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IronBlood: Magic and Iron don’t mix. by C.H Knyght

Magic and iron don’t mix. The balance is tentative, but in an era of peace comes progress. Progress, success, is what Hezekiel strives for. Human through and through, his magic is that of heated steel, the solid strike of his hammer, the rumble of a new engine. Hezekiel aims to claim first prize at the expo with his revolutionary machine, the Crawler, and build a forge and a name for himself; a name worthy of renown, and courting Ms. Baba. But, an insidious darkness creeps through the night, leaving death in its wake. When his neighbor dies, Hezekiel gets snared in the mystery as he tries desperately to protect his family, even from themselves, and find the source of the strange deaths before the city is crippled.


Shadow of the Swan (Hidden Empire) by Nicole M Cameron

Few know that beneath the British Empire lies a world of supernatural creatures, dangerous magic, and passionate romance. Enter if you dare… In the golden years of the Victorian era, historian Louisa Wallingford is shocked to learn that an ancestor’s pact has promised her hand in marriage to a sadistic Fae king. Her only chance of escape from an eternity of torment is another marriage—to a vampire. Louisa’s impromptu wedding sweeps her into a hidden world of dangerous magic users and seductive supernatural beings. And her new husband, vampire knight Henry Carstairs, is one of the most deadly creatures in this new domain. But what begins as a marriage of convenience unexpectedly turns into a passionate love affair between the innocent historian and the sensual vampire—until a conflict between the British Empire and the Land of Faerie threatens to tear them apart. Now Louisa and Henry must find a way to outwit their enemies in both realms … or be separated forever.


The Magnificent Death of Mira Meadows by Nadia Jovie

What if you died and slipped into another world? Mira Meadows never thought she’d end up dead at thirty-three, but…here she is. Trouble is, here isn’t at all what she expected. She didn’t go to heaven or hell – she went somewhere else entirely. Turns out, Mira is a Traveler, a lost soul, who tripped into the mysterious world of Pontos. And if she can just follow the rules – which include parading her Earthly memories in front of a panel of judges and resisting the temptation to mess with magic – she might have a chance at getting back to her real life. Too bad Mira has never been good at following rules. After running into some old enemies (and some long-lost friends) from her time on Earth, she quickly finds herself in trouble – pursued by a murderous (yet strangely charming) gangster, at odds with an oppressive government, and dangerously close to a secret that could result in her exile to an island full of dragons. Who knew dying could be so exhausting? A delightful, magical page-turner from start to finish, The Magnificent Death of Mira Meadows is a remarkable story about the love that follows us – even after death. Get your copy today and get ready for a new kind of afterlife.


Oblivion Abduction by Grant Hamlin

Khelbar and his father, Landis, believe Adrennis to be a simple forest town. That simplicity is uprooted when a mysterious fire breaks out at the inn, and Landis' brother goes missing. Desperate and angry, Landis sets out to track down his brother, and Khelbar follows for a journey to the unknown he has hoped to undertake for years. With the help of a worn yet knowledgeable hermit, who claims to have answers to their many questions, Landis finds that his past is not exactly what he remembers, and a terrifying new war is brewing between Adrennis and its rival nation, Baladar.


Turquoise Traveller by David John Griffin

Stave Swirler is lost in someone else’s nightmarish dream that is overlaying reality. His given mission is to save his Realm before it’s too late. A fantastical journey of strange discovery, in conflict with the malevolent agents of Tremelon Zandar. Stave must summon the powers of his mind to overcome their evil influences. A seductive, surreal and imaginative tale of fantasy and love that will captivate you from beginning to end. "another solid story from a gifted writer" "a psychological adventure into the dreaming mind"


On Dark Horizons (The Infinity Machine Book 2) by Anthony Laken

After the events of the previous weeks, which led to the decimation of an entire city, Lady Bellina Ressa must return to the man she once called father, with more questions than answers. The most powerful cognopath of the Estrian Empire is now trapped in a game of political strategies and power struggles, unsure of who to trust. They made her do it. They removed her restraint. They turned her into Death. And now Death is coming for them.


One Cog Turning (1) (Infinity Machine) by Anthony Laken

Nominated for the BSFA Awards 2017 and the Gemmell 'Morningstar' Awards 2017! Bellina Ressa, daughter of the Lord Chancellor, has lived a sheltered life. Shunned by the rest of the nobility due to her Cognopathic abilities, she has become strong willed and independent. But in the blink of an eye, she finds herself betrothed to the arrogant Elvgren Lovitz and on a diplomatic mission to save the Estrian empire. Joined on this perilous quest by her fiancé and the resolute Major Cirona Bouchard, Bellina is about to discover that intrigue lurks just beneath the surface and danger lies in wait around every corner. One Cog Turning is a rip-roaring new Steampunk adventure, featuring a cast of foul-mouthed, irreverent and memorable oddballs.


Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Heart trilogy Book 1) by Dru Pagliassotti

Flight is freedom, but death hangs in the skies... Taya soars over Ondinium on metal wings. She is an icarus, a courier privileged to travel freely across the city’s sectors and mingle indiscriminately amongst its castes. But even she cannot outfly the web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and intrigue that snares her after a daring mid-air rescue. Taya finds herself entangled with the Forlore brothers, scions of an upperclass family: handsome, brilliant Alister, who sits on Ondinium’s governing council and writes programs for the Great Engine; and awkward, sharptongued Cristof, who has exiled himself from his caste and repairs clocks in the lowest sector of the city. Both hide dangerous secrets, in the city that beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart. Books in the Trilogy: - Clockwork Heart - Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind - Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire About Dru Pagliassotti Dru Pagliassotti is a professor of communication at California Lutheran University, where she teaches media theory and practice. She published and edited The Harrow, an online literary magazine for fantasy and horror, from 1998-2009, and she currently runs The Harrow Press, which publishes horror anthologies.


