Scoundrels' Jig (The Chronicles of Eridia)

      J. S. Volpe
Scoundrels' Jig (The Chronicles of Eridia)

A darkly comic novel set in the world of Eridia. When a bar full of crooks, scumbags, and psychos (plus a few arguably sympathetic characters) learn about a big hunk of gold half a day's journey west, the race is on to see who can get their greedy, treacherous hands on it first. Along the way the competitors must contend with scheming constables, a killer robot, a peevish dryad, and much more.A darkly comic novel set in the world of Eridia.When a dying man staggers into a crowded underworld tavern and tells the assorted desperate characters gathered inside that there’s a huge block of gold hidden in a remote canyon half a day’s journey west, it sets off the craziest, bloodiest treasure hunt Eridia has ever seen.Among the many crooks, scum, losers, and fools vying for this priceless prize are Bastard Jack, the biggest, baddest, and probably hairiest bandit in the land; Kirby and Blunt, small-time thieves whose schemes always backfire; John Grommet, a timid scribe in need of money to save his dying mother; Gaspard and Merizen, lusty con-artists who find the thought of all that gold stimulating enough to necessitate the occasional time-out for a quickie; the Yellow Pawns, a trio of nihilistic cultists who want the treasure to further their apocalyptic agenda; Illyana and Luornu, young barmaids who dream of a life free from the pawing hands of drunken idiots; and then there’s…Ludwig van Beethoven?In their mad scramble to get the gold the various competitors must contend not only with each other but also with a team of local constables, a race of monster-people called the gorgim, a peevish dryad, a killer robot, and a gibberish-spouting, pistol-toting serial killer in a plastic snowman mask.And if they think that stuff’s bad, wait till they find out what’s in store for them when they actually reach the gold…70,200 words.
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    Chain of Desire (A Rare Finds Tale)

      J. S. Volpe
Chain of Desire (A Rare Finds Tale)

A Rare Finds tale. Gilbert Solomon, a finder of rare objects, is hired to locate a prototype 50s-era robot. He soon finds it, but its owner won't give it up except in exchange for a rare issue of a men's magazine. When Gil finds a copy of the magazine, its owner likewise won't give it up except in trade, and so on and so on, the job threatening to become an endless chain of trades. 8400 words.A Rare Finds tale. Gilbert Solomon, a finder of rare objects, is hired to locate a prototype 50s-era robot. He soon finds it, but its current owner will let it go only in exchange for an equally rare item: one of the few surviving copies of a controversial men’s magazine. When Gil tracks down a copy of the magazine, its owner likewise insists on a trade. And so it goes, the job threatening to become a never-ending chain of trades, a job that winds up including everything from inept literary agents to nymphomaniac porn stars, from chocolate-cherry cheesecake to…kittens? Awww… 8,400 words
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    Into the Woods (Anomaly Hunters, Book One)

      J. S. Volpe
Into the Woods (Anomaly Hunters, Book One)

An Anomaly Hunters book. Teenagers Calvin Beckerman and Cynthia Crow unofficially investigate Cynthia’s little sister Emily’s disappearance. They soon join forces with Robert May, an elderly anomaly investigator who is convinced the disappearance has paranormal aspects. The group's hunt for the truth uncovers a mysterious force that will change their lives--and the world--forever. 98,000 words.The Anomaly Hunters saga begins here!When high school seniors Cynthia Crow and Calvin Beckerman set out to investigate the disappearance of Cynthia’s little sister Emily, they aren’t prepared for the surprising twists and turns that await them. They soon find themselves under the tutelage of Robert May, an elderly anomaly investigator who believes that Emily’s disappearance is connected with a string of bizarre and possibly paranormal tragedies stretching back two hundred years. The group’s dogged pursuit of the truth uncovers shocking secrets and terrible crimes, and brings them face-to-face with a mysterious force that will change their lives—and the world—forever.A 98,000-word novel.
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    The Thing in the Alley (Anomaly Hunters, Book 3)

      J. S. Volpe
The Thing in the Alley (Anomaly Hunters, Book 3)

When horribly mutilated bodies start turning up in Kingwood, the Anomaly Hunters determine that the culprit is a leucrota, a mythical monster that can mimic people’s voices. Will they stop the creature before it kills again, or will they only become its next victims? Plus: Who is Tiffany Fish, and what is her bizarre link with both the current investigation and the Anomaly Hunters themselves?This is it—the whole team working together for the very first time!When horribly mutilated bodies start turning up in Kingwood, the Anomaly Hunters determine that the culprit can only be a leucrota, a supposedly mythical monster that can mimic people’s voices. With Violet’s history-geek sister Lauren helping out, the team combs the city in search of the man-eating beast. Will they stop the leucrota before it kills again, or will they only become its latest victims? Plus, an unexpected discovery in Mr. May’s office leads Calvin to a young woman named Tiffany Fish who has strange links to both the Anomaly Hunters and their current investigation. It’s a meeting that will change Calvin’s life forever. How? Well, if you thought his near-fatal involvement with a cute blonde in the last volume might have put him off cute blondes for good, you were very, very wrong.Love and echoes are in the air, and the writing is most definitely on the wall in the third remarkable volume of the Anomaly Hunters saga.94,000 words.
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    Till the Mountains Turn to Dust (The Chronicles of Eridia)

