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About Stephannie Tallent
Stephannie lives in Hermosa Beach, California, with husband Dave,
English Cocker spaniels Orry and Rosie, and dachshund Oscar.
Fantasy and science fiction are her first loves for writing & reading,
but she also enjoys a dash of mystery or romance.
Also, she's been knitting for more than 30 years, and loves combining
lace, cables and colorwork in her knitting pattern designs. Find her
knitting patterns on Ravelry.
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Murder, mayhem, and all manner of crimes set during the holiday season give this anthology a bite that serves as a delightful change from the sweetness that often dominates this time of the year.
This volume contains an abundance of thieves, a few murderers, a wannabe murderer, and one or two stories in which the crime lurks on the periphery. With a host of unreliable narrators, a few psychopaths, and one acrobat, who could resist?
From a search for the perfect Christmas tree that turns deadly to a reformed thief who wrestles with the better angels of his nature when temptation arises during the holidays, these marvelous mysteries prove the perfect distraction for even the stormiest winter evening.
“Christmas Chase” by Tonya D. Price
“For The Win” by Stephannie Tallent
“Into the Good Night” by Rob Vagle
“A Different, Better Red” by Michael Warren Lucas
“The Art of Waiting” by Kelly Washington
“Christmas in the Ruins” by Mary Jo Rabe
“The Magi of St. Michael’s” by Annie Reed
“Pungent Justice” by Kari Kilgore
“Targets of Opportunity” by Stefon Mears
“All The Bells and Whistles” by B.A. Paul
“Not A Cozy” by Steven Mohan, Jr.
Art Deco meets Industrialism. Style, science, and exploration, all rolled up into one gritty, interwar adventure.
Come explore plucky dames and lantern-jawed heroes facing down evil and inventing the future with issue 017 of Boundary Shock Quarterly
The best holiday stories delight with heartfelt satisfaction from beginning to end.
Romance forms the core of most of the stories in this volume, and they feature holiday settings from Thanksgiving to New Years, with even some made up holidays in between.
From a young woman trying to wheedle some good-luck collard greens out of the new minister on New Year's Eve to the two young university students adrift in a foreign country for the holidays, each story touches the heart and warms the soul.
A perfect distraction from the hustle and bustle of the holidays!
“Good Luck Greens” by Irette Y. Patterson
“Finding Sanctuary” by Kari Kilgore
“The Journey Home” by Erik Kort
“Pagan Sunrise” by Stefon Mears
“Toast The Stars” by Stephannie Tallent
“Speakeasy to Her Heart” by Stephanie Writt
“Winter’s Perfect Night” by Kelly Shire
“The Slowpokes’ Parade” by Patricia Duffy Novak
“An Unexpected Winter” by Tao Wong
“New Year’s Fortune” by Anthea Lawson
“Andrew and Shichi-Go-San” by Jason A. Adams
“Coming Home” by Chrissy Wissler
This collection includes seven short stories in the Jolene Tomberlin urban fantasy series.
A Life Worth Saving
Salt in the Storm
The Serpent in the Shallows
Drink Deeply, My Love, Drink Deeply
The Darkness at Depth
Burnin' Out the Bad
The Body of Evidence, set in Jolene's world
The Gratitude of the Ocean
The Little Animals, the Vermin, of Venice
The Love of the Sea
The Sacrifice of the Modern World
The Salt Side of Brass
The Seduction of the Sea
15 Stories, 15 Authors
Down a forgotten hallway lie rooms no one has entered.
Each room contains a world waiting to be explored.
Some beautiful and full of wonder, other dark and full of terrors.
You won't know which until you step inside.
So take a deep breath, and open the door...
Featuring stories by Elmdea Adams, Jen Bair, David Boop, J.T. Evans, Todd Fahnestock, Arlen Feldman, Shannon Fox, Jessica Guernsey, Sam Knight, Chris Mandeville, Kim May, John D. Payne, Wayland Smith, Stephannie Tallent, and Marie Whittaker
Read a holiday story per day from the end of November to January first...or binge the entire collection.
