“To Be a Monster” is in the Here Be Monsters story bundle! This monstrously fun collection is curated by A. L. Butcher. This collection releases on June 29th, and is available for pre-order.

We love to fear them and fight them. Monsters come in many forms, from the monsters within to the monsters outside and under the bed. Dare you venture into the caverns and the castles? Dare you enter the darkness of an accursed soul?

An eclectic collection of dark creatures and those who fight them. You have been warned.

Here Be Monsters features 19 tales of myths, monsters, and mayhem.

“Twin Wishes” is in Fiction River: Wishes, which was edited by Rebecca Moesta.

Forget the old adage that cautions against wishing. The sixteen stories in this latest Fiction River contain just the right amount of heart, magic, pathos, and even hope. From a daughter hoping to save her father with a crash-course in wishery to an unfortunate victim at the wrong end of someone else’s wish, these stories show teens trying to wish away their problems—with often unexpected results. But no matter the dilemma, this volume of Fiction River promises to lift your spirits and remind you just how much magic the universe offers.

This collection includes stories by Eric Kent Edstrom, Ron Collins, Dale Hartley Emery, Alexandra Brandt, Bonnie Elizabeth, Lisa Silverthorne, Brigid Collins, Diana Deverell, Robert T. Jeschonek, Lesley L. Smith, T. Thorn Coyle, Dave Raines, Annie Reed, Dayle A. Dermatis, and Leslie Claire Walker.

“The Other Side of the Portal” is in A Fistful of Dinosaurs! In addition to my story, this collection contains stories by James Patrick Kelly, Walter Jon Williams, Richard Chwedyk, Rachel Swirsky, Charles Eugene Anderson, Wayne Faust, Lou J Berger, Kent W Johnson, Denise E. Dora, Mario Acevedo, Rebecca Hodgkins, Bruce Holland Rogers, Lucy Taylor, Carol Emshwiller, Robert J. Sawyer, Steve Rasnic Tem.

My story is set in tunnels underneath present-day London – because that’s obviously where you’d expect to find dinosaurs. 🙂 I based my dinosaur off of Latenivenatrix, which is currently considered to be one of the most intelligent dinosaurs. I used this fantastic image to help me visualize what the dinosaur would look like, and gave him/her/it both feathers and fur.

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“Magic and Machinery” is in the Once Upon a Quest anthology!

Maude and her brother Gerhardt head to an inn in the country for a holiday from their family business designing clockwork systems. One of the other guests is a magician who falls in love with Maude. He demands she marry him and, when she declines, transforms her brother into a stag and imprisons her in a glass coffin.

Maude works with machinery, not magic. Can she find a way to escape the magician’s grasp and free her beloved brother?

This is the first time I ever wrote a story based off a fairy tale. “Magic and Machinery” is a retelling of “The Glass Coffin” by The Brothers Grimm, which is one of the many variants of Sleeping Beauty. I changed my version to be from the woman’s point of view, and I added a steampunk element – which was a surprise to me, even though I’m the author. 🙂

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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”.