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Michael J. Allen is a USA Today bestselling author of multi-layer science fiction and fantasy novels. Born in Oregon and an avid storm fan, he lives in far too hot & humid rural Georgia with his two black Labradors: Myth and Magesty. On those rare occasions he tears himself away from reading, writing and conventions he can be found enjoying bad scifi movies, playing D&D or the occasional video game, getting hit with sticks in the SCA or hanging out with the crew of Starfleet International’s U.S.S. DaVinci.
To learn more about Michael, check out his website at www.deliriousscribbles.com
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Seventeen incredible authors. Seventeen amazing stories. One fantastic sci-fi universe, where the only limit is one’s imagination. Welcome to Starflight.
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
Thirty-five awesome stories - one kick ass meme that started it all.
It started as a joke. Storm Area 51 they said. They can't stop all of us they said. But all laughter stopped when the U.S. Air Force mobilized the reserves and pulled out the big guns.
However, relentless mockery and derision by the media and the powers that be pushed the weebs and alien enthusiasts too far. What else were they supposed to do? They put on their big girl panties and showed up, determined to find out exactly what secrets were hidden behind the walls of the clandestine government facility.
Are you brave enough to buy this anthology today? If you are find out what the government wants to keep hidden.
C.J. Carella - Naruto Charge
J W Kiefer - Dark Mater
Walt Robillard - More to Carry
Michael Gants - Eminent Domain
Sarah A. Hoyt - Sunny Side Up
Alice Peng - Embasy City Delivery
Jamie Ibson - The Sage V'Sal
Tim Niederriter - Destinys End
Philip Ginn - Waterbenders in the Desert
Chris Winder - The Cricket
E. A. Shanniak - Stalking Death
Marisa Wolf - Home
Aaron Seaman - #Vaporize
Doug Burbey - Shift Work
Nathan Pedde - The Rise of the Ghids
Tim C. Taylor - Angel-51: Princess of Earth
Casey Moores - Sanity Check
J. R. Handley & Cisca Small - Love Finds Away
I. Ronik - Fallout - A Vapid Vixens Short
Michael J. Allen - Crashing the Party - A Scion Story
Alex C. Gates - Controlled Chaos
Declan Finn - Area 51 is Not Enough
IQ Malcolm - Kyle: Respawned
Milissa L. Story - Paradise Ranch
J. William Adler - Viva la Revolución
Joshua M. Young - Evan and Kyle Meet the Survey Cube
Sophie J. Shepherd - Nothing's Gonna Happen
Lawrence N. Oliver - Hangar Nine
Mel Todd - Routine Duty
Drew Avera - Storm the Gates
Philip K. Booker - Balancing the Scales
Tamsin L. Silver - The Trip Home
Robert W. Ross - Isabella's Campaign
Daniel Medrano - Hey Sweetie
R. Max Tillsley - Crickey!
From the outside, The Lyon’s Den doesn’t look like much; there isn’t even a sign. But mercs of all species know that if you head to southwest Houston, near the Starport, there’s a particular run-down strip mall that looks like it’s been abandoned for years. The glass door second from the south end of the strip is plastered over on the inside with blue paper, and the faint golden outline of a rampant lion is the only clue.
The door is locked, of course, and beyond the door is nothing but a darkened hallway with a downward slope and a slight curve to it. Once you follow this curve far enough, you are greeted by two very large, very well-armed Lumar. “Welcome to the Lyon’s Den,” the larger of the two says without a translator, and without a trace of an alien accent. “You know the rules?”
Welcome back to the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates Humans from the majority of the other races. Edited by bestselling authors and universe creators Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy, “Tales from the Lyon’s Den” includes eighteen all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by a variety of bestselling authors—and some you may not have heard of…yet. Want to know what it’s like to do search and rescue while a battle is going on or what to do with that new manufactory you just won in a card game? Better learn the rules to the Lyon’s Den…and then step inside!
Inside, you’ll find:
Preface by Chris Kennedy
“The Devil in the Pit” by Mark Wandrey
“A Job to Do” by Quincy J. Allen
“For the Honor of the Flag” by Doug Dandridge
“Lucky” by James P. Chandler
“Shit Day” by Marisa Wolf
“The Charge of the Heavy Brigade” by Chris Kennedy
“The Bottom Line” by Michael J. Allen
“Midnight Diplomacy” by Tim C. Taylor
“Desperta Ferro” by Eric S. Brown & N.X. Sharps
“The Deadly Dutchman” by Kevin McLaughlin
“The Felix” by RJ Ladon
“The Heart of a Lion” by Terry Mixon
“What Really Matters” by Chris Winder
“Headspace and Timing” by Robert E. Hampson
“Return to Sender” by Benjamin Tyler Smith
“Grunwald” by David Alan Jones
“The Quiet Was Fine” by Jake Bible
“A Mother’s Favor” by Kacey Ezell
From airships to clockwork creatures, and inventions gone wrong, you're sure to delight in these eclectic and thought-provoking twists of the imagination.
“A non-stop action adventure.” – USA Today bestselling author , Craig A Price Jr.
Fey do not forgive, and they do not forget.
Neither do gunslingers.
A half-breed born under a death sentence in the New World and saved from execution in the Old, Rafael West—half-elven druid turned gunslinger—returns to his homeland, wary and beholden to the high fairy who negotiated his release.
