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Word Count: 11000

Summary: A dark fairy tale in a modern Polish setting. A grandmother cares for an ailing dragon... but her compassion puts her own grandchildren in danger. This is a standalone short story of about 11,000 words, and is the second installment in the Dark Folklore series.

Within Trembling Caverns - Georgina Jeffery - Dark Folklore
Within Trembling Caverns

Georgina Jeffery ...

June 7, 2022

Word Count: 8700

Summary: Ida, a young girl still grieving the loss of her mother, encounters a huldra in the snowy Norwegian wilderness. She makes a desperate wish to have her mother returned... and gets far more than she bargained for. With the huldra's meddling, Ida learns her Pappa's life is suddenly at stake. To save him, she must battle against the wild valley she calls home and find the strength to confront the huldra before time runs out. This is a standalone short story of about 8,700 words, and is the first installment in the Dark Folklore series.

Beyond Thundering Waters - Georgina Jeffrey - Dark Folklore
Beyond Thundering Waters

Georgina Jeffery ...

May 3, 2022

Word Count: 83000

Summary: For Jack Hansard, Purveyor of Occult Goods, things are looking up. With the coblyn Ang as his new business partner, he has a solid friend to back him up in every dangerous situation. Together the pair face shapeshifters, piskies, and ancient magics in their quest to track down Ang’s missing kin. A new lead means the trail is about to get a whole lot hotter. But when an old enemy presents Jack with an offer he can’t refuse, will he risk Ang’s trust to see it through? Read Jack's latest misadventures to find out what happened to the missing coblynau, and discover how Jack's past is entwined with the true nature of the sinister 'Baines and Grayle'… The Jack Hansard Series is an episodic urban fantasy with a wide streak of humour and a lot of British folklore. Season Two contains the next 14 episodes in the series.

The Jack Hansard Series - Georgina Jeffery
The Jack Hansard Series: Season Two

Georgina Jeffery ...

January 11, 2022

Word Count: Information not available

Summary: When Joan's husband dies, she is forced to move with her young son, Joey, from home to home. But at each home, an evil follows, forcing Joan and Joey to move again and again, hunted. They never know why they’re being hunted. All they can do is run away from the constant threat until, hopefully, it gives up the chase … or they find a savior who can either end it, or help them to fight it forever.

Widow - Rob Bliss
Widow

Rob Bliss ...

November 28, 2021

Word Count: 93765

Summary: Home, a place where we belong and are safe and loved. Home, the house in which we grew up, a neighborhood, a culture, even a country. Home is a state of mind, it is a place of the heart, and in the heart. Finding home, coming home, and bringing home the one we love is a journey, a journey that can be a dangerous adventure. For the lovers in these stories, adventures can include quests and fighting dragons and demons, past and present, physical as well as mental and emotional. Rocket launchers need to be dodged, the Wild Hunt needs to be outrun. For some of the lovers here, home has been lost, or they have been forced to leave, as is too common for LGBT+ youth. In this collection queer positive speculative fiction stories, explore the idea of what and where home is in the lives of these lovers. Will they survive their quests, defeat their monsters? Will they find a place to call home?  

To Bring Him Home and Other Tales - Warren Rochelle
To Bring Him Home and Other Tales

Warren Rochelle ...

September 11, 2021

Word Count: 36000

Summary: INK (NOUN) Five definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell: 1) A colored fluid used for writing 2) The action of signing a deal 3) A black liquid ejected by squid 4) Publicity in the written media 5) A slang word for tattoos Ink features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Ink Anthology
Ink

Isobel Granby ...

August 10, 2021

Word Count: 100000

Summary: Qwyrk is having a bad day; several, in fact. One of the Shadow folk tasked with keeping an eye on humanity, she’s ready for a well-earned break in Yorkshire, but now she’s (literally) run into a girl, Jilly, who just saw something quite supernatural and truly awful happen in her town. As Qwyrk tries to unravel the mystery, layers of villainy are exposed, and she’s stuck with an assortment of unlikely folk that she’d rather not have “helping” her. Together, they confront ancient magic, medieval conspiracies, and the possible end of the world (that again?). It’s not the holiday Qwyrk was hoping for! Qwyrk is the first in a series of four novels about the adventures of a group of misfits at the edge of reality in modern northern England, a world of shadows, Nighttime Nasties, sorcery, intergalactic councils, tacky nightclub attire, an abundance of sarcasm, and even elves… though they are a bit silly.

