QSFer Erik Schubach has a new FF urban fantasy out in his Urban Fairy Tales series: “Armageddon.”
Last Upon a time…
The Avatars have all gathered in Seattle to face the Elders in a bid to stop the reset of the mortal realm and the loss of trillions of souls spread across the many worlds of our realm.
The women of fairy tales, myth, & legend must split up to face the enemies, who are bordering on godhood, on many fronts. Fighting a losing battle, the Avatars give all that they have to save the world from Armageddon.
This final chapter in the Urban Fairytales saga all comes down to the woman who started it all, Maireni Damaschin, the Red Hood, as she attempts to outmaneuver these timeless titans who can destroy worlds with but a thought.
One of the girls called out, “Parker!”
I had to grin as I responded, “Coming Mandy!” It was still so odd to me that whatever magics she had encountered in Neverland had reverted her to a teen, no more than eighteen or nineteen when she and Robyn had returned to us five weeks ago. And Mandy had a fluffy wolf tail now.
I covered my mouth to stifle the involuntary snort as I opened her door on the cabin of the ancient Sea Devil we were all on as the tall ship swayed in the wind while we sailed through the sky, the sails mind-boggling full in contrast to the wind we were sailing against.
Mandy was sitting on the edge of her bed with a razor-sharp dagger on her lap, a new pair of pirate dungarees sporting a hole in the seat as she held a needle and thread uselessly, a pleading look on her face as Tinkerbell was having a good belly laugh on the little bird swing fastened to a small wardrobe cabinet, sparkling fairy-dust sifting to the floor as it shook loose from her as she shook with humor.
Ok, there is just so much control you can exert to make sure someone didn’t feel they were being made fun of, but… come on… a giggling fairy. I chuckled too, finding it almost a relief to see I could still smile with the end of the world as we knew it about to come about.
Amanda looked up at me with the disaffected teen glower that every girl was issued in their teen years. It was tempered by all the experience and knowledge of someone much older, someone who has seen and dealt out too much death.
She growled like the wolf inside her and snapped at Tink, “Why are you even in here? Shouldn’t you be bugging mom at the ship’s wheel or something?”
The giggling fairy buzzed over to her, and as she landed, attained human size in the blink of an eye and the sexy as hell fairy kissed Mandy’s cheek with a playful grin and said as she became fairy sized again and buzzed off out the window, “Fine, grumpy grump butt, love you.”
Amanda smiled almost against her will since she still liked to project the stone-cold emotionless killer facade she had when she was an adult. It didn’t work well now since it came off as cute and brooding now. She squeaked out as the shimmering kiss on her cheek seemed to absorb more into her skin rather than fade away, “Love you too, you annoying glow bug.”
Then she turned to me. “Oh god if we all live through this, since mom married her, she’ll be my mom too forever. How embarrassing is that? She already dotes on me and it is as embarrassing as fuck.”
I automatically said, “Mandy, language.” Being so used to chastising my Ella for the same, and I admit I’m starting to see Mandy as a teen she appears, though I know I shouldn’t.
She grumped out, “Sorry,” then added, “I’m not a kid.”
I nodded as I stepped up to her to kiss her cheek. “I know, I know, and I’m sorry. It’s just, I forget, with you looking all…” I motioned to her and shrugged in apology.
She smirked and said, “You’re one to talk, miss glamour to the nth degree.”
I got my start writing novels by accident. I have always been drawn to strong female characters in books, like Honor Harrington. And I also believe that there is a lack of LGBT characters in media. So one day I came up with a story idea that combines the two… two days later I completed the manuscript for Music of the Soul.
My writing style may not be the most professional nor grammatically correct, but I never profess to be an English major, just a person that wants to share a story. I maintain that my primary language is sarcasm.
Each of my books features strong likeable female characters that are flawed. I think that flaws and emotional or physical scars make us human and give us more character than simply conforming to some “social norm”.
I have also written many SciFi series, such as the Valkyrie Chronicles which features a Valkyrie, Kara, who was left behind on Earth five thousand years ago to help the Asgard race escape the onslaught of the Ragnarok horde. With the aid of a human, Kate, she holds the line in battle to herald the return of the Asgard!
I also have multiple paranormal series such as The Bridge series and the Urban Fairytales series if mythical characters pique your curiosity.
My most ambitions undertaking is the Techromancy Scrolls series that is an epic adventure in the world three thousand years after a mass extinction event. Mankind is rebuilding in a world where magic and technology collide.
You can follow me online via Twitter @ErikSchubach or on Blogger http://erikschubachauthor.blogspot.com/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Erik-Schubach-Author/438534946240951 for more information and to discuss my upcoming books.
This article was originally posted on Queer SF