The Citadel of the Last Gathering

A Sea of Sky
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The horizon is broken; earth and sky are one.

Alaji and Yemerik arrive in a world where the remnants of old empires are scattered to the winds. Survivors have rebuilt on islands suspended over a world of unimaginable danger.

They are seeking a fellow time traveler, hoping he will help them restore the fractured timeline and return Alaji to her home in the distant past.

But even if they find him and win his help, there are obstacles beyond the sea of sky. Revelations and betrayal will force Alaji to confront questions and doubts she's long avoided. After everything she's seen and experienced, does she still want to return home?

A Sea of Sky is the fifth book in The Citadel of the Last Gathering, a time-travel fantasy series following a young woman from an era before history journeying across millions of years, exploring a world of evolving magic.

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A Contest of Prophecies
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Not even history can withstand the vastness of time.

In streets blackened by soot and the shadows of airships, their names were legend. But if they want those stories to survive, Alaji, Phaesha, and Yemerik will need to craft a prophecy that will last for eons.

They’ll need to travel back to a time of dragons, knights, and castles and forge an alliance with a man destined to be king. They’ll need to start a war that will kill thousands and conquer a nation to create a past that matches the future they left behind.

But theirs is not the only prophecy. A spirit has followed them back through time, and it will not rest until Alaji is destroyed. Their war in the past masks a grander contest between forces striving to reshape all of time.

A Contest of Prophecies is the fourth book in The Citadel of the Last Gathering, a time-travel fantasy series following a young woman from an era before history journeying across millions of years, exploring a world of evolving magic.

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A Unique Sickness of Spirit
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They've traveled a hundred thousand years to a land that has forgotten its history... yet they are expected.

With a single step, Alaji, Phaesha, and Yemerik left the era of wizards, glaciers, and monsters. Now they find themselves in a city where spirits are enslaved, vampire lords command vast wealth, and wars are waged with alchemical weapons.

Some view them as saviours prophesied to overthrow a corrupt system; others consider them criminal anarchists. The wrong word or action could have dire consequences for the people of this time and could place the three travelers in incredible danger.

There are things here that could claim more than their lives – every moment puts their sanity and very souls at risk.

A Unique Sickness of Spirit is the third novel in The Citadel of the Last Gathering, a time-travel fantasy series where magic and monsters evolve over eons.

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A Tide of Ice
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A New Land. A New Gate. An Age of Steel and Blood.

Alaji has seen impossible wonders and faced incredible dangers in places beyond imagination. She has already traveled in time over a thousand years, but she is about to learn that is less than a heartbeat in the life of the world. To reach the Citadel of the Last Gathering, her journey will need to take on a far grander scale, one where geology changes like the seasons, where nothing is constant.

Now she finds herself in an era where imperious wizards create powerful monsters and unleash them upon the lands of their enemies. But these threats may be nothing compared to the men and women who are able to thrive in such harsh times.

A Tide of Ice continues the story begun in A Count of Five. It is the second novel in the series, The Citadel of the Last Gathering.

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A Count of Five
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A spell stolen from the gods; a journey beyond the end of time.

One for the gods of our people, Two for the plants they seeded into the earth, Three for the animals they gave gifts of magic, Four for the men who serve the gods, Five for the spirit that sustains everything.

Five numbers. Five gods. Five spells for men and five for women. Five ages before the end.

Since history began, this knowledge has defined the world for Alaji’s people, who live along the shores of five holy lakes. But now an army has ridden out of the north led by a powerful and cunning warlord. This, Alaji is told, could mark the end of the last age. The end of men and of time itself.
Alaji has more to fear than invaders. She has learned the five spells of women. But she knows one more: a spell beyond those given to mortals. A spell that that gives her power over time.

To learn a spell of the gods is to challenge them. If discovered, the penalty is death. But harnessing such power may allow Alaji to save her family, or may start her on a journey ranging farther than they could have ever imagined.

A Count of Five is the first novel in The Citadel of the Last Gathering, exploring a fantasy world on a massive scale.

