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Apprentice

Freewoman Dalm, she thought, whatever you think this thing around my neck is, I can assure you it is definitely not a treasure.
One month after her childhood friend Gilbert appeared on the doorstep of her library seeking help in fleeing from the Blue Crescent Brotherhood, Lenna Faircloth – librarian, self-proclaimed dormouse, and lover of all things alcoholic – finds herself in the unlikeliest of situations: roughing it in the forest with her mother’s people, the Freewomen of Laur.
With his dying words Gilbert bequeathed to Lenna one of three powerful artifacts, dubiously named the Godjewels, and it had formed a unique psychic bond with her that only the wards of the Freewoman settlement could mask from the other parties interested in acquiring her gem.
As for Lenna? She’s just interested in taking a bath, having a tall glass of wine, and forgetting the last month ever happened.
Apprentice continues the tale of Librarian and follows the adventures of a young woman forced to confront and discover what it means to be a hero (albeit a sometimes tipsy one), a friend, and a person with far too much power at their ready disposal.

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Librarian

Lenna Faircloth thought she was content enough to be a junior librarian at one of the grandest libraries on the Continent, so long as at the end of the day she can enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and some decent shut-eye. Reticent and unconcerned with trivial matters, Lenna is almost laughably nonplussed the day her childhood friend, Gilbert, appears at her door, asking her to help smuggle stolen goods across national borders.
When unfortunate circumstances leave a bizarre, out-of-place artifact in the sole custody of Lenna, she is forced to question her own wants, the source of her withdrawal from others, and how to survive in a world sullied by what she sees as random loss and turmoil – all the while being the target of numerous political factions longing to possess the strange item bound to her by a child’s promise.
Librarian is the first part of a young woman’s journey set in an alternate and sparsely-populated world, comprised of four nations and two independent political factions. Between the Krevlum Empire, a militarist country reviving ancient technology to expand its borders, and a shadowy arcane Brotherhood, the librarian finds herself pursued by powerful enemies who would spare nothing to acquire the object of which she would gladly rid herself.

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The Starving Vulture

It is 1527 AD, steampower fuels the industries of nations while the fire gunpowder and the bite of steel is as prevalent as they have always been. While the Four Empires plot, war and thrive against each other. All the while the rest of the world bears the weight of their consequences.
Malic Thanis is a former Roman Legionnaire and the newest member of the small but feared mercenary company, the Starving Vulture. Operating out of the western continent of Amerigio. This collection of former soldiers of the Roman Empire, service mercantile Trade Guilds, powerful Native Chiefdoms or any entity that can afford their services. So long as the contract is only to Protect and Deliver. But honor is a flimsy shield against cruel ambition. Though bound by stoic professionalism and brotherhood, the dogs of the Starving Vulture will soon realizing that no matter what they do it could be impossible for them to be free from the consequences of the mercenary profession.
Dishonor is for the dead, the dead do not get paid.

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Beyond the Cogs: A Steampunk Anthology

When a world is reimagined…
This anthology collects three impeccable steampunk stories. Ranging from the gritty tale of battling a creature who steals the souls of others, to dabbling in the taboo art of imbuing a human soul into an automaton, and even a man venturing back home only to discover he’s been demonized.

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The Girl in the Clockwork Tower: A Steampunk Rapunzel Retelling

A tale of espionage, lavender hair, and pineapples.
Welcome to Daiwynn where magic is dangerous, but hope is more dangerous still.
For Persinette—a lavender-haired, 24-year-old seer dreaming of adventure and freedom-the steam-powered kingdom of Daiwynn is home. As an Enchanted asset for MOTHER, she aids in Collecting Enchanted and sending them to MOTHER’s labor camps.
But when her handler, Gothel, informs Persi that she will be going out into the field for a Collection, she decides it’s time to take a stand. Now she must fight her fears and find a way to hide her attempts to aid the Enchanted or risk being sent to the camps herself.
Manu Kelii, Captain of the airship The Defiant Duchess, is 26-years-old and hasn’t seen enough excitement-thank you very much. His charismatic smile and flamboyant sense of style earned him a place amongst the Uprising, but his fickle and irresponsible nature has seen to it that their leader doesn’t trust him.
Desperate to prove himself, Manu will stop at nothing to aid their mission to overthrow MOTHER and the queen of Daiwynn. So, when the Uprising Leader deposits a small unit of agents on his ship, and tasks him with working side by side with MOTHER asset Persinette to hinder the Collection effort, he finds himself in over his head.
The stakes are high for this unlikely duo. They have only two options; stop MOTHER or thousands more will die-including themselves.

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The Theurgy of the Gods: A Flight in the Heavens

“I see you, my little moppets.”
The king is dead, long live his murderer.
After fifteen years of passive torment, Farrah and her implacable group of renegades endeavour to alter their fates by attempting to assassinate the man who stole everything from them, Daemon Daromas.
Alas, he who wields the theurgy of the gods has no rivals in the lands of Iscar but those foolish enough to challenge their wrath.
When confronted by this ancient and destructive force, the renegades have no choice but to flee the capital and embark on the airship of Iscar’s most notorious sky corsair Captain Feras Sadahl, daughter of the late pirate sovereign.
Their meeting with the corsair, however, might not have been as welcome as they would have hoped.
As Farrah and her allies set out on a journey to find the means to challenge their oppressor, they soon discover that the price of power is steep and the road to get one’s hands on it, perilous.