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“Canary in a Coal Mine” – New eBook available

“Canary in a Coal Mine”

A few years ago I wrote a short story (short for me, in any case, around 8K words) for Matthew Wayne Selznick’s The Sovereign Era: Year One anthology. It was called “Every Breath You Take.”It’s the story of high school senior Christian Murphy, who has it bad for a foreign exchange student named Stacey… ‘but in a world where thousands of people are learning they possess unique, incredible powers, what exactly stands in the way of Christian getting what he wants?’

Last Fall, Matt did a Kickstarter for his second novel set in this universe, and I offered to write a ‘sequel’ to my first story as a pledge reward for his fans. Matt allowed me to play in his universe once again, and this story became more of a ‘novelette,’ with a word count of nearly 14K. Now that Matt has fulfilled his Kickstarter obligations, we’re getting this puppy out as an e-book on Amazon and B&N for $3.99. The name of this novelette? “Canary in a Coal Mine.”

“Canary in a Coal Mine” on

“Canary in a Coal Mine” on B&

So, more about ‘Canary,’ which can be read as a standalone story (although there are characters from the first story that appear in this one as well, so go get ‘Breath’ for 1.99 at Amazon or B&N… it’s good)

“Sovereign Conduct Enforcement Team (S.C.E.T.) investigators Adoette Smith and Joshua Wolff team with a local police officer to investigate what happened at the end of ‘Breath,’ and the disappearance of the potential Sovereign, Stacey Miller

When circumstances bring Adoette’s violent, troubled past to the surface, will she be able to utilize her own Sovereign abilities in time to find Stacey?

I had fun with this story, and doing it got me back in the writing mood, in a big way. I hope you enjoy it. And if you enjoy the setting and haven’t read Matt Selznick’s Sovereign novels, please do!!

Rest in Peace

PG and KimPatrick Gail Holyfield passed away on August 20th, 2014 at the age of 46 after an all too brief battle with cancer. He died in his home surrounded by friends and family.

Throughout his life, Patrick has loved sports and speculative fiction in all its forms. He grew up in Virginia and studied Religious Studies at the University of Virginia where he graduated in 1990. His degree allowed him as an author to create rich worlds with nuanced belief systems.

Professionally known as P.G. Holyfield, he authored “Murder At Avedon Hill” and numerous short stories. He received the John W. Polidori Award for Best Vampire Novel of 2010 and Best Fantasy Novel at the 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Awards.

P.G was also a well known podcaster, video producer, and voice actor. His latest works included “Beyond the Wall” and “ Presents: Consumption”.

While Patrick is best known for fiction and media work, the three creations he was most proud of were his daughters Kayla, Samantha, and Alexis. He is survived by his children, his parents Mary Jo Holyfield, Ron Holyfield, step mother Kay Williams Holyfield, his brother Mark Holyfield and sister-in-law Joan Holyfield, nephews Hunter and Austin Holyfield, aunt Darla Gail Holyfield, and his beloved Kim Herrick.

He will be missed by all, but through his creative works will live on; “You can’t stop the signal.”

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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