the series, Expanding Infinity, due out in 2022 and reveals one terrifying mystery regarding our universe.
After all, escaping The Infinity was just the beginning of the adventure!
The Last Lonely Trail
by Richard Paolinelli and Jim Christina
U.S. Marshal David Crockett Hall and Texas Ranger, John Barclay Armstrong have set out chasing men, each for their own reasons.
When their paths converge in Kansas, they discover the men they were following separately have now joined together and are heading for a giant payday somewhere.
The two lawmen don’t know.
This story is about camaraderie, friendship, hardship and an unerring desire to complete their jobs at any and all costs.
Set against the background of the late 1870’s, the story takes us across the mid-west, southwest and into Colorado, unfolding a tale of two strangers becoming friends.
Into the Night
by Caroline Giammanco
People who aren’t exactly as they seem.
Familiar places transformed into sinister voids of darkness and despair.
Stories of the paranormal and science fiction, both macabre and mystifying, that will have you hesitate in fear and awe before you step out… Into the Night.
“Giammanco puts forth a strong debut collection – as varied as it is imaginative – that will intrigue, mystify, surprise, and frighten her readers. Once you crack open the pages, there is no escape.” – Shawn Burgess, author of the bestselling book, The Tear Collector.
The Honor of the Queen
by David Weber *FREE*
RIGHT WOMAN, WRONG PLACE
It’s hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards war as the necessary prelude to conquest, and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That’s why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the so-called “Republic” of Haven–and the planet Grayson is just the right strategic place to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office had overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet Grayson are without rank or rights; Honor’s very presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.
At first Honor doesn’t take it personally; where she comes from gender discrimination is barely a historical memory, right up there in significance to fear of the left-handed. But in time such treatment as she receives from the Graysonites does become wearing, and Honor would withdraw if she could–but then Grayson’s fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning and she must stay and prevail, not just for Honor’s honor, but for her sovereign’s, for–THE HONOR OF THE QUEEN.
Oath of Swords (War God Book 1)
by David Weber *FREE*
Whom the gods would recruit, they first tick off . . .
Our Hero: The unlikely Paladin, Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer Hradani.
He’s no knight in shining armor.
He’s a hradani, a race known for their uncontrollable rages, bloodthirsty tendencies, and inability to maintain civilized conduct.
None of the other Five Races of man like the hradani.
Besides his ethnic burden, Bahzell has problems of his own to deal with: a violated hostage bond, a vengeful prince, a price on his head.
He doesn’t want to mess with anybody else’s problems, let alone a god’s. Let alone the War God’s!
So how does he end up a thousand leagues from home, neck-deep in political intrigue, assassins, demons, psionicists, evil sorcery, white sorcery, dark gods, good gods, bad poets, greedy landlords, and most of Bortalik Bay Well, it’s all the War God’s fault. . . .
The Long Black (The Black Chronicles Book 1)
by J.M. Anjewierden
Morgan always assumed that if she could survive growing up in the mines of Planet Hillman – feared for its brutal conditions and gravity twice that of Earth – she could survive anything.
That was before she became a starship mechanic. Now she has to contend with hostile bosses, faulty equipment, and even taking care of her friend’s little girl. Once pirates show up, it’s a wonder she can get any work done at all.
Review: Any time you try a new author it is kind of like sailing into unknown waters, you hope for a great experience but are often disappointed by the author’s style, the story line is not what you had hoped for, the characters are not even slightly interesting and so on….. A book about a young girl striving to grow up on her own terms, in a universe that is hard on everyone with villains who strive to make it even harder.
Please take a chance on this author! I read both of the first two books in this series in one weekend an am pained to wait for the next installment. The characters are easy to like or dislike as is their role in the book, there are interesting twists and turns, great alliances, despicable villains, victorious highs and characters striving to grow and define the world they inhabit.
Keepers of the Wind
by J.M. Anjewierden
For a thousand years the outlawed priestesses of Meda have preserved the religion of the Fris, safeguarding what scraps and fragments they could.
