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MICHAEL SICILIANO

About the Author: Michael lives in Delaware and is married with a ten year old son. He dreams of having his own writing room some day and rarely shuts up about it.

He is a speculative fiction writer, focusing primarily on short fiction, but has dabbled in longer formats. Forging Mettle is his longest published work to date. Michael lives and breathes speculative fiction, and believes somewhere down his family tree, Lannister blood must have mingled with the Italian. It’s the only explanation, really. Favorite authors are George R.R. Martin, and Daniel Abraham (and Ty Franck if you include the composite James S.A. Corey). Idols include Carl Sagan, Dan Rather, and Dan Marino.

Legally blind since birth, he naturally gravitates to interests that require acute vision. Reading would be impossible for him without his iPad, and therefore he is a strong proponent of eBooks and Audio Books.

Playtime includes reading/listening to books, and a long list of cable TV shows, Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu. It seems like overkill, but he’s managed to justify it somehow. He’s also an avid movie buff and can talk to you about them far past the time when you’ve lost interest. Michael has constructed a castle from his son’s Legos which had a disturbing amount of detail, including interior rooms in the keep, forge, and barracks. It was later pulled apart when other Lego projects required blocks. There was a life lesson there, but he’s not sure what it is.

Before 2015 Michael was not politically-minded. Though deeply liberal, he found politics to be dry and uninteresting. Recent developments, let’s call them, have changed his perspective. He’s also come to realize that many fantasy and science fiction stories are veiled social commentary. He likes that a lot.

Bed times average somewhere around 1:30am. Mornings are non-negotiable without strong coffee.






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Portals
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No matter what world you call home, or what your station in life, there are just some paths that weren't meant to be tread.

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Maronda’s Quest by Christy Thomas
Mexmur, the Huntress by Anna Simpson
Entrance of Lost Souls by Echo Shea
Where Once were Hearts by Havva Murat
Ordinary World by Laurie Treacy
The Lunatic Queen by Michael Siciliano
Braving the Elements
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Braving the Elements
A Fantasy Anthology
by Various Authors
Release Date: September 4, 2017

Keywords: Fantasy, Anthology, Medieval, Epic, Sword and Sorcery, Elements, Magic

Mist Weaver
By Terri Rochenski
Dolan wants nothing more than to escape his village for the big city where his small stature and unpleasant features won’t make him the recipient of constant ridicule by the lord of the manor and his heir, Gilroy. The mist that dances to the sweet notes of Dolan's flute is his only camaraderie and the only beauty in his life—except for Keavy.
When the kind milkmaid is faced with unwanted attentions, Dolan must defend her honor with a choice that will ultimately change his life.

The Dragon, The Witch, and the Swordswoman
By Claire Davon
As the person responsible for calling the bronze dragon that destroyed her village, Losha is tasked with killing it. Failure to do so means she will be outcast from everything she has ever known. Yet one she is on the road, two local women in tow, she finds that she is strangely reluctant to harm the beast that lurks in her mind.
After an encounter with an oddly familiar old woman and a knight in a small hamlet Losha is more confused than ever. On one hand, failure to slay the dragon means she cannot return to the promise of marriage from a local boy yet the more she learns about the dragon the less she wants to harm it. It, like the bronze sword that is her only defense, speaks to her in a way nothing else has.
The stage is set for a final showdown between knight and beast when the knight’s true quest is revealed and Losha must choose between all she has ever known, or the companionship of an old woman…and a dragon.

Forging Mettle
By Michael Siciliano
Xander, a teenaged street thief in the grimy slums of Low Town, discovers he has an innate magical talent on the same night his father is killed. Intent on getting revenge, he attempts a risky robbery which goes bad. Rather than face the hangman’s noose, Xander agrees to accompany a group of soldiers intent on finding a powerful magical artifact. But the Beggar’s Hand isn’t what the King’s sorcerer thinks. Deep in the mountains, Xander must make life and death decisions, not just for himself, but the Kingdom he calls home.

The Myth of Mt Agony
By Kelly Said
Meadow’s mere presence ensures the Morningstar farm produces with preternatural abundance. A dirt-dusted foster-child, she hungers for harmony with Auric’s lands.
Valcone is the reclusive prince of Auric. Confined to his room—for the safety of his subjects—he craves control over his persuasive powers.

The prince and the farmgirl’s powerful personalities will collide with epic force when a war erupts between Auric and a neighboring kingdom. With Auric’s fate on the line, Valcone tests the limits of his ability. He amplifies his steady push into a forceful shove against Meadow’s gentle Nature. The Earth-shaper finds herself between a rock and a hard place, literally, where the only choice to save her family may lie in surrendering to the destructive force of her ground-breaking ability.

Alice and the Egg
By Rebecca Hart
Alice would do anything for her father, the only parent she’s ever known since her mother’s death in childbirth. When he falls ill, Alice doesn’t hesitate when the opportunity to barter her life for his is presented by Jayden, the prince and only heir to the Dragorean throne.
It doesn’t take long for Alice to realize the palace has secrets. Ones that relate to her own past more than she could ever have imagined. If she can find a way to play the game of secrets well enough, not only could she save her father, she just manage to save herself as well.

   
 
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