Saturday, July 31, 2021

A.E. Saves the World, One Catastrophe at a Time – or – Your Own Personal Tech Jesus by A.E. Williams

Once again, the Speculative Fiction Showcase is delighted to welcome our occasional regular, A.E. Williams. As always, all views are the writer's own. 

Scroll down for details of an upcoming guest appearance by A.E. Williams at the Sacred Mushroom Summit - Sages of the Americas conference in September, in Gainesville, Florida.


The other morning, I was having a nice warm cup of Brownian Motion,[1] sitting on my deck in the back of the house, watching the thermometer inch up towards 100 degrees Fahrenheit. That kind of temperature is kind of normal, in this neck of the woods, for this season, Summer.

I learned as a wee lad[2] that the planet Earth orbited the Sun, and not the other way around, despite the best teachings of the Catholic Church and astrologers. I found out that there were four seasons, here in the United States of America.[3] They were Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring.[4] Of the four of them, Summer was the hottest. Winter was the coldest. Spring was wet, and flowery. Fall was Holiday time.

That was about it. No one worried about ‘global’ anything, except Salvation. There were conflicts across the world, of course, but those were happening far away in countries whose names were funny, and to people who were barely human, not having known Christ and all. Heck, there wasn’t even any Holy Water™ in the Red Sea, and it was practically in Jesus’ back yard![5]

With this fantastic education, I embarked upon a worldview that took some severe hits over the decades.

Women as priests? Nuns without habits? Priests who – well, enough about priests…

BIRTH CONTROL! Yeah, there’s something that really is a hot-button issue, right? It’s not bad enough the world is having tons of babies, like Nature intended. It’s wonderful! Wait, they aren’t Catholic babies?

All those non-Catholic babies could be brought into the fold, eventually, one supposes. Given enough Manifest Destiny…

But there was a terrible side-effect from all that Natural procreation stuff – people.

Billions of people. Billions of people who need to eat, defecate, fornicate, get sick, die, grow old, get injured, fart, kill, maim, become politicians, soldiers, scientists, engineers and liberal arts majors.[6]

And, naturally, all of these people need places to grow food, shelter from storms, harsh weather, and the random drone attack, vehicles to move their goods from one place to another, such as trains, planes and buses[7], educate their whelps offspring, get birth control and other medications so they will live longer and have better quality of lives, communicate across their towns, states, countries and eventually fuck up the entire planet and solar system.

This has been regarded as a bad move, by some closed-minded individuals (and organizations, actually). However, another set of individuals have become immensely wealthy and powerful from all of this activity.

And, in doing so, we are now being told, they have doomed the rest of us to death by Climate Change®.

Now, I have always been an optimist, even when I was cynical, sarcastic and damning lightly with praise. It’s my one true strength – the ability to see the silver lining next to the lead one in the burial vault.[8]

And, in the spirit of that, (and also not wanting to continue getting those glaring looks of hatred from my supposedly doomed whelps children), I offer to the world, free of cost, the SOLUTIONS to all of these thorny issues.

With a CAVEAT:

Seeing the political climate we are operating under today, I want to state right out front that I do not see myself as any kind of technology Messiah. So, for the following few minutes of reading, I want you, the Reader, to pretend that I am an alien, from Alpha Centauri, or thereabouts.[9]


Insurance companies have this policy to not pay out money from premiums for incidents that are routinely classified as “Acts of God.”[10] These include fires, floods, lightning, earthquakes and the like. [11]

So, let’s take a look at some of these “Acts of God” and see if we can do anything meaningful about them, how much it might cost, and how long it will take to get results. (Let’s also ignore the obvious solution for much of these, which is “Don’t build there,” or “Move.”)


I want to state right now that fire is a beautiful thing. There is so much magic in the infernal dances of bonfire flames, on a cool evening, with the Harvest Moon in the sky, the odor of oak and pine smoke wafting around the forest, the background noises of cicadas and dying prey providing an almost Beethoven-like quality to the happenings. It is at times like this when - cheroot tucked into the corner of your mouth, a nice adult beverage in hand and a forty-five-caliber pistol strapped to your belt - you really feel One with Nature and the Universe.

