Thursday, March 28, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction – Flame


The Five Sentence Fiction is a simple idea:
Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.
This week, Lillie chose the word "Flame," and here men's souls are torched.
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She kindled my soul.
I was tinder in her hands; and the merest, soft friction of embrace set me on fire.
A passion within, deep and furious and bright as the sun, took hold.
Her intoxicating scent, aroused from our passion's heat, scorched all resistance to ash.
Her lips, hot; her dark eyes, flashed as immolating coals, made pale any man's will -- it is for her that I burn.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Splotlight!

Indie Author Anonymous is pointing their spotlight at "Memories of the Dead," my first book. I'm pretty proud to get this far, and if weren't for folks like you (yes, you!) then it would never have happened. Thank you!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction – Conquer

The Five Sentence Fiction is a simple idea:
Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.
This week, Lillie chose the word "Conquer," and the best form comes in the form of the righteous. Enjoy.
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Over the field and fray the fallen were strewn like grain scattered before fowl.
The battle was over; the cost was dear, and now the dead lay in pools of sticky mud -- made red by the life that was lost.
Picking at their remains, the vultures of men relieved the corpses of their valuables; just as in the distance their winged counterparts plucked out eyes and gorged themselves on the fetid flesh.
The Emperor, on his horse, was relieved, for all was not lost, nor had the sacrifice been in vain.
Evil had come, was vanquished by the last remnants of light in a dismal world, and in hopes that the Tempest would rise no more in the hearts of Man, he wept bitter tears that only the valorous can know. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction – Paradise


The Five Sentence Fiction is a simple idea:
Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.
This week, Lillie chose the word "Paradise," something we all have our own vision of. Again, I reach for the odd...
***
 For the sadomasochist, Hell was Heaven, and Heaven proper was unthinkably cruel.
Throughout his life, he inflicted pain and had it returned to him via whips and chains--physical suffering was pleasure unbound!
When he died, as payment for his carnal sins, he expected a fetishistic carnival of all the pain Hell could afford.
But no, fate is not so kind.
Instead, he suffers in Heaven, where no whip, chain, hook, or crop can be found; and his cries of grief and agony are the truest measure of divine punishment.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

"Memories of the Dead" gets a 4-star review from the Orchard!

Over at Goodreads, my book Memories of the Dead got nabbed a 4-star...or in their case, 4-apple...review from the Orchard Book Club! Excited is a small word for such a big feeling! Here's a quote:

"The story really pulls you in, and the plot is very easy to follow and fast paced, making you want to keep reading. The characters are well developed and there are lots of twists and turns to keep you engaged."
I love it when readers say things like this! 'Tis a happy day! Thanks to the fine people of Orchard Book Club!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction – Whisper


The Five Sentence Fiction is a simple idea:
Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.
This week, Lillie chose the word "Whisper," and there are things that whisper to which you should not listen.

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The dead may surely lie in their graves, but their voices will still echo the falsehoods of life if you listen.
But do not, for it is unwise to hearken to the passed, and they will make false claims to further any goal they once had from when they still lived.
In the most hushed tones, and in the darkest corners, you might hear them whisper to you the most maddening things; but from them you must flee.
Driven demented by their repeated refrain you thereby become their unwitting agent.
Leave the dead and their voices, seek out the living and cling to life, only this can bring pause to a revenant's ploy.