Life in the 24th century has expanded to create the Six Worlds, but the personal trials we face are still there. Terry “Tug” Glenman has discovered that balancing a dual career of race driving and car building is more than a little stretch. Between his shop and California home, he’s spent the last decade with the love of his life. But when tragedy strikes, her worst fears come too close for comfort. In the aftermath, Tug is offered the chance of a lifetime. This could be the culmination of his dreams, but he quickly finds that fame and glory come with a very high price. Tug seeks his answers while driven by the haunted memory of his best friend and lured by a successful woman who can give him everything. Torn between a career that is his passion and everything at home he holds dear, he finds no easy decisions. This is where spirits soar and hearts are broken, while scores are settled at blinding speed in the perilous sport called Moonracing.
In the 23rd century, spaceships just don’t go missing. FBI agent Ray Volk is assigned to a task force to investigate a tragic accident: the disappearance of interplanetary passenger liner ValuTrip Cardinal, carrying 500 souls between Mars and Earth on a routine run. What looks like a cut-and-dried case of pressure loss is complicated by the arrival of a Martian Captain. A very cute Martian Captain who keeps sticking his nose in Ray’s investigation. Martian exchange student Kelly Rack knows the disappearance is no accident. She survived the ships’ hijacking, but learns the former cruise entertainer leading the pirates has plans for the passengers, and they don’t include sightseeing. Kelly has avoided the murderous pirates, except now an off-duty Earth Commander insists on organizing resistance for the passengers. She forces Kelly to climb through service tunnels on sabotage runs, risking capture and death. Can Ray shake down the right accomplices to capture the good ship ValuTrip Cardinal before its new captain spaces everyone on board? Will Kelly discover the pirates’ hidden plans for their prisoners? The race is on, because One of Our Spaceships is Missing! Genres: Space Opera / Military Sci-Fi / Science Fiction / LGBT and Non Binary Market: Adult
"Absorbing adventure with astute worldbuilding and plucky heroes." —Kirkus Reviews "...an enthralling post-apocalyptic teen thriller." —Booklife Reviews (⚡Editor's Pick) The bonds of family go well beyond blood. But can those bonds hold when the blood itself carries a devastating secret? Fenlee’s opal necklace had always radiated a certain warmth since her mother’s death. But now, at sixteen, her world begins to unravel as the stone sparks to life, revealing itself to be an otherworldly artifact of untold power. Between her mechatronics studies at the academy and scavenging expeditions beneath the sprawling city of New Cascadia, Fenlee and her adopted brother, Elliot, try to decipher the mysteries of her necklace and its link to events in Fenlee’s past. But they’re not alone in their search. Strange undercity dwellers offer cryptic warnings, drones track their movements, and deadly corporate agents lurk in the shadows. When tragedy rips Fenlee’s family apart, she must learn to use the artifact’s power to save those who are deeply precious to her. But nothing can prepare her for the dark truths that she will uncover on that journey… “Lee,” Elliot mumbled. “I’m not who you think I am.”
When Coralie Frazer arrives at Nimbus Station aboard the National Space Research Council starship Triumph, it’s not as the engineer she expected to be. Light-years and several wormhole jumps from Earth, she’s now the prisoner of her former crew, and they want nothing from her but the blood that keeps them alive. When she’s granted a sliver of unexpected freedom, she jumps at the chance to escape—but fleeing seems impossible when Earth might as well be in another universe. Commander Josiah O’Donnell has his own problems, and taking reluctant command of the newest United States Orbital Guard cutter Bayonet is the least of them. Fresh off medical leave and tasked with locating Triumph and rescuing her crew, he knows the wormholes he’s meant to traverse are hazardous—but what’s on the other side might be more perilous than he ever imagined. Desperate to save her fellow captive blood sources, Coralie doesn’t intend to fail. Haunted by the memories of his disastrous last assignment, Josiah won’t allow more death. There’s just one problem: success for either means condemning a thousand others.
When do dreams become reality? Orin sells dandelion latex at a no-name market, barely scraping by. Mette is a princess. Maybe. What Orin does know is that for thirty seconds every night, Mette visits Orin in xir dreams. Orin has long since written the fancy ghost woman off as a recurring nightmare, but when Mette insists upon meeting in real life, Orin's inner world turns out to be more substantive than imaginary. Along with best friend Blathnaid, Orin embarks on a journey to discover the truth behind xir otherworldly connection--determined to free xir mind and finally get a good night's sleep. But it's an ancient, planetary magic that binds Orin to Mette, and Orin's dandelions may be their only chance to survive the separation. If you want a fun, queer romp through a sci-fi planet with magic and dragons (of a sort), download Awry with Dandelions today! Genres: Space Opera / Science Fiction / Romance / LGBT Lesbian Non Binary Market: Adult and New Adult
What are experiences? Can we represent them as a set of measurable parameters that can be replayed? If we researched and succeeded in creating a perfect experience recorder and replay what will happen? "If only pictures and words could capture the beauty of the world around us!!" Vijay could have easily dismissed it with that philosophical view. Yet that simple often repeated sentence had got him thinking. Once the train of thoughts had started he could not stop it. He had thought about how in spite of all the technological advancements the very simple act of “recreating a moment” was still not possible by mankind. It was strange that we lived in a world where companies were running behind “creating NEW artificially induced virtual reality experience” but no one could record “a real-life experience” and replay it in a virtual reality environment with exactly the same precision and experience. We needed to see beyond the earth to know it was not flat. If we could pull ourselves out of this world of reality, what would we see?
Take a trip through the imaginations of 18 visionary writers as they explore the future of trucking in this science fiction anthology. The speculative stories about rogue self-driving trucks, wormhole hauls through spacetime, defiant Artificial Intelligences, cyborg drivers, the eternal loneliness of life on the road, and more will appeal to truckers and science fiction fans alike. The book is the follow-up to the hit "18 Wheels of Horror - a Trailer Full of Trucking Terrors." FROM THE BACK COVER An alien fuel additive shows just how fast a big rig can go... A disembodied driver wages war on self-driving trucks... A haul through time takes an unexpected turn... Reality shatters for a trucker using an experimental delivery device... Stargazing gives an overweight driver a new lease on life... A young girl risks her life to hitch a ride out of an apocalyptic wasteland... Contributors include: John DeChancie (author of the “Skyways” trucking SF novels), Carla Robinson (Nebula Award nominee for her “Battlestar Galactica” script), Terry Bisson (Hugo & Nebula award winner), Bond Elam (frequent Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine contributor), Lisa Morton (award-winning writer), Gary Phillips (mystery novelist, comic book and short story writer), Michael Bailey (award-winning author, editor and publisher), Paul Carlson (multiple trucking SF stories published in Analog), Kate Jonez (writer and award-winning publisher), Del Howison (award winning editor and writer), among oth ...
Once upon a time, on a glamorous space station called Eris, there was a young woman who could spin base metals into gold… At least, that’s what she tells people to separate them from their money. Naia Mills is a con artist, a Human orphan scraping to get by in a galaxy that doesn’t want her, more than a century after her ancestors rendered the Earth uninhabitable. She travels the stars selling fake gold jewelry and elixirs, until the day she unknowingly swindles the son of a space station commander. Now confined to the station and threatened with a slow death in a radioactive penal colony, Naia has three days to buy her way to freedom with an impossible act of alchemy. Eager to get out from under his father’s thumb, and fascinated with Naia’s profession, the commander’s son is an easy dupe and willing accomplice, but to get their hands on the gold they both need to escape, they’ll have to make a deal with the local mob, and a queenpin so powerful and private that even her closest associates don’t know her name. Welcome to Escape Velocity: Feminist Folktales from Beyond the Stars. This reimagining of “Rumpelstiltskin,” along with other Escape Velocity novellas about complicated fairytale women in space, can be enjoyed independently or in any order.
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To save their planet from a hostile takeover, a warrior/priestess joins forces with a bard from another world and five genetically designed children. Drusilla: A Dragon Talker, born of a line of powerful, psychically gifted women, she has been trained from birth to command the beasts of Vensoog. Although powerfully attracted to Lucas, she distrusts her own feelings. Lucas: An off-world survivor of an interplanetary war, he is the untrained hereditary Bard of his people with the ability to compel others with his voice. He recognizes Drusilla as his soulmate, but can he convince her to trust their feelings for each other? Juliette: super smart, ruthless, wily and conniving—the perfect spy whose creators never realized they gave her a loving heart. Lucinda: her genius level IQ and enhanced creativity genes made her the perfect icy planner. But those same genes spark a need for order and balance at odds with the goals of her masters. Violet: a powerful empath whose alliance with the Vensoog Sand Dragon Jelli gave her the courage to defy her masters. Rupert and Roderick: the intuitive chemist and the genius code cracker who turned out to be a lot tougher than their masters anticipated. Only by working together can this diverse group stop the ruthless Thieves Guild from enslaving their planet.
