Ready to sit back and relax on this blustery day? Take a few moment and enjoy these readings by the authors of eSpec. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. Just little snippits to give you a taste of these awesome books.
The eSpec Books Author Reading Series
Michelle D. Sonnier reading an excerpt from her novel The Clockwork Witch.
The Humiliation of the Sortilege Line
The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Arabella is destined to disappoint, when she was expected to shine. Though she descends from a long line of gifted witches she has earned the moniker of a “brown bud” showing no sign of magical talent.
When it truly seems her lot can grow no worse, she discovers an unnatural affinity for…of all things…technomancy. Not only are the mysteries of the mechanical world open to her, but her newfound ability allows her to manipulate them, making her the first-ever clockwork witch and anathema to the nature of the witching world.
How will she come to grips with her new power when she must question if she will survive the judgment of her family and her peers? Or, more daunting yet…The Trials?
About the Author
Michelle D. Sonnier writes dark urban fantasy, steampunk, and anything else that lets her combine the weird and the fantastic in unexpected ways. She even writes horror, although it took her a long time to admit that since she prefers the existential scare over blood and gore. She is the author of The Clockwork Witch and Death’s Embrace and has published short stories in a variety of print and online venues. You can find her on Facebook (Michelle D. Sonnier, The Writer). She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, and a variable number of cats.
Ty Drago reading an excerpt from his upcoming novel Rags, funding as a part of the GHOSTS AND GHOULS AND OTHER CREEPY THINGS campaign on Kickstarter starting 2/1/22.
Atlantic City, 1982
One cold December night, sixteen-year-old Abby Lowell and her foster sister are rescued by a mysterious and deadly figure in rags and a large hood. Abby never learns his name and never sees his face, but he’s obviously good with that black-bladed knife of his, very good.
Abby dubs him “Rags.”
But Rags isn’t done, not by a long shot. With her foster family under threat from the ruthless Bernards, who are determined to tear down their dilapidated hotel in favor of yet another casino, Abby finds herself in desperate need of a defender. A part of her is relieved when Rags returns to protect her again. And again. And again.
Now, with an army of thugs and a terrifying Voodoo witch hunting her, Abby must only not understand the dark truth behind Rags. She must accept that truth, frightening as it is, before it’s too late.
About the Author
Ty Drago (Rags) is a full-time writer and the author of ten published novels, including his five-book Undertakers series, the first of which has been optioned for a feature film. Torq, a dystopian YA superhero adventure, was released by Swallow’s End Publishing in 2018. Add to these one novelette, myriad short stories and articles, and appearances in two anthologies. He’s also the founder, publisher, and managing editor of ALLEGORY (www.allegoryezine.com), a highly successful online magazine that, for more than twenty years, has featured speculative fiction by new and established authors worldwide. Ty’s currently just completed The New Americans, a work of historical fiction and a collaborative effort with his father, who passed away in 1992. If that last sentence leaves you with questions, check out his podcast, “Legacy: The Novel Writing Experience,” to get the whole story. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Helene, plus one cat and one dog.
- A space-traveling hustler gets taken, but can’t bring himself to mind in the afterglow.
- Playing fetch takes a darker turn as a man who hears dogs’ thoughts encounters a hellhound.
- A disturbing young man brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘writer’s block.’
- With the edges of the galaxy to explore, for one convict, solitary confinement is more than worth doing extra time.
- A young visionary is on to a hot new idea, but it takes an outside perspective to give it a brilliant spin.
And many more fantastic tales to transport you for just a moment or two…there and back again In a Flash!
About the Author
Christopher J. Burke is a writer, high school math teacher, and webcomic creator. He’s also a gamer and fan of science fiction who has been telling stories since he was little. This combination ultimately led to his first professional sale, “Don’t Kill the Messenger,” in Autoduel Quarterly. This was followed by the creation of a fiction fanzine, Driving Tigers Magazine, with stories set in the Car Wars universe of Steve Jackson Games, which had a five-issue run. Thanks to his knowledge and love of that game, he was asked to co-author GURPS Autoduel, 2nd edition for Steve Jackson Games. He took time off from writing when he switched careers and went back to school to become a teacher. But not before he completed a goal of having a humor piece published in MAD Magazine.
In 2007, he started the math-based webcomic (x, why?), filled with the kind of geeky humor that makes his students groan when he includes them in the daily lesson. Christopher still updates the comic with new strips every week on his blog.
After a chance meeting at a launch party in 2014, Christopher was once again bitten by the writing bug and started producing flash fiction. He won several monthly flash fiction contests on the eSpec Books blog, and appeared in their anthology, In a Flash 2016. Christopher lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Antoinette.