J. Michael Radcliffe


An avid reader of fantasy and science fiction novels all of my life, I live with my family in the rural hills of Kentucky along with our four cats. When not acquiring ferocious felines for my wife's plan of world domination (cat armies are terribly hard to train), I enjoy spinning stories from the wisps of magic around me.

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Beyond the Veil - Omnibus Edition
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 155,350. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Includes all of the novels and short stories from the series, as well as an extensive glossary with information about the characters, creatures, and places found in the stories. Books: The Guardian's Apprentice Bloodstone Rise of the Shadow Short Stories: Forsaken Tears for Hesh Scale of a Dragon Inner Daemon Legend of the Pumpkin King Frostbite - The Dragon that Saved Christmas
Legend of the Pumpkin King
Price: Free! Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
Jack Thatch thought things couldn't get any worse. Picked on and taunted by bullies, his life was a nightmare. Warned by his mother to avoid the farmers' fields at night, Jack thinks the Pumpkin King is just a myth used to scare little children, but one cold night while running for his life he learns the truth. Legend of the Pumpkin King is a short story of approximately 1,651 words.
Rise of the Shadow
Series: Beyond the Veil, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,900. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Sakkara, Egypt. The birthplace of magic in our world. On the thirteenth hour, of the thirteenth day, of the thirteenth month after their death, an old enemy returns from the abyss with the aid of the Shadow. Keegan Whitestone must unravel a mystery and stop a murder before it happens - five thousand years in the past! Rise of the Shadow, a novella, is the third book in the Beyond the Veil series.
Frostbite - The Dragon that Saved Christmas
Series: Beyond the Veil Short Stories. Price: Free! Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When a solitary ice dragon is awakened by the old wizard, Kris Kringle, she doesn't expect to be asked to help him save his job - and Christmas. 'Frostbite' is a short story of approximately 2,800 words, based on characters from the novel 'The Guardian's Apprentice.'
The Amaranthine Flask
Series: Beyond the Veil Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Shai'tan is a powerful dragon, enslaved by the dark witch, Khamsin. Although she raised him from a hatchling, and taught him the ways of wizards, she is a harsh and unforgiving taskmaster. When she sends him on a mission to acquire the Amaranthine Flask, a potion that will give her youth and beauty that will never fade, she discovers the difference between obedience and loyalty.
Bloodstone - The Guardian's Curse
Series: Beyond the Veil, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,380. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
An ancient evil has returned to threaten the world of magic and mortal alike. Keegan Whitestone has become the Guardian - protector of the magical barrier known as the Veil - but he cannot yet control his powers. He must find and destroy the legendary Bloodstone, a jewel used to ensnare and devour the souls of others. To save the soul of the woman he loves, he must make the ultimate sacrifice.
Beyond the Veil Anthology - the world of The Guardian's Apprentice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,440. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Beyond the Veil Anthology contains three short stories based on characters from 'The Guardian's Apprentice.' In addition to the three short stories, the anthology also contains descriptions and brief histories of the creatures and characters from the novel as well as the prologue to book two in the series, 'Bloodstone - The Guardian's Curse.'
Series: Beyond the Veil Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Corvinus Black is dying. His daughter Nisha is desperate to save him, but how far is she willing to go? She must risk everything to steal a powerful talisman that could stop the curse, but only if she finds it in time. A short story of just over 3,400 words, Forsaken is set in the world of The Guardian's Apprentice.
Scale of a Dragon
Series: Beyond the Veil Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Callen is a beautiful young woman who tries to see the best in everyone. Cursed with a cruel, overbearing father, she struggles to find balance in her life. When an injured dragon crashes near her home, she must disobey her father to follow her heart. Scale of a Dragon is a short story of 5,600 words set in the world of The Guardian's Apprentice.
Tears for Hesh (short story)
Series: Beyond the Veil Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Set in the world of The Guardian's Apprentice, this is the story of Hesh, a young man who works for a coniving, power-hungry wizard who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Hesh is a gentle giant, towering above others, but soft spoken and afflicted with a stammer when he gets nervous. Sent on an errand for his master, he ucovers a terrible secret and must face the consequences.
The Guardian's Apprentice
Series: Beyond the Veil, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,010. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Keegan Whitestone never knew he was a wizard, but when he gets a message from the grandfather he thought long dead, he must make a choice. He must become his grandfather's apprentice and help him watch over the worlds of science and magic that have been separated from each other for over a thousand years. Together they must seal the ancient portal before the Shadow is unleashed on mankind!

J. Michael Radcliffe's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by J. Michael Radcliffe

  • Haunted on March 20, 2013

    'Haunted' by Maria Savva is the chilling story of a man's descent into madness. A dark and emotional tale, it follows Nigel Price as he tries to outrun the demons of his past. It shows how one fleeting moment can change the course of a life. As Nigel struggles to forget what happened that dark and rainy night, his mind won't let him escape. Ms. Savva does an exceptional job of showing Nigel's interactions with those around him, and how those relationships begin to fray and deteriorate, until he is left seemingly alone - except for one person. It is this last remaining relationship, this final twist, that leaves the reader wondering, was it really all just in Nigel's mind, or was this vengeance from beyond the grave? This was a dark and emotional read - and not normally a genre I frequent - but this was exceedingly well done. I give this novel five stars, and would gladly recommend to others.