Doorway into Faerie: Sixteen Tales of Magic and Enchantment

Step through the portal and enter the world of Faerie.

What if you followed a path through a city park, and found yourself in another land? What if the archway you just passed is really a portal to Faerie? What if the guardian of an opening into our world has perished, and left the doorway unattended?

If you catch a glimpse of the Faery Queen
Consider whether you should remain unseen
If you come across a faery ring
Listen to the wind laugh, and murmur and sing
But beware, for if you enter the world of the Fae
You may have no choice but to stay…

Walk through the doorway and into sixteen different worlds of magic and enchantment in the third volume of the anthology series A Procession of Faeries.

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The Stories

Sidewynd,” by Alexandra Brandt, takes us to Edinburgh, Scotland. Born of two worlds but important to neither, Sky Patel balances life between her beloved city and its mirror in the faerie realm known as the Wynd. But everything changes with the retirement of her friend and mentor—and sole protector of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Now, despite her best intentions, Sky finds her careful balance cracking. And she may be called to do more—and be more—than she could ever believe possible.

In “Midnight Thread,” by Brigid Collins, Cassandra keeps the spiders’ way, carrying a spool of midnight thread to repair the web she’d strung along the ley line. She’d planned to catch the lake pixies when they swarmed at the end of the summer, but had been foiled by her sister, who insisted on creating “art” with one of the pixies. Reduced to dining on moths, Cassandra learns something new and surprising about her own sister.

Lodie is dying, and takes her beloved horse out for one last ride in Diana Benedict’s “Dancing in the Moonlight.” They come across the queen of the faeries, who is following the ley line on the way to her summer court. Even with her magic the queen cannot cure Lodie, but she offers Lodie her heart’s desire.

In Annie Reed’s “How We Danced,” the stroke that robbed Claudia of the use of her body left something magical behind—a doorway to the Other Place. A happy place where she can escape the limitations of the real world for a little while.

If only she had someone to share it with.

Someone who would take her dancing.

The Good Neighbors,” by DeAnna Knippling, is set in the small town of East Smithville where nobody knew why some people, on foggy nights, just flat-out disappeared.

Or rather, everyone knew why. The fairies took people.

The question was: how did the fairies decide who to take?

Tamara is bespelled by a faerie curse, framed for stealing a baby, and watches her boyfriend get spirited away by the beguiling fae bitch in Dayle A. Dermatis’ “At the Mirk and Midnight Hour.”

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.

Detective Ron Conroy gave up hoping for a better world a long time ago in Karen L. Abrahamson’s “With One Shoe“. When he attends the dilapidated home of Elvira Paradis to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, he finds not only a woman worn beyond her years, but also visions of someplace—else. Someplace wonderful.

A delinquent youth becomes the primary suspect and takes Ron into the world of high school art classes, unrequited love and lost hope. Will the investigation result in the arrest of the wrong man—or rekindle Ron’s faith?

It’s hard to believe something as small as a sneeze can change the world, but that’s exactly what happens in Louisa Swann’s “One Good Sneeze.” Chiaroscuro Addicott Settlemire Moss didn’t believe in faeries, even though Da had always insisted they were real. And then Chia’s world turned upside down the day she found herself in the Land of the Infamous Fae.

In Lisa Silverthorne’s “Dust,” Club Oberon is an opulent dance club where bands of beautiful, vacuous fey hung out when they weren’t on Portland’s streets—stealing human souls. They lured humans to the exclusive downtown club with a pinch and a promise: a pinch of fey dust and a promise of Tír na nÓg’s riches if they’d only take that one last step…into oblivion.

In “To Have…and To Hold,” by Deb Logan, Artie Woodward and Jed Kendrick have fallen in love and plan to marry. But when Jed’s Irish grandmother invites them to visit her in Dublin, they discover what their shared ability to see the creatures they call “Terrors” really means. They are Seers. They can see the Fae…but the Fae don’t like being seen. When Jed is kidnapped and ensorcelled by the Faery Queen, Artie must use every skill she has to rescue the man she loves!

The Gothic mansion in Brenda Carre’s “Venom” would be the perfect place to haunt if there were such things as ghosts. But Marietta knows ghosts aren’t real, since her stupid sister hasn’t come back to haunt her. She wheedles her way into the house to talk with the old woman who lives there, hoping to find something of worth. But instead she learns about venom, which can be useful in so many ways…

Koko and Shacho are living in the ruins of civilization in Japan after a world war in Rei Rosenquist’s “Along These Lines.” Koko goes in search of the Magician, a magical being who had provided a spell to stop the hydrogen bomb and end the wars. Only that was a fairy tale, a story Shacho told on good days. The Magician wasn’t real.

