The Gods of Light have dominated the ancient world for centuries, interfering with human civilization. Now,
someone is killing them, That frightens the Gods enough to send for the trickster, Odyl, the hero of the Minoan war,
to discover the murderer.
The Bull God, Torodous, among others is opposed to human interference, and maroons Odyl and his war
companions: Pellian, Eugonis, Larpos, and Ajax on the island of the one-eyed God Appolian, who slays any
invaders. To insure Odyl cannot complete his mission Torodous attacks Odyl's homeland of Naxos and kidnaps
Odyl's wife Penelope and his young son Anticius.
With only his wits and his ability to throw fire to aid him, Odyl must somehow vanquish Appolian, make his way to
Minos and to cross the huge island to rescue his wife.
Advances in modern war techniques have led to "cleaner" and "cleaner" weapons. Countries have created missiles
that can pinpoint a room within a building - greatly reducing the risks to non-combatants in a war zone. However, it
has been argued that wars have to be messy so people have an actual reason to avoid them.
In this collection 11 authors will look at ways that warfare will advance in the future:
- from a war that has determined safe zones that cannot be attacked
- to a virtual war where a law still exists that can require one-tenth of the population to be killed
- to a closed meeting room where world leaders order the destruction of their own people to show just how far they
will go in attacking the enemy.
Whether you agree with war or not, these stories will cause you to pause and think about the ways in which war is
Eve - the first woman - some call her Pandora.
Both the Christian and ancient Greek myths make her the reason man was plagued with the ills of the world.
Whether in convincing Adam to taste of the fruit of the forbidden tree of knowledge or in giving in to her curiosity
and opening a forbidden box and releasing all the evils into the world.
Well, it's time she had a chance to tell her story...
It was an open and shut case of someone's reckless actions that had killed his sister. Mark knows that, and he is
going to expose the group responsible for the wild, headlong, daredevils they are. But Mark has a lot to learn; about
the killer and about himself.
Mark arrives on Eire's moon with a complete set of beliefs: it hadn't been his sister's fault in any way, the person
responsible for shooting down his sister's ship, the group the killer belongs to are reckless scum, and he will right the
situation by exposing them in print. But the longer he stays the less his beliefs apply.
Not long ago, Harry had moved back to the town where his ex-wife and kids reside and was trying to rebuild his
life. The "work hard and play hard" attitude that carries Harry through life is balanced by the softness evidenced in
his dealings with his children. Once again, he was going to have to be away from them and the new life he had been
trying so hard to establish.
Going undercover at MechInsCo, Harry gets exposure to executives within the company including his lifer
accounting boss, the psycho senior finance executive and a frantic company president. They all paint the same
picture-a company losing money with no idea how, or why. His stint at MechInsCo supplies Harry with some
raucous times: large amounts of information, booze and ladies provide him with much more than he signed on for.
Harry Mickey Shorts gets a call from M. Randle Trundle, a New York business tycoon, who is in need of Harry's
help. Without a thought, Harry drops what he is doing and races off to help his benefactor, and friend.
Trundle is a part owner in Board Room Farms, a horse racing stable, run by his brother, Danny Trundle. He informs
Harry the stable's prize breeding stallion was found dead in his stall and Trundle feels something is wrong. Harry
agrees to help Trundle with the case and does what he does best by going undercover and digging into the world of
thoroughbred horse racing. Having bet on more than a few nags in his lifetime, Harry is comfortable around the
track and blends in very smoothly.
During his investigation, Harry forms an alliance with the ranch's female vet - in more ways than one. She agrees to
provide needed intelligence on the current and prior goings-on at Board Room Farms. Along the way, she becomes
a serious love interest in Harry's life. Unfortunately, that conflicts with Harry's renewed part-time interest in his
ex-wife that may prove to be a "pick one" dilemma, sooner, rather than later. His love for, and continued attempt to
become part of his two children's lives, remains paramount in Harry's thinking.
A Shapeshifter from a planet known as Paradise, comes to Earth on a mission to rescue other Shapeshifters who
may have become trapped in Earth shapes and are unable to return to their home planet.