Qwyrk - Tim Rayborn
Qwyrk

Tim Rayborn ...

May 25, 2021

Word Count: Information not available

Summary:

A tomcat fights for freedom, a devil seeks justice, and the youngest zarewna doesn’t want to go to hell… Once upon a time there was magic. But even in fairy tales, time does not stand still. From mechanical gadgets to steam-driven machines, new inventions clash with old powers. Puss in Boots fights against the bonds that enslave him, the Devil With the Three Golden Hairs struggles with local customs for a legal trial, and the Sisters with the Glass Hearts must end a feud before they fall prey to a demon. Will magic be their salvation? Or technology? Or will both only create more havoc? Find out how your favorite fairy tale characters survive in a world where technology suppresses magic, buy these retellings. The book includes all adaptions with their bonus stories and original fairy tales from 'The Inheritance', 'The Talk Show', and 'Obsidian Heart' as well as a brand new fairy tale retelling and its original.

Treasures Retold 4 - Katharina Gerlach
Treasures Retold Omnibus 4

Katharina Gerlach ...

May 19, 2021

Word Count: 120552

Summary: Like a spout pushing its way through soil extending deep mighty roots as it grows firm and tall, Michael like those around him has become renewed in the sun. The Wheel of Creation continues to turn through tragedy and triumph with secrets and mysteries revealed, truth discarding deceit to rot away into dust. Terror still lurks in shadow, hinting at battles yet to come and while the union of souls may reign down catastrophe upon all involved, there is a newly shared optimism that this town, rebirthed and revived again after decades can meet the oncoming storm together. Bonded in battle, humbled in heart new friendships have replaced old animosities as all the residents are finding their place in creation.Despite the odds, the couple continues their path toward blending, but if the sun sets on their hopes or the union is not supported by the Mother, disaster could befall not just Michael and Kurra but the entire Grove.Book four of The Place Of Things is Blood. The blood spilled and shared through trial and combat, forged in a family or spilled through injury, death, or pain and joy. Will the Great Mother approve of a blending of souls, or will the remains and splatter of not just Michael, but all those he holds dear be splashed in chunks upon the wedding alter.As this story concludes in the middle it continues on like the cycle of the seasons. Never ceasing always evolving. Until next time, Love from the Sacred Grove.

Blood - Daniel Fisher - The Place Of Things
The Place Of Things Book Four: Blood

Daniel Fisher ...

May 5, 2021

Word Count: Information not available

Summary:

Seven cursed princes… two friends with a deadly bet… an orphaned mechanic with a secret… Once upon a time there was magic. But even in fairy tales, time does not stand still. From mechanical gadgets to steam-driven machines, new inventions clash with old powers. The Wild Swans flee from a deadly curse—but the witch is hunting them. A mechanic and a male fairy must defeat The Cold Heart they caused themselves—will their victim survive? Despite her misgivings Cinderella has to visit the king’s ball—or her fairy dies. Will magic be their salvation? Or technology? Or will both only create more havoc? Find out how your favorite fairy tale characters survive in a world where technology suppresses magic, buy these retellings. The book includes all adaptions with their bonus stories and original fairy tales from 'Swan Prince', 'The Challenge', and 'Ember Ash' as well as a brand new fairy tale retelling and its original.

Treasures Retold 3 - Katharina Gerlach
Treasures Retold Omnibus 3

Katharina Gerlach ...

April 19, 2021

Word Count: Information not available

Summary: "Vivid characters, carefully detailed scene setting, and delicately gilded writing."--Publishers Weekly As a firstborn son of a master craftsman, Henri Blanchard is expected to inherit the family barrel organ workshop, but he would prefer to make bobbin lace like his best friend Aimée. In an effort to put his misgivings aside and prove himself a worthy heir, he attempts dramatic feats that draw derision from the townsfolk and finally land him in jail, accused of murder. Threatened with the hangman's noose, he is forced to flee the cozy village of Mireville--and discover a world beyond that may be big enough for even the rarest bird to find a nest. Suspenseful and heartwarming by turns, Laura Stanfill's debut is a whimsical journey full of friendship, adventure, and self-discovery.

Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary - Laura Stanfill
Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary

Laura Stanfill ...

April 19, 2021

Word Count: Information not available

Summary:

A hunted mechanic… lovers torn apart… a beauty sleeping away her life… Once upon a time there was magic. But even in fairy tales, time does not stand still. From mechanical gadgets to steam-driven machines, new inventions clash with old powers. A young mechanic must evade execution after discovering the Hut in the Forest, slave traders are hunting Hänsel and Gretel, and Sleeping Beauty has to break the curse before it kills her. Will magic be their salvation? Or technology? Or will both only create more havoc? Find out how your favorite fairy tale characters survive in a world where technology suppresses magic. The book includes all adaptions with their bonus stories and original fairy tales from 'The Hut', 'John & Marge', and 'Bellarosa' as well as a brand new fairy tale retelling and its original.

Treasures Retold 2 - Katharina Gerlach
Treasures Retold Omnibus 2

Katharina Gerlach ...

March 19, 2021

Word Count: Information not available

Summary: A dwarf in hiding… a desperate stepmother… a female mechanic facing a king’s wrath… Once upon a time there was magic. But even in fairy tales, time does not stand still. From mechanical gadgets to steam-driven machines, new inventions clash with old powers. The dwarf of Snow White and Rose Red hides in the forest – will it be forever? The stepmother from Little Brother, Little Sister desperately searches for her beloved children – are they dead? A young mechanic from the Beauty and the Beast struggles to save her brother and herself – but the king has her cornered. Will magic be their salvation? Or technology? Or will both only create more havoc? Find out how your favorite fairy tale characters survive in a world where technology suppresses magic. The book includes all adaptions with their bonus stories and original fairy tales from 'The Dwarf and the Twins', 'The Stepmother', and 'The King's Mechanic' as well as a brand new fairy tale retelling and its original.

Treasures Retold 1 - Katharina Gerlach
Treasures Retold Omnibus 1

Katharina Gerlach ...

February 19, 2021

Word Count: 216321

Summary: Root by Daniel Fisher, the third book in the Place of Things series is the continuing story of Michael and his new, rather unique fiancée. From the Winter’s Solstice to the Vernal Equinox we find our lovers and their friends explore new and creative ways to adapt to life-altering events. Having relocated and now a resident in the sanctuary town of Sacred Grove, Michael is finding his place among the mythical, mystical, and mostly immortal residents who’ve hidden away from the outside world. Not only is he coming out of his own isolation, but they are also finding he is dragging them out of self-imposed exile as well. Sometimes against their instincts. As his and Kurra’s love deepens, new mysteries are added to the mysteries and his and their worlds will never be the same.As the union between two souls from two drastically different worlds draws closer, new mysteries, challenges, and threats crop up for Michael, the mortal, and all the immortals that get caught in his wake. Enchantments and wards may not be enough to hold back the onslaught of supernatural forces if the wedding gets bumpy. Many may yet perish if things go awry. May the Goddess help them all.Book four, the conclusion to this tale coming soon.

Root - Daniel Fisher - The Place Of Things
The Place Of Things Book Three: Root

Daniel Fisher ...

January 29, 2021

Word Count: 36000

Summary: Being invisible makes it really hard to get laid. When half-human Kai Schiffer steps into the Interstices—the post-creation gaps between realms—his supernatural half kicks in and he literally disappears unless…well, don’t ask. But in a stroke (heh) of good fortune, Kai finally has a chance to show his face (and other parts, stars willing) to his long-time crush Jovan Kos—Interstitial Law Enforcement agent, wolf warrior, occasional berserker, and best man at their mutual best friends’ Imbolc wedding. Jovan, who’s half in love with Kai already, is grateful his best man duties are light enough that he can focus all his attention on Kai. After all, with Enchanted Occasions Event Planning handling the Olesson-Pakulski wedding, what could possibly go wrong?

