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Toni V. Sweeney
One of the first movies Toni V. Sweeney remembers seeing was Dracula’s Daughter, so it was only natural that when she began to write, she would pen fantastic stories. Toni was born in Georgia, and attended college there, graduating with a degree in Art, English Literature, Music, and Drama, and a second certification in Graphic Art. A grandmother of two, she lived in Nebraska for 30 years before moving to Orange County, California where she’s a member of the South Coast Writer’s Association. Her first novel was published in 1989. She has also had a number of short stories and poetry in the horror/fantasy genre published in fanzines and anthologies.
Raised by the Margrave of Francovia after his sellsword father is killed in His Majesty’s service, Riven kan Ingan is, by his own admission, an opportunist and a nonbeliever, accepting neither the kingdom’s magic nor its religion, and, somewhat unwisely, ridiculing the gods who silently plot their revenge. Never allowed to forget his foreign birth, he schemes for total acceptance by marrying the Margrave’s daughter, and the gods see this as an opportunity to punish the young skeptic.
When Aleza is kidnapped by the sorcerer Mahldimir Djaan-Baih, a follower of Drel, god of Death, Riven follows them to the demon-ridden desert of Izhmir. With the aid of a barbarian slave girl and a reluctant rebel, he rescues the Princess, discovers his true love, and loses her to another man. From then on, his days and nights are haunted by the memory of the one woman he can‘t have, and there’s nothing he can do to forget her and no way he can claim her because Riven’s punishment is just beginning!
In the Texas border town of Rosarita, saloon owner Race Jago is killed by a stranger. Tried for the crime, Luke Brennan refuses to defend himself, and the judge has no choice but to sentence him to hang. But while Brennan awaits execution, deputy Kipling Wakefield convinces his prisoner to tell him the reason he shot Jago in cold blood. Finally, in the late night hours before his sentence is carried out, Brennan tells Kip his story of a man’s love for his wife, a father’s desire for revenge, of a hatred that destroyed two lives.
To Walk the Shadow Trail means to lead a life of pain and sorrow, to be deprived and alone forever...
Many men had come to America to escape the law, and Baron Karl Augustus Dietrich Wilhelm von Brandt was no different, although he was fleeing his father’s crimes and not his own. When the ranch he buys in Wolf Creek, Nebraska, turns out to be little more than a sand dune, Will is befriended by Johnny Moon, a half-Pawnee ne’er-do-well. Working together, the impoverished German noble and the half-breed turn Will’s property into a thriving ranch. It is Will’s marriage to Silent Summer Woman, daughter of a local Pawnee chief which drives the first wedge between them, for Johnny Moon has a secret, and once it’s discovered, it will destroy the bond between the two friends forever.
Hired by Navajo Andrea Talltrees to find her fugitive-from-justice husband, half-breed smuggler Sinbad sh’en Singh embarks on a journey that will take him and his new employer halfway across the galaxy, where they uncover a secret invasion that threatens the Terran Federation, and learn that love can be stronger than death.
Former smuggler Sinbad sh’en Singh and his beloved Andrea are married at last, but happily ever after doesn’t appear to be in their future. Even before the wedding bells have stopped ringing, a young stranger appears claiming to be Sin’s son. While Andi is adjusting to that news, Sin succumbs to the illness that threatens their happiness, and the only surgeon who can save him unscrupulously demands Andi’s body as his fee. Reluctantly paying the price, the little Navajo finds herself on a mid-space liner with her lover-by-force while her husband recuperates in the hospital. When the ship is attacked by Blackbirders Andi and the other women passengers are destined for the Slave Pits of Bel-Ammon. Then the slavers’ leader decides to keep her for himself, and Andi faces an even worse fate than being a slave, for the man who leads the Blackbirders is someone she never expected to see again.
Book Two of The Chronicles Of Riven The Heretic
Family life can't keep a good smuggler down! Breaking his promise to Andi, Sinbad sh'en Singh, now permanently installed as his grandsire's heir to Khurda Provence, announces plans to once more take up smuggling, this time making his base of operations on Felida, and what more, he intends to incude the entire planet in the venture! In the midst of it all, Sin's children are growing up, making choices which will bring tragedy to some and happiness to others.
In spite of his volatile relationship with his eldest son , life for Riven kan Ingan is very good indeed. His estate prospers, the land is at peace, and the barbarian tribes of Ghermia are now the Margrave’s allies. When a new sovereign comes to power, however, civil war isn’t far behind, and Riven is forced to make a choice between following a madman or being declared a traitor to the land he loves.
