The brutal murder of a schoolgirl. A dying hit man with a conscience. A priest harboring a terrible secret. An investigator seeking personal redemption.
All these elements collide in MADMAN’S THIRST, where billions are at stake in an international conspiracy involving a foreign power.
With locales as varied as Paris, New York, Florida and the Bahamas, and frightening scenes set at a NASCAR track and in a Manhattan high-rise, it is a Jake Scarne thrill ride at its best. Even powerful mob bosses and journalists are expendable pawns as a criminal mastermind, hiding in plain sight among New York’s power elite, pursues his deranged dream, aided by one of the world’s deadliest assassins.
What would you think if someone told you that Lucifer was the father of humanity, most demons and angels began their lives as humans, or that being a good person meant you could still end up in Hell?
What if you fell from grace and found that Hell was not all fire and brimstone?
After his death, Niccolo da Firenze found that he had been damned to Hell, but he quickly realized Lucifer’s prison was not what the church had always claimed. His new home was a breath of fresh air, a place where he truly belonged, and it was only a few years before Niccolo rose through the ranks and became the Horseman of Pestilence. Surrounded by new family and friends, accepted even with all of his faults, Niccolo would often forget his part in the coming Apocalypse.
The sleepy town of White Halls harbors a dangerous secret. On a picturesque street, two houses down from a lovely little park, in a quaint little home with a wraparound porch, lives a family that seems rather normal. Sure, their twenty-year-old son, Xander, still lives at home, but he’s going to college and dating the leader of the schools top sorority. It’s all very…normal.
However, when a man is miraculously saved from being hit by a bus, Xander’s life turns in to the living embodiment of the tornadoes he can suddenly create with a flick of his wrist. Whether he wants this gift or not, Xander must learn to use his new ‘super power’ quickly if he wants to survive. For his kind is a dying race, and when this sleepy town has a sudden influx of new, blonde, fire wielders, no one is safe, especially Xander.
Nadia Wells has spent her life trying to convince her parents that horses are a necessity but despite her best efforts, they see them only as an extravagant luxury. After landing her dream job mucking stalls in exchange for riding lessons, a wealthy philanthropist recognizes Nadia’s talent and decides to invest in her. Purchasing a mare nicknamed Winny, Nadia is sure she’s bound for equestrian greatness but on the cusp of their most challenging three-day event yet, Winny bucks Nadia off in front of a crowd of her peers.
Humiliated and fuming, Nadia makes a birthday wish that she could better understand her horse. The next morning, she wakes up to discover she has four hooves and a tail swishing between her legs: she and Winny have switched places! If life as a teenage-girl-turned-show-horse wasn’t hard enough, Nadia has to figure out a way to tell the dashing Mike how she feels or risk losing him and the competition to the talented, gorgeous and spoiled Gretchen. Will the pair concede defeat or work together to overcome the impossible and be headed for the win?
I know how to write.
Why’s that a big deal?
Because… I’m a cat.”
Someone is telling the tabloids about Ms. Thornblood’s every move. Is it the housekeeper? the cook? the maid? the handyman? The detective hired to solve the case isn’t sure. Things are looking pretty hopeless until Mia, his talented cat, offers to spend a week at Ms. Thornblood’s as a spy.
With time running out, and an embarrassing secret about to be revealed, will Mia be able to save the day—and solve her first case?
Twenty-year-old Keeley Moison moves across the country for one reason: to escape the traumas of her past and start over at a new college. What she doesn’t expect is to be thrust into a dangerous future – one where the quarterback of the football team has set his sinister sights on her.
Vahn Silver is an outcast and likes it that way. Living in the shadows, Vahn forces himself into the light to protect Keeley from the man who killed his best friend – even if that means risking his own life.
But Keeley soon learns that the football team rules the school and everyone in it. When Vahn ends up in the hospital after a vicious attack and her quarterback stalker edges closer to his prey, Keeley must find the strength within herself to fight – and take back the change of possession.
Growing up in Manhattan, Zack McCrady did not have an easy life. First, his father died in a skiing accident. Then his mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Eventually Zack was left orphaned, and his big sister Jenny took over parenting and provided him with the unconditional love he craves.
But after Jenny’s death during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York, Zack begins spending his days pondering his rage toward Al-Qaeda, his dark feelings toward his own government, and his enduring pain and inner turmoil. On the other side of the world, Afghanistan is rotting from within. The Soviets have withdrawn and, technically, the Mujaheddin have won.
Hakeem Rashid, raised by a surrogate father since infancy, is bright and gifted and knows the lessons of the Koran in depth. Despite growing up in war torn Herat, Hakeem has managed to remain civilized and with a sense of purpose, but when Hakeem’s real father returns, everything is subject to change.
Kediil wants only to remain neuter and learn the secrets of herbs from its beloved Mardin… but at its second puberty, it turns female, and is forced to decide between accepting its new roles among the family… or something unspeakable.
This story made the Tiptree Award’s secondary reading list and was recommended for a Nebula after its publication in Strange Horizons. It is included in the print book collection “Clays Beneath the Skies.”
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