If only that distant glow of wanton, Hellish destruction in the distance weren’t so damned close to your property…

It occurs to pretty much anyone that wildfires are complex things, with a multitude of causes, ramifications for power distribution, local economies, federal…



It’s really simple – let forests grow for a long time, and branches and leaves and stuff accumulate. If the weather is such that there is a dry season, the conditions are as such that a tiny spark may create a fire, that can consume this detritus and grow into a raging inferno.

Fuel + spark = conflagration.

See? Simple.

Putting out a fire is simple, too.

You deprive it of oxygen. You drown it. You cover it in flame retardant chemicals. Or dirt.

See? Simple.

SOLUTION: Get Bill “The Vaccinator” Gates to repurpose his Solar Smegma®™ Aircraft Fleet to run coordinated passes over wildfires, dropping water to smother the flames. Nanobots are optional.



Floods are caused by too much of a good thing – water. Water is essential to growing food crops, bathing, sewer systems and many other public health concerns and proper hydration during heat waves.

It is ironic, then, that when it rains, it pours – onto the slopes of mountains and hills, and flat parking spaces, and farms, and into rivers and oceans. All of these places don’t need a LOT of water, right?

How then to mitigate flooding?

Take a lesson from our nearest neighbors – the Martians.


SOLUTION: Elon Musk can use his Boring Company to build a fleet of subterranean earth-movers. These will drill a vast network of underground canals, acting as capillaries, draining the offensive liquids off into a convenient place. Say, a desert. Or maybe, the Grand Canyon.

The desert can serve three purposes:

1)      Oasis

2)      Location for hotels and casinos

3)      Water storage

Basically, Las Vegas meets Lake Tahoe.



While it seems there are more powerful, stronger hurricanes, and many more of them, today than in times past, I would point interested parties into looking into the history of this planet.

During its formation, there were planetary storms, that lasted centuries, if not millennia. They flooded the Earth, scoured entire mountain ranges flat, dug canyons with their immense water flow, and generally made life, as we know it today, possible.

Closer to our own era, devastating major named storms[12] in the last century can be counted on one hand:

1)      Camille

2)      Andrew

3)      Katrina

4)      A bunch of others who weren’t as notable. Seriously, ALL of the storms combined produced damages of around one trillion dollars. That is less than the current infrastructure bill being floated by President Joe Biden.

SOLUTION: Firstly, mandate the removal of all kinds of insurance for ALL coastal construction in hurricane-prone areas. If you want to take the risk to build, it should be all on YOU, not the taxpayers of land-locked states.

Next, if you do decide to build there, (and, you shouldn’t!) then build low-cost buildings that can be easily cleaned up. Again, it’s your mess, so common sense dictates you should make things that don’t cost much to demolish. Like, maybe use fire?

Finally, forget about trying to ‘control the weather.’

The US Military already is doing that[13]









SOLUTION: I am a huge proponent of Space Technology, as you well know.

Having worked in that industry for two decades, and as a follower of the latest and greatest Space Race, I am convinced that the easiest and most cost-effective way of reducing global warming is to put some manner of shading device between us and the Sun, which is THE major contributor to this problem.

Much as a window curtain or vertical blind, (or the Moon) can shield us from the harmful rays of the sun, these devices would be positioned in such a way as to provide a barrier between us and Old Sol.

Made of Kevlar, or perhaps another material (see below), these giant Space Curtains™ would be lifted into space aboard a SpaceX Starship, optimally, or perhaps a ULA Delta Heavy[15].

Placed at Lagrange points, these could be outfitted with ion thrusters, allowing for the intensity of the solar rays that impinge upon our atmosphere to be regulated.

This could also see some actual utility for Branson and Bezos rockets, in that they could be used to man outgoing flights on a Musk Starship for servicing these miracles. Lockheed and Boeing could build space stations that would act as staging areas for assembly and repair.

It would be a hugely profitable industry.

As to gathering the needed materials for the Space Curtains™, we have a literal mountain of raw materials at our fingertips – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.[16]

Using a consortium of naval ships from around the world (I’m looking at YOU, China!), coupled with cruise ships, we could construct floating factories that gather this detritus and treat it in such a way as to reclaim the plastics for use in the Space Curtains™.

