The Shepherd

      J.C. Staudt

The Shepherd

Toler Glaive makes his living as hired muscle, guarding trade caravans against the dangers of the wasteland. Unbeknownst to the trading company he works for, Toler has also taken up smuggling, and he's about to pull off the biggest heist of his life. When nomads ambush the caravan, his carefully laid plan begins to unravel. Now he must either take the fall, or let someone else take it for him...In the heat-blasted wastelands of a post-apocalyptic world, Toler Glaive makes his living as hired muscle, guarding trade caravans against the storms, mutants, monsters, and nomads who harry them every step of the way. Only the strongest survive the wasteland, and the strongest of them all is the trading company's brutal overlord, Nichel Vantanible, a man who doesn't tolerate smugglers in his ranks.But that's just what Toler aims to become. He's got all the pieces in place to pull off the biggest heist of his life, and he isn't prepared to settle for anything less than perfection.When nomads ambush the caravan, Toler soon finds the pieces of his carefully laid puzzle coming apart. Can he live out the remainder of the journey and dispose of the goods without Vantanible finding out? Or will his career as a gambler be cut short by a headsman's machete?The Shepherd is a prelude to the Aionach Saga, a post-apocalyptic fantasy epic beginning with The Infernal Lands.
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    Skyjackers - Episode 1: A Proper Nuisance

      J.C. Staudt

Skyjackers - Episode 1: A Proper Nuisance

For Vivian Caine, becoming the world’s most fearsome airship pirate comes with obstacles. When she crosses paths with the fresh-faced Jonathan Thorpe, a recent graduate of the Sky Marshal Academy tasked with enforcing order and justice across the skies, Vivian will be forced to weigh her swashbuckling life of crime against the unwelcome feelings she finds herself developing for the young captain.For Vivian Caine, becoming the world’s most fearsome airship pirate comes with its share of obstacles. The largest is her family, helmed by notorious outlaw and misguided patriarch Benedict Caine, whose name alone is enough to strike terror into the hearts of millions. Vivian’s mother and three siblings are anything but interested in pursuing the family business, so things take a sour turn when they cross paths with fresh-faced idealist Captain Jonathan Thorpe, a recent graduate of the Sky Marshal Academy tasked with enforcing order and justice across the skies.As Thorpe and the Caine family engage in a wild cat-and-mouse game rife with incredible capers and narrow getaways, Vivian must weigh her swashbuckling life of crime against the unwelcome feelings she finds herself developing for the young captain.
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    Driftmetal

      J.C. Staudt

Driftmetal

In a shattered world of airships and windborne cities, Captain Muller Jakes' crew betrays him when his plot to steal a fortune in gravstone goes awry. A lost city, a deadly sabotage, and a series of narrow escapes will force him to choose between his freedom and the lives of thousands. A high-flying adventure full of gadgetry, treachery and intrigue; a pleasing blend of steampunk and cyberpunk.I am Arkadia Castner. I am beautiful. I am popular. I am also the most messed-up witch you will ever meet. I can’t make water boil, or make the wind blow; I can’t even light a match without the aid of a flint. My 18th birthday is in six months, and if I don’t pass the Paranormal Safety Exams (PSEs) by then, I will be banished to the Isle of Shadows for eternity, never to be seen again – it will be as though I never existed. I found myself at the halfway house under the supervision and guidance of Den Mother and telepathic empath, Eloise Mayflower. The halfway house is the last chance for troubled paranormal teens like me to pass our PSEs and avoid banishment. Eloise knows everything I think and feel, and is supposed to be helping me, but I still can’t do basic spells a six-year-old can do. I hate it here, but I have no choice. This is my last chance. I had all but given up hope, when in walks Bohdan Drak. Tall, dark, and so damn sexy it hurts to look at him – even his muscles had muscles. He is a dragon shifter and wears the mark of having passed his PSEs. When our souls meet, we realize we have found our soul mates and perfect matches. My dying hope has found life again, and I finally have a reason to look forward to a future. I thought everything would be fine, but darkness and despair creep into my future. I have been framed for a murder, and everyone believes I am guilty. The paranormal council now watches my every move. Can I trust Bohdan and true love? I fear my destiny is to be banished forever … 
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