The Last War ended centuries ago, leaving behind a clouded, ochre sky and endless deserts where bloodthirsty mutants scavenge for flesh...
College freshman Estelle Wright has it all: a superpower, a flying horse, and a hunky boyfriend. All is threatened when her old enemy swears revenge, ruthless killers target Atalanta, and Toby is under pressure to dump her. But, Estelle’s knack of finding trouble scuttles his plans. Their lives are at stake and they face agonizing decisions. The wrong choice will lead to disaster. If you enjoy superhero adventures with quirky animals, thrilling chases and a rollercoaster romance, read this fun story.
Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life. Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind. As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.
He’s loved her for so long, and she’s ignored him all along. When disaster strikes, will he lose his life to keep her alive?
Young and ambitious Earmon has climbed up the ladder in Levitor city to become the Queen’s topmost advisor. He seems to have everything he’s dreamt of but for one thing: princess Zenithia’s love.
When he witnesses an intruder inside the city and decides to keep it quiet, he unwittingly unleashes a terrifying chain of events. His friend, Turak, has an episode that results in a fracture in Levitor’s shield, and the horde of Reavers prowling outside the city advances.
In a world of intrigue, blood, and war, Earmon must battle for survival against savages and beasts.
His hardest trial is yet to come, and he will have to face a choice no one should ever have to make: protect the life of the one he loves the most at the risk of losing his own.
In the end, will he be enough to save her and the city?
Shackles of Guilt is a page-turning young adult sci-fi novel packed with suspense and a touch of romance and fantasy.
Hanuman is one of a kind. A monkey turned person thanks to the same magic gemstones that created the powerful Anki race. His friends are not the typical human colonists either. Follow Han on a space fantasy adventure as he battles the dangerous Rakshasa who have been working in secret to overthrow the various independent communities of people on his home planet, Nibiru. One little green Monkeyboy struggles to belong among various species of people while fighting beings with powers that stretch the imagination. Will Hanuman find his place in the universe? Can he stop the rekindling Anki Empire? Why do girls try to kiss him?
John is an unassuming but talented high school sophomore who finds a strange object while walking in the woods one quiet Sunday morning. There, catching beams of sunlight shining through the trees is an alien object! The object is a Kinetic Assistant Disk, or KAD. It’s smooth, silver, and about the size of a hockey puck. And John soon learns that it can be dangerous, too!
Although barely able to understand where the disk came from and what it is capable of, John quickly realizes that he’s the only one who can save KAD before it loses power and is lost forever. The path to save KAD takes John on an adventure that draws on all of his wits and physical abilities. To rescue KAD, John must hide it from everyone, including a tenacious federal agent who’s determined to get his hands on KAD, at any cost. But keeping KAD hidden proves to be quite difficult, as the disk becomes unstable and erratic, putting John’s school and the entire neighborhood in jeopardy. KAD’s actions even get in the way of John’s budding romance with his high school sweetheart, Lena. Soon, however, John and Lena must work together in a race against the clock to save KAD. Their adventure brings them in the line of fire with the federal agents and sends them to distant alien locations, all while experiencing the potency of first love and dealing with the usual setbacks faced by all teenagers, including well-meaning parents, exams, and school activities.
Can they save KAD in time?
One woman. An alien war. And a world desperate for a hero . . .
Lianndra starts her day on a beautiful beach and ends it in a cage.
Her life descends into darkness. Vicious reptiles twist her into something—inhuman. The mutations designed to help her swing through a deadly jungle on a faraway planet horrify Lianndra. Yet they are nothing compared to what is unleashed within her brain.
Lianndra’s anguish turns to hope when her new abilities empower her to free enslaved soldiers. Then one night, she stumbles across a familiar face . . .
Together they join a small band of humans determined to fight their way to freedom. Unfortunately, their cruel masters are in hot pursuit.
Their only hope are ancient creatures straight out of the pages of Earth’s mythology. Can she convince them to help? Or will she die trying?
If you love a perfectly paced space adventure with engaging characters, FREEFORCE is a must read!
Note: FREEFORCE is the first book in the Darkon Rising trilogy. All books are scheduled for release at the same time near the end of September.
The oceans are dying. In an effort to provide sustainable tuna stocks, genetically engineered humans have been reconfigured to live at sea, using dolphins to herd large tuna schools. Olga is one of these shepherds. Independent fisherman are having a hard time catching fish and Toivo is among the best because he has a pair of dolphins that he talks to and they help locate fish for him. Troubles erupt when Toivo finds a raft of murdered shepherds and now he's a target along with Olga and her shipmates. When fate brings them together they will have to find a way to survive against a drug cartel determined to eliminate witnesses.
Survival of the fittest becomes harsh reality in the blink of an eye. Greg Healy isn’t fooled. The hunting trip is merely a ploy contrived by his wife and mother to force Greg and his father to end their estrangement. Not even Greg’s teenage daughter or his father’s hunting buddies along for the ride will be enough of a buffer to heal the rift of long-standing resentments. But the helicopter has barely dropped them in the remote Canadian wilderness when they discover their new equipment is dead with no explanation. Now they’ll have to rely on each other and resort to Old West ingenuity to find their way home—before the hunter becomes the hunted. For seventeen-year-old Darryl Healy, things aren’t much easier on his grandparents’ cattle ranch. Not when his highly intelligent and successful mother keeps hounding him about college applications. But college quickly loses its allure when the lights go out after a cyberattack. Frightening responsibilities fall squarely on Darryl’s unproven shoulders as a power-hungry politician is determined to confiscate the ranch’s resources—by any means necessary. Danger and death await the Healy family as each group attempts to navigate this terrifying new post-apocalyptic world while the vast wilderness separates them. When deceit arises from within their ranks, they’ll face threats as lethal as the grizzly bears and mountain lions lurking in the shadows. And in order to survive the nightmare, a deal with the devil might be their on ...
A Mafia conspiracy. A female undercover cop. A honed and fit suspect - international boxer and billionaire playboy, Freddie La Salle. Interpol cop, Anna Leyton, spirals down into a hopeless vortex of sexual and emotional turmoil as she fights to keep her professional cool in her latest assignment. When the charismatic Freddie turns on his charm and seduces her, passion takes control. The action flies from London to Paris, to California and New York - but just who is deceiving who in this fast moving ride across continents?
A high stakes gambling syndicate is pulling the strings. There's already a boxing referee dead in a river and millions of dollars placed on Freddie's next fight. Anna has to decide what really motivates this art loving prize-bull boxer. Can she fake it? Can she nail the gangsters before her cover is blown?
In a tense story of forbidden erotic love, can a relationship founded on deceit survive? When abandoned by her bosses, vigilante justice is her only option. Can she prove her lover's innocence? Can she escape with her man or even her life? The power of love and trust stands against greed and crime as conflicting forces grapple for that knockout punch.
'Seduction of Combat' is the first in Emma Calin's Seduction Series, combining thrilling crime mystery with steamy suspense romance. If you enjoy James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts and Kendra Elliot you'll love a series that combines all of thei ...
If she loses, she dies, but winning will break her heart. The murder of her brother thrusts Gaia, unprepared and unwilling, into the spotlight. Her proposed marriage to Atoli, the power-hungry, arrogant prince of a rival clan, is the last thing Gaia wants. But as heir to the Black Throne, her duty is clear. The balance of power among the Simoi, an ancient race with god-like powers, must be maintained. Atoli’s fascinating half-brother, Bardan, catches her eye, but a love triangle is the last thing Gaia needs. As the attacks on her family escalate, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t approve of her impending marriage to Atoli and they are willing to kill to prevent it. Faced with a devastating new weapon, Gaia must elude cold-blooded assassins and unmask her secret enemies if she and her people are to survive. Far more than the fate of the Simoi hangs in the balance. Their destruction will destroy species, devastate entire galaxies, and may even unhinge the universe itself.
Skye’s a comic book superhero with a gun in his hand and a gripe against his author. Every girl Skye’s ever dated is either dead or trying to take over the world, and in the series finale, Skye’s best friend kills him. Or so he thinks. The weapon meant to disintegrate Skye lands him in his author’s universe. With a shot at revenge. Skye, meet Jace. Jacen Howard’s a brilliant #blerd math whiz and comics aficionado–but at his West Baltimore high school that’s a bad thing, and if the bullying isn’t bad enough, Jace’s cop-father regularly pisses off the neighbors. Jace doesn’t see himself as a hero; he’s just trying to survive. Jace might be just the hero Skye needs. But Skye won’t open up when Jace tries to ease him out of PTSD, and the author’s still torturing his friends. As Skye’s mood swings and nightmares escalate, Jace realizes that if he doesn’t uncover his roommate’s real identity soon, Skye will hurt someone–and Skye’s still deciding if murder will save his world, or damn his soul.
