"Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories" by Scarlette D’Noire and others

BOOK TOUR SPOTLIGHT 
Vampires Romance to Rippers
an Anthology of Tasty Stories
by Scarlette D’Noire and others
Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories is on tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today with a spotlight on three of the sixteen authors involved in this project. Be sure to visit all of the other tour stops as well.
You can also join the Facebook event for your chance to win ebooks or a $25 Amazon gift card.
Description
Vampires! Sixteen authors give you a glimpse into the dark worlds of lost love, murderous rage, and undeniable sex appeal where deadly quests and blood lust spanning centuries of time reign supreme. Explore some of the most unique vampires to exist on this side of the grave.
Essays, excerpts, and short stories from award winning authors Karen Dales, Kurt Kamm, Bertena Varney, and more. They will entertain you, thrill you, and bewilder you as they reveal the dark secrets of the most beloved creatures of the night, including eleven times bestselling author Terri Reid, creator of the Mary O’Reilly Series.
So, which will it be: the romantic vampire, the revenant vampire, the elemental, the fanged vampire, or the mythological female vampire?  Begin reading and find out!
Review
A delightful collection of stories that lets you sample the sweet, the conflicted and the menacing varieties of fanged night creatures. It is highly successful as an anthology. You’re sure to find some new and exciting writers as well as some favorites. The variety offered is sure to please, like all good Buffets, it offers something for everyone’s taste. After nibbling on these creative little offerings, you are sure to find some sweet surprises and some new favorites. An easy read that leaves you craving more.
Excerpt from “A Different Kind of Vampire” by Sherri Jordan-Asble

We descended into the darkness of the cave and came to the dead end, and an empty wall. A small fissure ran from floor to ceiling, and if you turned sideways, you could squeeze into the wall. The doors that had been there before no longer existed. Delaney looked at me with doubt. “I thought you said there were doors?”
“Uh-huh, there were.”
“Not now?”
I looked at her and shrugged, and then shined the light into the fissure. The saloon-like doors had disappeared, but there was a large hollow big enough to have held a saloon. “Come on,” I said as we slipped in. “Do you think you’ll be able to find this to get out by yourself?” I asked her.
“I’ll have to.”
I shined the light around. No balcony, no stairs, no piano, no bar, no broken glass on the floor. “This isn’t at all like you said, Summer.” I could feel her doubt, palpable on my skin.
“This thing inside me is a vampire. Don’t tempt it with emotion.” I swallowed back my own fear.
Delaney took a deep breath. “Okay. I’m just saying.”
“I know.” I did know. I didn’t understand it all myself.
I walked over to where the bar had been. My hiking boots crunched, but when I shined my light on the ground, it was pebbles I stepped on, not glass. I followed the wall around to where the door to the storage room should have been, and breathed a sigh of relief. “Delaney,” I called out, beckoning to her with my free arm. I pointed the flashlight on the door. It stood open and the bar unlatched. “This is it.”
“Thank God,” she whispered, then caught herself.
“No, you’re right.” I nodded. “I’m going in. Make sure I’m in and bar the door. Then, get the hell out of here and don’t look back.”
Delaney nodded. Her fear slowly started to rise and I could taste it like cotton candy on my tongue. I swallowed hard and ignored it. I knew I had to get in before the Thing could take over, but I couldn’t move. I felt It sliding uncomfortably around under my skin.
“Go, Summer. Do it.” Delaney said forcefully.
I felt the Thing trying to come up and out, and I screamed. A horrible screeching sound ripped out of my throat. “No! Run, Delaney! Get out!”
Interview With Author BellaDonna Drakul

