This is a story of the post-apocalyptic world that people predicted but only few were prepared for. The Z.E.D.S. are a particular group of up-risers that prepared and accepted the challenge of helping mankind survive. They long prophesized the coming of the dead and knew what to do when the time came for them.
The challenges they face test their faith, strength and ability to do what is needed from them. The dead walk the earth and leave only destruction in their wake. Atlas chronicles from beginning to end of the journey and obstacles the Z.E.D.S. face, but even with preparation with what comes forward no one could be ready for.
Del Kanadis–indentured thief to the King of Fires–desires freedom above all else. When given the opportunity to repay his debt with a single job, he begrudgingly accepts, believing it to be a fool’s errand. His task: infiltrate a secluded village rumoured to hold a relic capable of defeating the Fire King’s enemies.
Living amongst the townsfolk and gaining the trust of those in charge, Del quickly discovers they know more than they’re letting on, and that perhaps the relic truly does exist. Upon discovering their ultimate secret, he realizes winning his own life back could come at the cost of everyone else losing theirs.
When Frankie breaks the binding on an ancient book Ashra’s world intertwines with her own.
Evil seeks to destroy humanity, but Ashra is more powerful than she knows. As a new king ascends the throne both her virtue and her life are in danger. She risks everything to flee the city in search of answers. In her quest to save humanity she finds love, uncovers mysteries from the past, and unlocks a primordial magic she never knew she had.
The Children of Duty & Justice A fantasy tale of war, revenge and revolution. Two colossal empires sit tentatively side by side. Guided by scripture, Emperor Horim of Olbaid foresees an inevitable war and plots to strike before being struck. Horim hatches a plan to frame neighbouring empire, Miria as instigators to win support for his holy conflict. Despite a predicted death toll in the millions and a war expected to span decades, Horim sees no price too great to shape his legacy and see off the preordained demonic invasion. Osyron Rymore is a fledgling marshal. Due to the brewing war, most seasoned marshals have been conscripted into the army leaving him and fellow recruits with tasks that outweigh their experience. Opportunity is on the rise for criminals and a child trafficking ring is suspected to be operating in a coastal village in the far reaches of the empire. Osyron is sent alone. Here he meets Daniela Callahan, a fisherman’s wife who leads him on a journey further than any charted map and beyond all belief.
To Riona, life was simple. She and her mother lived on the outskirts of a village in the secluded Rhal-Dages Mountains of Bjergen. They grew, or hunted what they could, and traded for the rest. Her best friend for the twenty years of her life, Damien, and his family were there for her without question. At least until a mysterious figure reveals something within her, setting in motion events that sweep Riona into a conflict decades in the making.
After another figure’s unexplained visit, Riona is required to accept that the abilities she has had for so long, and tried to hide, come from magic. But since Moriel destroyed the legendary Ryders and their powerful dragons twenty-one years prior, magic was something to be feared by the people. Magic was dangerous, and those using it were sought out and killed.
Forced to leave her home, Riona is stalked by nightmarish shadow figures, as she tries to uncover the truth of who she is. Her choices, and discoveries, could mean the destruction, or salvation of the people she loves most.
“We are the Men of the Brotherhood. Let our blades strike true…” His entire life, Catlow Creedence has been told that he is different. While other boys his age could indulge in youthful pursuits Catlow was forced to learn the “Way of the Sword”. His friends prepared for summer vacations and college boards while Catlow prepared for battle, a battle he doubts will ever take place. His family is the heir to an inheritance of blood and steel. They are unheralded defenders of mankind. They are warriors of uncommon honor and incredible skill. They are the “Brotherhood of the Blade”. All Catlow wants is to be an ordinary teenager yet his father, legendary sword maker and swordsman Pretlow Creedence has other plans. Pretlow has dedicated his life to the Brotherhood and their sacred covenant, a covenant striving to defend mankind from themselves. As omens and portents begin to manifest the coming of the Judges, Pretlow realizes his son has lost faith in their duty as well as their destiny. Their enemies are poised to emerge from the shadows, forcing Pretlow to ask himself: is it too late? Danger encircles with assassins around every bend. Father and son find themselves fighting not only their sworn enemies (Men of the First Chaos) but each other as well. Can they repair their fractured relationship before it is too late?
Serving the king as a Ranger has never been boring, but once Erkenbrand takes on the responsibility of scouting for a caravan of settlers heading to the wilderness, he faces challenges like never before.
Separated from the caravan and stripped of all his gear Erkenbrand must struggle for his life before he can see his love Thealea again. Facing the wilderness, the monsters that dwell there, and the creatures he meets, Erkanbrand is alone with only his skills and will to survive. And behind it all is a dark secret that might doom both Thealea and Erkenbrand.
