Introducing Eric Padilla, author of A Trace of Copper

A chemical engineer by degree, air quality engineer by vocation, certified dreamer by predilection, and writer by sheer persistence, Eric Padilla learned long ago that crunching numbers and designing solutions was not enough to satisfy his creative urges. Weaned on classic science fiction and fantasy stories from authors as diverse as Heinlein, Tolkien, and Jordan, and affected by his love of role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons (analog) and Final Fantasy (digital), he sometimes has trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy. While not ideal for a person who needs to function in modern society, it’s the perfect state of mind for a writer. He also writes epic fantasy under the pen name P.E. Padilla, and lives in Southern California, though he would like to be where there are more trees.

Shadows attack…

New recruit to the Queen’s agents, Dr. Piyali Mukherji is given a simple first assignment. Travel to the small Welsh village of Aberwyn and solve the mystery of a young woman’s blue skin lesion. A challenging task, for the alarming infection is unlike

Sixteen year-old Dani Prado is not fond of the dark. In fact, it terrifies her. So, when something crawls from the depths of the earth through the local mine to snatch people and pets from her small town at night, she follows the police chief’s directives and stays in her house after the sun goes down each day.

But now her younger brother Bobby is counted among the missing and she fears the worst. The police won’t help and the rest of the town is afraid to go looking for the captives, too. Wait, they tell her, until reinforcements come to help.

Unable to tolerate the thought of her brother in the clutches of some shadowy monster while she waits, she decides to go into the mine looking for him, joined by her mother and a few friends. She has to solve the mystery of the missing people, and bring them back. If she can. The darkness beckons and the shadowling awaits. Dani will need every bit of her skill, ingenuity, and courage to enter a world without light, find her brother, and return. Hopefully with her body and mind still intact.

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