The Bandalore - Pitch & Sickle Book One by D K Girl

His second chance at life could well be the death of him. Silas Mercer has been hauled from his grave with no memory of who he was, or who he is supposed to be now. Bewildered and very much lost, he finds himself in London, in the service of the mysterious Order of the Golden Dawn. An organisation specialising in all things supernatural. But so far it seems they have no greater plan for him than to amuse London society with his terrible dancing skills and the occasional badly organised séance. Silas’s new life takes a startling turn when the Order partners him with the scandalous rake, Tobias Astaroth. A quick-tempered, dangerously beautiful man who harbours some hellish secrets. Their unlikely, and downright infuriating, partnership will soon face its first frightening challenge. A creature straight out of a nightmare is haunting the woods of Leicester, and the Order want Silas to stop it, with Tobias at his side. But nothing in this world is as it seems. Not the Order. Not Silas himself, and certainly not his vile, yet undeniably beguiling companion. Surviving this new world will be fraught with peril. Surviving the devilish wiles of Tobias Astaroth may be a battle already lost.


Tea and Sympathetic Magic (Teacup Magic) by Tansy Rayner Robert

There's nothing more dangerous than an eligible duke... Every unmarried young lady of the Teacup Isles wants to marry the Duke of Storm, except Miss Mnemosyne Seabourne, who is quite content on the shelf, thank you very much. All she wants is a quiet life and a good book. At a house party full of ruthless debutantes willing to employ sneaky sympathetic magic to win a husband of quality, Mneme joins forces with an enigmatic spellcracker to rescue the duke from being married against his will, and to find out who is responsible for his abduction. Can Mneme save the Duke of Storm without becoming his bride? Will this caper ruin her reputation forever? Can teacups and hedgehogs be used as projectile weapons in emergencies? Why are attractive men more devastating when they roll up their sleeves? If you enjoy Regency house parties, witty romantic banter and high society sorcery, you'll adore this magical comedy of manners cozy mystery novella.


A Queen's Game (Aithyr Uprising Book 1) by Eri Leigh

A commoner turned noble. A Queen cast aside. A lady half forgotten. A court filled with lies. Marietta: A half-elven commoner, kidnapped and forced into marriage with an elven lord. Valeriya: A Queen without power, undermining the husband she loathes for the legacy she craves. Elyse: A lady with untold potential, determined to remain unseen. In Enomenos, everyone is equal. In Syllogi, the elves rule over all. When war breaks out between them, Marietta finds herself at the center of the conflict in the elven city-state of Satiros. She must make a choice: fight for her freedom or fight for her people. When Queen Valeriya first learns of Marietta, she digs into her past. What she finds is a weapon to wield against the court—and a chance to dethrone the King. Elyse is thrust from the shadows and into the light when the King learns of her innate ability to control magic. Her life grows more complicated when a flirtatious foreign lord fights for her love. All three soon discover their choices shape the future of Satiros. Who can they trust, and which lies will be the most devastating of all? If you love books with royalty and aristocracy, elves and humans, and strong female leads, then you will love this adult fantasy romance book. A Queen’s Game blends royalty, fantasy, romance, and political intrigue for an unforgettable story that will leave you guessing until the end.


Cogs, Crowns, and Carriages: A Steampunk Anthology (Second Edition) by Phoebe Darqueling

Twelve international authors have come together to bring you a fresh collection of Steampunk and Gaslamp Fantasy inspired tales. Our stories range from light and comedic to dark and full of drama, so fans of the genre both old and new are bound to find something they love within these pages. Featuring: Secrets and Airships - An airship pirate's daughter schemes to escape the reach of her father and discover a long lost treasure. By A. F. Stewart Regicide and Prejudice - An unexpected inventor has the chance to prove his mettle when he is asked to protect Prince George from assassins. By Paul Michael Gho-Power - A steam carriage designer harnesses an unusual new energy source with surprising consequences. By Michael Chandos Nihon Daitan'na - The Americans will stop at nothing to force Japan to open its borders, but they can't predict what the Emperor has in store for them. By T.J. O'Hare Monster of the Deep - A steamship signals for help, but when it arrives, the crew has disappeared without a trace. By Thomas Roggenbuck Where the Light Enters - An apprentice's loyalty is tested when an inventor's young wife looks to him for an escape from her loveless marriage. By Crysta K. Coburn


For the Love of Gears: A Steampunk Fairytale by Maita Rue

Journey to a world where fantasy and gears collide!Three stories set in an alternative world, three fairytale-inspired stories with a Steampunk twist.This collection contains:* The Shoemaker’s Daughter* The Doll House* Battle Opera ArenaIf you don’t follow the Steam Theatre Series, you can still enjoy the stories in this book. You can follow the characters in my series or see snippets of their lives on my various social media pages.Enjoy!


