First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology
First Contact – Digital Science Fiction Anthology – Book 1, is an anthology of ten original science fiction short stories from professional writers. We are pleased to present in this exciting anthology a rich range of compelling new stories from established authors. In selecting stories for inclusion in this introductory edition we looked not only for exciting or novel content but for genuine literary quality. We know these science fiction tales will not only entertain, but will offer something extra as well: an aesthetic pleasure, a beauty, or a thought-provoking quality that renders them timeless.
Ten unique stories by professional science fiction authors. First Contact includes 10 first-time-published science fiction short stories by:
– Ian Creasey – How I Lost Eleven Stone and Found Love
– Ed Greenwood – Biting a Dead Man’s Hand
– Ken Liu – The Caretaker
– Jennifer R. Povey – Masks
– Rob Jacobsen – Hera’s Tempest
– Edward J. Knight – Roanoke Nevada
– Jessi Rita Hoffman – Nectar of the Gods
– Kenneth Schneyer – The Tortoise Parliament
– David Tallerman – Black Sun
– Curtis James McConnell – Pop Quiz
Amanda M Lee
Grim(ace) while you work …
Aisling Grimlock is having a bad week. Well, actually, sheâ€™s having a bad life — not that she’s complaining. Okay, she’s totally complaining.
After being laid off from her secretarial position, she has no choice but to join the family business, and now sheâ€™s a full-time grim reaper. Thatâ€™s right. She collects and transfers souls to the hereafter.
Cool, huh? Not quite.
On the second day of her new job, Aisling (literally!) stumbles over a dead body thatâ€™s not on her list and the stakes are suddenly raised because, when a name isnâ€™t on the list, that means someone stole it (and that’s never a good thing).
Aislingâ€™s family, which consists of a tempestuous father and four overbearing older brothers, are hot on the case â€“ but the answers theyâ€™re coming up with arenâ€™t exactly soothing.
It seems a contingent of wraiths have descended on the area, and theyâ€™re not just dangerous for unsuspecting souls and the general populace. The Grimlock family is at risk, too.
If that werenâ€™t bad enough, Aisling finds herself inexplicably drawn to Detective Griffin Taylor â€“ the police officer who considers her a murder suspect. Oh, and she’s a wraith-magnet — although, truth be told, she’s more interested in Detective Taylor.
Aisling is determined to prove that she has what it takes to be a great reaper â€“ even if it means risking her life and proving her father and brothers wrong when it comes to her competence level.
When things finally become clear, will Aisling survive long enough to make things right? Or, will she fall prey to the wraiths and the individual controlling them?
The Faerie Guardian
Enter a hidden world of magic, mystery, action and romance …
Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale has one job: protect humans from dangerous magical creatures. It’s a job she’s good atâ€”until her latest assignment, a cute human guy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour, follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild law and risked her future as the top graduate of her class.
The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the guy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plotâ€”and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.
When young Adrian Howell discovers he possesses powerful telekinetic abilities, he is plunged into a sinister world of warring paranormal factions and terrifying government organizations. Adrian must discover what really happened to his missing sister. But to do this, he will first have to find his place among fugitives like himself, and protect the life of a deeply scarred child who can speak only through her mind… a child who will change Adrian’s life forever.
Wild-born is the first book of Adrian Howell’s Psionic Pentalogy: a supernatural adventure series with psychic children, teens and adults, telekinesis, telepathy, and many twists and turns in a harsh urban fantasy world.