Seventeen-year-old Victoria Etsema never believed in myths or magic, until her bedroom mirror became a portal to Atlantis.
On Victoria's first visit, the lost empire is deteriorating and deserted, and it marks her wrist with an ancient curse. A stranger with the same tattoo warns Victoria to stay in England, but she can't resist the call of the lost empire. She keeps going back. When the mirror breaks, she is no longer content to research universities or argue with her family about her future. She runs away with her best friend, Sarah, to learn exactly what Atlantis wants with her.
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Length: 373 Pages (2,601 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Apr 21st, 2019
Steve Zeller is a wealthy family man and womanizer. His tragic death at age thirty-five groups him at the life critique center with four other dead people: an African teenager, a Russian security service ( FSB) operative, an Indian prostitute, and an Arkansan killer.
He promptly ends up antagonizing his group members, practically guaranteeing they would undermine his chance of entering heaven. Deeply worried, but determined to stay out of hell, he mounts a preemptive self-defense strategy.
Two Doors uses the lives of five disparate individuals to walk us to a stunningly logical and unambiguous conclusion. As you enjoy the easy read, you will find yourself being provoked into revisiting your own beliefs.
An Epic Dark Fantasy Series! Each will be the size of a novelette (about 20k words). The story begins in the 1400's in Sclavonia. Forces of dark and light clash as an evil has returned from the past. The series will delve into a new myth of magic, vampires, demons, and more. You'll be impatiently awaiting for the next part to come out!
Before losing control of the car I heard Annie yell, "No! No way! No! Luke! Luke! Turn the wheel back! Turn the wheel back!"
The car skidded on the wet pavement, fishtailed.
Then we crashed into the tree.
All thoughts stopped.
The medics rushed me to the trauma center.
The next thing I remember I was suddenly floating above my body, I heard the cardiac monitor flat line, indicating that either my heart had just stopped or that I had died.
I wasn't frightened though. No.
In fact, I felt fine.
I experienced a tremendous sense of calm, well-being and painlessness.
My body might have been in trouble, but not me.
As I watched the operating procedure from the ceiling, aware that I no longer had any attachment to my physical self, none whatsoever, I realized I had become a mist, a vapor, a subatomic particle, something.
I hovered in the air, near the ultraviolet lights like a crumb on the back of a moth. I was still in tune with my senses, actually, I was more in tune ...
Twenty-one unpleasant and inconvenient nightmares from Humanity's future. Author Jaymes Shore's fourth anthology of speculative fiction features satirical, bleak, and disturbing visions of greed, ignorance, and arrogance.
Humanity fails at every step as America blows up the moon for national security reasons (one small misstep for mankind), botches up a critical time travel mission (there are no smart phones in the past), transports oil infested with ancient hungry creatures through leaking pipelines, and houses the middle class in cardboard boxes.
Other blunders include a restaurant owner expanding into another dimension with deadly results, a disastrous first contact with a civilized alien world, Cloned replacements for elderly elitists, greedy terraformers, art that only the wealthy can gaze upon, a faith questioning virus, a president witnessing the consequences of his actions from the comfort of his one man lunar base, and other lunacies. Don't be concerned; the great barrier ...
Arno's People: "Nuclear missiles from Iran bomb Jerusalem, Washington and San Francisco." The President of the USA has intelligence; that headline could appear soon. He does not want to make a first strike, but he must stop this from happening. So he secretly commissions Arno Rotar and his people to stop the Iranian Nuclear missile program secretly. With a miracle! But rogue people in the US and Israel want war. They send assassins to eliminate Arno's people. They pursue Arno's people across three continents while Arno's people have scary adventures to accomplish their mission
Sanctioned Swindle: Secretly sanctioned by the President of the US, Percy, a con-man, and Joy an art expert joins with Rosemary an art forger and others to concoct a swindle to catch terrorist groups. Packed into Rosemarie's genes, along with dwarfism, was the uncanny ability to paint in the style of any painter after only a brief look at a sample of his or her work.
However, Percy is on the run from the ...
The survivors spitefully call them "Runners." They escaped when the Hetarek, murdering or enslaving any humans they found, first invaded and seized the system. But, after nearly a generation, humanity is returning to Earth.
Bryan Howe leads Free Human Special Forces Detachment 8222. The twelve men and women, weathered by twenty-three homeless years of endless war, know failure but not surrender. They fight because they must, undaunted by the challenges of liberating their homeworld. The Hetarek rule their captives with an iron fist. The violently oppressed slaves hate their masters only slightly more than the Runners who left them behind. Still, Howe must unite and teach them to fight for a common purpose. Only by building an insurrection from nothing can one battle-weary team hope to free the planet.
From light-years away, a dedicated team supports them, fighting a secret war within a war. Xander Gretter masterminded the operation. His relationship with the Ahai, humanity's ...
Stranded in a strange new world they call Paragon, Tanner Corbin and a remaining handful of humans have survived the total destruction of their home planet, Terradomus. They soon realize that they are not alone and are being pursued by an evil sorceress known as the Dark Sha and her "pets." How can mere humans stand up to the overwhelming powers of their pursuers and where can they find allies in this hostile land?
Sequel to the international best seller, "Mark of the Successor"!
Talin thinks his life is perfect. He's going to be Lily's Consort, and, eventually, her husband. What could possibly go wrong?
A stranger showing up, framing Talin for an attempted assassination, for one. Old foes from Eire, questions about his parentage, and the threat of war quickly follow.
Now, Talin's in a fight he never expected. One where the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.
Vale of Siddim, Israel
On the first morning they explored the northern part of the Dead Sea for the lost city of Admah. Almost at once Tex and Dahl gasped in disbelief at the incredible sight that met their eyes. Jagged spires of salt-encrusted buildings reached up from the floor of the Salt Sea. The white obelisks seemed to reach out for them like a dead giant's grasping hands.
Instead of a scream coming after the great intake of air, the couple hugged each other and laughed. Fear was nothing new to them. In fact it had become a way of survival in this strange land with its tapestry past. So many events had led up to the present and yet they all seemed intertwined with each other. It was definitely a divine connection from a supernatural plan.
Tex gazed around them as he said, "It's like flying through a milky tornado, but you can't tell when a cow might jump up and hit you."
Captain Gem's Saga is the tale of young nun named Gem and how she began her career as the most notorious lady pirate of all time. Her parents consecrated her to be raised in a convent in Paris, France. At the age of sixteen, she made a vow to visit the Holy Land. Then she was forced into an arraigned marriage with the handsome son of Duke and Duchess Le Mason. They fell in love. Frustrated by his inability to satisfy her lusts, she ran away. Her escapades around the world brought her into contact with a host of corsairs, buccaneers, outrageous pirates and creatures of darkness. Meanwhile her valiant husband Cassidy sailed after her in the wake of murdered scoundrels. He was hoping for a miracle to restore his health and return his wife before it was too late. They circumnavigated the globe in their quest. Her desire was for satisfaction. His greatest desire was for his wife!
