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Author: Christian Warren Freed

Melvin the Reluctant Monster

Melvin the Reluctant Monster

Parents are responsible for teaching their children the virtue of friendship yet too often we wind up placing too much parental pressure. Melvin comes from a long line of successful monsters. His father sends him off to go scare his first person, young Angelina. Melvin gets to her room only to find he can't scare her. Frightened himself, Melvin runs home and tries to hide his failure from his father, knowing he wouldn't understand. Melvin goes back the next night and slowly becomes friends with Angelina. They slowly become friends and Angelina helps Melvin show his father just how good a monster he could be. More info →
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A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

War is Hell. Anyone who has ever put on a uniform and purposefully went to where the enemy was intent on killing him can attest to that. But instead of a singular definition of Hell that religion preaches, war is so much more. It is Hell on the families left behind. Hell on the mind and spirit. Hell on the nerves. Hell on coming home and trying to remember where you fit in. Yes, war is Hell. A Long Way From Home is the compilation of my experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2002-2006. It gives first hand accounts of some of the most gruesome fighting and a behind the scenes look at what really went on from various levels. More info →
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The Purifying Flame: A War Priests of Andrak Story

The Purifying Flame: A War Priests of Andrak Story

For centuries the War Priests of castle Andrak have protected the source of life in the Free Lands: the Purifying Flame from their ancient enemies, the Omegri. Every three months one hundred knights are chosen to defend the castle. Only a few survive. Known as the Burning Season, the knights chosen to defend Castle Andrak alongside the War Priests are whittled down until only a few remain. Those who survive are changed. Lives are given willingly, for should the Omegri succeed in destroying the Flame they will plunge the world into darkness. All life hangs in the balance. More info →
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An Hour of Wolves: A Sleeping Gods Tale (The Sleeping Gods)

An Hour of Wolves: A Sleeping Gods Tale (The Sleeping Gods)

The universe is in chaos. Uneasy tensions rest between the three ruling factions. The priests of the Conclave maintain their hold on over seven hundred worlds in the absence of the gods while members of the Inquisition, and their Prekhauten guard allies, remain ever vigil for signs of heresy. Inquisitor Tolde Breed is summoned to the Inquisitor General's office and given a grave mission. Amongeratix, one of the Three, has escaped his eternal prison and cutting a violent swath across the known universe. Breed is given a handful of Guardsmen and a Blood Witch to hunt down and stop Amongeratix before he manages to awaken the sleeping gods. An hour of wolves dawns on all mankind. More info →
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Through The Suffering of Others: A Fictiongarden Anthology

Through The Suffering of Others: A Fictiongarden Anthology

The second anthology from Fictiongarden.com and almost twice the size of our debut effort, Through The Suffering Of Others expands upon The Door Beyond The Dark's original theme.

Much like the first anthology, Through The Suffering Of Others features established authors such as Lindsay Buroker and Tony Healey as well as returning faces like M. Todd Gallowglas, S.M. White and Tristan Gregory.

We start things off with the aforementioned best-selling author Lindsay Buroker's Shadows Over Innocence, a prequel short story to her Emperor's Edge series. Fans of Buroker will be familiar with the tale, but those who haven't read her work will find an intriguing starting point.

Next comes Kal S. Davian's Branding of a Heretic, the first story in his Nihilan Effect series of shorts and a cleverly written introductory piece about a scholar who uncovers a revolutionary secret that others wish to suppress.

This is swiftly followed by A Man With Purpose by best-selling science fiction author Tony Healey. Set in the same world as his Fallen Crown series, it serves as an excellent introduction to his grim and inhospitable The Bloody North.

Continuing the dark tone, S.M. White's The Last Battleground tells the story of a man who simply refuses to die upon the battlefield, but there's more to this brief tale than meets the eye.

Ogre by Tristan Gregory mixes faith with monsters, as a forgotten cleric returns home having succeeded in his mission to bring the monstrous ogres to his faith.

Michael Watson's western-themed Justine (The Sum of Stories) is the recollection of a self-professed tongue waggler and his encounter with the legendary Justine. It chronicles part of her journey and the subsequent conflicts in a storyteller style.

