Robert Collins

Biography

I'm the author of three published SF novels: Expert Assistance, Lisa's Way, and Monitor. I'm also the author of the coming of age novel True Friends, and the fantasy novel Cassia. I have several short story collections available. I've written several books on Kansas history. In addition to books, I've sold stories to periodicals such as Tales of the Talisman; Golden Visions; and Sorcerous Signals.

I'm hoping to live in tiny house one day. Aside from reading F&SF, my other hobby is model railroading.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
The eighth grade.

I'd always been an imaginative kid. I saw "Star Wars" and got into science fiction and fantasy. I wanted to see and read everything I could. One of the books I read was "Asimov on Science Fiction." That book showed me that there was a way to take my imagination and put it to use: I could be a writer.

I started writing in junior high. I wrote mostly fan fiction through and after high school, then in the late 1980s I began writing only in my own worlds. I sold my first short story in 1990, and I've been published (or publishing) ever since.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. A "Star Trek" fan fiction short story. It wasn't good. I doubt it was even so-so. Thankfully, the only copy was lost in the 1991 Andover tornado.

I hope I've gotten better since then.
Read more of this interview.

Series

Dal the Thief
Dal sometimes steals, sometimes does good deeds, and always uses wit and his wits to come out ahead.
The Magical Stranger
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Imperiled Princess
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The Unity Scheme
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Witch Queen
Maisy uses magic and her wits as the "Witch Queen" of Hatham
Young Maisy
Price: $4.99 USD.
Queen Maisy Rises
Price: $4.99 USD.
Queen Maisy & the Hunters
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Lessons of Cardona
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Wisdom of Learning
Price: $4.99 USD.
Tradecraft
Central Station is a gathering place for the artists, merchants, and politicians of the Galactic League. Efforts are made to resolve disputes and bring everyone together. Sometimes these efforts succeed, and other times...
Tradecraft: Theft
Price: $4.99 USD.
Tradecraft: Revenge
Price: $4.99 USD.
Tradecraft: Pride
Price: $4.99 USD.
Tradecraft: Takeover
Price: $4.99 USD.
Tradecraft: Union
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Defender Chronicles
The Defender is a masked mage in a land where magic has returned after centuries of being dormant. The Defender uses magic to fight injustice and stand up for what's right.
The Jake Bonner 'verse
Jake Bonner deals with pop stars, dumb criminals, and sneaky scientists as he travels the galaxy in his cool starship
Expert Assistance
Price: $2.99 USD.
Jake Bonner!
Price: $6.99 USD.
The Blue Pistol
The Blue Pistol fights slavery and the power of the Slavers Guild in the Settled Domains. The Blue Pistol uses magic, weapons, stealth, and intelligence to make allies. Will their crusade to bring freedom to the Domains succeed?
Cassia
Price: $0.99 USD.
The Blue Pistol
Price: $6.99 USD.
Frigate Victory
Captain Jason Ayers and his crew deal with aliens, politicians, colonists, and pirates.
Lisa Herbert
Lisa Herbert uses her wits, compassion, and common sense to rebuild her interstellar society decades after the "Savage Rain."
Lisa's Way
Price: $2.99 USD.
Lisa’s Path
Price: $6.99 USD.

