Science Fiction/Space Opera
Mercury in Retrograde (A Shot in the Dark 1)
Aralyn Solari spent the last three years of her life in the galaxy’s worst prison after a compromised run ruined her flawless smuggling record five years prior. Now that she’s free and has the promise of an easy job with a ridiculously large pay off, her last gig should be a cinch. As long as she follows the runner’s standard, anyway: get in, get out, get paid. Then, she can spend the rest of her years retired on Earth, hidden away with some well-deserved credits.
All of that changes, however, when she runs into her ex-boyfriend Caden Madigan: the man she suspects of setting her up all those years ago. Now, he’s wearing a UDA badge and uniform, and says that she’s in danger and being set up again. To Aralyn, the benefit of a huge payday outweighs the risks–or so she thinks until her “easy” job turns sour and she ends up wanted for a crime she didn’t commit, her smuggled goods get stolen, and her ship–down to the toilet paper–gets trashed.
Now, Aralyn’s got no choice but to try a last-ditch effort to get her payload back, get her money, and maybe even some closure… which proves difficult when she finds herself caught in a conspiracy that threatens everything and everyone around her. With government agencies and stone-cold killers on her trail, Aralyn’s life has literally become a ticking time bomb. Caught up in lies, revenge, and a harrowing game of blackmail, one misstep could end with her captured, enslaved, or perhaps even worse: thrown back inside the galaxy’s worst prison for the rest of her life, waiting to die.
Grand Cross (A Shot in the Dark 2)
Aralyn Solari has always followed the runner’s standard: Get in, get out, get paid.
But that was before Eladia Galven, the woman responsible for the orachal trade in Sol, went and made things personal by kidnapping Kragg, the man who’d raised Aralyn as his own daughter. Now, after months of searching down every dead-end lead to find him, Aralyn and her team, Caden, Kita, and Riordan, finally have a chance to not only find Kragg, but to track Eladia down and make her pay for what she’s done and all the people she’s hurt.
When they get arrested and brought in for questioning, however, all of that changes. Now, Aralyn and the others have no choice but to work with a UDA informant in order to help bring down a rogue agent or get sent to Tartarys, the system’s cruelest prison.
Becoming unwilling undercover operatives isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, unsurprisingly, and until they can deliver the necessary goods, they’re on their own.
With rumors of a new, more powerful strain of orachal on the market, Eladia and her people closing in on them, and little time to spare in order to uncover the truth, Aralyn and the others have no choice but to trust the informant, follow the trail, and hope that it winds itself back to Eladia before it’s too late.
Opposition (A Shot in the Dark 3: coming soon)
Cross Faded (Mythos and Pathos 1)
The last thing Ezra Ashford expects to see in his apartment after waking up from a four-day bender is a woman in medieval armor hunting an invisible scarab the size of a Great Dane. But being an addict can do terrible things to the brain, and while he’s no stranger to hallucinations, this seems a little too real to be just in his head.
Despite the woman’s warnings for him to forget everything he’s seen, Ezra’s once tepid existence is quickly overwhelmed by bizarre monsters. From the siren in his local bar to the fly-faced man packing fish at his day job, he can’t seem to stop seeing these creatures everywhere. Ezra can’t tell if he’s burned out or if he’s going crazy like his mother did years before.
And doing what comes naturally to him—getting high to forget it all—isn’t working either. Ezra soon finds himself in a turf war between two rival dealers that lands him directly in police crosshairs, wanted for arson and murder.
The harder Ezra tries to ignore his problems, the more abysmal things become. And the threat grows substantially graver once he finds out that an ancient monster, Bandon, has taken a sudden and irrevocable interest in him; and that all the others he’s taken a liking to have disappeared to parts unknown, never heard from again.
After a lifetime of running from his problems and chasing down his feelings with every new high, Ezra feels powerless to stop his downward spiral out of control. Lost in a world he feels rejected him and plagued by monsters that may or may not be in his head, Ezra must try to find out what’s happening before it’s too late and his personal demons end up consuming him completely.
The Witch & the Wolfwood (Lies & Legends 1)
Helena Birch is no stranger to the weird and unexplainable. In fact, it’s part of the reason she became a private eye: to turn questions into answers. But Helena’s latest job is unusual enough to leave even a seasoned skeptic like her a little unnerved.
While tracking down straying spouses is pretty typical P.I. work, tailing a woman who left her husband for a magic-worshipping cult is new. And something about this case hasn’t felt right from the start.
From the moment she arrives in Cambria, Helena is haunted by déjà vu and inexplicable dread. Only the promise of a big paycheck at the end of this strange journey keeps her from dropping the case altogether.
But when Helena is abducted by one of the cult’s members and barely escapes with her life, she’s willing to grudgingly admit that she might be in over her head.
With the police on her trail after the death of her kidnapper, the cult hunting her down, and her only ally an unassuming waitress at the local café, Helena knows she’ll need every bit of skill and luck she can muster to get away alive.
