Dayle A. Dermatis

Biography

Called “one of the best writers working today” by bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith, Dayle A. Dermatis is the author or coauthor of seven novels and more than a hundred short stories in multiple genres, including the first seven Uncollected Anthology anthologies and the forthcoming urban fantasy novel Ghosted. She is a founding member of the Uncollected Anthology project. A recent transplant to the wild greenscapes of the Pacific Northwest, in her spare time she follows Styx around the country and travels the world, which inspires her writing. To find out where she is today and to sign up for her newsletter (and get free fiction!), check out DayleDermatis.com.

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Books

Powerful Girls: A YA Short Story Collection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,180. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2020 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Anthology, Fiction » Coming of age
All girls have power. Sometimes magic, sometimes bravery, sometimes sheer determination. In these stories, teenage girls face their fears, trust their instincts, and protect those around them…. And in the process, learn more about themselves and grow closer to the powerful women they will become. Featuring an excerpt of the novel Beautiful Beast, this collection will empower readers of any age.
That Summer on Blue Heron Island
Pre-release—available July 20, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,110. Language: English. Published by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
Elizabeth's annual family summer on Blue Heron Island gets even better with the arrival of her brother’s friend Will. But Will—who seems as enamored of Elizabeth as Elizabeth is of him—might be holding some secrets. Has he been to Blue Heron Island before? Does he have another, more devious reason to be there now? On a rainy night, when a child disappears, Elizabeth must decide to trust Will….
Dominant Species: A Shapeshifter Short Story
Pre-release—available June 20, 2020. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,680. Language: English. Published by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Coyote shapeshifter Elena works for an animal rights group, using her ability to investigate and expose rumors of animal cruelty. Uncovering a high stakes dog-fighting ring proves far more dangerous than she expects. She’ll have to use all her wits—both animal and human—to survive. “Dominant Species” originally appeared in Fiction River: PulsePounders: Countdown (WMG Publishing, 2018).
Shattered, Scattered, and Saved
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,760. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2020 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Bree works for a top secret agency in London that protects magical artefacts. Also caring for an ill son, she chafes against being sent to oversee Arianrhod’s Wheel during a special full moon. Will temptation to heal her son with the Wheel overwhelm her? Does anyone have the right to choose who lives and who dies? Only the Goddess knows for sure….
Family, Fair and True
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,760. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2020 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
On her sixteenth birthday, Poppy performs a ritual to enter the Faerie realm. A changeling searching for her real parents, her true home. But in Faerie, the adage “Be careful what you wish for” takes on a whole new meaning. Tangent Online included “Family, Fair and True” in their 2018 Recommended Reading list, calling the story, “…an entertaining journey.”
Still-Waking Sleep
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2020 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Created to capture the heart of a boy. Created to take down a powerful family of Verona. Created to express emotion like a human, but not to feel emotion. But the time always comes when the creator loses control of his creation…. Tangent Online says of “Still-Waking Sleep,” “The story is well crafted, and the idea is clever…[with] solid depth…and interesting complexity.”
Acceptable Losses
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2020 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Biologist Juana Salazar, PhD, believes seaweed the cure to world hunger, and gets the funding to build on-land tanks in Western Africa. But when her research takes a terrifying turn, she faces heartbreak…and a choice she never thought she’d have to make. Tangent Online included “Acceptable Losses” in their 2019 Recommended Reading list.
Beautiful Beast
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,670. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2019 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
An orphaned girl. A generous benefactor. A troubled teen. A contemporary lesbian YA inspired by a classic fairy tale, Beautiful Beast explores what it really means to be beautiful…and beloved.
Umberto Scolari and the Five Mysteries: A Short Story Collection
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,010. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2019 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Umberto Scolari. Engineer. Thinker. Student to Il Maestro himself: Leonard da Vinci. While da Vinci paints and designs machinery for his patrons, Umberto picks up the slack when someone needs a murder solved, a baby reunited with its mother, or help solving other crimes. Peppered with historical figures and based around actual events, these mystery stories bring the Italian Renaissance alive.
Gap Years: A Gap Walker Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2019 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
At 15, Quinn Jacoby disappeared from a Victorian B&B in Portland, OR. Three days later, she returned, but nobody believed her story of going down stairs into another world. Ten years later, Quinn stumbles upon the same house, now empty and rundown. Something compels her to explore it. What she finds will make her question reality—and teach her she has a unique gift that will alter her life.
Researching History for Fantasy Writers: How to Use Historical Detail to Make Your Fantasy Worlds Rich and Compelling
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,820. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2019 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Here's a book to get you thinking about the historical details to use and the concepts to ponder in order to create rich, chewy, and believable fantasy worlds. Filled with trivia, tidbits, and a slew of resources, and written in a light, engaging style, Recreating History for Fantasy Writers is a must-read for any author of high fantasy.
