The Child-Stealers, Book 1 of The Cursed Ground
by A. Roy King
A sudden, vicious attack by a band of raiders shatters the peace of the Till, an isolated agricultural community. But these marauders have carried off more than a few supplies and valuables. They’ve abducted a child, sister of a young man named Boon.
To recover the lost child, Boon and a small force of loyal companions take leave of their simple village and march off into a vast, unknown forest in pursuit of the violent child-stealers. The Till has been at peace for generations, but now these farmers and tradesmen must track armed marauders through the wilderness, asking for help from distrustful strangers along the way. They know next to nothing about fighting or weapons, but somehow they must form a plan for confronting their enemies and wresting the stolen child away from them.
“The Cursed Ground” historical-fantasy saga brings to life a long-gone era when humans lived for hundreds of years and all spoke the same language. This series tells the story of a group of defenders who struggle to protect their communities from the growing violence in the world around them. Meanwhile, a small brotherhood is charged with carrying an unpopular message to humankind: The Creator has declared that this violent world will soon come to an end.Awesome Indies Link Buy on Kindle
Children of the Keeper, Book 2 of The Cursed Ground
by A. Roy King
Genre: FantasyTemper and her brother, Victor, serve as captains on the Keeper’s Guard, the rough-and-tumble security squad that patrols the city ruled by her grandfather, the Keeper of Wit.
Today just isn’t her day.
As soon as she comes on duty, Temper chases a thief through the filthy alleys of the city, only to fall on her face in the mud as the criminal escapes. Then somebody pelts her with sheep’s dung at the marketplace. And on top of that, she has to confront a band of hecklers harassing a harmless troupe of entertainers in the city center. Maybe such struggles are to be expected among the unruly Borne, a rebellious race long ostracized from the rest of the human family.
But darker conflicts are stirring in the city of Wit. Power-hungry conspirators are plotting to wrest the city away from the family of the Keeper, goaded on by his ancient enemy, the Plainspeaker.
As if that weren’t enough, Temper and her fellow patrollers discover that outsiders from the enemy race of the Put have entered the city and are promoting their religion: The ancient fellowship known as Friends of the Becomer. And, surprisingly, some of the Borne are listening to these foreign fanatics.
Temper is an expert at chasing criminals, at stick-fighting, and at breaking heads, but place too many conflicts in front of a hothead like her, and trouble is bound to erupt.
“The Cursed Ground” historical-fantasy saga brings to life a long-gone era when humans lived for hundreds of years and all spoke the same language. This series tells the story of a group of defenders who struggle to protect their communities from the growing violence in the world around them. Meanwhile, a small brotherhood is charged with carrying an unpopular message to humankind: The Creator has declared that this violent world will soon come to an end.
by Andrew Hanson
Genre: Science FictionIn the year 2030, London is recovering from a disastrous flood, which some say was caused by climate change. When a controversial talk-show host is murdered, suspicion falls on radical activist Ben Martins. Ben may be innocent, but he has no sympathy for the victim, and risks becoming embroiled in ever more dangerous schemes. If protecting the planet can justify anything, is Ben a pragmatist or a terrorist? And why does CCTV footage of the murderer show someone dressed distinctively like Ben? As friends and loved ones become involved, Ben’s thinking and loyalties are tested. Caught on the hard edge of radicalism, he must make choices that will affect the rest of his life – and the lives of those he has never even met.
Stone and a Hard Place
by R.L. King
Genre: Urban FantasyDr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor and powerful mage, has his hands full trying to keep the two sides of his life separate as he trains a new apprentice, deals with a malevolent entity trapped in the basement of a wealthy old woman’s massive home, and battles dark mages intent on enslaving it for their own ends. Debut novel of the Alastair Stone Chronicles series.
Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery
by Lucienne Boyce
Genre: Historical Fiction; Crime; MysteryIn 1796 Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist Dan Foster is sent to Somerset to infiltrate a poaching gang suspected of murdering Lord Oldfield’s gamekeeper, Josh Castle. Dan has walked into a volatile situation: the locals are up in arms against Lord Oldfield for enclosing Barcombe Forest and depriving them of their rights to gather fuel and food. Against a background of vandalism, arson and riot, Dan discovers that there were others with a grudge against Josh. However, Lord Oldfield orders him to arrest the poachers. When Dan learns that Josh had a claim to the Oldfield estate his suspicions focus on Lord Oldfield. Before he can confront him, rioters attack Oldfield Hall protesting against the arrests. During the fight, Dan finds himself at the mercy of the local doctor and realises that he and Josh were rivals in love. Dan narrowly escapes death and arrests the murderer: Doctor Russell.