Meet Annette Czech Kopp
“Any deal is better than no deal.”
When the desperate reach out and shake A Cold Hand at the crossroads, their lives are no longer their own. Frank, like so many near him, has made a deal, but when he shook that Cold Hand, he never thought the day would come when his bill would come due. Now that it has, he has a choice to make in Frank.
“It’s going to be fine, my love. It’s all going to be fine. Don’t worry, my love. It’s going to be fine.” Chris knew every facet of every deal he made, but when the biggest deal he ever made was coming to its conclusion, he had to find a way to renegotiate the terms in Out of Road.
Steven was positive who was responsible for his parents’ deaths and he was determined to make him pay in The Ride.
A night out turned strange, so strange it still haunts all who were there in The Strange Disappearance of John Whitey Burnett.
All he wanted was an escape, but how he went out about it will stay with him in Repeater.
Finding love in the strangest places can lead to some strange results in Passing it Forward.
Sometimes you owe even though you didn’t agree to the price in A Question of Payment. An obsession grew from a single night out in I Hate the Blues.
What Allen finds as he looks into his partner’s apparent mental break challenges his own stability in Man of Flies.
A bad day can seem to go on forever in One of those Mornings.
A Cold Hand is the third collection of short stories from a HARD PLACE.
For fans of Dune, the Honor Harrington series, & Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series.
Imagine using a technology so different, that it appears as magic…
“…one of the most fully imagined sci-fi worlds I have ever experienced outside of Frank Herbert’s genre-defining “Dune” series.” –D.A.Cartier
Jordahk thought he was average. He was wrong. He thought his planet too far from the centuries-old stalemate line to see any action. He was wrong about that too.
To save his world from annexation he must retreat with his eccentric grandfather, seeking help from the farthest planets. But what can stop the domination of mankind’s supreme star-spanning government?
There is an ancient technology with the power to break the conventional–but it can also break the user. And only a special few can wield it. But Jordahk suspects his grandfather knows more than he’s telling…
It’s the summer of 1953. Calvin Jefferson Coolidge is thirteen years old when the ghost of Joseph Stalin appears to him in his Aunt Evelyn’s cluttered Cleveland attic and wants to dictate his memoirs to him.
“I want to tell my side of the story,” Uncle Joe tells him. “They’re giving me one year to set the record straight, so we need to get started right away.”
Calvin’s life is falling apart at the seams. He’s a misfit and loner whose only friends are famous dead people. He loves polka music and Westerns and sometimes wonders what it would be like to kiss a girl. His con man father is in Florida looking for his bipolar runaway mother. His cousin Buck is abducted and experimented on by aliens. The lady next door wants to coach him in the ways of love. His pastor thinks he’s headed straight for Hell. His English teacher thinks he’s a savant. The school psychologist wants to have him committed. His shrink thinks he’s just plain nuts. Sometimes, Calvin believes it too.
Everybody’s trying to figure out what makes Calvin tick in this quirky, fast-paced metaphysical romp through the heart and soul of 1950’s America.
Meet Marc Sercomb
A Rare Combination of Hard Science Fiction and The Supernatural
A mathematician. A robotics engineer. An aspiring astronaut. Bram Morrison is all of these. What he can’t imagine he’ll ever be is someone trying to figure out the physics of a ghost. That is, until a workmate dies.
Bram’s botanist friend, Torula, claims that her lab equipment has gathered data proving her greenhouse is haunted. She suspects it has something to do with his recently deceased friend. Now, she plans to extend her study of life into the afterlife.
He wants to take the next big leap for mankind. She wants to delve into what ought to be dead and buried. How the two end up reconciling both ambitions leads to a scientific foray into the afterlife involving NASA, a computer disc, and a tragic dance with death.
A Ghost for a Clue, the first book in the IMMORTOLOGY series, is a bold mix of scientific facts and supernatural lore that could have you thinking that ghosts indeed are real.
Introverted, intuitive healer, Jada “Jey” Grey has nothing left to lose. After all, her skills and knowledge couldn’t save her mother from a manmade virus. Set in 2071, with the heat index reaching crippling levels on Earth, Jey is barely coping. But when she stumbles upon an opportunity to launch from Earth, she feels compelled to go.
The mission—to create a new colony on an unexplored exoplanet—fits right in with Jey’s dreams. Her friendship with a clairvoyant child onboard the ship, her growing empathic abilities, and her attempts at love spark an unfamiliar hope.
But when a rival corporation sabotages their ship, and their target planet is a wasteland, Jey must set aside her old self-destructive patterns and take a leap into a new way of being—and seeing. Her connection to the seeds and plants changes everything. Can she convince the other colonists that her clairvoyant vision is exactly what they need?
“Engaging, positive, uplifting with a good story. The kind of book I like to read but is so difficult to find.” —Andrew, Goodreads
“I loved this story of Jey and her journey out to the stars and in to her self at the same time… I particularly like the writing style, the language, and how the dialogue felt true to the characters who were speaking. As a first novel it was outstanding.” — Elissa Matthews, author of Where the River Bends
“I loved this book from the instant I began reading it… Seeds of Change features a solid narrative arc, tiptoes between genres of fantasy, dystopian fiction, and sci-fi, clean smooth-flowing language that drew me in from start to finish, and, ultimately, some really nice feel-good vibes. A very enjoyable read!” — Angela Panayotopulos, author of The Wake Up