Except the Magician was real after all.

In Linda Jordan’s “At the Crossroads,” Maureen is spending a year in Ireland after the deaths of her grandmother and parents. She’s rented a cottage next to the woods, unaware that her cottage stands at the crossroads of her world and Faerie.

Brea’s mother had not been a normal human woman, but a mystery born of water and starlight in Anthea Sharp’s “Waterborne.” Brea’s soul stirs with a fierce longing for more. She leaves her village after the death of her father, and searches for answers…and for home.

We go back to 1969 in Jamie Ferguson’s “And Then There Are Cats.” Abby had been looking forward to watching the landing of the Apollo 11 lunar module on television, but her orange tabby cat Neill snuck out the screen door, so she’s spending her day chasing after him instead. He runs across the street, into the city park, and down a path Abby hasn’t seen before. Finally Neill leaps off the path and into a small meadow in the middle of a forest…except Abby knows there’s no forest anywhere near the city…

In Sharon Kae Reamer’s “Night Shepherd,” Juliette von der Lahn does biogenetics research late at night in the University of Cologne biology lab. In addition to working on her doctorate, she uses her magic to clone hybrid animals with special properties. One night a korrigan appears in the lab and tells Juliette that the night shepherd, a creature out of Breton Celtic legend, has perished. But these mythical creatures don’t just die, they transform. And they get hungry. Juliette has no idea how to clone the night shepherd, but with the veil open and the irresistible scent of human blood in the air, she’d better learn fast.

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A Procession of Faeries

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Bundle Up: Creating and Promoting Story and Book Collections

Your all-purpose guide for anthologies, boxed sets, and ebook bundles!

Do you want to put together an anthology, boxed set, or ebook bundle, but aren’t sure where to start, nor how to effectively handle promotion? Or are you an author interested in collaborating with other authors on a project, but don’t know what this will entail?

Whether you’re creating a collection or an author participating in one, Bundle Up! can help you! The more aware you are of what’s involved, the more efficient and productive you—and the project—will be.

Today’s software tools make it faster and easier to create collections of stories and books than ever before. They also provide new and innovative ways to create—and promote—these projects.

If you’re an author and are considering participating in a multi-author collection, this book will provide you information about what to expect, how to contribute to promotion, and how to make the most out of your participation in the project.

If you’re a curator organizing a multi-author collection, this book will walk you through the many decisions you’ll need to make and will help you make your project more efficient and successful.

About the Author

Jamie has curated ten multi-author collections and is working on many more, including a monster-themed anthology series she’s co-editing with DeAnna Knippling. She’s also a member of the Uncollected Anthology, an urban and contemporary fantasy author collective, which she joined in the spring of 2018.

She loves creating colorful spreadsheets and has spent her day job career working in software. She’s worked as a developer, product manager, engineering manager, and is currently working as a technical program manager at a large, high-tech company where she creates order out of chaos.

In her fiction, Jamie focuses on getting into the minds and hearts of her characters, whether she’s writing about a saloon girl in the Old West, a man who discovers the barista he’s in love with is a naiad, or a ghost who haunts the house she was killed in—even though that house no longer exists.

Jamie lives in Colorado and spends her free time in a futile quest to wear out her two border collies, since she hasn’t given in and gotten them their own herd of sheep. Yet.

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The NaNoWriMo Writing Tools bundle!

It’s that time of year: November is “NaNoWriMo” or National Novel Writing Month, when ambitious authors take the challenge to write the first draft of a novel from start to finish in a month. While gearing up for the challenge, writers are looking for advice, techniques, and resources.

Kevin J. Anderson has put together the NaNoWriMo Writing Tools bundle, an impressive collection of a dozen books on writing that will be inspirational, helpful, maybe even provocative. You can get all of the books for as little as $15. This bundle is only available through the end of November 2018, so grab it now—and write your novel!

A portion of the proceeds goes directly to benefit the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a non-profit group created by the families of the crew of the Challenger shuttle.
Challenger Center and its global network of Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning and role-playing strategies to help students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate skills needed for future success, such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork.

 

Become a Successful Indie Author is a motivational guide based on Craig Martelle’s two-and-a-half-million published words. This book will help you see past the hurdles that are keeping you from climbing the mountain of success.

Once you’ve become successful, you never have to work again—or so many people believe. But becoming a success is just the start. Staying a success is the hard part. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s book The Secrets of Success will help you both become a success and remain one.