For Ariliah, life under the militarized Hulcondans is one of order and safety. Despite the soldiers’ ruthless policies, she trusts their judgment. Beyond the city wall, enemies lurk – a vicious race bent on devouring humanity. And if anything ever happened to the protectors, nothing would keep them out.
For her older sister, Rabreah, every glance from a Hulcondan is a threat. When even a whisper against them is treason and treason is death, Rabreah can’t risk one seeing through her as she sees through them. Joining an underground resistance to end their corruption seems like her only hope – until she meets the group’s enigmatic leader and realizes she doesn’t know the people she’s aligned herself with at all.
But when rebellious posters appear throughout the city and people start dying, their world begins to crumble.
And as the line between friend and enemy blurs, both girls must face the truth: everything is about to change.
Left without guidance, some gods choose to make their own fates. Others cannot. Old ties are torn apart while new ones are forged. And amidst that tenuous balance, ancient secrets emerge. War looms on the horizon.
In a struggle where battle lines constantly shift and allies just as quickly become enemies, nothing is sacred. For some, the end comes sooner than Ragnarok.
Readers of books written by Becca Fitzpatrick and Lauren Kate will love this take on Fallen Angels…
When Khiara Banning was born, her soul— the purest of all souls— was inextricably intertwined with the outcome of the final battle between good and evil. However, due to her parents’ foolishness she was cursed, cursed to be truly alone; no Guardian, no Soul Mate. But yet, when the fallen angel—Cael—heard whisper of this and from the exact moment he first saw her, he knew with the core of his being that he above all others needed to protect her. Cael begged and pleaded with God to be appointed as her guardian and because He is fair, it was permitted. However, He ruled that if any mistakes were to be made, Cael would instantly be stripped of his title.
Years later, the curse evolves in a terrifying new manner that not even God could have predicted. The only entity who knows the key to reversing the effects of her life, no… world changing curse is none other than the Goddess, Morrigan, whose curse tainted Khiara in infancy. She alone has knowledge that could change Khiara’s fate forevermore.
Can Cael’s perseverance, love and angelic power surmount the poisonous evil influences that rise up as the final battle draws nearer? Will Khiara be able to endure the relentless onslaught? Her survival is crucial, as the fate of the world depends on it.
When Zahir, a desert nomad with a dark past, entered Ashet, he wasn’t expecting to be hauled off to prison. When Absalom deserted the military, he never thought an army would form around him to fight the most powerful women in the country. Marietta believed she’d die in a cell in the Black Caves. She never expected freedom or to join with other broken souls to end the torture and experimentation for good. Desdemona seized the throne of the Order of Obsidian Embers ready to implement her vision of a safer world. She never imagined such opposition. Not that it would stop her. With magical warfare, mad rulers, and old scores to settle, how can anyone know hero from villain? And if the people who have been fighting for years can’t tell the difference, how can Zahir choose the right side?
Olivia flees to the forest seeking freedom from her family’s demands. She finds refuge in a cave, only to discover it is a dragon’s lair. The dragon, Kaden, is not the monster she first thinks him to be. After overcoming her initial fright – of not being eaten – Olivia discovers that the dragon has a gentle heart.
Kaden is resigned to loneliness after centuries of wandering the lands. Meeting Olivia brings joy to his solitary life, and never has he dreamed that a young woman would be the one to start the change in him.
A storm brews on the horizon.
A prince with a handsome face and a cruel heart is on a quest to slay the dragon, and take the throne. He will do whatever it takes to have what he believes is his to own. And now, he has his eyes set on the pretty little maiden from the forest. He will make her his Queen, whether she wants it or not.
Kobi sets out on a journey with his best friend Sarah and pixie friend Sora, as he searches for more information about a mystical sword called Dyrnwyn. His travels take him to Florin. He takes part in a tournament, befriending Brandon, the son of the King.
Kobi discovers that his sword may be the key to unlocking a secret chamber and he must face trials before he can be worthy of Dyrnwyn.
Can Kobi learn how to wield his sword and save his friends?
The Wars of Ascension ended three years ago, but a group of soldiers want revenge on those who opposed them in Heartwood Pines. Jarrod, a young man, more inclined to farming than fighting, must choose his moral path– support the cause or save the innocent? What are the consequences of his choices? Is he only a tool for the divine?
When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love.
Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins?
Amidst lace and leather, innocence and debauchery, The Magician’s Curse begins the Gothic tale of The Great Dagmaru. Magic and romance await.
Glory Is To Be Had!
Branimir is a slave to the mighty Highborn. Unwittingly, his masters forge a copper dagger capable of destroying the Ash Tree. Drawn along on the quest to remedy the mistake of his masters, Branimir becomes the most unlikely of heroes in an inimical world of magic and mayhem.