From Russia With Tassels: The Second Hannibal Smyth Misadventure (The Hannibal Smyth Misadventures Book 2) by Mark Hayes

Queen Victoria is in the 200th year of her reign, and her Glorious British Empire faces a grievous threat due to the Machiavellian machinations of that most notorious instigator of insurrections Herbert George Wells. An agent of The Ministry, the shadowy branch of the British government that deals with things other Ministries neither need or want to know about. Hannibal Smyth finds himself languishing in a cell on a mountain side in Tibet. A prisoner of the very man he was sent to find. While all around him a fleet is gathering that could set the Empire aflame and plunge India into insurrection. Hannibal must strive to face this plot down, with nothing but his raw courage and the cutthroat razor hidden in his boot. So just the cutthroat then.... Will Hannibal become the hero the Empire needs? Will he face down the dangers of international conspiracies, psychotic maids, bullet trains, crazed scientists, air pirates, clockwork Geisha, Sleepmen, and those blasted fools who want independence? Will he rise to the occasion? Will he defend Queen, Country, indeed the Empire with his life if necessary? Not if he can help it, but unfortunately no one has given him much choice in the matter... Praise for A Spider In The Eye


A Spider In The Eye: A Hannibal Smyth Misadventure (The Hannibal Smyth Misadventures Book 1 by Mark Hayes

Queen Victoria is in the 200th year of her reign, and her Glorious British Empire faces a grievous threat due to the Machiavellian machinations of that most notorious instigator of insurrections Herbert George Wells. The Ministry, the shadowy branch of the British government that deals with things other Ministries neither need or want to know about, needs to send its best available man. But as the best available man is not available, they are going to have to turn to someone else. Enter Hannibal Smyth, a gentleman of nefarious repute. Formally in the service of ‘She whom is seldom amused’ as an officer in the Royal Air Navy, thief, scoundrel, gambler, drinker, arsonist, womaniser, convicted murderer, and currently resident in the New Bailey, awaiting the shortest of short walks to the gallows. Will Hannibal become the hero the Empire needs? Will he face down the dangers of international conspiracies, psychotic maids, crazed scientists, air pirates, and those blasted fools who want independence? Will he rise to the occasion? Will he defend Queen, Country, indeed the Empire with his life if necessary? Not if he has anything to say about it


Diary of an Atmospheric Sailor by William A. Lasher

"A neo-Victorian science fiction/fantasy spectacular with memorable characters and a measure of dry wit.” Meet Kit Keagan and his bricky girlfriend Hailey, a pair of plucky teenagers in the Allegheny Highlands of 1851 Virginia. Hailey and Kit follow three river otters into a limestone cave, and inexplicably, travel three decades into the future, to the post-Hydrogen War 1880s. Conscripted into the British military, our reluctant time travelers join an expeditionary airship squadron and begin an epic journey around the world. Deep down inside, they both feel like they’re still sixteen, and neither one of them can remember the thirty years they somehow left behind. Is there a way back home? Diary of an Atmospheric Sailor is a science fiction/fantasy concept extravaganza featuring alternate history, bizarre mutant beasts, haywire automatons, and shapeshifting extraterrestrials. At 92,500 words, it’s a full-length novel recommended for high school age to adult readers. Exclusive eBook release.


Spirit: An Epic Steampunk Adventure (Mechanical Dragons Fantasy Series Book 2) by Bobbi Schemerhorn

Family isn't defined by blood. Journals written in code... ...the cypher that can’t be opened. What secrets are they protecting? Khaly, creator of dragons, struggles to understand the mystery language as well as the reason behind her mother hiding the journals. Man-made beasts with no name... ...made to do one thing... ...kill. When Khaly and her friends fight to free Guild prisoners, they are forced in a battle against the man-made beasts. No matter the outcome they must push forward to stop the Guild. Their reign of terror must be brought to an end. Outmatched in numbers and brute strength can Khaly and her dragons win, how many lives will be lost? What new nightmare has the Guild created? Spirit is the second book in this epic steampunk fantasy. Mechanical Dragons fantasy series promises to have you on the edge of your seat, with unexpected gut wrenching and tear jerking moments! Don’t miss out on another exciting adventure and meeting a new dragon!


Fire & Water: An Epic Steampunk Adventure (Mechanical Dragons Fantasy Series Book 1) by Bobbi SchemerhorN

Mixing magic and inexperience may result in dragons! Khaly accidentally brought her school project to life. And now she has a dragon. Khaly knew something was wrong when the dragon wasn’t where she left it. She had no idea how it happened or that it was her fault. But now Khaly must run because the Guild was coming for her. Power and domination is the Guild’s desire... ...Elementals stand in their way. The Guild is a true force of evil. Sweeping through Vlarlee they wipe out those with magical gifts, known as Elementals. No matter the age. Who is the real threat? Can Khaly figure it out before the Guild finds her? Fire & Water is the first book in the Mechanical Dragons Fantasy Series. It's full of twists and turns you will never see coming! Join the Adventure!