For a thousand years the Alven Empire stamped out all other religions in favor of their false gods.
But the Alven dug too deep, releasing the demons of earth, terrible monsters they cannot hope to fight.
All that can stand against them is Fleur and the other priestesses.
Five young girls.
Even as Fleur’s powers weaken, the Goddess sees fit to drop a mysterious Alven–half-dead and without his memories–into her life. Can she trust him, or is he a threat to her people?
Momma Grizzly (The Nexus Nebula Saga 1)
by Kevin Hensley *FREE*
Never come between a mother and her cub.
Grunwald is a sleepy Texas town steeped in legend and superstition. For generations, tall tales about a cursed forest and its giant guardian bear were passed down in whispers and songs until they became town lore. Kelly never put much stock in these stories when she first moved to town… but then children start to go missing.
When her best friend’s daughter disappears into the forest, something awakens in Kelly. Still reeling from the tragedy that robbed her of the chance to have her own family, she takes off into the woods after the girl—and discovers that the legendary mother bear is no mere myth. The bear is on guard against something lurking in the woods with a dark purpose.
Abandoned by both the spooked townsfolk and the congregants of the new megachurch, Kelly has only her instincts to rely on. It’s up to her to save the children of Grunwald from a force that came from a world beyond anything she’s ever imagined. But will she be enough? Or will the ghosts of Grunwald’s past plunge the town into a second dark age?
A Greater Duty (Galaxy Ascendant Book 1)
by Yakov Merkin
The Galactic Alliance was not ready for war. When it is suddenly invaded by the cold and relentless Tyrannodon Armada, under the command of emotionless, amoral Executor Darkclaw, it is immediately sent reeling.
The invasion was a godsend for some, however, such as Grand Admiral Nayasar Khariah, who had wanted nothing more than revenge on the Alliance following an attack on her homeworld. The arrival of the Tyrannodons presents her with an opportunity, one that she seizes gleefully.
However, Executor Darkclaw, who has been prosecuting the invasion on orders of his master, the all-powerful energy being known only as the High Lord, has started having second thoughts once he unexpectedly starts feeling emotions he does not understand. Suddenly, he finds himself heretically questioning the only purpose he has ever known—irrevocably altering his view of the ongoing war.
Meanwhile, within the Galactic Alliance, Second Scion Dalcon Oresh, member of an order dedicated to preserving the it, struggles to stop the Alliance’s bleeding, the source of which may not be entirely external.
Darkclaw’s newfound friendship with Nayasar will be pushed to its breaking point, Nayasar’s relationships with her closest friends and loved ones will be strained as her quest for vengeance becomes more and more a personal obsession, and Dalcon must determine who he can truly trust.
All the while, the imminent existential threat of the High Lord looms over everything, and the key to stopping him, and saving not just the Alliance, but the entire galaxy, may only be found in the remains of a ancient, powerful race, and the creations they left behind…
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Faith and Empire: Book One of The Holy Terran Empire
by Carlos Carrasco
One Faith. One Galactic Empire. And A Thousand Worlds Yet To Convert!
In the 51st century, man has spread throughout a great swath of the galaxy without having found any sign of alien life or another habitable world. Instead, mankind has splintered into a score of bio-engineered sub-species spread out across more than a thousand terraformed worlds. The Holy Terran Empire rules over three hundred of these man-made planets. Earth, the One, True World is the Empire’s Capital. The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Rome governs the Empire, hand-in-hand, with the Imperial Family.
Not everyone is pleased with this arrangement.
Zephyrinus Zapatas, a dutiful citizen of the Empire and loyal son of the Church is more than happy with the Co-Dominion of Emperor and Pope. At sixteen, Zeph leaves home, seeking a life of service to the two crowns. He finds his opportunity in an invitation to join the Emperor’s Own, the elite Corps of Imperial Marines.
