Short story sampler: Unexpected Tales
Four short stories from Kaiatan, the world of Unexpected Heroes.
In an underwater village in Nokailana, can the friendship of the new boy and a pretty girl last, or will his arrogant dad ruin everything?
In the desert of Iskra, a young man must stay alone for a month to be considered an adult, if the desert doesn’t kill him first.
In Darrendra, land of the shape-shifters, a young woman aims to be a five-year champion in a cross-country horse race.
In winged Ioj, a newly chosen priest finds his back-country origins to be a disadvantage that might send him home.
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Unexpected Heroes series:
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(Unexpected Heroes, book 1)
A winged young man bargains to rescue the gods. If he can find them…
Ahjin has always dreamed of being a skydancer like his parents, but the best day of his life quickly becomes the worst when he is assigned to be a priest instead.
Desperate to regain control of his destiny, the winged sixteen-year-old winged boy is left with only one chance to win back his freedom. All he has to do is to find and rescue a kidnapped god from a mysterious force powerful enough to restrain a deity.
How hard could it be?
But when the other three gods also disappear, the elements threaten to tear the world apart, and there’s more at stake than Ahjin’s dreams. With the help of a gilled islander, a desert explorer, and a shapeshifting healer, Ahjin races against escalating disasters to save his shattering world.
Fly, dive, and run through this enchanted story, full of twists and turns and unexpected friendships.
(Unexpected Heroes, book 2)
Lies and mistrust might crush the fragile peace between the shapeshifting kindreds.
Saving the world from feuding gods made Ludik miss his wedding once. Nothing will keep the jaguar from marrying his beloved this time.
…Except maybe a dead body.
The accidental death of a trespasser threatens retribution to his village. In a mad race to keep a misguided witness from sowing deadly lies, Ludik must follow the trail through hostile territory and turn a fierce wolf into an ally.
But another death may shake their tenuous accord, and even with the help of his outkindred friends–-a gilled translator, a fire mage, and the winged messenger of the Gods–- Ludik might not be able to prevent war or escape his own execution.
Danger lurks among the trees, and even if he solves the mystery, the cost might break his heart.
(Unexpected Heroes, book 3)
A treasure map could change her life or lead to her death.
For a sixteen-year-old mermaid, the best part of becoming an adult is the party. Even though Nia must host it on land for the sake of her gill-less friends, she can flirt with all the cute boys.
But her mom’s gift is unexpected— an old map and the news her long-lost dad disappeared in the Dragon Isles.
With her friends and a charming suitor, Nia follows her missing dad’s trail on an adventure to the supposedly cursed islands. Will she find love and discover her dad’s fate??
Maybe. Unless the curse gets her first.
Romance and danger swirl with the tide, and undercurrents could sweep her away.
(Unexpected Heroes, book 4) (January 4th 2021)
The gods are in danger again, and Zefra is the only one with the clues to save them.
In the last two years, the fire mage helped defeat a band of pirates, avert a war, and even rescue the gods. What *can’t she do?
Find a job.
Though her deeds are famous, no one believes the legends are about a scrawny, sixteen-year-old girl. With no prospects for work, Zefra leaves to try her luck in another city.
But a powerful new cult is rising, preaching the downfall of the gods— and she and her friends stand in its way. When they are divided by kidnappers, assassins, and prison, she is left alone to track the clues. Zefra’s only hope lies in a team of shapeshifting spies and a coded map to a lost city.
If she can’t untangle the conspiracy, the death of the gods will be just the beginning.
Nobody’s Revenge (Unexpected Heroes prequel/villain backstory)
When a god’s plans for reconciliation with his family fail, he turns to revenge. (For those who want to know what happened behind the scenes of Wind of Choice.)