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About Jay Requard
Risen from the hills of North Carolina, Jay Requard is an award-winning fantasy author known for “heroes with genuine emotions and concerns for the word they live in” facing off against the darkest powers with little more than love, courage, steel, and magic to set things right. From the pulse- pounding heists of Thief of Destiny to the dark desert romance of Death & Dust and other tales of wonder, readers have noted his modern take on the genre feels like “diving into new hero mythology.”
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The daughter of the infamous corsair Captain Ngala and heir to his power, Zaki always understood the risks and danger paid for her freedom, but nothing can prepare her for what awaits in the halls of The Tide—home to the vilest of evils. Hunted by a creature bent on enslaving her to his whims and discovering the secret needed to break the world of the corsairs, a game of cat and mouse starts, peopled by nightmares from Zaki’s past. Forced to recount the horrors of her days in punishing detail, she must resist all attempts to be broken as she searches for a way out.
Deeper into memory she goes the crueler the devil’s tortures become, but past the agony something awaits in the back of her mind, a scheme to put the fires of hell at bay. On the back of a warrior weathered by the world, a new spirit will be forged, steeled with the courage needed to spit in damnation’s face.
In this epic conclusion to the SALT SONGS a fierce soul leads the way by the stroke of her sword! For fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and SAW, watch as Zaki fights back as The Queen in Silver.
From the deserts of Hell’s Skin rises two of the greatest evils, staining the sand with blood and fear.
Conjer, a revenant born of sin and spells, is cursed to swing his machete for the dark forces that stitched his horrid body together. Emma, a vampire of insatiable hunger, prowls the night in search of power. Together they are corruption embodied.
But what happens when terrors come out of the desert that are worse than them?
Walk the line between passion and depravity as two of the darkest villains ever to oppress the wastes hunt down insane sorcerers, bloodsucking barons, violent knights, and powerful necromancers in a love story made under crimson skies!
Whispers of treasure and vengeance abound as dire plans take shape for an invasion when a fleet suddenly appears. Massed by the imperial slavers of Latia, the most powerful of the corsairs’ many foes, a hellish siege stokes the flames of hatred and war. Soon everything Tausi holds dear in the world will be pushed to the line in a battle for their lives. Every sunrise brings fresh evils, every sunset new destruction, and before the end mayhem will rage across the sea.
Revenge, romance, and valor clash in this pulse-pounding sequel to The Curse of Shallow Bay. For fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and Enemy at the Gates, take up arms and join the fight At The Mirror’s Edge.
Already a legend among the corsairs of the Silver Coast, Captain Ngala of The Gamka and his cutthroats ply the Mirror Sea for glittering spoil, threading between the vengeance of the unforgiving ocean and the justice of the western empires always at their back. On the run after a night raid, success is in reach when his ship is moored in the mysterious Shallow Bay.
The crew’s terror multiplies as the dreaded song of a deadly brine-singer echoes across the waves, summoning a terrifying monster from the depths. Against the murderous onslaught of the horrific beast and the mystery of the enchanted singer, Ngala must stem a rising mutiny as desperation and bloodshed spawns fear and betrayal. Every secret, no matter how deep, must be unearthed to end the curse of Shallow Bay. With his ship, crew, and very family at stake, how far will Ngala go to rescue everyone and everything he loves?
For fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and Conan the Barbarian, voyage deep into the epic unknown in The Curse of Shallow Bay.
We are not discrimination.
We are not hate.
We are not fear.
We are not oppression.
We Are Not This.
Table of Contents
TL;DR - by Michael G. Williams
Trapped - by Theresa Glover
The Slave Trader's Wedding - by AJ Hartley
In the Pasture - by David Childers
The Gem of Acitus - by Jay Requard
The Map of the Way - by Kay McSpadden
For Small Creatures Such as We - by Jennifer Julian
Behind the Canvas - by Caryn Sutorus
Hair Shirt Drag - by Gordon White
Another Way - by S.H. Roddey
Ebony - by Andrea Judy
A Rose, A Dragon - by T. Frock
One-Up-One-Down - by Jake Bible
Out of the Shadows - by Darin Kennedy
The Seventh Sunrise - by James P. McDonald
The Butcher's Witch - by Stuart Jaffe
Headstrong - by Nicole Givens Kurtz
Buttons - by Gail Z. Martin
A Dear, Lovely Thing - by Natania Barron
Scorpio Rising - by C.R.R. Lavene
The Color of Love - by Tamsin Silver
Our Lady of the Flowers Saved My Life - by Charlotte Henley Babb
Threshold Sanctuary - by Erin Penn
God Don't Like Ugly - by Tonia Brown
My Name - by Calandra Usher
The Soldier Who Swung at the End of a Thread - by M. David Blake
Inverted Perception - by Faith Naff
Missing Muse - by Melissa McArthur
Bog - by Trevor Curtis
Lovebite - by Jason Gilbert
The Dark Lady - by Lucy Blue
Rallying for Regular Lives - by Joanne Spataro
Proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to support LGBTQ charities and non-profits in North Carolina.
