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A century after an apocalyptic war devastates the planet, reducing all countries to smouldering ruins, Melbourne's remnant population huddles behind twelve-foot walls. Ethan's team rescues a Japanese girl from the Skel. Keeping his secret, uncovering the girl's true intentions and trying to stop mass annihilation all vie for Ethan's attention. If he fails, not only his life, but the lives of all, are at stake.
Fifteen-year-old Tam trained as a Ranger at the hands of her reclusive, unloving father. Alcandhor, her clan's thane, recruits her as a spy, but is he wise to trust an untried girl for such an important task? He needs to discover who the traitors are before they assassinate key leaders and start a war. Tam is perfect for the job—but will her inexperience and youth endanger not only her mission, but her own life?
Reagan Moon -- paranormal reporter, terminal underachiever, and staunch cynic of the human race. The only ghosts he really believes in are the ones in his own head. But his world is about to get an upgrade. No amount of magic can save him from the monster that awaits... inside him.
Don Pedro Sanchez hires Mordecai Slate to track down the vampire who ravished the ranchero's daughter. Don Pedro wants Kord Manion brought back alive, so he can drive in the stake himself. During the hunt, Slate rescues a girl, and their journey leads to a ghost town, Rio Muerto, where Slate will face his greatest challenge in the ultimate battle between good and evil.
What do you call your work when every publication who’s ever carried it goes out of business? ‘Zine killers. Of the six stories in this tiny volume, five were previously published in magazines that no longer exist. This collection leans toward the fantastic.
A Curious Cozy with a Magical Cat! Dolly Tutt has just opened her own bakery in the small mountain community of Sugar Pine Station. But the Creamy Pie franchise across the street is giving her fits. Her business is dying. She needs a miracle or she'll be forced to close. Fortunately, Mack, a mysterious tabby that came with the doughnut shop, lends a paw.
Space pirate Aston West has come across derelict freighters many times before. But this latest catch, fresh out of a recent battle, proves to be a little more than he expected. He discovers a deadly stowaway. Who is she? What was this cargo he just took? Why was the freighter destroyed? Aston puts his life motto of never getting involved to the ultimate test.
When a meteorite crashes near a small village in fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow---a power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthur's kingdom. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy, half-blind swordsmith's son named Merlin.
Lucifer, God’s perfect creation and who dwelt in his very presence, walked in the midst of the stones of fire. Yet rose up to betray the Lord and bring Heaven itself to civil war. Many tales have referenced this great angelic war but few have sought to explore the dynamic relationships between God and the angelic hosts. Why did a third of heaven seek to overthrow their creator?
Sail away in an indigo inkwell to a poetic world where paper dragons worry about their flammability, opium grows on cacti, poison mushrooms are delicious, and atomic bombs wonder about their victims. Dropping in to a vat of melted lawn furniture, you will meet neophyte carpet prostitutes and motorcycle gang accountants, Buddhist spiders and crucifix heroes and a local bolshevik tsaritsa. 24 poems
"For the love of God, cut off my head." The last request in Uncle Silas's will shocks everyone speechless, everyone except his favorite niece, Anna. More than death itself, the claustrophobic Silas fears a premature burial. Armed with butcher knife and candle, Anna heads for the crypt underneath the church in the dead of night. All does not go according to Anna's careful planning.
Barry T. Martin
Flash fiction, eight short stories of around 1,000 words each. Read about a typing rabbit, two grandchildren who have to go live with their grandparents, what happens when taking a mother-in-law on holiday, and a model village where everything comes alive after dark.
Sandfly is a debugger. He is property. Bought and paid for by his master, a relatively benign lord in a future Earth living under sharia law. Sandfly just wants to debug his master's robots and avoid the mental pain shocks sent from the remote triggers owned by all the masters. But now he hears singing. Is it just solar winds interfering with the robot's wiring? Or is it something else?
Susan has all the feelings of a human girl—plus extreme intelligence and the body of a sex machine. She is born in a lab, and her whole life is one big experiment. Her prime directive: Find love. Only one man knows what she is and still treats her like a person. Civilization teeters on the brink of collapse. Human and machine alike face a terrifying future. Is their love enough? Will the ultimate technology save us?
A future terraformed Mars has fallen into technological collapse. Knights in armor, called "riders," patrol a circuit for pilgrims bound for the Gran Templo Bautista of Chryse Planitia on a planet divided into feudal governments, where real dragons prowl the lowlands. When the King of Olympus closes the door to pilgrimage, outnumbered riders must fight to enter his kingdom.
What if everything you knew about yourself and the world turned out to be wrong? Davi Rhii, Prince of the Boralian people, freshly graduated from the prestigious Borali Military Academy, discovers a secret that brings him into conflict with friends and family, calling into question his cultural values and assumptions, putting into jeopardy all he's worked for his whole life.
People who took the Miracle Treatment weren't supposed to die. Ever. Greta Darling, who looked 22 but was really 89, has suddenly died. Of natural causes. Desperate to assure their billions of clients that the Miracle Treatment really does work, company executives call in private investigator Rick Macey, a war veteran with very special abilities. Who will be left standing when eternity falls?
Dark Secrets is based on the life of a farm girl born in 1908 when the United States was becoming a world leader, and farm families made up over half of the population. Ollie tries to get home after receiving a head injury in an attack by two boys—the same boys that raped her friend and murdered a girl in a nearby community. She remains in a coma for five days, recalling vivid events of her first fifteen years.
