Ephron Son of Zohar

      Michael J. Findley
Ephron Son of Zohar

Ephron has vital skills to ensure security and growth of their tribe. Zohar plans to use Ephron and his sister as peace children in arranged marriages. Marauding enemies and rising waters threaten the homelands of fellow Hittites but no one wants to sacrifice autonomy just for safety, food, clothing, and shelter. Tensions rise.They need strength, unity, and prosperity.Ephron's father Zohar chooses him to lead their family. He not only has vital skills to ensure the security and growth of their tribe but he is still unmarried. Zohar plans to unite the Hittite tribes using Ephron and his sister as peace children in arranged marriages. Marauding enemies and rising waters threaten the homelands of fellow Hittites but no one wants to sacrifice autonomy just for safety, food, clothing, and shelter. Family patriarch Heth's arrival might settle the unrest, but when he does not appear, his representatives find rising tensions and a need for desperate action to show strength, unity, and prosperity. Ephron can't force Shelometh, his intended bride, to marry him. Will she make his tireless work pay off, or destroy his future and her own?

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    Sojourner

      Michael J. Findley
Sojourner

Mark and Michelle just have to survive. Well, they also have to make it home from Titan. And if they don't have a full load of Methane in the giant Gas-harvesting Balloon Ship Sojourner, everything they and dozens of other families invested will be lost. Loneliness, constant repairs, violent gas storms and government seizure aren't the only things keeping them awake at night.Stalling and Steffor inhabit different worlds, yet they are connected. Together, but unbeknownst to one of them, they race towards an inevitable, if unimaginable collision. As a Guardian, Steffor protects the Provider’s Citizens from a host of dangers inherent to a world of perpetual wilderness. When not serving as a resident hero, Steffor spends his time training for the Dive. Qualified for this season's championship, manifesting his future fame seems certain, if not for events manifesting a different future for Steffor and his peaceful society. A future in direct lockstep with destiny. On Antium, artificial intelligence fast approaches the point of exceeding human intelligence. Despite its aggressive development and implementation of technology over that past century, hubris hinders the Church of Salvation from seeing the Singularity's inevitable arrival, much less process its implications on the future. The lethal weakness of their enemy identified, Stalling Alterian and his cadre of gifted conspirators accelerate the Singularity’s arrival to lead a fertile insurrection against the merciless theocracy. Committed to saving their society, or die trying, moments away from completing the crucial and final phase of their clandestine mission, Stalling discovers a fatal error in his calculations that threatens to destroy it all. Absent of any solution and the enemy closing in, can Stalling impose his technological miracle onto humanity before the noose pulls tight? Praise for KNOWN AFTERLIFE:“…more of a profound level of meaning than we read in other novels in this genre.” Grady Harp, Amazon.com Top 50 Reviewer, Vine Voice, Hall of Fame Reviewer"Bravo! Brilliant and Intricate...Copeland does an expert job of reminding us that reality is what we make it and our beliefs, allegiance and loyalty are ours alone to give." Jay Mittener, Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer"All is can say is--Interesting!... At the end of the book, I found myself doing a lot of soul searching." Karma, Amazon.com Reviewer“An intelligent and entertaining funfest…Copeland assumes that I have come to his book with imagination and the desire to enter a new creation, and he definitely delivers the goods. Well, done!” bertiejf's, Amazon.com reviewer“Thought-provoking and exciting…a surprisingly deep exploration of the role of religion in society…that isn't heavy-handed or evangelical, primarily because we get two very different takes on it, which keeps one viewpoint from dominating.” T. February, Amazon.com reviewer

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    Empire 1: Humiliation

      Michael J. Findley
Empire 1: Humiliation

What does a Prince of the Space Empire do when his father takes his toy away? Spend the summer in a Camp Meeting on Earth. Just what is a camp meeting? Open air and open water baffle men raised in tunnels and domes but the message of God's claim on their lives is even more disturbing. Alexander promised his family he'd come home alive. Imperial SSTs targeting the Discovery might change his plans.The people of Hamelin have a problem with rats. There are rats in their houses, their stores—even swimming in their stew! The rats don’t think they’re a problem. They just want to live their lives in peace. With the town’s approval, the mayor thinks of a clever way to solve the problem. He offers twenty gold pieces to a piper to rid the town of rats. He delivers only five.But he’s cheated the wrong piper, who’ll have to use both skill and wit to teach this town a lesson. Because there’s more than money at stake. An evil pattern is emerging in the way Hamelin treats any creature it considers inferior. And the Piper vows to put an end to it—once and for all.Think you know everything about this classic folktale of greed and cunning? In “Paying Piper,” you’ll learn what really happened the day a magical musician came to Hamelin—and why. Fans of fairy tales with a twist will delight in this tricky, witty middle-grade short story. (And if you’re a parent or teacher, stay tuned for bonus discussion questions at the end!)“Paying Piper” is approximately 5,000 words, or about twenty pages.

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