Interview with Cora Buhlert

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a semi-rural suburb of Bremen in North West Germany. However, I had a Dad whose job required a lot of travel, so I spent a year in Biloxi, Mississippi, and a couple of months in Singapore as a child. As a teenager, I also spent a lot of time in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
How did this influence me? On the one hand, I grew up in a very traditional and conservative area, which was also rather isolated. The last bus from the city went at 8 PM and you couldn't get anywhere without a car. On the other hand, by the time I turned ten, I'd also seen a lot more of the world than most people in my semi-rural neighbourhood and lived in countries that were very different from each other and from my home. As a result, I never really fit in, which is probably a part of the reason why I started writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My Mom read bedtime stories to me and told me fairy tales long before I could read. Did they have an impact on me? Well, the fairy tales my Mom read to me and sometimes told me were Grimm's fairy tales in their original bloody versions as well as Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, which aren't exactly happy stories either. So I was exposed to some harsh stories at an early age. Maybe that's why I occasionally write bloody and violent tales.
One childhood favourite I remember is a German picture book called "Mecki on the Moon" which chronicled the beautifully illustrated adventures of a hedgehog and his cat friend on the moon. I loved this book to bits and even had a plush toy of Mecki, the heroic hedgehog. I guess it contributed to the fact that I grew up to write science fiction.
When did you first start writing?
I've been making up stories for as long as I can remember. I first started writing them down in elementary school and scribbled blatant Enid Blyton pastiches. In my teens, I wrote an opera libretto (yes, I know I was weird) as well as a mercifully unfinished science fiction novel and some short stories. However, I didn't start writing in earnest until my second semester at university.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The very first I think was a Enid Blyton pastiche I wrote at the age of nine or ten. The first I remember in detail was an unfinished science fiction novel I wrote at the age of approx. fifteen. It started with two teenage girls getting kidnapped by a flying car piloted by humanoid aliens and then taken out to the alien mothership which was hiding out above San Francisco Bay. Not that I'd ever actually been to San Francisco at the time, I merely thought it sounded cool.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a multi genre reader and will read pretty much anything. My first love will always be science fiction, but I also love fantasy (both urban and epic), romance, crime fiction, historical fiction and even the occasional work of literary fiction.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Isaac Asimov, Lois McMaster Bujold, Thomas Pynchon, Simon R. Green, Magda Trott, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Rob Thurman, really too many to mention.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I get just five? Oh, that's going to be difficult.

1. "The End of Eternity" by Isaac Asimov, because it blew my mind when I first read it as a teenager and also because it resonated with some concerns I had about the political and social trends of the mid to late 1980s.
2. "V" by Thomas Pynchon. I read it at university and it showed me that it's possible to break all the so-called "rules" of writing and still produce something amazing.
3. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, because it's just brilliant.
4. The Vorkosigan series (yeah, I cheated) by Lois McMaster Bujold, because it's not just the ultimate feel-good space opera, but also a lot more subversive than many people realise.
5. "Blue Moon Rising" by Simon R. Green, because it turns every fantasy cliché on its head, tells a wonderful love story and seamlessly oscillates from comedy to tragedy and back.
What is your writing process?
Most of my stories either start with a single scene I see clearly in my head or with a character showing up on my mental doorstep to tell me his or her story. If I'm lucky, the scene I see in my head is the first scene of a given story and the character actually starts at the beginning. Most of the time, however, I'm not that lucky, so many of my stories are written out of order.
I usually have at least a vague idea of what's going to happen and how a story is going to end, but I don't plot out my stories in detail.
I write every day and set myself an absolute minimum goal of at least 100 words. This is great for motivation, because 100 words is so little that you can even manage it on very busy days. However, these days I aim for 1000 words a day.
Describe your desk
I've got an L-shaped desk set right in front of a first floor window. On the desk, there is a laptop, a desktop PC, a printer, some pens and notepaper, a chunk of orange calcite, which is supposed to further creativity (plus it looks pretty), a lucky coin (a defunct German Pfennig coin) and a toy spaceship. Next to the desk, there is a shelf with reference books and on the window sill behind the desk there are some model ships.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating characters and worlds and making up stories to go with them. Writing allows me to immerse myself into those worlds and stories and spend time with my characters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had some success selling short stories and poems to traditional magazines. The first time I heard that some writers were indie publishing e-books I was sceptical. However, I was also an avid reader of the blogs of Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. They both seemed to consider indie publishing a viable path, so I thought, "Maybe there is something to this indie thing after all."
Since I already had a backlist of published short stories to which I had gotten the rights back, I decided to test the indie waters with a few of those stories. I published my first three e-books, all backlist short stories, in July 2011 and found that I really enjoyed the process, so I gradually published my entire backlist as well as new stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers. I usually start by considering what sort of look and imagery would be appropriate for the story in question. If the book is part of a series, I also consider the branding of the series. For example, the covers for the Silencer series are styled after vintage pulp magazines, while the covers for the Shattered Empire series use digital science fiction art and series banners with a weathered metal look. Once I've decided on a basic look, I go looking for suitable stock art and fonts. In a few cases, I've even shot my own cover photos.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't really do a whole lot of traditional marketing and no paid advertising at all. What has worked for me is distributing my books as widely as I can and translating some of my stories into German (I'm a professional translator in my day job, so I could do this myself). I also like doing interviews and guest posts and run a group blog with two other writers of indie speculative fiction. Occasionally, I also tweet about my books. Not a whole lot, just maybe one or two promo tweets a day.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kobo Glo and love it very much, though about eighty percent of my reading is still print.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't really think I've got fans per se, but I've got a handful of regular readers who buy my books, follow my blog, sign up for my mailing list and otherwise support me. These regular readers mean a lot to me, because they are the foundation of my success.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That would be "Debts to Pay", book 4 in the "Shattered Empire" series. The story behind this novella is rather unusual, because it started its life as a short story called "The Nighthuntress", which I wrote during my second semester at university some twenty years ago now. At the time, I submitted it to a few magazines, got rejected and promptly forgot all about it for almost twenty years.
