The Phoenix in Flight

The Phoenix in Flight by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge


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Exordium – Book 1
by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
$3.95
(Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-059-0

Smith and Trowbridge describe the flavor of their five-book space opera Exordium as a cross between Star Wars and Dangerous Liaisons with a touch of the Three Stooges. With its fast-moving blend of humor and horror, of high-tech skiffy and the deep places of the human heart, The Phoenix in Flight launches the reader into a complex, multi-layered universe as Brandon nyr-Arkad, dissolute youngest son of the ruler of the Thousand Suns, abandons the life of Service planned for him and flees into the lawless Rift.

Only slowly does he discover that the world he rejected now lies in smoking ruins as the ritual vengeance of Jerrode Eusabian against Brandon’s father, twenty years in preparation, culminates in an explosion of interstellar violence. With both his brothers dead and his father the Panarch imprisoned, Brandon becomes the Panarchy’s last hope.

The series has been corrected and revised for this edition.

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The Exordium Series:
The Phoenix in Flight
Ruler of Naught
A Prison Unsought
The Rifter’s Covenant
The Thrones of Kronos

REVIEWS:

“…jam-packed with nifty SF technologies, great space battles, fascinating alien races… and a hefty dose of humor to leaven out the characters’ angst… an exuberant, sweeping space opera complete with great action and characters…”

—Courtney Schafer, author of Whitefire Crossing

 

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Ruler of Naught

Ruler of Naught by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge

Exordium – Book 2
by Sherwood Smith & Dave Trowbridge
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-148-1

In the revised sequel to The Phoenix in Flight, Brandon vlith-Arkad, who fled the Mandalic Palace and his old life only hours ahead of assassination, is now heir to the Panarchy. He wants only to rescue his father, the Panarch. But everyone wants a piece of him.

The Dol’jharians, who smashed the Panarchy and took his father prisoner. A Rifter pirate and her crew, who helped him escape a doomed planet—twice—and now wonder what to do about a royal prisoner with the price of ten planets on his head. And the remnants of the government of the Thousand Suns, for whom he’d at best be an inconvenience.

And that’s before things go seriously pear-shaped. The chase is on, and unexpected detours await.

Authors’ preferred edition, corrected and expanded.

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The Exordium Series:
The Phoenix in Flight
Ruler of Naught
A Prison Unsought
The Rifter’s Covenant
The Thrones of Kronos

REVIEWS:

“…jam-packed with nifty SF technologies, great space battles, fascinating alien races… and a hefty dose of humor to leaven out the characters’ angst… an exuberant, sweeping space opera complete with great action and characters… ”

—Courtney Schafer, author of Whitefire Crossing

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A Prison Unsought

A Prison Unsought - Exordium 3 by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge

Exordium – Book 3
by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-509-0

The revised third volume of Exordium continues the space opera adventures of Brandon Arkad, runaway prince forced back inside the Panarchy of the Thousand Suns.

In the third volume of Exordium, this swashbuckling space opera continues with Brandon and the Rifter crew of the Telvarna arriving at the Panarchic Navy’s headquarters.

The Rifters are imprisoned, and Brandon finds himself, as sole heir to the Phoenix Throne, fighting a battle of symbols, his only weapon his wits as he strives against the powerful and sophisticated aristocrats who hide lethal intent behind urbanity and style.

His goal is to win back control of the Navy and rescue his father from the vicious end planned for him by the usurping Doljharians, resulting in a race to the harsh planet of Gehenna.

Authors’ preferred edition, corrected and expanded.

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The Rifter’s Covenant

The Rifter's Covenant by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge

Exordium – Book 4
by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-529-8

In this revised fourth volume, the new Panarch is faced with the need to fight back against the invaders, while a traitor high in the new government moves to destroy him.

Meanwhile Brandon has fallen in love, but everyone thinks it’s with the wrong person.

Space battles, political in-fighting, and personal struggles ramp up the stakes in this penultimate volume in the five book Exordium series.

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The Thrones of Kronos

The Thrones of Kronos by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge

Exordium – Book 5
by Sherwood Smith & Dave Trowbridge
$5.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-541-0

The conclusion to the space opera series Exordium.

