Announcing the Realm of Faerie bundle!


Enter the Realm of Faerie, a world of beauty, danger, and enchantment. But remember the legends if you want to make it back home again…

The tales in this bundle are set in worlds like Tír na nÓg, Annwn, the Otherworld, Elfame, as well as in our own—for there are places where the boundaries between worlds grow thin, and one can pass over as easily as stepping across the threshold of a door. There are queens, mermaids, and monsters. Bargains are made, and secrets kept. Duels are fought, curses laid, and wishes sometimes come true.

These stories contain both good faeries and bad, their motivations noble, or selfish, or sometimes beyond the ability for mere mortals to comprehend. Some of the worlds are enticing and filled with marvels, others rife with threat and intrigue—and, just like with much of faerie mythology, many of the tales in this bundle intertwine beauty, enchantment, and danger. For part of the appeal of Faerie is that it’s a land of contradictions, a place where you could dance with a king or queen under the silver light of the moon, then the next night be sacrificed to a god so ancient no one remembers his name.

I’ve loved reading about faeries since I was little, and am delighted to bring you this collection of novels and short stories. I had a wonderful time putting together a collection of the kinds of books I love to read, and I hope you enjoy them as well.

Step into a fairy ring, walk through a portal, or follow one of the straight tracks, and enter the Realm of Faerie!

The Books

Enter the enchanting, beautiful, and sometimes dangerous world of fairy tales in Alethea Kontis’ Tales of Arilland. Alethea received a volume of unexpurgated fairy tales for her eight birthday, and the impact of reading those stories of magic, monsters, darkness, blood, and hope is clear in the nine tales in this wonderful collection.

In Windshaker’s Bane, by Tom Deitz, the faeries—the Sidhe—come across as magical, intriguing, and different from mortals, yet at the same time feel very, very real.

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson’s Faeborne takes us to a land where the Morrigan, the goddess of war and strife, aspires to become more powerful through the use of violence and sacrifice. This is a wonderful tale of how even in dark and complicated circumstances, one can find love, trust, and happiness.

Midwinter Fae is a collection of short stories about faeries and magic set at the time of the winter solstice. Will the Holly King, who signifies the old year and the shortened sun, be defeated by the Oak King? Or will winter reign eternal?

Anthea Sharp’s Faerie Song: Ten Magical Tales contains stories about magic, music, and the fey. Several of her tales incorporate elements from traditional ballads and songs, and Anthea’s love of music (she plays⁠—and sings!⁠—Celtic music) is evident throughout this beautiful collection.

Faery Novice, the first book in Leslie Claire Walker’s Young Adult series Faery Chronicles, takes us to a fast-paced world of magic, intrigue, and romance where faeries, angels, and demons are all very, very real.

Enter the beautiful, magical realm of winter in Amber Argyle’s Daughter of Winter. The Winter Queen’s daughter lives a life of isolation in the land of ice and snow, unaware that she is a key part of a bargain that was made long, long ago.

Leslie Claire Walker’s Faery Prophet is the second book in her Young Adult series Faery Chronicles. Will the blossoming powers of a faery seer’s apprentice be strong enough to prevent a demon from rising? Or will he lose, and become a demon himself?

Sharon Kae Reamer’s Primary Fault, the first book in her Schattenreich series, is set in Cologne, Germany. Sharon, a retired archeoseismologist who actually lives in Cologne herself, creates a unique, engaging, magical world which combines mythology, seismology, history, and romance.

Things often take an unexpected turn in DeAnna Knippling’s stories, and One Dark Summer Night is no exception. In this book she’s created a dark, intriguing world with fairies who are more complex than they first appear.

Sacrifice, Changeling, and Rival are the first three books of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s series The Fey. The Fey, a beautiful, complex people, have conquered have of the world, and are determined to control it all. Kris weaves elements from mythology together into a world rich with battle, intrigue, mystery, and love.

Charlotte English’s Mr Drake & My Lady Silver is a beautiful, engaging tale about curses, predicaments, magic, and love. Pour yourself a glass of ice-wine, grab a cloudy starcake with jelly pearls, and enter the world of Aylfenhame.