When I started indie publishing, I dug up all of my old stories, including "The Nighthuntress". Initially, I set the story aside, because it was so old and part of a defunct science fiction series I had created as a teenager. However, as I looked at the old story again, I noticed that there were some things I still liked about it even twenty years on. Plus, I had just started writing the Shattered Empire space opera series, so I wondered whether there wasn't some way to salvage "The Nighthuntress" and turn it into a Shattered Empire story.
The basic plot – a young woman is hired to take down a drug lord on a remote planet – is still the same, though "Debts to Pay" has been vastly expanded from "The Nighthuntress" and most of the details have been changed to fit the Shattered Empire universe. Most of the story has been completely rewritten. Only a handful of lines survive largely unchanged from the original story I wrote back in 1993.
What are you working on next?
Shattered Empire book No. 6, which has the working title "Lovers and Partners", as well as a Christmas themed Helen Shepherd mystery entitled "A Bullet for Father Christmas".
Published 2014-09-26.
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Books by This Author

Collision Course
Series: In Love and War, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,030. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Once, Anjali and Mikhail were soldiers on opposing sides of an intergalactic war. They met, fell in love and went on the run together. Now they eke out a living on the galactic rim, trying to stay under the radar. A bodyguard job goes awry, when the assassin shoots the wrong target. Anjali and Mikhail set off in pursuit and come face to face with a figure from the past who threatens their freedom.
Evacuation Order
Series: In Love and War, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,020. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
After the test of a planet killer weapon goes awry, the cruiser Fearless Explorer is ordered to the planet Jagellowsk to help with the evacuation. 13-year-old Katya is desperate to get herself and her little brother Misha to safety from the seismic shocks that are rocking the planet. The Fearless Explorer is Katya and Misha's only chance. But Captain Brian Mayhew cannot evacuate everybody…
The Shantytown Robin Hoods
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Latisha, Moses and Tim are the Shantytown Robin Hoods, a street gang in a dystopian future that steals from the rich and gives to – well, themselves. The Hole is the hottest night club in town, where the rich and the famous party and the kids find people to rob. But their latest job is derailed by a mobster with a prize on his head, a pop star and a red-haired assassin. Soon bullets are flying...
Bloody Bananas
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,340. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When supermarket employee Nelson Grant is found bludgeoned to death next to a half empty crate of bananas, the case seems a complete mystery. For Nelson Grant was well liked by his colleagues, so who could possibly want him dead? But then Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd and her team discover that the crate contained more than just bananas and the case suddenly acquires a whole new dimension.
Hunter and Hunted
Series: In Love and War, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,100. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Once, Anjali and Mikhail were soldiers on opposing sides of an intergalactic war. They met, fell in love and went on the run together. Now they eke out a living on the galactic rim, while trying to stay under the radar. Anjali and Mikhail are ambushed by bounty hunters. Wounded and hunted across a frozen planet, they find shelter in a cabin. The hunters track them and Mikhail must face them alone.
Blasters of Forever
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,010. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
1984: Screenwriter Simon St. John makes his living writing toy tie-in cartoons and dreams of getting his screenplay produced. When Simon invents the time travelling cops Blasters of Forever, a portal opens inside his living room and none others than the Blasters of Forever hop out. They explain that they are from the future. But the evil Doctor Chronos, their sworn enemy, is real as well...
Double-Cross
Series: In Love and War, Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,110. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Once, Anjali and Mikhail were soldiers on opposing sides of an intergalactic war. They met, fell in love and went on the run together. Now they eke out a living on the galactic rim, while trying to stay under the radar. When they are hired to retrieve a shipment bootleg medical nanobots, it seems like a routine job at first. But it turns out their client has an agenda of her own.
Freedom's Horizon
Series: In Love and War, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,100. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Once, Anjali and Mikhail were soldiers on opposing sides of an intergalactic war. They met, fell in love and went on the run together. Now they eke out a living on the galactic rim, while trying to stay under the radar. When Anjali and Mikhail sign on as security aboard a freighter, the Freedom's Horizon soon finds itself chased by three battlecruisers, commanded by Mikhail’s former superior.
Baptism of Fire
Series: In Love and War, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,570. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Cadet Anjali Patel had hoped for something more exciting than guard duty for her first mission with the legendary Shakyri Expeditionary Corps, the best fighters in the Empire of Worlds. However, this boring job quickly turns hot, when an enemy convoy comes up the mountain pass Anjali is supposed to guard. This is a prequel story of 4500 words or approx. 18 print pages to the In Love and War series
Flesh Trade
Series: Two-Fisted Todd Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,860. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
1966: Freelance troubleshooter Todd Donovan is hired to locate four American college students who have gone missing in the Caribbean. While punching suspects and taking names, Todd learns that the students as well as a young nun were kidnapped by a local crime boss. So now Todd is engaged in a desperate race against time to rescue the kidnapped women before they can be sold to the highest bidder.
The Crawling Death
Series: Two-Fisted Todd Adventures. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,520. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Todd Donovan is hired to locate Dr. Turner, a biologist who has gone missing in the South American jungle. It seems like an easy job, but then Todd is captured and taken to compound of the drug lord Durango. Here, Todd finds Dr. Turner, who turns out to be a beautiful woman and Durango's prisoner. Durango never leaves any witnesses alive, so Todd and Dr. Turner soon face the pit of crawling death.
