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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #45: Nov 17 – Dec 16


Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Apex Magazine #67 – December 2014
  2. Journal of Unlikely Entomology #10 – November 2014
  3. Mirror Dance Winter 2014

My Latest Release – Near Future Science Fiction


First Lights (offplanet, book one)

Humanity’s first big push to outer space.

It’s been over twenty years since the SolRescue sunshield saved the world from runaway climate change. Or at least bought the world a little time.

But in this new world, where the people have started to win back power from the old elites, and where the first uncertain steps are being taken to expand offplanet, there are alliances at work to reverse all of the progress that has been made.

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Written – Flash

Written – Serialized


Audio – Radio Dramas

Audio – Serialized

Free eBooks – Various Speculative Subgenres

@Smashwords: Black Treacle #8 – December 2014
[Dark Speculative Fiction Magazine - Smashwords]

Free eBooks – Science Fiction

Ashes of Honor (The Griffin Series: Book 1) by Philip Williams and Cat Williams
An exiled soldier who believes he has lost everything to war rediscovers love, honor and purpose after he meets a beautiful and vengeful woman who harbors a secret past of her own. Their mission to find and rescue 37 genetically engineered creatures will take them across the galaxy and force them to face their deepest fears.
[Space Opera Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

Beyond This Time by Charlotte Banchi
From 2000 to 1963 is one step across a line. Officer Kat Templeton and her partner, James Mitchell dare to step across into a world neither of them is prepared for; a world where segregation is the rule. Kat is black and Mitch is white, In 2000 they have been a good team. In 1963 it would have been impossible for them to team up, but Kat has a personal reason for daring to step across the line into 1963.
She sees this time-travel phenomenon as an opportunity to save her aunt, Lettie Ruth Rayson, who went missing in 1963. Although aware of the racial issues of the time, no longer in uniform, armed, nor carrying her police badge she quickly discovers the reality of her new world.
Pennsylvania raised Mitch soon learns “The way it is” in the south. As he and Kat are drawn deeper into the violent 1960s he must work through his emotions regarding black-white friendships and loyalty.
In their quest to alter past events they are confronted with new threats to family and friends as well as their own lives.

[Time Travel Suspense Novel - Amazon]

Extensis Vitae by Gregory Mattix
Michael Reznik is a soldier who wakes up in a mysterious underground bunker, with a technologically advanced body he doesn’t recognize. The people around him have cast aside fighting and warfare. They haven’t needed them—until now.
Reznik is charged with tracking down a band of ruthless killers and finding a kidnapped doctor. He finds himself honor-bound to do what is right for the people who brought him back from the dead. A peaceful people are depending on him to do what is right. Can he live up to their expectations, even when he finds out that his new body has an expiration date?

[Science Fiction Adventure Novel - Amazon]

Rule of Thumb (Balance of Power) by Scott Baughman
[Science Fiction Adventure Novella - Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords]

@Nature via Concatenation: First Foot by Deborah Walker
[Science Fiction - PDF - Nature via Concatenation]

@Nature via Concatenation: Quis Custodiet? by Brian Clegg
[Science Fiction - PDF - Nature via Concatenation]

Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian

Anywhere But Here (The Starborn Ascension #1) by Jason D. Morrow
What if you could see the future with a single touch? What if that touch revealed someone’s death, and that person was someone you loved? Would you do everything you could to change it?
In a post-apocalyptic world, where danger roams in many forms, seventeen-year-old Waverly seeks protection in the town of Crestwood after her boyfriend is ruthlessly killed by lawless raiders. But what she finds is a place wrought with mystery, shady dealings, and more instability than she anticipates.

[Post-Apocalyptic Novel - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Smashwords]

Rise of Chaos: Season 1 by Griffin Smith
The United States as we know it has just collapsed. It all started after the release of “Annihilation”, a synthetic designer drug that was marketed as a perfectly legal high. This drug turned its unsuspecting users into “feeders.” (It causes imminent death and then re-animation into a zombie like state.)
[Post-Apocalyptic / Zombie Serial - First Season - Amazon]

Tethered Twins by Mike Essex
A world filled with twins, tethered together in life and in death.
[Dystopian Novel - Amazon | Kobo]

Free eBooks – Steampunk

Balanced on the Blade’s Edge (Dragon Blood #1) by Lindsay Buroker
As the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, Colonel Ridge Zirkander is used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron—what’s he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full of murderers and rapists? Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives…
[Steampunk Romance Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

Free eBooks – Alternative History

Reich by Drew Avera
What if is a dangerous question, especially when curiosity provokes an idea regarding one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century and possibly the greatest evil as well. What if Hitler had won the war, or what if society was taught to revere him as a hero? What if everyone believed the lie?
[Alternative History / Science Fiction Novel - Amazon]

Free eBooks – Fantasy

Knights of the Dragon (Knights and Wizards #1) by A. J. Gallant
A boy climbs an unclimbable cliff where he meets a dragon named Ryxa; she immediately likes him even though Dragons and humans do not associate but his courage is impressive, his personality captivating.
Ryxa befriends 12-year-old Marcus only to discover that his kingdom will soon be conquered by another and the boy is doomed, and so to save him and his people she hires knights to go on an adventure with her and the boy to find some powerful magic to defend his kingdom.

