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Good news, everyone! World Weaver Press’s latest anthology, Fae, is gearing up for release. Here’s the cover!

FAE coverMeet Robin Goodfellow as you’ve never seen him before, watch damsels in distress rescue themselves, get swept away with the selkies and enjoy tales of hobs, green men, pixies and phookas. One thing is for certain, these are not your grandmother’s fairy tales. Fairies have been both mischievous and malignant creatures throughout history. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. Fae is full of stories that honor that rich history while exploring new and interesting takes on the fair folk from castles to computer technologies and modern midwifing, the Old World to Indianapolis. Fae covers a vast swath of the fairy story spectrum, making the old new and exploring lush settings with beautiful prose and complex characters. Enjoy the familiar feeling of a good old-fashioned fairy tale alongside urban fantasy and horror with a fae twist.

With an introduction by Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, and new stories from Sidney Blaylock Jr., Amanda Block, Kari Castor, Beth Cato, Liz Colter, Rhonda Eikamp, Lor Graham, Alexis A. Hunter, L.S. Johnson, Jon Arthur Kitson, Adria Laycraft, Lauren Liebowitz, Christine Morgan, Shannon Phillips, Sara Puls, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.

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If you’ve been following me on Twitter for more than a year or so, you already know that the European Song Contest, Eurovision, makes me happier than anything else on earth. Wall-to-wall Europop punctuated by backflips and fountains of fire and clowns–it’s upbeat and theatrical, both awesome and ridiculous. This year, my sister Megan Engelhardt watched the promo videos for the competitors ahead of the finals this Saturday. Here’s her take on this year’s batch. With, of course, links so you can judge for yourself.

Eurovision: First Thoughts

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Sweden – Stand and sing. Pleasant enough, catchy, but still. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdXXnX5BvGY&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Moldova – This sounds like it should be in the musical Jekyll and Hyde. The video is overly dramatic. Are those dancers airbending? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_E12QokqAs&index=2&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Estonia – The song is just OK but I dig the dancing. Surprisingly low voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VRSXRXBWCs&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Latvia — <3! The guy needs a haircut. His band is totes adorbs. I bet that’s his hometown singing with him. These guys won’t win but I love them anyway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7CL8anA1hQ&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Poland – I think the video having old people is making me not hate this, but removing the old people would tip it over. Hubband thought it was about “Slutty girls”, not “Slavic girls”, lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syMhJMmGEIc&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

France – This is very un-France, haha. The chorus is “I wanna have a moustache.” Wut France? This looks like an 80s music video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWJFfnHNOWI&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Portugal – Woo, salsa! Hubband: “I like the song better than the performance of it.” I dig the drum/flag guys and the painted bongo guy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcTiPW-X8q4&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Belgium – Mine ex nihilo! I like this song! Not sure what the dancer is doing. Appropriate for Mother’s Day, n’est-ce pas? D’awww, was that his mom in the audience? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APWpOkRQoiY&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Norway – Pretty song! Plaintive, pleasant. Will probably go on my “melancholy” playlist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LBOjxBty8U&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Switzerland – Peppy! I love songs that go Acapulco except claps. Cute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjWG0oNpWog&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Austria – The big flap is that the singer is a drag performer. The sad thing is he’s a prettier woman than I am. Not terribly impressed with the song. Sounds like it’s trying to be a Bond theme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToqNa0rqUtY&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Finland – Had me tapping my toes right off the bat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-NSVFBKU-4&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Ukraine – Also kind of 80s music video ish. Catchy but not overly so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdAf2EjhRiE&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Netherlands – Folksy with a nice driving beat. A low-key sound. Not a winner but I’ll keep it on my playlist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkrF8uC92O4&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Albania – Torn on this one. It’ll take a few listens to decide if I like it or if it grates on me. At the end she’s rocking out far harder than the song requires. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4ABpIspdic&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Malta – Well, I like this one. Also soldier music videos get me. Sweet dulcimer. They may have a chance on sentimentality and musicality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Azerbaijan Just singing. Meh. Bored. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipQswujA5gw&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Armenia – Bookies’ choice to win. We can’t see why. It’s OK but I wouldn’t say the best of the lot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChkJpnOgIwQ&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

