The Woern Saga

In Earth year 2153, the crew of a United Mineral Mining Vessel, Registry LSNDR2237, disembarked on a distant, uncharted planet, leaving their disabled spacecraft in orbit. Three thousand years later, Victoria of Ourtown studies the ship’s logs left by her ancestors and wonders what life is like in the lands beyond her remote village. The day raiders come, Vic begins a decades-long journey that will take her through slavery and war to an understanding of the value of life.

A WIZARD'S FORGE

Scholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.

 

Vic the Blade was once a shy but ambitious scholar. That life ended when a vicious tyrant stripped away everything she was, forging her into something darker. Deadlier. Now she fights a war against him, seeking to avenge her lost innocence.

Prince Ashel leads a carefree life, more renowned for his musical prowess than his royal blood. A murder leads him to swap his harp for a dagger, but his path of revenge leads straight into the tyrant’s trap.

Determined to rescue Ashel, Vic must first reckon with a mysterious race who hold the key to defeating her enemy. A legendary power may be her only chance to destroy him, if it doesn’t kill her first.

Fans of dark fantasy will love this gritty, award-winning tale of empowerment and revenge in a setting that echoes the classic science fiction/fantasy blends of McCaffrey and Herbert.

Honorable Mention, 2017 Reader's Favorite Book Awards

Finalist, 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

A WIZARD'S SACRIFICE
(Coming Fall 2019)

Victoria the Blade became a wizard to end a war. Now the Kragnashians—the mysterious insectoid creatures who empowered her—demand she return the favor, and they drag her backward in time to fight as their champion. When Princess Bethniel follows, both become trapped a thousand years in the past amid savage armies and conniving wizards. Prince Ashel, desperate to save them, allies with an old enemy and becomes ensnared in a coup that may secure Vic and Bethniel’s return, but which will also hand power to the man he despises. Meanwhile, as Vic struggles to meet the Kragnashians' demands without destroying her future, hidden powers awaken within Bethniel; how she uses them will decide everyone’s fate.

A WIZARD'S LEGACY
(TBD)

Brothers Edward and Roneald despise each other. Yet the young wizards’ sibling rivalry explodes into real strife when an old family friend returns from exile. Alliances shift, sending Victoria of Ourtown to harbor with old enemies and Prince Ashel to heal a dangerous rift at home. As their family splits apart, each brother takes the first steps toward destiny. One road leads to peace, the other to violence.

Fantasy Anthologies

BLACKEST KNIGHTS

Honor is just a word.

Throughout fiction, there have always been heroes who have fallen from grace. Champions of honor, decency, and order who have become villains through some traumatic event or a deep personal flaw. Blackest Knights is a collection of 19 tales by some of independent fantasy's best authors that follow a collection of those heroes who fell to temptation. From tales of bloody-handed hypocrites to space pirates, you'll find some truly fascinating works within.
 

Edited by C. T. Phipps, this volume contains dark fantasy short fiction by myself, David Niall Wilson, C. T. Phipps, James Alderdice, M. L. Spencer, Paul Lavender, Ulff Lehman, Matthew Johnson, Matthew Davenport, Frank Martin, Allan Batchelder, Martin Owton, Richard Writhen, Jesse Teller and Michael Suttkus.

In "The Weight of Bliss," my contribution, a narcotics-addicted healer trudges through a city rife with corruption, looking to score enough bliss to finally escape a devastating loss. Set in Knownearth, this story features a cameo appearance by a young Lornk Korng (the villain in A Wizard's Forge). The story won First Place in Science Fiction and fantasy in the 2016 Writers Digest Popular Fiction Awards.

IT'S A LIVING

Dive into Mediocrity.

The realm of fantasy is filled with legends of dashing heroes and epic quests. But behind every hero stand hundreds of average denizens who just want to get on with their lives. These are their stories.

This anthology is filled with 15 brilliant and hilarious stories that follow the lives of everyday citizens who just want to do their jobs and live their lives.

Dive in to the mediocrity today and prepare to laugh until you can't breathe. 

Edited by Stefan Nardi, this volume contains comic fantasy short fiction by myself, Stefan Nardi, Jacob S. Nardi, Brandon Draga, A.Z. Anthony, William Tyler Davis, A.M. Steiner, Dominic Adler, Steven F. Carter, Harry Chilcott, Maark Abbot, Jeff Pryor, Damien Wilder, Michael McCoy, Justin Starling, and M J Christopher.

In "The Remains of the Spell," my contribution, it's Downton Abbey meets Game of Thrones. There's a royal mess in the sorceress's tower, and an accident left the new maid with but one hand to do her work. A crushed mouse might be the missing sorceress, and a brutal moneylender is coming for his due. In forty-five years of service, Mrs. Chambers has learned one thing overall: keep calm and carry on.

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