Weihnachtsshopping mit gebrochenem Herzen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,240. Language: German. Published: December 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Zwei einsame Herzen finden im Vorweihnachtschaos zueinander. Als ihr Freund sie kurz vor Weihnachten sitzenlässt, stürzt Hannah sich in die Festvorbereitungen, um die Schmerzen zu betäuben. Aber nichts scheint zu helfen, bis Hannah beim Weihnachtseinkauf im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes mit Owen zusammenstößt. Zwischen Hannah und Owen funkt es. Dabei kämpft Owen mit seinen eigenen alten Schmerzen...
Christmas on Iago Prime
Series: A Year on Iago Prime, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,970. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
8-year-old Libby has come with her parents to spend a year on Iago Prime. Her parents think this is a great opportunity, but Libby is unhappy. There are no other children and Libby can't go anywhere, cause she doesn't have a space suit. Worst of all, they will spend Christmas here, without a tree. But her parents, with help from Santa Claus himself, plan to give Libby an unforgettable Christmas.
A Mess of Arms and Legs and Limbs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,500. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Humanity thought they were alone in the universe. They were wrong. When aliens attack a mining colony, all that stands between them and the civilian population are a handful of underpaid and underequipped security guards. Two of them, Cally and Matt, use their skills and knowledge to fight back. They also manage to solve the biggest secret of all: Why are the aliens attacking human outposts?
Tea and Treachery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,140. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Lady Violetta Chesterfield travels to Dragomir on a mission. Her fiancé, airship captain Nicholas Blackstone, has been captured and sentenced to death. Violetta is determined to save him. She visits Count Ostrowsky to beg for his life. The Count receives, though he has no intention of letting Blackstone go. However, he has no idea to what lengths Violetta is willing to go to save the man she loves
Whaler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,820. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The premature explosion of a harpoon destroys the spaceship Starbuck III during a whaling expedition in outer space. Accident or sabotage? Hunting space whales is controversial, although they are not intelligent and endanger human colonies. One of the survivors is Billy Baddoff. He doesn't care about politics; he just needs a job. The explosion may change that, if he makes it off the vessel.
The Milk Truck Gang
Series: The Silencer. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,210. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Upstate New York, 1937: When the delivery vans of the Daisy Chain Dairy Company are targeted and robbed by a criminal gang, Richard Blakemore a.k.a. the Silencer takes an interest in the case. And so he stakes out the dairy company in the early hours of the morning to apprehend the criminals, only to find himself embroiled in a lethal fight on the bed of a speeding milk truck…
Der Lohn des Henkers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,610. Language: German. Published: August 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Während der Hinrichtung eines berüchtigten Banditen wird die junge Anna beim Stehlen erwischt und an Ort und Stelle zum Tode verurteilt. Der Henker Ulrich hat Mitleid mit Anna, aber Befehl ist Befehl. Also führt er das verängstigte Mädchen zum Galgen. Als er Anna die Schlinge um den Hals legt, wird Ulrich sich bewusst, dass sie sein Herz rührt wie keine andere. Aber wie kann er Anna retten?
Parlour Game
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,840. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Edgar Asheford-Browne is found dead in his home, with a hole in his head and a bloody fire poker next to his body, the cause of death seems obvious. He was bludgeoned to death. But as Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd begins to unravel the case, it seems less clear. For Helen has to deal not only with contradictory evidence, but also with a room full of suspects who are accusing each other.
Kitchen Witch
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,710. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When self-styled witch Eudora Pembroke is found dead in her house after ingesting a poisonous plant, everybody suspects a tragic accident. After all, Eudora was elderly and might have mistaken the poisonous plant for a benign herb. But Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd is sceptical. Would a skilled herbalist like Eudora Pembroke make such a beginner's mistake? And who had a motive to poison her?
Dead World
Series: In Love and War, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,500. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Once, Anjali and Mikhail were soldiers on opposing sides of an intergalactic war. They met, fell in love and went on the run together. Now they eke out a living on the galactic rim, while trying to stay under the radar. When a routine retrieval job on a supposedly abandoned planet goes wrong, Anjali and Mikhail quickly find themselves caught in a deadly chase across a radioactive wasteland.
After the End - Stories of Life After the Apocalypse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,540. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
When the apocalypse has come and gone, life still goes on for the survivors struggling to adapt to the new normal, whether in drowned worlds, drought-plagued worlds, frozen worlds, worlds ravaged by solar storms, after a robot uprising or the zombie apocalypse. Eight apocalypses and eight stories of life during the aftermath. 24500 words
Christmas Shopping with a Broken Heart
Series: Christmas at Hickory Ridge Mall. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When her boyfriend dumps her four weeks before Christmas, Hannah throws herself into holiday preparations in order to dull the pain. But nothing seems to help, until Hannah quite literally bumps into Owen, while Christmas shopping. Hannah and Owen hit it off immediately. But Owen is nursing an old grief of his own…This is a short and sweet holiday romance of 5900 words or approx. 20 print pages.
Liquid Muse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Jonah Winter has developed the perfect creativity enhancing drug – one hundred percent effective, non-addictive and safe. Ron Varnhagen has experienced the drug's remarkable properties for himself and plans to invest in Jonah's venture. But then he learns of the horrifying secret behind the drug and its production… 2600 words, approx. 10 print pages.
St. Nicholas of Hell's Kitchen
Series: The Silencer. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,840. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Christmas time in 1930s New York. After escaping through the chimney of an orphanage, Richard Blakemore a.k.a. the Silencer is mistaken for Santa Claus by one of the children and learns that the orphanage is under siege from both a gang of racketeers and a greedy landlord. Richard vows to help the children and their guardians, but his quest for justice leads him to uncover a much larger plot.
