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In a future dystopian world, humans have evolved into an advanced race. Amaranthines have learned to harness the Earth’s energy and use it to prolong their lives, but at a cost.
In a world that has grown cold and distant, and hasn’t seen a child born in a long time, there comes a female unlike all the rest, possessing the ability to give them everything they need. Yet she has sworn to watch this new universe burn. A place that took everything from her and left her for dead.There are those trying to convince her to save the world, while there are others trying to destroy her, and any hope she brings.Which side will win?
One man holds the key to our future,
One man holds the key to our extinction.The merciless Salby viral strain, sweeping across the country, spawns a new breed of predator.
Simon Lloyd, borderline alcoholic, must vanquish the demons of his past and change his single-minded ways.Filled with resentment, he enters a world far removed from his own. He must choose to make a stand for the greater good or risk losing his estranged wife and children forever.Against overwhelming odds, unethical science and the prospect of eternal exile, the decisions he makes will shape the future of mankind.
When Julia, a small-town waitress with dreams of adventure, steps outside one night after a long shift, she meets Wynn, a smoking-hot dragon shifter from the planet Avandia. He wants to take her to Avandia, saying she’s its long-lost queen and is needed by its people, who are under threat of domination by the dangerous Orlians. Life in the royal palace is almost too good to be true, as is the growing desire Wynn has for her…and she has for him. But when courtiers start talking about Julia producing royal heirs, it’s a little overwhelming, and on top of that, the Orlians seem desperate to stop her coronation, even if it means murder! Is it all too much for a small-town girl? Or, with Wynn at her side, will she have what it takes to see it through?
In this unique collection, discover diverse tales, laden with shades of mystery. Come into a dark, strange world, a hyper-reality where nearly everything is firmly rooted in the familiar—except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction. So prepare yourself: keep the lights on.Inspired by the author’s art and by literature, these tales come from different times and places, with characters that search for their identity and challenge their hellish fate. Yet all of them share one thing in common: an unusual mind, one that is twisted.
Short Stories included:
Portals of no Return: In the future, gaming is taken to a new level where one’s mind can enter the illusion of a better world. Cleo seeks to bring her fiancé back to reality, but will she come out of Realm of Heroes alive?TransShifter: Adelya imitates both men and women in the shifter games – whatever is to her advantage at the time. One day a soldier named Chad saves her life. She falls in love with him, even though it’s forbidden to be with a human. Will this stop her?ThunderSnow: Marla goes snowmobiling during a strange snowstorm in April. She finds something unexpected in the woods. Will she end up stranded with an alien in a snow storm?The Old Lady and Winston: A mysterious storm brings two people together.
Bonus samples of two novels.
In the aftermath of a battle a ship drifts helplessly in space. Is the strange new warship they were fighting still out there? Will it come back for them? Commander Johnson faces a desperate race to get her destroyer back into action and save her crew.
Trapped in a world far from home, Nivea, an experienced astronaut, fears a break from reality nearing. Her desperate attempts to communicate with the outside world go unnoticed until a fleeting encounter with an ominous voice in the ether gives her hope. But when she discovers what’s behind the facade, her opportunity to return home is jeopardized.Meg doesn’t know how long she’s been gone, but she knows enough to understand her days are numbered. With her fiancé turned malicious captor conspiring to prevent her from returning home, she’ll have to employ every skill in her arsenal to resist, but when she discovers that she may not be his only target, her solo battle becomes a fight for ultimate survival.Will Nivea and Meg be any match for Master Jiom and his brethren of alien foot soldiers?
Vivian Hsu, a psychic mercenary with a fierce temper, is barely making ends meet down in the dark slums of the Columbia Sprawl. When a mysterious death compels her to investigate, she finds herself embroiled in the midst of a corporate conspiracy that threatens to leave her dead in the street. Forced to rely on any help she can find, Vivian discovers an unlikely ally in the darkness- the startlingly powerful hazardous materials specialist, Yakov Berkowitz. With the full might of a ruthless corporation aimed at her, can Vivian separate the truth from the lies before it is too late? Who should she trust in a world of constant surveillance and betrayal? What frightening secrets lurk behind Yakov’s intriguing eyes?
You have been offered a Quest: Discover The Land. An epic journey of Gripping Action, Dark Humor and Epic World Building begins here. Start reading here, but be warned! You will lose the next seven days of your life! Please remember to eat and sleep.
Reward: Discovery of the world you were meant to fight for!
Penalty of Failure: Dogs and cats living together… Mass Hysteria!What would YOU do if you were transported into your favorite video game?What would YOU do if the gore, adventure and pain became real?What would YOU do to win?
Richter confronted these questions while an enemy lay savaged and screaming at his feet. His lips pulled back in a blood-streaked smile. The answer was simple.
Welcome… to THE LAND!
Why would a banshee choose to go to space?
