Rhea Rose


Rhea is a Vancouver, BC writer known best for her short stories and many of those are posted here at Smashwords.

I'm mainly a short story writer and a writer of poetry although lately, I've made a foray into novel writing. I've been nominated 3 times for the Canadian Aurora award, twice for short stories, once for poetry, also nominated for a Rhysling award for poetry. I've made the preliminary nominations for a Nebula award (did I mention I like to write "Science Fiction?") I've also made Ellen Datlow's honourable mention list 3 times for horror.

Here at Smashwords, you'll find my shorts that have been traditionally published but those rights have now come back to me and I republish the stories here. As well, you'll find short stories that are published here for the very first time. These stories are ones that editors loved, held for tons of time, shortlisted, longlisted and then decided the piece couldn't fit the theme or some other aspect of their needs. Those are very frustrating times for a writer, but the beauty of Indie publishing is that you can publish them at some point and get them out to your readers.

When posting my work at Smashwords I try to show diversity in writing and select stories that I think are relevant, and might surprise the reader; a good story will usually be relevant until the end of time. The work I post here has been worked on quite a bit so hopefully, it satisfies the reader.

My wish: I'd love to have more reviews from readers and stars. Those are so important to writers. That's how we know that there's anyone out there...

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
At the moment I'm turning one of my Smashwords stories into a novel! I will keep it a secret and let readers peruse the stories I have at Smashwords to find out which story I've selected to turn into a novel! NOT. I 'm kidding. I'll tell you. My most popular story at Smashwords to date is "Alia's Angel". It's probably no surprise that it's a vampire novel, and one reviewer of the story said they'd be interested in reading the book version. Well, even before those words were spoken, or should I say written, I wanted to do that--turn that story into a novel. I've finally started! I'm hoping to have a draft completed by Summer 2017. I'm not sure I can turn it in to a series but I'm only about 20,000 words into the novel and I will have a better idea once I'm about three quarters of the way through. I'm very excited about it. I'm a pantser, which means I write by the seat of my pants, no outlines, so not even I know how things are going to turn out, but I think some terrific characters are being born! I can tell you that two of the characters from the short story, who don't have names, now do. They are Claire Beldare, the main character, and her nemesis and lover Castion Gaze. Are those vampire names or what?
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Difficult question. Reading has changed quite a bit since the advent of the digital age. I tend to divide my reading experience into pre-digital or analog reading time and post analog or digital reads.

I tend to listen to books these days rather than read them, although, I still read quite a bit. Since the digital age of books, I tend to consume, by that I mean I read them quickly. I don't linger over them. To enjoy books, I listen to them. Novels no longer leave an impression on me like they did during the analog reading age. So, post digital age, I'd say my five favourite books were the ones I read as a kid. The Secret Garden, A Christmas Carol (anything by Dickens), The Chrysalids (most John Wyndam books) Agatha Christie...its impossible to list only five. As a child I see I was heavily influenced by British authors. As an adult I read more American and Canadian writers.
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Where to find Rhea Rose online


