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It is 2027. The episode opens with a snapshot of the State Command Control-Tower. It is monitoring the State-leader, Royston Bustwick. He is speeding through the Capital in a platinum-coloured vehicle, with helmeted guards - strapped onto outside standing-boards, as they guard him. He returns safely to the Vivatrium with his chief-minder, Commodore Petersen. They alight to attend a meeting upstairs in the chamber of the Dominus Regis. They formally convene the Table of Knowledge, a type of cabinet, for the purpose of governing the state. Bustwick offers his Exchequer, Jack Spooner some meeting bread dipped in a spicy sauce. Bustwick proposes a toast, “To order out of chaos,” (an old mason proclamation).

After some strange, but short rituals are completed, Royston Bustwick begins to preside over the agenda under a classical architectural feature – the painted dome of the Dominus Regis. He is depicted in a similar to the way Christ might have sat with his twelve apostles at the Last Supper. From here, on this day - he rules the state. A vote is taken to keep Governor Graves on life-support. This allows Bustwick to maintain dual roles and powers, as he fills in for Graves whilst his coma continues, as it has for the last 20 months. The Exchequer has objected. He believes it costs too much to keep a lame-duck governor in a permanent coma. We surmise that Spooner has alternative motives: he dislikes Bustwick enjoying this increase in power and position. What Spooner really wants is the State-leader's job.

When Jack Spooner is invited to take some meeting bread from a tray, it casts a shadow over the Exchequer as a potential ‘Judas’ figure. Commodore Petersen has informants everywhere throughout the Capital, who keep an eye on Spooner. The Exchequer as the anti-hero has begun to oppose the Docklands building project. As the meeting progresses, the oligarchs appear less worried than he, that the cost blow-outs can be contained by Sir Percy, Director-General Fagan and their officials within the Infrastructure and Tourism Bureau.

Dirk van Ritter – is discussed, especially his antics at Sir Percy’s gala-ball where he became the ping-pong champion at that charity event, held at St. Dandy’s - back in December 2025. The oligarch’s are raucous at hearing he might be a genuine ’foot-washer’. One who is attracted to washing the feet of others, possibly as a fetish, or possibly as an act of genuine service – we do not know. But if he is one, the oligarchs decide they want him to wash their feet, the next time they engage in that ritual.

Readers are introduced to the Attorney-General, Reginald Thudmore. He stands to propose a maverick plan to feed 5,000 citizen’s at some 12 sittings per day. After the great economic crash, millions have been turned out of the Capital into debt-internment camps. He is compelled to want to feed them more productively. He proposes to fund the compulsory acquisition of some ‘faster-food’ outlets. His slide show explains to the oligarchs how they are able to dispose of vehicles, and have the citizens lined up instead - in rows to get a meal. The proposal is met with enthusiasm and is finally passed by them.

In a word-drunk romp through an alternate, pre-apocalyptic United States, Ana Simo’s fiction debut, Heartland, is the uproarious story of a thwarted writer’s elaborate revenge on the woman who stole her lover, blending elements of telenovela, pulp noir, and dystopian satire.

There’s only one solution for a nasty case of writer’s block, and that’s murder. Specifically, that of one Mercy McCabe, a cunning SoHo art dealer who was once our Latina narrator’s rival for the scrumptious Bebe. When she discovers that McCabe has squandered Bebe’s affections after stealing her away, revenge is not enough: she must admit her guilt, sentence herself, and beg for her own execution, Soviet-style.

In the all-too-terrifyingly-familiar America of Heartland, the inconceivable has become ordinary: corruption and greed at the top have led to mass starvation in the heartland; hordes of refugees have escaped from resettlement camps and attack the cities; a puritanical Caliphate has toppled Constantinople, with America in its sights. Meanwhile, escaping her New York life in disguise, our heroine lures McCabe to her home turf: a hilltop house in the Great Plains where her parents worked as domestic servants. Her nemesis, though, is slippery, and McCabe disappears, threatening to ruin a homicidal masterplan so detailed as to be akin to love. 

