Although Author and Artist Krystine Kercher did well in English and language classes throughout her schooling, she never considered writing as a possible career until she turned thirty and read ‘Til We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis. After having a series of incredibly vivid dreams, she became motivated to write fiction.
Krystine believes that God wants her to impact our world through story and art. She has published four YA fantasy books, and is currently writing a fifth. She also writes science fiction and steampunk. You can find her artwork on a number of online websites, including Zazzle, Society6, and OArttee.
A seeress sends thirteen-year-old Bjorn Horsa across the desert to retrieve a mummy's bones from the ruined city of Deathwater. Buried with the mummy is treasure: a map and a journal that point the way to the forgotten kingdom of Astarkand. Join Bjorn on his quest as he makes allies, receives unexpected aid, and encounters hidden treachery.
Mayhem erupts in Hardeburg. Men's lives are at stake as an evil enchantress dogs Bjorn Horsa's footsteps and attempts to undo his efforts at securing peace. Bjorn's effort to counter Woden's evil leads to raven omens, sabotage by squirrel, and an attack by a fire-breathing dragon. Can Astarkand's problems get any worse?
Bjorn Horsa can't be crowned king until he has been acknowledged in Hearthing as Eiathan's Heir. In Neith, the small celebration his companions want to throw for him mushrooms wildly out of control! While Bjorn is having fun, traitors hatch a plot to make Weinolf king in his father's place. Mischief abounds in Astarkand as Eiathan's ancient enemy, Vodan spies on Bjorn.
I loved the way the authors of the Aquasynthesis anthology tied their disparate short stories together with an over-arching story-line!
While each author's writing-style was different, their descriptions of the setting, characters and action were so vivid, it was as if I could see the stories playing out in video on the screen of my mind's eye. Each story appeared to be very thoughtfully written. I enjoyed looking for and finding the deeper meaning within each short story and within the greater plot.
I greatly look forward to reading new stories from each of these authors in the future!
Redeeming Reputation by George H. McVey opens with a pair of desperadoes robbing seminary graduate David Nathaniel Ryder the Third's train. David gives them all of his cash, but when an outlaw pistol whips a child, David tricks them into splitting up, and captures them.
On Ryder's arrival in the town of Franklin, he receives word by telegram that his grandfather has died.
At the hotel, a drunken cowboy tries to carry off Grace Hopewell, the new schoolteacher for the town of Redemption. When she objects, Ryder intervenes. The cowboy reaches for his gun but Ryder gets the drop on him with the cowhand's own weapon.
Ryder expends a lot of energy on trying to arrange safe transportation to Redemption for Grace and himself while having adventures that delay him in Franklin.
Ineffably polite, David is very charming when he wants to be while handling a gun like an old western gunslinger. He quickly earns a reputation for being the fastest draw in Franklin.
Word gets around that when you go up against "The Preacher", he'll either convert you to heaven or send you straight to hell. David hates his new nickname, but will he come to terms with his gun-slinging reputation in time to stop all hell from breaking lose in Franklin so that he can still leave town with Grace?
With just the right proportion of romance to adventure, this wild western tale will keep you entertained with Ryder's adventures and the wooing of Miss Hopewell from the first page to the last.
Ryder's nonstop misadventures are sometimes hard to swallow, but his sheer determination to snatch victory and peace from the jaws of mayhem more than makes up for this. Redeeming Reputation is a great read.