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Tommy looked at all the assorted ornaments on his grandmother's bookshelf. Many were made of wood and resembled birds and other animals. Something caught his attention, and he noticed one of the ornaments, a colorful little moth, was flapping its wings. It flew in the area and traveled the path of a circle before landing again in the spot it ascended from and remained still.
The final guest flash fiction piece this week comes from author AJ Powers. This story wraps up the week well, giving us some fiction that has some action. This is the first time I can recall reading a piece of flash fiction that is sci-fi action based, and I have to say it's a fun, fast-paced read. As AJ mentioned to me, you can definitely see the influence of Star Wars, Starship Troopers, and Independence Day in this piece of flash fiction. AJ Powers wanted to make sure you all knew that he is a professional game developer by day, and a writer by night. (This is too cool, as I'm a big Xbox 360 gamer. It's pretty awesome that I can get a game developer to write something for my blog.) Over the years of working in the games industry, he has come to appreciate great story telling and he's made it a personal mission to tell compelling and thrilling stories that keep the readers on the edge of their seats. AJ Powers current available work is Loose Ends, his debut novella, a…
Here's the third author who accepted the called on Twitter to write flash fiction for my site this week. Aden Penn submitted the story Dusk Valley. This is a great tale, that in my opinion, flips the Walt Disney World concept on its head. What do I mean by that? Well, give the story a read and maybe you'll understand.
There are some points about the author you should know, such as: Aden Penn lives just outside of Austin TX. Whatever the name of the town is, she told me it was funny. She also told me that she writes urban fantasy and science fiction, and she is hoping this year to make the jump from "writer" to "author". I'd like to think she already made the jump to author, because her authorship evidence is below. If you want to learn more about this author, you can visit her web site at http://blog.adenpenn.com or on Twitter @adenpenn.
The second flash fiction author of the week is Amanda Leduc. I'm so glad that she submitted this piece of fiction as it takes an interesting concept and then tells us that not all people are created equal. It's a testimony to life in that we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Amanda let me know that she was born in Canada, but not only that, she has lived in Ontario, British Columbia, England and Scotland. They are all places I'd love to go to, but will never be, (except for Ontario). The first novel she wrote is called Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover, and it was shortlisted for the 2008 UK Daily Mail First Novel Award, and published in 2009. She also has a second novel, The Raptured, which is currently making submission rounds at publishing houses in both Canada and the US. She has published articles across Canada, the US, and the UK, won 1st runner up in PRISM International's 2008 Short Fiction Contest, and was a third place finalist in Prairie F…
The first guest flash fiction piece this week comes from author Ben Langhinrichs. Langhinrichs was kind enough to follow the rules I've set for writing and fiction on my site, not once violating my strict guidelines. How he did it, well, I'll never know. But sure enough, he sent me a story that was not only good, but has a great punchline at the end.
Ben Langhinrichs felt the need to point out to me that he is a 48 year-old software designer living in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He said he has a lovely wife, two cats, and three children. One of them still lives at home! I'm fairly certain he was referring to his children when he said that to me, but I'm nearly 100% positive that his wife also lives with him, too. And he has work published all over the place, most of which he knows about. To learn more about Ben Langhinrichs and his written works, visit http://benlanghinrichs.net or follow him on Twitter @blanghinrichs.
[caption id="attachment_1214" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Photo Courtesy of ErikVonLehmann"][/caption] Next week, I will not be able to maintain my blog as I normally do. Since that is the case, I decided to put the call out on Twitter for writer's to do guest flash fiction for the site.
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On the warm sunny day, he walked down the path to the garden, hoping she would be there. They had agreed that no matter what happened, no matter what they experienced, they would reunite. The one place they said they would go was their favorite—a symbol of their love.
The Present Miles Gray has a wonderful life that he has refused to recognize. One day, he receives a present from a friend that is strange and peculiar. Unable to resist the present, Miles goes on a journey that he never could have imagined and that will change his life forever. (Approximately 6,800 words) This story is included in the ebooks Unspoken Stories - Volume 1 & All My Fiction. Pay Once—Read Forever
Available on Smashwords, or for Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook. Do you live in the UK? You can purchase this story for your Amazon Kindle. Can’t decide if you want to purchase the story? Approximately 50% of the story is below. If you have an Amazon Kindle and rather not read the excerpt on the site, you can use the “Send To Kindle” app for your browser or smartphone to read it there. Details can be found on http://klip.me. Enjoy!
All right, I'm on track. I've released the first short story of May and I have another one to write and publish this month. This story is called The Present. It clocks in at around 6,800 words—much longer than I had planned.
Diversity Problems by Kristen James is a short story that raises a question about perfect genetics. What if we lived in a world where everyone looked the same? What if everybody had the same name? Really, what if we lacked identity?
Travel to the planet, activate the weapons, and high tail it out of there. The weight of this assignment is heavy. Heavier than anything I have ever experienced, but it has to happen. The enemy would do the same thing to us if they had the chance.
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I thought it would be good to post my current sales totals since I started writing and self-publishing a year ago. I'll admit, these numbers don't look too great, but a positive sign is that I have sold more ebooks each month than the previous month since January.
Now, here’s your chance to get Panacea free or at a discounted rate:
If you buy Panacea on Smashwords and use coupon code DY48B, you can get Panacea free! This offer is available for the day of release only, May 3, 2011. For the first week of release, Panacea will be only $0.99. After May 10, 2011, it will …