The Accidental World by K.A Griffin

If my return is delayed, then you are in danger.Set your plan into motion.Appropriate dress is required . . . Ethan Scott lives with his grandfather above Bingham’s Rare Artifacts, an unusual store with even more unusual customers. He’s a whiz at a board game only he and his grandfather seem to have heard of, and rather than friends, he surrounds himself with the trappings of an unknown past. Until his grandfather goes missing, leaving behind a cryptic letter, a valuable gift, and a very confused grandson. To save him, Ethan must conquer time and space and embrace an unlikely destiny. But as he plays the part that seems to have been written for him, Ethan is swept up in his grandfather’s secret but not-so-distant past, and discovers that his own future is wrapped up in it. And when his lines run out, Ethan must choose between becoming the hero he was born to be or losing his grandfather forever.Unless he can find another way. The Accidental World is for all readers who understand there’s more to reality than meets the eye, who dream of another world just beyond reach, and who sometimes wish time ran a little bit differently.


The House That Walked Between Worlds (Uncertain Sanctuary Book 1) by Jenny Schwartz

A tornado of chaos is tearing through Reality and in its path is the newest House, a bleak and forbidding fortress built of magic and grief by the most unlikely of sorcerers, a human. A reckless act of compassion costs Dr. Kira Aist her family and her future on Earth. To escape her enemies, she calls on her heritage as a descendant of Baba Yaga and walks between worlds. As Kira roams the paths of Reality, strangers are drawn to her House. Some seek refuge, some seek power, and one just wants kitty treats. With the fate of multiple worlds hanging in the balance, Kira must discover what it means to be a sorcerer and the keeper of a House.


Grimm, Grit, and Gasoline: Dieselpunk and Decopunk Fairy Tales by Various

Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history re-imaginings of (roughly) the WWI and WWII eras: tales with the grit of roaring bombers and rumbling tanks, of 'We Can Do It' and old time gangsters, or with the glamour of flappers and Hollywood starlets, smoky jazz and speakeasies. The stories in this volume add fairy tales to the mix, transporting classic tales to this rich historical setting. Two young women defy the devil with the power of friendship. The pilot of a talking plane discovers a woman who transforms into a swan every night and is pulled into a much more personal conflict than the war he’s already fighting. A pair of twins with special powers find themselves in Eva Braun’s custody and wrapped up in a nefarious plan. A team of female special agents must destroy a secret weapon–the spindle–before it can be deployed. Retellings of The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Monkey King, Swan Lake, Pinocchio and more are all showcased alongside some original fairy tale-like stories. Featuring stories by Zannier Alejandra, Alicia K. Anderson, Jack Bates, Patrick Bollivar, Sara Cleto, Amanda C. Davis, Jennifer R. Donohue, Juliet Harper, Blake Jessop, A.A. Medina, Lizz Donnelly, Nellie Neves, Wendy Nikel, Brian Trent, Alena Van Arendonk, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sarah Van Goethem, and Robert E. Vardeman.


A Binding of Blood: A Gaslamp University Hard Fantasy (A Practical Guide to Sorcery Book 2) by Azaela Ellis

To study magic at the University, Siobhan sacrificed her name. She sacrificed her body, and her past. Magically disguised as a boy named Sebastien, she is learning wondrous secrets of the thaumaturgic sciences. As Sebastien, she mingles with the young nobles who will one day rule their country. But danger is closer than ever, and she cannot escape her past. The coppers investigating the theft of Siobhan’s priceless transformation artifact have given her a new name. The Raven Queen. As Siobhan does favors for the gang that loaned her the University tuition, the Raven Queen’s mystique only grows. And keeps growing… …Snowballing out of control until Siobhan’s other identity takes on a life of its own, a fear-inducing bogeyman well beyond the truth of her real capabilities. With the whole city out to get her and trouble hounding both sides of her double life, how will Siobhan ever survive to become the world’s most powerful sorcerer?


Welcome to Gale City (Gale City Charge Book 1) by Jennifer San Fillippo

Beware the ones with glowing eyes! Teo remembers his father’s final warning before being sent to death row two years ago. The strange words didn’t make headlines, but everything else about the case did: Alberto Gonzales the crime boss, the thief, the murderer. Teo has resolved to leave that past behind at all cost—until the night he comes across a man with glowing blue eyes. AJ and her father have come to live in Gale City in response to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a geologist: to study chargers, the mysterious glowing rocks that hold an electric charge, mined exclusively on the Galian Islands. AJ can’t ignore the growing apprehension of coming to the place her mother was murdered two years ago, but she’ll soon find more mysteries than she could’ve asked for. Including the son of her mother’s murderer. Stranger Things meets The Legend of Korra in this dieselpunk series of mystery, suspense, and adventure.


Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy Book 1) by Sarah Delena White

A mortal alchemist. A faerie king. A bond that transcends death. Betrayed by a trusted mentor, Sylvie Imanthiya hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. She lives for the one night each season when she can see her dearest friend—a man whose destiny is far above hers. King Taylan Ashkalabek knows better than to exchange halayda vows with a mortal. Even their friendship is a risk; love is an impossible dream. Then a brutal alchemical attack poisons his realm, unearthing a dark power within him—and leaving Sylvie with the ancient mark of Faerie’s savior. Manifesting unpredictable abilities and aided by allies with their own secrets, Sylvie and Taylan journey into the wilds of Faerie to heal the damage and confront Casimir, an invincible star-fae determined to claim the realm as his own. But only their enemy knows Sylvie’s true capabilities—and Taylan’s weaknesses—and how to use them in his vicious schemes. Her fate is life. His fate


