A Little Publication News…

I am pleased to share my piece of flash fiction, “Peace, Prosperity and Prophecy”, has been included in the latest anthology released by Iron Faerie Publishing. Thanks so much to Stacey Jaine McIntosh for choosing to include it.

Here’s the Amazon description for Alder & Ebony:

Alder and Ebony is a compilation of fantasy drabbles and flash fiction from authors worldwide.
Within its pages you will find enchanting stories of myth, legends and fairytales woven throughout.
Dive into the magic and wonder of these 50+ tales in Volume Three.

You can find it here.

About Peace, Prosperity and Prophecy

A shooting star: the sign they had been waiting for. Death and life are as entwined as peace, prosperity and prophecy on the night a lady surrounded by mages rides out to meet her destiny.

Part of this story, literally only a couple of sentences, had sat waiting for years in a file on my PC, in the hope that one day I might complete it. And I must say, this is one of those occasions that I am glad I waited to finish it, waited for the right story to come to me.

I enjoyed writing this one so much, and I am absolutely certain that if I had the time, and not so many WIPs on the go, I would expand it into a full-length novel because I’m intrigued by the briefest of glimpses of both the setting and the characters that can be afforded in so short a story. And this is why I love flash fiction so…

Thanks again to Iron Faerie Publishing, and thank you for reading 🙂

The Moon Garden

I’m a little late in sharing this news, but my short story, The Moon Garden, was published by Fantasia Divinity back in March 2019.  The title of the anthology it can be found in is Gardens of Enchantment.  Here’s the summary from Amazon:

Gardens are places of mystery and enchantment where fairies hide among the leaves and magic courses through the roots. But beware, the snake of temptation slithers in the undergrowth and the most beautiful flowers might be poisonous. The stories in this collection will take you on a botanical journey into the heart of greenness: you will taste dangerous liquors, see the desert break into blossom or venture into breath-taking bowers.In this bouquet of tales you will find re-imagined legends, magical realist musings, fantasy and a pinch of sci-fi.Authors featured in this anthology: Damien McKeating, Zoey Xolton, Sally Basmajian, Madison McSweeney, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Fanni Suto, Judith Field, Jennifer Vizner, Frank Roger, Pamela Jeffs, Ed Ahern, Maia Cornish, Lucy D. Ford, Elaine M. Lies, Sammi Cox, Helen Mihajlovic, Steve Carr, Scott G. Gibson, and Bill Davidson

Isn’t the cover beautiful?!  I must say, all the covers to the anthologies and books they put out are stunning.  My heartfelt thanks go to Fanni Süto for including and editing my story, and Fantasia Divinity for publishing it.

The Moon Garden

My story focuses on Alexa Harrison, who has just moved into a new house.  However, there’s a discrepancy between the maps of the property and what can actually be seen.  It’s a mystery Alexa can’t let go of, but there’s a price to pay for learning the truth…

I loved writing this story.  In fact, it was one of the short stories I worked on as part of NaNoWriMo 2018, where I tried out a new writing technique of starting to write a story in the middle, working through to the end before returning to the beginning to write the opening.

One Final Word…

If anyone is looking for a venue to submit to, Fantasia Divinity have just released a new list of submissions calls, including a drabble and flash fiction anthology.  You can find all you need to know about submitting to them here.

Weekend Writing Prompt Year 1 Anthology Update

First, let me apologise for disappearing off the face of the earth.  Things just seem to be so busy at the moment and finding the time to hang out on the blog is getting increasingly difficult.  Can someone tell me why there are only 24 hours in a day when I need at least 30?!

I’m about a month behind reading WWP responses, but I endeavour to catch up and read them all.  As I’ve said before, I might not get round to commenting on them all (though I’ll try), but know that if I like it, I read it and enjoyed it 🙂

So, let’s talk about the Weekend Writing Prompt Year 1 Anthology.

Thanks to everyone who has so far emailed over their contributions.  I will soon start going through the emails to see what we have and which prompts still have no responses.  I’ve extended the deadline over on the submission guidelines to 10 August 2018, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets one more final extension, probably the end of September but we will see how things go.  It might not be necessary.

All anthologies need titles, so I have come up with a name for this one.  “Outcast and Other Words” – What do you think? I also plan to design a few badges should anyone wish to use them on their blogs / social media.

I’ve secured the wordpress site, but done very little to it at the moment.  When there’s something to see over there I’ll post the link.  The aim is to have the site read like an online book, with each of the word prompts from Year 1 serving as the chapter titles…

Well, there it is.  I know things are moving slowly at the moment, for which I apologise, but, when it all comes together, I’ll know it will be great.

Thanks everyone for joining in.  Have a great weekend!

