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About Michael Siemsen
Michael Siemsen is the Amazon and USA Today Bestselling author of 6 novels, including The Dig, A Warm Place to Call Home (A Demon's Story), The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp, and Exigency. He lives in Northern California with "the wife," "the kids," "the dogs," "that cat," and he occasionally wears pants. His upcoming release, FREDERICK & SAMUEL, is the third book in his A Demon's Story series.
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Nine brilliant scientists travel light years on a one-way trip to an Earth-like planet. Their mission is to study from orbit the two species of intelligent lifeforms on the surface. The first: an isolated people embarking on civilization and building their world’s first city. The second: a brutal race of massive predators, spread thick and still growing across the dominant landmass—destined to breed and eat their way to extinction within a few centuries.
After eight years of observation, disaster strikes the orbiting station and only two crewmembers eject successfully. Drifting down through a dark alien sky, the pair realizes their escape pod launched not toward the safety of the city, but to the other side of the planet, touching down deep inside a land no human could possibly survive.
In Book Two of the Matt Turner Series, the stakes are raised higher than anything the reluctant 26-year-old has previously encountered, and the fallout will change Matt for the rest of his life.
Now, there is no more secret. Despite living a reclusive existence—unseen in five years—Matthew Turner is among the most recognized names on the planet, and wealthy collectors are not the only ones out for a piece of the only confirmed, undisputed psychic the world has ever known. Most people simply want his help tracking down a missing loved one.
At only 32, Matt has seen and experienced more of life and death than any person alive, and with this unique talent and perspective, he’s now ready to set right the wrongs of both yesterday and today.
Despite being exploited as a child and tormented by the unpleasant experiences imprinted on him from the various items he's "read," Matt agrees to travel from New York to the forests of Kenya. There, threatened by unknown enemies, and helped by a beautiful but prickly ally who begins to understand his strange ability, his mind journeys back in geological time to make a discovery so shocking that it forces us to rewrite all human history.
Though lacking any memory of that place or those people, Samuel would eventually come to grasp the scene - he was the boy in the ditch, murdered at age seventeen by his stepfather. This wasn't the day Samuel died, it was the day he was reborn as something else - a seemingly immortal entity with a whole world of bodies at his disposal.
Samuel doesn't take his unique ability lightly. He spends the next twenty-five years studying the phenomena, only moving to new bodies when absolutely necessary, and always resettling in new cities. His conservative nature and discretion enable him to live fairly normal lives, until an ill-fated selection in 1956: a vicious biker known as Tinker. Despite his efforts to "clean up" the new body - moving from Kansas to New York City, landing a quiet job as a librarian, and enrolling in college - Samuel discovers that one can never truly escape the past.
As he begins thriving in New York, Samuel meets the beautiful and brash Eileen, a mercurial woman with a sailor's mouth and an often-exhausting sex addiction (Samuel's best friend, Stan, doesn't see how this is a problem). A year into their tumultuous relationship, Eileen disappears, and the police begin investigating Tinker's illicit past. Robbery, kidnapping, assault, attempted murder, manslaughter ... Why would detectives bother looking any further?
When all hope seems lost for this body and life, a peculiar attorney surfaces, offering help, and not only does the strange man seem to know where Eileen is, he may also understand even more about Samuel than Samuel himself.
So f--k it. He leaves. "Enjoy the drooly meat sack."
What those morons don't realize is that once Frederick takes over a body, the previous occupant's consciousness and memories are forever erased. It's an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to actually halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. Departures are not so much "Good lord, what have I done?" moments, but more like "Aww. How sad." Frowny face emoji, not crying face emoji. You get the point.
In various bodies, he explores the world for decades, aimless, sampling cultures and experiencing life through the perspectives of males and females, young and old, rich and poor. Prostitution proves especially enjoyable for a while, but he eventually finds thievery and pickpocketing also offer a delightful rush. Of course, it's crucial for one to be able to jump ship when caught stealing or when things start getting itchy down there, so he wouldn't recommend said lifestyles to the average fellow or … gal. Is it gal? Seems like gal goes with guy.
Burnt out on the wild life, Frederick decides he'll return to America, explore the mystery of his origin, and maybe even find someone tolerable enough to love for more than a month. In his "hometown" of Leesburg, Virginia, his mission bears fruit much faster than expected. He meets an enchanting creature named Melanie, and her boyfriend Joseph looks like a perfect fit. Frederick isn't a fan of maintaining a bodies' prior relationships (it requires lengthy, boring pre-research to avoid detection) but, as you know, he's loose with the phrase "f--k it."
Frederick takes Joseph's body and everything works out perfectly! Except for Joseph's job as a US Postal Inspector. And Joseph's relationship with his brother and family. And, well, a few little problems with Melanie … and OKAY FINE, everything goes to utter shit! But you're going to want to read how all this goes down. I mean, look at all those awards and reviews down there! Unless you're deeply offended by naughty words and a couple brief, awkward descriptions of semi-hot demon-possessed-human–on–human sex, you're pretty much guaranteed to fall in love with Frederick. So says Frederick. } ; )
Since the age of 9, Matt Turner's gift of psychometry has remained both blessing and curse. As a living window into the past, he has returned to humankind volumes of knowledge once lost to history, as well as countless, previously unimaginable artifacts.
Unfortunately, a talent like Matt’s can only be kept secret for so long, and those who covet such lost and rare items view him only as a prized tool. It’s these unscrupulous few who eventually cause Matt to withdraw from society, robbing the world of one of its most precious resources, but there are a few things that can draw the reluctant hero from hiding—however, not always by his choosing.
The Shepherd of the Brilliant Valley - a new sci-fi short story from the bestselling author of The Dig and Exigency.
It's New Year's Eve, and Kyle Smith is heading to his parents' upscale San Francisco house for their annual party. Smiths from all over the country fly in every year for this reunion, and Kyle expects a long night of drunk uncles, matchmaking aunts, and typical Smith family shenanigans.
What he isn't expecting is the house's previously non-existent third story - a very recent addition - nor an uncle's alcohol-inspired rantings that change everything Kyle thought he knew about his family.