Heartland is a hilarious, genre-defying debut that confronts taboos of race, assimilation, and sex through a high-voltage tale of love, language, and revenge.

A unique twist on an old favorite, Catching Red is a post-apocalyptic thriller with a large dose of humor, several helpings of sex, and of course, a happily-ever-after. Book 2 of Tara Quan’s urban fantasy series, Undead Fairy Tales, will keep you on the edge of your seat as our heroes hack their way through zombies, destroy an evil cult, and survive an undead world.

Scarlet “Red” Ryding is on a mission. To prevent mass suicide, she must fulfill her grandmother’s evil wishes and return posthaste. With knives in hand, she dives headfirst into an abandoned hospital full of zombies. But after getting trapped within, she is forced to accept help from the world’s most dangerous predator—a man.

Covert Agent Marcus Woodsman received strict instructions against interfering in the affairs of nomads. As a spy for the Federal Military Agency, his mandate is to observe and report. But when he finds a little redhead caught in the center of a brain-eater swarm, conscience compels him to put his ax to good use. By the time he realizes this smart-ass scout comes equipped with a world of trouble, it’s too late—he would do anything to keep her safe.

As Red and her Woodsman work together to survive the undead, brave a snowstorm, and bring down an evil cult, they learn to laugh, love, and fight for happiness. The second book in Tara Quan’s Undead Fairy Tales series, Catching Red is a post-apocalyptic thriller with a happily-ever-after.

Content Notes: Spicy, Light BDSM Elements, Light Spanking, Post-Apocalyptic, Urban Fantasy, Adult Fairy Tale
Another Dragon Fantasy for everyone who fell in love with the Dragon Lore Series and my other dragon-saturated books.

Epic Urban Fantasy with Dragons!

Resilient, kickass, and determined, Aislinn's walled herself off from anything that might make her feel again. Until a wolf picks her for a bond mate and a Celtic god rises out of legend to claim her for his own.

Aislinn Lenear lost her anthropologist father high in the Bolivian Andes. Her mother, crazy with grief that muted her magic, was marched into a radioactive vortex by dark creatures and killed. Three years later, stripped of every illusion that ever comforted her, twenty-two year old Aislinn is one resilient, kickass woman with a take no prisoners attitude. In a world turned upside down, where virtually nothing familiar is left, she’s conscripted to fight the dark gods responsible for her father’s death. Battling evil on her own terms, Aislinn walls herself off from anything that might make her feel again in this compelling dystopian urban fantasy.

Fionn MacCumhaill, Celtic god of wisdom, protection, and divination has been laying low since the dark gods stormed Earth. He and his fellow Celts decided to wait them out. After all, three years is nothing compared to their long lives. On a clear winter day, Aislinn walks into his life and suddenly all bets are off. Awed by her courage, he stakes his claim to her and to an Earth he's willing to fight for.

Aislinn’s not so easily convinced. Fionn’s one gorgeous man, but she has a world to save. Emotional entanglements will only get in her way. Letting a wolf into her life was hard. Letting love in may well prove impossible.


“The writing is superb and as usual from this gifted author the romance was a sensual delight. Hot yes but gratuitous? No. This is a story that gripped this reader and I can only hope that the follow up to it will be available soon” Goodreads Review

“It takes a really strong writer to create a world so vividly that you can see it unfold before your very eyes. Ann Gimpel is just such a writer. She weaves tales of fantasy and magic so expertly, I must confess I consider her nothing short of a magician herself.” Goodreads review


“WOW! Ann Gimpel has created another fantastic series!!!” Goodreads review


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BEYOND SHAME (87,000 words, 354 pages)

All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain. But ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms.

Those ruins house the corrupt and the criminal--men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. He'll defend the O'Kane gang with his life, but no fight prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, and so is their attraction. But if she wants to belong to Jas, she'll have to open herself to a world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.