The Cursed Arm of Driftwood Beach
Series: Hallowind Cove, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Strange things keep happening in the permanently fog-shrouded seaside town of Hallowind Cove, earning it the nickname "Harbour of the Weird". When a beachcomber finds a giant wooden arm on the beach, the people of Hallowind Cove are excited about a new addition to the town museum’s collection. But the wooden arm has a mind of its own – and the tendency to go walkabout by night…
Southern Monsters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,690. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Three tales of monsters and horror in the Louisiana bayous. Follow the adventures of Cajun lawyers, runaway brides, roadtripping families and inquisitive astronomers and meet Big Puffball, who likes shiny things, the Terror of Crimson Bayou and the sphere that ate the Mississippi Delta. This is a collection of three short horror stories of 7700 words altogether.
Bullet Holes
Series: In Love and War, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,970. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Once, Anjali and Mikhail were soldiers on opposing sides of an intergalactic war. They met, fell in love and went on the run together. Now they eke out a living, while trying to stay under the radar. When a routine courier job turns out to be a trap, Anjali is hit by a smart bullet and Mikhail is given a choice: Surrender or watch the woman he loves die. But maybe, there is a third option…
Courting Trouble
Series: In Love and War, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,720. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Once, Anjali Patel and Mikhail Grikov were soldiers on opposing sides of an intergalactic war. They met, fell in love and went on the run together. Now they are eking out a living, while trying to stay under the radar. But when they stumble upon a protection racket, they have to make a choice: Lay low to avoid attracting attention or stay true to their personal ethics and intervene?
Graveyard Shift
Series: In Love and War, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,360. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
While docked at the civilian space station Unity for repairs, the battlecruiser Great Endeavour undertakes a trial flight with an inexperienced crew. Disaster strikes and the ship crashes into Unity's shopping concourse, killing 300 people. But in times of war, the public is not willing to accept tragic accidents. And so the government sends troubleshooter Brian Mayhew to initiate a cover-up.
Dreaming of the Stars
Series: In Love and War, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,470. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
On Rajipuri, a poor world, Anjali and her two younger sisters look up at the stars and dream of escaping the limitations of a traditional and rigidly stratified society. At the same time, in a camp for war orphans, Mikhail also looks up at the stars and dreams of escaping a life of pain and abuse. One day they will meet and change the galaxy. But for now, they're merely dreaming of the stars…
Fact or Fiction
Series: The Silencer. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,140. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
New York City, 1936: It's a rare evening at home for Richard Blakemore, pulp writer by day and the masked vigilante only known as the Silencer by night. But even though crime never rests, next month's Silencer novel doesn't write itself. Pulp fiction thrives on exaggeration and non-stop action. And as always, the question is how much of the Silencer's adventures are fact and how much is fiction?
The Three Quarters Eaten Dessert
Series: Alfred and Bertha's Marvellous Twenty-First Century Life. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, an argument about sharing a dessert escalates and threatens a friendship. This parodistic piece is a mundane short story of 6000 words or approximately 20 print pages, written in the style of science fiction’s “golden age”.
Conspirators
Series: Shattered Empire, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,300. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Lord Jonathan Summerton, an aristocrat disillusioned with the Empire he's served all his life. Arthur Madden, miner's son turned Rebel leader. Alanna Greyskull, disgraced former officer of the Imperial Navy bent on revenge for what was done to her. When these three meet in a nameless restaurant on the planet Wei Xiu II, lives are changed and history is made…
The Death of the American Dream
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
They came out of nowhere to attack America's towns and suburbs: Giant mutant crabs and other creatures, grown to enormous size due to nuclear radiation and bent on destroying the American way of life. But while many fall to the monster attacks, an advertising executive finds the unexpected strength to survive and fight back for the sake of his family…
Double Feature
Series: The Day the Saucers Came.... Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,790. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
1956: Judy is the designated town slut of Stillwater Creek. After getting thrown out of a sock hop at the local high school, Judy winds up going to the movies with bad boy Hank instead, where a science fiction double feature is playing. However, before the first reel of the second movie is through, the night is interrupted by a very real invasion of flying saucers from outer space…
Lovers' Lane
Series: The Day the Saucers Came.... Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
1956. After a sock hop at the local high school gym, teenagers Betty and Cody drive out to Lovers' Lane together. Betty knows only too well that good girls don't go to Lovers' Lane with boys. But Cody is her one true love and besides, he swore that he'd love her forever or may he be struck down where he stands. But then, an alien invasion shows Betty just what Cody's word is truly worth…
Valentine's Day on Iago Prime
Series: A Year on Iago Prime, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Kai and Maisie are about the celebrate their first Valentine's Day on the planet Iago Prime. However, the holiday traditions they established back on Earth such as celebrating Valentine's Day with a picnic on the beach are impossible to maintain in the hostile environment of their new home. But in spite of this, Kai pulls out all the stops to give Maisie an unforgettable Valentine's Day.
Our Lady of the Burning Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Two stories of crime, chance and coincidence. Liam has to raise twenty thousand dollars to pay back the mob and decides to rob a church. But fate has other ideas. Dennis has robbed a bank and found the perfect hiding place for the loot, a deserted factory. But his plans are thwarted by homeless Harry… 4900 words or 18 print pages altogether
The Tinsel-Free Christmas Tree
Series: Alfred and Bertha's Marvellous Twenty-First Century Life. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, an argument about how to decorate the Christmas tree escalates and threatens their marriage. This parodistic piece is a mundane short story of 2900 words or 12 pages, written in the style of science fiction’s “golden age”.
