Ron Collins is an Amazon best-selling Dark Fantasy author who writes across the spectrum of speculative fiction.
His fantasy series Saga of the God-Touched Mage was the #1 best-selling dark fantasy on Amazon’s list in the UK for a couple weeks (#2 in the US). His short fiction has received a Writers of the Future prize and a CompuServe HOMer Award, and his short story “The White Game” was nominated for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s 2016 Derringer Award.
He has contributed a hundred or so short stories to professional publications such as Analog, Asimov’s, and several other magazines and anthologies (including several editions of the Fiction River Anthology Series).
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked to develop avionics systems, electronics, and information technology before chucking it all to write fulltime–which he now does from his home at the foothills of the Catalina mountains.
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The Story: A Corner of the Mind
How many times have you heard the saying: “If the walls had ears and could talk, what tales they would tell?” Well, they do, and I’m one. So let me tell you about the young boy who often does time here in one of my corners…
CORNER OF THE MIND is a Christmas mystery set in space. If that sounds like your slice of pie, come on in.
The author’s Christmas Comments:
To me, Christmas means connecting with your family and sharing food, presents… we mustn’t forget the presents. But as I get older, I find that even more Christmas is about memories of where I’ve been. Sharp pictures of my grandparents (now no longer with us), images of our trees in the night, memories of when our daughter was born and we took a picture of her under our own tree. So perhaps, for me, Christmas is a unique time of year in that it’s that moment where the future meets the present and the now to combine into that thing that is so impossible to define.
A mage’s apprentice…
Unnatural magic of devastating power…
A clash that will change the world.
Garrick enjoys the sheltered life of a mage’s apprentice until one night when he’s given a terrifying new magic and discovers his superior has been assassinated. Against his will, he finds himself plunged into the depths of a magewar and embroiled in the sibling rivalries of god-like planewalkers.
His need to rid himself of this magic leads Garrick to befriend Darien, a young man with a hidden past, and Sunathri, the charismatic leader of a band of independent mages. Through tangles of political intrigue and treachery, their adventures take them to ancient underground cities, a legendary mountain peak, and across the vast planes of the Thousand Worlds.
With each new truth he uncovers, Garrick realizes that this new magic, and the forces behind it, will threaten the very nature of who he is.
Saga of the God-Touched Mage is a collection of eight novellas from award-winning author Ron Collins, available in bundles or as individual works.