David Lee Summers

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David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers. He is the author of twelve novels including The Solar Sea, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and Owl Dance. He edited Tales of the Talisman Magazine and the anthologies Space Pirates, Space Horrors and A Kepler's Dozen. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Cemetery Dance, Realms of Fantasy, and Straight Outta Tombstone. In addition to his work in the written word, David works at Kitt Peak National Observatory. You can find David's books published by Sky Warrior publishing by visiting: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DavidLeeSummers1 and the books published by WordFire Press are at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DavidLeeSummers2

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My "day" job is operating the 4-meter and 3.5-meter telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Southern Arizona. Basically, I work from sunset to sunrise every other week helping astronomers get the best data they can when they're awarded research time at our facilities. When I'm not doing that, I like traveling around the Southwest. I'm just back from a trip to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Last summer, I visited Tombstone, Arizona. My other hobby is cooking. I'm especially fond of Mexican and Cajun/Creole dishes.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing as long as I can remember. I was probably about eight years old when I announced to my parents that I wanted to be a writer. They rolled their eyes and suggested that I should think about other career options. The next time I approached them, I told them I wanted to be an astronomer. That resulted in another eye-roll. I first attempted to become disciplined about writing in high school and college friends remember me writing in breaks between classes or whenever I had a little free time. I got serious about publishing my writing in 1993 when I wrote my first novel, "The Pirates of Sufiro." Along the way, I also pursued my dream of becoming an astronomer, and I have worked at a number of observatories around the southwestern United States.
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Where to find David Lee Summers online

Hybrid
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,900. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2021 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Private investigator Erik Knight is called in to search for a missing girl. When another person disappears and the investigation escalates, Erik becomes embroiled in a battle against dark forces from another world. Even Erik's keen senses, heightened awareness, and enhanced physical strength may not suffice to save humanity.
Upstart Mystique
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,660. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2020 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
On its way to a distant colony world, the space vessel Marco P loses all power and an unknown force convinces the navigator that a distant, dead world is the vessel's true destination. To free his crew and his navigator from the unknown force's grip, Commander Carpenter must face a moral dilemma. Can he save his crew without condemning a planet's inhabitants to death?
Exchange Students
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,710. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2020 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Study abroad! See new places! Meet new people! In our exchange student program, you can literally study anywhere or anywhen you can imagine. We'll send you to new planets. We'll send you to new dimensions and realms of existence. We'll send you through time itself! Read this exciting anthology packed with twenty-two tales of science fictional and fantastic exchange students.
Battle Lines
Series: HYBRID: The Ethereal War. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,970. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2019 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The hidden battle between good and evil approaches a boiling point. CIA Agent Erik Knight and his trusted ally, Martin Denton, must confront demons, angels, aliens, corrupt politicians and evasive clergymen as they hunt down the demon Molec in a desperate, final attempt to avoid a catastrophic, world-ending battle which would have repercussions across the galaxy and the multiverse.
Armageddon's Son
Series: HYBRID: The Ethereal War. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,070. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2019 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Ex-CIA Agent Erik Knight is recruited to assist his mentor, Martin Denton, in discovering the identity of the mysterious thief who stole the Ruby Crucifix of Christ from the very heart of Vatican City. In order to solve the mystery, the agents must accept that the world as they know it is mere illusion, hiding a brutal physical and spiritual war of ‘Good' versus 'Evil'.
Fallen Angel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,250. Language: American English. Published: February 25, 2019 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Fallen Angel is the story of Mabel, an angel from Hell, who accompanies General Grant’s army during the last days of the Civil War only to discover that Martians are watching the Earth with envious eyes and slowly drawing their plans against us. Not only that, but Mabel has to contend with her evil sister, who wants to have humans for dinner.
Legends of the Dragon Cowboys
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,340. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2017 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Legends of the Dragon Cowboys brings you two weird western adventures by authors David B. Riley and Laura Givens. Their heroes ride boldly out of the Far East to find their way in a mythic land of danger, romance, and adventure. Their heroes encounter Mayan gods, Native American spirits, Yeti, Voodoo despots and more! The Wild West just got a lot wilder!
Kepler's Cowboys
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,740. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has discovered thousands of new planets. Visiting, much less settling, those worlds will provide innumerable challenges. The men and women who make the journey will be those who don't fear the odds. They'll be Kepler's Cowboys. Saddle up and take an unforgettable journey in this anthology of science fiction stories about planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission.
Sugar Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,120. Language: American English. Published: August 14, 2015 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When Sugar Sweet's Uncle Max falls ill and his collaborators disappear, she investigates the old Victorian mansion where he conducted his research. She soon finds the collaborators -- or what's left of them -- along with an angry Neanderthal. She also finds her uncle's research project, a working time machine.