Magpie's Song (IronHeart Chronicles Book 1) by Alisson Pang

In the slums of BrightStone, Moon Children are worth less than the scrap they collect to survive. It doesn't matter that these abandoned half-breeds are part-Meridian with their ancestors hailing from the technologically advanced wonder that floats above the once-thriving, now plague-ridden city. Instead they are rejected by both societies and forced to live on the outskirts of civilization, joining clans simply to stay alive. Not to mention their role as Tithe, leading the city's infected citizens deep into the Pits where their disease can be controlled.Nineteen-year-old Raggy Maggy is no different, despite the mysterious heart-shaped panel welded to her chest. Or she wasn't, until her chance discovery of a Meridian-built clockwork dragon—and its murdered owner. When the Inquestors policing the city find Maggy at the scene of the crime, she becomes their prime suspect. An exiled doctor and a clanless Moon Child named Ghost keep her hidden; all she has to do is help them find a cure to the plague they believe was not accidental. Doing so might risk more than her life—but it might be the key to uncovering the truth about the parents, and the past, she knows nothing about.


Illustrated Gnome News (The Gryphon Clerks) by Mike Reeves-McMillan

They may be putting out a newspaper, but there are some things they don't want becoming news. The Illustrated Gnome News is the only newspaper serving the newly emancipated gnome community, but there are days when Ladle, the paper's overworked editor, thinks that's because nobody else is stupid enough to try to run one. She has to balance not scaring off all their advertisers with putting out a paper that stands for a better future for all gnomes. Including those gnomes who don't match up to traditional ideas of what's proper. One of these is her friend Loom, the first gnome woman to qualify as an engineer. But Loom has a secret that would shock conventional gnomes even more than that, and must somehow find a way to pursue her own happiness amidst the wider struggle to turn gnome emancipation into true freedom. (Advisory: contains non-explicit scenes of a romantic and sexual relationship between two women. The book itself is not illustrated; the title refers to the newspaper at the center of the story.)


Lodestone by Katherine Forrister

Lodestone-peddler Melaine is desperate to stop hustling her raw magic for a tuppence. Her rare gift of infusing her magic into a lodestone to sell for another's use and never keeping any for herself is nothing but a degrading path to an early grave. Yearning for a better life, Melaine turns to her unconventional childhood idol, the powerful but sinister Overlord, sorcerer-ruler of the Centara. When she achieves an audience and arrives at his reclusive retreat of ancient Highstrong Keep, she finds that the compelling, handsome man who conquered a kingdom by the age of twenty is now a weak, shadowed husk, and he needs her lodestones to give him strength. In exchange, he will take her on as his apprentice. Trapped in Highstrong with a half-crazed prisoner, a strict servant, and the Overlord, Melaine learns that they may all be prey to far more malevolent forces than the Overlord's black-magic experiments. Faced with menacing apparitions, ancient curses, and an even greater horror that could threaten the entire kingdom if unleashed, Melaine's penchant for survival is contested by her growing feelings for the Overlord and her path toward finding a deeper meaning to life than the pure power she once craved. Read less


Fire Glass (Realm of the Fire Fae Book 1) by Missy De Graff

Magical worlds of chaos mixed with Royal family drama. When the Kingdom is engulfed in flames, Fire Glass doesn’t burn. The night of Princess Rhiannon’s official anointing is also the night of the Grand Peace Talks between all the Elemental Fae Royal families. But the Dark Fae Lord has plans of his own. Coming out of hiding after eighteen years, he decides to make an appearance and attack the Fire Fae castle with his signature blue flames. If the Fire Fae can’t fight against the mystic flames of the Dark Lord, who can? What is the fate of the Royal Elemental Fae families, and will anyone survive?


The Blacktop Blues: A Dieselpunk Adventure (The Crossover Case Files Book 1) by Richard Levesque

He's lost his girl and now his mind. Jed Strait survived the war, but will his homecoming be the death of him? Jed Strait made it through the war unscathed. Or at least, that's what he thought. But now that he's home, he's not so sure, because he’s plagued by horrifying flashbacks. Only, they're visions of events that never occurred. All he wants is to reconnect with the woman he left behind and get on with his life, but according to the visions, that's the worst thing he could do. If he follows Annabelle to LA, his nightmares could actually become real, but staying in New York with no Annabelle and no explanations will surely drive him mad. Damned if he goes and damned if he stays, the only path forward is the one leading west, to the final crescendo of either marriage, misery or madness waiting for him at the end of a road that’s paved with The Blacktop Blues. Fans of hard-boiled detective stories and Dieselpunk science fiction will enjoy The Blacktop Blues, the first installment in the thrilling Crossover Case Files series.


Librarian (Lenna's Arc Book 1) by Brian Fence

Lenna Faircloth thought she was content enough to be junior librarian at one of the grandest libraries on the Continent, so long as at the end of the day she can enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and some decent shut-eye. Reticent and unconcerned with trivial matters, Lenna is almost laughably nonplussed the day her childhood friend, Gilbert, appears at her door, asking her to help smuggle stolen goods across national borders. LIBRARIAN is the first part of a young woman's long journey set in an alternate, sparsely-populated world. When unfortunate circumstances leave a bizarre, out-of-place artifact of immense power in the sole custody of Lenna, she is forced to question her own wants, the source of her withdrawal from others, and the curious nature of the Continent's magic -- all the while being the target of numerous political factions longing to possess the strange item bound to her by a child's promise.


