“Survival of the Fittest” is a short novelette, set in a future dystopian Earth, where humans have caused the destruction of much of the climate.
M.A. Kropp is married, has three grown daughters and three awesome grandchildren, and lives in NH near many apple orchards. She also has cats, a dog, several aquariums and an outdoor goldfish pond, and chickens. When she is not writing, she has competed in International Chili Society sanctioned chili cook offs, and now serves as Chief Scorekeeper at many events. She has also been accused of reading anything that appears before her eyes: books, old newspapers, cereal boxes, and, yes, even the instruction manuals that come with stuff. Most of all, she enjoys good food, good wine (and other spirits), and good company.
Because Lucifer shows up in Johnny’s living room, asking for help. Something is not right in the heavenly- and other- realms. Over a nice cup of tea, Lucifer reveals that two archangels have gone missing, and he is under suspicion. Claiming he had nothing to do with the disappearances, he asks Johnny and Cerise to help him find out what’s really going on. Because whatever it is, it can’t be good. Something is trying to tip the balance in favor of chaos, and wants to drag Lucifer into the middle. Johnny checks with a demonic informant he has used in the past, who is reluctant to tell him much, although he does leave them with a cryptic riddle. One that scares Lucifer even more. When Johnny takes Lucifer to do some research on the short list of clues they do have, Lucifer is devilnapped by a larger-than-life serpent. He manages to leave Johnny a clue before he vanishes. Johnny and Cerise are left to puzzle out the disappearances, and find the missing archangels. The clues lead them to a cave, a wolf, and the real Serpent who intends to unleash ultimate destruction and revenge on those who wronged it. Johnny and Cerise need to defeat the Serpent, and release the captive archangels. Oh, and stop what could mean the ultimate destruction of pretty much everything.
Snake’s Alive, Yo-Yo Files #2, is an urban fantasy novelette with elements of the supernatural and humor.
“Feed My People” is a short story, set in a dystopian science fiction world.
Medusa "Deuce" Grainger is smart, confident, and as good a pilot as she is a poker player. A freelance shuttle jockey working for an independent terraforming company, she’s left her former life, and her father, behind. Mostly.
Now, her AI has downloaded another Personality off a wrecked ship, and he’s acting oddly ever since. Someone wants to sabotage her friend’s company out of business, evidence of tampering is being corrupted, and people have died. With an investigation looming that could shut down the company and cut off her main source of income, it's up to Deuce to figure out what's going on, and how all the pieces fit the puzzle. Deuce will need to connect all the dots fast, because more lives are at stake than anyone suspects.