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About Brigid Collins
Brigid Collins is a fantasy and science fiction writer living in Michigan. Her short stories have appeared in Fiction River, Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar anthologies, and the Chronicle Worlds: Feyland anthology. Her fantasy series, Songbird River Chronicles, and dark fairy tale novella, Thorn and Thimble, are available in print and electronic versions on Amazon. You can sign up for her newsletter at tinyletter.com/HarmonicStories.
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“Quest for Beer” by Stefon Mears
“Closing the Big Bang” by Michèle Laframboise
“Hero #8” by Ron Collins
“Girls That Glitter” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Kids Keep Coming” by David H. Hendrickson
“One Last Round at Cozy’s Tavern” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Wider Horizons” by Diana Benedict
“Grounds for Dismissal” by Anthea Sharp
“The Next Dance” by Jamie Ferguson
“Schrodinger’s Bar” by Kim May
“The Gods Are Out Inn” by M. L. Buchman
“The First Ingredient” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Legend of Long-Bow and Short-Staff” by Brenda Carre
“Freedom Unbound” by Dory Crowe
“Killing Spree” by Brigid Collins
“The Hot Eagle Roadhouse” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Death at the Pines” by Annie Reed
In Chronicle Worlds: Feyland, twelve leading speculative fiction authors present standalone stories set in the imaginative world created by USA Today bestselling author Anthea Sharp, where the gateway to the very real realm of faerie is an immersive, virtual reality computer game, Feyland.
Discover Feyland. Discover Chronicle Worlds.
Potions bring love, and curses bring trouble.
What if magic could help track down a murderer? Can a young, untrained witch save her people from a dark wizard – and at what cost to herself? Does a young woman’s dreams really predict the future? If so, is there any way to change what she foresees? And what might an independent young witch look for when house hunting? Witches. Warlocks.
Wizards. Familiars... Enter twenty different worlds of magic and enchantment.
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1. "Domestic Magic" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2. "Witch" by Leslie Claire Walker
3. "This is the World Calling" by Dayle A. Dermatis
4. "Witchling" by Debbie Mumford
5. "Familiar Trouble" by Bonnie Elizabeth
6. "Something After Saturday" by Steve Vernon
7. "Cauldron Bubble" by Rebecca M. Senese
8. "The Ballad of Molly McGee" by DeAnna Knippling
9. "Midnight Oil" by Lisa Silverthorne
10. "Lizards and Lying Men" by T. Thorn Coyle
11. "The Lesson of the Love Spell" by Jamie Ferguson
12. "All Hallows' Hangover" by Annie Reed
13. "Shadow of the Midnight Moon" by Eric Kent Edstrom
14. "The Hutsu Hunter" by Valerie Brook
15. "Love Powders & Wicked Witches" by Ron Collins
16. "A Hearth Witch at Chisolm Keep" by Thea Hutcheson
17. "Home Is Where the Cauldron Bubbles" by Brigid Collins
18. "Can You See the Real Me?" by Sephera Giron
19. "Of Cats and Lost Socks" by Liz Pierce
20. "The Bifurcated Man" by Louisa Swann
Enter the magical, unpredictable, wonderful world of fairy tales!
What if Cinderella was the wicked one, and manipulated her kind, loving stepmother and stepsisters?
Is being a handsome, charming prince really as effortless and trouble-free as it seems?Would you be alarmed if you realized that the beautiful red shoes you're admiring change their appearance to appeal to whoever is looking at them?
And speaking of shoes, how did Cinderella manage to dance in glass slippers without them breaking and slicing her feet to shreds?
Enjoy the fourteen fairy tales retold, reimagined, and reinvented in Innocence and Deceit, the second volume in the Ever After Fairy Tales anthology series!
CLAWS AT HAND - Brigid Collins
After the fairy king grants him the feline body he's always longed for, Tobi upholds his end of the bargain. But there's one thing that could make Tobi lose his hard-earned cathood...
THE FENNIGSAN'S CHALLENGE - Stefon Mears
Lloxup is robbed and left for dead, and then comes across the Fennigsan, the legendary Dark Lady of the Woods. If he passes her challenge, her power could change his life. But failure means death.
INSIDE A FAIRY TALE - Jamie Ferguson
Valentina overhears a strange conversation between another couple. Filled with foreboding, Valentina follows them, and finds herself inside a modern-day fairy tale.
THE LIZARD HORSES - Leah Cutter
In modern-day Hungary, Jelek loves reading old myths and legends, like the stories of Hungarian wizards, how they only drink milk and always carry around weighty spell books. But what if some myths are true?
THE RED STILETTOS - Sharon Kae Reamer
Caitlin is backstage at a music competition when one of the performers collapses. The unfortunate woman wears a beautiful pair of red stilettos Caitlin realizes she herself desires so strongly there must be something supernaturally bad about them.
TRUE LOVE - Todd Fahnestock and Giles Carwyn
Some people blame poor Prince Charming for throwing Cinderella into the dungeon, having little Snow White beheaded, and ordering Sleeping Beauty to be burned at the stake. But there is another side of the story...
