Posts Tagged With: short stories

Beneath the Unclouded and Azure Sky

Readers were briefly introduced to Solana in Among the Shadows. In Book 2, Awakening, we will be seeing much more of Solana, the tamer of the tempest. What follows is a Lost Tale that takes place between the prologue and Chapter one of the first book…Anger burned in Solana’s eyes, the green light wild with fury.
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Dark Snowfall

The following is an all new story — a Lost Tale of sorts — set in the world of the Watchers of the Light that was first revealed in Among the Shadows. Readers of AtS will have met Milena before (and this story takes place after the events of AtS). Those who have not crossed paths with this Arc Maiden are about to learn why the Darkness fears her. Enjoy…

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The Short of It

Writing short stories is a bit of a lost art. Few authors center their efforts on shorts, instead they are always looking to produce that great novel. There are few Ray Bradburys out there, but not many, who are (or were) defined by their shorter tales. The late master wrote hundreds and combined others into classics like The Martian Chronicles. Short stories may not be what they once were, but they are not dead.

Take Jaimie M. Engle‘s The Dredge. Set in an Orwellian future of oppression, Will Marrok has a gift of sight into the future. He is told what unfolds hinges on his actions. In a novel, one has hundreds of pages to detail an evil dystopian Regime, a reluctant hero and the people in his path. Jaimie manages to impress these into the reader’s mind in 68 pages. The hero always wins in the end, but the question is how will he? It may not be what readers expect, but the best kind of ending.

One worthy of Bradbury.


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Telling Stories

How many people do you know that you really know? Think about it. How many coworkers, friends and family — people you known for many years — have told you their story? When do we think to ask, “Tell me your story” ? The fact is this:

Everyone has a story.

We all tend to live in very small parts of the human existence, in spite of being connected 24/7. That’s why I like those type of short stories that are snapshots of another part of the country. Someone else’s life. Take Edd Voss’ Rambling.

It is a collection of short stories, some inspired by his travels and life, others completely fictional. In the midst of some very personal tales, we find two pieces of sci-fi. In all of them, if for only a few moments, you are able to leave your world for a bit. It’s like taking a trip cross-country (fitting for the author — a truck driver), through time and imagination. Visit where you have never been. Find people you’ve never met.

Everyone should take the time to put together a book like this. They don’t have to be epics or perfect in prose or looking for fame and fortune. Everyone has stories that deserve to be told and preserved.

When will you tell yours?

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