Cog In The Machine (Archive:Automatae) by Brian L. Mack

Edward was content. 'Every cog has its purpose, and the ability to fulfill that purpose.' So it was stated by the Celestial Krugg at the end of the Enlightenment, and thus the City of Automatae has sat untouched for years, content to toil away at Machineworks. Edward was no different. He tinkered away the years, waiting to shoot to the top with his innovations, but as circumstance would have it... more obstacles than planned for were popping up. The rumblings of unsettlement in the Lower Points were embroiling him and the rest of Automatae in a power struggle that was giving him a lot more than what he wanted, and the brutal assassination of an alien ambassador wasn't making it any easier either. Honestly, it was thrusting them into an ideological war. One entirely above his ability and paygrade. But what did he really know about all that? He was just another Cog In The Machine.


Shadow Debt by William Ray

Glynn Sorley is sheriff of Keat’s Field, a tiny settlement in an otherwise lawless frontier. With the discovery of diamonds, her town is flooded with fortune-hunters looking to strike it rich. It’s also a target for competing colonial powers, savage goblin tribes, and outlaws. A rustler on the run from the law stumbles across his father’s mysterious legacy – a weapon of immense magical power. He uses it to ravage across the territory as the notorious outlaw Gentleman Jim. But the weapon’s power comes at a terrible cost, and Keat’s Field may just have to pay the price… This third Tale of the Verin Empire returns us to the world of Gedlund and The Great Restoration. It explores a frontier trapped between competing nations, where goblins reign and a lone sheriff fights to keep the peace. Drawing inspiration from L’Amour’s Comstock Lode, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and our own late 19th century, Shadow Debt continues William Ray’s bold, critically acclaimed reinvention of classic fantasy in a world of memorable characters and unique perspectives, and features sketches from acclaimed illustrator Tom Parker.


the Great Restoration by William Ray

The Wardens have returned. Traitors to humanity, the Wardens were an ancient order of men and women seeking to once more enslave their own people to the Elves. With the rise of rifle and iron rail, Elves were finally driven from the world, but in secret enclaves, the Wardens speak of the Great Restoration, which will bring their masters back into power… Nearly a decade after fighting the war in Gedlund, Gus Baston has found work as a private investigator in the Verin Empire’s crime-infested capitol. He makes his living at the edges of society, friend to neither police nor criminal classes, and when the Wardens suddenly emerge from obscurity to kidnap a prominent engineer, Gus must rescue him or risk being blamed for the crime himself. But why would Elves want an engineer? And why have the Wardens suddenly shown themselves after forty years in hiding? Drawing inspiration from Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes and our own late 19th century, The Great Restoration continues William Ray’s bold, critically acclaimed reinvention of classic fantasy in a world of memorable characters and unique perspectives.


Gedlund by William Ray

To the north sits Thyesten, the ancient Lich King of Gedlund. He has banished death, and for countless centuries ruled a land where ghosts, vampires, and other wicked undead keep men in feudal servitude. Elsewhere in the world, human civilization has flourished, and with rifle and iron rail, the power of the Elves has been banished at last. Foremost among the great modern nations is the Verin Empire, and with their prosperity threatened by forces the Elves once kept in check, they find themselves rushing headlong into war with Thyesten’s Kingdom of the Dead. Tammen Gilmot is a young soldier sent to defend the Verin Empire’s colonial frontier who finds himself swept up into this reckless new campaign, pitting rifle and cannon against Gedlund’s ruthless Everlords and their legions of the dead. In the goblin-infested southern frontier, the sprawling metropolis of Gemmen, and the haunted northern kingdom of Gedlund, the modern world wars against the past as Tammen tries to find his place in the forming of history. Gedlund is the story of a young man's rise to responsibility amid battles between humanity and the terrors of the distant past. Drawing inspiration from Lord of the Rings, Catch-22 and our own late 19th century, William Ray’s debut novel features a complex and nuanced world of memorable characters and unique perspectives on life in worlds of classic fantasy.


Run Like Clockwork: The Ruby Rings by E. C. Hibbs

Powered by clockwork and alchemy, populated by humans and shapeshifters, the City of Forest is not what it seems. Behind its majestic structures of stone and steel, the undesirable are stripped bare, and not even a blade of grass can grow. One winter’s night, young Charlotte Bellamy is left as the only survivor of a brutal massacre. She carves out a new life for herself as a watch mechanic, but even as time passes, Charlotte cannot escape the attention of a dangerous society within the government. A society which will do anything to protect the status quo. An immortal feline with a sharp tongue, a conflicted police officer running from his past, an assassin as vulnerable as she is formidable — all have a part to play in the web of secrets which slowly begins to unravel. United by Charlotte, their stories come together like cogs in a machine. And from above, an all-knowing eye looks on, counting down the seconds in a way no human can...


Wanted (All That Glitters #1) by Shalaena Medford

Tsingsei "Song" Gould has always led a privileged life, never wanting for anything. When Song is told she must choose a suitor, she flees with a street urchin who claims to know the location of a legendary lost treasure. Armed with a map, a stolen skyship, and no real plan, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. Now, away from the comforts of her home, she must learn to exist in a dangerous world of magic and pirates. Wanted is the republication of two novellas, now combined into one novel! Content Warning: Contains graphic depictions of violence and situations which some may find triggering.


