The Bee-Keeper’s Daughter

cover-3A ghostly swarm of bees haunt Elizabeth. They coat strangers in pollen while holding her still, making her watch.

Then they come for her. Sting her. Give her magical power, but at such a cost.

Why do they attack her? What do they want? And how can she make them go away?

Set in the same world as “The Midnight Gardener” and “Lost Stars”.

Part of the Uncollected Anthology series, written for the theme, “Bewitching Love,” a new bundle available only at http://bundlerabbit.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leah Cutter writes page-turning fiction in exotic locations, such as a magical New Orleans, the ancient Orient, Hungary, the Oregon coast, rural Kentucky, Seattle, Minneapolis, and many others. She writes literary, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror fiction. Her short fiction has been published in magazines like Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Talebones, anthologies like Fiction River, and on the web. Her long fiction has been published both by New York publishers as well as small presses. Read more books by Leah Cutter at www.KnottedRoadPress.com. Follow her blog at http://www.LeahCutter.com.

Salt: A Short Story

coverJasper just wanted the ghosts to leave him alone.
That wasn’t going to happen.

Author T. Thorn Coyle 

Our new bundle ‘Fantasy in the City’ begins with author T. Thorn Coyle and her short story, Salt.  Coyle lives in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the walking the city and writing in local eateries.  When not writing she visits with squirrels, birds and trees.

The authors works

T. Thorn Coyle is the author of such works as the novel, ‘Like Water’ and the story collection, ‘Alighting on His Shoulders’.  She is also the author of several non-fiction titles such as, ‘Sigil Magic for Writers, Artists, & Other Creatives’, ‘Make Magic of Your Life’, ‘Evolutionary Witchcraft’, and ‘Kissing the Limitless’.  Her work also appears in other anthologies and magazines.

More about the author

T. Thorn Coyle is active on Facebook and Twitter plus her website plus her website http://www.thorncoyle.com besides being found at http://www.bundlerabbit.com.  Please learn more about the author and her work at these sites and enjoy her short story ‘Salt’ in the ‘Fantasy in the City’ bundle.

The Changeling Troll: A Novel

cover-2Piles of books line the floor of Christine’s living room, threaten to take over every surface in her apartment. Christine escapes into her stories every chance she gets. Because magic only happens in fairy tales. Right?

After losing a bet with her brother, Christine forces herself to leave the sanctuary of her apartment and go to a real bar. Listen to a live band. Maybe dance.

She hates all of it with a passion—the noise, the music, the people. Then the impossible happens. She meets her identical twin.

“The Changeling Troll”—the first novel in a new-adult, urban fantasy trilogy—turns the ugly duckling story on its head in this enchanting, whimsical tale.

Author Leah Cutter

Leah Cutter is the accomplished author of novels and short fiction.  She has been published by large publishers in New York, as well as smaller, more independent houses.  Her work has been published in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Tailbones plus the Fiction River anthologies.  Her works can also be found on the web.

Her Genres

Ms. Cutter enjoys writing mystery, literary, fantasy, sci-fi and horror fiction and uses unique locales such as New Orleans, the Oregon coast, the Orient, Hungary and both the urban and rural settings for her fiction.

Where she can be found

Leah Cutters novel ‘The Changeling Troll’ can be found at http://www.bundlerabbit.com.  Her other work appears http://www.theknottedroadpress.com and you can follow her blog at http://www.leahcutter.com.

 

A Winston and Ruby Story: The Fabulous Familiars

un-familiar-cover-thumbWinston’s familiar Ruby, a small black cat, avoids dogs whenever possible. So when Winston finds her in cahoots with a toy poodle-Chihuahua mix, he wants to know why.

Ruby, usually so vocal, says nothing. Her silence, that dog, and a storm in the Oregon Coast community of Seavy Village all combine into one of the most memorable days of Winston’s life.

 

Our next author is New York Times bestseller, Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  Ms. Rusch  is a multi-faceted author who writes in nearly every genre.  She usually writes under her real name (Rusch) and has published best-selling, award-winning works in science fiction, fantasy and mystery.  RT Book Reviews describes her as ‘a great storyteller’ and she has twenty-five plus awards for her fiction to prove it, including such awards as, Hugo, Asimov’s Readers Choice and Ellery Queen Readers Choice.

