Agent Miriam Randle works for LifeTime, a private law enforcement agency that undertakes short-term time travel to erase crimes before they occur. Haunted by the memory of her twin brother’s unsolved murder at the age of six, Miriam thinks of herself as Myriad—an incarnation of the many lives she’s lived in her journeys to rearrange the past.
When a routine assignment goes wrong and Miriam commits a murder she was meant to avert, she is thrown into the midst of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of LifeTime. Along with her partner Vax, Miriam flees into the past in an attempt to unravel the truth before LifeTime agents catch up with her.
But then her brother’s killer reappears, twenty years to the day since he first struck. And he’s not through with the twin who survived, not by a long shot.
Myriad is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller that will keep readers guessing to the very end.
Here's what advance readers are saying about Myriad:
“High-octane whirlwind thriller…like a Mission Impossible or a Minority Report with the addition of time-travel. Readers of sci-fi will enjoy this new take on a classic idea from Bellin.” – Library Journal"Bellin weaves a spellbinding mystery with this time travel, detective noir." – Booklist"Minority Report meets The Fugitive in this breakneck thriller that kept me guessing—and madly flipping pages—until the bitter end. The devious plot zips nimbly through wormhole after wormhole, but Bellin shines brightest in his nuanced exploration of the light and dark in all of us. Myriad is an antihero for the ages." – Kat Ross, author of the Gaslamp Gothic Victorian Paranormal Mystery series"Exciting and thought-provoking, Myriad posits a truly original twist on time-travel. Joshua Bellin’s first adult novel hits all the right notes from its conflicted main character trying to undo a tragic, life-changing past event to multiple twists, turns, and surprises the reader won’t see coming." – Larry Ivkovich, author of The Sixth Precept and Magus Star Rising"Joshua David Bellin’s Myriad blends the time-travel genre with a compelling cast to tell the story of Agent Miriam Randle, a woman caught up in the Gordian knot of her brother’s untimely death. As Miriam begins to unravel the strands of her tragic past, Bellin masterfully weaves suspense with non-stop action to create a heroine and a story that will be impossible to forget." – Ginger Smith, author of The Rush's Edge"Joshua Bellin's protagonist is traumatized by her past, and because of her job as a time cop, can't avoid reliving it. Myriad is a dark and clever exploration into the horror of getting answers to all your questions and, worse maybe, getting a second chance to make things right." – R.W.W. Greene, author of The Light Years, Twenty-Five to Life and Mercury Rising"Joshua David Bellin is a master craftsman. In Myriad, he's reached an all-time high for plot twists that rock your understanding of what has come before... and after. Enjoy the fast-paced action that will leave you dazzled." – Diane Turnshek, Carnegie Mellon University astronomer and science fiction author"Myriad is a clever time-travel premise wrapped up in a very human story of surviving trauma. An action-packed sci-fi thriller told with depth and heart, this book will grab you and not let go." – Cadwell Turnbull, bestselling author of No Gods, No Monsters and Shirley Jackson Award finalist
Myriad will be published by Angry Robot Books on May 23, 2023. To order, go here. For signed copies, order from my local independent bookstore, Riverstone Books.
THE BOOK OF THE HUNTRESS
Set 40 years before the Querry Genn Saga (SURVIVAL COLONY 9 and SCAVENGER OF SOULS), the Book of the Huntress--DAUGHTER OF DUST, DARK'S DOMINION, and SCARRED CITY--tells the story of the body-snatching Skaldi's arrival on Earth and the rise of the Survival Colonies from the ruins of humanity. At the center of the series is Michelle Simmons, a 17-year-old girl who bands together with other survivors to face a world where friend and foe might be one and the same. Together, the Book of the Huntress and the Querry Genn Saga tell a sweeping, multi-generational tale of loss, resistance, and courage against the greatest threat humankind has ever confronted.
Here's what readers are saying about the Book of the Huntress:
"Well written post apocalyptic YA novel. The reader watches as 17 year old Michelle grows and develops the skills she needs to survive the inexplicable horrors she encounters. You cheer for Michelle with each turn of the page. And this book is a page turner!"--The Librarian
"Couldn't put this one down! Great story telling, keeping you wanting more. And delivering page after page."--Kindle reader Richard S.
"Wow! This is a very different kind of apocalypse. The creatures men fear are terrifying and unique. I can't wait to read the next one."--Kindle reader Chrystal R.
SURVIVAL COLONY 9 (Querry Genn Saga #1)
In a future world of dust and ruin, fourteen-year-old Querry Genn struggles to recover the lost memory that might save the human race.
Querry is a member of Survival Colony 9, one of the small, roving groups of people who outlived the wars and environmental catastrophes that destroyed the old world. The commander of Survival Colony 9 is his father, Laman Genn, who runs the camp with an iron will. He has to–because heat, dust, and starvation aren’t the only threats in this ruined world.
