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About Travis Heermann
Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, an Active member of SFWA and the HWA, and the author of the Tokyo Blood Magic, The Hammer Falls, The Ronin Trilogy, and other novels. His more than thirty short stories appear in Baen Books’ anthology Straight Outta Deadwood, plus Apex Magazine, Tales to Terrify, Fiction River, Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII, and others. As a freelance writer, he has contributed a metric ton of work to such game properties as Firefly Roleplaying Game, Legend of Five Rings, EVE Online, and BattleTech, for which he’s been nominated for a Scribe Award.
He enjoys cycling, collecting martial arts styles and belts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and monsters of every flavor, especially those with a soft, creamy center.
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THE WAR RAGES ON!
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine returns with more explosive BattleMech action from the 31st century! Experience tales of hard-won survival from the gaming world of Solaris VII, the wilds of the Deep Periphery, and the annals of Clan history. Dive deep into in-depth technology articles, technical readouts, conspiracy theories, war-game and role-playing adventures, and more—all from veteran BattleTech authors, fan favorites, and our latest enlistees:
Michael A. Stackpole • Jason Schmetzer
Michael J. Ciaravella • Travis Heermann
Alan Brundage • James Simakas
John-David Karnitz • Aaron Cahall
Matthew Cross • Daniel Isberner
Alex Kaempen • Tom Stanley • Chris Wheeler
His sword hides a deadly secret.
But to tell him, it wants blood in payment.
The sword called Silver Crane knows Ken'ishi's hidden past, the heritage he himself does not.
When Silver Crane is stolen, he must recover it all cost, or else Kazuko, the woman he loves, will die.
Kazuko is in love with this ronin she can never have, trapped in a political marriage with a powerful samurai lord.
But her husband's scheming chamberlain knows her secret.
And an unstoppable invading horde is on the horizon...
If you love action, intrigue, star-crossed romance, and epic battles with the perfect mix of history and fantasy, you'll love Sword of the Ronin.
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A fateful duel makes him an outlaw...
... and a demon turns him into a hero.
Thus begins Ken'ishi’s epic journey to discover his past and find service with a worthy master.
Amid ruthless crime lords, capricious spirits, and Mongol spies, Ken'ishi is an orphan and a ronin, a samurai without a master, tossed on the waves of fate and fortune.
His only link to his past is Silver Crane, his father's sword, a blade that holds its secrets close... Such as the secret of Ken’ishi’s bloodline.
But when he meets the woman of his dreams, he might just discover that his dreams are actually nightmares.
You'll love this epic adventure because it has the perfect blend of history, action, and fantasy.
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Ken'ishi's dream just became a nightmare...
He finds service with a powerful samurai lord... only to discover his lord is married to the only woman Ken'ishi has ever loved.
And the underworld crime boss known as Green Tiger threatens to expose all their secrets.
In a world of ancient gods, shapeshifting animals, and capricious spirits, Ken'ishi must discover the secret of his mysterious past in order to battle the Mongol horde of Khubilai Khan, or else the woman he loves will suffer a fate worse than death.
If you love romance, intrigue, and action on an epic scale, don’t miss this stunning climax to the Ronin Trilogy.
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He’s never failed a witch hunt before. Until he must hunt the only woman he’s ever loved...
When Django Wong, a modern-day ninja turned sorcerer, takes a job to track down a newly Awakened witch, he discovers that his target is not only his lost love, but now she’s an enforcer for the Black Lotus Clan, a ruthless yakuza syndicate.
But time can change a person. Is she the girl who used to love him, a yakuza slave, or a deadly black witch?
With a smart-mouthed magical house cat as his ally, Django must protect her from other Hunter-Seekers sent to kill her until he can learn the truth of her allegiance. And not only that, if he can't stop her from stealing a powerful magical relic, the Black Lotus Clan will launch a bloodbath in Shinjuku’s streets.
