These are some of the top offerings from previous book sales including science fiction grandmasters, established mainstream authors and emerging indie talent. Authors include Travis J.I. Corcoran, L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Iris Paustian, Robert Kroese, David Drake, Denton Salle, Yakov Merkin, Alexander Hellene, Carlos Carrasco, Daniel Humphreys, Michael Z. Williamson, James Alderdice, Loretta Malakie, Fenton Wood, Timothy Zahn, David J. West, Declan Finn, Harry Harrison, J.M. Anjewierden, James Dudley, Jon del Arroz, John C. Wright, Tom Kratman, N.R. LaPoint, Neovictorian, Ingersoll Lockwood, Hans G. Schantz, Eric M. Hamilton, Kyle Adams, Daniel Humphreys, Ann Margaret Lewis, Morgon Newquist, Thomas Plutarch, Kai Wai Cheah, Russell Newquist, Hawkings Austin, Christopher Landsdown, Kalkin Trevedi, Marina Fontaine, Jon Mollison, Nos Jondi, Andre Norton, Russell May, H.G. Wells, John Taloni, Charles E. Gannon, Francis W. Porretto, John Ringo, C. J. Carella, Jonathan P. Brazee, Brian Niemeier, David Weber, Michael McCloskey, Richard Paolinelli, Kit Sun Cheah, Misha Burnett, C.S. Johnson, Leigh Bracket, Frank B. Luke, and Ryan Williamson.
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Dreamhealer by Jeff Duntemann
By day, Larry Kettelkamp keeps ancient PDP-8 computers alive in a collapsing industrial bakery.
By night he wages war on nightmares, and has been waging that war for thirty years.
As a young man, Larry discovered that he could enter other peoples’ nightmares, end them, and then vaccinate the dreamers against that nightmare with an ancient symbol that alters the relationship between the two hemispheres of the brain.
For nightmares are not random concoctions of our dreaming imaginations.
Strange creatures called archons living in the subtle realms of the collective unconscious craft horrifying dreams to drop into sleeping minds, and then feast on the terror those dreams evoke.
This scheme goes back 15,000 years, to the dawn of human history. It was created by a sort of super-archon who claims to be the Demiurge of ancient Persian myth.
Once Larry learns how to destroy archons instead of merely banishing them from dreams, this architect of all nightmares hunts Larry down and demands that Larry stop destroying the monster’s archon servants.
Thus begins an escalating conflict that draws in a bored title-search agent, a witch and a lightworker, two teenage prodigies, a modern-day cult practicing ancient Persian death magick, dream mechas a quarter-mile high, and a very very large number of dogs.
Grey Cat Blues
by J.D. Cowan
Siege on the Shadow Planet!
Ex-punk Two Tone is left for dead and his friend is taken. His assailants: men of mud from some place darker than Hell!
The inscrutable Sarpedon has slithered from the depths to rule a planet that has long abandoned hope for a better tomorrow. With no one to stop his spree of violence, it is only a matter of time before Two Tone’s world is overrun.
Old friends and a mysterious beauty gather by his side, but are they enough? Is it too late for this dying world? If all cats are grey in the dark, will anyone see the panther stalking its prey? Two Tone will find the answers the best way he knows how—through his fists!
Grey Cat Blues tells the tale of a distant planet at humanity’s end. In this place, a man must choose between love and hate. And where his choice leads him might not be where he expects . . .
Firefly Season 2 (Time Traders Book 1)
by Travis J.I. Corcoran
When you’re a time trader – someone with a ship that can hop sideways across the millions of alternate timelines – the big money isn’t in technology or science, it’s in entertainment. There are some universes where George Lucas didn’t die on the set of American Graffiti but instead went on to make a space fantasy classic. In other universes there’s a movie called “Dune” by Jodorowsky. And in some there’s a guy named Tolkien who wrote a sequel to “The Hobbit”.
Ask any timetrader and he’ll tell you: put three things together – buyer, seller, and product – and that’s where the magic happens.
And by magic, timetraders mean “profit”.
Now the crew of the Sturnus-class timeship al-Din (kaiser Huck, riverman Oive, artificer Johann-stepson-twice-Friedrich, and galfreitag Ginny Mae) have all three of these things lined up, because they finally secured a copy of a certain TV show.
There’s just one problem, and his name is Friedrick Richter.