BEYOND CONTROL (100,000 words, 398 pages)

Alexa Parrino escaped a life of servitude to become one of the most influential people in Sector Four, where the O'Kanes rule with a hedonistic but iron fist. There's nothing she wouldn't do for the gang--and for its leader. But she bows to no one, not even Dallas O'Kane.

Dallas fought to carve order out of the chaos of the sectors. Danger threatens his people, but his liquor business is flourishing, and new opportunities fuel his ambition. Lex could help him expand his empire--and no one says no to the king of Sector Four.

Falling into bed is easy, but their sexual games are anything but casual. Attraction quickly turns to obsession, and their careful dance of heady dominance and sweet submission uncovers a need so deep, so strong, it could crush them both.

BEYOND PAIN (89,000 words, 350 pages)

Live fast, die young--anything else is a fantasy for Six. She's endured the worst the sectors had to throw at her, but falling in with Dallas O'Kane's Sector Four gang lands her in a whole new world of danger. They're completely open about everything, including their sexuality--but she hasn't survived this long by making herself vulnerable. Especially not to men as dominant as Brendan Donnelly.

Bren is a killer, trained in Eden and thrown to the sectors. His one outlet is pain, in the cage and in the bedroom, and emotion is a luxury he can't afford--until he meets Six. Protecting her soothes him, but it isn't enough. Her hunger for touch sparks a journey of erotic discovery where anything goes--voyeurism, flogging, rough sex. He has only one rule: he won't share her.

In Bren's arms, Six is finally free to let go. But his obsession with the man who made him a monster could destroy the fragile connection they've forged, and cost him the one thing that makes him feel human--her love.

This bundle contains novellas #3.5, #4.5 and #5.5 in the bestselling, award-winning BEYOND series.

Beyond Temptation - Novella #3.5:

Hacker Noah Lennox lives in the shadows, fighting a one-man war against the corrupt leader of Sector Five. The only weak spot in his armor is his best friend’s sweet younger sister--the girl he swore to save, even from himself. With her brother dead and a target on their backs, getting her out of the sector--and out of danger--meant giving her up for good.

Or so he thought.

Emma Cibulski has made her own home in Sector Four, as a full member of the O’Kane gang and apprentice to their infamous tattoo artist. When Noah--the first man she ever loved--stumbles back into her life, it’s her chance to have it all. The spark between them burns hotter than ever, and this time her fantasies are far from innocent.

But can they handle the heat...or will Noah’s dark secrets drive them apart forever?

Beyond Solitude - Novella #4.5:

Mia risked everything to walk away from a gilded cage in Sector Two, but grasping at freedom was only her first trial. With no protection in the sectors, every day is a struggle to stay alive. Her best hope now is a job working for the most dangerous gang in Sector Four--the O’Kanes.

When a motorcycle accident leaves Derek Ford riding a desk at the O'Kane compound, the last thing he needs is a sexy new assistant upending his office and his life. Especially someone like Mia, who greets his growls and commands with smiles and a fierce independence.

The friction between them generates an undeniable heat, and Mia's stubborn refusal to let life beat her down stirs Ford's darkest protective instincts. He has the power to take care of her, protect her not only from discomfort but from threats of her past...but first he'd have to claim her.

And Mia will never be kept again.

Beyond Possession - Novella #5.5:

Tatiana Stone has worked hard to establish herself as one of Sector Four's most skilled crafters. All she wants is peace--but the sins of her father haunt her. He ruled the sector as a petty tyrant before the O'Kane takeover, and plenty of people harbor bitter memories of his cruelty. Especially now that Tatiana’s beloved baby sister has fallen in with a man who wants to start a revolution.

Zan failed his boss once, and it won't happen again. So when Dallas O'Kane asks him to defuse the rebellion brewing in the sector, he’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done--including seduce Tatiana. It’s the perfect opportunity to get closer to the pretty crafter and complete his mission. But what he discovers is a fiery, passionate woman--and an affair that could destroy them both.
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