There are also the Skaldi.
Monsters with the ability to infect and mimic human hosts, the Skaldi appeared on the planet shortly after the wars of destruction. No one knows where they came from or what they are. But if they’re not stopped, it might mean the end of humanity.
Six months ago, Querry had an encounter with the Skaldi–and now he can’t remember anything that happened before then. If he can recall his past, he might be able to find the key to defeat the Skaldi. If he can’t, he’s their next victim.
Here's what readers are saying about SURVIVAL COLONY 9:
"Simply put, Survival Colony 9 is a masterpiece. It’s smart, beautiful, and heart-wrenching. Joshua Bellin raises questions about humanity and life, in addition to describing a bleak world of his own."--The Young Folks
"Survival Colony 9 was everything I hoped it would be. Scary, suspenseful and also thought provoking."--Teaching My Baby to Read
"This book was ridiculously fun to read. I’m not sure what that says about me, because it’s actually both bleak (dystopian is an understatement) and scary (the Skaldi are terrifying), but I had the best time with this book."--Kelly Vision
SCAVENGER OF SOULS (Querry Genn Saga #2)
Querry Genn is running out of time. He may have saved his survival colony and defeated a nest of the monstrous Skaldi, but that doesn’t mean he has any more answers to who he is. And Querry’s mother, Aleka, isn’t talking. Instead, she’s taken over the colony and is leading them through a wasteland of unfamiliar territory. But when they reach Aleka’s destination, everything Querry believed about his past is challenged.
In the middle of a burned-out desert, an entire compound of humans has survived with plenty of food and equipment. But the colonists find no welcome there, especially from Mercy, the granddaughter of the compound’s leader. Mercy is as tough a fighter as Querry has ever seen—and a girl as impetuous as he is careful. But the more Querry learns about Mercy and her colony, the more he uncovers the gruesome secrets that haunt Mercy’s past—and his own.
With threats mounting from the Skaldi and the other humans, Querry must grapple with the past and fight to save the future. In the thrilling conclusion to the story that began with Survival Colony 9, Joshua David Bellin narrates a tale of sacrifice, courage against overwhelming odds, and the fateful choices that define us for a lifetime.
Here's what readers are saying about SCAVENGER OF SOULS:
"Improved pacing and heightened suspense make this sequel even better than its predecessor. Bellin has a talent for world-building, and there’s much more life written into this narrative. Questions from the first book have intriguing answers. The addition of dynamic new characters and a less desolate setting will further enhance readers’ experience."--School Library Journal
"Give the duology to teens looking for dystopias featuring terrifying aliens, scientific progress gone awry, and great character development."--Booklist
"If SURVIVAL COLONY 9 was close to perfection, then SCAVENGER OF SOULS was absolutely terrific."--Bibliobibuli YA
In the Upperworld, the privileged 1% are getting ready to abandon a devastated planet Earth. And Cam can’t wait to leave. After sleeping through a 1,000-year journey, he and his friends will have a pristine new planet to colonize. And no more worries about the Lowerworld and its 99% of rejects.
Then Cam sees a banned video feed of protesters in the Lowerworld who also want a chance at a new life. And he sees a girl with golden eyes who seems to be gazing straight through the feed directly at him. A girl he has to find. Sofie.
When Cam finds Sofie, she opens his eyes to the unfairness of what’s happening in their world, and Cam joins her cause for Lowerworld rights. He also falls hard for Sofie. But Sofie has her own battles to fight, and when it’s time to board the spaceships, Cam is alone.
Waking up 1,000 years in the future, Cam discovers that he and his shipmates are far off-course, trapped on an unknown and hostile planet. Who has sabotaged their ship? And does it have anything to do with Sofie, and the choices—and the enemies—he made in the past?
Here's what readers are saying about FREEFALL:
"This is a suspenseful, powerful, and captivating sci-fi fantasy story that dramatically explores the tension between a privileged 1% and the rest of humanity."--Kids' Book Buzz
"This remarkable book takes us into a world where a small percentage of the world’s population live in comfort and the rest scrabble for survival."--Through the Looking Glass
"This was a dramatic and thrilling story. I thoroughly enjoyed the surprising plot twists and suspense. And great pacing leads to a finale that comes too soon to this impressive, standalone story."--SciFi Chick
"With clear and disturbing parallels to our current political and environmental realities, Freefall uses the darkness of space to do what all good science fiction should: shine a light on what it means to be human."--Guys Lit Wire
ECOSYSTEM (Ecosystem Cycle #1)
Seventeen-year-old Sarah is a Sensor, gifted with the ability to survive within the sentient Ecosystem that swept away human civilization centuries ago. While the remnants of humankind huddle in small villages of stone, Sarah uses her psychic connection to the Ecosystem to travel freely in the wild in search of food, water, and fuel. Sarah doesn’t fear the Ecosystem—but she hates it for killing her mother when Sarah was a child. When she hunts, she hunts not only for her people’s sustenance but for revenge.
