Book One of The Kingdom City Chronicles
Cross-Genre: Fantasy, Fairy/Folktale, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror
Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.
Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.
Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians
Various Speculative Genres/Short Fiction: Flash, Complete Shorts, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, and others
Journey with authors Selah Janel and S.H. Roddey to a world where every idea is a possibility and every genre an invitation.
In this collection of forty-seven short stories, lines blur and worlds collide in strange and wonderful new ways.
Get lost with the authors as they wander among fantasy, horror, science fiction, and other speculative musings.
Shadows can’t hurt you, and sometimes it’s all right to venture off the path.
E-book Only Stories
Mocha Memoirs Press
Like many young men at the end of the 1800s, Bill signed on to work in a logging camp. The work is brutal, but it promised a fast paycheck with which he can start his life. Unfortunately, his role model is Big John. Not only is he the camp’s hero, but he’s known for spending his pay as fast as he makes it. On a cold Saturday night they enter Red’s Saloon to forget the work that takes the sweat and lives of so many men their age. Red may have plans for their whiskey money, but something else lurks in the shadows. It watches and badly wants a drink that has nothing to do with alcohol. Can Bill make it back out the shabby door, or does someone else have their own plans for his future?
Mocha Memoirs Press
All Andrew wanted was the typical American dream: a good career, a nice house, and a loving family. Instead, he has a dead-end job, a cramped apartment, and children who remind him of creatures out of a sci-fi movie. He’s also well aware that he’s not the only man who inhabits his wife’s thoughts and daily life. How can he put up a fight when he’s reminded of the competition every time Bethany turns on the CD player? After one eventful evening meal when expectations, disappointments, and secrets collide, life will never be the same.
Mocha Memoirs Press
Holly and Ivy
After losing her job and her boyfriend, Holly returns to her parents’ farm. Embarrassed and hopeless, she doesn’t expect to bump into a forgotten childhood friend that wasn’t supposed to exist. Ivy is not only a dryad, but she lives in the pine trees Holly’s family grows to sell at Christmas. As the old friends reconnect, Ivy not only shares her strong oninions, but gives Holly a charm that will change both their lives. As days melt into weeks and the seasons change, Holly’s life magically turns around. Christmas not only brings surprises, but a choice for the human woman. What’s more important: stability, success, and love, or keepinga promise to an old friend?
Dark Oak Media
Everybody Loves The Bad Guys The Big Bad II brings you more to love! A collection of best-selling fantasy and horror writers brings you twenty-four all-new tales of vampires, demons, ghosts, zombies, and the most terrifying monsters of all – humans. Crack open the pages, if you dare, and explore tales of humor and horror by some of the brightest names in the business. Be afraid of the dark, because that’s where the Big Bad things live!
A Family Affair
What’s a mother to do when her babies are growing up and the whole world looks like it’s headed down a dangerous path? In the changing climate of the 1950s, housewife Amanda wants to look out for her family, because, after all, they are hers and Mother knows best. Not only does she possess a deep anger, but also a deep, dark secret. The Family seems like the perfect solution to all her problems, and all she has to do is convince her husband and children that vampirism is the future. This story is a prequel to Real Wild Childe, which appears in The Big Bad: An Anthology of Evil. To read an excerpt click here
Twenty-two short horror stories written by women are here on display for your enjoyment or your perverse fascination. Within these pages, beauty becomes deadly, innocence kills, and karma is a harsh mistress.
The Grotesquerie is now open…
It’s so hard being a teenager, especially when your little sister gets all the attention and freaks everyone out with her weird stories. What if there was more to her tales and odd behavior? What if the imaginary friend she talked about wasn’t so imaginary? Well, two Middle American girls better figure out what Sandy is, because if he’s real, then the world is that much closer to ending…
Seventh Star Press
BEHOLD! the clash of war. Steel upon steel and heroes fighting shield to shield. The only true victory is a brave death and the destruction of your enemies. These stories harken back to a barbaric past that never was. A time when heroic men and women cut glory from the cloth of a sorcery-filled world and stole gold from the hands of the gods themselves. This is fiction that takes no prisoners. No quarter asked. No quarter given.
This is SWORD AND SORCERY.
Edited by James R. Tuck, acclaimed author of the Deacon Chalk Novels.
The Ruins of St. Louis
Hunter Mann is a notorious pirate, smuggler, and thief operating along the Mississippi River in the ramshackle territory of Newland. The need to fulfill a prophecy takes both Hunter and the loyal Arsin to the abandoned city of St. Louis. Much to Hunter’s surprise, the city is still being lived in. Can this royal in disguise fulfill the quest set before her or will she fall prey to river monsters, rival pirates, or things that were supposed to be the stuff of ghost stories?
Dark Oak Media
Everybody loves bad guys, and these are some of the baddest of them all. Forget the rules. There aren’t any heroes. No one is going to save you from the wickedness in the darkness. Monster hunters can easily become the hunted. Twisted perverts can find themselves on the receiving end of their own deviant desires. No matter how big and bad someone or something may be, there is always something bigger and badder just waiting. Even the classics like a dragon, werewolf, or supernatural being can fall victim to something even more evil. Take a peek, if you dare, inside the malevolent world of super-villains, monsters, demons and just plain evil folk. Be careful, what you see there might be disturbingly familiar …
Real Wild Childe
Rave isn’t interested in examining his soul or atoning for his misdeeds. He’s a bad boy vampire and determined to enjoy every kill. The only romance he’s interested in is the kind that gets him laid before getting his fangs into an artery. Unfortunately, he and his sister, Asha, are on the run from someone older, someone that they barely escaped once. To make matters worse, Asha is determined that they settle down in Addington, Indiana, once and for all. When an unfortunate invitation leads them to Sin, resident outsider and human seamstress, Rave’s life is about to get a lot more complicated as he struggles to sort out his feelings and decide if he’s finally ready to grow up and stand his ground. To read an excerpt, go here
Magazines and E-zines
The Realm Beyond – Issue 5
A girl with no memory finds herself in the home of the heir to an industrialist’s fortune. Disturbing dreams and voices in her head urge her that she has only three days before catastrophe hits, but the heir is too distracted by another economic collapse. Will the kindness of the family that took her in save Marina from a strange fate, or will their kindness lead her into something even stranger?
‘No Place Like Home’
Stephanie Patterson and her mother are two very different people. Mrs. Patterson plunges straight into a situation with the zeal of a warrior, while Stephanie is delicate and her hobbies harken back to a more sophisticated time. After a sudden phone call from Stephanie’s father, Mrs. Patterson begins to question their differences and won’t let it go. Is it truly the generation gap or does their inability to comprehend each other stem from something much, much longer ago than the lives they both know? When one memory triggers a difficult conversation, how can they ever look at each other the same way again?
The Realm Beyond – Issue 3
The Last Letter Home
A woman can be well-bred and headstrong. Even if she is bound to a certain lifestyle and duty she has a choice. A princess may be born royal, but she also has a mind. How can we know for sure what’s in this sort of woman’s heart? Thankfully, this princess left one last piece of royal correspondence behind. Find out what happens when one young lady finally has enough and runs away in favor of a rather unconventional lifestyle choice.
Stories for Children Magazine: Back to School Issue
To order the issue go HERE