Things look bad for Judah Black. Being forced to take an assignment in the middle of nowhere or risk losing her badge is hardly what she would call a perk of the job. But when a young werewolf is murdered on the Paint Rock Supernatural Reservation, her day goes from bad to worse.
Labeled as a drug deal gone wrong, local law enforcement passes the case off as solved. Judah knows better. An occult expert, she knows the look… the feel of magick. Despite the local authorities, Judah presses into the investigation but she wasn’t prepared to uncover a cunning, ancient enemy… one that proves irritated with her interference.
Using only her wits, knowledge and limited magickal abilities can Judah untangle the web of cover-ups and lies before the killer finds his next victim?
Three factions rule Southern Archaides: the human faction – known as The Delegation, the demon faction – known as The Underground, and the saint faction – known as The Syndicate. But power between the three is far from equal and there are those who seek to change that at any cost.
Angel is a breed – half human, half demon – working for a private investigator in the city of New Hope. But when her boss goes missing she finds herself plunged into a world of spies, lies, murder plots, and deadly secrets.
It’s a tangled web to unravel and for every answer Angel uncovers, a dozen new questions emerge. Someone is trying to pit the three factions against each other, but who and why? It’s up to Angel to find out before all out war buries Southern Archaides in ash.
When Ian buys Elizabeth a Tiffany’s engagement ring, he unwittingly sets off a series of deadly events as the ring goes full circle — passing through the hands of a hopeful co-worker, a young delivery boy, a beloved daughter and her father, a drug addicted twin brother, a drug dealer, and a pawn shop — to be reunited with its intended.
Two religions have waged war for centuries. While the Khalifate controls the Bronze City, forcing the Followers into exile for over two hundred years, the Followers have found a questionable ally capable of turning the tables. These are the tales of three souls navigating the era the Sands of G’desh drown in blood.
Kessem, a young warrior is demoted to scholar. However, numerous players in a larger game use him as a chess piece. His loyalty and sense of what is right will be tested regularly as he struggles to give his family the best life possible.
The teenager Dameneh pines for a woman who left his tiny oasis two years ago. However, at sixteen he is chosen by the One to become a holy warrior. Now he must take on the life of a nomad and along with the unwanted responsibilities of fate.
Azasheer is a mysterious assassin capable of wielding fire as a weapon. He works for money, caring little about the tyrannical Khalifate or the struggling rebels. As he continues his work, taking numerous contracts from the rebels, he starts to wonder if there is more to life than money.
Meanwhile, a mysterious northern empire makes its first of many moves to subjugate an entire content to its will. G’desh only sees the first fleeting glimpse of a greater war.
Firion is a young merchant descended from generations of merchants. His first big break comes along when he sets out to trade with the wealthy dwarven kingdom of Oria. He has always dreamed of visiting this grand kingdom, having heard his father describe it in detail a hundred times while he was younger. But when Firion arrives in Oria, he is jarred by the details present that contradict with the image etched into his mind. Something dark and sinister seems to be afoot in Oria, but Firion knows he is no hero. He is just a simple merchant, and what can an ordinary person do in the face of danger and deception?
Seventeen year old Braelyn has grown up learning magic under the tutelage of Master Pioran, a former mage. While researching a worsening weather crisis, she discovers a secret that changes her perception of the world forever.
Will this new information prevent Braelyn from performing the necessary steps to restore the weather? Or will this knowledge lead the girl deeper into a conspiracy that is bound to affect the entire world?
Some truths should stay buried. The first seventeen years of Ryder’s life are blank, void of even the slightest memory. For nine years, he’s wondered about his past, tried to remember where he comes from. And tried to forget what drove him away. When he returns to his hometown to find answers for his mother’s brutal murder, he hopes for enough closure to let him move on with his life. He doesn’t expect the nightmares. Vivid scenes of fallen angels, secret quests…and death. And he definitely doesn’t expect Xeraphina — a girl with mysteries all her own.
Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, seventeen-year-old Vivienne Davenport’s life is that of an ordinary teenager. At least, until the untimely death of her mother reveals a family secret. She’s adopted . . . and her real mom is a witch.
The truth of her lineage only complicates Vivienne’s life further. Buried deep within her family’s history of magic is a deadly curse that has plagued her family for generations.
When her birth mom disappears, Vivienne must tap into her suppressed powers in order to save her long lost mother. And herself.
Can Vivienne become the witch she needs to be? Or will her newfound powers prove too much for her to handle? Only one thing is certain, Vivienne will soon learn that all magic has a price.
Abandoned by her birth parents and ignored by her adoptive family, Maddy Page believes she is unlovable. She only allows herself to dream of falling in love. That changes when she meets MJ; handsome and kind, MJ penetrates Maddy’s defenses. Maddy soon finds herself confiding in MJ like she has with no one else, revealing secrets even her closest friends don’t know. He makes her feel safe–a feeling she’s never experienced except in her dreams.