What was your favorite experience working on the Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories? There were so many wonderful experiences I had while working on this anthology. I loved creating new vampire characters that my readers have never heard of. It’s been several months since I’ve written about vampires and bringing new ones to life was the breath of fresh air I needed. Oddly enough, the word limit was a real challenge but something I enjoyed as well.  But most of all, working with such great authors on  a brilliant anthology series was the best overall and I truly feel honored for being included on this project.
Why did you choose the excerpt for the anthology? In An Anthology of Tasty Stories, I chose my excerpt from my story, “Forgotten Immortal”, because it is the scene where my protagonist, Benedikt Emory, truly loses his mind and exposes the identity of the vampire who haunts him. It reflects different emotions from the character and shows the readers what true insanity is like. And believe me, there is nothing more enjoyable to read than when a character goes crazy! Also in An Anthology of Risqué Stories, I chose my excerpt from my story, “A Stroke of Death”, based on the scene where my protagonist, Monsieur Drago Xiomar, becomes truly depraved and designs his most vile painting. It is quite nauseating to read especially for those with vivid imaginations. The story itself is an excerpt from one of my future books so if the story sickens you now just wait until I write it in full.
Who is your most popular character and from which book? I’m not sure if he is my “most popular character”, but my personal favorite character would have to be the overly sadistic vampire child, Synto Mythonias, from my second, third, and fifth books. Each of my books are comprised of collections of first-person-based vampire short stories and novellas (except for my fifth book) and to tie them all together, I take certain characters and place them into the next book that eventually resulted in the concept for the fifth book. In my second book, The Immortal Memoirs, I first introduce Synto as a disturbed vampire youth at a Catholic school where he enjoys torturing a particular nun he sees as “unholy” and also wreaks havoc on anyone who stands in his way. In my third book, The Kindred Confessions, Synto comes back in another tale where I will not describe here, nor his reprise in my fifth book, Chronicles of the Ancients. I would love to describe the dastardly deeds of Synto, but I cannot. Not only does it give the stories’ details away, but you need to read about this devilish child first in order to understand how he jumped from a simple idea to someone who literally haunted my dreams for months telling me to finish his story. He is truly a horrid little boy and I love him to death!
Can you share your current work with us and links to purchase? I am currently working on two novels called A Stroke of Death (the story from An Anthology of Risqué Stories) and The Sanctuary which is based off of my own paranormal experiences inside of an actual haunted horror attraction. My five novels, dubbed The Drakul Diaries, can be purchased anywhere online, such as Barnes & Noble, or directly from my publisher. You can purchase them all separately or together but if you choose to pick a particular one, here are the titles: The Vampire Collection: Short Stories for the Vampire Enthusiast, The Immortal Memoirs, The Kindred Confessions, The Undead Journals, and Chronicles of the Ancients.
Where can we find you on the web? You can pretty much find me anywhere online (type my name into any search engine) including my profile on Amazon and I’m on Facebook.
About Author Scarlette D’Noire

Originally from Chicago, Scarlette D’Noire is an American author currently residing in Florida with her husband and two furry children.
A lover of all things vampire, Scarlette has published two books, Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories, and Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Risqué Stories with several outstanding authors. She is currently writing two books in the Vampire Historia a Series of Revelations collection: Nicolai’s Fate and Delano’s Undoing. Scarlette D’Noire is a nom de plume used to protect the true identity of the author so she may bring Vampire Historia a Series of Revelations to light without consequences.
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"I Met a Goat on the Road and Other Stories of Life on this Hill" by Denele Pitts Campbell

INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY
I Met a Goat on the Road
and Other Stories of Life on this Hill
by Denele Pitts Campbell
Today I am interviewing Denele Pitts Campbell about her book, I Met a Goat on the Road. If you live in the US, make sure you enter the Goodreads giveaway for your chance to win a paperback copy (closes 14 December). You can also enter the giveaway below and the Books Direct Christmas Giveaway for two chances to win an ebook copy of I Met a Goat on the Road.
Description
A visiting guinea? Opossum in the dining room? What strange and wondrous occurrences can one expect while living on an Ozark mountaintop for thirty-five years?
These adventure stories feature chickens, raccoons, bugs, dogs, cats, and natural critters of this woodland home. Throw in a few neighbors who shoot copperheads or remodel the dirt road. Ponder the passage of time through a philosophical lens of wonder and delight. The seasons bring summer heat, winter snow, pouring rain, the power of fire. Lessons learned, questions posed – who has lived and died on this land? What is our responsibility to this place, its creatures, each other?
Come meet the goat on the road.
This lyrical collection of stories extolls the mysteries and quirks of life in the Boston Mountain region of the Arkansas Ozarks. Watercolor illustrations add to the whimsy.
Excerpt
On this particular morning, the red-headed fly had arrived at my parked car door, at what seemed a perfectly fine spot to rest, groom, and digest his latest meal. As I began driving and the sudden gale blustered around him, he braced himself, securing every foot firmly to the spot. He had no concepts through which to anticipate that his greatest risk came with hanging on to what seemed familiar surroundings, that ultimately he would be farther away from what he knew and desired than he would have been if he had simply let go.
As I cruised along the road, the tiny red and black fly gripped ever more frantically to maintain his hold. In order to offer the least wind resistance, his body bent and contorted, stretched and elongated, the severity of his effort betrayed by erratic flare-ups of his wing tips.  Staring at me through the side window glass, he seemed to question me in panicky stares.
I advised him based on my previous experience.
Some bugs come to a forty mile per hour realization, I said. While I’m still on this back road, in a serendipitous flash of insight, they let go.
I waited for his response. He tensely adjusted his wings and aimed his head more into the wind. 
After some scary free fall, I continued, they find themselves in the thickets near Miller’s pond. We drove farther and his stance remained resolute.
Or in the rocky ditch, I said, or in the middle of Mr. Breedlove’s herd of Angus. Wherever you might find yourself, I’m sure you could optimize the situation – you know, discover a trove of aphids or a lonely female.
I glanced to see if he was listening. The red-black fly showed no hint of a high-speed epiphany but instead re-exerted his desperate clench.
Review
This book actually made the reader feel as if he/she were sitting there knowing the people or situation written about. Colorful descriptions made this a very enjoyable read.
Interview With the Author
Hi Denele, thanks for joining me today to discuss your book, I Met a Goat on the Road.
Which writers have influenced you the most? Some of my most remembered influences were early “new thinkers” like Salinger, Vonnegut, Hesse, Asimov, and Huxley.
What age group do you recommend your book for? It’s truly suitable for any age.
What sparked the idea for this book? Living in the woods like I do, I constantly encounter amazing little creatures and events that are too good not to share. The stories almost wrote themselves, like me saying to a reader, here, look at this!
What was the hardest part to write in this book? The hard part has been deciding how to trim down these adventures so they don’t ramble on and become boring.
How to you hope this book affects its readers? I’d like to think that the readers will gain a sense of “being there”.
How long did it take you to write this book? This is an accumulation of life experiences that began in the late 1970s. Since the mid-90s, I’ve focused on other writing projects, so most of these stories were firmly formed before that.
What is your writing routine? I’m at the desk by 8am almost every day, reluctantly breaking for lunch and tearing myself loose around 4pm. That doesn’t mean the writing stops, though. Words are scrolling through my head at all times of the day and night. It’s really annoying when I get hungry or tired.
How did you get your book published? I self-published this book. It’s not the type of work that’s going to make big profits for a publishing house, and I didn’t even waste my time asking.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer? Write and get good at it. Have something interesting or important to say, and say it in a way that people will enjoy.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Watch my critters (dogs, cats), make an effort to deal with details like food preparation, house cleaning, laundry, talk or email with my kids.
What does your family think of your writing? They like it, proud of me.
That’s great, Denele. Please tell us a bit about your childhood. Long ago and far away … Seriously, I always thought of writing, wanted to write, did what I could in between chores. I was the oldest of five, and my mom always had a long list of things I should do. I enjoyed school because it was less work than being at home! And because I love learning things, all kinds of things.
Did you like reading when you were a child? I was a voracious reader.
What was your favorite book as a child? I can’t recall any one in particular, but if I had to choose, I’d pick Heidi by Johanna Spyri.
Who were your favorite authors as a child? Again, I don’t exactly recall, but I did enjoy the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? As far back as I can remember.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I’m just getting started, so I’m looking forward to hearing from readers.
What else can we look forward to from you? I’ve recently released a cookbook featuring mostly down home cooking and “real” food (Recipes of Trailside Cafe and Tea Room), Aquarian Revolution: Back to the Land, and A Crime Unfit to be Named.
Thanks for visiting today, Denele. Good luck with your future writing projects.
About the Author
Denele loves to write, whenever she’s not keeping up with her hound dog Weezie or staring off into the Ozark woods where she lives. Then there are the two cats, the goldfish, the firewood, and keeping her house in reasonable order, which is a very low priority.
She wrote her first book when she was five. Her mom probably still has it tucked away somewhere in a scrap book. Everyone in her family liked to read but she never found enough books at home to keep her satisfied. In desperate moments, she read the dictionary and encyclopedias.
Choosing a major for a college degree? No brainer. The magnificent English language. She’s studied poetry and fiction as an undergraduate, and worked through several graduate level courses in creative nonfiction. Education has its place, but the real learning began whenever she sat down to write.
Sticking strictly to genre structures seems impossible for Ms. Campbell. After raising three kids, a successful career as a piano tuner/technician, a three-year stint owning and operating her own cafe, and a gob of other activities, there are simply too many divergent interests tempting her pen. Generally, works published as Denele Campbell are non-fiction. Works published as G. D. Campbell are fiction – and probably on the spicy side (for example, War of Desire).
Giveaway
Enter the giveaway for your chance to win an ebook copy of I Met a Goat on the RoadCheck out the Books Direct Christmas Giveaway for another chance to win an ebook copy of this book. If you live in the US, you can enter the Goodreads giveaway for your chance to win a paperback copy (closes 14 December).
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"Selected Short Stories Featuring Analog Memory" by Nicolas Wilson

