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Shieldmaiden
By J M Winspear
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,440. Language: British English. Published: June 23, 2012. Category: Fiction
From between the bars of the slave-cart she stares. She has not accepted her fate. Aelfwen will not be dragged lifeless to the whore-pits of the east without struggle or death. She feels in her heart that her brother searches for her but chooses to grasp fate in her own small hands,little knowing that it will lead to bloody war at the borders of Stuminom.
To Skin a Troll
By J M Winspear
Price: Free! Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
A Short Story It's not good to brag and boast, and speak of things unknown and hidden, for it ushers in bad fortune. Young Leopold doesn't care; he goes to seek and kill, and skin a troll; after all, Leopold knows best. This short story forms part of the 'A Tale from the Woods' series of short stories.
The Huntress
By J M Winspear
Price: Free! Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Category: Fiction
This is a short fantasy story of 3600 words. A dark tale of the Old Woods, a world half forgotten and remembered only dimly through fireside tales and the fading memory of Old Mother Raven. She ponders a moment, not sure whether to tell the bloody story of Black Shuck and Ulf to ones so young. She shrugs her shoulders and lights her pipe. Better that they know of the evil of men.
Aelfric - Bloodied Spears
By J M Winspear
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,900. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Torn from the bosom of his family by a bitter betrayal, the young Aelfric is thrust into a world twisted upon the rack of war. Sold into the service of King Elenim’s army, he must fight or die on the field of Cremen. The time of manhood has arrived for him. Aelfric - Bloodied Spears is the first part of the exciting Aelfric saga.

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  • Crimson Rain on Feb. 28, 2012
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    Crimson Rain by Vanessa Finaughty I must confess; I gave up vampires long ago. There was a time when I devoured each new offering from Anne Rice, whose vampires, though certainly camp, were neither ‘sparkling in the sun’ nor dancing in forest glades with bare torsos and buff abdomens like some of today’s cinematic offerings are wont to do. Thankfully, Vanessa Finaughty offers up none of this. By self admission, her protagonist confesses to the horrors he has committed – one of which provides a nice shock for the reader – and leads him to the day of reckoning for himself and that of his kin as he stares bleakly at self-destruction. Of course though, the writer’s cleverer than that; it is not just the vampire that must make a choice, but us. We are the ones staring into the void with the power at our fingertips to make just that change. Can we do it? I doubt it. This is a finely crafted story that does just what a short story should do; it grabs you in the first few paragraphs and leads you swiftly to the conclusion. I shall certainly read more of this author’s work.
  • Ashes to Ashes on March 26, 2012
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    Michelle van Wyk is an unlucky person indeed. She thought her troubles over with the death of the malevolent Matthieu and was looking forward to a life of normality. Unfortunately for her, the deceased’s spirit has other ideas and begins a haunting campaign against her. To make matters worse she has stolen his ashes. Matthieu is not the only one intent on regaining the remains - his brother Pierre wants them too – though not to scatter them, but to perform a satanic rite upon a snowy mountainside. Pierre and Michelle begin a frantic journey to rid them of Matthieu’s spirit and are both unsure of the obsessive feelings they have for each other. Is it love, lust, obsession, or are both of them equally crazed? Male readers might feel it a little uncomfortable being so close to a woman’s thoughts and to feel the inner workings of the female mind and its complexities. On completion I wasn’t sure which I knew better; Michelle or the author. If I were to meet the author in the flesh I would take care to place the coffee cup on a coaster and not the table, just to be on the safe side! This story is very competently told and the interactions with the poltergeist are genuinely spooky, and I didn’t second guess the ending at all.