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A Few Days of Fantasy Flash Fiction

Welcome to LCP’s Summer 2016 Flash Fiction Contest.

In this round, we are celebrating the release of two books, Tamara Shoemaker’s Embrace the Fire, and Emily June Street’s Sterling. Both are fantasy stories set in worlds with magic, royalty, power struggles, and love. One involves dragons, the other, magic stones.

Below we have an image to inspire your stories. Your story must contain either a DRAGON or a MAGIC STONE, or both. You have until midnight on June 30th, 2016 (PDT) to submit a story of 100 words or fewer. Titles are not included in word count. You may submit multiple stories if you wish.

Post your stories in the reply section to this post. 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.

One winner will receive copies of Embrace the Fire and Sterling! Our illustrious judge is veteran flash fictioneer and Alpha FlashDog Mark A. King. Winner will be announced Monday, July 4th.

We look forward to reading your stories!

Your photo prompt:

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Sterling is Here!

Today marks the official publication date of Tales of Blood & Light, Book 3, STERLING, by Emily June Street. This is LCP’s latest offering, and we hope you will enjoy a lighter fantasy romance read for summer!

Get it now in print or ebook at Amazon.

Sterling

Life can change in an instant.
Shy, shunned Sterling Ricknagel never expected to become High Princess of Lethemia—or to be betrothed to the handsomest lord in the land. Though she fears rejection, she dutifully represents her House.

Every privilege comes with a cost.
When an unexpected tragedy throws the country back into civil war, Sterling flees for her life. Anchorless and alone, she knows she must restore her family’s crumbling honor.

Love can prevail over any obstacle.
Sterling’s only possible ally is the one man she cannot trust: her former fiancé, a notorious rake who harbors his own secrets.

Seeking redemption, Sterling sets out on an epic journey, facing despair, deceits, and danger to discover the truth about her family—and herself.

“Romantic and riveting!” Tamara Shoemaker, author, Guardian of the Vale and Heart of a Dragon series

Sterling Cover Reveal & Pre-Order

Sterling

Tales of Blood & Light, Book Three, STERLING, is on its way! The official publication date is June 27th, 2016, one year after THE GANTEAN (Book One).

Sterling is a lighter, romantic story that tracks events in Lethemia after the conclusions of THE GANTEAN and THE CEDNA (Book Two). Readers of the series may recognize Sterling for her supporting roles in both earlier books–she is the younger daughter of House Ricknagel who has been shunned by most of Lethemian high society because of a sprawling birthmark covering half her face. Learn more about the book here or here.

You may be interested to know this tidbit about all the ToB&L covers: each one has a dominant color, which is the color of the narrator’s aetherlight. Readers will know that aetherlight is sort of like one’s aura, the essential energy that feeds a person in the layer of magic. Each print edition of the book also has a tag line on its back cover that reveals an element or substance that was a guiding principle in the creation of the lead character.

You can pre-order the ebook now from Amazon. If you want to pre-order a print edition (to know what Sterling’s guiding element is!) please contact LCP or Emily directly.

Also, adding the book to your “want to read shelf” on Goodreads is a great, no-commitment way to help it get a little visibility before it is out.

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!

 

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

 

Summer of Super Short Stories 2, Week Eight

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:

“do not speak of our magic”

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Image credit: The Night by Andrés Nieto Porras Flickr CC 2.0 
Image has not been altered from its original form.

 

 

 

Summer of Super Short Stories 2, Week Six

Welcome to week six of our contest.

This week our judge is Holly Geely, the flashdog with all the funnies. Check out her upcoming release, The Dragon’s Toenail, a fantasy satire and more. It will be available on August, 30th 2015.

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 three-word phrase in any part of your story:

“six crystal pillars”

magic stone

Image credit: Untitled by Julian Povey Flickr CC 2.0 
Image has not been altered from its original form.