Books and Stories
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A silent woman awakens on the edge of a dusty wasteland. A Lady Fencer leads a journey to claim a powerful sword. A young Guide-in-training takes his unwanted follower along while he attempts his master’s trial. Their goals all converge in the mysterious ruined city, from which no one has ever returned alive.
The stories of Singer and her friends continue three years later. Nothing will grow in the ruined Songbird River City, despite Singer’s best efforts. What’s worse, her energy dissipates every time she tries to use it lately. When Katherina arrives with news of Farien’s disappearance and a mysterious jungle springing up to the south, both Singer and Katherina must embark on journeys to the far corners of the continent
Three heroes, three conflicts. The fate of Songbird River City hangs in the balance.
Katherina, the Greatest Fencer in the Realm, faces false charges of murdering Klessia’s Master Magician. Serille, the amateur Magician, struggles for a chance to retaliate against those who attacked the Guild of her heart.
And Singer, beloved leader of Songbird River City, returns to her homeland after defeating a rogue dragon to find her city in smoldering ruins. Her greatest fear has come true: her sword, the energy source for her city, has fallen into the hands of the evil Sorcerers in Chirlinia, and with it, the ability to control her enormous robotic Search-and-Rescue machines.
And as the three friends journey to different corners of the Two Continents, the Sorcerers’ attempts the sow dissonance between them may yet work…
The Sugimori Sisters and the Interplanetary Concept Clash was originally published in The 2015 Young Explorers Adventure Guide.
Ellen Sugimori just wants to be a normal American kid, one who doesn’t have to go the Japanese school every Saturday. An afternoon of playing with Little Sister’s pretend rocket ship sounds like the perfect way to avoid working on her Japanese school culture project. But when imagination leads to a crash landing on Mars, it’ll take some drastic measures to get back to the backyard in time for dinner!
Frostburnt was originally published in the Fiction River anthology Pulse Pounders.
Arctin is affiliated with the element of Ice, and he has prepared for the moment when an Ice Beryl will join him as his bonded companion. On the day of his Bonding Ceremony, disaster strikes, and he is bonded with a Fire Beryl, the bane of all Ice users. Arctin’s attempts to rid himself of Fiyra’s destructive powers drive him to a hard decision: suffer the burn of her fire, or face one of his biggest childhood fears…
Gambler’s Fallacy was originally published in the Fiction River anthology Risk Takers.
Trained to speak with ghosts through music, Kaitlin is on one of her first jobs as a spirit bard. The client: a high-rolling casino preparing for a big poker tournament. The job: a trouble-making ghost who likes a good gamble. With high stakes bearing down on her, Kaitlin must convince the ghost to leave or risk losing her job.
The Sugimori Sisters and the Time Machine Conflict was originally published in The 2016 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.
Ellen Sugimori just wants to get her history project done without having to set foot in the school’s creepy library. Luckily, Little Sister’s been working on a prototype time machine for her own science project. When the girls fight over whose project is more important, they don’t end up when either of them wanted. Now they’ve got to work together to keep from becoming dino-lunch!
Mother Daughter was originally published in the Fiction River Anthology Haunted.
Brianna’s special connection with her mother continues even after her mother’s death. She’s got no problem with finally having Mom all to her self, even as her dad and siblings continue to mourn. The only thing Brianna’s missing is a way to communicate with her mother’s spirit…
Man of the House was originally published in The MCB Quarterly.
Some idiot has hit a skunk right outside the house. The gag-me stench woke me before my alarm, dammit. But no use waiting for Derrik to deal with it. Dad always said “A man does what needs doing,” so that’s what I’ll do. Even at God-awful o’clock in the morning.
Everyone recognizes Claire Krane’s artistic gift with paper. Everyone except her parents, that is, who are too busy with work. Her nanny knows the true extent of Claire’s ability to bring paper creations to life, and she’s stressed keeping the magic a secret. But the school play is coming up, and her parents hint they might come see it. Claire is willing to pull out all the stops to impress them. The only problem is how little control she has over her mischievous paper tricks. When they go rogue on her they might ruin more than just the climax of the school play.
Mathilde Blackmore needs to move out of her mother’s house pronto, but her new home has to meet some specific requirements in order to be a proper place for an independent young witch like herself. Ben Wilson promised himself long ago that he’d never again do anything foolish for the sole purpose of impressing a woman. He’s happy with his successful life as a single realtor, but his latest client has him feeling off his usual game. Sparks fly and magic flows as the two hunt for the witchiest of houses together, until neither of them can deny the attraction between them.
The Huntsman and the Old Fox was originally published in the Chronicle Worlds: Feyland anthology. This story is set in the world of Feyland, which was created by Anthea Sharp.
Decades ago, Marylan used to play games professionally. Now, her granddaughter’s excited to show off her favorite game, Feyland. But the wonder of full immersion in a virtual faerie world fades under Marylan’s frustration with the unfamiliar mechanics, and one particular faerie starts to feel a little too real, and far too dangerous.
Down the Line was originally published in Crucible: All New Tales of Valdemar. This story is set in the world of Valdemar, which was created by Mercedes Lackey.
Kweilin’s used to her grandfather and her nephew fighting. This time it’s over whether young Torec should do his duty to the village and marry. Can Kweilin continue to support both the man who taught her everything she knows and the nephew who’s all she has left of her lost brother?
One Last Night Manning the Home Station was originally published in Tempest: All New Tales of Valdemar. This story is set in the world of Valdemar, which was created by Mercedes Lackey.
Yerra knows she saw a Companion in the forest. It’s probably waiting out there just for her. If only she could get away from this stupid party before her ticket out of this backwards town gets tired of waiting.
COMING SOON! The Beforedeath will be published as part of the Haunted bundle on Bundlerabbit.com.
Tamra grips the rotted banister. Gasps in the terrifying waves of a hot spot four steps up. Should she step into the heart of that heat? Let its unnatural pulse thunder through her corpse?
When had she stopped believing she was safe?
Do you believe in life before death?