A Bard in the Hand

Author: Michael a. Ventrella
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ISBN: 9781771150880
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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 second collection of stories which take place in the world of Fortannis (which also happens to be the world in which my two novels take place-what a coincidence!). I am very proud of the stories collected here. There are grand adventures, humorous contrivances, and strong morality tales. You'll meet clever con artists, suspicious spies, and pompous nobles. There are unexpected twists and turns and danger lurking on every page. "Magic. Knights. Werewolves. Doppelgangers. Elves. There's no telling what will pop up in Michael A. Ventrella's Fortannis fantasy series when he invites other writers to play in his sandbox. No need to wait for any 'extended editions.' These stories are good to go now." - Daniel M. Kimmel, author of the Hugo-nominated "Jar Jar Binks Must Die" and "Shh! It's a Secret." "A very fun anthology of tales in a world both expected and very different indeed! In 'A Bard in the Hand', Michael Ventrella and others revisit the world of Fortannis and emerge with tales to astound, amuse, and bemuse; here is sword-and-sorcery to stand well next to that of Leiber and Moorcock, and ordinary people swept up into events far larger than they which can still be addressed with some common sense and cleverness. A young woman makes a choice, and faces the consequences of choice and the price of learning, while another duels in darkness for the soul of a child, and an old man recounts an adventure of his youth that kindles a spark in those who listen. A fun book, well worth reading!" -- Ryk Spoor, author of "Phoenix Rising" and "Grand Central Arena" "Curl up in your favorite chair with your favorite beverage and get ready for adventure, action and derring-do-it's all here!" Gail Z Martin, author of Ice Forged

The Engine Woman s Light

Author: Laurel Anne Hill
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ISBN: 9781937818470
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Ghosts command Juanita to protect thrown-away people from a murderer. Yet to save innocents, Juanita must take lives of the corrupt, despite her belief in the sacredness of human life. And she might not survive to marry her betrothed. Come visit Juanita's California-where spirits meet steampunk, where love and anger emanate from beyond the grave.

Arch Enemies

Author: Michael A. Ventrella
Publisher: Double Dragon Pub
ISBN: 9781554045532
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When a cowardly young bard is called before the Duke and told that he must perform a task because of an ancient prophecy involving a mysterious Arch, he is certain there has been a grave mistake. When the Duke's own men later try to kill him and he is forced to run, unsure who to trust, he realizes that it may be his own grave that is in question. "Arch Enemies" is an exciting adventure in the vein of the "Harry Potter" novels, as our young hero struggles to overcome his inexperience and limitations to figure out the meaning of the mysterious prophecy. His only friends along the way are two squires who are torn between obeying the orders of the knight they have sworn to follow and doing what they believe is right.

Long Title

Author: Michael A. Ventrella
Publisher: BearManor Media
ISBN: 1629331759
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“Here we come. Walking down the street. We get the funniest looks from everyone we meet. Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees!” The idea of creating a tv series about a wacky rock group similar to The Beatles had been unsuccessfully kicked around Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures since 1962, but by 1965, The Beatles were on their second tour, and their Help! album, single, and tour created a popularity wave called Beatlemania. The enormous success of their A Hard Day’s Night album and single convinced Screen Gems to green light the tv series idea, and The Monkees were born. A fake band seemed odd in the real world still reeling from race riots, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and the Vietnam War, but delightful Davy Jones, peppy Peter Tork, madcap Micky Dolenz, and comparatively serious Michael Nesmith were too busy singing to bring anybody down. Fake became steak by late 1966, and with help from super musicians Tommy Boyce, Bobby Bart, Neil Diamond, Chip Douglas, Carole King, John Stewart, and others, the series skyrocketed to hit status along with #1 music albums and hit singles, such as “The Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone,” and “I’m a Believer.” Authors Michael A. Ventrella and Mark Arnold now analyze all The Monkee’s songs and albums produced over 50 years. Discover the band’s detailed history, a listing of all live performances and TV appearances, and a listing of all of their singles and albums that made the Billboard charts. Come and watch them sing and play. Discover the secrets of their recordings: which of The Monkees played what instruments on each song, when it was recorded, how well that song did on the charts, whether there were any interesting cover versions of the song done, and when it first appeared on a record. Profusely illustrated with album covers, single covers, live performance pictures, and trivia pictures. Index. About author Mark Arnold: a well-known historian of pop culture, he is also author of The Best of the Harveyville Fun Times!; Created and Produced by Total TeleVision productions; Mark Arnold Picks on The Beatles; Frozen in Ice: The Story of Walt Disney Productions; Think Pink: The Story of DePatie-Freleng; Pocket Full of Dennis the Menace About author Michael A. Ventrella: a musician, who was tremendously inspired by The Monkees, has published or edited Arch Enemies; The Axes of Evil; Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President; and the Tales of Fortannis series.

Baker Street Irregulars The Game is Afoot

Author: Michael A. Ventrella
Publisher: Diversion Books
ISBN: 1635763762
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Thirteen authors, including Narrelle M. Harris, Jody Lynn Nye, and Sarah Stegall, come together in the second edition of Baker Street Irregulars to pen an original collection of short stories on the iconic and timeless character, Sherlock Holmes. In this new edition of Baker Street Irregulars, a cast of authors riff on the iconic figure of Sherlock Holmes in over a dozen captivating new ways. In Keith DeCandido’s “Six Red Dragons,” Sherlock is a young girl in modern New York City. In Sarah Stegall’s “Papyrus,” Sherlock is a female librarian in ancient Egypt. In Daniel M. Kimmel’s mesmerizing “A Scandal in Chelm,” Sherlock is a rabbi. Derek Beebe sends Sherlock to the moon, while Mike Strauss, in “The Adventure of the Double Sized Final Issue,” casts him as a comic book character. The backdrops run the gamut from a grade school classroom to Jupiter, from rural, post-Civil War to an alien spaceship. While preserving the timeless charm and intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, these authors pen stories of the world’s greatest detective as you’ve never seen him before.

