Oh, boy, I can't believe it's the 8th.
And that means it's time for the Spectrum of Speculative Fiction blog hop!!! Ta-da-da-da-da!
The first stories I wrote were short stories - I think many writers especially in the spec fiction area, start that way. When I did my correspondence writing course many a year ago, I wrote all sorts of stories including contemporary ones, but the ones that people seemed to liked who read them, were my spec fiction stories.
Just over a couple of years ago, I started writing not just short stories but flash fiction and I found this was fun. I've had a few on Antipodean SF (all praise!) and a couple of other flash fiction markets. I find that I like mainly to be quirky, especially with my AntiSF stories, but that I like to test other genres in the flash fiction - including sci-fi and horror.
Looking at my works-in-progress because I have a lot in progress, I tend to do the same with the longer short stories (up to about 7K). Some have more romance than others, but in all of them, I ask the grand ol' question of 'what if'?
In Gateway to Hell, I wanted a woman who struggled with self confidence to have a unique gift and to accept that people do love her. It was a struggle though.
Mastering a unique power was much safer for Zeta Kosmos with a mentor to help her along. Now that he’s disappeared, Zeta must continue alone with her calling—closing Gateways to Hell.
Daniel Richards is in the family business—Warding supernatural evil from causing havoc on humans. As such, he’s only interested in the safety of one-night stands. Until Zeta. This bad boy now wants a long, lasting relationship.
But Zeta can’t let go of her past, nor can she ignore the secret demonic threats against Daniel’s life. She’d rather fight demonic spawn and be dragged into Hell than allow anything happen to him. Can Daniel convince her to stay? Will she have to pay the ultimate price?
Enchanted Realms, I have two short stories, which both beg the question - is their world real?
STORMY DIVIDE - Will Ellie ever find a way home?
ANGEL EYES - What if the man of your dreams only existed in your dreams?
Thom may be used to the dangers of the forest, but nothing has prepared him for this. When he stumbles across a woman dressed in weird clothing lying on the ground during a storm, he has no choice but to help her.
Ellie finds herself in another world, having travelled through time and space thanks to what Thom calls The Rifts. The question is whether she will ever be able to find her way back, or if she will be stuck in this new world forever. Or if she will even want to go home…
Vera’s dreams are haunted each night by a man she only knows as Angel Eyes. He feels more real to her than anything else in her life, including her fiancé. Vera must try to forget her childish dreams of soul mates and happily ever after… but are they really only dreams or can she find a way to be with Angel Eyes forever?
In my current release, Sealed With a Kiss, I asked what if the guy you were attracted to wasn't all he seemed?
Yep, this one definitely has romance in it. Because I think it's a huge part of human relationships.
Can a gift from her grandmother protect Lise?
Lise doesn’t believe in vampires. Or so she tells herself. Though, she constantly wears the garnet necklace her grandmother gave her, which wards off the creatures. Andreas, the man she’s attracted to, seems more than a little interested in it. Could there be an ulterior motive?
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Happy hopping ~ don't forget to visit my fellow authors for more fun and prizes!