Story spotlight: “Abby Crumb: Bad Luck, Good Fortune” by Louisa Swann


Melting noses, withering limbs—growing up the daughter of a necromancer prepares one for almost anything…except a voyage around the Horn on a vessel that feels as if it has been cobbled together expressly for this trip…

Creaking decks, smoky furnaces, torn sails, violent weather, the S.S. Raven seems to be attracting bad luck. Could it simply be fate? Or could it be…her mother?

Abby Crumb suffers misery after misery on her trip to San Francisco. The weather finally clears, only to reveal an even more sinister twist of Fate: The captain’s brought the bad luck with him.

Abby and her friends must discover the source of bad luck and turn the tide before the tide turns them in this rollicking high seas adventure.
 
 
“Abby Crumb: Bad Luck, Good Fortune” is in the Beneath the Waves collection. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the collection’s Facebook page.
 


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Growing up in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada mountains, surrounded by deer and beaver, muskrat and bear, Louisa Swann found ample fodder for her equally wild imagination. As an adult, she interweaves her experiences with that imagination, creating tales of fantasy and science fiction, mystery and thrillers, steampunk and historical fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Fiction River anthologies, including Reader’s Choice; Mercedes Lackey’s Elementary Magic and Valdemar anthologies; and Esther Friesner’s Chicks and Balances. Novels include light-hearted mysteries (It Ain’t No Bull, The Trouble with Bulldogs) and her new steampunk/weird west series, Abby Crumb and Myrtle Creek (with Brandon Swann).


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Story spotlight: “Contact” by Marcelle Dubé


 
Every day, Kalupiak hunts farther and farther from the underwater ice caves of the People. Hunting has grown increasingly dangerous with the melting of the ice and the arrival of new creatures—none more dangerous than the humans. Legends tell of earlier confrontations with the humans where they tried to kill the People.
 
On the day Kalupiak finally comes face to face with his first human he must make a choice: kill or be killed.
 
 
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Marcelle Dubé grew up near Montreal. After trying out a number of different provinces—not to mention Belgium—she settled in the Yukon, where people outnumber the carnivores, but not by much.

She writes science fiction, fantasy and mystery stories, and has 12 novels to her name. Her upcoming novel, Epidemic: An A’lle Chronicles Mystery, will be released in late 2018. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies.


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Story spotlight: “Like at Loch Ness” by Karen L. Abrahamson

A dangerous creature. A female scientist with something to prove.

If she lives that long.

Something dangerous lurks in Cambodia’s murky waters, destroying fishermen’s villages along the flooded shore. Jean Aubry, fledgling marine biologist, tries to solve the mystery, especially after she and her colleague find a lone, beautiful survivor of the most recent destruction. Can Jean solve the mystery before more people die? Can she do it and not worsen her already tarnished professional reputation?

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Karen L. Abrahamson is the author of literary, mystery, romantic and fantasy fiction including the highly regarded Cartographer fantasy series. She is a well-traveled writer who has explored cultures and countries around the world but British Columbia, Canada is her favorite place to come back to. She lives on the west coast of Canada with two Bengal cats that aren’t quite as well traveled as she is.

When she isn’t writing she can be found with a camera and backpack in fabulous locations around the world.


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Story spotlight: “Monkey Sea, Monkey Do” by Robert Jeschonek


When Ida got her wish to become a Sea Munky, she didn’t realize the greatest drought of all time was about to dry up the bodies of water she needed to survive.

Now, in one of the last pools of water on Earth, she and her fellow aquatic creatures fight to survive an attack by savage beasts who rule the dry land.

The end of everything looms…unless a secret at the bottom of the pool can turn things around and bring a wetter world back into being.
 
 
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Robert T. Jeschonek is an award-winning writer whose fiction, comics, essays, articles, and podcasts have been published around the world. His young adult fantasy novel, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, won the Forward National Literature Award and was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth. His cross-genre science fiction thriller, Day 9, is an International Book Award winner. He also won the Scribe Award for Best Original Novel from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers for his alternate history, Tannhäuser: Rising Sun, Falling Shadows. Simon & Schuster, DAW/Penguin Books, and DC Comics have published his work. He won the grand prize in Pocket Books’ nationwide Strange New Worlds contest and was nominated for the British Fantasy Award.


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Story spotlight: “Skydiving to the Gods” by Stefon Mears


A beautiful sunrise over the ocean west of Hawaii. A perfect morning for a skydive. An even better opportunity for murder. Eric Jarlsson plummets toward his death. His parachute sabotaged. Two thousand feet above an unforgiving sea.

He couldn’t know a god’s net awaits him.

“Skydiving to the Gods” a contemporary fantasy short story featuring adventure, magic, romance, conspiracy and Norse gods. From Norse myth scholar Stefon Mears, author of the Ars Portlandia series and the Rise of Magic series.
 
 
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Stefon Mears grew up in California, Middle-Earth, and Amber. He went to U.C. Berkeley intending to major in Genetics, but the call of storytelling compelled him to graduate with a B.A. in Religious Studies (double emphasis in Mythology and Ritual). He later earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, with a Fiction major, and has published many short stories, poems and essays.

Stefon has been an invited guest at a major Vodou ceremony in New Orleans, taught classes in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, spoken on a panel at one World Fantasy Conference and given a reading at another, and engraved his own set of Norse runes.

Stefon has worked as a professional audio engineer and played straight pool for money. He is an avid, lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three cats, and when not writing he can often be found playing roleplaying games.


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Story spotlight: “Mother of the Waters” by Leigh Saunders


In the spring of 1810, the death of his father – and discovery of an unknown uncle – sends fifteen year-old Samuel Harlowe from his simple life in England across the sea on a journey filled with dangers and wonders he never imagined.

And when a kraken attacks his ship, Samuel must choose to whether to let his crewmates perish in the watery depths, or to pay the price demanded by the Caribbean goddess Mami Wata, the Mother of the Waters.
 
 
 
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Leigh Saunders grew up as a “military brat.” And while she’s long-since settled in her Rocky Mountain home (with her husband and a pair of feuding cats that vie for her attention), her life-long wanderlust regularly inspires her to write about the people and places that spark her imagination. In her day job, Leigh writes user materials for a large software company—an endeavor which is often not all that far from writing science fiction.


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Story spotlight: “Vale of Semūin” by Eric Kent Edstrom


 
 
 Mountaineer and hunter, Wenton Sigh, stumbles upon a lost girl seeking her mother.  
 
But when he discovers her mother is the legendary water spirit Semūin, he becomes embroiled in the schemes of the gods.
 
 
 
 
 
“Vale of Semūin” is in the Beneath the Waves collection. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the collection’s Facebook page.
 


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Eric is the author of the science fiction and fantasy series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion Chronicles. He lives in Wisconsin with his family.


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