The Purifying Flame by Christian Warren Freed is a tale of duty and honour as one young man attempts to warn those around him of what it is he has foreseen. The Flame must be defended at all cost, but conflict from within may prevent their latest stand against a monstrous foe.

The Cave by J.R. Karlsson is set in a dark and cold cavern with a group of people who have no escape save for the inevitable death at the hands of their captors. It is their interactions and actions within the titular cave that make things interesting.

Lassie Came Home by Bruce Blake is a deeply twisted reunion story bordering on horror that involves a shape-shifting creature that takes the form of a beloved childhood dog for reasons unknown.

Sichana – Apex Rising by Tom Wright is a hostage pit fighting scenario set in the same Africanesque world as his popcorn fantasy series, where humans and animals are bonded together in pacts, with those bonded to predators seeking to dominate others.

D. Thourson Palmer's The High Red Country is a fantasy western that could have come to our screens in the western's hey-day. It's about justice, or so we're told...

Ken Lim's entry is Thaumaturge, an urban-based fantasy pursuit tale detailing the activities of the Fae Liaison Unit and their latest attempt to apprehend the titular thaumaturge.

Davis Ashura's Prank does exactly what it says. It's a light-hearted tale of the construction and execution of a prank at a military school.

Dragon Company by Patrick J. Loller has an intriguing setting: what if there were genetically altered dragon-like humanoids in World War II?

M. Todd Gallowglas shines in a brief story about an irritable narrator detailing a bedtime tale called The Two Pickpockets. A scenario every parent of a demanding but awake child will relate to.

Talonfall is a full-length novella kindly donated by SG Night and set in The Dominion of Io, the very same world (and with some of the same characters) as his début, Attrition.

Last but most certainly not least is another full-length work by V.M. Jaskiernia, the macabre pseudo-European entanglement of Larkspur: A Necromancer's Romance. The first introductory novella to her much-anticipated Larkspur series. More info →
Crimson Spiders

Crimson Spiders

The universe is at war. Armies of the ruling Imperium struggle against the reptilian Xempsarillian Empire for control of known space. Lost amidst this backdrop are the Crimson Spiders: an elite combat force interested only in surviving the war. The Spiders are deployed to a remote jungle world to halt the attempted Xempsarillian invasion. Their mission is to travel across miles of endless jungle and secure a firebase that has been stalling the regular army’s campaign. The Crimson Spiders battle through inhospitable terrain, losses of key command personnel, and their own doubts and fears only to find the firebase in ruins. A lone survivor tells them of a greater darkness coming for them all. Trapped and cut off from their own lines, the Spiders have no choice but to dig in and hope they have enough to last the night. More info →
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Curse of the Witch Queen: A War Priests of Andrak Saga

Curse of the Witch Queen: A War Priests of Andrak Saga

The War Priests have defended the world since the dawn of time, but their powers are failing. Lord General Rosca dispatches Brother Quinlan and his apprentice, Donal Sawq, to the mountain fortress lair of the fabled Witch Queen. Their mission is simple: find out why the firstborn sons of every land noble are being kidnapped and what the Witch Queen has to do with it. Their journey will be difficult, from the treacherous floating city of Mistwell to the very of the heart of Calad Reach and the lair of the Witch Queen.

The War Priests of Andrak is an exciting new series by award winning and Amazon bestselling author Christian Warren Freed. Join in this adventure as an entirely new world is revealed. This is the second story in the series, the first (The Purifying Flame) having won 4th place in the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest in 2012. More info →
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Armies of the Silver Mage

Armies of the Silver Mage

Malweir was once governed by the order of Mages, bringers of peace and light. Centuries passed. Unknown to most, one mage desired power above all else. He turned his will to the banished Dark Gods and brought war to the free lands. Only a handful of mages survived the betrayal and the Silver Mage was left free to twist the darker races to his bidding. The only thing he needs to complete his plan and rule the world forever are the four shards of the crystal of Tol Shere. Delin Kerny and Fennic Attleford never thought that one day they would be forced to flee their town in order to save their lives. Hunted by a ruthless mercenary, the boys are forced into the adventure they only dreamed about.