…or maybe there’s more than one problem, depending on how you look at the situation, because things can get pretty complicated when timelines cross.
So get yourself a stein of mead and a bowl of spiced yam sticks – or pretzels, if that’s all you’ve got in this timeline – pull up a chair, and lend an ear to see how it all turns out.
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!
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
A Place Outside the Wild
by Daniel Humphreys
2017 DRAGON AWARD FINALIST – BEST APOCALYPTIC NOVEL
“This might be one of the best zombie books I’ve read.”
“You WILL NOT be disappointed!”
“(A) refreshing new twist to the traditional zombie apocalypse tale.”
“World War Z meets Rot and Ruin.”
From the back cover:
Eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown. The fences and walls kept the ravenous undead at bay until they wasted away. A once overwhelming foe has turned feeble and weak, and a world gone wild seems ripe for reclamation.
The scars of the long war run deep. And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.
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
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.
Jinjang by Iris Paustian
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!
The Dream of the Iron Dragon: An Alternate History Viking Epic (Saga of the Iron Dragon Book 1)
by Robert Kroese
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
Out of the Soylent Planet (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) (Starship Grifters Universe Book 1)
by Robert Kroese
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!
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.
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.
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…
Light Unto Another World: Volume 1
by Yakov Merkin
As a soldier, Uriel Makkis was prepared for many things. Being pulled through a portal into another world was not one of them.
He soon learns that he was brought to this world for a reason, as the heralded Sword of Light. However, something is amiss, as he first appeared in the middle of nowhere, rather than the capital as intended.
While he is meant to travel there straightaway to learn more, Uriel has no intention of doing as he’s told, not when there are people he can help right where he is.
Back home, he was just an average soldier; here, he can truly make a difference, and Uriel will not let the opportunity pass by.
But it won’t be easy. Uriel will have to rely on his faith, his newfound friends, and the skills and knowledge he brings from back home, as he throws himself headlong into a new conflict, becoming a beacon of light on this new world!
In this new isekai adventure, you can’t just leave the old world behind.
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.
Faith and Empire: Book One of The Holy Terran Empire
by Carlos Carrasco *FREE*
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.
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.
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
IRON MAIDEN: An Epic Fantasy Adventure (The Iron Testament Book 1) by James Alderdice
You can take the girl out of the dragon, but you can’t take the dragon out of the girl…
Aisha has the blood of dragons in her veins, but its only ever brought pain and hardship despite giving her incredible powers. Now she wants to serve her country and atone for past sins but things never go how they should. When she rides into the borderlands, she finds a treasure map to the legendary graveyard of dragons. She doubts the hoard of treasure truly exists, but everyone else from bandits to invading armies and even a lusty princess want to get their hands on the map. As Aisha unwillingly begins her quest, she’s not surprised when the blood begins to flow…
The journey will take her across a cursed landscape brimming with foul sorceries and terrible monsters. The promise of both treasure and revenge is irresistible. Surrounded by bloodthirsty enemies, can she survive and claim her reward?…
IRON MAIDEN is an action-packed fantasy in the vein of classic pulp fantasy and rip-roaring eighties movies. If you like desperate battles, larger-than-life characters, and black humor, then you’ll love James Alderdice’s epic tale.
Buy IRON MAIDEN to join a sword and sorcery fantasy today!
This book was previously published as Sowing Dragon Teeth, this is an updated version.
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.
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.
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.
Louis L’Amour Meets Lovecraft
Porter Rockwell, wanted for a murder he did not commit, is hiding out in Old California selling whiskey to thirsty forty-niners. When his friends dig up some monstrous bones and a peculiar book and offer to sell it for a helluva price, Porter can’t resist the mystery.
But when both his night bartender and the sellers are murdered at his saloon Porter has to find out what the mysterious artifacts are all about. With some Native American legends, Sasquatch, Lovecraftian horror, and murderous bandits thrown in, not even bullets and blades can stop Rockwell from leaving a swath of righteous carnage in his wake.
Let Sleeping Gods Lie is a weird western fantasy in the vein of classic pulp fiction and Louis L’Amour books. If you like frontier justice, larger-than-life characters, and witty humor, then you will LOVE the first installment of the Cowboys and Cthulhu series.
Buy Let Sleeping Gods Lie to get lost in a horrific weird western adventure today!