The routine run from Erinnua to Earth is Grania’s first time as captain of the family’s space freighter. For the return trip,they acquire an elderly woman and a merchant with cargo, who will pay well for the ride. Then their easy trip transforms into a nightmare as unexpected perils threaten the integrity of the ship thrusting them into disastrous events. Is Grania skilled enough to save the ship and their lives?”O’Ceagan’s Legacy” is a fast-paced space adventure with a touch of paranormal spicing it up.
Two Spetsnaz officers are dropped into the ghost city of Prip’Yat and tasked with investigating mysterious disturbances around the city and the nearby Chernobyl power plant. Unaware of the special forces operation, two cousins from Kiev sneak away and travel to Prip’Yat under the cover of night, excited to finally explore and experience the forbidden place. And in the abandoned city, a shadow stirs.
Cordell’s boring, workaday life is shattered one day by the appearance of two women each claiming he is their destiny, their soul mate. Haza and Fia are from a double-planet system called Versac-Nestantia and their people are at perpetual war with the Uvii. Due to this war, both sides are short on men, causing the women of each side to step up and fight the war. Each side is facing a slow extinction without the opposite sex and whereas the Versac-Nestantians are trying to obtain men peacefully, the Uvii have resorted to violence. Haza and Fia have inadvertently lured the Uvii to Earth. And Cordell is caught in the middle of it.
Determination is an indie trader requirement.Samantha Marsdom has grand plans to expand the starship she inherited from her father into a profitable indie trader fleet. She has much to prove to herself and her father’s crew, but the path has not been easy. Still, her reputation is growing, and when a prime job comes her way, she’s eager to show the crew, and her childhood friend, she has what it takes to secure their freedom with hefty profits.
The once-beautiful domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. Social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dogs.Jacqueline Spadros has a dream life: a wealthy husband, a powerful family. But her life is not what it seems. Kidnapped from her mother’s brothel and forced to marry, the murder of her best friend Air ten years before haunts her nightmares. She finds moments of freedom in a small-time private eye business, which she hides in fear of her sadistic father-in-law.Air’s little brother disappears off his back porch and the Red Dogs are framed for it. With the help of a mysterious gentleman investigator hired by the Red Dogs to learn the truth, Jacqui pushes her abilities to their limits in hope of rescuing the child before the kidnapper disposes of him.
Someone must die before another can be born…As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population. The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.But what if one child slipped through the cracks? What if someone knew all the loopholes and how to exploit them? Would it change anything? Would the delicate resource balance be thrown into a tailspin, threatening the lives of everyone?
And how far would the government go to find and terminate the Slip?
In a gripping story of a family torn apart by a single choice, Slip is a reminder of the sanctity of a single life and the value of the lives we so often take for granted.
Jason has spent his whole life looking out of the windows of Pod 43. One day, using an illegal homemade telescope, he sees humans outside. Why has Pod Command lied to them that outside is uninhabitable? Jason is determined to escape–an offense punishable by death–if he can get past the Guards.
Sometimes the darkness we fear… is our own…Despite the reputation as a brilliant and dedicated space engineer, John Rees is certain he is not the man everyone thinks he is. Haunted by the death of his father and one fatal decision that questions his morality; he doubts he will have a chance to redeem himself for a past he cannot escape.But when 100 colonists go missing on an alien planet, John sees his chance to prove once and for all that one decision doesn’t create a monster. Can John and the crew of the Atlas struggle to survive the near-total malfunction of their power and navigation systems, evidence that a strange alien race intercepted the colonists, and even a near-impossible jump through hundreds of meters of solid rock?
Should one man be judge, jury and executioner?Reeling from the death of his sister at the hands of a gangbanger, Lee Savage plots the perfect crime: hunt and kill the perpetrator with an armed drone. Scouring the inner city from the air, can he cope with the diabolical situations he finds along the way, and will he pull the trigger on the man responsible?
Young Kassandra Nishimura is an heiress to trillions of dollars. While she is relaxing with friends, six billion people are instantly exterminated on the other side of the planet. Seung Yi, a despot thought to be long dead, is back. Through the use of a self-replicating artificial virus called the extinction switch, he will wipe out all life on Earth unless humanity cedes the entire planet Mars, with all its cities, to him within six months.Kassandra’s grandfather Kato, Seung Yi’s arch rival, must successfully launch a counterattack before the clock runs out. This will require a weapon of unprecedented size. Meanwhile, society disintegrates around Kassandra and friends, who are now trapped on Earth. Kassandra falls from the very top of society to being a starving refugee. She and her friends take refuge deep beneath a city. Even that becomes a bloody battle for survival, as the remnants of humanity start fighting each other. But, something awakens in Kasssandra’s soul. She was always meant to be more than a rich party girl. Can Kassandra find her true calling, and can Seung Yi be stopped before it’s too late?
