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Cindy-Mei, who until recently had been Agent Winter, C.I.A. - that's Colonial Intelligence Agency - had been one of their best agents... that is, until they threw her out for coming to work in a dress.
After that disappointing and sudden end to what had been a promising career, Mei rewarded herself with a long relaxing vacation in the outback to celebrate her gender reassignment and her new start in life. The first stop on her journey turned out to be a little backwater planet called Deanna...
As a third-rate colony in the Terran Empire, Deanna had more than its fair share of dull moments... Dull - but also definitely weird... Deanna orbited a star called Ramalama - and if you think that’s funny, Deanna’s two moons were called Ding and Dong, respectively. (This was a local joke.)
When a single Ruminarii Hammerhead - the first seen by Humans in over eighty years, arrived to invade the small backwater Terran colony of Deanna, rather than cowering in their basements or running away, the ordinary people of Atro City headed to the spaceport to meet the aliens when they landed - and grabbed anything remotely resembling a weapon on the way out the door!
As bombs fell on Atro City, Cindy-Mei found herself in exactly the right place at the right time - but what should she do? She'd hoped to put her violent and somehow depressing past behind her, but now it seemed her new beginning (and her holiday) were going to have to wait! The Gimp were back, and this was no time to be a sissy! She faced seemingly insurmountable odds in the midst of panic, hysteria - falling sherry - and people hiding under furniture! What would she do?
Thankfully, with the assistance of an alien walking, talking plant called Fred, a local bounty hunter called Beck the Badfeller - and the Skeggs Valley Dynamite Fishing Club, she wouldn't have to find out alone.
"Black Sunrise" is the first book in the Quantum Series by Christina Engela.
“Quite simply, Christina Engela is one of the best voices in sci-fi right now and to not read her work would be to miss a treat!” – Mark Woods, author of Time of Tides and Fear of the Dark.
"'Black Sunrise' by Christina Engela: in the introduction of the 'Quantum series' - a group of fantastic books that are not only space science fiction but carry a positive message while also being fun to read. If you like Pratchett, you'll love these!" - Lee Hall, UK writer & reviewer.
Moon Books Horror Anthology 5 has a sinister gathering of tales to offer, tales of terror and dread - with victims, heroes and villains lurking in the shadows!
Join us for a darkly delicious cluster of horror tales laced with a smidgeon of terror, a dash of mystery, a hint suspense and even a modicum of fantasy! After all, is it not the mystery which gives us suspense - and the suspense which makes the final horror that much more ...final?
The Death Poem of Sensei Otoro by Jonathan Maberry
Normanwood by Anya Louw
Skinwalker by Cedar J. Lockheart
Corona Dance by Major Roxbrough
Remember When by Thomas M. Malafarina
Operation Gargoyle Rescue by Tess Stoops
Steel My Angel by Drew Beasley
Action! Adventure! Space opera!
Mykl d’Angelo, skipper and owner of the loderunner Pegasus, had fallen on hard times – and he'd just had the worst day of his life in that field. Due a minor misunderstanding, his crew had stolen the "Short Shit" - the ship's only shuttle, leaving him and two others behind to crew the ailing (and now understaffed) loderunner on their own. As if that weren't bad enough, just a few hours later, the rickety old ship literally lost its stardrive in the middle of the middle of nowhere. To add insult to injury, Mykl's two remaining crewmen were killed in the explosion. Marooned alone in deep space, Mykl d’Angelo counted his blessings, offered prayers to any gods who specialized in miracles, and prepared to await (A) seemingly unlikely rescue, or (B) a lingering death.
In the meantime, as though in answer to d'Angelo's pleas, a starship of the Imperial Space Fleet had been dispatched to investigate the mysterious silence of a remote starbase nearby. Rescue takes place, but at a price - taking into consideration Mykl d'Angelo's past service in the Fleet - and his not insignificant knowledge and experience of Corsairs, he quickly finds himself re-activated in an advisory capacity. Proceeding at full alert, the Antares prepared for the worst - that is, the probability that the lost starbase had been attacked and destroyed by Corsairs... space pirates who dominate the space lanes and whose bloody choke-hold on interstellar trade overshadowed the last 100 years of Human history.