The Corps’ training is arduous; its moral code, exacting, but; Zeph welcomes the trials and the strictures. The Corps will demand sacrifices. In return, the Imperial Marines offer its recruits little more than a career fraught with peril to life and limb. Zeph accepts the life, however short it might be, because it comes with the chance of achieving his greatest ambition: reaching the rank of Knight Defender of the Faith and Empire.
His training, ambition and his faith will all be tested in the fires of battle against a cruel alliance of space pirates terrorizing scores of worlds.
The Holy Terran Empire is a new space opera series for anyone who can’t get enough sword & blaster action.
After Dark: Teen Superhero Adventures on the Eerie Side of Pittsburgh (East End Irregulars Book 1) by Michael DiBaggio
Ever since he was a kid, Sebastian wanted to be a superhero. Now, as the water-controlling psychic vigilante Torrent, he prowls the streets of Pittsburgh, doing his best to right wrongs and keep his double life a secret.
But life in the mask is tougher than he imagined, and even dual superpowers aren’t always enough to save the day. Besides facing street thugs, monsters, and madmen, he’s got to master his hormones and keep his conscience. With a little help from his thrill-seeker best friend and his literally hot pyrokinetic girlfriend, he just might manage it.
After Dark is an episodic novel set in a world of heroic adventure and paranormal menace, intended for adults and intelligent youngsters. It is part of the Ascension Epoch, a shared universe and alternate history based on classic science fiction and adventure literature.
The Dismal Tide (East End Irregulars Book 2) by Michael DiBaggio
The East End Irregulars are taking a bite out of the Pittsburgh underworld. Teen vigilantes Torrent and the Mysterious X have already walloped werecats and beaten the mad gasser of Panther Hollow. Now they’re finally getting the attention they deserve: from the press, the police, and the worst lowlifes the city has to offer. With Corona’s pyrokinetic firepower added to the team, they’re ready to take on all challengers.
Or are they?
Before the Irregulars can claim their title as the Burgh’s undisputed champions, they must run a gauntlet of foes including the Flying Skeletons, the satanic Mr. Gentry, and the assembled might of the Global Parahuman Revolutionary Army. And the city’s other superheroes may have something to say about it, too.
The sequel to 2014’s Young Adult superhero adventure After Dark, The Dismal Tide is the second novel in the East End Irregulars series.
Copper Knights and Granite Men (Challenger Confidential Book 1) by Michael DiBaggio & Shell Presto
A brazen band of robbers raids the New York Metropolitan Museum.
The Prince’s Emblazoned, an elaborate suit of armor rumored to be of surpassing occult significance. To ensure their escape, the thieves release an unprecedented weapon: a mist that turns men to stone.
Some great short stories and novellas:
Population of Loss: Four Tales of the Martian War (Martian War Chronicles Book 1)
by Michael DiBaggio & Shell Presto
The Martian onslaught has crushed earth’s mightiest empires and reduced the great achievements of civilization to poisoned rubble, but mankind still endures.
From the ruins of England to the desolate American west, unexpected champions arise to confront a foe that has never yet known defeat, and the stakes are nothing less than the survival of the human race.
Population of Loss, the first volume in the Martian War Chronicles, contains four short stories of superheroes and paranormal menace set amid the carnage of the War of the Worlds.
In Hoc Signo: In earth’s darkest hour comes man’s greatest hero, the Signalman
The Lost Boy: A tale of Fey and Spirits and those left behind
The Devil to Pay: A cursed western vigilante takes his vengeance on the Martians
The Lights Go Out: As a new Dark Age descends, the Void Knights rise to ensure man’s survival
by Michael DiBaggio
The island of St. Martin is the glittering jewel of the French Caribbean. When fire threatens its narrow streets and skyscraper-studded waterfronts, the daring airborne firemen of Marin-Pyronef answer the call. Their remotely piloted drones can suffocate flames before conventional fire engines could even roll out of the station, while their jumpcraft can drop rescuers onto the roofs of buildings that no ladder could reach. This is the vision that the company’s founder, veteran smoke jumper Florian Archambeault, has spent the last twenty years building into a model of firefighting excellence.
