She spent years avoiding the dead.
Now they’re coming after her.
Three years ago, Max Norton left home to open a tea leaves and tarot shop. It seemed like a good trade: escape the King of Hell and live a low-key life free from scrutiny and death threats. For a Scythe, a half-human paranormal entity who can open literal portals to Heaven and Hell, it’s a dream come true. Until an annoyingly handsome ghost shows up and demands that Max help him solve his murder.
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A fantastic work of art
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Book three in the Scarlet Thread series is now available! It's set in Egypt and based on real historical and alchemical literature surrounding the "emerald tablet" - supposedly written by the hand of Thoth. Get it now on Amazon! Summary I've met Zeus, and made him...read more
Yesterday I finished Orpheum. Part one was published previously and ends on a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, even though people like it, I've been getting some negative reviews about how frustrating it is to wait for more. I worked on this book through the winter, and we...read more
If you've been following me, you'll know I've been giving away three books a week all summer! I'm setting up the last giveaway of young adult books for the summer - so sign up to win 6 new scifi and fantasy releases. >>Click here to enter the giveaway<<...read more
I had one surprise twist saved for the end of book 2, but after much deliberation, I've decided it belongs at the front of book 3 instead. I'm adding it here, so you can read it now - the rest of the story continues in book 3 of the series... The Emerald Tablet. 17 I...read more
I'm so excited to announce that The Golden Shears is done and will be available in a few days! I really got to dig deep into the mythology in this one, and there are a LOT of twists and surprises. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who preordered a copy. Please leave a...read more
A couple years ago I started plotting a vampire dystopian fantasy... kind of Hunger Games meets Van Helsing. This is the cover... I put the first few chapters of Taste in the YA anthology I helped publish last year, That Moment When (it's free, go download it!). But...read more
About Urban Epics
Love scifi and fantasy novels, with strong female protagonists, epic battles, tragic romances and detailed world-building? So do we!
Urban Epics was started by Derek Murphy, after quitting academia to write young adult scifi and fantasy novels. When his imagination outgrew his writing pace, he teamed up with more writers to produce new works of fiction, under his alter-ego Drake Mason. We’re working on dozens of exciting new series and we can’t wait to share them with you!
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“This story is so different then any other supernatural fantasy genre I’ve read. I’m so used to reading about angels and fallen angels demons and vamps and werewolves and ghosts and spirits and such. So when I came across this book I found it so interesting. Things I never even knew or thought about before.” ★★★★★
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“Mermaids, Maenads, The Fates, and Time Travel! Will his mind never cease to amaze us? How does he come up with these great ideas? I don’t know and I hope he never stops. This is another great and amazing book that I love. Please hurry and write more!
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THE SOURCE OF MAGICY
ducked under the massive, rusted fence that separated the Scraps from the Dregs, keeping my head low, looking out towards the piles of junk that stretched in every direction. It was refuse to the sky dwellers – everything from half-empty containers of high-end cosmetics and old clothing to malfunctioned mage tech – but that didn’t mean it was worthless. Even their garbage was often finer quality than the stuff we were used to. Dig long enough and you could find something really valuable. Only problem was, the Dregs was forbidden, though that hadn’t stopped me before. There was no sound except for the wind whipping through the barren earth and the crumbling ruins of once-beautiful buildings. I clenched my jaw to keep my teeth from chattering. My threadbare jacket did nothing against the sharp, winter wind. Sterling settled beside me, and for a few seconds, we listened.
“If we die of hypothermia, I’m gonna come back as a ghost and haunt your uncle for the rest of his life,” Sterling hissed. “It’s too cold for us to be doing this crap, Wynter.”
It would be even colder in the Dregs. Darker, too. Looking up, I could see the rocky underside of the Floats above us, casting a deep, perennial shadow over their protected refuse piles. Just around the ledge I could see the bright tips of the floating city in the sky, an impenetrable fortress to those without a magical means of reaching them. While the Dregs got some shade depending on the time of day, the Dregs were always dark, and at night, the inky blackness was especially ominous.
Iwake to a deep thrumming sound. My hand reaches for the knife under my pillow as I pull the threadbare quilt off. I step toward the door, avoiding the creakiest floorboards and taking deep breaths to calm my racing heart. There’s enough morning light filtering in through the small window to see my little brother, still asleep on his mat.
I whisper a prayer as I open the door slowly, lifting it up so its normal grating doesn’t betray me. I hear the large drone overhead again and slip outside to follow, barefoot on the cool grass. Our valley is still half-shrouded in mist. I keep to the shadows of the forest as I scan the early morning sky, trying to sniff out the smell of engine oil over the strong scent of pine and damp earth.
Just when I think I’ve lost it, the drone whizzes above me, a few feet over the tree line. I hold my breath as I watch it zoom toward our cabin. But then it wobbles and changes direction. Downward. I take a deep breath and start running. As I close in on where the drone is dropping rapidly into the forest, I slow my pace so I don’t trigger any of my own traps.
I hear the instant the battery in the drone gives out, then its rotors go silent. I wait behind a large tree until the metallic beast hits the forest floor, but peek around to see it flailing in a small clearing. Thin legs slide out of its main body and reach toward the ground. It crawls eastward like a giant black spider, trying to head back to the Kreon base.
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