Books

Ballad Girl
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,140. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Jeremy is the son of a village leader. His father asks Jeremy to find a place for Mildred, a young woman who’s taken over an abandoned house. Mildred tells Jeremy she wants to turn the house in a place where ballads are kept. What starts as a diversion from village life becomes more than Jeremy ever dreamed possible.
The Codex of the Hidden
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,390. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Denys has come to the mighty city of Bladeport to become a proper wizard. He also wishes to learn more about a book his Duke gave him, “The Codex of the Hidden.” The riddle of this mysterious and magical book will make Denys a wanted man and expose him and his friends to Bladeport’s bloody past.
Hub: Deeds
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,080. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A struggle over succession is underway in the Goblin Empire. Two Princes aim to follow the aging Emperor. To gain favor they plot against other lands. The unity being built by Duncan of Salt Bay and his friends and allies will stand against these schemes. The other races and domains must come to each other’s aid. Magic and intelligence can combine to stop this threat to peace and prosperity.
Hub: Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,100. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The races and domains have created the town of Hub as a place for them to negotiate with each other. Duncan, a scribe from the human Kingdom of Salt Bay, comes to Hub to get permission to visit the Elven Holding. His purpose is to learn more about the lands across the sea west of Salt Bay. This simple mission will have consequences for the wider world.
Hub: Words
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,130. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The struggle to rule the Goblin Empire ends in murder. Princess Ischo is forced to flee to the Elven Holding. She hopes the elves will help her regain power, but that is as much in the hands of her and her people as the elves. Meanwhile, the elf scholar Avahyl is tasked with examining ancient and mysterious scrolls at the edge of the Holding. The influence of Hub continues to be felt...
The Imperiled Princess
Series: Dal the Thief, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,330. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Dal the Thief has arrived in Andulia to practice his trade. But before he can, he’s brought before Princess Eliarra. The Princess needs help. Her father, the King, wants to marry her! Is the King mad? Are spells being cast upon him? Dal has to sort through suspects and come up with clever tricks to figure out what’s going on. It seems he’s caught up in yet another adventure...
The Magical Stranger
Series: Dal the Thief, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,930. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Dal, a thief, has come to Romallia, the seat of power for the kingdom of the same name, looking to steal a fortune. Before he gets the chance, he’s ordered to investigate the often-absent Royal Wizard. This “innocent” mission sends Dal across the sea to a desert land. He has to deal with a magical ship, lizard folk, plotting courtiers, and a pesky Princess.
The Unity Scheme
Series: Dal the Thief, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,620. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Dal the Thief has arrived at the twin cities of Perra and Orren in the kingdom of Farren. He would like to practice his trade, but the situation in the cities is complicated. Many merchants and tradesmen want to end the rivalry between the cities to obtain peace and prosperity. Two rival families would prefer to keep the rivalry going between the cities and between themselves.
The Journey of Princess Anna
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,170. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Princess Anna takes an interest in fighting at an early age. She grows up to become a skilled and renowned warrior. But there’s little place in her kingdom for her, seeing as she’s also the youngest of three children. She chooses to leave her kingdom and explore the surrounding region. She hopes to learn more to benefit her father the King and her brother, the Prince and heir to the throne.
Black Hans
Series: The Witch Queen. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,560. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
It starts with a toolmaker named Hans, a trading journey, and the taking of a horse. One high-handed act by a nobleman’s servant will lead to crime, corruption, and the direct intervention of the Witch Princess Mileta. The tale of “Black Hans” will start small but engulf a kingdom.
The Duchess of Culway
Series: The Witch Queen. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,900. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Meredith, a merchant’s daughter, falls in love with Gordon, the Duke of Culway. Gordon is near in age to her father, but Meredith gives him joy and love. However, the feud between Culway and Vinway will disrupt Meredith’s happiness, and disrupt the world around her. From a cauldron of pain a legend will be born...
The Wisdom of Learning
Series: The Witch Queen, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,880. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Maisy, the Witch Queen of Hatham, has always been curious. Her travels have broadened her mind and are benefitting her kingdom. But expanding knowledge challenges old assumptions and could create conflict. Maisy will need both her head and her heart to prevail as “The Witch Queen.”
Boodle Land
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,430. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Harrison County lies in the High Plains of Kansas. Two towns, Verona and Promontory, want to be the county seat. Which town gets the seat will get the county government, the chance for a railroad, and hope for the future. The town that doesn’t get the seat might not exist in six months. If magickers nor guns will decide the outcome, what will?