During his time on Earth the Shapeshifter becomes a dog, a duck, a pigeon, a human male, and a human female. It is
as a human female that the Shapeshifter begins to forget his true identity.
Although her dreams terrify her (she can't understand why she dreams of flying and of making love to women), she
keeps working to put the pieces of the puzzle together and recover her memory, although with each passing day she
becomes more identified with her current shape and less likely to believe the truth of who she really is.
Chordelia, straddling two of the realities proposed in Everett's Many Worlds Theory of Quantum Physics, has no
idea how distorted the line is between choice and fate.
In one of her worlds, Chorie's young daughter is dying-a drama that quickly contaminates her other, much rosier,
reality. Before long, the emotional burden of dealing with two separate lives spawns heated legal battles, endangers
her role as mother and wife, and causes people in both universes to judge her insane. As her lives begin to crumble,
so does Chorie's heart and mind.
When Dr. Penny, a man with disturbing, murky, hypnotic eyes offers to rid her of the life that's causing so much
pain, she must decide if she is willing to sacrifice the chance to be with her dying child for the chance to save her
marriage and experience happiness.
She thinks she's planned it well-she's researched her choices, prepared herself for the consequences, put everything
in place. She makes her decision. However....
Life, as it has the propensity to do, strikes back with the dark and unexpected.
When Anwyn Baldomyre stumbled upon Stonegorge, he was fascinated to find an entire city built under a bridge.
But the moment he stepped under its tall arches seeking shelter for the night, he knew something was amiss.
Stonegorge was being ravaged by the rising river threatening to wash its foundations away, as well as a frightening
creature locals call The Water Lady. A creature who drowns men on dry land.
Soon, the river will tear out the foundations of the bridge. So Anwyn embarks on solving the mystery of the Water
Lady and helping the folk who live at the base of the bridge known as The Depths.
But there are those who would just as soon the Harper Mage not learn the truth, for that would spoil their plans to
run those who dwell in The Depths from their homes and put the wealth of Stonegorge into their own pockets.
But his magic may not be enough to save The City Under the Bridge unless Anwyn can solve the riddles buried in
Joanne Hall's first collection of fantasy stories, ranging from the satirical comedy of:
"The Feline Queen" - where a race of cat-women are not quite as the hero anticipates, to the darkness of:
"To Please the Gods" - where a healer and a priest join forces to save their village from a mysterious plague.
Here you will find heroes, with muscles like footballs and brains like peas. Heroines, whose mystical gifts may be
their salvation, or their doom. And ordinary people, from this world and others, caught up in magic beyond their
Take a breath, step through the mirror, and enter the realm of THE FELINE QUEEN.
It's going to be an extraordinary journey...
Millstand held very little for young Bathmal Arined. Aside from his mother, the village held nothing for him at all.
And yet, he was trapped within its confines. Born a bastard into a society that all but shuns bastards, Bathmal didn't
waste time hoping for a better future. Instead, he spent the idle moments of his free time fantasizing of grand
adventure and of places wholly unlike Millstand. Places where everyone had a voice, and everyone mattered and
cared for one another regardless of caste. He often spent long hours wandering the worlds of his imagination,
battling evil singlehandedly, rescuing cities and nations from hordes of gruesome demons, and returning to countless
But when the fantasies faded and reality crept back in, Bathmal knew he was just a bastard; and in his world, that
equaled to nothing. Then, on a cold winter day on the outskirts of the village, Bathmal's life changes forever. He
encounters a knight from the north, who tells Bathmal that there is more to the world than being a bastard, and that
even bastards can become knights. Bathmal becomes obsessed with the idea and follows the knight from the village
and commences on a life journey that will take him into the frozen mountains, across the sea to an ill-fated kingdom,
and into the depths of The Black Realm of Hadez itself, there to face his true tests where success would grant
Bathmal the chance to obtain everything he'd dreamed of, and failure meant endless death.
Bathmal's journey also leads him to the tale of The Golden Griffin, and sets him down the first few steps of the road
towards a possible meeting with history....and a legend come alive.
