Catch-up Post Two! This bunch are all guest readings. A mix of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure. All by great authors and readers. Enjoy!

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The eSpec Guest Author Reading Series

Cynthia Radthorne reading an excerpt from her novel The Road to Bakara

The Darkness is gathering, preparing to unleash itself like a black tide of death to extinguish all light, and thus all life, from the land of Tonogato. Hope rests upon the outcome of a pilgrimage to find the Kotanshi, who alone can unite the feuding kingdoms of Tonogato before they are destroyed, one by one. A young apprentice unexpectedly finds herself a member of the pilgrimage, marching beneath the light of a sacred Hikari lantern. As the pilgrims journey through Tonogato she soon finds herself thrust into play as the pawn of unseen forces, both good and evil; a struggle that will dictate the fate of every living being across the land. Amid this clash of colossal powers, a Princess finds her heart leading her on a dangerous journey in pursuit of the pilgrimage, until she finds instead a destiny unlike any she had ever imagined. And neither apprentice nor Princess can be prepared for what awaits them on the far side of Tonogato, where lies the magical kingdom of Teranashi…

Ty Drago reading an excerpt of his novel, Torq.  

Welcome to the Machine, an enormous, ancient, broken device that has become home to a million souls. After a hundred generations spent without doors or windows, all knowledge of the outside world, if any, is lost. Today, society is split between the all-powerful Upperfolk, who rule, and the helpless Lowerfolk, who work, suffer, and die. Helpless, that is, except for Torq, the Lowers Champion. Concealed behind his golden mask and armor, Torq alone fights for justice and freedom. Until the day when sixteen-year-old Rand Roberts, the poorest of the poor, witnesses his hero’s demise and subsequently discovers Torq’s disillusioning and heartbreaking secret. Now, Rand decides, it’s time for the Machine to have a new Torq. A better Torq. A real Torq. So, donning the armor himself, he and his best friend Lucy form an unlikely alliance with a courageous uppergirl and a mysterious little boy called No Name. Together, the four of them set out against overwhelming odds to do the impossible – free the people of the Machine. To accomplish this, they must face dangers, monsters, and madmen, and ultimately reveal ancient truths that will shake the very foundation of their world. Let the revolution begin…

Bobby Nash reading his short story Snow Storm, from Snow Series 1, Volume 1.

Snow’s former partner, Samson Brooks, a retired agent turned p.i., arrives in Atlanta with a problem. He’s gotten into some trouble with some bad people and needs Snow’s help to get out of it. If they can’t rescue a kidnapped college student, the underworld erupts into all-out war.

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