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About Sheryl R. Hayes
Sheryl R. Hayes can be found untangling plot threads or the yarn her cats have been playing with. In addition to writing, she is a cosplayer focusing on knit and crochet costumes and works full time at a Bay Area water company.
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Five definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell:
1) A colored fluid used for writing
2) The action of signing a deal
3) A black liquid ejected by squid
4) Publicity in the written media
5) A slang word for tattoos
Ink features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.
Literature major Jordan Abbey ordered a double mocha latte, but it wasn't supposed to come with a side order bite by a love-sick werewolf. When a vampire comes to her rescue, gut instinct tells her he has questionable motives. But he’s the only one she can trust to help get in touch with her inner animal.
Within a week, her smart mouth lands her in trouble with the hostile Alpha of the local pack and the stiff-necked vampire Elder. She now has less than a moon cycle to master shape changing... or else. And the besotted werewolf who started this whole mess is stalking Jordan and killing her friends. He won't take no for an answer.
In the Northern California town of Rancho Robles where the children of the Wolf and the Bat share an uneasy coexistence, one woman makes an epic mess of the status quo.
In "A Proper Cuppa" adventure is brewing for a young man of unusual bravery and grand plans, a real-life hero in this alternate history and Steampunk-era technology by the talented fantasy author, Patricia H. Ewen. Another noted author, Irene Radford, contributes a Steampunk misadventure, “Pirate Queen”, when a desperate need endangers the lives of herself and her crew the heroine is forced to cross tea cups with a dealer of ‘odds-and-ends.’ Carolyn Hill tells a moving tale of friendship. Author Lillian Csernica takes us on a Steampunk journey to the Far East in her story of murder and mayhem, sets an inexperienced young lady battling the dark forces of international espionage far beyond her ken. Read the other stories by bright new voices of Denise Robarge Tanaka, Sheryl Hayes, A.H. Cassells and the others who contributed to this anthology.
Read, drink, enjoy!