      J. S. Volpe
Till the Mountains Turn to Dust (The Chronicles of Eridia)

Reynard is a trickster who lives only to sow chaos and sate his basest desires. Solace is a Good Samaritan who constantly strives for society’s betterment. The two of them seem to have nothing in common, yet they do: they’re immortal, and roughly once every thousand years their paths intersect in unpredictable ways and in different remarkable locales in the fantastical world of Eridia.A sweeping, eon-spanning novel set in the world of Eridia.Reynard is a trickster who lives only to sow chaos and sate his basest desires. Solace is a Good Samaritan who strives for society’s betterment. The two of them seem to have nothing in common, yet they do: They’re both immortal, and roughly once every thousand years their paths cross in unexpected ways and in various fantastical locales throughout Eridia, the world that was formed when all realities cataclysmically merged into one. As that world evolves from a brutal, anarchic war-zone to the hub of a peaceful intergalactic civilization, Reynard and Solace’s peculiar relationship likewise evolves in ways the self-serving Reynard never could have imagined.Spanning twelve millennia, with settings ranging from the squalid alleys of a medieval city to an interrogation room in a sleek, high-tech prison satellite, with a motley cast of characters that include elves and vampires, killer robots and shapeshifting whores, Till the Mountains Turn to Dust is a kaleidoscopic tale of time and change and their sometimes beneficial, sometimes devastating impact. 82,000 words.
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    Blood Ties (The Chronicles of Eridia)

      J. S. Volpe
Blood Ties (The Chronicles of Eridia)

A dark tale set in the world of Eridia. A young man who has been raised as vampires' livestock learns he has been chosen to Ascend and become a vampire himself. Though this causes his fellow human slaves to shun him, he himself is overjoyed, for he sees his vampire masters as paragons of culture and beauty. Alas, things go awry when the legendary vampire hunter Hull attacks. 12,000 words.A dark tale set in the world of Eridia. Jesus Christ XIV has spent his life in thrall to the vampires of Merrimont Castle, hidden deep in the remote monster-haunted land called the Wilds. Unlike the other human servants/livestock, who wistfully dream of a life beyond the castle walls, Jesus Christ XIV secretly wishes to become a vampire himself, a being of grace and culture and eternal beauty. And though Ascensions—the raising of a lowly servant to the ranks of the vampires—are exceedingly rare, it soon becomes clear that Jesus Christ XIV has indeed been chosen for this signal honor. But on the eve of his Ascension, everything is thrown into chaos by the unexpected appearance of the legendary vampire hunter named Hull, the very man the vampires fled to the Wilds to escape…12,100 words.
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    The Singular Six (The Chronicles of Eridia)

      J. S. Volpe
The Singular Six (The Chronicles of Eridia)

An action-packed story set in the world of Eridia! Frankenstein’s Monster…Dr. Frankenstein’s courageous niece…a superhero with the power to turn to stone…a robot who performs psychoanalysis…a tweenage queen…a snarky Incan jaguar god. This unlikely sextet joins forces to hunt down and vanquish the Marauders, a horde of bandits intent on conquering the land of Erizan. A 91,000-word fantasy novel.An action-packed story set in the world of Eridia!Frankenstein’s Monster…Dr. Frankenstein’s courageous niece…a superhero with the power to turn to stone…a robot who performs psychoanalysis…a tweenage queen…a snarky Incan jaguar god…These six disparate individuals must team together to hunt down and vanquish the Marauders, a horde of evil bandits who aim to conquer the land of Erizan. Each of the six has their own reasons for undertaking this dangerous mission. Only together do they have any hope of succeeding.Their journey takes them across a bizarre patchwork landscape and pits them against strange and terrible foes—from an abandoned research lab overrun by a peculiar variety of zombie to an idyllic woodland populated by carnivorous stuffed animals, from the mazy lair of a huge, hateful serpentine beast to the Marauders’ blood-soaked battle arena where the sextet must fight for their lives.Join a team unlike any other in a world unlike any other for a story of bravery and heroism, friendship and sacrifice…A 91,000-word fantasy novel.
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