The stories told around campfires say the world that existed before 'The Wandering' was a beautiful place. A place with buildings taller than trees and massive cities home to millions. The stories about that world say a person could drink water without walking to the river and eat food without hunting in the forests. They never slept in the rain and they had machina that could do amazing things. But that world died 100 years ago. In the place of the old world, a new one was born. A world referred to by the inhabitants only as "The Waste". It's a world of the barest survival by tribes and individual wandering the land. It's a world where bullets are used as money and ownership of a single book is a sign of great wealth. But a dark land grows darker still when a strange new people arrive from over the mountains and begin to slaughter the tribes of The Waste, threatening the complete destruction of all the people. And no amount of bullets or books can push back the invasion. Only one man and one woman, working together, can stop it. But he doesn’t care. And she cares too much.
Hundreds of years ago, the Great Death desolated the planet, killing most humans and animals. The world that was reborn is filled with human-animal hybrids. The descendants of humans rule over the others using segregation and subjugation to enslaved and command. Trinity, a sixteen year old Producer, knows she won’t be chosen to stay in the encampment and breed. Instead, she’ll be taken from camp, never to be seen or heard from again. She has one week to discover where they’ll take her and that means she needs to sneak into the woods – again. But this time she stumbles across mutated monsters and predators long thought to be extinct.
On her world, they call her star struck, but why do the stars beckon her so … On a mining outpost in the Inner Worlds, a young woman dreams of the stars. When she falls in with a motley crew of bounty hunters seeking to avenge an injustice, Novi believes her dreams have come true. But her journey has just begun. Led by the only man to bring the mightiest army in the sector to its knees, the crew is engaged in a wily cat and mouse game with the powerful Guild Coalition. With her new shipmates, Novi dodges space outlaws and greedy corporations, mingles with Synths and settlers, jumps the Star Portal Labyrinth and discovers a mysterious legacy bequeathed by the Gods. But each exhilarating adventure raises terrifying questions about her. Can Novi find the answers she seeks before time runs out for her? Author's Note: This fantasy adventure in the style of a swashbuckling space western is set on far away exotic worlds. Adventure, intrigue and action abound in this tale of a feisty young heroine embarking on the quest of a lifetime.
2016 Finalist in "I Heart Indie" Contest She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak? Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save. Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun. However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target. If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…
A Marine with honor. After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team—all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger is all it takes to show Jamie exactly what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated. A soldier with secrets. Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan was only looking to relieve some stress after a long mission. He didn’t know the hot guy he picked up at a bar was the leader of the MDF’s top field team. When Kyle and his partner get seconded to Alpha Team to help fight a terrorist threat, he has to balance his desire for Jamie against his duty to keep his secrets safe. That gets harder and harder to do amidst regulations both are tempted to break. Two men trying to survive. Giving into passion could cost both their careers. Abiding by the rules will only result in heartache. An attack on MDF headquarters brings with it a choice Jamie and Kyle can’t escape—duty, or love? In the Wreckage is a 100k word steamy m/m sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending. There is military violence within ...
Finalist in the Readers’ Favorite 2018 International Book Awards.
At the very edge of mankind’s cosmic reach, a small planet threatens Earth with extinction…
Stefan Lattanzis never expected his planet to become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter. But when scientists from Paludis share a technological breakthrough with the mother planet, peace swiftly turns into deadly conflict. The downtrodden alien population, mistreated for centuries, seize their chance, and a desperate human cult has a sinister agenda of its own.
To save his precious home world, Stefan must team with two strangers, a botanist and a mysterious seer. They must trust in each other to prevent the newly-emerged forces from destroying Paludis, and forging a dystopia from which they could never return. But how will they defeat the might of Earth?
Saving Paludis is an electrifying sci-fi thrill-ride. If you like futuristic technology, alien political intrigue, and high-octane, paranormal action, then you’ll love this incredible interstellar adventure!
Saving Paludis is a wonderfully intelligent, creative and superbly written book. Quite often I struggle with the ‘world building’ element that accompanies this genre. But not in this case. The author is clearly highly skilled in bringing alien races, otherworldly technology and distant planets to life with such clarity ...
Survivors of the pandemic now battle with something far more dangerous…other survivors.
The CUG tightens its cruel grip on newly formed settlements across Devon. When extortionate taxes cannot be paid, women are taken to serve the CUG masters. Cal vows to fight them but is ill-equipped and alone. Can he overcome his autistic nature? Can he convince others to join his crazy plan?
Kim finds herself living a nightmare in a world run by men with guns. She must adapt and find inner strength as fate pushes her into a crucial role fighting the oppressors.
Yellow Death: Aftermath is the second instalment of the epic story exploring morality and the essence of humanity after the fall of civilisation. If you're a fan of The Postman, Survivors, Ashfall Apocalypse, or The Immune, you'll not want to miss this adventure.
Note this book is written in British English and intended for an adult audience. It covers adult themes and contains scenes of violence, sexual assault and swearing.
Once part of the Tokyo elite, Wen Harkwell lost his status when his mother died, and now he’s forced to labor in the depths of the city, far from the easy life of the Heights, struggling to support his thirteen-year-old brother Sammy. By day he toils in a factory and by night he digs for scrap in the infamous Heap under the city. One night Wen is drawn to an old book he finds and risks taking it home—a quick decision with devastating consequences. Soon after, Sammy is kidnapped, and when Wen turns to a friend and coworker for help, the two find themselves embroiled in a secret high-tech operation that will stop at nothing to maintain their ciphered code. When Wen realizes that the same corporation connected to his mother’s disappearance is behind the attack, he knows he must do whatever it takes to save his brother—even if it means working for the enemy. In the vein of William Gibson and A. A. Attanasio, Benoit Chartier’s Red Nexus is a dystopian sci-fi adventure full of fascinating technology, fast-paced action, and plenty of heart.
Sometimes it takes an assassination attempt to discover I may have a crush on the bad guy – and I may be just as dangerous as he is. I work with aliens, my best friends is held hostage, and everyone wants to murder me before the Lord Prince can magically bond to share my power? If I had known an illegal drone race would lead to murder, kidnapping, and lies, then I might have thought better about the giant prize of credits, and the dream of walking again. I never met my best friend in person until a drone race gone wrong had both of us vying for our lives against a secret alien society. To make matters worse… my boss was one of them, and I couldn’t decide if he was trying to save my life, or the reason I was in trouble to begin with. Release date: October 3rd 2022!
Could you survive? ..........in the 22nd Century? ......................after an apocalypse? Youngblood was eighteen when his father placed him in hibernation to await a cure for his disease. But when he woke a century later, he was gasping for breath in a deserted underground bunker. The post-apocalyptic world he found was divided between valley settlers who lived a subsistence existence and mountain dwellers who reaped the benefits of a 22nd Century lifestyle. Seventeen-year-old orphan, Kira, was a kick-ass huntress who knew how to survive in this environment. So, when Youngblood was attacked by survivalists, she saved him and together they struggled to unite people while searching for the remnants of their past civilization and a cure for his disease. After such global devastation--one thing was certain--only a man from another century could reignite hope. For Fans of The Postman and The Time Machine.
How does Sam Sunborn achieve immortality? He and his quirky team give birth to an invention that digitizes their personalities. What could go wrong? They will face apocalyptic danger as ruthless terrorists try to acquire it at any cost. Mysteries & surprises abound in this fast-paced thriller. “A tense, high-powered techno-thriller” - Kirkus Review
ACTION PACKED space battles against a corrupt government and a malevolent alien presence. Jamie Hawkins was living on an obscure planet in the twenty third-century when on one fateful night--his life changed forever. His heroic effort to save the lives of women and children, caught in the cross-fire of war, placed him squarely in the cross-hairs of avenging soldiers. Hawkins was stunned when his rescue effort was seen as treachery. Unfairly convicted of treason by a corrupt judge, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor on an infamous penal colony. Once in prison, his courage and perseverance won him the admiration and trust of his fellow convicts. While he was plotting his escape, an enemy attacked the planet--giving this daring warrior his chance. Together with his fellow prisoners, he launched a bold assault and high-jacked an enemy warship. From then on, Captain Jamie Hawkins and his ship the Indefatigable fought against a corrupt government--only to discover a mysterious alien presence behind the war.