"We're going to die!" Cole Ashton Duskman shouted at Tex.
The rich American ignored the panicked man's words of fear. He was only acting as his temporary pilot in the two-seat aircraft. A piercing cry filled the cabin of the tiny air craft. The Christian mystic instinctively knew that sound. There was an evil spirit in the plane. A slight smell of burning tobacco and dung filled the air. The pungent odors made Tex's stomach want to turn over and erupt. He said a quick prayer in the name above all names and then he focused his eyes on the controls. The bad smell abated as his passenger squirmed against his seat restraints. The gauges were dead. The control stick was like a slippery python in his grip. He fought against it by trying to pull it closer to his gut. His feet were firmly planted on the aileron's pedals in hopes to bring the craft into the wind and gain speed. But nothing seemed to be helping. They were falling like a proverbial rock.
Then Tex spotted the ...
As Custodian of Earth, Frank Ford put the planet on the galactic map and has unfortunately drawn the attention of the Gotian Empire.
The crime lord Korick has bought the Gotian government and intends to exploit various species for profit. Nobody messes with the Gotes. Nobody messes with the Bugs, except for the Gotes. Earth is caught in the middle.
The Monster is unleashed again as Frank is forced to serve out this duties as Custodian. A new threat emerges and the stakes are raised as a terrible death is almost guaranteed for anyone who crosses the Gotes.
Empires are destroyed, rebuilt, and destroyed again.
Will Frank's ultimate sacrifice be enough to save the Earth?
"Conflict is eternal; it builds us up into something greater than we really are, or it breaks us down, degrading us into useless fragments."
Rhylie Underhill has one goal in life: to prove that she can survive on her own terms. Following it leads her to join the Exploration Branch of the United Allied Forces, where the dreams of a sheltered, naive girl run headlong into the nightmares that are reality.
Ancient animosities that have simmered between the ruling races of the galaxy for thousands of years come to a boil, and Rhylie becomes a pawn in their cruel game of politics and war. She finds herself helpless beneath the crushing weight of machinations that are more sinister than she could ever imagine.
If she can survive, Rhylie has a chance to become greater than she could ever dream of being, or something beyond the fringes of her darkest nightmares.
She learns that once you have been broken, you can never be broken in the same way ever again.
Nascent Decay is a blend of ...
When a Trump-like President Quinn rose to power, he ended democracy, cast out the poor and built a wall 1,000 meters high. 150 years later, his descendants have infinite wealth and control the Sanctuary, a high-tech paradise for the rich where money equals rank. A young woman from the slum with a murky past vows to end the madness and bring the people back together. With no money or rank, she'll have to rely on the only weapon she has. Zero.
The Fringe Collection is a series of science fiction/thriller novels set in a dystopian/post-apocalyptic near-future. Each book is a fast-paced read with a strong female protagonist. You'll be thinking about deep issues in the midst of non-stop action and suspense. The books contain elements of speculative fiction, mystery and cyberpunk in a techno-thriller setting and are recommended for ages 13 through adult.
Each novel in The Fringe Collection is a standalone story; they can be enjoyed in any order.
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A mysterious threat stalks New Orleans at night, leaving a trail of dead bodies, whispered rumors of vampires, and a terrified police force who want nothing to do with it.
When he becomes the first to survive, Evan Conroy enlists the help of his best friends to investigate and find a rational explanation for the paranormal attacks. But every answer they uncover reveals even more questions and one among them will discover that she is not quite what she seems.
Dissonant is a 15,000 word story that takes place 20 years before the events of The Eyes of The Sun and contains a chapter preview of book one.
A Slave Fights for Survival in an Alien Gold Mine Under the Antarctic Ice -
Vera knows that when she becomes too weak to work, she will be terminated, her organs sold on the Dark Net. Captain Varkov is attracted to Vera's spirit. He plans to use her as his plaything. Given his powerful telepathic abilities, Varkov expects to easily dominate the human female.
From childhood Varkov has been harshly conditioned against developing feelings for humans. Feelings cause attachment and bonding. Humans are a slave race and must always remain so.
10,000 years ago telepathic energy vampires known as Arkons invaded Earth and conquered Atlantis. The Arkons came to mine gold which is essential to their interstellar technology. And they stayed. For thousands of years the Arkons have secretly ruled Earth - from bases deep under the Antarctic ice. They control Mankind through their `Deep State' - an invisible network of Arkon-Human agents.
OVERLORD explores the Fall of Atlantis, Alien-Human ...
Most trolls have no natural magical ability. However, Christine does. Enchanted powders swirl up when she walks by. Charms glow.
What happens when Christine tries to direct her magical powers?
Nothing. Nada. Zip.
Something blocks Christine from reaching her full magical potential.
"The Princess Troll" -- the second novel in The Seattle Trolls trilogy and the delightful continuation "The Changeling Troll" -- follows Christine on her journeys through a skewed Seattle and her encounters with outrageous and whimsical characters. A coming of age tale for all ages!
Be sure to read the other books in the Seattle Trolls trilogy, "The Changeling Troll" and "The Fairy Bridge Troll", as well as the continuing adventures of Christine in the Troll Wars trilogy.
35 years after the first Mallworld story was produced, S.P. Somtow has produced the Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Mallworld collection. Included are all the original stories (and the one story left out of the Starblaze trade edition), all the ads for the Mallworld products (left out in the TOR mass market re-printing), and all the original artwork by Karl Kofoed (the artwork was not included in the TOR edition) and Kofoed's cover art (left out of the Meisha Merlin edition!) With a new introduction by the author.
Mallworld was an iconic science fiction novel of the 1980s and a pungent satire of the commercialism of the era as well as eerily prophetic.
The Selespridar have locked us, the planet Earth, part of our solar system, and our sun up in a force field because the rest of the Galaxy plain and simple does not want to associate with us. Do we care? Not really. We have Mallworld, the shopping center the size of a planet!
So come along and play human pinball at the arcades, order ...
Ilthan has been wronged, and he intends to take back what is his.
Ilthan is an immensely talented sorcerer who has been forced into exile by those he meant to rule. Determined to have his revenge, he mounts a massive attack on the Sunswept Isles. Will he finally succeed in taking the isles by force?
This short story features one elf's tale of triumph over captivity.
One night while surfing, Charlie Scott catches a wave that whisks him away to a distant galaxy.
He embarks on a quest to find Brother Yojim, the one man who can get him home. But on his way, Charlie is swept into an adventure involving the planned destruction of an alien race, a mysterious global power called the Corporation, and a cast of extraordinary characters.
