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Nadir, The Interscission Project: Book Zero
Earth, 2220. Gifford was a typical corporate shark, never stopping in his scrabble for power. He lived for the day his father would retire from the family business, and turn his legacy over to Gifford’s keeping. Then a hostile takeover attempt turns his personal and professional world upside down. Embittered and reeling in the aftermath, Gifford stumbles upon the key to unlimited power.
The ability to rewrite history, itself.
This short work is intended to be an introduction to books of The Interscission Project, setting the stage for the events of future-past that have already happened, but are yet to unfold.
Zenith, The Interscission Project: Book One
Earth, 2176. Grounded after a rescue attempt in Earth orbit goes bad, Commander Martin Atkins of the Confederation Navy is approached by the Interscission Project, a consortium of civilian corporations on the verge of perfecting the technology to travel to another star. Despite his misgivings, the chance to get back in the pilot’s seat is too much to pass up, and he convinces his best friend and crewmate, Charles Davenport, to leave the military temporarily and join him as part of the crew of the Zenith, humanity’s first starship.
Edward Harlen is a brilliant young engineer, and a key player in the construction of the Zenith to take advantage of the untested technology of foldspace drive. But Edward has his own agenda in joining the project, and a bitterly personal score to settle with his boss, Trevor Sutton, a vendetta of which Trevor is entirely ignorant. But when Edward’s sister Stella enters the picture and manages to secure a position on the project, all of Edward’s careful plotting is upset, and she might spell the downfall not only of his plans for revenge, but of the entire Zenith mission.
The spark of attraction between Edward and Martin is a complication that Edward can’t afford, but of which he can’t let go. For Edward knows the secret at the heart of the Interscission Project, the hidden potential of the technology that in the wrong hands could become the ultimate assassin’s weapon: the ability to rewrite history, not just once, but many times. As an unseen enemy moves to destroy them, and the body count multiplies in their wake, Martin and Edward must choose whether they will allow the possibility of love to challenge their destinies, or will they instead take up arms in a war to control the most ancient and terrible power in the universe.
Sunset, Pact Arcanum: Book One
An unlikely savior emerges to prevent the advent of mass destruction and genocide descending on the world…
Los Angeles, 2040. When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker – a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic.
The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance. Nick Jameson is deeply involved with two such Nightwalkers – handsome Lorcan and powerful Rory. Both men love Nick. But neither can protect the new Ambassador to Humanity from the events he has set in motion.
By the Sword
Jeremy Harkness was lured into Medusa’s service under false pretenses. A loner with no one and nothing to cling to, he was willing to die for his cause. But the night Medusa tried to obliterate Los Angeles, Jeremy met Nick Jameson, triggering the onset of his own psychic gifts. For Jeremy is the third race of metahuman, a Sentinel, born to kill the Nightwalkers with no quarter asked or offered. And neither Medusa nor the Court of Shadows will settle for peace when they can make war.
Betrayal and treachery lurk around every corner on the road to coexistence, and at every turn, Nick must question who to trust among his metahuman allies, friends, and lovers—before their civilization is plunged into the depths of darkness and bloodshed. With millennia-old magic, emerging romance, and ever-shifting allegiances, this inventive series unveils a scintillating, homoerotic world of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans, who battle for world dominance in the not-too-distant future. EXCERPT
Pact Arcanum 1.5: Cathedral of the Sky
From beyond the pages of Sunset (Pact Arcanum #1), comes the untold story of Michael ‘Icarus’ Danvers, in all its triumph and tragedy.
Child of Twilight
Venice, Italy, 2039. When Michael Danvers witnesses a vampire attack, his latent ability to shapeshift awakens. Revealed as a Sentinel, the natural enemy of Nightwalkers, 13-year-old Michael must turn his back on his family and his safe, predictable life. But a supernatural battlefield is no place for a child, not even a genius like Michael. Betrayed by his own kind, he leaves Earth behind, hoping to find a new path with the Spacer Guild – and the stars.
Tempered by Moonlight
Relocating to the Citadel, Michael quickly makes a name for himself at the Spacer Guild Academy. But each advancement means less to him than the friendships he acquires, of fellow cadets William and Ariel, even as Michael is promoted above them.
Forged in Starlight
Everyone had plans for Michael’s future: his parents, the Sentinels, the Guild–even his best friend, Will. But Michael takes control of his destiny, and when called upon to make a fateful decision with countless lives hanging in the balance, the only sense of honor that matters is his own. EXCERPT
This novella falls after Sunset (Book 1) in story continuity.
Sunrise, Pact Arcanum: Book Two
Steel and Shadow
San Francisco, 2015. A group of friends celebrating a windfall in their musical careers take a wrong turn down a deserted alleyway to find their path blocked by two creatures out of nightmare. Surviving only through the arcane intervention of a cryptic savior, they find themselves thrust unwillingly into the center of a war of extermination between two mystical races.
Rory loved his best friend Takeshi for as long as he can remember, though he never had the courage to speak of it. When Rory is captured, his soul hangs in the balance as the Nightwalkers delve into ancient magic to corrupt his spirit. Takeshi attempts a desperate rescue, but is unprepared to face the enemy that waits in the depths of the vampire fortress. In the end, his own damnation may be the key to Rory’s salvation.
