Kevin Ikenberry’s Vision of Military Failure!

When Kevin Ikenberry and I talked about the story he wanted to write in the world of THE WORLD JUNIPER series, I loved the idea of putting into scenes the day the Juniper was created. What happened to the U.S. Missile Defense systems? Who better to answer that question than someone with a military background? Kevin’s story is amazing.

A single missile tracks towards the western United States. In an underground bunker in Wyoming, Colonel Mark Devane and his crew are the final line of defense. There are certain moments in history where one person’s actions either save a country or damn it forever. Faced with the ultimate decision, how will history judge Colonel Mark Devane, his crew, and their last command?

Kevin Ikenberry’s vision of high-stakes military drama and subsequent failure reaches a vibrant climax where courage clashes with despair. Click here to download the story.

About The Author
Kevin Ikenberry still wants to be an astronaut.  A retired Army officer, Kevin’s background in space education and operations includes managing the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program, leading two Challenger Learning Centers, and working for more than ten years in space operations.  He is the author of the science fiction/thriller Sleeper Protocol and the military science fiction novel Runs In The Family.  Kevin’s short fiction has appeared all over the world in various publications and anthologies.  He lives in Colorado with his family.kevin ikenberry author pic small

Other Works by Kevin Ikenberry

sleeper protocol

Sleeper Protocol
How far would you go to remember your past?

Kieran Roark awakens in a wheelchair, unable to remember anything.  As part of a classified experiment, he will have one year to learn his identity and recover his memory, or he will be euthanized by the state.

Scientist Berkeley Bennett has one mission: manipulate Kieran’s emotions in an attempt to bring back his memory.  But when she falls in love with him, she is forced to make a harrowing decision that may cost Kieran his life.

What Kieran knows could save Earth from a coming war.  Whether he believes the future is worth saving is another matter.  Racing across an unfamiliar world in a body he does not recall, Kieran needs to discover who he was and, more importantly, who he is.

Praise for Sleeper Protocol:
“ emotionally powerful debut.  [Ikenberry’s] insight to the human side of the military mind has strong appeal.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Kevin Ikenberry has achieved a rare feat; a military SF novel that although set in a fascinating future has almost nothing to with the technology or the alien enemy and almost everything to do with the what makes a soldier worthy of that name, their humanity.  I love when an author puts their heart and soul into a book.”
–Eytan Kollin, Co-Author of The Unincorporated series

“Sleeper Protocol is an excellent addition to the new wave of 21st Century military science fiction.  Kevin Ikenberry writes a taut, exciting thriller, focused on the human condition of soldiering in a future Earth that is as foreign as any alien world.”
–David Conyers, editor of Extreme Planets and author of The Shoggoth Conspiracy

“Sleeper Protocol evokes the best of military science fiction. A wonderfully intriguing premise, heart-pounding action, and plot twists that keep you guessing. Highly recommended.”
–D.L. Young. author of Soledad

“A fascinating and provocative exploration of how the forces of memory and love can shape one’s identity and potentially alter the course of the whole world. Sleeper Protocol is an equally entertaining and engaging story that will keep you thinking long after you’ve finished the last page.”
–Josh Vogt, author of The Cleaners series


runs in the family

Runs In The Family
An outcast of the Eden Academy, physically unfit for military duty, and lacking a civil service assignment, Mairin Shields is going nowhere fast.  With little hope of leaving the outer rim of the Milky Way, Mairin agrees to participate in a classified experiment offering her genetic perfection and a chance to see the galaxy.

Now, armed with her great-grandfather’s military knowledge and combat-refined instincts, Mairin is tasked with leading inexperienced troops in a war against a shadowy enemy using hauntingly familiar tactics.  But the first rule of the military is “hurry up and wait,” and Mairin learns this firsthand.

Without transport to the fight, Mairin spends the downtime on a lush paradise world getting to know her new body, her imprint, and her heart.  Mairin meets Tallenaara, a beautiful Styrahi architect whose mission and past will come to challenge them both.  Faced with the most difficult choice of her young life, Mairin Shields can only watch as her world spins out of control.

Praise for Runs In The Family:
“Armored warfare written by an author who knows what it’s about. Kevin was originally a tanker, and his writing is that of one who knows how the beasts are fought. Throw in some romance between an alien and a human, the incompetence of those who rise to command because of who they know, and the courage of a junior officer who refuses to lose, no matter the idiocy coming down from above, and you have a great tale of military science fiction. Thoroughly enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to any who enjoy a good tale of future ground combat.”
–Doug Dandridge, author of the Amazon bestselling Empires At War series

Sky Pirate! Ian Thomas Healy and THE LEASH

I LOVE IAN THOMAS HEALY! If you wanna see an interview he did with me, Cody May, and the Colorado Author Interview Circle, bam, click it, baby, click it.


I was so excited when he agreed to write a story set in the world of The Juniper Wars series. If you like sky pirates, well, we have ’em. Ian wrote a story called “The Leash” and it is sky pirate awesome!