Perfect for fans of Bleach or Fullmetal Alchemist, Tokyo Blood Magic brings you ninja sorcerers, femme fatales, savage monsters, martial arts action, and powerful cultivation. Pick it up now and start the adventure!
“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
IN THE 31ST CENTURY, LIFE IS CHEAP...
A Draconis Combine warrior struggles with immoral orders in the First Succession War. A House Davion MechWarrior participates in a risky heist as part of Operation Guerrero. A history buff battles the Word of Blake during the Liberation of Terra. What do these MechWarriors have in common? Each one pilots the same BattleMech, a survivor that has been repaired and rebuilt countless times throughout its long and bloody 300-year lifespan.
...BATTLEMECHS ARE NOT.
The 70-ton GHR-5H Grasshopper can outmaneuver and outlast some of the most fearsome enemy ’Mechs, making it an invaluable asset to battlefield commanders. Even an incapacitated Grasshopper will be rebuilt to fight another day, with a new pilot at its controls, because MechWarriors can be replaced, but ’Mechs cannot.
In BattleTech: Legacy, thirteen all-new stories chronicle the fortunes and tragedies of a single ’Mech across several tumultuous points in its wide-ranging combat history. Veteran BattleTech authors Kevin Killiany and Craig A. Reed, Jr. bookend this exciting collection, while other familiar names and new blood explore important moments in this ’Mech’s history of constant, unmitigated warfare that leaves no corner of the Inner Sphere untouched.
He made a deal to get back his glory. The cost of betrayal is a price on his head…
Horace “The Hammer” Harkness refuses to give up, despite pushing his genetically modified physique past the point of regenerating from another death in the arena.
Washed up, desperate for a return to glory, he borrows cash from a man he believes is a Russian loan shark to rebuild his body for a major comeback. But when his gamble pays off, using the prize money to pay for a sick boy’s gene re-sequencing is as good as signing his own death warrant.
He soon discovers that the “loan shark” was none other than the Number Two man of a global cyber-syndicate. Forced to go on the run, Harkness joins a traveling gladiator roadshow where he can lay low until he figures out what to do. But when mobsters threaten the woman he loves, he realizes there’s only one way to finally settle the score.
Has Harkness got what it takes to hammer the entire Russian cyber-mob?
The Hammer Falls is a hard-hitting standalone cyberpunk novel. If you like gritty heroes, barbaric adversaries, high-tech weapons, and high-stakes action, you’ll love Travis Heermann’s gladiatorial thrill-ride.
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Red. The color of blood, of war, of passion—and of a new unicorn herd.
A Game of Horns: A Red Unicorn Anthology has gathered 21 original stories about red unicorns from famous and soon-to-be-famous authors, including New York Times best-selling authors Jody Lynn Nye and David Farland. Some stories feature physical unicorns; most do not. Some unicorns are kind; most are not.
From a battlefield to a candy store, from zombie unicorns in rural America to telepathic unicorns on the dark side of Europa, from the fantastical past to the possible future, no creative avenue or conflict remains unexplored by these talented storytellers.
Pick a story. Take a chance. And play A Game of Horns.
All profits benefit the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Seventeen stories of heroes and anti-heroes on desperate journeys, white knuckles on steering wheels, hearts pounding to the staccato beat of magnum hollow points slamming against flesh and steel.
Seventeen stories of hard-bitten souls hurtling over asphalt, the desert, the sea, and even through space itself in adventures fueled by vengeance, betrayal, madness, and murder.
Seventeen stories of tough justice, redemption, and salvation.
Andy and Joe became friends in junior high. Ever since, they have been an inseparable duo, until they both fell for Jackie. And Joe got her.
Andy has been nursing a secret, desperate obsession with Jackie from the moment she walked into his life.
When a mysterious stranger appears, promising the fulfillment of Andy’s deepest, darkest desires, Andy is faced with an impossible choice.
A choice he cannot refuse.