Night and Day
Nick was surprised to see Rory at a Christmas party so many years after the other musician disappeared from public life. Renewing their friendship, he remains completely unaware that Rory is not at all what he appears to be. Nick’s ignorance costs him dearly when Rory’s enemies attack. To save Nick, Rory and his allies must find a way to triumph over the first and greatest of the vampire lords, before Nick’s soul is twisted forever by the torments of the Prince of Nightmares. NB: Now includes the novella Radiant Burn. EXCERPT
Moonlight, Pact Arcanum: Book Three
Washington, D. C., 2042. Toby Jameson is accustomed to being overshadowed by his brother Nick, but he doesn’t have to like it. While attending the funeral of the First Lady of the United States, he finds a kindred spirit in Andrea Daniels, the President’s daughter. When Nick discovers Andrea’s supernatural destiny as a latent leader of the Sentinel race, Toby is happy to accept a secret assignment to protect her as she leaves the Armistice Zone, if only to gain a little distance from his relationship with his lover, Layla.
Layla, the leader of the Daywalker race, has had three thousand years to earn her reputation as the Prince of Wrath. Her romance with the strong-willed young Sentinel has been contentious at best, but neither is willing to walk away nor give voice to a deeper commitment. When her protective overtures go awry prior to Toby’s departure, provoking them both into frank combat, it seems their relationship is finally doomed. Then a shocking discovery changes everything, casting the very nature of Sentinels and Daywalkers into question.
In the wake of her mother’s death, Andrea returns to England to escape the watchful eye of her estranged father. When Toby shows up on her doorstep unannounced, she knows he has a hidden agenda, but is willing to overlook his silence in the spirit of friendship that kindled between them at their last meeting. But nothing stays buried forever, and it’s only a matter of time before they find themselves fighting for their lives against both the enemy they know, and a new menace that has emerged from within the virtual world. EXCERPT
Starlight, Pact Arcanum: Book Four
Anchorpoint City, 2082. Half a year after the death of his lover Takeshi, Rory remains devastated, deflecting Nick’s attempts to draw him out. Lorcan takes it upon himself to coax Rory back to life. Then an innocent gesture of affection explodes into a sensational scandal, forcing them to make choices they would otherwise never have considered. Will their friendship survive the pressure of Nightwalker politics, or will their relationship be just another casualty of war?
In memory of his love for Tobias, Rafael became Antonio’s closest friend and ally, supporting his protégé’s advancement in the Spacer Guild despite Nick’s deep disapproval. Captain of the Jumpvessel Singularity, Antonio has spent his entire adult life navigating the void between the stars, blissfully avoiding any part of the fate decreed for him in the war between the White Wind and the Red. Mentor and student are reunited when Antonio returns home on the one hundredth anniversary of his father’s death, intending to stay only long enough to pay his respects to a man he never had a chance to know and the family he left behind. But in a world where immortality is commonplace, death is not always what it seems, and destiny is not so easily cast aside.
Razheel has served the Court of Shadows with honor for over a century as the Night’s Herald, never openly taking sides in the divide between Nightwalker and Daywalker alliances. Now, after thirty thousand years of conflict, something new walks the Earth, which may be the greatest weapon yet in the battle between the races. As Antonio’s fate becomes clear, she steps seamlessly into the role of revolutionary, and her carefully planned insurrection will set the Nightwalker race on the path to final victory, or to total extinction. NB – Now includes the text of the novella The Best of Times. EXCERPT
Pact Arcanum Integrated Serial Edition – DISCONTINUED
The Integrated Serial Edition is an alternate version of the text of all five Pact Arcanum books, which has been spliced together scene-by-scene, and sometimes line-by-line, into a chronological narrative. There are no parallel/duplicate storylines or flashbacks in this version, only a linear storyline from beginning to end. The resulting text has been broken down by section heading into 12 parts, each approximately 25,000 to 45,000 words in length, or between roughly 100 and 200 pages long. The purpose of creating this edition was to eliminate some levels of complexity, in order to make the text more accessible to those desiring a lighter reading experience.
The Pact Arcanum Saga is a science fiction vampire epic, crossing genres from urban fantasy to paranormal romance, from space opera to supernatural political thriller. The Pact Arcanum Integrated Omnibus Edition was designed to cut together over a thousand pages of the original text at a scene-by-scene level, sometimes line-by-line, to create a chronologically linear narrative, collected into one volume. Warning: Contains coarse language and non-explicit depictions of homosexuality.
First Words: 13 Short Essays on Writing from a Neophyte Author’s Perspective
I started writing seriously in September 2009. Since that time, I have learned a great deal about the craft of writing, mostly through trial and error combined with self-study. There are things I know now that would have greatly influenced my earlier work, if I had known better. Then again, the exercise of simply making the attempt was an education in and of itself.
I have collected here what little wisdom I have managed to gather, and hope it proves useful to those just starting out. I am not a master of the craft. The learning curve trends ever-steeply upward. Still, I have picked up a few tidbits of information that might be of interest.
Stepwise: eBook and Print-on-Demand Formatting Using Word 2010
For those of use indie authors who don’t want to become HTML programmers, I created a simplified approach to ebook and POD formatting, suitable for generating Kindle, EPUB, and Smashwords ebook editions, as well as CreateSpace print editions.
First Steps (Paperback edition only)
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