Sins of the Empire – Chapter 1

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Risha lowers the LH-86 pistol, still shaking from her trembling hand. A thin wisp of smoke trails from the barrel, the air smelling of cordite and burnt ozone. Her ears ring from the shot, reverberating off the prefab walls and mixing with the belching of air filter exhaust. The flash of light in the near darkness nearly blinded her but her vision is clearing, letting her see the fallen woman at her feet.

“I’m sorry,” she says aloud, wanting the still form to hear her, to forgive her. But the woman doesn’t stir, her chest rising and falling ever so little and growing less with each moment. Risha steps closer and kneels at her side, touches her cheek, forces herself to look the woman in the eyes. They are wide, in shock and pain, the lips are parted and sticky with foamy blood.

Tears cloud Risha’s vision but she doesn’t clear them. Instead she feels around on her armored chestplate for the coagulant. It’s there, but there isn’t much left. She uses it all on the single wound in the woman’s chest and puts a self-pressurizing seal on it. Reaching down to the woman’s waist, she feels around until a familiar device is found. There, her hand hovers, waiting, not depressing the switch. Instead, she leans down and presses her lips to the woman’s temple, her breathing growing ragged with emotion and distress. Continue reading

Sins of the Empire – A Star Citizen Fan Fic (Introduction)

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Risha, a disgraced UEE Advocacy Agent accused of treason now operates in the shady underbelly of the Empire, running drugs for a vicious crime lord. During a run gone bad, she was forced to dump her cargo. Unable to repay her debts, she once more finds herself the target of the men she once served.

Pursued by both the Advocacy and Bounty Hunters, Risha stumbles upon a UEE secret that could both clear her and damn the Empire.

 

Dark Winter – The Complete Download

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Hey gang! I haven’t forgotten you! As promised you can now download Dark Winter as a complete novel. The PDF version doesn’t have a cover because I can’t edit PDFs… sorry about that. The Kindle version (.mobi) does however! Let me know if I can upload it as anything else. Cheers!

Download Book 1 & 2 as One Novel 

The Space Cantina – The Spring Cometh (work after Dark Winter)

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If you’re readying this then very likely you’ve recently finished a very long journey with me. Back in summer of 2014 I started a little Fan Fiction short story called Dark Winter. I’d intended for it to be about 20,000 words and tell the story of Kate Fox as she reunites with her dad in the zombie apocalypse. I set this story in world of H1Z1, a game by the Daybreak Game Company.

Well it’s the waning days of summer of 2015 and Dark Winter is finally done. It came out to 98,000 words and told the story of not only Kate Fox but her friend Lindsay Volk. Over time, I realized that Dark Winter wasn’t just about Kate, but Lindsay as well. Lindsay was the real heroine of Dark Winter, no matter how much I tried to make it about Kate. Lindsay grew from a frightened, incapable girl into a strong, confident and determined woman. She saved not only herself but others.

Lindsay learned and grew and so did I. I learned a lot from writing Dark Winter. I learned that I could write a novel. It wasn’t just some fever dream I had. It was possible. I did it. I wrote “THE END” and closed my laptop.

I remember that moment. I wrote those words, closed the lid on my MacBook and then put my head in my hands. I’m thirty-something now. I’d dreamed of writing novels since I was ten years old. Now, finally, I’d written one. I couldn’t sell it, obviously, but I’d written it and people read it. They even seemed to like it. So it was a pretty emotional moment for me.

Thank you, all of you, for taking this journey with me. Without you I wouldn’t have done this. I couldn’t have. The drive would have been gone. The inspiration would have dried up. Katie would have lost her way and Lindsay would have never found her path.

So what’s next for me? Maybe some of you follow me on twitter and have seen my vague words about “secret projects” and maybe you haven’t. Irregardless, I’m still working. I’m working a lot, actually. More than before. I’m writing more per day than I did for a full week on Dark Winter.

Why? Because Dark Winter gave me confidence. It showed I can do this. I can push through. I can and will write a book. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m writing a new book.

It has no title but it has a plot, a strong one I think. It involves strange phenomenon, government coverups, and a courageous group of teenagers who are not only involved, but thrust into its center. Some of them came willingly, while others were pushed against their will.

This is a story I’ve wanted to tell for a long time. I wrote it originally when I was 14 years old, but it was terrible… like all novels by 14 year olds typically are. Twenty years later, I know a thing or two about story, plot, and characterization. I picked up the small thread the story was based on and ran it out naturally, methodically, critically. What I saw was a story that needed to be told and for the first time, I felt like I could tell it.

I think you guys will like it. I’ll post a few previews on my blog as I go, but I won’t be posting it in full. This is a novel that I’ll try and get published for real. If that doesn’t happen, then you all will be my publisher and I’ll post it here instead. I’m proud of this and you all are the reason for it.

So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I’m about 25% of the way through this first draft. I expect to be finished by the end of October. Maybe in November, I’ll know something about it. Between then and now though? I’ll continue to write to you guys, to talk to you and tell you what’s happening. I hope you talk back.

– Mike

Dark Winter – Epilogue

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Tape 89, Recording 3.

This is Double D Kennedy again, and I don’t know how to begin. I have traveled all over the country since it began and there is something I need to tell you. No, the end isn’t here. No help isn’t coming. That’s not it. In fact, I don’t think any help is ever coming.

Because help is here. It’s everywhere. I have seen so much, talked to so many people and heard their stories, and I’ve discovered one thing. With very few exceptions, Hope exists. In fact, it exists everywhere.

Decatur, Georgia.

In the Blue Ridge in Virginia.

Hagerstown, Maryland.

And here, outside of Geneva, New York. Continue reading

Dark Winter: Book 2 – Chapter 29

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Daylight faded and with the darkness came a deeper silence. The helicopter was surprisingly quiet when all the doors were shut, its rotors beating rhythmically overhead in a constant, muted pattern. Lindsay dried to sleep several times, but never for very long. Each time, she woke suddenly terrified, but could not remember the nightmare that caused it.

She didn’t know where they were or where they were going. It didn’t matter. Katie was sick, maybe dying, and she didn’t know what else to do. How she’d gotten out of the hospital, Lindsay didn’t know. In truth, it didn’t matter either. She was alive.

At least for now. Continue reading

Dark Winter: Book 2 – Chapter 28

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James watched his father die.

He knew it was happening even before the girl fired her gun. It was in his eyes. The life was gone from them when he pulled the trigger on Chris Fox. James saw no more humanity in those eyes. His father was gone, replaced by a man he didn’t know.

When the girl, Katie, shot him, James didn’t move to help. Bubbles—no, Janine—was staring sightlessly up into the sky where a helicopter appeared. Everything felt very surreal to him in that moment. Time slowed like it did in the movies. He saw every piece of dirt that flew, felt every breath that entered and left his body. He felt Janine’s warm body in his arms and the gusts of wind from the helicopter. He heard the shots that killed his father.

Bang-bang-bang.

Bang. Continue reading