NEW RELEASE
Selected Short Stories
Featuring Analog Memory
by Nicolas Wilson
Description
Selected Short Stories Featuring Analog Memory collects sixteen of Nicolas Wilson’s earlier short stories. These stories are dark, brooding, and entirely too intimate.
Uncanny Valley: A man forced to be a luddite in a robotic world, by medical necessity, ponders whether his new fling is human.
Censlus: A census worker is murdered while doing his job.
Seed: An old woman meets a familiar face in an unfamiliar setting.
Faith Emmanuel: After a carjacking, a student finds himself financially at the mercy of a corrupt medical system.
Family Business: A marital fight ensues after a husband involves his kids in a life of crime.
Brickmouth: A buried vampire awakens.
Laborious Love: A robotic engineer builds the perfect girlfriend, and the perfect relationship.
Jesus Loves Me (Just Not That Way): A man wrestles with his sexuality.
Unlucky At Math: An intellectual ruminates on his relationship.
Fighting Mad: A soldier considers the toll that the military takes on Muslim soldiers.
Cowgirl Up: A memorial for a stubborn woman’s fight with cancer, and love of smoking.
The Courage of Our Convictions: An old soldier examines the leavings of genocide.
Medicine: A friend falls back into addiction.
The Cost of Being Me: Some ruminations on the possibility of heaven, while dying.
Randomly Accessed Memory: A head injury causes a man to lose his memory, throwing his life into chaos as he regresses to his last known lifestyles.
Analog Memory: A former CIA operative has his memory reset in an unorthodox way, and deals with the glitches of the new technology.
Review
Here is the perfect analogy for this book: take a hundred or so thimbles, and fill them with something mysterious, alluring, and seductive to the senses. Then, quaff each thimble greedily until you finish them all. Then, realize that the thimbles were not enough, and rage in your unfulfilled angst.
Nicolas Wilson is an alchemist of short stories, turning the lead of a base idea into something much more precious – a vision. In this case, many visions. He possesses a dry wit that one finds in an accomplished satirist, and many of his stories dip into samplings of high hyperbolae that only men such as Vonnegut tap into to exploit the absurd and surreal. I was particularly tickled by his imagery in Laborious Love as he described Hitler having a sex doll by way of Japanese robotics made up to look like Hirohito, and the consequent image of him having sex with it while it made its crying face after Pearl Harbor. That is the only spoiler I will reveal, for the rest is just too good not to pick up and devour for oneself.
My only complaint stems from my desire for more, or rather, a wish to see these visions magnified within the volume. I would have wanted more of the stories developed to a more satisfying outcome; Wilson is wickedly good at setting the table, but I want to eat the dishes he’s prepared rather than have them whisked away before I could enjoy them completely. To conclude, I would say that you will most likely enjoy this volume immensely, but want to read more afterward.
Please sir, may I have some more?
About the Author
Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels: Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for ereader and will soon be available in paperback; Nexus, The Necromancer’s Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years. Nic has also written several short story collections.
Nic’s work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic’s books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit Nic’s website. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.
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"13" by Julie Elizabeth Powell

