Wednesday, November 30, 2016


by N.B. Dixon

Robin of Locksley is a rebel, more comfortable roaming Sherwood Forest with his longbow and courting the village girls than learning how to run a manor.

An innocent flirtation with a peasant girl soon lands Robin in trouble, and worse, he finds himself inexplicably attracted to Will Scathelock, his best friend since childhood. Robin must decide whether to follow the rules of society or his own conscience.

Meanwhile, his neighbour, Guy of Gisborne, is anxious to get his hands on the Locksley estate and he will do anything to make it happen—even murder.

Gilbert White-hand held up a silencing finger. “I want to hear what the boy has to say.”

Robin took a deep breath. Perhaps there was a way out of this if he chose his words carefully. Gilbert White-hand seemed less bloodthirsty than his companions. At any rate, he might be reasoned with.

“You’re right. I did come looking for you, but not for the reward. I didn’t even know there was one.”

“Then why?”

“Perhaps he wants to join up,” one of the outlaws said with a laugh. “Tired of living the life of luxury are you, boy? Fancy a life under the stars living on what you can scrounge?”

Robin waited for the laughter to die down, then, still addressing Gilbert White-hand, said, “I hear you’re a good archer.”

The outlaw leader raised an eyebrow. “What of it?”

“So am I.”

There was a murmuring among the outlaws.

“I can prove it. If we both shoot and I win, you’ll let us go, and you’ll allow me free passage through the forest whenever I want it. In return, I won’t tell anyone where you are, nor will my friends.”

“He’s got nerve,” someone said. “You have to give him that.”

“Do we have your friends’ word?” Gilbert White-hand asked.

“Oh yes,” Guy said at once. “We won’t tell a soul.”

“Not a soul,” Katrina echoed. “We promise.”

Gilbert White-hand turned back to Robin. “And if I win? What then?”

Robin took a deep breath. “Then you can do whatever you like with us.”


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N.b. Dixon is an author of historical fiction. Her love for the Robin Hood legend began in a neglected corner of the school library and has continued ever since. She is a self-confessed bookworm and also a musician.

She began work on the Outlaws Legacy Series in 2013, and was accepted by Beaten Track Publishing in 2016. Outlaws Legacy is a historical series based around the Robin Hood legend. The author describes it as Exciting Historical Adventure with GLBT romance. Book 1, Heir of Locksley, will be released in paperback and ebook on December 1 2016.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

THE WOVEN RING by M. D. Presley

by M. D. Presley

A fantasy reimagining of the American Civil War that pits muskets against magic, massive war machines against mind readers, and glass sabers against soldiers in psychic exoskeletons.

In exile since the civil war, former spy and turncoat Marta Childress wants to quietly live out her remaining days in the West. But then her manipulative brother arrives with one final mission: Transport the daughter of a hated inventor deep into the East. Forced to decide between safely delivering the girl and assassinating the inventor, Marta is torn between ensuring peace or sparking a second civil war.

Her father’s gaze flicked from one child to the next, neither willing to acknowledge the other. For a moment he looked crestfallen as he regarded them both. “Hate is easy. Love hard.”

“And indifference the most difficult,” Carmichael chimed in. The saying was old as time, most people only recollecting the first half. But Carmichael was a good student, always reciting his lessons proudly.

“That it is,” her father responded, waving Marta forward.

Marta remained planted firmly in place, her words spilling out in an attempt to lessen her impending punishment. “I let my anger get the better of me again. Instead of acting, I should have stepped back and thought first. I’m sorry. Again.”

Her father smiled, her apology not fooling him for an instant. “I think you can be forgiven so long as you both learn a lesson today. Marta, my precious little girl, you must remember to never use your Blessed abilities in front of someone outside the clan. For the rest of the world, the Blessed are a tiny minority, only one in twenty gifted by Sol. But we of the Cildra clan are special, nearly eight out of ten of us touched by Sol. And this is our secret, only to be shared within the family. So though it is law that all Whisperers and Listeners wear pins to announce their abilities, neither I, your mother, nor your brother do so. This is our secret to be used to our benefit and none others.”

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Never passing up the opportunity to speak about himself in the third person, M.D. Presley is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is. Born and raised in Texas, he spent several years on the East Coast and now waits for the West Coast to shake him loose. His favorite words include defenestrate, callipygian, and Algonquin. The fact that monosyllabic is such a long word keeps him up at night.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

PRISM by Matthew D. Ryan

by Matthew D. Ryan

In the mystical realm of the Cavern, Akarra is Shardshaper to the quartzian people who inhabit it. Fashioned from quartz and filled with enchanted light, the quartzians are a strong and hearty people. Akarra is no exception. But when destiny intervenes, she must choose between the he-quartz she loves and the life path she lives for. Which shall she choose?