A Betrayal of Time is a story about Vivienne and Ray, who loved each other even before they knew what love was. They belonged together. They knew it, and everyone who knew them knew it.But time didn’t. Or maybe time just didn’t care.It ripped them apart. Vivienne was left alone, without the one thing — the one person — she needed. Worse, she was the sole survivor of an unexplained cosmic event that folded time, transporting her 20 years into the future, when she was supposed to be long dead along with everyone else the event claimed. She didn’t know anything about time, except that it was her great betrayer. Still, no one else knew how to reunite her with Ray or with 1959. It was up to her to decipher the quandary no one had been able to resolve before: to bring predictability to the time space continuum, the one thing that could not be more unpredictable.
Is living forever all that it’s cracked up to be?Decades after receiving an immortality endowment, Nathan Duncan returns to the Lazarus Center for Extended Living to discover that his treatment was not all he was promised. The routine maintenance he requires will affect his past every bit as much as his future.Now, Nathan can’t help wondering: Is it the man that makes the memories, or vice versa?
Kato Sasake-Robbins and his daughter Zara have been brought back from the edge of existence, to human civilization in the 24th century. Asleep in the depths of space for hundreds of years, they are now on Mars with no idea who they are or how they got there. Someone else remembers, though: Seung Yi, their nemesis, who has followed them through time. He and his army of thousands will stop at nothing to avenge her theft of his $250 billion-dollar spacecraft. Kato and Zara must run to Earth, with minds that barely work, navigating a society changed beyond their recognition. Can they stay alive long enough to recover their identities?
Zara Sasake-Robbins is left orphaned when her billionaire industrialist father Kato takes off on a solo mission to leave the Solar System. But when she learns that his arch rival Seung Yi has sabotaged Kato’s ship and he will die, gasping for breath, Zara must find a way to save him. Her only chance is to steal Seung Yi’s 250-billion dollar spaceship, the Dawn, and use its amazing speed to chase Kato down in deep space. Can Zara, with no spaceflight experience, pull off the greatest heist in history, save her father, and even the score?
John Ballard is a PI with a condition. One in a million born with a sensitivity.He absorbs the memories of whatever or whoever he touches.
The cops call him in to help on a case, a gruesome and inexplicably artistic murder that only someone with his gift can solve.
He doesn’t just want to find the killer – he needs to find her.
Because she’s just like him.
Strong-willed Kelsey Reed must escape tonight or tomorrow her government will take her kidney and give it to someone else.
She’ll need the help of her true love, Luke, to make this dangerous escape. This dystopian future Kelsey lives in was forged by survivors of pandemics that wiped out 80 percent of the world’s population. Here, life is valued above all else. The mentally ill are sterilized, abortions are illegal and those who refuse to donate an organ when told are sentenced to death.
Determined not to give up her kidney or die, Kelsey and Luke enlists the help of a dodgy doctor to escape. The trio must disable the electronic tracking chip in Kelsey’s arm for her to flee undetected. If they fail, Kelsey could be stripped of Luke, her kidney and everything else she holds dear.
Winner of six literary awards, including Gold Medal, Science Fiction, Readers Favorites 2013.
When the perfect human, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives—the in vitros, clones, and mutants—collapses into social upheaval. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second escalates into open war.
The alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, prefers his cover of anonymity until he finds out that Galahad looks exactly like him. The lab-created Galahad holds the key to Danyael’s forgotten childhood; their mistaken identities could prove fatal; their conflict will shatter the world order.
Two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, the other to escape it. But destiny has a name—Zara. Assassin.
Nothing’s as dangerous as the enemy you can’t recognize, except the one you hesitate to kill.
Chief Security Officer Jas Harrington must protect her shipmates from hostile aliens on new worlds. For the efficient if quick-tempered Jas, that hasn’t been too hard up till now. But her captain is drug-addled, and he’s hungry for the bonuses he gets from finding valuable resources.
When the captain won’t listen to Jas’ fears about a mysterious planet, he is compromised by contact with a strange life form—a life form that threatens to take over the entire ship and return to Earth, where it can spread its deadly infection.
Now Jas is in a race against time, struggling to quarantine the alien infection and prevent the aliens from achieving their goal: Generation. She doesn’t realize it yet, but as she fights to save her crew, the future of all humanity hangs in the balance.
Generation is the first of ten books in the Shadows of the Void space opera serial.
The Revolution Will Be Televised, Retweeted And Liked
The London riots, coordinated by technology and social media, have brought the city to its knees.
Buildings are burning. Shops are being looted. Homes and businesses are destroyed.
Two alternative leaders have emerged in an online battle for the future soul of London.
Chester George – a masked man whose real identity is unknown, uses YouTube, punk rock and fierce intellect to spread the anarchy.
Sadie Hobbs – Reality TV star and blogger. Loathed and controversial, she urges ‘normal’ society to fight back against Chester George and the ‘feral rats’ destroying the city.
The fate of London hangs in the balance. And when the day of reckoning comes, hundreds of thousands of people, including sixteen-year-old Mack Walker, will descend upon the city for the final showdown and a day that London will never forget.
Vydor is riding a wave of success, but now his ship, the Dragon Claw, is being sent to investigate a mysterious event deep within the Empire’s space. A secret research colony has fallen silent and the forces sent to investigate were never heard from again.