Equal parts science fiction thriller, romance and surf adventure, this is a story you'll never forget.
They were six average teenagers... until Sombra C.
Schools are closed. Thousands of sick people are locked in confinement points to die. Vigilante soldiers are pacing the streets. A mutation of a common cold virus has resulted in the deadly Sombra C illness, which is spreading through the world like wildfire. Highly contagious, it transforms its victims in the weeks before death into violent, zombie-like creatures.
Zaley Mattazollo and her friends are thrilled when the anti-viral medication Zyllevir is proven to freeze the infection in its tracks. Finally their lives can go back to normal... except they don't. Riots and bombings and assassinations, zombies and Shepherd soldiers running loose: the civil unrest stirred up by Sombra C unravels their world more and more by the day. And then an attack upon their holiday party changes their lives forever.
Two years ago, Rita Bone's sister vanished after a series of bizarre, violent incidents near their home. Now Rita is old enough to search for Shannon herself, and she starts by taking a job at the same all-night store where her sister used to work. But to get to the store, Rita must either take the long way round, or walk through a dark forest.
Soon, Rita starts to hear strange stories about a powerful force that lives in the forest, and she realizes that finding her sister might mean straying from the path and going deeper into the darkness.
As Rita's search begins, the forest reaches out to claim fresh victims. A local serial killer suffers a freak accident that puts him in a coma, and when he wakes up he finds himself experiencing a series of horrific visions. Meanwhile, echoes of the past start to leak into the present, leading Rita to make a terrifying journey. What lurks in the heart of the forest? What did it do to Rita's sister? And why do those who enter the forest - and ...
Have you ever loved someone so much that you wished you could take their place in death? What if you found out someone had once made that very wish for you... and it actually came true!
A teenaged boy, discovered dead inside of a hidden cave, follows a knight errant back to his camp and is reluctantly allowed to join his band of fellow travelers. With only a piecemeal memory of the life he knew before, young Steuart searches for clues to his origin and how he may have received the gift of a second chance at life.
In the year 2260, the Merchant Raitor Union governs space travel across all known galaxies. The motto of Merchant Raitor is to help establish safe trade routes and peace among the nations. However, there are some who want to destroy Merchant Raitor and anyone who opposes them.
On Earth, Truman 'Tru' Barnett left his xeno-psychiatry practice to join Merchant Raitor and return to space in his father's ship, Prosperous. When he unexpectedly is promoted to Captain, he is assigned a 9-month cargo stint with the most dysfunctional crew that Merchant Raitor has to offer. The stint becomes even more complicated when the ship's A.I. computer starts behaving erratically, he discovers there is a murderer on board, and his ship is targeted by the Terallians after he and his crew learn of the Emperor's plans to start a war with Merchant Raitor. He begins to wonder if he and the crew will even get to their destination alive.
The Time Travel Diaries of the humorous and romantic adventures of James Urquhart, from 2015 and Elizabeth Bicester whom he met at a cricket match in 1873 continue.
They have returned home to find they are not only in an alternate future but a different aspect of themselves. To get back to their world they must travel between Mars and Earth, drifting across time and space, until eventually they find a home and discover who the Martians really are.
Your friends have been betrayed; your home is about to be invaded; and your only hope lies with strangers. Dare you trust them?
As Ruari MacBeth hunts his betrayers, stumbling across an enemy war-mage catapults his dangers to a whole new level. But there's not just one! There are nine DeAine mages wanting their old conquests back, and Ruari isn't the only one they're hunting. Cwen and Alaiz have lost the men they love but aren't about to give up without a fight; Matti is battling to protect the life of a small boy; and knight Maelbrigt is frantic to protect his lover and her secret from them. With the depths of the dangers facing each of them escalating, alone they cannot win. They must seek out one another and unite or none of them will survive.
Looking for high-stakes adventure and epic fantasy on a grand scale? Do you love the worlds of Middle-earth and Westeros, and the compelling characters of Terry Goodkind's Khalan and Richard, or Robin Hobb's Fitz and the Fool? Then you'll ...
Trying to socially engineer the world's population is not easy, especially when you discover that a pair of reluctant time travellers keep on getting in the way of your plan.
The problems started when James Urquhart, living in 2015, was enjoying a walk in the countryside and stumbled upon Elizabeth Bicester at a cricket match at Hamgreen in 1873.
If only Time would stay where it is, it would be a lot easier for everyone.
Edra is from Adara, a technologically advanced world with hundreds of thousands of years worth of history -- and her hyperdrive has malfunctioned, sending her to Halja, a world parallel to her own. It is a world of magic, absent gods, and a broken, uncertain history marred by cataclysm.
Even now, the way to the afterlife is closed, and the ghosts of the dead haunt the wild places between cities, killing anyone careless enough to be caught there after dark. Only the Archmages stand between the ghosts and the ordinary citizen, warding the cities against supernatural intrusion.
Despite the dire conditions, humanity thrives, and at first, Edra holds onto her hope -- hope that she could someday return to the family she loves and misses so desperately. However, her circumstances rapidly begin to change, and she becomes embroiled in events that could alter the world forever.
In the city of Hajeria, she befriends Daniel, a mage and alchemist with dreams of exploring the world. They in turn ...
Sometimes, there are no happy endings. Sometimes, there are no reasons behind the rhymes. Sometimes, good intentions breed the malignant vices that destroy us all from within. Sometimes, the distant light ahead in the tunnel is the beginning of the end.
The galaxy continues to spiral into chaos as the decay begins to spread, causing emotions to run high, and desperation becomes the order of the day. The innocent are no longer so, and the once invincible have become mortal; the devious pull the strings that sends the naive dancing across the stage. Madness and depression dance while the lives of the the innocent hang in the balance. How deep will the darkness go?
As everything falls apart around them, everyone does their best to survive, and make sense of the chaos. Mersi and Vorle have been driven into hiding by the bounties placed on them by the Siirocians, although Kraeke has pardoned Konii. Adam and Noura both cope with their own inner demons while Rhylie is nowhere to be ...
Welcome to Nonna's world, a future of uncertainty, except hers. From age six she has been a slave, and it is all she has known. Day in and day out, she only knew of the beatings and humiliation of being a child sex slave. Her life, she knew would be a short, brutal, and most likely end in her violent death. Then one day, a man, a powerful man bought her and a sliver of hope, This is her journey from slavery to freedom, a sobering story about child trafficking.
Biosoft. Organic programming that hijacks the victims' minds, turning them into anything from a docile plaything to an emotionless assassin. Paul Coulter is an expert in detecting Doppelgangers, and was the closest agent to tracking their source. In a world of Megacorporations and intrigue, the stakes are death or virtual immortality. Can he be persuaded to continue an investigation that almost killed him?