Think of the economic benefits of this! We are cleaning up the oceans, (for fish-farming, see below), and shooting that into space to protect us from Global Warming!

It’s a win-win-win, since this also will quicken the pace for humanity to become ONE RACE.[17]

Some other benefits of this technology are they can be made using current manufacturing processes, they will be relatively cheap, and when they become too damaged for further use, we can just drop them into the Sun.

And, best of all, you won’t have fleets of Solar Smegma™® aircraft dropping nanobots into the jet stream. Those will be preoccupied putting out forest fires.[18]



Well, this one is tricky. One supposes we could also float giant Fresnel lenses or space-borne lasers, or lunar bases that can shoot microwaves or particle beams at Earth’s less-warm areas, to heat things up a bit.

One unfortunate side effect of this would be the accidental sparking of wildfires.

Another would be increasing the Brownian Motion of Lake Huron or the Mediterranean Sea to a degree where the entire planet could enjoy Earl Grey for a few centuries.

To be honest, my crystal ball powers here are a bit underwhelming.



Another unfortunate side effect of space-based space heaters is war.

Now, we already are dealing with this, and a lot of it is because of the lack of proper resource allocation, made even more difficult by political grand-standing, warlords and a generally inferior education system across the board.

See, education is merely indoctrination to the ‘Old Ways.’ Novel ideas, much like the ones in this article, are poo-pooed or denigrated as being ‘too fantastic,’ ‘unreasonable flights of fancy,’ or ‘insane.’

That’s because critical thinking is a vastly underutilized skill. Everywhere.

Want some examples?

·         Why do cities allow building in areas that are prone to flooding? Or wildfires? Or earthquakes?

·         Why do ‘intelligent’ people keep electing the same old political hacks?

·         Why is high fructose corn syrup a thing?

·         Why doesn’t the United States elect Nevada to be the ‘Solar Power Station’ for the entire country?

The answers to these, and many other vexing questions, are obvious to a critical thinker.[19]

SOLUTION: This one will take some political will, grass roots activism, and the banishment of money as a concept of wealth.[20]

If people seriously want to live in peace, then warfare is something that cannot be tolerated. The resources expended on killing ourselves would be far better used in getting humanity to a state of existence that is cooperative, and beneficial for all living creatures.

Think about how much medicine advanced DUE to warfare.

Now think about how much further it could have advanced against something like COVID, if those funds expended in conducting war were instead used in research for curing the human condition.



SOLUTION: Here I am going to list a few subcategories, because they are interrelated with food and eating.

·         CATTLE – Where’s the beef? Isolate it to a few areas where it is grown, and find humane methods for harvesting the meat. Soylent Green Lab-grown meat is almost here!

·         ALLIGATORS – These are so unendangered that people are hunting them again. Figure out what they are good for besides handbags and shoes, and limit their population accordingly. Put them on farms, until we figure out if they like Mars better.

·         TILAPIA – Feed them to the gators.

·         ENDANGERED SPECIES – Clone the ones we think will be useful pets, and don’t bother with the ones that like to eat us.

·         INVASIVE SPECIES – Send them back to where their ‘normal’ habitat is located. Feed people who drop their ‘cute little python’ into the swamp to the alligators.

·         EXTINCT SPECIES – Same as endangered. If we can farm chickens, we can farm the dodo.[21]

·        DEER and OTHER WILD GAME – Move everything to Australia, or Kenya. Whatever survives, we clone.

·        FISHING - Now, this one has a serious component. We KNOW how to farm fishes. We also know we need to clean up the trash in the oceans, rivers and lakes.

We need to combine these two facts into some kind of easy to create solution, such as:

GENETICALLY MODIFIED TUNA, and CATFISH (One for salt water, one for brackish)

Using CRISPR, these wonders of modern biogenetic science could be manufactured to eat all the trash, and poop out monofilament line, much like spiders can spin silk for their webs.[22]

Some care would need to be taken to collect the resulting excrement, otherwise submarines might get snagged in them.



Well, as I mentioned above, warfare and money are two things we need to dispense with, if we desire to take advantage of all the wonders that Space Curtains™ will provide for us. That may take some doing.

SOLUTION: I propose we either decide on a Benevolent Dictator, or a Theocracy.[23]






SOLUTION: Follow Musk, et al, off-planet.


