And this week’s winner is…. Julie Flanders.
‘Tis More Blessed continues today with over 40 authors participating! Every Friday in December I will be raffling off a book to one lucky winner. To enter, drop a comment below. I will select a winner at random.
Then, visit other authors to see what’s they have to offer. This week, they are:
Madeline Mora-Summonte Yolanda Renee Gay Degani
M.K. Theodoratus KV Taylor Gini Koch Sherry Ellis Martin Willoughby
E. Catherine Tobler Anne E. Johnson Tyrean Martinson Continue reading
Our final story this year is “The Third Portal” by DeAnna Knippling. Ever since she had her daughter (now ten), she’s been hearing that the teenage years Will Be Torture and her daughter will suddenly become a horrible stranger, which she somehow doubts. She’s also been hearing all kinds of political propaganda that strips complex situations of all subtlety and reduces them to black and white, which she also doubts. She lives in Colorado Springs with her magnificent husband and daughter as well as a foul-tempered, dragonish cat while she writes, learns to play mandolin, and does freelance writing, editing, and formatting work. See her personal website at www.DeAnnaKnippling.com and her business website Continue reading
Story 23 is “All Unlooked For” by Nathaniel Lee, a writer living in North Carolina with his wife, child, and obligatory cats. He puts words in order, and sometimes people give him money for them. God help us all if he ever figures out how to make the two events concur regularly. His work, including a full bibliography, can be found at his daily writing blog, Mirrorshards (www.mirrorshards.org) where he publishes a 100-wordstory every day.
All Unlooked For
By Nathaniel Lee
Tricia woke to stabbing pain in her head. The morning sunlight sent lances of agony through her eyes, even with her lids closed. She recognized the rhythmic Continue reading
Our 22nd story is “The Blue Testament” by Marshall Payne, a writer of science fiction and fantasy and has written over 100 stories and sold to 43 markets such as Aeon, Talebones, Brutarian and Triangulation: End of the Rainbow. He lives in San Antonio, Texas with novelist Jaime Lee Moyer and their two cats. His novels Petrol Queen and Jimmy-Don and the Texas Hill Country Ordeal are available on Amazon.com. Learn more about him at marshallpayne.com or on his Amazon.com Author’s page.
The Blue Testament
By Marshall Payne
When the paramedics arrive just before midnight, they have to climb over the Continue reading
Story 21 is “What Now, Callisthenes” by Christine Lucas. When her Feline Overlords permit it, she scribbles tales of historical fiction in all its subgenres. It comes as no surprise that most of her stories feature cats. Born and raised in Greece, now a retired Air Force Officer, she has had her work appear in several online and print magazines, including Daily Science Fiction, Cabinet des Fées, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Her short story “Dominion” (also known as “The Book of Genesis According to Cats”) appears in Ellen Datlow’s anthology Tails of Wonder and Imagination from Night Shade Books. She is currently Continue reading
Our 20th offering is “The Passing Bell” by Lydia S Gray, who lives in Wales where she writes stories, crochets shawls and tells fortunes.
By Lydia S. Gray
In the clearing beneath the ash tree Thana lifted her sword for the last time, and moved through the stances of the fighter: thrust, quarter, feint, and strike. With the ease of long practice she found the last position and, as she held the terminal pose, the ghosts of those she had killed passed before her. Friends and familiars, dead beneath the blade.
She slashed through a finishing stroke designed to Continue reading
Story 19 is “Course Correction” by
Kenneth B. Chiacchia, whose bio reads like a random sampling of events from different people’s lives. A defrocked biochemist from a defunct department, he has since been a public relations writer, freelance newspaper reporter, science fiction author, wilderness EMT and search-and-rescue dog handler, firefighter, radio commentator, and hobby farmer. In 2011, Ken won a Golden Quill Award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania for Best Writing, Radio. He also won the 2008 Carnegie Science Center Journalism Award. His speculative fiction credits include Cicada, Paradox, Oceans of the Mind, and Triangulation: Dark Glass. In an unlikely Continue reading
Our 18th story is “Lilith” by Madhvi Ramani, who grew up in London where she studied English and then Creative Writing at university. Her short stories have been published in Triangulation: Last Contact, Blood Bound Books’ Night Terrors 2 anthology, Asia Literary Review and Stand magazine. Her first children’s book, Nina and the travelling Spice Shed, comes out in October 2012. She lives in Berlin with her husband, imaginary cat and the voices inside her head.
By Madhvi Ramani
When God created Adam, He said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone’ and He created a Continue reading
Story 17 is “The House, the Garden, and Occupants” by Amanda C. Davis. She is a combustion engineer who loves baking, gardening, and, of course, ghosts. Her work has previously appeared in Triangulation: Last Contact and Triangulation: End of the Rainbow, as well as Redstone Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, and others. You can follow her on Twitter (@davisac1) or read more of her work at http://www.amandacdavis.com.
The House, the Garden, and Occupants
By Amanda C. Davis
This is Anne, with shreds of her gown wisping away like the edges of clouds, at the elbow of Continue reading
Our 16th offering is “Protection from the Darkness” by Jamie Lackey. Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Her fiction has been accepted by dozens of venues, including The Living Dead 2, Daily Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She reads slush for Clarkesworld Magazine and is an assistant editor at Electric Velocipede. She’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Find her online at www.jamielackey.com.
Protection from the Darkness
By Jamie Lackey
Tommy found Scraps at Continue reading