A new enemy has come to the Empire bringing with it dark powers that were abandoned long before the Empire was born. Powers that were thought to be legends and myths.
It’s up to Vydor to keep this force at bay and protect the Empire, but it may come at the cost of his faith and shake the foundations of the Empire itself.
The Lost Tales of Power is an open-ended series of Sci-Fi/Fantasy books set in a vast multiverse featuring a mixture of traditional fantasy and science fiction elements.
Besieged by guilt and saddled with the care of her little sister, Ava struggles to cope with the demands placed upon her young shoulders. When a horrifying disease sweeps across the globe, decimating the population, her life takes a turn for the worse.
Threatened with starvation, enslavement, and exile, life becomes a daily struggle for survival. Driven by the need to protect the only family she has left, Ava searches for salvation, a safe haven for them both. But with each passing day, new enemies appear while the people she trusts are swept away on a tide of blood.
He was an astronaut from the Republic of Antarctica, she was a young Swiss woman killed in an accident. On a cold faraway world, they’d make discoveries that could change humanity. Maya was now a human AI, her cerebral cortex was infused into circuitry. Maya struggles to reconcile what she now is with who she was. Te Ariki and her were an exploration team, nothing more; until life made the simple complex.
After crossing the void of space, Te Ariki and Maya took an exploration walk on that cold world. With the help of scientists at CERN they begin to uncover revelations concerning humanity’s origins from deep in the mists of time, fusing past, present and future.
Will Te Ariki and Maya learn the truth at last? Could Maya find an answer to her own dilemma? Could it be that the truth is inside us all; and is death isn’t really the end?
If you’ve ever wondered about our origins and our place in the universe? Or ever looked up into the night sky in awe; come for a walk of a million years.
For Jahni, life doesn’t get much more complex than working on the family farm and taking care of her younger siblings. But it only takes one moment for everything to change. When strange lights appear in the twilight sky, Jahni is thrust into a life-and-death battle with a horde of aliens as she tries to save those she loves.
Sani and her squad of Enforsers are tasked with keeping the citizens of New Frisko calm and safe. When Nik Granjer, the young man whose friend died in mysterious circumstances, returns to New Frisko and starts wreaking havoc, Sani and her squad are forced to question everything they’ve been taught their entire lives. But they can’t take too long to choose sides; the lives of the most innocent and helpless citizens of New Frisko depend on them.
The visitors always greet him the same way, discussing family. They all have the same dark blue eyes. They won’t say why they visit, but they hint at things to come. One day, he finds himself in a family reunion stretching across the bounds of time.
Centuries after Earth was rendered an uninhabitable wasteland, humanity was forced from its homeworld and founded the Kepler Circuit, a string of colonies throughout the solar system. These settlements provide resources to the remnants of humankind, the most important resource being the newly discovered element—Gravitum—found only in the Earth’s unstable mantle.
But a powerful religious faction known as the New Earth Tribunal has risen to preside over most of the Circuit. Though there is barely a faction left to challenge them, a string of attacks on the Tribunal’s freighters causes them to suspect their mortal enemies, the Ceresians, of foul play.
Tasked with solving the problem is Sage Volus: Tribunal Executor. Spy.
Sage quickly infiltrates the ranks of a roguish, Ceresian mercenary named Talon Rayne, seeking to discover the truth behind the attacks, but the longer she works amidst Talon and his squad, the more she finds her faith in the Tribunal tested.
While her quest for answers only unearths more questions, a new threat is on the rise, and it plans to bring down the Tribune once and for all.
Women on Planet are being murdered. The authorities are stumped. It appears that each homicide is committed by different men, but none of the DNA matches up. That’s because the murders were committed by one man, Engle. Engle was the victim of an unexplained event at an early age that gave him the power to change his mundane form into one that was hyper-attractive to the opposite sex. With this power he seduces and murders his victims, making him more powerful with each kill. Why he must do this, he does not know, but an expedition to an ancient conical structure might hold some answers. If he doesn’t find them, it could mean the end of Planet Colony.
Drada Koehn is a fearless, formidable fighter ensnared in a presaged war against the northern humans. When the Speaker foretells their victory upon discovery of the name of death, she sets out to unravel the mysterious prophecy. Now, bound by duty and honor, Drada faces untold horrors with her companions, searching for what may never be found. In a story of unexpected twists, she soon finds that her resolve to see the quest done will be the fortune or doom of her people.
Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6)
Auren learns she is destined to enslave the people of her world, and Drevin, emperor of the Galvadi Empire is determined to end her life before it happens. Her foster father, Kado, has sworn to protect her and trains her as a shadow stalker. But her training is cut short, when their people are overrun by the Galvadi Empire. Now she has to find a way to help her people without succumbing to the prophecy.
If Kheshlars are immortal, why is Starlyn’s mother dying? With her mother’s health failing, time is running out and so are the options for finding a cure.Arria, Starlyn’s sister, decides to act. Seeking a cure, Arria taps the forbidden power of dark magic.When Starlyn learns of her sister’s studies, she begs her to stop or risk becoming an outcast among their people. When Arria refuses, Starlyn must choose between her sister’s freedom or her mother’s life. The wrong choice could leave them both dead.