Hell, maybe she could even use a little bit of magic…
The Devil & the Dreamer (Lies & Legends 2)
After everything she survived, Helena Birch has more reasons than most to have nightmares. Being a private eye often means airing other people’s dirty laundry, but all she uncovered in her time in Cambria was a whole lot of lies and closets filled with her own skeletons.
Quite literally, in some cases.
Now, with the painful revelations of her past behind her, Helena wants to focus on her witchy girlfriend Iris Wingrave and the peaceful life they have together. But even if she’s done with the past, those proverbial skeletons aren’t quite done with her.
Nightmares and haunting visions bubble through Helena’s dreams every night, accompanied by a mysterious, shadowy figure. And it isn’t long before Helena receives a call from a former Sword of Light member desperately begging for help after her drug-dealing boyfriend gets kidnapped. Little does Helena know that by taking this case she’s getting entangled in a dark world of drugs, magic, and murderous demons—and stepping on the toes of a local coven, to boot.
Battling against monsters and meeting strange new deities isn’t how Helena planned to start her peaceful new life, but with new dangers lurking at every corner, she and Iris must race against the clock and work alongside the coven to uncover secrets that may be both their salvation and damnation…
Or risk a horrifying new threat to their existence being allowed to take hold.
(Lies & Legends 3: coming soon)
Petra Freyrsdótter can raise an entire village from the dead with her magic—so why can’t she bring her lover back to life?
Petra has spent the last two years trying to resurrect Orrus, the man she loves. And even though she’s a powerful necromancer, nothing works, and Orrus is perpetually stuck as a listless shade at her side while she searches all of Aelamor for a way to restore him.
But when Petra gets caught by a priest for the God of Truth and Light—an order that burns necromancers at the stake—instead of killing her, he presents her with a strange gambit: If she can retrieve a blade that was stolen from his order, the priest will not only let her live, but will also reveal what he knows about how she can fully resurrect Orrus.
Although making a deal with a burned brother isn’t a good idea, Petra is desperate and out of options. Apart from saving her own life, she must do what she can to fulfill her promise to Orrus so they can be reunited in the world of the living.
When Petra finally tracks down Caspar, the thief who stole the blade, she can’t help but feel attracted to and intrigued by the handsome stranger whose hatred for the order is as strong as her own.
Everything falls apart, however, when Petra and her companions are captured by the mad priests who serve the God of Truth and Light and they discover the secret of the blade and the vile ritual the order intends to use it for.
Now, Petra and Caspar must work together to keep the blade out of the priests’ clutches and bring the entire order to its knees before it’s too late. And she must be willing to risk everything—including her chance to be with Orrus again—if she wants to make sure the horrible future the order has planned can never come to light.
When Emilie married Vincent Harwood, she didn’t know it was possible to be happier. Nothing—including her mother-in-law Caroline’s burning hatred for her—could change that fact. And now, three years later, Emilie and Vincent are expecting their first child. They’re enjoying their time as soon-to-be parents discussing baby names, planning for nurseries… and worrying about how to break the news his mother.
But Emilie’s life is turned upside down when tragedy strikes. Now, facing being a mother for the first time without her loving husband beside her, she’s overwhelmed with grief and uncertain about what the future will bring. After Vincent’s death, Caroline’s rage at losing her son threatens to boil over—until she discovers Emilie’s pregnancy, that is.
Suddenly the picture of grandmotherly love, Caroline’s endeavors to dote on her grandchild begin to take a dark turn.
Whether it’s doctor’s appointments or birth and gender announcements, Caroline’s attempts to take the lead in Emilie’s pregnancy aren’t just unwanted, they’re downright intrusive.
Grief can do terrible things to the mind, as Emilie is all too aware. But with the baby’s birth quickly approaching, and Caroline’s possessive behavior growing worse every day, Emilie is starting to worry that her mother-in-law is convinced the baby isn’t Emilie’s child at all, but hers.
And as Emilie soon discovers, there’s no telling what Caroline will do to make sure she gets to the baby before her daughter-in-law does.
Trail Blazer (Baptism by Fire 1)
When Dahlia Galloway left New Herald City fifteen years ago, she had no intention of ever looking back, convinced it held nothing but bad memories. But when a messenger shows up with news from home about a spate of murders that’s left several witches dead under mysterious circumstances, Dahlia has no choice but to return.
And if a crazed murderer wasn’t bad enough, she soon discovers signs that appear to connect strange occurrences in town to a dark prophecy. As one of the most powerful witches of her time, everyone expects Dahlia to fix everything. But Dahlia’s a fire witch with a temper, so while she’s great at burning bridges, she knows next to nothing about mending them.
Now, with bodies piling up and tensions running high between the residents of New Herald, it’s up to Dahlia and her companions to stop the killer before another soul is lost and the city devolves into civil war, breaking a fragile truce between witches and humans that’s lasted for 100 years.
To be announced!
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