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 in Bedfordshire, England.

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 as an e-book 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 published as an e-book in 2010.

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.

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Books

The Magic Hat
Price: Free! Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In this short story, college students and friends Jessica and Bryan are talking and studying one night. The next day, Jessica buys a magical hat and begins to learn what people are really thinking!
The Mask of Melpomene
Price: Free! Words: 3,200. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A short story about Brian, an actor who moves from Chicago to New York City with his girlfriend, Diana. The adjustment to life in New York City takes Brian a while, but he keeps trying out new opportunities.
The Marsh of the Little Blue Heron
Price: Free! Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The short story of nature-loving John, a young teenage photographer, who encounters a little blue heron in a Florida wetland marsh. Soon after, John is in a car accident, and can't return to the marsh for a while....
Bittersweet
Price: Free! Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A very short story of the romantic relationship between Greg and Elena, that is destined not to work out. Elena's current state of mind and their incompatibility sours their romance.
The Lament of Sir Galahad
Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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
Price: Free! Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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
Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
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
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Urban, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
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
Price: Free! Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s 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
Price: Free! Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Kassandra is disappointed in love, and then meets a strange Englishman on a Greek island.
Under the Ash Tree
Price: Free! Words: 1,810. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A humorous love story of Jane and Benjamin, who aren't certain of the future.
Come Sing, Nightingale
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
This is a short story of a university professor's feelings towards his students as Graduation Day approaches.
The Swan Gift
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Kristine and Nate have an argument, and decide to break up in the end.
Ocean Spirit : The Story of an Undine
Price: Free! Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Brandon, a surfer from San Diego, takes a business trip to Boston, where he meets a mysterious woman on the beach.
Blackberry Wine
Price: Free! Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
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
Price: Free! Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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
Price: Free! Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
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
Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » General
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
Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
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
Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 94,480. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(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
Price: Free! Words: 87,390. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.00)
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
Price: Free! Words: 129,210. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00)
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
Price: Free! Words: 135,210. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.67)
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
Price: Free! Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
(3.00)
A story of the death of Osiris, and the journey of Isis to find the body of Osiris.
Anthony the Ant Learns his Lesson
Price: Free! Words: 510. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The story of an ant named Anthony who learns a valuable lesson.
Spider in my Soup
Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, 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
Price: Free! Words: 650. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00)
The short story of a pet ferret named Fred who wanders outside on an adventure.
Pegasus and the Nine Muses
Price: Free! Words: 940. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(3.00)
A story of how the goddess Athena brings Pegasus to the Nine Muses, and the Hippocrene Spring is created.
The Tiny Gazelle
Price: Free! Words: 870. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A tiny gazelle living on the savannah of Africa outwits a cheetah.
Moose in the Sprinklers
Price: Free! Words: 490. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The story of a young moose cow who decides to play in the sprinklers.
Seal Baby
Price: Free! Words: 630. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, 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!
Price: Free! Words: 480. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(4.00)
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
Price: Free! Words: 1,420. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
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
Price: Free! Words: 950. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(3.00)
Martial artist Ming devotes himself to the study of the Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu technique in rural China.
Gracie the Greyhound
Price: Free! Words: 850. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00)
Gracie the Greyhound, adopted from Greyhound Rescue, saves her family's lives.
Bart the Badger
Price: Free! Words: 880. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 880. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A mermaid named Lily goes on an adventure in the sea. She sees many sea creatures on her travels.
Curse of the Dragon Kings
Price: Free! Words: 100,440. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00)
A story of dragon kings that walk as humans and of elves in the magic land of Daegoras.
What Emma Left Behind
Price: Free! Words: 74,800. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
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
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, 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
Price: Free! Words: 620. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The story of a field cricket named Charlie who learns to sing.
The Book of Bird and Fairy Stories
Price: Free! Words: 14,550. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Anthologies, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A book of fairy tale and bird stories for all ages. Thirteen stories in all.
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