October 2014Tales In Firelight And ShadowAlexis Brooks de VitaTales in Firelight and Shadow is a collection of short stories by well-known and fresh new writers of fantasy, speculative and science fiction, retelling folktales from many lands and cultures. James Morrow’s museum curator and his university professor daughter discover the ultimate answer to the human condition; Mary Turzillo’s talking cat rats on a legendary illusionist; Tenea D. Johnson’s fairies deal with dream dolls of nightmare; and Christina St. Clair’s loving wife on the ultimate spiritual quest seems to have gone horribly astray. Writers testing the speculative waters with their risk-taking styles captivate and enchant us: an adventurous young professional tries out a new eatery, with disastrous results; a haunted lake binds the horrors of the slaveholding past to the land’s future; a boy steals what a Scottish fairy has no intention of parting with. Shadowy stalkers haunt forests and dreams, and fairytales and urban legends become the stuff of personal memory. These folktales retold answer the oldest of our questions: “Why is my world as it is, and how can I find my way through it?” If folktales exorcize the pain of lessons learned over our collective lifetimes, then in this world of fairy, flame and chaos, enchantment—we realize with a start—is the only reality. We dream so that we may open our eyes. October 2014Rise Of The WatchtowerKyra DuneWith the bans against magic lifted, all witches have been ordered to the newly reopened Watchtower, there to study magic under the watchful eyes of the High Sorceress. But not everyone is pleased. That, combined with the king’s order that all children must undergo training in the guard, is making the citizens of Phalindros nervous. They have to wonder just what their young king intends for their future.

King Dominus has it all figured out. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. Patience is the key to winning at any game, even the game of life. He can see every piece on the board and he knows just where to move them. Or so he believes.

But Dominus doesn't know everything.

There are forces at work against him, people who have slipped through his fingers simply because he failed to see the threat in them. Now, that threat is growing.

Enemies without. Enemies within. And a king unaware that the game he's playing has far greater stakes than he could ever imagine.
September 2014The Golden City Of DoubloonRichard NataleDoubloon is an adventure/horror novel with a strong moral and spiritual underpinning that is aimed at the young adult market. Set in the Great Depression, the protagonist’s journey of self-discovery includes a massive flood, a tornado, a terrifying massacre at a tent revival meeting and a climactic battle aboard a zeppelin. Our hero, Japeth Finian, 20, the devout, orphaned son of missionary parents, embarks on a time-constrained journey to Doubloon, the “oasis of the Midwest,” to find a serum that will save the inhabitants of his small town from a blood disease that robs them of their immortal souls in return for the promise of eternal life. When they arrive in Doubloon they are confronted by all the wonders, and terrors, of modern life. Joining Japeth in his adventures are his friends, the brave and noble Crowell, the loyal but scatterbrained Lon, Crowell’s sister Lucinda, with whom Japeth is not so secretly in love, and Abra, Japeth’s mute younger sister who may possess secret powers. September 2014Dreams, Schemes And Spiny MachinesJoel ReevesThe hedgehog world is collapsing under its own pollution and the crew of the Duweena’s Courage, years older and believing their old enemies have been destroyed, find themselves sent to a nearby world, Yurle Minor, to find out what happened to the explorers who preceded them When they arrive, they are attacked by a vicious hedgehog cult, their leader the infamous Walpole, the demon hedgehog of Yurle, and the creations of his pet mad scientist: robots, zombies, and giant machines whose sole purpose is to make the tyrannical hedgehog master of the Universe.

But the natives are resisting, and even Walpole learns that being immortal does not protect one from others who would be gods as well. Jonathan Quintain and his faithful companions are tested to their limits: not all will return alive. This is the concluding story in the wonderful and strange Quillogy series.
September 2014The Children Of LirThomas M. FeeneyThe Children of Lir continues the story from The Talisman Matrix which began the Temporal Fugue and the Space Between cycle with the discovery of the first talismans in an antique store on the earth-like world Terranova. In the new novel the Terranovan characters on all three worlds of the Talisman Matrix learn more about the powerstones and the gods and goddesses of the Tuatha de Danaan and learn about the roles they will be playing in the impending invasions from Midhir and the trans-universe. Meanwhile, the group led by the bard Finn of the Long Road works to determine the extent of the invasion from Midhir and to counter that threat while also fighting to free Gallatin from the Lord Advisor Magnus Kastro. New characters on all three worlds are introduced as the quest of save the world called Caoilte Dhu continues. Gonzalez Smith, separated from his companions, finds himself apprenticed to the legendary wizard Markand in the Mountains of Mourne. J.T. Crowe and Lisa Aubrey work to prevent more Terranovan weapons from being shipped to Midhir in alliance with Finn of the Long Road and the Thieves Clans of Gallatin Trade Town. A young prince, Conor Cullen Mac Lir, escapes from Gallatin and the Lord Advisor with the help of a mysterious presence and becomes involved in a perilous quest that may be the key to saving the world Caoilte Dhu! September 2014Swept And GarnishedPatricia S. BowneAfter barely surviving the semester at the Royal Academy, Hiram Rho heads home for the summer and his department chair, Warren Oldham, departs on a well-deserved vacation. While Rho tries to get his powers back, Warren's vacation takes an unexpected turn that leaves him battling a demon from inside it. Back in Osyth Russell Cinea, the senior demonologist, is finally in charge - for a week full of demons, exorcists, and unexpected temptations.



September 2014

Leena, a Healer, her best friend Meeryle, a Mage, and Tikid, a Green dragon, travel together to the closest city to introduce dragons to mankind. The dragon’s presence make things difficult for them, but their lack of experience in the face of the oncoming winter almost cost them their lives.

Amidst blowing snow in the mountains, they find a new ally who will guide them in the cold, towards a new people, the elves. Amongst them, Leena finds someone she never thought she would see again and someone with whom she has a special bond. If only he were not so insufferable…

After Meeryle furthers her studies with the elven Mages under her familiar’s watchful eyes, Tikid leads them further into the mountains towards the White dragons. But these are fierce creatures who so not respect humans, a far cry from the gentle Greens. Thanks to a lot of convincing on Leena and Meeryle’s part, the White dragons accept to meet with humans and elves, but Leena and her friends come back to the elven home only to find warfare. Will her Healing skills and her determination be enough to save everyone?

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September 2014

An expedition departs from Terra with the aim of beginning a profitable mining venture and colony on the remote planet of Hades C-6.

Yet when the hierarchical system of government falters and corruption runs rampant, the new colony is thrown into turmoil. Civil war begins to threaten as competing factions rise to overthrow the abusive status quo. As anarchy looms, the colonists are compelled to choose sides as the colony tumbles towards an uncertain future.

Plans are drawn and weapons readied for the coming storm. For the fighting leaders of the colony, the coming war is one of ideology and purpose, but for the average colonist it is only a matter of survival.

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