It should have been a simple walk in the corp. Stroll into a mid-level corporation disguised as a nameless mid-level manager in a suit, deliver an unknown data package to an isolated network, and stroll out again. But nothing is ever simple in the shadows.
Now five shadowrunners are on the run themselves. Framed by their employer, the mysterious Mr. Johnson, and marked for termination by every hired cop, corp security man, and shadowrunner in Seattle, the team must find out who set them up, why they did it, and figure out how to deliver payback—without getting killed in the process.
The Frame Job, Part 1 is the first in a brand-new, six-novella story set in the gritty, dark future, magic-and-machine world of Shadowrun. Available from Amazon or Catalyst Game Labs.
Ichirin has the life most people dream about: a good job, solid and stable friendships, a bodiless kami speaking in her head helping her hunt down creatures from mythology that turn out to be more real than anyone would have thought possible. Maybe not that last part.
But it is a destiny she is burdened with as Ichirin possesses the ability to borrow the powers of these monsters when they're nearby. Her spiritual guide, Taka, guides her in the use of these abilities, imparting its wealth of knowledge accumulated over generations, often along with a helping of its observations of the colorful human race. Living in a rock for thousands of years gives one a unique perspective.
But as she digs deeper with the help of her friends, Ichirin begins to realize these attacks are not random. The appearance of the beasts is orchestrated, with some unseen hand pulling the strings and putting them in her way. She struggles to unravel the mystery of what is really going on, all while being the hunter Taka tells her she is destined to be. All she knows for sure is that she must be the one to face down these threats before they cause too much destruction. The entire saga in one book. Available from Amazon or Falstaff Books.
Ichirin woke up in smoke. Then her day got weird. It's not that she was in a fire. No, she was made of smoke. That's how she knew there was a new monster in Seattle, and she was going to have to deal with it. You see, Ichirin is a Hunter, blessed (or cursed) with an amulet containing an ancient kami bound to assist her in her task of protecting the people of the Pacific Northwest from supernatural dangers. Only, sometimes the kami isn't all that forthcoming with the details, which leads Ichirin, along with her best friends Hemingway and Corey, on a new quest to find out what exactly is smothering Seattle residents with smoke, and how to stop it. Along the way there are embarrassing clothing incidents, thrilling chases, spectacular building fire battles, and a lot of exploration of her powers, her duty to her city and her friends, and her place in the world(s), both spirit and corporeal.
Summer, a time of peace and relaxation. A wonderful opportunity to go to a house on the lake and go swimming with your friends. That’s what Ichirin expected to happen, but nothing seems to quite be normal in her world. On her annual summer retreat, she finds that once again a creature from Japanese mythology has proven to be more than just a simple tale. Something lurks in the lake, and it’s hunting her down. She needs to rely on her closest friends and her spiritual guide, an ancient kami bound to help her with secrets of its own. It offers to unleash a new level of power, but what will the price be and how will it change her? Then again, in order to save the lives of those closest to her, does she have any choice?
The hunts are taking their toll on Ichirin. Constantly being on the lookout for creatures summoned forth from Japanese mythology intent on sowing the seeds of chaos and destruction. Her spiritual guide, a bodiless kami bound to assist her, reminds her this is her destiny and her calling. Yet through it all, Ichirin can’t help but feel there is more to see, forces moving behind the curtain. When the latest in a string of hunts turns out to be a creature capable of speech, she hopes for the opportunity to gain some answers. But as she navigates the web of lies and half-truths woven by more than one party, Ichirin struggles to pick them apart and discover the truth underneath. Every answer yields more questions, and she can’t shake the feeling that time is running out. The stakes are rising and she doesn’t even know all the players.
A strange force is moving, plaguing Ichirin with nightmares that seem too real to be normal dreams. She had become comfortable filling the role of the hunter, but now that confidence wavers in the face of this new threat stalking her sleep. No creature has ever revealed itself like this before, leaving Ichirin puzzled over the source of the imaginings. It doesn't help that her spiritual ally, a bodiless kami, brushes off her concerns. But she has come to suspect he is withholding information, just like she is from him. But with the power to see into her mind, how long can she hold back the secrets she doesn't want to share? Will she be able to maintain control long enough to discover who has been manipulating things from the shadows? She knows she's close. Just a little bit longer...
The fourth and final book in my Japanese monster hunter series. Available from Falstaff Books or Amazon.
Nurroth, north of Orlandes City, is often viewed as an uncultured den of pirates and thieves. As a professional thief yourself, you get more than you bargain for after completing your most recent job. Clearly, you’ve stolen something you shouldn’t have. The Nurrothian Lords are on your trail, and you’re soon caught in a political tangle between Nurroth and Falavia. But a thief’s life is never meant to be easy…
This dark urban fantasy adventure is an omnibus of three novels: The Shadow Chaser, The Bringer of War, and The Torn Soul, and features three new short stories. It is available from Amazon or Apocalypse Ink Productions.
Time is running out for Darien. It has been nearly a year since the battle in Texas, where Darien learned of the curse that accompanies his powers as Sheynan. He is afraid to leave the safe haven of Susan’s family cabin in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, despite Richard’s growing impatience.
When the Arm of Gaia and the Shadows catch up to them, Darien is unprepared for the consequences, and only the intervention of a secretive government agency saves their lives. Who and what is this agency? How do they know so much about Shifters? Is their offer of help really what it appears to be? Or, is it something more nefarious?
As new players and new dangers enter the scene, Darien must confront his past, and convince the Arm and the Shadows to work together against a new enemy—before his mind is lost to the Sheynan’s curse. Available from Amazon or Apocalypse Ink Productions.
Three months have passed since Darien Yost learned about the Arm of Gaia and the Shadows. These people have the ability to shape-change into an animal form at will and have been waging a secret war for centuries. They struggle to control Darien’s destiny, believing that his rare ability could tip the balance.
But Darien has embraced his powers and is no longer the untrained, easily manipulated, novice he once was. Now he and his allies have gone on the offensive, hunting down those who are trying to enslave him.
Meanwhile, Bridget, a renegade shifter with secrets of her own, tries to pull Darien away from his friends. She believes that together, they will be unstoppable. She knows that alone, their fates will lead to madness.
Darien Yost is a young man about to learn that the world is not all he believes it to be. It all starts when he finds himself blacking out for no apparent reason. He is haunted by strangely realistic dreams and mysterious strangers who appear in his life. They know details about him that even he isn’t aware of and claim that he has a power which makes him unique among them.
The more he struggles to find the answers, the deeper he finds himself entangled in this world, a world of shape shifters.
Soon he is thrust into the middle of a war that has been going on for generations. He must master his abilities before either side claims him – either as an asset or a casualty.