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12 tales of sci-fi and fantasy – an anthology of warriors of space and magic. Coming August 4th!

To be published as paperback and e-book. Links will be posted when it goes live but should be available on all the main e-book sites.

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Some of you may have seen me promoting this on Facebook – but for those who haven’t I am delighted to announce the forthcoming release of Bellator.   I was very pleased to work with my friend Diana L. Wicker, author of the Tales from Feyron YA fantasy series. Our story – Outside the Walls is a tale of war, love and determination; it is a tale of magic, of wisdom and of inner strength.  It was originally written for something else but as we decided not to use it for that it now fits very well into this anthology. It was such fun co-writing again, and hopefully this partnership will lead to further joint works.  Mia Darien, who is organising this, has done a splendid job, and I’d like to thank her for all the hard work and support. Please see the links below to find out more about her.

All proceeds from this will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project  – a charity supporting those wounded in war. This is something close to my heart, as my father is a wounded ex-serviceman, having being half blinded in conflict. He now lives in an old soldiers’ home in Kent. In a world of strife – especially at the moment, and 100 years after the outbreak of the War to End All Wars I am very happy to support this worthy cause. I’ve posted links below, both to WWP and to the British equivalents – the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.  I am sure there are other such charities in many other countries but I cannot list them all.

So what can readers expect? What are the stories and who are the authors?

01. “SARAH” by Lee Pletzers
02. “The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights” by Kenny Emmanuel
03. “Border Patrol” by BR Kingsolver
04. “The Twelve” by Mia Darien
05. “Ghosts” by Christi Rigby
06. “Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
07. “My Brother’s Keeper” by Raphyel M. Jordan
08. “With Our Own Blood” by Jessica Nicholls
09. “The Connection” by Crystal G. Smith
10. “A Fly on the Wall” by Chantal Boudreau
11. “Slacker” by Doug Dandridge
12. “The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee” by Mason Darien

About the Author: Lee Pletzers is a displaced New Zealand Speculative Fiction writer living in Japan with five novels, two novellas and over seventy short stories sold. Since 2001 he has made an impact on the genre world and thrives within its limitless boundaries. He still sends his books out to independent publishers, looking for that elusive million dollar cheque.
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About the Author: Kenny Emmanuel writes science fiction and fantasy in a style that immerses readers into unique worlds. Then he brings his fictional characters to life with the help of cosplayers. With a background in computer engineering, Kenny enjoys incorporating technology into his vision of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and medieval fantasy worlds.

About the Author: BR Kingsolver is the author of the Telepathic Clans series (The Succubus Gift, Succubus Unleashed, and Succubus Rising) and Broken Dolls, a paranormal thriller. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among writers, artists and weird Hispanic and Native American myths and folklore. I’ve lived all over the U.S. and earned a living doing everything from making silver and turquoise jewelry, to construction to computers. I currently live in Baltimore and Albuquerque.
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About the Author: Mia Darien is an indie author of speculative fiction, and a New England Yankee transplanted into Alabama clay. No matter her geography, she continues to stubbornly and rebelliously live the life of her choosing along with her family and pets. She doesn’t miss the snow.
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About the Author: Christi lives in Colorado with her husband, two boys and pets. She is a self proclaimed geek girl and enjoys gaming, online and off, kayaking and writing in her spare time.

About the Author: A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series, and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genre.  She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys.  Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty.’
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About the Author: Diana lives in the balmy climate of the US south with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, and a cantakerous rabbit.  She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy making), and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.)  Her usual writing venue is YA Fantasy centered around her universe called Feyron, the realm of magic.
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About the Author: Jordan spent much of his children writing “graphic novels,”roughly composed of ten to twenty panels of illustrations with dialogue. Conflicts in his adventures became more complex, as did his character development, in due time. He made his first attempts at writing full-length novels without the aid of pictures by the time he was i high school, though he never did finish anything beyond the first chapter.

Then came college, what he considered a personal Age of Renaissance. Jordan learned the basic foundations to creative writing during his first year. When he was 19, he started to write a story about a young alien girl who was drafted into a galactic war. However, unlike my previous attempts at writing a novel, Jordan found himself returning to the keyboard, longing to get to the next scene, and the next, and before he knew it, two years had passed, and a finished first draft to a manuscript was before him. Fast forward three years later, that manuscript became “Prossia,” his first published novel. The rest, as they say, is history…
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About the Author: Jessica Nicholls is originally from Northern Illinois.  She lived in the Northwest of England for just over ten years, where she studied and had her children.  Currently she lives in the Middle East with her husband and two school age children.  Running, reading and watching films are her favorite hobbies.  Writing the type of stories she would enjoy reading (anything dark, weird, romantic…or a combination of all three!) is a passion.
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About the Author: Crystal G. Smith was born in Doniphan, Missouri.  Although she no longer lives there, she continues to call Doniphan her home.  She is married and has two beautiful children and two dogs who continue to keep her motivated daily.

She currently works as a nurse and loves working in geriatrics.  When she isn’t working, hanging out with her family, or reading, you can find her in front of her computer coming up with or finishing another exciting and more than likely sexy story. She has published roughly 14 novels, novellas or short stories since February 2013.
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About the Author: Chantal Boudreau is an accountant by day and an author/illustrator during evenings and weekends, who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. In addition to being a CMA-MBA, she has a BA with a major in English from Dalhousie University. An affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, she writes and illustrates horror, dark fantasy and fantasy and has had several of her stories published in a variety of horror anthologies, online journals and magazines.  Fervor, her debut novel, a dystopian science fantasy tale, was released in March of 2011 by May December Publications, followed by its sequels, Elevation, Transcendence and Providence.  Magic University, the first in her fantasy series, Masters & Renegades, made its appearance in September 2011 followed by Casualties of War in 2012 and Prisoners of Fate, in 2013.
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About the Author: Doug Dandridge has been making up stories since he was in grade school, but didn’t get into serious writing until 1996. Doug is a veteran of the US Army and the National Guard, and has always had a keen interest in military history.  He has degrees from Florida State University (psychology( and the University of Alabama (MA, clinical psychology).  He currently has twenty novels published on Amazon, and in less than two years has sold 90,000 books.  His Exodus: Empires at War series, from which Universe his story slacker is drawn, has made the military science fiction and space opera bestseller lists at Amazon, books 3-5 of the series reaching number one in the UK, and top ten status in the US.  Book 6 was launched in April of this year and was also highly ranked and reviewed.
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About the Author: Much of the time, Mason Darien isn’t sure if he’s Mia Darien’s husband or psychiatric nurse. The rest of the time, he’s stuck constructing worlds out of Legos with the kid or trying to decide whether the world of sci-fi or fantasy is more fun to play in.

The charity:

Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 in Roanoke, VA, by a group of veterans and soldiers who wanted to find a way to help the injured men and women of this generation’s armed forces. Seeing a powerful need to help those soldiers who have been injured physically and/or mentally during their time of service; to “foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”
For more information, you can visit their website: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

(Below taken from site.)
To honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

British equivalent: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ and http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/how-to-give/