Snippet from The Furious Prince

 

In case you haven’t heard, The Imp Prince released over the weekend!

I have a story in it called The Furious Prince. This story was my first foray into the techmage genre. Techmage is a mashup of science fiction and fantasy.

The Furious Prince is is another fairy tale retelling. You can find the original story on Wikipedia here. In this story, you will meet Furibon, a prince on a faraway planet. Despised by his father and most of his subjects, he hides his magical gifts until his sister is abducted. Check out the snippet below:

It was dusk, so the visibility was still good in the forest. Dusk was best because we had two suns that set within two hours of each other. That left me a good time to get my frustrations out. I strapped my resonator onto my face, and felt relieved as the straps clicked into place behind my head. It felt good to have something that I could control.

I focused my intention on my anger. I felt it welling up inside of me. When I began to sing, two feet in front of me a black and red fractal took shape. As it rushed away from me, the bushes in front of me caught flame. The fire out here wouldn’t be as dangerous as one closer to our lands. There were no homes out here that we had to concern ourselves with. Fire suppression drones were set to auto-deploy if the fire didn’t burn itself out.

I was still singing when I thought of Andre’s pretty face. The fractal that appeared before me was the teal blue of his skin combined with the blue-black tones of his hair. It twisted and turned into shape. I thrust it away from me, shattering the trunks of several trees. They splintered like robots falling on pavement. The tops of the trees looked out of place strewn all over the ground.

I heard footsteps behind me as though someone was trying to sneak up on me. I whirled around, and saw Andre’s face. He was half hidden behind a tree. I ceased my song.

“It looks like this planet is hiding more than just pretty princesses.”

“What are you doing here?”

“I was merely taking a walk. The question is, what are you doing here? Something tells me that the king doesn’t know about this. I would be greatly rewarded if he were to find out,” he said. That vile sneer was forming on his lips once again.

“I don’t think he will find out.”

“Oh? Don’t you? What will you do to encourage me to keep your secret?”

“I think I’ll ask you to leave. Leave this planet. I don’t know what you have planned, but I doubt it’s anything good.”

“Oh, but it’s magnificent. I plan to rule this planet. I’ll start by taking your sister. Perhaps, I’ll even give your lovely mother a try.”

If you want to read more, check out The Imp Prince (Primed Fairy Tales Book 2)!

Tales From Hell & Earth and Paperbacks

The amazing Emely from Broso Book Covers has done it again. I literally told her what stories that I was putting together and this what she came up with. We definitely have some sort of Vulcan mind meld going on.

I decided to take all of my Tales from Hell and Earth Short Stories and put them in one ebook. I also have a paperback version coming out! The paperback version has a bonus story from one of my upcoming anthologies too.

Inside you will find:

  • Confessions of a Teenage Demon
  • Daddy’s Girl
  • Defective Demon
  • Coven Loven
  • Half Sight
  • Dick the Demon
  • Dani and the Goblin (print only)

You can find it here!

In print news, all of the Phoenix Prime anthologies that I have been in are being offered as print books! Click any of the covers below to check out their print pages.

Cool Villains: Dr. Facilier

That’s right, the bad guy from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

This movie meant a lot to me because it was the first princess movie that featured someone who looked like me. I love Princess Tiana, but Dr. Facilier stole the show.

He was impressive to me for several reasons.

  1. His creep factor. He was always lurking around and listening in. He listened in on conversations in the diner and followed Prince Naveen through the streets. You never knew where he would turn up.
  2. His creepy fortune teller parlor. Equal parts cool and terrifying. There were tarot cards and shrunken heads. If that wasn’t enough, everything in the room came to life. His friends from the other side were pretty scary too.
  3. He pretended to help people. That might not seem like a big deal to most, but it is. Someone tells you they can help you and seems like a genuinely good person, then they ruin your life. *shudders*

 

Plus, he was a pretty cool guy. He was ambitious and an entrepreneur, I can’t knock his hustle. I do find myself wondering how he got that way. That gives me an idea for a story…

 

Who’s your favorite villain? Let me know in the comments.

 

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If I Had a Writing Genie

I know that wishes from genies usually blow up in your face, but I think about it from time to time. The Three Wish Mermaid really inspired me.

Let’s assume the genie gives me three wishes. I’m pretty sure that is in the standard genie contract anyway.

