Looking back with a heavy heart…

I was saddened to learn that last month Zimbell House Publishing closed.  I have fond memories of writing for their varied anthologies, and always will.  When I first started thinking about submitting my work back in 2015, Zimbell House was one of the first venues I tried. That first story was The Water Wytch, and was included in the anthology, Elemental Foundations. Between 2015 and 2017, I had stories in 11 of their beautiful anthologies:

  • The Water Wytch in Elemental Foundations
  • The Spirit Man in Pagan
  • A Teller of Fortunes in Travelers
  • The Wood-Shades of Winter in On A Dark and Snowy Night
  • Returning Home in Where Cowboys Roam
  • The Apothecary’s Tale in The Key
  • The Sultan’s Daughter in Veil of Secrets
  • Jousting for Murder in Tournament Games
  • Fairy Magic in The Lost Door
  • Night’s Magic in Nocturnal Natures
  • A Family Reunion in Children of Zeus

They were generous with rewarding their writers with paperback copies of the books they had stories in – something which is quite rare. It was always a fantastic day when these beautiful books arrived in the post.

Having my stories included in these anthologies boosted my confidence as a writer, and for that I will always be grateful. I wish them all the best for the future.

Rowan and Oak – publication news

A couple of weeks ago, Iron Faerie Publishing released their latest anthology, Rowan and Oak, the second volume in their Hawthorn and Ash series, and I’ve a piece of flash fiction in it.  My thanks to Iron Faerie Publishing and Stacey Jaine McIntosh for including it.

My story, The Way Home, is a short fantasy tale of change and transition, between the seasons and circumstances, as one life is left behind in favour of a promise once given…

You can find the anthology, showcasing the writing of over 25 authors, on Amazon and Goodreads

Tick Tock Time Travel- publication news

Earlier this month, Black Hare Press released a 500 word fiction anthology, Tick Tock: A Time Travel Anthology, and I’m pleased to share I have a piece of flash fiction in it. My thanks to the editors for including the story.

My tale, The Amulet, (which I enjoyed writing immensely), tells the story of the inquisitive Belle and the cautious Jax, who are sent by their boss to collect a mysterious object only for its magic to begin working. They don’t know how to control it or how to get back home, but what they do learn, and quickly, is the pesky thing seems to have a habit for getting them into very dangerous situations…

Here’s the summary of the anthology from Amazon:

Ever wondered what the world would be like if you could travel to a different point in time? What could you fix? Where would you go? When would you go?

Lose a few hours as you explore limitless time.

Find it on Amazon

Night Sky Full of Dreams – Publication News

I’m a little late in sharing this, but…Back in November I was honoured when the wonderful people at Fae Corps Inc included my short poem, Night Sky Full Of Dreams, in their anthology, Fae Dreams, along with so many other talented poets and writers. My thanks to Fae Corps Inc for their hard work on the anthology, and for the opportunity to have my poem appear in it.

The graphics they produced as part of the anthology marketing are stunning:

And the cover is so beautiful:

Here’s the list of talented creatives:

You can find Fae Dreams on Amazon 

Whispers and Dares – Publication News

Back at Halloween, Fantasia Divinity released a new seasonal-themed anthology, Halloween Frights and Autumn Delights. I have two drabbles (Whispers of Autumn and A Halloween Dare) in this collection, one in each chapter.

Here’s the summary for anthology from Amazon:

Halloween is here! It’s time to bring out the ghosts and goblins, the spooks and sweets. What can go wrong on the spookiest night of the year?

But among the frights of Halloween is the beauty of the autumn season. It’s time for the harvest, for giving thanks and blessings.

Celebrate the frights and delights of the season with this anthology filled with 131 drabbles, featuring over 40 authors!

My thanks to Madeline L. Stout for including both my drabbles.

You can find the anthology here.

Playing with Murder – Publication News

Back in September, my short story, Playing with Murder was published in Unveiled Secrets, a Fantasia Divinity anthology, and I forgot to share the news…

Here’s the summary for Playing with Murder:

When Theo Reed returns to his room in Drake’s Lodging House after a short work trip out of town, it’s to a nasty surprise: a dead body lying on the floor.  He doesn’t know the victim, but the police believe they know the murderer.  Him.  That’s problem number one.

