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Here, Kitty Kitty

“Here, Kitty Kitty” by Various

Published as… Paranormal Romance

Charity: Exotic Feline Rescue Center

About the Book

What is it about the tiger that so captivates? Or about the jaguar that enchants? Why are we so drawn to the lethal grace of the large feline predators of the world?

Get ready to purr, growl and roar along with six paranormal romance authors in this anthology of love and shapeshifting kitties. After reading these six unique tales, from the sexy to the sweet, you’ll be guaranteed to be saying… Here, Kitty Kitty…

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In ‘His Jaguar Princess’ by A. Star, jaguar shifter Selene Peters can’t deny her feelings for the tycoon Lucas King. Somehow, he’s penetrated her barriers and become more than just a client, but loving a human is dangerous and she fears her past repeating itself. Could he help her overcome the past or will she sacrifice her happiness and succumb to it? Not if he has anything to say about it…

In ‘In Our Nature’ by Jessica Nicholls, when Mira’s privacy and independence are threatened, she can be very nasty. Daniel is an expert on American mountain lions. His assistance is requested after an ‘incident’ on Mira’s front lawn. When the two meet, they recognise each other in more than one way.

In ‘Divine Passage’ by Dariel Raye, Kimani, a breeder with the power to preserve the human race, must depend on her guardian, Ahkil, a black panther shifter with more than one reason to distrust humans, but his secrets could change the course of her life forever.

In ‘The Distance Between’ by Mia Darien, she’s traveled thousands of miles, looking for a safe place. He’s brought her thousands of miles, looking to not be lonely any more. But they both have secrets. Can they bridge the distance between, and find what they’re looking for in each other?

In ‘Hannah’s Fate’ by Abigail Owen, cougar shifters have allied into groups, together in a rocky alliance to protect themselves against other shifters. Hannah Keller becomes the targeted Mate for Kyle Carstairs, the treacherous soon-to-be Alpha of another group. Meanwhile, Nick Jensen, her childhood hero and longtime secret crush, has returned home with hopes of claiming Hannah for his own. But will he be in time to rescue her from the Carstairs’s schemes?

In ‘Full Moon’ by B. R. Kingsolver, the full moon can get a girl stirred up, especially with a handsome cowboy paying her way too much attention. If it wasn’t for those damned werewolves causing trouble and getting in the way…

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Reaching Out

“Reaching Out” by Various

Published as… Contemporary Romance

Charity: American Red Cross

About the Book

Romance can be found among the darkest of times. In this anthology, you’ll find four tales of sweet romance about those who dedicate their time, and sometimes even their lives, to helping others. 100% of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

“Cross My Heart” by Abigail Owen

“A Healing Touch” by Jessica Nicholls

“Lesson Learned” by Crystel G. Smith

“Hope” by Mia Darien

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Bellator

“Bellator” by Various

Published as… Science Fiction & Fantasy

Charity: Wounded Warrior Project

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“SARAH” by Lee Pletzers

“The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights” by Kenny Emmanuel

“Border Patrol” by BR Kingsolver

“The Twelve” by Mia Darien

“Ghosts” by Christi Rigby

“Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker

“My Brother’s Keeper” by Raphyel M. Jordan

“With Our Own Blood” by Jessica Nicholls

“The Connection” by Crystal G. Smith

“A Fly on the Wall” by Chantal Boudreau

“Slacker” by Doug Dandridge

“The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee” by Mason Darien

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A Chat with Margaret

Bellator

“Bellator: The Summoned, Rise of the Phantom Knights” by Kenny Emmanuel

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the last of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Margaret

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Margaret: You will find me in a series called “The Summoned”. The most recent story, which is included in the “Bellator Anthology”, is subtitled “Rise of the Phantom Knights.” The story is about finding ones’ purpose in life. For example, my character and the Queen are desperately searching for something they can do to end the ongoing war. Both of them have lost so much.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Margaret: I am a peasant that lives in the Kingdom of Stratos. I am one of four children that my mother raised alone. My mother is amazing. She took good care of us. We didn’t struggle, and we all grew to be very strong. Even me. Kinda happens when you’re the only girl.