The first world discovered by the Laughing Mountain Scientists was a doozy. A fitting match for Homo Sapiens—the deadliest predator of all time—maybe. If the native animals here don't get you, the plants just might. Life is hard on the outlaw colony of Lemuria. Some days it's a struggle even to stay alive. The plants and animals are huge and deadly. Homo Sapiens are apex predators, but they may have just met their match on Lemuria. Zach Tylor is young, tough, and broke. He needs the money, so despite his better judgement, he agrees to guide a group of researchers to a mysterious structure of unknown origin. During the trek, he uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that threatens not only his home planet, but all the Outlawed Colonies.
The Anunnaki and Human worlds collide In this epic alien first contact saga, they came to Mars to search for life...Something else found them. This is the story of ancient aliens, three astronauts, and one cosmonaut, and what happened the day the Anunnaki world and the modern human world collided on a distant planet. Jon Carson, the American military man, Doug “Digger” Johnson, The American archaeologist, Kathleen Doolan, the Irish physician and Mikhail Borznekhov, the Russian military man / biologist came to Mars to look for signs of life at Olympus Mons. What brought them there was something found at a dig in Egypt...Something that could tie ancient aliens and Egypt together.. Follow the intrepid explorers in this alien thriller, as they explore the area around Olympus Mons and then, finally, enter the mountain itself and unlock the hidden, secret mystery that lies buried deep inside. They discovered what Olympus Mons and ancient Earth history have in common…will you?
When an immortal relocates to the Tarthian Empire, where should they go first? What places should they avoid? More importantly, who should they avoid? A tongue-in-cheek look at what relocating to the Tarthian Empire would be like for the immortals in books by Kayelle Allen. A bit of fiction, written in a non-fiction way, the book offers guidance from Joss Avaton, one of the immortals. She provides dire warnings about who not to cross, and what to do about pesky Mundanes (namely, those annoying humans), and who among the Chosen is not to be trusted. The role playing game of Peril is spelled out, with downloads for character sheets and rules. Includes a who's who among the immortals, and stats of the players, with never before revealed secrets about Luc Saint-Cyr, Pietas, and others. A must have for fans of the Tarthian Empire series. This handy guide will inform, entertain, and provide peeks behind the curtain. A LitRPG / GameLIT handbook featuring the game played by immortals, Peril.
A stimulating and sometimes dangerous romp through unknown space by a teenaged girl, who must also deal with her mother’s injury, a demanding toddler, and an alien pet that seems always to be somewhere he’s not supposed to be. Iris Demming, her mom and little brother, with their alien pet, Omni, are on the way to the Moon when they’re suddenly swept into a wormhole, and emerge in unfamiliar space, victim to an unknown saboteur. Their pilot, the voice of an artificial intelligence, has been transformed and the little family is now lost and alone in a strange universe. After her grief and terror subside, Iris begins to work with the newly sympathetic pilot to try to make their way back. They must explore a number of semi-Earthlike planets in an effort to locate an advanced race of beings. As they do so, the family and their alien pet must deal with occasionally terrifying encounters.
Surviving the zombie apocalypse was hard but finding true love might be fatal. Urban farmer Miranda Tucci is lucky to be alive in what's left of California's Silicon Valley, despite a love life that's dead on arrival. Then an old flame turns up and she wonders...does her DOA love life have a pulse? A ruthless governing council controls the cure for the zombie virus. If Miranda joins a plot to steal it, will the vaccine be used for political advantage, or can she survive long enough to usher in a new age of civilization? It's only the fate of humanity suddenly resting on her shoulders. If she can bring her love life back from the dead how tough can saving the world be? Perfect for fans of Mira Grant (Newsflesh), Jonathan Mayberry (Rot & Ruin), and Sarah Lyons Fleming (Until the End of the World). “...a post-apocalyptic universe like no other.” —Christopher Artinian, author of The End of Everything & Save Haven series
Books 1 - 3 of JJ Green’s 10-book space opera serial, Shadows of the Void, in one box set. Hostile aliens called Shadows threaten to destroy all humanity. Appearing as perfect copies of their victims, the aliens are nearly impossible to detect and difficult to kill. It’s down to one woman to stop them. Generation Chief Security Officer Jas Harrington is in a race against time, fighting to prevent the Shadows from taking over her starship and spreading their deadly infection to Earth. Stranded The starship Galathea has crash-landed on a dangerous planet, and some of the officers may be possessed by aliens. Can Jas combat the threats outside and within the ship and rescue its crew? Dawn The colony world of Dawn harbors dark secrets, and as the Shadows draw near, Jas fights desperately to free the colonists. If she doesn’t succeed, no one can survive.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. Divorced, widowed, adopted, blended or fostered -- each family has its own unique tale. Join these authors as they tell stories of amazing single dads who find love in unexpected places. Laugh, cry, get a little hot, and maybe even throw your phone. Don't say we didn't warn you.
What happens when two highly technological civilizations bring their Artificial Intelligences to a planet where Magic works, and the A.I.s learn to use it? Terrans and Sekhmet fled from their war-torn worlds and traveled through a portal to find refuge on the planet Rulari, where magic functions and men and women will live or die by the sword. "An intriguing mixture of Fantasy and Science Fiction." Cadence survived the massacre of her parents and got her teenage sisters out alive. But now it was up to her to bring their murderer to justice . Teenage human and Sekhmet boys and girls were vanishing overnight from their homes and each side blamed the other for the disappearances. Duty demands Cadence find and rescue them, keep her own sisters safe, and bring to justice the blood traitor who killed her parents. Harmony, the A.I. who should have helped her has fallen victim to spell locking her out of the Ley lines. So Cadence has only herself, her 13-year-old sisters, and maybe Drake Owen Mabinogion. She knew Owen was more powerful than he let on, but he was here to search for a Jacite spy. Could she convince him to help her find and rescue the missing teens, regain her inheritance, and bring her uncle to justice?
"I and my 2,883 sisters, brothers, and half-siblings are heirs to some of the richest families in the world. We are also genetically engineered freaks..." — Allison Kemp, Foundation Heir.
Allison faces the challenge of a lifetime when she and those she loves are targeted by RealHuman, a cult determined to protect the human race from the rise of a genetically engineered species. Being wealthy and known worldwide turns out not to be an advantage when you are being hunted, and sometimes the people who seem most determined to help you are the people you should fear the most.
They call it simply "the object." It sits at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, waiting. Waiting . . . for what? An American research ship disappears in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea only to reappear a few days later. When a special U.S. Coast Guard unit boards the vessel, they find it deserted, its power grid wrecked, two bombs waiting to explode, and an even darker secret hidden below her decks. A few miles across the international maritime boundary, a massive Russian oil platform harbors its own secret. Below the behemoth lies a mysterious energy source so powerful it threatens to topple the balance of world power in favor of Moscow. The Russians will to kill to protect it. The Americans will kill to stop its recovery. And still . . . the object waits.
An anthology featuring twenty new science fiction stories for Sci-Fi lovers written by fourteen authors in four countries. Members of the Science Fiction Novelists Facebook group, like the two professional editors, each has a deep love for science fiction. Prepare for adventurous wonder. Bits of terror Aliens Twisted reality Dystopian dust Whispers of fantasy, and Hard science. Gun play? Yes, there's some of that too.
Logan West and Emma James grew up together but are now high school seniors going in totally opposite directions after graduation. When they are assigned to work together on one last history project, they hardly expect the monotony of high school life to change. Instead, as they decode a series of unexplained clues hidden within their history project itself, Logan and Emma manage to unfold an ancient mystery that has baffled scientists and archeologists, one with powerful implications for the present day. As they embrace the adventure they’ve stumbled upon, and a growing romantic attraction to each other, Logan and Emma find themselves caught up in a dangerous, high-stakes race across the globe to decipher mankind’s past in order to save humanity’s future, not to mention their very own lives, with a mystery that just might reach towards the stars…
"The new favorite series for YA readers!" —San Francisco Book Review
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"Sixteen years as a nomad…I used to love it, just the three of us, a team, moving to the next adventure. Now, when my dad changes jobs like some people change underwear, it just gives me a stomachache."
Grace Thompson is used to moving and losing. She's already lost her mother, her home, and any hope for a normal life. But when her father is abducted from the streets of San Francisco, Grace is determined to get him back. She thinks she is alone until she meets four strangers whose parents went missing at the same time. The teens work together to track down the clues to their parents' pasts with only an alien stone to guide them. With the kidnappers closing in, the only way to save them is to unravel the secret her mother died to protect.