  1. Writing books via telepathy. I would love just to think things and have them turn into novels and short stories. I use dictation, which comes pretty close. But, if I could just think something and have it magically appear fully written and edited, I would love it.
  2. The ability to write a book every week. I know that technically I could do this, but it might kill me. It depends on the length of the book too. If I could write a book a week without needing two weeks of recovery time, that would be amazeballs.
  3. Instaformatting. While trying to format some of my books into proper paperback settings, I realized how terrible formatting is. TERRIBLE. You might not know this, but setting a book up for print and ebook are no fun at all. There are ways around this, like Style Sheets.  I am still learning how to use them properly. So, a wish would be easier.

Those are my three wishes. What would you wish for?

Story Spotlight: The Three Wish Mermaid

Hello, Musers! Welcome to another Story Spotlight.

This week’s story was written by the lovely Summer Donnelly. She is a writer in, you guessed it, Phoenix Prime.

Our editors are big fans of her stories. I heard so many great things that I had to see for myself. I have to be honest.  The cover sold me before I even read the description. Isn’t this a beautiful cover? Not only is it gorgeous, but it also fits the main character, Greer, perfectly.

He wondered if she’d been born -hatched?- with blue hair or if it had taken on the muted shades of greys and blues of the sea and sky which surrounded her.

The Three Witch Mermaid is a Witches of Warren County story. All the stories stand alone, but they take place in the same county. Makes sense, right? Other characters are introduced in the story, and they get their own books in the series too. I love it when authors do that. I try to do the same thing.

The writing is fantastic. I also really love the small details, like what mermaid tears turn into. I’m not going to tell you what that is. You need to read it for yourself. At the risk of sounding dramatic, this story made me believe in love at a time when I really needed to.

There was a great gaping maw where his heart once beat at just the thought of life without Greer.

Where is my romantic fisherman? Summer Donnelly is giving me false expectations. I could give you a million snippets, but none of them would do this wonderful story justice.
When asked for more info about the story, this is what Summer had to say. You know the rules. Everything in bold is from me.
Greer’s name was inspired by the actress Greer Garson who is Lizzie in my least favorite adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. [Mine too!] What I love about my Greer is she is both childlike and worldly. She may not know how a cellphone works, but after swimming in the oceans for almost 500 years, she speaks multiple languages. [She was really into bathtubs too!] Some pop culture references have filtered their way to the waterways.
I wanted this story to be different from other famous mermaid stories. I used the base story of The Fisherman and the Fish (sometimes called the Three Wish Fish) and added a touch of romance. [I found that story here. I like The Three Wish Mermaid a million times better.]
I also love Duff. [I love him too! Where is my fisherman?!] He’s a quiet and taciturn man who has been hurt in the past. He needed this bright and bubbly woman-child to draw him out of his self-imposed exile.
Unlike Splash, which takes place in Manhattan, I  wanted to give Greer and Duff’s tale (tail??) a small town secluded feel. This isn’t a slapstick comedy with Tom Hanks. This was a gentle unfolding of emotions between two very different people. They needed time to let that play out.
My romances aren’t all about wild rides and huge misunderstandings. They’re about two people, sometimes with very different backgrounds who, through the magic of love, become a little less lonely. That’s my wish for the world: that each of us finds that other half of our soul, treasure him or her, and allow ourselves to love. [I’m not crying. You’re crying.]
Find Summer Donnelly on:
Pick up The Three Wish Mermaid today!

Do You Love Pinterest? I do!

If you haven’t seen my little widget on the sideline, you might not know how much I adore Pinterest. I don’t even know if adore is a strong enough word.

I started out on Pinterest just like everyone else. I looked at outfits, hairstyles, and recipes. Life was good. All was well in the world.

Then I started looking at cool art and weird facts. My world exploded! How did I live before this?

Now, I have over 4500 pins. I even discovered interests that I didn’t know I had like abandoned places. For some reason, I am drawn to them. Asylums seem to be the coolest. I can’t lie, I’m a huge chicken. I don’t think that I would ever go in to an abandoned anything, but a girl can dream.

I also have boards for different stories that I write. My writing is inspired by cool images and strange news. You will find all of that on my boards. I also have boards dedicated to series inspiration. Check out my Hell and Earth board to find out what inspired me to write those stories.

I pin something new every day. I can’t seem to stop.