Epitaph to an Apple
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Ladon the hundred-headed Hydra and guardian of the Hesperides garden's golden apples awakes to discover that's he's been duped by a young upstart. Ladon fears only one thing, the wrath of Hera. The hunt is on and Ladon won't rest until the apple is returned. How many heads will she take before Ladon returns her resplendent fruit to the garden? The recipe for ambrosia included at the end of story.
The Long Dark Tunnel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Lorna finds herself at the center of a mysterious and darkly magical art installation. When her seriously sick friend, Shirley, insists that they participate, her mundane world goes weird then dark. A self-absorbed Lorna discovers her own sensitivity is alive and well when she accepts Shirley's challenge to go alone into the basement to take out her garbage.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Urban
A dark night, a full moon, a hitchhiker catches a ride and has something unusual to show to his not-so-good Samaritan. An old motel and a road trip create the setting for two men with a need for each other's company. Headed to the small town of Hamelin, the hitchhiker's fairytale goes undead.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Sabine is on the run from the authorities hoping to escape the destiny designed for her by those who have come to settle her planet. But can her innate abilities outplay the brutal conditions of the planet's surface and all the technology the system has at its disposal? Tried and true models of old Earth colonialism tweaked for a new red world begin to take shape.
Ex Situ
Price: Free! Words: 7,010. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Bestowed with a mysterious gift, a young boy and his best friend, each with parents who are Tenders in a garden of an Emerald City, carry a mysterious treasure to its rightful destiny which lies far beyond their City gates. Ikhet and Omar travel for the first time in their short lives to the land that is no land and discover that they are a part of something larger than life itself.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A hundred years after devastating global shifts, a young man, the abandoned child of survivalists, comes of age in a world reestablishing itself and its populations. While some areas of the planet have fared better than others, Ches finds himself at the center of the world's remaining and struggling population as he hunts and trades technology designed to regenerate a more robust human being
Sharking Out
Price: Free! Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Mighty Mike, professional cybersurfer, falls in love with Billy-the-Blue's girl. His best friend's tragic end nearly costs Mike everything.
Bones of Bronze, Limbs Like Iron
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,470. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
A time traveling, steampunk love story where a one room school house teacher, Susanna, meets and almost remembers the mysterious, futuristic time traveler, Grant, who's devotion to her convinces Susanna that she is part of a bigger plan. A plan so big, it could cost her everything she loves and lives for.
Leaf Man
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
An ageing superhero decides to host an alien visitor hoping she'll become his sexy, superhero sidekick. When his visit from the female Pulchimmera makes his life take many wacky turns, he wonders about his decision to take on help.
The Gamogue
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Urban
A childhood sleepover turns into a nightmare when the children discover that messy toys,baking cupcakes and dark adults can conjure forth an ancient magic.
Sibling Seed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
A dark children's story where a strange bookseller, Mr. Finny, tells the young, Jane Taylor, she can grow a sibling from something that looks like a package of bubble gum. The small girl becomes curious and takes home her prize. Without telling anyone, she discovers she has a green thumb. A special garden with a mystery all its own appears when Jane discovers her magical aptitude.
Jack Sprott Continuum Cop
Price: Free! Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A time travelling cop turned private investigator, Jack Sprott hunts down his wife's murderer on a hunch that a high school for bad kids may hide the culprit. A simple future killing turns complicated when time travel, futuristic bad guys and a robot get in the way.
Freya's Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A young Norse warrior fights a terrible Lovecraftian sea creature for life and love only to discover that the gods have chosen another to do battle with destiny. When Hoenir's sweetheart, Freya, tries to save him, he discovers that Odin's tough love proves to be more than he ever bargained for.
Strange and Charmed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When his old British housekeeper, Mrs. Wentworth, puts the house and Dr. Gary Plunk's theories up for sale, the dead, quantum mechanics physicist comes back to haunt her and his boarding house. The new home owner, Professor Wigg, puts the ghost's excitations at ease when Christmas eve brings together a new understanding of the scientists' quantum spirits.
Hanged Men, Haunts and Horrors
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,330. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Between these virtual pages you’ll find fitness conscious Goldilocks who’s taken up running in the woods, a family owned pumpkin farm with a spider problem, a ghost and a physicist visiting on Christmas Eve, and a horrid little creature that lives in a wall and won’t go away. Four timeless scary stories make up this set from Keyboard Books.
The Wall
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,010. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A young mother descends into madness as a creature that lives in a wall haunts and hunts her child. The horror of its insatiable appetite makes her crazy and she must do whatever is necessary to prevent the monster from devouring her newborn. Keyboard books, an imprint of RainWood Press brings you, a single, quietly sensational tale of horror.
The Adventures of Dorea Tress
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Dorea Tress likes to run in the dark woods where the forest creatures are not what they seem to be. The night isn't safe, and she is not alone on her familiar trail run. This short traditional fairytale gone wrong captures more than a young woman lost in the woods.
Children Of The Fray
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,520. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Children Of The Fray, tales of domesticity gone magically wild; a living room with a spider problem leaves behind a super mom once bitten twice shy; a family vacation goes mythical; an only child finds strange siblings in bubble gum packs; a new age vampire reads books to children.
Star Travels Tales of Science Fiction
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,440. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In Star Travels science fiction short stories meet a time travelling P.I. who tries to save his wife by transporting to a future-future to end the life of a killer before he can a schoolboy rampage; a lemonade stand to quench an alien thirst; an illegal extraterrestrial toy stolen once, stolen twice for a clandestine client; a sinister Christmas adventure filled with genetically modified love.
Small Change
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
A road trip story brings a small girl near death when a back-seat-car game becomes a life or death moment.
Alia's Angel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Newly undead Angel can't understand her need to return over and over to the abandoned child called Alia, the little girl who feeds Angel small cups of blood.
Summer Silk
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
When her spidey senses begin to tingle, Milo's mom struggles to come to grips with her arachnid instincts. When the family cat is found wrapped in spider silk hanging in a tree, Milo and Jason lock their bedroom door at night and hide younger sister, Tannis, in the closet.
The Lemonade Stand
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,770. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
In tall grassy fields of the northern flatlands, a mysterious lemonade stand waylays lost travelers when strange children offer to quench their thirst.
Shadow Hunter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,070. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
An old hunter seeks redemption aboard the space station Habitat. After years of providing collectors with trophy alien species, he attempts to recover a hunting prize he wishes he never won.
Chronos' Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 7,030. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Genetically engineered children compete and kill for the chance to win Christmas. In a simulated, yet antiquated future playground called Daycare, Ceep, an omniscient computer,responsible for creating deadly gangs of urchins who desire to reap the rewards of Christmas, encourages his creations to use their enhanced genetic skills to destroy one another and take the Christmas tree for their own.
Bigfoot Boarder
Price: Free! Words: 6,910. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A sixteen year old skateboarder calls himself Squatch after the mythological forest creature he worships. He agrees to go on a family camping trip to the San Diego zoo to see a captured bigfoot, but a flat tire takes the family deeper than they'd ever dreamed into the old growth of the northwest woods.
Squirrels in Frankfurter Highlight
Price: Free! Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
Jing and her brother do whatever they must to survive in Squirrels virtual arcade, a place where enlistment-officers cruise for runaways to send off planet to labor camps. A place where the nice people in town want to buy children's glands and organs to stay young.

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