BEAUTY OR BUTTERFACE? - Deb Logan
When Philip doesn't find a bride fast enough to suit his father, the king writes Philip's marriage into a treaty with the neighboring kingdom. Philip just has to choose between the other king's twin daughters.
CHANCE OF BUNNIES AND OCCASIONAL TOAD - Annie Reed
A visit to one of her favorite childhood places gives Cecily one last chance to find the magic she lost growing up.
IF THE SHOE FITS - Dayle A. Dermatis
Is Prince Charming really interested in Cinderella...or was it her shoes that captured his attention?
CITY OF NOWHERE IN THE WORLD - Diana Benedict
Korshan, who was named for the sun, falls and cuts her knee. Her mother sends her to the shaman to ask for salve, and Korshan sets off, not realizing what magical adventures await her.
DOCTOR RUDOLFO MEETS HIS MATCH - DeAnna Knippling
Connor and his kid brother are on their way to get ice cream when they come across a strange antique shop...so strange that they find themselves inside of it after turning to walk away.
LIKE WIND OVER WATER - Karen L. Abrahamson
Romy left her mermaid form to search for her beloved. Five years later, on a ship heading up the Canadian coast, she finally finds him--and learns his secret.
"I just wanted to let you know that I received my print copy last night. I backed the book for my 6 year old daughter. My expectation was that we would need to hold on to it for a few years. I had to pry it out of her hands to get her to go to bed. The going is a bit slow, in part because the stories are the most advanced she has read, but in part because she is so excited she has to stop regularly to explain to me what is going on in the story. She has declared it her favorite book." Gary D.
"My daughter is on the couch presently, reading her copy, which I handed to her approximately 3 minutes ago. She is engrossed. Thank you. :)" Matthew McFarland
24 science fiction short stories for the middle grade reader from Hugo and Nebula winning authors as well as newer writers.
It’s time for a bigger universe.
Sally Ride, first American woman in space and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, famously said: “Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.”
Girls need to read stories where any number of possible roles are modeled for them. Just as importantly, boys need to read stories where girls are active participants in adventures. And children of all colors and backgrounds need to know the future includes them.
"When I was a child, the school library had a Girls' Section, which included fairy tales, and a Boys' Section, which included all the science fiction. Things have changed, of course, but not enough. There is a strong need for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, aimed at girls, especially in the middle grades. This anthology is an important contribution to the effort to fill that need, and I'm delighted to be a part of it."
~ Nancy Kress, winner of five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award
Authors in the anthology are:
Eric Del Carlo
Anne E. Johnson
Eric James Stone
I highly recommend this collection. I love the variety of young voices it contains. From kids making first contact to piloting starships, the range of adventure is fantastic. -- West Coast Book Reviews
The Universe keeps getting bigger! The adventure continues in this second collection of science fiction short stories for middle grade readers. From a future that could be right around the corner, to cultures that stretch what it means to be human, the common thread of our stories are the girls and boys who take action, solve problems, and become the leaders of tomorrow. Welcome Young Explorers!
Reviews from kids (and their grownups) for the 2015 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide:
“I just wanted to let you know that I received my print copy last night. I backed the book for my 6 year old daughter. My expectation was that we would need to hold on to it for a few years. I had to pry it out of her hands to get her to go to bed. The going is a bit slow, in part because the stories are the most advanced she has read, but in part because she is so excited she has to stop regularly to explain to me what is going on in the story. She has declared it her favorite book.” ~Gary D.
“My daughter is on the couch presently, reading her copy, which I handed to her approximately 3 minutes ago. She is engrossed. Thank you. :)” ~Matthew McFarland
“Entertaining, varied and enrapturing – my young wards for the weekend have positively devoured the book and I’ll admit enjoying it myself once they very reluctantly set it down. I really hope Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide becomes a series. :)” ~Andro Berkovic
“When I was a child, the school library had a Girls’ Section, which included fairy tales, and a Boys’ Section, which included all the science fiction. Things have changed, of course, but not enough. There is a strong need for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, aimed at girls, especially in the middle grades. This anthology is an important contribution to the effort to fill that need, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”~ Nancy Kress, winner of six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award
Ends with a bang.
And a lot of bang in between.
Pulse Pounders. Ranging from straight thriller to science fiction, fantasy to pulp adventure, these stories make your heart race. Share the excitement as a woman held hostage in a chair has only a few minutes to escape, and a man trapped in a time loop revisits a crisis point in the past. Including an original never-before-published Frank Herbert story, these page-turners show why Adventures Fantastic says Fiction River “is one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today.”
“… fans of the unconventional will be well satisfied.”
—Publishers Weekly on Fiction River: Pulse Pounders
“Fiction River: Crime edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch leads off with strong new tales by three familiar EQMM contributors: Doug Allyn with a gangster whodunnit, Steve Hockensmith with a con game story, and Brendan DuBois with a fresh variation on the old brothers-who-took-different-paths ploy. A sampling of other contents, including experimental short-shorts by Melissa Yi and M. Elizabeth Castle and a clever turn on the greedy-relatives-want-inheritance by Kate Wilhelm, suggest high quality throughout."