Now, in a single afternoon, seventy years of domination by St. Martin’s corrupt Colonial Administration comes crashing down. In haste to evacuate after a stunning military defeat, four people are trapped atop the administration headquarters by a raging fire. Locked in a safe room with their air supply running low, only one fire company has a chance to save them. This is the rescue that would make Marin-Pyronef’s reputation on the world stage, and finally vindicate what Florian has spent a lifetime trying to prove.
But there’s a problem.
Among those trapped is despised colonial commissioner Pascal Beaulieu, the man who ruined and exiled Florian two decades ago. Will Florian’s sense of duty trump his thirst for revenge? Can he afford to save the most hated man on the island?
Salamander Six is a standalone short story set in the Ascension Epoch shared universe.
House of Refuge: A Seasteading Adventure Story
by Michael DiBaggio
War has come to the Plata Raft, a 350-mile long community of anarchic seasteaders and hardscrabble mariners off the coast of South America. When an Argentine warship pursues a smuggler and his young daughter to South Atlantic House of Refuge #49, the only thing that stands between them and certain death is Justin Agnarsson, the floating sanctuary’s stationkeeper. Alone and virtually defenseless, Agnarsson faces an impossible choice between duty and survival. But when the brutality of war threatens to unravel the fabric of civilization, more than just lives are at stake.
A very satisfying short story, which I would rate to be up there with Vernor Vinge’s “The Ungoverned” -Amazon Reviewer
DiBaggio tells a gripping story set in a unique environment. It’s clear the amount of work he’s put into world-building -Amazon Reviewer
This impressive piece of fiction will leave you wanting to learn more about this alternate universe. -Amazon Reviewer
A prize-winner in the 2014 Libertarian Fiction Authors/Students for Liberty Short Fiction Contest, House of Refuge is a seasteading adventure of war and heroism. It is just one of many such tales set in the Ascension Epoch, an open-source shared universe based on the classic speculative fiction of yesteryear, like Rudyard Kipling’s “With the Night Mail.” This edition contains the original short story, plus exclusive bonus artwork and an appendix exploring some of the organizations, locations, and equipment featured in the story.
Slumbering: An Epic Fantasy Adventure Series (The Starlight Chronicles Book 1) by C.S. Johnson *FREE*
A narcissistic teenager who doesn’t believe in destiny.
A city under supernatural attack.
An adventure that unfortunately changes everything.
Sixteen-year-old Hamilton Dinger leads a charmed life. He’s got the grades for the top of the class, the abilities of a star athlete and Tetris player, and the charisma to get away with anything. Everything seems to be going along perfectly, including his plans to ask out Gwen Kessler, as he enters into tenth grade at Apollo Central High School.
Everything, that is, until a meteor crashes into the city, releasing the Seven Deadly Sinisters and their leader, Orpheus, from their celestial prison, and awakening Hamilton’s longtime dormant supernatural abilities. Suddenly Hamilton finds himself reluctantly allied with his self-declared mentor, Elysian, a changeling dragon, and Starry Knight, a beautiful but dangerous warrior, as they seek to protect the souls of Apollo City from the Sinisters and their evil intentions.
Can Hamilton give up his self-proclaimed entitlement to happiness in order to follow the call of a duty he doesn’t want? More importantly, will he willingly sacrifice all he has to find out the truth?
FROM THE BOOK:
At the time, I didn’t really believe that anything outside my control would change my life. Or at least, not in a significant, substantial way. My life was all about myself, and I figured I had complete control over that. Anything that happened outside of my control was more or less because I let it happen, and didn’t feel like stopping it.
It’s funny how one disaster of epic proportion can really make you change your mind.
FROM THE AUTHOR:
Welcome to the epic world of The Starlight Chronicles, a young adult fantasy series about a team of fallen Stars with supernatural powers. Follow them through this alternatively snarky and sweet series as they become their city’s resident superheroes, with all the fun and frustration of dragons and swords and homework! Look for Book 2, Calling, as the battle between good and evil continues on!