Seemingly by sheer coincidence, their paths cross with a legendary and fearsome Corsair - a man whose name sent shivers running down the spines of lesser men. Blachart... Blachart the Bloody.
"Blachart" is book 1 in the Galaxii Series by Christina Engela.
"At times tense, at other times funny, Christina manages to maintain a healthy balance between humour and excitement – producing a first novel that is as easy to read as it is a joy to experience. Truly this is one of the very best sci-fi novels that I have read all year!” – Mark Woods, author of “Time of Tides” and “Fear of the Dark”.
Deanna was just another third-rate colony in the Terran Empire – and it was pretty much as boring a lump of rock as could be expected. That is, until Gary Beck, aka Beck the Badfeller ran over an obsidian crow with his jeepo on the highway to San Fedora and didn’t have a spare tire. Things pretty much went down hill from there.
An assassin had come to Atro City, an assassin with a score to settle. She was refined and pretty - but as poets might say, beauty can be deceiving - and the same poets who described Helen of Troy as the face that launched a thousand ships, might have written about Villainessa Tittle as the bitch that sank them.
As an assassin, she was the worst kind: she was absolutely terrifying, she took pride in her work, enjoyed what she did for a living – and above all, she was bloody good at it - and this time unfortunately, it was absolutely 100 percent personal.
Beck the Badfeller - Deanna's most famous bounty hunter, was dead - and it was up to Cindy-Mei Winter, Sheriff Peg, Deputy Mike, Fred the Arborian - and Gary Beck himself - to solve it.
"Dead Man's Hammer" is book 3 in the Quantum Series by Christina Engela.
"As the Quantum series unfolds, it grows more and more impressive. Dead Man’s Hammer is proof that Christina Engela can build an established world and insert so many genres into it along with retaining a unique style of writing that not only tributes her influences but has a way of confiding in readers." - Lee Hall, UK writer & reveiwer.
Action! Adventure! Time Travel!
Each day shapes the days that follow...
The Time Saving Agency liked having fresh agents on the job, who had a clear mind and steady hand. After all, time travel wasn’t for the faint of heart. The pay was good enough, but as Johnathan Scrooby decided long ago - even if he didn’t get paid for it, the thrill alone was payment enough! Then again, the TSA realized they couldn’t afford to have disgruntled employees with the power of God at their fingertips, so the pay was very, very good indeed!
Scrooby was extremely tense. His job at the Time Saving Agency was a tough one - gazillions of lives depended on him not screwing up. Once, he’d screwed up in only a small way, and people wore those little yellow smiley faces on t-shirts for decades afterwards... And that was only a small screw up!
Things happened at a certain time in a certain way, which in a sense, is what Life was all about. If they didn’t, then things would be completely different - which was why, a week ago, the American War of Independence was fought in Mexico. Yesterday Napoleon managed to dig a tunnel across the English Channel, invaded London - and everybody at the Agency ended up speaking French for a while. Sorting that out had been… well, challenging... Mon dieu.
Something smelled funny in the Anals of History! Things were not as they were supposed to be. Someone somewhere was tinkering with the works, and it was up to Time Agent Scrooby - with a little help - to go back and fix it, or who knew what might happen next!
"The Time Saving Agency" is the second title in the Quantum Series by Christina Engela.
"Christina Engela has created a story that follows not only a similar concept of the previous entry into the Quantum series but one that fuses those ideas with something completely different and original. Written in a way that sometimes tributes Terry Pratchett, yet again readers will find this story quirky and clever with a style that confides in the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this story which fused elements of time travel to the already established quirky futuristic universe that Engela has constructed." - Lee Hall, UK writer and reviewer.
Moon Books Presents:
Thomas M. Malafarina - Foreword, Status Quo, One Sunny Suburban Sunday, Ally's Cat
Jim Goforth - Strange Old Brew
D. F. Holland - After Death
Christina Engela - Homecoming, Midnight Station
Tabitha Baumander - Trucker, The Good Mrs. Kats
Revenge. Getting even. Fighting back. Whatever it’s called, it’s supposed to warrant two graves – or at least, that’s how one old saying went – usually, in the case of mere mortal Human beings. In the case of the Human race as a whole, it was less about that and more about survival.
