Cora Buhlert

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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.

The Thing From the Dread Swamp
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,620. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2020 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
While travelling through the Dread Swamp, Thurvok and his friends Meldom, Lysha and Sharenna come across an overturned wagon and the terrified merchant Polyxo who babbles that a monster has taken his daughter Cerissa. Because they are heroes – and because Polyxo has offered them a sizeable reward – the quartet of adventurers offer to rescue Cerissa from the thing that lives in the Dread Swamp.
The Temple of the Snake God
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,410. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
It was supposed to be an easy job. Go in, grab the eye of the idol and get out. But the Temple of the Snake God Tseghirun is unexpectedly busy, when Thurvok, Meldom, Sharenna and Lysha attempt to steal the eye. What started out as a simple heist turns into a rescue mission, for not only is there a ceremony in progress, no, the cultists are also about to sacrifice several young girls to Tseghirun.
The Night Court
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The city of Vanadur suffers under the Night Court, whose masked judges know only one verdict: guilty. Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, is put on trial by the Night Court. The accusation: murder. But while Meldom did many questionable things, he did not commit this murder. But the Night Court does not believe him and so Thurvok, Sharenna and Lysha must save him from the gallows.
The Cave of the Dragon
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Thurvok, the sellsword, is enjoying a meal with his friends, the thief Meldom, his sweetheart Lysha and the sorceresss Sharenna, when a peasant woman asks them for help. Her young daughter Thali has been chosen to be sacrificed to the dragon that terrorises the area. Thurvok and his friends want to help her and save Thali. But slaying a dragon is a lot more difficult and dangerous than expected.
The Bleak Heath
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,670. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Thurvok the sellsword and his companions Meldom, thief and occasional assassin, and the sorceress Sharenna are fleeing across the Bleak Heath after saving Meldom's childhood sweetheart Lysha from the gallows. Weary and exhausted, they are relieved to come upon a hut on the heath. But what they find inside that hut may well be more dangerous than the heath itself.
The Forest of the Hanged
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Whenever one of the Rhadur is killed in a city they have conquered, 12 citizens chosen at random must die in turn. The Rhadur governor of Greyvault has been murdered and 12 maidens shall hang. One of those to be hanged is Lysha, childhood sweetheart of Meldom, thief, cutpurse and assassin. Meldom sets off to rescue her, together with his friends Thurvok, the sellsword, and the sorceress Sharenna…
The Road of Skeletons
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,610. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
On their way to Khon Orzad, Thurvok, the sellsword, and his friend Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, travel along a road lined with the skeletons of executed heretics. But then Thurvok and Meldom come upon a blindfolded woman who is still alive tied to a stake by the roadside. Should they continue on their journey or rescue the woman and risk the wrath of the priest kings…
The Tomb of the Undead Slaves
Series: Thurvok, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,220. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The sellsword Thurvok and his friend and companion Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, venture into the Rusted Desert to seek the tomb of the ancient king Chagurdai and the legendary treasure supposedly hidden there. But once Thurvok and Meldom venture into the tomb, they find that a treasure is not all that's buried there. This is a short story of 4100 words in the Thurvok series
The Valley of the Man Vultures
Series: Thurvok, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,480. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
Thurvok, the sellsword, must pass through the Valley of the Accursed Blood. Travellers make offerings at a temple in exchange for protection on their journey. But Thurvok scoffs at this and decides to continue his journey without protection. This infuriates the priest Alberon who curses Thurvok. Thurvok is not bothered – he does not believe in curses. But the valley holds unexpected dangers…

Series

Thurvok
This pulpy sword and sorcery series chronicles the adventures of Thurvok, the sellsword, and his companions: Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, the sorceress Sharenna and Lysha, Meldom’s childhood sweetheart whom the adventurers saved from the gallows. Follow Thurvok and his friends as they travel the world, looking for loot and treasure and fighting demons, dragons and monsters.
The Valley of the Man Vultures
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The Road of Skeletons
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The Forest of the Hanged
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The Bleak Heath
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The Cave of the Dragon
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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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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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A Bullet for Father Christmas
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Paris Green
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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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Freedom's Horizon
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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.
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 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...
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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Partners in Crime
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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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The Other Side of the Curtain
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Books

