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City of the Forgotten (Instafreebie Sample) Brendan Detzner
The Dragot Empire's first invasion of the Mountain Skyport has failed, but the war isn't over. Jiaire's actions in the first attack have made him a hero, but also a target, and on the eve of a second invasion he is kidnapped in the dead of night and spirited away to the Blackfire Penal Colony, an underground labyrinth in the heart of a dormant volcano. He has never been more alone, or further away from the people he loves. Escaping the colony will be difficult. Making it out with his soul intact may be impossible.
White Rabbit Society Part One (Instafreebie Sample) Brendan Detzner
Andrew is fifteen years old. He's been sent to stay with his grandmother for the summer while his parents finish their divorce, but the summer's up and he's still stuck up in Wisconsin. And his best and only friend is a monster. Shadow lives under a gazebo in the park. She has a body made of spare parts, she seems to be omnipotent, and she likes to play chess. Andrew doesn't tell anybody about Shadow. Nobody listens to him anyway. Andrew's Uncle Paul comes to town. Andrew didn't know he had an Uncle Paul. Paul knows about Shadow. Paul knows lots of things. Some of them are things he shouldn't know; some of them are things no one should know. And he's interested in teaching. Unfortunately, Paul isn't stopping by just to say hello. He's being pursued, by people interested in his secrets.
White Rabbit Society Part Two (Instafreebie Sample) Brendan Detzner
Four years have passed since the events of "White Rabbit Society Part One". With a lot a of luck and at great personal cost, Andrew has managed to not get killed. He's a magician now, for better or worse. He's knowledgeable, confident, and also ambitious, which may be the biggest danger he's had to face yet. Because there are scarier things out there than a teenager with a little magic and a chip on his shoulder, and Andrew's heading right for them. (This sample contains the first five chapters.)
Scarce Resources (Instafreebie Sample) Brendan Detzner
The devil plays tennis with the last man in Chicago while a brontosaurus looms in the distance. An elderly blind woman thinks she's feeding the birds. A music industry insider falls short of immortality and makes a shocking confession. A girl with sharp teeth and an excellent sense of smell shops at a convenience store, avoiding chocolate. And fourteen more. (This sample contains the first four short stories in the collection.)
Beasts (Instafreebie Sample) Brendan Detzner
A nurse gives a tow truck driver her number while the spirits watch attentively. Sasquatch and Chupacabra clash across universes. A skeleton billionaire throws his annual halloween party. A woman kisses her husband good night and locks him in a room in their basement. And twelve more. (This sample contains the first three stories of the collection.)
The Hidden Lands (Instafreebie Sample) Brendan Detzner
In the aftermath of the Dragot Empire’s failed attack on the Mountain skyport, seventeen year old Amber, former bride of the invasion’s commander and current traitor to the empire, is on the run. Alone and pursued by Dragot assassins, she seeks political asylum in the Hidden Lands, a mysterious and isolated alliance of countries on the far side of the world, and is taken to the Embassy District, a refuge for political criminals, abandoned spies, and lost souls from every corner of the earth. Everyone has an agenda and no one is who they appear to be. Amber must figure out who to trust quickly, or the shadows of her new home will swallow her whole. (This sample includes the first third of "The Hidden Lands".)
The Orphan Fleet (Instafreebie Sample) Brendan Detzner
Adventure and strange magic in a city above the clouds! Jiaire is a dock worker at the Mountain Skyport, an independent oasis where airships from across the known world can thaw their engines before they finish their journey across the endless frozen wastes. By day he loads and unloads ships. By night, he dreams of the Show, when characters like Golden Sam, the Reptile, and the mysterious Count do battle under the big top for an audience of thousands. To its friends, the Mountain offers warmth, smiles, and entertainment. To its enemies, it offers lightning— powerful storms that appear from nowhere and clear the skies of enemy ships. When an invading army attacks and the storms fail to appear, Jiaire must stand up for his home and learn the secrets behind the mystic forces protecting it.
Millersville (Instafeebie Sample) Brendan Detzner
The Illinois Youth Center in Millersville is a maximum security prison for teenage girls. There are no newspapers allowed in the facility, no internet, no TV news. No way to tell that something in the world on the other side of the fence has gone very wrong. At least not at first. (This sample contains the first third of the novel.)