Doppelganger, another installment in Christopher Holliday's near-future short story series, with elements reminiscent of Joan Vinge's Catspaw, explores a world where cyborgs-indistinguishable from flesh-and-blood human beings-have the potential to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting public and the elite agency trying to police radical new technology.
This science fiction mystery novelette originally appeared in Leading Edge magazine.
The Sacred Soil is the first installment of The Valley of Hope. It is a serialized novel delivered in monthly chapters. Prime members with Kindles can borrow the monthly installments free.
Chapter 1 follows a devastated people who lost their entire village to a flood and whose search for a new home leads them to strange and unfamiliar land which was once home to their ancestors.
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Length: 22 Pages (1,200 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Apr 21st, 2019
There is no such thing as a lightning witch.
Elizabeth Norwood has been hiding in the human realm most of her life, filling a niche as a vampire slayer that isn't quite as secret as her magic. Staking demons wasn't part of the deal. The only way to keep hell from following her hidden family and ruining their happily ever after is to confront the demons from her old life and do what she's trained for her whole life, defeat the monster.
Seems simple enough until she accidentally stabs Prince Daemon in the back. It was the spiked punch, honest! Only wounding the dark demon of her dreams has put him on her scent and the hunt she had planned changes into a chase with nowhere to run. Her sister is busy facing her own demons. Her mother will tear hell apart to save her, even if the rest of their world comes crumbling down in penance. Elizabeth has no choice but to grab the prince by his fangs and cast the biggest illusion her lightning magic ever conjured.
Daemon won't be easily tricked. ...
From the bestselling author of the hit zombie series, A Little More Dead, comes a terrifying tale that will leave the reader afraid to go near the water. Fans of The Fog and Jaws will not be able to put this one down!
For something dark has been brewing in the small town of Minot, North Dakota.
Something waiting for the perfect storm to free it from its shackles.
Something that only comes out when it rains...
Rory thought losing his dream job and moving back in with his parents was bad. He thought having to face the one that got away was even worse. On his second day back home, he gets dragged into a night of camping by his best friend Woody and, of course, Rachel is there. Looking just as beautiful as the day she left him. Her new boyfriend, on the other hand, just looks plain jealous. Under a blanket of stars, quiet ghost stories around the popping fire lead to skinny-dipping in the silvery moonlight, just like old times. But when people start disappearing beneath the water, ...
Francis has told Francesca he'd love her till the end of time. Now the end of time is what he's praying for.
A failed writer, haunted by the most useless muse of them all, Francis drives to Italy to be best man at a wedding. All he wants to do is get drunk and have some fun with Francesca, the bride's BFF. What he doesn't want is to get married himself.
Francesca's family, though, has very strict ideas. And guns.
Back home, Francis soon finds he'd rather get rid of his new wife. But break his vow? Risk her brothers' wrath?
If only he could end time... and then he gets offered the opportunity to do just that.
This is a novella. Warning: Strong language.
They are unbearably beautiful.
They do not age.
They do not die but by violence.
They are the undefeated military of an ancient race.
Immortal men serve a King abused by rumors and propaganda planted by a devious and wicked adversary, his sister Lady Mea. Devoted to her passion for power, she has created a gender war armed by an infertility curse used to punish society until she gets what she wants. Magic is her weapon of choice against uniformed officers who are worn out and defamed - but not defeated. Attempting to return balance and normalcy to the realm, the military attempt to return a banished heir who might be able to break the curse and thwart the plans of the grasping Lady Mea. Instead of raising weapons to the women who blindly follow her, they hope to gain the loyalty of a female they might be able to serve. While fighting the armies of Hell and enduring the civil war between genders, they hope to survive by gaining THE LOYALTY OF WATER.
Book One of Five.
An age of peaceful exploration has ended...
The centuries old dream of meeting an intelligent, nonhuman species has finally come true, in the form of the people known as the Leyra'an. But the dream soon becomes something darker when the Leyra'an prove to be more than just humanoid. They are like us to a degree that cannot be explained by chance alone. The search for the answer to this mystery will reveal a universe stranger and more dangerous than the crew of the probeship William Bartram could have imagined, and expose both Humanity and the Leyra'an to the threat of extinction.
For better or worse, that search has begun.
The Silestri thought their enemy was dead. Big mistake.
Exploration's peaceful journey ends abruptly in disaster. The doomed vessel is attacked, stripped of its crew and destroyed. While the men are marooned, the women are forced into a slavery of the worst kind on the Silestri homeworld.
The elusive search for Exploration continued until a corridor through space was discovered, leading straight to the enemy and the dark secrets they kept.
With only days before a decisive battle, an audacious rescue effort is launched to reunite the remnants of humanity and bring them safely home.
The Sentience Wars may be won, but the battle is not over...
The Sentience Wars in Sol have come to an end. In the wake of war, refugees still flee to nearby stars, but there are sinister forces at work in Alpha Centauri who would turn their plight into profit.
None of this is apparent to an easygoing, self assured pilot-for-hire named Jason Andrews. Recently arrived from Proxima Centauri to visit his sister, he is sucked into a covert operation by a brother-in-law who is not who he seems. But then again, neither is Jason...
But the enemy they face has grown more powerful than any had expected, and the fate of the star systems' humans and AIs are at stake. Jason must engage in an all-out bid to save a world he's just getting to know, in a war he only just learned about.
The city of Alexandria wore a veil of black. It sat like a horrid gargoyle perched on the edge of the waterfront. From God's point of view, the delta of the Nile River in Alexandria, Egypt looked like a huge spider's web. The red sandy shore at the mouth of river had water that was choked with oil, scum and garbage. There was no moon to penetrate the darkness engulfing the Red Raven Tavern. The owner and bartender of the dilapidated dive slept on a cot behind the stained counter. He hugged a large cudgel to his barrel-like chest in case any fracas occurred. A circle of unlikely friends huddled at a round table near the dwindling fire in the huge hearth. A chill wind blew down the flue bringing an acidic scent of the abyss with it. A single lantern hung above the table giving the foreign talebearer a ghostly appearance to his brothers of the night.
Young Cass was exhausted and desperate. He was at the end of his proverbial rope. He could not find his ...
The Decadent is a creature in the form of a man, a perfectionist junkie, living on the life force of the creative Masters throughout the centuries. He is alone in the world and is incapable of love until he fixates on his current Master, a female writer, in 21st Century London. As he tries to adapt to a world lacking in Masters, he finds himself in love with the only Master who he can feed upon.
Tex strongly suggested that he and little Miss Payne use his new Hover MOTHER machine to elevate to their desired altitude. It was an antigravity diving platform that was designed for emergency air and sea rescues. She agreed and then she set the rules down for the game, "We will dive from 10,000 feet. The goal is for speed and accuracy. The first one to land on the target is the winner." He asked, "What is the target?" She pointed at the glimmering hot tub in the back of Count Sago's white limousine, "There."