Now, you may be wondering, if you are still ‘stuck’ in the traditional paradigm of capitalism or other ‘isms’, one very important thing:


Man, my windows just blew out from the collective screams of everyone bellowing at once about cost, blah blah blah!

Why do you think Billionaires exist?


Realistically, all the money in all the world would not be enough to do these projects. So, why should we care?

Fleecing the rich is obvious, but it denies the entire problem with we humans. We are greedy little bastards, who are genetically programmed to survive. That means we hunt, gather, procreate, fight, horde, kill, rape and murder other human beings to get what we ‘want.’

It’s in our nature. Human nature. You won’t really be able to breed it out of us for centuries, if we are lucky, or thousands of years, if we let Nature take its course.

SOLUTION: Nanobots.

Hear me out!

What if we could somehow inject nanobots into the bloodstream of the typical human?

We could use them to program behaviors, using some manner of radio energy. Maybe Wi-fi, or something… In any event, all we would have to do is come up with an Artificial Intelligence engine.  It would have to be able to deduce how humans behave, from observation of billions of us, over a long time period. Some manner of tracking device would need to be carried by us, all of the time. So, maybe it could be functional, in a way that ties it to the global economy. Like, maybe it is some kind of ‘smart’ device, that allows us to make transactions easily. The public media could help us decide what we need to buy, and consume, and maybe even some games could be put on them, so that we are entertained, and engaged as much as possible.

Heck, even our personal computers can have keyloggers or something, to allow the AI to gather as much information and data as possible!

With all of that, these nanobots can be deployed, and everyone can live in peace! No one will suffer! No one will starve, or be lonely, frightened or poor!

Think of the possibilities!

We could get rid of cars, since everyone will just need to order using their voice, or maybe the AI will SEND you what you need!

Yeah, that’s it!

All we need is some method to induce people to inject these nanobots into their bodies, or maybe we can skip that altogether and just spray them into the atmosphere. It probably would have some physical properties…maybe like snot? Or smegma? Who knows?

So, we can just dye the delivery solvent silver or maybe black? Then, we spray it into the upper troposphere. Hey, I’ll bet it can help cool the Earth! Cool! Cool, cool, cool!

You know who we should enlist to help us do this?


They have ALL THAT MONEY! They must be SUPER smart!

Damned geniuses, every one of them!

Someone should get Bill Gates on the (smart) phone!




A.E. Williams

High Springs, Florida

July 25, 2021

[1] That’s what I call my particular blend of Earl Grey, sugar and the thermodynamic miracle that is hot H2O.

[2] When I went to Catholic Parochial School, almost all of the teachers were nuns, and about 98% of them were from Ireland. So, that’s what they called us. ‘Wee’ whatevers… It’s also where I discovered Earl Grey tea, the Holy Trinity, transubstantiation, the Eucharist, that Jesus died for our sins, that masturbation is really bad, and the interesting concept called a convent …but, I digress.

[3] You should remember that the doctrine to which I was indoctrinated was very White Anglo-Saxon Protestant-centric, even though taught by the Catholic Church. According to this, the United States of America was given to us by God, by dint of superior firepower and Manifest Destiny, and not ‘white supremacy,’ Christopher Columbus got here first, and not the Vikings. And, the inhabitants already here were known collectively as ‘savages.’ Colonialism was something taught to us at England’s knee, and empires lived forever, except Rome, because they also killed Jesus. Ah, misspent youth…

[4] Some Yankees argued about a mythical fifth season, called “Autumn.” They ‘autumn’ just call it ‘Fall,’ like all right-minded people.

[5] Forget about lakes of wine, even if He could walk all across each and every one, right?

[6] I have it on good authority that Lawyers are of the Devil.

[7] Coming soon to a spaceport near you – Amazon Prime Intraplanetary Express!

[8] The lead lining is to keep the radiation in; the silver lining is a Faraday cage for better Wi-Fi reception.

[9] And, frankly, I am tired of defending all of that. I am, much like the Dean in ‘Community,’  complicated…

[10] Who says worshippers of Mammon aren’t biblical?

[11] “War” is its own category, and drone strikes are typically not covered.