Perfect for young teenagers or disaffected college students, or adults who enjoy some wry humor with their reading!
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:
If you like Narnia, superhero adventures, or coming-of-age tales, definitely give this book a try. ~ Chandler Brett, author of Wolf Code
5 STARS! ~ Reader’s Favorite
… Hamilton’s inner progress toward heroism feels touchingly genuine, and there are plenty of good comic moments to keep the story moving … Percy Jackson fans will eagerly await the next volume in the series … A fast-paced, effective teen-paranormal outing. ~ Kirkus Reviews
Beauty’s Curse: A Historical Fantasy Fairy Tale Retelling of Sleeping Beauty (Once Upon a Princess Book 1) by C.S. Johnson *FREE*
“I have better things to do.”
“Like what?” Rose asked. “Waste your life on a fool’s journey, under a silly girl’s orders?”
“I have never considered saving your life to be the same as wasting mine, Rosary.” He came and stood in front of her, the ease of his presence replaced by an unusual heat rather than familiar warmth. Rose had never before been bothered by the six inches he stood taller than her, but all of a sudden the shadow of his strength imposed itself on her.
The cursed beauty of the moonlight revealed the clarity and sharpness of his eyes as she gazed up at him. “What if you did waste your life though? What if?”
“If I have wasted my life, I have wasted it on you. Willingly.”
For four years, Princess Aurora of Rhone—Rose to her friends—has searched the world for a way to break the curse placed on her by Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies at war with her kingdom. Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married.
Enjoy this novella series retelling of the Sleeping Beauty, with new characters, new plot twists, and plenty of action and adventure. Perfect for teen and young adult historical fantasy readers, and check out Part II, “Beauty’s Quest,” as the story continues!
The Heights of Perdition: A Science Fiction Romance Series (The Divine Space Pirates Book 1) by C.S. Johnson
Falling in love was out of the question … until it was the answer.
There is nothing Aeris St. Cloud wants more than to win her father’s love and the acceptance of her family unit by joining the Military Academy at New Hope. But after she is captured by the fearsome space pirate, Captain Chainsword, Aerie is certain falling in love with her nation’s arch enemy is the last possible way to earn their coveted esteem.
Driven by vengeance, Exton Shepherd never set out to save anyone. As he circles the war-torn world in his pirated starship, the Perdition, he only sees his father’s ghost lurking around every corner and the looming darkness on the horizon. When Aerie unexpectedly tumbles into his life, he finds he cannot trust her, anymore than he can ignore her. But just like the raging war down on Earth, it’s tempting to think he can …
When the war ascends to the heights of the Perdition, Aerie’s loyalty, and Exton’s heart, are put to the test. But will love be enough to save them — and others — from certain destruction?
FROM THE AUTHOR:
The Heights of Perdition is the first book in the Divine Space Pirates trilogy, a futuristic romance series where family, faith, and freedom take center stage.
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:
Questions raised about government, religion, and human nature were peppered throughout the narrative, elevating The Heights of Perdition from a mere space fantasy to something much more thought-provoking. ~ Author Jess Jesinghaus
4th Place in Best RF Christian Sci-Fi & Fantasy for 2018
Earth needs a spy…
…is he prepared?
Lieutenant Sean Barrows is thrust into a plot of sabotage and destruction brought on by the mysterious Aryshan Empire.
His assignment: to infiltrate an enemy warship to bring his superiors information on their destructive capabilities and battle plans.
But the Ayrshans share telepathic bonds which make them paranoid of outsiders, and try as he may to win the heart of a beautiful Aryshan commander, he can only get so close.
To make matters worse, Earth stands on the brink of destruction as the Aryshans develop a new, invisible weapon.
Fans of The Old Man’s War by John Scalzi and The Ember War by Richard Fox will love this epic space opera. Read today!
For Steam and Country – A Steampunk Fantasy (The Adventures of Baron Von Monocle Book 1) by Jon del Arroz
The world’s only airship is hers to command!
