Saturday, September 27, 2014

Snippet Sunday - Cloudburst Ice Magic - Clear as Crystal

Welcome to the Snippet Sunday on the Weird, the Wild, and the Wicked. Thank you so much for visiting. If you choose to comment today, I really appreciate it. The snippets are from my Cloudburst novella, Cloudburst Ice Magic, a paranormal romance sequel to Christmas I.C.E. Magic in the Happy Holidays from the Crescent Moon Lodge Anthology. Cloudburst Ice Magic is out now. You can catch last week's snippet HERE.

In this snippet, Zach and Lily got the hikers to the Forest Service shed, but the whole hike there Lily has been battling her unreasoning jealousy over the redheaded hiker's flirting. Fortunately, Zach isn't completely dense, but he might be missing something. We're in Lily's POV, but Zach is the first to speak.

“Hey, princess, talk to me. I can feel you’re upset, but I don’t know why.” He stepped closer and tried to take her hand. But Lily turned out of his reach, presenting him with her shoulder.
“You don’t know why? All right. Let me make it really clear.” She faced him, tilted her head, and gave him a coy smile. “‘Oh, thank God, Zach. You found it. You saved us. How can I ever thank you?’” She batted her eyes at him before they narrowed. “That give you enough of a clue?”
Zach snorted. “She’s just grateful to get out of danger.”
“Yeah, you just keep telling yourself that.”

Oh dear, he better have a good comeback to that. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, SJ Maylee, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Sarah Wesson.

If you're interested in more from Cloudburst Ice Magic, here's the blurb:

Avalanches may bring down more than snow…

Working for the Search and Rescue team at the Cloudburst Resort in Colorado, Lily Sinclair figures she’ll do all the rescuing from now on. When hikers are caught in a spring blizzard, Lily and her partner head into the storm. Cut off from communication and facing deadly conditions, Lily fears she’ll never see her Ice Demon lover before death claims them.

Zach Snow encouraged Lily move to Cloudburst to grow and learn, but missed her every day of their months apart. His plans of moving to Colorado get pushed up when he receives her text explaining her situation, and saying goodbye. He must negotiate with the local Ice Demon clan to work in their territory to rescue Lily and the hikers before the Spring Fling blizzard kills them. But he’s running out of time.

Between the amorous hiker hitting on Zach, Lily’s self-doubts, and an avalanche bearing down on them, Zach and Lily must rediscover the love they first kindled in a Christmas ice cave, and create their own Cloudburst ice magic.

Cloudburst Ice Magic is available at Amazon, All Romance, Barnes&Noble, and Smashwords.

Friday, September 26, 2014

#ThursThreads - Week 137 - Winners

Week 137 of #ThursThreads had some terrific tales. I'm honored to see all of the returning writers and read your stories. Thank you for coming back again and again to write and for helping me celebrate these years of flash. And so great to have some new faces in the crowd this week. Welcome! Great thanks to Chris Linehan for judging this week. Be sure to check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on FB to keep up with news, etc.

  • Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Sandi Layne | @sandyquill
  • Anna Lund | @AnnaLund2011
  • Olivia Starke | @OliviaStarke
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Wendy Strain | @WendyStrain
  • Eden Connor | @EdenConnor
  • Mark A. King | @Making_Fiction
  • Charles W. Jones | @ChuckWesJ
  • Charlee | @lindorfan
  • Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
  • Even Sultry | @EvenSultry
  • Louisa Bacio | @Louisabacio

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions

Wendy Strain | @WendyStrain
Chris says: This story is very intriguing, and if this was on the back cover, I would buy the book to read.

Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
Chris says: This story is a sentimental favorite to me right now. As the father of a newborn, I can really relate.

Olivia Starke | @OliviaStarke
Chris says: Although this story seemed unfinished, it reads very well as an excerpt out of a novelet or short story. I would like to read the rest of the story.

Week 137 Winner

Chris says: This is the winner because the story kept me involved, and I did not see the surprise twist at the end coming.

He sees her writhe in pain, her body contorted like organic origami; folding, bending and jolting with agony. He smiles.

Heavily drugged, she cannot move from the bed. He likes it this way. Soon it will be over for her. Where would she go anyway?

A gleaming knife cuts neatly at her flesh and he brings the camera closer to capture every moment, to savour it, he will replay this, and maybe even enjoy it more after the event.

“I hate you so much,” she screams at him, her voice pure loathing, “I thought you loved me, how could you do this to me?”

He smiles and says, “You wanted this as much as me. You asked for it. You know what I mean?”

She scowls at him. She howls, a noise he has only ever heard from animals or horror films.

Then…he sees the head. He hears the slosh of amniotic fluid and the scream of new life. He looks at her and as soon as she cradles their child, she smiles.

Congratulations Winner Mark, Wendy, Kelly, and Olivia! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!

Pass on the great news on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, shiny mirrors, Morse Code, and signal flags. Check out all the stories here. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#ThursThreads - The Challenge That Ties Tale Together - Week 137

Welcome back to the Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked. It's Thursday today, and also my 10th Wedding Anniversary to Mr. SM! So get your flash ready to celebrate and write a #flashfiction thread! Welcome to Week 137 of #ThursThreads, the challenge that ties tales together. Want to keep up each week? You're welcome to join the FB #ThursThreads group where we'll do events and make announcements. Need the rules? Read on.

Here's how it works:
  • The prompt is a line from the previous week's winning tale.
  • The prompt can appear ANYWHERE in your story and is included in your word count.
Rules to the Game:
  • This is a Flash Fiction challenge, which means your story must be a minimum of 100 words, maximum of 250.
  • Incorporate the prompt anywhere into your story (included in your word count).
  • Post your story in the comments section of this post
  • Include your word count (or be excluded from judging)
  • Include your Twitter handle or email (so we know how to find you)
  • The challenge is open 7 AM to 8 PM Mountain Time
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, depending on how early the judge gets up.
How it benefits you:
  • You get a nifty cool badge to display on your blog or site (because we're all about promotion - you know you are!)
  • You get instant recognition of your writing prowess on this blog!
  • Your writing colleagues shall announce and proclaim your greatness on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus

Our Judge for Week 137:

Recreation specialist, Hump-and-Bump enthusiast, and new dad, Chris Linehan.

And now your #ThursThreads Challenge, tying tales together.

The Prompt:

“You know what I mean?”

All stories written herein are the property (both intellectual and physical) of the authors. Now, away with you, Flash Fiction Fanatics, and show us your #ThursThreads. Good luck!