Do you use Pinterest? We should follow each other! Find me here.

For the Love of Blue: A Bluebeard Retelling

Can you tell that I have a thing for anthologies? I really can’t help myself. Anthologies let me write with a great group of writers, and I get to try new genres.

Bluebeard is another fairy tale retelling. You can check out the source story here.

The idea of marrying a man with a secret life isn’t new, but when he is a killer there are a lot of directions it can go. I chose one of the darker paths.

The main character, Rosemary, is cruel and more than a little crazy. It was hard for me to pull a snippet for this one because I didn’t want to give too much away. Here’s a tiny one though:

Ginger smiled at Mr. Jarnac across the table. She always did have a lovely smile. I kicked her under the table. She looked over at me in surprise. Her smile faded from her lips.

My eyes narrowed. I made a mental note to split Ginger’s lip later. I should knock out one of her teeth for good measure. If our parents were going to push me at this man, I didn’t want either of my sisters to interfere.

The ending is definitely going to surprise you! Read more in my latest anthology:
Bluebeard (Primed Fairy Tales Book 7)

Trying My Hand at Westerns

Here comes another anthology! Shippeitaro is a Japanese fairy tale that I found fascinating. You can see info about the original here.

I wanted to do a fairy tale retelling. But, I wasn’t sure how to pull it off.

You might not know this, but I love westerns. LOVE them. Since the first time my grandfather handed me a Louis Lamour hardcover, I was hooked.

This led me to write a gender bent western about a black woman named Sloan. She is pretty bad ass if I do say so myself.

Check out my story, Whiskey and Cinnamon, in Shippeitaro (Primed Fairy Tales).

Check out Gray Intention in Prime Fantasy

Gray Intention was one of the first stories that I wrote after joining Phoenix Prime.

The assignment was a new experience for me. We were all given a set of items that we needed to use in our stories. Each story had to feature a bookstore, magic, and an artifact that reacted to blood.

Here is a sneak peak of what I came up with:

As we rounded the corner to our room, we saw a purple glow coming from under the door. We both stopped, and turned to look at each other, alarmed.

“Do you see that? Or, have I just lost a lot more blood than I thought?”

“I see it. Who the hell is in our room?” Kiki asked.

“How should I know? I’m with you. Maybe it’s the guys.”

I slowly opened the door, and felt the same warm gust of air that I had felt in the bookstore blow past me again. It didn’t push me away this time though. I was curious about that strange power.

“Maybe we shouldn’t even go in there. We could call the cops or something.”

“And say what exactly? Hey, I need help with my glowing box. I promise you that will not go well. I don’t think you have a choice now. Put your ovaries on the outside and get in there,” Kiki said.

“Said the girl from the hallway,” I muttered.

“Not my box. Not my problem,” she said.

I opened the door, and crept towards the package. My hands were shaking. When I took it out of bag, the glow got brighter. I unwrapped the twine. The paper fell away. The whole box was dark brown from my blood Gold symbols glowed on the surface. Purple light was leaking out of the edges. I opened the box, and inside was a gold railroad spike bent into a bracelet. It was the source of the glow.

“Bit of a letdown, to be honest.”

“Shut up, Kiki. I think I have to put it on.”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” she said.

“I didn’t ask. For the record, I didn’t want to come in here. I was just fine panicking in the hallway.”

I picked it up. The bracelet was warm to the touch. I placed it on my right wrist. My cut began to throb. My arm shot up, as if pulled by a string. The wound began emitting the same purple light as the bracelet. I watched in amazement. A booming laugh thundered around us. I could hear footsteps pounding down the hallway behind me moments before a giant man appeared in front of me. As soon as he appeared, my arm dropped back to my side.

“They told me you would come for me little one,” he said, in a thunderous voice.

I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it! Check it out here: Prime Fantasy (Prime Tales)

New Release: Half Sight

OK. You got me. Technically, it’s more of a re-release. Some of you may remember that I was in a boxed set called Rebels and Runes. It was my first boxed set and it was a great experience!

Once the publication came down, I could publish it myself. So, here it is! As always, this amazing cover was made by Emely at Broso Book Covers. I love it!

I posted a snippet on a previous post, which you can find here.

It’s $0.99 on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Half Sight: Part of the Hell and Earth Series (Tales From Earth Book 3)