Problem number two: Theo Reed is no angel.  He’s no murderer either, but he’s going to have convince a lot of people of that.  What ensues is a chase across the city, the outcome of which has deadly consequences for him, should he fail.

Playing with Murder is an urban low fantasy mystery, set in another world not that dissimilar to Victorian England.

Here’s the summary from the anthology as a whole from Amazon:

Detective stories are popular the world over, fueling people’s desires to know “whodunit.” Combine that with the magic and myths of fantasy and you’ve entered a whole new world of mystery and intrigue! Join us on this adventure filled with 11 detective fantasy stories that will strike your imagination!

With stories by J.W. Grace, Gerry Griffiths, Sandy Underman, Sammi Cox, DM Burdett, Deeanna West, Zoey Xolton, Danielle Davis, Lionel Ray Green, Charlotte Platt, and Rebecca Buchanan

My thanks to Fantasia Divinity for selecting it for the anthology, and to M.E. Rodman for editing.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads

Stuck In His Shape

he was all
angles and straight lines
nothing out of place
each piece of the puzzle
fitting snugly together
to ensure he made
a complete whole

he couldn’t bend
-wouldn’t
would never give
a fraction of an inch
out of choice
or by nature?
I was never sure

until one day
he hit an obstacle
he couldn’t go around
or go over
which was when I realised
he didn’t know the answer
either


Back in August, my poem, Stuck In His Shape, was published via Nine Muses Poetry (read my original post about it here).  Sadly, not long after, that venue ceased to be.  It’s always such a shame when beautiful poetry venues stop publishing but I understand how big a commitment it is to run such a project…So I thought I would share that poem here for anyone who might be interested but had missed it.

A Samhain Summoning – Publication News

One of my stories, A Samhain Summoning, was published in an anthology on Halloween…very fitting for a collection of stories inspired by witches and magic.

The anthology is “Hexed”, from Iron Faerie Publishing.  My thanks to the Stacey Jaine McIntosh for including my story. Here’s the book description:

Magic, mayhem and mystery.

Cloaked in magic and surrounded by darkness witches have captured our imagination for millennia and fascinate us more than ever today.

From the wise old crone, witches can be healers and protectors, keepers of the old ways or possessed with supernatural abilities, used for good or evil.

Enter the world of witches – whatever the guise – and enjoy these wicked and wonderful short tales sure to delight!

You can find out more about the anthology, or get yourself a copy, by heading over to Amazon.

Stuck In His Shape – Poem Publication

A random photo…

My poem, Stuck In His Shape, has been published over at the wonderful Nine Muses Poetry. My thanks to editor, Annest Gwilym, for accepting it.

The poem was written in response to this month’s special challenge image, and it’s the first time I’ve managed to get something sent in for it as I always leave it too late to participate…If you follow the link below, you can find this month’s picture and see what inspired the poem by clicking the “Special Challenge” link on the menu at the top of the page.

You can find my poem here.

If you do have a read of it, I hope you enjoy it!

Winds of Despair (publication news)

Winds of Despair is the first in a series of anthologies of Elemental Drabbles to be published by Fantasia Divinity.  The book is divided into four chapters: Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi and Horror.

Here’s the book summary:

Follow the wind through four chapters sorted by genre as our authors take you away to other worlds, different aspects of our own, or even into the swirling winds of nightmares and horror! With only 100 words, where will the wind take you?

Featuring 252 drabbles from 68 authors!

I was lucky enough to have 8 drabbles accepted for this anthology, two for each chapter:

Fantasy:

  • The Witch of The North Wind
  • The Tale of Lukan

Horror

  • The Wind Whispers
  • New Home Blues

Sci-Fi

  • Beware The Red Wind
  • Technological Advancement

Romance

  • Tales The Wind Tells
  • A Windy Day On The Escarpment

You can find the book on Amazon and Goodreads.