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Cassandra Leif (pronounced “leaf”) makes her living as a reputable bounty huntress. Standing at 5-10 and shapely, her size, athleticism and penchant for getting her target makes her well sought-after, although some may not always agree with her methods of capturing fugitives. When she teams up with the Grey Wolves, a paramilitary led by Sylvester "Sly" Scorggins on a mission to investigate the murders taking place at the famous Ture Park, they encounter a force of the likes which they've never seen.
Spaceship crash across the galaxy in this Space Opera Novella Intrepid spy, Grey Kat, is trapped by the notorious pirate, Captain Black Hawk. While dodging pursuit by the Emperor’s ships, Kat strives to discover his tragic secret before she suffers the fate of his unfortunate wife.
Exiled on a barren world... When the immortal king Pietas is marooned with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that's the problem. He's not. Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped in their pods and it's up to him to rescue them. He must manage it with an irascible mortal, an entire tribe of know-it-all sentient panthers, and one fascinating woman who's telepathic -- and a weapons designer. All while dealing with the most dysfunctional family in the history of forever... A free book in this series is available by subscribing to the author's newsletter.
"Avatar the Last Airbender meets Ender's Game" The planet Ethos is at war with a mysterious enemy known as the Splicers. Their only successful defense is the Prime Initiative. All newborns with the compatible genetic code are taken from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Those that survive the injection, develop extraordinary abilities and are conscripted into the military for training. After turning twelve, Aidan is moved to the upper-class at the Mount Fegorio Prime Training Facility. His special gifts allow him unprecedented success in the virtual training simulations, advancing him further than any prime cadet in history. No one knows what lies after sim 299, not even Director Tuskin, the ruthless and reclusive planetary ruler. But something, or someone, has been guiding Aidan to the sim 299. If he can pass the final tests, he may discover the key to ending the Splicer War.
It starts with an odd hum that brings headaches and nosebleeds to the inhabitants of a remote, sleepy country town. Then a sinkhole begins to form…and out from that hole comes the townspeople's worst nightmares. Facing their fears and the growing madness, a group of survivors descend into the collapsed area in an attempt to save what is left of their town. Sacrifices will be required, but will they be enough? The hole is growing…spreading…and the horror within it is growing stronger…
Two strains of a devastating pathogen infect population centers around the globe. From mega-cities to remote villages, the descent into chaos is swift as the disease spreads like wildfire.
When Jag is injured from an accident, Tegan reluctantly assumes leadership of the group as they are tasked with their most challenging mission yet by the Elders of Dema-Ki.
But things take a turn for the worse when one of them becomes infected and hovers on the brink of death. The friends throw caution to the wind and risk everything in their quest for a cure… one which, for reasons unknown, has remained concealed for over two thousand years.
Can Tegan and the League discover the remedy before a relentless enemy locates and destroys it, sending millions of lives to their end?
If you like gripping action-adventure stories in an immersive world, then you will love the Aegis League series!
"Following the tradition of the prior two books, readers are treated to chapter after chapter of fascinating characters, exciting action and apocalyptic consequences." ~~ The U ...
Toemeka resigns as a Coalition operative during an interplanetary war, to live peacefully with her warrior-priest husband, Michio. Her plans are shattered when shes abducted by one of Condors sorcerers, whos interested in twisting her unique abilities to increase his own dark powers.
Michio is devastated and searches the galaxy to find her. But time is running out for themas well as the free world theyve dedicated their lives to protecting.
After the sorcerer-conqueror Condor destroys Coalition headquarters, he turns to annihilating Toemeka and Michios home planet.
Will Michio rescue Toemeka in time for both of them to use their mystical powers to save their world? Or will their attempts ultimately lead to their deaths?
Star Rider and Bonds of Love is the exciting third book in the Star Rider sci-fi space opera series, but can be read alone. If you like feisty heroines, strong heroes, high-tech weapons and space battles, then youll love Heidi Skaries new thrilling saga.
All girls look for romance and adventure, but sometimes its better if you don't get what you ask for... Accompanied by a diverse group of explorers Juliette discovers the unknown continent of Kitzingen is a dangerous place. When they encounter refuges from a crashed LifeBoat, she spots a Thieves Guild tattoo on one of them and is immediately suspicious. But the dangers on the expedition are nothing compared to what awaits Juliette when she returns home and learns of a threat to her family. A reward for the capture of Juliette's younger siblings is making the rounds in criminal circles. When some of them are snatched at a festival, it will take all her courage and skill to save them. Can she do it?
Alodeé is a girl with a secret. She’s strong, smart and just a little too different.
After a miraculous crash-landing on the mysterious exoplanet dubbed Resurrection Dawn, the Humanoid colonists quickly discovered a carnivorous ecosystem of gigantic proportions. Most of it rather fancied Humanoid meat. They barely survived. What they still do not know about their immense, physics-defying new home might very well kill them.
Alodeé is about to find out why her parents fled to the farthest planet they knew, what her mother died without telling her, and why she’s being hunted by a murderer.
Do you dare to open the pages of Resurrection Dawn?
The war was over and there were no winners. Now humans and aliens must find a way to coexist together. This is the galaxy that Drake Rose and the crew of the freighter Trystero are stuck in. Together they traverse the Demilitarized Zone between Terran and Gra’al borders taking on any job they can find, big or small, legal or otherwise, human or alien. A chance encounter with a derelict alien ship thrusts them into the center of a deadly conspiracy. When the Terran government refuses to get involved, the crew has no choice but to fend for themselves. A fragile peace hangs in the balance, thrust into the hands of Drake and the crew. They never wanted to be heroes. The only way to stop the ascension of a vicious warlord bent on the destruction of humanity is for them to survive. It’s Firefly meets Star Trek in this coming of age space opera series.
For thirty-one years, Lila has hidden her extrasensory abilities, creating a small life in the same coastal North Carolina city where she was born. But her nightmares have grown worse, her angels still haven’t learned Morse code, and raising a thirteen-year-old genius requires the kind of mental focus that Lila has never quite mastered. Still, the abnormal seems fairly normal—until a strange young man appears and a new friend confides a shocking truth about her pregnancy.
Sal, on the other hand, has never attempted to hide. In his experience, humans do not see what they do not wish to acknowledge. He moves among them, identifying the aberrations as he always has, as he knows he must. This existence depends upon it. One choice made long ago, one decision born of guilt and fear, is now a secret he must protect—at any cost.
A collection of tantalizing tales with more twists than braided hair:
Mystery, murder and mayhem – plus a moment of romance.
Sympathize with a doomed husband and connect with an altruistic robot. Explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.
From the light-hearted to the darkest depths of the human psyche. They’re all there in this smorgasbord of short stories to keep you guessing at every turn. From the author of Milijun, Amidst Alien Stars and Saving Paludis.
"Without intending to disparage our contemporary writing world, I must observe that Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham harkens back well and fondly to the golden years of speculative short-story fiction collected from great masters like Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke. In addition to clever and intriguing plots, never gratuitously complicated but always with a satisfying twist, these simple but startling tales unfold with zeal and concisely controlled acceleration. Or, to switch analogies, imbibing them is like popping juicy morsels on impulse rather than methodically pacing oneself at a sumptuous feast. Something to be consumed immediately upon the craving. Something to make one smile. And you will. You will also, at times, find yourself quite amazed." Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
2047. Tiny pockets of humanity remain, scattered, and struggling. Civilization has fallen. The Vista has remained isolated since World War Last, a generation earlier, its survivors content with what they have. Their children yearn for the knowledge of the outside world. That knowledge could make their lives less perilous, or it could destroy them. The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood introduces Team Three – Allen, MacKenzie and Wade. An elite team of security officers, they’re young, ambitious, and at the forefront of a movement to discover what is beyond The Vista. They also believe they are genetically enhanced, Gen En, a practice outlawed long before they were born. Venturing beyond their valley draws the attention of someone dangerous, someone that shares their past and wants to control their future, or destroy them because of what they might be. The team decide to take the fight away from their home and end up finding new allies – and new enemies.
Bacchus Than wants nothing more than to return home after what felt like a lifetime in space. His plans are de-railed when he crosses paths with an old rival determined to throw a wrench in his plan.With his ship damaged and his body bruised one question remains. Will Bacchus ever make it home? The Dunes of Tyrhee is a 10,000 word Short Story written by Benjamin K. Schmidt.
