The Last Humans
In humanity's last city, you're either consumed by a monster, or you become one.
Sheltered in their fortress city, the last humans live in constant peril, assailed from without by alien invaders and from within by a deadly disease intent on mutating every citizen. After her best friend’s grisly death at the segmented claws of the alien revenants, Ward Chief Iazmaena Delgassi vows to restore safety to her city by running for a magistrate position on the city council. For if the aliens ever truly penetrate the walls, humanity will lose itself to the jaws of the hungry beasts.
On the night of her hard-fought victory, Iaz finds her boyfriend dead by his own hand, his last message to her a warning. Now alerted to the conspiracy orchestrated by Gene Sequencing, a tyrannical government agency with no accountability and a monopoly on the disease's deadly secrets, Iaz forms a conspiracy of her own: a secret team to steal and decipher their restricted files. For reasons Iaz doesn't understand, Gene Sequencing is determined to destroy her.
Vowing to protect the city from threats both inside and out, Iaz must balance her duty with her desire for justice. If she fails at either task, humankind will be a thing of the past, just another extinct species.
Unwilling Souls (Book 1)
The gods are rightfully imprisoned, and Ses intends to keep them that way. But her terrorist father has other plans.
Ses is the daughter of powerful parents who would very much like to kill one another and who therefore pretend she doesn't exist. An apprentice jailer of the gods, Ses spends her days learning to forge the tools needed to maintain the gods' prison.
When her terrorist father attacks the prison on her sixteenth birthday, Ses is forced to flee after the secret of her parentage is revealed. Suddenly on the wrong side of the law, Ses realizes the very father who abandoned her may be the only one who can protect her.
But some secrets are darker than parentage. On her way to find her father, Ses will uncover truths about her family and herself that will shatter her understanding of the world and risk the return of the gods themselves.
Ungrateful God (Unwilling Souls Book 2)
The Artisan Guild is on the run. And it’s Ses’s fault...
Betrayed by one she trusted, Ses led her father's demonic enemies to his secret headquarters. Now she and the survivors must reach their new home - the forgotten city of Ocypode. But something is already waiting.
What seemed the perfect haven is the perfect nightmare. Ocypode is a city that forgets its nights, and hundreds of poor souls have vanished. Ses must unravel the mystery ... or she'll go missing too. But some in the city know more than they are letting on.
The secret servants of the imprisoned gods have wicked plans for Ocypode, and Ses is forced to tap into dark powers to discover the truth. She has defeated the gods before.
But how far will she have to go to defy them again?
Unleashing Iron (Unwilling Souls Book 3)
Ses Lucani has one mission: keep humanity's murderous gods imprisoned. She's about to fail.
The gods have achieved the unthinkable. Inhabiting human avatars from within their prison's walls, they now gather followers and work to break it open from the outside. One of those avatars is Ses's own father.
Just as all seems lost, Ses learns of a recently unearthed artifact so powerful that it can repair the prison and save her father from the possession that is killing him. But in the wrong hands, the artifact could demolish the prison instead of repairing it. And it's already been stolen...
In a desperate race to control the object that will save or end the world, Ses faces a devastating choice as she realizes that no one is immune to the artifact's ancient promise of forgotten power. Not her family. Not her friends. Not even herself...
Unfinished Dead (Unwilling Souls Book 4)
Ses Lucani has failed. The gods are free. All that remains is the end of the world.
After two centuries of imprisonment, the gods have returned. Some are content merely to rule, while others demand vengeance for themselves and their followers. As godly servants clash with those people who dare resist, and bodies fill the streets, one thing is clear: anyone who does not submit to the gods’ dominance will suffer.
Ses's world lies in ruins. Her allies are scattered, broken, or dead. Against the gods in the fullness of their power, she can't hope to prevail. The completion of their ancient efforts to cleanse the world of the unfaithful seems inevitable until a faint ray of hope arrives from an unlikely source.
Ses learns that imprisonment wasn’t always the plan. Those who fought the gods two centuries ago first tried to destroy them utterly using a wrighted weapon of incalculable power. But, where those long-gone fighters failed in their quest for victory, Ses and her remaining allies might yet succeed…
If they are willing to pay the price their predecessors were not.
"A Marsh Called Solitude" can be found in Undercurrents: An Anthology of What Lies Beneath.
"Shattered Pieces Swept Away" can be found in Dragon Writers: An Anthology.
"The Whole of Me" and "His Most Violent Friend" can be found in A Game of Horns: A Red Unicorn Anthology.
My novelette "Some Say in Surf" can be found in the Spring 2014 Issue of The Colored Lens.
A Game of Horns
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.
The Colored Lens - Spring 2014
The goal of speculative fiction has always been to examine the real world through the lens of the imaginary. By considering what could be, we gain a better understanding of what is.
The Colored Lens strives to do exactly that. By publishing ten to twelve short stories and serialized novellas a quarter in genres ranging from fantasy, to science fiction, to slipstream or magical realism, we hope to help our readers see the world just a bit differently than before they came to us.
Featuring works by Marcelina Vizcarra, Peter J. Enyeart, Steve Toase, Greg Little, Melinda Moore, Jeff Suwak, Dusty Cooper, Nyki Blatchley, Damien Krsteski, Iulian Ionescu, J.A. Becker, and Todd Thorne.
Edited by Dawn Lloyd and Daniel Scott.