Telling the Bees
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2019 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Some kind of weird Sleeping Beauty curse has hit a Portland, Oregon, suburb. Sounds like a case for Hedgewitch sisters Holly and Willow, and Holly’s fae familiar, Cam. But “weird” doesn’t begin to describe what’s really happening…. A new story in the spellbinding Hedgewitch urban fantasy series by the author of the Nikki Ashburne series.
Cecil Stalks His Prey
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2018 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Enhanced feline Cecil keeps his mistress’s house free of vermin and keeps his mistress’s nerves calm as she prepares to display her inventions at The Great Exhibition of London. But when Her Majesty Victoria asks for their assistance, of course they agree. And Cecil must put his skills to work in a unique and unexpected way.
So Many Ways to Die
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2018 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Physician Vera followed her husband, engineer Grigor, into space despite her agoraphobia. When an asteroid damages their small ship, someone must go outside to repair the docking mechanism or their incoming crew will die. Grigor and the captain? Injured. Which leaves Vera…. “So Many Ways to Die” originally appeared in Fiction River: Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline (WMG Publishing, 2017).
Ghosted (Nikki Ashburne, Book 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,750. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2018 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
After former party girl Nikki Ashburne accidentally overdoses and briefly dies, she wakes up able to see ghosts. A good thing, because she lost all her other friends in the process. So when someone starts exorcising the ghosts of Hollywood, Nikki scrambles to find the perpetrator before her livelihood—and her only friends—vanish forever. Come for the ghosts. Stay for the snark.
Love Flu (Uncollected Anthology, Issue 15: Heart's Desires)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,120. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2018 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Isa juggles being a nanny to tween Gretchen, studying for her MBA, and honing her magical cooking skills. Time for romance? Hah! Then Gretchen casts an ill-advised love spell, and Isa’s world gets turned upside down. In ways nobody—including Isa, Gretchen, and Gretchen’s divorced parents—expects. Sounds like everybody’s going to be in need of Isa’s special hot fudge sauce…
The Imperfect Otter Empire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Alyse lost her job and her fiancé in one fell swoop. Her solace? Her weekly visit to the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Asian small-clawed otter exhibit. Then she meets zoo employee Matt, who shows her something special about the otters—and herself. Recycled Pulp editor John Helfers calls this story “a kooky little palate cleanser.”
The Fate of My Own Future
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,850. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Annalee Sänger: Siren, smartmouth, spy. (Okay, not exactly that last part.) Her mission: Bring in an Oracle, a woman with the power to predict the future. In a busy casino. Dodging security and bad guys who want the Oracle for themselves. Problem: The Oracle has other plans. And Annalee’s magical powers of persuasion need some fine tuning….
No Magic in the World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,300. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
No magic in the world can conquer nerves. Alistair Ryan screws up his courage and tells Mr. and Mrs. Bello that he intends to marry their daughter, his beloved Janeen. The Bellos counter with a request: find the missing—and dangerously powerful—rowan wand stolen from their own private collection. A task failed by even the best wizards and warlocks in the Magical Council….
Devilish Deals and Perilous Pacts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,250. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
You’ll laugh…nervously…at these deals with the devil, horrific family dynamics, vengeful spirits…and a little girl who just wants to win the darn pumpkin-carving contest—is that too much to ask? Join bestselling writer Dayle A. Dermatis as she weaves the supernatural with strands of humor, as only her twisted mind can.
Queen of Hearts, Hand of Fate
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
“You’re not supposed to be here. This is the wrong future.” On the brink of figuring out time travel, Tom and Paola became lovers—despite Tom’s marriage to Jillian. Then Tom died. Only Paola knows he manipulated time itself…and created a dangerous time conundrum. The question: What will Jillan do when Paola tells her the truth? A heart-rending story about love beyond time.
Communication Breakdown
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,600. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Former Hollywood party girl Nikki Ashburne sees ghosts—in fact, many of them are her friends. Okay, they’re kind of her only friends. So when the ghost of a 70s British rock god asks her for help finding a song he wrote for his favorite groupie…well, c’mon. What’s a girl to do but say yes? Only one problem: Nikki’s rift with her brother, Ned, over the secret she’s been keeping from him…
Heaven Has Eyes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,060. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Cassie suffers from a chronic disease and hides her sexuality from her family. Feeling alone and adrift in her new home in Southern California, she turns to crafting little white lies—and maybe little white spells. But when her only friend disappears, Cassie discovers a deeper magic than she ever thought existed…and must choose whether to come clean once and for all. Especially to herself.
Then & Now
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,550. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sixteen and pregnant, Kim thinks Kevin left her behind when he got his orders to a new Air Force base. Thirty years later, Kim’s daughter tracks down Kevin. Happy with her life, Kim still wonders what could have been—especially when she meets the kind man Kevin became. And whether she and Kevin can reconcile their rocky past with a promising future, and have a second chance at first love.
