AlterWorld (Play to Live: Book #1) by D. Rus

A new pandemic – the perma effect – has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! And still they’re the lucky ones compared to those burning alive eternally within the scorched hulls of tank simulators.

But some unfortunates – the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits – choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

Once a seasoned gamer and now a terminal cancer patient, Max grasps at this final chance to preserve his life and identity. So he goes for it – goes for the promise of immortality shared with a few trusty friends and the woman he loves. Together they roam the roads of AlterWorld and sample its agony and ecstasy born of absolute freedom.

Author: D. Rus

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
114 reviews

RecruitZ (The Afterworld Series Book 1) by Karice Bolton

Have you tasted fear? I have. It’s bitter and lingers in your mouth long after the moment has passed. That fear kept me alive during the apocalypse. I never stopped moving, and I never gave up hope. The outbreak is over and vaccinations have been administered, but I’m tasting that fear again. Why? Because the undead have returned, and this time there’s no stopping them or the people who control them. But I refuse to give up. The outbreak might be over, but the nightmare is just beginning.

Author: Karice Bolton

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
57 reviews

The Girls From Alcyone by Cary Caffrey

Excerpt:

Sigrid stood in the center of what had once been the Academy grounds on Alcyone. Now, all that remained were the burned and collapsed remnants of the school and dormitories. Smoke still wisped up from the blackened piles of lumber and debris. The stench was raw and acrid, threatening to overwhelm her sensors.

“There’s no way Independents did this,” Christian said. “It looks like a whole battalion landed here.”

Frantic, Sigrid scanned the area again, searching desperately for signs of the girls, but nothing turned up in her sensory modes. She tried calling out with her comlink. If they were in range, they’d pick up the signal. But there was still nothing. Not even the orbital satellites showed any sign of the girls, or survivors for that matter. Whoever had done this had been brutal and thorough.

Sigrid knew she would kill them.

Synopsis:

Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.

Known only to Kimura, the two girls share startling secret—a rare genetic structure not found in tens of millions of other girls.

But when their secret becomes known, Sigrid and Suko quickly find themselves at the center of a struggle for power. Now, hunted by men who would seek to control them, Sigrid and Suko are forced to fight for their own survival, and for the freedom of the girls from Alcyone.

Author: Cary Caffrey

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
290 reviews

New England Witch Chronicles by Chelsea Luna Bellingeri

NEW ENGLAND WITCH CHRONICLES is the first book in the four-book bestselling young adult series. The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were an embarrassing stain on America’s revered past. Innocent people were persecuted at the hands of a few overzealous Puritans, but what if real witches existed during those colonial hunts? What if there are witches in present day New England? That’s what Alexandria Ramsey’s crazy grandmother believes. Grandma Claudia claims Alex descends from a long line of New England witches.

Modern day witches in Hazel Cove, Massachusetts? Unlikely, but strange things are occurring in the weeks preceding Alex’s seventeenth birthday. Alex is haunted by bizarre recurring nightmares of a man chasing her through the Hazel Cove Cemetery. On a few occasions, when her emotions have spiraled out of control, inanimate objects have shattered around her. But that’s just a coincidence, right? Alex isn’t so sure, especially after a local girl, who supposedly dabbled in witchcraft, was killed in the nearby forest.

Alex knows something strange is happening. With the arrival of a new boy in town, James Van Curen, who is causing problems between Alex and her best friend, Peter, Alex feels like her entire world is on the verge of chaos. Could Alex really be a witch? Is it possible Hazel Cove will become a battleground for modern-day witches and witch hunters?

