Friday Fictioneers: Not Again..

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This is my submission for Friday Fictioneers, the weekly blog hop where we share flash fiction of 100 words or less. To read more stories or add your own click the blue froggy.

My story is below:

Not Again….

This is the third time this month that I’ve had to call in late to work because of livestock-related traffic delays. Don’t get me wrong, I love living out in the country. It’s beautiful here and the people are great. The roads though – I just don’t know.

I thought this new way to work would be better. Paved all the way and no “Animal Crossing” signs.

Now, watching a herd of sheep stomp past my prone car, all I can think is: yeah, they probably knocked the sign down last time they came through here.

Friday Fictioneers: (Less Than) Half the Story

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This is my submission for Friday Fictioneers, the weekly 100-word flash fiction sprint helmed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. For more stories and/or to add your own, click the blue froggy above.

It’s been a while since I’ve written as part of this blog hop but the versatility of responses this week’s picture made me giggle so many times while reading some of the stories – and then think deep thoughts along with others. Mine is a serious story but I still think the picture is hilarious. For the record. In my happy place the clown is actually okay despite performing a really cool trick or possibly not actually a clown at all. Happy Mid-June!

(Less Than) Half the Story

“Pleading the fifth should be illegal.” Trying to be funny. Cameron’s cheek still throbbed beneath the bandages. “Only victims get tortured now.”

Lisa Thompson did not smile, did not move, not even to glance at her watch.

“Next time I see you, Cameron, is going to be in the morgue. After he kills you.”

“I’m such a klutz.” Cameron pleaded with her pale green eyes. Please believe me, those eyes said. Please don’t be angry.

ADA Thompson nodded once. She stood and left the room without another word, closing the door definitively behind her.

MFTS: The Last Trumpet(?)

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My second entry for Monday’s Finish the Story – sorry so long between entries but life and blogging and then life again has been a tad crazy.

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The crew of the Angel Flame received orders to head out.

Now, at last, was the moment when God would come to deliver them all. The world would be at peace. Gabriel lifted his trumpet, prepared to sound his final call.

Meanwhile, Gary, the captain of the ferry Angel Flame, well, he rolled his eyes. Ever since he had made the decision to start ferrying the occasional tourist group, he had gotten some strange ones. This last group, with their long white robes and (what he hoped were) ceremonial swords, they were definitely the weirdest.

“All aboard,” the captain said, focusing his attention to the controls, prepared to leave port.

If only he had known the world really was about to come to an end, well, maybe Captain Gary would have taken his passengers a bit more seriously. Then again, maybe not. I guess now we’ll never know.

Spooky Creatures – Spooktacular Seductions Blog Tour

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Welcome to a special stop on the Spooktacular Seductions Blog Tour, complete with exclusive author responses to a spooky question.

Halloween has come and gone, but the days are still getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. What scares you?

Each of the authors in the Spooktacular Seductions anthology was asked the following question:

What is the scariest creature you can think of? (Real or imaginary. Spiders, zombies, one you made up in your head, etc.!) What would you do if a ___ snuck up on you in the middle of the night?

And here is what they said:

Linda Carroll-Bradd, author of Bewitching Gypsy

I hate snakes—all types—and I’m not sure I could be as strong as Indiana Jones and deal with them. If one snuck up on me, first I’d try to get as high and then as far away as possible. Are they scared away by screams? Because I could try that too.

Christy Thomas, author of Where Angels Tread

The scariest creature to me are the Vampires portrayed in Christine Feehan’s, Carpathian series novels. They can appear handsome, luring women to them, but they are ruthless, bloodthirsty, men that only want to kill.

If a Vampire snuck up on me in the middle of the night, I’d expect a visit from Samael, the Angel of Death. (You can read Samael’s story in Where Angel’s Tread.)

Havva Murat, author of Encantado

My story revolves around a mythical creature that I would definitely be afraid of: a giant Amazonian sea snake (or in some versions a dolphin) that can take on human form and seduce/lure humans underwater and even inflict insanity. Snakes send me squealing in general, but supernatural underwater snakes are on another plane entirely.

Michelle Ziegler, author of Garden of Souls

Well, I think spiders win.  Granted I’m afraid of Zombies and do wonder if I should prepare incase the Zombie apocalypse comes.  If a spider snuck up on me in the middle of the night I would scream loud enough to make up the neighbors. I’m not sure that I wouldn’t have a heart attack honestly.

Echo Shea, author of If This Be Madness

This can change at any minute, but for right now I’m going to go with zombie. The idea of someone coming up behind me, rotting flesh clinging to sinew and bone, reaching out with softened, bloated hands, rancid breath at back–makes me a tad bit squeamish. First instinct says, I’d grab a frying pan and whack him with it–though I don’t know what it says about my cooking that the undead would obviously sneak up on me in the kitchen or why I’d be cooking in the middle of the night. I guess it’s just a heck of a lot better than having that thing creep up on me in bed–in which case I would pull that iron clad cover over my head. After all, nothing can get to me beneath linen.

Lisa A. Adams, author of Spooky Hollow Cafe

The absolute scariest thing I can even possibly imagine is a GIANT cockroach. You know, like the size of the spiders in the forbidden forest of the Harry Potter series. If ever a cockroach of that size even existed, I’d probably die. But, having one sneak up behind me in the middle of the night? Let’s just say, I wouldn’t handle it quite as well as Ron did.

Lily Carlyle, author of Ghost of a Chance

Zombies scare the crap out of me. I’m pretty sure that if one snuck up on me in the middle of the night, I would react like I do when I have nightmares: try really hard to scream but only a whisper comes out, with my feet rooted to the ground so all I can do is stand there wordlessly, watching the zombie creep up on me…

As for me? I agree with Lily and Echo, that zombies are definitely the worst.

What about you? What scary creatures frighten you the most? And what would you do if you saw one? Let us know in the comments below. Oh, and sweet dreams. Don’t let the vampires bite…. (Unless they ask nicely first.)

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Release Day! Spooktacular Seductions Is Here!

Just a quick note to say that it is NOW the official release date for Spooktacular Seductions, featuring my story, “Do You Believe in Ghosts?” along with 7 other spine-tingling tales!

Happy Book Birthday Spooktacular Seductions!

Genre: Romance Anthology
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Publisher: Roane Publishing

 

Keywords: Romance, Short Stories, Halloween, Paranormal

 

Falling in love can be terrifying.
Eight tales of spooky romance brought to you just in time for Halloween.

Bewitching Gypsy by Linda Carroll-Bradd
Garden of Souls by Michelle Ziegler
If This Be Madness by Echo Shea
Encantado by Havva Murat
Do You Believe in Ghosts by Anne Higa
Ghost of a Chance by Lily Carlyle
Where Angels Tread by Christy Thomas
Spooky Hollow Café by Lisa A. Adams


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