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine on Fiction River Special Edition: Crime
“Among the volume’s better entries are Doug Allyn’s “Hitler’s Dogs,” in which narrator Doc Bannan seeks the truth about his gang mentor’s death, and Steve Hockensmith’s “Wheel of Fortune,” which relates the schemes of a pair of con artists.”
—Publishers Weekly on Fiction River Special Edition: Crime
About the Editor
Kevin J. Anderson is known as a bestselling novelist with over 125 novels published, but he has also spent time in the editing trenches. His three Star Wars anthologies (Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Tales from Jabba’s Palace, and Tales of the Bounty Hunters) are the three bestselling science fiction anthologies of all time. He also created and edited War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (alternate stories of H.G. Wells’s Martian invasion), and the humorous horror Blood Lite series for the Horror Writers of America, as well as the Five by Five military SF series and the Fantastic Holiday Season series for WordFire Press, the first of which just won a Silver Award from the Independent Publishers Group.
As an author, Kevin has 54 national or international bestsellers and 23 million copies of his books in print. He wrote the new Dune series and the Hellhole trilogy with Brian Herbert, as well as numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, Batman, and Superman universes. His original works include the SF epics The Saga of Seven Suns and The Saga of Shadows, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, and his popular series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.
He and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.
Whether you’re sitting around a campfire, or staying up late to read—you’ll eventually have to turn off the light, you know—you’ll love these fifteen tales of ghosts, haunted houses, and spooky goings-on!
Imagine waking every day in an old house, unable to leave the grounds because every time you do you get lost in the gray mist. What if the haunted section in the library was actually haunted? Seeing a ghost in a haunted house would be one thing...but what if it followed you home?
Step into the haunted worlds of the fifteen ghostly tales in Hauntings...if you dare!
For all you know, it is.
Maybe the reason you love the tasty creations from the nearby chocolate shop is that one of the ingredients is magic.
Perhaps some of the dreadlocks of the beautiful young girl you saw at the grocery store are snakes, not hair.
The woman you just passed on the street appeared to be on her cell phone, but she might really be speaking with a ghost.
How do you know for sure?
Witches. Ghosts. Faeries. Monsters. Magic ...
Enter twenty different worlds, each with a different flavor of magic.
TRINKET by Anthea Sharp
THE SCOTTISH PLAY by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
PAPER TRICK by Brigid Collins
LIVING WITH THE PAST by Dayle A. Dermatis
ANGRY SEAN by Eric Kent Edstrom
SALT by T. Thorn Coyle
FOX AND HOUND by Leah Cutter
LEARNING THE LANGUAGE by Ron Collins
GHOST CASE by Bonnie Elizabeth
YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART by Rebecca M. Senese
THE CURSE OF THE SOILED DOVES by Dale Hartley Emery
CHOCOLATE ALCHEMY by Lisa Silverthorne
PHOENIX by Leslie Claire Walker
INUJI Liz Pierce
HERE, KITTY KITTY by Annie Reed
BAD HOUSE SPIRIT by DeAnna Knippling
THE GIRL WITH THE CANDY CANE LEGS by Louisa Swann
CITY SHADOWS by Chuck Heintzelman
THE CITY TREES by Jamie Ferguson
AUNT FABULOUS AND THE MALEVOLANT MUSICIAN by Valerie Brook
For fans of immersive gaming and fairy tales alike - dive into the bestselling world of Feyland in these eleven stories from award-winning and bestselling authors. Ranging from the poignant to the gritty, the clever to the deeply thoughtful, these tales bring to life a near-future reality where immersive gaming enfolds the player, and dangerous magic is only a pixel away...
Featuring clever Cat Sidhe, hardcore hackers, malicious fey, and heroes and heroines rising to the challenge, both in-game and out. The adventure begins now~
WOLF HUNT - Phaedra Weldon
THE BLACK RABBIT - Joseph Robert Lewis
TO CATCH A HOBGOBLIN - Eric Kent Edstrom
WHITE LILY - Harrison Kayne
GETTING GOOD - Brigid Collins
THROUGH THE TRAPDOOR - Marilyn Peake
THE GATES OF GOLD MOUNTAIN - Jon Frater
WORK BOOTS - Caroline A. Gill
THE FEY BARD - Roz Marshall
EMMA: A FEYLAND DRYAD - Deb Logan
THE BUG IN THE DARK COURT - Anthea Sharp
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“Villainous Aspirations” by Stefon Mears
“A Kiss Too Sweet” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Clunkety” by Brenda Carre
“Power Trip” by Lee Allred
“Pocket Full of Ashes” by Anthea Sharp
“The Ordinary” by Valerie Brook
“Dawn” by Jody Lynn Nye & Rebecca Moesta
“Fatty Boombalatty” by Kerrie L. Hughes
“Passion for the Game” by Brigid Collins
“Just Stop It!” by David H. Hendrickson
“Normal Boy” by Rebecca M. Senese
“Sophie Rosenblatt, Hero At Large” by Annie Reed
“Flowers in Winter” by Kelly Washington
“Hidden Talents” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Ballad of Osmosis McGuire” by Travis Heerman