San Marino – host piano! Also, Valentina love, 3 years at Eurovision? Really? San Marino is small, though. Maybe they only have the one singer. TO be fair, this isn’t terrible. Also kind of Bond-film-esque. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt_3yms1PcM&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Iceland – Picking up the ska sound from Moldova, but not successfully. To be honest, though, this will probably get a fair bit of play from me. And they look like they’re having fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwfGKEIn5xw&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Denmark – Hosts this year. This is pretty dang fun. I think he’s channeling Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn8DzOcpQas&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Spain – Fun dancing. Pleasant song but not outstanding. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9R96ZoWJBU&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Italy – Lady Gaga? Not interesting, anyway. This song seems SO long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si9K0ChHzDI&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Belarus – This guy needs slapped. I appreciate that he knows it, though. I kinda like his pouty chick, at least until the end. I will probably skip this on the playlist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qe7YmYgowM&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Greece – I feel betrayed. The horns provided a good sound and then there was rapping. L Sad, because if it wasn’t for the rap this would be a funky song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8QIbL9i2MU&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Georgia – This is strange. I could have used less weird chanting in the beginning but I liked it once actual singing happened. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9ixkdkbieU&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Montenegro – I always dislike Montenegro’s entry but this is not terrible! Pleasant, even! You redeemed yourself form last year, Montenego. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xym7CQFFTOU&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Hungary – This video made me feel sick to my stomach, which was probably the point. I will probably skip this one because of that, which is not to say it’s bad. I just can’t handle it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzfRDZmuFUI&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Romania – Magic girl! That is awesome! The song is not terrible and kinda catchy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYfyMkwTLPg&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Ireland – Boring video, nice song. It will probably be a stand and sin, alas. I do like the song, though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc14AzCXUgQ&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Israel – Sassy! Driving beat. Fun song. I hope the sword is part of the stage show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uB4JMw4ctc&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Lithuania – They need to spice up the stage show, but the song is fun. I dig the chorus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWi0zF6bFto&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

UK – I actually think they have a chance this year! Catching song, pretty fun singable chorus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFqYbibLh8k&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

FYR Macedonia – Weirdly, I feel like I’ve heard this before. Maybe like Rihanna’s Diamonds, or the Steam Powered Giraffe version, at least. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak73KTgy9nE&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Russia – Twins! Hubband says “I prefer Jedward.” They should do some wacky twin hijinks to spice up a perfectly pleasant but not outstanding song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPI7AnD_QS8&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Germany – What a cute weird band! I dig this song a fair bit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTC-4YO_5eE&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Slovenia – Always love a flute player. Lots of dancing this year. Song is OK, not great but not terrible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMpNkCOMaGU&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJpNOiYf0F-yA4wCVV59Iqq

Over the past few weeks I’ve pulled together two zombie stories I wrote for hilariously specific themed anthologies, talentlessly iterated a cover, added a bonus drabble from way back in the day, and boom: thar she blows in the Kindle store.

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Two Things was written for Zombonauts (because zombies in space!) and was the first proper-length short story I ever sold. Just recently, Wily Writers produced it for audio, so you can give it a listen.

Escape From Ape City was written for Zombie Kong (because GIANT ZOMBIE GORILLAS), in which my sister Megan Engelhardt also appeared*. My schtick was to never truncate “giant zombie gorillas”; it’s the whole phrase, every single time, because it busts me up and also because they paid me by the word. There’s also some Jazz-Age banter, sweeping action, and romance, but let’s face it, the giant zombie gorillas are the stars here.

So cover to cover, it’s pretty silly. For a while the tagline on my website was “writes dark fiction and light horror.” This is the light horror part. If you’re gonna end the world, you might as well enjoy it.

Zombies in space! Giant zombie gorillas! When life gets weird, all you can do is stick by your friends and hang on to your brains. Amanda C. Davis dishes out two short stories from the lighter side of the zombocalypse.

*The conversation went: “DID YOU SEE THE GIANT ZOMBIE GORILLA THING” “WE HAVE TO GET IN ON THIS” “YES WE DO” That both our stories came out as pulpy historical adventure is, however, coincidence.

(Here’s a free zombie piece that was called “simultaneously eerie and funny”: Untouchable.)

(Check it out, Suddenly, Zombies is now available on Smashwords.)

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This week only! A bunch of SFWA authors are knocking down the prices on their e-books. Here are eight books for three bucks or less, covering all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy, short and long form–something for everybody, as long as everybody likes SFF and awesome things.

Petals and ThornsJeffe Kennedy

In exchange for her father’s life, Amarantha agrees to marry the dreadful Beast and be his wife for seven days. Though the Beast cannot take Amarantha’s virginity unless she begs him to, he can and does take her in every other way. From the moment they are alone together, the Beast relentlessly strips Amarantha of all her resistance.

