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Come forth, for you are special.
Sookahr the architect is just one of many snakes within Serpentia, an underground society where snakes and their rodent companions have lived in peace for as long as anyone can remember. Their destinies are preordained at birth, when they are fit with skymetal bands to enhance the telekinetic powers that aid them everyday.
Given an opportunity unheard of for a snake of his caste, Sookahr and Kwirk, his mouse aid, venture to a recently-destroyed outpost at the far edges of Serpentia, hoping to redesign the structure and prove his skill as an architect. But something watches from the jungle, and whatever attacked the outpost is poised to strike again. Will Sookahr's drive to rise above his station get his team killed? Or will he respond to the call he's heard since birth, and be the hero who can save them all?
Between dealing with the Shift's unusual guests, and trying to determine if the boss' interest in her is strictly professional, Chloe uncovers a plot to steal the hotel's dimensional keys. With the help of the town gossip, her alien abductee neighbor, and her new invisible best friend, Chloe confronts and inter-dimensional crime ring and a host of complications that make romancing the boss
look like the least
of her problems.
Maurice is a chipmunk with a job to do...
He’s been chosen to play Santa Claus for the animals in the Oakthorn forest. For the first time in his life, someone has seen him as more than just the janitor who cleans up their garbage. Someone has trusted him.
All he has to do to prove himself is get a sack of toys to the Squirrel Tree Inn in time for the holiday party. But when an unexpected blizzard strikes, Maurice’s responsibility turns deadly.
To save Christmas, Maurice must find his way through a dangerous, snow-covered Oakthorn. If he can overcome his crippling self-doubt, he might just save himself along the way.
A Squirrel Tree Inn Holiday Short Story
The Squirrel Tree Inn is a free weekly webserial published online by author Frances Pauli
These idealistic dreams can easily fall into a horrible reality—nightmare fueled visions of the future to come.
From the loneliness of space, to the horror of first contact gone awry, to planetary colonies facing annihilation; Bleak Horizons offers fifteen stories about what horrors lie waiting for those who look to the future.
Adrift by Kandrel
4/13/2060 by Franklin Leo
Hardwire by Ton Inktail
The Ouroboros Plate by Slip Wolf
The First Viewing by Corgi W
Clicking by Ianus J. Wolf
Blink by James Stone
Pentangle by Ross Whitlock
Starless by Searska GreyRaven
This Way by Frances Pauli
Outlier by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
Not Like Us by KC Alpinus
Clear and Cruel by Bill Kieffer
Blessed are the Meek by Rechan
Hollow by Chris “Sparf” Williams
Cover art by Kappy, edited by Tarl Hoch
The strange little girls are orphans and changelings, suburban princesses, housewives, nuns and monsters. They are quirky and sweet, terrifying and heartbreaking. All of them a little lost, brimming with their own uniqueness.
In this strange little book of nineteen tales, Lotte goes swimming with her new fishy friends, Rin is freshly dug up, D'arcy strikes a bargain with the midnight mailman and Adelaide enters the mysterious House of Infinite Diversions. Our girls must fasten their bonnets and straighten their skirts to battle otherworldly dangers and challenging circumstances, internal struggles and doubts – and maybe find out who they really are.
Edited by Camilla Bruce and Liv Lingborn.
Table of Contents:
Fairy Tale Ending by Terra LeMay
Deep Down by Tim Jeffreys
The Cottage of Curiosities by Annie Neugebauer
Black Flower Butterfly by Rich Hawkins
Beehive Heart by Angela Rega
Annabelle’s Sleepover by Jan Stinchcomb
Bones in Boxes by Frances Pauli
Marco Polo by Calypso Kane
Teeth Bite Harder in the Dark by Sierra July
Sisters in the Art of Dying by Megan Neumann
The Empty Birdcage by L. Lark
Cedar Lake by Ekaterina Sedia
Pinhole by Tantra Bensko
From Strangers by Ephiny Gale
D’arcy Gray and the Midnight Mailman by Ian MacAllister-McDonald
Pretty Jennie Greenteeth by Leife Shallcross
Where Summer Ends by Colette Aburime
We Have Always Lived in the Subdivision by Karen Munro
House of Infinite Diversions by Aliya Whiteley
When Free Denver police officer, Joll Warren, arrives at the atypical facility, he comes face to face with a repressed memory even uglier than the murder he's been sent to investigate. One dark secret leads him to the uncomfortable truth about his family's past. Joll races to find the answers, but even if he succeeds, the truth might never set him free.