Baker Street Irregulars

Author: Michael A. Ventrella
Publisher: Diversion Books
ISBN: 162681838X
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Thirteen authors, including Gail Z. Martin, David Gerrold, and Jonathan Maberry, come together to pen short stories innovating Sherlock Holmes, adapting and revolutionizing the iconic character. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic and lasting figures in literature. His feats of detection are legendary, and he continues to capture audiences today in stories, movies, and on TV. In this new anthology, Baker Street Irregulars, authors present the celebrated detective in more than a dozen wildly entertaining new ways. In Ryk Spoor’s thrilling "The Adventures of a Reluctant Detective,” Sherlock is a re-creation in a holodeck. In Hildy Silverman’s mesmerizing "A Scandal in the Bloodline,” Sherlock is a vampire. Heidi McLaughlin sends Sherlock back to college, while Beth Patterson, in the charming "Code Cracker,” turns him into a parrot. The settings range from Russia in the near-future to a reality show, from a dystopian world to an orchestra. Without losing the very qualities that make Sherlock so illustrious a character, these authors spin new webs of mystery around their own singular riff on one of fiction’s truly singular characters. Stories In This Volume: "’Locked!" by Mike Strauss "Identity (An Adventure of Shirley Holmes and Jack Watson)" by Keith R. A. DeCandido "The Scent of Truth" by Jody Lynn Nye "The Adventure of the Reluctant Detective" by Ryk Spoor "A Scandal in the Bloodline" by Hildy Silverman "The Fabulous Marble" by David Gerrold "The Scarlet Study" by Jim Avelli "Delta Phi" by Heidi McLaughlin "Beethoven’s Baton" by Austin Farmer "The Adventure of the Melted Saint" by Gail Z. Martin "Automatic Sherlock" by Martin Rose "The Hammer of God" by Jonathan Maberry "Code Cracker" by Beth W. Patterson

Borderlands Vol 3 Tannis The Vault

Author: Mikey Neumann
Publisher: IDW Publishing
ISBN: 1623027667
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The Vault Hunters have escaped Nine Toes but find themselves lost. Enter Patricia Tannis-- a brilliant scientist who's struggling to cling to reality, but is the Hunters' only hope of reaching the Vault. Collects issues #5_8.

Shanghai Steam

Author: Calvin D. Jim
Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
ISBN: 1770530231
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From ancient China to a future Mars, from the British Empire to the Old West, 19 authors show you worlds with alcohol fuelled dragons, philosophical automatons, and Qi-powered machines both wondrous and strange in tales of vengeance, paper lantern revolutions and flying monks. Shanghai Steam is a unique mash up of Steampunk and the Chinese literary genre known as Wuxia (loosely translated as martial hero).

Poets in Hell

Author: Janet Morris
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ISBN: 9780991465439
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The best, the worst, and ugliest bards in perdition vie for Satan's favor as poets slam one another, Satan's Fallen Angels smirk up their sleeves, and the illiterati have their day. Find out why the damned deserve their fates as Hell's hacks sink to new poetical depths! The first Bible writer drafts a deal with the Devil. Attila the Hun learns his punishment's just begun. Mary Shelley and Victor Frankenstein make a monstrous mistake. Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp get their unjust deserts. Hell's Undertaker goes on holiday. The Damned Poets Society slams away. A nameless soul shows Dorothy Parker that fame is a bitch. In the underworlds, injustice always reigns: Join us and our damnedest poets for the crookedest poetry festival in perdition where language comes to die and no rhyme goes unpunished.

Tales of Fortannis

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Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing
ISBN: 9781554048328
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A Bard' Eye View is a wild and weird collection of fantasy stories that present some of the freshest writing around. Derring-do with a great sense of fun. Highly recommended. - New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of The King of Plagues and Dust & Decay Rollicking good fun perfect for a beach read, subway read, airplane read-heck, just buy it and read it Mirth, mayhem and magic in an intriguing world. - Gail Z. Martin, author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series A Bard's Eye View is a varied collection of adventures, whimsies, variously grim, grand and comedic; this book will appeal to fans of gaming and fantasy alike. - Jay Lake, Campbell Award-winning author of Green and Mainspring You don't need to know the background material to enjoy the range of stories from the talespinners assembled here. It has plenty of adventures that end with a twist that leave you shaking your head in pleased surprise. I'll be happy to look for many of these writers in days to come. - Jody Lynn Nye, author of View From the Imperium and Dragon's Deal Stories include: The Zombie King s Plan by Michael A. Ventrella Stealing the Sky by Danny Birt Listen to a Tale, My Friends by Michael Strauss Bad Debts by Bernie Mojzes Grip of Chaos by Laurel Anne Hill The Great Green Kettle Pie Recipe Caper by Roy C. Booth and Brian Woods Behind the Bar by Mark Mensch A Rock is a Rock is a Rock Or Is It? by J. Thomas Ross The Messenger s Trap by Matthew C. Plourde Faith by Tera Fulbright A Child s Tale by Davey Beauchamp Suffer the Liar by Ron F. Leota The Long Sleep by Nick Bond The Otherside Alliance by Jon Cory