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About David A Tatum
David A. Tatum was born in Ithaca, NY, the son of a fashion designer and a book-collecting librarian who later became a spy. By the time he was four years old, he'd mastered how to spell the word "cat," which made inevitable his decision to become an author.
Moving to Washington DC in order to keep his parents company, he started training in kenpo by the age of seven. Sadly, after failing to achieve his blackbelt despite twenty years of training, he gave up hopes of a career in martial arts and resumed his love of writing.
By the time he was in high school, he joined a national organization dedicated to adventure and exploration -- later becoming a chapter president -- with the goal of using it to identify a route into the center of the Earth. Unfortunately, the Suffolk, Virginia caves he explored were all dead ends.
When his father died, he inherited a large library that there was no space for in his home and a life-threatening dental condition. He spent the next year and a half dealing with both.
When he found that a degree in history offered him no local job opportunities better than your average fast food joint, he decided on a career that typically earns even less money: Professional writing.
Now he's trying to juggle writing and publishing far too many series of books at once in a variety of genre, predominantly fantasy and science fiction.
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Based on the exploration-based Starflight video game series created by Greg Johnson and the Binary Systems team, the stories in Tales From the Starport Lounge flesh out and shine a light into the darkest corners of the known universe. Join the last vestiges of Humanity and their alien allies (the reptilian Thrynn, the insectoid Velox, and the plant-based Elowan) as they attempt to carve out their own territory in a sector of space filled with wondrous opportunity and deadly threats. Brave explorers seek out new worlds to colonize while merchants cruise from starport to starport, their holds laden with exotic goods.
Not all in this futuristic setting have noble intent. For every prospector and trader attempting to make a difference, a dozen pirates, smugglers, and mobsters engage in all manner of criminal enterprise. Gangs fill the underbellies of every major city and raid the trade routes between the stars, pushing the outnumbered and outgunned Interstel Police to their limit and forcing civilians to take matters into their own hands. It’s a rough and tumble universe, where one wrong move could spell doom for an expedition, or grant enough wealth to buy a planet.
Board your ship and set course for stars unknown! The universe awaits.
“Those Who Came Before” by Michael Gants
“Choices” by Christopher Woods
“Black Box Blues” by Philip K. Booker
“Rock of Truth” by Bart Kemper
“Obligations” by Marisa Wolf
“Hindsight” by R.J. Ladon
“Peacestone” by Brisco Woods
“Everyone Gets What They Have Coming” by D.J. Butler
“A New Beginning” by J.F. Posthumus
“Fire at Will” by Declan Finn
“Hiro of Arth” by David A. Tatum
“Rover Rescue” by Michael J. Allen
“Territory” by Nick Steverson
“Turn of Luck” by William Joseph Roberts
“Always on Duty” by Benjamin Tyler Smith
“To Cache a Killer” by Michael J. Ciaravella
“Through the Time Lens” by Robert Silverberg
Plus an introduction by Starflight creator, Greg Johnson
IN DIVISION IMPERILED
Divided by a war on two fronts, Svieda hopes to benefit from an expected reduction in hostilities that the upcoming winter snows will bring. With armies of hostile Porosian Elves in training, however, it cannot afford to pause its own operations, whatever the weather.
Euleilla soon finds herself defending the new military capital of Rocky Run from Poros' Human armies while the bulk of her own forces are at large, scrambling for any advantage they can find against both of their enemies.
Meanwhile, Maelgyn has been called away on a secret mission by Wangdu and Phalra: Finding their uncle, who happens to have been one of Lord Ajiro's greatest allies in the Ancient era. Is he going to be able and willing to help? And just where are all the Elves in this Elven sanctuary, after all?
After some meddling on the part of the Admiralty, many of the Academy's best are assigned to the oldest, smallest hulk in the Wargame, the unfortunately named corvette Chihuahua. Thanks to a genius engineer, an Army veteran loaned to the Navy for the war game, and an unconventional captain, they make a new discovery which turns her into the most valuable warship in the fleet: The first ever Shieldclad warship.
The crew abruptly finds itself center stage in a real combat action, however, when Earth is attacked by an unknown foe, and a lone squadron of these once-mothballed ships is the Alliance's only hope to respond…
Book I: In Treachery Forged
Following the rebellion of the Borden Isles, the Kingdom of Svieda was forced to make a pact with the Sho’Curlas Alliance in order to maintain the world’s balance of power.
Many years later, that pact was betrayed, suddenly and irrevocably, when the Sword King of Svieda was brutally assassinated by the Sho’Curlas Ambassador in the opening act of an invasion.
To help save his country in the ensuing war, Sword Prince Maelgyn must travel to the Province of Sopan, take command of his armies, and join his cousins in battle. Along the way he rescues a Dwarven caravan, forges a badly needed alliance, and accidentally gets married.
And then he learns about the dragons….
The traditional system had many flaws, most of which were to the disadvantage of the authors, but it did (theoretically) provide a quality filter that prevented sub-standard works from being published. If a self-publisher wants to build a good reputation, they need to learn to provide their own quality filters in their place. Sometimes, to do this, the self-publisher needs to abandon otherwise good work because they just don't see any money in fixing it up.
As a project for his blog, one self-publisher has decided to release this collection, featuring the best of his self-rejected work, along with explanations as to why each piece was abandoned.
Once magic was plentiful and the world was dominated by a singular empire whose name has long been lost to history. In its time, the great wizard Inari developed his greatest creation: The kitsune. His enemies were quick to copy him, and soon the world was populated with many different types of this remarkable creature. Two thousand years later and these different breeds of kitsune are fighting amongst themselves, and the rest of the human world joins them.
Book I: The Kitsune Stratagem
To avoid being used as a political pawn against her father, a young kitsune vixen named Kieras must leave her homeland. She soon gets caught up in the fortunes of Mathis, a vagabond hunter from Ekholm, a once sleepy little town on the verge of becoming a small city. To find a way to return home, Kieras must first help Mathis save Ekholm from threats both inside and out.
Across astounding and magical worlds, five heroes step forward to defend against magical threats:
- A sorceress in a besieged city faces a malignant force even more dangerous than the city's would-be conquerors.
- An unassuming bureaucrat stumbles upon a threat to a vast empire and deals with it in his own inimitable fashion.
- A resourceful bodyguard for an infant princess, trapped and surrounded by merciless assassins, finds a unique way to hold them at bay.
- A mage press-ganged into the Royal Navy finds himself volunteered for a dangerous secret mission on foreign soil.
- A disgraced royal guardian who failed in protecting his king hunts down those who cost him his honor.
These are the...FANTASTIC DEFENDERS!
Book II: In Forgery Divided
With the defeat of Paljor, Maelgyn proved himself the strongest Mage in the Human world, but there are more powerful things than Mages he has to worry about.
He returns home to find that his old enemies can still hurt him while new enemies threaten to tear his kingdom apart from the inside. The Law of Swords is supposed to protect them from this sort of thing, but it is actually helping his enemies. And then there are the Elves to deal with....
Several years later, he and his plans have been largely forgotten. He is making a living running a small warehousing business for the local miners.
When Alexander Zednik accepts a warehousing client named Anita Condon, he finds himself fighting off a rogue mercenary intent on destroying that cargo.
The first of an open-ended series of novelettes and novellas. 9,500 words