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About Noel Coughlan
From a young age, he was always writing a book. Generally, the first page over and over. Sometimes, he even reached the second page before he had shredded an entire copybook. And you couldn't even recycle all that wasted paper back then.
When he finally wrote and published a book, it took him fourteen years. The Golden Rule became two books so let us be generous and say he averaged seven years per novel. He has gotten a little faster since then. Honest.
His hobbies include writing, reading, and reading about writing. He has written about reading in the past, and he occasionally writes about his writing. He would happily stay at home all day writing, but the family dog, Ruby, insists on taking him for daily walks.
His pet hates include writing his biography and referring to himself in the third person.
The Trial of H.G. Wells
Death is but the beginning of H.G.’s problems as he is whisked into the future to face the wrath of one of his creations. But will he find justice there, too?
Peace At Last
Being Earth’s ambassador to the enlightened Kefloins is the pinnacle of Gwen Bomford’s career, but she’s about to learn something stinks on their planet when they turn to her to resolve their greatest shame. Is she and her team up to the task?
The Chosen One
The fate of Humanity lies in the hands of the most isolated human in its history. Espero was born to make first contact with the enigmatic alien Zoxies. He has lived his life on a space station cut off from all human contact in a bid to keep him free of microbial contamination. But the choice to be a hero or a villain still lies in his grasp.
Jane is the Earth's first tour guide for aliens, but unfortunately, the planet's first extra-terrestrial tourist also proves to be its most obnoxious ever. Every wonder she shows the blue slime, Glughokal, leaves him underwhelmed. Somehow, she must impress him before he departs and leaves Earth’s budding xenotourism industry in ruins.
The genealogist Draston is charged with the impossible. His master, Hamvok the Merciful, craves a royal ancestor or two to legitimize his tyranny. But every avenue of Draston’s research comes to a dead end. Nobility has never sneezed on Hamvok’s ancestors, much less married into them. And now Draston’s time has run out.
To save himself from Hamvok’s violent displeasure, Draston promises to prove the tyrant is descended from a god. In doing so, he commits himself to a path of forgery and sacrilege. His enterprise will risk the wrath of gods. But, far worse, it will draw him to a shadowy figure more terrible than all the gods combined, the Fate Healer.
In an age of death and desperation, sometimes hope must be stolen.
Certamen’s god is dead. His people, the Ors, are broken and enslaved. He finds consolation in the knowledge that they are safe... But not for much longer. Their masters, facing decimation by disease, are growing desperate. Desperate enough to kill.
A short story set in the same world as A Bright Power Rising & The Unconquered Sun.
A four and half thousand word short story.
Elf. Warrior. Saint. Heretic. Monster. Despised by two peoples, this outcast might yet prove to be the savior of both.
AscendantSun serves a dead god no longer. Adopting the religion of his human enemies, he haunts their mountains hoping to make amends for his past violence toward them. Now, a figure from his past threatens to restart the ancient conflict he has struggled so long to put behind him.
War is coming again to the mountains, but this time he’ll fight the legionaries he once commanded. Prophecy is against him. Numbers, too. But the greatest peril is the distrust of his human allies. Can he forge an effective alliance before the bright power rising in the east destroys them?
A Bright Power Rising is the first volume of The Golden Rule, a two-part epic fantasy for readers who enjoy unique and intriguing fantasy worlds.
A seven thousand word short story, originally written as standalone, that became the prequel to epic fantasy novel Fatal Shadow.
AscendantSun has spilt the blood of his own kind. He has chosen his side. There’s no going back.
The burgeoning ambition of his fickle ally, Gascarp Torp, is as deadly as the invaders swarming through the mountains, but AscendantSun still dreams of stemming the invasion. The key is the fort at Cliffringden. If he can capture it, he can feed his allies through the winter and drive back the Harbinger’s legions for another year.
As he sets his plan in motion, forces already conspire to turn the fort into a trap. Unbeknownst to him, a terrible, new threat looms beyond the mountains as another of the Harbinger’s prophecies comes to fruition. The blood-thirsty god AscendantSun spurned is about to be reborn.
The Unconquered Sun is the second volume of The Golden Rule, a two-part epic fantasy for readers who enjoy unique and intriguing world-building.
Long ago, magic cracked apart the world and suspended great continents between two suns. But the ebb and flow of human history continues. Trade and war cross the void on dragon wings. Great empires rise and topple…
As the rightful heir to one such fallen state, Drinith has known only exile, dashed hope, and constant threat. She has so far eluded the murderous intentions of the tyrant Magian the Infinite thanks to the prophetic visions of the oracle, Quiescat, but his power is failing. All he can glimpse in the future now is his own death.
An assassin’s blade forces her into a desperate gamble. She takes her one final chance to secure the ally she so desperately needs. But at the end of her journey, she’ll find deceit, betrayal, and murder. And she’ll learn Magian isn’t the only threat to her people.
Fatal Shadow is the first of six books in the Champions of Fate epic fantasy series. If you enjoy fast-paced action, intriguing characters, and imaginative world-building, then you’ll love this engrossing novel from Noel Coughlan.