Hot Off the Ring of Fire Press
We continue to publish a book a week, usually dropping on Thursday, so make sure you check.
Here are the current and upcoming releases:
By NEAL F. LITHERLAND
Leo is the toughest alley cat around, but he’s got some soft spots. One is for an ex-flame looking for help and the other is for abandoned kittens, which lead him into trouble a lot bigger than he expected. But putting trouble in front of Leo is not what the furry denizens of the streets who know him would call a good career move.
SHADOWS OF HYPERION
By Ryk E. Spoor
In this latest installment in the Grand Central Arena series, Ariane Austin and her friends find themselves unable to use their Arena-born powers—just as Humanity is menaced by dangers both alien and home-grown. Fifty years after Project Hyperion’s fall, the bill has come due, and everything —everything—is threatened by the long, dark shadows of Hyperion.
By Mark Roth-Whitworth
When the research starship Hawking ventures too close to the event horizon of a black hole, it is cast 11,000 years into the future. Captain Morgan and the crew must now create a new life for themselves in a universe where humanity has divided into four different branches in a self-directed evolution.
A MISSION FOR THE CZAR
By GORG HUFF and PAULA GOODLETT
Vasilii and Miroslava are back at work again. Czar Mikhail wants a rail line built from Ufa, the capital of his United Sovereign States of Russia, to the capital of the USSR’s newest addition, the Kazakh Khanate. For that he needs a steam engineer and diplomat—Vasilii’s jobs—as well as a top surveyor. Unfortunately, the surveyor is an arrogant snob who gets himself murdered—and now the czar needs a detective as well. Fortunately, Vasilii’s paramour Miroslava came with him, so she’s there to take on the case. She and Vasilii need to solve the murder quickly without blowing up the still fragile agreement between the USSR and the new State of Kazakh.
And Miroslava and Vasilii aren’t the only ones with troubles. Vasilii’s young cousin Alla is hiding out in Moscow and has been since her family was murdered. She’s having to learn how the other half lives. It’s all going to come together if they can solve the murder without jeopardizing the rights of every citizen in Kazakh—newfangled rights which are more fragile than anything else.
MEGAN THOMAS: FORENSIC SORCERESS
By BRADLEY H. SINOR
Megan Thomas works in the office of the District Attorney as a forensic sorceress. Her job is to protect the citizens of the greater metropolitan area of Tulsa from all manner of evil sorcerers and vampires—while also managing her personal life without endangering the people in it.
MISSIONS OF SECURITY
Neustatter’s European Security Services is open for business, and business is . . . too good?
With the National Guard, private industry, and even a seemingly tranquil farming village caught in an explosive political crossroads all relying on NESS for missions of security, Neustatter and Astrid find themselves pressed to staff, train, and equip the agency while keeping up with their clients’ growing requirements in scope and complexity.
— A simple railway escort mission involves a secretive manufacturing client from Grantville bearing mysterious cargo and a captured fugitive all destined for Magdeburg during the Baltic War . . . what could possibly go wrong?
— The Bible Society hires NESS to guard a flock of Anabaptist, Catholic, and Lutheran high schoolers en route to riot-torn Erfurt and Jena, but will NESS’s own pastor tear them apart first?
— Already strapped for personnel, the last thing Neustatter needs is for a regiment of dragoon militia to choose their wagon train for . . . “involuntary provisioning.” Can a handful of badly outnumbered agents protect a village that isn’t sure it wants their help?
Missions of Security is the sequel to A Matter of Security, and contains the full text of the previously published short story, “Blood in Erfurt.”
RELEASE DATE: JULY 1, 2021
The world was broken during the war with the Hyperion, but it’s been trying to put itself back together ever since humanity’s guns fell silent. From the darkened skies, to the shattered cities, to the toxic air, though, remnants of the conflict are everywhere.
Remnants like Pollux.
Created during the war, Pollux and other Myrmidon like him were forged to be warriors. To be weapons. To stand on the front lines and protect the world from the alien threat. No one expected them to survive. Most of them didn’t… but a lot of them did. And just like the world they had a hand in saving, they bear the scars of that war.
Adrift in a world he wasn’t made for, Pollux has been trying for years to forge some kind of life. But when he uncovers a conspiracy that threatens what little he’s managed to build, all those old instincts come flooding back. He survived the invasion of an alien armada, and those who are gunning for him now are going to wish they’d let this old soldier just fade away.
Category: Science Fiction
SAVING THE DODO
RELEASE DATE: JULY 8, 2021
WARSPELL: MISS MIDSHIPMAN TEASDALE
BY GORG HUFF AND PAULA GOODLETT
RELEASE DATE: JULY 15, 2021
A WarSpell novel, in a world where war ships are just starting to make the change from ballistas to cannon that use a magically created gunpowder.
Tensy Teasdale is forced by financial hardship to give up her studies of magic and join the Kingdom Navy as a midshipman. It’s a hard life for her. While women have been serving in the Navy for decades, not everyone accepts them. It’s even harder if you’re a studious introvert who incurs the ire of a brute of a senior Midshipman who’s just failed his Lieutenant’s test again.
And that’s just the first of Miss Midshipman Teasdale’s misadventures. After that, she has to deal with a Merged mugger who’s learning how to deal with this world, an elven carpenter who’s considered worse than a necromancer because he works with the dead bodies of trees—not to mention the shell and shot of battle on the high seas.
And if she survives all that, there’s the politics of the Admiralty Court to deal with…