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About Stefon Mears
Stefon Mears grew up in California, Middle-Earth, and Amber. He went to U.C. Berkeley intending to major in Genetics, but the call of storytelling compelled him to graduate with a B.A. in Religious Studies (double emphasis in Mythology and Ritual). He later earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, with a Fiction major, and has published many short stories, poems and essays.
Stefon has been an invited guest at a major Vodou ceremony in New Orleans, taught classes in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, spoken on a panel at one World Fantasy Conference and given a reading at another, and engraved his own set of Norse runes.
Stefon has worked as a professional audio engineer and played straight pool for money. He is an avid, lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three cats, and when not writing he can often be found playing roleplaying games.
Stefon has six novels in stores now, including the completed Telepath Trilogy and the ongoing Rise of Magic series. Look for him online at http://www.stefonmears.com, on GooglePlus, or @stefonmears on Twitter. He maintains a weekly free fiction list at stefonmears.com/join
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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
On the day of the shortened sun
A battle between two kings has begun.
The old year dies, and the Oak King rules
We celebrate with logs of Yule!
But the Holly King is defeated, not dead
To Caer Arianrhod he heads.
Until Midsummer, when they battle again
And the Holly King will once again reign…
Ride along with a motorcycle gang of people who were stolen by the Fae as children. Dance with an ice-skating fairy who can fly through the air, try to outrun the Wild Hunt on a dog sled, and watch out for those who slip into our world from the sideways places. And if you hold a seance on the solstice, be very, very careful what you ask for...
Enter the realm of Faerie at Midwinter in these nineteen tales of enchantment!
Make sure to check out the other anthologies in A Procession of Faeries: The Faerie Summer, Doorway into Faerie, and Water Faeries - and keep your eyes out for volume five, The Wild Hunt!
“These enjoyable twisting short stories seem more like a stop in the Twilight Zone than pulp fiction.”
—Midwest Book Review on Fiction River: Recycled Pulp
Table of Contents
“String of Pearls” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Shoes I Wore This Morning” by J. Daniel Sawyer
“The Dust Devil, the Riffraff, and the Big Orange Sunset” by Valerie Brook
“Goin’ to the Chapel” by Rebecca M. Senese
“With Wings the End” by Rob Vagle
“Cogs in the Machine” by Paul Eckheart
“The Faerie Invasion” by Anthea Sharp
“Demon-touched” by Travis Heermann
“Same Time Next Year” by M. E. Owen
“The Story That Has to Be Written” by Louisa Swann
“Tyrph Rights” by David Stier
“Paradox. Lost.” by Stefon Mears
“The Night of Brahma” by Leigh Saunders
“Three Degrees Above Zero” by Doug Dandridge
Northwest of the town of Drien lies a place avoided by orc, elf and human alike. A stretch of forgotten land, twisted by necromancy. Where grasses, plants, animals … even the very air proves hostile to life.
Cavan Oltblood, half wizard, half warrior, half naked and running through the midnight streets of Drien. Hounded by armed warriors for reasons unknown.
Ahead of Cavan and his friends, a spectral ambush, an angry demigod, a ruthless elvish assassin, and something even worse.
But first Cavan must survive the night…
Spell of Undeath, the third Cavan Oltblood novel. A rollicking fantasy adventure full of thrills and excitement, deadly battles and chilling magic. All set in a vivid, enchanting world you won't want to leave. From Stefon Mears, author of Twice Against the Dragon, With a Broken Sword, and the Spells for Hire series.
The Ice Dagger, a mighty mountain on the border of two lands. Where miners unearth gemstones buzzing with magic forgotten even by the elves of the southern deserts.
Cavan Oltblood, half wizard, half warrior, bastard son of a king. Even three of those gemstones radiate power beyond Cavan's dreams. His to command, if he can survive their secrets. But another covets those gemstones...
And ancient monsters stir deep within that mountain.
The Ice Dagger, an exciting novel of high fantasy adventure, full of powerful magic, lost gods, great friendships, and fierce battles. All set in a lush world you won't want to leave. Roleplaying gamers and fans of World of Warcraft and Skyrim, don't miss this one! From Stefon Mears, author of Half a Wizard and Twice Against the Dragon.
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.
Heath's landlord — one of those stranger things — pressures Heath to retrieve The Black Book of Saint Cyprian. The true grimoire of the patron saint of necromancers.
An evil book, with an agenda of its own...
Devil's Shoestring, an exciting urban fantasy novel full of twists and enchantment. Hoodoo and Vodou join obscure Eastern magic and wild Western practices in a gumbo that could only be brewed in Portland, Oregon. Fans of Grimm and Harry Dresden won't want to miss this! The first Spells for Hire novel, from Stefon Mears, author of the Rise of Magic series.
Portland, Oregon: a modern melting pot of wizards, witches and stranger things. Where conjure man Heath Cyr solves problems with a quick mind and a backpack full of magic.
Heath won't kill. Not for all of his rich, beautiful client's money. Not even to save himself from an enemy's demons.
But as Heath's enemies close in, he may have to do something worse than kill...
Zombie Powder, an exciting urban fantasy novel full of magic and mystery. Fans of Grimm and Harry Dresden won't want to miss this! The second Spells for Hire novel, from Stefon Mears, author of the Rise of Magic series.
In a world where elves build on the bones of lost civilizations, Cavan Oltblood carves out a path to adventure. Not quite a warrior and not quite a wizard, this king's bastard rides with Ehren the smiling priest, and Amra, the deadliest swordswoman alive.
Killers burst through the door at the worst time. So much for Cavan's bath, much less his date.
Someone wants Cavan dead. Someone willing to kill everyone Cavan loves, to steal something Cavan doesn't know he has.
Half a Wizard, a novel of high fantasy adventure, full of magic and action where the decisions of one person can affect the fate of kingdoms. From Stefon Mears, author of With a Broken Sword and Twice Against the Dragon.
For Charlie Evans – the star blogger known as Evansessence – the alien arrival means canceling his big job interview. Because the aliens will only help Earth if a panel of six humans can pass their tests. A panel of five international celebrities … and Charlie.
And the hardest dilemmas facing Charlie don’t come from the tests.
Fans of alien contact stories and SyFy's Childhood's End will want to read Fade to Gold, a science fiction novel of choices and consequences, where the future of the human race relies not on our science or our industry, but our humanity. From Stefon Mears, author of The Telepathy Trilogy.
Janet's beloved mysterious uncle died suddenly. Now she owns a house in this 'Caterho.' Of course she drags her best friend to go see it over spring break.
But the supernatural truth she finds in Carterho will change her life forever.
Rise of Magic author Stefon Mears brings the Scottish fairy tale of Tam Lin to modern America, for a romantic fantasy novella complete with motorcycle-riding fae.
Previously published as But Hold Me Fast and Fear Me Not.
Across the street, a sports bar. A strange choice. Why would local wizards call him here to meet? So far away from the eyes of the magical community? Heath readies spells. Prepares, in case of attack.
But an even scarier force comes to town today -- Heath's grandmother.
Dragon's Blood, an exciting urban fantasy novel full of magic, battles, dragons, and the blessing and curse of family. Fans of Grimm and Harry Dresden won't want to miss out on Heath Cyr! The fourth Spells for Hire book, from Stefon Mears, author of the Rise of Magic series.