REVIEW
13
by Julie Elizabeth Powell
I came across this book as a member of the Paranormal and Horror Lovers group on Goodreads. If you like this kind of book, why not join the group. You’ll be sure to find a book that interests you, free in exchange for an honest review.
Description
What is found within the depths of the human soul? Does wickedness linger, as if the Devil’s thumb is ready to pluck the strings of certain choices? And with the strumming, just how far will Evil spread?
13 is the story of random souls pitted against the tragedy of the modern world.
Will they decipher the unknown and make it out alive?
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Review

By Lynda Dickson
13 is actually a group of fourteen stories, all involving murder. The numbers are like a deck of cards, including the Ace, Jack, Queen, and King. Each number is also reflected in some aspect of the story. At the end, in the Joker’s story, the thirteen characters are brought together to account for their sins. Only one can escape alive. Who will it be?
Most of the stories are told in a stream of consciousness style, relating the characters’ thoughts in short, sharp, single sentence paragraphs. The characters themselves include common thieves, witches, hired assassins, zombies, and mass murderers, each with their own agenda.
This book is like a puzzle. You have to fit the pieces together and figure out what’s happening. But it all comes together neatly in the end, when the numbers become the characters’ names. Make sure you remember who’s who, or take notes, otherwise it might get confusing.
My favorite stories were numbers 2 and 9. Which one is your favorite?
Warnings: Coarse language, violence, murder, sex, drugs.

From the Author
Hello everyone. If you haven’t guessed by now I have a passion for words and have twelve books published … all thanks to Lulu and Kindle, much hard work and sleepless nights.
My eldest daughter has flown the nest and is married to a man who doesn’t mind his mother-in-law though my son is still fluffing his feathers.
My middle child is off on a mysterious adventure, the like of which I can only guess … and tried to do so in my first book, Gone.
I love to read and am looking for ways to double time so to indulge in the mysterious and wonderful and delicious and strange … my favorite kind of story.
Writing is my passion, though I enjoy creating handcrafted cards, jewelry making, scrapbooking, painting, drawing and dabbling in art whenever I can.
Oh yes, I used to teach or mark exam papers but now concentrate on writing and enjoying my new life, which materialized as if by a miracle. Though still dislike all those necessary domestic chores that would, for me, be included in the Rings of Hell!
That’s it. Thank you to anyone who reads my books … enjoy the flight!
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"The Awakening and Other Stories" by Emma Meade

REVIEW
The Awakening and Other Stories
by Emma Meade
The Awakening and Other Stories is an exquisite collection of short stories I came across as a member of the Shut Up & Read group on Goodreads.
Description
Put on the kettle, close the curtains and curl up by the fire. Dive into 8 short tales, each with a slice of the paranormal.
“Ghost Story” – Who is the shadow in the window of the abandoned house, and what or who is he waiting for?
“The Awakening” – It’s time for Sabrina to wake up and face the light.
“End of the Line” – Cassie wants to die. When midnight rolls around, she stands on the tracks waiting for the train to come.
“Milsa Loris” – The once magnificent kingdom of Milsa Loris comes alive one night each winter. The King’s witch is brewing up a little magic, sure to make the soup all the tastier.
“The Old Vampire” – Hailey spent her life dreaming of a dark prince falling in love with her. He never showed up, until now.
“The Knocking” – Alison’s grandfather has one eye on the next life. After all, he’s heard a lot of rapping at his door lately.
“The Boy on the Beach” – Kate’s grandmother warns her about the boy with the green eyes. Will she pay heed?
“Snowglobes” – It’s busy at Calvin’s Cabins this Christmas. Eddie and Maggie are a young couple in trouble. Not to fear, Calvin is always ready to lend a hand.
Excerpt from “Milsa Loris”
The old witch watched the sun go down from the roof of the majestic castle, her favourite spot in all the land. No one came up here these days. Miles of barren land and toppled trees surrounded the giant, stone fortress. The landscape below had been destroyed, but her home remained untouched and untouchable.
Noraleen remembered the days of old. The thick, green forest behind the castle had once been her sanctuary. There she had gathered sprigs of lavender, bluebells, wood violets, chickweed and liverwort for her potions and whispered to the leaves and creepy crawlies. Ingredients were harder to come by nowadays since the land had been ravaged, but she made do.
Gnarled hands rested in her lap and thin lips smiled, revealing only a few remaining chipped, rotten teeth. She felt every one of her ninety eight years and knew she wouldn’t make it to a hundred. There was no time to dwell on her impending end. Noraleen had a job to do this evening. Then she could rest.
Old friends arrived every hour into the ruined city of Milsa Loris, gathering before her King and Queen. They came one night a year to pay their respects to a lost time and place.
Noraleen looked to her right, to where ivy crawled up the turret walls. Her beloved Eruanna stared down at the visitors, unaware of the old set of eyes watching. Such a beauty she was, the King’s only daughter, her golden hair blowing about in the night’s cool air. Noraleen recognised the longing in her eyes. The girl had been alone too long.
Oh, how Noraleen adored her King and his family. She couldn’t bear to see him or his people suffer any longer. The castle was where they all belonged.
“World outside gone crazy,” she said, her raspy voice scaring the birds nesting nearby.
Laughter and greetings drifted up from the ground below. “Come my children,” she said, smiling a near toothless grin. “Stay awhile.”
Review