Akarra knelt expectantly on the floor near the back corner of Yridia’s Cave.


“Pattern matching is most important, dear,” Yridia said.

“I know, Mistress Shardshaper,” Akarra replied, head bowed in deference. “You’ve told me so—many times—but I just don’t see the use of geometry.” She was tired; it had been a long training session and she still wasn’t through.

The small but cozy cave—one in which she had spent many long hours engaged in study—had been hollowed out in the shape of a twelve-sided figure of exquisite design—a dodecahedron, it was called. It at once conveyed a sense of space, mystery, and power. Much like the element it represented: the ether. Each of the twelve faces of the shape formed a perfect pentagon—a five sided figure of further significance and meaning. The pentagon-shaped floor, of course, was made of clouded white quartz; the ceiling, clear. The pentagons on the walls alternated between white and clear. There were no cracks or fissures or blemishes; all the angles and divisions were neat, clean, and precise, thus regulating the temperature of the room perfectly. As Akarra perused the features of the cave, she felt contentment and peace, and her antennae glowed a pale greenish yellow in response. This was like a second home for her. She was the apprentice Shardshaper. One of the most respected members of the tribe.

Akarra watched Yridia move to the center of the pentagon floor and squat down in front of her. Yridai’s yenshi robe billowed out and she produced a crystal of transparent blue quartz in the shape of a perfect tetrahedron. Her Heartshard. A piece of the Heart Crystal itself, the source of the Shardshaper’s power.

Akarra could feel the Shard’s presence.


Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. His work has been featured on-line at and He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He is the operator of the web-site which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,” a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. Mr. Ryan says he receives his inspiration from his many years as an avid role-player and fantasy book reader. He has spent many long hours devising adventures and story-lines as well as gaming systems for role-playing games, playing a motley assortment of characters in RPG worlds, as well as digesting the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and others. As a result, he has great depth of experience in the fantasy genre and feels it was a natural shift for him to move into fantasy writing.

Mr. Ryan is the author of the exciting dark fantasy novel, Drasmyr, The Children of Lubrochius, and The Sceptre of Morgulan, as well as a growing number of short stories. His first novel, Drasmyr, won the book of the month award on Long and Short Reviews: Young Adult for the month of September 2012. The story features a traditional Dracula type vampire in a Middle-Earth type setting. It is a dark fantasy geared toward teens and adults that has consistently earned reviews in the four and five star range. Drasmyr serves as the prequel to his series: From the Ashes of Ruin. In addition to Drasmyr, The Children of Lubrochius, and The Sceptre of Morgulan, Mr. Ryan has published several short stories on-line, including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur”(published at the now defunct Pegasus On-line), “The River’s Eye”(published at , “Escape”(published at, and the three-story collection Of Dragons, Love, and Poison.. His latest work is the stand-alone novella “Prism,” a startling fantasy story of unique character. He has also spoken on the topic of “World-Building” utilizing his considerable experience as an author and game-designer. When not engrossed in his fantasy worlds, Mr. Ryan can be found volunteering at the local food shelf or playing with his cat, “Confucius,” who is as wise and wily as his name suggests.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

PHIL! by R.P. Momsen


PHIL! By: RP Momsen

cover3d_0-61917700-1476977511   A very funny science fiction adventure that will change the way you look at life, the universe and why we're all here. Billions of years ago, our universe was born. Not really that terribly exciting for most life forms except of course yourselves… and, well, Phil. The poor bastard who’s had to watch over all you people the last billion or so years. Well, finally after years of listening to all your griping, bitching and whining, always with some imaginary being getting all the credit, he’s finally had it! Phil has decided to explain what the world is, why you’re here and how you can evolve finally into a species worth talking about at parties. In this hilarious actual account, Phil takes two unwitting Physicists on the adventure of their lives, which isn’t saying much for a couple of physicists, and shows them what life, the universe and lovely little corner pubs really is all about. They’re transported to other dimensions to meet their better looking selves, get taken prisoner by an evil but very good looking race, fly through black holes and help the creation of a new planet all while their greatest challenge hangs in the balance, saving earth from the most evil, and best dressed, species the universe has ever seen. Will they save earth? Has all the years of hard work Phil has done creating you beings be lost? Does any of this really matter?