Too Secret Service: Part One *FREE*
by Declan Finn
Wayne Williams is a Secret Service agent sentenced to the outer darkness because his family pissed off the wrong president.
Catherine Miller is a CIA assassin who specializes in becoming anyone.
When terrorists threaten to nuke every spot on the President’s world tour, they are both called in to handle the threat.
To stop World War Three, they must travel from Ireland to Rome to Israel. They will have to face terrorist gunmen, professional assassins and nuclear suicide bombers… and perhaps even a threat from within.
But first, they must survive each other.
PART ONE OF A NEW EPIC THRILLER SERIES.
James is a college philosophy professor with too much time on his hands. When an old classmate asks for a favor, he drops in with little notion of what’s ready for him.
The year is 1976, during the dark times – for both the Catholic Church and New York City.
James’ college classmate is Father Gus Sadowski, the pastor of Saints Gabriel, Columcille, and Rocco church in the middle of Bed-Sty, where the drive by criminals are on one side of the parish, and the mob is on the other. Father Gus is all alone to run the parish, and needs help – because the live-in priest in the attic, Father Timothy A. Lessner, is worse than useless.
When Lessner takes a tumble down the stairs in the middle of the night, the casual favor has turned into a nightmare.
Can James solve the mystery of who killed Lessner before he finds himself the main suspect?
Codename: UnSub (The Last Survivors Book 2)
by Declan Finn
Back in the “real world,” Kevin Anderson had worn many hats: SEAL, spy, avenger, and Winterborn. Since being exiled into San Francisco of 2094, Kevin has tried to settle in as best he can. He acts as the threat that keeps Chinatown safe. He’s got a friend in the local assassin. The private military contractor had agreed to stay away from him. The drugs dealers stay out of his way on fear of death. And the area death cult think that he’s the second coming of Kali.
So who would be dumb enough to leave a body practically on Kevin’s doorstep?
The murder of a local businessman puts Kevin’s position in jeopardy. It makes him look weak and ineffectual. All Kevin has to do is find the killer, and teach him the error of his ways, preferably in a permanent fashion. But the killer has left his mark, and it’s of a professional killer. The suspects are few and far between, but they’re all dangerous.
When the next bodies start to hit the ground, it becomes clear that Kevin is dealing with something new to this San Francisco: a serial killer.
And now, without modern forensics, databases, police forces, and relying purely on his wits, Kevin must delve into the underbelly of this nightmare city, in search of a man deadlier than any he has ever encountered before.
The one thing neither Kevin or the serial killer knows is that they’re on a collision course that will either save the world or destroy it.
Dances With Werewolves: Part 1 (Williams and Miller)
by Declan Finn
Seret Service Agent Wayne Williams is dead.
But he has to keep busy somehow.
When a coven of witches reports a threat to the President of the United States, it’s the sort of threat that must be investigated. But it sounds like a vacation for Wayne.
CIA Assassin Catherine Miler is on a mission to kill Baron Samedi,” a Prime Minister sacrificing American Tourists.
Author Matthew Kovach is looking for his own version of Derry Maine.
All three are about to find themselves embroiled in San Francisco pagans, want to be vampires, pharmaceutical zombies, and New Orleans.
And all three have to survive their consultants on this case — the Kraft Brothers.
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.
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.
Black Holiday (The Black Chronicles Book 2)
by J.M. Anjewierden
Morgan has finally made it, earning an officer’s slot on S.T.E.V.E., the ancient flagship of the Takiyama Merchant House. She’s survived so much to get here, and isn’t about to let lingering nightmares over those events stop her now. That said, even the toughest mechanics need down time. Grudgingly taking some shore leave, Morgan goes to visit the estate of her friend Emily, Baroness Novan. What she doesn’t know is that the first steps towards interstellar war have already been taken by the homeworld she escaped, and important leaders – including Emily – are targeted for Assassination.
Review: A great installment to the series. This book picks up after the events of the first. Morgan agrees to go on vacation with Lady Novan and Gertrude. Things don’t go according to plan and Morgan has to survive being kidnapped. A lot of action and adventure to keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting the next book in the series.
Running Black (The Black Chronicles Book 3)
by J. M. Anjewierden
An explosion is only the beginning of her problems…
Morgan is finally back to work, having returned from her disastrous attempt at a vacation just in time to watch an accident cause a massive explosion on one of the other freighters.
