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- @Baen: “The night don’t seem so lonely” by Sharon Lee
- Fantasy Scroll Magazine #4 – December 2014
- @Terraform: “One Day, I Will Die on Mars” by Paul Ford
- @AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review: “Ghosts of Englehart” by Rati Mehrotra [Science Fiction]
- @Baen: “The night don’t seem so lonely” by Sharon Lee [Fantasy]
- @Chilling Tales for Dark Nights: “A Message in a Very Old Bottle” by Jon Patrick [Horror – also available on YouTube]
- Fantasy Scroll Magazine #4 – December 2014 [Fantasy Magazine]
- “#Dragonspit” by William Meikle
- “Circus in the Bloodwarm Rain” by Cat Rambo
- “Feeling All Right” by Richard Zwicker
- “Forever” by Rachel Pollack
- “Incriminating Evidence” by Charity Tahmaseb
- “Posthumous” by James B. Willard
- “Restart” by William Reid
- “Seaside Sirens, 1848” by Anna Zumbro
- “Skipping Stones” by Erin Cole
- “The Dragonmaster’s Ghost” by Henry Szabranski
- “Universe In A Teacup” by Seth Chambers
- “Your Cities” by Anaea Lay
- @Lightspeed Magazine:
- @Mad Scientist Journal: “The Nothing in the Wall” by Christopher Lynch [Science Fiction]
- @Short-Story.me: “Valhalla Girl” by Thomas James [Fantasy]
Written – Flash
- @365 tomorrows: “Bearded” by submission [Science Fiction Flash]
- @Author’s Site: “Felis Catus” by Zachary Bonelli [Science Fiction Humor Flash – from upcoming short story collection, Lore & Logos]
- @Chilling Tales for Dark Nights: “The Ghost Hunter” by Jon Maness [Horror – also available on YouTube]
- @Daily Science Fiction: “Let’s Start from the Top” by Mark Cole [Slipstream Flash]
- @Every Day Fiction: “The Guest” by JR Hume [Science Fiction Flash]
Written – Serialized
- @Author’s Site: New Dawn by Andrew James Morgan – Chapter 19 [Science Fiction Novel Serialization]
- Far Fetched Fables #35 – “Childrun” by Marc Laidlaw [Fantasy]
- @Lightspeed Magazine: “Wake-Rider” by Vandana Singh [Science Fiction]
Audio – Serialized
- @Author’s Site: Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty – Episode 11 [Urban Fantasy Novel Serialization]
Free eBooks – Science Fiction
Dimensional Shift: First Step by Michelle Stone
A catastrophic infection of land based plant life motivates a wealthy investor and his colleagues to make the ultimate push for survival. He, his daughter, and a brilliant young team of scientists do the unthinkable. They take the first step off planet Earth.
[Science Fiction Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Eville by Holand Peterson
First day on the job: The room is on fire, flooded with smoke. The boss is blowing holes in the wall with her elephant gun, miserably failing in an attempt to shoot down the tentacle-covered beast hungrily latched onto her new employee’s leg. Alex peers through the window, four stories above ground, contemplating if he could miraculously survive a jump down, seeing as how this demon is likely to devour him before his mad boss actually hits her mark. You know, this sort of crap never happened when he was working at the video store.
[Science Fiction Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian
Darkwalk by Cassy Campbell
Lace is one of NIA-Teliad’s best agents.But when her partner Parker inexplicably turns against her, she only escapes with the help of a hauntingly familiar stranger named Rogue—a stranger who apparently knows more about her own past than she does.It isn’t until Rogue tells her the details of her past that she’s made herself forget that she realizes NIA-Teliad doesn’t want her for what she did, but what she is.
When Rogue finds out what NIA-Teliad is really involved in, things take an even more sinister turn.Fossuel was used up decades ago, and the American Republic has been struggling to stay alive with the few power sources that are left.But Parker’s found the ultimate new power source.All it will cost is human lives.
Now Lace and Rogue have to stop him before more people die to supply fuel to those in power.They’ll have to go against her partner, her agency, and the shadow agency behind it all, the one she forgot existed: Darkwalk.
Lucky for her, she’s a Darkling.
[Dystopian Novel – Amazon | B&N | Kobo]
I Hope You Find Me (Find Me #1) by Trish Marie Dawson
Life for Riley ends when her young children die in her arms…victims of a global viral outbreak that claims the lives of everyone she’s ever known. Left to fend for herself with only a dog as her companion, she sets out on a journey to find others, leaving notes everywhere she goes…hoping that one day someone will come looking for her. When Riley meets the handsome yet mysterious Connor on the streets of Downtown San Diego, they form a bond unlike either has experienced before. When the things that go bump in the night turn out to be more than nightmares, the trio sets off for the mountains in search of an isolated resort where they can hunker down, away from the ominous shadows of the dead city streets. The peace and tranquility of the woods isn’t enough to keep the darkness away for long though and soon Riley and Connor are forced to accept that the World and the few people left alive in it will never be the same. The shadows of their past may haunt them forever…threatening to destroy what little dreams they have left of a future unless they fight to stay in the light and never lose their hope.
