Other Side Of The Line
Clarence Stoneburner is a spread-too-thin agent with the Portal Surveillance Agency. When children vanish into other worlds, Clarence and his fellow agents return them to their families. The kids who come back with mermaid tales are the lucky ones. Horror stories are what Clarence is supposed to prevent.
When an agent trainee Clarence is falling for gets murdered by an ex-agent who's kidnapping children, he has to cross more than just his portal's line to bring the kidnapper to justice.
Available in Kyanite Press Volume 1, Issue 3:
Commanding The Swarm
A.I. scientist Silvan Rathe and his ten-year-old gamer son Ian invent a swarm of robotic bees to cure the famines devouring America. Colony Collapse and climate change destroyed the country’s pollinators. Millions are starving in the streets from New York to Miami and Minneapolis. Rathe plans to pollinate farmland and get families fed so the country doesn’t plunge into a second Asset War.
With the ex-marine Vansen at their head, The Primacy committed atrocities to take Europe in the first Asset War. The rising tyrant nation converted famine-weakened western America by remoting into Silicon Valley tech companies, then seizing their assets and functions along with military weaponry and bank resources. Vansen aims to finish invading America and control the food supply. He and his strike teams try to murder Rathe on live TV to spark that second Asset War and steal his swarm. When Rathe defends himself and reveals he’s already weaponized the swarm using gaming technology, Vansen kidnaps Ian and demands the bees as ransom.
Prepared to commit some atrocities of his own, Rathe must pursue Vansen into The Primacy’s darkest corners before they kill Ian on live TV as a warning to stop resisting.
The Reaper's Replacement
The Reaper could really put a brain out with that scythe of his. It harvests the human souls that feed Hell’s demons, so when the slimy-clawed Stygian murders The Reaper and tries to steal the scythe, Reap’s bodyguard Ava goes a little nutso. Without the scythe and a responsible someone to wield it, Hell would starve and Earth would be flooded with moaning, groaning souls.
Ava is not the demon for the job, unless that job is slamming Sin & Tonics with her angel with benefits. Laying low at her favorite bar only makes her, it, and her bartender angel into The Stygian’s targets. Ava doesn’t want The Stygian hounding her through Hell’s Eight Circles-we don’t talk about the Ninth-just because she deduced one of The Reaper’s other bodyguards backstabbed her and got The Reaper wrecked.
A responsible demon would avenge Reap’s death. Someone with their shit together would stop The Stygian’s engineered war between humanity and demonity. A war he designed to give him power over Earth and Hell the moment he gets his claws on that scythe. All Hell’s got is Ava, her angel with benefits, and a goof-nugget demon with deadly arcade money. Saving Hell’s got to be someone else’s job, right?
Works In Progress
The Magician's Ales
Bartender Ryne Clayten can't prove his sister was murdered by the CEO of America's favorite pub chain. Alchemy that brews beers and distills liquor isn't a cause of death that the justice system recognizes.
CEO Lawrence Grant saved alchemy and brought it into the modern age. He couldn't have killed Ryne's sister, and he's got every right to systematically wreck Ryne's life-to the full extent of the law-for these false accusations.
Now that Grant's forced Ryne out of business school, Ryne seeks out Craft alchemy to turn it against the CEO. He brews his own ales with it. He finds he loves the magic that Grant used to end his sister's life. In Ryne's hands, the Craft could bring relief and enrichment to the public.
Ryne works with ATF agents, digs up old evidence around the Midwest, and seeks records to prove to the country that alchemy is prevalent and poisoning thousands because of Grant's actions. If he does prove Grant's guilt by the Judge's deadline, he'd risk alchemy being outlawed.
Grant knows that his business wouldn't be the only thing ruined if alchemy becomes illegal. He'll make sure Ryne and his family aren't watching too closely the next time they share a drink together.
Blog Stories: The Reaper's Case Notes
The Reaper's been sifting through his memories, hunting for what he really wants. Harvesting Earth's souls leaves him with little time to wield a pen in place of his iconic scythe. His demon bodyguard Ava Vasaga has got the magic and martial arts skills to defend him from thieves who want his scythe, but can she help The Reaper piece together the mysteries in his past? Hell would starve for souls and Earth would be flooded with them if they fail.
Their battles for Hell's soul hide secrets you might miss if you don't read The Reaper's Case Notes!
Each Case is a three-episode short story stuffed with snark, martial arts, historical fantasy, and nuggets of Hellish wisdom as Ava & The Reaper romp through soul-strewn Earth and a modern Hell that blends Dante with drunk demons.
The Grind is one of the many demons your favorite writer constantly battles with in order to bring more books into the world.
You gotta battle it too. Get confident. You can reach that writing goal.
Check out the link for a guest blog on the fabulous Developmental Editor Haley Sulich's site: Write Plan
Jabe Stafford has asserted his right to be identified as the author of these works.
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