This volume contains 37 stories—ranging in genre from mystery to fantasy to romance—that center around traditional holidays such as Christmas and New Year's but also fictional holidays like Hogswatch. Featuring works from award-winning and bestselling authors Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Anthea Lawson and many more, each story comes presented as it first appeared in a newsletter that went to subscribers every single day for 37 days.
The second volume in an annual series, The Holiday Spectacular #2 will bring joy and so much more any time of year!
The genres have ranged from romance (A Snowman Made of Sand) to fantasy (the two weird west Dinah collections, the two urban fantasy Jolene collections, The Kaleidoscope Jaguars of the Jungles of Mexicatl, The Monkey’s Journal), from science fiction (Gates of Wonder, The Mermaid of Ellis Prime) to mystery/crime (One Plus One Equals More).
That’s a lot of different types of stories!
I’ve collected some of my favorite stories across the board and included them in this sampler collection.
Stories include The Fox Sorcerer, Gratitude of the Ocean, A Snowman Made of Sand, The Final Test of Maria Ramirez, and The Medic of the Crow City Mining Coop.
Welcome to Janie's world.
Stories include Knitting Hope, Knitting Out The Sorrow, and The Story of a Skein.
Knitting patterns include Janie's Diamonds Hat, Janie's Chevron Hat, and the Micaceous Cowl.
Although several of these short stories do have murders, the stories run the gamut from a holiday gone wrong to a woman starting a second career as a penetration security tester.
Stories include the title story, One Plus One Equals More; Saltwater; The Final Test of Maria Ramirez; Winning The Playa Real Bluffs Holiday Hop; and Of Cats and Assassins.
Hop from our world to new ones in this collection of short stories.
The Kaleidoscope Jaguars of the Jungles of Mexicatl;
The Wretched Sunlight of Shasta;
The Body Mage's Foot; and
The Girl Who Created a Mechanico Menagerie.
The Kaleidoscope Jaguars of the Jungles of Mexicatl and The Wretched Sunlight of Shasta follow a self-described low-level sorceress to different worlds. I’ve included a bonus snippet of travel preparations prior to The Kaleidoscope Jaguars.
Crate Training is a a piece of werewolf flash fiction that I entered into a contest. It didn’t win the reader’s choice that week, but the website editors did choose to include it in their yearly collection. It’s cute and, well, biting.
The Body Mage's Foot, an alternate world fantasy, is just plain weird. Borders on light body horror. If you’re squeamish, skip this one. Or you’ll never look at meatballs the same way again.
Blood Tracks explores one young woman’s experience with genome-changing nanobytes. I really like Bettina—I hope I’ll be “seeing” and writing more of her story.
The Girl Who Created a Mechanico Menagerie is based on one of my favorite fairy tales, The Boy Who Drew Cats, and is an alternate world fantasy as well.
Magic of Song and Lightning;
Down to the Heart;
The Life of Stuffed Toys;
The Songs of Their Lives;
The Monkey's Journal
Travel from 1930s Appalachia to modern day California in this collection of fantasy short stories.
In Magic of Long and Lightning, what if the book women, those intrepid librarians delivering materials to their charges on horseback, brought more than mundane knowledge to their patrons?
Gancanaghs, or love talkers, are a type of Irish fairy whose raison d’être is seduction. In Victory Girl, tomboy Ruthie realizes what she truly desires.
The Songs of Their Lives was inspired by murder ballads: those tales of deceit, betrayal, and death. But Darla is writing a new ending to those songs.
Who hasn’t lost pets over the years? The pain of losing them is the price for the joy they give us. Different people have different ways of remembering their beloved cats and dogs and other creatures (and trust me, as a vet, I’ve seen a variety of choices). The Life of Stuffed Toys looks at one (albeit offbeat) way (yes, different methods of pet taxidermy are available).
Down to the Heart is a triathlon fairytale. And though I haven’t had quite the same experiences, there’s a lot of me in Jennifer.
The Monkey’s Journal is about books and cats and wishes and guilt: my take on the Monkey’s Paw.