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My short story “The Next Dance” appears in Fiction River: Tavern Tales, which was released in January 2017.

Think you know a tavern tale when you hear one? Think again. The seventeen stories in this volume run the gamut of genre and mood. Bars filled with glitter and ghosts stand alongside taverns filled with orcs and adventurers. Exclusive members-only drinks served at the end of the universe war with coffee bars with strange employee policies in the Pacific Northwest. Dive bars, afterlife bars, gay bars—you name it, and you’ll find it in Tavern Tales. So, grab a drink and get ready for one of the most entertaining Fiction River volumes yet.

I came up with the idea for this story while doing historical research for a novel set in the American West. Saloon and dancehall girls, who ‘respectable’ ladies considered to be one step above prostitutes, were employed to entertain men in the bars and keep them drinking, dancing, and spending money. There were very few ways for women to make a living in that time and place, and I found myself intrigued by what their lives must have been like. And so I wrote about Nelle, a young woman who’s good at keeping the miners in town entertained – even when they can’t dance!

The next bundle I’m organizing is The Faerie Summer bundle, a collection of 20 tales about faeries. It will be available May 1st on BundleRabbit. And yes, that’s May Day – also known as Beltaine – because of course this collection has to be released on a pagan holiday…

In the meantime, check out the Faerie Summer bundle’s Facebook page, where I’ll soon begin to post information about the stories that will be included.

Each week, a post about one of the stories from a bundle I’ve curated will be published on Blackbird Publishing’s blog. Interviews with the bundle authors will appear occasionally as well. I’m also writing a series of “how tos for authors” posts.

Bundles that contain stories of mine