After a few minutes of preparation, the two of them ascended on the Hover MOTHER to the height of ten thousand feet. They found it easier to kneel facing each other than to stand. The star-shaped ten foot around disc seemed to be lighter than air. The few tiny white clouds fell beneath them as they rose higher than the eagles. Just before the meter read 10,000 feet, she leapt off. Tex shrugged his shoulders and then he jumped as if he were doing a cannon ball ...
At just seventeen years old, Jek Trayden's power with Sartious Energy could be the greatest in the world, but that power comes at a price -- a darkness within him that attacks while he sleeps, producing nightmares so real they leave him bruised and bloody.
With the attacks worsening, Jek can't refuse an opportunity to end his nightmares for good when the King promises him a cure in exchange for a task.
But after the King's true intentions are revealed, Jek finds himself in a fit of rage, stealing the King's fearless and livid daughter from the palace -- on her wedding day -- and fleeing the city with the wrath of her father on his tail.
Jek's about to find out there are some things in this world worse than his darkness.
*A note on this novel in relation to the series:*
The Sartious Mage can be read as the first or second novel in the Rhythm of Rivalry series, but it should be read before the third.
This novel takes place in the same world as Bastial Energy, but on another ...
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Length: 290 Pages (1,119 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Apr 20th, 2019
Tex and Dahl ran screaming from the giant sewer crocodile. The scaly thing was over thirty feet long from its snout to the tip of its scarred tail. It could easily swallow a man whole. Tex emptied his revolver into the thick skull of it, but to no avail. She tugged on his sleeve for more speed as he tried to reload. He stooped down to retrieve the MOTHER spider that had been sent to scout ahead of them earlier that morning. The putrid sewer tunnels led down to a dead end. The couple skidded to a halt at the end of the line. Then they heard the offal tinged water draining into an opening in the floor at their feet. It was an ancient city well that had obviously gone bad. The croc followed on their heels until it fell into a cleverly hidden pit in the floor.
It was skewered to death on the points of a hundred wooden stakes. Its death throws and gargled screams filled the air. Then all was silent. Suddenly the laughter of a madman came from behind them. A living skeleton ...
This world is protected. The Creatures of the Void, Lords of The Darkness, learned that lesson long ago. This world is off-limits to their kind. But is it still? The angels who once protected this planet have disappeared, Fallen into darkness, and now the creatures of the Void have returned to test this world again. But not all the Watchers are gone. One angel remains, one last Angel of Death, still watching, still waiting, and testing him is a mistake The Darkness may not survive. You see on this world, Death is a very real thing. Here, on this world, Death really does walk Incarnate.
This is Book 1 in the action-packed series Knight of the Angels, an Enthralling Urban Fantasy about Reclamation, Friendship, and the strength that ordinary people can find in extraordinary situations...
These histories were compiled by Imperial Edict by command of the HIGH QUEEN. Long life and victory to her!
The High Priestess led the procession of maidens to the circle of stones. The skyclad women were chilled in the air of dawn. One of their number must die.
Thus it was in the days of the Winter King.
Swords of Iron is one of the histories of the Circle of Stones. It relates the conquest of the Isle of the Stone Circle by men with swords of iron. It also sings of the conquest of their war leader by the High Priestess of the Circle.
(Published with the Lover of the Daughter of Woden)
When a being from another dimension reveals that the wall between worlds is crumbling because of humanity's wickedness, Olivia Dunn will have to decide if she can be a hero. But first she must prove that she is the chosen one and through training and trials, she will have to confront her own hatred of humanity.
Rachel Lin Smith is a shy geeky teenage girl who gets turned into a vampire against her will by a much older serial killing monster. Her friends help her cope with her changes, and adapt to modern life as a vampire, then help her find and stop her sire from killing again. They also have to deal with a time traveling mayor, a modern day wizard (Really more of a magical artifacts collector), and the protagonist finds herself in the center of a bisexual love triangle between her nerdy best friend and the most popular girl in school.
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Prepare to discover a world of adventure from the award nominated author Tobey Alexander.
Gabe leads an ordinary life with his wife and three children. After a spell of recovery following an unfortunate accident everything is about to change for Gabe and his family. Unbeknownst to Gabe his family carries with it a legacy that has sat forgotten for decades. One morning Gabe's routine is interrupted by a special delivery containing the battered journal of his Great-Grandfather Archy.
Until now the only legacy of Archy had been one of madness and mockery. Cast aside as an old man obsessed with fictitious monsters and secret cults the journal brings with it a grave warning. Prepared to dismiss the stories scribbled on the pages Gabe soon finds there are some who would believe the madness.
Without warning Gabe and his family are thrust into an epic adventure to rediscover the lost legacy of their ancestor. A midnight invasion by the deceptive and devout followers of the mythical Magdon ...
Telepathy, a gift or a curse? Telepaths are separate from others, regarded with fear and suspicion and David certainly saw it as a curse since it destroyed his dreams of exploring space.
When a new threat arises, his abilities are needed to help protect the safety and reputation of the Federation of Worlds Navy. He has got his dream, but in the confined area of a space ship he has to overcome the distrust of the other officers. His success opens up a new future for David but leads to him uncovering a secret so horrific it shakes his confidence in humanity.
Begin your journey now to a fantastic future, free from the rules of the world we believe to be real. Invoke the Spirit of Imagination as you visit the Time Shop and meet Archibald Ben Dillon, a master of time. Using the powers of mind, he can create the future, heal the past, and transform the very essence and nature of time itself.
When a mysterious Lady approaches the Time Master with an urgent plea to save the Earth from destruction, he takes a vacation from his own lifetime and travels to the year 2255 searching for answers to bring back to his Home Time. Along the way, he discovers mental habits he needs to break, surrenders his identity and discovers who he has always been in time and out of time. He returns to Earth a new man.
Written with a childlike imagination and a delightful adult twist, Tarra Light's "The Time Doctor" will appeal to all ages. The underlying metaphysical ideologies and unusual analogies kept me intrigued and laughing.
--Sandra Moilanen, ...
The land of Terisca has been split in two for a hundred years.
Kings on either side of the land once called themselves allies but now consider themselves enemies.
In the South lies the City of Alamar, surrounded by farmers fields and small settlements. In the North is the City of High Reach, which is located upon the side of the tallest mountain. In High Reach they specialise in one thing. Magic.
Prince Arnett is heir to the Alamarian throne. Unlike his father, King Madren, he does not relish the responsibilities and trivialities that come with his royal status. Instead he longs for a simple existence, to be able to walk through the streets of the city on his own and do something more important with his life than sit at feasts and dance at balls.