As one of many who lost family members during the war, I wanted to know what they were fighting for so, I infiltrated the ranks. During that time, let’s just say that I colored the history books red. Eventually, I was discovered by the King and placed at the Queen’s side.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Margaret: The author is mostly neutral when it comes to the characters. He loves us all, which I think is important. No one is a real villain in the story. We’re just different people with various histories and ideals. We drive the story, and we strive to reach our own personal goals. He cherishes a few characters more. I won’t mention any names, but there’s a certain summoner. Still, I don’t feel like any of us are short-changed.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Margaret: I feel like the story is unique. We’re in a medieval world, but at the same time, there’s this talk about other worlds and traveling between them. I love the interaction between characters. It feels so real. When I read the story, I feel like I’m there experiencing everything that’s happening.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Margaret: I love being a character in the book. The world is fascinating, full of mystical warriors and magic. Plus, I get to fight with a sword. Sure, I get my ass kicked, but I’m fighting an immortal, you know? You also get a glimpse of my other, darker side.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Margaret: My biggest challenge will be raising the princess. She’s like her mother in many ways. Both are stubborn and headstrong. At some point, I’ll have to tell the princess about the past. From there, she’ll begin her own journey.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Margaret: I am in future stories. My role isn’t as large, but my past has definitely shaped the future. I will have some tough decisions to make, and emotions will run wild. But that’s life. We have to face our demons.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Margaret: Off the top of my head, I’d pick Famke Janssen. She’s an excellent actresses. She’s tall and slender. More importantly, she’s played roles where the character’s personality shifts unexpectedly. That’s an important defining characteristic of my character.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

Kenny Emmanuel writes science fiction and fantasy in a style that immerses readers into unique worlds. Then he brings his fictional characters to life with the help of cosplayers. With a background in computer engineering, Kenny enjoys incorporating technology into his vision of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and medieval fantasy worlds.

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A Chat with Lady Eleanor

Bellator

“Bellator: Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the fourth of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Lady Eleanor

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Lady Eleanor: I appear in a tale named ‘Outside the Walls’, which features in Bellator.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Lady Eleanor: I am the Lady of the City by the Golden Water. My husband, Lord Zander is fighting a distant war, and thus it falls to me to make certain the people are safe and the war does not come to our walls. We have not be married long, but duty calls. I am outspoken among my people, and his, but it has served us well.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Lady Eleanor: There are two, Diana is lovely, I am not sure about the other one….

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Lady Eleanor: It is a story of love, of war and of determination, such as were told on my mother’s knee.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Lady Eleanor: It is what I am. I know nothing else.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Lady Eleanor: Well, you’ll have to read it! I feel good about the future, looking at some of our people it could have turned out worse.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Lady Eleanor: Perhaps. Who knows?

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Lady Eleanor: Emma Thompson, she is such a versatile woman, looks good in a gown as well.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genre. She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys. Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty’

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A Chat with Gavin

Bellator

“Bellator: Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the third of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Gavin

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Gavin: I can be found in the short story, “Outside the Walls,” within the anthology, Bellator. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Gavin: My name is Gavin, and I’m a necromancer. I am the captain of Lady Eleanor’s personal guard, assigned to protect Her Ladyship should the war cross the mountain pass into our homeland. I would have preferred to accompany Lord Zander, to fight by his side, but I saw the…light, shall we say…in staying behind. If the Battle Mages failed, well, someone would need to stand between the onslaught and our home.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Gavin: Well, there’s two of them you know. They’re both quite exciting ladies, and I’m pretty sure that one of them was making eyes at me. I’m sorry ladies; I’m already taken.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Gavin: You know, it’s not bad as stories go. I don’t want to say too much, as I don’t want to spoil the fun, but I had way more exciting adventures in my younger days. Although, I can’t think of any other quest that was quite so important, or memorable. I’m proud to have been a part of it.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Gavin: I do indeed! I don’t think the story would have gone quite the same way without me.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Gavin: Well, at the end of this story my future is looking pretty bright, which can be an odd statement coming from a necromancer. I think I may be settling down for a bit, but one never can tell. *winks*

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Gavin: Do you know, I’m not really sure. I’ve heard rumors there may be more tales yet to tell, but you know how rumors can be. Never listen to the whispers in the shadows, you can never be quite certain where such whispers originate.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Gavin: Ok, don’t laugh. (It’s never good to laugh at a necromancer, after all.) I would choose…Prince Charming, Josh Dallas from Once Upon a Time. I think he has the pretty boy look and mischievous swagger to pull it off.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

Diana lives in the balmy climate of the US south with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, and a cantakerous rabbit. She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy making), and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.) Her usual writing venue is YA Fantasy centered around her universe called Feyron, the realm of magic.

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A Chat with Captain Redder

Bellator

“Bellator: Ghosts” by Christi Rigby

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the second of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Captain Redder

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Captain Redder: The book is called Ghosts. It is about a mission my crew and I undertook on Ankdar.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Captain Redder: I pilot a Systern Chopper. Not much to say about me, except I do my job. My crew are the heroes in this tale.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Captain Redder: When she asked to tell my story I was a little nervous, first time author and all, but I think she handled it like a trooper.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Captain Redder: Pretty damn proud I can share what we went through.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Captain Redder: If I could have left myself out of it I would have. Never want to be a hero in a tale, they usually don’t get to enjoy a long life.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Captain Redder: Would like to get myself home to my wife and daughter and retire comfortably.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Captain Redder: She hasn’t asked me, suppose I would consider it if she did. Like to help a lady out.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Captain Redder: You mean a story vid? Hmm, there was this old Earth actor I see in collectibles on occasion, was on the screen as a warrior. Think his name is Kevin McKidd.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

Christi lives in Colorado with her husband, two boys and pets. She is a self proclaimed geek girl and enjoys gaming, online and off, kayaking and writing in her spare time.

