Don's Stab at Fiction
Don's Stab at Fiction
About the Bundle
I've written more than 50 books on information technology, but now I want to try my hand at fiction. If you'd like to support me in that effort, this bundle is a great way to do so.
Alabaster is light science-fiction, set on a distant world where humans terraformed a new home centuries ago. Their descendants have forgotten all about that technology, and are striving to make their way on a mostly-feudal world with plenty of intrigue and few bright spots. One young boy is inducted into the Tower of Alabaster, where he'll learn how to control the weather, defend the city, and delve into his ancestors' secrets. First in a trilogy. This book is finished and in final editing.
Power Wave is super-hero action at... well, not it's finest. These heroes are working on a small budget, with old equipment, and they're up against well-funded, world-domination-style bad guys. But the real story comes when they're visited by a being who is astounded by their special abilities, and who has more than just a clue of how they got them. Book One of the "Prime Wave Accounting" trilogy. This book is in-progress and you'll get a new chapter about every 4-5 weeks.
The Never is a story you probably know well, but probably not from this perspective. It's the prequel and sequel, too, and it tells the story of proud Queen Mab and her surviving family of Fae. It's how they're exiled to the Human world after the collapse of their home, Under Hill. It's how they struggle to survive in a world of Cold Iron, and the story of how they try to use one little boy to make a new home for themselves in a gray, formless dimension. This is a standalone title. This book is in-progress, and you'll get a new chapter about every 4-5 weeks.
This book is complete, but still in draft form. I'm reviewing it and accepting feedback until 15-March, at which time I'll produce the final version and move it to Amazon. --Don
Taryn wasn't expecting his younger brother's Test Day to be an ordinary day, but he had no idea it would turn out as it did. Rather than beginning a humble apprenticeship to a master instrument maker, Taryn found himself thrust into the strange and mysterious world of the Tower of Alabaster, suddenly charged with the city's welfare and protection. The Tower is astonishing, and its Servants are capable of controlling the weather, moving the earth itself, and other wondrous tasks. He finds himself at the center of a complex inter-city political balance, with Alabaster delicately positioned on the scales of an all-out regional war. As Taryn tries to find his new place in life, he discovers intrigue, centuries-old mysteries and misunderstandings, and the inner strength that he will need in order to save the city and all who live within.
Book One of the Prime Wave Accounting
Book One of the Prime Wave Accounting.
You know how it is for superheroes. You get your powers from a radioactive critter, a mysterious meteorite, or you just build them using your fabulous wealth and technical ingenuity. You don't worry about a day job except as a cover for getting dates, and you jet-set all over the world in search of super-powered crime that needs stopping. And even the poor superheroes have rich superhero friends and patrons. Yeah, there are interstellar threats, but overall life is pretty good.
Not in Harbor City. After heroes failed to stop the city's destruction, all the glamour was taken away. Today's supers are low-paid, blue-collar Janes and Joes who work under close police supervision, struggling by with hand-me-down equipment and their own dedication to their work.
The villains, on the other hand, seem pretty well-off. New costumes, big teams, and major heists are showing them at the top of their game. So at the top, in fact, that the cliche world-domination scheme might be starting to not only look good, but pretty damn feasible.
And none of them know how they got their powers.
A Tale of Peter and the Fae
When the ancient Under Hill home of the Fae is infected with the Rot, they're left with an unpleasant choice: die in one last, great stand, or escape to the Human world. A world they once knew, but where they no longer belong. A modern world, where Cold Iron surrounds and poisons magical beings. The Fae Queen reluctantly chooses exile, and she and her people abandon their magical castles, ancient glens, timeless forests, and centuries of power and tradition. They come into a bleak land bereft of magic and wonder, and begin to hunker down in the Human world's hidden places. The once-proud Fae resentfully begin a life of poverty, anonymity, and fear.
But one small group of Fae, accustomed to tinkering with the fabric of the universe, begin to develop an idea. An idea that will either give them a new world to live in, or wipe them completely from existence. An idea that could preserve them, or end them forever. An idea that requires the help of a young child's boundless imagination. An idea that will take them into the Never, a place forbidden and inimical to their kind.
It's a story that you think you know, but you've only ever heard a small part of it. A story that starts long before those three children flew in, and that has its epic conclusion long after they've gone.
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