The Will To Survive Is Mankind's Greatest Weapon" "They lived through an interplanetary war; now they must survive the aftermath." In the last interplanetary war a bio-weapon killed or sterilized all the males on Vensoog. To keep the colony alive, the Matchmaker Program finds ex-soldiers like Zack Jackson, a hard-as-nails ex-recon soldier who no longer has a home planet, and offer him a new home on Vensoog if he is willing to marry a Vensoog woman. With his home world now pile of radioactive ash, Zack desperately needs a new home for himself and his kids so he accepts the offer. When the Matchmaker Program pairs him with Katherine, the heir to Veiled Isle, code cracker and one tough lady, they both wonder if it is a match made in Heaven or Hell? They need to find out quick, because the ruthless Thieves Guild wants the valuable data cube their kids stole from them. And they are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way. Plus, Katherine is falling in love with her new husband and she hasn't a clue if he feels the same about her…
Eleven original stories with diverse science fiction themes and speculative bodies of law. They can also be just, superfluous, or downright wrong. Second laws are (by design) less important than primary decrees. But depending on how regulations are ordered, the second law might be imperative for social stability, morality, or survival. In these stories, future corporate espionage remains rampant. Humans and robots swap identities. Space pirates exact frontier justice at their own peril. Greed and lust ingrained in humanity, wreaks havoc. Teenagers fight robots for their freedom. An outbreak binds a couple together with a strong nuclear force. An immortal risks all for what is morally right, a drug-addicted man struggles to break his destructive cycle. Aliens attempt to assimilate a Denver neighborhood. A necromancer-hunter struggles between his duty for work and his family. Soldiers fight off psycho fairies...and Greek Gods give a flawed man a chance for redemption. Join the journey with these unsuspecting characters as they learn from their encounters -- or suffer a tragic fate...
Terminator meets Divergent In our future, robots known as Tins keep us protected from the floods, fires and diseases of the outside in what are called Compounds. But when the Tins become more our masters than protectors, humans rebel. Lexi019 is turning eighteen, and will then be sent into what Tins call the Electric Gardens. Since no one ever returns from the Electric Gardens, Lexi019 is desperate to escape. With her best friend Kyle53 and his sister, the three of them find an unlikely friendship that helps them escape. But not everything is what it seems in this Robotic Dystopia, and soon Lexi019 will be faced with hard decisions she never anticipated. Join Lexi019 and Klye53 in this four part Robotic Dystopia set in a future that could one day be our own
From the dark comic book universe of Sky Kill Assassins, comes book one, the erotic sci-fi crime thriller, A Wicked Haven. Years after the fall of the most powerful crime families, the citizens of Corbindale Bay worked valiantly to clean up the town's immoral and corrupt reputation. Change was on the horizon, until a secluded harbor island off the bay, is purchased and transformed into an entertainment destination called, "A Wicked Haven". Two years later, the renowned police detective Ryan Swett is transferred to investigate two high-profile cases: A disemboweling serial killer and a backlog of missing person cases tied to the wicked island's famous burlesque nightclub. This book is intended for mature audiences.
The apocalypse—I’ve got this—right?
I’m Laura, and I juggle it all; family, new love, pregnancy, and my job’s hella demanding. Oh, and I do it all in the snow-drenched, post-apocalypse of global nuclear war. My job is keeping my people alive.
We have finally made it to our promised Garden of Eden only to find it could never really exist.
From the ashes of the old world, evil has risen. I toyed with it—I wasn’t ready—and it’s plunged me into a downward spiral towards blinding darkness. Now, I might be losing the one thing that makes me a leader; my humanity.
And that evil has set off a chain reaction. A clan of Wanderers might be on their way to take everything we have built, or perhaps to implode the Village with their basic needs: food, water, and shelter.
Just when you think that you got the hang of the apocalypse …
Discover the military dystopian thriller that readers call “riveting” and “hard to put down!“ Enter a dark fantasy/dystopian tale with underpinnings of love, betrayal, and tumultuous relationships set in a dark future. Our dark future. In a world devastated by disease and ripped apart by a changing climate, countries struggle for control of resources while fighting to maintain order. Even if it means fighting their own citizens. Leaders emerge from the chaos, but some choices lead further into darkness and some leaders don’t have the best intentions. Set in Europe, this is a story about a small handful of people whose lives interconnect, people who become influential as the world falls into a war in an era tumbling toward chaos. Each seeks to save Europe, but not all influence is good even when intentions are for the best. And not all decisions can be made in time. On and off the battlefield, control for Europe is key to world dominance in this riveting series of intrigue and war, love and obsession. What would you sacrifice for freedom? Who would you betray to control the destiny of the world?
Ever since Scharlette’s parents gave her a name no one can really pronounce, she’s been stuck in a bit of a rut. She hates her job in airport security, making people take their belts off before they fly to exotic locations she can only dream about. She owns a small apartment with large repayments, drinks bargain bin red while she watches Star Trek, and misses her little sister, lost to an exploding sandwich press ten years ago. Scharlette fears she might live out her entire existence without doing anything or mattering to anyone. It still comes as quite a surprise when a handsome time traveller named Tomothy appears out of nowhere and verifies she is correct – that, according to his records, she doesn’t matter at all. Scharlette isn’t sure this news is as wonderful as Tomothy seems to think but, as he explains, since her life was to have no impact on the timeline whatsoever, Scharlette is free to travel time and space, and have amazing adventures with heedless abandon. “The book is charming and riotously funny. The most enjoyable aspect of the story is its unpredictability.” – Aurealis Magazine “It’s hard to describe why this book is good without spoiling a single part of it.” – Two Doctors Media Collaborative
HE SAVES OTHERS FROM THEIR TROUBLES. WHO WILL SAVE HIM? Bus driver Rory Fine has a gift. He can take troubles from others with merely a touch. On a rain-swept night he asks his glum passengers to leave their worrisome emotions in his palm. But when he touches one passenger's hand everything he knows about troubles keeping is shattered. Somebody aboard hides a deadly and dangerous secret. What began simply, descends into a perilous battle with a menacing and evil dark entity and Rory now faces a terrible decision. Should he reveal his secret gift to Mariana, the passenger he's come to love but barely knows? The last time that happened somebody died. But Rory must find a way because someone or something stalks Mariana. Someone who kills in a macabre and sickening way. Someone with abilities more powerful than his own. Should the killer's plan succeed it's not just Mariana at risk but the very fabric of the world. Rory will need to discover a strength he may not possess. Even then, that might not be enough. For when the Trepan Killer wants you, there's nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Can Rory stop the Trepan Killer before he loses all? To do so, he will face more than the killer. He will face his own harrowing past. From International best-selling thriller author Susan May comes another page-turner keeping readers up way past their bedtime. The Troubles Keeper is a non-stop supernatural suspense ride, with memorable characters readers love and a fictional world that you won' ...
In 1632, Lord August Godwine, an Austrian nobleman, commissions Swiss clockmaker Frederick Jori to create a miniature city of automatons to amuse himself and impress the aristocracy. When Jori refuses to commit offenses against God, he undergoes brutal, unimaginable torture until the once-pious craftsman surrenders to his fate. But what he hides in the innocuous-appearing automatons ignites a horrific apocalypse—one that will not be realized for 400 years.
In 21st century San Francisco, Ireland Barton is a brilliant, successful young scientist, but there is one drawback to her perfect life—she suffers from a rare immune disorder that keeps her confined in a plastic bubble. When a new virus is released on the world, she begins a heart-pounding race to find a cure to save what is left of humanity and battle malevolent forces housed in 17th century figurines.
As two worlds—two time periods—collide, will Ireland unravel the mystery of the dolls before the clock winds down on humanity?
Love them or hate them, without a good villain, a story is missing a vital piece of its puzzle. These authors tackle the often misunderstood and misguided antagonist from their perspective. Though we'd be remiss if we didn't allow for evil for the sake of evil, because who doesn't love a 'good' Big Baddie. Come along as we explore the other side of the story and see just what makes these characters - Villains. With Stories From: Benjamin DeHaan - "Scalevolution" Laura J. Campbell - "The Omong Sri" Linda M. Crate - "Queen Amalia" Nicole Walsh - "Hell-Bound" Alex Minns - "Chimera Station" MR Wells - "The Ballad of Black Rook" Eve Morton - "Tall Tales, or I Was A Teenage Superhero" Andrew P. McGregor - "The Tithe Collectors" Melissa Ferguson - "A New Kind of Hunger" Glenda Thompson - "Misdemeanor Murders" Lyra Meurer - "Under The Fig Tree" Sarah Lapalme - "The Family Legacy" Helen Obermeier - "The Alien I Shot" Jordan Davidson - "For The Hunt" Steven E. Scribner - "The Fourth Source" Erin Swann - "A Necessary Sacrifice"
What if you could talk to people from the past? Lincoln. Churchill. Gandhi. Your dead mother. Josh Brodsky is at the top of his game. At his new Silicon Valley job, he's on the verge of an invention that uses artificial intelligence to bring back the greatest leaders in history. But his top-secret code becomes encrypted by a devastating ransomware attack--was the malware planted by Josh's troubled brother Donny? When the brothers uncover their dead mother's diaries, the family careens toward a rendezvous with AI to discover the truth behind their father's mysterious death thirty years ago.