[Dystopian Science Fiction Novel – First of Series – Amazon | Kobo]
Planet Urth (Planet Urth Series #1) by Jennifer Martucci
The world has changed. It’s dangerous, deadly. Inhuman creatures rule the planet. Animals have mutated. The land is hostile. But it’s all I’ve ever known. Hunger. Fear. Panic. Those emotions are my reality. They are my every day. I am Avery, and I am seventeen. My father died a year ago. Since then I’ve been responsible for my eight-year-old sister, June.
I worry we are the only humans left.
Humans have been hunted for centuries, to the brink of extinction. I must fight each day to protect my sister. It is the reason I wake, the reason I breathe. But how long can I go on fighting? How long will it be before they find us?
[YA Post-Apocalyptic Novel – First of Series – Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]
Year 50 (Pantheon Obsolescent) by Geoff Bluske
It has been almost 50 years since the planet was nearly rid of humans. Wildlife grows without restraint, erasing the metal and concrete structures left behind. Even where industrialization was most prominent, trees and grassland are aggressively reclaiming their land; Earth is pulling away the scab of human civilization.
A young woman named Calypso leads a team of Scavengers beyond the walls
of Brighton, the last human colony. Her goal is to find medical
supplies, necessary to preserve humanity’s future. It is a dangerous
journey few have the training, ability, or psychological threshold to
[Post-Apocalyptic Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian – Young Adult
Children of the After: Awakening (Book 1) by Jeremy Laszlo
Thrust into the remains of the world they remember, how will they survive on their own, not knowing what or who else remains amongst the ruins?
[YA Post-Apocalyptic Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
The Starborn Uprising: Books 1, 2, and 3 by Jason D. Morrow
It has been sixty years since society as we know it was destroyed. People are forced to band together in isolated villages to hide from the predatory greyskins–the once humans that will eat anything that moves. But sometimes, hiding isn’t enough.
Nineteen-year-old Mora leaves her grandmother, little brother, and the rest of her village to seek out the man who can offer protection–Jeremiah. Along the way, she meets two brothers, Connor and Aaron who help her discover that she has a new ability within herself–the power of the Starborn. And there are others like her.
But these super-humans are on a mission: to kill Jeremiah. They claim that the man who offers protection for everyone is a murderer with dangerous secrets. Mora must now choose between the man who claims he can keep her village safe, and those who can show her who she really is.
[YA Post-Apocalyptic Omnibus – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Cyberpunk
Code Breakers: Alpha by Colin F. Barnes
In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity survives within a single domed city run by a shadowy benefactor known only as The Family. Each week the death lottery claims more lives and Gerry Cardle, head of the lottery, inexplicably finds himself the next on the list.
Something’s wrong with the system. A deadly artificial intelligence has breached security. Gerry has just 7 days to live. Forced off the grid, Gerry has to do the unthinkable: willingly leave the city. What he finds in the abandoned lands will shatter his perception of what it means to be human. Everything he had been told before was a lie.
In a deadly world of conspiracy, violence, and artificial intelligences, Gerry has to sacrifice everything he loves in order to save it, and time is running out.
[Cyberpunk Novel – First of Series – Amazon | B&N | Kobo]
Free eBooks – Steampunk
The Savage Series, Books 1-3 by Tamara Rose Blodgett
The Pearl Savage—where 19th century Victorian America collides with biospheres fueled by steam-punk technology. An epic romance between a “fated” princess and a Savage unfolds despite every obstacle thrown in their way…
[Steampunk Dystopian Romance Omnibus – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy
Bound by a Dragon (The Dragon Archives #1) by Linda K. Hopkins
At twenty-two, Keira Carver needs to find a husband, and quickly, but the prospects in her small medieval village are not looking too good. So when Aaron Drake, a handsome stranger, takes up residence at Storbrook Castle, set deep in the surrounding mountains, Keira takes notice. Just as interesting is the fact that a fire-breathing dragon has also moved into the neighborhood, and is rumored to live in caves beneath the mountain fortress. What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?
[Sword & Sorcery Novel – First of Series – Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult
Darrion by Marissa Ames
Once the gifted elite, those born with magic now must submit to the king for use within his war. Can Darrion’s mother keep her son away from the army while he still has a childhood left? Or will she lose her head for refusing to surrender her child?
[YA Epic Fantasy Novelette – Prequel – Amazon]
Fardoor by Daniel Tascona
Fardoor is wonder, it is beauty, it is magic. Fardoor is curiosity and danger. Fardoor is not our world.
