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by B. Morris AllenA heart that's a building, a dog that's a program, a woman who's sinking irretrievably - stories about love, loss, and movement. A collection of speculative stories from author and editor B. Morris Allen. Chambers of the Heart – when someone else's heart is your home Building on Sand – your own child or the child that needs you now? Blush – when everyone else wears a mask, what's it like to bare your face? Minstrel Boy Howling at the Moon – magic, music, and ... buffalo? Fetch – she may b... more
by B. C. RogerMiona and her classmates enter the Great Games, the national batteryrun tournament played every five years between Trowond’s best teams—held this year in distant, crime-riddled Montahra. There, she’ll not only have to stay on the team despite those of her teammates who want her out, and do her best to help her team win, but also carry out a secret mission that could lead her straight to jail. Her new powers might help her—if she can control them. Or they could attract the wrong attention…
by C.E. GroomMace Ealdor is a revered member of the Order of the Silver Sword, mortals who possess the Spark of the Celestials. For centuries, the Swords have been the guardians of the empire of Danim, but when Mace embarks on a quest to right the wrongs of the monarchy amid a decades-long civil war, his noble ambitions soon threaten everything he seeks to protect. In this Shakespeare-inspired tale of betrayal and murder, friends become enemies, heroes become villains, and the only path to salvation rests in... more
by Andrea AndreaSaga inspired by Dungeons and Dragons and dark fantasy horror adventure books. Story follows the adventures of the main character; Nemesis, on forced run from own vampire kind, seeking a way to return home and take her rightful place among them. Only way to do so is to grow powerful enough to earn respect, leading the overall story into darker spaces of storytelling and events. She is a vampire, general moral forms we are used to in literature when talking of humans do not apply. Whole series do... more
by Adam SanfordIn this touching whimsical space adventure about loss, friendship, and support, two young alien friends form a close bond as they learn that things don’t always go as planned. They meet many strange creatures on their journey, and it is often hard to tell which are friends and which are foes. While they may feel very small in a big universe, together they learn that trust and friendship can persevere through seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
by Jessica Crichton
Tipani Walker's nightmare is real.
In fact, The Spoon Man has already trapped her mother among his tarry tentacles, and if he has his way, Tipani will be next. But what the foul phantasm doesn't know is that his latest prey is no ordinary girl. Infused with the ancient magic of a Weaver, Tipani has the power to move through the ever-shifting twin knots of Day and Night, the only place where nightmares can truly be defeated…
…and where they have the ... more
by Jason Abofsky
She’ll betray her country to save lives, but can she betray her best friend too?
Celoven Windess has been groomed since birth to serve her best friend, Princess Naruné, as her Stone Maiden: her closest aide and confidant in all royal matters. The king’s failing health forces the princess to begin a reign she never wanted, and Cel must be there to guide her.
After a catastrophe, the full weight of responsibility comes down on the untested princes... more
by Travis BaldreeWorn out after decades of packing steel and raising hell, Viv the orc barbarian cashes out of the warrior’s life with one final score. A forgotten legend, a fabled artifact, and an unreasonable amount of hope lead her to the streets of Thune, where she plans to open the first coffee shop the city has ever seen. However, her dreams of a fresh start pulling shots instead of swinging swords are hardly a sure bet. Old frenemies and Thune’s shady underbelly may just upset her plans. To finally bui... more
by Steven J. Morris
Everyone knows magic isn’t real. Alien invaders? Ha! Yet, unless one skeptic changes her mind, Earth and her life will meet a swift end.
Disillusioned with her military career, Red Hernandez crawled back to civilian life as a second tier security lead for an engineering marvel meant to cram more people into the tiny island of Manhattan. She expected her biggest struggles to be integrating back into a society where social media and closet space reigned supreme. But when mysterious ... more
by Bjørn Larssen
Norse Mythology retelling for fans of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Calvin & Hobbes
Ever woken up being a God, but not knowing how to God properly? Poor Odin must restrain his brothers, who create offensive weapons such as mosquitoes and celery; placate his future-telling wife, Frigg, who demands sweatpants with pockets; listen to Loki’s Helpful Questions; hang himself from Yggdrasil for nine days with a spear through his side (as you do); teac... more
by Edith PawlickiThe meeting of four lonely immortals will change them - and the world. High in the Heavens, an immortal court celebrates the betrothal of Jin, Goddess of Beauty, and Xiao, God of Pleasure. But as soon as the vows are made, the Sun Emperor collapses from a death curse. Raised away from the Sun Court after her mother's murder, Jin is called a useless goddess, but she is now the emperor's only hope. The curse's cure is locked in the Underworld, and even though the court dismisses him as a hop... more
by Edith PawlickiAction is driven by thought, thought is ruled by emotion, and emotion is controlled by Empaths. Eighteen-year-old Minerva lives in a city of repurposed shipping containers, dependent on a hydroelectric plant for light and heat, while a nuclear winter blankets the world in snow. Hemp powder meals and patchwork clothes are a fact of life - as is human evolution. An unparalleled Empath, not only can Minerva sense emotions, she can read minds and influence thoughts. Power has a price. Start... more
by Seth HallewayAfter centuries of warfare, a world of conquerors has at last defeated their enemies and destroyed their god-like creators. With their society now teetering on collapse and an aging ruler close to death, two young scions from legendary imperial families contend to take control. One has a progressive vision for changing their world by integrating their former enemies. The other has a darker plan that calls for the expulsion and extermination of those who once opposed them. Only one can succeed, a... more
Few in the world of Iodesh believe the Faye are more than legend—until an unwanted suitor captures one as Lady Lysbeth Haywood's bride price.
Presented with the Faye, Lysbeth is torn between her excitement to learn more about the legendary people, her dread at the possibility of a forced engagement, and her battle of attrition with Avon society.
It's worth the struggle, for as layers of the Faye's extraordinary mysteries are peeled away, their revelations&mdash... more
by D. E. WyattThere are some things in the world that are real, and others found only in minstrels' fancies. Elsabeth and Hieronymus find these lines blurring after accepting a simple escort job to the isolated village of Checy. Local folklore tells of a wizard dwelling in the wilderness nearby, and their client, an orphaned youth named Maerten, hopes that his magic can reveal the truth about his past. Despite their skepticism, Elsabeth and Hieronymus are soon drawn kicking and screaming into the unlikely ... more
by Jeffry Dwight
A planet with a forbidden history;
A man without a name or memory;
The two collide in a titanic struggle.
Magic battles science in this gripping tale of an exoplanet colony’s struggle for survival.
On Sundering, the man called Grey must unravel the planet’s deepest secrets to find his own real name and the truth about himself. His search for his past threatens the balance of power, and awakens ancient forces. Grey’s unshakeable... more