Three temple maidens are running for their lives. The bandits have suddenly sprung from their hiding among the mountain pass to ambush the maidens’ caravan. As the temple maiden’s security is quickly being killed all around them, each knows that at least one of them must survive to get to the Dream Oracle. They must warn her of a Supreme Overlord named Kronos. The temple maidens have information that Kronos plans to kill the Dream Oracle and all with her in order to use their powers for conquering the temple maidens’ planets and the universe. Time is running out for the people of Syntaurus and the universe if Kronos can’t be stopped.
The first book of the Princelings of the East series introduces us to Princelings George and Fred. Imagine them scurrying around the castle using secret passages, carrying out scientific experiments that occasionally blow up in their faces, or quaffing ale at their favourite tavern.
But there is trouble in their world. They may not use much energy, but when they do, it is usually for important occasions. Energy draining to a halt to ruin the King’s Birthday celebrations is enough to send the king at Castle in the Marsh into a rage, and demand that everyone cease and desist from using it. George’s latest machine is destroyed; their world looks to be falling apart. So who better to go and solve the problem of this energy drain than the Princelings themselves?
Leaving the security of their Castle is a big step into the unknown for these boys, and they soon meet strangers, some of whom are stranger than others. Who to trust? Prince Lupin, so suave and sophisticated, with so many hangers-on fawning at his feet? The businessman, Hugo, who seems so smooth and worldly, yet has an air of deceit about him? The young barkeeper, Victor, always bustling around and never bothering to string a sentence together when three words will do, unless for royalty? And that’s just Fred’s problem, since he has irritatingly lost touch with George in the darkness of the strange tunnel that appeared from nowhere in the corner of their room.
Meanwhile George seems to have been transported to another world, full of hustle, bustle and shining towers. Where, or when, is he? How come these strangers know so much more about his reputation than he does himself? And will he manage to escape being thrown into a dungeon or killed by an assassin?
H.A.L.F. #9 is the product of genetic engineering, a hybrid of human and alien DNA. Kept secret in an underground lab, he was engineered and trained to be a potent weapon in a secret war we don’t know is coming.
But #9 has escaped the lab into the Arizona desert. He’s never felt more alive, more powerful or more deadly.
Erika Holt is hanging out in the desert with some friends on a Saturday night completely unaware that there are things more dangerous lurking in the dark than scorpions and rattlesnakes. Soon she will cross paths with H.A.L.F. #9 and their fates will become intertwined in an intergalactic adventure.
“A fast-paced sci-fi adventure. A Silver Medal Winner and highly recommended.” ~The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Night lasts for days on planet Jannix, and in a city full of murderers, thugs, gangsters and con artists, no man can ever be sure he’ll see another dawn. So when private investigator Jack Tarelli is called to the home of an enigmatic billionaire just hours after an unspeakable murder, he knows a long, long night has only just begun.
Led on a chase into the shadowy underbelly of a city that never wakes, the hard-nosed and uncompromising Jack will stop at nothing to track down a deadly killer whose motives are shrouded in corruption, betrayal and deceit. But as connections to Jack’s own dark and mysterious past arise, it becomes clear that this is more than a search for answers; it’s a race against time.
Fools rush in where devils fear to tread.
Targeted Age Group:: 13 years and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always loved the hard-boiled mystery genre, especially the film noir of the 1940s and 50s. I wanted to write a science fiction story with the same sort of feel to it. The Night Also Rises takes place in a galaxy where biological evidence and genetic material are so easily fabricated that the science of criminal investigation has become unreliable. Most scientific evidence is no longer admissible in a court of law. As a result, detective work has taken a backwards leap, relying on logic, motive and deductive reasoning. The Night Also Rises takes the hardboiled detective of the 1940s and drops him into science fiction setting.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Ernest Hemingway.