[12] Source: Wikipedia. Cyclones are “Other People’s Problems.”

[13] Source: More Wikipedia. Pay attention to the HAARP and Operation Popeye bits…

[14] Source: Still MORE Wikipedia. If you think this is ‘fictional’ you aren’t paying attention. Especially of late Actually, I am throwing this one on Elon. Those Boring™ machines can be upscaled into Planet Tunnelers®, and used to relieve the stresses on the tectonic plates.

[15] I suppose Jeff Bezos ‘New Glenn’ could be press-ganged into service, but I dread seeing a giant floating AMAZON banner in the sky, 24/7.

[17] The HUMAN one, duh!

[18] Sorry, not sorry, Bill.

[19] Especially when he is sitting next to a bonfire on a cool, winter’s evening, under the Harvest Moon, drinking bourbon and classic Dr. Pepper, idly sighting his .45 at random noises, a smoldering cheroot in the corner of his mouth, and a satisfied grin on his face.

[20] I am not saying to remove money from our system. I am saying the accumulation of money as an arbiter of someone being ‘better’ than someone else is an idea whose time is far over. More money does not equal ‘smarter.’ I leave it to the industrious Reader to Google for examples. 

[21] Of course, if everyone goes Vegan, we won’t need either. Just Test-Tube Turducken, baby!

[22] On a side note, I am totally AGAINST genetically modifying spiders, in ANY fashion.

[23] Either one will work, but the cost in human lives will understandably be enormous. Of course, this is just Standard Operating Procedure, where I come from.

A.E. Williams will be a presenter at the Sacred Mushroom Summit - Sages of the Americas Conference in September, in Gainesville, Florida

About A. E. Williams:

A.E. Williams has a unique background of military experience, aerospace engineering and intelligence analysis. He has a varied career, from inventor to consultant, and pretty much everything in between.

Born near Pittsburgh, A.E. Williams is man of a mystery.

As a young man, Williams served the United States government in various capacities, which he then followed with fifteen years as a consultant. Williams currently resides in rural Central Florida.

He does his writing at night, usually accompanied by a bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon and a large supply of Classic Dr. Pepper and ice.  

Friday, July 30, 2021

Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month for July 2021

Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month
It’s that time of the month again, time for “Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month”.

So what is “Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month”? It’s a round-up of speculative fiction by indie and small press authors newly published this month, though some June books I missed the last time around snuck in as well. The books are arranged in alphabetical order by author. So far, most links only go to, though I may add other retailers for future editions.

Once again, we have new releases covering the whole broad spectrum of speculative fiction. This month, we have urban fantasy, dark fantasy, YA fantasy, science fantasy, paranormal mystery, science fiction mystery, science fiction romance, space opera, military science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, dystopian fiction, steampunk, horror, vampires, werewolves, demons, space marines, alien spies, alien parasites, crime-busting witches, crime-busting single moms, washed-up country singers and much more.

As always, I know the authors at least vaguely, but I haven’t read all of the books, so Caveat emptor.

And now on to the books without further ado:

Ariadne, I Love You by J. Ashley-SmithAriadne, I Love You by J. Ashley-Smith:

Jude is dragged out of Alt Country obscurity, out of the dismal loop of booze and sadness baths and the boundless, insatiable loneliness, to scrub up and fly to Australia for a last, desperate comeback tour. Hardly worth getting out of bed for—and he wouldn't, if it weren't for Coreen.But Coreen is dead. And, worse than that, she's married. Jude's swan-song tour becomes instead a terminal descent, into the sordid past, into the meaning hidden in forgotten songs, into Coreen's madness diary, there to waken something far worse than her ghost.

Forgotten Stars by Odette C. BellForgotten Stars by Odette C. Bell:

A new realm has awoken. A new threat has emerged. So new warriors must take the helm.

Amber is an ordinary ensign whose only claim to fame is throwing toast on the most important soldier on the station. Then everything changes. When she’s lost on an alien world and her true powers awaken, she must keep them secret from the Coalition or pay the price.

But it’ll be hard to keep her secret around the ever-watchful Commander Starsmith. When she draws his eye, he can’t look away. For deep within him, something is arising. Let it sink, and the station might survive. Let it rise, and the Coalition will never be the same again.

