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)
Ahjin has always dreamed of being a skydancer like his parents, and his time has finally come. But what should be the best day of his life quickly becomes the worst when he is condemned to life as a priest instead.
The sixteen-year-old winged boy is left with only one chance to win back his freedom and his dreams. All he has to do is to find and rescue a kidnapped god from the clutches of something powerful enough to kidnap a god. How hard could it be?
But when the other three gods also disappear, the elements run amok, and there’s more at stake than Ahjin’s dreams. With the help of a spunky gilled islander, a desert explorer, and a shapeshifting healer, Ahjin races against disaster 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)
Saving the world from feuding gods made Ludik miss his wedding once before, so nothing will keep him from marrying his beloved this time.
…Except maybe a dead body.
The accidental death of a trespasser could break the peace between the shapeshifting kindreds of Darrendra. In a mad race to keep a misguided witness from sowing deadly rumors, Ludik must follow the trail through hostile territory
and turn a fierce wolf into an ally.
But another death may shatter their fragile 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 clues, the cost might break his heart.
(Unexpected Heroes, book 3)
For sixteen-year-old Nia, the best part of becoming an adult is the party. Even if she has to hold it on land for the sake of her gill-less friends, it’s still an opportunity to flirt with all the lovely boys.
But the best birthday gift is something totally unexpected— an old treasure map and the news that her dad, missing sixteen years, might still be alive.
With her friends and a cute suitor in tow, Nia follows her long-lost father’s trail across the ocean waves to a supposedly cursed island. Will she find adventure, answers, and even love?
Maybe. Unless the curse is real.
Romance and danger swirl with the tide, and undercurrents could sweep her away.
(Unexpected Heroes, book 4) (January 4th 2021)
In the last two years, fire mage Zefra 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 luck is not on her side. 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 returns to reconcile with his family, things go from bad to worse until not only his family but the whole world might fall apart.