By Lynda Dickson

The Awakening and Other Stories is a collection of eight short stories with varied themes including ghosts, vampires, suicide, witches, Ouija boards, and demons. In “Ghost Story” Jessica confronts a ghost from her grandmother’s past. In “The Awakening” Sabrina awakes from a vivid dream about a vampire. In “End of the Line” Cassie attempts suicide by train. In “Milsa Loris” the former inhabitants of the deserted town of Milsa Loris return to the ruined city for a ten year reunion; but what does the old witch Noraleen have planned? In “The Old Vampire” Hailey still dreams of a vampire lover. Who keeps knocking on Grandad’s door in “The Knocking”? In “The Boy on the Beach” Kate’s grandmother warns her from beyond the grave about the boy with the green eyes. In “Snowglobes” Eddie and Maggie visit Calvin’s Cabins on Christmas Eve.
This collection is well-edited and a pleasure to read. My favorite story was “The Awakening”. These are the kind of stories I wish I’d written. They are short, to the point, and beautifully and elegantly told. Somber and melancholy, they will haunt you for days to come. My only complaint is that I think this collection should be renamed End of the Line, not only because of the chosen cover art, but because each story has death (or at least life as we know it) as its underlying theme.
Warnings: This book contains some coarse language, violence, and adult themes. I recommend it for mature young adults.
About the Author

Emma Meade lives in rainy Ireland and loves all things supernatural. Stephen King’s The Stand is one of her most loved books and she’s lost count of the number of times she’s read L. J. Smith’s trilogy, The Forbidden Game.

Books, DVDs, and TV show box sets take up lots of space in her home, and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on.
Writing supernatural stories & watching marathon re-runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are some of Emma’s favourite ways of escaping reality.
Emma writes paranormal fiction. She is the author of several short stories including her latest release, Dark Whiskey. She has also written the novel Under the Desert Moon.
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"Selected Short Stories featuring Cinderella Shoes" by Nicolas Wilson