Author: Chelsea Luna Bellingeri

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
211 reviews

Desolation: Stories by Ken Brosky and Chris Smith

Author’s note: this book is intended for mature audiences. It contains graphic violence, zombies, sex with snake creatures, black magic, global warming, gambling, eugenics, invisible friends, aliens, demons, and of course vultures.For science fiction and horror fans only, Desolation: Stories contains all 19 of Ken Brosky’s horror, fantasy and science-fiction stories in one collection.”The Desolation Will Consume You” (Finalist, Writer’s Digest Fiction Competition)The world is dying. The climate is changing. But hidden away deep inside a forest in the heart of Canada sits a home with everything you need. You can survive here. You can start a new life. But you must make a terrible sacrifice …”High Stakes” (first published in Diabolic Tales)The gambler arrived in Kansas City for a game with high stakes and a high payout. Everyone else was there for blood.”Ten-Four” (first published on Homepage of the Dead)”This is Jack Hutchingston, ace trucker at your service. Boy oh boy, do I have a story for you. It all started when I was passing through the largest graveyard on the planet. You like zombies? Good. This story’s got plenty of ’em.””Mr. Peoples”Billy loves his invisible friend. His invisible friend loves Billy. He would even kill for Billy …”X” (first published in The Harrow)An author suffering from writer’s block finds the perfect prescription: sex. But as his story unfolds on the page, he finds that he must go to greater and greater lengths in order to feed his muse. Where will it end?”And Then They Came for us”An alien race called the Aerochai are decimating earth. A handful of survivors have fled the destruction and ended up at Auschwitz, a museum preserving the memory of a dark chapter in humanity’s past. As they grapple with the ghosts of tragedy, the Aerochai creep closer.”Fortunes” (first published in Shadowland Magazine)A mysterious fortune cookie predicts Larry’s future with eerie accuracy. When he’s offered an opportunity to buy another, he quickly realizes even good fortunes can have profound consequences.”Bullets From Heaven”A mysterious new military device is being tested in the remote mountain region of Pakistan, and as one lone reporter digs deeper, he finds that a terrifying mistake has been made. All he needs is proof …  “God Speaks to Them”The closest planet capable of sustaining life contains a terrifying surprise: aliens who look exactly like humans. They behave like humans. They sound like humans. The only difference: they claim to be able to communicate with God.”Asylum Blues” (first published in The Late, Late Show)A patient has gone missing in an insane asylum following a late-night lockdown. Patients and guards are dead. Blood coats the halls. Only one person knows exactly what happened … and he may be responsible for it all. “The Wretched”The year is 1954. A murder has been committed on an island leper colony and an FBI agent has been assigned to bring the killer to justice. But the more he learns about the island and its inhabitants, the more he suspects there’s something more to the mystery, and stopping the killer mayrequire believing the rumors spreading across the island. Rumors about a hellish supernatural creature that refuses to die.”Some Like it Cold”When their van breaks down in a mysterious town suffocated by a strange, cold mist, three snowboarders must escape a terrifying fate and a terrifying creature that wants to feed on their body heat.”Reckoning”A coda to the first story in the collection. A video diary of a solitary scientist details the history and motivations of the Aerochai, who are on the verge of destroying earth. But when a strange emergency broadcast reveals their weakness, the scientist realizes there’s still hope. And there will be a reckoning.Additional stories:”The Dark Tower” “Vultures””Ashes to Ashes””Enjoy Your Job!””Wonderland”

Author: Ken Brosky and Chris Smith

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
52 reviews

The Never Hero: Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs by T. Ellery Hodges

Thought provoking and intensely psychological, the most original hero’s odyssey of the year.Every hero’s story follows a path. To save mankind, he will have to abandon it.Imagine that when you died, no one would ever know you were all that had stood between man and the enemy.When Jonathan Tibbs awakes in a pool of his own blood, there isn’t a scratch on him to explain it. In the weeks to follow, he comes to find he’s been drafted for a war with a violent and merciless otherworldly species. A war that only he remembers. Now, the man Jonathan saw himself becoming is no longer the man who can endure his future.The first installment in this science fiction action adventure series, The Never Hero is a gritty and honest look at the psychological journey of a man forced to forge himself into a weapon. Abandoned with little guidance, and at the mercy of a bargain struck far outside his reach, Jonathan races to unlock the means to surmount the odds, and understand the mystery behind a conflict raging outside of time and memory.In the end, the real question is what he is willing to become to save a world that will never see his sacrifice.AT THE GATES BETWEEN WORLDSIN A WAR OUTSIDE OF TIMEHE FIGHTS FOR US
˃˃˃”Thought provoking, action packed, psychological and smart.”~Amazon Reviewer, Sam G | See full review below.˃˃˃ “Recommend it to anyone who loves heroic stories that leave a residue of contemplation, long after they’re over.”~Amazon Reviewer, Cate Hogan | See full review below.˃˃˃ “There’s something appealing about an underdog hero, and Jonathan certainly fits that bill. I liked that he wasn’t suddenly gungho about his new powers, and that he’s not immediately a superhuman fighting machine…he has to learn, and grow, and how these changes affect his friendships is done in a realistic, compelling way.”~Amazon Reviewer, E. Lucas | See full review below.˃˃˃ “A different kind of sci-fi novel, where I have appreciated more the way the characters are built than how the action flows, although that cannot be ignored either.”~Amazon Reviewer, Amazon Customer | See full review below.Get your copy and start reading today!