An Uneasy Alliance by Jonathan P. Brazee and J.N. CheneyAn Uneasy Alliance by Jonathan P. Brazee and J.N. Cheney:

The war is over. Peace has at last descended over the humanity . . . or so it would appear.

The Centaurs may no longer pose a threat, but a new war is on the horizon, though it hides in the shadows of two empires.

Rumors of alien tech have set governments against each other, and with attention focused on defeating the Centaurs, criminal elements have gotten their tentacles firmly entrenched in the very fabric of civilization.

Staff Sergeant Rev Pelletier of the Perseus Union Marine Corps has now been assigned to the Home Guard, the elite unit made up of members from each military force in human space.

A new age is upon us. An age of exploration, treaties, and new enemies. But with tensions rising, can the Home Guard function as a viable, unified force to combat the growing lawlessness throughout the galaxy?

Vapor Trails by Joshua DazelleVapor Trails by Joshua Dazelle:

Marine Lieutenant Jacob Brown was on borrowed time, and he knew it.

He was a rogue element, disobeying orders and pursuing mission goals of his own. His Scout Team had been burned, disavowed by his chain of command and the owner of the stolen ship he was flying was after them to get it back. To make matters even more complicated, the man Jacob had stolen the ship from is an infamous outlaw and mercenary named Jason Burke… his father.

Being hunted down by both the United Earth Navy and the mercenary group that called itself Omega Force, Jacob has only one chance to keep his team out of a military prison and bring down the head of the One World terrorist faction that always seemed to be three steps ahead of him… and that was only if his father didn't catch him first.

Wicked Magic by Margot de KlerkWicked Magic by Margot de Clerk:

Nathan is a vampire hunter on the cusp of graduation. He’s been training for this his entire life: the moment he qualifies and joins the rest of his family in their noble calling.

If only it were that simple.

His grades are a mess, his social life is a disaster, and what’s worse, his best friend is a witch! Add to that, his vampire uncle is back in town and his crush might just be supernatural too, and you have one big melting pot of potential parental disapproval. Nathan doesn’t think he can take much more, and then the dark mages come to town.

As bodies begin piling up in the streets, Nathan finds himself pulled deeper into political intrigue and a deadly plot that will pit him against his own family. When the girl he likes comes under threat, Nathan races against time to solve the mystery... well aware that with every step he takes, he comes closer to his father exposing all his secrets.

The Builders by Chris FoxThe Builders by Chris Fox:

All things must end. Welcome to the final Deathless novel.

The builder Yoggoth has arrived in our Solar System, but his goal is not to conquer our world. He has locked the sun in a Yoggothian Sphere designed to siphon our star of all power.

Earth is hurled into darkness, denied the lifegiving heat of our sun, even as Yoggoth's fleets move upon our world. Our heroes, led by Blair, Liz, and Isis, must deal with the new winter before they can even hope to oppose them.

In Australia Jordan has used the intervening five years for one purpose. To become a Builder-slaying dino-enhanced death machine. Under Uluru's tutelage he has mastered combat, and stands ready to face Yoggoth, whatever the cost.

Outnumbered and outmatched Liz leads a desperate assault on Yoggoth's flagship, where Excalibur's destiny will finally be realized. If the blade breaks our world will be annihilated. If it holds, then Liz will provide Blair one chance to save everyone.

One desperate gamble to rewrite history

Atmospheric Pressure 3: Last Breath by Aaron FraleAtmospheric Pressure 3: Last Breath by Aaron Frale:

Olson returns to the Union to discover he can breathe the noxious outside air. However, he soon finds out that he isn’t the only one involved in the sinister plan Erik is hatching. Both of the cities that weathered the apocalypse now depend on Olson unraveling what Erik has in store.

Meanwhile, a small community not too far from these cities sees the buildings burning from Erik’s coup of the government. They possess a nuclear warhead from the forgotten world and send a small team to see what is happening.

In the St. Paul Collective, Natalie is pregnant with Olson’s offspring. She finds out that her unborn child is wanted by the people in power for study because of Olson’s natural ability. She will do anything to protect her kid.

Find out how it all plays out in the third and final installment of the Atmospheric Pressure series.