The Day children and their cousin Will find a way in to Fardoor long after it had been forgotten. Will is left behind. Lost in a world where cities move on clouds and forest sprites hide in every tree, he quickly unleashes a dark force that threatens both Fardoor and himself.
Now it’s up to Thomas and Rebecca to travel through this unusual world, learn its magic, and get their cousin back. That is, if he wants to return home at all.
[YA Fantasy Adventure Novel – Amazon]
The Jersey Devil (The FooL #0) by Andrew P. Mayer
Her Only Way to Escape From Reality
… Is To Throw Herself Into the Unknown.
Betsey Weisz is a 23 year-old tough-chick trapped in a dead-end job in a New Jersey diner. Matt Zero is a cosmic traveller who hasn’t just lost his way, he’s lost his mind.
[YA Dark Fantasy / Science Fiction Adventure Novella – First of Series – Amazon]
The Mermaid’s Curse (California Mermaids #1) by Kristina Ludwig
The year is 1912 when the mermaid Oceania reaches her long-awaited eighteenth birthday under the full moon. Now, she is free to explore the land in human form and, hopefully, to discover her special talent.
[YA Historical Fantasy Novella – First of Series – Amazon]
The Thirst Within by Johi Jenkins
Seventeen-year-old Tori Green is an orphan—again. Raised by her grandparents in a quiet Midwest town after an accident claimed the lives of her parents, Tori must now move across the country after her last surviving grandparent passes away. To a new family that doesn’t seem to care about her. To New Orleans, The City That Care Forgot.
In a city full of new faces and new experiences, Tori finds solace in her new friend, Thierry, for whom she falls head over heels despite her many reserves towards the beautiful stranger. Thierry appears to genuinely care about Tori, until his brother shows up hinting towards a relationship that can never be. What is the big secret?
Determined to find the truth, Tori will find herself torn between two very different but gorgeous vampires…
[YA Paranormal Romance Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Paranormal and Romance
Steal the Light (Thieves #1) by Lexi Blake
When dealing with demons, the devil’s in the details…
Stealing mystical and arcane artifacts is a dangerous business, especially for a human, but Zoey Wharton is an exceptional thief. The trick to staying alive is having friends in all the wrong places. While having a witch and a werewolf on the payroll helps, being partners with a vampire really opens doors.
Zoey and Daniel were childhood sweethearts until a violent car crash took his life and left her shattered. When Daniel returned from the grave as a vampire, his only interest in Zoey was in keeping her safely apart from the secrets of his dark world. He has vowed to protect her, but his heart seems as cold as the night he calls home.
Five years later, a mysterious new client named Lucas Halfer offers Zoey a fortune to steal the Light of Alhorra. The search for the Light leads Zoey into the arms of an earthbound faery prince. Devinshea Quinn sweeps her off her feet, showing her everything the supernatural world has to offer, but Daniel still calls to her heart.
As the true nature of the Light is revealed, Zoey discovers Halfer is a demon and much more than money is at stake. Per her contract, she must give him the Light or spend an eternity in Hell. What’s a girl to do except fight for her soul…and her heart.
[Paranormal Romance Novel – First of Series – Amazon | Kobo]
Free eBooks – Horror
Tentacle Death Trip by Jordan Krall
Five drivers. One race. Millions of tentacles.
It’s the year 2025 in the neon-colored nuclear wasteland that was once the United States of America. The remaining inhabitants are at the mercy of mutants, freaks, marauders, gangs, and the last millionaire in the country, the mysterious Mr. Silver. Now, five drivers must compete in a life-or-death race that will determine the fate of the planet. There’s Samson, a lone wolf who buried his life in racing after he lost his wife and son. Gabby Peppermint, a cold-hearted bitch with a huge pink sledgehammer and an unrivaled thirst for blood. Junko, a cross-dressing ex-sex slave in a 1987 Honda Civic. Mama Hell, a God-fearing Christian who wears a shawl made of tattooed human skin. And Drac, a glass-skulled madman who drives a tentacled car possessing eldritch powers.
Something timeless and beautiful has risen off the Eastern Seaboard, the ancient city of R’lyeh and these five racers have been called together for the most epic race in history. Tearing through a post-apocalyptic New Jersey landscape rife with mind-bending terrors, Drac, Samson, Gabby, Junko and Mama Hell will encounter things far more dangerous than each other. A tooth-tornado, nuclear mutants, cannibal Christians, a gargantuan ejaculating marionette, a friendly crab dealer, and the great city itself: the city of R’lyeh, either their doom or their salvation.
[Horror Adventure Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Zombies
The Colony: Genesis (The Colony #1) by Science Fiction
In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world’s population will be dead… or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they’re getting smarter.
Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there.
Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?
[Zombie Novel – First of Series – Amazon | Kobo]