With the damaged ship out of commission it is up to the crew of STEVE – Morgan included – to frantically get the cargo transferred and depart more than a month ahead of schedule.
But what Morgan doesn’t know is that the assassination attempts were only the beginning.
Missed maintenance isn’t the only, or worst, danger lurking out in the black.
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.
Penance: A Young Adult Superhero Novel (Teen Heroes Unleashed Book 1)
by Paula Richey and Thomas Plutarch
Penance Copper is tired of being a tool for evil.
She’s been working for Acid ever since she was small. She had no other choice, he owned her. Even with her superpowers, she’s never been able to escape. But at least he only has her steal. Never anything worse than that.
Until he orders her to use her powers to kill the superhero Justice for investigating trafficked girls.
Penance doesn’t want to be a murderer. She uses the opportunity to run away from Acid and make a new life. One where she can make up for everything she did on Acid’s orders.
But events larger than Penance are spinning into action, and soon she is embroiled in an intergalactic encounter with an alien boy named Kail, who is perhaps as lonely and broken as she is. Even if he is infuriatingly arrogant.
The first young adult series in the shared Heroes Unleashed universe launches with the Teen Heroes Unleashed series. Readers will love hardworking, sassy Penance as she tries to learn to use her superpowers to save the world instead of to steal.
Can Penance and Kail find the missing girls and save the Earth from an alien invasion? Or will Acid find her again and punish her for running away?
Read Penance today to find out!
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.
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
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 in 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.
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.”
by N.R. LaPoint
Catholic schoolgirl Raven Mistcreek has no memory. Her family is missing, her home is gone, and she is being hunted by monsters.
Why do demonic forces want her dead?
Is her family still alive?
And why do her chalk drawings become real?
Across the Qualitative Continuum, levels of reality are sinking lower. A colossal terror lies sleeping. Waiting.
Small-time privateers battle ancient terrors at the edge of the Solar System!
For Brian Zaks, developing his skills as a space pilot and combat maneuvers specialist for Elwood’s Privateers took highest priority. But he couldn’t ignore fellow privateer and ex-girlfriend Evvie Evans when she begged him for help with her nocturnal hallucinations of a raven-headed demon.
Then Elwood’s treasure-hunting hobby uncovered the lost secrets of an ancient cult, thrusting Brian and Evvie into an interplanetary clash between the cult’s present-day descendants.
Can they defeat a primeval power threatening to upend human civilization?
Uriel’s Revenge is a horror-tinged sci-fi adventure. Read it today and escape to the Cliptic!
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.
Collateral Damage: A Kaiju Thriller
by Adam Furman
Destructive Battles Rage Between Hellish Kaiju and Giant Mech Protectors
A desperate father must rescue his son when a deadly kaiju rampages across his city.
When opportunists lurk and buildings crumble around him, the battle might be the least of his worries. Each minute means more destruction, and the clock is ticking.
The first in a new kaiju series where the ordinary collides with the oversized, Collateral Damage is based on a short story of the same title originally published in Broadswords & Blasters Magazine. Experience the first taste of this series with a punch to the gut. Mind the shadows — you could be crushed.
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
An Inconvenient Presidency by Eric M. Hamilton
“It’s almost too funny!”
On January 20, 2001, Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. became the 43rd President of the United States for the second time…
Newly elected President Al Gore is given a mysterious device that allows his mind to travel back in time and relive his presidency. He needs it, too! There is always some disaster forcing him to start over. Soon, the time-traveling President begins to suspect there’s more going on with this device than he first suspected.
Read the hilarious story of the President that never was, and discover why history turned out different.
“I started reading and couldn’t stop! What a clever story!”
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.
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!
Heroes Fall: A Superhero Mystery Adventure
(Serenity City Book 1)
by Morgon Newquist & Thomas Plutarch
Victoria doesn’t need a cape and a name to be a hero.
Living and working in the slums of Serenity City, she has become its faceless and nameless defender. She turned her back on the glittering world of professional superheroes years ago. If she has her way, she’ll never go back.
But the young and forgotten teens she helps are disappearing from the street, and nobody seems to care. As Victoria unravels this mystery, she is lead back to her old life in the star-studded glamourous superhero circles. No matter how much she hates it, she can’t abandon the helpless when they need her the most.