A Chat with Carlisle of Feltrey

Bellator

“Bellator: A Fly on the Wall” by Chantal Boudreau

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the first of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Carlisle of Feltrey

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Carlisle of Feltrey: I’m in “A Fly on the Wall” in the Bellator charity anthology. It’s a story about the time I went before the Redsun guildmistress, at the end of my apprenticeship, to receive my performance assessment.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Carlisle of Feltrey: I was named after my uncle and hoped to follow in his footsteps as a mercenary fighter. I trained all my life for it, so I was excited at the prospect of becoming a full-fledged Redsun guildmember. I am an exceptionally skilled warrior so I figured my acceptance was a sure thing and I looked forward to serving the guild with great honour and dignity. – Oh, and I don’t like the nickname “Carly” even though some people insist on calling me that

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Carlisle of Feltrey: She could use some time training for the battlefield. She likes to play tough but she’s not as daring as all that. She spends far too much time with her head in the clouds instead of getting down to business, but she loves her family and she has a lot of noble ideas. I can’t fault her for that.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Carlisle of Feltrey: It was a painful time in my life but it taught me a lot about myself and my values. It was a necessary stepping stone to my greater achievements.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Carlisle of Feltrey: I love the concept of an anthology about warriors and it certainly supports a worthy cause.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Carlisle of Feltrey: I see my future filled with opportunity and the chance to be the best person I can be. I’m proud that I stayed true to myself.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Carlisle of Feltrey: My author plans to continue writing a variety of short stories and novels, including more in her dystopian series, Fervor, and her fantasy series, Masters and Renegades – which features my home city of Feltrey in the next book to be released, Victims of Circumstance. She may write my full story into a novel someday, if the demand is there.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Carlisle of Feltrey: I’m not glamorous or anything. I’d like it to be someone tough and athletic who knows how to fight, so I’d like to see Gina Carano play me. I’m not as pretty as her, but they tend to doll you up in movies anyway. (actually – she does kind of look like me…and she was only 16 and unknown when that picture of me was drawn, so interesting likeness.)

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Carlisle of Feltrey

Gina Carrano

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

Chantal Boudreau is an accountant by day and an author/illustrator during evenings and weekends, who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. In addition to being a CMA-MBA, she has a BA with a major in English from Dalhousie University. An affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, she writes and illustrates horror, dark fantasy and fantasy and has had several of her stories published in a variety of horror anthologies, online journals and magazines. Fervor, her debut novel, a dystopian science fantasy tale, was released in March of 2011 by May December Publications, followed by its sequels, Elevation, Transcendence and Providence. Magic University, the first in her fantasy series, Masters & Renegades, made its appearance in September 2011 followed by Casualties of War in 2012 and Prisoners of Fate, in 2013.

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“Forbidden Future” by Various

“Forbidden Future” by Various

Available on: Amazon
Released on: 12 September 2013

I received this book free via the Masquerade Crew in exchange for an honest review, as part of the ‘Forbidden Future’ blog tour.

Description: Is life better or worse?

Forbidden Future by James Wymore
When a time machine technician working the graveyard shift gets divorce papers from his wife, he decides it’s time to take the machine for a ride—no matter the consequences.

Jump by Jon Bradbury
Jesse Kendall thinks he’s seen it all. He’s about to see more.

Road Trip by Matt Mitrovich
Four friends drive to a college party and take an unexpected detour into the future.

Cacotopia by James Lauren
Kayne Adamson went into suspension to await a cure, but never imagined how long his sleep would last or the world he would awaken into. Is it really the utopia it first appears to be?

Society by Terra Harmony
Take a ride on the Energy of the Future where society gets a fresh, clean start—no matter who they have to leave behind.

The Mountains Haven’t by Kade Anderson
Something is very wrong in the downtrodden town of Dignity and only the town’s Watcher, Julia, can see what it is.

Between Utopias by Michael Trimmer

Review: “Between Utopias” by Michael Trimmer: This story wasn’t uninteresting, but felt lacking in enough originality to really stand out to me. The character wasn’t particularly sympathetic, although perhaps relatable. It had a couple interesting aspects, though. A bit better editing and streamlining would’ve helped earlier in the prose to make it feel less muddled.