Ever ashamed of the horrors his kind let loose on the world the last mage, Dakeb, lives his life in shadows. His chance finally comes through the hearts and wills of Delin and Fennic. Dakeb bestows upon them the crystal shard, entrusting them with the one thing capable of restoring peace to Malweir. More info →
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The Dragon Hunters

The Dragon Hunters

Some men are made in battle. Grelic of Thrae is one. A seasoned veteran of numerous campaigns and raids, Grelic is a warrior without a war. He languishes under mugs of ale and poor choices that eventually find him locked in the dungeons of King Rentor. His only chance at redemption is an offer tantamount to suicide: travel north with a misfit band of adventurers and learn the truth of what happened in the village of Gend. Grelic, suddenly tired of his life, reluctantly agrees and meets the only survivor of the horrible massacre: Fitch Iane. Broken, mentally and physically, Fitch babbles about demons stalking through the mists and a terrible monster prowling the skies, breathing fire and death. What begins as a simple reconnaissance mission quickly turns into a quest to stop Sidian, the Silver Mage from accomplishing his goals in the Deadlands. Grelic and his team are sorely outnumbered and ill prepared to deal with the combined threats of a dark mage and one of the great dragons from the west. More info →
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Beyond the Edge of Dawn

Beyond the Edge of Dawn

The Knights of Gaimos are legendary. The very best warriors in the world. Their kingdom was once among the most revered. Once, but no more. Now Gaimos is destroyed. The remnants of its people scattered across every kingdom. Kavan was one of the last sons to be born into Gaimosian society before the fall. Now kingdomless, he does what every good Knight was made for: he roams Malweir in search of the perfect battle. What he finds, in the dead of winter in the kingdom of Aradain, goes beyond any expectation. Werebeasts and agents of evil lurk in the shadows, quickly preparing the land for the return of the dark gods. For Kavan, it will be a struggle just to stay alive. Half the world away, Pirneon, the former Knight Marshal of Gaimos, languishes under petty jobs. His desires for a rebuilt Gaimos conflict with the morality of being a knight. Pirneon will do anything to reclaim his position and the glory of his fallen kingdom. He secretly covets the title by which the rest of Malweir knows them: Vengeance Knights. More info →
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The Lazarus Men

The Lazarus Men

It is the 23rd century. Humankind has reached the stars, building a tentative empire across a score of worlds. Earth’s central government rules weakly as several worlds continue their efforts toward independence. Shadow organizations hide in the midst of the political infighting. Their manifestations of power and influence are beholden only to the highest bidder. The most powerful/insidious/secret of these, The Lazarus Men, has existed for decades, always working outside of morality’s constraints. Led by the enigmatic Mr. Shine, their agents are hand selected from the worst humanity has to offer and available for the right price.

Gerald LaPlant lives an ordinary life on Old Earth. That life is thrown into turmoil on the night he stumbles upon the murder of what appears to be a street thief. Fleeing into the night, Gerald finds himself caught in a war between the Lazarus Men and Roland McMasters, an extremely powerful man dissatisfied with the current regime and with designs on ruling his own empire. More info →
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Lava Storm In the Neighborhood: Nature’s Raw Power Unleashed (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories)

Lava Storm In the Neighborhood: Nature’s Raw Power Unleashed (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories)

Authors were asked to write a short story and include three highlights: lava rocks, the first sign of wildlife, and a bully on the loose. In this creative writing assignment, they were asked to include the theme, MY BROTHER’S KEEPER. Authors were given the following optional backstory: “A worldwide earthquake struck the entire Earth. It caused numerous volcanic eruptions and multiple lava storms. Almost half of the Earth’s forests were burned up. Your character’s neighborhood was completely destroyed except for one, two, or three houses.”

You’ll uncover nature’s raw power world in LAVA STORM IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Book 1), written by twenty-three creative fiction authors. With all new believable tales and reasonable consequences triggered by the greatest earthquake on Earth, you will absolutely cherish the question, Am I My Brother’s Keeper? and you’ll want to keep turning the pages for more giant tales. More info →
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Where Have All The Elves Gone?

Where Have All The Elves Gone?