WELCOME TO THE HOTEL GALILEO
It's the Roaring Twenties. Humanity has ventured out into the stars, and out there, on the shoulder of Orion, sits
Earth's crowning chievement -- the awesome steam-powered space palace known as the Hotel Galileo.
Returning to Earth after a long vacation, retired detective Barclay Heath decides to stop at the famed space hotel for
one night only. But Heath soon discovers dark forces are at work--before the night is over an Arcturan dignitary is
found murdered in his bed.
With the future of Earth hanging in the balance, only the keen mind of Barclay Heath can see through the tangled
web of lies and subterfuge spun by the chief suspects. Only he can unravel the mystery that lies at the heart of the
For over fifty years, fireworms have ravaged the city of Citadel Heights. Warriors and wizards have sought to find
the answer to the attacks, but to little avail. Each raid has decimated the Chilan warriors, the elite guard of King
Romarin, the son of Rhynathel, the warrior god.
Kalena, a young squire to Cahal, the Kings Champion, knows all too well the peril that the fireworms bring. As she
watches her friends and fellow warriors die in the attacks, she knows something must be done. A tragic loss sends
her on a quest with Romarin, himself, to find the source of the attacks and to perform daring rescue. But an ancient
evil lurks in the fireworms lair that even the magic of Romarin may not be able to fight, and forces Kalena to face an
enemy even more dangerous than the fireworms.
Valtierra, a city-state, is governed by archetypes. Every two years they choose twelve men and women to wear the
masks and to become the Wise Old Man, the Fool, the Mother, the Harlot, the Warrior, and the rest of the council.
But now Valtierra faces hunger, decay, and an enemy on their border and, when the need for leadership is greatest,
one mask is worn by a foreigner and one mask hides a traitor.
Some people think this is a rodeo
This Ain't No Rodeo
This is Bull Riding!
Inside these covers you will find stories about one of the toughest individual sports there is -- bull riding and those
who participate. This exciting sport pits the riding skills, ability to read and interpret the animal athlete's movements,
strength and sheer determination of the rider against the brute force,power and determination of a bull who doesn't
want that rider on his back.
As exciting as the sport is to watch, it is very dangerous. This is not a team sport, and riders who aren't riding and
winning; aren't making money.
Seventy-five percent of all proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to the RRF - an organization that
provides financial assistance to those involved in the sport when they need it.
Terrified shrieks reached Word Warrior's ears as he floundered up the embankment. In the gully below he saw the
blood stained snow and the dead corpse of the screaming kitten's mother. A stinky shaggy two-leg was trying to
capture the youngster and he knew it couldn't be allowed to. With a battle cry born of his ancestors he charged
down the hill - unaware of the high hunter lurking in the pines.
In the storm filled mountains, Anumati heard scratching at the entrance of her den. Her every instinct was to protect
the three young who lay at her side. Her body tensed for battle as two howlers padded in.
World Warrior and Anumati are unaware kittens, pups and rightful prey are being stolen by strange metal monster.
All that is left behind are odd jagged paw prints of an animal they do not know.
In their world of snow and biting wind they must decide if they trust each other enough to find out the truth or if old
predator-prey rules remain with no hope for change.
The wolf has long been a source of folklore and mystery, since the dawn of humankind.
Sometimes reviled and feared
Sometimes revered and loved
The wolf's fate has intertwined with our own.
Follow the latest myths and legends or the wolf as written by Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror authors.
In this anthology, you'll find stories by best selling pros as well as by up and coming authors.
Edited by M.H. Bonham, Science Fiction and Fantasy author and editor, you'll discover that as the dusk fades in
the night, you'll hear the wolfsong calling you into stories of the imagination.
The wolf has been a source of folklore and mystery since the dawn of humankind.
Sometimes reviled and feared,
sometimes revered and loved,
the wolf's fate has intertwined with our own.
In this second volume of WolfSongs you can again follow the latest myths and legends of the wolf and allow, once
again, as the dusk fades into night, the wolfsong to take you into stories of the imagination.
|Don't Write What You Know;
Write What You Care About -- Passionately!
