Flash Fiction: The Lunch Date

The glass case over the pastry display was shattered, a masked goon moaning on the floor in front of it. Half the tables in the small cafe were overturned, broken plates and smashed sandwiches scattered across the tile. The rest of the customers had fled, and a terrified barista peeked out from behind the counter.Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Lunch Date”

Try Broadswords and Blasters Issue 12

Space cops! Ray-gun fights! Space fashion! Alien divas! I love all these things, which is why they ended up in a short story I wrote recently called Starstruck. It’s a retro sci-fi adventure that ticks off a couple boxes from my 5 Favorite Vintage Sci-Fi Tropes list and is inspired by old science fiction andContinue reading “Try Broadswords and Blasters Issue 12”

Free Ebook Friday: Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis by H.L. Burke

Free ebooks are the best. They’re a great way for readers to try new series risk-free, and they help authors reach new audiences. But there’s just so many of them that it can be hard to find one you like. Free ebook Friday spotlights a free ebook I’ve personally read and enjoyed, and hopefully, it’llContinue reading “Free Ebook Friday: Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis by H.L. Burke”

Short Story: The Monster with Many Eyes

We all have our monsters. Sometimes, we feel ashamed by them, but we shouldn’t let that stop us from asking for help fighting them. That’s the concept behind The Monster with Many Eyes, which is also a story about two girls beating the crap out of a monster. It appears in the Winter 2019 issueContinue reading “Short Story: The Monster with Many Eyes”

5 Short Stories About Witches (that you can read for free right now)

I’m going to be a witch this Halloween. I’ve got the hat and the black dress, and I just need to figure out my makeup. Witches have always been one my favorite paranormal beings. Maybe it’s the spells and potions or the feminist undertones. It could also be a side-effect of growing up reading HarryContinue reading “5 Short Stories About Witches (that you can read for free right now)”

Short Story: Around the old Hawthorn Tree

Addison found the box one Sunday afternoon when her mom asked her to clean out the closet in the guest bedroom. It was a dusty old cardboard thing, and inside, she found a few notebooks with her late grandma’s name on the front and a beautiful silver necklace with a jeweled rose pendant. “Look whatContinue reading “Short Story: Around the old Hawthorn Tree”

Summer Getaway: A White Knight & Black Valentine Series Short Story

Dave set their suitcases on the dresser and stretched, still stiff from the flight. He surveyed the cozy bedroom, taking a moment to appreciate the view of the mountains out the window. “This is nice,” he said to Val. “I need to have it redecorated,” she called back from the bathroom, where she was touchingContinue reading “Summer Getaway: A White Knight & Black Valentine Series Short Story”

Short Story: A Magical Education

Ever wonder how the wise old mentor character puts up with the whiny, annoying hero he’s training? Then have I got the tale for you. My short story, A Magical Education, follows a group of aging mentors drinking mead and venting about the next generation of heroes they’re trying to educate. It’s a humorous fantasyContinue reading “Short Story: A Magical Education”

Short Story: How to Stop Trains (A Guide for Superheroes)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any short fiction on my blog, so here’s a little something from The White Knight & Black Valentine Series. Enjoy! How to Stop Trains (A Guide for Superheroes) An excerpt from White Knight’s lecture at the Academy on April 15, 2002. Remember the acronym TAD: Time and Distance.Continue reading “Short Story: How to Stop Trains (A Guide for Superheroes)”

More Spectacular Steampunk Short Stories

Need something to read this weekend? Want that something to have dirigibles, clockwork, and lady inventors? Would you prefer if it was FREE? Then you’re in the right place. Here are four awesome steampunk short stories you can read right now. Clockwork Fairies by Cat Rambo This is one of the greatest examples of anContinue reading “More Spectacular Steampunk Short Stories”