Salazar, a descendent of Serena McKay, seems to be the only one who understands that his city, August City, faces apocalyptic annihilation while its wealthiest citizens are spirited away and to safety by spaceships.
Is there any hope?
•The wealthiest residents have fled.
•An unprecedented and unprovoked air raid shatters August City.
•A biological toxin is released on Earth.
Is there any safe place to hide?
Fortunately, Salazar remembers the stories his grandmother told about a city beneath August City, possibly a safe place to weather an unparalleled attack. But, as he leads his mother to this proposed shelter, they are attacked by crazed residents who have inhaled toxic fumes that alter their personalities and turned common men into killers.
Can Salazar and his mother find safety before these madmen kill them both? Is there a future worth fighting for?
Genetic Engineering. Intrigue. Space Exploration. Perfect for fans of Enders Game, Brave New World, and Divergent. Earth is dying, circling the drain on life support. The future of the human race depends on finding a new homeworld, but they’re running out of time. Parasitic insects are systematically killing the best scientific minds but no one knows why. Mable Wilkinson is the last hope to figure it out, she just doesn’t know it yet. For years, her resourcefulness, intelligence, and penchant for problem-solving have put her at the top of a very short list of researchers, only she doesn’t want to be part of it. Cast out at sixteen, Mable wrote off the problems of the world long ago. Now, her focus is on Hadley, her adopted little sister, and teaching her to survive in the cut-throat underground. Instead, both Mable and Hadley fall into the hands of the program’s recruiter, Silas Arrenstein, and he’s determined to have one of them. Mable can join up with the man and program who killed her brother, or she can leave Hadley to the same fate. Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction with LGBT themes Length: Novel, 404 pages Series: Part One of The Extraction Files
A farmgirl in space. Fulfilling her mom’s dying wish, Maisy goes to live with her dad on the Citadel, a fancy name for an ore processing plant built into the side of an asteroid. There she discovers the terrible truth… Space is boring. No alien princesses, no cool cyborgs. Just a greedy corporation that controls everything from the food you eat to the air you breathe. Welcome to the Citadel. Just as Maisy starts to settle into station life, the coalition government decides policing the edges of space is just too hard, so they bail. Her dad and the rest of the marines on the Citadel now report directly to the Corporation. The safety inspectors are on the first ship back to Earth. Those who complain start to disappear. When their parents go missing and the station goes on lockdown, Maisy and the other “orphans” of the Citadel go on the run. The temperature in the lower levels of the station is rising and communications are blocked. Suddenly... Life is a little too interesting.
Three innovative authors imagine the end of humanity. Postcards From the Future is the remarkable result.Andrew Lark’s “Pollen” is a riveting, multiple point-of-view account of a strange atmospheric phenomenon that destroys humankind’s ability to reproduce, ushering in the extinction of our species.Donald Levin’s “The Bright and Darkened Lands of the Earth” is a gripping tale set in a desperate, post-apocalyptic future where a heroic woman battles ecological and social collapse in an effort to save her tribe—and humanity—from certain annihilation.Wendy Sura Thomson’s “Silo Six” is a suspenseful story of love and survival set far into the future, when the sun begins its transformation into a red giant and scorches the earth into a virtually uninhabitable cinder.
Would you embrace darkness to save your child? House Dobromil has stood against the emperor since the beginning. For generations, they have defied tyrannical edicts and stood up for donai and humans. For decades, war has crept ever closer and now, Syteria, a rebellious human woman Darien has chosen to be his future queen may be the spark that sets the Imperium to flame. When Syteria crosses paths with the emperor’s agents, the unthinkable happens. With the survival of both races in peril, with the future of House Dobromil on the line, the stakes for Darien and Syteria are higher than ever. Driven by death and betrayal, victory and defeat, tragedy and secrets, can Syteria and Darien ascend to fulfill their destinies? Ravages of Honor: Ascension picks up right after the end of Ravages of Honor: Conquest. While it can be read as a standalone (it is a complete story with its own beginning, middle, and end), it was meant to be read in sequence. The Ravages of Honor series is a galactic empire space opera with very steamy romantic elements, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and swords.
Nothing sets the tone for the day like learning your home planet has just changed ownership. Today is a day like any other on Earth. People wake and work. Minds plug into electronic devices. Social networks spark with spontaneous brain sputterings. A woman primps. A man scratches his balls. Humans relate, congregate, procreate. And news anchors across the globe offer an ounce of vital information for every pound of mind-numbing nonsense... Then, the figurative bomb hits. Screens are ablaze, and radio is abuzz with a news flash like no other: Earth has been inherited. The planet has a new owner. And he's not happy to find his endowment overrun by a planetary pestilence. Earth gets its wakeup call. How would you answer it?
The Shadows have come into the light… Captain Blake Campbell of the Vega class destroyer Revenant and her crew might be unorthodox, but they have a reputation for getting the job done. A year after the adventure that led them to the ancient alien Artificial intelligence boxes and the creation of the Rangers. Blake and crew travel back to Croatoan and what they find will change the course of the galaxy forever. The empire and their shadow overlords are targeting humanity, the Rangers along with the newly liberated Croaton people must race across galaxies and save humanity from extinction from the malevolent masters of the empire.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU WATCH YOUR CHILD DIE TO SAVE THEIR LIFE? All her life Dawn has been troubled by lost time. She awakens suddenly in strange places far away from her last conscious memory. Kylie's over her dead-end job. As she drives away from the worst work day ever, she picks up her cell to send a text, a decision that will change her life when Dawn's and her world collide. The ensuing tragic accident takes Dawn's only child, but ten days later, inexplicably, her lost time becomes a gift, when she finds herself back again on the morning of the accident. Now Dawn can save her son and change fate. Only one problem ... fate doesn't want to be changed.
Regina, trained to find the dregs of humanity, trained to kill, is forced into vacation because her peers are getting murdered. At first, the massive cruise vessel she chooses as her resort destination seems...tolerable, and then, in the span of a few hours, everyone disappears, thousands of passengers vanish. As Regina explores the ship, not only does she discover pile after pile of clothing and no bodies, she finds a fear not felt for years. Although she cannot know for certain something is there, an ominous orange light appearing out of nowhere leaves little doubt some unseen thing hunts her. And all that is just the beginning. It is a time of restricted space travel so enforced that almost nobody can veer off course, but nobody knows why. They're about to find out. Get ready for a Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Thriller roller coaster ride.
They say you can’t go home again, but what if it is the only way to truly be free? Rap solves problems large and small. He solved them when he was human, when he was a robot, and now that he’s mostly human again, he’s still solving problems—though eliminating the threat from his old Master is a biggie. He’ll need his pet, Snake, and his new friend, Nelson, the AI inside his head. And then there’s Ale. He thought he knew all there was to know about Ale. He was wrong. Her human form is making his head spin and his heart hurt. He’d like to get closer to her, but he was a geek who didn’t know how to talk to women before he became a robot. He can’t imagine facing the Master without her, but how can he risk her life on an impossible mission? Now that Ale is a human again—mostly—her new beating heart is pounding for Rap. It’s a pity that he’s inscrutable, and she’s got a huge secret—one that could be the key to ending the threat from their former Q’uy Master—or doom them all to captivity once more. Can the shy guy and the lovesick gal defeat their greatest enemy and find a happy ending? Only the chatty Snake knows for sure. Cyborg’s Revenge first appeared in Pets in Space ® 4 but is now available as a stand alone story!
When mold takes over life, what does it mean for mankind?
There has been an outbreak. A strange disease. Is this another pandemic? Few are willing to consider the possibility, fewer still willing to investigate. Humans are too busy to protect their lives. The number of those falling ill is increasing, but is it really an illness, or something else? A being unknown is growing in the dark, becoming ever more powerful. Is it something of man's design, or is it God's wrath? Is this the end?
A desert wasteland.
Humans on the verge of extinction.
Teenagers Don and Janet run off to California to start a new life together. Along the way, they find themselves in a dangerous land. Did they inadvertently time travel to a future Earth? Or, a parallel universe?
One of the nomadic tribes they encounter rescues the young couple. These small groups journey endlessly, searching for food and water. The brutal leaders of the Ganu Camp take whatever meager supplies they discover. Yearning to break free from enslavement, they hail Don as their prophesied savior.