Heiligabend im Café zum Lila Kakadu
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: German. Published: December 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Nach einem heftigen Streit mit ihren Eltern findet Katie sich an den Feiertagen ganz alleine wieder und macht sie sich auf zu dem einen Ort, wo am Heiligabend jeder willkommen ist, dem legendären Café zum Lila Kakadu. Zufälligerweise ist das Café zum Lila Kakadu eine Lesbenbar, was Katie ziemlich egal ist, denn für Liebe hatte sie eh nie Zeit. Aber denn trifft Katie die unkonventionelle Jess...
Kiss of Ice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fairy tales
The Winter Knight is sent out to execute the Ice Maiden who has already killed countless men. None of those sent to bring the Maiden to justice have ever returned. But the Knight is confident, for he is protected by powerful magic. The Ice Maiden is strangely calm and does not even try to resist. But has the Winter Knight truly succeeded or does the Ice Maiden still have a trick up her sleeve?
Mightier than the Sword
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,290. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When cartoonist Charlie Ellis is stabbed in his studio, everybody suspects a political motive because of controversial cartoons he drew two years before. But Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd is sceptical. Why didn't Charlie Ellis try to defend himself? How did the killer sneak past the police guard? And what is the connection between Charlie Ellis and 14 men who share his rather common name?
Bug-Eyed Monsters and the Women Who Love Them
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,900. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Six short science fiction stories that subvert the tropes and clichés of the golden age and caricature the gender dynamics of classic science fiction. Meet phantom lovers and alien she-devils, underwater monsters and tentacled menaces. Meet dashing space heroes who don't get the girl and bug-eyed monsters that do and intergalactic heroines who know exactly what they want. 7700 words, 26 pages
Cartoony Justice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When everybody's favourite Saturday morning program, the Dead End Show, is cancelled and replaced by a boring educational film about bananas, sorceress extraordinaire Stella and her friends pay a visit to the man responsible, Frederick J. Waardehem PhD, child psychologist and hater of cartoons, to make him see the light. A story of cartoons, talking pigs, singing bananas, flying anvils and magic.
Operation Rubber Ducky
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,910. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Three short tales of anthropomorphic terror: A Trojan rubber ducky defeats the Kaiju, the axe-wielding mob enforcer Mock Duck turns out to be quite literally a duck and fluffy killer rabbits from outer space spread confusion and terror. A collection of three bizarro short stories of 7000 words or approximately 24 pages altogether.
Children of the Stone Gods
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,170. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Seven tales on the borderline of science fiction and fantasy. Seven stories of lost worlds, where carcasses of crashed spaceships litter the landscape and science and technology have long turned into myth and legend. This is a collection of seven short science fiction tales of 12000 words or approximately 40 print pages altogether.
Four Minute Warning
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Alternative history
Caught in a supermarket, when the nuke alarm goes off, Luke and David admit some unspoken truths to each other before the bombs fall. Tracy and Jimmy know you can't survive a nuclear war, even if civil defence leaflets and radio broadcasts claim otherwise. Two tales of love and loss and nuclear war of 5700 words or approximately 20 print pages altogether. Warning: Dark content, swearing.
A History of the New Ice Age
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Cryogenic freezing of the dead in hope of revival has long been the province of cranks and crazies. But when two gorillas are successfully revived, cryogenics becomes a viable technology. The first humans are revived soon after and though most of them have problems adjusting to the new world, their revival nonetheless sparks a run on cryogenic freezing with unforeseen consequences…
Hangman's Wages
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Germany in the Middles Ages: Executioner Ulrich finds his workload doubled, when he is ordered him to hang Anna, a thief caught stealing during an execution. Ulrich feels sorry for Anna, but orders are orders. So he leads her to the hanging tree. But as he places the noose around her neck, Ulrich finds that she touches his heart like no one before her. But how can he save Anna from the gallows?
Spiked Tea
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,100. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Matthew is getting tired of waiting for the cancer to finally claim his eccentric aunt Annemarie. So he decides to help nature take its course… by adding some morphine to Annemarie's beloved tea. Beth is fond of the milk jug that is a family heirloom, but her boyfriend Ryan disagrees. Two short tales of family heirlooms, inheritances, tea and murder of 4400 words altogether.
The Faulty Television Receiver
Series: Alfred and Bertha's Marvellous Twenty-First Century Life, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy all a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, a faulty television receiver can still lead to argument and cause them to examine their marriage. This parody piece is a mundane short story of 4100 words, written in the style of science fiction's "golden age".
Unter dem Galgen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,070. Language: German. Published: June 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
London, 1751: Es ist Hinrichtungstag in Tyburn. Sechs Männer und drei Frauen, sollen am Galgen von Tyburn sterben. Auch der Bandit Jack Blackstone ist gekommen, um sie hängen zu sehen. Unter den Verurteilten ist auch Jacks große Liebe Eliza, zum Tode verurteilt für ein Verbrechen, das sie nicht begangen hat. Jack hat geschworen, Eliza zu retten oder bei dem Versuch zu sterben.
The Revenant of Wrecker's Dock
Series: Hallowind Cove, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,360. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Strange things keep happening in the permanently fog-shrouded seaside town of Hallowind Cove, earning it the nickname "Harbour of the Weird". When Paul comes Hallowind Cove, after inheriting an old house from an uncle he barely knew, he doesn't put much stock in those stories. But then he finds himself hunted by an angry zombie, who is looking to avenge a century-old crime… 4300 words, 16 pages
The Four and a Half Minute Boiled Egg
Series: Alfred and Bertha's Marvellous Twenty-First Century Life, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy all a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, an argument at the breakfast table about egg boiling times escalates and threatens to end their marriage. This parody piece is a mundane short story of 3500 words, written in the style of science fiction's "golden age".