The Tentacled Terror
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,690. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Thurvok, the sellsword, and his friends Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, the sorceress Sharenna and Meldom’s sweetheart Lysha set sail for the sunken city of Nhom’zonac, looking for the lost treasure of the Sea Kings. But they have to get past the Lovecraftian horror guarding the city first. Short story of 5300 words in the Thurvok sword and sorcery series.
The Heavy Hand of the Editor
Series: The Silencer. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,640. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
New York City, 1938: Richard Blakemore, pulp writer by day and the masked vigilante only known as the Silencer by night, finds himself faced with a new foe, the blank page, as well as Donald A. Stuart, editor of Stunning Science Stories, and his endless rewrite requests. Richard has enough of this, but Stuart holds his story hostage. And so the Silencer decides to pay Stuart a visit…
Santa's Sticky Fingers
Series: Helen Shepherd Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,260. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd doesn’t deal with pickpockets. But when Kingston Christmas market is hit by a wave of thefts, Helen is called in. Homeless Harry, who hangs around the market, is the obvious suspect. But there is also a mysterious man in a black leather jacket? Or maybe, the thief can be found much closer to home. Can Helen and her team crack the case in time for Christmas?
Christmas after the End of the World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,670. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
It's Christmas - five months after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted, blacked out the sun and covered most of the western US in ash. 13-year-old Natalie, her younger brother Liam, baby Olivia and family dog Bud are among the few still holding out in the evacuation zone. Survival is hard enough, but Natalie is determined to give the kids an unforgettable Christmas - after the end of the world.
Honourable Enemies
Series: In Love and War. Price: $3.99 $1.60 USD. (60% off!) Words: 61,260. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Brian Mayhew has gone AWOL to take out Rick Santerna, the man who murdered his family. His quest for vengeance brings him to the rim world of Maciste, where he runs into his former protégé Mikhail Grikov, now wanted for eloping with enemy soldier Anjali Patel. It's Mayhew's duty to bring in Mikhail and Anjali. But now he needs their help. Can they set aside their differences and work together?
Mementos and Memories
Series: In Love and War. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,800. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2019. 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. At a market, Anjali and Mikhail come across a Shakyri dagger for sale. However, no Shakyri would willingly part with their dagger, so Anjali and Mikhail try to trace to lawful owner…
Old Mommark's Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
In a tavern on Tortuga, the pirate Old Mommark recalls an adventure of his youth and tells a tale of an uncharted island, a great treasure, the gruesome Captain Scarlet and the even more gruesome monster that dragged him to his doom. But is it a true story or just sailor's yarn, spun under the influence of too much rum? 3800 words
Rites of Passage
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Philon, heir to a pirate empire, wants to take a wife. He has set his eyes on Arianna Delora, only child of his father's mortal enemy. Tonight, Arianna is supposed to undertake the ritual that will turn her into a woman. But Arianna enjoys the life of a pirate and does not want to give it up. Nor is she thrilled when Philon, son of her father's sworn enemy, shows up and wants to make her his wife.
The Cave of the Dragon
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Thurvok, the sellsword, is enjoying a meal with his friends, the thief Meldom, his sweetheart Lysha and the sorceresss Sharenna, when a peasant woman asks them for help. Her young daughter Thali has been chosen to be sacrificed to the dragon that terrorises the area. Thurvok and his friends want to help her and save Thali. But slaying a dragon is a lot more difficult and dangerous than expected.
The Bleak Heath
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,670. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Thurvok the sellsword and his companions Meldom, thief and occasional assassin, and the sorceress Sharenna are fleeing across the Bleak Heath after saving Meldom's childhood sweetheart Lysha from the gallows. Weary and exhausted, they are relieved to come upon a hut on the heath. But what they find inside that hut may well be more dangerous than the heath itself.
The Forest of the Hanged
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Whenever one of the Rhadur is killed in a city they have conquered, 12 citizens chosen at random must die in turn. The Rhadur governor of Greyvault has been murdered and 12 maidens shall hang. One of those to be hanged is Lysha, childhood sweetheart of Meldom, thief, cutpurse and assassin. Meldom sets off to rescue her, together with his friends Thurvok, the sellsword, and the sorceress Sharenna…
The Road of Skeletons
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,610. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