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      Author Info242919_10150272411688060_897035_o-1 R.P. Momsen was lucky enough to meet Phil in a very lovely but rather smelly pub a few years ago. After listening to the most amazing story of his life, and a half dozen pints, Rick agreed to bring Phil’s story to the world and finally get Phil a vacation. Through an arduous process over the next couple years of intense notes, grand philosophical debates, lengthy trips through multiple universes and numerous beers this masterpiece of answers was named Phil and finally released. A great friendship has been created and Rick has agreed to continue to write the real truth about everything, why it’s kind of a good thing to know and what humankind could do to be invited to the really cool parties. Author Links: Website | Twitter |Facebook | Goodreads Other FB:  

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Thursday, November 10, 2016


by E.M. Thomas

As clouds of civil war gather over a dying empire, two friends and generals find themselves on opposite sides of the factional divide. Now, they must sacrifice everything to save themselves from their realm and their realm from itself.

Ten years, two months and this morning, Kyrus thought, blinking away drops of sweat. Yet still… still it’s not any easier.

For the thousandth time, his hand slid to a blade’s hilt, body braced against a gust ripping through the sweltering berry thicket. Wide eyes scanned the crush of steamy greenery all around him, ears hearing only his own short breaths and a heart that pounded like a drum. Even as the wind petered out, his anxiety held firm, held him frozen in place.

Ten bloody years of this… a wonder I’ve any wits left about me at all. He grunted. Or do I have any?

He’d grayed since then, since his first days in Valogar. Wrinkled too. Bones ached from the constant marching, mind frayed from the perpetual fear of knowing they were out there, somewhere, always itching to add another Rokhish scalp to their belts…

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-What inspired you to become a writer?

At its core, I write because I love a good story – specifically an epic story, one with big stakes and a broad scope. I like stories with believable characters, characters who are deeply realized with actions, thoughts, and words that go beyond mere plot devices. Once I had an idea of what I like to read (and watch on television or movies, for that matter), I knew it was time to combine that with my love of writing – and voila, The Bulls of War was born.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

I’d like to see the capital of Dray’gon Rokh. I’d like to see its looming white walls and towers, its immaculate temples and sculptures, its massive marketplace which dominates the center of the city. I’d like to see the rivers that flow through it, the sacred groves that dot the various sectors of the city. Most of all I’d like to see the diversity of peoples roaming the streets, races of men and women descending upon it from all corners of Andervold, each trying to make their fortune.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

One of the things I researched most was travel times in the ancient world, specifically in the era of the Roman Empire. When dealing with timing during that period, there is a very stark dividing line – roads or no roads. The Romans built a staggering road system which connected the farthest flung regions of their Empire with the rest; the presence of a such a luxury could cut travel times (compared to non-road options) by as much as 75-80%, sometimes even more. Thus, when crafting the Rokhish Empire, a realm that expands for a thousand miles in multiple directions, it was important to me to have travel times that reflected an analogous situation in Ancient Rome.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Probably Treos Lokner. Treos has lived a long, tragic, and adventure-filled life from several regions of the Empire, yet he still looks upon life with a sense of bemused detachment, accepting his fate for what it is. He keeps a positive air about him and likes nothing more than to relax with a good drink, a good friend, and a tale a or two.

-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?

I split my reading about 50/50 between non-fiction and fiction. To the former, I enjoy any and all things ancient Rome and Greece; more broadly, I like military history. With fiction, I primarily read fantasy and historical fiction. Whichever the subject, however, I certainly don’t get to read as much as I’d like!

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I think it’s important to write the types of books that you like to read. Consistent with that, I find it unlikely I’ll ever branch too far beyond the genres of fantasy and historical fiction, as those are the genres I enjoy the most. As an exception to that, I have a strong desire to write a sci-fi novel that takes place in the near future. I’ve already story-boarded the novel, but again, the sequels to The Bulls of War as well as an entirely separate historical fiction will be my first and foremost priority in the coming years.


E.M. Thomas is the author of two novels - an epic fantasy (The Bulls of War) and a historical fiction set in Ancient Greece (Fortress of the Sun). E.M. Thomas was born and raised on the East Coast of the United States but is a world traveler at heart. He caught the writing bug early on and has a passion for all good fiction, but especially that of the fantasy and historical variety. One of his favorite moments thus far in his young career was writing a chapter of his latest book about the great battle of Corinth - while sitting amidst the ruins of ancient Corinth.

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Monday, November 7, 2016


by J.A. Hayman

Alex Nicholls wakes in a field with no recollection of how he got there. With his identity pulled into question he is forced on the run from the corrupt government who believes he is sick. He is led on a journey to discover the truth behind his identity and the truth behind the sickness which haunts him.

In the corner of my eye I spotted something behind Terry. There was a man. A man walking by. He looked just like me. It was like looking in a mirror, and my mind struggled to comprehend how this could be possible. He glanced at me before scurrying off into the stairwell. I stood up in a daze and walked to the corridor. Terry protested, but I just ignored him. I reached the empty stairwell perplexed.