Albrecht, the Nightmare
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Germany in the near future: When supernatural beings reveal themselves as having lived among humanity all along, the country quickly adjusts to the new reality. Romances such as the relationship between human Lina and nightmare demon Albrecht become common. But their love is threatened when they move to rural North Germany, to a town suffused with ancient magic designed to keep nightmares out.
Egg Hunt
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,760. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When a priceless Fabergé egg goes missing from a locked room in the London townhouse of Russian oligarch Yevgeny Ivanov, everybody quickly suspects the cleaning lady Eva Hart. But Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd has her doubts, for Eva Hart has no motive, since the egg is unsellable on the free market. But what does Eva's little daughter Emily know? And what happened to the egg?
Heartache
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Three tales of broken hearts and love gone wrong. A teen girl with a broken heart, a marriage grown cold and two ex.lovers reunited. Three short stories of 4700 words or approx. 18 print pages altogether
The Apocalypse Protocol
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Once upon a time, he was the coolest radio DJ at WKPX Harveyville. He always played the really good music and not the plastic pop pap that the corporate overlords wanted him to play. Until the day that he launched the apocalypse protocol, almost triggered the end of the world (well, sort of) and definitely triggered the end of his career… Warning: Some rude language
Dead Drop
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,860. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Homeless teen Chris isn't the most reliable of witnesses. And so no one takes her serious when she walks into a police station and claims that her boyfriend Max has been kidnapped. Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd is inclined to dismiss Chris, until there is a ransom demand, demanding an envelope in exchange for the safe return of Max. But what do the kidnappers want? And what happened to Max?
Partners in Crime
Series: Shattered Empire, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,580. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Premier Imperial Bank of Houshou is the financial institute of choice for the rich and the crooked of the Empire, with a two thousand year history and vaults and computers thought to be impenetrable. However, the bank has not counted on Ethan Summerton and Holly di Marco, ex-aristocrat and ex-mercenary, finding a way to breach its security system and redirect the money to the Rebellion.
Christmas Eve at the Purple Owl Café
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After a massive row with her parents, Katie finds herself all alone for the holidays. So she heads for the one place in town where everyone is welcome on Christmas Eve, the Purple Owl Café, which happens to be a lesbian bar. Katie doesn't mind, though so far her life was too busy for romance of any kind. But that's about to change when Katie meets Jess at the Purple Owl Café.
Boardwalk Baby
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
There are two things about herself that Izzy has always known with absolute certainty: One, that she was adopted and two, that she has an affinity for the sea. When Izzy turns eighteen, she goes in search of her past and her birth family. It's a quest that will take her to the boardwalk of Ocean City, New Jersey, and to a mysterious fur coat that might hold all the answers. 8300 words, 27 pages
Last-Minute-Geschenke
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,230. Language: German. Published: December 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Bis kurz vor Ladenschluss am Heiligabend zu warten, um ein Geschenk für seine Mutter zu besorgen - das war sicherlich nicht eine von Tims besseren Ideen. Und dann hat der Laden auch noch eine Selbst-Einpackstation, wo Tim doch vom Geschenke Einpacken keine Ahnung hat. Glücklicherweise begegnet er der unkonventionellen Shannon, die ihm ihre Hilfe anbietet. 6000 Worte, ca. 20 Buchseiten.
Paris Green
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,130. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
When college student Kitty Chan is found dead in the basement of the Victoria and Albert Museum, dressed in a Victorian ball gown, the cause of death is quickly established. Kitty died of arsenic poisoning. But who gave her the deadly dose and why? Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd investigates and quickly realises that there is more to this case than meets the eye. Warning: some rude words.
A Bullet for Father Christmas
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,490. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
When two men dressed up as Father Christmas rob a London jewellery store and one of them ends up dead on the floor, shot by his own accomplice, it’s certainly one of the more unusual cases for Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd and her team. But as Helen begins to investigate, it turns out that the case is even more bizarre than she suspected. 9300 words or approx. 30 print pages
Acacia Crescent
Series: The Day the Saucers Came.... Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
1956. In the quiet suburb of Shady Groves, a ten year old boy watches as both his parents are murdered, shot down by a mafia enforcer. And the mob is not inclined to leave any witnesses behind. However, an invasion from outer space may just prove to be one little boy's salvation…This is a short story of 3500 words or approx. 13 print pages
Christmas Gifts
Series: Christmas at Hickory Ridge Mall. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Waiting until closing time on Christmas Eve to get a present for his Mom certainly wasn't one of Tim's better ideas. Especially not since the store only has a self-service wrapping station and Tim is utterly hopeless at gift-wrapping. Lucky for him, the lively and unconventional Shannon is there to lend a hand. This is a short and sweet holiday romance of 5700 words or approximately 16 print pages
Auf der anderen Seite des Vorhangs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,250. Language: German. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Leipzig, 1966. Major Werner Gottwald beobachtet als Stasi Agent westliche Besucher in der DDR. Sein neuester Auftrag ist der amerikanische Millionär Zane Smith und dessen Geliebte Shoushan Kariyan. Scheinbar ein normaler Auftrag, aber schon bald steckt Gottwald bis zum Hals in Schwierigkeiten. Denn Gottwald hat die Kollegen vom KGB unterschätzt hat. Und er hat Shoushan Kariyan unterschätzt...
Open Season
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,370. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
No one is sorry when the Ruislip Wood Ripper, who already murdered three women, ends up dead in the forest, shot by a hunter while on the cusp of attacking his fourth victim. But there are too many coincidences for the taste of DI Helen Shepherd. Was it just pure luck that a hunter happened to be in the right place at the right time? And why did no one warn Anne Marie Sauvage about the killer?
