His queen took a deep breath and blurted, "I want to go with the revelers when the gates open, King."
His bored facade shattered and his hands went to grip the arms of his throne. "No." But he held up a hand before she could voice a protest. "Why? You plan on sticking that black blade of yours into Wolf's eye?"
"I... I want to see my family." She shifted nervously, flattening out a ruffle in her dress.
"No you don't. You want to cause yourself pain." When her expression caved in on itself and he almost heard the resignation squeezing the life from her heart, he grit his teeth and waved a dismissive hand, conceding, "But that is your right." Her face brightened and the trepid smile that graced his gaze made his heart skip a beat. He rested his chin back on a fist and mumbled, "Just be back by midnight, Bastard Queen. And don't part from your queensguard."
Rowena, proud to die, is offered to her village's seasonal deity, The Spice King, so that the god can be reborn and herald in the Spring... only to discover that her sacrifice is completely unnecessary, machined into import through the schemes of the power-hungry shaman, Wolf.
But her Lucky Star convinces the King Himself to bring her back to life to aid Him (and his poorly equipped pantheon) in The Great Game of cosmic politics unseen and untenable to the rest of Mankind.
Prepare yourself for a far-flung tale of theology, romance, and fantasy - based in part on the Hades/Persephone myth!
NEXT UPDATE: TBA
One would imagine that the God of Memory might remember she ended the world, but Papyrus doesn't even know why she ended up mortal, let alone why she decided to ruin life for everyone else.
Papyrus, God Scribe, finds herself in the wastes of a Decopunk nation state that is teetering toward a revolution. Fallen Gods, reincarnating kings, cybernetic mutants, cannibal cabals, and violent religious orders vie for supremacy outside its domed, bubble-like cities--all waiting for their chances to overtake and overthrow the ruling Houses within them.
As Papyrus quests to find her memories and discover what really happened to her and her divine kin in the time before, the Protector of Forgotten Things must decide if she wants to simply continue being a recorder of history... or become an active participant in its unfolding.
If you're into strange characters, time-travel love stories, and unadulterated techno-babble-speak, then you'll feel right at home as Papyrus blazes a trail across Retzu!
NEXT UPDATE: TBD
"If you don't want the skin off their bones turned into jackets for what remains of my collection... you'd best find my stolen books, Ms. Fairchild."
Tesni Fairchild received a letter from her sister after some months of silence on the latter's part. Invited to celebrate her newborn nephew's first showing at church as his Godmother, Tesni puts her life in Birmingham on hold to journey to Argostine, an isle just off the coast of Blackpool. But all is not what it seems. The talk around Argostine's queer reputation constantly assails her motivation, and when Tesni at long last crosses the threshold of her sister's estate, babe and mother are decidedly absent.
Assured by the Lord and the governess of the house that the Lady of Cathair Estate is simply seeking post-natal solace in Argostine's Lonely wood before the showing, Tesni familiarizes herself with the small, craggy town... and, upon meeting the dubious characters that make up the emerald-soaked township, becomes more and more certain that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong and she has arrived all too late to prevent it.
But then she meets Leabharlannaí, a Courtless trickster Fae, and a deal is struck betwixt them.
Caught between storm, superstition, and the supernatural, Tesni must keep her wits and her sanity about her if she even hopesto leave the island with every one of her pieces still attached.
Will continue to write in this one if there's any interest.
The Doulosi must be divided.
They operate technology with thoughts alone. They bend electricity, water, and fire with simple gestures and commands. They shape the fabric of reality around them.
If the Doulosi cannot be divided... Mankind is surly doomed.
"Doulos magic is not going to save the world. There will be no saviors. There are no innocents to defend if we go to war... My mother will never accept that."
Beauregard Colette has been on his own for the last ten years, working as a research and development team lead at one of America's premiere tech companies, Kinigos Industries. He gave up his Free Doulosi identity all those years ago in order to survive in a world increasingly at odds with unregulated users of magic. He was content with his work, appreciating the company of artificial people over their fleshy counterparts.
Of course, his precious routine is upset when his mother, a very public Free Doulosi leader figure, invites him back to the fold for a peaceful family gathering where it is assumed all the Free Doulosi royalty will be grouped together for the first time in nearly two decades. Under orders to funnel all information back to the Interceptor Corps, Beau is sponsored by his company to take Nina Colette up on her offer--as a show of good faith in his human overlords, if nothing else.