To repay his debt, West is forced to protect and champion a dwarven railroad laying poisonous, cold iron across the wild lands of the fey continent, which means he’ll have to face the very elven tribesmen that want him dead for the crime of “stealing” their magic.
If Big Iron stops its march across fey land, anyone he calls friend will die. The woman he’s trying very hard not to love will die. One wrong move will plunge the entire continent into full scale war.
West will need more than six-guns and luck to survive. He’ll have to lie, cheat, and steal, but even that may not be enough once the secrets start to unravel. The fey aren’t the only ones with secrets to hide.
MICHAEL J. ALLEN is a bestselling author of multi-layer science fiction and fantasy novels. Born in Oregon and an avid storm fan, he lives in far-too-hot-and-humid rural Georgia with his two black Labradors: Myth and Magesty.
Humanity is at risk...
The fallen angels are up to something.
Has she stumbled upon a plot to end the world?
Quayla made a mistake and people died. It's not easy being an elemental phoenix trying to save humanity. There are rules to follow. Her boss, Vitae, doesn't like her and she has no idea why.
Could he really want her dead?
Detective Foxner has just caught a bizarre case. The bodies go missing and she's determined to figure out who's behind it. One clue leads to another and she's thrust into a world she can't believe exists. Reality on earth isn't what she thought.
Hell wants control of mankind...
The angels can't be trusted to stop their brethren...
You'll love this amazing, must-read adventure because who doesn't love an underdog who's got bigger problems than death?
Get it now.
Quayla’s daring rescue has freed Atlanta’s Shield, both saving and dooming the city.
Ignis is lost to her. Terrance is corrupted. Vitae is once more free to terrorize the city and a tortured and tormented Mare has been wrenched from damnation itself. Even Summus, the Divine One meant to protect them all, has been drained nearly to death.
Faery is on the march. Empowered with Summus’s stolen divine essence, the Exiled Lady ignites a plot to free all of the Fallen from their chains.
As the battlelines are drawn, Quayla clings to beaten and bloodied hope. To protect Atlanta and the world, Quayla need only put aside her pain and redeem her nemesis.
At the eleventh hour, the Exiled Lady offers her an alternative. Quayla can punish Dylan’s murderer, save her loved ones, even protect Creation from the apocalypse. All she has to do is change sides.
All was well until our new water phoenix came.
Aquaylae brought the faerie war to Atlanta’s streets. She’s is an agent of chaos, and she needs to be destroyed.
I’ve found a way to make it right. A whisper from the past offers hope, but at a cost few others are willing to pay.
To reclaim order, I must embrace madness. I must pollute my being with faerie essence and usurp their magic. I alone am suited to wield such power—the Shieldheart, the blood phoenix.
To save Mare, to protect Atlanta, to destroy Aquaylae…no price is too high, not even my soul…
A phoenix has fallen, forever destroyed by the drowned druid's fury.
Blinded by his obsession, Dunham unleashes his enslaved phoenixes against Quayla. The spectacular assault reveals the faeries to mankind, endangering the Exiled Lady's campaign to reclaim her throne. Desperate, Viviane trades one monster for another, offering Vitae his heart's desire.
Terror and blood run rampant throughout Creation. Giggling faeries sell supernatural powers to murderers and madmen, reveling in the mayhem while mortal authorities struggle to contain the carnage.
Alone and outmatched, Quayla must return to where her mistake launched their pending destruction. But will facing her demons strengthen her enough to save Atlanta or destroy her once and for all.
A dark spell enslaves the phoenixes. Dunham unleashes their elemental powers against those who murdered his family while the deposed Wyldfae Queen uses them to lure even bigger prey.
Vitae's desperate crusade to save Mare takes a darker turn, putting him at odds with Quayla. With Quayla on the run and Vitae setting up his own kingdom, the Sidhe turn Atlanta into a bloody playground.
An unexpected ally emerges to help Quayla's fight for freedom, and a betrayal brings Vitae face to face with the Sidhe royals. With the phoenixes pitted against one another and True Death a certainty, can Atlanta's dwindling Shield prevent the Sidhe from devouring mankind?
Magic has been franchised. Magical conveniences are sold everywhere like designer coffee. Everyday life is filled with technical and magical wonders. Only, the magic is murdering people.
Thoth Corp's hot new spell is turning people into ravening monsters. Their only hope to quietly rectify the situation before the epidemic spreads is the spell architect they framed and sent to prison.
Eli’s response to his former partners wasn't polite.
Homeless, forbidden government-regulated magic and barely surviving out of dumpsters, Eli struggles to rebuild his life. Fairytale rats thought long extinct with the rest of the fey rescue Eli from murderous Vigilantes, but at a cost. They force him to save fairy matrons stolen away by Thoth's monsters, thrusting Eli between his old company and a shadow war waged against humanity.
To stop the war, cure Thoth's victims and rescue the city, Eli need only find some way to make magic out of trash.
One Click today to join the Dumpstermancer, a hero readers are calling the Alton Brown of Magic, as he races to save his city from the people that betrayed him!
Forced to hunt a killer disguised by magic, Eli’s world becomes a house of mirrors. Friends become enemies. Deceptions abound, and the magic that saved Eli threatens to consume him.
With the serial killer targeting everything he loves, even new dumpstermancer spells might not be enough. Eli may have to protect his worst enemy to defeat a killing machine with a thousand faces.