Herb Molloy went so far downhill after his partner died that he’s now an ex-cop living under one of the space station’s artificial beautification bridges. Into his barely-getting-by life comes trouble and friendship: homeless people targeted, picked off one by one, and station newbie Zack Ives, who doesn’t know enough to look after himself yet. (20,000 words. Science fiction mystery.)
Noah Andrews, a soldier with the Ohio Seventh Regiment, can’t wait to get home. He plans to start a new life with his young wife. Molly was only sixteen when she married her hero husband. She prayed every day for him to return home safe and take over the burden of running a farm. But the war follows Noah home. Can they build a life together when his soldier’s heart comes between them?
Power Elements Of Character Development offers practical instruction for fiction writers about the character arc, a character's goals, how character development fits with plot, and much more. It is a succinct blueprint for fiction writers to create characters that intrigue, entice, and compel readers to follow their story. (for veteran, intermediate, and beginning writers)
A young half-elf must free her mother's people from a curse before they are forced into a war against the nations. A sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.
When Captain Vinyanel Ecleriast, an officer in the elven cavalry, narrowly escapes a devastating reconnaissance mission, he discovers a new calling to establish the first airborne unit of mounted warriors his people have ever known. Joined by an enigmatic half-elven prophetess and a silver dragon, he struggles to come to grips with this responsibility, while mourning the recent loss of his unit and only friends.
In a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness live three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But the Igibys hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera. (The Wingfeather Saga, Book 1)
America is on the brink of war with England, and Fin Button is about to come undone. She’s had it with the dull life of the orphanage, and she’s ready to marry Peter and get away from rules, chores, and a life looked after by the ever-watchful Sister Hilde. But an unexpected friendship forms between Fin and the fiddle-playing cook, Bartimaeus, which sets her on a course for revolution.
The Purpose of Fantasy looks at some of the core spiritual values of a dozen beloved fantasy books. It holds up to the light a key purpose of fantasy: to ask spiritual or philosophical questions and explore creative approaches to matters of faith and belief, good and bad, right and wrong, and other deeply-held intangible values.
From the author of highly praised Trophy Chase Trilogy comes this exciting swashbuckling tale of a pirate sentenced to die for the crime of mutiny. As he awaits his fate, this pirate (the delightful Smith Delaney from the Trophy Chase Trilogy) ponders what brought him to this fate. Our pirate will come face-to-face with himself, with his own death, and with a God who promises grace where none is deserved.
Set in Seattle, 1981, when computers were for business or govenment, and telephones were on a desk, a wall, or in a booth. Chris, a naive young man on his own, leaves his hometown for a brighter future, but is haunted by a record hamstrings his life. He awkwardly breaks through the barries, determined to not become just another lost soul wandering society's bureaucracies and streets. (edited by Keanan Brand)
HAWTHORNE: Chronicles of the Brass Hand - Mystirio Astronomiki is the two-fisted steampunk tale of Edgar J. Hawthorne who, in the summer of 1835, sets out on a journey with the Royal Air Brigade on the H.M.A. Stratos, England's newest airship, to investigate claims of a fantastic discovery.Thrust into a conflict that has raged for centuries, Edgar must do the impossible: prevent humanity's extinction.
Anna Cole accepts a job as research assistant to wealthy travel writer Franklin Thomas. He keeps vanishing. He claims he’s taking refuge in a ghostly city to escape a dragon that’s been haunting his family for twelve generations. Franklin is insane, compellingly so. When Anna discovers his family’s crime is stolen dragon wealth, she delves into a cryptic world born out of myth and legend to save him.
Abandoned by a traveling Bible salesman, Zassy finds love from a son she calls a blessing from God. Samson, master of a failing plantation, returns from war only to find his wife sinking into alcoholism from his abuse. Frank Potter, Zassy's son, struggles through the web of greed and lust to find his way to God. Entrancing and shocking, this gritty novel will haunt readers’ memories long after others fade.
Twelve-year-old Aidan Errolson comes from a long line of adventurers, but Aidan never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life. All that will change the day he first hears the bark of the bog owl and meets Dobro Turtlebane. This initial installment in The Wilderking Trilogy is sure to capture the hearts of young and old, boys and girls alike.
Det. Roland March is a homicide cop on his way out. But when he's the only one at a crime scene to find evidence of a missing female victim, he's given one last chance to prove himself. With the help of a youth pastor with a guilty conscience, March is determined to find the missing girls while proving he's still one of Houston's best detectives. (Note: Neither indie nor small-press, this novel needs a wider audience.)
Angel doesn't remember her magical heritage, but it remembers her. What if someone was using his powers to run experiments based on a complete misconception of the source of magic? Throw in a twisted family tree, a painting that holds the key to the truth, a talkative beetle, and an Elven rocker who can play the songs of the stars on an electric guitar.
Pursued by vengeful Goobalob toll collectors, savage Arachnoid bounty hunters, and formidable Amazonians, Captain Bartholomew Quasar must do whatever he can to keep the crew of the Effervescent Magnitude out of harm’s way. All in a day’s work—except time is not on his side. Is he doomed to repeat history? Or can he erase his regrets?
Irulen is a mage who wanders the land investigating mysteries for a price. Haunted by the consequences of a hidden past, he drowns his responsibilities with ale and trouble. When his contrived existence is shattered by a string of ritual killings, a deepening conspiracy drags him further into the realm of a ruthless, enigmatic villain.
John Spector, aka GHOST, isn’t your ordinary investigator. He carries a shiny badge, a billfold ID, and a mysterious silver suitcase. His mission? Seek the forgotten ones, the abandoned ones, the ones no one else can or will help. Visit blunt force trauma upon the world’s blackest souls and deny the devil his day by any means necessary. And never stop. Never.