Cora Buhlert

Biography

Cora Buhlert was born and bred in North Germany, where she still lives today – after time spent in London, Singapore, Rotterdam and Mississippi. Cora holds an MA degree in English from the University of Bremen and is currently working towards her PhD.

Cora has been writing, since she was a teenager, and has published stories, articles and poetry in various international magazines. She is the author of the Silencer series of pulp style thrillers, the Shattered Empire space opera series, the In Love and War science fiction romance series, the Helen Shepherd Mysteries and plenty of standalone stories in multiple genres. When Cora is not writing, she works as a translator and teacher.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Cora Buhlert online


Videos

The Life and Times of Cora Buhlert, Writer
A short video introducing me and my books

The Shattered Empire Series
A short trailer for the Shattered Empire space opera series

The Adventures of the Silencer
A short video trailer for the Silencer series of pulp style thrillers.

In Love and War
A trailer for the "In Love and War" series.

Series

In Love and War
For eighty-eight years, the galaxy had been torn apart by the endless war between the Republic of United Planets and the Empire of Worlds. Anjali Patel and Mikhail Grikov are soldiers on opposing sides of that war. They meet, fall in love and decide to go on the run together. Pursued by both the Empire and the Republic, they struggle to stay alive and free and prove that their love is stronger than the war…

Evacuation Order

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Dreaming of the Stars

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Baptism of Fire

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Graveyard Shift

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Collision Course

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Helen Shepherd Mysteries
Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd of the Metropolitan Police has never been one to accept things at face value. And ten years on the force have taught her that few cases are as cut and dry as they seem at first glance. Together with her assistant Police Constable Kevin Walker and the medical examiner Dr. Rajiv, Helen follows up every clue to resolve even the most complicated of cases.

The Cork and the Bottle

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Overdose

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Bank Job

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Open Season

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Two-Fisted Todd Adventures
A man with a mysterious past, "two-fisted" Todd Donovan now works as a freelance troubleshooter for whoever is willing to pay for his services, locating missing persons, rescuing hostages, repossessing stolen goods and tangling with drug lords, dictators, criminals and other lowlives all over the globe. These high octane action stories are an homage to the men’s adventure magazines of the 1960s with their lurid covers and breathless prose. So buckle up, step back in time and enjoy an adventure with "two-fisted" Todd Donovan.

The Crawling Death

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Flesh Trade

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A Year on Iago Prime
Iago Prime is humanity’s first interstellar colony, inhabited by a crew of brilliant scientists and fearless pioneers. However, even so many lightyears from Earth, the people of Iago Prime still cling to the traditions and holidays of their old home. Not all holiday traditions can be easily adapted to conditions on Iago Prime. Nonetheless, the colonists do their utmost to celebrate the holidays the way they always do, even lightyears away from home.

Christmas on Iago Prime

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The Silencer
Hardworking pulp writer by day and steel-masked vigilante by night, the Silencer fights criminal low-lives and larger-than-life master villains in the streets of Depression era New York City. Together with his beautiful fiancé Constance Allen and pickpocket turned butler Neal Cassidy, Richard Blakemore a.k.a. the Silencer keeps the city safe from those criminals the law cannot catch. This series of high octane adventure novelettes is an homage to the heroic pulp crimefighters of the 1930s such as the.Shadow, the Spider and Doc Savage as well as the writers who brought them to life.

Countdown to Death

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Flying Bombs

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The Spiked Death

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Elevator of Doom

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The Great Fraud

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Christmas at Hickory Ridge Mall
Just before Christmas, Hickory Ridge Mall is bustling with shoppers making last minute purchases. But even amidst the holiday shopping chaos, love can bloom...

Christmas Gifts

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Hallowind Cove
Strange things keep happening in the permanently fog shrouded seaside town of Hallowind Cove, earning it the nickname “Harbour of the Weird”. This series chronicles some of those strange things and recounts the stories of Hallowind Cove and its inhabitants.
Alfred and Bertha's Marvellous Twenty-First Century Life
These stories are not really science fiction. They are parodies, mundane short stories about a couple in a troubled marriage written in the style of science fiction’s so-called “golden age” of the 1940s and 1950s.
Shattered Empire
In the far future, humanity has spread out across the universe, colonised every corner of the galaxy and formed the Fifth Human Empire. It should have been an age of greatness and glory, the pinnacle of human achievement. But instead it was an age of misery and injustice, an age where the wealth of humanity was concentrated in the hands of a small clique of aristocrats and corporations, an age where freedom only meant the freedom to starve, an age where the Empire stood not for peace and justice but only for fear. Until one day, a scattered band of rebels came together to overthrow the Fifth Human Empire. These are their stories.

Conspirators

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Mercy Mission

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Seedlings

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History Lesson

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Debts to Pay

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The Day the Saucers Came...
June 9th, 1956, known all over the world as "the day the saucers came". Now, for the first time in print, read these sensational eyewitness accounts from people who were there and lived to tell the tale. Prepare to be shocked and horrified, as you read what it was truly like - on the day the saucers came... A series of first person accounts narrated from the POV of the survivors of a 1950s B-movie type alien invasion.

Acacia Crescent

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Lovers' Lane

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Double Feature

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Zane Smith and Shoushan Kariyan
Zebediah "Zane" Smith is an eccentric American billionaire with a taste for adventure. Shoushan Kariyan is a beautiful KGB spy also known as "the Dark Lily". Together, they travel the world and kick arse in the swinging sixties.

The Dark Lily

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Books

The Taste of Home
Series: In Love and War. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,210. Language: English. Published: October 9, 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, trying to stay under the radar. On his way home, Mikhail finds himself drawn towards a storefront and comes face to face with his past, Meanwhile, Anjali is waiting with dinner at home.
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…
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Smashwords book reviews by Cora Buhlert

  • McEdifice Returns on Dec. 07, 2017

    This is a most excellent book, a true masterwork of science fiction, with just the right amount of manly heroes, dastardly space vampires, talking office equipment, action, romance, heartbreak and of course, nutty nuggets. Accept no substitutes, read "McEdifice Returns" today.