West of Tomorrow
“Fate hunts us down in our sleep…”
Clay Conover, retired Marine officer turned corporate trainer has successfully re-careered and has a long-term plan. A plan that is grounded in a sense of duty, loyalty and tempered by a healthy dose of realism. Unfortunately,, Clay’s plan does not account for the hiring of Sheera Prasad. Young, hungry and ambitious, Sheera has an agenda all her own.
In the collision of wills that follows, Clay is confronted with a choice that will define him, not simply professionally but personally. Weil he take the ethical high road, or opt for self-serving rationalization? West of Tomorrow is an intelligent romance laced with corporate intrigue, betrayal and crowned by the undiscovered phoenix living in all of us.
Best Case Scenario: Act I of Nyra's Journey
“Isn’t hope in some form our best case scenario?”
More than a year out of college, Nyra’s beginning to wonder when her life gets started. Was it like this for her mother? She doubts it, but things were different, back then. Nyra’s reality is nothing like her mother’s.
Nyra gets that every generation faces its own challenges and she’s smart enough to know that it’s on her to overcome them. That’s why she’s worked two jobs all through college, studied so hard and tried not to worry too much about her mounting student loan debt.
Still, this feeling of wading through wet cement is getting old. Buried somewhere deep in the half-formed jumble of dreams for her future, Nyra hears the siren song of hope whispering to her. She’s so ready. But is the song she hears really hope or just hopeful illusion. Nyra would be lying if she claimed to know.
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The Year of Maybe Act II of Nyra's Journey
He’s nothing like her dreams…and everything she wants.
Nyra’s transition form college grad scrambling for her first career job to full independence is as on track as it can be, these days. Her new marketing job is going well and even if she’s still living at home, Nyra’s pretty sure the light at the end of the tunnel is not an onrushing train.
Still, she gets bored, sometimes. A whimsical decision to take up surfing brings her together with Tai Abrega, a professional surfer and shaper so delicious Nyra’s imagination hasn’t even gotten around to fantasizing about a man like him, yet. And surfing awakens a latent, mystical connection with the sea as strong as her driven passion for the man himself.
But embracing one possibility often demands abandoning another. How can Nyra fit Tai and the seductive siren song of freedom into her “safer” vision of perfect? Can she blend her conventional world with his freespirited lifestyle, or is she doomed to disappointment and heartbreak?
Through the Windshield: Drive-by Lives
Truth is a shapeshifter. Sometimes it slams into us, in a head-on collision, changing everything in an eyeblink. But more often, change arrives camouflaged in the ordinary, its significance becoming clear only upon reflection.
Sooner or later, we realize that we are at once our own jailers and the instruments of our own freedom, streaking toward a destiny lurking just beyond our headlights.
This anthology is a collection of Dirk’s short stories, some previously published, others released for the first time in this volume. Other stories are adapted from his longer fiction, as a kind of introduction to first-time readers.
Tier Zero, Vol. I of the Knolan Cycle
Two bedrock articles of faith woven into much of science fiction writing chronicling hypothetical first contact between Earth and aliens are that we will necessarily know when it happens and that alien motives for that contact are likely to be malevolent.
In Tier Zero, Volume I of the Knolan Cycle, first contact between Earth and Knola happened over 30 years ago. For an even so profoundly impactful, it seems strange that the event has escaped everyone’s notice. But that’s what’s happened and life on Earth (or Kurrithaal as the Knolans call it) goes on in apparent blissful ignorance that anything significant has taken place.
As for Knolan motives in making contact in the first place? Let’s just say its…complicated.
Eryinath-5, The Dancer Nebula, Vol. II of the Knolan Cycle
“The Universe is rarely respectful of our plans.” Khuurus, First Guardian of Knola
After returning from a successful mission with the Knolan Shock Forces, Hāthar needs a break. With Arra his mate pregnant and he still recovering from his last mission, Hāthar has compelling reasons for sticking close to home. But newly developed stealth technology has enabled Knola’s enemies the Valdrōsians to ambush one of Knola’s Deep Space Fleets, inflicting heavy losses.
Intelligence has identified the facility from which the new technology originated. Developing countermeasures, however, will require a raid to steal the technology and abduct the stealth project managers. Having recently defeated just such a raid, Hāthar is asked to evaluate the feasibility of the Knolan plan.
The plan is insanely risky, but Hāthar senses he is the best choice to lead it. With the fate of his adoptive home hinging on the success of the mission, he sets aside his personal preferences in favor of duty. Eryinath-5, The Dancer Nebula continues the chronicle of Knola’s thousand-year war with the Valdrōsians—and the coming climactic clash that will determine the fate of Earth and our corner of the galaxy.