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"At AuroroTech, we record your actions and your words, then transform that data into a lifelike simulation. After that, the possibilities are endless. Imagine meeting yourself, being able to experience what others truly see and hear when they talk to you. Imagine if your friends and family could always keep in touch, no matter how busy you are. Imagine if in a hundred years from now, a part of you remains for future generations to interact with.

When Persephone Kilard signed up and strapped on the miniature recorder, all she wanted was a social networking service that would take the actual work of socializing off of her hands. Fringe religious groups could wax poetic about deeper meanings and universal truths; she just wanted to make her life a little easier.

After all, the simulation was only supposed to be her reflection, not her soul.

But there was one small glitch. Suddenly Persephone’s digital profile has a mind of its own. Face to face with herself, Persephone is forced to confront questions about the nature of identity that she’d rather avoid. She’d better figure it out quickly, though, because hers isn’t the only mind lurking in AuroroTech’s drives and networks.

Somewhere, hidden in the code, a simulated ghost is watching her while the border between reality and replica unravels. The virtual danger is becoming all too real, and both versions of Persephone need to uncover the truth if either is going to have a chance to survive."

For Love of Children
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Set in the aftermath of World War II, For Love of Children is a dark fantasy novel whose characters are drawn from a mythology of nursery rhymes and fairytales.

Santa Claus, a former bishop who achieved immortality through magic and alchemy, is torn between a desire to help the world and a need to control it. At best, his gifts are symbols of generosity; at worst, they are tools of manipulation.

The tooth fairy is the last of her kind. When her race was taken from the world she remained, unwilling to leave the children she loves. She is alone, hunted by Father Time, who seeks to rid the world of childish things.

Peter is neither a rabbit nor a man. His memory is fragmented and uncertain. For centuries he has existed in secret, hiding from mankind and himself. Once a year he emerges with the spring, leaving painted eggs and straw baskets for the children of a nearby village.

Narrated by Mother Goose, once a goddess who's been all but forgotten, the novel explores the dangers of idealism and the pain of loss.

Short Story Collections 

Tending the Fire
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When I was growing up, fantasy was full of elves, dragons, and goblins. It was the mix of myth and fairytale that caught my imagination and made me fall in love with the genre.

Like everything else, fantasy literature moves in trends. Certain elements and tropes go out of fashion, and others are introduced. At some point the elves, dwarves, and monsters fell out of favor. To many readers, they became synonymous with a brand of epic storytelling that had grown repetitive and stale.

But these are the elements I love. I wrote the ten short stories inTending the Fire to celebrate the history of this genre and all its glorious trappings by exploring them in a new light.

In this collection, you’ll find existential stories about gnomes and assassins, cultural clashes between magical empires and lost villages, comic adventures and dark fables, stories that touch on the nature of dragons, dreams, and of story itself.

I hope you enjoy them.

25 Christmas Eves

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25 Christmas Eves is a literary advent calendar exploring the holidays from a very different perspective than you're probably used to. You'll find stories about zombies, ghosts, aliens, reindeer... basically anything that shouldn't exist in our world but comes out of the shadows every Christmas to threaten life as we know it.

And best of all, there's enough to enjoy one story a night from December first through the big day. Or you could gorge yourself on holiday cheer and read through them all in one night. We won't judge.

The stories represent dozens of different sub-genres but all center on Christmas Eve. You'll find horror, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, and more... sometimes in the same story.

Enjoy. And Merry Christmas.

NOTE: You can also read the fiction in 25 Christmas Eves at Mainlining Christmas.

From nihilistic elves to tortured snowmen and cursed gifts, A Man of Snow and Other Seasonal Stories explores a different side to the holidays. These five tales will take you from the North Pole to an empty shopping mall on Christmas Eve, and even through the dark depths of the US Postal System.

Whether you love the holidays or hate them, this is our gift to you.

Contains four stories which ran on during December 2010, plus an exclusive story: "The Escape"