Ignite the Night
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Expelled from her previous school for creating disturbing artwork, teenage orphan Zoey just wants to keep her head down and graduate without a fuss from exclusive Lawrence Prep. But something strange and worrisome stalks the privileged halls of the Malibu prep school. Something only Zoey can sense. She must find the fire within and discover the chilling truth no matter what the cost.
Releasing the Spell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,960. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
If you’re gonna buy a spell, go to someone legit. Bargain spells? Well, you get what you pay for… When hapless Roberta comes to Portland hedgewitch Holly asking for help with a botched spell, Holly stumbles into the spell’s trap as well. Her best bet: find the witch who created the spell. In the middle of a snowstorm. And in the process, figure out why Roberta’s boss scares her so much…
Good Scrying Gone Bad
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,390. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The First Rule of Witchcraft: Harm none. The Second Rule of Witchcraft: Practice magic only when you’re clear of mind. That includes not practicing magic while drunk. When drunken scrying goes awry, Madison connects with Brody, a cute guy trapped…somewhere. Freeing him becomes her obsession. Does the Second Rule of Witchcraft count when it comes to love?
Oroflex (Patent Pending)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,230. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
“Once upon a time, I was SO screwed…” When Princess’s boss promises a client that Princess can make Oroflex (bendy gold wire)—which she can’t—Princess turns to her colleague Bob (not his real name) the Dwarf for help. Unfortunately, Bob’s help comes with a price: a date. And it just gets worse from there… “Oroflex (Patent Pending)” is a clever alchemical take on a classic fairy tale.
Living With the Past: A Ghosted Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,070. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2016 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Former Hollywood party girl Nikki Ashburne sees ghosts—in fact, many of them are her friends. Okay, they’re kind of her only friends. Most ghosts stick around because they’re happy here and have no desire to move on…but sometimes, they need help. Like when a decades-dead Marilyn Monroe impersonator wants Nikki to find her granddaughter. In Los Angeles. Yeah. That’ll be easy.
Hedging the Witch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2016 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An honest politician: far more rare than hedgewitches, at least in Portland, Oregon. When one such politician asks hedgewitches Holly and Willow to investigate whether his rival employs a magical advantage, Holly’s familiar, Cam, must support Holly through a treacherous investigation…or risk losing her forever. The first in a new UF series by the author of the Nikki Ashburne Ghosted stories.
The Scent of Amber & Vanilla
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Melody wakes to the scent of amber and vanilla—the cloying scent her ex-lover wore. The ex-lover who escaped the psychiatric hospital…and kidnapped Melody’s daughter. Called “a nail-biter” by Publisher’s Weekly, “The Scent of Amber and Vanilla” received an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Crime & Mystery 2016. It first appeared in Pulse Pounders (Fiction River).
Tendrils, Twining
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Widowed Penny ponders selling the beautiful Victorian home she and her late husband shared. After all, the yardwork is more than she can handle…this spring, it looks as though the forest is encroaching. Surely it’s an illusion. But what if it isn’t? And when myth and magic collide with urban development, who will win and who will lose…and who will get caught in the crossfire?
Dyrnwyn's Fire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Hitler seeks the magical Thirteen Treasures of Britain. Vivian, immortal lover of Merlin, must wake him from his bespelled slumber to guard the treasures—even though it breaks her heart. The sword Dyrnwyn, one of the Treasures, blazes with fire when drawn. A weapon? A test of worthiness? Or an opportunity for Vivian to rid her heart of this cursed love once and for all?
Rhapsody in Blue (Uncollected Anthology, Issue 7: Happily Ever Afters)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Liza feels psychic vibrations from used clothing—which serves her well as a Hollywood costumer. A stunning midnight-blue 1920s flapper dress tells her Shawn is The One, but in her experience, most actors are cads…even the nice guys will break your heart in their quest for fame and fortune. Therein lies the question: Run away screaming? Or trust the dress and go with the dress…and her heart?
Clap You Hands If You Believe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2015 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Esme Blaylock, missing her deployed husband, wants to be curled up in her warm home with her baby daughter on Christmas Eve. Instead she’s at an upstate New York prison, assigned to interview Jennifer Duschanes, who poisoned her own children one year ago. Jennifer sees a kindred soul in Esme, and for the first time, reveals why she committed her heinous crime. The truth will change Esme forever.
What You Wish For (Uncollected Anthology: Enchanted Emporiums)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,870. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2015 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Wadid, a two-thousand-year-old djinn, isn’t proud of some of the things he’s done in the past. But really, he loves that he can help the magical community via his convenience store and spice shop in Manhattan. That’s all well and good until two gunmen burst in. Wadid uses his darkest ability to subdue them. But the next person who walks through the door is the last person he would wish for.