On their way to Khon Orzad, Thurvok, the sellsword, and his friend Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, travel along a road lined with the skeletons of executed heretics. But then Thurvok and Meldom come upon a blindfolded woman who is still alive tied to a stake by the roadside. Should they continue on their journey or rescue the woman and risk the wrath of the priest kings…
A Valentine for the Silencer
Series: The Silencer. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,060. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Valentine's Day 1938: All Richard Blakemore a.k.a. the masked crimefighter known as the Silencer wants is to have a romantic dinner with his fiancée Constance Allen. But on his way to his date, Richard happens upon a mugging in progress. Can he save the victim and make sure that young Thomas Walden has the chance to propose to his girlfriend? And will he make it to dinner with Constance on time?
The Tomb of the Undead Slaves
Series: Thurvok, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,220. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The sellsword Thurvok and his friend and companion Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, venture into the Rusted Desert to seek the tomb of the ancient king Chagurdai and the legendary treasure supposedly hidden there. But once Thurvok and Meldom venture into the tomb, they find that a treasure is not all that's buried there. This is a short story of 4100 words in the Thurvok series
The Valley of the Man Vultures
Series: Thurvok, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 7,480. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
Thurvok, the sellsword, must pass through the Valley of the Accursed Blood. Travellers make offerings at a temple in exchange for protection on their journey. But Thurvok scoffs at this and decides to continue his journey without protection. This infuriates the priest Alberon who curses Thurvok. Thurvok is not bothered – he does not believe in curses. But the valley holds unexpected dangers…
The Standarounds of Twilight Gardens
Series: Hallowind Cove. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Strange things keep happening in the seaside town of Hallowind Cove, earning it the nickname Harbour of the Weird. When the Hutchinson family buy the Beauregard mansion, they believe they've made the deal of their lives. But no one told them about the fog that envelops Hallowind Cove for 340 days a year. Or about the mysterious shadows that stand around Twilight Gardens, staring at random houses…
The Mermaid of Foghorn Point
Series: Hallowind Cove. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,970. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Strange things keep happening in the permanently fog-shrouded seaside town of Hallowind Cove, earning it the nickname Harbour of the Weird. Paul and Rachel's date at The Croaking Foghorn pub is derailed, when it turns out that local fisherman Eddie Bramwell brought home no fish, but one hell of a story. But Paul has one hell of a story to tell, too, and he's not at all sure how Rachel will react.
The Bakery on Gloomland Street
Series: Hallowind Cove. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
It's Christmas time in Hallowind Cove, the seaside town known as the "Harbour of the Weird". Rachel is new in town and has taken over the bakery. But no one told Rachel about the yuletide monster Krampus and its taste for pastries baked according to a secret recipe. A recipe Rachel does not know. But with the help of fellow newcomer Paul, Rachel bakes up a storm and saves Christmas...
The Taste of Home
Series: In Love and War. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,550. 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: 12,370. 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. (Free!) Words: 33,360. 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 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) 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 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 25,450. 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: 9,450. 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 $1.60 USD. (60% off!) Words: 59,440. 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: 8,920. 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 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) 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: 6,650. 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 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) 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 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) 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 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 31,840. 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 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) 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 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 32,280. 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: 4,130. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, 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: 14,320. 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: 11,060. 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 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 19,710. 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: 12,810. 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…
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  • 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.