But Beau knows what his mother really wants, and it isn't peace.
NEXT UPDATE: TBD
This is the third installment in the Doulosi Universe. If you're ever lost or confused about the significance of certain events/characters, you are more than welcome and are encouraged to read the previous entries, The Glass Cloisteron Amazon.com and A Box of Wet Matches(a short story collection bridging the narrative gap between Cloisterand Kinigos) available soon through the same storefront. However, if something still isn't jiving, please let me know. Criticism is always much appreciated.
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Short Story Content Descriptions:
Issue One - "Executable Forgiveness" (Drama, Sci-fi) - Estin is the first robot to be given agency; that is to say, given full human rights. However, his project is called into question after he's hacked and his integrity is compromised. Can he convince his wife it was only a one-off?
Issue Two - "Love on a Bed of Leaves and Letters" (Drama) - Julius Pessoa struggles with his guilt over the death of his young wife and his indecision to receive the gift she has left him in her craft room. Fall is a time of melancholy, but it is also one of promised renewal...
Issue Three - "In the Garden" (Sci-fi, Time Travel) - Dr. Leandra Hayes meets with her long-time colleague and ex-lover, Terence Whitaker, to approve a new companion-model robot he's about to release. When Lean meets Ema though, her understanding of reality is ripped apart.
Issue Four - "Forget Me Not" (Sci-Fan, Tragedy) - Spomenka and The Bounty Hunter fall in love on the dark-side of a terraformed Mars. However, disappointment and bloodshed are just around the corner.
Issue Five - "Cloven Dreams" (Tragedy) - These five sentences were written for a flash contest titled "Break My Heart".
Issue Six - "Penny" (Mystery) - Blue and Penny grow up together, bonding over fairies and magical gardens. Blue struggles to maintain that lifelong connection as they get older, but Penny has a secret that will make or break Blue's understanding of the word "lifelong".
Issue Seven - "John Ghost" (Humor, Sci-fi) - A crude take on the traditional ghost story. Poops are made, phones are dropped, lessons are learned. An on-the-clock mechanic realizes that cheating the system might be inviting the company of strange bathroom-fellows.
Issue Eight - "The Mold" (Tragedy) - Fraya wants to be more than just a friend, so she makes Laura Lane into more than her best friend. She turns Laura Lane into a fallen angel, thus transforming herself into God's written word. Of course all Hell breaks loose.
Soon to be published on Amazon - with four more exclusive stories - on the 15th of September.
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"Let's Talk About..." is where Blondemaverick waxes about things she hasn't written yet, talks about writing as a process, reviews recent stories she might have read, and basically puts off actually writing anything of value.
This is considered an open discussion, so there will be SPOILERS.
Sanguiknights and their unholy monarchs rule the fringes of the Andromeda Galaxy.
Dhampyres and other unliving hunters prevent their expansion into core, human systems.
Vampire lords profit from the never-ending conflict, using their vassals to homestead uninhabited planets and cultivate literal cultures of human beings for consumption.
In the darkness between their stars, the noise stirs something to wake...
Yunuen and Sinne crew the pirate-killing ship Shodato.It's their privilege and their passion to thwart passing freighters flying fraudulent flags. But their way of life is put in jeopardy when they happen upon a mysterious craft and its deadly occupant: a Sanguiknight (who insists he's not) from Earth (--you know, that one made-up place).
Laurel of Earth has a problem: he's been frozen for 50 extra years and he has no idea where his family has gone. Irritated by this minor inconvenience, he's forced to work with some humans (and some robots) to find out what's become of his mother (Sebara), her boy-toy (Mercenary), and their cohorts (Titania and Senka).
This is the second story in the "Vassal State" Saga. We shift from vampire drama to vampire science-fiction as our titular blood-suckers take their adventure to the stars.
Thamlin Sharpier and Frost Delain, two dragon riders loyal to the fascist autocrats of The United Fiefs of Dorn, find themselves crashed behind enemies lines and must learn to put aside their differences in order to survive the semi-aquatic state of Radia and it's strange, mermadic populace.
NEXT UPDATE: TBD