Friday Fictioneers: Maiden’s Lament

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This is my submission for Friday Fictioneers, a weekly blog hop where we all write stories of about 100 words (this one is slightly under – yay) in response to a prompt. To join in and to see more stories, click the blue froggy!

Maiden’s Lament

I never look back to see the sun set through the tears that cloud my vision. I thought this time would be different. You would accept me for who I am.

I can still remember the awe on your face as the many-colored rays cascaded around my relaxed body, thrumming with ancient magic.

“You said you were different but wow,” you said, smiling in awe.

The glances came later, the suspicions, the moments of fear when I got angry.

I’m sorry.

I take wing, now a glistening swan, my preferred form. I never look back again.

Release Day: Trouble By Any Other Name

road receding into the distanceLori MacLaughlin, author of Lady, Thy Name is Trouble, is releasing her sequel novel Trouble By Any Other Name today May 23rd. Congrats Lori!

Trouble By Any Other Name

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She’s yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn’t dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?
With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret. Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.

Happy Monday!

 

Think About It

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Yeah, I was paying attention. I know what you’re planning to do and have a pretty good idea why. I’d like to say something like “good luck” and “see you when you get back.” I’d even like to try again to talk you out of this.

Instead, I just want to point out – one last time – that 1) dragons jealously hoard their treasures, 2) this one has never bothered us and 3) I’m pretty sure the princess chose to leave for her own reasons, ie. to get away from you and your unwelcome advances.

Please, at least finish Dragon Slaying for Dummies, especially  the chapter on What to Do if Escape Seems Impossible. There are pictures. Just saying.

Well, good luck.

 

Almost to the end of the A-Z Challenge! Congrats to all my fellow writers going for it this year. So, what do you think. Have you ever had a friend or acquaintance determined to do something you knew was a bad idea and felt the need to try your best to talk them out of it? Have you ever done something great and impossible-seeming despite people trying to talk you out of it? What do you think? Here’s to all the dragon slayers out there and to all the people who care!

 

Entryway & Happy IWSG Day!

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A door in Mykonos, Greece

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5000 people a year. Every spring a crowd would gather on the muddy cobblestone street where the pale gray door sat waiting to open. Some brought whole families, and some brought hope.

For exactly 5000 people a year, the door would creak silently open and they, and only they, could see it happen. No one who was called refused. No one in the kingdom failed to stop and see if it was their turn, from the highest regent to the lowest peasant. Though some tried, no one from outside the kingdom was ever called to enter.

No one knew where the door had come from or why it was there.

Some returned with rare jewels. Others returned with secrets, with knowledge beyond telling.

5000 people a year, starting in spring and ending in fall – and the world would never be the same again.

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This is my fifth entry for the A-Z Challenge.  It’s also IWSG Wednesday and I want to say happy IWSG Day to all my insecure writers out there! Every time I commit myself to do this flash fiction thing I find myself inspired and reminded that – when I put in the effort – I can get things written. Maybe not the best work in the world but once I start writing I remember why I love it and wonder how I sometimes think I can’t possibly think of anything to write today.

Happy April!

G – Goddess Only Knows

My entry for the A-Z Challenge, for the letter G, a flash fiction story:

Goddess Only Knows

Long ago, in times past telling, five solitary flowers bloomed. Every year, devotees of the Sacred Goddess braved the heart of the Great Garden, coming to visit these blooms, to seek their wisdom.

Each flower had its own special brand of knowledge.

The first, a bright red rose, knew the future, carefully advising seekers on the things which were yet to come. The second, the delicate daisy, judged matters of morality, taking up difficult cases which no one else could solve. The third, the glorious sunflower, proclaimed everlasting truths. The fourth, a violet, spoke gently of love.

The final flower knew of memory, of forgetting and remembering, and knew all too well how often their well-meaning advice was abused. In the end, it was the final flower which had enough, erasing all memory of its existence. None now know the name of this fifth, for all those worthy to know have long since faded into forgetfulness and gloom.

Do the flowers still bloom? If so, where? Only the Goddess knows now. Some say that if you wake at dawn with a pure heart and absolute need, you may hear a gentle voice, and the Goddess may lead you back to their wisdom.

New Release: Lady, Thy Name is Trouble

Congrats to Lori, on her debut release of Lady Thy Name is Trouble, a sword & sorcery epic.

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Trouble is Tara Triannon’s middle name. As swords for hire, Tara and her sister Laraina thrive on the danger. But a surprise invasion throws them into chaos… and trouble on a whole new level. Pursued by the Butcher, a terrifying assassin more wolf than man, Tara and Laraina must get a prince marked for death and a young, inept sorceress to safety. There’s only one problem – eluding the Butcher has never been done. Aided by a secretive soldier of fortune, they flee the relentless hunter.

Gifted with magic and cursed by nightmares that are all too real, Tara must stop an army led by a madman and fend off an evil Being caught in a centuries-old trap who seeks to control her magic and escape through her dreams – all while keeping one step ahead of the Butcher.

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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