Anne Spackman

Biography

At the current time, I am a gymnastics coach and a writer of many types of fiction. I have a BA in English language and literature from The University of Chicago. I am half-American and half-Scottish. I spent many summers as a girl in Scotland, and moved to England at 16 where I finished high school at Bedford High School.

My first novel, The Last Immortal, I wrote more than twenty years ago. It is the first of six novels in the "Seeds of a Fallen Empire" series that was finished in 2000 and finally published for kindle in 2010-2014 after many years of trying the traditional publishing route. I have also written one fantasy novel, Curse of the Dragon Kings, which was written in 1997 and self-published in 2010.

My other interests are gymnastics, ballet, and hiking. I trained in gymnastics for 9 years intensively and am still bouncing around on trampolines from time to time. I teach gymnastics and love the sport very much. I also love ballet and have trained off and on in ballet. My childhoods in Scotland in the summers instilled a deep love of nature and history in my spirit as well. As a writer, I started out writing mostly science fiction and also fantasy as I so much loved J.R.R. Tolkien as a girl. I also really enjoy historical fiction set in the days of ancient Rome, (and Egypt.) I am now writing more romantic and historical short stories.

As a reader, I enjoy reading English literature, literary fiction, historical fiction, Russian literature, fantasy on occasion, selective science fiction, and good writing in any genre. I also like to read books on political science, international relations, foreign policy, geography, astronomy, and ancient history (Egypt, Sumeria, Rome, Greece).

Another interest I have is in foreign languages and cultures. I have traveled to many countries in Europe, and learned French, German, Russian, and Japanese at University. My German speaking ability has waned, but I still enjoy watching foreign films and trying to read French and Russian.

