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Mortal Gods: “HVT” – Chapter 2

Mortal Gods: “HVT” is an original story set in the universe of Mortal Gods. I am publishing this short story serially here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine. I will publish a new chapter each week (normally Mondays) until I complete the story.
Click on the “Mortal Gods HVT Serial” tag at the bottom of the post to view all the chapters of, Mortal Gods: “HVT.”
Note: This story takes place after the events of, “Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood,” in the book, Mortal Gods: Ignition.
Chapter 2:
The room was a small waiting room and a nurse in a white, skirted uniform was standing behind the reception desk in anticipation of him. She was above-average in height for a woman. But the six-foot, five-inch tall Adam towered over her.
“Mr. White. Please follow me,” she said, almost making it through those five words without her voice breaking. She hurried out from behind the desk and then to a door inside the waiting room. She opened it and held it long e…
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The Stought Brothers: ‘The Mystery at the Market’ – Chapter 1

The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market” is an original story for middle grade (ages 8-12) readers. I am publishing this short story serially here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine. I will publish a new chapter each week (normally Mondays or Tuesdays) until I complete the story.
I’m publishing the story under the pen name, Gunner B. Summit.
Click on the “The Mystery at the Market” tag at the bottom of the post to view all the chapters of, The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market.”
The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market” By Gunner B. Summit
Chapter 1:
Rasheed al-Tikriti walked down the hospital hallway in Lagos, Nigeria. He smiled at people as he passed them. Otherwise he looked at the room numbers. And he noticed how many nurses where at the nurse stations. He kept track of other details too. He had worked here long enough that he was even becoming familiar with some of the scuff marks on the tiled floor. He didn’t need to notic…

Mortal Gods: “Russia” – A Tale for the Times

Mortal Gods: “Russia” is yet another story that I am writing. I don’t know when it might be ready for publication but I hope sooner rather than later. Aside from being a tale for the times, it also is a great way to write creatively about the U.S., Russia, and national security.

“Russia” is a story starring Adam and Victoria White. It is set after the events of “The First Transgender Superhuman” in Mortal Gods: Ignition. During this time, the U.S. government issues Adam and Victoria a letter of marque and reprisal to hunt down the people who supported overthrowing the U.S. But this mission is interrupted when the government comes to Adam and Victoria with another assignment: find out who attempted to steal and sell U.S. intelligence on a very sensitive matter.
Adam and Victoria take this assignment and ultimately find a Russian connection. (This connection helps introduce readers to a new character in the Mortal Gods universe.) And as the story progresses, Adam and Victoria discover t…

“They Haven’t Given Women the Best Opportunity to Succeed” – An Overview

“They Haven’t Given Women the Best Opportunity to Succeed” is currently scheduled to be a one-shot short story. But it could evolve into a series. One of the unique things about it is that while it is a story first, it also serves as a vehicle for something else I’ve long had in mind: fiction as a means of intelligence forecasting.
Nothing in the story is meant to forecast exactly how things will turn out in real life. However, elements in the plot are meant to show potential things that could happen. One might even say it is a worst-case scenario. Or maybe it isn’t a worst-case scenario—just a really bad one.
Women in combat. Women are “badass.” Tiny women can beat up large men in movies. Even young girls can now beat up large men in movies. Society has spoken. It wants women to be just like men and it wants to sweep away all the old rules regarding the male-female relationship. Very well. “They Haven’t Given Women the Best Opportunity to Succeed” agrees with society that there is n…

“Letters of Marque and Reprisal” – Ready to Go Soon

“Letters of Marque and Reprisal” is a light-hearted espionage story (intended to be a series) and I am about ready to start serially publishing it even as I don’t yet know when the begin date might be. Here is more of what you can expect from it.
This story follows a group of people employed by a business that ostensibly runs a Christmas tree farm. The company is headquartered in Pennsylvania, on the East Shore of the Harrisburg metropolitan area near Hershey. And while it actually does farm Christmas trees, it has another reason for existing: it’s a cover for a private military company that has received letters of marque and reprisal from the U.S. government to hunt down and neutralize national security threats.
The story opens by quickly introducing the main characters and then they are off on their first mission. They deal with all the normal things that people deal with when starting a new job, egos and distrust included. Yet they must overcome these challenges and work together …

Galatea, Inc.: “Mexico” – Plans to Begin Soon

Galatea, Inc.: “Mexico” was the first story set in the Galatea universe that I started writing. And it might be the first one I start publishing. The outline is basically done and I can probably start writing and publishing the manuscript serially. As the title suggests, the plot involves Mexico—specifically a threat from Mexico with the protagonist working to thwart it from his undercover status as a scouting and resourcing agent for the modeling organization, Galatea, Inc.
Galatea, Inc. is a universe where women are everywhere. What I mean by this is that female characters will normally outnumber male characters. People complain about there not being enough female characters in storytelling. So I resolved this complaint by making the protagonist (David Warfield) an undercover private intelligence operative at a modeling agency. The agency is called Galatea, Inc., with various locations for various purposes in Manhattan, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. Most of Warfield’s bosses and cowo…

“The Most Powerful Soldier in the World” – A Serial Story

“The Most Powerful Soldier in the World” might end up being a series within the universe of Galatea, Inc. Or it might not be. If it is, it will be a sub-series of the universe that focuses on a particular character. And while it will adhere to the Galatea, Inc. rule of having more-than-normal female characters (something my other writings likely will have as well), it will be a bit more grounded than other tales in this particular universe. This series also has the potential to address a lot of real-world challenges in unique but realistic ways. Here’s more about it.

The story opens with a brief prologue and then switches to Yemen. Jeremiah Quinn is an enlisted soldier in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and he deals with both the expected and unexpected in the war zone. And during this deployment, one of the unexpected things that happens causes him great trouble and also eventually leads to a major life change, which subsequently leads to how he winds up with the title of the …