Feeling inexplicably drawn to the man, I ran out into the stairwell. I felt like I had to find out why he looked just like me; was this some sort of bizarre prank? The man was gone. I looked down the middle of the staircase, but he wasn’t there. I sprinted up the stairs toward the roof, leaving Terry floundering in the stairwell entrance, unsure what to do. My footsteps thudded as I paced upward, anticipating what could be happening, but when I threw open the roof door, I found the roof to be empty. There was no way the man could have gone anywhere else, but he simply wasn’t there. Terry caught up to me. “You...okay there, man?” he said, panting. He wasn’t the most interesting man I knew; however, he was kind, which meant he was decent friend material, not to say I wouldn’t ditch him if someone else swooped into my desolate life. I was confused. I was sure I had seen someone a moment ago, but no one was out on the roof. I gave a nervous laugh, scratching at my palm. “I thought I saw something.” Giving him a meek look, I returned to the stairwell. Maybe I was just tired and seeing things. Could have I fallen asleep for a moment and dreamed it? It’s hard to determine a dream from reality; in a dream everything seems to make sense, only upon waking do you realize the absurdity of it all.

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-What inspired you to become a writer?

I had always been a very creative person and I had plotted out novels and series in my head from a young age but I didn’t take that step into being a writer until I was 22 in University. I am a huge fan of Stephen King and I watched an Interview where he compelled you to make your mark on the world and give it a shot. I came up with an idea and ran with it… and it eventually ended up as my first novel ‘The Siren Wakes’. During the whole process I discovered I really enjoy creating a story for others to enjoy, so I will continue to write and hopefully everyone will continue to enjoy my work!

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

It’s a very dark world so it isn’t a place I would really want to go to… but if I had to; I would probably want to visit the ASA headquarters in Los Angeles as it is such an important building in that world. Another place I would like to visit would be the ruins of Europe… it would be a sad and desolate place to go to, but just a world away from our own, so would be interesting to experience firsthand.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

I learnt a lot about the particulars of Nuclear Weapons in my research for my series. I found it interesting looking into the past Nuclear Weapons tests, a lot of which I had never heard of before. There was one Nuclear Bomb detonated high up in the atmosphere which wiped out the power in Hawaii and damaged a lot of electrical equipment. I was interested when I found out that EMP blasts don’t work as they are portrayed in a lot of films and books… so I had to use that knowledge and adapt it to my story.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

I would definitely want to go for drinks with Eric. He is a charmer and a funny guy, so I imagine it would be a lot of fun. He has a lot of darkness in him but he would have a lot of stories to tell and has lived through a lot. Although I am not sure whether he would want to go for a drink with me! There are some really interesting characters in my upcoming work who I would love to go out for drinks with but that is spoilers! You will have to wait and see.

-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?

Most of the time I read Science Fiction books such as The Machine by James Smythe or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury but I also enjoy a lot of Crime Fiction. In particular I really enjoy Keigo Higashino’s crime novels! Devotion of Suspect X and Salvation of a Saint are incredible novels and I would definitely recommend them.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I don’t think I could ever write Erotic Fiction or Romance. I try to put threads of Romance into my novels to add that layer of realism and believability… but I would find writing a whole Romance novel pretty boring. My favorite scenes to write are action packed scenes or fight scenes, so Erotic fiction or Romance just wouldn’t work out for me.


Native to the UK, I was born in the Garden of England in the early 90s. I was creative from a young age, always wrapped up in my own world and fantasies. I was a big reader from a young age, reading Les Miserables and Lord of the Rings while I was still in primary school.

I was fortunate enough to be able to travel a lot in my youth, from Hong Kong to Houston I experienced the world and gained a greater perspective of the world outside my small woodland village I grew up in.

In secondary school I was told I was too cynical to be a writer and was put off writing for many years. Instead I pursued a degree in Physical Geography, gaining my Masters degree in late 2015. University gave me time to really discover myself as a person. Allowing me to pursue my passions and dreams to their fullest. I want to share my stories and ideas with the world. As a child I hungrily devoured fiction and now I will help feed the minds of others.

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Friday, November 4, 2016


by Lee Allen Howard

Vampires, beasties, zombies, ghouls… and the murderous kid next door. Twenty-four stories of human and supernatural horror and crime will chill you to the bone. Can you escape the perpetual nightmares?

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Lee Allen Howard writes horror, psychological thrillers, and supernatural crime. His publications include Death Perception, The Sixth Seed, “Mama Said,” Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, Perpetual Nightmares, and How to Tell If Your House Is Haunted. He blogs about his writing at

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