Ema Marx is destined to be the savior of the vampire race, but when the ancient prophecy foretells her death, Ema just wants to get the hell out of Dodge. Or in this case, the mysterious castle she wakes up in.Jalmari is a vampire prince with a bad attitude. He wants nothing to do with Ema. Until he discovers she’s a threat to his throne. Now he’s out for blood. Ema’s blood.Ema’s survival hangs on her ability to stay one step ahead of Jalmari while curbing her own morbid thirst. Can she save herself, or will she succumb to a hopeless destiny?
Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras – Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible, actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?
“My life is a mirage of endless time. But you engulf me, rivet my mind, encompass my soul.”For centuries, Cole Shilo has harvested the homeless, wiped their memories, and delivered them as servants to the nobles of Cornerstone Deep. He despises what his life has become. If reincarnation existed on Cornerstone Deep, he’d do anything to find his soul mate again and never let her go.Still, Cole aims to please, doing whatever it takes to keep the noblemen of Cornerstone Deep content. When Cole is sent to harvest a second-class woman who has broken a new curfew, he expects indifference. But Anna Sinclair’s soul calls out to him. The moment their lips meet, Cole knows he’s made the biggest mistake of his immortal life. Reincarnation isn’t possible on Cornerstone Deep. Is it?
Diarmuid is the seventh son of a seventh son. In his family, this means a destiny as a bard — a very special kind of bard. When he inadvertently brings his imaginary muse to life, he sets loose a creature whose only knowledge of the world comes from his own dark tales. Diarmuid must embark on a quest to locate and destroy his muse. But killing her might also result in his own death.Brigit is the daughter of a wise woman and is expected to follow in her mother’s footsteps. But instead of charms and cures, Brigit longs for danger and adventure. When she refuses a demand from one of the fey, she is forced into an unexpected journey and finally begins to understand her visions.When Diarmuid and Brigit’s journeys collide, they have no idea what is ahead of them. It will take both of them to destroy the muse — if they survive the journey to find her.
Zedane, sick of magical duels, returns to the Desert Palace, determined to achieve high status in his father’s court. A fatal misstep threatens a war that will affect not just the humans, but the dragons, angels and other magical beings.
Ella has been dethroned and is on the run from the man who disposed her. A prophecy has been spoken to her, but it is conditioned upon her survival. As she races through the woods with four of the kings best hunters at her back her only aid is her sharp wit and her loyal soldier, Rathan. Ella Dethroned is a fast-paced fantasy adventure.
In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse, a creature which seeks to destroy 16-year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses.It is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success. Only the Water Priestess Niri can save Ria from the forces that hunt her, if Niri doesn’t betray the girl first. Along with Ria comes Ty and his sister, Lavinia, both bound to defend Ria from the Church of Four Orders. However, Ty has been living a life less than honest and keeping it from his sister. To survive a journey that takes them across the breadth of their world, the four must learn to trust each other before pursuit from the Church and Ty’s troubled past find them.
Mira is a mermaid on a mission.
It’s time to leave the ocean. Mira Belshaw has been at sea for… well, she doesn’t know how many years. It’s hard to keep track of time when you live in the ocean. But after enough time, the salt water triggers the desire to procreate, and her time is up.For weeks, she’s been swimming north. Finding a mate is the most important thing to her right now, and to do that, she has to return to the place where she was last human – the coastal city of Saltford.Equipped with everything she needs to lure her perfect mate and produce a strong siren child, all she needs is the opportunity to mingle with humans. But when she meets Nathan MacAuley, the ONE, things start to go sideways…
A visual story of sex drugs and social deprivation, based in Dublin, Ireland. Drug dealers Tommo and his father-in-law Jimmy receive a new batch of pills from a very different source to their usual guy, they test them out and things get very strange indeed. Tommo is on a mission to confront this new dealer, will he survive this dangerous overlord? Not for the easily offended.
Julia never believed in magic.
Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about him, she’s discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.With love, magic, and female heroism; fans of Twilight and The Immortal Instruments will love this suspenseful tale.
A country torn in civil war, a new king challenged, and a rebellious young woman willing to risk everything to make her own destiny…Rosira is a Valtain, a religious figure marked from birth by her albino skin and white hair. Rebellious and free spirited, she rails against her restricted life within the walls of the Church.Now, the country of Ara is on the brink of a civil war. Determined and dark-haired, the young king Araich is everything his father wasn’t. When unrest begins to bubble over, Rosira finally sees a way to escape the prison of her role.
Rosira and Araich are thrown together to fight for their country, their freedom, and their own survival. But the stakes climb even higher as they find themselves drawn to each other by more than just duty — and as they discover a power greater than they ever could have imagined.