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Books

The Lament of Sir Galahad
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Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
A short story of a day on the journey of Sir Galahad during the quest for the Holy Grail. The story tells of his father Sir Lancelot and how Sir Galahad came to be in the Knights of the Round Table.
He Once Loved Chekhov
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Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
Economist John Jason Grant is in the emergency room, and thinks back on his life. He then decides to reach for some of those dreams he once had.
Iris of the Rainbow
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Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Nadine and her boyfriend Alain meet Mr. Bleecker at a company meeting in Paris. But Mr. Bleecker is clearly attracted to Nadine. They are to meet again, in New York City, and in Athens...
Kestrel's Eye
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Price: Free! Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Professor James Ainsley is a reserved, unassuming professor of English literature. Until one of his students, Samantha Taylor, makes a confession to him.
Beauty, Mere Beauty
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Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Chris, a research doctor, and Sophie are on holiday at Hadrian's Wall in England when Chris decides it's over. But Sophie finds another love, Jeremy Kiel, from the lab where she works.
The Song of Orpheus
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Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Retired MI5 agent Fraser Phillips relocates to northern Scotland and meets Helena, a Bostonian American on holiday. Fraser marries Helena, but their happiness is short-lived.
The Spirit of the Wolf
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Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
The story of a man named John, who finds a wolf pup on a trip to Alaska and helps rescue it. The story of his life, how he meets his wife, Jane, and of his son, J.D.
Ecstasy, and Rain
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Price: Free! Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
A short story about a young woman named Anne, who has several male friends, and her male roommate is interested in her. A story of possible loves and the friendships that endure.
The Road to Skye
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Price: Free! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
American tourist Ian MacCleod is traveling through Scotland, when he learns of the Isle of Skye and takes a detour to visit it.
Chervil in the Soup
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Price: Free! Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The story of Jonathan, head chef at Chez Davide restaurant, when he meets Janet, his next-door neighbor.
Days of Winter
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Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
Kassandra is disappointed in love, and then meets a strange Englishman on a Greek island.
Under the Ash Tree
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Price: Free! Words: 1,810. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
Grant Thornton, a wealthy New Yorker, has finally gone into remission from cancer. He is going through a rough time when he meets Lila.
The Table of Circe
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Price: Free! Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A humorous love story of Jane and Benjamin, who aren't certain of the future.
Come Sing, Nightingale
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Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A short story of the lives of Grace and Edward, who meet at university.
Kalos Kai Agathos: a story of a man
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Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
This is a short story of a university professor's feelings towards his students as Graduation Day approaches.
The Swan Gift
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Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Kristine and Nate have an argument, and decide to break up in the end.
Ocean Spirit : The Story of an Undine
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Price: Free! Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Brandon, a surfer from San Diego, takes a business trip to Boston, where he meets a mysterious woman on the beach.
Blackberry Wine
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Price: Free! Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A short love story set in New York City. John Kramer, a disgruntled Manhattan executive, changes his life when he meets Lucy Graham.
Cormorant Bay
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Price: Free! Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A short story of a woman named Elaine and her journeys, first to Pennsylvania, and then later, to Maine.
Caesar and Cleopatra: A Tale of Julius Caesar
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Price: Free! Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
The final tale in the Tales of Julius Caesar series of stories. Caesar has journeyed to Egypt where he meets Cleopatra. The story continues until the end of Caesar's life.
Juniper Hill
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Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Juniper Hill is a short story of a young woman named Catherine and her brief relationship with John, a farmer's son, in a rural New England town.
Caesar's Civil War: A Tale of Julius Caesar
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Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
This is a short story about Caesar's Civil War that began in 49 B.C. involving Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. During the story, the two generals meet at the battle of Pharsalus in 48 B.C.
Crossing the Rubicon: A Tale of Julius Caesar
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Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
(4.50)
A short story about the historical decision of Julius Caesar to take his legion across the river Rubicon.
The Empire: Book Six of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
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Price: Free! Words: 94,480. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00)
The conclusion of the Seeds of a Fallen Empire series. The story tells of the founding of an intergalactic Empire that controls the galaxies. But there is one immortal alien who would destroy the Empire...
The Comet Riders: Book Five of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
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Price: Free! Words: 87,390. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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The Comet Riders is the story of an alien race of explorers who visit other worlds. Eventually, one of the aliens will invent computerized immortality, by channeling his soul's essence, his memories, into the body of a machine.
Star Gods: Book Four of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
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Price: Free! Words: 129,210. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Category: Essay » Literature
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In Star Gods, the action returns to an alien home world, where the alien Alessia is raised. Her mentor, Hinev, creates the immortality serum and tests it on his pupil, Alessia, who becomes one of her planet's intergalactic explorers. The explorers eventually visit the Earth of the ancient past on their long journey in space.
Across the Stars: Book Three of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
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Price: Free! Words: 135,210. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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In Across the Stars, the Earth is recovering from an assault by a group of aliens known as the Orians. The Earth conscripts an alien spaceship on a journey across space... which leads them eventually to the home star system of the Orian race.
The Tale of Isis and Osiris
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Price: Free! Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
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A story of the death of Osiris, and the journey of Isis to find the body of Osiris.
Anthony the Ant Learns his Lesson
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Price: Free! Words: 510. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The story of an ant named Anthony who learns a valuable lesson.
Spider in my Soup
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Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(4.50)
The very short story of a spider named Gordon who takes a swim in my soup.
Fred the Ferret
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Price: Free! Words: 650. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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The short story of a pet ferret named Fred who wanders outside on an adventure.
Pegasus and the Nine Muses
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Price: Free! Words: 940. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(3.00)
A story of how the goddess Athena brings Pegasus to the Nine Muses, and the Hippocrene Spring is created.
The Tiny Gazelle
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Price: Free! Words: 870. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A tiny gazelle living on the savannah of Africa outwits a cheetah.
Moose in the Sprinklers
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Price: Free! Words: 490. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The story of a young moose cow who decides to play in the sprinklers.
Seal Baby
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Price: Free! Words: 630. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A short story of the life of a harp seal pup named Cynthia, born on the ice floes.
Little Grasshopper, Jump! Jump! Jump!
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Price: Free! Words: 480. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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The adventures of a tiny grasshopper who jumps away from trouble as best he can.
Snegorochka: The Snow Maiden, a retelling of the Russian Fairy Tale
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Price: Free! Words: 1,420. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
The story of the Snow Maiden or Snegorochka, who comes to life in Russia.
Ming Learns the Praying Mantis Kung Fu Technique, Tang Lang Ch'uan
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Price: Free! Words: 950. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
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Martial artist Ming devotes himself to the study of the Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu technique in rural China.
Gracie the Greyhound
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Price: Free! Words: 850. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00)
Gracie the Greyhound, adopted from Greyhound Rescue, saves her family's lives.
Bart the Badger
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Price: Free! Words: 880. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A young badger named Bart wanders away from his burrow on an adventure.
A Little Mermaid’s Under the Sea Adventure
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Price: Free! Words: 880. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A mermaid named Lily goes on an adventure in the sea. She sees many sea creatures on her travels.
Curse of the Dragon Kings
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Price: Free! Words: 100,440. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00)
A story of dragon kings that walk as humans and of elves in the magic land of Daegoras.
What Emma Left Behind
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Price: Free! Words: 74,800. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
A story of twins Caera and Claudia Campbell who solve an age-old mystery in New England. Written by Anne and Carolyne Spackman.
Chester the Coyote
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Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Chester the Coyote and his friend Hank the Hawk are in search of a new home called the oasis.
Charlie the Cricket Learns to Sing
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Price: Free! Words: 620. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The story of a field cricket named Charlie who learns to sing.
The Book of Bird and Fairy Stories
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Price: Free! Words: 14,550. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Anthologies
A book of fairy tale and bird stories for all ages. Thirteen stories in all.
The Osiris Invasion: Book Two of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
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Price: Free! Words: 98,360. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(4.50)
In The Osiris Invasion, the Earth of the future is attacked by an alien force known as the Orians who come from the Orion Stars.
The Last Immortal : Book One of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
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Price: Free! Words: 125,950. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(3.75)
This is a military science fiction epic of two alien worlds at war near Rigel, in the constellation of Orion. An immortal alien tries to keep the peace between two brother worlds at war.

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