At the Mirk and Midnight Hour
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2015 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Bespelled by a faerie curse. Framed for stealing a baby. Watches her boyfriend get spirited away by the beguiling fae bitch. But Tamara isn’t someone who takes this sort of shit lying down. She has a legacy to uphold, and a boyfriend to rescue…and a secret that will rock both the faerie and mundane worlds. A mesmerizing fantasy short story from “one of the best writers working today.”
These Chains
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Madeleine works at a secret library beneath the New York Public Library, serving her final magical-juvie sentence. If she keeps her head down and does her time, she’ll finally be free. But when the most prized—and most dangerous books—are stolen, the ancient ones affixed with chains, all eyes turn on her.
Proof of Devotion
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
If Claire can’t prove Jason loves her, a faerie curse will rip them apart forever. But how do you prove someone’s devoted to you? Short story “Proof of Devotion” cleverly blends fantasy and romance in the magical Welsh countryside and proves why bestselling author Dayle A. Dermatis has been called one of the best writers working today.
Save a Prayer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,030. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Former Hollywood party girl Nikki Ashburne sees ghosts—in fact, many of them are her friends. Okay, they’re kind of her only friends. Most ghosts stick around because they’re happy here and have no desire to move on. So when she encounters a trapped and, quite frankly, batshit insane member of the formerly living, she’s driven to help…even though she hasn’t a clue how.
A Father's Blessing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
All stone speaks to Farais, and she yearns to be a Sculptor and release their secrets. But Farais is the last one in her family left to recite their lineage, a task at odds with her dreams. To achieve Master Sculptor status, she must obtain her father’s blessing…and her father believes in family and tradition. Farais must find a way to appease him, or she will lose everything she holds dear.
Small Wonders: A Delightful Collection of Ten Short-Short Speculative Fiction Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The ten stories in SMALL WONDERS each runs no longer than 1500 words, making each one a perfect little bonbon of speculative fiction. Whether you savor a morsel at a time or gobble up the whole collection, you’ll walk away satisfied. (But unlike a box of chocolate, you can always come back and enjoy this collection again and again.)
Soulsearching
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,950. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Layde leads a double life: as a Duchess on the Hll, and as a mysterious assassin in a blood-red cloak. Born without a soulstone, set apart from every other person by her difference, she wanders adrift until she falls in love with Sehra, also a hired killer…and a mother. Only the love of a child has a chance of bringing her back from despair’s edge.
This is the World Calling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,980. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2014 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Tansy and Ki’s families are two of the most powerful witch dynasties—and the feud between them puts the Hatfield and McCoys to shame. So why, then, did their parents not care when the two would run off and play as children, lost in their own little world? When they meet again as adults, Tansy and Ki’s mutual attraction makes it vitally important that they find the answer to that question.
Giving to the Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Alone in Glastonbury for the Winter Solstice, American Maggie misses her family, who doesn’t accept her pagan beliefs. Before she can accept herself and be open to love, she’ll have to give up something in the Solstice bonfire. A romantic short story about finding your heart.
Seeds of Hope
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,970. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
“When Glynis Mac Tavish went to find the wind…” So begins this short story of loss and longing, inspired by the Highlands of Scotland and Celtic mythology. Glynis, the last of her clan, asks the personification of wind itself only for what she has lost. But all the wind can do is give her the tools to find within herself what she truly seeks.
Bane, She
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Spurned by a legendary bard, Eithne begs the King of the Selkies for a singing voice that would fill people with greatest emotion. But every gift comes with a price, one she would pay for generations to come. This haunting short story includes the bonus tale “…Of Human Sacrifice and Parents’ Tears.”
The Rising
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,380. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The tragedy of 9/11 raises ghosts and insecurities, opens old wounds. Doug Masterson leaves his wife, Deborah, and embarks on a quest to understand his purpose in the world, while Deborah, with the help of the spirit of a woman who once lived in their house, struggles to piece her own shattered life back together. “The Rising” is an uplifting short story about hope and humanity.
Masked
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Venetian courtesan Catarucia wishes to be so beautiful that she will never be forgotten or ignored. When the capricious gods Venus and Amor grant her the wish, her only escape is to remain masked, except in the presence of her blind musician, Giancarlo. Accused of bewitching the men of Venezia, Catarucia must not only defend herself, but find a way to break the curse she brought upon herself.
Desperate Housewitches (Uncollected Anthology Volume 2: Winter Witches)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,790. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014 by Soul's Road Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Kimberly reigns as the witchy Martha Stewart of her neighborhood coven…until Philippa moves in across the street, with her snooty English pagan heritage and her magical one-upmanship. When the annual Winter Solstice ritual goes horribly wrong, can Kim and Philippa put their differences aside and bring back the sun? "Desperate Housewitches" is part of Uncollected Anthology, Vol. 2: Winter Witches.
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