The desperate fight to recover the Panarchy of the Thousand Suns is about to commence. Brandon hai-Arkad has been crowned Emperor, but his throne remains in the hands of his enemy, Jerrod Eusabian of Dol’jhar. The fleet has been gathered, the order of battle drawn. Brandon will reclaim his father’s empire, or face annihilation.

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Over the Sea

Over the Sea by Sherwood Smith

CJ’s First Notebook
by Sherwood Smith
$2.50 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-044-6

When Sherwood Smith was eight years old, a girl named Clair walked into her dreams, bringing hints of a world where girls could adventure, live on their own, and best of all, didn’t have to grow up.

Clair traveled about looking for girls who needed a home. She even came to Earth, where she found CJ, who did not fit. CJ found herself not only taken to another world to live, but she became the princess — Clair’s “left hand splat.” One of her jobs as princess was to write down their records. Another was to serve as leader for the girls when Clair was busy learning to become queen.

The girls had jobs, too, using their imaginations and their wits to foil villains who tried to take a kingdom away from a mere girl. From the shadowy Kwenz, a powerful mage from a threatening kingdom on another continent, to the usurper Glotulae and her son Prince Jonnicake, who in their ridiculous way were just as determined to boot Clair out, there were plenty of chances for adventure. And mystery, like why did kids from other times and worlds show up every now and then?

These are the earliest Sartorias-deles stories — how Clair found her gang of girls, and how the M girls developed the fine art of the Duel to the Pie.

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Mearsies Heili Bounces Back

Mearsies Heili Bounces Back by Sherwood Smith

CJ’s Second Notebook
by Sherwood Smith
$2.50 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-045-3

“I am Princess Cherene Jennet Sherwood of Mearsies Heili, hater of evil, foe to all villains, and wielder of the prune pie of justice!”

That’s how CJ introduces herself when she lands into her craziest adventure yet. In this, the second volume of CJ’s records, she and her gang of friends gathered around the thirteen year old queen, Clair, find themselves beset by magical spells and various villains. They still manage to have fun in the underground hideout in the middle of Mearsies Heili’s woodland.

CJ loves life with ‘the M girls’ — so she is completely unprepared to be taken away and put in a silken prison in order to forget being a princess.  As CJ uses her brains and imagination to get out of trouble, she has to think about what being a princess really means.

In this early story of Sartorias-deles, CJ also discovers that there are things even tougher to deal with than terrible enchantments, sinister shadows, and lurking villains:  teenage boys.

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Poor World

Poor World by Sherwood Smith

CJ’s Fourth Notebook
by Sherwood Smith
$3.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-046-0

If you have a hankering to experience the prune pie of justice, ask CJ or her gang of girls if they want to Save the World.

The Mearsiean girls around thirteen-year-old Queen Clair prefer their villains silly, and their adventures fun. But what happens when you’ve gained a reputation for successfully outwitting villains twice your age and experience?

Recruitment whether you like it or not, is what. By a villain who thinks he is doing the world a favor by taking it over and reorganizing it. He’s got your friends depending on you, he’s got your queen slated for assassination.

And he wants to make you his heir.

CJ faces her toughest challenge yet. Her heroic thought? If all there is to save the world is me…

POOR WORLD!

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Hunt across Worlds

Hunt across Worlds by Sherwood Smith

CJ’s Sixth Notebook
by Sherwood Smith
$2.50 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-052-1

First written when Sherwood Smith was a teen, the series called CJ’s Notebooks feature a gang of girls around thirteen-year-old Queen Clair of Mearsies Heili. The M girls, as they come to be known, prefer their villains silly, their throwing pies gloppy, and their adventures fun. But villains don’t ask first if the girls want to be dragged into dangerous escapades, so they’ve had more than their share.

Sometimes they are not the center of the dangerous escapades.

Hunt Across Worlds, a prelude to Fleeing Peace, is about two kids from Earth who discover a boy from another world being kept prisoner. When they rescue him, they end up having to cross the USA before being blasted by magic to Mearsies Heili, where they meet a sailor girl who’s been stuck in charge of a Mysterious Magical Object.

CJ and the gang try to come to the rescue, discovering that being on the edge of big events can lead to bigger questions.