Because the atypical population in the Hybrid Nation is nothing at all like anyone imagines, and the prey heavy are not about to forgive and forget.
When Vashia arrives on Shroud as an indentured bride, Dolfan recognizes immediately that they are meant to be together. Broken, lost, and on the run, she trusts no one, but Dolfan has enough faith for the both of them... Until his people's sacred ritual gives Vashia to someone else. Until Dolfan's faith, and his heart are tested.
Vashia's arrival ignites a storm on Shroud, and the full-scale invasion that chases after her threatens to destroy Dolfan's home, his culture, and his planet. If he can't challenge his own beliefs enough to admit the ritual was wrong, the only woman he wants will likely be the end of everything he's ever known.
Though Satina finds an unlikely ally in Marten, the imp Skinner who manages to help more people than he hurts, it will take all the power they can summon to keep Westwood's secrets from falling into the wrong hands, to keep one wide-eyed girl from following the wrong man, and to keep Satina herself from falling in love with the only person in the world who knows how much of a fraud she really is.
Kingdoms Gone series book one: A fantasy fairy tale
Marcus Bramble is not interested in babysitting a human junkie, but a series of ghastly murders has spread terror across the Fey lands. Only the fairies know what's going on, and only one person can get the little devils to talk. Unfortunately, Liz has no interest in cooperating... until the investigation points to her old partner.
Until Lockland Sheen is involved.
Now the elvin agent and the human Dancer set out to save both their worlds. Unfortunately, the more they rely on Liz’s tie to the fairies, the closer she inches toward the madness that lurks behind her fantasies.
In these pages, you will find eight tales about furry characters and coffee. Whether it’s found on a spaceship far from home or in a cozy neighborhood café, coffee has its own special magic. It relaxes us, excites us, forges friendships, or brings back memories.
Snuggle up in an armchair with your favorite drink and this book, and get transported away from your daily grind.
Ecto-Cafe — Mary E. Lowd
Always Tomorrow — Frances Pauli
Coffee Run — Rose Strickman
Grounds for Questioning — Lisa Timpf
Sir Alymer Versus the Dragon — Ferric the Bird
Properly Pounced Coffee — Amy Clare Fontaine
Mocha Unchained — Ivan Horse
Dragon Roasted Coffee Beans — Jay “Shirou” Coughlan
But how might that change if it were no longer just humanity going to war—if animal instincts, strengths and skill were to join the battlefield?
Dogs of War is an anthology exploring what warfare looks like when the combatants are no longer fully human. It contains twenty three stories about how war changes when those who do the fighting have changed, and how much it stays just the same.
Nosy and Wolf by Ken MacGregor
After Their Kind by Taylor Harbin
Succession by Devin Hallsworth
Two If By Sea by Field T. Mouse
The Queens’ Confederate Space Marines by Elizabeth McCoy
The Loving Children by Bill McCormick
Strike, But Hear Me by Jefferson P. Swycaffer
End of Ages by BanWynn Oakshadow
Shells On the Beach by Tom Mullins
Cross of Valor Reception for the Raccoon, Tanner Williams, Declassified Transcript by John Kulp
Last Man Standing by Frances Pauli
Hunter’s Fall by Angela Oliver
Old Regimes by Gullwulf
The Shrine War by Alan Loewen
The Monster in the Mist by Madison Keller
Wolves in Winter by Searska GreyRaven
The Third Variety by Rob Baird
The Best and Worst of Worlds by Mary E. Lowd
Tooth, Claw and Fang by Stephen Coghlan
Sacrifice by J.N. Wolfe
War of Attrition by Lisa Timpf
Fathers to Sons by MikasiWolf
Hoodies and Horses by Michael D. Winkle
Edited by Fred Patten, Cover art by Teagan Gavet