“Forbidden Future” by James Wymore: Again, interesting but without that unique flair to really make it stand out. Although I did find it particularly interesting that it spent less time on the details of the future and more on the cycles inherent in the story. Again, though, despite the circumstances, I didn’t find enough to make the main character particularly sympathetic.

“Jump” by Jon Bradbury: This one caught my attention better because it presented what I found was a more original angle, at least comparatively: Jesse’s job and the reason for his time jump. Unfortunately, the plot felt a little too straight line; given the set-up, I’d expected a twist at the end but didn’t get that and was a little let down. Still, I found this story and character more engaging, even so.

“Society” by Terra Harmony: This one I liked. Perhaps the first person narrative helped me anchor into the character more, but I just thought it gave me more to ground myself in both the story and narrator. I also liked that it started in the future, and had a less self-focused character leading into a slightly more…hopeful feeling at the end, despite the presented dystopia.

“Road Trip” by Matt Mitrovich: This one amused me by the random cloud-based time travel, although I don’t think it was supposed to amuse me. The story wandered and the characters didn’t engage the reader much, but it was okay, and had a couple interesting points. Steve’s drive towards the end feels a little sudden, less organically shown/developed through the story, but the ending was interesting.

“Cacotopia” by James Lauren: Harkening back to the first two, there was a rather unoriginal and predictable feeling to this one. But it still engaged me just enough to move through and feel something for the main character. And there was a certain…uncertainty in his “world view” right at the end of the story that I actually liked, since that one detail is not usually seen in these types of story.

“The Mountains Haven’t” by Kade Anderson: This is my favorite. The journal format was good and the narrator very engaging. It was also, strangely, the only story out of seven that had a female main character. The “secret” of the mountains made for a very interesting angle, and a more original twist on the time travel idea than any of the other stories. It was a good one to end on. (Oh, and the cows thing amused me in a dark way.)

Over all, this wasn’t a bad anthology although I didn’t find it great either. I only “really” liked a couple of the stories, but I didn’t dislike the rest. Time travel stories aren’t my usual read, so maybe there were subtle elements that I missed and am not giving the stories their due. I acknowledge this possibility.

So for an average total, I give this 3.5 Fireballs. It probably would’ve been a 3 (not great but not terrible), except for Anderson’s story. Which I really liked.

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Review: Two Erotic Anthologies

Inappropriate Behavior and Other Stories by Aussie Scribbler. I purchased this on my own from Smashwords.

Description: A psychiatrist who resorts to spanking his bratty nymphomaniac patient ; a rascally Arab who swaps places with his identical twin eunuch brother in order to sample the delights of the harem ; supermarket workers who raise money for the homeless with their Cop a Feel Day ; a woman who dreams she is a talking Playboy centrefold ; a perverted prince who takes advantage of Sleeping Beauty. And more!

Review: I liked this collection, and there was a vein of humor that made it more enjoyable for me. I wouldn’t have minded a little more diversity in the gender/groupings, but otherwise, these stories were sexy and fun. I give it 4 Fireballs.

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Sensuous Stories by Keziah Hill. I purchased this on my own from Smashwords.

Description: A collection of erotic, slightly twisted stories to simulate your libido and your mind. A sexy ghost haunts an art exhibition; strawberries as a sex aid; gardeners up to more than just weeding; a new secretary who’s not what she seems. These and more are included in this anthology for your reading pleasure.

Review: These were nice. Nothing that necessarily blew me away, but they were well done and I liked some of the turns in the stories. The writing was competent and the sex scenes were generally good. As with another sexy anthology I just wrote a quick review for, I wouldn’t have minded some more diversity to the M/F monogamous pairing set-up, but was still fun to read. I give it a 3.5 Fireballs because I more than liked it, but can’t quite say I really liked it.

Review: “Paranormal Fantasies: A Promotional Collection of 14 Erotic Supernatural Stories” by Various

Paranormal Fantasies: A Promotional Collection of 14 Erotic Supernatural Stories by Various. I purchased this on my own at Smashwords.

Description: Are you interested in sizzling erotic stories with a paranormal twist? Vampires, werewolves, ghosts and demons suit your fancy? Do you want to get to know more popular erotica authors who write in the paranormal erotica subgenre? With 14 free stories in this promotional anthology, you’ll get a pretty good start delving into the sexy realms of the unexplained!

Review: Oh, reading erotica is always a dicey prospect. This one had some fun stories in it, although nothing that really stands out in my mind now a couple weeks after reading it. (I’m behind on my reading and reviewing…) Except that some of the werewolf stories featured werewolves that were a little more… anthropomorphic than I was entirely comfortable with, so I kind of just pretended that they weren’t while reading…

Over all, a decent and amusing read for what I was looking for. I give it 3 Fireballs. It was good, but didn’t quite light me on fire.

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