Having just survived the Big Nuke twenty years before, a recovering Earth just beginning to reap the rewards of interplanetary colonization was suddenly attacked by an alien race that didn’t communicate, didn’t negotiate – and seemed absolutely intent on taking the entire solar system for itself.
The only option the war-weary people of Earth, Mars and Luna had, was to beat their plough-shares back into swords – and fight back! In the first six months, the best the fledgling Earth Defense Fleet could manage, was to push the savage Gimp back to the asteroid belt. For four long years since then, it was all they could do to maintain the stalemate, with each side waiting for the other to make a fatal mistake.
Sooner or later the war would end, one way – or the other.
For Alex Nikolls, a pilot fighting in the blackness of space on an almost daily basis, it couldn’t come soon enough!
For Francis Talon – Commander In Chief of a strike force intended to bring the aliens to their knees, it was the culmination of a journey of self-glorification and ambition leading all the way back to the L.A. mafia and the killing of Marian Mureau’s parents.
For Marian Mureau, it meant more than just the end of the war – it signified the end of a life-long vendetta!
Like many poets, Christina Engela started writing poetry out of a need to express her internalized teenage angst, gothic gloom, suppressed desires, drama and emotional trauma. Unlike most of those poets, Christina is also very good at seeing – and presenting – the brighter side of sorrow, or if you will, the upside of sadness.
Christina wrote her first poem at age 12. Funnily enough, it was called “Fear”, and since then, she has over the course of her life, written a further 232 poems.
This collection presents a selection of 165 of them, covering a variety of topics such as philosophy, love and heartbreak, her observations of the world around her, her torment as a teen and adult living with gender dysphoria – poetry she wrote in the face of prejudice and bigotry, culminating in her transition from the age of 26 to her final procedures in 2006 – and some light-hearted fun.
Things aren't always as they seem. Neither was Charlie Branson - or Andy Niksn.
Outwardly, Charlie appeared to be the successful, respected, somewhat over-paid Captain of a commercial space liner.
In truth, it was 2025 - space liners did not yet exist, and the space liner Freedom was really just a very expensive set - a fancy simulator for wealthy clients the company took on simulated cruises into deep space to forget the real world for a while, to get away from it all - and they loved them for it!
In an atmosphere where people were locked away from reality for weeks at a time, and cos-playing and roleplaying redefined 'normal', telling fact and fantasy apart became more complicated than expected. For those who preferred the pleasant escape from the harsh realities of life outside, like Charlie, wishing it could all just be real became something almost like a prayer.
Andy Niksn, by contrast, was the very successful respected and somewhat over-paid Captain of an actual commercial space liner in the year 2773. Trouble was, Andy felt trapped! He was in a relationship - a dead-end partnership that had no future and promised both even less happiness. On top of that, his friend Jim had died recently, leaving Andy in the darkest place he'd ever been - and he didn't mean space!
Andy wished he could just wake up to a different reality where everything could make sense again! For Andy, this too became something almost like a prayer!
As it turned out, someone heard them.
The answer wasn't quite what they expected.
You may be wealthy, you may be influential, even popular... but just because you're successful at life, doesn't mean you're necessarily successful at everything. Those things don't protect you from everything fate might have in store for you.
This is exactly the case for Harald and Virian Vanderbilt - an entrepreneurial couple, happily married, who run their deep-space prospecting company together, building a small business empire.
Then one day they're unexpectedly separated when the ship Virian is aboard is lost during a prospecting voyage. Harald spares no effort or expense and launches a desperate attempt to find her. He immediately sets out on another ship to mount a rescue.
Meanwhile on a remote planet, surrounded by wreckage and the bodies of her crewmates, Virian has survived, treated her injuries, and fights to stay alive while she awaits rescue... Will Harald find her? Will he ever see her again? Will he be in time? Will she be okay?
Sometimes not knowing is better.