Spice Crimes is re-published!

I'm a die-hard fantasy reader and writer, but I also love space opera, especially in the mold of the Firefly and Farscape TV shows. When I learned that Lindsay Buroker's new novel series in 2016 was space opera adventure, I was there in a heart-beat. I very much enjoyed her rousing story line and her colorful characters. Then she mentioned Amazon had approached her about creating a "Kindle World" for her Fallen Empire-verse and that she was looking for writers to contribute novels for that setting. I jumped at the chance to write a novel featuring her hero Alisa Marchenko and the crew of the Star Nomad. I was inspired to create a stand-alone adventure that took place immediately after the end of her series. The story after the story, if you will. My Fallen Empire novel Spice Crimes was originally published in April 2017, along with works by nine other authors. It garnered some nice reviews, but was limited to only being available in the Amazon US store. I learned late this spring that Amazon would be closing down their Kindle Worlds program. All the many novels published in different author's settings would be taken down. As the author of Spice Crimes, I had the rights to my story and my characters, but of course Lindsay owned the rights to her characters and the setting. She wanted to see my book and the other stories and novels set in the Fallen Empire universe republished and encouraged me to do…

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“Siloed” is now available

My latest story, "Siloed," is one of seven in the brand-new Street Spells urban fantasy anthology. My story features the hero of my upcoming series, Elizabeth Marquez, a sorcerer working for a secret agency in the modern world. She is charged with enforcing supernatural laws and protecting both people and magical creatures. Magic stalks modern streets. Werewolves and witches. Demons and elves. Street Spells compiles seven new and exclusive short stories featuring mythical beings hidden in plain sight. Aimee Easterling: "Scapegoat" Tori Centanni: "Dead Goblins and Overdue Rent" Rachel Medhurst: "Magically Hidden" Dale Ivan Smith: "Siloed" Becca Andre: "Alchemy and Destiny" N. R. Hairston: "Dirty Magic" Kat Cotton: "Run Away" Break out of jail, hunt down magical art thieves, and dabble in alchemy as you discover a new author (or seven) in this page-turning collection of paranormal shorts. Street Spells is currently free at all eBook retailers. I hope you enjoy these stories, and your introduction to Elizabeth.

Empowered: Rebel chapter 1

Empowered: Rebel, the final novel is The Empowered series will be released shortly! Here's the first chapter, as an extended teaser. Spoiler alert! If you haven't read the previous novels, you might want to hold off on reading this. Otherwise, enjoy! It's taken longer than I'd planned, but the end is finally at hand for Mat's story.     Empowered: Rebel By Dale Ivan Smith Copyright 2018 Chapter 1   The lichen covering the ruins of the ancient Greek temple outside the barrow shivered in my mind but made no sound. I crouched beside Alex beneath an ancient arched doorway. The moonlight-washed Greek columns off to our right stood like fingers reaching to the night sky. Off to the left, the Black Sea glimmered darkly beneath a waning moon. “Damn quiet,” I whispered. Even the sticky, stifling hot air was silent. No breeze, nothing. Sweat ran down my body. My black cotton A-shirt was stuck to my sides. I rubbed my palms against my camo pants, but my hands were still slick. My hair was tied back in a ponytail and felt limp from the freaking humidity. I never thought I’d travel here, to the Kerch Peninsula, in the freaking Crimea. Alex nodded, scanning the grass field beyond the barrow. Behind us, the Dark-Net node had closed. Past the temple ruins the field sloped up to a crest. The Crimean Reclamation Zone was just beyond that crest. That was why we’d just traveled the crazy Fairy Road through the Dark-Net.…

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