Saturday, January 31, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
(The following story is a flash fiction from Horror Bites. Since the prompt is horror, my story contains disturbing images and themes. Proceed with caution. I don't just write about elegant governesses in a steampunk world.)
Triumph is Fine
|Image courtesy of Stephen Paul Watson|
Triumph is Fine
Triumph stares into the window, if you could call it a window without glass or curtains. Amanda sits in the room beyond – if a huge concrete square is a room – prepping her works. She doesn’t know Triumph is there, watching her.
The stuff came from his shift at the pharmaceutical lab: the secret new drug Triumph’s boss is so excited about. Amanda lifts the needle to the light, presses the plunger, and slides the tip into her vein.
His own skin prickles at the thought of what she feels.
Amanda is really there, Triumph is sure of it. She’s the one injecting the junk, not him – although a worried little voice inside whispers there is a glassine envelope in the penny pocket of his jeans, hidden under the hem of the t-shirt he stole at a blues festival. No one knows about the envelope except for the nervous whispering voice. Triumph would like it to shut up now, thank you very much.
Amanda removes the hypo, exhales, and lies back on the greasy floor. Dark blonde braids slither away from her skull. She is there, she is real, she is not a dream.
Those are the things he tells himself.
Above him the sun pulsates like the valve inside a giant’s heart. He didn’t shoot up, Triumph says to the worried voice. He ate a bologna sandwich earlier. The ladder he’s standing on is secure, and he has enough strength to descend whenever he wants to. He’s got a job, the girl he’s looking at is real, and the envelope is full because he didn’t use. It’s going back to the lab on Monday.
Even if he fell off the ladder the angle of descent wouldn’t kill him. His neck wouldn’t hit the unfinished cement wall. No paralysis, no brains sprayed like scrambled eggs over the gray soil below.
It’s fine. He’s doing fine.
Triumph is fine.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Unremembered Things by Rachel Tsoumbakos
Unremembered Things†(Wood Nymph Chronicles #1) by Rachel Tsoumbakos Age category: New†Adult Release Date: February 10, 2015 Genre: Paranormal†Romance
One woman, two worlds and nothing but UNREMEMBERED THINGS separating them. Indiana Shamira has a dark secret that could shatter her version of reality and get her killed in the process.
Now if only she could remember what it is.
When Indiana wakes with no memory of her past life and a vampire called Sam hanging from the rafters in her cellar, she knows things are about to get nasty. Not only does Sam know all about her previous life, but he seems intent on seducing her as well. Of course her boyfriend, Kurt, has different ideas - like making her open the portal to hell!
And then there is the nagging suspicion that Indiana is not entirely human, now she can see ghostly images from the Otherworld. Or could it be from the life she can no longer remember? They include the flickering effigy of Kurt and a redwood forest that conjures up deeply repressed magic.
Not only will Indiana have to risk everything to keep the door to another dimension closed, she will have to decide whether she is ready to lose her heart to someone who has more secrets than herself. Set in the lush Australian bush, UNREMEMBERED THINGS is a fusion of fantasy, paranormal and forbidden romance.
"It is time." Her voice purred like a kitten, but Indiana suspected she was really a feral animal on the inside.
"For what?" Her voice was raspy, hesitant and unsure if she really wanted to know the answer. Somewhere, deep inside, she suspected she already knew.
"Just remember I'm doing this for us," Sam whispered into her ear. "So we can be together forever."...
- 1 x eCopy of Unremembered Things
- 1 x eCopy of Metanoia
- 1 x eCopy of The Ring of Lost Souls
- 1 x $10 Amazon gift card
About the AuthorRachel Tsoumbakos is a stay home mother of two. Her main passions are writing, reading and organic gardening. Rachel lives with her husband, two kids, three cats and eight chickens in the hills surrounding Melbourne, Australia. While she has had several articles published through mainstream magazines, she has also written extensively for True Blood Net and the now defunct Suite 101. When she is not tending to her organic veggie garden, she is working on her cardio as she trains for the zombie apocalypse.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Besides being a great guy, Ross Kitson is a serious talent on many fronts. His writing is incredible, and he also creates detailed maps that take my breath away. (I'll freely admit here I'm a Map Ho.)
You can see both in his Darkness Rising series, a must-read for any epic fantasy fan. I love the books because they have real characters, heart-pounding action, and constant surprises that keep me turning the pages to read more.
Here is the cover for the latest installment, Darkness Rising (Book 5: Broken):
PS - The cover was created by Ceri Clark, who has been on hand to do each book for Ross. She's always amazing, and I think she outdid herself here with Broken.
And here is the blurb for Broken:
'Beneath the veneer, beneath the beauty, there is always the coldness of stone.’ Tragedy has torn apart Emelia and her companions, a terrible betrayal instigated by the Darkmaster, Vildor. A devastated Jem struggles to control the fearful power of the crystals, becoming distant from his closest friends. Hunor and Orla are tested by a secret from the past, a revelation that will change everything between them. In the Dead City, Emelia begins a search for her past, a journey that will plunge her deeper into the darkness of Vildor and his twisted schemes. Desperate to seek aid in their battle against Vildor, the companions travel north to Belgo, capital of North Artoria. But everything is not what it seems in the palace, and danger lurks in every shadow, whether cast by friend or foe. Separated and alone, can Emelia, Jem and Hunor hope to prevail? Or will the evils of the present and the past overcome them at last? Darkness Rising 5 – Broken is the fifth in the epic fantasy series that reviewers are calling ‘epic and spellbinding.’ It is a must read for fantasy fans the world over.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
She’s down there somewhere, among the broken Nehi bottles and water lilies. Trout saw her walk into the lake years ago when he was fishing off the dock, and by ‘fishing’ he means holding the rod Aunt Jancey handed him so she could fetch more Iron City beer.
Trout remembers the weight of the graphite handle in his hands. As he wound the reel, the girl from the next cabin walked out from the reeds on the other side of the lake.
Gwen. Trout kissed her once when no one was looking.
Long black curls blew over Gwen’s shoulders as she stepped forward until the water closed over her head, and he screamed until his voice cracked.
Now he dives, slicing through the slough of quillwort and mare’s-tail. If he stays under long enough where it is dark and silent, maybe this time he will find her.
The story above is a flash fiction for VisDare82. Click the link and go give Angela some love.