It’s what makes the best of country music and crime fiction. Sometimes it’s hardened criminals: murders, thieves, and convicts, sometimes it’s just a poor fool driven to the edge by hard times, hard drinking, or a hard lover.
In this collection you will find stories from the best voices in crime fiction inspired by the best voices in outlaw country music. Stories with:
• An off-books mercenary trying to save a trucker’s delivery from a beautiful thief
• An ex-con dealing with small town prejudice...and armed robbery
• Outlaw newlyweds running from a Tri-county druglord
• A young girl seeking solace in the company of dogs bred to fight that she never found in family
• A wife discovering the other woman is not what she thought
• A writer finding out what prison is really like
Stories by J.L. Abramo, Trey R. Barker, Eric Beetner, Levi Black, Michael Bunker, Delilah Dawson, Les Edgerton, Christa Faust, Tommy Hancock, Grant Jerkins, Ken Lizzi, Riley Miller, James A. Moore, Bobby Nash, Mel Odom, Eryk Pruitt, Jay Requard, Charles R. Rutledge and Ryan Sayles.
But what happens when the goddess no longer loves her champion?
From the award-winning author of The Saga of The Panther comes a dark tale of violence, betrayal, and redemption where David Gemmell’s Legend fights alongside Steven Erickson’s Gardens of the Moon. In this world victory always comes at a price, love is forever the final victim, and not even the gods can stop the ruthless march of history. This is the world where only the strong and cunning survive.
This is the world of the War Pigs.
As the Gypian Empire grinds its heel on the natives of Juut, Manwe the Panther strives to throw back his peoples’ oppressors from the shadowed corners of Tolivius, an archaic city ruled by the corrupt and wealthy. With only his blade, his wits, and an unshakable will, he risks life and love to fuel a rebellion.
Yet every shadow breeds darker things than even the Gypians can muster. Pushed to the limits of his skills, Manwe faces off with horrid shamans, ancient evils, and a cunning wizard who beguiles his mind and his heart. When every step is questioned, every decision doubted, he must steel himself with a harsh, unquestionable truth:
All revolutions begin in the dark.
Lurking in the shadows of Tolivius’ oppressive metropolis, the savannah’s greatest thief has spent years pilfering one rich Gypian lord after another, fueling a war that will set his native Juutans free. Yet in those same alleys and on the dusty plains he calls home something else has arisen—something with designs far darker than simply releasing the enslaved.
Chased by an enigmatic sorcerer, Manwe must peel back the shadow of worlds above and below, and on the brutal plains of the savannah none will be found innocent. Cutting his way past kings and criminals alike with his cruel iron, the secrets of the earth will be revealed, leaving his entire world shaken to its core by monsters found in the darkest depths of the human soul.
The revolution has arrived and none will be spared.
From the award-winning author of War Pigs, THIEF OF DESTINY collects THE SAGA OF THE PANTHER in a complete volume of intense action, boiling passions, and the never-ending fight to live free in a world ruled by corruption and ancient magic.
Perhaps most appealing of all to our sensibilities are those who dwell on the border, the witch doctors, necromancers, and haunted creatures that find their existence on the boundaries between the living and the dead, seeking to intercede, or perhaps to draw the unwary across that narrow ledge.
All of them, the living, the dead, and the undead can be found within these pages, collected together under the auspices of Death, the one surety who will follow all of life.
In The Death God’s Chosen, ten excellent authors seek to examine questions ranging from the nature of the undead and their humanity to the sadness and loss that grip the ones who were left behind. And to explore the nature of those who perch on the boundary between: the necromancer and the witch doctor, long figures of frightening tales and disfigured dreams.
So come, let the spirits of death intrigue and enthrall you in The Death God’s Chosen!
Only Manwe the Panther stands in his way.
Left without the rebellion he started, the savannah’s legendary thief must cobble together a plan to defeat Voduni Calla before the devil’s damnation succeeds. Backed by the enigmatic sorcerer Cleon and his fellow thief Folami, he delves deep into the savannah’s darkest corners hoping beyond hope there exists a means to defeat the undead and their master.
Even if that costs him his life.
In this pulse-pounding conclusion to a series inspired by Michael Moore’s V for Vendetta and Charles Saunders’ Imaro, all fates are found, all destinies are decided and for one thief fighting for freedom, liberty stands at the edge of oblivion.
Brought to you by the award-winning Sword & Sorcery author Jay Requard, The Saga of the Panther continues in this final installment of a thrilling new fantasy that blends Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser with George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones set in a secondary-world Africa where the Greeks have invaded and danger stalks within every shadow.