All clues point back to The Rampage, the terrible day when their mightiest champion Achilles fell to darkness. Will Victoria uncover the truth of what actually happened twenty years ago in time to help her lost boys and girls?
And what will happen when the fallen hero Achilles escapes, and Victoria is the only one who can stop him?
Morgon Newquist blazes on to the Superhero scene with the first Serenity City book, bringing nuance, emotion, and superpowered fights in spades. A solid, engaging launch to the brand new shared Heroes Unleashed universe, Heroes Fall will hook readers right in and leave them wanting more.
Can Victoria solve the twenty year mystery of Achilles’ fall from grace in time to save Serenity City? Or is there another, more sinister player who will destroy the very idea of superheroes?
Unravel the mystery and fight the villains with Victoria. Buy Heroes Fall today!
Hollow City: A Superhero Vigilante Thriller
(Heroes Unleashed: Song of Karma Book 1)
by Kai Wai Cheah & Thomas Plutarch
Six kills in six years.
Super powered cop Adam Song has dedicated his life to the law. In the military and the police force, Adam ruthlessly protects the innocent.
But this time he’s killed the wrong bad guy. Now the local drug lord’s son is dead, and the boss is out for Adam’s blood. Even his secret identity won’t keep him safe. The police department hangs him out to dry, his years of exemplary service forgotten. Adam must take justice into his own hands to keep his family safe.
Because Adam is a Song. And Songs take care of their own. No matter the cost.
When does justice become murder? And just how far will he go to protect his clan?
Dragon and Hugo Award nominated author Kai Wai Cheah steps onto the superhero scene with his debut Heroes Unleashed novel. His characteristic fast-paced action and attention to detail brings Adam Song and the Chinatown of Hollow City vividly to life.
What makes a straight-laced hero cop go rogue? Buy the book or read it in Kindle Unlimited today to find out!
War Demons: A Catholic Action Horror Novel
(The Prodigal Son Book 1)
by Russell Newquist
When he came home, so did they…
Driven by vengeance, Michael Alexander enlisted in the Army the day after 9/11. Five years later, disillusioned and broken by the horrors he witnessed in Afghanistan, Michael returns home to Georgia seeking to begin a new life. But he didn’t come alone. Something evil followed him, and it’s leaving a path of destruction in its wake.
The police are powerless. The Army has written Michael off. Left to face down a malevolent creature first encountered in the mountains of Afghanistan, he’ll rely on his training, a homeless prophet, and estranged family members from a love lost…
But none of them expected the dragon.
Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden collides with Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International in this supernatural thriller that goes straight to Hell!
A Pius Man
Declan Finn & Morgon Newquist
Murder in the Vatican!
Giovanni Figlia checks all the boxes of a typical police detective. He even sacrificed his soccer career to follow in his father’s footsteps after he was killed in the line of duty.
But instead of being a typical police detective, Figlia is the head of Vatican security. He must keep the new pope from Africa, Pius XIII, safe from a world increasingly hostile to Catholicism.
Then a body falls onto the Vatican’s doorstep, and before Figlia can even start to track down the killer, more violence pours into Rome.
Can Figlia discover who is murdering scholars in the Vatican? What secret are they trying to keep hidden?
And can he keep the Pope safe?
Declan Finn’s debut novel has all the hallmarks that his fans have come to accept. A colorful cast of characters, Catholicism, and gunfights and explosions fill its pages. But in a Pius Man, he also mixes history with 80s action movie aesthetics, revealing the truth about one of Catholicism’s most controversial popes, Pius XII.
Discover the truth about “Hitler’s Pope” today and read A Pius Man today!
Honor at Stake
One is a heartless, bloodthirsty killer. The other is a vampire.
A 2016 Dragon Award Finalist
Amanda Colt spends her days alone. She prefers solitude to other people, rarely finding anyone to catch her interest. Books and fencing fill her time.
Until she meets Marco. He doesn’t fit in, just like her. In fact, he seems to be a man out of time. With medieval manners, a gang that fears him, and a mind like a computer, Amanda has never met anyone like him. But for all his magnetic appeal, she can tell he’s hiding something from her.
But Amanda has a secret too. And as she and Marco grow closer, it plunges them into New York’s supernatural underworld. Marco brings mayhem and romance to Amanda’s serene world, and she finds herself falling for him, faults and all.