Entangled by Midsummer, by Jamie Ferguson (me!), combines elements from Celtic mythology with intrigue and danger. I love to put my characters in situations where they have to make hard choices, and when you throw in faeries, magic, and ambition, the consequence of failure becomes deadly.

The Realm of Faerie bundle

This bundle is available for a limited time at StoryBundle.com/Fantasy.

Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of the purchase price to the charities Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now!

 
 

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Progress on making progress

My laptop died last week…which may be partly my fault. 🙂 It was doing a zillion things—I always have a bunch of apps running, and 50+ browser tabs open in multiple windows. It had gotten really slow that day, and for some reason I thought: I know, I’ll reboot it!

I’d forgotten about the warning message I’d gotten earlier that day telling me I was almost out of disk space…

Since there was literally no disk space left (oops), my laptop was unable to boot. I normally kept it in a stand and plugged it into two big monitors, but something had obviously gone awry I pulled it out of the stand and set it flat on the kitchen counter. Except…it wasn’t flat. 🙂 The bottom of the laptop had become slightly rounded because the battery had swelled, which is a Very Bad Thing. And once I realized that (which I only did because my husband pointed it out), I remembered that I’d noticed that the bottom wasn’t flat a few months ago. I just hadn’t thought anything about it. You might be wondering: What exactly did I think at the time, and why did I assume it made any sense for the bottom of my laptop to suddenly become rounded? That is an excellent question which I am completely unable to answer. 🙂

Fortunately my husband lent me his laptop, and I keep almost everything in the cloud in some way or another, so I was able to get back up and running with most things after only an hour or two.

But there’s more! Yesterday I realized I couldn’t open any of my Photoshop files that were in a Dropbox folder on an external drive, which was alarming as every single book cover I’ve created is in a Photoshop file. I’m still not sure exactly what happened, but it turns out that while the files on that drive are bad, what’s actually in Dropbox is fine. Whew! I think this may have been because I was accessing the drive across the network in a way I’d never done before…although it still doesn’t quite make sense. Whatever happened with those files also happened to my Quicken file, so today I realized that all the work I did balancing accounts and things last weekend didn’t actually get saved, and has to be redone.

My new computer should arrive tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to recreating my little world. I’m especially excited about finally being able to look through all my photos from Tokyo on a big screen. They’re all safe, but I didn’t want to set up too many things on my husband’s laptop since my new computer was on its way. It’s an iMac, which I’ve resisted buying for a long time because I like the flexibility of a laptop. But most of what I do is at my desk and doesn’t require a laptop, so I think this is the right decision.

One good thing that came out of all of this is that I sort of cleaned my desk. “Sort of” means that I got rid of some extra computer-related things (a monitor, an external hard drive, and an Airport that I didn’t even realize existed), and I dusted (at least the top of the desk). There’s still a big pile of papers that I need to sort through because I’m behind on paying bills thanks to all my computer excitement, but at least there’s a lot more space for the pile. 🙂

I started a new short story today, and am really happy with where it’s going. Writing is like exercise: if I take too long of a break it’s hard to get going again, even though it’s something I want to do—and know I’m capable of doing. I hadn’t written anything in over a month, and on top of that I’ve been super busy—even without the computer craziness. 🙂 So it was really, really hard to get going today. But now that I’ve started this story I should be fine…until the next time I take too long off from writing…

Ready to play ball!

 
 

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Almost over jet lag!

I’m finally beginning to get over jet lag a week after coming back from Tokyo⁠—by next weekend I figure I’ll be back to normal. 🙂

Sensō-ji, in Asakusa. This is Tokyo’s oldest temple.

