Randal Doering


Randal Doering has a B.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in anthropology from Cal State East Bay. He wrote Zahid’s Tale in San Francisco and edited it while living in Cairo, Egypt, from where it picked up bits of local flavor. This year of editing and revising was notable for the chance to read books of Middle Eastern folktales and stories at the wonderful Cairo cafes, where you can have a cold drink on a scorching hot day and smoke the water pipe for hours. The book was then workshopped with several readers, whose comments were useful in cutting out the flab and strengthening the overall work. Randal has published over a dozen short stories in small magazines and web-based ‘zines; Zahid’s Tale is his first foray into self-publishing.

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In the Temples of My Fathers
Price: Free! Words: 140,690. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Maxam CabCoh is a Maya Indian boy who lives in a village in Belize around 1000AD. A magical jaguar is killing villagers, and neither the hunters nor the priests can seem to stop it. Eventually Maxam will seek out potent magic from his ancestors and take after the jaguar, seeking to bring its depredations to an end. But there are dark forces at work, some closer to home than Maxam suspects...
Spirits of the Woods and Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 102,010. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
From the San Diego homeless to an American dad and his daughter travelling in Egypt, from San Francisco to Cairo, this collection covers a variety of story telling styles and subjects. Most of it is contemporary fantasy, but there are several sci-fi stories here as well, and one horror story. There are bound to be a few stories you will like in this collection, so give it a try!
Heart of the Leopard Sampler
Price: Free! Words: 11,680. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
This sampler contains three short stories from my collection on amazon, Heart of the Leopard and Other Stories. There is a tale about a young man who is murdered and comes back to life, a story about four lawyers arguing about who is responsible for the end of the world, and a story about a young man who gets a unique opportunity for time travel but has to decide how to count its costs.
The Necromancer of Peach Orchard Valley
Price: Free! Words: 105,100. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Ollivar Teedy is a white necromancer in a world where demons, angels and elemental lords vie for human worshippers. He has just become the baron over a tract of land called Peach Orchard Valley. This novel follows Ollivar's first year as baron, through all the challenges and opportunities that come his way. Visit my website at http://www.randaldoering.com for more free books and short stories!
Zahid's Tale
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 105,130. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Zahid Irsinmantal is a wizard running out of energy. In order to recharge himself, and to gain new powers, he agrees to explore the Isle of Dreams, a deadly place with many entrances and no known exits. Travelling with him are two old friends who harbor an ugly secret which will threaten their mission and bring them close to death again and again.

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Smashwords book reviews by Randal Doering

  • A Measure of Disorder on Feb. 18, 2012

    There are other excellent reviews of this book, so I'll try to keep mine brief. This is the story of a class trip that goes madly awry. A class of middle school kids and their teachers crosses over into another world, named Mother, and are transformed into various creatures that fit that world. The transforming students and teachers find themselves in the midst of a local war and must go for help from the locals, taking sides on the war along the way. This is an excellent book. The pacing is brisk and never bogs down while leaving plenty of space for the sorts of details that really bring a story to life. There is enough conflict all through the book to make it lively, and the build-up to the war adds a constant element of tension to the story. The story is inventive and playful and is fun to read, and the book went by like a flash. Fortunately there is a second book, "A Cure For Chaos," to read when you're done with this one!