Then Miriam, an apprentice Sensor, is lost in the Ecosystem, and Sarah sets out to rescue her. Joining Sarah is Isaac, a boy who claims to possess knowledge of the Ecosystem that will help their people survive. The harrowing journey to find the missing apprentice takes Sarah and Isaac into the Ecosystem’s deadliest places. And it takes Sarah into the unexplored territory of her own heart, where she discovers feelings that threaten to tear her—and her society—apart.
Here's what readers are saying about ECOSYSTEM:
“Joshua David Bellin proves once again that he’s the master of SciFi survival stories that explore the devastating consequences of environmental destruction. If you’ve ever walked in the woods and felt that the trees were listening, this book is for you!” — Jennifer Bardsley, author of GENESIS GIRL
“This page turner will give you a new respect for the forces of the natural world. I’ll never look at plants or animals the same way again. A five star tour-de-force. Can’t wait for a sequel.” — Darlene Beck-Jacobson, author of WHEELS OF CHANGE
"If you’re a fan of survivalist and post-apocalyptic literature then I would definitely, and not so subtly, tell you to read ECOSYSTEM."--YA Bookers
THE DEVOURING LAND (Ecosystem Cycle #2)
On the day of Miriam and Isaac’s wedding, Sarah’s village is overrun by monstrous creatures from the Ecosystem. With the community’s leaders dead and few Sensors remaining, Sarah shepherds the survivors into the deadly forest surrounding the village. Her own Sense badly damaged in an earlier attack, she must fight through a host of new threats in hopes of discovering the place where her mother was born, rumored to be home to a community of healers.
When another attack decimates her band, the survivors are rescued by a group of people under the leadership of a man named Gabriel. Taking Sarah and the remnants of her village to a sheltered city ruled by healer-women known as queens, Gabriel instructs Sarah in the Ecosystem’s origins and teaches her a new way of coexisting with its creatures. But the City of the Queens is haunted by a dark secret from the past, and Sarah will have to learn the truth of her lineage in order to save the people she loves and protect the world she knows.
Here's what readers are saying about THE DEVOURING LAND:
"It’s very rare I find a post-apocalyptic world that is so refreshing, intriguing, well-built and full of surprises, and if anyone loves immersive settings, this series should definitely be on your radar."--YA Bookers
HOUSE OF EARTH, HOUSE OF STONE (Ecosystem Cycle #3)
The dark queen has attacked the City of the Queens. Commanding an army of creatures from legend and nightmare, she appears unstoppable. Sarah is forced to flee into the treacherous mountains north of the city, where she seeks to discover word of the missing queen, Celestina. Only with their combined strength, Sarah believes, is there any hope of contesting the dark queen's might.
But to wage the final battle against the dark queen, Sarah will have to overcome an ancient curse that threatens not only the survival of the city but the existence of the Ecosystem itself. And she will have to decide whether to save Isaac, the boy she loves, at the cost of losing everything else she holds dear.
Here's what readers are saying about HOUSE OF EARTH, HOUSE OF STONE:
"If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic and fantasy literature with a fierce protagonist, I do think this is a trilogy you should check out. It’s such a gem and one that will stay with me for a long time."--Lauren, from YA Bookers
"An entertaining page-turner for science fiction fans of all ages."--Darlene, a Goodreads reader
THE LAST SENSOR (Ecosystem Cycle #4)
Fifteen years ago, war nearly destroyed the City of the Queens. In the time since, Queen Rebecca’s reign has been marked by reconciliation between the Ecosystem and its people. With the aid of Chief Sensor Miriam and her husband Isaac, an era of peace and prosperity seems to have been assured at last.
But then a new and unparalleled threat arises: the Ecosystem is dying, and Rebecca is powerless to restore it. Joining the Queen’s guard in the search for a cure to this mysterious malady is teenage apprentice Hadassah, daughter of Miriam and Isaac. For her, the quest is deeply personal: she seeks word of her friend and guardian Sarah, the former queen of the city who has been missing for years. Hadassah’s journey will take her to the ends of the earth, to a place of legendary wonder, beauty, and danger. And it will require her to tap a source of power even the queens have never imagined if she is to save her family and heal her world.
Here's what readers are saying about THE LAST SENSOR:
"This was the perfect ending to the series. While the series could have ended with the 3rd book, I am so glad for this final book as it contains so much of the heart of the series and puts all the pieces of this beautiful puzzle together. Bellin truly excelled in the writing of this series."--Alexia, a Goodreads reader
"This series just keeps on giving. To say I was happy to find that House of Earth, House of Stone was not the final book, and that we were in fact being gifted another adventure into the Ecosystem…well, that would be an understatement. Immersive storytelling and fantastic world-building, as expected!"--Lauren, from YA Bookers