Fogbound: Empire in Flames by Gareth Clegg

London 1899, a ruined city under martial law. It was just another bounty job for Simmons - recover a killer escaping beyond the massive walled city, while avoiding the toxic red fog and the tainted creatures who make their home Fogside since the failed Martian Invasion of '94. When he stumbles across a dastardly plot to overthrow Empress Victoria, the hunter becomes the hunted. With the brutal military police on his trail, he needs to gather others to his cause, learn who is responsible for this treason and keep the Empire he loves from plunging into eternal darkness. But in the darkest and most fogbound areas of the flooded London streets, a sinister intelligence watches, biding its time until the hour of reckoning is at hand…


Rise of the Sky Pirate by S.W. Raine

Before becoming the infamous sky pirate from The Techno Mage, Benedict Keenan was a disorderly drunkard from London Below—and in this spin-off series, his story is finally being told. Straying from his dream of living like the nobles in the Upper Lands for far too long, Benedict takes on an easy mercenary job with a band of rogues to quickly get back on his feet. But when a surgeon from the Upper Lands—the sole survivor of a sky pirate attack aboard an airship returning from an important science convention—is found in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Benedict is suddenly thrust into a dangerous high-stakes race against a poisonous alchemical infusion set to be released into the Great Lakes. What’s worse is that a man from Benedict's past is at the center of it all. Can he stop the sky pirate before the world becomes mind-controlled? Rise of the Sky Pirate is an action-packed steampunk adventure that reaches for the stars while saving the world along the way.


Odder Still by D.N. Bryn

Rubem of No-Man’s Land was content keeping to his wine, his pets, and his extensive collection of fishnets. But since a sentient, fuel-producing parasite bonded to his brainstem, every morally-depraved scientist and hardcore rebel for a hundred miles wants to ruthlessly dissect him. The parasite itself is no better, influencing his emotions and sassing him with his own memories as it slowly takes over his body. The only person offering Rubem help is Tavish K. Findlay, a dashing and manipulative philanthropist whose mother’s fuel company monopolizes their corrupt underwater city with an iron claw. She desperately wants to tear Rubem apart for the parasite before those who oppose her can do the same. Her son is irresistibly charismatic though, and after a lifetime of being kicked out and disavowed, Rubem is desperate to believe in the friendship Tavish offers. With revolutionary plots and political schemes tangling his every choice, Rubem must soon decide whether or not to trust Tavish in his fight against the parasite’s growing control.


The Ancestor by L.J. Suarez

For centuries, humankind has been extinct...until now. Six awoke from a dream, only to find himself in a nightmare. He is the last living human – lost and alone in a city of unrecognizable wonders. A new empire reigns over the Earth, a race of genetically engineered humans so evolved they bear little resemblance to their ancient predecessors. Before Six can get his bearings in this strange new world, he is framed for a heinous crime and exiled into the deadly wasteland beyond the city walls. As he struggles to survive in this hostile environment, and memories of his past slowly resurface, Six discovers that he has been marked for death. The empire has a secret, one so devastating its own people would be executed if they knew. Can Six decipher the hidden world of new Earth before they wipe out what is left of humanity? Grab The Ancestor today and let the adventure begin!


The Diamond Device by M. H. Thaung

After diamond power promises to replace steam, an unemployed labourer and a thieving noble unite to foil an international plot and avert a war. Alf Wilson resents the new technology that cost him his factory job, especially as his clockwork leg bars him from army enrolment. He daren’t confess his unemployment to his overbearing mother. Desperate over the rent, he ends up in a detention cell with a hangover. Impoverished Lord Richard Hayes maintains his expensive parliamentary seat by a mixture of charm and burglary. During a poorly planned break-in, he inadvertently witnesses a kidnapping. To cap it all, the police arrest him for the crime. At least he's using a fake identity. The real criminals make off with not just the professor who discovered diamond power, but her plans for a diamond-fuelled bomb. When Rich encounters Alf in the neighbouring cell, he sees an opportunity to keep his noble reputation intact. He persuades Alf he's a secret agent who needs an assistant. This chance association will take them to the oddest locations. But law-abiding Alf’s first assignment? Break Rich out of jail.


A Summer in Amber by C. Litka

The past is the future. A young physicist, Sandy Say, is dispatched to a Scottish highland estate to secretly decipher a decrepit manuscript that may hold the key to reinventing the 21st century, devastated by a series of solar storms. There he finds whispers of a reincarnated wizard, a hidden laboratory that is said to be the gate to the Otherworld, and a girl. A Summer in Amber is set in Scotland and England in the not too distant future, after a series of extremely powerful solar storms has laid to waste the modern world of cell phones, computers satellites, and even the power grids. Britain exists as an eclectic mix of the 21st and 19th century, with both steam engines, and pocket computers. A Summer in Amber is a quiet, enchanting novel of adventure and romance, with a unique steampunk air. C. Litka writes old-fashioned novels with modern sensibilities, humor, and romance. His lighthearted novels of adventure, mystery, and travel are set in richly imagined worlds and feature a colorful cast of well drawn characters. If you seek to escape, for a few hours, your everyday life, you will not find better company, nor more wonderful worlds to travel and explore, than in the novels of C. Litka.


Coyle and Fang: Curse of Shadows by robert adauto III

The year is 1892. A mythical book has been stolen, and the fate of mankind rests in the hands of two exceptional women: a brilliant detective and a deadly vampire. But they discover things are never that simple as they face a world much more dangerous than either could have imagined. Between enemies within and enemies without, can Coyle and Fang stop a madman before it kills hundreds of thousands?