The Other Side of the Curtain
Series: Zane Smith and Shoushan Kariyan. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,280. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
East Germany, 1966. Werner Gottwald is a Stasi agent, keeping western visitors under surveillance. His latest assignment are American millionaire Zane Smith and his lover Shoushan Kariyan. It seems to be just another mission. But there is more to the pair than meets the eye. It turns out Gottwald underestimated the deviousness of brethren of the KGB. And he underestimated Shoushan Kariyan...
The Dark Lily
Series: Zane Smith and Shoushan Kariyan. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,180. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Beirut, 1965. Billionaire Zane Smith is entranced by tattooed dancer known only as the Dark Lily, so entranced that he takes her back to his hotel room for a private performance. But then he wakes up with a headache and the Dark Lily gone. But none of his valuables are missing, only an invitation to a party at the American embassy. Who is the Dark Lily and what does she want with the invitation?
Courier Duty
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Courier duty is not really one of spy extraordinaire Carrie Ragnarok's top ten assignments. Ferrying an object from point A to point B – that's stressful, but not very exciting. Not even if the object in question is Shape No. 8, a very ugly and very expensive sculpture by an obscure Bulgarian artist worth 2.8 millions dollars. But an unexpected mugging can spice up even the dullest courier job...
Flights of Madness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,180. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A suicidal banker, a work weary spy, a woman seated next to a drunken passenger, a harried flight attendant and a pilot who suffers a breakdown. Five flights, five stories, five descents into madness. This is a collection of five short stories of 9300 words or approximately 30 print pages altogether.
Thirty Years to Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Thirty years ago Jimmy Donnelly was sent to prison. Now he's free again and eager to finally avenge himself on Detective Charles Maryham, the man who put him behind bars. And then there's Maryham's beautiful wife Carla, the subject of many of Jimmy's wet dreams back in prison. But thirty years is a long time. And sometimes, it's too late for vengeance. This is a short story of 3700 words.
Seeing Red
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Maggie wants to get rid of the annoying boyfriend who has taken over her apartment. Hilda has had enough of her abusive husband. And murder is a cheaper solution than divorce. Two tales of bad relationships, angry women and murder of 4600 words or approx. 15 print pages altogether.
Murder in the Family
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,670. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Nine tales of love, death, vengeance and murder. This is a collection of nine short crime tales of 18800 words altogether. Several of the stories are also available as standalone e-books.
Bank Job
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,500. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
At first, the bank robbery doesn't seem very mysterious. After all, the CCTV footage shows a masked robber threatening bank clerk Jim Carling with a gun before disabling the cameras. However, the robber knew a bit too much about the bank, so Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd quickly suspects an insider. But who of the five bank employees is the insider? And what happened to Jim Carling?
The Iron Border
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,530. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Ana has lived in the shadow of death all her life. When she was 6, a TV broadcast announced that an asteroid would hit the Earth 22 years later. Ana put her faith in the worldwide lottery to select the chosen ten thousand, who would escape in giant space arks. But the lottery is not fair and unbiased. And even her best efforts do not bring Ana any closer to the shuttles only a few miles away…
Muse and Crisis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,370. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A failed rockstar catches up with his sinister muse twenty years later only to find she hasn't aged. A hotshot comic writer talks to the heroine of his own series - or does he? Two troubled artists, two muses, two short tales of art, creativity, inspiration and the demons they sometimes unleash. Approx. 7000 words or 24 print pages.
The Hidden Castle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Once the bloody battle of Yarra was over, the mercenary known only as the Traveller only wanted to ride away and find himself a new employer and a new war to fight in. But a dying man reached out to give him a silver locket and begged him to deliver a message. The Traveller gave the man his word, and he was still a man of honour. So he headed off to deliver the message and meet his destiny...
The Hybrids
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,220. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Gordon Havers thought that he was the last man on Earth, after a virus killed off everybody else. But one day, there is a knock on the door of his cabin. To his infinite surprise, Gordon finds an attractive young woman on his doorstep. So maybe he isn't the last living human being after all? And maybe there is still a future for the human race. There's only one problem. Joanna Creed isn't human.
Hanging Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,690. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
London, 1751: It's hanging day at Tyburn and six men and three women are about to meet their end on the gallows. Come to see them hang is also Jack Blackstone, better known as Blackjack the highwayman. But Jack has not come to Tyburn merely to gawk at a public execution. For today Eliza Colson, Jack's beloved, will be hanged for a crime she did not commit. Jack will save her or die trying.
New York City's Finest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,160. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Jo Grayson left her criminal past behind her when she became pregnant and now works as a cab driver. But her past catches up with Jo when a stranger gets into her cab. Detective Ray McCormick is a cop hunting the crime boss known as the Kraken. McCormick wants information, for Jo used to work for the Kraken and lived to tell the tale. But helping McCormick would risk both Jo's life and her baby's.
Overdose
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
When Caroline Murray is found dead in an underground parking garage with a needle in her arm, the case seems clear. Caroline died of a drug overdose. But everybody who knew Caroline insists that she was opposed to drugs and would never have taken any. Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd is convinced that Caroline's death was not a drug overdose. But who had reason to want Caroline dead and why?
The Cork and the Bottle
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
When the landlord of "The Cork and the Bottle" ends up dead in a puddle of blood on the floor of his own pub, the case seems clear. The teen burglars who broke into the pub to steal the contents of the till are the culprits. But some things about the case just don't add up. And eventually, Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd begins to suspect that the killers are to be found much closer to home...