Everyone knows Elves don’t exist. Or do they? Daniel Thomas spent years making a career of turning his imagination into the reality of best selling fantasy novels. But times are tough. No one wants to read about elves and dragons anymore. Daniel learns this firsthand when his agent flatly says no to his latest and, what he deems, to be greatest novel yet. Dissatisfied with the turn to zombies and vampire lovers, he takes his manuscript and heads out to confront his agent. His world changes when he finds his agent dying on the floor of her office. Too late to help, he watches as her dead body disintegrates into a pile of ash and dust. Daniel doesn’t have time to ponder what just happened as a band of assassins breaks in, forcing him to flee to the Citadel and the home of the king of the high elves in order to survive. Daniel soon discovers that all of the creatures he once thought he imagined actually exist and are living among us. His revelation comes at a price however, as he is drawn into a murder-mystery that will push him to the edge of sanity and show him things no human has witnessed in centuries. More info →
Final Ships In the Neighborhood (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories Book 2)

Final Ships In the Neighborhood (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories Book 2)

Set in the future, an apocalyptic event has wiped out ships on Earth. Authors were asked to write a short story including a mysterious ship, an appointment, and a rock or asteroid. This is Book 2 from the Giant Tales Apocalypse series. Each story is about 10-minutes long. Genres include thriller, fantasy, light science fiction, suspense, action, and adventure.

Authors include: H.M. Schuldt, Nina Soden, Stephanie Baskerville, Timothy Paul, Lynette White, Randy Dutton, Joyce Shaughnessy, Randall Lemon, Gail Harkins, Andy McKell, Laura Stafford, Christian Freed, Shae Hamrick, Amos Parker, Andrea Luquesi Scott, JD Mitchell, JZ Murdock, and Robert Tozer More info →
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Tides of Blood and Steel: Book II of the Northern Crusade

Tides of Blood and Steel: Book II of the Northern Crusade

War has come to the North. The kingdoms of Rogscroft and Delranan are engaged in a bitter struggle that can only result in the total annihilation of an entire kingdom. Yet while the opposing armies battle, a new threat approaches that may tip the balance of power and give King Badron total control. Seeking new evidence of the Dae’shan, the last surviving wizard, Anienam Keiss, believes Bahr and the others are all that stand in the way of the dark gods’ return to Malweir. Bahr and his beleaguered band of allies search for an ancient book said to contain the whereabouts of the mythical Blud Hamr. The Dae’shan continue to manipulate the politics of the northern kingdoms from within the shadows, eager to drive the balance between light and good irrevocably evil. Once that balance is undone the way will be open for the dark gods to return and claim Malweir as their own once again. Darkness approaches as the flames of war burn brighter. One king shall stand. One shall fall. More info →
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Gryffon Master: Curse of the Lich King (Crystal Sword Chronicles Book 1)

Gryffon Master: Curse of the Lich King (Crystal Sword Chronicles Book 1)

In a jungle far away, there is a strange world where trolls and living skeletons and other mysterious creatures live. Two adventurers, Ragnar and Ahmad, have found themselves transported to this dangerous jungle where an evil dragon named Barrel the Terrible roams, seeking to devour his next victim. Ragnar Olafson is a Viking warrior who must find a way to conquer the Lich King. Ahmad Ibn Fazzat is an Arab soldier who has literally been snatched from the jungle by a flying creature, but it is his destiny to return to help his new acquaintance, the Gryffon Master. More info →
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Hammers In the Wind: Book I of the Northern Crusade

Hammers In the Wind: Book I of the Northern Crusade

Chaos has come to the northern kingdom of Delranan. King Badron’s house is invaded; his son murdered and his daughter kidnapped. Badron’s desire for revenge pushes the north into a long anticipated war. Confident of neighboring Rogscroft’s involvement in the attack, Badron orders his feared Wolfsreik, an army without equal, to attack and destroy his enemies. The ship The Sea Wolf returns to Delranan during the night of the attack and is quickly hired to hunt down and return the princess: dead or alive. Mercenaries and sell swords answer his call; none stranger than the seemingly feeble old Anienam Keiss, a man claiming to be the last living wizard and hiding the failures from a dark past and the mysterious warrior woman from the deep southern jungles: Rekka Jel. She comes with a dire warning. A dread evil has awakened and threatens to consume Malweir in a wave of fury. It begins in Delranan. More info →
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A Whisper After Midnight: Book III of the Northern Crusade