So when Arnett meets a mysterious girl at the market who sells him an unusual trinket box, it seems that he may have fulfilled his wish. But it is true what they say. "Be careful what you wish for".
What Arnett could not predict is the ...
For more than a thousand years, Santa Claus has watched over the world's children. Once a bishop, he achieved immortality through magic and alchemy.
He has spent centuries trying to teach generosity and compassion. Despite his considerable power, he has never tampered with history or politics: he has always trusted humanity to learn from its mistakes.
But the horrors of World War II test his faith. He begins to wonder if the world needs more from his magic than toys and dreams. He sets out to find others like him, legends and myths that have withstood the ages, to ask their help building a world where the innocent will be safe.
He finds allies in Peter, a strange creature who is neither rabbit nor man, and the Tooth Fairy, the last of her kind. But there are older legends in the world, and not all share Nicholas's sympathy for humanity...
For Love of Children is the first novel from Erin L. Snyder.
Tex Arcana had become a nightmare creature. He remembered becoming drowsy while reading the book of Revelation. And then everything went silent as the grave and black as death. His soul died for an instant of time. Now he saw the world of the past from a sea monster's eye view. He was a blue dragon with a serpentine body ten leagues long. His deep hunger could only be satisfied with vengeance. He stared down his prey and opened his mile-wide maw. He choked down the city of gold and its wicked inhabitants. Death and destruction came to all as if frozen in time. Then the serpent slowly evaporated. It returned to the earth as it became mud and clay. The gods of ancient Assyria watched from the nearby mountains. They feared the wrath of the one true God more than anything. The male and the female sphinx and the gryphon took their revenge. The terrible trio tore asunder the olive tree that grew beside the river of life-giving water. But they could not kill it or destroy ...
Queen Lenore encouraged him, "Never give up. You are so close." "I never quit," said Tex with a grin on his handsome face. He could hear the sound of the rope lowering the target back into place. Then he focused his spirit on the task at hand. He swung with all of his might. Tex hit the piñata and then it exploded with candy and fireworks. A tiny rocket grazed his ear leaving a scorch mark. The shockwave knocked him on his butt. The three women screamed in shock and dismay. The kids cheered as they scrambled to pick up all of the candy raining down in the old throne room. The men stood their ground like carefree gods. On queue, the orchestra launched into a victory tune. During the split second flash, Tex heard a verbal vision from heaven. The living words painted a saga in the spirit. He was instantly in the past with King Solomon of Israel and King Hiram of Tyre on their last voyage to Ophir.
The verbal picture was narrated by Honey Arcana, but the person that Tex was ...
Acting under Presidential decree three men meet clandestinely in a villa at Compiegne to belatedly begin to contemplate the unthinkable.
What if ghosts really exist? Not as spectres, not as whispers in the night but as real people who simply find themselves out of their time and place like fallen angels. And what if our leaders have always known about the 'interlopers' in our midst?
Interlopers - Book 1 of the Strangers Bureau Series is a novella introducing my new series of supernatural mysteries - The Strangers Bureau - which features veteran Sûreté detective Eleanor Gerard.
In Interlopers we discover that not all is well within the mysterious, ultra secretive Security Committee for Interloper Affairs. For seven decades SCIA's work has remained a dark secret within the underbelly of French Governments throughout war and peace. The best kept secret of the Fifth Republic has become a bloated, corrupt monster, a rogue organ of state whose senior officers are more preoccupied with ...
Brothers 'til the end.
The Wades stick together, always. They each have their parts to play and that's what has kept them alive all these years. Ias Wade knows his role in the family. The genius. The joker. The charmer. That's the role he's always played and he's pretty good at it after all these years.
But the threats against the Wades keep on coming. And there are threats that his brothers don't know about. Ones that jeopardise the life Ias has built so carefully. Ones that he's been running from for a long time.
Nephilim. Avery Foster knows who she is. Knows what she is. But she has always refused to be drawn into the world of angels and demons and vampires, a world she has avoided for most of her life. But she can only run from that world for so long.
And when she runs into Ias Wade it might be time to stop.
The fallen angel is everything Avery has told herself she doesn't want. The problem is she can't seem to stay away from him.
But when Ias and Avery stop running those threats ...
Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
"Don't touch that thing!" Tex yelled at the two bikini clad scientists. But it was too late. The secret trigger to the ancient trap clicked into place. The salt water began to rush into the sea cave like a focused tsunami. The man-made tunnel was soon flooded beyond sight of the entrance at the shoreline. The frantic threesome raced before the watery onslaught to the last of the subterranean caverns.
"It wasn't my fault," Holly Hannah Lacey protested through tears of fear. The other lady scientist named Colt Smith-Wesson laughed before the cowgirl said, "It was too your fault. Your big butt knocked up that fertility figure." "You pushed me," the first girl said as she wiped off her wet cheeks. Colt giggled and said, "I was only trying to get closer to Tex." He hit the back wall of the last cave and then he spun around. The surging waters roared into the cave and then they subsided slowly. It was readily apparent that they would never be able to escape from the ...
Alien Apocalypse: Surviving
Book II continues the story.
Alien Apocalypse: Surviving - No Zombies!
"Surviving" is the second novel in this series that tells the story of how the greatest find in human history almost wipes mankind from the face of the Earth. The story shows how a group of close-knit people band together to survive the aftermath of this horrible event and work together to survive The Alien Apocalypse.
The USA found an ancient alien spacecraft crashed on the Moon. Alien bodies are found, and through a series of mistakes, an alien virus and other lifeforms are unleashed on the world by the Russians. Viruses, fungi, and parasites found a way to the Earth and infected mankind and animals on the Earth resulting in billions dead, horrible mutant animals and who knows what is next?
Can our heroes and the world survive if the alien bugs and germs aren't contained?
Three years ago Jason Kepler was infected with a hive of microbes that briefly turned him into a zombie. As the world opens up around him, Jason tries to reinvent himself as both a gay men and a miracle of modern science. Former US army Lieutenant Zachary Blake must adjust to a transition of power, but when an old foe resurfaces his thirst for revenge threatens to overwhelm his better judgment. Joseph Gordan grapples with approaching parenthood. When a mission sends Joey away from home he's reminded of the dangers that still lurk in the world. The third installment of The Decay series expands on the cast and provides more of old favorites. The rules of the zombie outbreak are changing and no character is safe.
Three frat boys Daniel, Chris and Matt live within a stone's throw of the weird and mysterious Chase Biological Labs. One night after some drunken antics, they discover a weirdly glowing canister of pink goo in the wall that someone stole from the laboratory. When Matt tries to remove it from the wall, some spills all over his hand and before they even know what's happening, Chris and Daniel watch their frat brother undergo a highly unusual and erotic transformation into the hottest babe on campus! Now that he's a sex-crazed bimbo Matt can hardly keep his hands off his friends not that they're complaining! With his thoughts quickly turning to hot and steamy threesomes between the three friends, will he ever be his old self again? More importantly, how long will Daniel and Chris be able to resist their tempting new roomie's tight, perky bod?
