July 2018The EcliptorAllen L. WoldJeanette has learned how to go from one reality to another, under her own power. She goes, even before a call, to worlds which the Arkenome is attempting to destroy. There is never any explanation for why he does this. Sometimes she prevents the destruction, sometimes she rescues only survivors, and sometimes she fails.

Her companions travel with her, and some die. She has learned super-human skills, which don’t always work. She has destroyed a powerful Arkenome, only to see him replaced by another, who is stronger, more dangerous, more powerful, and more ruthless. She has learned that Arkenomes, and those who want to be, are guided by a super-cosmic intelligence, which will always find another agent if one is lost.

This is the Ecliptor, and she decides to go after it directly, to stop the creation of new enemies, and must somehow get the Arkenome to lead her to it. She and her companions do everything they can to drive him to seek his masters help. She taunts him, evades him, disrupts his perverse pleasure places, turns his slave world against him, pursues him to target worlds and interrupts him before he gets started.

And then, at last, when it seems that she has succeeded, she learns that even the Ecliptor has a master of a higher order. Must she dominate the Ecliptor first? Or can she go directly to his master?
July 2018Hero TranscendentAllen L. WoldThe time has come for Jeanette to confront the Enemy at last. But before she can reach him, she must defeat Diapollion the Ecliptor, the Enemy’s prime agent, and master of the Arkenomes who destroy cultures and whole worlds.

The Enemy is a transcendent being, an extra-cosmic intelligence, who dwells outside the greater reality. She must discover how to cross the threshold between all that is real, and the meta-reality where Kada Barros has his place of power. Kada Barros strikes, and she loses everything. Tondorre, her soul companion, comes to her, and gives her the black ring, which she had entrusted to him, but all her other companions have been scattered to their own worlds. She must start all over again, with only the ring and Tondorre to help her.

She saves one world, and another, but she falls into a trap set by an Arknome who bested her once before. She and Tondorre are saved from death by a companion who came from her own world, in response to Jeanette’s need for help. She has two companions now. She is challenged by the new Ecliptor, someone whom she had thought she had overcome, and this time she destroys his power.

But she learns that the intelligences, which have been watching over everything, will not let her finish the task which had been set before her. Instead, she must choose another hero to take her place.
July 2018The Ring Of Five StonesAllen L. WoldLeslie Ann Drover has the Black Ring, which was given to her by Jeanette just before she was killed. Leslie Ann, much more experienced in the world than Jeanette was, understands that this her Jeanette’s successor. She is younger than Jeanette, independent, self-supporting, and is learning leadership skills on her job. When she is called upon as the new hero, proves herself. And again. And again.

But the tasks, the adventures, become more complicated, the moral choices more difficult, the physical challenges harder, and the leadership more demanding. She rejects the idea that she might be crazy, and knows that these strange worlds and her body shapes are real. But it’s all getting to be too much. She doesn’t know if she’ll be able to go on alone.

She goes, without being summoned, from her apartment door to a world where there is no enemy to stop, in a not-quite medieval public house. There she finds Ikusa, one of Jeanette’s old companions, waiting for her. Together, they meet ever greater challenges until, at last, she has all five of the hero’s tokens.

But she must confront the Ecliptor personally. He was mortal, but is now almost a demi-god. And then she must find and go to the Enemy himself, Kada Barros. She cannot destroy him, and would not if she could. But she has to stop him somehow. Maybe there’s another way….
July 2018The Wrath Of KaliAndrew J. WestCan the world really be saved from nuclear annihilation? At the end of their first voyage, after having apparently delivered humanity from the end of the world, the original superheroes Hanuman the monkey general, Vibhisana the seer and Kalika the Goddess of Time came face to face with the hidden figure behind the end of the world: Kali the demoness.

In the second installment of the trilogy, Time Beings II: The Wrath of Kali, Andrew J. West takes the scenario established in Forward to the Past—where mythic characters from Hindu mythology try to turn the wheel of time away from imminent cataclysm—to an all new level.

In a desperate attempt to undo the work of the demoness, our heroes must travel further forward into the past to confront historical mass murderers such as Genghis Khan as well as save (or maybe not…) such luminaries as Archimedes of Syracuse (the mathematician and inventor), the Trung sisters (the ancient Vietnamese heroines), Hypatia of Alexandria (the mathematician and philosopher), Jesus of Nazareth and many more.

