Tag: Fiction

Book Release ~ Quantum Wanderlust

I've always been fascinated by the idea of time travel. I also love writing short stories and have had the privilege of participating in several anthologies. So, when AIW Press announced they were seeking stories for a Time Travel Anthology, I gladly hopped on board. My story, Gold Wings, is one of thirteen short pieces of fiction in the new release Quantum Wanderlust. Here is a bit more about the book: What if you had all the time in the world? Thirteen authors answer that question with short stories about time travel. Go back in time to right a wrong, forward to see the future. No jump is too large, no method unfeasible, no lesson beyond learning. Visit the past to learn a family secret. See the formation of a future dictatorship. Assume responsibility for weaving the fabric of time. Travel back in time to WWII. Use a family heirloom…

Full Moons, Time Travel, and a Holiday

After taking two days off from my day job last week, I had a five day weekend with the Labor Day holiday. And can I say those five days went by incredibly fast? Somehow, in my busyness to finish Unknown Reasons as well as formatting another book, I lost track of the fact we had a full moon this week until I saw the setting moon in the western sky as I left the house yesterday morning. [caption id="attachment_3924" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Harvest Moon from a few years ago. One of my attempts at capturing a good shot.[/caption] Frustrated that I'd missed this year's Harvest Moon, I searched for the date once I arrived at work and learned the Harvest Moon occurs in October this year because it's closest to the equinox on September 22. Hopefully, I remember to look at the horizon on the night of October 5. I…

A Perfect Ten (Guest Posting)

Mondays. Lots of songs have been written and sung about this day of the week. Two that come to mind are the Mamas and Papas, "Monday, Monday," and The Carpenter's "Rainy Days and Mondays." Neither of the songs put the first day of the work week in a good light. But this Monday is a good day because fellow author Don Massenzio has interviewed me for his "Perfect 10" series. I answer questions related to writing as well as a bit about myself. Some things you may already know, others you won't. Hope you'll join me over at Don's blog. Click here to read the interview.

The Passenger

This is a follow-up to my flash-fiction piece from last week. Another one written in first person. Not sure if I'm going anywhere with this story, but time will tell. I glanced at the man sitting beside me in my car. He was here. Now. And she wasn’t with him. Why had he come? I didn’t ask him too many questions at the bar, but I knew sooner or later I needed answers. And I wasn’t sure I was ready to hear what he had to say without opening up to him completely. He told me he had to get away from Somerset and needed a place to hide. But why here? And why now? Who was he hiding from? Her or someone else? And why had he come to me? I should have said no. In spite of my reservations, I said yes. I focused my attention on the…

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I haven't posted any short or flash fiction stories since I gave up First Friday Fiction over a year ago. However, a friend recently encouraged me to try the daily Wordpress prompts. Not only does this post deviate from my usual genre of suspense, it's also written in first person rather than third person. I hope you enjoy this short piece. I felt his presence before I ever saw him—that old familiar feeling of always knowing when he was nearby had returned. I hadn’t felt this way in over two years, but somehow, I knew he was here. Our friends and co-workers often wondered how I had this penchant for knowing where he was. I couldn’t explain it. I guess it came from being partners for almost five years. Or maybe because he saved my life on more than one occasion. We were more than partners and co-workers. We had…

Wrapping it Up – June 16

Hi, everyone. Hard to believe another week has come and gone. While the official start of summer is still a few days away, we're already experiencing summer-like temperatures here in Texas. The days have grown longer, but that is something I enjoy. And, in spite of the heat, there are so many things I enjoy about summer. However, it's time for my weekly wrap-up with links to Story Empire and AIW Press. I'm a Beatles fan, in case you didn't know, so of course, I would find a way to tie them to writing. My Monday post at Story Empire talks about their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album and how writers can learn from them. Click here to read. Wednesday, Harmony Kent had a great post about the use of commas. This is part one of two - the second will be upcoming in a few weeks. Be sure to…

In and Around the Web

TGIF everyone! I, for one, am glad for an upcoming three-day weekend. But for now, it's Friday and that means it's time for another curated content post at Story Empire. Each week, the six Story Empire authors share different posts we've found around the web related to writing and/or marketing. Click here to read this week's list. And yesterday at the AIW Press blog, K. E. Lane shared the second in her series on Ten Tips to a Better Manuscript. And if you missed part one, click here. And last, but not least, fellow author Carmen Stefanescu posted a wonderful review of my novel Unseen Motives. You can read her review by clicking this link. (Thanks, Carmen!) Wishing everyone a great fun-filled weekend.

Harvesting the Crop of your writing | Story Empire

Good morning, readers. I've been a bit silent here and social media. I'm going into what I call my "summer mode." Things change around the Hall household during summer as my husband, who normally works evenings transitions to days. That means I get less writing done, but we get to spend more time together. However, he's made a promise to hold me accountable to writing at least an hour each evening. After all, I have a novel to finish as well as a short story for an upcoming anthology (more to come on that down the road). Suffice to say, I'm excited about the project. Anyhow, Harmony Kent is posting today at Story Empire with another great article. Click the link below to visit and read. Source: Harvesting the Crop of your writing | Story Empire

Book Reviews ~ An Author’s Lifeline

With the onset of online shopping, digital books, self-publishing, and such book reviews are an author's lifeline. They can make or break a book. Amazon is the number one place to post reviews, and many people will go there to read reviews even if they purchase a book through Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, iBooks, and such. I often use reviews before deciding to buy a book by an author with whom I am unfamiliar. If I see too many negative ones, most often I'll back away. There have been a few times when a negative review enticed me to buy a book because something the review didn't like, I knew I would. But too many times I'll read a review that says, "Not my genre." Really? Then why did you buy the book in the first place?  There are right ways and wrong ways to write a book review. Fellow…

Weather, Writing, and Story Empire

Happy first day of May, everyone. Can't believe another month has passed us by, but April bid her farewell yesterday. She said goodbye with a vengeance in my part of Texas. Multiple tornadoes occurred within fifty miles of where I live on Saturday evening, one year to the date when two tornadoes swept through my hometown. Warning sirens went off in town (we live four miles out and could still hear them). Fortunately, all we had was thunder and a little rain. Our neighbors to the west weren't so fortunate. Three tornadoes, massive damage, and so far five confirmed fatalities. Things are calm in the pre-dawn hours today and as I sit and write this post, I hear a whip-poor-will calling from outside my window. The sound of those nocturnal birds is always pleasing to me. But now on to other things. I'm posting today at Story Empire where I…