A TALE OF BONE AND STEEL
An ancient evil is waiting to be reborn…
One thousand years ago, Emperor Abaddon and his generals swept into the Western Kingdoms and unleashed death and destruction on the people. But ruling the world could not be accomplished until they destroyed the dragonlord and his followers, leaving themselves as the most powerful magic users alive.
The dragons and the eastern countries had other plans. Legendary beasts and men banded together in a suicide mission to stop the war, meeting them in a final battle where the emperor and the dragonlord were killed. The five surviving soldiers who fought beside the dragons became the Draig D’Alikar, a group of fighters with the legacy to protect the kingdoms by carrying the bones of the dragonlord as weapons against their enemies.
But now, a young woman has been found who could be a powerful enough magic user to help the emperor be reborn. Only her two brothers, one a recently liberated apprentice who has his own secret power, and the other a drunk still trying to forget their father’s death, stand in the way of the generals bringing Emperor Abaddon back to life.
But as time ticks away to a far greater threat, Gera and Dax must strive to overcome more than just external threats if they want to save Keely.
The evil is waiting.
Legacy of Bones is the first book in the A Tale of Bone and Steel series, an epic adventure filled with unforgettable characters, gritty action, and the future of the world hanging in the balance. If you like your epic fantasy mixed with a side order of grimdark, then this series is for you.
Evil’s shadow is rising…
A thousand years of waiting are about to end. Emperor Abaddon’s generals believe they have finally discovered the way to resurrect him, using a woman who may be powerful enough in saca to bring life to him again and lead them to victory. But first they need to test Keely Staghorn to see if she can be the prophesied Matra.
Keely’s brothers are trying to rescue her from that fate. Gera and Dax rush to help her escape the generals’ clutches before she is locked behind the gates of the Sacara Institute, but that nearly impossible task has suddenly become even more difficult.
While Gera comes to grips with his new responsibilities as one of the legendary Draig D’Alikar, warriors chosen by the dragon bone weapons they wield, he must try to find a way to help his sister as war begins stirring around him.
Dax’s path is no easier. He has found Keely and helps her to escape, but demons of his own making are striving to destroy the siblings’ hopes, and with them the world’s last chance for peace.
Black Shadow Rising is the second book in the A Tale of Bone and Steel series, an epic adventure filled with unforgettable characters, gritty action, and the future of the world hanging in the balance.
War has been unleashed…
Blood and destruction have spread over the lands from the Windward Sea to the Luhlaza Ocean. At every step, the dead emperor’s forces take cities, dethrone kings and queens, and leave death in their wake.
Keely Staghorn has been swept up in the rising war. She took the dragon eye test and passed, proving herself powerful enough to be named the Matra, the mother of the resurrected emperor. Keely feels herself being trapped by the events swirling around her and, despite her abilities, she feels hopeless to escape.
Gera and his Draig D’Alikar brothers are the only thing standing between the people and everlasting defeat. But at every turn, they are met by overwhelming forces. Even as Gera embraces his saca, leading his few allies to battle victories, they continue to lose the war. Their slim hopes rest on the power still living in their dragon bone weapons and the prophetic ramblings of a mad man one thousand years earlier.
Yet, one question no one appears able to answer is why Emperor Abaddon wanted to destroy the kingdoms in the first place.
Wings of the Storm is the third book in the A Tale of Bone and Steel series, an epic fantasy adventure filled with unforgettable characters, gritty action, and the future of the world hanging in the balance.
THE DOWLAND CASES
RJ Dowland was the biggest name in gaming.
He invented the process for players to immerse into computer games, living as an avatar inside the virtual world. But the immersion left a percentage of players addicted to the impulses in their nerve endings, choosing to live inside the created worlds while their bodies wasted away. RJ became one of the addicted. Years passed and he weaned himself off the games, eking out a life as a socially-inept homicide detective with a partner who calls him names, an ex-wife who will not acknowledge him, and the choice of using other addictions to fight off returning inside the computer. But now the FBI has approached RJ because they are investigating a series of murdered gamers who ignored the government regulations and they need his game experience and knowledge to catch the killer. The agents ask him to risk rekindling his addiction and enter the computer world, putting his life in danger to chase an old nemesis from his past when he ruled the gaming world.
Now RJ is back inside a computer, trapped in a 1930s film noir world as a private detective searching for the killer while negotiating his way through the roscoes, dames, and twists. Every step he takes toward meeting his former enemy is haunted by one question: Even if he captures the killer, will he be able to pull himself away from a computer-generated world that is more fulfilling and feels more real than his life?
People are dying.
Terrorists attack innocent civilians around the world with precision and coordination on an unimaginable scale. Cities large and small are gripped with terror as the world’s intelligence agencies beat their heads against the wall, wondering how and where the groups are meeting to make their plans.
Detective Rick Dowland continues his assignment with the FBI, trying to balance his addiction to immersed virtual reality worlds and real life, feeling his grip slip more every day. With the serial killer Raven now behind bars, he prowls the streets in a 1930s noir world, The City, searching for criminals who are attempting to hide on the inside while keeping his promise to the woman who died saving his life.
But now, a fellow agent has been killed in a virtual world and his family attacked in real life, with all the clues pointing to the terrorists. Rick agrees to leave The City and enter the other game, hunting against the clock for answers before the terrorists strike again.
He only wishes someone had warned him the new virtual world was epic fantasy.
