On Vega V, all life has a price.
No one knows that better than Quennessa Ariadne Nigella Kilroy, last and only survivor of House Kilroy. Paranoid and hot-tempered with borderline poor impulse... More > control except when she’s working; Quen has carried four years of survivor’s guilt over the massacre of her clan entire. With an underlying mission to find whoever had her clan murdered, and a desperate need to prove herself, she ends up Guildmistress of all Assassins because no one wants the job.
And no one expects her to live out the year.
On a world like Five where lifespans are measured in centuries, people hang on to grudges for decades. With that many suspects to choose from, and her own past come back to haunt her, Quen is running out of time.< Less
The magic has left Oz. Glinda has gone, taking with her all of the magical creatures. The people left behind have been working to rebuild their country with little magic to aid them. Now the Guild of... More > Alchemists are performing illegal experiments, the nobles of Oz are plotting against the Queen, and there are rumors that ancient enemies are returning. Only the Wizard has the wisdom to foresee the coming dangers, but does he have the power to stop it? Standing against the coming dark are a teenage spy, a cynical police detective, and an absent-minded inventor. Each of them has unique skills and knowledge that might be able to save all of Oz from a terrible plot to destroy the Queen, or it might just get them all killed.< Less
Right before her 41st birthday, Angela N. Hunt began blogging about training for her first marathon. To her shock, it got a lot of responses and comments, including this one:
I have a request.
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Write a book about your training and running a marathon. Even a short book. Throw in ruminations about your mother insulting you about it, and about missing your father. Tell us about your girls, and publishing, and what it is to be a working mom with daughters in a world where women are still treated as second class citizens. Tie together running and writing and sci-fi and life in the way only you can.
I would read the Hell out of that. I would hand a copy to Winter when she’s old enough and tell her she can do anything.
This is that book.
Because Angela realized it was not just Winter that needed to hear about her nights of training. It was her own daughters. It was and is anyone’s daughter who needs to hear: don’t listen to the naysayers. Put on your running shoes.
And run.< Less
The Hero of the Rift is dead. And he’d like to stay that way. Brass Jack Solomon, retired spy and provocateur, has worked hard to be forgotten, since the alternative is to be very dead and... More > remembered everywhere. But when a young Imperial Psi-Lord decides he should throw a revolution in the name of true love, Jack finds himself shepherding the naïve and enthusiastic youth into hiding, before the Empire of Man can come calling and put an end to the young lord’s plans. However, Lady Destiny and the Empire have plans of their own for Jack. Deep in the grip of a twenty-year war with the Organi and desperate to win, the Empire has set its sights on Lem-Bob, a low-tech backwater of a world, and on the young lord Jack’s trying so hard to hide. Except no plan survives first contact with the enemy, and before he knows it, the Empire gives Jack a choice: fight for the Empire... or die. Now Jack will have to leave his retirement and get back in the Game—even if it means leaving everyone he cares about behind.< Less
The dark secret at the core of the Empire has sparked a war bridging across the dimensions...
A troubling message from Lem-Bob now informs Brass Jack that his insane friends are coming to rescue him... More > and his comrades from military bondage. But unlike the soldiers pressed into service around him, Jack has gone into the heart of this battle willingly.
The Emperor is strained to the breaking point between the machinations of the Psi Orders and the Phantom Corps. And the Emperor’s greatest weapon, the legendary Solarian Knights, are as much a mystery to him as anyone else.
Now it's up to Jack to juggle the horrors of the Organi attacks, an Empire near the end, and a young Psi-Lord that might hold the key to stopping the Demon Wars. To be reunited with everything he has ever loved, Jack is prepared to go to Hel and back again, provided both he and the rescue crew can stay alive...< Less
Clint Renner’s life is all about spies and master assassins and people doing things on the border of legality. It’s guns and explosions and running, both for fun and away from shit... More > trying to kill you. It’s precision driving and heists gone wrong and missions gone right.
It’s the life he always wanted, but doesn’t think he’s good enough for, because if there’s one thing Clint knows, it’s that the world is very very big and he is very very small. But he does his best, because that’s what Uncle Sam pays him for and he gets the job done.
Until the day he runs back into the woman of his dreams and the enemy she serves, and realizes that for a man whose devil is always in the details, he may finally lose when facing a threat that’s very nature is...
Everyone knows that Heroes slay Dragons. Not everyone knows that Heroes also change diapers.
It's the oldest story in the world; boy meets girl, boy marries girl, they have a family. But what... More > happens when the girl makes more money than the boy, and he stays at home to raise the kids? What happens when pregnancy is rough on her, and he has to go back to work? And what happens when she's a dragon, he's a ranger, and a day at the office involves trolls, elves, magic, and lower back pain?
Linus Weedwhacker (shut it, he's heard 'em all) knows first hand.< Less
Everyone processes grief differently.
Stephanie’s way of processing hers is to kill vampires.
Her family murdered by vampires, Stephanie’s life now consists of nothing but hunting and... More > training and trying to live with the emptiness. Until she’s captured by two vampires she planned to kill, and her mentor dies at their hand.
Olivier and Nathan are old enough to know better, but just as everyone processes their grief differently, even vampires deal with immortality in individual ways. The pair decide to keep Stephanie, drawn in by her passion and her grief. More startlingly, Stephanie finds herself drawn to them in turn, as they take their pleasure in her, body, mind, and soul.
And then they turn her into one of them.
Overwhelmed by guilt and grief, Stephanie returns to her vengeance, but how can you kill what you have discovered and learned to love?< Less
Audry Sampson is a forensic psychologist with a gift for solving the hardest puzzles of dark human motivation. But when men are being murdered by complete strangers across the country, she is faced... More > with a puzzle that refuses understanding. The murders seem simple, solved quickly and prosecuted cleanly, with no connection to each other... Except one thing:
The murderers have no idea why they killed their victims.
Only able to murmur, "He won't be able to hurt her now," their confusion pulls Audry into a mystery that refuses solving...
Until a new victim turns up...< Less
To every season there is a purpose.
Every life that touches us, for a moment, for a lifetime, happens for a reason. What we take from those moments is ours to grow from and flourish, or reject and... More > fail to thrive. No matter how much time a person spends in your life, they have something to teach you. Whether you understand the lesson or not, if you let them touch your life, they can alter you forever.
I have had that blessing come to me. Cela was my foster daughter, an indomitable soul, a survivor, and through journals and letters, I was permitted to truly meet her and know her, not just the face that the world sees. That contact changed me forever and took me on a transformative journey through the world and through her soul's evolution. This is her story and mine because she chose to bring me along for the ride.< Less