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About Stefon Mears
Stefon Mears grew up in California, Middle-Earth, and Amber. He went to U.C. Berkeley intending to major in Genetics, but the call of storytelling compelled him to graduate with a B.A. in Religious Studies (double emphasis in Mythology and Ritual). He later earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, with a Fiction major, and has published many short stories, poems and essays.
Stefon has been an invited guest at a major Vodou ceremony in New Orleans, taught classes in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, spoken on a panel at one World Fantasy Conference and given a reading at another, and engraved his own set of Norse runes.
Stefon has worked as a professional audio engineer and played straight pool for money. He is an avid, lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three cats, and when not writing he can often be found playing roleplaying games.
Stefon has six novels in stores now, including the completed Telepath Trilogy and the ongoing Rise of Magic series. Look for him online at http://www.stefonmears.com, on GooglePlus, or @stefonmears on Twitter. He maintains a weekly free fiction list at stefonmears.com/join
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Northwest of the town of Drien lies a place avoided by orc, elf and human alike. A stretch of forgotten land, twisted by necromancy. Where grasses, plants, animals … even the very air proves hostile to life.
Cavan Oltblood, half wizard, half warrior, half naked and running through the midnight streets of Drien. Hounded by armed warriors for reasons unknown.
Ahead of Cavan and his friends, a spectral ambush, an angry demigod, a ruthless elvish assassin, and something even worse.
But first Cavan must survive the night…
Spell of Undeath, the third Cavan Oltblood novel. A rollicking fantasy adventure full of thrills and excitement, deadly battles and chilling magic. All set in a vivid, enchanting world you won't want to leave. From Stefon Mears, author of Twice Against the Dragon, With a Broken Sword, and the Spells for Hire series.
The Ice Dagger, a mighty mountain on the border of two lands. Where miners unearth gemstones buzzing with magic forgotten even by the elves of the southern deserts.
Cavan Oltblood, half wizard, half warrior, bastard son of a king. Even three of those gemstones radiate power beyond Cavan's dreams. His to command, if he can survive their secrets. But another covets those gemstones...
And ancient monsters stir deep within that mountain.
The Ice Dagger, an exciting novel of high fantasy adventure, full of powerful magic, lost gods, great friendships, and fierce battles. All set in a lush world you won't want to leave. Roleplaying gamers and fans of World of Warcraft and Skyrim, don't miss this one! From Stefon Mears, author of Half a Wizard and Twice Against the Dragon.
“…a great set of unique and fast-paced tales of the imagination!”
—Astro Guyz on Fiction River: Recycled Pulp
Table of Contents
“In the Beginnings” by Annie Reed
“At His Heels a Stone” by Lee Allred
“In the Empire of Underpants” by Robert T. Jeschonek
“The Sound of Salvation” by Leslie Claire Walker
“Goblin in Love” by Anthea Sharp
“Slime and Crime” by Michèle Laframboise
“Always Listening” by Louisa Swann
“Here I Will Dance” by Stefon Mears
“Rats at Sea” by Brenda Carre
“Sense and Sentientability” by Lisa Silverthorne
“When a Good Fox Goes to War” by Kim May
“The Game of Time” by Felicia Fredlund
“The Scent of Murder” by Angela Penrose
“Still-Waking Sleep” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Inhabiting Sweetie” by Dale Hartley Emery
“The Legend of Anlahn” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“Sheath Hopes” by Thea Hutcheson
“We, The Ocean” by Alexandra Brandt
—Astro Guyz on Fiction River: Alchemy & Steam
Table of Contents
“Quest for Beer” by Stefon Mears
“Closing the Big Bang” by Michèle Laframboise
“Hero #8” by Ron Collins
“Girls That Glitter” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Kids Keep Coming” by David H. Hendrickson
“One Last Round at Cozy’s Tavern” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Wider Horizons” by Diana Benedict
“Grounds for Dismissal” by Anthea Sharp
“The Next Dance” by Jamie Ferguson
“Schrodinger’s Bar” by Kim May
“The Gods Are Out Inn” by M. L. Buchman
“The First Ingredient” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Legend of Long-Bow and Short-Staff” by Brenda Carre
“Freedom Unbound” by Dory Crowe
“Killing Spree” by Brigid Collins
“The Hot Eagle Roadhouse” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Death at the Pines” by Annie Reed
A fallen mage believes he’s reached sanctuary. But when three ingots vanish from the vault he protects for a troll warlord, his search for the thief once again thrusts him in harm’s way.