“A Family Reunion” and an update…

A Family Reunion:

My short story, A Family Reunion, has been included in the latest Zimbell House Publishing anthology, Children of Zeus: A Collection of Mythic Tales.  The story focuses on one of Zeus’ less famous children, Pandea, a moon goddess who (for the purposes of this story) decided to keep contact with her immortal family to a minimum, choosing instead to make her home alongside mortals.  However, Zeus doesn’t like to be ignored by his children…

I had fun writing this story.  I love Greek mythology and I enjoyed seeing how many Greek gods, goddesses and heroes I could mention.  Zimbell House has a few more Greek mythology-inspired anthologies coming up and it would be fun to try and write something for another one if I can.

You can learn more about this anthology by checking it out on the publisher’s website or heading over to Goodreads.

The update:

Having spent most of the week in bed with the flu, I was overwhelmed to see such lovely comments left for me regarding the publication of One Turn of The Wheel, when I did finally feel well enough to switch the computer on.  So, I just wanted to let everyone know, I’ve not been ignoring you!

A Little Winter Reading…

If you’re looking for something suitably seasonal to read, I have a couple of recommendations for you, and they are both FREE…

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Click the cover to learn more…

Winter Magic 

An anthology of poetry and short fiction, written by a number of talented authors and all centred around the theme of “winter magic”.

From fantasy and myth to the magic of the season, there are wintry sights to behold and verses of enchanting poetry to get lost in…

To read it on Wattpad, click here, or click the cover to learn more about the anthology.

 

 

 


Jingle Spells Cover

Click the cover to visit the Smashwords page for Jingle Spells

Jingle Spells (description from Smashwords)

Jingle Spells is a feel-good holiday collection of witch-themed tales, from a witch hunt at the winter solstice, to a Christmas dinner in danger of being ruined by an imp. Here you will find a sparkly pair of shoes holding one woman’s destiny, and a magical, mystery-solving cup of latte. Meet a broken young woman unaware of the powers she possesses, and a teenage boy with the fate of the world on his shoulders.

Featuring short stories from veteran authors J. Laslie, Sidonia Rose, and Heather Marie Adkins, and introducing Sammi Cox, Brittany White, and K. Laslie. Sit back with a steaming mug, light up the fireplace, and enjoy these six tales of magic, mayhem, and love.

Solstice Flames by J. Laslie
A Midwinter Manifestation by Sammi Cox
The Witch’s Shoes by Sidonia Rose
Molly by Brittany White
Holiday Dreams by K. Laslie
The Witch’s Brew by Heather Marie Adkins

Would you be interested…?

UPDATE: the anthology “Winter Magic” is now going ahead.  Yay!  Check out the submission guidelines for this project and to learn about future projects, by following this link.  Can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with.

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This week has been a whirlwind of ideas.  Sometimes it feels like having too many ideas is just as bad as having writer’s block.  Or is it worse? 😉

So, I thought before I go any further and get carried away (which may or may not already have happened), I might put one of these ideas out there and see what kind or response it gets.  And my!  Am I nervous about doing it.  Take a big, deep breath, Sammi!

So what is this idea?  I was thinking of launching a little side project that would release multi-author anthologies out into the e-world.  And the first of these projects would be an anthology of short stories, flash fiction and poetry inspired by the theme of…wait for it…”Winter Magic”.

Now, all the details are not finalised and what follows is not set in stone, but if you think this might be something that interests you, please read on to see what I have already come up with:

  • The most important point to note is that the primary purpose of this endeavour is to help get writers work seen by as many people as possible.  After all, that’s what we as writers want isn’t?  No, it’s what we need if we are going to get anywhere in this industry.
  • The deadline for submissions would be around 17 November 2016
  • The proposed release date for the anthology would be around 1 December 2016
  • The anthology will be posted online – probably on Wattpad via an account set up specifically for the anthologies.  Yes, I have ideas for many, many others 🙂  This way I won’t be taking credit for anyone else’s work.  You will need a Wattpad account (they’re free to set up and it only takes a matter of minutes) but you are not required to be active on the site.  This is so that I can link your work with your own account / profile as well as having the work attributed to you within the anthology. (Why Wattpad?  Because there is already a strong, supportive readership in place, and work that is posted there is protected.  Also anthologies and collaborations are quite popular on the site too).
  • Unfortunately, you won’t get paid, but all authors will get a PDF copy of the anthology – which won’t be available anywhere else, to anyone else (one small exception might be for book reviewers not on Wattpad as part of the promotional side of the anthology).
  • All genres will be accepted except fanfiction.
  • Reprints will be accepted as long as you hold the rights to the work.
  • Rights remain with the authors at all times.

So those are the bare bones of it.  There are more details, but I thought they could wait until the submission call is released, if it is released.  This will depend if anyone is interested in submitting something for consideration.  The question is, are you?  If yes, please let me know by commenting below or contacting me – don’t worry, you are not committing to anything, only giving me an idea as to whether this little endeavour would be worth my time and effort, and yours.

Thanks so much for reading.  It’s appreciated 🙂