Struggling to start your story or lost in the middle? You need a Story Pitch, which is a powerful tool meant to be used when pre-writing and writing. It can help you jumpstart your novel, screenplay, comic, or whatever type of story you are trying to tell and it can be used as a corrective measure if you get off track during the writing process. If you like honesty, no bull, a bunch of humor, and tons of examples in your writing guides, then you’ll love Scott King’s Story Pitch.

Are you an author who is struggling with finding volunteers and professionals to help polish your book? Do you wish there was a guide that offered plenty of suggestions for finding these people? Andrea Pearson’s How to Polish Your Manuscript into a Rock-Solid Book gives you advice and guidance on building your brand, publishing, and marketing your own books.

Writing is not a physically healthy job, but if you want a long-term writing career, then you need to look after your body. In The Healthy Writer, Joanna Penn shares her personal journey and insights with you; her co-author, Dr. Euan Lawson, shares his insights into how you can reduce pain, improve health and build a writing career for the long term.

Whether you’re creating a story or book collection, or are an author participating in one, Jamie Ferguson’s Bundle Up! can help you! The more aware you are of what’s involved, the more efficient and productive you—and your project—will be.

Dean Wesley Smith’s How to Write a Novel in Ten Days is a series of blog posts he wrote while chronicling his process toward ghost writing a 70,000-word novel for a traditional publisher in just ten days. This book takes readers on a journey that demonstrates that writing fast, and writing well, comes from motivation and practice.

You Must Write, by Kevin McLaughlin, explains what Robert Heinlein’s Rules are, and how they can help you bring your craft and career to the next level. This book provides a series of practical lessons, each with exercises designed to help writers build the Rules into their own work-flow. Heinlein’s Rules focus on unleashing the most creative elements of our minds, combating our deepest and most crippling fears, and driving past the greatest obstacles most writers face to reach success.

In Writing as a Team Sport, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta describe various collaboration methods with frank recollections of their own experiences. You’ll learn collaborative techniques that will suit any sort of writer, as well as the pitfalls you may encounter.

You too can create stories at the speed of the great pulp writers. Not only that, but your craft will actually get better the faster you go. It just takes time and practice. In Pulp Speed for Professional Writers, you’ll learn the things Blaze Ward discovered as he went from writing at mundane rates to Pulp Speed.

Series are fun to read, lots of authors write them, they’re great for large worlds and big stories, some publishers love them, and if you do it right, you can create a loyal fan base. Yet they are hard to stay consistent in. Why is that? And how do we do the idea of an epic story justice? The How-To Structure Workbook for Trilogies, Series, and Parallel Worlds by C. Michelle Jefferies helps you learn that series writing is not as hard as it can appear.

Simon Haynes has been writing and publishing novels and short fiction for almost twenty years. How to Write a Novel contains everything he’s learned about writing a novel, both as an indie and as a trade-published author.

 

Get all twelve writing guides in the NaNoWriMo Writing Tools bundle!

Available through the end of November 2018.

 

New release: Beauty and Wickedness

Dangerous spirits lurk in the woods
A bargain can bind a soul
Enchanted sleep can only be broken by true love’s kiss…

You know these things are true…even in this modern world. Your heart still recognizes the power and mystery you can only find in a fairy tale.

In Beauty and Wickedness, the first volume in the anthology series Ever After Fairy Tales, sixteen authors retell and reimagine some of the most enchanting fairy tales ever told. Within these pages, you’ll find beauty and treachery, magic and courage, innocence and wickedness…and at least some happy endings.

Come and lose yourself in the delights and dangers of Beauty and Wickedness.

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New release: Midwinter Fae

Midwinter Fae, the second volume in the series A Procession of Faerie, is a collection of stories about faeries and magic at Midwinter.

On the day of the shortened sun
A battle between two kings has begun.
The old year dies, and the Oak King rules
We celebrate with logs of Yule!
But the Holly King is defeated, not dead
To Caer Arianrhod he heads.
Until Midsummer, when they battle again
And the Holly King will once again reign…

 
 
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New release: Stars in the Darkness


Stars in the Darkness is a collection of stories about why being just matters, and what the ramifications are for individuals, groups, towns, countries, or even worlds if justice is not expected, encouraged, or enforced.

The stories cover a wide range, from historical fiction to fantasy to alternate realities. Every tale, whether set in ancient Egypt, in a future where only the rich can afford to increase their children’s intelligence through genetic engineering, or about a man turned into a zombie by accident, sends a message about what matters. These stories show bravery, compassion, courage—and consequences.

All proceeds from this collection will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Campaign.

Available on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Books2Read.

