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- A little late on my part, but: Fantasy Scroll Magazine #3 – September 2014
- @Chilling Tales for Dark Nights:
- @Daily Science Fiction: “The Latest Fashion” by Karin Terebessy [Science Fiction]
- Fantasy Scroll Magazine #3 – September 2014 [Fantasy Magazine]
- “Burn in Me” by Carrie Martin
- “Descant” by Piers Anthony
- “Hither and Yon” by Anatoly Belilovsky
- “Kindle My Heart” by Rebecca Birch
- “Missing Tessa” by Anna Yeatts
- “My Favorite Photos of Anne” by Aaron Polson
- “Orc Legal” by James Beamon
- “The Contents of the Box with the Ribbon” by David Neilsen
- “The First First Fire” by Alexander Monteagudo
- “The Memory-Setter’s Apprentice” by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
- “The Peacemaker” by Rachel A. Brune
- “The Perfect Book” by Alex Shvartsman
- “Verisimilitude” by Alan Murdock
- @Nightmare Magazine: “Who Is Your Executioner?” by Maria Dahvana Headley [Horror – also available in audio]
- @Tor: “Where the Lost Things Are” by Rudy Rucker [Science Fiction]
Written – Flash
- @365 tomorrows:
- @Daily Science Fiction:
- @Every Day Fiction: “The Face on the Bathroom Floor” by Carl Steiger [Horror Flash]
- @Farther Stars Than These: “Left Behind” by David Scholes [Science Fiction Flash]
- “Eternal Rest” by Emma Guinness [Horror Flash]
- “Going Home” by Harold Kempka [Horror Flash]
- “I Can Wait Forever, You Know” by Madeleine Swann [Horror Flash]
- “Just Doing Her Job” by Oonah V Joslin [Horror Flash]
- “Machinery of Hell” by Paul Currion [Horror Flash]
- “Marble Eyes” by Joseph J. Patchen [Horror Flash]
- “Mist” by Lela Marie De La Garza [Horror Flash]
- @Mythic Delirium: “Anonymity” by Sonya Taaffe [Historical Fantasy Flash]
- @Nature: “Boundary Waters” by Marissa Lingen [Science Fiction Flash]
- @Weirdyear: “The Great-ish Escape “ by Ryan James Black [Weird Flash]
- @BBC Radio 4 Drama of the Week: “Desecration” by Hugh Costello [Alternate History]
- @Nightmare Magazine: “Who Is Your Executioner?” by Maria Dahvana Headley [Horror]
- Tales To Terrify #147 – “She Dreams of Murder” by William Markly O’Neal [Horror]
Audio – Radio Dramas
- @Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod:
Free eBooks – Science Fiction
Dark Space by Jasper T. Scott
Humanity is Defeated.
Ten years ago the Sythians invaded the galaxy with one goal: to wipe out the human race.
They are Hiding.
Now the survivors are hiding in the last human sector of the galaxy: Dark Space–once a place of exile for criminals, now the last refuge of mankind.
They are Isolated
The once galaxy-spanning Imperium of Star Systems is left guarding the gate which is the only way in or out of Dark Space–but not everyone is satisfied with their governance.
And They are Killing Each Other…
[Military Science Fiction Novel – Amazon]
Departure Day by Samuel L. Scheib
The story of two cultures separated by a millennium but united by the peculiar structure in the desert.The idea was simple:build a pyramid in an arid, forbidding land, fill it with humankind’s knowledge, and leave the structure alone for centuries.Eventually some future society would find the unnatural mountain, worship it, and at last open it to reveal the treasures of the mind contained inside.It was a gift to the future; the gift that keeps on taking.
[Science Fiction Adventure Novel – Amazon]
Gorgon by Joseph Massucci
A man-made plague. A madman’s plot.
A desperate president orders all military resources directed at the virus’ destruction – even if that means unleashing a thermonuclear hell.
[Apocalyptic Technothriller Novel – Amazon]
Greenshift (From the World of Ambasadora) by Heidi Ruby Miller
In a caste-ruled society, celebrity, beauty, and power mean everything and multiple partners are the norm. Love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. But sometimes people just fall in love…and that can be deadly.
Mari’s rare eye color makes her a pariah within Upper Caste society, which is why she prefers plants to people…except David, the former Armadan captain who shuttles scientists around on a refurbished pleasure cruiser.
But someone else is interested in Mari and her distinctive look–an obsessed psychopath who tortures and murders women for pleasure.
When the killer chooses Mari as his next victim, the soldier inside David comes alive, but it is Mari who must fight for her own life and prove she isn’t as fragile as the flowers she nurtures.
[Science Fiction Romance Novella – First of Series – Amazon]
Noble Ark (Mankind’s Redemption #1) by Colette Black
Mwalgi pirates, parasitic aliens who consume human spinal fluid, are boarding the Noble Ark. When Larkin Trovgar, a half-human member of the attacking alien ship, turns on his own people, saving Aline Taylor’s life, she feels duty-bound to watch over the impossible monstrosity. Despite his easy-going charms and virile physique, she’s determined to see him as she would any Mwalgi–nothing better than an animal. As Larkin’s presence brings out the best and worst in the human crew, and the Noble Ark is harassed by more Mwalgi ships, will Aline look past Larkin’s alien heritage to find love, or will mistrust cost her everything?