Author: T. Ellery Hodges

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
33 reviews

The Creator’s Eye: Mover of Fate (Science Fiction/ Fantasy) by R.N. Feldman

What happens when people can create worlds like gods? The Creator’s Eye will transport you to a marvelous new universe that is literally pure imagination.Get your copy of the new action-packed sci-fi series by award-winning artist, R.N. Feldman.On a hidden archipelago, people known as Movers manipulate matter with their minds while strange Folds in space transform the landscape into wondrous and often deadly anomalies. When a young Mover named Michael Edwards discovers that he is descended from a long line of beings who can not only Move matter, but actually Create it, he finds himself at the center of a cosmic struggle for power. Manipulated by friends, family, and an ominous prophecy, he allies himself with a host of strange creatures and characters as he fights to become Mover of his own destiny.˃˃˃ Heartfelt, witty, and tense, The Creator’s Eye series shreds metaphysical clichés to reach a thrilling climax that blurs the line between good and evil, will and destiny, and even time and space.Scroll up and grab a copy today.

Author: R.N. Feldman

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
53 reviews

The Royal Dragoneers (Book One of the Dragoneers Saga) by M. R. Mathias

The Royal Dragoneers was deemed one of the top indie fantasy releases of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic, and was listed in the first ever Publishers Weekly Indie Select issue in Dec. 2010. It was also nominated for The Locus Poll 2011.  This 115k word dragon-fantasy is the first full length installment of The Dragoneers Saga.  The novella-length primer, The First Dragoneer, also by M. R. Mathias, is available FREE in the Amazon Kindle Store, for a limited time.  M. R. Mathias has several other titles available from Amazon as well.The Royal DragoneersAfter struggling for more than two centuries to tame the inhospitable islands where they washed up, the descendants of the survivors of a lost passenger ship are now striving to tame a more substantial “Mainland” they have found.For as long as mankind has been stranded, dragons have been their sworn enemies.But no longer…Sixteen year-old Jenka De Swasso wants nothing more than to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a King’s Ranger. But when he one day finds himself surrounded by vicious trolls, a young pure-blood dragon comes to his rescue and they become bond-mates.Meanwhile, the goblins have a new king, Gravelbone, and have allied themselves with the tainted “mudged” dragons to drive mankind out of its lands. Setting his sights on a vast manmade wall, Gravelbone and his wicked hell-born Nightshade, seek to poison the entire human kingdom and enslave any survivors.Jenka and his companion, a druida warrior named Zah, soon realize that they and their bonded dragons are mankind’s only hope for survival. Forced to defy their arrogant king’s wishes, the pair set out on a desperate quest to stop Gravelbone’s forces and save mankind from its terrifying fate.With action so intense you’ll forget to breathe and intrigue around every corner, The Royal Dragoneers is one adventure you cannot miss.Hold on to your dragon… your journey is about to begin!The Saga of the Dragoneers:The First Dragoneer – Free The Royal Dragoneers – Now Available Cold Hearted Son of a Witch – Now Available The Confliction – Now Available Also by M.R. MathiasThe Legend of Vanx Malic Book One – Through the WildwoodThe Legend of Vanx Malic Book Two – Dragon IsleThe Legend of Vanx Malic Book Three – Saint Elm’s DeepCrimzon & Clover I – Orphaned Dragon, Lucky GirlCrimzon & Clover II – The Tricky WizardCrimzon & Clover III – The GrogCrimzon & Clover II – The Wrath of CrimzonAnd don’t miss the huge International Bestselling epic: The Wardstone TrilogyBook One – The Sword and the DragonBook Two – Kings, Queens, Heroes, & FoolsBook Three – The Wizard & the Warlord

Author: M. R. Mathias

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
305 reviews

Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith’s astounding debut novel that redefined the post-apocalyptic genre.

“Equal parts Mad Max and Monty Python…one hilarious, harrowing and heart-wrenching tale.”

Three years have passed since the Jamaicans caused the apocalypse, and things in post-Armageddon Chicago have settled into a new kind of normal. Unfortunately, that “normal” includes collapsing skyscrapers, bands of bloodthirsty maniacs, and a dwindling cache of survival supplies. After watching his family, friends, and most of the non-sadistic elements of society crumble around him, Patrick decides it’s time to cross one last item off his bucket list.

He’s going to Disney World.

This hilarious, heartfelt, gut-wrenching odyssey through post-apocalyptic America is a pilgrimage peppered with peril, as fellow survivors Patrick and Ben encounter a slew of odd characters, from zombie politicians and deranged survivalists to a milky-eyed oracle who doesn’t have a lot of good news. Plus, it looks like Patrick may be hiding the real reason for their mission to the Magic Kingdom…

Author: Clayton Smith

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
76 reviews

Rising (The Rising Series Book 1) by Holly Kelly

In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the seahumans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriouthe most lethal Dagonian to rise from the oceanis on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first theres one small thing he needs to do& kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her doesnt start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning himself with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once shes a criminal. And her crime? Being born. Shes a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she werent so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet…

Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.

Author: Holly Kelly

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
430 reviews