MAYHEM IN THE AIR
by Untethered Realms
From Amazon bestselling and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Mayhem in the Air, a supernatural anthology of ten thrilling tales. Meet hot robots, hungry winds and the goddess of chaos. Explore alien planets, purgatorial realms, and a shocking place where people bury the living with their dead. Mayhem in the Air is the second, long-awaited story collection from the dynamic and inventive Untethered Realms group.
Exclusive Excerpt from “The Silent Wind” by Christine Rains
The wind didn’t howl. Hank tapped the side of his helmet. Even with all the dust flying around, nothing clogged the sensors. Everything was in working order.
Except it was too quiet.
“What’s the news, Hank?”
He flinched at the sudden intrusion of Niko’s voice. Letting out a long and slow breath, Hank closed his eyes and tapped a button on his wristpad, switching the helmet’s display from a physical visual to a digital map of the terrain. When he opened his eyes, the soft green glow of the planet’s surface filled the display.
“Still no visual. The storm hasn’t let up.”
“The storm that doesn’t exist. No change at all?” Niko’s exasperation came through clipped. The captain had lost some of his patience over their long journey.
“None. Wind, dust, no precipitation. There’s no way we can make camp here.” Hank trudged forward to higher ground. The wind provided little resistance. Rocks and lichen crunched under his boots. If the map was wrong, he could step off the edge of a cliff. And then what? Niko would send Vedette down to the surface. Then Sergio. But probably not Bryleigh. The captain liked her warming his bed too much.
This was Hank’s job as first mate. It was a matter of security. He’d have to figure it out. One foot in front of the other.
“Damn. There’s nowhere else on Shugem to land the ship. We can’t shuttle everything down. We can’t wait the storm out much longer,” Niko grumbled. “Storm or not, we have to land within the next few days.”
“I know, I know.” Hank didn’t need to be reminded of their situation. They’d spent two hundred years in cryo to reach a planet that did not welcome them. This mission was his life. They must ready Shugem for colonists. There would be nothing beyond it whether he managed to complete the mission or not.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole. For more information, please visit her website.
Gwen Gardner is a native Californian living in sunny San Diego, where her love of reading and writing led to a BA in English literature. Life is now complete with her husband, two dogs and a daily call from her daughter. Since ghosts feature prominently in her young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face—but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate—not necessarily in that order. For more information, please visit her website.
Misha Gerrick lives in the scenic Western Cape, South Africa, where she's currently working on some more books. Her Epic Fantasy Series, The War of Six Crowns, is out now. For more information on what she's writing and reading, visit her website.
Graeme Ing engineers original fantasy worlds, both YA and adult, but hang around, and you’ll likely read tales of romance, sci-fi, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk or any blend of the above. Born in England in 1965, Graeme moved to San Diego, California in 1996 and lives there still. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans thirty years, mostly in the computer games industry. He is also an armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with more cats than he can count. Please visit his website.
Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckon to M. Pax, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers, and one of her cats has a crush on Mr. Spock. You can find out more by visiting her website.
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player. She has one novel and several novellas and short stories published. Her paranormal romance series, The 13th Floor, has been met with rave reviews. Her newest geeky romances were released by Ellora’s Cave early 2015. Please visit her website.
Cherie Reich has more books than she can ever read and more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn’t stop this bookworm from trying, even if it means trying to curb her TV addiction. She is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the paranormal horror collection Once upon a Nightmare and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club, Valley Writers, and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website.
Catherine Stine’s fiction spans the range from contemporary to dark fantasy to sci-fi. Her futuristic companion thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award-winners. Dorianna, her YA paranormal won Best Horror Novel in the Kindle Hub Awards. Her work is included in the boxed sets Future Tense and Secret Worlds as well as in the Untethered Realms anthologies Twisted Earths, Mayhem in the Air and Fantasy Uprising. In addition, Catherine writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clare. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her when she was a child. She teaches creative writing workshops and is a member of SFWA, RWA and SCBWI. Visit her at katherinestine.com.
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