Series

The Space Pirates' Legacy
The Space Pirates' Legacy series tells the story of how Captain Ellison Firebrandt and his descendants shape the future of the Earth and the galaxy by creating a colony on a new world and their struggle with one of the universe's most ancient life forms.
Firebrandt's Legacy
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Pirates of Sufiro
Price: $3.99 USD.
Children of the Old Stars
Price: $3.99 USD.
Scarlet Order Vampires
Founded in 1067, the Scarlet Order is a band of vampire mercenaries led by Desmond, Lord Draco. Before he became a vampire, Draco was in the line of succession for the British throne. After becoming a vampire, he sought redemption and ultimately found the best way he could survive was to help those kings and princes whose causes he believed in. Dragon's Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order Vampires chronicles the formation of the Scarlet Order. In Vampires of the Scarlet Order, the United States government has started a program to create super soldiers, so they don't have to rely on vampires any more. Unfortunately, this means they are tampering with powers far beyond their understanding.
HYBRID: The Ethereal War
Detective Erik Knight's journey into the realm of good versus evil, angels versus demons, and his quest to protect the Earth and his family from a war that goes back to the beginning of time.
Armageddon's Son
Price: $3.99 USD.
Battle Lines
Price: $3.99 USD.
Tales of the Talisman
Tales of the Talisman presents the finest science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories and poetry curated by David Lee Summers of Hadrosaur Productions.

Books

Children of the Old Stars
Series: The Space Pirates' Legacy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,300. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A disgraced starship captain, an alien warrior, and a cult leader go on a quest to learn about a mysterious space vessel that destroys everything in its path.
Vampires of the Scarlet Order
Series: Scarlet Order Vampires. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,860. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Governments tamper with powers they don't understand to create a new breed of super soldiers. Only the Scarlet Order vampire mercenaries stand in their way.
The Pirates of Sufiro
Series: The Space Pirates' Legacy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,970. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Space pirate Ellison Firebrandt is exiled to a distant world. Soon other settlers arrive and the planet becomes the focal point of a galactic conflict.
The Astronomer's Crypt
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,190. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Astronomers, ghosts, drug dealers, and a monster from the beginning of time collide at a remote observatory during a violent thunderstorm.
Dragon's Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order Vampires
Series: Scarlet Order Vampires. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,190. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Three vampires—a warrior, a thief, and an assassin—adapt to their life of darkness by forming a team of mercenaries who fight for the crowned heads of Europe.
Firebrandt's Legacy
Series: The Space Pirates' Legacy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,960. Language: American English. Published: January 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Space pirate Ellison Firebrandt is already a force to be reckoned with when he discovers a remarkable new drive system and meets a woman who can help it reach its full potential.
The Solar Sea
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,870. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
Whales around the world changed their songs the day scientists announced the discovery of new particles around Saturn's largest moon which could solve Earth's energy needs. The Quinn Corporation rushes to build a solar sail space craft to unlock the secrets of these strange new particles. The crew makes a grand tour of the solar system and discovers wonders and dangers beyond their imagination.
Kepler's Cowboys
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,740. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017 by David Lee Summers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has discovered thousands of new planets. Visiting, much less settling, those worlds will provide innumerable challenges. The men and women who make the journey will be those who don't fear the odds. They'll be Kepler's Cowboys. Saddle up and take an unforgettable journey in this anthology of science fiction stories about planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission.
Tales of the Talisman, Volume 8, Issue 3
Series: Tales of the Talisman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,370. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Explore P'Eng-Lai, the legendary home of the immortals. Travel to an exotic future inhabited by the bee and wolf tribes. Join a quest for a druid's master -- just be careful, the master has been dabbling in forbidden magic! Climb rugged mountains in search of dragon eggs and power. These and other tales of the imagination await in this issue of Tales of the Talisman.
A Kepler's Dozen: Thirteen Stories About Distant Worlds That Really Exist
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,530. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A Kepler's Dozen presents thirteen action-packed, mysterious, and humorous stories all based on real planets discovered by the NASA Kepler mission. Edited by and contributing stories are David Lee Summers, editor of Tales of the Talisman Magazine, and Steve B. Howell, project scientist for the Kepler mission.
Revolution of Air and Rust
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,180. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
It's 1915 and the American Expeditionary Force has invaded Northern Mexico. Pancho Villa leads his revolutionary army in a desperate raid against the American force only to be outflanked. Just as American airships prepare to deliver the death blow, Pancho Villa is transported to a parallel Earth where he finds an unexpected ally and the technology that might turn defeat into victory.
The Slayers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,800. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
A young man named Rado signs aboard a mighty dirigible called the Slayer to hunt dragons, but soon learns that the captain will not rest until he kills the mighty gold dragon. First published in 2001, "The Slayers" is a fun, clever retelling of Moby Dick in a fantasy world with dragons.

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Smashwords book reviews by David Lee Summers

  • The Adventures of Viola Stewart: Doctor Jack on Sep. 07, 2015

    In short, Doctor Viola Stewart confronts Jack the Ripper. What sets this one apart is the protagonist. Viola Stewart is an "Oculist" -- a Victorian eye doctor -- who not only makes glasses, but practices Optography -- capturing images from the eyes of the recently deceased. Although she lost an eye in a previous adventure, she's smart, courageous, confident, and it turns out may have a past with the Ripper. While Stewart and her friend Doctor Henry Collins, a medical examiner for the London Police, trail the Ripper, a shadowy organization works to overthrow Queen Victoria. A satisfying steampunk novella.