With the death of their parents in the Genocide Wars, the five sons of Riven kan Ingan and his beloved Barbara flee to separate countries to escape the Margrave's injustice. When the time arrives for them to return, they came in answer to their elder brother's call, to avenge themselves upon Morling, king of Francovia, and set about fulfilling the Drune priest's prophecy given to their grandfather three generations before.
Breaking his promise to Andi, Sinbad sh’en Singh has once more taken up smuggling, including the entire planet in the venture. Then the Federation has to spoil his fun by declaring his effort a legitimate enterprise and not outside the law. Suddenly, the most wanted smuggler in the Galaxy is turned into a Felidan businessman, more concerned with board meetings and inventories than with piloting his ship and running blockades. When an old rival threatens to steal Sin’s newly-acquired territories, the resulting war brings a terrible price, and Andi is forced to face the most difficult challenge to her love when Sinbad crashes his ship and doesn’t walk away from the wreckage.
In an attempt to clear himself of the charges for which he was exiled, Aric kan Ingan returns to Arcanis and immediate arrest. After he’s saved from execution by his cousin and former betrothed Pallas, he’s faced with a heartbreaking choice. Marrying Pallas means giving up his beloved Susan, but it also means regaining what he lost—the Throne of Arcanis—as well getting revenge against TAS and best friend Eby, now TAS right-hand man. Aric must choose to give up his happiness to protect his Margravine and the Throne, or return to Susan and leave his cousin to TAS vengeance.
Deroes kan Ingan, the stubborn and strong-willed Margrave of Arcanis, has eluded all attempts to get him to marry, and never intends to fall in love, but then he meets…
Aric kan Ingan is a Non-Person, an Exile, stripped of title and citizenship for treason against the Arcanian Empire, crimes of which he is innocent. Sentenced to banishment, Aric wanders the Emeraunt Galaxy a lonely decade while his uncle withholds clemency. When his meager earnings are depleted and his addictions demand to be fed, he enlists as a guard for a Terran mining colony where he will meet two people who change his life: Susan Moran, TerraFormation’s beautiful company doctor, and Miles Sheffield, his former mistress’s younger brother.
Arcanis is in civil war. A plague rages. Sent by TerraFormation with a vaccine to help the war-torn planet survive, Miles Sheffield is reunited with his best friend and his niece, offering them refuge on Earth, but their voyage is sidetracked by a slaver who attacks the ship and carries off the women. Soon Aric finds himself in a battle with an old enemy for possession of his own wife and the future fate of his people.
At the age of nineteen, Barbara Sheffield is stunned to learn she’s not her parents’ daughter but the child of Aric kan Ingan, Margrave of Arcanis, and not only that, she has a twin brother. Soon, she’s on her way to a joyous reunion with the father she has never known, but there are others on Arcanis who aren’t so glad to meet the Margrave’s long-lost child, including Aric’s second wife, Dr. Susan Moran. Dazzled with her new family and charmed by her handsome but spoiled twin, Barbara finds herself falling in love with Eden san Gene, the young White Shield sent to escort her from Earth. When vengeful forces trigger treachery and madness, Eden’s love may not be enough to protect her from the wickedness hidden within Aljansur Palace’s walls.
Sinbad sh’en Singh, smuggler-turned-shipping magnate, has become quite the family man; knee-deep in sons, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, complacent with his life. In the midst of all this abundance a Federation emissary arrives announcing the Fed is once more at war. Nils van Lewen has been sent to obtain sh’en Singh Shipping’s Darters for its nearly destroyed fleet. Not surprisingly, he’s refused, until Felida is attacked and there are casualties in Sin’s own family, among them his beloved Andi and new daughter Milagra. Enlisting in the Air Guard, Sinbad and his sons find themselves in the war facing challenges some of them never expected.
Twenty-eight years ago, Miles Sheffield spent a week at Aljansur City’s Pleasure Dome. Now, he’s once more on Arcanian soil and face-to-face with the fact that he has a son who’s the star attraction of the planet’s largest brothel. Gaining the young man’s custody, he takes him back to Terra and a “normal” life but Tam just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Shortly after they arrive, he and half-brother Mark are abducted by blackbirders. Taken to the Fringes in the outer reaches of the galaxy, the two are sold as sex slaves…and an adventure begins which neither will ever forget, as they struggle to survive, stay together, and find their way back to Earth.