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Aurealis #74
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,500. Language: Australian English. Published: September 2, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this issue we feature Imogen Cassidy’s ‘Soul Partner’, an urban fantasy gumshoe pastiche with some original touches, and Leife Shallcross’ creepy and engrossing ‘Music for an Ivory Violin’. Chris Large brings some thoughtful silliness with his ‘When a Jedi Should Think Twice About Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight’, and Stephen Higgins continues his SF’s Sacred Cows with Asimov's Foundation.
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,180. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short tale of mummies, werewolves, and well preserved felines set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate. Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and things go all pie shaped. What is his real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?
Aurealis #73
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,480. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This issue of Aurealis features the near-future Melbourne of Daniel Baker’s gritty and evocative ‘Refraction’ and a chilling transformation story, 'Kisses with Teeth’, by Allan Chen. Shane M Brown’s article, ‘The Secret to Selling eBooks’, continues his series on thriving in the new publishing eco-system we live in, and we round things off with a bumper crop of speculative fiction reviews.
Center
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Series: Infinite Horizons, Book 14. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,530. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014 by MDR Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Betrayal brings consequences. Riley knows this just as well as her former friend Torey did. Yet he wrote a book betraying Riley, magic and life itself. In a world where the magic that flows through your soul determines your gender, Riley uneasily exists between the witches and warlocks. Will vengeance destroy Riley at last? Center is a thought-provoking story of gender, magic and destiny.
Living the Legend
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A beautiful mermaid and a handsome man. Everyone’s read that story. A legend, a fairytale. But what happens when someone really lives that story? Merlisa and Nicholas know. They live the legend—and maybe they will die for it… In “Living the Legend,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch brings her signature twist to a classic fairytale.
Fun Fare Recipes: Fantasy
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Series: Fun Fare Recipes, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,160. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Desserts
Herein you’ll find sweet recipes gathered like wildflowers from the “Realm of Faërie” and garnished with the lore of that land. Whimsical treats for the young and young-at-heart. A crazy daisy-chain of fun food and fairy facts combined! And to top it all off, you’ll also find an original fantasy story starring an unlikely little heroine, a crafty king, and the Great Race for a crown…
One Hundred, Ten, and One
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: British English. Published: October 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The MicroSFF twitter stories - science fiction or fantasy stories, told in a single tweet of up to 140 characters - have grown quite popular since they first appeared in the spring of 2013. This collection contains one hundred microfictions, selected from the first 140 posted, as well as ten 100-word stories, and one slightly longer short story.
The Assassin's Curse
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,850. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.74 from 19 reviews)
When outlaws Amaranthe and Sicarius chance upon imperial spies stealing military prototypes, they immediately give chase. After all, they both want imperial pardons, and what better way to attract the emperor’s favor than by looking after the empire’s interests? What seems like a straightforward mission develops a hitch when the spies flee to a haunted island. A 12,000-word short story.
Tales of Lyrridia: Volume One
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,950. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Welcome to Lyrridia, a world of swords and sorcery, enchanted relics and mythical beasts. Experience this fantastic realm through the eyes of different characters in this collection of short stories. A master elvin tracker struggles to make a difficult choice. A fainthearted rovaar prince attempts a daring escape. A young swordsman takes a magical journey. A trio of friends duel their mentor.
Perspectives on a Dragon
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Perspectives: In this pair of short stories, the same event is narrated from two very different viewpoints. The Last Dragon: An old king with three sons. A dragon menacing the farmlands. A noble quest. One son is strong, one clever and the other one is Lorn. Which will defeat the dragon and inherit his father's kingdom?
The Aggressors
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,800. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Stranger than strange and deja vu have happened to all of us at some time in our life.
Shimmer: A Faerie's Tragic Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Cover Art by Daniel Chon Ariane & Aureliam have grown up together, always knowing they were destined to spend their lives together. But a chance meeting may bring an end to the happiness they've always hoped to have together. Ariane's father has other plans for her future...and they don't include Aureliam. Short Story - Fairy Tale
Life Of A 'prayer
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In a world where dipterans have hunted most species to extinction, James is a Sprayer. He has had a hard life and he deserves to die in peace. If only, he weren't dying so young. It isn't all gloom and doom though, sharing his world are air-pirate heroines, metallic Gorillas and Horses that run on steam. Oh and airships!
Mud and Brass
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
How far would you go for love, or for justice, or for the perfect gearwheel? Niggle grew up a mudlark, hunting for scrap on the polluted river riverbanks of a steampunk city. Having dragged himself out of poverty through mechanical skill, he now finds an opportunity in the steam-powered heart of Mercer Shackleton's factory. Will he choose love or something else?
The Cosmic Empire No. 1
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A rescue mission to the Underworld. A reluctant escapist from Hell. The most-annoying woman Satan has ever encountered. These are what await you behind the cover of the sensational debut issue of "The Cosmic Empire!" Don't miss out!
Someone's Been Sleeping In My Bed
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,580. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Skye's life is exactly where it should be at her age; several rungs up the corporate ladder, a vegan boyfriend whose looks are only matched by his naivete, and a yoga-toned body draped in natural blonde locks. Life is going well, that is until her grandmother dies and she has to go look after her cottage.
Enigma
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.92 from 13 reviews)
Tikaya and Rias believe they’ll have several calm weeks at sea, but the ship they board is on the run. The captain has acquired a mysterious stolen artifact… and the owners want it back. When he learns of Tikaya’s background, he urges her to decode its secrets, implying her life—and everyone else’s—might be forfeit if she fails. Engima is a 15,000-word short story set after Encrypted.
The Last Dragon
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An old king with three sons. A dragon menacing the farmlands. A noble quest. One son is strong, one clever and the other one is Lorn. Which will defeat the dragon and inherit his father's kingdom?
Rhysop's Return
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,090. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
More unhelpful and irresponsible fables from the mind that brought you Rhysop's Fables... Join an absurd host of aardvarks, ghosts, pirates, flying jellyfish, hospitals made of lemon jelly, yetis, rhino cops, slobbery kisses and many more entities in the continuing quest to learn absolutely nothing truthful about life or why we are here! Includes a bonus fable in verse at the end!
Black Magic Woman - A Black Knight Chronicles Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,250. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It's the annual comic convention - what can go wrong? You just had to ask, didn't you? The boys from Black Knight Investigations get tangled up in more than they ever bargained for when they try to help a lost kid find his dad. Hilarity does not ensue when an ancient soul-sucker shows up to drain the local nerd population of vitality and life energy.