When Maddy witnesses MJ disappear and reappear in thin air, she realizes she might have been wrong about him. He could be dangerous–maybe even a killer. Determined to uncover the truth of who–or what–MJ is, Maddy ignores her instinct to run. But she soon realizes that getting close to MJ could cost more than a broken heart–it could cost Maddy her soul.
A security-critical facility is destroyed to get to it and it is called Oracle.
That’s all USFID investigator Donovan Pierce knows. And while he is told to find whoever perpetrated the deadly attack, and find them fast, he is also warned not to look for Oracle itself.
Lara Holsworth never expected Oracle to be in any danger. She would like nothing more than to keep it secret and Pierce away from it—and from her, but hiding is no longer an option.
With those who now know too much more determined than ever to destroy Oracle, will its protectors’ cooperation be enough to keep it safe?
Nikki and Will fell in love a lifetime ago in Deltaville, Virginia. Now living in Colorado with her family, Nikki is invited to attend Will’s wedding back in Virginia where she finds her past staring her in the face.
Will never wanted a wife, and he broke Nikki’s heart long ago. Nikki knew what she wanted: a strong, happy marriage and children, a future. She found those things when she married Chris, and she and Will managed to grow their friendship after heartbreak.
A year after the wedding, Nikki is faced with her painful past again. She soon discovers she must find the strength to help Will on his own personal journey. In thirty-four seconds, she sees him slip from her life forever. Watching Will cross over to his fate, her past collides with her present, and Nikki learns she’s never been in control of her own destiny. Her own journey back to her family in Colorado becomes one of self-discovery. With the help of Will’s voice to carry her across the country, Nikki must decide how she will move forward.
As best friends, Xavier and Jupiter have always been supportive of each other’s romantic relationships. But when Jupiter meets Bob online, Xavier can’t help but feel he needs to come to her rescue. There’s just something about Bob. In the process of preventing Bob from wooing Jupiter away, Xavier realizes he’s been in love with her all along. Can he keep her safe and win her heart? And will he ever get to read her manuscript?
Join Xavier, Jupiter, and a quirky cast of characters in this fun romantic comedy novelette with a twist you won’t see coming.
Collections and Anthologies
The Whisper Collector is a dark and intensely honest book of poetry. There are five distinct collections of poems within- Provincial Lies, The Lacerations of Longing, A Tethered Ghost, Mother Tongue, and Munin. Each invite the reader to listen to the whispers of love, despair, doubt, and trust.
SOMETIME AFTER MIDNIGHT is a collection of 22 poems and short stories that show the journey of the author’s struggles from despair to hope. Each chapter represents a time after midnight—hitting rock bottom—until day breaks. Follow her trek in verse and fiction from the depths of darkness to the joy of living in the light.
In THAT HOUSE IS DEATH, Aiden Burroughs finds more than he bargained for in a house that everyone whispers about.
The short story THE DUNGEON follows a girl with a fear of the dark who is locked inside the basement of a hospital overnight. She hears ominous noises coming from the morgue.
Beth, the protagonist in THAT SINKING FEELING, is plagued by the guilt of not calling the police after hearing screams outside her window one night. When her neighbor Mary Jane turns up dead the next morning, Beth is drawn to the scene of the crime. Unfortunately, someone else is drawn to that spot, as well.
I HEART YOU is a quirky, short tale of finding love after death.
In THE LONG WALK HOME, Olive Hawthorne is haunted by her dead twin sister, Laurel, who needs her help to catch her murderer.
Finally, THE JUMPWATCH follows Charlotte as she is sent to a different time by her loving husband to save the world from certain doom.
From Lewis Carroll and Shakespeare to tales that will keep you up at night, make you cry, and touch your heart comes Tales from Our Write Side, OWS Ink’s debut anthology with 17 authors sharing 17 stories, 2 poems, and one creative screenplay.
Spring is in the air, and what a wonderful excuse to snuggle up with someone you love. And if you haven’t found the one yet, then it’s a great excuse to delve into this anthology of love stories. So crank up the Manilow, light some candles and allow these talented authors to woo you.
If you’ve been craving short stories about heroes, and not just the kind with shiny spandex and a winning grin, this is the anthology for you. Within these pages are different takes on heroes and heroism. There are big damn heroes and every day heroes. There are sword-wielding women and gun-toting men, there are people scraping to get by and members of royalty, there are those looking for a job and there is even a young man wearing his underpants over his bluejeans. Every one of them is a hero, and I hope this inspires you to your own acts of heroism, big or small.
If you’re really unlucky, you might even see one in the mirror.