You can’t roll in the mud without getting a little dirty.The last thing Lex Trenton wants to do with her night is track down an escaped slave at the behest of an incubus. A dangerous, powerful, seductive incubus. But if she doesn’t drag her butt down to Sheol and find the slave, someone else will. And that someone will drag the abused woman back to her sadistic master.Lex won’t let that happen. Her brother taught her right.
With no help from her overprotective partner, and her body betraying her every time her new client is near, can Lex maneuver through the dense, complicated politics of Sheol without pissing off every demon in power and losing her own head?
Magic is dangerous. It can get you killed.But magic is coming for Clara.She has powers she didn’t ask for, powers she doesn’t know how to control.
She can choose the safe path and pretend it isn’t happening.
Or she can claim her power and face all the dangers it comes with, including the dark stranger with a secret past.
Jack Duffy is the exemplification of average.He lives a normal life with a less than desirable job. He’s a distracted husband, living in an ordinary apartment, and is married to an extraordinary wife. That’s how he would explain it. At the end of an unusually bad day, Jack’s life is turned upside down when he witnesses something truly harrowing. The only thing that can catch him from falling is the soul collector.His primary concern: Will he be allowed to keep his soul, or will he have to give it back?
An anthology of seven short stories by Paul B. Kohler. The stories range from just four pages long for Gold Rush to nearly 80 pages for Linear Shift, Part 1.Amy – A toddler’s independent adventure leads to a tragic and unexpected end.Ruined Sacrifice – Newlyweds James and Alison are on the trip of a lifetime, trekking through the jungle exploring ancient pyramids. Told that a number of interesting structures are off limits, they decide to wander off on their own … only to discover that they’re not alone — and that the ancient past has a dangerous habit of springing back to life!
Afterlife – Wilson Oliver copes with his new reality of dealing with the dead and dying.
Alone – A sleepless night forces Rob McArthur to question what is causing him to lose sleep, life, and whether he’s alone in his feelings.
Gold Rush – A futuristic glimpse of an age old era that time has forgotten.
Lookout Mountain – Depression nearly gets the best of Ian, but his mind saves him before he firmly hits the ground.
Linear Shift, Part 1 – No one said time travel would be easy.
Peter Cooper, a widowed father of two whose life is crumbling around him—until a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general launches him on a risky mission: to go back to 1942 and change a moment in time. The repercussions will almost certainly alter the conclusion of World War II. But will the ripple effects stop there? And what kind of life will Peter return to?
For some, rebirth is not a reward.Centuries ago the gods demanded Ashayna Stonemantle sacrifice her demon-tainted lover. She did, and then ended her own life, but it didn’t fulfill her obligations to the gods.Reborn into a new body, Ashayna has no awareness of her former life until her sentient magic manipulates her into seeking out Sorntar, Crown Prince of the Phoenix. The majestic and charismatic Sorntar reveals that she is host to a Larnkin—a spirit creature of vast power. If she can trust the word of a man who is part avian, he is host to her Larnkin’s other half. When their Larnkins awaken early and force them into an unbreakable bond, Ashayna and Sorntar are accused of being corrupted by an ancient evil. To prove their innocence, they must discover what happened in the past to pit bondmate against bondmate. As the search for the truth draws them closer together, Ashayna realizes she’s falling in love with Sorntar. But before she can tell him, his tainted Larnkin enslaves him. The gods demand she kill her beloved, as she did once before, but she will not do it, even if it’s the only thing that will keep her soul safe from his darkness.
Avenging blade of the Goddess Ishtar.Iltani asked to be none of these things. Yet fate does not ask permission when she weaves souls upon destiny’s loom.On the day of Iltani’s birth, an assassin tried and nearly succeeded in ending the line of the gryphon kings. Out of that bloodshed, an unbreakable bond was forged between child-king and goddess-chosen infant, and from that pivotal moment forward, Iltani was never farther from King Ditanu than his shadow. Not until her training to become Ishtar’s Blade required her to leave.
After four brutal years of training, Iltani now returns to court as Ishtar’s Blade and takes up her role of king’s shadow—a dangerous position in a court where the threat of another assassination is but a blade’s width away. But for the chance to stand at the side of her beloved king, she will endure the dangers of court intrigues, assassins, and political maneuverings.
When Lillian finds herself facing off against vampires and other mythological impossibilities, help comes from an unlikely source—the stone gargoyle who has been sleeping in her garden for the last twelve years.After the battle, Lillian learns the humans she thought were her family are actually a powerful coven of witches at war with the demonic Riven. Lillian is something more than human, a Sorceress and Avatar to the gods. Gregory has been her protector for many lifetimes, but when she was still a child troubles in their homeland forced him to flee with her to the human world. However, Gregory fears something from her childhood followed them to this world—he suspects Lillian is host to an infant demon, one capable of evil greater than even the Riven.Extra complications arise when she realizes she’s concealing a forbidden love for her guardian. While she might be able to defeat the Riven with Gregory’s help, she does not know if her fragile new love can survive the evil growing in her own soul.
