Long Fiction

Alden Bridge

Alden Bridge

On his eleventh birthday, young Alden Waverly hears strange noises outside his play cave on Cappa Terse. He and his parents live intriguing, fulfilling lives as pioneers there among the trees and rocky terrain of their plateau, part of a small contingent of humans evaluating the planet for colonization.

After the strange noises comes a cataclysmic explosion. Alden races from his cave to find devastation. His house and the bridge from their plateau to the rest of the planet lay in obliterated ruin. Tragically, Alden learns that his parents are within the destruction. Instantly isolated and the only human on Cappa Terse, Alden faces seemingly insurmountable challenges, both emotionally and in his physical struggle to survive. Motivation wanes as Alden realizes there is literally no one in the universe who even knows he is alive.

Before long, though, he encounters a unique circumstance on his plateau: a burlon. A large, tough, immensely strong animal he’s never seen before, one that lives across the ruined bridge, in the grassland. At first, Alden tries merely to make curious contact, but it becomes quickly evident these unlikely allies need each other, if either are to survive. Their only hope lies across the ravine, and resources are slim. Just the trees and a few simple tools. Alden forms a plan, but it could take years, and with food scarce, frightful predators in the air, and unpredictable earthquakes underfoot, time is their enemy.

Through this heartwarming, coming-of-age tale of survival and friendship, can Alden and his new companion, Burly, beat overwhelming odds and find their way to life over Alden Bridge?

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The Holitaph

The Holitaph

On an innocuous Tuesday morning, quality engineer Dylan Bruce arrives at his everyday job at an electronics company, but quickly finds himself plunged into an adventure that flings him across the universe.  Merdal, an alien thought dead and now returned from eons trapped in the fourteenth dimension, craves the power to twist the nature of time and destroy reality.

A victim of astonishing circumstance, Dylan learns he is inextricably linked to both Merdal and the very fabric of the universe itself, standing in the way of Merdal’s strategy for ultimate control.  With the help of multidimensional interstellar allies, Dylan must embark on a mission to defeat Merdal and save the universe.  Traversing everything from a desert plain, an underwater cavern, and a forested mountain—all on different planets—Dylan deals with instant danger, deadly disease, and even with the oblivion of open space, on an adventure for which he neither asked nor prepared.  Struggling with the weight of this new and overwhelming responsibility, Dylan grapples with a basic question: is he up to it?  Is he really the one to rescue the cosmos?

With Merdal and his henchmen, the Galderinx, at his heels, Dylan and his friends race across vast expanses of space to piece together the puzzle that will overcome Merdal’s ancient sorcery.  Along the way, Dylan encounters a myriad of strange and powerful alien beings; some friendly, some not so much.  When he meets Faldra, the gorgeous and intriguing woman who helps Dylan understand his connection to all life through the Stream of Consciousness, the stakes take an unpredictable turn.  Dylan digs deep to discover what he’s made of and what it will take to meet this challenge head-on.  At risk is nothing less than the fate of the universe.  Through it all, the critical element at the core of Dylan’s quest remains a black cube—a fabled artifact known as the Holitaph.

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Eve of Demons

Eve of Demons

Rachel Lake’s mother, Suzanne, suffers an untimely death.  But is she really gone?

In the wake of her mother’s death, Rachel has no time to grieve in peace as an unseen entity launches her on a spiraling descent into terror.  Rachel feels the presence of her mother, reassuring her that everything will be all right, but there’s more—bizarre, terrifying mental images she can’t explain.  To Rachel’s horror, people begin dying.  By her hand.  Through episodes of terrifying possession, she is powerless to prevent the invading presence from forcing her to commit gruesome murders.

But the presence inside her is Suzanne, her mother.  How can that be?

Throughout Rachel’s life, she never met her father, anthropologist and Maya expert Jason Caldwell.  Suzanne told her Jason was dead.  Suzanne’s passing brings them together for the first time, and Jason becomes embroiled in the astounding mystery of Rachel’s turmoil.  Jason’s investigation leads them to the legend of Lilith, the legendary demonic figure of Hebrew folklore.  Could there be a connection between Suzanne and the ageless myth?

With Suzanne assaulting Rachel’s consciousness at will, Jason and Rachel discover clue upon clue revealing a plan to plunge mankind into an impending eternity of torture.  Suzanne has a plan—and the ability—to flood the Earth with demons, and Rachel is at the center of that scheme.

Cultural legends merge and clash as Jason must decipher an ancient Mayan text and weave it together with Hebrew folklore to unlock the secret of Suzanne’s true identity.  Rachel’s pivotal role in the demonic plan crystallizes while the alarming evidence they encounter relentlessly builds in a crescendo of supernatural suspense.  As the deadline for catastrophe approaches, can Jason and Rachel stay alive long enough to protect the world from an endless horde of terrifying creatures?

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