For recent and notable short story publications, see this list.


Wishing Season: Holiday Tales of Whimsy and Wonder

Journey to the North Pole and beyond in seven magical tales for the young at heart:

"The Gingerbread Reindeer" - When Santa finds himself one reindeer short for the Christmas run, the frost-elf Boreas enchants a replacement. But there's more than elf-magic being worked, and when an ancient foe threatens them all, the gingerbread reindeer finds he's made of more than just flour and sugar.

"Special Delivery" - It's Christmas Eve, and Phillip Cottington--a.k.a. the Easter Bunny--is already planning for spring. But when a letter intended for Santa gets delivered to him instead, Phillip has to make sure it gets through in time.

"Holly's Jolly Christmas" - All the young reindeer Holly dreams of is to be part of Santa's team, but no one will give her the chance--until a child's letter starts her on a path that will take her places she never imagined.

"An Older World" - Jakob the toymaker lives in a world of grief, until a special toy gives him a chance at a new life.

"The First Winter" - A mother bear tells her cubs the story of how First Bear defeated Death.

"Nativity" - An orphaned girl finds an unusual place to belong.

"Santa's Summer Vacation" - By order of Mrs. Claus, Santa and his head elf Fussbudget travel to the magical island of Serendipity to relax on the beach. But Maelstrom, evil King of the Eighth Sea, has other plans for Santa.

Available direct from the author via Smashwords or Amazon.



STRAEON 1: Malady Fare

From the creator of the acclaimed Campbellian Anthology series comes STRAEON: a new quarterly exploration of stories that are longer, more complex, more mature, and more challenging than the norm. If you're looking for space unicorns, sexy vampires, or short comedies that end in bad puns, you won't find that here.

But if conventional genre stories don't quite fit you--if you aren't comfortable with the genre you've been wearing, or have grown too comfortable with the way it hangs upon your frame--if you sometimes wonder why you never see stories that speak to who you are, and are looking for fiction that is new, different, and not entirely safe...

Maybe you should try on STRAEON.

Includes my novella "Signal" as well as fiction from Juliette Wade, Pat MacEwen, Lara Campbell McGehee, Gillian Daniels, Ian Creasey, Jenny Rae Rappaport, Anna Yeatts, Robert Dawson, and Heather J. Frederick.

Published by Rampant Loon Press. Available at Amazon.



Five Fortunes

A fortune can be many things. A fortune is wealth, which you earn through hard work, win by chance, steal by cunning, or lose through tragedy. Good fortune smiles upon some and makes life easy, while ill fortune curses others to walk lonely, bitter roads. A fortune can be your fate foretold with cards, predetermined by the stars, or read in tea leaves and portents. Here you will find a mix of all such fortunes and the stories of five fates determined by chance or divined by purpose.

One man will remake himself into a rabbit to forge a new life. A lioness will pursue her desire to be a hunter at all costs. A wolf will struggle against her nature, only to find that even counting money can be dangerous. A cat will fall in love with a dog, and both will find that means more than anyone could imagine. And a Caitian will journey across the stars in the hope of escaping the misfortunes of his life.

Each tale explores how a fortune can change a life. How a person might change their destiny. How greed or simple bad luck can change everything. And above all, the lengths some will go to make themselves a new fortune.

Includes my novella "Huntress," as well as novellas by Phil Geusz, Watts Martin, Mary E. Lowd, and Bernard Doove. Edited by Fred Patten.

Published by FurPlanet. Order from their website.



Six Impossible Things

A new father is visited by his childhood imaginary friend. A woman falls in love with a cartoon character. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse show up at a big-box retail chain. Sometimes humorous, often poignant, and always memorable, the six short stories in this collection may just make you believe impossible things.

This ebook includes my short stories "Childish Things," "Moon, June, Raccoon," "Norma the Wal-Mart Greeter Meets the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," "Swear Not By the Moon," "Drawn From Memory," and "The Garden".

Available free at Amazon and Smashwords.



By Sword and Star

"Prince Tiran of Silverglen may be heir to the throne of all Asteria, but he's always felt more at home among the villagers, no matter how many lectures he gets from his father. But when the elk-lord Roden slaughters the royal family and claims the throne, only Tiran is left to avenge their deaths and take his place as the rightful king. His journey will lead him from the shadowed heart of his forest home into the treetops with the squirrel-clan of the Drays, across the western plains, and among the mysterious and deadly wolves of the Northern Reach. With his allies' help, Tiran must become the king his people need him to be—or risk fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will spell the end of Asteria itself."

Recommended for teen and adult readers.

Published by Anthropomorphic Dreams Publishing. Order the paperback at Amazon or Lulu. Ebook versions are available in Kindle and EPUB formats.



Real Dragons Don't Wear Sweaters

All Dinkums wants is to be a real dragon, a fierce crimson-scaled firebreather like the ones living in the northern caves. Instead, Dinkums is pink, fuzzy, and cute--until Skye, a teen witch bored by school and ready for a challenge, finds a way to transform him. But Dinkums and Skye are both about to learn that being real is more complicated than they bargained for.

A fantasy novelette available direct from the author via Smashwords or Amazon's Kindle store.




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