Can she save her kingdom from destruction?
Zaira Von Monocle is called upon to take command of the legendary airship, Liliana, to help stave off the evil Wyranth Empire’s recent advances. The Wyranth’s army creeps ever closer, ravaging towns and villages along Rislandia’s border. To make matters worse, the enemy invaders have tapped into supernatural forces with incredible destructive power.
But Zaira is a simple farm girl, raised away from the excitement of her adventurer father’s life of airships and gadgets. Before he disappeared, he tried to shelter her from the dangers of the world, and their family’s ties to the worst of tyrants, the Iron Emperor of the Wyranth.
Zaira must grow up quickly and learn to become a leader before she loses the life her father tried to build for her.
Readers who love a swashbuckling airship adventure with high-stakes action will love the first book in this #1 Bestselling YA Steampunk series.
Buy For Steam And Country today!
This Fallen World (The Fallen World Book 1) by Christopher Woods
The world has Fallen, but life goes on…
Matthew Kade was a corporate assassin—one of the best agents Obsidian Corporation had. But then the bombs began falling, and the old world ended. Now he must navigate the new world he finds himself in, a world where the strongest survive, and the weaker do their bidding…or die.
Kade was always one of the strongest, though, so when a rich man’s daughter goes missing, he turns to Kade to find her and bring her back. But she has already been gone three days, and in the Fallen World, that is an eternity in which any number of things could have happened to her.
Can Kade—a man with a price on his head—pick up the trail of the young woman and navigate the streets of the city to find her, or will the city’s denizens be the end of him? It will take all of Kade’s abilities to find her and save her life…if he doesn’t lose his first.
“This Fallen World” includes three novellas in an exciting new universe by bestselling author Christopher Woods. You’ll want to get it—right now!
All Men Dream of Earthwomen and Other Aeons by John C. Wright
Come behold Aeons Near and Far
“I have traveled in vision from futures near at hand to those immeasurably remote and returned with tales of mystery and wonder, sorrow and hope, humanity and what comes after, and further yet, to the time beyond the end of time, and perhaps glimpsed eternity.
I convoke the witness of my dreams of things to come, and reveal them as curios and treasures. Behold future wars and children’s power armor, see the planetkiller seeking immortal vengeance against planetkillers, learn whom the choosers of the slain will choose for love, or when the dolphins will inherit the earth, or why all men dream of earthwomen.”
Enjoy these haunting tales of futures near and far by Science Fiction master John C. Wright
Rebirths: A Tale of Azuran by Frank B. Luke
Enraged at the Almighty after losing everything, Derke turns to black magic in hopes of restoring his old life. But the evil one demands a terrible price. Derke, once blessed, stands at the edge of a cliff, ready to lose himself to darkness.
Amazon Cusomter Review:
I really liked this story. Derke is a priest (miracle-man) whose faith is crushed when he loses his family to a plague. A hope of regaining them is extended by a woman who tempts him to abandon his faith and follow her. Derke does. He leaves all of his former life behind and delves deep into the dark magical arts of necromancy to try and recover his wife and children.
But his faith calls him back. He struggles and fights against what he knows is right in his heart.
The matters of faith in this story are derived straight from the Christian viewpoint. There is more than simple allusion to the Christian faith, it is a Fantasy story steeped in a Christian world.
Buy The Lure of Fools and join the fantastic quest today!
It better be, because ready or not, Marc’s going into action as Flak-Jack, the Bulletproof Man!
Neon Harvest by Jon Mollison
Within shadows cast by the dayglo lights of a city where the party never stops, one man finds himself at the epicenter of the biggest financial deal in history.
With massive fortunes and control of powerful industries on the line, he plunges into the tangled weave where high-stkes finance, powerful politics, and grimy criminal syndicates vie for control of the seething masses of humanity. And cutting his way free of the ties that bind forces him to choose between escape from this sordid world, and saving the girl of his dreams.
“Neon Harvest” is a thrilling technoir adventure set in a retrofuture that might have been.