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Season of the Serpent

Season of the Serpent
Title: Season of the Serpent
Author:
Published: December 1, 2012
The year is 1982. Paul Venturi is just an average, socially awkward college freshman hiding his extraterrestrial genesis in the closet, hoping to start a brand new life on campus. Unfortunately, his reemerging telepathy and the shadow of covert government surveillance make fitting in a daunting task. But when an enigmatic Serpent in the guise of a college stoner pressures him to smoke the forbidden weed, Paul is thrust into a mind-bending world of government cover-ups, Gnostic revelations, and dark conspiracies. Catapulted over the rainbow, Paul lands in the Astral realm of Yin'Dru where competing factions of immortals are locked in a bitter cosmic stalemate waging their own secret Cold War over the destiny of the human race. A reluctant Paul is cast in the starring role of Adam - a higher sentient human groomed to become their celebrity-messiah. However, a sinister faction sees him as the perfect pawn to steer the United States and Soviet Union toward a nuclear Apocalypse. Compelling and original, "Season of the Serpent" is a thought provoking, multi-layered mix of history, mythology, science fiction, and Synchronicity. (Book One of Two)

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The Pleasure of Memory

The Pleasure of Memory
Title: The Pleasure of Memory
Author:
Published: November 4, 2013
Beam is a smuggler, a murderer, and a rogue, who lives by the age-old rules of "Finders, keepers" and "To thy own self be true". Abandoned by his family and raised in a run-down priory by an old monk, he is consumed by his anger. He measures the worth of the world's citizens less by the character of their hearts than the gold he can pick from their pockets. However, when he receives a mysterious message from his long dead mother, his carefully constructed rules of priority and self-interest are changed forever. Wrapped within that message is an ancient map that leads him far south to the reservations of the Vaemyn, a race of savages forcefully sequestered from the world by the civilized Allied Nations. Once there, he searches through a burial ground the size of a small city where he finds an ancient artifact called the Blood Caeyl, a rare red crystal carved in the image of a sensuous eye that he believes will make him rich beyond his dreams. In his flight, he crosses paths with Chance Gnoman, a powerful Water Caeyl Mage. When Chance recognizes the Blood Caeyl, he explains the importance of the artifact in the war that is about to ensue. The artifact begins to change Beam, awakening the memories of a thousand lifetimes, and with those memories, the powers of a god.

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Listed on the previous Awesome Indies Website in the "Rough Cuts" Category.

This was a special page for fiction in the rough and included uncut diamonds found during the assessment process. These books did not receive "Awesome Indies Approval"  but were considered to have a spark of brilliance, perhaps in their ideas, world-building, or some new approach. The issues that kept them from the "Approved" list are things that most readers would not notice as the good qualities overshadow any inadequacies. Awesome Indies stated: (quote) "Rough Cuts are here because the author cannot afford the cost of the line editor needed to tidy it up, and we don’t want genius to be missed because the author hasn’t a huge budget."

The Codex Lacrimæ: Part 1

The Codex Lacrimæ: The Mariner's Daughter and Doomed Knight
Title: The Codex Lacrimæ: The Mariner's Daughter and Doomed Knight
Publisher:
Published: May 22, 2012)
AN ANCIENT EVIL RETURNS TO THE DESERT LANDS OF THE CRUSADES, & ONLY THE TEENAGERS CLARINDA & RÍG CAN PREVENT THE COMING OF THE FINAL TWILIGHT! The Codex Lacrimae, a book of ancient evil, is loose again in the world. It’s the 12th Century, and Crusades ravage the Middle East. When the Book of Tears reaches the castle Krak des Chevaliers, it need only touch the unwitting hands of the prophesied Codex Wielder to ignite the Final Twilight. But hope remains -- the Norns foretell that two teenagers might stop the impending disaster! Ríg, an 18-year-old Hospitaller apprentice training to be a warrior-monk in the castle’s library, seeks only a quiet existence because of a haunted past. The arrival of the Codex Lacrimae and its supernatural temptations will force him to choose between the peaceful path of a priest or violent ways of a warrior. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, 17-year-old Clarinda Trevisan is a beautiful Venetian sea merchant’s daughter who is content to sail with her father’s fleet throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Soon it won’t be cargoes and crews occupying her time, but rather the strange creatures of Norse mythology, the Witches of Fate, the magical Nine World, and a tempestuous relationship with Ríg himself! The return of the Codex Lacrimae unleashes a host of evils that might challenge even the most star-crossed of lovers. Besides threatening Ríg and Clarinda’s lives (and immortal souls!), the Huntsmen of Muspelheim, Hela and her Wilde Jagd, and the Dragon Fafnir are all acting in concert with an unknown figure whose dark designs have been centuries in the making – but, for that plan to begin, he needs Ríg to awaken the first of nine magical artifacts that will open a Rune Gate to the Nightmare Realm and consume all reality in flames! If the two teenagers can’t stop their enemies, they’ll find the worlds of the Multiverse at the brink of annihilation!