A troll shaman calls from her deathbed, sending her heiress on a quest to return their people’s magical gemstone to its place of origin. If she succeeds, she becomes the leader of her tribe. If she fails, there will be no tribe to lead.
A wise old auntie and her kin must defend their remote homestead against a marauding troll of old, a fearsome beast bearing great fangs and claws—and gripped by a hunger for human flesh.
An agent of the Society for Magickal Heritage must find the source of an occult disease decimating Britain’s troll enclaves—and fix it. Simple in theory, tricky in practice, for the only place that might hold the information she needs is the ancient and inconveniently lost enclave of Farringale...
A princess faces war on two fronts: demons outside in the forest and hidden enemies in the caves of home. If she loses either battle, everything is lost, even though she’s a badass warrior troll.
From nightmare monsters who enjoy dining on children to spiritual mystics in tune with the natural world, from gritty champions to peculiar cooks, from shy hermits to paladin mages—greenskins, trolls, and orcs feature as heroes or as villains in these 10 tales of magic, myth, and mayhem.
“These enjoyable twisting short stories seem more like a stop in the Twilight Zone than pulp fiction.”
—Midwest Book Review on Fiction River: Recycled Pulp
Table of Contents
“String of Pearls” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Shoes I Wore This Morning” by J. Daniel Sawyer
“The Dust Devil, the Riffraff, and the Big Orange Sunset” by Valerie Brook
“Goin’ to the Chapel” by Rebecca M. Senese
“With Wings the End” by Rob Vagle
“Cogs in the Machine” by Paul Eckheart
“The Faerie Invasion” by Anthea Sharp
“Demon-touched” by Travis Heermann
“Same Time Next Year” by M. E. Owen
“The Story That Has to Be Written” by Louisa Swann
“Tyrph Rights” by David Stier
“Paradox. Lost.” by Stefon Mears
“The Night of Brahma” by Leigh Saunders
“Three Degrees Above Zero” by Doug Dandridge
Venus. Recently settled. As wild and untamed as the space between there and Earth.
John Jacobs, the last helioship captain old enough to remember technology, risks his fading health for the opportunity to command the first commercial flight to Venus.
Journeyman wizard Donal Cuthbert braves that flight to chase down a forming interplanetary shadow government.
But powerful forces move against them, and survival will press Donal to fight a duel he can only lose.
Sleight of Mind, a tale of adventure and espionage in high space, with dueling wizards and magic-driven ships. The second novel in the Rise of Magic series from Stefon Mears, author of The Telepath Trilogy.
Table of Contents
“Villainous Aspirations” by Stefon Mears
“A Kiss Too Sweet” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Clunkety” by Brenda Carre
“Power Trip” by Lee Allred
“Pocket Full of Ashes” by Anthea Sharp
“The Ordinary” by Valerie Brook
“Dawn” by Jody Lynn Nye & Rebecca Moesta
“Fatty Boombalatty” by Kerrie L. Hughes
“Passion for the Game” by Brigid Collins
“Just Stop It!” by David H. Hendrickson
“Normal Boy” by Rebecca M. Senese
“Sophie Rosenblatt, Hero At Large” by Annie Reed
“Flowers in Winter” by Kelly Washington
“Hidden Talents” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Ballad of Osmosis McGuire” by Travis Heerman
Search for missing gods or do some job hunting. Leave the window open for a brother bird god and be sure to protect an artifact. Use your credit and sacrifice it all for your warrior self.
Explore the Uncollected Anthology with Deities!
Turn the pages and follow where only wizards dare to tread.
Inside you'll find…
- "When Floating Castles Don't" -- Hundreds of lives hang on one wizard's skill…
- "Not a Magic Thief" -- An itinerant wizard caught in a political firestorm.
- "Not That Kind of Wizard" -- A kindly old man, full of terrible power…
- "Wandslinger" -- In a lawless, lordless land, a rider solves problems with a stick of holly.
Spell Slingers, a roller coaster ride collection of fantasy short stories. You may never look at magic the same way again! From Stefon Mears, author of the Rise of Magic series, the Cavan Oltblood series and the Spells for Hire series.
But this collection isn't just about the brutes or beasts. No, there are philosophical dragons. Technological dragons. Even sexy dragons.
Not just fantasy dragons. But science fantasy. Or straight science fiction. Historic and future dragons.
You're going to meet dragons from all walks of life in the pages of this anthology. Mostly unexpected. Not the kinds of dragons you've met before.
Come and explore all the myriad facets of these fascinating creatures.