An orphan discovers he can wield ancient, mysterious technology but will
pay a terrible price if he uses his wondrous skills to fight for his
As winter settles in an old man sits down to pen the tale of his youth. A
sense of melancholy, of love lost, and the disappointment of labors
performed in vain cloak his shoulders as he leans forward, the quill in the
weathered knuckles of his hand hovering over parchment. Asking himself where
it all began was unnecessary … time could not erase the flames that leapt
in his mind’s eye.
Herein contains Patrin’s complete first mission, Greater Things than Thou,
All Things Ruin, and That Which Remains From his early childhood memories,
kidnapping, salvation, and finally, the betrayal of his best friend.
About the Author
As a native Texan in the early 90s R.L. Dean created door programs for
bulletin board software. In 1998 R.L. became a Christian and has taught
expositional Sunday School at his local church for eight years. He currently
resides in southeast Texas with his wife of twenty years, ten cats, and two
stray dogs. He works in the IT industry as a technician for a large
restaurant chain, but his dream is to work professionally creating novels,
television shows, and films.
In the world of the Harwood Spellbook, 19th-century Angland is ruled by a powerful group of women known as the Boudiccate – but in order to become a member of that elite group, any ambitious young politician must satisfy tradition by taking a gentleman mage for her husband.
Amy Standish is a born politician…but Jonathan Harwood is her greatest temptation. On the night of the Harwoods’ Spring Solstice Ball, in an underwater ballroom full of sparkling fey lights and danger, Amy will have to fight the greatest political battle of her life to win a family and a future that she could never have imagined.
It will take an entirely unexpected kind of magic to keep everything from crashing down around her.
Warning: this novella contains forbidden romance, dangerous magic, and political intrigue in an underwater ballroom. What could possibly go wrong?
Published first in the anthology The Underwater Ballroom Society on April 30th, 2018.
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In 2068 St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Douglas (Doug) Michaels finds his lifelong friend, Josh Unger, dead in his home. When law enforcement concludes his death was a suicide, Doug and his wife, Ali, are dumbstruck; they wonder what could explain such a needlessly violent and lonely death in a future where such actions are unimaginable. Trying to unearth a killer, be it either flesh and blood or the cumulative stress of life, Doug creates a mental landscape of Josh’s past, a retroscape, starting in the mid-2030s.
Among its landmarks are:
•An illness, sensationalized in the media as the “zombie pandemic” that drives a wedge between husband and wife, parents and children.
•Cryptic communications between Josh and an “after-life specialist” who peddles immortality services.
•A mysterious phrase uttered at the assassination of a government official that ties it to Josh’s death 14 years later.
•Josh’s machine-intelligence wife, Julia, who may hold the secret to his death…if she can only remember.
In the end, determining guilt in a retroscape littered with suspects tells Doug more about humanity, technology, and himself than he ever would have imagined.
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Mythology & Folk Tales/Fairy Tales
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A handsome prince. A dangerous wolf shifter. And a quest to hunt a mythical Firebird…
Neva Bane knows better than to enter the Gravenwold Woods. Monsters and witches lurk there, and those who enter don’t come out.
But when a handsome young prince arrives in her village, on a quest to hunt the Firebird within the woods, Neva has no choice but to guide him—or see her ailing father forced to do so instead.
The king is dying. The only thing that can save him is the heart of the Firebird. But the deeper into the forest they go, the more Neva learns about the Firebird’s secrets… Neva must sabotage the hunt if she’s to prevent a magical war, but her only potential allies are a wolf shifter who drives her crazy, and a witch with an agenda of her own.
Can Neva save her world from the darkness they’ve unleashed—or is it too late?
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tales/Fairy Tale Mashups/Satire
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Fairyland is in chaos. It is nearly time for the Grand Royal Annual Ball and Cinderella, has had enough of Prince Charming and desperate to get a divorce – as long as she can continue to enjoy her current standard of living. Harold and Snow White quarrel over his philandering and her refusal to go where every woman has gone before. Augustus also has a problem, his wife Sleeping Beauty is making up for lost time, producing 28 children, and he can’t meet the household bills. There is a dearth of suitable princes for the available spinster princesses and the annual festivities are held for that very reason. There is friction between Ermintrude the Fairy godmother by Royal Appointment and Featherduster who favours the proletariat. Into all this turmoil, the Green Giant arrives, sent by the ‘Party’ to ferment an uprising among the downtrodden peasants who appear quite happy as they are and not interested in anything he has to say – unless he can provide them with TV sets. A non-politically correct tale much closer to the truth than anything you have ever seen on the movies.
Meet TwinKle#25. Join him for an unforgettable Christmas adventure.
What can an old robot toy know about the true magic of Christmas?
What secrets lie within TwinKle#25 and an old toy shop?
Just who is the International toy thief and what does he really want?
Explore a new exciting world as a young boy and his sister discover what Christmas is really about. From the author of The Loneliest Robot (5-star rated title), comes another warm-hearted and thrilling adventure for children of all ages!
An imaginative and moving new Christmas book for middle grade and teens (9-15) and older readers who still believe. Bursting with rich characters and beautiful illustrations – this uplifting tale is told with Christmas cheer and warmth. Discover The Christmas Robot.
An ancient law, a past secret, and a close enemy are deadly combinations.
A king must flee his kingdom in order to save not only his life but also the lives of his people. A girl from the lower class must face the truth about her birth as she is thrown into the war between evil and king. She is Catrain – a guardian. She could be the savior of Cronada.
A romance blooms in the midst of deception and revenge. Will the king regain his throne? Will Catrain get her knight in shining armor?
After learning the truth about her blood, Keira Blackwater wants nothing more than to put her life back together and get back to doing what she loves most: restoring classic cars.
But we don’t always get what we want.
When she finds out that a friend is in trouble, she dives into the supernatural underbelly of a local club to rescue him. Things don’t quite go as planned, and she is forced to turn to the Vampire Council for help.
They possess the Aqua Vitae – Water of Life – needed to save him, but Keira knows they never do anything for free.
Amid nightmares, an amulet that’s trying to warn her, and the growing threat from the local werewolf pack who want to avenge the deaths of their Alphas, Keira must once again find the strength to save her friends.
Genre: Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery/Mythology & Folk Tales
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When the attacks started, Prince Astar hired an investigator to solve the crimes. When the third investigator went missing he knew he had to try something different. He decided to hire Kyra, a smart and sassy woman, who also happens to be a thief.
Kyra wants the job, it pays well and is far more interesting than sneaking around and copying people’s signatures. But she has no intention of being the fourth dead investigator, so she needs protection.
Kyra turns to the one man even mercenaries fear: Bazur, a solitary mercenary half-orc, infamous for his barroom brawls.
Together they might solve the problem of the mysterious attacks on the prince’s associates, but only if they can ignore the building chemistry between them and survive the attacks on their lives!
(* For readers of the Stoneblood and Dragonblood Sagas: This story contains adult situations and violence and is not intended for younger readers.*)