Alien Apocalypse: The Virus - No Zombies!
"The Virus" is the first novel in this series that tells the story of how the greatest find in human history almost wipes mankind from the face of the Earth. The story shows how a group of people band together to survive the aftermath of this horrible event and work together to survive The Alien Apocalypse.
Most Science Fiction and Post-Apocalyptic yarns start with a nuclear war, monetary collapse, EMP blast, or earth born virus and have the main characters finding ways to survive the "Event." This is a different story.
What if man finds an ancient alien spacecraft crashed on the Moon? Why did it crash? What if alien bodies are found? What if aliens, like mankind had viruses, fungi, and parasites? The big what if is what if those viruses, fungi, and parasites found a way to the Earth and infected mankind and Earth's animals?
The what ifs hit the fan in this Post-Apocalyptic story about the USA finding a crashed alien spacecraft on the ...
One of the five stones holding the Ban together has been stolen. Now one young woman must put her skills with the sword to the test and recover the Sunstone before it's too late.
In Cynneweald, magic has been forbidden since the Dragon Wars, yet not everyone is willing to follow those rules. Krystelle is determined to reach her old mentor and enlist his help, but when the dark wizard who took the stone also kidnaps her, a chance encounter in the forest may be her only chance.
With the self-appointed guardians of the Ban on their heels, Krystelle and her new friends must infiltrate the wizard's lair and bring it back to its rightful home before the balance of power holding the kingdom together begins to topple.
Fans of Terry Brooks and Robert Jordan will enjoy this fantasy adventure.
This fantasy novella is Book 1 of Jake Allen Coleman's Eligium Series.
The mystery surrounding Danny's inception deepens as the crew divides their forces and attempts to stop a mistake made in their past. Warnings of paradoxes play continuously in the crew's minds as they endeavor to prevent his capture and their supposed deaths from the very beings that created them in the first place.
Not one to ever miss an opportunity, Merlin seizes his chance to once more come away from his initial mission's mess with something. Anything. What he gets was never something he bargained for and he finds himself torn. Does he choose vengeance or a chance at grabbing at a future that may not look so bleak anymore?
Logan walks a fine line since breaking his bond with the Haven. The anger driving him causes him to make rash decisions that jeopardize his life, as well as that of the friends who chose to help him make their little corner of space safe for when the Haven rejoins them from the past. His focus is split when another offers him a bond unlike the chaos involved ...
Anistar. Planet of eternal ice...
... bitterly cold and covered in the snow of thousands of years, yet life exists. Beings adopted to the harsh conditions and found a way to exist. Humans are covered with life-supporting magical tattoos. Dragons white as snow called ghost dragons inherit Anistar. Dwarves worship their God of Fire, Salykro. Unicorns train in their healing arts.
Once there were twelve Gods, but some are no more. Some races are without a God, others without any beliefs. One of them is Cyzel...
... who is on a mission for Sha-Ryo, the evil Lord of Frost. He has to open the gates of a small outpost that is not yet under the icy grasp of Sha-Ryo. It was agreed to kill only if necessary and harm no innocent. This was the deal. One side changed it...
... and with it the fate of the whole of Anistar. Events are about to unravel that will bind humans, dragons, dwarves, unicorns and other races together in epic battles of good against evil. But not everything is at it seems ...
This short story is a companion piece to The Chaos Machine. However, it was written such that it may be read separately and contains only brief references to the novel solely to provide a minimal background for the story. It is a fictional imagining about Leonardo da Vinci and his encounter with a cave in his childhood. It was an experience that changed his life forever.
The Chaos Machine is the first book of The Chaos Trilogy. It was originally intended to be a stand-alone novel, but (optionally) continues with Second Contact. The third book, Mankind 2.0, bridges the first two books and ties everything together.Author's note: Whether you enjoy reading this or not, I would appreciate any honest reviews. It's the only way I can get any feedback as to how I'm doing as an author.
Beauty and the Beast - All Four Versions includes the original, adult-oriented edition of the story by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (translated from the French by James Robinson Planché), the simplified and shortened version by Jeanne-Marie Leprince De Beaumont which appeared sixteen years later - the basis for all future versions, the Brothers Grimm adaptation and a somewhat forgotten version by Victorian folklorist and anthropologist Andrew Lang. There is also an image gallery showcasing over thirty classic Beauty and the Beast illustrations by Walter Crane and others.
Beauty and the Beast - All Four Versions
Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.
Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont.
The Singing, Springing Lark by the Brothers Grimm.
Beauty and the Beast by Andrew Lang.
Genre: Fantasy Length: 122 Pages (2,019 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Apr 20th, 2019
Joanna Vivian Meyrick and Atticus Weston Haynes III grew up in two, completely different worlds, maybe even different planets. This is their story. Joanna does everything off the cuff, her life is a bit of a mess... at-all-times. She is spontaneous and gets herself into seemingly impossible situations. Joanna has had a rough life, but most of her mishaps are brought on by her clumsiness or absentminded nature. She takes everyone at face value and does not think anyone could betray her... until they do. And it always devastates her. Maybe she has no control of what happens to her and it has all happened to bring her to one defining moment in her life. Atticus is a methodical person, he likes everything in it's right place, but has been through tragedy in his life. He is rich, but he views money as nothing compared to what he has lost in his life. What brings Joanna and Atticus together is something out of the ordinary, something other worldly, something that only happens in dreams... ...
At the end of time lies the secret to a new beginning!
Bob Bradly's desperation is consuming. The End Time Procedure shows his girlfriend Jane has two days to live, but he's even more mortified because he knows exactly how she is going to die. To escape fate and forge a new life, Bob and Jane travel a treacherous road evading poisonous migratory foliage, violent human-animal hybrids, and a ruthless and corrupt government. With so much to lose, there's no turning back!
His perilous struggle divides him between saving Jane and saving all of humanity. Can he alter what cannot be changed to prevent the end time of everything?
From the moment we're born we begin to die! What happens after?
Construct of the afterlife is in danger of collapse! Entities in positions of great power are waging an immortal battle for supremacy. The devil, banished for eternity, craves this power and will do anything to attain it.
High school student Nick Murray has died, but his death is not natural. His life was preparation for a mission to save the afterlife! Injected into the living, Nick's soul enters the body of a recently deceased commander. Desperate to prevent a nuclear apocalypse which would provide souls for the devil's zombie attack force, Nick battles between two facets of existence.
