Honorable Mentions for IMPACT

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I’m very excited to announce that my story 20/20 Hindsight has been chosen as an Honorable Mention for the IMPACT anthology!
The entire list of HMs and the full announcement post from Queer Sci Fi can be found here.

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Beautiful, Broken Things ~ a collection of short stories by Rose Blackthorn

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Travel to the shores of an alien sea where the search for pearls may cost more than expected. Experience the early days of Viking exploration to the New World, and learn why they didn’t stay. Meet those things that hide in the darkness of attic rooms, the shadows beyond the fenced-in yard, the narrow confines of the kitchen pipes, or even right out in the open beneath a warm summer sun. Learn to be wary of lost children, the kindness of strangers, or even the promises of those you trust. Enjoy the beauty of the sea, the lush growth of greenhouse roses, the love and longing of family, and even the fondness of old memories.

“Broken things can be useful, even beautiful…” But they can also be dangerous.

I am so very happy to announce that my first collection of short stories has been released by Crossroad Press. It is currently available in digital format at Amazon as well as other major eBook retailers, and will soon be available in print!

A super-fast note to say thanks so very-very much to Christopher Jones, Kurt Criscione, Daniele Serra, Deena Warner, David Dodd, and David Wilson for all their help in getting my collection ready to be published. Thanks to Janet Joyce Holden for the amazing introduction she wrote. And thank you to everyone who has read my stories, and encouraged me to keep writing and sharing my words with you.

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A Short Little Tale for the Holiday

I wrote this a few years ago for a drabble contest – 100 words or less, and the requirement to use certain words in the story. I was quite pleased with how it turned out, and actually placed in the competition. I thought I’d go ahead and share it here:

A Different Christmas Tradition

Grak burped long and loud, then added a flatulent note to the already redolent air. Teeja sighed theatrically, but her disgust was lost on him.

“More grog,” he growled, slamming his cup down on the table.

“More manners,” she snarled, dropping a new jug beside the cup.

“We’re goblins,” he said, filling his cup, “Spending the ass-end of winter in a cavern in Finland. Who cares about manners?” and he gulped some more ale.

“It’s Christmas,” Teeja said sorrowfully.

Grak rolled his eyes. “I’ll take you into town later, you can slay a caroler.”

Her smile was grotesque, but heartfelt.

 

Merry Christmas / Blessed Yule / Happy Holidays

Looking for a shiver? Try Trembling With Fear at Horror Tree…

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Horror Tree has started publishing drabbles and flash fiction under the heading Trembling With Fear, and this week my 100 word story Starting Over… In Style is available for your reading pleasure. Go check it out, along with the flash story Resurrection by Chanelle Pina, and another drabble, Separated Again, by Patrick Winters.

 

(I had a previous drabble, Young Love, that appeared in Trembling With Fear back in January, which you can find here…)

GAIA: Shadow and Breath Volume III

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Gaia: Shadow & Breath Vol. 3 is now available! You can get it at Amazon here. Or, enjoy a 15% discount for the next few days when purchasing from CreateSpace (link and code: CFAK5JBZ). As with past volumes, the proceeds will be donated to The Nature Conservancy.

Fantasy by David Tallerman, Sandi Leibowitz, Janet Haigh, H.L. Fullerton, Tim Major, Rose Blackthorn, Gwendolyn Kiste, Ingrid Taylor, Anjali Ravi, and Scott T. Barnes. Cover art by Verboten Valley Art, interior illustrations by Carrion House.