Space Hero Emma Tiffany
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,720. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Emma Tiffany’s mother is a famed law enforcement officer in the new Interstellar Alliance of Independent Worlds. In spite of not wanting to follow in her mother’s footsteps, she gets posted to the Alliance Space Patrol. She has to deal with criminals, a conspiracy, and all-out war. Will there be a better reward at the end of Emma’s service to the Alliance?
Tradecraft: Pride
Series: Tradecraft, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,070. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
An alien captain goes missing. Human captain Paolo Chelini tries to find out what happened. Emotions run high and war looms over the galaxy. Chelini and his friends fear being swept into danger by interstellar tensions...
Tradecraft: Takeover
Series: Tradecraft, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,790. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Stowaways fleeing the dictator running the fringe world of Nihang hide aboard Paolo Chelini’s ship. They want the dictator removed. The Galactic League can’t help, but a security consultant says she might be able to, with the right group and some corporate backing...
Tradecraft: Union
Series: Tradecraft, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,560. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Years ago everyone was worried about attacks on merchant starships by raiders. Now mysterious ships have been seen near newly-freed Nihang and other fringe worlds. There are reports of criminals and former raiders being encouraged to go to the fringe world of Argent. Central Station’s goal has been bringing people together. Unity could solve the crisis, if everyone can come together...
Queen Maisy & the Foreign Nobles
Series: The Witch Queen, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,560. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Maisy, the Witch Queen of Hatham, has a visitor to her court: Young King Roland of the Midmark Lands. His visit widens Maisy’s world, so she seeks to go abroad to visit his domain. What she learns there will have an impact upon her rule, Roland’s family, and her former rival, the former King of Farrengir. Maisy will need both her wits and her magic to thrive as “The Witch Queen.”
Queen Maisy & the Hunters
Series: The Witch Queen, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,540. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Maisy, the Witch Queen of Hatham, now deals with the duties of both a ruler and a mother. A young man seeks her help as a Witch. The “Outlaw Dukedoms” seek her help as Queen. She must also cope with the schemes of the ruling family of the Kingdom of Farrengir. Maisy uses her wits, her magic, and her compassion to balance these many duties as she remains “The Witch Queen.”
The Lessons of Cardona
Series: The Witch Queen, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,510. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Maisy, the Witch Queen of Hatham, gets word of trouble between a nobleman in distant Cardona and the local Fairy Folk. Messages alone won’t satisfy the Fairy Queen, so once again Maisy must travel. She will learn more about her world, and she will have to cope with being a witness to untold suffering. Maisy will experience triumph and tragedy as “The Witch Queen.”
Tradecraft: Revenge
Series: Tradecraft, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,420. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Central Station is a gathering place for the artists, merchants, and politicians of the Galactic League. Paolo Chelini transports a human to an unoccupied planet to get a fortune in gold and silver. The client claims a deceased Elsora criminal left it to him. Chelini and his friends puzzle over the connections between that client, scandals in the Elsora Imperium, and an human novel...
Queen Maisy Rises
Series: The Witch Queen, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,800. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Maisy is now the Witch Queen of Hatham, and faces many challenges. One of her advisors seeks power for himself. A Prince is coming from a distant kingdom to seek an alliance, and possibly marriage. There are reports of one of the Fairy Folk enticing a village girl from her brother. Maisy must use her wits, her magic, and her compassion to face these challenges.
Alliances & Armies
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,420. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Nemya is the daughter of Queen Nonya of Poneclia. The region is ablaze with rumors of conflict. Queen Nonya dispatches Nemya as a Royal envoy to make alliances. She must also seek allies among the kingdoms of the Etoiya, who are little known to Poneclia and her neighbors. Will Nemya’s heart and head take her to her destiny?
Tradecraft: Theft
Series: Tradecraft, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,670. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Central Station is a gathering place for the galaxy. On everyone's minds are attacks on merchant starships by raiders, who steal cargo and rob passengers. One such attack on the ship of human Paolo Chelini has made off with technology from the advanced Alphans. Chelini and his ship Tradecraft are about to become more famous, more influential, and more pursued…
Young Maisy
Series: The Witch Queen, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,890. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Maisy is a village girl. One day a fight with other girls drives her into the nearby woods. Maisy encounters a talking stag, a member of the Fairy Folk in disguise. She learns that she’s a daughter of royalty hidden away. She must use magic and her wits to figure out how to reclaim her title and someday become THE WITCH QUEEN.