Sibyl Sue Blue by Rosel George BrownSibyl Sue Blue by Rosel George Brown:

Stop a murder, save two planets!

Who she is: Sibyl Sue Blue, single mom, undercover detective, and damn good at her job.

What she wants: to solve the mysterious benzale murders, prevent more teenage deaths, and maybe find her long-lost husband.

How she'll get it: seduce a millionaire, catch a ride on his spaceship, and crack the case at the edge of the known galaxy.

A thrilling, ground breaking story of mystery, crime, action and romance!

Awakening the Gods by Kristin GleesonAwakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson:

A failed barista, a reclusive blacksmith. Can they avoid the call of the Irish Gods?

Saoirse knows playing traditional music once a week in a local Dublin pub won’t get her a career, but it’s all she’s got, especially after she’s fired from her barista job. But then her father dies and her life is set into a spin, especially when an unknown grandmother comes calling..

Music is Smithy's one joy that is left to him that has a residue of the magic he lost long ago. Creating things in his forge, tucked away in rural Cork, increasingly reminds him of what he's lost and why he must resist the requests of the Tuatha De Danann. They want him to join their efforts to battle their biggest nemesis,a powerful god who is threatening the destruction of Eire, the land they hold so dear. But events and gods conspire to bring Saoirse and Smithy to the path that was meant to be. It's time for the gods to awake and answer the call to defend the land. But answering that call could mean risking death.

A music-filled romantic urban fantasy with a Celtic twist that will delight fans of Charles de Lint.

Wicked Whispers by Lily Harper HartWicked Whispers by Lily Harper Hart:

Jack Harker says the honeymoon will never be over, but it’s back to reality for him and his wife Ivy. Unfortunately for them, that means murder is on the menu … and this newest body is dropped in Ivy’s nursery parking lot.

Jack is a mess when he realizes a sniper took out a local woman. Ivy, although shocked because it happened right in front of her eyes, is also intrigued. When the duo starts digging, they find themselves drawn into an ugly underworld that’s happening right under their noses.

Shadow Lake might be a quiet town but it has an ugly side … and apparently there are a group of people looking to profit. The harder Jack and Ivy look, the more ugliness they uncover.

Ivy’s abilities are growing by leaps and bounds but even she can’t fight off a bullet. When her busybody nature makes her a target, it’s going to take everything she has in her arsenal to fight off the inevitable.

Jack loves his wife. Ivy will do whatever it takes to protect her husband. Will one of them have to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the other in the end?

It’s a hot race to the finish, and Ivy’s magic will have a say in the outcome.

Galaxy Bound by Vidar HokstadGalaxy Bound by Vidar Hokstad:

The Centauri Gate has opened, and humanity has taken its first steps into the unknown.

When an Earth freighter is destroyed in Centauri space, Zara Ortega and the crew of the Black Rain are sent to investigate, accompanied by an Earth military officer and a Centauri diplomat.

It’s apparent something is wrong, and when they chase down the leads, they end up facing off against heavily armed warships that should not be there.

Soon they are in another desperate race to survive. They seek shelter in a Centauri colony near Proxima. But those following them mount a brutal assault, and they pay a high price to flee.

They need to get word out, or it means war.

Absolute Unit by Nick KolakowskiAbsolute Unit by Nick Kolakowski:

Absolute Unit is a dark carnival ride through the underside of the American Dream, where hustlers and parasites fight to survive against gun-toting furries, sarcastic drug kingpins, old ladies who are startlingly good with knives, and angry ex-girlfriends. It’s a hardboiled slice of modern American horror that asks the deepest question of all: Is the human race worth saving?

Bill is a nobody, a health inspector who’s not above taking a few dollars to overlook a restaurant’s mouse problem, and hated by nearly everyone except his long-suffering girlfriend. His nephew, Trent, isn’t much better: sexually and morally confused, he’s probably the worst teenage con artist on the East Coast. But today, these two losers are going to become the most important people in the world.

That’s because Bill and Trent harbor a sentient parasite with a sarcastic sense of humor and a ravenous appetite. As the parasite figures out how to control its new human hosts, the focus of its desires grows from delicious cheeseburgers and beer to something much darker and more dangerous.

