Dale Ivan Smith


I love writing and reading fantasy and science fiction, and also enjoy watching fantasy and SF movies and TV shows. I love gaming of all kinds--board games, RPGs, video games.

In grade school, I got into trouble for sneaking off to the school library during class, so naturally I ended up working for Oregon's largest public library system.

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The Empowered
The world says those with superpowers are either heroes or villains. But what if you’re both? Mathilda Brandt isn’t the angry, out-of-control teenager she was before she got out of jail. She’s hungry for a chance at a normal life, but when a gang threatens her sisters, she has no choice but to use her illegal superpower to protect them. A secretive government agency gives her a choice: go back to prison for life, or infiltrate a notorious super-villain group in order to stop a psychotic Empowered. To save her city, her family, and herself, Mat must become the last thing she ever wanted to be again: a criminal.
Empowered: Agent
Price: Free!
Empowered: Traitor
Price: $3.99 USD.
Empowered: Outlaw
Price: $3.99 USD.
Empowered: Hero
Price: $3.99 USD.
Empowered: Rebel
Price: $3.99 USD.


Rules Concerning Earthlight and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,650. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Ten stories of fantasy and science fiction, spanning space and time. This collection is a tribute to a friendship between two writers. It includes the never-before published fantasy-western novella, "Silver City," and the Pushcart Prize-nominee "Running Tangent."
The Empowered: The Complete Series Collection
Series: The Empowered. Price: $14.99 USD. Words: 368,360. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Alternative history
Mathilda Brandt is one of the Empowered, humans who possess super powers. She will do anything to protect her family, include work for a secretive agency and infiltrate the world's most dangerous rogue empowered group, the Scourge.
Empowered: Hero
Series: The Empowered. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,750. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Alternative history
Mathilda Brandt thought she'd rescued her mother and saved her found family. But, when millions of people now possess super powers, the world is torn between those who want to defend the Empowered, no matter what the cost, and those who wish to protect everyone else, no matter what the cost. Mat refuses to make that deadly choice, but is faced with a deadly dilemma--how to save everyone.
Shadow Magc: Six Strong Heroines of Urban Fantasy
Price: Free! Words: 359,890. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Dive into six full-length urban fantasy novels by USA Today and national bestselling authors! Escape into tales of shifters and sorceresses, gamers and bakers, demons and artifact hunters, plus one very mischievous Norse god. Full of adventure, mystery, romance, and plenty of snark, these novels will immerse you in magical worlds while you turn pages far into the night.
Gremlin Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,750. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Elizabeth Marquez works for R.U.N.E. She enforces the magical laws that keep the supernatural hidden. Just transferred from guarding an arcane prison back to a field assignment on the streets of America, Liz will do anything to remain a sorcerer-agent. On the longest night of the year she has to deal with gremlin outbreaks and a new partner. Will she solve the mysteries of each in time?
Empowered Series Collection, Books 1-3
Series: The Empowered. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 204,360. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mathilda Brandt is one of the Empowered, rare humans who possess extraordinary abilities. She wants only to look after her family, but the world won't let her. Instead, she becomes an agent for a secretive government agency, working to stop Empowered threats to the world, and beginning a quest to discover the secrets behind those extraordinary abilities. But will she and the world survive?
Spice Crimes: A Fallen Empire Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,210. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After the events of Lindsay Buroker's End Game, Alisa Marchenko thought she'd have a quiet life with Leonidas, her crew and daughter. She was wrong. When her ship goes missing with her crew, she and Leonidas must battle pirates and mafia alike to get both back. This novel was originally published as part of the Kindle Worlds program and has been republished with permission of Lindsay Buroker.
Street Spells: Seven Urban Fantasy Shorts
Price: Free! Words: 58,850. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Magic stalks modern streets. Werewolves and witches. Demons and elves. Street Spells compiles seven new and exclusive short stories by Aimee Easterling, Tori Centanni, Rachel Medhurst, Dale Ivan Smith, Becca Andre, N. R. Hairston, and Kat Cotton featuring mythical beings hidden in plain sight. Discover a new author (or seven) in this page-turning collection of paranormal shorts.
Empowered: Rebel
Series: The Empowered. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,350. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Mathilda Brandt is one of the Empowered. Now on the run with her friends, she is on a quest to learn the truth behind their powers and free the world from a secret conspiracy. But can she survive betrayal?
Renegade: The Empowered Prequel
Series: The Empowered. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,000. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The world gives those with super powers only two choices. Either join the Hero Council and follow any and all orders, or forswear to ever use that power. Sixteen year old Mathilda Brandt refuses both choices, and instead goes underground with other rogue Empowered. She wants a place to belong. But first, she will have to fight to save it.
Empowered: Outlaw
Series: The Empowered. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,530. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mathilda Brandt is one of the rare few Empowered. She’s just learned her missing sister is also one. Even more shocking, Mat’s sister belongs to a hidden cult that believes anyone can possess a superpower. If the authorities discover the cult’s whereabouts, they will end the cult and imprison anyone who has joined it. Mat will stop at nothing to nothing to save her sister before it's too late.
Empowered: Traitor
Series: The Empowered. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,380. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mathilda Brandt is one of the Empowered, humans who possess extraordinary abilities. She’s also an undercover agent for a secretive government agency that wants her to help destroy the world’s most dangerous super villain group. But when she discovers a biotech firm engaged in horrific research, she vows to stop it. No matter what the cost.
Empowered: Agent
Series: The Empowered. Price: Free! Words: 73,200. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Former super-villain Mathilda Brandt must become one again in order to save her family and thousands of others from a psychotic criminal mastermind.

Smashwords book reviews by Dale Ivan Smith

  • Self Publishing Success on March 27, 2014

    I'm a former student of Mary Rosenblum's and now an indie published author. I had the privilege of providing feedback on a draft version of Self-Publishing Success, and snapped up a copy of the finished book as soon as it was published. Mary's been in the trenches of traditional publishing; her science fiction and mystery novels have been published by big New York houses. She's won awards for her short fiction. She has spent years helping writers learn and hone their craft, with the keen eye of a sympathetic editor and a fellow writer. Now, in Self-Publishing Success, Mary helps writers become self-published authors with the same wry wisdom and insight she provided her students. You won't find detailed information on how to format your ebook--there are plenty of guides elsewhere. What you will find is a pathway to becoming an indie author, written in an open, frank conversational tone, as though you and Mary were talking about your potential indie career in a one-on-one over lunch. Wondering if you should take the indie path? Mary has you covered. If you have questions about the small press option instead of self-publishing, Mary has the answers. She discusses how important having not only a finished book, but a good one is and just how valuable having an editor is for a self-published author, to make that finished book even better. While Self-Publishing Success is not a guide to creating and formatting ebooks, it does give an overview of what goes into designing and formatting an ebook, and resources to help with that, as well as discussing how vital having an effective cover and good jacket blurbs are. Mary guides you through the shark-infested waters of author publishers, companies that claim to help you get your work published. She discusses copyright and what rights you hold when you self-publish, an area many authors, including myself, need help with. She goes on to discuss promotion and how to do it well, the various tools from a newsletter to YouTube, and the how to zero in on reaching your potential readers. Time management is one of my pitfalls; thankfully, this book covers that thorny topic. Making your self-publishing a priority may not be easy, but it’s necessary, so very necessary if you are to have any kind of publishing success. The indie path takes not only time and patience, it takes knowledge, and Self-Publishing Success gives you that knowledge and the tools you need to take the indie-road, and not only embark on self-publishing, but do it successfully. If you have an interest at all in taking the indie path, or even the small-publishing route, you need this book.