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About Kim Wells
Kim wrote her first critically acclaimed (if you call her fourth grade teacher a critic, and she does) short story when she was 9 years old. It was about Christmas in a Cave, and it featured such topical, ground-breaking subjects as homelessness & cave dwelling. She's been writing ever since. The state of publication depends on who you ask.
She has a Ph.D. in Literature, with specialties in American Lit, Women Writers, Feminism, Sci-Fi/Fantasy & Film Studies but please don't hold any of that against her. She sometimes teaches academic writing and how to read literature at a university in her hometown and tries to convince college students that it really is cool to like poetry.
She lives in the Southern United States, has twin children (one girl, one boy) and a husband who is the model for all her best romantic heroes. She also has two cats-- one black and sassy, one stripey and fat and also kinda sassy.
Find her at www.kimwells.net,
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In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, eleven authors weave stories around such entities – both fantastical and technological – exploring our fascination with the shapeshifter.
“The Shapeshifter Chronicles” features stories by Hugo and Nebula Award winner Ken Liu, Aurora Award winner Julie E. Czerneda, USA Today bestselling authors Anthea Sharp and Alexia Purdy, plus seven more of today's most visionary authors in fantasy and speculative fiction.
"The best place to discover new SF authors, I think, is any of the anthologies coming from Samuel Peralta"
-- Hugh Howey, NY Times bestselling author of Wool
Created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, and edited by some of the most-respected editors in the genre, The Future Chronicles is the #1 bestselling anthology series that brings together work from visionary new voices and from the grandmasters of modern speculative fiction.
Its unique take on major science fiction and fantasy themes - A.I., aliens, time travel, robots, dragons, telepaths, zombies, immortality, galactic battles, cyborgs, doomsday - has made it one of the most acclaimed anthology series of the digital era.
Mosaics Volume One features twenty self-identified female authors writing about Intersectionality, including women of color, disabled, trans, and GLB/GSD* (Gender and Sexual Diversities). We have curated amazing short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, essays, and art. It’s personal, political, and a great read.
This collection includes Hugo Award Nominees, Tiptree Shortlists, Pushcart Prize Winners, USA Today Bestsellers, indie superstars and traditionally published talents alike. The anthology combines leading and new voices all proclaiming their identity as Women, and their ability to Roar.
Profits donated to the Pixel Project to end Violence Against Women.
UnCommon Bodies presents a collection of 20 beautifully irreverent stories which blend the surreal and the mundane. Together, the authors explore the lives of the odd, the unbelievable, and the impossible. Imagine a world where magic exists, where the physical form has the power to heal or repulse, where a deal with the devil means losing so much more than your soul.
*Some Stories Contain Explicit Content
In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, twelve authors invite you to journey to very different worlds – lands of fire and fury, of legend and lore – but all worlds where dragons roam unshackled from myth, freed from the imagination, and real.
“The Dragon Chronicles” features stories by bestselling authors Elle Casey (War of the Fae), David Adams (Ren of Atikala), K.J. Colt (Klawdia), Terah Edun (Courtlight), and Daniel Arenson (Dragonlore) plus seven more of today's most visionary authors in fantasy and speculative fiction.
Mosaics Volume Two features twenty-two self-identified female authors writing about Intersectionality, including women of color, disabled, trans, and GLB/GSD* (Gender and Sexual Diversities). We have curated amazing short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, essays, and art. It’s personal, political, and a great read.
Volumes 1& 2 of this collection include Hugo Award Nominees, Tiptree Shortlists, Pushcart Prize Winners, USA Today Bestsellers, indie superstars and traditionally published talents alike. The anthology combines leading and new voices all proclaiming their identity as Women, and their ability to Roar.
Profits donated to the Pixel Project to end Violence Against Women.
Originally published in the bestselling Dragon Chronicles anthology. The nature of history, of the origins of civilization, and our own human story, may be changed forever by the discovery of an ancient scroll that tells the story of a doomsday device that threatens civilization as we know it. The Dragons, empathic interstellar navigators of uncertain origin, may be able to save some. But where will the survivors go?
Ever hear the story of Robert Johnson going down to the crossroads to meet the devil and play the blues? This is a short story about the devil you haven't heard of, a story spanning centuries, mythology, and telling a slightly different perspective of that classic Delta Blues Southern folk tale.
