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If you enjoy character-based speculative fiction with a diverse cast, strange and mysterious happenings, and a bit of humor, then you’ll love Stella’s far out adventures.

A team of oddballs, an unlikely mission, hidden agendas, and a gruesome secret.

Agnet Krause is a seasoned operative, but after a devastating loss, she’s struggling to find her footing. When she’s assigned to lead a team of misfit operatives on a last-minute mission to investigate “monsters” at the Ridgelands Penal Farm, she’s skeptical.

But horrifying apparitions really do haunt the farm, and the entire inmate population refuses to work in the fields. The penal colony can’t survive without the harvest, and the city can’t lose another food source.

When Agnet and the team delve into the mystery, they uncover a situation far more complicated than suspected. Monsters roam the dangerous landscape of the farm and surrounding forested exclusion zone, a mysterious presence lurks over the ridge, but worst-a sinister plot threatens their entire society.

The team must use all their training, talents, wits, and compassion to head off an impending catastrophe.

With unexpected allies and surprising twists at every turn, Harvest of Shadows is a thrilling science fiction adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Lost in an unfamiliar life and possessed by a raging spirit, Pam’s best hope is helping a hodgepodge trio of musicians, and a flighty husband she can’t quite recall, form a rock band. But when her hidden hellcat breaks free, everything might fall to pieces

London, 1969. Pam Davis has no idea what’s going on. After waking up in the hospital with no memories of her past, the confused young woman discovers she’s married to an aspiring rock musician who thinks she may be possessed. Terrified of ending up alone and friendless, she throws herself into managing her spouse’s band… even as a mysterious voice in her head whispers thoughts of rage.

Fighting to hold her own against the violent urges spilling out of her psyche, Pam struggles to convince the sexist rock ‛n’ rollers a woman can make their headlining dreams come true. But when a predatory club owner tries to take advantage of her in a seedy club, her furious inner voice shows its claws with brutal ferocity.

Will Pam’s split personality launch her to the stars or knock her into the abyss?

Sea-sickness tablets, a quest, and far too much strong drink. Can Martin Davis, rock star, survive Finland?

Martin Davis, now a rock star, is on tour in Scandinavia. The tour’s last leg seems superfluous; they won’t make any money in remote Finland. But his wife and manager, Pam, insists on including the tiny country. “What could go wrong,” she says. Well. Plenty, when one is cursed, sent off on a quest, and especially when one’s mum turns up and starts flirting with the tour manager. Can Martin outwit mythological Finnish creatures, fulfill his quest, and withstand his mother?

Will Martin’s pursuit of fame and the mysterious forces stalking Pam rip this couple apart?

He had just one job – be a rock star. She had just one job – save the world. What could go wrong?  After several hit tunes, Martin should be ecstatic. But rock-stardom isn’t as glamorous as he’d hoped. In fact, constant adulation is nerve wracking and requires real work. Perhaps Jon Swift, front man for All Souls, holds the key to the swinging, jet set life-style of Martin’s dreams.

Meanwhile, Pam, Martin’s wife, manager, and back-up singer, accidentally drinks psychedelic punch. And one hallucinogenic effect doesn’t go away, a peculiar singing style that resonates with both people and animals, and, curiously, with the stemware. But a threatening stranger attacks and sends Pam undercover…until a betrayal forces her hand.

Will the couple be ripped apart by Martin’s fame or the mysterious forces stalking Pam? Join Pam and Martin in their latest rock-and-roll sci-fi adventure.

The Songs out of Time wanders through the territory of time-travel, science fiction, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, and alternate universe/history. Each book in the Songs out of Time series can be enjoyed as a stand alone story, and none of the books end on a precipitous cliffhanger.

Occasional romance-like subplots crop up in these novels, but none if these novels is a traditional romance. Any action occurs behind closed doors, so if you’re looking for happily ever after and fidelity or just sexy good times, this series is not for you.

Expect a smattering of curses and impiety, a highly diverse cast, poor life choices, incredibly inappropriate advances, non-PC attitudes and behaviors, and a bit of violence, although violence and regrettable behavior is not glorified. Each character had their particular set of built-in prejudices, failings, strengths, likes, dislikes, tics and habits. Some are much nicer than others. Some aren’t nice at all. The series is humorous; although the humor may be dark at times. If any of the above might displease you, please, read elsewhere.

In addition, some of these novels are written in a combination of UK and US English, the spelling and idiom changing to fit each character. If you become confused about who is from where, you might think the novels are packed with misspellings. Well, there may be a few misspellings, but most have been purged by professional editing and keen eyed readers. Still, feel free to bring any errors to my attention.

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