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About Caroline A. Gill
Real Magic takes courage.
Life takes courage, sometimes the smallest things make all the difference.
Loyalty, love, and laughter are the gifts we give each other.
I try to capture that in my writing: The tremendous power of the Family we choose. Mixing that theme in with passion, a need for justice, and a desire to save the world from terrible wrong. Mystical powers aren't a birthright.
Wonder is earned.
Magic is found over and over through sacrifice for those we love.
I mix a smattering of all of that into my novels. The magic of houseflies, the dreams of an AI, the gutter child determined to save her family, the tired soldier who returns home without purpose only to be taken for an unimaginable ride. A vampire hunter who fails to save his father and tries to save the world. An orphan who doesn't know the greatest magic is already within herself.
And then I top the whole story off with a smattering of the unexpected things, chaos, and a dash of determination.
My heroes aren't born powerful. My heroes are made through blood, tears, accident, and sacrifice.
Five children, a cockatoo, a cockatiel, a conure, and two leopard tortoises pretty much take all of my time and most of my sanity. The good bits... the fragments of dreams and of longing--those I save for my novels.
I started writing again when I was 36. I wrote a thousand pages before I started on Flying Away. Before Iolani Bearse took over a bit of my world. And then Valen Kildrake showed up. And Adelinde. And Rora. And Kyrie, and Cheesie. They just keep knocking on the door of my imagination, and I keep answering that summons.
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What begins with a seemingly innocuous traffic accident soon spirals into a global pandemic. The release of Airborne Viral Hemorrhagic Fever upon New York City’s unsuspecting populace brings bloody suffering within hours, death within a day, and spreads worldwide within a month.
An online community called Prep For Doom has risen to the top of a recent doomsday preparation movement. Some have written them off as crazy while others couldn’t be more serious about the safety the preppers could provide in a global disaster. But when AVHF strikes, their preparation may not be enough to save them.
From authors Laura Albins, ER Arroyo, Amy Bartelloni, Brea Behn, Casey L. Bond, TK Carter, Kate Corcino, Harlow C. Fallon, Kelsey D. Garmendia, Caroline A. Gill, DelSheree Gladden, John Gregory Hancock, Casey Hays, Kate L. Mary, Jon Messenger, Monica Enderle Pierce, Cameo Renae, Hilary Thompson, Yvonne Ventresca, and Megan White.
A dozen science fiction writers, including New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, offer remarkable tales in this third collection of space opera stories presented under the Beyond the Stars banner.
BEYOND THE STARS: At Galaxy's Edge contains the following short stories:
* The Good Food (Michael Ezell)
* The Epsilon Directive (David Bruns)
* Just an Old-Fashioned Lust Story (Christopher J. Valin)
* The Quarium Wars (E.E. Giorgi)
* Re/Genesis (G. S. Jennsen)
* Second Place (Nick Webb)
* Last Pursuit (Piers Platt)
* Relic Hunter (Chris Fox)
* Procurement (Adam Quinn)
* One More Star, Shining (Anthea Sharp)
* Tabitha’s Vacation (Michael Anderle)
* Elvis Has Left the Building (Caroline A. Gill)
These twelve stories showcase strange new worlds, alien life forms, and deep space battles.
Come with us to where the legends are born... at galaxy’s edge.
Books in the series
DARK BEYOND THE STARS
BEYOND THE STARS: A Planet Too Far
BEYOND THE STARS: At Galaxy's Edge
BEYOND THE STARS: New Worlds, New Suns (April 2017)
BEYOND THE STARS: Unimagined Realms (August 2017)
For giveaways, book news, or to learn about how to submit your story to the next volume, sign up here: Smarturl.it/space-opera-books
Living as a runaway, dragging a horse and her cousin Eleanor across the countryside, Lani must learn to survive. Now Lani is the only person between the horrible, greedy lights and the last bit of family she has left. Her own heart is barely beating, but powerful memories pull her to Malcolm St. John. She fights what she feels, buried deep within her shattered soul.
Malcolm St. John always held his feelings in, especially about Iolani. So when she shows up on his doorstep, desperate and determined, Mal must decide if the wild tales she spins are the fragments of insanity or the last hope for a dying nation. This Lani is different from the child he knew. Something is coming for her, for him, and will not be stopped
If the cousins and Malcolm can’t escape the grasping hunters who hound them, the future of a broken America will be destroyed. Everything Lani has ever loved will burn with them. Somehow, she must find a path through friendship and loyalty to save them all.
Hungry, they strike from the shadows...
Only human blood will feed the monsters, stealing away lives, emptying the cities.
Very few men and women are left to stop the massing horde: the Hunters of Mars Alator.
If it takes his very last breath, Valen Kildrake will track down every last monster, destroy every nest, rescue any survivors, fight, slash, and burn anything in his path.
Valen refuses to fail even as other Hunters die in the centuries-old conflict.
Trained since childhood to fight the leeches, Valen Kildrake hunted alone
until he met the mysterious Adelinde.
Together, on the run, the two vampire hunters must learn to work together.
Secrets define them both.
Secrets that can destroy everything.
When faced with the choice, will Valen’s pride let Adelinde in?
Together, can they find a pathway to save humanity
from the bloodlust of the growing vampire horde?
Vampires are real,
and they are very, very hungry.
Armed with ancient spells, weapons of pure silver, holy water, and deep-dish pizza,
Valen hunts down the monsters who feed on humans,
confronting death in battle after battle.
But he is only one man against a horde.
Worse, his enemies are getting smarter and bolder.
What will he do when a new force of unknown power appears?
Who can he trust when other hunters hide secrets of their own?
Clever and greedy, vampires are slowly winning the ancient war against
the razor-sharp blades of the trained warriors of Mars Alator.
One by one, skilled Hunters are being torn to shreds by fangs and claws.
Valen fights on, determined to honor his father’s memory,
vowing to destroy as many leeches as he can before the inevitable end.
Soon, no one will be left to stop the overwhelming tide of leeches.
Something has to change.
Who will defend humanity if the last vampire hunters fall?
When a mysterious woman crosses his path of destruction,
Valen must decide between honor and hope, between life and death.
And so must she.
And what they choose will change the war.
"Through the fly sight, I heard none of it. It would have been meaningless to me anyway. I was only seventeen. Adults strung words together on pretty necklaces I was never meant to wear."
"Family is what we decided it is. Family is who we let in."
And yes there is so many beautiful rich lines in this book, but that would be too spoiler-ey. And Caroline Gill does not tip her hand in the telling of this story. I guarantee that even though this is the third novel you will be surprised, and even cheer at each revelation!" CMoore, Goodreads
Are you ready to follow Iolani to the wild conclusion? Have you figured the book out yet? Do you talk to the flies on your window sill? There is Magic in the most ordinary of places... Lani can see that. Together with her friends, family, and the simple insects, she must find a pathway through to save the nation. The Memory Stealers will not stop. They respect no power under heaven. What can a seventeen year old girl possibly do? With flymagic, you never quite know...