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Ten years ago, the island of Atlantis rose out of the sea, triggering mechanisms all over the world that made magic a genuine force once more. Now paranormal creatures are coming out of hiding and demanding their rights. In every country, scholars and scientists are scrambling to research and understand the occult so they can harness it safely. And all over the world, rulers and warlords are commissioning magical weapons they don’t understand and can’t control.

The Age of Enlightenment has become a race for dominance that human beings are no longer...

The future isn’t an easy place to live. Humanity is split into two warring factions: one is determined to bring all of human-explored space under its control, and the other travels the stars in massive homeships, carrying with them the ancient stories and traditions their foes have rejected.

On the sparsely populated frontier, renegades, bounty hunters, and pirates maintain their own rule of law. Government is nonexistent. Ethics are a luxury. Greed is the order of the day.

And on the worlds unexplored by humankind lurk wonders and dangers beyond imagining.

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Kendras is member of the Scorpions, an elite fighting force all but destroyed in the latest war between rival cities. With Adrastes—Scorpion’s leader and Kendras’s lover—gone, Kendras steps into his footsteps to rebuild his family.

When Adrastes reappears to make a bid for kingship, deadly politics play out in corridors of power Kendras does not understand. He doesn’t know who wants Adrastes dead or how to prevent it from happening. All he knows is his own loyalty—and that the alternatives to Adrastes seizing power may be worse.

As enemies rise, Adrastes’s grip on...

If you had a chance to make a deal with the devil... would you take it?

There's an unusual devil on the prowl - Farfarello, at your service. From bluesmen down on their luck, to magicians stranded in circuses full of strange creatures, to reclusive inventors determined to give life to their creations, this devil is always ready to show up and grant people their wishes in exchange for a small fee - their soul.

And if he happens to meddle a little in their love lives while he's at it, and maybe teach them a few lessons in the process... well, a devil's got to have a...

In the early 22nd century, the U.S. military created Project Juggernaut. It was meant to solve a hopeless tactical imbalance in overseas wars by providing the US military with supersoldiers while crippling enemy resistance.

Instead, it introduced a deadly pandemic that all but obliterated humanity.

The remaining Juggernaut troops work tirelessly to find and protect the surviving uninfected population—even though they themselves are exiled and despised by those they help. But their efforts are hampered by the vestiges of a dysfunctional government, old prejudices that...

Two city states: Beulah and Tophet. One promises to be heaven. One is certainly hell.

But there’s one thing they have in common: nobody is free.

"A flawed utopia becomes the setting for Henry and Belleau’s allegorical gay romance looking at how power corrupts.... While love wins out here, justice is hard won." ~ Booklist

In this modern-day alternate universe, slavery remains legal all over the world.

The stories of Belonging explore the politics and personal relationships of slaves and freemen in this dark mirror to our own modern society.

Few of the people on Planet Mitan know that their future rests on very precarious foundations. A terrifying species holds the Mitans in thrall, and only a yearly tribute—part conscripts, part volunteers—secures the fragile peace with the sinister Ungrich. Nobody knows exactly what the alien creatures want with the Mitans, but the Mitan military and the few survivors of the underground ordeal have developed a training program. It’s brutal, even horrific, but effective.

Commander Rehz Akran is determined that his trainees, willing or otherwise, will learn everything...

Ancient Rome, a hotbed of decadence and political intrigue, profoundly influenced our modern world and has maintained an enduring hold on our imaginations. Though the Empire has fallen, its stories remain.

In this collection, we've gathered together one novel and two novellas that explore the breadth of the Roman Empire. From enslaved gladiators to senators, Roman sexuality to Roman politics, these stories reveal the lives and trials of those fighting for the Empire in one way or another—on the sands or in the villas, or even on the senate floor.