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Descent of the Vile is a character-driven dark science-fiction novel about starting over in the midst of an apocalypse.

Photographer Jackson Riley is annoyed.  He gets called to an unusual job where he’s given few details, and the client doesn’t seem to understand the time involved in taking large format photographs, which they specifically requested.  Even worse, he almost misses the shuttle bus taking him back to his vehicle.  But that’s when his entire life changes.

He barely escapes a horrifying peril on the shuttle and races away in his car, only to rescue an enigmatic woman named Nadine who barely speaks to him. In doing so, he wonders what strange new terrors he’s discovered. Seeking to uncover the answer to the mystery, he drives away from the city and hopes to outrun any danger while also keeping his new companion safe. Eventually, however, he is no longer sure that running for the rest of his life is enough. To end the threat, he thinks he may have to return to the starting point but wonders if Nadine is too traumatized to face it again. Facing the choice of what to do with the mysterious woman he supposedly rescued, he must decide if he will protect her at all costs or if he will put her at risk to save the last of humanity.

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Descent of the Vile (Novel – released December 20, 2022)

The Blood Hotel is the thrilling conclusion to the Descent of the Vile duology.

Jackson Riley had settled comfortably on the coast with Nadine Dardenne after the end of the world. But one day, five years later, they observe a light in the sky, something unusual in their new darkened reality. After a failed attempt to destroy the threatening object, they find themselves face-to-face with a familiar foe. Once again fleeing for their lives, they must decide how to fight the enemy while no longer possessing any modern technology at their disposal. With few allies, they set out to hide, hoping to remain safe until they devise a new strategy. However, the enemy has changed tactics and they wonder how they can rid themselves of their nemesis forever.

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The Blood Hotel (Novel – to be released May 1, 2023)

The Chimera Gambit is a sci-fi novella about second chances and perception versus reality.

Carlos Nava is at a crossroads. His life is one long series of career moves meant to further him up the ladder at the International Agency for Space Exploration. But then a new threat looms from the B’Noth, an elusive culture that attacks Earth’s ships out of system. An IASE ship goes missing, last seen near Pluto. The fleet blames the B’Noth, thinking they’ve made an incursion into Sol, but soon questions arise surrounding the ship’s disappearance. Nava commandeers a cargo vessel to investigate, heading out to Pluto and away from his comfortable life. However, as evidence mounts, he begins to wonder if it is really the B’Noth, or something far more ominous.

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The Chimera Gambit (Novella – TBA)

Red Shift: Enigma is a 170,000-word character- and plot-driven science-fiction drama, the first in a series, about friendship and redemption set amid the perils of an interplanetary Cold War. Earth is embroiled in a bitter war of ideologies with the surveillance-focused planet Sua Isame. The Isameians accuse Earth of stealing technology, and Earth is attempting to build an arsenal to defend themselves from an enemy that seems far more advanced.

Alan Sterling is a BBC America reporter living in Washington, D.C., when he sees Malaya running from two ominous-looking men who are chasing her. He aids her escape, and the two of them flee. They have the biomechanical tracking chip removed from her brain, thinking she will be safe, but they are soon on the run from the FBI. They must then solve a mystery in order to clear their names, and they soon wonder if it is really the FBI they are truly running from, and if they will ever be safe unless the Cold War is ended.

Red Shift: Enigma (Novel – Querying)

The city of Khonsu has sent daily transmissions from the planet Reiddo for ten years. Then one day, the transmissions stopped coming. Earth launches an investigation that may uncover secrets more deadly than they had imagined.

The City That Disappeared (NovelQuerying)

The House of Wynne Lift is a Literary Titan Gold Book Award winner!

Wynne Lift is a wealthy recluse, missing from society for over twenty years. Professor Livingston and reporter Peter Wylie investigate rumors of Mr. Lift’s current location in a cave in the desert, but what they find is far from what they expect.

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The House of Wynne Lift (Novella – released August 2, 2021)

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