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I AM the Other

I AM the Other
Title: I AM the Other
Published: April 8, 2014
A series of messages are sent from an unknown source and leaders in government, religion and technology attempt to decipher the messages while trying covertly to use the messages to their advantage. John Tennyson, President of the United States is concerned about national security yet for Sunshine Borden, the world-class programmer, it represents a technological puzzle to be solved. In the midst of this confusion, a killer stalks victims and forces Sunshine to leave his laboratory to track him down.

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Listed on the previous Awesome Indies Website in the "Rough Cuts" Category.

This was a special page for fiction in the rough and included uncut diamonds found during the assessment process. These books did not receive "Awesome Indies Approval"  but were considered to have a spark of brilliance, perhaps in their ideas, world-building, or some new approach. The issues that kept them from the "Approved" list are things that most readers would not notice as the good qualities overshadow any inadequacies. Awesome Indies stated: (quote) "Rough Cuts are here because the author cannot afford the cost of the line editor needed to tidy it up, and we don’t want genius to be missed because the author hasn’t a huge budget."

 

The Codex Lacrimæ, Part II

The Codex Lacrimæ, Part II: The Book of Tears (The Artifacts of Destiny)
Title: The Codex Lacrimæ, Part II: The Book of Tears (The Artifacts of Destiny)
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Published: November 5, 2013
ON THE FJORDS OF ASGARD, SERVIUS AURELIUS SANTINI CONFRONTS A HORROR FROM THE DEEPS… …But he lost the words as his mind filled with a blinding light cast by the aquamarine brilliance of the Codex Lacrimae, and a last, fleeting vision of Clarinda — no! It couldn’t be a real image, could it? Were nixies taking her from Skíðblaðnir and back to the battle? God, please. Where are you? He saw the faint aquamarine glow on his braces beneath the fjord’s surface. In that sinister tome were the words that he needed at this moment. Words apparently more immediate, more powerful, and more responsive than the silent God who had cast him to this fate! He wouldn’t die here. So be it: The Book of Revelations it is, God. Guide my arm, and let me throw down this dragon! Then the thinking was over, and Jormungand was upon him. Aurelius had an instant to register the shriek of Mjöllnir as he swung upward to make a last strike at the serpent. Then his vision filled with green scales, crimson eyes, and fanged maw as the leviathan became a blur before him — oblivion followed in a rushing gyre of flaming dragon’s breath, blue-green Codex Light, and black sea water… THE CONTINUATION OF AN EPIC FANTASY, WHERE NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS… ______________________________________

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Listed on the previous Awesome Indies Website in the "Rough Cuts" Category.

This was a special page for fiction in the rough and included uncut diamonds found during the assessment process. These books did not receive "Awesome Indies Approval"  but were considered to have a spark of brilliance, perhaps in their ideas, world-building, or some new approach. The issues that kept them from the "Approved" list are things that most readers would not notice as the good qualities overshadow any inadequacies. Awesome Indies stated: (quote) "Rough Cuts are here because the author cannot afford the cost of the line editor needed to tidy it up, and we don’t want genius to be missed because the author hasn’t a huge budget."