[Space Opera Romance Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Rogue Alliance (The Rogue Saga #1) by Michelle Bellon
While still a child in Redding, California, Shyla Ericson killed her father to end years of abuse. She’d left town shortly thereafter, changed her name, and started a new life, eventually becoming a highly decorated DEA agent.
But some history doesn’t stay buried.
[Science Fiction Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Sergeant Riley’s Account (A Sullivan’s Realm Story) by Michael K. Rose
In the jungles of the planet Edaline, a mysterious species known as the Squamata has long avoided the planet’s human colonizers. But as the only survivor of an apparent attack by the Squamata, Sergeant Leonard Riley knows that the government’s official version of events is untrue. Now he must make a choice between protecting the government he once proudly served and exposing the lies and corruption of an oppressive regime.
[Science Fiction Adventure Short Story – Amazon]
Titans by Edward W. Robertson
Rob Dunbar is the world’s best history professor. And with good reason: he’s been alive for three thousand years, keeping his existence a secret since before the days of Athens.
But a stranger named Baxter has a better use for Rob’s vast expertise. Baxter’s looking to found a mining company in the Asteroid Belt. In exchange for Rob’s help, he’ll try to unravel the mystery of Rob’s origin.
As they’re getting their outfit off the ground, they come under covert attack by HemiCo, a powerful Mars-based corporation. And Rob learns Baxter has a secret of his own–he’s not human. He’s a highly illegal AI.
Developed by HemiCo in the wilds of Mars, the first AI escaped decades ago. They’ve been fighting a shadow war against their creators ever since. Dragged to Mars, Rob is thrown into the center of the fight–and becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution that will change the course of human history amongst the stars.
[Space Opera Novel – Amazon | B&N]
When a Child is Born (The Chronicles of St Mary’s) by Jodi Taylor
It’s Christmas Day 1066 and a team from St Mary’s is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. Or so they think…
However, History seems to have different plans for them and when Max finds herself delivering a child in a peasant’s hut, she can’t help wondering what History is up to.
[Time Travel Short Story – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian
Genesis Plague: Episode 1 by Sam Best
People will change. Nations will fall.
A primordial virus unearthed…
A world ripe for infection…
Welcome to the end.
[Post-Apocalyptic Serial – First Episode – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian – Young Adult
Dream Caster (The Dream Cycle #1) by Najeev Raj Nadarajah
Haunted by memories of his massacred settlement, sixteen-year-old Weaver seeks cover in a hidden refuge among the remains of a ruined city. In the midst of building a new life, Weaver discovers that he has the amazing power to cast his dreams into reality. Convinced it’s just an anomaly, Weaver ignores it. That is until he learns of a mysterious man who shares the ability, and uses his power to bring nightmares into existence and wage war on the world. The peaceful life Weaver hoped for begins to unravel as waves of chaos begin to break loose about him. In a race against time, Weaver must learn to accept his role as a dream caster and master his new power, before his new home is destroyed and humanity is pushed to the brink of extinction.
[YA Post-Apocalyptic Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Steampunk
The Incorruptibles (Frankenstein Vigilante #1) by Peter Lawrence
The Smoke, a dystopian city-state whose overlords, The Commission, keep the population firmly in their place with the help of corrupt law enforcement and merciless mobsters the Silencios. The heroes are a crew of idealistic young men and women, the Incorruptibles, led by Cerval Frankenstein, direct descendant of the original Doctor, whose fearsome secret weapon is the giant Thorsten Laverack and his mighty steam-powered prosthetic arm.
[Dystopian Steapunk Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
The Tinkerer’s Daughter by Jamie Sedgwick
Breeze is an outcast, a half-breed orphan born into a world torn apart by a thousand years of war. Breeze never knew her elven mother, and when her human father is recalled to the war, he leaves her in the safest place he knows: in the care of a reclusive tinker.
The Tinkerman’s inventions are frightening at first -noisy, smelly, dangerous machines with no practical use- but when the war comes home, Breeze sees an opportunity. If she can pull it off, she’ll change the world forever. If she fails, she’ll be considered a traitor by both lands and will be hunted to her death.
[Steampunk Novel – Amazon | B&N | Kobo]
Free eBooks – Fantasy
Heaven (The Afterlife Series #1) by Mur Lafferty
What if you died and went to Heaven and it wasn’t all that? What if it was flat-out boring?
Would you leave?
After their deaths, best friends Kate and Daniel learn that Heaven is not their cup of tea, so to speak. Roads connect the afterlives of all religions, including those from other times and even other species.
But turmoil keeps churning back on Earth, and Kate and Daniel discover secrets between themselves, and secrets about the world they left, and they begin to wonder if their “aimless” wandering is part of a much bigger design.
[Urban Fantasy Novella – First of Series – Amazon]
The Legend of the Firewalker by Steve Bevil
Teenagers with supernatural powers.
A college town deep in folklore, murder and mystery.
