Author 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.
Multi-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.
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.
Courtroom 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.
Familiars, 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.
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.
A 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
Christmas Whispers Short Story
Time passes slowly when you’re an earth spirit and no one lives on the land. It’s Christmas in Whisper and Anna Barringer wants a doll. The settlement is new and no one can be spared to go to the city and shop with what little coin they have.
They aren’t even going to have a tree because the house is too small. Anna gathers berries and pinecones and with the help of the earth spirit that resides on Whisper decorates her own, outside.
The earth spirit has her own ideas about gifts and humans as she struggles to find a way to make the little girl happy.
Christmas Whispers is a short story of Whisper, although it takes place long before the series begins.
Author Spotlight: Bonnie Elizabeth
Bonnie Elizabeth, author of the ‘Whisper’ series, is the third author in the Bundlerabbit author spotlight. She is an accomplished writer who began writing at the rather impressive age of eight and led an interesting life.
On her way to being an author, Bonnie worked various jobs such as vet assistant, library assistant, cemetery administrator and acupuncturist. She has written books on acupuncture and blogs for her cat Chey. She now primarily writes fantasy and urban fantasy with her ‘Whisper’ series and short stories.
You can find this story at www.bundlerabbit.com in the Very Merry Christmas Bundle and learn more about Bonnie Elizabeth at http://www.bonnieelizabeth.com.
A looming job loss sends Dee into cost-cutting mode during the Christmas holidays while her husband is seemingly taking the opposite approach. Can they agree to the worth of holiday traditions during this stressful time?
In this holiday short story, for the Very Merry Christmas Bundle, available now at http://www.bundlerabbit.com, Irette Y. Patterson continues the theme of happy, hopeful stories about families, a subject she writes most about. Her work appeared in Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds and Fiction River: Fantasy Adrift short story anthologies. She also published on the Saturday Evening Post website. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she can be found at http://www.iretteypatterson.com.
On Christmas Eve, after Santa departs for his rounds, Christmas Elf Giljagaur tidies his workspace, dreaming of relaxation, until fellow Elf Kertasnikir bursts in with the worst of news: Santa forgot one present!
Now Gil and Kurt must find a way to return the present to Santa for delivery, or Christmas will be ruined!
So begins, author Rebecca Senese’s thrilling Christmas tale from the new ‘Very Merry Christmas Bundle’ available at bundlerabbit.com. Rebecca Senese writes horror, sci-fi, mystery/crime author from Toronto, Canada, who has many Aurora Awards nominations and received an Honorable Mention in ‘The Years Best Fiction’. Her work has appeared in several publications including multiple Fiction River editions, Deadbolt Magazine, The Vampires Crypt, Storyteller, Reflections Edge and many others.