Click here for The Leash by Ian Thomas Healy (a zip file containing the *.mobi, *.epub, and *.PDF)



     A young boy dreams of adventure away from the dreariness of ranch life. But in the Juniper, such dreams have a dangerous way of coming true. Especially when sky pirates are involved.

     Ian Thomas Healy has crafted a steampunk adventure and set it firmly in the world of The Juniper Wars where classic zeppelin battles have a gritty Mad Max edge.



Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s an eleven-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month. His original superhero fiction series, the Just Cause Universe, is popular and always expanding, with the ninth book due in spring of 2016. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.

When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people. Follow him on Twitter as @ianthealy and on Facebook as Author Ian Thomas Healy.


Ian founded Local Hero Press in 2011. His ebooks can be found on Smashwords, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBook Store, and other online retailers, and print books can be ordered through Amazon, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, your local bookstore or directly from Local Hero Press.


Just Cause, The Just Cause Universe

Mustang Sally has some speedy shoes to fill. This young superhero has waited her whole life to join Just Cause – the premiere team of American heroes. Now she’s hoping her super-speed will earn a spot on the same team to which her parents and grandparents belonged.

A chance encounter with the villain who killed her father changes everything. Even though she’s only an intern, Sally devotes herself to finding the man known as Destroyer. With the help of her eagle-winged best friend Sondra and her super-strong love interest Jason, her investigations uncover a sinister plot stretching all the way back to her grandparents’ era. Sally and Just Cause must risk everything to halt Destroyer’s plans and save the entire world.

Praise for Just Cause

Just Cause is a pure delight from cover to cover . . . It is a most welcomed addition to our library and we recommend it highly. If you grew up with your nose buried in Marvel and DC comics, as we did, then you are going to love “Just Cause.” And as Mr. Stan Lee would say, “Nuff said.”
Ron Fortier, Airship 27

”Ian Healy’s Just Cause really raised the bar to me of how good superhero prose fiction can be.”
Scott A. Story, creator of Johnny Saturn

“Snatch this one up and devour it, boys and girls. Enter into the Just Cause Universe and you’ll find yourself wanting to stay just a little bit longer. That’s perfectly fine. There are more books.”
Tim McCurley, creator of Firedrake


You can find Ian on Twitter as @ianthealy and on Facebook as Author Ian Thomas Healy. He has a website here and he founded Local Hero Press for all your superhero story needs. Click here to be taken away!

 And if you still need more SUPERHERO action, Jason Henry Evans and I wrote a story that is in CAPED: An Anthology of Superhero Tales!
Pow! Bam! Excelsior!

Eytan Kollin and BOOM TOWN

So Eytan Kollin was the first author to write a story in the world of The Juniper Wars Series.

I couldn’t have asked for a better author to work with. He and I worked closely on edits and he was great at every stage. And very patient. You have no idea how patient.

I loved Eytan’s characters. Mad/Sad Sally is a great character and you don’t want to flip her off. And to throw in a con artist, her gay brother, and a bisexual First Nation sheriff was just brilliant. I am so proud of this story!

Here is a link to the BOOM TOWN story page.

Want more on Eytan?


Eytan Kollin is a teacher of history, government and economics currently living in Los Angeles, California. His hobbies include historical reenactments, chess, and battle recreation with historical melee weapons. He is the co-author of the award-winning The Unincorporated Man trilogy and an anthology of short stories coming soon from WordFire Press. Eytan is currently working on his first solo novel, Benjamin Franklin: Wizard for Hire, coming soon from Baen Books.

Contact Eytan at or visit his website at

Other Works by Eytan Kollin

The Unincorporated Man
A brilliant industrialist named Justin Cord awakes from a 300-year cryonic suspension into a world that has accepted an extreme form of market capitalism. It’s a world in which humans themselves have become incorporated and most people no longer own a majority of themselves. Justin Cord is now the last free man in the human race – owned by no one and owning no one. 

Praise for The Unincorporated Man
“Fans of SF as a vehicle of ideas will devour this intriguing debut.”
―Publisher’s Weekly

“The Kollin brothers’ first novel, chosen as a Sci Fi Essential Book, recalls the emphasis on freedom of the early works of Heinlein and the cutting-edge social commentary of William Gibson and Fritz Lieber.”
―Library Journal

“The Kollin brothers’ debut captivates with unforgettable characters and an ingenious vision of the economic future.”
―Booklist Magazine

Praise for The Unincorporated War
“Appealing characters, ruthless villains, and speed-of-light pacing make this a good choice for fans of battle-oriented sf and heroic space adventure in the tradition of Robert Heinlein and David Weber.”
―Library Journal

“The Kollins’ masterful command of multiple plot threads, characters, and the motifs of grand-scale space opera make for a breathtaking sequel. One more book will complete a trilogy.”

 Praise for The Unincorporated Woman
“Rich with multiple plot threads skillfully handled by the authors, The Unincorporated Woman returns readers to the revolution started by Justin Cord. Well-conceived characters along with intense, battle-oriented space content will keep even new readers glued to the page.”
RT Book Reviews