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Lauren Smyth


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The story begins in darkness—literally—as Ari wakes up to realize that staying locked in her room won’t pay her electricity bills.

So when she’s offered a job with the National Drug Enforcement Bureau, she’s forced to accept or starve. This is her last chance for a new start.

Except, the next day, one of her teammates is dead.

The police call it a suicide, but Ari knows better. The night of her teammate’s death, she found a cryptic riddle taped to her door that poses five possible killers: Ari, her three teammates, and a mysterious “other” who just might be the city’s top drug dealer. Nobody can be trusted. Ari finds herself dragged into a wild game of anonymity, desperation, and regret that leaves her with a choice: forgive and accept her past, or try to keep it hidden no matter who it hurts.

Reviews for With Love from the Past:

"This exciting, fast-paced story kept me turning pages from start to finish, hardly able to put it down. Ari is an interesting character, and I was invested in her future from the moment we met her."

"Lauren Smyth is a fabulous author. With Love From the Past is a well-written, intense mystery thriller."

Into the Unknown

Humanity has spread and colonized regions of the galaxies. As their reach expanded, countries, colonies, and planets joined to form the Federated Nations, providing a centralized government among the stars.

Along with the Science Conglomerate, which explores and researches the unknown regions, and the Judicial Clerical Court, purveyors of truth, history, and justice, humanity discovers new beings, wondrous worlds, old temptations, and strength in seemingly insurmountable trials. "Haven" was a semifinalist in the Realm Awards.

Reviews for Into the Unknown:

"Having the perspective of multiple talented authors in one anthology drew me in. Each story is a stand alone with its own intrigue and suspense. The writers do a great job of building their unique worlds, and characters."

Coming Soon - WARSAFE

In a world where honesty costs a thousand lives, who’s allowed to learn the truth?

There’s one building on her island that Halley has never visited: the Mercenary House. Perched atop a mountain, surrounded by unnaturally evergreen foliage, the House is rumored to be a breeding ground for criminals. Mercenaries are liars, cheats, spies. Thieves, vandals … and maybe, depending on who you ask, killers. 

At the Warsafe headquarters in Seattle, Roscoe is beta testing the company’s videogame. After discovering a horrifying trade secret, she forms unlikely alliance with a retired astronomer, Andy, who operates an illicit radio signal tracer. A Warsafe broadcast leads them to an unmapped island, where technology has advanced beyond the wildest dreams of science fiction.

Worlds collide in violence as Roscoe and Andy team up with Halley to uncover the island’s secret and expose Warsafe’s designs. But some mysteries are better unsolved. As traitor after “traitor” is revealed to be on their side, the group starts to wonder: Could Warsafe’s ends really justify its means?



Play as Ami Madison, professional translator and new recruit in a secret organization known only as OP9. When asked to leave your desk job and join six advanced recruits on a dangerous mission into the Soviet Union, will you accept?

OP9 is structured like a novel and immersive like a movie. With an extensive soundtrack, captivating art, and many different story routes determined by the player's choices, there's something for everyone to love. The game includes 8+ hours of play in each route.

Commentary by players:

"I genuinely think this is one of the best stories I've ever read ... I'm even tearing up now thinking of it."

"[The story] was a very emotional journey for me."

"This game made me feel true anxiety, sorrow, and joy."

"This game.. oh my God, this game. This is wonderful in so many ways that I can't even describe. It's beautifully written, and even in the most heartbreaking scenes still manages to make me laugh. Text based games are rarely ever able to make me cry, but this one did."


Two voices are giving you polar opposite directions - literally. They both claim they want to help you escape.

The catch?

Both of them want to kill you.

Use the voices against each other to survive and regain your freedom.