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Spectras Arise Series
Conviction: Prequel to the Spectras Arise Series
TRUSTING OTHERS IS YOUR FIRST MISTAKE.
After doing her duty as a member of a ground infantry squad tasked with “neutralizing” an insurrection by non-citizens on a mining planet, Erikson realizes that everything she thought the Corps stood for, thought she stood for, is crumbling away. Where is the honor, the justice, the spirit of law? When the enemies are nothing more than outclassed and outgunned dregs of the Algol System’s forgotten people, being part of their execution squad has put her as far from the ideals of justice as Erikson can imagine. Haunted by their ghosts, she struggles to maintain her military bearing until even that is suddenly ripped away in an act of terrorism that sends her, her brother, Tech Sergeant David Erikson, and another Corpsmember, Rebecca Soltznin, on the run on a hostile planet. Forced for the first time in ten years to blend in with a civilian population, the three are faced with a single choice: regroup with their brothers-in-arms or become deserters. For Aly, it’s easy; why go back to being a cog in the death machine the Corps is becoming? But for the other two, the price for making the wrong decision may be higher than they’re willing to pay.
On the run, under attack from the scavengers who plague the system, and out of options, the three face conflict from every direction. If they can’t find a way to fight together, their chances for survival are less than zero. And for one of them, the best solution may come down to one simple act: betrayal. In this prequel to the popular Spectras Arise Trilogy, readers get an intimate look into the events that led Aly and David Erikson on their path from decorated and dedicated soldiers to black-market arms smugglers, and ultimately, to rebels against the Political and Capital Administration of the Advanced Worlds.
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Contract of Defiance
WHEN ALL OTHER OPTIONS RUN OUT, NEVER LET GO OF YOUR GUN.
Winner of the 2010 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Contest for best action/thriller. Finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2012 Best Indie Book Contest for science fiction/fantasy.
In a few hundred years, the Algol system becomes humanity’s new home. The question is: Is it a better one? When a crew of arms smugglers botches their latest job, Corps-deserter and crewmember, Aly Erikson, is separated from her brother, the only person she can trust, and left behind to fight for her life. In the aftermath, as she tries to piece together what happened, a crew of roughneck settlers pressgang her into a dangerous mission in the heart of Corps territory. Time is running out to get back everything she’s lost: her crew, her brother, her options. But no one is taking her gun.
Contract of Betrayal
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW OR THE DEVIL YOU DON’T–SOMETIMES THEY’RE BOTH WORSE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.
In a bid to free the settlers of Agate Beach from their dependence on picking at Admin scraps, Corps-deserter Aly Erikson’s crew is willing to make a few deals, even with the devil. When Aly learns her friends have deceived her, she has to decide which is stronger: her sense of having been betrayed or her allegiance to the rebel cause. After an old ally offers her a convenient escape to a new life, the decision should be easy. But when the Corps threatens to wipe out everything that matters to her, the only course of action left is the same one she’s taken for as long as she can remember—fighting back.
Contract of War
UNIFICATION OR TYRANNY. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THE BODY COUNT.
In the aftermath of a system-wide war between the Admin and Corp Loyalists and the non-citizen population of the Algols, everything once resembling order has been leveled. Scattered enclaves of survivors dot the worlds, living, however they can, in snarled lawlessness. Aly Erikson and her crew have carved out a niche of relative peace, doing their best to go on with their lives through salvaging, scavenging, and stealing. But with no force left to keep the lid on the pot, the pressures of chaos and discord soon cause conflicts to boil over. As enemies close in from all directions, even, sometimes, from within, the crew once again must fight—not just for survival, not just for their way of life, but this time for a future that can finally lay to rest the system’s bloody and savage past.
Spectras Arise Trilogy: Omnibus Edition
A SOLDIER’S CONTRACT NEVER TERMINATES.
#1 Amazon Best-Seller in Science Fiction Galactic Empire
Contract of Defiance
Contract of Betrayal
Contract of War
Forged From The Stars
SOME WOMEN ARE CONSUMED BY THE FIRE. SOME WOMEN BECOME THE FIRE.
An elite operative. A war-hardened soldier. A daring explorer. One strikes from the shadows to protect a deadly secret. One strives to reclaim what was taken from her. One searches the void for the answers denied her.
Their stories are their own, but they share a gritty determination to fight for what they believe in and an unwavering conviction that they can and will do whatever is necessary to save themselves, those they hold dear and, if worse comes to worst (as it always does), civilization itself.
FORGED FROM THE STARS brings you the first books in three exciting, original space opera adventure series, Ziva Payvan, Spectras Arise, and Aurora Rising. These epic tales feature empires that stretch across the vastness of space, suspenseful action as new worlds are discovered and old ones destroyed, thrilling interstellar warfare and deadly conspiracies that promise to reshape galaxies.
At the heart of the storm stand three women: Ziva Payvan. Aly Erikson. Alexis Solovy. Forged from the stars, in the face of overwhelming odds they will bend those stars to their will—or die trying.
STARSHINE: AURORA RISING BOOK ONE (Aurora Rhapsody 1) by G. S. Jennsen
DAKITI: ZIVA PAYVAN BOOK 1 by E. J. Fisch
CONTRACT OF DEFIANCE: SPECTRAS ARISE TRILOGY, BOOK 1 by Tammy Salyer
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On Hearts and Scorpions: Four Twisted Tales of Love and Lust
Be warned. Inside these pages the darker, seamier side of human relationships is laid bare and raw. Prepare to discover: what lengths a struggling writer is willing to go to experience the thrill of success, and who he will sacrifice; that the heart can be a deadly plaything, even to a squeamish, cut-throat pirate; whether the indulgences of lust are strong enough to overcome a woman’s horror at her lover’s gruesome and grisly secret; and that even a cold and calculating predator cannot help but fall prey to her own emotions. These twisted and chilling tales of romance will leave you lying rigid next to your soul-mate at night, wondering what their heart conceals.