No single word sends more fear into the hearts of law enforcement and government organizations than to learn a device may be in play in a terrorist situation.
Detective Rick “RJ” Dowland is handling his beat for the FBI inside The City, an immersed virtual reality game. He is searching for Gwen Talbot, The Raven, an escaped serial killer who murdered long-term players for their money and to punish them as revenge for her dead brother. While on her trail, RJ hears about a man who may be planning to unleash a device upon an unsuspecting population in the real world. He manages to get close, but the man disappears from the game, brutally resetting a female player on his way out, an occurrence that has been happening across several games. With the safety of real people at stake, the detective leaves The City to join the hunt with other FBI agents.
Now RJ is chasing rumors of the device in the space opera game, Gemini Divided, flying around in beat up spaceships with smugglers, firing blasters, and landing in the middle of a civil war in a faraway galaxy. He might find the missing man and the device if he can help the rebellion win, but the more he learns about what is going on inside the game, the more he realizes the disappearing players may be the key to the mystery.
Forthcoming – The Beach
Forthcoming – The Kindred: Reborn
Forthcoming – The City
FALLEN ANGELS TRILOGY
Gregor Novara hunts evil.
Loathed by those who see him as an abomination for the incubus blood in his veins, he is regarded by others as a savior. Set loose to hunt down another incubus before the beast can put in motion an apocalyptic prophesy the Catholic Church has kept hidden for centuries, Novara must chase his prey through the years. He starts his mission with hope that gradually turns to despair, descending into darkness until he risks becoming the same evil he tracks.
Morgan Kelly is a New York City homicide detective with a growing list of murdered women. The mutilated victims are tied together by the manner of death and a bloodline extending back thousands of years. Fresh off a psych evaluation and a suspension, Kelly must find the serial killer while still dealing with the nightmares disrupting her life.
Father Roger Greene is the meeting point for Novara and Kelly. Assigned by the Vatican to be Novara’s liaison, he is ordered to watch over the emotionally unstable emissary while also counseling his childhood friend, Kelly. Startled to discover the Church’s evil and the serial killer are one in the same, Greene must put aside his fear and help Novara destroy the incubus before it captures Kelly and begins the cataclysm.
A fallen angel is free again.
The last time ex-priest Roger Greene saw Greg Novara, he watched the Vatican emissary walk calmly away after murdering his best friend’s newborn son in order to stop a biblical prophecy from coming true.
Now, six years later, a series of disasters kills tens of thousands around the world and convinces Vatican officials the evil destroyed by Novara and Greene in New York was not alone. Desperate to bring an end to the deaths, they manipulate Greene into joining the hunter again to save mankind.
Greene and Novara race across Europe and the Middle East, piecing together clues from ancient manuscripts and legends, all while following the trail of blood and destruction and trying to stay ahead of the FBI agents who can stop them from succeeding—the father of the baby Novara murdered and his new partner who appears to know a lot more about Novara than she is willing to say.
As the pair track down the fallen angel-turned-demon in the mountains of Israel and prepare to battle, Greene finally realizes what Novara has known all along, that fighting evil requires sacrifices he thought he would never consider.
Forthcoming – Ring of Solomon
Taro “Tar” Hutchins has a problem.
He is a fixer, one of a handful of people who can repair technology just by touching it. That is a dangerous thing to be in the years following the crash of the Worldwide Mind, a super Internet, that left millions dead or nothing more than shells of humanity after plugging their brains wirelessly into the network. In the aftermath what passes for the government hunts down working technology and destroys the machines with religious zeal, killing the repairers who brought them back to life. And Tar has caught their attention. Now he is running for his life with his best friend, Toby, as they try to find the other fixers, avoid the men who shut down the Mind, and save the people who were mentally lost. But before Tar can do all that, he needs to grow up and realize his ability is more than just a neat trick placed into his hands.
It’s been a busy few days.
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Once upon a time Mother Goose died, and things have never been the same. She helped raise children for more than 300 years, her stories, along with myths and legends, teaching each generation morals and life lessons. But something happened over the centuries.
Mother Goose died.
Now the tales have been retold in different ways, twisted in on themselves, or added to with completely new stories.
“Mother Goose is Dead:…….” delivers those tales, showing how they may not have been quite the way they seemed when readers were children, how they could have turned out differently, or even what came next after the “happily ever after.”
Laugh along as you read about how some of those fairy tale characters run scams on unsuspecting humans, Detective Prince Charming figures out what really happened in the Case of Hansel and Gretel, or how the Grim Reaper has updated with the times.
The tales grow darker and the stakes higher as old familiar stories are stretched, skewed, and twisted to the point of breaking. Find out that Peter the Pumpkin Eater raised more than just vegetables, the feud between wolves and pigs runs deeper than anyone knows, Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole was not all it appeared, and good help is hard to find – even for the Tooth Fairy. See what happened after Snow White married the Prince, the price a man pays for speaking his mind, the consequences for stealing a person’s life, and if the Wicked Witch of the West is really dead. Discover what could have happened if the Prince never awakened Sleeping Beauty, how modern day elves help people, where children’s fears of the dark really come from, how far a man will let his greed take him, how fairies face their own Apocalypse, and how two women remain themselves and don’t become what society thinks they should be.
Finally, see how new tales show a sultan’s son discovering purpose in his life, a man earns a second chance, a woman finds her own worth within herself, vengeance is dealt by the wronged and how the future of the world was saved long ago.
Yes, Mother Goose may be dead, but the stories live on.
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