Apr. 24th, 2017

Survival School (Young Toughs)

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"This is the right place for you, boy. They'll school you here to be a right-standing man, one who can keep control over his actions, like any good man should. You just got to keep yourself open to learn and to grow."

How far can trust grow, when you're in a place you despise?

Arrested for a crime he doesn't regret, Bat ends up handcuffed to a group of fellow city boys and sent on a long journey into the countryside. He knows that he is being transported to a prison for delinquent servant boys, but what form will his imprisonment take?

Tattooed with the rank-mark of servant, Bat must learn how to keep from losing his temper with the men who carry the keys to his freedom. But in the unbelievable world where he has been deposited, in which a genial master orders strict punishments and a servant acts like a master, will Bat be able to locate the door to his release? Which of his fellow prisoners can he trust to help him?

And will he survive long enough to find out?

Inspired by true events at a turn-of-the-century reform school, this novella (short novel) is set in an alternative version of the Chesapeake Bay region during the 1910s.

This story will be serialized online weekly.

May. 16th, 2016

The Lure (Young Toughs) | #scifi #althistory #maritimefiction #yalit #1910s #chesapeake

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Title: The Lure (Young Toughs).

Series: Young Toughs.

Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press.

Publication date: May 2, 2016.

Genres: alternate history | maritime fiction | young adult (crossover fiction).

Tags: family | friendship | 1910s America (Chesapeake Bay island) | masters and servants | watermen (fishermen) | criminals | spirituality themes (reincarnation).

Word count: 9,000.

Buy link: http://duskpeterson.com/youngtoughs/#lure Available as a Kindle e-book. Also available in multiformat until Thursday, May 19.

Blurb:

"The panic was stronger, now that they had reached the wharf. It was his parents' mightiest rule: Never allow himself to be seen. If, by terrible chance, he met someone in the woods, he must run away immediately."

His entire life has been a secret. Now he must rip open the secret.

Hannibal S. Mercer has lived all his life in an isolated island home with his loving parents and two servants. Hannibal never receives the opportunity to meet anyone else. The older servant doesn't speak to Hannibal. The younger servant might or might not be an ally in time of trouble.

Now trouble has arrived. When hostile strangers invade Hannibal's world, he must uncover the truth his parents have been hiding from him. And then he must make a choice that will determine the course of his life.

With a setting based upon an island on the Chesapeake Bay in the 1910s, this novelette (miniature novel) can be read on its own or as a story in Young Toughs, an alternate history series about the struggles of youths in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Young Toughs is part of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of alternate history series (Young Toughs, Waterman, Life Prison, Commando, Michael's House, The Eternal Dungeon, and Dark Light) about adults and youths on the margins of society, and the people who love them. Set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. As a result, the New World retains certain classical and medieval customs.

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Apr. 25th, 2016

Blood on the Blade (Young Spies) | #sff #diversefantasy #diversesff #diverseya #diversityinya #yalit

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Title: Blood on the Blade (Young Spies: Law Links #3).

Series: Young Spies.

Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press.

Publication date: April 18, 2016 (serialization of 2011 novel).

Genres: fantasy | adventure | war fiction | young adult (crossover fiction).

Tags: friendship | family | mentor and protegé | character with MENA ancestry | spirituality themes (polytheism; veneration of emperor).

Word count: 17,000.

Buy link: http://duskpeterson.com/youngspies/#bloodontheblade

Blurb:

"Sometimes I feel that Fenton is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

He has pledged himself to the god of death. He doesn't realize what that means.

As Adrian delves into the mystery of his young tutor, he is drawn into a feud between his family's village and a rival village where Adrian has friends and relatives. Now that Adrian has reached the age of sixteen, he is old enough to take part in the feud.

When the feud turns deadly, Adrian must choose between the ideals of his tutor Fenton and the orders of his father. The choice seems simple at first. But Adrian does not yet realize that the god to whom Adrian has pledged his service has his own plans. . . .

This novella (short novel) of adventure and friendship is the first story in the "Law Links" volume of Young Spies, a fantasy series about a world at war, in which young men and young women take part in warfare and espionage. The series is inspired by conflicts between nations during the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages.

Young Spies is part of The Great Peninsula, a cycle of fantasy series (Young Spies and The Three Lands) about an epic battle between cultures, set at a time when a centuries-old civilization is in danger of being destroyed.

Excerpt )

Blood on the Blade (Young Spies) | #sff #diversefantasy #diversesff #diverseya #diversityinya #yalit

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Feel free to pass on this post to other people. Requests for review copies may be sent to the author, Dusk Peterson.

Title: Blood on the Blade (Young Spies: Law Links #3).

Series: Young Spies.

Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press.

Publication date: April 18, 2016 (serialization of 2011 novel).

Genres: fantasy | adventure | war fiction | young adult (crossover fiction).

Tags: friendship | family | mentor and protegé | MENA character | spirituality themes (polytheism; veneration of emperor).

Word count: 17,000.

Buy link: http://duskpeterson.com/youngspies/#bloodontheblade

Blurb:

"Sometimes I feel that Fenton is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

He has pledged himself to the god of death. He didn't realize what that meant.

As Adrian delves into the mystery of his young tutor, he is drawn into a feud between his family's village and a rival village where Adrian has friends and relatives. Now that Adrian has reached the age of sixteen, he is old enough to take part in the feud.

When the feud turns deadly, Adrian must choose between the ideals of his tutor Fenton and the orders of his father. The choice seems simple at first. But Adrian does not yet realize that the god to whom Adrian has pledged his service has his own plans. . . .

This novella (short novel) of adventure and friendship is the first episode in the serial "Law Links," which is part of Young Spies, a fantasy series about a world at war, in which young men and young women take part in warfare and espionage. The series is inspired by conflicts between nations during the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages.

Young Spies is part of The Great Peninsula, a cycle of fantasy series (Young Spies and The Three Lands) about an epic battle between cultures, set at a time when a centuries-old civilization is in danger of being destroyed.

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