Jenes Inarya wants to experience everything. And quite frankly, she doesn't think she can live life to the fullest in the
time she's been allotted. A search through lore and legend from the Eight Immortals of Chinese myth to the Garden
of Eden finally leads her to what she seeks--across the galaxy, to the planet of Arak, which possesses an immortal
ecosystem. By eating food prepared from the immortal plants of Arak, Jenes can alter her metabolism and gain
eternal life. In her case, it’s a cup of palm wine. A real aqua vitae.
But the prospect of eternal life quickly causes more problems than it solves. Jenes Inarya meets fellow passenger
and "perfect Yesghian gentleman" Aljander Courtrym, and falls in love with him over their first date--until thoughts of
his mortality cause her to drive him away. Similar rifts form between Jenes and her friends and traveling companions.
Forsaken by them, haunted by the prospect of death for everyone she knows, lacking direction, and apparently
pursued by the Arakians who made her immortal, Jenes must come to terms with her choice and learn how to live
when she will live forever.
A college student discovers she can read minds. A storyteller gets caught up in her own dangerous and passionate
adventure. A pilot finds her courage and intelligence when terrorists take over her spaceship. A princess discovers
hard truths about her society, while a peasant gets lessons in love from a handsome adventurer and a
The ten short stories in this collection feature young women finding their strength in times of crisis.
Some of the heroines of these stories are fighters, some are thinkers, but all are inspiring as they face their challenges.
Bathmal, now a knight of a defunct Order, returns home to revel in his accomplishment, and to rescue his mother
from the backbreaking misery offered by Millstand's fullbloods.
But upon returning, Bathmal and Nojo find Millstand deserted and ransacked, his mother and everyone else gone.
There is little evidence as to what had happened to the townfolk, but of what evidence there is, it all pointed north.
Together, Bathmal and his con-squire charge north through Anfaria's badlands in a desperate attempt to find
answers. Along the way they unravel a hideous plot that must be stopped before it can go any further. They also find
an old friend of Sir Odon's, whose loyalty is suspect; and a demon far worse than anything Bathmal has ever faced
Bathmal needs to find his mother if at all possible, but his duty as a knight may suck him too deeply into the cosmic
battles being waged by Deus and Malus. And to compound all else, betrayal and a new war awaits him across the
sea in Twilight--but a another danger, one which lies much closer, threatens to destroy him and all that he hopes to
Another detour along a Road where nothing is guaranteed.
The Golden Griffin will wait...Bathmal needs only to survive.
Yep. That’s right. Objects.
Objects one would never guess has the ability to send the traveler on an adventure in time.
What? No clunky machines?
Not in this collection.
Instead, sit back and be intrigued by stories about a sleigh driven by Santa, a pocket watch given to a friend, an
Egyptian box found on another planet, an eternal ring, a supercollider and many other everyday objects. Each of
them result in an unexpected journey in time and space.
Was that a shimmer around one’s favorite object? Better watch out!
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Old New England towns are infamous for their odd murder stories, but that had never happened before in Halton,
When history teacher Nikki Sheridan trips over the dead body of a young Muslim girl in her backyard she finds
herself at the center of a murder mystery. A mystery that will take her on a perilous journey with the police, the
FBI, a nervous town ready to point fingers at neighbors who seem different, and a man calling himself ‘the Patriot’:
a dangerous zealot whose hateful agenda could destroy the small town or bring them even closer together as they
face a homegrown terrorist in their midst.
Dragons trapped on a spaceship, awaiting rescue from a human they raised as their own.
Ancient reptiles escaped the great flood via a portal and now wish to return.
In the desert a dragon lures children, animals and adults to its lair, and only a brave dog can rescue them.
A dragon arises in China and seeks to keep its hoard, while two con men try to steal it.
Searching for his father, a young man solves an ancient riddle and discovers an awful dragon truth.
Nanites, demons, and other mythical creatures join or battle the dracos, as do the humans who encounter them.
These and other tales await within these pages, because here - be Different Dragons.