The Butcher of Spain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,640. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Spain 1812: Captain Jonathan Farnsworth is fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. One day, he finds his Spanish allies slaughtered and his lover, rebel leader Teresa, captured by the Napoleon's troops. A prisoner of the villainous French colonel known as El Carnicero, Teresa was sentenced to die on the garrotte as a rebel…
Under the Knout
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
18th century Russia: Born serfs, the dancing skills of the sisters Natasha and Irina catches the eye of the powerful Countess Rashkova, who makes the girls part of her personal ballet company. But life is dangerous there, for even the slightest misstep is punished harshly. And so Natasha and Irina find themselves thrown into the dungeon, about to be subjected to the caress of the knout.
Seraglio
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,460. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
When their Armenian village is raided and their family slaughtered, the sisters Naira and Margarid are sold into slavery and separated. Naira ends up in the harem of Sultan Abdul Selim, ruler of the Ottoman Empire. Here, the slightest disobedience is punished with utmost severity. But with Margarid in mortal danger, Naira is willing to face death to regain her freedom and save her sister's life.
Hostage to Passion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,010. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
En route from Spain to the New World, Dona Rosaria is taken hostage by the English pirate Sir Nicholas Harcourt, the infamous Black Falcon. Rosaria fears the worst, but Sir Nicholas proves himself surprisingly courteous – until he threatens to hang Rosaria, should her uncle fail to pay the ransom…
The Kiss of the Executioner's Blade
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
France 1516: The executioner Geoffrey de Bressac is called to the town of Charentes to put a traitor and assassin to death. But a shock awaits him. For the condemned is a young woman, Angeline de Golon. Worse, she insists she is innocent. But how can Geoffrey save Angeline, when she is to die at sunrise?
Mean Streets and Dead Alleys
Series: The Silencer, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,810. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Wounded and weary after a long night of crimefighting, all Richard Blakemore a.k.a. the Silencer wants is to go home. But then he spots a young woman being stalked by three thugs, so the Silencer has to jump into the fray once more. However, when the Silencer follows the woman and her pursuers into a dark alley, he finds far more than he bargained for…
The Great Fraud
Series: The Silencer, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,410. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Charles William Finchley made his fortune selling novelty products of questionable value via ads in the backpages of pulp magazines. He is on his way to becoming a millionaire, until his business practices put him in the crosshairs of the Silencer, a pulp hero come to life to fight crime in the streets of 1930s New York. And the Silencer is not pleased about Finchley's business practices.
Elevator of Doom
Series: The Silencer, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,040. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
The Radcliffe, a luxury apartment building on Central Park West, is terrorised by a burglar who comes and goes like a ghost. The police suspect an insider, but there is no evidence. At first, it seems like a simple job for Richard Blakemore a.k.a. the Silencer. Stake out the Radcliffe, nab the burglar and be back in time for dinner with Constance. But then Richard steps into the elevator of doom.
The Spiked Death
Series: The Silencer, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,100. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Richard Blakemore a.k.a. the Silencer is hunting Baron Tormento, a villain who terrorizes the city and blackmails powerful men – by torturing young girls to death. At first, it's just another case for the Silencer. But it quickly gets personal, when Richard's friend police captain Justin O'Grady is kidnapped and his fiancée Constance finds herself facing Baron Tormento's spikes of death...
Flying Bombs
Series: The Silencer, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,290. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
1936: A villain calling himself the Master of the Air threatens to let death and destruction rain down upon New York City. The very next day, an airship taxi explodes. But was it an accident or sabotage? Police Captain Justin O'Grady and the Silencer both investigate. But it's a race against time, because the villain already has a new target: The Zeppelin Imperator, the largest airship ever built.
Countdown to Death
Series: The Silencer, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,920. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Richard Blakemore leads a double life. Pulp writer by day and the masked vigilante only known as the Silencer by night. But those days are over, for Blakemore was found guilty of murdering the mafia boss Antonio Tortelli and sentenced to death. But now, with Richard Blakemore on death row and the date of the execution drawing near, the Silencer has reappeared, insisting Blakemore is innocent.
Debts to Pay
Series: Shattered Empire, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,270. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Carlotta Valdez thought she'd left her past as a mercenary behind her, when she joined the Galactic Rebellion. But the past has a habit of catching up with you, and so, Carlotta runs into her old boss Darius Gilroy. He has a job for her and won't take no for an answer. And so Carlotta finds herself on a mission to take out a drug lord. How can Carlotta reconcile this job with her new convictions?
History Lesson
Series: Shattered Empire, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,240. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The nights are long on the rebel world of Pyrs and everybody deals with those demons in their very own way. Holly di Marco and Ethan Summerton, once a mercenary and an outlawed aristocrat respectively, stave off the nightmares by arguing about politics and getting drunk. But a long night of arguing reveals unexpected truths about the history of Fifth Human Empire and about Ethan and Holly.
Seedlings
Series: Shattered Empire, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,830. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Outlawed aristocrat Ethan Summerton finds himself cooped up on the rebel planet Pyrs and reduced to tending the rebel base's greenhouse. Luckily, Ethan always liked gardening. Besides, it gives him the chance to impress his new best friend Holly. Mercenary Holly doesn't care for plants. Until an incident involving a little girl, chickens and batavia lettuce shows her what Ethan is truly made of.
Mercy Mission
Series: Shattered Empire, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,280. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Mercenary Holly di Marco joined the Galactic Rebellion in a rare fit of conscience. During a mission, Holly rescues a traumatised young man who turns out to be the sole survivor of a noble family with rebel sympathies. This brings her to the attention of the rebel leaders and also changes her own life, when she finds herself responsible for Ethan, the young man she rescued.