Empire Breaker
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,680. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Nonya is the daughter of the king of Cunarra, one of the many lands ruled by the Great King of Usaru. Nonya is to marry the youngest son of the Great King. Marriage will take Nonya to the coastal land of Poneclia. Marriage will also plunge her into the politics of the Usaru Empire. What happens when the sons of the Great King come into conflict? What will Nonya do to survive such turmoil?
The Sun Spirit
Series: The Defender Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,850. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Violetta is the cousin of the Lord of Crossroads. She has no interest in the usual pursuits of the nobility. She wants to be one of the Defenders and fight injustice. However, Violetta has no ability to cast spells. What she can do is think, and follow where the truth takes her. Violetta travels the kingdom in search of cheaters, liars, and murderers as the Sun Spirit.
The Defender Chronicles: Volume 4
Series: The Defender Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 180,110. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Allan began life poor, and knowing that magic was the stuff of legends. One day he discovers that the magic never went away, and that he has the gift of using magic. He decides to fight injustice as The Defender, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. This volume contains Defender stories 31 to 35. Also included are four novellas set in the same world.
Elsewhere Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,880. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This collection of fantasy stories contains tales of magic and might, as well as tales of invention and compassion. Also part of this collection are two novellas, one expressing concern for the future of the land while other portrays hope for another.
Tomorrow's Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,400. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This collection contains two dozen science fiction short stories. They show hope, fear, hard work, and compelling characters. These stories have appeared in a variety of publications over almost 20 years.
Fun Tales!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,050. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Here’s a collection of stories you won’t find anywhere else. Inside are tales of a spooky mansion eager to be bought; disappointed model railroad denizens; and a doorknob that greets your hand, literally. Also included are the sagas of the witty Surgard the Northerner, and the wry tale of the Valley Springs Resort.
The Andrew Manson Steampunk Mysteries
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,020. Language: American English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Andrew Manson is an inventor with a passion for mechanics and a knack for getting embroiled in mysteries. From Florida to New York City, to Washington, Andrew finds himself dealing with shady characters in an America where airships won the Civil War. Will Andrew get his combustion engine working? Will he ever escape trouble? This volume contains five mysteries.
Jake Bonner!
Series: The Jake Bonner 'verse. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 197,110. Language: American English. Published: June 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Jake Bonner travels space with his cool ship and its witty A.I. Odin. Unfortunately, space is full of people who need help... This collection contains all the works in the “Jake Bonner ‘verse” - the novel “Expert Assistance,” three novellas, the short stories, and the concluding short novel.
The Blue Pistol
Series: The Blue Pistol. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 309,670. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
"The Blue Pistol" and his allies use guns and magic to fight the Slavers Guild, the ruling power of the Settled Domains. They also use terror, deception, truth, and knowledge in their fight against slavery. This ebook combines the six novels that make up the series into a single digital compilation volume.
The Frigate Victory Series Collection
Series: Frigate Victory. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 160,450. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Captain Jason Ayers and his crew deal with aliens, politicians, colonists, and pirates. Their adventures include action stories, mysteries, and dramas. These short stories have appeared in “Tales Of The Talisman,” “Golden Visions,” and “The Fifth Di…,” among others. The stories are in chronological order. Also included is the concluding short novel “Bear at the Door.”
Lisa’s Path
Series: Lisa Herbert. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 268,830. Language: American English. Published: April 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
Lisa Herbert wants to bring back the life that people had before the "Savage Rain" closed the hyperspace gates and isolated colony worlds. She uses trade, compassion, and her wits to bring worlds together and resolve their problems. This ebook combines the individual novels and short stories that make up the “Lisa Herbert” series into a single digital collection.
The Case Files of Gwen Conner
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,950. Language: American English. Published: April 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gwen Conner solves mysteries in a land where magic is used to create telephones, dictation machines, and streetcars. It’s also a world of scheming criminals, cheating spouses, and charming con artists. This collection contains fourteen fantasy-mystery stories, combining the older two collections into a single volume.
The Defender Chronicles: Volume 3
Series: The Defender Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 146,880. Language: American English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
