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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
It is our final week of the Summer of Super Short Stories 2! As we turn towards fall and the light wanes, our prompts become a little darker, too. Our final week brings us full circle to LCP’s fantasy roots with prompts to inspire magic. Week eight judge Beth Deitchman, co-founder of LCP, has a taste for subtlety and panache. To learn more about Beth and her preferences, click here.
Next Tuesday, in addition to the weekly winners, we will also announce the two winners of the contest’s ultimate prizes for most wins and most stories submitted.
Below you will find a photo prompt and a line prompt. Use the picture to inspire you. The line prompt must be included somewhere in your story of 350 words or less. You can see a larger version of the picture by clicking on it. There are no content restrictions.
Submit your story or stories (up to two) in the reply section to this post no later than Saturday at 6pm PST. Please include word count and Twitter handle/email/other identifiers at the beginning of the story. Winners will be announced next Tuesday. Please see our Contest Rules for more information.
And here are your prompts!
Use this six-word phrase in any part of your story:
Our final week will be judged by LCP’s own Beth Deitchman!
Beth Deitchman has been a dancer, a university lecturer, and an actor. While studying Spanish in Panama in 2011 she re-discovered her passion for writing and has been scribbling ever since. Co-founder of Luminous Creatures Press, she has authored two books of the Regency Magic Series, Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven and Margaret Dashwood and the Enchanted Atlas, and co-authored two collections of short stories with fellow Creature Emily June Street. Beth is currently working on a novel about ballet dancers. She lives in Northern California with her husband Dave and dog Ralphie.
Beth has this to say about what Kind of flash fiction she likes: “Every word matters, so I like them to be well-chosen. I prefer stories with an arc over meditations on a theme or image. I also want some juicy narrative tension. And I admire panache.”
(Beth huddles in a cavernous chair with her dog, Ralpie)