Out of Shadows

A killer haunted by blood and death, plagued by a lifetime of bad decisions; Brennan Redhands is a failure. When his daughter Gwenna is abducted Brennan will stop at nothing to save her, and must again carve a bloody path across the brutal land he once fled. But a magic has awoken in Gwenna that threatens the whole world. With old feuds that refuse to die, an ancient sword that has a will of its own, and an insane boy warlord hell-bent on the apocalypse; it seems all are determined to get in Brennan’s way. Yet a secret festering in the recesses of Brennan’s mind is tearing him apart and the most terrifying enemy of all is the voice in his head – if he can’t put that down – the world will fall to darkness.

Meet Oliver Carman

Out of Shadows is my debut dark fantasy novel. As a child I always had a passion for fantasy literature, then as a teenager music took over. My passion for fantasy literature was rekindled in 2012 when I discovered the work of Joe Abercrombie and GRR Martin, and in 2017 I began writing in earnest. I’ve played in numerous bands over the years, briefly at one point, with an original member of Oasis and The Smiths. As a composer my music has been performed and awarded internationally. Currently I am a lecturer in Music Technology and live in Cheshire, UK with my wife and two daughter and cats

Verses in the Sand

In the year 1799, British army captain William Mason and fiery Irish convict Sean find their fates entwined. The sole survivors of a shipwreck, they find themselves stranded on a deserted island. William, the youngest son of a respected British noble, was set on the path of military service from a young age. Expected to join the army, he was commissioned an officer in the King’s 33rd Regiment to serve under his cousin Colonel Arthur Wellesley. Due to ill-health, he had been left behind when the 33rd was sent to India and was finally on his way to rejoin his regiment. Sean, a fiercely proud Irishman, bore the scars of the violence of the rising. He had bravely stood shoulder to shoulder with his brother in the ill-fated 1798 Rising. Captured at the Battle of Vinegar Hill, he was bound for the penal colonies of Australia. On the journey, he suffered the brutality of sadistic British guards which instilled in Sean a burning resentment towards the British and especially towards William, an officer and an aristocrat. Despite their mutual distrust toward each other, both men realise they must cooperate to survive their harsh new reality and over time, animosity gives way to a fragile camaraderie. To pass the time, William tutors the previously illiterate Sean in reading, arithmetic, and even French, and he discovers an astonishingly brilliant and poetic soul within the young rebel. Each evening, Sean composes exquisite poetry in the sand, reflecting on their lives. The verses vanish with the tide but leave an impression on both men. However, the island transforms into a battlefield when Lady Elizabeth, a young English aristocrat, washes ashore. She is a captive to the enigmatic yet ruthless pirate captain, Mercier, and his crew. Through flashbacks, we witness an epic sea battle between a formidable British ship of the line and a swift French frigate — a precursor to their present predicament. Tensions soar as William and Sean grapple with clashing loyalties and the challenge of a daring rescue attempt.

Meet Darren Beaming

Darren Beaming is an experienced teacher and lecturer with a decade of experience teaching Script Writing in Ireland. He has a strong interest in history, particularly in how it influences and shapes stories. Darren has been involved in narrative creation for many years but has only recently started writing novels. His first book, “Verses in the Sand,” is the first of a planned six-book series covering the period from the 1790s to 1815. The series focuses on the United Irishmen and explores the relationship between a British officer and an Irish rebel. In his writing, Darren combines thorough historical research with creative storytelling.

Twenty Miles West of Branch, Texas and other stories

From a desert highway in West Texas to the plains of frontier Kansas to an abandoned mine in New Mexico, from a courtroom to a high school girls’ speech contest to a nursing home, from the side yard of a suburban home to a youth revival to the halls of an urban high school, K.C. Knouse puts the main characters of the thirteen short stories and novella included in this collection into circumstances that challenge assumptions they have made about themselves, their lives, and the world in which they live:

The mother who is estranged from her son.
The young woman who has doubts about her relationship with an older man.
The widower who struggles to accept the death of his wife.
The young man who is fearful of becoming his abusive father.
The homesteader who fights to redeem his pride.
The aging salesman whose livelihood is threatened by technology.
The father who relives his past at the expense of his relationship with his son.
The boy who discovers that having money creates as many problems as it solves.
The veteran teacher who crosses an emotional boundary in spite of herself.
The teenage boy whose relationship with God is complicated by a pretty girl and a misunderstanding.
The woman who doubts her decision to put her husband into a nursing home.
The man whose faith in the justice system is shaken.
The high school girl who is self-conscious about a birthmark on her face.
The middle-aged insurance adjuster who receives more than he bargained for when he comes to the aid of an attractive woman.

K.C. Knouse uses compassion, humor and an eye for detail to bring these characters to life and bind their stories to your heart.

Meet K.C. Knouse

K.C. Knouse is the author of Twenty Miles West of Branch, Texas and other stories, a collection of short fiction, A Short Stack of Short Fiction, Three Character Driven Short Stories, and a non-fiction book, True Prosperity: Your Guide to a Cash-Based Lifestyle (1996, Double-Dome Publications).

Knouse began writing for publication in 1985 and has had his short fiction published in print literary magazines and online at Wattpad.com. He wrote a personal finance blog, LiveOnCash, from 2010 to 2021.

A career outside salesperson, Knouse enjoyed a forty-year career in the printed products industry. He spent most of his career as a self-employed person.

K.C. Knouse lives on the U.S./Mexico border in far west Texas. More information can be found on the author’s website, KCKnouse.com.

The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming (Book One: Theory)




“Life is transformation. You change or you die.”

Ashamed of his past and overwhelmed by his future, Ronoah Genoveffa Elizzi-denna Pilanovani feels too small for his own name. After a graceless exit from his homeland in the Acharrioni desert, his anxiety has sabotaged every attempt at redemption. Asides from a fiery devotion to his godling, the one piece of home he brought with him, he has nothing.

That is, until he meets Reilin. Beguiling, bewildering Reilin, who whisks Ronoah up into a cross-continental pilgrimage to the most sacred place on the planet. The people they encounter on the way—children of the sea, a priestess and her band of storytellers, the lonely ghosts of monsters—are grim and whimsical in equal measure. Each has their part to play in rewriting Ronoah’s personal narrative.

One part fantasy travelogue, one part emotional underworld journey, The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming is a sumptuous, slow-burning story about stories and the way they shape our lives.