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Jenes Inarya wants to experience everything, and quite frankly, she doesn't think she can live life to the fullest in the time she's been allotted. A search through lore and legend from the Eight Immortals of Chinese myth to the Garden of Eden finally leads her to what she seeks--across the galaxy, to the planet of Arak. By eating food prepared from Arak's immortal plants, Jenes can alter her metabolism and gain eternal life. In her case, it’s a cup of palm wine. A real aqua vitae. But the prospect of eternal life quickly causes more problems than it solves. Betrayed by her friends, haunted by the prospect of death for everyone she knows, lacking direction, and apparently pursued by the Arakians who made her immortal, Jenes must come to terms with her choice and learn how to live when she will live forever.
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My fantasy story "Every Mother's Child" appears in Fantastique Unfettered's second issue.
“So what do you think?” I asked when I had finished.
“If you’re right, it’s no wonder people don’t last long down here. Every mother’s child has to show how they feel sometimes—and Astet’s Mercy, in a place like this, I imagine you must feel a lot.”
Some people, facing death, do get emotional. But not most swordsellers. I was surprised at Rathin.
“Not me.” I turned on my side. “But then, I’m no mother’s child.”
For the month of March I am a featured writer on AnthologyBuilder, which means any anthology including at least one of my stories is $1 off. I have a short-story collection available there, but the offer works on any anthology. I have 21 stories on the site, including reprints from Every Day Fiction, MindFlights, Kaleidotrope, and the Lorelei Signal.
"The Sorceress of Avalo" has reappeared, this time in the Nov-Jan '10 issue of Sorcerous Signals. And with cover art!
Editor Carol Hightshoe's summary: Every few years, the priests of Ilnar send a warrior to the Sorceress of Avalo to have her read
the omens—however, the sorceress demands an unusual price for her services.
The artwork is by Lee Kuruganti.
All stories in Sorcerous Signals also appear in the print magazine, Mystic Signals, so you can also find "Sorceress" in Mystic Signals issue #4 (available at Amazon or Createspace).
My short story "How the Woman Brought Death" will be one of the 17 stories in the new anthology All About Eve from Wolfsinger Publications.
In this retelling, the sin that resulted in the first woman (and man) being cast from the Garden was not giving in to temptation, but resisting it--and fighting back. The woman quickly realizes that nothing good can come out of violence, but can she convince the rest of the rapidly growing human family of the truth?
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