Wolves and WitchesAmanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt

Witches have stories too. So do mermaids, millers’ daughters, princes (charming or otherwise), even big bad wolves. They may be a bit darker–fewer enchanted ball gowns, more iron shoes. Happily-ever-after? Depends on who you ask. In Wolves and Witches, sisters Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt weave sixteen stories and poems out of familiar fairy tales, letting them show their teeth. Sample the contents here.

The Worth of a ShellM.C.A. Hogarth

Born to a harsh world, we Jokka have evolved three sexes to survive: neuter, male and female. Twice in our lives we may change from one to another. A change we accept with grace… or resignation. It was our way. …until one female defied all tradition: Dlane Ashoi-anadi, revolutionary, intentionally childless, runaway.

This is not her story.

This is mine.

Near + FarCat Rambo

Whether set in terrestrial oceans or on far-off space stations, Cat Rambo’s masterfully told stories explore themes of gender, despair, tragedy, and the triumph of both human and non-human alike. Cats talk, fur wraps itself around you, aliens overstay their welcome, and superheroes deal with everyday problems. Rambo has been published in Asimov’s, Weird Tales, and Tor.com among many others. She was an editor for Fantasy Magazine, has written numerous nonfiction articles and interviews, and has volunteered time with Broad Universe and Clarion West. She has been shortlisted for the Endeavour Award, the Million Writers Award, the Locus Awards, and most recently a World Fantasy Award.

The Lair of the Twelve PrincessesAmanda C. Davis

Bay has nothing to show for her years of military service but the clothes on her back, a bad leg, and a sardonic imp in a bottle who’s more harm than help. When she hears an open call for bodyguards for the twelve headstrong princesses, she thinks the job could reverse her fortunes. Unfortunately, her new charges are under a nightly curse, and everyone seems determined to keep the details a mystery–including its victims.

The Eighth SuccessionDon Sakers

In the tradition of the Theodore Sturgeon and James H. Schmitz, a new tale of galactic intrigue and adventure . . . Rikk Hoister is the first of new breed of cloned, paranormal geniuses, able to defeat the Imperial Navy with his mind alone, bound only by a rigid sense of ethics . . .  His cousin Yewanda is equally powerful, and also able to teleport herself anywhere. She’s innocent, inexperienced . . . and just six years old. When Yewanda sets out on her own to visit Rikk, the galaxy better watch out!

Eyes Like Sky and Coal and MoonlightCat Rambo

A collection of fantasy short stories by Cat Rambo. Includes “Her Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight,” “The Accordion,” “Magnificent Pigs,” “Narrative of a Beast’s Life,” “Sugar,” “The Dead Girl’s Wedding March,” “In Order to Conserve,” “The Towering Monarch of His Race,” “I’ll Gnaw Your Bones, the Manticore Said,” “Eagle-haunted Lake Sammamish,” “Heart In a Box,” “In the Lesser Southern Isles,” “Up the Chimney,” “The Silent Familiar,” “Events at Fort Plenitude,” “Dew Drop Coffee Lounge,” “A Key Decides Its Destiny,” “Rare Pears and Greengages,” “A Twine of Flame,” and “Grandmother’s Road Trip” (only available in the e-version). Also includes author’s notes and a chronology of Tabat.

Master of the Opera, Act 1: Passionate OvertureJeffe Kennedy

In the first tantalizing installment of Jeffe Kennedy’s ravishing serial novel Master of the Opera, an innocent young woman is initiated into a sensual world of music, mystery, passion–and one man’s private obsession. . .

What if you had to pick out a shelf’s worth of your absolute favorite books? For me, it was a purposeful and methodical process. And also a ton of fun.

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Ever want to peek into an author’s work room — or better yet — her library? We’ve gotten our authors to share what’s on their shelves! Today, Amanda C. Davis, gives us the tour:

fullsideLate last year I did some furniture-rearranging and got an unexpected gift in the form of space beside my desk, enough to fit a bookshelf. I think I spent longer on collating that shelf than I did outfitting my entire kitchen. I wanted to assemble it as carefully as the stickers on a Trapper Keeper, or pins on a messenger bag, or travel decals on an old-timey suitcase. Make it something deliberate and rich and personal. All my other bookshelves (and very heavy boxes!) are indiscriminately crammed with whatever I happened to not be reading the day I packed to move. This one, I wanted to be special.

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If you’re looking for prose or poetry for oral interpretation, whether for class, competition, or just reading aloud, you are in the right place. Here are two posts listing stories and poems, from serious to humorous, listed by category and reading time. I hope you find something you like!