Best Beast - E.J. Russell - Enchanted Occasions
Best Beast

E.J. Russell ...

January 17, 2021

Word Count: 107884

Summary: Julian Gypsun used to be a young man on his way to becoming a contractor. Everything changed when he died and was resurrected as a wizard’s familiar. He was immortal and far better off physically than he had been as a human. Still, he was trapped with his life chained to a giant of a wizard who had no problem abusing him in every way imaginable. Julian was powerless to stop it without ending his own existence. That is until he was yanked bodily through his own portal, transported to Draoithe, and assigned to babysit the visiting dignitary, Amazon Warrior Princess Zephyra, and try to convince her that her people should ally themselves with Luke and Draoithe. That sounded easy, but it wasn’t. He liked her. He had no clue how to act on that. Best to avoid that altogether. Keeping her safe just might equal his death. (Please see her warrior princess title.) She was old and so far out of his league. Worse, she liked him and was determined to have him. He can’t even consider that. She has no idea how broken he really is.

Draoithe Midnight Magic - Ophelia Kee
Draoithe: Midnight Magic

Ophelia Kee ...

October 23, 2020

Word Count: 88743

Summary: Stone Is the second book in the place of things series. It picks up where the first book left off. Michael Anderson is now in a strange new world of mystery and Myth, as well with a strange new bed mate is beginning to find his way. Bone follows his journey as he finds a life outside of the mundane world, and embraces a world he could never have though possible.

Stone - Daniel Fisher - The Place of Things
The Place Of Things, Book Two: Stone

Daniel Fisher ...

October 20, 2020

Word Count: 90000

Summary:

Jack Hansard is the man who can sell you anything. Luck in a bottle, fame in a box, dreams on a leash... anything is possible when you’re a trader on the occult Black Market.
Jack is used to a life of handling dangerous goods, dodging disgruntled customers, and sometimes running away very fast. But when Ang (a two-and-a-half-foot tall coblyn right out of Welsh folklore) buys his help to find her missing kin, Jack suddenly finds the goods are riskier, the customers more treacherous, and escape is anything but guaranteed.
The Jack Hansard Series is an episodic urban fantasy with a wide streak of humour and a lot of British folklore. Season One contains the first fifteen episodes in the series.

The Jack Hansard Series Season One - Georgina Jeffery
The Jack Hansard Series: Season One

Georgina Jeffery ...

September 27, 2020

Word Count: 76144

Summary: Fairy tales. Prince Charming fights evil, wins the princess, lives happily ever after. Three sons, three wishes, witches, dragons, a quest, and happily ever after. These stories are part of our cultural fabric. The stories change in retellings to reflect contemporary culture, such as Princess Charming, or heroes and heroines as people of color. In this collection, queer characters take center stage in stories that grew out of questions: What if the prince falls in love with Cinderella's gay stepbrother? What if Rumpelstiltskin doesn't really want the Queen's child but rather the King himself? What if Beauty and the Beast are two men? These stories explore metaphors of magic and the magical, this time, with a gay perspective. What price must be paid for happily ever after? Duty or love? Is love worth great sacrifice? Once upon a time ...

The Wicked Stepbrother - Warren Rochelle
The Wicked Stepbrother and Other Stories

Warren Rochelle ...

September 23, 2020

Word Count: 55000

Summary: In Unsafe Words, the first full-length collection of her edgy, award-winning short stories, Loren Rhoads punctures the boundaries between horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction in a maelstrom of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Ghosts, succubi, naiads, vampires, the Wild Hunt, and the worst predator in the woods stalk these pages, alongside human monsters who follow their cravings past sanity or sense. Featuring an introduction by Lisa Morton and cover art by Lynne Hansen, these never-before-collected stories come from the magazines Cemetery Dance, Space & Time, City Slab, and Instant City, the Wily Writers podcast, and from the books Sins of the Sirens, Demon Lovers, The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two, Tales for the Camp Fire, and more. One story, “With You By My Side It Should Be Fine,” is original to the collection.

Unsafe Words - Loren Rhoads
Unsafe Words

Loren Rhoads ...

September 20, 2020

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