[Epic Fantasy Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

The Chosen (Portals of Destiny #1) by Shay West
Astra. Kromin. Volgon. Earth. To each of the four planets are sent four Guardians, with one mission: to protect and serve the Chosen, those unwitting champions of prophecy who alone can save the galaxy from the terrifying Mekans.But the signs of prophecy have not yet appeared, and the decision to send the Guardians early could doom all in the galaxy to death.
[Epic Fantasy Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

The Scarlet Crane (Transition Magic #1) by J. E. Hopkins
Transition. The one-month period during early puberty when all children have the power to perform magic. But with a monstrous catch. The magic must be unique and flow from the true desire of the child, and no one else, or the child dies. Few take the risk. Almost all who do, perish.
[Dark Fantasy Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

The Written (Emaneska #1) by Ben Galley
His name is Farden.
They whisper that he’s dangerous.
Dangerous is only the half of it.
Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old, and something very powerful. Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war, and the magick council is running out of time and options.
Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even he doesn’t want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world. Dragons, drugs, magick, death, and the deepest of betrayals await.
Welcome to Emaneska.

[Dark Fantasy Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

@GigaNotoSaurus: Dragon Winter by Judith Tarr
[Fantasy - EPUB and MOBI - GigaNotoSaurus]

Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult

Nomadin by Shawn P. Cormier
Young Ilien knows nothing of the dark tales told around late-night fires, or of the legendary Nomadin Wizards and the prophesy that haunts them. But all that is soon to change. For a shadow touches the peaceful land of Nadae. An ancient evil is stirring. Already a NiDemon has crossed from the land of the dead. And now Ilien must run – from a monster of unimaginable cunning and power, toward a fate more frightening than that which hunts him. But he cannot run forever. Eventually he will have to make a stand. Sooner or later he will have to face what even the legendary Nomadin cannot… himself.
[YA Sword & Sorcery Novel - Amazon]

Seams in Reality by Alex Siegel
As a freshman in a suburban college near Chicago, Andrew leads a mundane life until he meets a professor named Tonya. She is secretly a master sorcerer, and she invites him into a conspiracy of magic. Only those few who possess exceptional talent may join. A resourceful young woman named Charley has the same supernatural gift. She accompanies Andrew on his journey into a dark profession, and romance quickly blooms between the young apprentices. When Andrew meets Blake, a sorcerer who knew his grandfather, Andrew becomes mbroiled in a game of lies and treachery. Blake’s thirst for power leaves a trail of casualties, and in the end, only Andrew can stop him.
[YA Sword & Sorcery Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

The Sorcery Code (The Sorcery Code #1) by Dima Zales
Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could’ve ever imagined – because, instead of an object, he creates Her.
She is Gala, and she is anything but inanimate. Born in the Spell Realm, she is beautiful and highly intelligent – and nobody knows what she’s capable of. She will do anything to experience the world . . . even leave the man she is beginning to fall for.

[YA Sword & Sorcery Novel - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Free eBooks – Vampires

Sinjin (Bryn and Sinjin #1) by H.P. Mallory
Abandoned on the battlefield by the people she calls her tribe, Bryn must face the fact that she is now playing prisoner to the Queen of the Underworld, who also happens to be her fraternal twin sister. As the days and months go by with no word from the Supreme Elder of her tribe, Bryn thinks her life couldn’t get much worse…
[Vampire Romance Novella - First of Series - Amazon]

Sunrise at Sunset: Revamped (Sunset Vampire #1) by Jaz Primo
When is a bloodthirsty predator the best protection against a psychotic killer?
When the predator is both a vampire… and the woman you love.

[YA Vampire Romance Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

Free eBooks – Superhero

Armageddon Girl (New Olympus Saga #1) by C.J. Carella
Superheroes and Alternate History collide! Gamer chick Christine Dark is transported to a world where people with superpowers have existed since the 1920s and have created a brave new world of larger-than-life heroes and villains. After joining forces with a faceless vigilante and other unusual heroes, Christine discovers she has the power to save that world – or destroy it.
[Superhero / Alternative History Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

Free eBooks – Zombies

Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
It started in a lab at the CDC (Center for Disease Control), virologists were so relieved to finally have an effective vaccination against the virulent swine flu. Pressure to come up with something had come from the highest office in the land. In an attempt at speed the virologists had made two mistakes, first they used a live virus and second they didn’t properly test for side effects. Within days hundreds of thousands of vaccinations shipped across the US and the world. People lined up for the shots, like they were waiting in line for concert tickets. Fights broke out in drugstores as fearful throngs tried their best to get one of the limited shots. Within days the CDC knew something was wrong. Between 4 and 7 hours of receiving the shot roughly 95% succumbed to the active H1N1 virus in the vaccination. More unfortunate than the death of the infected was the added side effect of reanimation, it would be a decade before scientists were able to ascertain how that happened.The panic that followed couldn’t be measured. Loved ones did what loved ones always do, they tried to comfort, their kids or their spouses or their siblings, but what came back was not human not even remotely. Those people that survived their first encounter with these monstrosities usually did not come through unscathed, if bitten they had fewer than 6 hours of humanity left, the clock was ticking. During the first few hysteria ridden days of The Coming as it has become known, many thought the virus was airborne, luckily that was not the case or nobody would have survived. It was a dark time in human history. One from which we may never be able to pull ourselves out of the ashes from.
[Zombie Novel - Amazon]


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