Fairy-Tale Themed Prose and Poetry for Forensics Competition or Reading Aloud

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All the pieces in Wolves and Witches are NCFL and NFL acceptable. Retold fairy tales include: Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Diamonds and Toads, the Twelve Dancing Princesses, the Little Mermaid, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, the Pied Piper of Hamelin. We read all our stories aloud before submitting them–they’re meant to be fun to read and easy on the tongue.

WOLVES AND WITCHES: PROSE AND POETRY PIECES FOR FORENSICS OR DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE

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  • Bones in the Branches – 3rd person – 2 minutes
  • Lure – 1st person – mermaid – 2 minutes
  • The Instructions – 2nd person (advice) – 4 minutes
  • The Long Con – 1st person – Rumpelstiltskin – 4 minutes
  • The Peril of Stories – 1st person – witch – 4 minutes
  • The Best Boy, the Brightest Boy – 1st person – pied piper – 4 minutes
  • The Gold In the Straw – 2nd person – miller’s daughter – 6 minutes
  • A Mouth to Speak the Coming Home – 3rd person – 6 minutes
  • Questing for Princesses – 3rd person – 8 minutes
  • A Letter Concerning Shoes – 1st person – 12 Dancing Princesses’ cobbler – 10 minutes
  • Find all of Wolves and Witches here

More Fairy Tale Prose – NCFL ONLY (published in electronic editions only, not part of Wolves and Witches)

More Fairy Tale Poetry – NCFL ONLY (published in electronic editions only, not part of Wolves and Witches)

  • Song of Snow – 1st person, dark fantasy romance (Snow White retelling) – female and male narrators – 2 minutes – Read it at Enchanted Conversation
  • Crown of Bells – 1st person, fantasy romance (Beauty and the Beast retelling) – female narrator – 2 minutes – Read it at Mirror Dance

More Forensics Pieces: Prose and Poetry, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror

Be aware of whether you’re choosing a piece for the National Forensics League (NFL), the National Catholic Forensics League (NCFL), or University Interscholastic League (UIL). The NCFL allows pieces that have only been published electronicallythe NFL and the UIL do not. Times are approximate, based on the 1-minute-per-standard-page rule.

Prose – NFL, NCFL AND UIL ACCEPTABLE

  • The Roofnight – 3rd person, humorous fantasy (government official visits creepy town), male and female characters – 16 minutes – Buy it in print: Scarecrow
  • Escape from Ape City – 1st person, humorous horror (zombies), male narrator – 16 minutes – Read it here – Buy it in print: Zombie Kong
  • Good Neighbors – 3rd person, humorous dark fantasy (the Fae folk), male narrator  – 16 minutes – Buy it in print: Not Our Kind
  • The House, the Garden, and Occupants – 3rd person, quiet horror (ghosts), male and female characters – 14 minutes – Buy it in print: Triangulation: Morning After
  • Drift – 1st person, quiet horror (monsters), female narrator – 12 minutes – Read it at Unlikely Story – Buy it in print: Shock Totem #3
  • The Hauntings and the Moments – 3rd person, horror (haunted house), male and female characters – 10 minutes – Buy it in print: Unnerving #6
  • Two Things – 3rd person, humorous horror (zombies on a spaceship), male and female characters – 8 minutes – Read it here – Buy it in print: Zombonauts: Undead In the Universe
  • O How the Wet Folk Sing – 1st person, horror (Lovecraft underwater), male (frog) narrator – 7 minutes – Buy it in print: FISH
  • David is Six – 3rd person, fantasy (wish-granting fairy), male characters – 6 minutes – Buy it in print: Triangulation: End of the Rainbow
  • The Scry Mirror – 1st person, fantasy (witches), female characters – 6 minutes – Buy it in print: What Fates Impose
  • K Is for Kin – 3rd person, horror, female characters – 5 minutes – Buy it in print: E Is for Evil
  • Untouchable – 3rd person, fantasy (zombies), male and female characters – 4 minutes – Read it here – Buy it in print: Night Terrors II
  • Your Wicked Parts – 3rd person, horror (demon/psychopath), female characters – 4 minutes – Read it at Untied Shoelaces of the Mind – Buy it in print: Untied Shoelaces of the Mind Anthology 2011
  • The Hitchhikers – 1st person, horror, male and female characters – 4 minutes – Buy in in print: Phobos
  • Omen – 1st person, whimsical romantic horror, male and female characters – 4 minutes – Buy in in print: Shock Totem
  • Away and Below – 1st person, fantasy (goblins), female narrator – 3 minutes – Read it here – Buy it in print: Faed
  • My Rest a Stone – 1st person, horror (ghosts), female narrator – 3 minutes – Read it here – Buy it in print: Specter Spectacular
  • Xenofabulous – 1st person, humorous science fiction (aliens and fashion), gender-unspecified narrator – 3 minutes – Buy it in print: The Time It Happened