When the body he occupies is executed, he discovers a horrifying secret about his own origins that may destroy everything he's fighting to save. Has he made an impossible mistake? Is the devil and the devastating power of pure evil really his ally?
Human minds in android bodies.
What could possibly go wrong?
Alyss was raised in a walled compound, cared for by the Nandroids that run it. She's never experienced anything outside the complex. Well, except for that small square of sky above the high walls of the exercise yard.
In just two months, Alyss will turn eighteen and her consciousness will be transferred into an android. Such is the way of the Society: giving its citizens bodies that will never age or decay, with the ability to experience the full range of human sensations. Who wouldn't want immortality in a perfect body?
But when an equipment malfunction grants her a glimpse into the world beyond the walls, Alyss is thrown headlong into a race for her life.
The Society lied.
They aren't putting her mind in an android body... they're programming it to act like her. If they catch her, they will complete their plan, and Alyss herself will die.
An unexpected ally with questionable loyaties may hold the key to it ...
"What makes you moan? What makes you clench and cry out in pleasure?"
Captain Livia Fontaine of the United Galactic Federation has become the source of the answers to these intimate questions.
The alien race of Enda are fascinated by Livia and her human anatomy. Knowing her safe passage back home is at stake, Livia finds herself being thoroughly and intimately examined. Embarrassed at first, Livia is soon surprised to find how much she truly craves the aliens' attentions.
But as the aliens continue to push her every erotic button, Livia begins to wonder -- does she truly want to go home?
Set in the very near future, Britain has suffered a massive biological terrorist attack. The result is a disease that rivals the Plague in its mercilessness. The symptoms are easy to spot. They cover every inch of skin: disfiguring, blighting and rotting with shocking rapacity.
But this is a disease custom-made to cause the greatest amount of suffering and misery for the British people. Victims seldom die quickly, and the contagion, christened 'Foedus' by the media, only affects women. Forced to hide their ravaged faces, the women of Britain adopt the burqa, are forced to stay at home for 'reasons of hygiene' and can only visit public places with a male escort. The radical Jihadists are not just triumphing in the War on Terror, they're having fun doing it.
So when Devina, an immigrant, falls into the hands of a gang of ambitious petty criminals, it is clear that her apparent immunity to Foedus is potentially worth a fortune to anyone searching for a cure. But the State doesn't want ...
'When you're in hell, only demons can save you... '
For a thousand suns humanity has lived on this world, a world of advanced knowledge and medieval ways, a world whose history has been lost in a fog of tales and fragments of ancient learning.
Upon this planet a young man is betrayed and sold by those he called family. Lost and alone, he discovers a weapon more powerful than anything he could imagine. Now, holding the power to level entire cities, he may be the last hope for a humanity on the edge of extinction.
But the howl of the pack has changed, and what was once a sound of comfort and protection brings only terror as it echoes across the mountains.
When high technology meets low society, when the natural clashes with the artificial, when the very world itself seems bent on eradicating humankind, those caught in the middle must choose, though every choice brings with it its own loss.
A choice between humanity, and the pack.
Spanning time, space, and ...
Are we alone in the universe? To date, all indications tell us we are, in fact, the only intelligent form of life currently inhabiting our Milky Way Galaxy, at least.
Aliens may survive in government laboratories, but they are naturally difficult to record with any convincing fidelity. Yet, yesterday's far-out conspiracies too often become today's startling headlines after a bit of unwanted exposure.
Pause one moment now to take note of a shadow-bound summons. Your paranoid shade whispers. Of bright lights on calm nights; of tasks at hand delivered with a foreign understanding and unspeakable demands; of cosmic desperation in dying hopes; of patented cover-ups, government surveillance gone mad and invasions that challenge human imagination; of a future bound by irrepressible technological achievements, and of the hapless souls left to linger in the aftermath when it all goes wrong; such twisted threads weave life's strange tapestries. Of sinister happenings, here find abundant ...
The Wilderlands exist in an alternate past or a possible future. Depending on perspective, it is a realm inhabited by mysterious wizards or learned disciples of a new religion evolved from the practice of ancient science. Magic or high technology rules the world.
Seizing the military initiative after claiming the undead armies of Draven's Revenge and assuming the mantle of Rit Apica, Epsilon Three destroys Ilmacht, the capital citadel of Vandegarte's evil empire. Pausing only long enough to dispense judgement and justice for the countless capital crimes committed there in the madman's name, Epsilon and his companions, the wizardess Pandolyn and her apprentice Ubar, quickly collect the spoils of their victory before they march south to complete their conquest of Empire. Following a tortuous and ruined highway, the company of wizards and their immortal army of the Martial Rite wreak havoc on their enemy's walled strongholds along the way. Before they can return to the Barricade Wall ...
A contemporary incarnation of Janus, the two-faced god, Mordrake is not one man, but two, for he lives with a conjoined, parasitic twin. He is both Adonis and demon, gentleman and lunatic, and he has eyes in the back of his head. He is Mordrake and Mordrake's Whisper, the former a handsome young gentleman of renown and refinement, and the latter a silent, sinister mask fixed to the back of Mordrake's head. Though speechless, the mask of this parasitic twin frowns when its master laughs and it rejoices when Mordrake weeps, while hideous, vile and hateful, it incessantly whispers unspeakable ideations into its master's thoughts, ever pushing Mordrake to the limits of madness.
He is not one man, but two. Angel and demon. Master and monster. Which will you meet?
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Length: 49 Pages (736 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Apr 20th, 2019
They've sent him on a journey through time. They had no idea what year he would arrive in. They didn't even know if he'd be going forwards or backwards. His mission is to find out, then come back and tell them.
If he fails, his life will be over; punishment for a crime of conscience. But how hard can it really be?
Answer: pretty hard when he's landed in the middle of a vast, empty wilderness with no signs of human habitation. Where does he even begin? And with just hours to spare before the machine returns to the present day, with or without him on board, time is running out...
'Dark Drive' is a stylish and inventive time travel thriller; the debut novel from Scriptapalooza semi-finalist Phil Miles.
YOU'LL THINK YOU KNOW WHERE IT'S GOING. YOU'LL BE WRONG.
On a beam of light as in the fog of dreams, a hundred human beings of all ages and walks-of-life find themselves standing on narrow pedestals in a strange auditorium filled with noxious, frigid liquid. With no room to sit or recline, they cannot rest or sleep. They can only shift from foot to foot atop the pedestals, standing for hours then days, their fears unresolved and their fate unknown. Only one man among them, a hardened felon zapped out of solitary confinement, seems to have any answers to their questions.
Countless hapless human beings relate tales of alien abductions, and each story harbors some modest kernel of truth. They disappear all over the world. Some of them eventually return home. Yet, nobody knows for certain what becomes of the missing while they are gone.
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Length: 51 Pages (651 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Apr 20th, 2019