CJ’s Notebooks
Over the Sea
Mearsies Heili Bounces Back
Poor World
Hunt across Worlds

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Whispered Magics

Whispered Magics - Tales by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$3.00 (Collection) ISBN 978-1-61138-289-1

As a child, Sherwood Smith was always on the watch for magic: no fog bank went unexplored, no wooden closet unchecked for a false back, no possible magical token left on the ground or in the gutter. In these stories, the impossible becomes possible, magic is real, aliens come visiting. How would our lives change?

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Excerpts from the Diary of a Henchminion

A Free Short Story
by Sherwood Smith

Summoned, posted to Zorgon’s castle yestereve.

Looks good. Ancient stonework—cool—damp—busy dungeon. Pretty sure I’ve seen Nargul, Zorgon’s toady, before. The rest of the lads seem a decent lot—average burliness, medium ugly, all fun-loving.

Stood around the dungeon swilling beer and exchanging coarse jokes while the new prisoners were brought in. Promising first day.

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Being Real

Being Real by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$1.25 (Novelette) ISBN 978-1-61138-176-4

Lys and her family win a chance to be a “real family” on reality TV. That means real money, desperately needed in the rotten economy these days, but they only get that money as long as they stay on the air. What can they do to be real enough to please the viewers?

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Commando Bats

Commando Bats by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$1.95 (Novelette) ISBN 978-1-61138-551-9

Old women get powers (whether they want them or not) and have to figure out what to do with them.

Hera is angry with Zeus and the rest of the male gods. She takes their powers, and comes to Earth, handing them out to random old women, saying that the weakest have the most wisdom, and further warns them to prove her right!

Originally published by Science in the Library, 2014

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Beyond Grimm

Beyond Grimm ed Radford and Ross

Tales Newly Twisted
Edited by Deborah J. Ross and Phyllis Irene Radford
$4.99 (Anthology) ISBN 978-1-61138-155-9

Not your grandmother’s fairy tales…

From the far-ranging imaginations of Book View Café authors comes this delirious collection of classic tales newly twisted into dark, dangerous, and occasionally hilarious re-tellings. From the golden isles of Greece to the frozen north, from fairytale castles to urban slums, join us on an unforgettable journey!

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Brewing Fine Fiction

Brewing Fine Fiction edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and Pati Nagle

Advice for Writers from the Authors
at Book View Café

edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff & Pati Nagle
$4.99 (Anthology) ISBN 978-0-98284-403-8

“Check any bookstore and you’ll find a host of titles on writing. Some are good, some not so good. Every author has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. But in Brewing Fine Fiction; Advice For Writers From the Bookview Café, you get a smorgasbord of professional advice and expertise. From the plausibility of fantasy, by Ursula LeGuin, to Deborah Ross’s comments on reviews, you’ll find every facet of the craft and writing life covered. For the wealth of information, experience, and diversity, all under one cover, you can’t beat it.” — Mary Rosenblum, Longridge Writers Group Instructor

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It Happened at the Ball

It Happened at the Ball, ed. Sherwood Smith

Edited by Sherwood Smith

The pleasure of your company is requested.

Graceful feet tracing courtly steps.
Eyes in jeweled masks meeting across a room of twirling dancers.
Gloved hands touching fleetingly–or gripping swords…

Anything can happen at a ball.

You are invited to enjoy stories of fancy and fantasy from thirteen authors, framed in the splendor and elegance of a ballroom. Be it at a house party for diplomats and thieves, or Almacks in a side-universe in which the Patronesses have magic, or a medieval festival just after the plague years …

Prepare to be swept into the enchantment of the dance!

It Happened at the Ball

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The Passionate Café II

The Passionate Cafe II

A Romance Sampler from Book View Café
edited by Pati Nagle
$1.99 (Sampler) ISBN 978-1-61138-244-0

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‘Tis the season of romance…

Book View Café’s masters of romance offer a new selection of delectable tidbits to tantalize your taste for passion. Lovingly gathered into one convenient ebook, this array of samples from current romance and romantic novels by award-winning and bestselling writers is like a box of bon-bons. A sweet Regency delight, something dark and rich, a touch of the fantastic — which will you taste first?

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