The Winter of Whimsy and Wyrdness II

Happy New Year!

Welcome to LCP’s second annual winter flash fiction contest!

Below are the photos to inspire your stories about REBIRTH. You have until midnight on January 31 (PST) to submit up to four stories of 100-750 words each. Post your stories in the reply section below. Be sure to include your name, Twitter handle or other contact information, and a word count at the top of your story. See the complete rules here.

We look forward to reading your stories!

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Image credit: Girlfriends by Angie Chung (Yellow Sky Photography) Flickr under CC 2.0 
Image has not been altered from its original form.

The Cedna is Out Today!

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Today marks the release of our second offering of the year, The Cedna, by Emily June Street. The Cedna is the second book in the Tales of Blood & Light fantasy series. Get it today at Amazon, or special order a signed print version directly through LCP.

Get Book One, The Gantean, here.

Every Cedna is born to die, paying the balance that keeps magic alive. One Cedna desires a different path, free from the pain that comes with the sacred duty. As Gante faces destruction at the hands of Lethemian raiders, she fights against her fate as a ritual sacrifice. Though dangers loom on every side, the Cedna travels south in a desperate diplomatic bid to protect the island. Ethnic prejudices, old animosities, and a handsome stranger who pulls on her with a magical bond quickly overturn her plans, leading the Cedna on a world-shattering adventure of love, heartbreak, and war.

Every choice is final.

Check our blog in the upcoming week for Emily’s in-depth look at the lead character of The Cedna and more information about The Tales of Blood & Light series.

Enjoy!

 

LCP Update

Beth and I had a long overdue LCP meeting today at the Hummingbird Cafe in Fairfax, where we ate delicious Cajun food.

Beth is busy drafting Regency Magic Book Three and working on short stories. I may have convinced her to return to some detective fiction she was working on a few years ago, too.

I’m wrapping up the final touches on The Cedna, Tales of Blood & Light Book Two, which will be available December 27th, 2015. I’m also revising STERLING, ToB&L Book Three, and I’m hoping to get it out to some fresh readers in the new year. Next I’m fiddling around with some drafts that have been stewing on the desktop and maybe be ready for the next layer of work.

Most importantly, our annual winter flash fiction contest–Winter of Whimsey & Wyrdness–will begin in January 2016. The theme is REBIRTH. Stayed tuned for further details about the contest structure and prompts.

The Cedna now available for pre-order!

If you’ve been anxious after the cliffhanger ending of The Gantean, your wait is almost up! The Cedna arrives December 27, 2015, and you can pre-order the e-book version now!

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In a world governed by magic, blood, and light, a rebellious woman selected by her people to serve as a sacrifice desperately seeks a different solution to save her waning culture.

Beautiful, captivating, with scenes of enormous power—The Cedna is a fantasy tour de force. —Beth Deitchman, author, Regency Magic Series

“Intense and riveting, The Cedna hits every point on the emotional spectrum. Fantastic world, and deeply soul-moving. Street has woven another masterpiece.” –Tamara Shoemaker, author, Kindle the Flame and Mark of Four

Pre-order ebook here

Review it on Goodreads here

 

The Velocipede Races Featured on Kickstarter

Emily’s book, The Velocipede Races, is the featured publishing project today on Kickstarter! This all new version of the book is being published by Elly Blue/Microcosm Publishing, provided it gets funded by November 28th. Take a look at the cool project and its many fun rewards, and please support it if you feel inspired!

 

Congratulations to our overall contest winners!

We had a grand total of five overall winners for Summer of Super Short Stories 2. Emily just returned from the post office to mail copies of The Gantean to Mark A. King, Nancy Chenier, Steph Ellis, F.E. Clark, and A.V. Laidlaw. Congratulations all!

We’d like to offer a special thanks to our guest judges: Tiffany Aldrich MacBain, Tamara Shoemaker, Margaret Locke, Nancy Chenier, Holly Geely, and Kristen Falso-Capaldi. Their time and feedback was much appreciated.

Thanks also to everyone who submitted stories for our summer contest. We’ll be back in the dark of winter for Winter of Wyrdness and Whimsy 2, with a new twist.

Outliers by F. E. Clark

the night

“Oh. Gawd. I’m soaked.” Kara wriggles in her skinny jeans. “Can you even see the path?”

“Yes, just a bit further.” Jan plods on, up ahead.

“Maybe it’s hidden for a reason.”

Light sparkles through the rain drenched trees; Silver Birch, Beech and the occasional raddled looking Scots Pine.

“Outlier, outlier, outlier …” It has become a mantra for Jan.

“Jan, we don’t even know if there IS an outlier. That bloke from the pub looked like a real wind-up merchant.”

Exhausting the tourist infested sacred-sites they had sought other places. Ordinance Survey Maps, books and locals, all held plenty of clues for those who looked.

Finding the main circle easily enough, they had gone looking for the outlier stone.

“Out-lier, out-lier, out-lier.

Jan stops suddenly, Kara barges into her back. Then she sees it. The stone is set right in the middle of the path.

“Oh my gawd, it’s like a giant cock!”

Silence. Cold drops of rain sprinkle down on the girls.

“OUT LIAR!! OUT, LIAR….” Jan rounds on Kara, “LIAR!”

“Jan. What do you mean?” a shiver shakes Kara.

“You KNOW what I mean. How COULD you?”

Kara focuses on the outlier stone. It rears at an angle up into the trees, double the height of a tall man. She shakes her head.

“You LIAR.” Jan walks away, circling the stone. It is covered with moss and lichen. She cannot bring herself to touch it.

“We didn’t mean to.”

“Liars.” Jan whispers seeming to sink in on herself.

“It’s over.”

Jan’s not listening, she stumbles past Kara, back along the path.

Kara stands. Stunned, looking at the stone. Afraid to follow.

After a long while the cold hits her. She walks round the stone, notices writing near the base, looks closer. ‘We do not speak of our magic’

Realising she has no-one to tell about her discovery she begins to sob.

The car is gone when she reaches the trail-head. It is a long walk to the village.

When finally, she pushes into the bright pub, a voice cackles, “Found the truth stone did ye lass?”

Follow FE Clark on Twitter: @feclarkart