Nine new and different stories about one of the most beloved creatures in all fantasy: DRAGONS! We’ve got metal dragons, fire-breathing dragons, shape-shifting dragons, and adorable little hero dragons. We’ve got urban fantasy, high fantasy, humorous stories, deadly mysteries, and more! LOVE’S CHAMPION: As an Arbiter for the Gods and Goddesses of the Greek pantheon, Nathaniel was no stranger to their squabbles, both large and petty. Even so, h...

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These are definitely not the unicorns of fairytales (although there is at least one fairytale here). Rather, they are good, evil, chaotic, and calm. And while unicorns are the theme, they aren’t always the central characters—but they are always significant. My story is the capstone at the end of the collection, entitled The Taxidermist. THE TAXIDERMIST: The Hunter is growing old—dying, in fact. But when a young girl intrudes into his lif...

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The original incarnation of this story was an interactive webserial, where installments were posted alongside polls. By voting, readers made decisions that pushed the story forward. An eccentric heiress sets out on a dangerous mission, enlisting the aid of a dashing sky pirate, a sarcastic ticker, and a hodge-podge crew. This book includes all three published volumes of the Choose adventure, taking us from accidental inebriation through cookin...

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I have taken (and loved) many of Holly Lisle’s online writing courses. When she sounded the call for her students to join together and submit stories for her first ever short story collection, I was thrilled at the opportunity. When my story won second place in the contest, I was over-the-moon, and I hope you love it as much as she did! Thirty-five imaginative stories crafted by the students of renowned fantasy author Holly Lisle, collec...

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8. Uncle

“I like her,” said Bones. The girl in question gave a loud snore. “She’s very charming. You two would make a fantastic couple. Why don’t you invite her out for some drinks, maybe spend some time overlooking the waterfalls at Barushka?” Bones sighed. “Must every relationship with a female be...

Dead Heat, Part 11
Scent Magic / July 24, 2015

“Pansy! Shut. Up.” Rose spat out through gritted teeth. “You can’t talk to me like that, Big!” Pansy’s purple glow flitted down to occupy the space just in front of Rose’s face, sword drawn. “It’s LORD Pansy to the likes of you!” “...

The Cobbler
Books, TV, & Movies / July 23, 2015

This Adam Sandler movie has been on my to-watch list for a while now. It’s finally on Netflix, so I was thrilled to get to see it. Note: I didn’t look anything up on this movie before watching it. I saw the cover. Loved the title. Loved the tagline “Saving the neighborhood, one ...

7. Spider

guess your source wasn’t quite as good as you’d hoped,” Hank said nonchalantly, lacing his hands behind his head and leaning back against the bars of the cell. Miss Silver Spoon cocked her head to the side and clucked her tongue at him like an old woman. “No lies, Daniel.” Hank scowled. He couldn...

The Devil is a Part-Timer
Books, TV, & Movies / July 16, 2015

I’m not entirely sure why I like anime. Most anime I watch (or try and swiftly reject) is not up to my standards. The oversexualization of almost every female character, the ridiculously over-the-top chibi scenes, the frequently-doesn’t-actually-make-sense plotlines … often I...

6. A Simple Question

Convenient? Just what sort of Ardel-tongued remark was that? Roith’delat, she was easily the most unfath­omable and maddening female he’d ever encountered. She nodded, repeating the baffling statement. “Convenient indeed. Well, I think I’ve seen enough,” she said, ripping off the top button of he...

[Perry] Review – Armada by Ernest Cline
Books, TV, & Movies / July 8, 2015

One of my unexpected favorite reads in recent memory was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It was a story about our near future, a virtual game that’s insinuated itself into just about every aspect of human society. It was about the way people used it to escape the harsh reality of the worl...

5. Convenient

Remora opened her mouth to release yet another scathing commentary upon the parentage and manners of the dirty prisoner (stunning green eyes or no, such behavior was truly inexcusable). “I am Bones,” said the ticker, effectively derailing her tirade before it could begin. To ignore his introducti...

Dead Heat, Part 10
Scent Magic / July 2, 2015

Sobbing fairies spread out on the short grass in front of Rose, the translucent, clinging net binding them more tightly with each movement. The colorful glow of each fairy flickered dangerously, like a light bulb in a dodgy socket. She didn’t have much time. What did she know about troll ne...