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About K.J. Heritage
"K.J.Heritage's uncanny sense of pacing and story puts him at the forefront of today's speculative fiction writers." - Samuel Peralta, Amazon bestselling author and creator of The Future Chronicles
When K.J.Heritage isn't penning third-person descriptions about himself for online consumption, he's an international bestselling author writing the books he likes to read. From psychological thrillers and mystery sci-fi to crime, action & adventure, and epic fantasy. He should really stick to one genre, but he's not that kind of writer... or reader.
His first short story, 'ESCAPING THE CRADLE' was runner-up in the 2005 Clarke-Bradbury International Science Fiction Competition. His other short stories have appeared in several anthologies with such self-publishing sci-fi luminaries as Hugh Howey, Samuel Peralta and Michael Bunker.
K.J.Heritage has worked all the requisite 'writer jobs' such as driver's mate, factory gateman, barman, labourer, telesales operative, sales assistant, warehouseman, IT contractor, Student Union President, university IT helpdesk guy, British Rail signal software designer, Premiership football website designer, gigging musician, graphic designer, stand-up comedian, sound engineer, improv artist, magazine editor and web journo... Although he doesn't like to talk about it. Mostly... Maybe a little bit.
He was born in the UK in one of the more interesting previous centuries. Originally from Derbyshire, he now lives in the seaside town of Brighton. He is a tea drinker, avid Twitterer, and autistic (ASD) human being.
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These are the untold stories from the ‘Legacy Fleet’ universe—a universe of conflict , of alien invasion, and of human resistance and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
From Samuel Peralta, creator of the acclaimed Future Chronicles anthology series, and based on the Legacy Fleet universe from USA Today bestselling author Nick Webb – 'Chronicle Worlds: Legacy Fleet' is a ground-breaking anthology that brings together work from some of today's most exciting science fiction authors.
Spanning a time between the First Swarm War – and humanity’s first devastating encounter with the alien race – and the events of ‘Constitution’, ‘Warrior’, and ‘Victory’, these fourteen stories chart the human drama behind an epic 75-year vista of Earth’s expansion in space, and the dawn of the Second Swarm War.
If you loved the movie, if you loved ‘Legacy Fleet’, you’ll love the television series. Because here it is, the entire season, this amazing collection of episodes, of short stories— ‘Chronicle Worlds: Legacy Fleet’.
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Created by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Samuel Peralta, The Future Chronicles is the #1 bestselling anthology series that brings together work from visionary new voices and from the grandmasters of modern speculative fiction.
Its unique take on major science fiction and fantasy themes - A.I., time travel, dragons, robots, aliens, zombies, immortality, galactic battles, cyborgs, doomsday - has made it one of the most acclaimed anthology series of the digital era.
A war-damaged empath with six hours to live is forced to solve a series of complex and mind-bending murders.#1 Amazon Bestseller!
A top Company scientist has been murdered. Vatic, an on-the-run half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.
Our hero soon discovers he is one of the Skilled, a genetically enhanced human—revered and despised in equal measure—a bloodhound with a terrifying past who’ll stop at nothing in his pursuit of truth.
And ‘the Skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?
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Never, ever, let yourself never get caught… who knows what may happen?
Lost teenager, Blue, must travel back in time to save his family from certain death.The #1 Amazon Bestseller in time-travel and military science fiction!
A Rip in the fabric of time, a far-flung globally warmed future, a flooded Earth and the only remainder of civilisation—a militaristic organisation living underneath 'Desert Amazon'...
Getting back home was the only thing that mattered to messed up, mixed race teenager, Blue (named after his stupid, googly blue eyes) - and that was the problem—home was over four hundred years in the past.
But how does a lowly cadet in a military academy living in a post-apocalyptic future achieve such a goal, especially with the distractions of girls, pilot training, spacewalks and his almost constant unpopularity?
The more Blue found out about this flooded, gung-ho and annoying future, about himself—who and what he was (was he even human?)—and the equally disturbing and shocking truth about his parents, the more he realised getting home was the only solution.
If Blue knew one thing, it was that he would at least try.
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Do we ever know the ones we love? A comic seeks the truth behind his girlfriend’s disappearanceUp and coming comedy talent, Jozee Jackson's life seems almost perfect, until she disappears after a silly drunken argument with devoted boyfriend and new comedian, Adam Hanson.
Adam is convinced she's been kidnapped. But by who? And why?
After a series of shocking discoveries that shed a new and disturbing light on Jozee's private life, Adam begins to wonder if he knows Jozee at all. Why are men from seedy hook-up websites visiting their flat when he's supposed to be at work? Who is behind the torrent of vile text messages and emails sent to Adam's phone? And what is the dark secret of Jozee's dead ex-boyfriend?
Adam won't give up looking until he finds answers to these questions - no matter what the consequences.
Full of twists and turns, this gripping thriller will make you wonder whether we can ever really know the ones we love . . .
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He is the land's own avenger, a hooded monster bent on the destruction of all works of Delving and wielder of IronScythe, a dark blade of outlawed Iron. She is a young courtier with a family secret. Can they work together to discover their own destinies?And from the dark unknown, came a hooded avenger...
When the Scowl is brought before the court of King-Emperor Jhaz'Elrad, accused of murdering a young noble, he is unexpectedly saved from execution by the ambitious Dracus Krall.
In return for his life, the Scowl is sent on weregild to kill the evil golem that has lurked in the Krall family home for generations. A terrible, haunted creature, created by dark majiks in the time of Delving.
