Newest Published Work and other News.

 

untitled (11)My short story , Jingle Jars, ( My Story title is featured on the cover and I am ever so flattered that it is!!!)  was recently published in a collection along with many other great short stories. All awesome ‘AWE’thors in this collection are members of a great Indie writers group on Facebook. The book was published by Plaisted Publishing House, and I thank them for the great opportunity to be involved in a project that involved so many talented, proof readers, editors, writers and administration people. The group put together two anthologies of Dark and Light Holiday themed stories. My story ended up in the Dark Volume , as you can see by the photos above.

I have not yet read every story in its entirety , however I have read some and though I m not reviewing the book I will say this; It is chock full of some very good Dark Holiday shorts. The Light Volume also, is full of many great stories by authors from around  the globe.

Both books, The December Awethology: Dark Volume and the December Awethology: Light Volume  are available at most online bookstore platforms. The eBook copy is a free download and the print version is $6.00. I myself am the proud owner of every version of each book that I can find! They are just that good. Having read many of the authors books/stories before I feel completely confident in saying that this is a collection you do not want to miss out on.  I will include a couple book links below. Support our indie authors and download or buy a copy today.

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Here’s a bit of a blurb from my story Jingle Jars:

Sneak Peek of Jingle Jars by Jennifer Deese (short story from The December Awethology: Dark Volume by The #Awethors.)

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Sid could sense the arrival of something. Then suddenly he began to make out a shape approaching in the distance through the open door.  As he strained to decipher what it was that was approaching he caught the scent of sulphur and rot. The odor grew stronger as the shape in the swirling snow drew closer. Sid felt his heart quicken as his senses told him something about this was all wrong. As he watched, frozen in place, he saw that the quickly approaching figure was adorned in what looked to be a very tattered and dirty Santa Claus outfit. “What the hell!”, Sid thought as the figure stepped onto the porch and stood face to face with him. The stink was even more intense and the man’s eyes were obsidian black. Sid stepped back as the man came through the door shutting it behind him. As the door shut the noise from the jingling jars abruptly stopped.

Sid knew he was in the presence of something sinister, dark and evil, and in a rare moment of honest introspection he almost wished things had been different in his life, normal even. He watched, frozen in place as the Santa clad demon walked to the wall of jars. With his heart pounding Sid asked, “”Who are you.” Smiling demonically, the visitor ran his dirty clawed fingers along the jars, causing them to jingle eerily in the dead silence. Sid could feel the noise deep in his brain, it caused a blinding pain that brought him to his knees next to the dead fire. He felt  his body wanting to give in, wanting to shroud him in the promise of death, but he wanted to live! As the thought of asking for redemption ran across his mind the demon turned toward him and whispered, “Tssk Tssk, my loyal human, I’m here to show to you your jars, your jingling jars.” ***

 

Read  more of this story and a slew of others now ; Get your copy today. Free eBook download and $6.00 print versions.

Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_fb_0_14?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jennifer+deese&sprefix=jennifer+deese%2Cdigital-text%2C169

Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/5907992

So grab your copy today and cozy up for some not so merry Holiday tales from The Dark side. And don’t forget to check out the Light Volume as well…for those who don’t wish to indulge in a few nightmare inducing short stories by yours truly, and all of The Team DArk #Awethors

For those on your Holiday gift list …Why not grab a Amazon gift card and allow them to browse the all the genres and great books and gifts. Great stocking stuffer too!!!! //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=towrisri-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=BT00DC6QU4&asins=BT00DC6QU4&linkId=FLNNW6YZ2GPJVTZS&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true

Grab a copy of my first book here. also available n EBook format here:

 

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Grab a copy of The December Awethology: Dark Volume here:

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Thank you all and have a great Day!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And The Winner Is…

The winner of the photo-prompted fantasy flash fiction contest is (insert drum roll here☺) Emily Livingstone!!! Her entry , Play Date, spun a scenario based on the provided photo that nailed it in my opinion! 

