Coat Hanger Katie & Friends:  The Blackout

Coat Hanger Katie & Friends: The Blackout

Erik C. Martin

Science Fiction / Thriller / Short Stories

Katie is a MMA fighter with ties to Cleveland's BDSM community. When a blackout grips the city, interrupting Katie's training session, what can she do? Go home, have a drink, fight crime--that's what. Short story.Lamont like many eighteen year olds living in 2057 Boston has a convertible podcar, a girlfriend, and three good buddies. Unlike his peers he lives in a Genetic Research center, has a genetic mental disorder, and can shoot lightning out of his blade-staff. Lamont’s secure world is turned upside down when Grid-One, a podcar traffic relay station is hit by terrorists known as the Hakim killing one of his mentors along with thousands in a nationwide tragedy. The team vows revenge and is sent on their first mission to recapture the relay station. In the resulting battle his team is decimated by an unknown sun weapon. He and the only other survivor, his shy friend Mark are thrown into further disarray as they learn of two other Superion teams like theirs were also developed by the secretive Foundation. Fearing that they may be targeted for extermination they escape to the lunar resort of Nuevo Vegas. They both find jobs and are mentored by Jerry Hornish and Edwin Edwards, but both of these men have their own secrets and ties to the Foundation. As other Superion team survivors show up a makeshift team is formed they are mere pawns in a plot by a rival Foundation faction trying to wrest control from the true leader Osiris, an immortal alien who is reincarnated upon death. Are the inexperienced team members ready to take on their battle-hardened renegade predecessors? Will young Osiris arrive in time to help them?
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Tami and the Nakesh Troll

Tami and the Nakesh Troll

Erik C. Martin

Science Fiction / Thriller / Short Stories

A short story geared toward middle-grade readers. This light fantasy tale tells what happens when chronically bullied Tami inadvertently stumbles into Troll's March. Maybe the stories about the March's man-eating inhabitant are just parents' inventions meant to scare their children. Maybe... "Hhrraagh!" What was that?! Unfortunately, Tami is about to find out.The Root of the Trouble is Our Will. The struggle to surrender our will to God—to fight against self, selfishness, and self-preservation—is the fiercest battle that we will ever fight. The human will of Jesus was no different. It shrunk from God’s will as decidedly as ours. Without total submission to His Father, the fallen nature He inherited from Adam would have overcome Him as surely as it overcomes us. This book portrays the battle Jesus fought each day on earth. It paints a picture of his tortured steps, a blueprint of the journey that each one of us must take back to God’s will. How do we win this war against our souls? Only a closer look at Jesus can show us how, a closer look explored within these pages.
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Glory of the Amazons

Glory of the Amazons

Erik C. Martin

Science Fiction / Thriller / Short Stories

Bagwar's Run is the largest, filthiest, most dangerous city in the world. The council of gangs has as much influence over goings on as the lord mayor. The meanest, dirtiest, spittingest gang in the Run is The Wizards. Enter Glory, fresh from the frigid north. She finds herself at the head of The Amazons, an all-woman gang, and consequently right in The Wizards' sights. A Bagwar's Run short story.Bagwar's Run is the largest, filthiest, most dangerous city in the world. The gangs control the streets, and the Wizards sit at the head of the council of gangs. These mean tempered mages are the roughest, dirtiest, belchingest, spittingest spell-casters around. Their iron horses fly through the streets, causing the cobbles to shake with the rumble of thunder. They're a contrary, sexist bunch with tight control of magic in the Run. And they've locked the ladies out.Enter Glory. Only nineteen and fresh from the frigid wastes of Angren, she finds herself in charge of The Amazons, an all-woman gang that's closer to the bottom of the pecking order than the top. It's also in The Wizards cross-hairs. Glory has no time to enjoy her position. The streets are vibrating. The Wizards are coming.The first of the Bagwar's Run short stories.
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June Gloom and Golden Sand

June Gloom and Golden Sand

Erik C. Martin

Science Fiction / Thriller / Short Stories

A short story originally included in 'The Year in Ink Anthology' vol. 4, 'June Gloom and Golden Sand' tells the tale of a man returning to Coronado, California after 15 years and trying to find something he lost in the course of those years. He tries to recapture his hope. He tries to recapture his life.One look was all it took for Neal. One look before she was gone and he was too. Then one day he follows her home and that is only the beginning of the journey that makes him question everything about the nature of his love, life and even reality. Bewilder is the first in a series of interweaving Short Stories called 'Diamonds'. A mosaic of ideas and themes dealing with fantasy, reality, love, death, redemption and joy.
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Dexter of Pozzelby

Dexter of Pozzelby

Erik C. Martin

Science Fiction / Thriller / Short Stories

13 year-old Dexter is thrust onto Pozzelby's throne after his family is murdered by unknown conspirators. With only a handful of people he can trust, Dexter must unravel and stop the conspiracy, before he becomes its next victim. 'Dexter of Pozzelby' is a YA fantasy combining humor with serious fantasy adventure.In one horrible night, 13 year-old Dexter's family is murdered and he is forced to assume the throne of Pozzelby. He's whisked away in the night and taken to Pozzelby Castle, an ancient structure so large that most of it has been sealed off and forgotten for centuries. With only a handful of people whom he can trust, Dexter must unravel the conspiracy responsible for the deaths of his family members, before becoming its next victim. 'Dexter of Pozzelby' is a YA fantasy that combines humor with serious fantasy adventure.
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Judgment Hill

Judgment Hill

Erik C. Martin

Science Fiction / Thriller / Short Stories

Judgment Hill is a fast paced adventure set in the early American frontier. It is the story of Cyrus Sturgis, ex-naval officer and veteran of the Battle of King's Mountain, and his run in with a face from his past, Henry Myers, one time pirate captain, now turned spiritual leader of the New Sinai settlement. Genuine conversion? Sturgis doesn't think so.Yes, it's Volume 2 of TIW shorts! Yet another collection of totally pointless exactly 500 and exactly 200 word nonsense to entertain you while doing whatever you do when reading. Here are my own personal takes on the second 6 months of the Iron Writer Challenge, including Challenges, Weekend Quickies, Grudge Matches and Solstice Opens - plus an excerpt of 'How to' killing Brian (Cannibalising Brian) and a slice from the first ever Relays. I hope you enjoy these short snippets just as much as you enjoyed Volume 1.Thanks again to Brian and all the other Iron Writers for making The Iron Writers phenomenon the success that it already is.
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