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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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...

4. Rusty

Hank slouched against the bars of his cell, smirking. She should be coming down the hallway any minute now—that silver spoon from the bar. He’d told the officers that she was his sister. With no one else in the bar able to identify her, they’d believed him. Family privileges meant that as soon as...

Dead Heat, Part 9
Scent Magic / June 25, 2015

Rose followed the two glowing fairies as they zipped at head-height through the gardens. They’d consented to lead her via human walkways, but their pace required her to jog. Not her favorite activity. “Can we slow down, please?” Pansy’s response really wasn’t worth r...

3. Disappointment

“Up!” Remora groaned, shedding the last tatters of unsettling dreams. The voice spoke again, more insistently. “Up, girl. Inebriates are allowed no more than six hours in the recovery room.” Blearily, she opened her eyes, then immediately wished she hadn’t. Light stabbed through her half-op...

Wary vs Weary
On The Art of Authoring / June 18, 2015

Pet Peeve: People saying “weary” when they mean “wary” Say you’re looking at a box. If that box is full of rattlesnakes, you are WARY of it. If that box is full of tax documents, you are WEARY of it. What are your mis-said pet peeves?

2. “Handsome” Hank

“Handsome” Hank McCoy slouched deeper into the battered wooden chair and stared morosely at his beer. “Your reaction is unreasonable.” His companion’s deep, almost metallic voice radiated disapproval. Hank lifted the heavy glass mug and took a long pull of the amber liquid before dropping t...

1. The Bar

Lady Remora Windgates Price perched uncomfortably on the edge of the dirty bar stool and wondered if perhaps now was an appropriate time to belch. She had, on occasion, found it necessary to burp. Cucumber sandwiches in particular had a tendency to inspire a hint of the vapors. Burping was a smal...

Credit Cards
Adventures in Real Life / June 8, 2015

These days, credit cards are everywhere. Every card company wants your business … and more accurately, wants the debt you’re paying off. Creditors make money off of fees and interest payments, which is why they love it when you live juuuust outside your means. This doesn’t make them m...

Pre-Story Polls

Choose: An Interactive Steampunk Webserial is a terrible, terrible name. It’s too long. It’s got zero pop, fizz, or pizazz. It doesn’t tantalize the imagination. We had good reason for naming it so poorly … when we started the project, we didn’t know what we were wri...