This trip was so I could take a few classes for my day job, so while I did have to do work-related things, I also got to do some fun touristy things⁠—and didn’t have to pay for the travel expenses. 🙂 The best part of the trip was spending time with my friend Mike M, who moved to Tokyo seven years ago. We’ve seen each other in Colorado a few times since he moved, but it had been a while, and we had a ton of things to catch up on. He took me on a whirlwind tour of the city, which was super fun. His wife met us later in the day and we went to Roppongi Inakia for an amazing dinner. It was a good thing they both speak Japanese because I wouldn’t have known to order half the dishes they picked!

Tokyo Tower

One of the more memorable adventures on this trip was walking to Tokyo Tower and back with a few of my co-workers. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt, which is right next to Mori Tower, a 54-story skyscraper that our company’s office is in. On the last evening of class we walked over to Tokyo Tower, which is a communications tower designed in the style of the Eiffel Tower. We started to walk back toward the hotel and stop at a restaurant along the way, but decided to take a slightly different route. We could see Mori Tower, so we knew which direction to head in. What we didn’t realize is that there are two Mori Towers! Ours was Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, but at some point we accidentally started heading toward Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, which is 52 stories tall and also has the words “Mori Tower” on the top. Oops. 🙂 Once we got there and realized what had happened we looked at the map and found it was about a 40 minute walk back to our hotel, so we took a cab back. The next day one of my co-workers realized she actually had taken a small video clip that showed both towers, but none of us noticed this at the time. 🙂

Our last day was a team building day for the smaller group I work in, which meant we got to be tourists for the day. We went to Yanaka, a neighborhood that escaped the bombings in WWII, and is considered one of the more traditional areas of Tokyo. There’s a cemetery, temples, shrines, and lots of shops. One of my favorite shops was Kanekichien, a tea shop where I bought tea (hojicha and genmaicha⁠, which are both very, very good—I wish I’d bought a few other varieties as well). My other favorite shop was Isetatsu, a store founded in 1864 that sells chiyogami, a kind of paper printed with colorful patterns, and created with traditional wood block printing methods. (Yes, I bought one, and will get it framed. :)) I also bought some beautiful pieces of furoshiki cloth. This is an approach to using pieces of cloth to wrap things in an artful way. We’ll see how mine turn out…

Torii at Nezu Shrine

The weather forecast called for rain on our tourist day, and I thought: pshaw! How much can it possibly rain? Apparently enough for me to become completely soaked. 🙂 Fortunately the lady at Isetatsu put a plastic bag over my shopping bag, so the papers I purchased didn’t get wet. I finally stopped at a 100 Yen store and bought an umbrella. Our last stop before heading back to enjoy a fabulous dinner at Roku Roku was Nezu Shrine. I really wanted to visit this shrine and see the path of vermilion torii, and they were just as neat to see as I’d hoped. There were only a few other tourists there, probably because it was raining :), which made it feel even more special it was easy to get a good look at everything without having to peer around other people.

Frogs.

Saturday morning I wandered around a little on my own, and stopped by two shrines that were close to our hotel: Juban Inari Shine, which has two frog statues to honor the legend of a giant frog that extinguished the flames of a great fire. This shrine also has a statue of a boat containing the Seven Lucky Gods. These gods ride on their takarbune (treasure ship) at New Year’s and stop in ports and bestow gifts on those lucky enough to come across them.

Juban Inari Shrine

A lot more happened on the trip—so much that I’ve started making notes while I still remember everything. It was really, really fun, and I’d love to go back again someday.

Now I’m back in the real world, and hopefully I really am finally adjusting back to Colorado time. 🙂 I’m wrapping up the last few details for the next volume in the anthology series A Procession of Faeries. Things are going well, although my computer died today 🙁 so instead of finalizing the book cover, I ordered a new computer and set up a temporary profile on my husband’s computer. The good thing is that because I keep almost everything backed up and/or in the cloud, it was surprisingly quick to set things up. I was super organized and made notes on what I set up, since I’m going to have to repeat this when my new computer arrives.

I do have new short story that came out last month: “After,” which appears in issue 002 of Vagabond magazine. My story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where most of humanity has been wiped out by a virus. But don’t worry, it’s a (mostly) uplifting story!

The best part about my trip was coming back to Rosie and Jasper. 🙂

 
 

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