Prose – NCFL ONLY (published in electronic editions only)

  • On the Sabbath Day Be Ye Cleansed – 1st person, science fiction (off-planet colony), gender-unspecified narrator – 14 minutes – Read it at Redstone Science Fiction
  • Dear George, Love Margaret – 1st person epistolary, humorous steampunk romance, female narrator – 12 minutes – Read it at Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly
  • Shimmer – 1st person, science fiction (YA), female narrator – 10 minutes – Read it at Daily Science Fiction
  • Mr. Terwilliger Confesses – 1st person, humorous science fiction (time travel), male narrator – 9 minutes – Read it at UFOPub.com
  • Things I Wish I’d Known Before Drinking the Faerie Wine – 1st person, fantasy (faeries), gender-unspecified narrator – 4 minutes – Buy it: Penumbra: Sept 2013
  • Dolly at the End of the World – 3rd person, horror/sci fi (the apocolypse), male and female characters – 4 minutes – Read it at Daily Science Fiction
  • Remembrance in Stone – 3rd person, fantasy (magic), female characters – 4 minutes – Read it at Daily Science Fiction
  • Things That Matter – 1st person, science fiction (Christmas, the apocalypse), gender-unspecified narrator – 4 minutes – Read it here
  • In Memoriam – 3rd person, horror (vampire hunters), male characters – 3 minutes – Read it at Daily Science Fiction
  • Loving Armageddon – 3rd person, magical realism (relationships), male and female characters – 3 minutes – Read it at Crossed Genres
  • The Gate, My Beloved; My Story, Its Key – 1st person, fantasy (stories), female characters – 3 minutes – Read it at Daily Science Fiction
  • She Opened Her Arms – 3rd person, fantasy (Tam Lin and changelings), female speaking characters – 3 minutes – Read it at Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

Poetry – NFL, NCFL AND UIL ACCEPTABLE

Poetry – NCFL ONLY (published in electronic editions only)

  • Song of Snow – 1st person, dark fantasy romance (Snow White retelling) – female and male narrators – 2 minutes – Read it at Enchanted Conversation
  • Crown of Bells – 1st person, fantasy romance (Beauty and the Beast retelling) – female narrator – 2 minutes – Read it at Mirror Dance
  • A Warning – 2nd person, fantasy horror – gender-unspecified narrator – 1 minute – Read it at Grievous Angel
  • The Unicorn – 2nd person, magical realism – gender-unspecified narrator – 1 minute – Read it at Kaleidotrope

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Craving something longer? The Lair of the Twelve Princesses is a 9000-word sword-and-sorcery novelette, retelling the tale of the twelve dancing princesses featuring a soldier, her genie, and a castle full of treachery, available now at Smashwords or Amazon.

Wolves and Witches has been out for almost an entire year. Hooray! Over the course of its pubversary month, we have two ways for you to get an autographed copy signed by both authors. We live four hours apart, so it is not easy to get both of us and copies of the book in the same place all at once. Result: we don’t have a lot of these! You can get a print copy any old time, but double-signed copies are kind of a rare opportunity!

wolves_and_witches_tinyFirst: We’re doing a Goodreads giveaway from February 1 to February 10. One paperback copy, to US addresses only (sorry!), as wolfy and witchy and fairy-talicious as we could make it. You need a Goodreads account to enter, which is free and totally worth joining anyway. Here’s Wolves and Witches on Goodreads.

Goodreads giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/enter_choose_address/80502-wolves-and-witches

wolves_and_witches_tinySecond: Starting February 10, one copy will be up for auction through Con Or Bust. The auction starts at the low, low price of two American dollars, with bidding to continue through February 23. Proceeds go to Con Or Bust, an excellent non-profit helping fans of color get to SFF cons since 2009. And while you’re there, check out the other stuff for auction, because it is going to be awesome. This one will ship anywhere.

Con or Bust auction: http://con-or-bust.org/2014/01/signed-copy-of-wolves-witches-a-fairy-tale-collection/

Witches have stories too. So do mermaids, millers’ daughters, princes (charming or otherwise), even big bad wolves. They may be a bit darker—fewer enchanted ball gowns, more iron shoes. Happily-ever-after? Depends on who you ask. In Wolves and Witches, sisters Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt weave sixteen stories and poems out of familiar fairy tales, letting them show their teeth.

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