Learn more about the anthology on Facebook and Goodreads.

New Bundle: Beneath the Waves

Water has always intrigued humanity. We walk along the shores and banks of oceans and waterways, take boats across the surface, or swim in the waters.

But water hides secrets – including those of the creatures that live in its depths…

What if mermaids really do exist, and they lure men to their deaths?

Why might bodies suddenly start washing up on shores all around the world?

What if you discovered a lost girl is the daughter of a water spirit?

This collection contains stories about water creatures – sirens, kelpies, Hawaiian man-sharks, selkies, kraken, shapeshifters, and more – by twenty different authors.

Where can you find the bundle?

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Stories in the bundle

This collection was curated by Jamie Ferguson, and contains stories by Alexandra Brandt, Deb Logan, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, DeAnna Knippling, Louisa Swann, Jamie Ferguson, Marcelle Dubé, Karen L. Abrahamson, Rebecca M. Senese,Steve Vernon, Bonnie Elizabeth, Lisa Silverthorne, Chuck Heintzelman, Stefon Mears, Ron Collins, Robert Jeschonek, Travis Heermann, Leigh Saunders, Eric Kent Edstrom, and P. D. Cacek.

New Bundle: The Faerie Summer

The summer sun bathes the earth in warmth and light,
Faeries dance under the moon at night.
Cross through the portal into a land ancient, beautiful, and wild.
See the wonders that enticed the stolen child.
Come away, O reader! To the Realm of Faerie.
But if you want to make it back home, you had better be wary…

This collection includes twenty tales of faeries and magic set in our world – and in others.

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Stories in the bundle

This collection was curated by Jamie Ferguson, and contains stories about faeries, magic, and enchantment by Alexandra Brandt, Leslie Claire Walker, Roz Marshall, Anthea Sharp, Deb Logan, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Leah Cutter, Annie Reed, Brigid Collins, Dayle A. Dermatis, DeAnna Knippling, Brenda Carre, Louisa Swann, Jamie Ferguson, Linda Jordan, Marcelle Dubé, Karen L. Abrahamson, Rebecca M. Senese,Steve Vernon, T. Thorn Coyle

New Bundle: Haunted

The Haunted bundle is now available!

If you purchase The Haunted Bundle on the BundleRabbit website, you can choose to donate a percentage of the purchase price to either World Vets or Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The bundle can also be purchased on Kobo, Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

This collection was curated by Jamie Ferguson, and contains stories about ghosts, hauntings, and mysterious things by Alexandra Brandt, Rebecca M. Senese, Dayle A. Dermatis, Leah Cutter, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Chuck Heintzelman, Deb Logan, Steve Vernon, Dean Wesley Smith, DeAnna Knippling, Brigid Collins, J. A. Campbell, Mark Leslie, Jaime Lee Moyer, Louisa Swann, Valerie Brook, T. Thorn Coyle, P. D. Cacek, Jamie Ferguson, and J. Daniel Sawyer.

More information on the authors and the stories will be appearing on the bundle’s Facebook page. You can also check out the bundle’s Goodreads page.

 
Have you ever felt as though someone was watching you, but when you turned around no one was there?

How many times have you been unable to find something, then it later turned up in the exact place you’d searched over and over?

Why does your cat act as though it’s staring at something, even though you can’t see anything?

Just because you can’t see anything doesn’t mean there isn’t something there…

But don’t worry. Ghosts aren’t real.

Or are they?

New Bundle: The Witches’ Brew

The Witches’ Brew bundle is now available on BundleRabbit!

This collection of twenty witchy short stories was curated by Jamie Ferguson, and includes stories by Annie Reed, Bonnie Elizabeth, Brigid Collins, Dayle A. Dermatis, DeAnna Knippling, Debbie Mumford, Eric Kent Edstrom, Jamie Ferguson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Leslie Claire Walker, Lisa Silverthorne, Louisa Swann, Liz Pierce, Rebecca M. Senese, Ron Collins, Sephera Giron, Steve Vernon, T. Thorn Coyle, Thea Hutcheson, and Valerie Brook.

More information on the authors and the stories will be appearing on the bundle’s Facebook page.

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Magic sparks and cauldrons bubble;
Potions bring love, and curses bring trouble.

What if magic could help track down a murderer?

Can a young, untrained witch save her people from a dark wizard – and at what cost to herself?

Does a young woman’s dreams really predict the future? If so, is there any way to change what she foresees?

And what might an independent young witch look for when house hunting?

Witches. Warlocks. Wizards. Familiars…

Enter twenty different worlds of magic and enchantment.