Friday, January 31, 2020

Storytime: Invasion!

Another story from my sort of bottomless pit of various short stories in a variety of genres. Remember, boys and girls, you can have a copy of all my stories in a single volume: Mixed Bag 2: Supersized on Amazon or Smashwords and other on-line estores. It's also available in paperback at Amazon.

On to this chilling tale of an invasion of monstrous creatures lurking everywhere, but only seen when the conditions are right and the battleground is in their favor.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

I Can Write Creepy

Another tale for your reading pleasure. It is my desire a few of you get some goose bumps and more say or think: "Ew." All my stories are available in my collection: Mixed Bag 2: Supersized.

Mixed Bag 2: Supersized
 on Amazon  
 on Smashwords

A little science fiction, a bit of fantasy, plenty of humor, and some really shocking horror. These are tales to suit any mood. All stories in this book were previously published in on-line or print publications. The author is re-issuing the stories since an editor somewhere liked them enough to publish them in the first place.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Happy Year of the Rat!

How appropriate to be the Year of the Rat when all the rats in the Senate are doing their damnedest to destroy our way of life. They give rats an undeserved bad reputation.

A story for your entertainment courtesy of ChineseNewYear.Net

The Monster and New Year’s Eve
In ancient times, there was a monster named Nián (年). It usually lives at the bottom of the sea and comes up once a year to feast on animals and humans. On this day, the villagers would all escape into the mountains.

Nian is a horned beast, a mix between a dragon and a kirin.

One year, a beggar came to seek shelter, but everyone was hurrying away. Only an old woman took him in and he promised to chase Nian away. He busied himself with decorating the homes.

At midnight, Nian lumbered in but stopped short when it saw the red paper on the doors. As it roared in anger, firecrackers suddenly sounded and it trembled in fear. When it saw the beggar, dressed in red, laughing at it, it could only run away.

The villagers came back the next day and were pleasantly surprised that the homes were all still standing. They realized that loud noises and the color red were Nian’s kryptonite.

This is why, on New Year’s Eve, families eat dinner in their homes fortified by red decorations. At midnight, firecrackers are sounded. In addition, people will wear new and festive red clothing to celebrate.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Story Time Continues

This story is a departure from my usual. Then, again, I don't have a usual. I have written stories in all genres including (gasp!) romance. This isn't a romance by any definition. As with all my tales, all of them can be found in my compilation.

Mixed Bag 2: Supersized
 on Amazon  
on Smashwords

Monday, January 20, 2020

Special Price $4.99 for Compleat and True History

The compendium of the four books and one short story of Kat's adventures learning her witch powers is now available for only $4.99. If purchased individually, the entire set would cost $12.

Amazon, of course
Barnes and Noble
Scribd - This is a subscription service

The books and stories are:

BAD SPELLING (Book 1): A klutzy witch, a shaman's curse, a quest to save her family. Can Kat find her magic in time?

All of Kat’s family are either witches or warlocks, depending on their sex, of course. Kat is fourteen and really ought to be able to turn a rabbit into a toad, but things just don’t work out for her. What she gets  is a slimy green hopper. That’s the good part. Unfortunately, it also has long ears and fur. That’s bad spelling.

MIDNIGHT OIL (Book 2): Shipwrecked on a legendary island, how can a witch rescue her boyfriend if she can’t even phone home?

Kat discovers that an evil forest spirit has kidnapped her brand-new boyfriend. She sets out with her brother, Rune, from her Arctic island home on a mission to rescue the boy. Things go wrong from the start. Kat is thrown overboard during a violent storm, while her brother and his girlfriend are capant island tribe. The mutants hold the girlfriend hostage, demanding that the teens recover the only thing that can make the mutants human again–the magical Midnight Oil.

Mustering every bit of her Wiccan magic, Kat rises to the challenge. She invokes her magical skills, learns to fly an ultralight, meets a legendary sea serpent, rescues her boyfriend, and helps a friendly air spirit win the battle against her spiteful sibling. On top of it all, she’s able to recover the Midnight Oil and help the hapless mutants in the nick of time.

SCOTCH BROOM (Book 3): A magical trip to Stonehenge lands a witch in the Otherworld where an ancient goddess is up to no good.

Kat expects to have a great time on her graduation trip to Stonehenge. However, from the moment she leaves the witches’ arctic island, Galdorheim, she gets in nothing but trouble. Her younger half-brother tries to horn in on her trip, she gets lost in the magical Otherworld realm, is led astray by a supposed friend, then she has to confront a Scottish goddess who’s fallen on hard times.

While dodging the goddess’s minions and trying to find her way out of the Otherworld, Kat soon learns she shouldn’t underestimate the old has-been for one second; the crone still has a few tricks that can drain a witch’s magic in a flash. To make matters worse, Kat's brother secretly followed her into the Otherworld. Now he’s in danger, too. Kat has to go one on one with the goddess to save herself and her brother.

BLOOD TIES TESTED (Book 4): Written by popular demand of readers who want to know what happens to Rune after the Book 3 conclusion. Unfortunate events lead a half vampire boy into indulging his vampire side, leaving him with regret and sadness. Can dear old Dad help him forgive himself?

Following the events in the series Witches of Galdorheim, this additional tale relates what happens to Katrina the Witch's younger brother, Rune. Half vampire and half warlock, he faces life with a wisecrack and some powerful magic. Whatever happens, he does not want to be a vampire like his father. Unfortunate events lead him to fatally call on his vampire half. This failure leaves him in anguish. How can he assuage the guilt he feels? His mother thinks he needs to visit dead old dad, a vampire residing in the Tatras Mountains of Slovakia.

SPELLSLINGER (Prequel Short Story): Written by popular demand of readers who adore Kat's smart-aleck brother. It's a short story prequel to the Witches series is dedicated to Kat's brother, Rune. A super speller, he's plagued with his half vampire heritage. This story gives a bit more of his trials growing up on the Witches' Island.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

A Bit of Dystopian Colonization

Included in my short story collection, Mixed Bag: Supersized, this tale is set in the far future when new colonies were sought out for the overflow of earth's population. Check it out either on Amazon or Smashwords. Or just read my other stories on Wattpad.

Mixed Bag 2: Supersized on Amazon  on Smashwords

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Here Be Another Story

I've posted a lot of my stories on Wattpad. A few were never submitted for publication, but all of my stories are included in two anthologies. Mixed Bag 1 is G-rated. Mixed Bag 2 is R-rated with the addition of stories not fit for delicate sensibilities. Both anthologies are available at Amazon and Smashwords for real cheap or you can just go to Wattpad and read a few I like best.
Mixed Bag 1 on Amazon, on Smashwords
Mixed Bag 2: Supersized on Amazon  on Smashwords

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Tales of Abu Nuwas - Faizah's Destiny Book Trailer

The gods are at war, and only a farmer's daughter can save the world from Armageddon.
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The village magician has gone missing. His four pupils think he has left a clue to his whereabouts in the Magicalis Bestialis, the book of magical creatures. They must seek the help of the elusive Simurgh, the mythical bird who know all the secrets of the universe. However, this is not an easy camping trip into the mountains. Spirits, gods, and demons confront the four friends, who are not aware they're being set up by otherworldly forces for a much larger task. Faizah, a farmer's daughter, is chosen to lead the humans in the battle. She must persuade a slave, an orphan, and a rich merchant's son to join in the battle on the side of good. Although divided by Dev, the evil god of war, the teens must band together to find the Simurgh, rescue their teacher, and stave off Armageddon.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Here Be Stories

A fanciful tale from my collection. Many more are available at Wattpad.