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About Jamie Ferguson
My writing focuses on characters. I've created stories about ghosts, clones, monsters, escape artists, mermaids, circus performers ... I'm all over the map. But in every single story I do my utmost to get into the minds and hearts of my characters. I love to put them in awful situations to see how they feel, and how they think. I want them to agonize over their choices, and I want what they choose - or don't choose - to matter. I want the reader to feel joy when a character succeeds, and to cry when they don't - just like I do when I'm writing the story.
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Table of Contents
“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
What if you could smell magic—or go to a bar and get a shot of magic to go with your cocktail? Will an aging sorcerer’s last pupil ever learn anything? And what could possibly go wrong when a pair of witches enter the local chili cook-off?
Includes stories by DeAnna Knippling, Leah R. Cutter, Robert Jeschonek, Debbie Mumford, Annie Reed, Rei Rosenquist, Alicia Cay, James Pyles, Grayson Towler, Jamie Ferguson, Dayle A. Dermatis, Thea Hutcheson, Leslie Claire Walker, Sharon Kae Reamer, and Steve Vernon.
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
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.
Table of Contents
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
A fierce host rides across the winter sky at night
In wild pursuit of whoever crosses their path
Peals of thunder follow the horses as they gallop through the clouds
Fire flashing from their hooves
The baying of the hounds echoes across the sky
Their sharp teeth glinting in the light of the moon
The Huntsman blows his horn, and the Fae ride behind him
Their faces both beautiful and terrible to behold
When the nights are long and the winter winds howl, stay inside
Lest you cross the path of the Hunt...and become their prey
The Wild Hunt contains thirteen stories based on the wide and varied folklore of the Wild Hunt. In some tales, the leader of the hunt is Odin; in others it’s King Arthur, Herodias, or Herne the Hunter. Sometimes the riders are Fae; sometimes they are specters, or skeletons, or strange beasts never before seen by mortal eyes.
But no matter who the hunters are, you definitely don’t want to be the one they’re after...
Let the Wild Hunt begin!
Jump into the waves, and enter the world of Faerie!
On a rock by the shore sits a mermaid fair
Dreaming of her lost lover as she combs her hair
Kelpies, and selkies, and the great snakes of the sea
All stop and listen as she sings of a love never to be
For the sailor she saved from those dark, storm-tossed waves
Got back on his ship, and sailed away
Now the mermaid's alone, with broken-hearted dreams
And far, far away the sailor stares out at the sea
Fifteen stories about mermaids, kelpies, and other magical water creatures.
What if the Loch Ness monster is more than a myth?
Where did the Lady of the Lake go after leaving Avalon?
Can a mermaid ever truly leave the sea, and follow her lover to land?
This collection includes fifteen tales about sirens, kelpies, mermaids, sea monsters, naiads, and other enchanted creatures of the water.
Enjoy the magic and wonder of these watery tales of Faerie!
What if you followed a path through a city park, and found yourself in another land? What if the archway you just passed is really a portal to Faerie? What if the guardian of an opening into our world has perished, and left the doorway unattended?
If you catch a glimpse of the Faery Queen
Consider whether you should remain unseen
If you come across a faery ring
Listen to the wind laugh, and murmur and sing
But beware, for if you enter the world of the Fae
You may have no choice but to stay...
Walk through the doorway and into sixteen different worlds of magic and enchantment.
From the beginning of time to the distant future, special animals of all species have answered the call to fight evil.
From dogs and cats to birds, horses, even dinosaurs, and one unusual fish, these spirited tales of ghost hunting adventures will thrill and delight readers.
Sam Knight, Laura Hargis, Carol Hightshoe, J. D. Harrison, Shoshanah Holl, Rebecca McFarland Kyle, Jessica Brawner, Jamie Ferguson, Dana Bell, Boom Baumgartner, J. L. Zenor, and J. A. Campbell have come together in this anthology to contribute to J. A. Campbell’s Brown, Ghost Hunting Dog universe.