Selected Short Stories
featuring Cinderella Shoes
by Nicolas Wilson
Description
Cinderella Shoes contains 15 short stories, including the titular story.
Stiletto: An exotic dancer struggles to make a living after encountering a murder-in-progress on the job.
Cast: The world is increasingly run by robots, which grow increasingly human.
Analog: An ex-Air Force pilot subsists after a weapon disables all modern technology.
Weakness: Sergeant Ruocco hanged himself.
My Beloved’s Eyes: We leave pieces of ourselves with our loved ones- sometimes literally.
Reformatory: A juvenile delinquent and her roommate mature in the aftermath of a devastating assault.
Capricorn: A man wrecks his life and chases fairy tales, while dealing with his young daughter’s impending illness.
Behav: Future terrorists recruit a past terrorist.
Death Echoes: A detective communes with the dead to close their unsolved cases.
Traveled Time: A man examines his life and choices, with the advent of time travel.
Genetic Memory: A dog confronts his owner after gaining the ability to speak and reason.
Darling, Wendy, M.A.: A girl saves her brothers from their abusive father by masquerading as a gang leader. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Eponine: Following her near-death in the streets of Paris, a young woman witnesses the birth of feminism and the industrialization of Europe. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Dorothy: Her fantasy was undoubtedly much happier than the reality of her injuries. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Cinderella Shoes: A man discovers a new side of himself after acquiring women’s clothing.
Review
It’s strange to think that once upon a time not that many years ago, I didn’t care very much for short fiction. I always felt like the ride was over just before it got to start whenever I read a short story. Intervening years have shown me the error of my ways and that in my short-sightedness (no pun intended), I was missing out of some of the best literature by avoiding this format.
Enter Nic Wilson and his Selected Short Stories featuring Cinderella Shoes (try saying that three times fast!). All jokes aside, this collection of short stories from Wilson’s literary vault shows just how talented a writer he is. His ability to enthrall readers with compelling tales ranging from a stripper’s brush with a sadistic killer with a shoe fetish to a talking dog who could lecture the Surgeon General on genetics is quite remarkable. Each story in this collection makes you think, feel, laugh, or even cry. Tales such as the very emotional “Capricorn” makes this collection a cut above similar works.
I have no idea if the stories in this book were republished elsewhere. But it’s great to see such terrific fiction available for the masses. If you’re a fan of short stories or just plain good storytelling, then I highly recommend you check out this collection. You won’t be disappointed.
About the Author
Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels: Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for eReader and will soon be available in paperback; Nexus, The Necromancer’s Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years. Nic has also written several short story collections.
Nic’s work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic’s books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit Nic’s website. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.
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"Selected Short Stories featuring New Corpse Smell" by Nicolas Wilson

Selected Short Stories
featuring New Corpse Smell
by Nicolas Wilson
Description
This collection contains fifteen short stories, in a variety of genres including crime, science fiction, and military fiction.
Shades of Cray: The story of the first transracial individual.
Leaving Lost Atlantis: A man writes his ex-wife, after discovering what happened to Atlantis.
An Iraqi Christmas Carol: A small group of soldiers and an Iraqi policeman mount a rescue for a kidnapped boy.
Quarter: A military team designed for assassinations loses control over one of its members in the middle of a mission.
Werehouse: A man trying to help his homeless cousin runs afoul of a society of murderers.
Atlas Dug Up: Two philosophical equals have a love affair that continues after death.
Blood Falls: An expedition to the Antarctic goes south, after a rock wall collapses.
Murder Your Darlings: A writer finds himself convinced one of his characters is trying to kill him, after his loved ones start getting hurt.
Mine: A doctor exacts revenge on a former-General.
Failure Cascade: A ride on a space elevator goes horribly wrong.
Euthanasia: A surgeon gets caught between his oath and his vengeful calling.
Shrink: An executive ponders the consequences of modern business.
Indian Gift: An ex-outlaw is drafted into convincing an Indian to sell his land.
Parallel: A professor familiar with inter-dimensional travel tries convincing one of his students to kill another.
New Corpse Smell: Observing decomposition.
Review
Nicolas Wilson has penned a collection of creative and disturbing stories, all of which are thought-provoking and surprising. Each story is wildly different from the last, but each of them is gripping and chilling in its own right. It’s a collection impossible to read quickly and you will not be ready to move on to the next story until you’ve pondered the one before.
I found it extremely hard to pick just one favourite, I have at least three. ‘Shades of Cray’, about the first transracial procedure is gruesome in parts, and asks some very deep questions about race and identity. ‘Blood Falls’ contains some wonderful imagery and descriptions, eg: ‘We have a unique experience to not just look at the piss seeping out of this lake’s urethra, but we can stick our fingers in its guts and see what squirms out of the primordial ooze.’ Careful what you wish for…
‘Mine’ is another brilliantly dark tale. Imagine you’re a heart surgeon. Your country has been decimated by war. Your family has been torn apart. One of the perpetrators of the atrocities is on your table. What do you do? I’m willing to bet it isn’t half as macabre and fitting as Nicolas Wilson dreamed up.
Fans of Stephen King will love this collection, and my only complaint is that these are short stories and not novels. I’ve gone straight to amazon to find more books by Nicolas Wilson – I have plenty of time to read now that I daren’t switch off the bedside light…
About the Author
Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels: Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for eReader and will soon be available in paperback; Nexus, The Necromancer’s Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years. Nic has also written several short story collections.
Nic’s work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic’s books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit Nic’s website. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.
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