The Lady of the Mark by Alex Hanson

Shaila will soon become the first woman to join a deeply guarded guild of warriors, The Men of the Mark. Together, they fight to end the civil war that’s left half their country to die of starvation and disease. But Shaila’s presence in the guild stirs a long-hidden corruption within their ranks, and she soon finds herself fighting for her life on two fronts. She’s determined to smite both evils but must do so while guarding a deep and dangerous secret: her love for her Master and mentor, Drauses. Master Drauses is one of the most notorious Men of the Mark in history. His comrades wish him to lead someday, but he doubts himself, especially after he violates the guild’s strict moral codes by falling in love with his new ward. When their enemies move to strike them down at their weakest moment, Drauses must choose to step up or step aside as he struggles to balance honor and heart in a world that lacks both.


A Journey of Black and Red by Alex Gilbert

A conversation with a handsome stranger leaves Ariane chained in a cellar with a strange affliction. She soon discovers that the darkness of the nineteenth century’s Deep South hides many dangers. Mages, wolf shifters and the humans who hunt them play a risky game where to stumble is to die, all under the amused gaze of the apex predators of the supernatural world: vampires. It is never healthy to attract the gaze of the aristocracy of the night, but for Ariane, it is too late. It takes much to survive in this merciless world, but she will not let that deter her. The southern belle has a bite, and she is willing to learn and to grow in this hostile new world. She will use whatever means necessary to reclaim her freedom, be it guile, charm, or those intriguing new instincts that make blood so delectable.


Sweetness and Blessings by Charlotte Kersten

Saved from ruin after fleeing from a terrible mistake, Iraluri is grateful for her husband, and that gratitude is equaled only by her dread of disappointing him with more mistakes. Together they fumble through magic once practiced by her fallen people in the hopes of finding the forgotten offerings that will make them rich. As this search continues, a kind stranger on the street and a solitary ghost challenge Iraluri to begin thinking beyond the fear and careful rules that she has lived by for so long. It becomes more and more impossible for Iraluri to ignore wrongs in her world and her life, but what use is this knowledge when acting upon it is so dangerous?


Penny for Your Soul by K.A. Ashcomb

The dead don’t wait. But they do work in the factories, decide over policies, and hate to stay buried six feet under. Petula Upwood is about to find what the undead genuinely want. She follows strangers into the night to awaken a man who many would prefer to stay under. She will soon realize that being a necromancer is more about politics than perfecting the art of waking the dead. And she hates it. Herbert Ringworm, a sculptor and a werewolf-wrestler, is willing to kill to serve his justice. Not that easy when he is forced to pair with a genteel ghoul. The only thing he wants is Ona to be alive again. Morris Reinhardt, a banker, needs to get tonight right to save his late father’s bank from the ruins by starting a conspiracy. He just isn’t sure about his accomplices and should have known better than put Petula’s life in danger. Everything is going haywire. If they want to survive tonight, they need to cooperate. Penny for Your Soul is an economic and political satire with humans, ghouls, and undead willing to do anything to have a win. It is full of personal stories and a few jokes about metaphysics and humanity.


Delphinium, or A Necromancer's Home by V. M. Jaskiernia

The Larkspur Quartet vol. I Book Two in The Courting of Life and Death Lady Elizabeth Anne does not know about the dark magic her beloved practices, and he has no intent to tell her. As they travel to his childhood home for the summer, Pierre Salvador attempts to balance his newfound love with his murderous cræft. After they arrive, the future Duc de Piques finds there is much to be done, and duties cannot be put off any longer. A fatal illness is spreading throughout his land, he is being claimed by those of Faery, and someone has already tried to take his life. But it will take much more to kill a lord of death.


Way of Thieves by Craig A. Price Jr.

A magical scepter can destroy the world … … a band of thieves plan to steal it. Siblings, Brendan and Kiera are in for the assignment of their lives. As descendants of dragons, magic is in their blood, and such a skill is almost as valuable as gold to their guild of thieves. Without any memory of life before becoming orphans, the two are tasked with stealing the revered Revarium Scepter from the Sorcerer's Guild. It’s time to grab their dragon powder, prepare for dangerous quests, and discover the truth of their heritage before the entire world is destroyed. Ocean’s Eleven meets Game of Thrones in this gritty epic fantasy that you’ll love, because everyone loves a magical heist.


Draconis by David Oliver

Magic is real. You just need the right crew to find it.

Over a decade ago Jlayn Syr, cartographer, embarked on a mission to map the world on behalf of the Ursal Federation. He returned with most of his crew dead and two strange rune stones. Stones that changed everything. Within an eternal storm, Jlayn had found a gateway to another world. A world populated with horrifying monsters and broken tombs.
A world of magic. Now he is the leader of the Wayfarers. A mercenary troop dedicated to entering the portal and returning with new rune stones. The Ursal Federation used the impossible magic of the rune stones to cement themselves as the foremost world power and the location of the rift is a closely guarded secret…one that many would kill for. With forces gathering to take control of the rift, Jlayn and his adopted daughter Sesha must embark on the newly built Draconis to explore this new world once again…but with a large target on their heads the days of the Wayfarers may be numbered.


From David Oliver, author of The Great Hearts series, comes a portal fantasy like no other. If you like your novels to have runic-enhanced cannons, devilish traps, high fantasy and an arms-race to produce flying galleons, this one is for you.
Oh and monsters.
Lots of monsters.


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