You’ve surely heard the story, how Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil to play the guitar, to play the Blues. The Delta Blues. Where the Blues was born: low country dark soil, richer than chocolate, richer than a man on a camel in the eye of the needle, bending down knees on the ground shuffling forward to get through that small doorway to Heaven. Richer than s-x, richer than pearls, richer than the most gold covered bit of any sweet liquor you’ve ever tasted. Richer than spring and summer and autumn all rolled into one glorious season. “There aint no winter on the Delta,” people might say, but there was winter in his heart, oh yes. There is in all of us, eventually.
You know he went down to that crossroads at midnight and met the devil who tuned his guitar for him and then the man became legendary. You know how white, British rock n’ rollers speak of him nowadays as their greatest influence, how he got his spot in the Hall of Fame. Oh, how funny that would be to him! He would be laughing so hard at that. Here he was, a man who lost everything, more than once, and then he stood on street corners in Memphis and Greenwood and San Antonio with his hat on the ground for tips, who sang to white audiences in Texas one night and Mississippi the next.
In front of the barber shop, busking for an invitation to the local juke. And his music enticing them to give money, enough money for a sweet black car to drive him from gig to gig. At least that much, if not much more. He always pulled the women out of the crowd, too, sang songs that gave them a look in their eyes that if you were that woman’s man, you watched her close, held her closer. His songs made a man pay attention to his woman ‘cause if he didn’t, she was liable to wander off into someone else’s arms. Often Robert’s, to be sure.
Oh! But! This music! HIS music!
What a story he would tell, with that little warble at the end of a long note. The “mmm hmmm” that let you know he was talking to you and only you. The guitar up high then squeaking to the slow beat of a dying man’s heart.
Growly, throaty. Sometimes wailing like a reed in a storm, sad and lonely. Sweet sometimes, but picking at the strings quick and chucka-chucka flickity others. Walkin’ blues, slow blues, music for those mornings you wake up with the worst of the night before, mornings you curse the devil and God himself, and pray for death to stop the pounding from the cheap whisky and smoky bars. Anything to make that pounding go away. Music of a train moving down the track fast, like, going somewhere. Or that same train in the middle of the night hollerin’ “whoooo? OOOOOOO.” Sad, so it makes your heart leap and cry and reach out to whatever body is layin’ next to you. Or even sometimes like something an angel might have sung to make you feel so sad you repented of every bad thing you ever did…. that music.
Everybody’s heard that music. Right? [. . .]
That story just doesn’t even know about me.
On the eve of a much-anticipated proposal, Meg is happier than she could have ever imagined. The future she sees for herself on that magical night is bright, one that’s full of love and laughter and dreams finally realized.
That is, until one random act of violence changes everything…
Consumed by fate and forces she can’t comprehend, Meg finds herself at the center of a spectral conflict that transcends life and death.
Her very soul is up for grabs in this war, and what’s worse… she’s not the only one.
Now, she’s fighting not just for the love she lost, but the daughter she would have called her own. She must fight the battle of her life, for the sake of her friends and family, and find out for herself if love can indeed be stronger than death.
Intertwined with true-ghost stories, some heart-warming, some heart-breaking, this love-note to San Antonio combines history, myth, and vivid description. This is the full story of Meg & Amelinda's quest-journey, what author Laura Metzger calls "A beautifully written story with compelling characters that reach between the universe of the living and the dead to embrace their mutual destiny" and author Elena E. Giorgi calls "A beautiful tale of love and redemption."
"On the day I died, I was wearing a great outfit. This is important for you to know because it turns out that your default look for eternity as a ghost is what you're wearing when you die. I mean, seriously. Who knew? If I’d have known that, I wouldn't have risked any days in mediocre clothes. In that respect, I was lucky I was on a date when I was killed, but of course, if I hadn't been on a date, on that date, maybe things would have turned out differently."
~excerpted from the novel.
In Tales from Pennsylvania, Transport’s ever-growing desire for complete control forges new heroes as imagined by today’s leading voices in speculative fiction. You’ll meet an Amish family torn between their commitment to pacifism and impossible choices to preserve their way of life. A hacker named Gordian, who’s far too good at what she does for the Authority’s taste. A former stripper and her club-owner husband, who must learn to fit into Plain society or lose their lives. A young girl, lost in the winter cold and at the mercy of the Wild Ones. A scavenger on the Great Shelf, who befriends a woman he’d only intended to rob. A young Native American girl forced to undertake a journey in time. These adventures and more await you inside this collection.
If you liked Michael Bunker's Pennsylvania, you’ll come to love these new heroes. Their tales are heartbreaking. They’re exhilarating. They’re unforgettable.