This volume contains Defender stories 21 to 30. More Defenders are joining the fight for justice. They’re also fighting ignorance, and rediscovering the knowledge that was lost when magic disappeared centuries ago.
The Legend of the Black Fox
Series: The Defender Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,720. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Tulla breaks the rule his town leader set down, and visits the men in strange boats from the east. They come with a message: magic has returned to the world. Tulla learns magic from the strangers, and decides to fight for justice as they do, as "The Black Fox."
The Defender Chronicles: Volume 1
Series: The Defender Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 211,770. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Allan began life poor, and knowing that magic was the stuff of ancient legends. One day he discovers that the magic never went away, and that he has the gift of using magic. He decides to fight injustice as The Defender, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. This volume contains Defender stories 1 to 10.
The Defender Chronicles: Volume 2
Series: The Defender Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 161,200. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Allan began life poor, and knowing that magic was the stuff of ancient legends. One day he discovers that the magic never went away, and that he has the gift of using magic. He decides to fight injustice as The Defender, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. This volume contains Defender stories 11 to 20.
The Fateful Lightning
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,510. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Owen Brown has followed his father, John Brown, to Kansas Territory to fight the wicked institution of slavery. He’s met one of the native medicine men of the Territory, who teaches him something the white men call “magic.” Over the next decade, Owen will use magic in the service of the cause, taking him across the Territory and the nation.
The Convention
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,190. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Science fiction » General
David Chalmers is attending Mo-Kan 2, a science fiction convention in Kansas City. He’s there because a national Doctor Who group has big plans for the future. During the con he meets fellow fan Lila Woodson and the members of another fan group, the Space Rats. Will this convention alter David’s future? Will Lila win the costume contest? Should we be afraid of Doctor Who: The Wrath of Kroll?
Monitor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,830. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A woman scientist travels back in time. A TV preacher warns of the “mutant danger.” A teenager’s training to be a mutant hero. A mutant villain with ambition. How are these four people connected to a mysterious hero known as the Monitor? Can the future be changed? Can a person be changed trying to do so?
The Opposite of Absolute
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,010. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
John Ewert is one of a handful of survivors of a mysterious plague that leaves those survivors with magical powers. One group gathers around a man named Gabe, believing The End Times are at hand. Others follow a woman named Lucy, who tells them they’re going to win the final battle of the haves against the have-nots. John wonders, “Is the apocalypse, or just an incredible simulation?”
Cassia
Series: The Blue Pistol. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,490. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A young woman named Cassia, journeyman in the Slavers’ Guild of the Settled Domains, is tasked to capture a mysterious outlaw named The Blue Pistol. Her encounter with him will shatter her life and subject her to physical and emotional agony. But in understanding his battle and her past, Cassia will seek to overcome her pain and prove that she can be of value to those who are willing accept her.
Lisa's Way
Series: Lisa Herbert. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,810. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lisa Herbert lives in on the planet Fairfield. The “Savage Rain” decades earlier isolated her world. A remark from her sister gets Lisa to ask, “If life was better before the ‘Savage Rain,’ why couldn’t it be better again?” Lisa travels to three planets, using wits, compassion, and a little sneakiness to rebuild civilization.
True Friends
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,690. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
It’s fall, 1983. David Chalmers hangs with a group of science-fiction fans. Alison Hughes runs with the popular crowd. Events cause David and Alison to consider the meaning of friendship and how strong their bonds to their "friends" will be after high school.
Expert Assistance
Series: The Jake Bonner 'verse, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,950. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
To get out of debt, spacer Jake Bonner takes on two odd jobs. The first, chauffeur pop star Evvie Martini on her tour; the second, helping Daniel and Clarissa Rosen overthrow their planet’s tyrannical ruler. Unfortunately for Jake, Evvie finds out about his second assignment and, hoping to advance her career, invites herself to the revolution.
Kansas 1874: Triumphs, Tragedies, and Transitions
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,460. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
1874 in the Sunflower State was a time of the Wild West and of Indian attacks, but also of a rising poet and debates on temperance. It was the year the Mennonites first arrived, and when Abilene’s T. C. Henry began to promote winter wheat as a good crop for Kansas farmers. Few other years in state history show Kansas in its transition from part of the frontier to its own identity so clearly.

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