A vengeful secret order.
And fallen angels with dark and powerful forces that will stop at nothing to find the one they seek…
[YA Fantasy / Superhero Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult
Ethereal (Celestra Series #1) by Addison Moore
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.
When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.
Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but his reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.
Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.
Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels want her dead, but Skyla is nowhere near done living—and she’s not going down without a fight.
[YA Paranormal Romance / Time Travel Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
The Circle of Law (The Ancients of Drandsil #1) by Lia London
A tragic journey to bury their parents plunges Marki and Isbi into the world of legends. Marki discovers that the Ancients–men and women who live for centuries and control the elements–are real! What’s more, she is to take her place among them as the Governor of Death.
Now she and her sister are in a race against a power-hungry queen.The Ancients must be found and united in time to stop the annihilation of all the people who believe in them.
[YA Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
The Edge Of The Woods by Ceinwen Langley
‘You’re not the first young woman to try to bend the rules, my dear, but they failed and so will you.’
For as long as anyone can remember, young women have vanished into the woods. Believing them to be weak willed and lured by demons, the zealous Mayor enforces rules to protect them: rules that render the village women submissive and silent, or face being ostracised.
Emma’s only hope of a decent life is to be married by her eighteenth birthday, but her quick mouth and low social standing make her a poor prospect. Lonely and afraid, she finds herself dreaming of the woods, and of a mysterious boy who promises freedom and acceptance if she’ll only step across the border into the trees.
With her birthday fast approaching, she has a decision to make: run away from her future, or fight for it.
[YA Sword & Sorcery Novel – Amazon]
Tremble (Celestra Series #2) by Addison Moore
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is determined to bring back the dead.
For Skyla, being an angel from the coveted Celestra faction hasn’t been easy.
An entire band of wicked angels is after her blood, a Sector is after something far more sinister, and her newfound powers lead her on a quest to save her dead father.
Skyla and her boyfriend Logan try to piece together a plan to take down the Countenance in order to maintain their relationship, but will Skyla’s burgeoning feelings for Gage get in the way?
And when Skyla decides to use her powerful blood to change the fate of another deceased soul, just who is going to stop her?
[YA Paranormal Romance / Time Travel Novel – Second of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Paranormal and Romance
Fated (Written in the Stars #1) by Donna Rose
In 14th century Europe, Isla has the feeling she is not alone. There appears to be a spirit linked to her that may just be the salvation from an abusive husband. Her sister and nanny fear she may be losing her grasp on reality. Isla wonders herself as she tries to communicate with the spirit, but gets no response as she feared.After another encounter with her husband has left her shaken and longing for escape, she falls into bed where she is tearlessly crying herself to sleep wishing for all this to end. When suddenly she feels arms enfolding her in comfort. Her world is about to change in ways she never imagined as she learns the spirit is not a spirit at all, but a live tangible being – from another place!Follow Isla’s adventure as she is kidnapped away from the life she has desperately longed to escape. A new world awaits. Where she has been whisked away to she doesn’t know, but she does know she wished for a better life… and it just might be coming true!
[Fantasy Romance Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Vampires
Blood Orange Soda by James Michael Larranaga
High school freshman Darius Hunter lives in a world where vampires live among normal humans. Young vampires like Darius are kept on a government-mandated medication that prevents them from becoming fully undead until they’re 18. He’s smart, sensitive and all-too human””a struggling outsider who’s just trying to fit in, find a girlfriend and escape the attention of football bully Bao Wang. It’s his humanity that often keeps him from his hopes and dreams, so Darius’ “cool uncle” Jack, a vampire, introduces him to a substance called Blood Orange Soda. This strange analog of steroids can speed Darius’ maturation into his full vampire state, but it can’t guarantee that he’ll avoid disrupting the lives of his mother and sister, win the love of Angel Martin or successfully face up to Bao. It also doesn’t make him immune to heartbreak and loss.
[YA Vampire Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Horror
“The Death Catcher” by Robert S. Wilson
When those with a special gift can catch your soul in that dark realm between here and hereafter and bring you back to life, who will save us all from the jealous void?
[Horror Short Story – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Cross Genre
AlterWorld (Play to Live #1) by D. Rus
A new pandemic – the perma effect – has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! And still they’re the lucky ones compared to those burning alive eternally within the scorched hulls of tank simulators.
But some unfortunates – the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits – choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.
Once a seasoned gamer and now a terminal cancer patient, Max grasps at this final chance to preserve his life and identity. So he goes for it – goes for the promise of immortality shared with a few trusty friends and the woman he loves. Together they roam the roads of AlterWorld and sample its agony and ecstasy born of absolute freedom.
[Science Fiction Adventure / Sword & Sorcery Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
D-Nine: Protectors of the Crown by Magus Tor
Dr. James Khoo struggles with what he thinks is a series of severe migraines, faints and wakes to a world so different from the one he knew as his own. Now a medieval princess in the Kingdom of Edonia, Sarabeth must ward off an army of assassins that will not give up until they see her dead. Traveling between both worlds, he must fight to keep both alive until he is faced with the biggest headache.
[YA Sword & Sorcery Novella – Amazon]