Now, faced with a lost-cause battle, the teenagers must defend their new friends with the only weapons available to them. How will they defeat a powerful enemy with only skyrockets, firecrackers, and a dog whistle?
Chimera Island. For more than a century, the tiny atoll has been the subject of legend and rumors. Mysterious sightings. Strange deaths. Unexplained disappearances. A transport plane sent to Chimera to evacuate frightened scientists from a climate research station on the island disappears, along with a Chinese spy ship prowling nearby waters. The U.S. Coast Guard sends its most secret team to investigate, Deployable Specialized Force-P—the P is said to stand for phenomenon. DSF-Papa, led by Lieutenant Commander Douglas Munro Gates, discovers there is more to the legend of Chimera Island than rumors and folklore. The climate research station is wrecked. Strange creatures skulk through the jungle overgrowth. And reality may not be as it seems. Worse, someone - or something - is determined to stop the Coasties from discovering the truth about the island. With evacuation impossible, DSF-Papa must discover the secret of Chimera Island or become part of its legend.
This could happen to anyone. Maybe it already has. SHAKER is an allegorical tale about a man who is abducted and enslaved to fight for an alien warlord on a planet ravaged by incessant warfare. Michael Taylor is an ordinary man with an ordinary life. One day, he wakes up to find himself a prisoner on a mysterious ship with more than forty strangers, and none of them have any recollection of how they got there. Those who survive the voyage soon learn that their lives will be forever changed. Taylor struggles to endure against lethal enemies and his own internal conflicts in a distant, alien world that has been ravaged by decades of warfare. This story chronicles the odyssey that transforms an unassuming English teacher into the legendary warrior known as Shaker.
★Winner of the Houston Writer's House Competition★ Seven survivors. One monster. Nowhere to hide. Mission Specialist Adán Fuentes awakes from cryo-hibernation to discover that most of his fellow crewmates are dead and the shuttle Carpathia is not where it’s supposed to be. Surrounded by a vast barren landscape, he and the other survivors wonder how they can accomplish their mission, to establish a home for future colonists. When an unseen creature attacks them, the Carpathia’s crew must turn their attention to surviving and solving the true purpose behind their mission. Inspired by the 50’s sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet, Sand and Shadow plumbs the depths of the human psyche and the power of its influence. As the Carpathia’s crew’s secrets and flaws are revealed, readers may find themselves compelled to examine their own dark places.
Hundreds of years after the Great World War, America is a distant memory. In the ashes, new civilizations have risen up from the Wilds. Locke’s Coalition and Liberty Kingdom, bitter enemies, have been at peace for seven years. War is never far from politicians’ minds, though, especially when one is the tyrant Archduke Goldwater. For all of human kinds’ positive traits, the character flaws of corruption, greed, anger, and revenge are etched into our DNA. In the new world, little technology remains and advanced weapons are in short supply, but today’s soldiers fight with innate power. They fight with Talent… the psionic powers that develop in a random few. A young Coalition citizen, Jaden Stone, dreams of graduating, having fun, and falling in love. As if his hard-nosed uncle, schoolyard bullies, and exams weren’t hard enough to handle, he discovers that he wields Talent. He’d now be forced to serve in the military, forced to train and fight, all for an organization that killed his parents. Will Jaden work hard for his people or will his desire for leisure win over? He’s forced to decide when a tragedy shakes his core.
When a young god named Bernie finally gets a job building universes, it starts a series of mishaps that spark numerous revelations. Challenged by his supervisor to prove his worth, Bernie sets out to build a fully stable world but hits roadblocks every step of the way. At first, he thinks there’s some inherent problem in his design but soon learns that his universe is being sabotaged by another.
Competition is tough in the universe building business. Rivals can spring up from anywhere and incompetence can land you on the street. Bernie knows if he isn’t able to get his world working in time, he’ll never be able to realize his dream of becoming a professional universe builder.
On this extraordinary journey of creation, destruction, and subterfuge, Bernie ultimately unlocks a mystery that transforms the universe building landscape. Now all he needs to do is figure out a way to save his world from being completely destroyed.
The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty is a refreshingly original story that follows the path of a young god as he struggles to achieve his lifelong dreams. Filled with humor, action, and crazy twists, this coming of age novel is epic fantasy and science fiction at its best. If you enjoy imaginative fantasy, like Harry Potter, Peter Jackson, or the tales ...
How is this ever going to work... Ordered by the Empress to find out if the lover of a friend is having an affair, Alitus investigates. As Minister of Imperial Intelligence, Alitus has access to every camera and remote in the empire. Which is a problem, because Wulf's affair is with Alitus. As a Better, an enhanced human, Alitus can touch no one -- his pheromones are addictive. Isolated and under scrutiny, he keeps his affair with Wulf secret, because Wulf belongs to another, a powerful man allied with the empress. When the man asks the empress to investigate, Wulf's relationship with Alitus could be exposed. Complicating matters, the empress reveals her immortality, and requires Alitus to prove his loyalty. Her test throws him straight into Wulf's arms, right in front of the empress and Wulf's lover. Hiding what he and Wulf are to each other has taken discipline and denial. Now, it will take a miracle...
Jared Pearce never wanted to go to the moon. After a twenty year career with NCIS, he thought he would become a small town cop. But Sequent Mining recruited his wife Karen with her PhD in Geology. And to entice her, they offered him an "obscene" salary to become chief of Lunar Enforcement. The worst thing any of his officers deal with is a drunken brawl. Then an unattended death turns out to be murder.
The Crew of the Revenant must save Earth from the coming threat, a new leader has emerged in the aftermath of Jamestown, Vengeance has set his sights on humanity, and nothing will stop him from Subjugating the planet. The Empire is forming an army to take over the galaxy, Seafu must race to build a coalition to stop them. There will be new enemies and unlikely allies and Earth will finally discover it is not alone in the universe.
Find an invisible man in another dimension? All in a day's work at TRAIL. Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check. Hold intrusive military goons at bay. Check. Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check. Finish the vacation TRAIL jerked you back from to do it? Easier said than done. Yanked back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than they've earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League. After this, they might not need jobs. They're the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn't been invented that these two can't recover. Until now. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? The archaeologist in charge can't afford this fee, and neither can the military. So the real question is who -- or what -- is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf?
Can they survive the fall of the galactic empire? Finding one's psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it means both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family. A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win her mixed martial arts matches. At home on Cat Island, her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice. Unfortunately some Torog aliens also take notice, sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian's arms. But Dani isn't the type of woman to let alien voodoo decide her future or her mate...no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her. For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species. Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.
Book 4 of the Antonello Brothers series. Sweet Scifi Romance with a kick. When Fawni Ruh, a Kin ambassador, visits the capitol planet of the empire, she meets security expert Khyff Antonello, a human. A death in her family forces Fawni to return home, but she can't bear to part with Khyff and takes him along. Her family demands she cast out the human, or abdicate her future rule. Fawni searches for an alternative and stumbles upon Khyff’s secret. The cover-up, if exposed, will betray her world to its enemies, and bare her family to open shame. Her duty is clear. Yet how can she leave Khyff to suffer in the darkness that binds his heart? His hidden truth is her people's hidden lie. Trigger warning: character memories of abuse
What is the cost of peace? Guilt-ridden over her role in the cataclysmic Order War, Taylor Ghatzi decided to retire from galactic politics and dedicate her life to the Emergency Service—until a deadly terror attack strikes her home world, and she may be the only one able to unravel the mystery behind it. Meanwhile, Cherran DeGuavra, the son of the most important statesman in the past century, gave up on trying to reunite the galaxy frayed by his late father's greatest mistake, but now must call upon all of his diplomatic powers to prevent it from tearing itself even further apart. With the galaxy's powers on a war footing and their own government obstructing them, Taylor and Cherran may need to start a fight to prevent one. Flashpoint is the first novel in the Drive Maker Trilogy, a space opera science fiction series. Pressure Point (Book Two of the Drive Maker Trilogy) is now available!
A mash-up of 40’s style detective fiction and sci-fi, A.I. P.I. examines a racist future where society has turned against a new silver-skinned minority: androids. But for some, they’re a necessity. When you’re in trouble and don’t want the police involved, who are you going to call? An Artificially Intelligent Private Investigator.
The Slythonians are an alien race well know for capturing the best female breeders in the galaxy.
Extinction is a cruel and very real possibility, As the Zuvrakian alien warrior race is running out of time. Lord Asgar and his crew have searched the galaxies far and wide looking for an answer ti their world'a fast decreasing population. After another failed attempt at finding mates, Asgar figures he has nothing to loose when they come upon the auction that the Slythonians are having.