Kristine  writes bestselling mystery novels as Kris Nelscott, for which she has won several awards.  She has also authored romance under the nom de plumes of Kristine Grayson and Kristine Dexter and sci-fi under the name Kris DeLake.

Besides being a very busy writer, Ms. Rusch is also an editor.  She started her publishing career at Pulphouse, then moved on to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction before taking fifteen years off.  She is back to editing the anthology series Fiction River with her husband, author Dean Wesley Smith.

You can find this very busy author at http://www.kriswrites.com, plus her many aliases at http:/www./krisnelscott.com,  http://www.kristinegrayson.comhttp://www.retrievalartist.com and http://www.divingintothewreck.com.

 

Aunt Fabulous and the Talking Tattoo: A Short Story

aunt-fabulous-talking-tattoo-cover-thumbAuthor Valerie Brook learned to use her imagination when, one night,  fate seemingly took out her parents television which wasn’t fixed for five years.  In those five years young Valerie’s mother read to her every night and filled her head with fantastical visions of other worlds, people and creatures that would blossom into a writing career.

Ms. Brook and her family live in Portland, Oregon with as she puts it “well-loved pets” and when she’s not in writer mode she enjoys painting, motorcycle riding and dreaming about living on a farm.

Valerie has written a number of short stories and collections plus some longer fiction and has works appearing in the Fiction River Anthologies and The Fabulous Familiars Anthology at BundleRabbit.

You can find out more about Valerie Brook, her writing and her blog at http://www.valeriebrook.com.

Please enjoy an excerpt from ‘Aunt Fabulous and the Talking Tattoo’:

Magnificent Maggie Fontaine has been around the mysteries of magic all her life. But when she wakes up with an underage hangover and a talking press-on priestess tattoo on her arm, all Mag wants is for both things to go away. When Aunt Fabulous turns out to have vanished overnight and it’s up to Mag to find her guardian, will the strange talking tattoo be a help or a hindrance?

Find the whole story and many others at http://www.bundlerabbit.com.

The Mouse Who Laughed: Fabulous Familiars Short Story

mouse-who-laughed-cover-thumbMulti-talented Leah Cutter is the next author in The Fabulous Familiars Anthology with her short story ‘The Mouse Who Laughed’.  Leah writes short stories, long fiction, essays and poems and explores multiple genres such as horror, sci-fi, mystery and fantasy.

She also teaches authors and those who want to self-publish the tricks of the trade and how to make their print books and ebooks look great inside and out with covers and interiors.  You can find out about her workshops plus her stories and books at her website http://www.leahcutter.com.

Besides being an accomplished author and a teacher Ms. Cutter is also a guest editor for the Fiction River anthology series of which she has had short stories published.   Her work also appears in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery magazine, Tailbones, as well as on the web.

Here is an excerpt from her Fabulous Familiars short story ‘The Mouse Who Laughed’:

As a familiar, Ina expected to bond happily ever after with a single master or mistress.

Not two.

And certainly not three.

But when her current Master turns on her, attacks her, she breaks the bond and flees for her life.

What’s a poor mouse to do?

If you need a pick-me-up, “The Mouse Who Laughed” fits the bill nicely as a warm fantasy about learning to stand on your own two (or four) feet.

Fabulous Familiars Story: ‘In the Matter of Snake vs. Stone’

 

matter-snake-vs-stone-cover-thumbCourtroom Thriller With a Supernatural Kick

Something wicked walks in Buffalo…

Rikki Pollard, a divorce lawyer for the down and out in gritty Buffalo, NY, makes a living out of rendering asunder what the Lord had brought together. Despite her unholy trade, Rikki never expected to encounter Old Scratch himself in open court.

But now she has to rescue her young client, Chance Stone, from a fate worse than death. It’s Rikki vs. damnation in a courtroom custody case like no other. To save Chance, she will have to outwit the devil himself, with only a little voodoo-related backup. A supernatural courtroom adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Meet Author Michele Lang

Michelle Lang writes a variety of genres including, fantasy, crime, sci-fi, romance and even non-fiction.  DAW, PM Press and WMG Press published her short fiction and Tor Books published Michele’s Lady Lazarus World War II historical fantasy series.  Ms. Lang refers to herself as a ‘recovering lawyer’ who has practiced law in both New York and Connecticut.  She lives on the North Shore of Long Island in a small town with her husband, sons, and as she says “a rotating menagerie” of cats, hermit crabs and butterflies.