A Whisper After Midnight: Book III of the Northern Crusade

The crusade in the northern kingdoms advances at a frightening pace. Armies of Men and Goblins clash on snow barren fields, locked in the brutal struggle for nothing else but survival. One shall stand. One shall fall. King Badron has conquered Rogscroft and claimed the throne for his own but all is not well. His enemies are scattered, divided, but a new effort is underway to sweep Rogscroft clear of all invading armies.

Under the influences of the Dae’shan, Harnin methodically transforms Delranan into a kingdom of depravity and murder. His agents pursue the rebellion, driving them all to new acts of violence and desperation. Bahr and his band of heroes departs fabled Venheim in search of the Blud Hamr: the sole weapon capable of halting the dark gods’ aggression for good. The city of Trennaron is far to the south and in order to reach it the heroes must travel through the Dwarf lands of Drimmen Delf where they stumble upon a civil war. Hope fades as the heroes begin to realize how difficult their task is. More info →
Empire of Bones: Book IV of the Northern Crusade

Empire of Bones: Book IV of the Northern Crusade

Chaos rages across the northern kingdoms. Rogscroft has fallen, sacked by the combined might of the Wolfsreik and Goblin armies. Delranan is consumed with civil war as a small group of rebels seeks to overthrow Harnin One Eye and restore order. The Wolfsreik betrays King Badron, joining with the young King Aurec. Amar Kit’han and the Dae’shan, agents of the dark gods, struggle to achieve their goal of releasing their masters back into Malweir. Their manipulations reach deep across the north. Each death provides the anguish needed to activate the Olagath Stone and open the portal between dimensions. Blinded to the rest of the world, Bahr and his group of reluctant heroes venture south into the Jungles of Brodein. Nestled deep in the jungle lies the mythical city of Trennaron and the Blud Hamr. Exhausted, they are confronted with knowledge beyond any of their comprehension. Armies gather. Brother turns on brother, and the struggle for the very soul of the world continues. More info →
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The Madness of Gods and Kings: Book V of the Northern Crusade

The Madness of Gods and Kings: Book V of the Northern Crusade

Blud Hamr in hand, Bahr and his mixed band of warriors begin their long journey home in the hopes of ending the oppression of the dark gods. Unknown to them, events are in motion that will forever change the face of the world. Armies have been assembled and now march on the already beleaguered kingdom of Delranan. Dwarves under King Thord encounter the largest Goblin army ever recorded, an army not even the mighty Dwarven cannons can defeat alone. Elves and Minotaurs join the army of Drimmen Delf as it prepares to head west. Finding and stopping the Goblins is their only task. Across the mountains, Badron returns home and attempts to regain his crown even as the combined armies of Rogscroft, the Pell Darga, and his very own Wolfsreik begin operations to remove Harnin One-Eye from power and end the long war in the north. Watching events unfold from his position in the ruins of Arlevon Gale, Amar Kit’han prepares for the ritual that will unleash the dark gods upon Malweir and bring the world into ruin. More info →
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Even Gods Must Fall: Book VI of the Northern Crusade

Even Gods Must Fall: Book VI of the Northern Crusade

All armies, both enemy and ally, converge on the beleaguered kingdom of Delranan. All unwittingly approaching the seminal moment in the future of the world. The ruins of Arlevon Gale are ripe with activity as the vile Dae’shan prepare to open the portal between dimensions and finally release the dark gods. Should they succeed, all life will be devoured. Bahr must struggled through personal conflict as he leads his team across the kingdom that should have been his. Scenes of epic destruction greet his every step, leading him to fear for his people. He must place is trust in the hands of others, a fact he’d spent a lifetime avoiding. Nothing matters now except for getting the Giant Groge into the ruins where he can destroy the Olagath Stone and end the looming threat. The inevitable battle at Arlevon Gale will decide the fate of the entire world. Armies will clash. Men will fall. Soon the dead will outnumber the living. Malweir will never be the same again. More info →
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