A disgraced soldier. A young prince fighting for his inheritance. A kingdom at the mercy of a corrupt regent.Sonya, an ambitious mercenary intent on commanding her own army, vowed nothing would stand in her way. But then she ran afoul of the most powerful woman in the empire. Humiliated and condemned, she now must struggle to survive.Kendryk has a vast kingdom to rule, though he isn’t old enough to do it on his own. But when he learns his regent, Duke Desmond, wants to seize the throne, the stakes turn deadly. With no one he can turn to, young Kendryk is forced to rely on an outsider.
Now their destinies have intertwined and the fate of the kingdom is at stake. Can Sonya and Kendryk overcome their pasts and mistrust to find a path to victory? Or will the forces arrayed against them triumph?
Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into remote village under attack by a horde of goblins.Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the survivors desperately turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.Realizing that this game is nothing like he’s ever played before, Marcus is swept up into a whirlwind of adventure as he struggles to defend his new home, quickly finding that marauding goblins are the least of his problems.
A powerful healer. A treacherous enemy. A deadly conflict.Tatya’s world slides into chaos when a demon consumed with the desire to control her power attacks those she loves. She refuses the local master vampire’s offer of aid, as he’s just turned her best friend into one of the undead. She needs allies, but who can she trust in the battle to destroy this dangerous enemy?
The Empire of Atlantis: the most powerful nation in the world. Peace reigns across the continent, and an age of prosperity and enlightenment has made the Empire the center of the globe.
But, beneath the peaceful façade of life in the Imperial City, trouble is brewing. Assassins lurk in the shadows, intrigue abounds in the court of the Empress. Will political ambitions topple the House of Tah, or could the threat be one much more sinister in nature? Dark forces threaten the land, and the future of the Empire is at stake.
One man is shown a glimpse into the future–a future that could be, or the future that is destined to come?
This is the tale of the last days of the great Empire – the Empire that the world forgot. This is the story of Atlantis, in the days when it ceased to be.
Enjoy a taste of another world with these three fantasy short stories: Bitten: A desperate mother struggles to protect her son. The Fairy Flu: A sick fairy confronts a childhood rival who threatens the kingdom. The Enchanted Apothecary: A grieving shopkeeper becomes suspicious of a mysterious man who keeps visiting her apothecary shop.
Today’s deranged leaders destine an apocalyptic planet Earth. In 2067, a tormented soul sends an SOS, but when Utopian beings from the future arrive to save the last humans, tragedy strikes, and the end of the world looms even closer than before. Take a magical carpet ride and travel across time into the past and into the future…discover what a perfect world could be like and come face to face with what could happen if the last humans are wiped out.
Unjustly sentenced to death, Eilidh ran—away from faerie lands, to the streets of Perth, Scotland. Just as she has grown accustomed to exile, local police discover a mutilated body outside the abandoned church where she lives. Recognising the murder as the work of one of her own kind, Eilidh must choose: flee, or learn to tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything.
Science whiz Isabelle Treason has five days to save her magical, silver strand of hair. Succeed and she’ll get into Mastermind Academy, a secret school of magic in the underground world of Agartha. Fail and she’s as good as dead. No time like the present to embrace her mission.
Lana wants nothing more than to remain in the shadows. She prefers the quiet, but can’t help herself. When someone is in need, she will save them. Even though humans fear her and call her the Black Witch among other things.
Mason is the opposite. He doesn’t mind the attention, the applause, and that they call him The Master of the Night.
The two immortals have lived their lives knowing the other. They avoided running into one another on purpose.
What happens when the Black Witch and The Master of the Night meet one another at long last?
Sixteen-year-old Liza was prepared to die from cancer, but instead she’s been gifted super-strength. Since the undead plague, the world’s gone crazy: Evil dictators, mad scientists, sick kids imprisoned on an island, and experiments that have created the stuff of myths and legends.When Liza meets Jeremy Writer, an anarchist rousting the people to revolt, she has a choice to make. Risk imprisonment, or join the rebellion. And she finds she has a talent for enlisting allies to their cause.Tommy’s a normal seventeen-year-old boy, that is, until he’s angry. The Underground’s created super-soldiers to fight the regime holding the last city. But he struggles to contain his monster more and more, and Tommy wonders how much of himself will be left when they arrive. He’s got too many who rely on him, to give up now.
If Liza can’t help spark an uprising, and Tommy loses control before victory, then the last of the population will be purged, and freedom will be nothing but a memory.
Grab your copy, and join the resistance today.
Only the desperate or uninitiated call on a demon hunter like Desmond. Rumors have it, he’s as malevolent as his prey. Some say he consumes demons, while others whisper of occult experiments. He’s been summoned by the local authorities, but at what cost?
‘A Sinister Six’ is a collection of darkly disturbing stories, where the ordinary and mundane become extraordinary and fantastic.
Come along, as we journey to the edges of reality and glimpse what lies just beyond our reach. Discover that nothing is quite what it seems, and explore the horrors that travel with us throughout our lives.
Meet a pensioner pushed beyond his limits, an ageless girl, a deal with The Devil, a photo that keeps adding people, a book that could destroy the universe, and a man’s descent into madness.
Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.
It’s 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever — or whatever — the killer might be. He’ll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who’s recently stumbled into town. Though they’re after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart. And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.
In a time when life is cheap and secrets run rampant, these four divergent souls find themselves entwined in a treacherous mystery, navigating the volatile political and religious landscape of 16th century Germany, fighting to keep their sanity — and their lives.
In The Belly Of The Oak – 1915. An ancient oak stands at the end of the street in the abandoned town of Craddock. Is it the reason why Craddock is empty?
Penelope’s Vines – 1963. A body in the basement made of leaves and a sticky red substance. A row of ancient oaks in the back yard. The ghost(?) of a cat. A hidden room underground where possible satanic rituals were carried out. Penelope unlocks her new home’s secrets with a little help from some supernatural friends.
Relocation Project – Present day. Momo and her friends stay in a mountain cabin near a town populated with people who grow on trees. Will they make it out alive?
MaryBeth is just your average housewife with two perfect children, an amazing husband, and a lot of land she simply adores. When a new virus crops up, the government issues a flu shot they urge the citizens to get. To protect the public, and themselves.
For your safety.
Something doesn’t feel right. She’s standing in line to get her shot, doing the right thing as any good mother will do when a man bursts through from the back. He doesn’t look so good. When he falls at her feet and whispers a word she prays she didn’t hear, things unravel.
The shot will help, right?
The last time Alexandra Ramsey sees her scientist father, he tells her to wait two weeks for him to return. If he doesn’t, she and her mother must locate her sister, who is over three hundred miles away in one of the states under quarantine. Assuming she survived, that is.
The virus spreads through the southern states, infecting the healthy and turning them into raging, cannibalistic versions of their former selves. Dr. Ramsey has spent months studying the E-TR Virus, seeking a way to stop the annihilation of the human race. Before he disappears, he hands Alexandra what may be the most valuable information in existence. Information that more than one powerful group will go to great lengths to possess.
Alexandra is no match for this world—one where men and women’s brains burn with infection and a compulsive need to spread the parasitic virus that could potentially wipe out mankind. The weak are a liability, but she made her father a promise. It’s a vow she intends to keep no matter how many lives are lost on the way.
From the author of The Dead Planet Series, Drew Avera brings an all-new short story about faith, love, and the tragedy that is war.
In the distant future Humanity is struggling to survive on a world they had once hoped to inhabit with an alien race known as the Daliqians. For years both races existed peacefully, but eventually differences could not be settled and war loomed. After centuries of civil war, this alien world is at risk of annihilation.
May Gresham is a fighter. He has spent his entire adult life fighting a war started by distant ancestors. He knows what it means to live and die for a cause, but he does not anything about faith until he meets Coralene at a field hospital. She wants nothing more than to show him the truth as she knows it, but is it too late?
Lyla and Father think they are a happy family, living in their cozy cottage near the woods. But when Mother starts over-eating, neither can stop worrying—and then, Mother disappears. Upset and confused, Lyla is led by an elf to find answers in the woods. In this enchanting, coming of age story, Lyla learns about the dangerous, hidden aspects of being human.
The first book in the children’s fantasy series – Max Hamby.It’s the last week of school. With sunny days ahead and no more tests or bullies, life for Max Hamby is about to get alot better…..until he crashes into an odd exhibit at the local museum.Strange things begin to happen.
When Max’s mother disappears, he’s left in the care of his eccentric neighbor where lawn gnomes come to life and
a bird meows. Mrs. Pitt shows him that magic is real and not all like the fairytales
he once knew.
The discovery leads him to Merrihaven, where even stranger things await, including a dwarf, a troll and a couple of pixies.
He quickly finds himself at the center of a battle between good and evil.
Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother and stop the evil, before it’s too late.
Jo Corbould‘s life is turned upside down when her long-term boyfriend Tim dumps her for a younger woman. She is devastated but feels she has a chance for a new life when she inherits an old cottage from her great-uncle. Rose Cottage seems ideal; it feels like home to Jo immediately. The view, overlooking Hope Valley, is spectacular and the cottage is cosy and charming. Why then does Jo’s cat, Chelsea, refuse to settle in her new home? She appears terrified of the cottage and crouches by the front door, escaping whenever possible and running down to Hope Valley. And why is Jo spending her days furiously cleaning an already spotless cottage instead of starting the new business she had been so enthusiastic about? The diary Jo finds hidden in the stone wall tells the secrets her new home holds; secrets she will wish she had never known. Secrets that could drive her to the edge of madness and beyond.
1th Century Italy
What began as a normal patrol for a contingent of Byzantine Army troops becomes a fight for survival as vicious, bloodthirsty monsters, led by a terrifying, malevolent creature of nightmare proportions, hunts them down.
Unbeknownst to the dwindling troops, as well as the citizens of Southern Italy, another creature straight out of myth and legend is also hunting.
It was the last of its kind. Born for one purpose.
It was The Guardian.