You can find more information on Michele and her new releases, announcements, updates and much, much more at her website http://www.michelelang.com.

 

Winging It: A Fabulous Familiars Anthology Story

 

winging-it-cover-thumbFamiliars, Witches and Warlocks

Eed graduates from an insect familiar to a raven familiar, but his first pairing with a pushy warlock ends in disaster. Eed barely escapes before the warlock enslaves him, breaking the rule of cooperation between witch and familiar.

But when Eed tries to return to the raven clan, he finds himself blacklisted. Facing enslavement to the warlock or getting busted back to insect, Eed turns rogue.

How can Eed clear his name before the raven clan catches up?

Author Spotlight:  Rebecca M. Senese

Canadian author Rebecca M. Senese is a writer of many genres including horror, science fiction and mystery/crime.  If you like vampires, she’s got ’em in her ‘In Between Series’.  ‘The Beyond Saga’ series is for the sci-fi lover and if you’ve got a ‘Walking Dead’ obsession, check out ‘Zombie A Go-Go’ or ‘The Beginners Guide to the Recently Deceased’.  Rebecca even has Christmas horror to liven up your holidays!

Ms. Senese has had several writing honors including nominations for numerous Aurora Awards and an Honorable Mention in ‘The Year’s Best Science Fiction’.  She has work that has appeared in multiple ‘Fiction River’ anthologies, Ride the Moon, TransVersions, Deadbolt Magazine, On Spec, The Vampire’s Crypt, Storyteller, Reflection’s Edge, Future Syndicate, Into the Darkness and many other publications.  You can learn more about Rebecca M. Senese’s writing on her web site http://www.rebeccasenese.com.

Hedging the Witch: A New BundleRabbit Bundle Story

hedging-witch-cover-thumb  A ‘bewitching’ story.

An honest politician: far more rare than hedgewitches, at least in Portland, Oregon.

When one such politician asks hedgewitches Holly and Willow to investigate whether his rival employs a magical advantage, Holly’s familiar, Cam, must support Holly through a treacherous investigation…or risk losing her forever.

The first story in a spellbinding new urban fantasy series by the author of the Nikki Ashburne Ghosted stories.

“Hedging the Witch” is part of Uncollected Anthology, Issue 10: Fabulous Familiars.

Meet Author Dayle A. Dermatis.

Dayle is an accomplished writer, authoring or co-authoring seven novels and a multitude of short stories in a myriad of genres.  She has contributed works to many anthologies and is a founder of the Uncollected Anthology project.

Dayle Dermatis writes under a variety of pseudonyms, including the sexier, spicier Andrea Dale stories.

When she’s not writing about witches or witchcraft, Dayle is an avid Styx fan and follows them around the country on their tours.  She is also a Pacific Northwest transplant who is adjusting to her new home quite well!

You can learn more about Dayle and her various pseudonyms at http://www.dayledermatis.com.

 

Lump: A Christmas Tale

 

lump-cover-thumbA Christmas Tale About a Very Bad Boy

Meet a kid so bad, he gets a lump of coal every Christmas…and likes it! Neighborhood bully Buzz Scanlan takes pride in his annual lump, which he sees as a black badge of badness. But this Christmas, when the coal doesn’t come, the ten-year-old holy terror becomes a bad boy on a mission. He roams from one victim of his wicked mischief to the next, digging for dirt on the one nice thing he must have done to deserve no coal for Christmas. When everyone agrees he’s been nothing but naughty, he nearly gives up the hunt…until he stumbles onto the shocking truth behind his lumps of coal, an incredible secret that just might change his life forever. Will Buzz get his lump after all, sealing his fate as the ultimate bully? Or will solving the mystery lead to a fate worse than death for the naughtiest boy, an unexpected good deed that breaks his not-nice record? After this Christmas, nothing will be the same for the kid who loves lumps of coal. Don’t miss this fun and funny Christmas tale with a twist from award-winning author Robert Jeschonek, author of My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, chosen by Booklist as one of the Top Ten First Novels for Youth.

Meet Our Fourth Author in Our Author Spotlight:  Robert Jeschonek

Robert is a diverse writer who has written comics such as Justice Society and Batman and also Doctor Who and Star Trek stories.  However his favorite thing to write seems to be bathroom humor with stories about characters named Buzz Scanlan and Tommy Puke.  You can find more about Robert Jeschonek and his other work at http://www.thefictioneer.com