Never Ever After: Three Short Stories

Never Ever After: Three Short Stories

“Happily Ever Awhile”: Everyone knows the story of the filthy girl who married the prince by not bleeding into a glass slipper. But what happened to Ellie after the happy ending?

“King Orfeigh”: A young Irish king has lost his wife to the king of Faerie. Is there any way he can win her back?

“A Serca Tale” is a retelling of the old Irish legend “The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne.”

Never Ever After is a collection of three previously published short stories, approximately 9000 words, or 36 pages.

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Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

Dreibrand Veta has killed for his country. At the frontlines of imperial expansion, he seeks to rebuild the fortune of his noble family. In his daring travels he encounters the rys, a race far more powerful than the human empire that bred him. Dreibrand cannot defy the rys Queen Onja nor defend his companion, Miranda, and her children from the wicked tyrant Queen.

Desperate for help, Dreibrand and Miranda join Shan, a rys with emerging powers who plans to challenge Onja. In Shan’s pursuit of the rys throne, he exerts his magical powers, gathers his allies, and incites rebellion among Onja’s human subjects.

Great wealth and power will reward the kings, warriors, and spies that align themselves with the rys pretender, but defeat could mean worse than death. Onja can imprison souls and her genocidal rage is legendary. Everything is at risk for Shan’s union of renegades.

Quotes from Dreibrand Veta

To his lover, Miranda:
“I admit that not all things I do are good, but I will always do good by you. That I can promise.”

In war council:
“I will crush them in a week. Two at most.” His eyes smoldered with the potencies of his conviction. Dreibrand’s pledge was no fanciful boast. He knew how to be a successful warmonger, and he remembered the burning cities and the conquered weighted by their chains. Dreibrand did not need to hate his enemy, only desire its destruction.

To General Kwan:
“To what end was your guidance supposed to take me?” Dreibrand asked bitterly. “So I could be sent on your official errands? So I could count slaves?”

For a fantasy hero who dares to fight overwhelming evil and struggles to balance doing what is right against the demands of leadership, read The Rys Chronicles fantasy series. You can download the first novel Union of Renegades for free at:

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The Unfinished Song (Book 1): Initiate


Dindi can’t do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi’s clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying. But Dindi has a plan.

Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn’t commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don’t kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father’s wars and his mother’s curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her… assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.

Download the first book of Tara Maya’s The Unfinished Song epic fantasy series for FREE on AmazonKobo and Smashwords.

Bad Vibrations

Bad Vibrations book coverWhen a troubled client visits psychic Persephone O’Brien, the last thing she thinks is that she’s about to be drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy that will change her life forever. Accompanied by a distractingly attractive ufologist — and with a little help from an unlikely group of UFO enthusiasts — she races to stop the alien plot before it’s too late. Moving from the bright lights of Los Angeles to the red rocks of Sedona, Bad Vibrations takes the reader on a wild ride that never lets up until its unforgettable climax. Book 1 of the Sedona Trilogy.

“Christine Pope’s new novel Bad Vibrations is a perfect summer read—a blend of romantic suspense as intoxicating as a margarita with a little shooter of sci fi on the side. Bad Vibrations will remind readers of Janet Evanovich’s early Stephanie Plum novels with its breezy tone, delightful characters, and romantic suspense plot.”—Katherine Tomlinson, author of L.A. Nocturne and Toxic Reality

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Paranormal romantic suspense • 80,000 words

Mars: A Traveler’s Guide

“Mars: A Traveler’s Guide”

Red Planet Adventures provides customized tours on Mars. Naturally, they have been optimized for safety. Soon, satellite coverage on the planet will even reach 100%! But what happens in the meantime … ?

“Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in January 2008. It was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2009.

A science fiction short story by Ruth Nestvold.

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