Bodies are turning up all over New York. Only Amanda and Marco can stem the flow of corpses, and more and more vampires are rising every night.
Can Amanda and Marco save New York?
Or even scarier, admit their growing feelings for one another?
Fans of Declan Finn will find all his typical explosions, action and Catholic world-building wrapped in a New York Vampire giftbag. Both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance readers will love his foray into the bloody, holy water filled world of the undead.
Join Amanda and Marco as they fight legions of newly born Vampires in Brooklyn. Read Honor At Stake today!
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.
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!
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.
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 Morgon Newquist
Emilia King has made an art of bad choices. Just ask her mother, she’ll tell you every single thing she’s done wrong for years.
When her latest bad choice changes the locks to their apartment and leaves all her stuff on the doorstep, Emilia can’t bear to hear “I told you so” one more time. So she moves in with her grandfather. Then she can have some space to figure out who…and what she wants to be, without her mother breathing down her neck.
What she finds there is anything but peace. Her grandfather battles invisible creatures in the dark. Neighbors torn apart by wild beasts.
Not to mention the moody, gorgeous man across the street with the motorcycle. The kind of man that’s her kryponite.
But when her grandfather falls ill, his position of head of the Neighborhood Watch falls to her. And in this neighborhood, it’s more than measuring grass height or catching petty thefts.
As she uncovers her grandfather’s double life, his mistakes are coming back to stalk the neighborhood in the form of a vicious, shapeshifting beast. Thrust into a world of magic and monsters, Emilia is out of her depth.
Can she save the neighborhood? And do it without falling for the fae across the street?
Morgon Newquist moves into Urban Fantasy with this fast paced, witty urban fantasy series about an unusual Neighborhood Watch. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Bella Forrest will love Hellgate’s female hero, handsome fae, and magical battles.
Join the Neighborhood Watch today and read Hellgate!
by Jon Mollison & Thomas Plutarch
Nothing is more dangerous than an invisible man.
Joe’s spent his life being forgotten. Not even the IRS comes for his back taxes. He’s a ghost, a perfectly average, perfectly forgettable man. It suits his purposes, though it’s a lonely existence. He can live as he wants, plying his almost-invisibility for freelance jobs.
Then a pretty blonde finds him when no one else can, asking for his help solving a murder. He almost says no, despite his instincts to help a damsel in distress. But how did she find him? And who is she?
He takes the job to find out. But he bites off more than he can chew as he realizes a brutal secretive organization called The Phoenix Ring is behind the murder, and somehow they can predict his every move.
A new Heroes Unleashed series begins with Jon Mollison’s Overlook, a fast-paced, action-packed superhero spy novel that will keep readers guessing until the end.
Can Joe defeat the shadowy Phoenix Ring? Or will his powers fail him when he needs them the most? Read Overlook today and find out!
Blood Brothers (Sanctum Book 1)
by Nos Jondi
Blood and Flesh Required.
Rising Star Captain Janet Ruvuma doesn’t know failure.
Except in capturing Mavurama, the leader of a group of rogue, genetically engineered ex-marines. Every time she springs the trap, he slips through her fingers. Five years of pursuit and still he eludes her. The Emperor is out of patience. Ruvuma has to catch him, dead or alive, or she will taste defeat for the first time.
Mavurama desires only peace and quiet. The Emperor made him and his men what they are. He fought for the Emperor. He won the war for the Emperor. Now he wants to retire. But the Empire won’t allow it, and Mavurama will do whatever it takes to claim his peace. Even escape beyond the edge of the known galaxy.
Ruvuma and Mavurama play a cat and mouse game that stretches across the universe. But Mavurama can’t hide forever. He needs blood, and lots of it, to take with him on his trip into the unknown. Ruvuma can’t let him go. She’ll bring the fury of the empire to bear on him and his soldiers before she lets him disappear.
African Author Nos Jondi bursts onto the speculative fiction scene with his tale of mythic creatures in space, full of colorful characters and wild distant worlds that occupy the furthest reaches of space.
