I will have a new release announcement of my own soon, but for now I’d like to point you to a brand-new science fiction anthology in which I have a story. The anthology is called The Guardian and was edited by Alasdair Shaw.
The Guardian includes eleven science fiction stories by international authors, all featuring guardians of some kind. My own story in the anthology, “Baptism of Fire” is a prequel story to my In Love and War space opera romance series, so all you fans of Anjali and Mikhail (come on, I know there are some of you out there) rejoice.
“Baptism of Fire” features Anjali at the age of seventeen as a young cadet on her first mission with the Shakyri Corps. Her assignment is guarding a vital mountain pass. Anjali, who’s always been something of an adrenaline junkie, isn’t happy that she’s been put on guard duty. She’d rather be out there with the rest of her squad, fighting. But then things go wrong very fast.
With “Baptism of Fire”, there now are three prequel stories to the In Love and War, because I like showing who Anjali and Mikhail were before they became the people they are today. In Dreaming of the Stars, we meet them both as teenagers and learn what caused them both to join their respective militaries. The next two stories focus on their respective military careers. We’ve already briefly seen Mikhail as an operative of the Republican Special Commando Forces in Graveyard Shift. In “Baptism of Fire”, we now see Anjali as a cadet with the Shakyri Corps. We also meet her commanding officer Captain Vikram as well as fellow recruit and later Anjali’s good friend (and he’s really just that, no matter how much Mikhail might suspect otherwise), Anil Golkhari. Both characters will appear again in future In Love and War stories.
“Baptism of Fire” is one of the stories to come out of the 2017 July Short Story Challenge by the way. It will eventually be available as a standalone e-book, but for now The Guardian anthology is the only place to read it. What is more, you don’t just get a brand-new In Love and War story, but you also get ten other science fiction stories by talented authors from around the world. So what are you waiting for? Get your copy of The Guardian today.
The Guardian is an anthology of eleven science fiction short stories by writers from across the globe. It is part of the Newcomer series of scifi anthologies.
The stories are:-
Awakening – Alasdair Shaw
The Lattice – Jeff Tanyard
Biting Shadow – C Gold
Gate of Dreams – Rick Partlow
The Following Star – Elizabeth Baxter
The Renewal – Zen DiPietro
Stowaway – Benjamin Douglas
Baptism of Fire – Cora Buhlert
Sleeping Giant – Andrew Vaillencourt
We Have the Stars – JJ Green
Warning Signs – Edward M Grant
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