Accompanying the task is Dracus' teenage niece, Vareena, a strong-willed tom-boy who grew up in the shadow of her uncle's ambition and who has resisted his many attempts to marry her off.
But Vareena is not as she seems. She harbours a secret power that her uncle would gladly kill for.
Together, Vareena and the Scowl begin an uneasy alliance. An alliance that will change both of their lives forever...
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Quick-Kill is a self-made assassin and tekhead. But after a simple job blows up in her face, she finds herself running for her life. A life that is changed forever.
And so begins a fun, fast-paced, action-stuffed, gender-bending futuristic four book thrill ride!
Never, ever, let yourself never get caught… who knows what may happen?
The forgotten, seedy backwater planet of Plenty (the most unfortunately-named world there ever was), is no place for a girl to grow up parentless and alone. But self-styled, femme fatale and genius gun-for hire, Quick-Kill Jane, was no normal kid. She learned her trade early on, making a name for herself. And by the time she became an adult, everyone feared and respected that name in equal measure.
In what should’ve been a straightforward job—one of the many she had built her reputation upon—she finds herself in pursuit of small-time criminal and wife-beater, Rollo Barla. But things do not go to plan.
She learns that the contract on Rollo was ordered by the Cabal—a loose network of galactic criminals, and that they, and the equally shady Galactic Secret Service, were now in competition to chase her down.
Quick-Kill must use all her considerable talents, skills and guile to stay one step ahead. But events take an unexpected and extraordinary turn.
A twist that will change Quick-Kill’s life forever…
And so begins Quick-Kill's adventures.
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Reviews from the Galactic Secret Service series
“This book is bloody marvelous! It's one of the most refreshing bits of sci-fi I've read in a while. Golden Age with a modern take.”
“fast-paced sci-fi read with a strong female character, lots of action, and some unusual plot twists.”
“…exciting and funny and down and dirty. A must read!”
“Fast paced improbable fun fun fun!”
“Another amazing bunch of characters, an intelligent, keep-you-guessing plot and a new gorgeous world beautifully realised by Kev Heritage”
“A fast-paced, brilliant SciFi…that brings new life to the old Western style of story.”
“A well written rip-roaring tale with space ships, lasers, explosions and daring-do...what's not to like?”
“Fun, feisty and fast-moving, this is a highly enjoyable read”
“Another pacy, humorous and tek-filled adrenaline ride!”
“Brilliant, well-written and most fun book I've enjoyed for years!”
“Gun-slinging and explosions and secret missions are not my thing, but somehow I loved this one.”
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A lone PI stumbles upon the world of majiks, monsters and the mysterious & powerful Iron Savant"Hide! Paz, hide! If you want to live, Mummy says to hide yourself my lovely! Hide yourself and never come out! Don’t let them find you! Stay quiet and stay hidden, no matter what."
London private investigator and loner, Paz, has followed the panicked words from a mother she can barely remember all her life. Running away from something, but not knowing what. Keeping herself safe. Keeping everything and everybody at a distance, until she unwittingly stumbles into a dangerous realm of metals and majiks, of lopers and the Jakkerman, and of crystal caves and hidden mansions.
And at the centre of her changed reality? Luka, the Iron Savant. Mysterious, angry, domineering, but also handsome and beguiling.
A new world is revealed to Paz. Full of wonders and dangers. A magical world at war with another dimension desperate to overthrow our own. But worse than this, Paz is forced to spend time with the arrogant Luka who she despises. She tries everything to get away from him, wanting to return to her normal life…
But nothing will ever be normal again for Paz, for she is not who Luka or his old master think. She is a throwback to an ancient age and an older power they know nothing about…
Vatic, a top Company empath, is forced to board a rogue bioship heading for certain destruction.Experimental Company bioship, the CSS Ariadne, has cut all communications and launched herself into hyperspace—heading towards enemy territory and certain destruction if she cannot be stopped.
The crew managed to send out an SOS before the Ariadne disappeared. Someone was murdered… but who?
Vatic, a Skilled empath in the reluctant employ of the Company, is drugged and forced to board the rogue ship. He arrives to find the vessel full of corpses, a small band of suspicious survivors, and no explanations.
Our hero soon realises that not everyone who survived is as they seem. There is an imposter aboard, but who is it, and what are their motives?
Vatic must use all his talents if he and the ship are going to survive.
But survival is what the Skilled do best... isn't it?
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Quick-Kill is determined to find rogue agent, Sirena, aka The Bluetongue Lizard, but the Secret Service has turned our gender-bending heroine into a goddamn desk-jockey. But not for long...
Never, ever, cross Quick-Kill, who knows what may happen?
Quick-Kill has an audacious plan that will take her back to where it all started.
Back to the Sol System, back to Ancient Earth, and back to the Earth's only Moon.
Quick-Kill is going home...
"At first, when the waters showed me the Lady, I thought she was a sister of The Jesus, for she smiled at me. But when I gave her another looksee, I knew she was also Devil, for she comes from the Blackash and was broken.
Her flesh is white, stuck inside twisted glass that bends and curls—one arm reachin’ out to me, the other at her side, her fingers clenched in an angry fist.
And if I look into her black eyes? I see fings. Twistin’, turnin’ fings. She tells of dark, doomy worlds, of peoples and places, and of shadows where horrors lurk. Stories that play out in front of me as if I was there.
But hark! Her lips begins to dance! Serpents that whisper and hiss. Words that spin and curl, twistin’ and swirlin’ and I can do nothin’ but watch, watch, watch…"