Will Ruvuma conquer her greatest enemy? Or will Mavurama manage to take the suicidal leap into the Dead Space of the universe first? Read BLOOD BROTHERS today to find out!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twilight Templar: A LitRPG Saga (The Eternal Journey Book 1)
by C. J. Carrella
A Game of Life and Death
(Warning: Contains violence as well as adult situations and language)
Ben sat down to play a brand-new MMORPG, Eternal Journey Online. Next thing he knew, he had been transformed into his character, first-level Paladin Hawke Lightseeker, and found himself in a corpse-filled cavern complex crawling with monsters and undead. Armed with a sentient sword, Hawke must learn the rules of a reality where magic and power-leveling are as real as swords and knives, and where you only get a limited number of respawns before you die for good.
Follow Hawke as he explores the mysterious Common Realm, meets new friends and foes, battles to survive, and learns more about his growing power and inner strength.
Note to LitRPG Fans: This novel concentrates primarily on action-adventure, with a focus on power-leveling and learning new magic and class subsystems. Future novels will deal with town and stronghold management. There is also a harem (fade-to-black, non explicit) subplot that plays a part in the story without detracting from it.
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.
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.
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.
Combat Frame XSeed: SS
by Brian Niemeier
Space is a graveyard.
They came to destroy us …
… Now they’re humanity’s only hope.
The Guardian Angels race home to confront a traitor.
Instead, disaster forces them into a savage battle with an invincible enemy bent on Earth’s annihilation.
Can Jehu Red lead his team to victory over a power even greater than their XSeeds?
Or will humanity burn on the funeral pyre of history?
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 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.
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.
Galen’s Way: A Starquest 4th Age Adventure
by Richard Paolinelli
Millions of years in the future, humanity has been driven out of the Milky Way and now calls the Andromeda Galaxy home. Lost in their murky past are the tales of great knights that held the line against the invasion of a dark force until the rest of humanity could escape their doom. The last and greatest of these knights was Galen Underwood.
Long after that heroic stand, a mercenary by the name of Galen Dwyn has been hired to rescue a kidnapped princess. Enticed by a healthy down payment and a chance to settle an old score, Galen accepts the job, only to find out it’s a lot more than he bargained for.
Soon Galen finds himself weaving and dodging through a web of political intrigue as the very forces that chase him have set in motion plans that will throw the galactic alliance into civil war.
To his surprise, he also finds that the rescued princess might not be quite the spoiled brat he rescued from the clutches of her keeper.
Accompanied by the princess, his former mentor, and a snarky AI, Galen sets out to find a way to outsmart entire kingdoms, keep the princess alive, and avert the deaths of millions.
Of course, he’ll also learn the reasons behind his namesake’s chosen path, as he realizes that the only way to win is Galen’s way.
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.
Dungeon Samurai Vol. 2: Kami no Kishi (An Anti-LitRPG Dungeon Crawl)
by Kit Sun Cheah
Six months after being spirited away to a land filled with deadly monsters, Yamada Yuuki and Hiroshi Matsuo are about to face their toughest challenge yet. They and their fellow samurai must dive deeper into the world-spanning dungeon, going where no man has gone before, in a quest to confront the demon who brought them to its realm.
But as the samurai grow in skill and power, so too do the monsters. Legions of bloodthirsty beasts stalk the shadow-filled halls of the labyrinth, far more dangerous than those on the upper floors. Strange spells echo in the corridors, visiting death and madness to the unwary and the unfortunate. An ocean of agony and suffering lies between the humans and the bottom floor.
To stand fast against the coming onslaught, it is no longer enough for Yamada and Hiroshi to serve as samurai. They must don the mantle of the Kami no Kishi: the Knights of God.
Dungeon Samurai Vol. 3: Seisen (An Anti-LitRPG Dungeon Crawl)
by Kit Sun Cheah
The war for the dungeon reaches its climax!
A hero has fallen. The threat of famine looms over humanity. The endless hordes of monsters inhabiting the world have grown even more powerful. The human military is at the breaking point.
All hopes rest on the shoulders of Yamada Yuuki, a college student turned battle-hardened samurai. Armed with faith and steel, experimental weapons and new tactics, he must lead the way into the depths of the dungeon through swarms of horrific abominations and countless traps. But the dungeon itself is changing.
And at the bottom floor, the demon ruler of the world awaits.
The final campaign begins. A desperate, gruelling crusade to win through the dungeon and find a way home. Now is the time for Seisen.
Now is the time for holy war.
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:
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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!
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 *FREE*
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
Rebirths: A Tale of Azuran
by Frank B. Luke *FREE*
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!
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!
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!