The apocalypse might come from within us…

Great Hexpectations by Amanda M. LeeGreat Hexpectations by Amanda M. Lee:

Hadley Hunter thought she was getting a grip on the paranormal world she never knew existed until recently. She was wrong. In the shadow of a massive shifter retreat, she finds she knew absolutely nothing.

Her live-in love Galen Blackwood has his hands full with the conference. Not only is his mother pressuring him to make his presence known but it’s also up to him to keep the not-so-friendly factions from going to war. Things only get stickier when a member of the Michigan wolf contingent ends up dead on the docks.

Hadley wants to help Galen, as does his cousin Aric Winters, who has brought his magical mage wife Zoe and their daughter to the island at the behest of his father. Aric prefers distance when it comes to shifter politics but he’s happy to see his cousin, and be introduced to Hadley for the first time.

Because they’re not shifters, Hadley and Zoe are considered outsiders. That allows them to join together to track down a murderer.
Hadley is out of her element but she’s determined to help Galen by any means necessary. Unfortunately for her, the other wolves don’t like it … and decide to make it an issue worth dying for.

A wolf war is brewing and Hadley is at the center of it. Not only that but she’s a target. It’s going to take all of her witchy energy – plus a little help from a new friend – to make it through to the other side.

Somebody else has different plans … and they’re deadly. It might be the wolves warring, but Hadley is the one who might die on the battlefield.

The Sightless City by Noah LemelsonThe Sightless City by Noah Lemelson:


Those are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to actions some will take to protect their interests in æther-oil, the coveted substance that fuels the city of Huile.

As both veteran and private investigator, Marcel Talwar knows this firsthand, and he likes to think he'd never participate in such things. However, that naïve idea comes to a crashing end when he takes on a new case that quickly shatters his world view. A trail of evidence points to someone in Marcel's inner circle who's using him as a pawn to conduct grisly experiments-experiments that could lead to genocide.

Now, Marcel is more determined than ever to discover who's pulling the strings to this sinister plot. But the further he gets, the larger the target on his back becomes, and it's not long before Marcel has to ask himself how much and how many he's willing to sacrifice to get to the truth.

Kingdom Come by Nazri NoorKingdom Come by Nazri Noor:

Hell hath no fury.

Mason Albrecht’s anger issues have finally come to a head, attracting another member of the Seven. The Prince of Wrath reveals his hand, striking at Mason where it hurts the most: his mother. Abaddon possesses Josephine Albrecht's body, then disappears, taking her with him.

Plunged into despair, Mason and his allies rush to find Abaddon, and a way to stop the Prince of Wrath. How can he destroy the demon hiding inside his mother’s body? Mason must swallow his pride, bare his soul, and beseech old friends and enemies… one of the Seven among them.

Baswin by Aurora SpringerBaswin by Aurora Springer:

An alien spy on the run.
Two human sisters chosen to train as astronavigators.
Their paths are destined to converge.

Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her sister Rosie, are chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to promote humanity’s advance into space. Will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.
Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When Earth agents discover the secret identity of his older brother, Baswin must flee to the Warrish embassy in the Pacific Ocean.

Holly and Baswin are swept together on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but their destiny lies farther away and many forces threaten to drive them apart. Can they overcome the obstacles and find a haven?

Follow the adventures of the three brothers of the Flaming Comets Triad in Baswin, Book 5 in Taxyon Space.

Breaker Marine by James David VictorBreaker Marine by James David Victor:

As a reaker, she was destined to live a hard life serving the whims of galactic corporations. As an Earth Alliance Marine, she has a chance to change the balance of power in the galaxy.

Holly Cropper grew up as a Breaker, mining the outer reaches of space. Now, she’s an up-and-coming lieutenant in the Earth Alliance Marines. Her mission: keep the peace and help humanity survive in the endless darkness of space. When a distress call comes in from a large mining vessel, her orderly world gets turned upside down. What starts with a simple pirate takeover turns into a hostile alien invasion. This Breaker Marine and her small team might be the only thing standing between humanity and annihilation at the hands of ancient aliens.

Breaker Marine is the first book in the Star Breaker series. If you like fast-paced space adventures with interesting characters who battle aliens, evil corporations, and space pirates, Holly Cropper and her team of Marines are ready to share their epic adventure with you.