Being able to present an entire story, that creates imagery and emotion in less than 300 words is no small endeavor. Emily Livingstone has shown a unique and very adept talent in doing  just that! Just check out the photo prompt ( belbelowiw the runner ups entry) that was provided for the contest and I am sure you will agree.

Emily Livingstone

Contest Entry – 296 words

Blog: http://emilylivingstone.wordpress.com

Twitter:  @Emi_Livingstone

 

Play Date

Mama pointed out the window. 

“Don’t look at that building, or that one.  Close your ears to the street noise.  Stop seeing blinking lights.”

Jake leaned in, listening.  

“In your dream, you’ll go to a field, way far away, with tall, golden grass swaying in the breeze.  There’s this tree, right in the center, so beautiful, with a light glowing behind it.  That’s where you’ll play, by the special tree.”  

Mama tucked him in.  

“Maybe I’ll meet you under the tree tonight.”

Jake had never dreamed of the tree in all the nights Mama had told the story—until tonight.  Now, Jake stood underneath, gazing up at the strong black branches that twisted into feathery nothing in the sky.  

The glow was there, too.  

“Mama?”

Something walked forward from the glow and put a hand on the tree trunk.  

“Jake?” a boy’s voice asked.

“Carlos?”

“Hey, yeah, it’s me,” Carlos said.  

They hugged in a quick, child way.  They played hide-and-seek in the golden grass.

The moon set, and Carlos stopped.  

“Guess you better go.”

“Guess so,” Jake said.  

Carlos climbed up into the tree.  Carlos grabbed at knots and branches like he’d climbed trees a million times, but Jake knew this wasn’t true.  Carlos was a city kid, too.  Jake wanted to climb, to try it, but Carlos looked down and said,“Jake, you gotta go!  Hasta mañana, man!”

Jake laughed, because “hasta mañana” was something Carlos had taught him.  He said it back.  Jake walked away, and his mind grew fuzzy.  

When Jake woke, he remembered. 

“Mama!” 

She came in.

“I saw the tree, Mama!  Carlos was climbing it.”

Mama laid a hand on Jake’s arm, and the hand said “shush.”  Mama’s voice said, “Honey, Carlos was in an accident.  You won’t see him anymore.”  

Congratulations Emily Livingstone! Reading Play Date was a pleasure. Your first place win is well earned for sure!!!

I’m sure when you see the photo used in the contest you will agree! Great job and a pleasure to read.

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Our runner up in this very close contest is Karen Mossman with her entry of, I Am Alive!!! Congratulations, Karen on your writing talent and your 2nd place win! 

I Am Alive

By KarenMossman

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-J-Mossman-author-writer/1518090468464294

http://scribblerscornerkazzmoss.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Standing in front of the tree I stared up as the mist swirled around it. I had escaped. I was outside in the real world and it had been too long.

Breathing deeply, the dampness assaulted my senses, but I liked it. My bare feet were cold on the early morning grass and I liked that too. The sky looked huge and went on forever. Touching the bark it was hard and damp under my fingertips.

I was alive. I had left my home on the promise of work, in fact I was promised many things when I came to this country. They were all lies.

I had done terrible things without choice, I learned things about myself that I didn’t know, that I didn’t want to know. But most of all I learned I could endure.

I never lost me and vowed one-day I would escape the dark house with closed curtains and the men I entertained. I hadn’t realised it would be so long, I feel old before my time.

Running my hands over the bark, it felt rough with the smell of rich bark. I sat down resting my back against it, and looked out across the field and saw the men were coming for me.

It was sheer chance that I found that coalhole in basement. I couldn’t believe it opened. So I waited until the early hours to make my escape.

I climbed the tree, my feet sore and bleeding. I fought my way up the branches as high as I could go. The men approached, shouting. I looked down on them and smiled. I was free. I raised my hands and jumped.

Karen conveyed the very intense emotions of her main character with finness!

I hope you have all enjoyed both Emily and Karen’s winning entries as much as we did! And thank you ladies for sharing your work!