Oct 29, 2013



The vibrations in the air hit her like butterfly kisses, radiating across her skin, echoing against her heart like palpitations. A scent like spring teased her senses as she pictured the grass, the glaring morning sun warming a fitful breeze… For a second her breath hitched, her body startled as she fell from focus, landing hard against the mottled carpet. The open air smothered by damp and shadows. Scrunching up her face in disappointment she felt his hand on her shoulder, reassuring, grounding her to begin again. She would Transit, eventually.

Looking up into his clear eyes she felt the fluttering across her palms. Smiling at his surprise she released the insect, watching it rise through the dust motes suspended in the fading light.

Given the Chance - The Kite String Triangle

to dematerialise,
from sjp

Oct 26, 2013

Magna's Plea

Magna's Plea by Cherie Reich

A princess will rise and challenge Fate.
While her father, brothers, and people fight against the Kingdom of Apentha, tenacious eighteen-year-old Princess Magna can only watch the destruction of Amora, her besieged city and kingdom. Her mother, Queen Vyvian, has refused to allow her heir to join the fray.
But Magna won't take no for an answer. She seeks out an end of the war from Prince Cyrun of Apentha, their prisoner. If she can't persuade him toward peace, then Amora may fall.
This short story prequel includes a sneak peek of Reborn, Book One of The Fate Challenges, forthcoming May 2014.
YA Epic Fantasy 
The Fate Challenges #0.5 
A 5500-word Short Story  
Download this short story for free at Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo / Smashwords / Goodreads

So pleased to have such a beautiful cover gracing my screen, Magna's Plea by Cherie Reich is a great read, adventure paced reading, from the first page you are thrown into the foray.  My only qualm with the short story is that I longed for every aspect to be expanded, it could have easily been a full scale epic in it's own right, however the excerpt of the up and coming Fate Challenges series is enough to convince that we won't be long in waiting for more inspiring words.  Definitely worth a download!

love a good story,
from sjp

Oct 21, 2013

Amazing Race

Have a query you’d like help with? Maybe a first line hook or a pitch you need critiqued? How about some help with your platform, online visibility or advice on how to get published?

From October 21st until October 27th, Writers Helping Writers is posting an open call for writers to celebrate the release of their Positive and Negative Thesaurus books. Fill out this FORM to request help with critiques, book visibility, social media sharing, blog diagnostics, advice and more.

An army of Amazing Racers are standing by (including myself) waiting to help with your submissions. How many people can we help in a week? There are also Celebrity Racers - amazing authors and editors who know their way around a first page, like the fantastic K.M. Weiland. Maybe one of them will pick your submission to help with!

Tune into Angela and Becca's site for a new giveaway each day of the week, all focusing on an important area of the business of writing.

pay it forward,
from sjp

Oct 14, 2013



"Mind, body and soul," he murmured enticing me closer.  "Do you think you could handle it?"

I tried to keep my eyes focused, but they seemed to waver of their own accord, my vision swaying in the low candle light as he danced around me, always at the edge of darkness.

"This world, the next, and the last..." he whispered urgently, darting away before I could latch onto the sound of his voice as he led me deeper.  My hands shook, desperate to find something solid, a voice at the back of my thoughts threatening to break into hysterics.  Taking a lighter from my jacket I fumbled frustratingly with the catch, the song of promises fading beneath the static in my head as I stared at my fragile fingers mindlessly.  I can't take it any more, the voice cries.  If I'm Pulled one more time it will destroy what is left of my sanity, and yet it's what I'm fighting for.

The sound of the catch igniting echoes like a clashing percussion, the flame hissing in the air as it leaps from my hands, the bright flame blinding my stunned eyes.  Spinning around I stumble in the darkness, panic setting my heart to a sprint as all senses scramble for navigation.  How long had I been walking?

The faintest wisp of cool air tickles down the back of my neck, pricking my nerves into full alertness as I turn around, raising my lone flame higher, muscles tensed.

For a cruel second it's Charlie standing there, and my chest is wrought with the sadness in his eyes.

Instead I am left shivering under a cold black stare, his hand outstretched with three identical die waiting poised in his palm, the markings morphing beneath the twisting light.  I ran from one monster into the arms of another, and am already drowning in his games.

"Do you trust fate?"

Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High - The Arctic Monkeys
Come a Little Closer - Cage The Elephant
Tonight - Rufus
Melt - Chet Faker
Bygone - Volcano Choir

set sail,
from sjp.
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