“Counterfactual history is actually an enjoyable way to explore and learn about factual history,” said the author. “And with central characters drawn from Hindu mythology, in which I’ve developed a keen interest since moving from Australia to live in Thailand fifteen years ago, it’s also an unconventional but informative way to learn about other cultures as well as the history of other times and places.”

The Wrath of Kali is the second of a trilogy of adventures in which Hanuman, Vibhisana and Kalika fight off demonic forces of apocalyptic destruction… Stay tuned for Time Beings III: Edge of Yesterday.

Apart from this trilogy, Andrew J. West has written many articles for Bangkok Post and authored Thai Neotraditional Art (2015) and Destiny to Imagination: Prateep Kochabua (2013).
June 2018No Holds BardMichael A. Ventrella

Introduction

Welcome to Fortannis-a place where adventure waits to waylay you around every corner.

It's a land where humans mingle with stubborn dwarves, mysterious elves, and feathered biata against shape-shifting gryphons, necromantic zombies, and silly goblins. It's a land where things are never as they seem; where good and evil are not always clear-cut, and where the strong do not always prevail.

In Fortannis, one can learn magic by summoning the power of the flow of order in the world, to tie yourself to the living cycle of all around you. Or, if your inclinations are darker, you can be tempted by the flow of chaos and entropy, which allows you to create undead abominations and cast substantially more powerful spells (in exchange for the corruption of your soul). Hey, the choice is yours.

This is the fifth collection of stories which take place in the world of Fortannis. Some of these stories feature characters introduced in the novels and the first four collections, but you don't have to read the earlier ones to enjoy these stories. You'll enjoy them more if you do, however. I recommend reading the books in the following order to keep the timeline consistent: Arch Enemies, The Axes of Evil, A Bard's Eye View, A Bard in the Hand, A Bard Day's Knight, It's a Wonderful Death, A Bard Act to Follow.

June 2018The Prince And The AssassinFG and DC LavalAllan Lanner has just turned sixteen and is about to find out a truth about his history and his parentage that will rock his very existence. Tasked with delivering a sword to a beautiful Countess, Allan encounters a number of challenges, which lead him from being held captive by brigands, to being rescued by a troop of southern chevaliers, then finally finding his way to Castle Helmstedt and an audience with the King.

Countess Demaris Del’oro is from a small town in northern Arrontierre, where she has just come into the rights to her land and title. Sent to Carentan for an arranged betrothal, she meets Allan at the smithy where she chooses a new sword. Meanwhile, a legendary Klagen figure resides in the northern forests unaware of his future destiny with his own secret agenda for vengeance.

Allan embarks on a journey to discover the truth behind his mother’s story and is unwittingly drawn into a deep and dark plot for revenge harboured by the Countess, Del’oro.

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June 2018

Jeanette steps from a moving train into a multidimensional maze, which is a part of something greater. The miniature world at the center of the maze is the center of all things, even beyond the maze. The dark outside force has sent a tempter to bring about its downfall.

Jeanette goes to a world of layers: the Sea of Grass; huge mesas of untouched forest; the Midlands of the people, whose culture is hundreds of thousands of years old; and the desert Uplands where demons dwell. An old enemy has come, and Jeanette, believed to be a demon, must keep him from enslaving the people.

An agent of the enemy brings unnatural winter to her world, and comes itself to attack her in her home at night. In a world similar to her own, she must first deal with the unnatural winter, then find the agent, in a stolen tower house, bigger on the inside than on the outside.

She must prove herself again, and again. She must show not only her greater courage, strength, and leadership, but learn to control her rage, and show compassion.

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June 2018

When the solar system adopts the buggy SolGrid telepathic network designed by former United System Space Force officer Patrick James, Jack Commer’s charismatic but troubled son Jonathan James instigates a rebellion against what he considers brainwashing. His followers includes his lover Suzette Borman, a hard-bitten nightclub owner who’s been rejuvenated to look nineteen; Patrick’s girlfriend Jackie Vespertine, emissary to aliens in the Iota Persei system; Pat’s SolGrid partner Sanders Hirte, a former bar bouncer; and Jonathan James’ dog Trotter, bonded to him years ago in Alpha Centauri as warrior brother.

Smitten with the voluptuous Suzette and finally admitting that his dysfunctional SolGrid is paralyzing Sol culture, Pat accepts a place in the Rebellion. But he’s stunned when Jonathan James storms an orbiting museum and not only steals Typhoon II, Jack Commer’s ancient 2030’s spaceship, but also kidnaps Z’B, Emperor of the Martians. As Jack pursues Jonathan James he begins to understand that his son’s pirate crew is staging an armed rebellion against Sol.

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