Best laid plans and all…A little flash fiction

Best laid plans and all…

I was going to participate in a “call” for flash fiction awhile ago that I saw on one of my author groups, but you know…I just kept coming up with stuff that didn’t work. It was either longer than I think the call-er takes (the guidelines asked for 300 words) or it didn’t end happily. ;) So, for your giggles, here’s what I came up with.

The picture for the prompt looked something like this:

cowboys, flash fiction, shapeshifter fiction, shape shifter fiction, paranormal

Note the fact that the dude has no hair on his chest (or at least I don’t see any in the picture). Looking at this, a little shapeshifter story popped into my head for your Halloween reading pleasure. It goes something like this: (**Might have a bit of language some of you might consider offensive. Be warned).

Scratch til it bleeds

Once king of the Known Savanna the humans bested him. He couldn’t remember now how it happened.

The concubine’s soulless eyes swept over them; one after another she scrutinized the men standing in line with him.

Balless twits the lot of them. And every one of them shaved clean. He’d never known such a shifter pride to be so chicken. Every one of the shifters beside him exuded an arrogance he didn’t deserve. Did they see what they’d given up for a chance in her bed?

He kicked himself for he followed the example. Pride, survival? T’was a hard call.

His skin itched from the shave he’d given himself trying to blend in with the conqueror. Foolish move, that. He’d give anything right now, to scratch! But she watched. And he wouldn’t let her know she’d won. Be still. Overlooked. Freedom awaits!

“You!” she said.

He touched his hat. “Ma’am.” Damn. Caught. Time was, he’d crept across the savanna like a hunter, not the hunted. You’ve grown weak, son.

She pointed at him.

The guards grabbed his arms and escorted him into her quarters. Opulence oozed from the walls, but the furs gracing the bed and marble floor made him shiver. Lion, leopard. His kin.

His skin itched as his fur wiggled beneath the human facade. He couldn’t help himself; he drew his sheared-short fingernails across his chest. Damn playing a human was hard!

She shut the door and slid out of her robes, standing naked before him.

“Really, now.” She stalked closer, as if he were the prey and she the lioness in tall grass. “Why do you scratch?”

He gave her a cheeky grin. “Come here and I’ll show you.”

She removed his hat, pushed him down on the bed, and stripped him of his jeans.  Her caressing hands made it hard to concentrate.

She kept missing the right spot!

His lush golden fur wouldn’t be contained; as it slipped through his skin relief flooded him.  “That’s why,” he said.

She screamed bloody murder… His claws came out…

He dropped her corpse and scratched, sighing relief. Satisfied, he picked up his hat, wondering, were the thin blood streaks across his chest from her claws, or his?

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Hehe. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of flash fiction

copyright 2014, Juli D. Revezzo

*Sorry. I do not know the photographer of the above cowboy. It was just provided as part of the prompt.

[Marketing Monday!] Spirit Touched excerpt

Juli D. Revezzo:

An excerpt from fantasy author Jolene Dawe‘s forthcoming story…. This will be part of her Story Subscription series. Do go check it out. It looks like a great read!

Originally posted on Strip Me Back To The Bone:

If you’re thinking about signing up for my story subscription for December’s installment, here’s a free sneak peek at what’s in store! (Heck, even if you aren’t, here’s a free sneak peek anyway!)

~*~*~*~*~*~*~

I crested the hill while the sun was still three finger-lengths above the horizon and stopped cold. Fear curdled in my stomach and burned in my throat. It wasn’t that the forest had grown in the half-season since I’d last passed this way. Forests often behaved in ways one couldn’t anticipate, advancing over this valley, retreating from that mountainside, devouring villages and villagers alike, or ringing the town with living, growing walls to keep the humans safe from the creatures that roamed the night. There was no predicting what the trees might do, not even the Summoners. To try was to tempt madness. The forest was closer to Midpoint Crest, the spot where I stood locked…

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Fall into Fantasy Giveaway

I am participating in New Adult speculative fiction author Ash Krafton’s Fall into Fantasy giveaway. Many other authors are participating as well, authors of fantasy, New Adult, and Young Adult fantasy. Aside from the main prize pack featuring, Ash Krafton, April Aasheim, Marsha A. Moore, Julie Reece, James Garcia Jr, and many more. I’ll be giving away a Smashwords coupon for an e-copy of my New Adult fantasy romance CHANGELING’S CROWN. Go see all of the fine participating authors here, and have fun!

The NA Fantasy portion of the Rafflecopter giveaway is here.

Another Sexy Moment ~ @MySexySaturday #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSSAuthors

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Here’s my week’s offering for My Sexy Saturday–another sexy moment.

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Briak shifted behind her and she felt his warm breath on her neck. She gulped and shut the basket. Turning to seek out water, she landed against Briak’s broad chest.

Ianthe blinked up at him, surprised, startled, and pleased all at once. “Hi.”

“Hi,” he said.

“I need to get the water if I’m going to finish this coffee.”

“How do we keep ending up like this?” he said in a soft voice. “Last night you needed egg salad and I was in your way.”

“Yes you were.” Like last night, she didn’t want to do anything about it. Damn her, but she didn’t mind being in Briak’s way.

“You’re always doing stuff for other people.” He nudged a lock of hair out of her eyes. “Do you ever do anything for yourself?”

“Well, there was this one time, but that was before the whole Snow White family debacle.”

 ***

Oops! I think Ianthe’s in trouble. That’s the trouble with cute guys, they tend to make your brain run slower on the important things, don’t they? ;)

 

 Changeling's Crown; fairy godmother; paranormal romanceChangeling’s Crown:
genre: upper YA/New Adult Paranormal sweet Romance

Blurb:

When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why?

Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

Changeling’s Crown is available at Amazon, Amazon–other worldwide venues, Barnes and Noble, Itunes, Smashwords, and in paperback from Createspace.

And for more Sexy Saturday posts see the main site, here.

inner faery quizes

Just for a little weekend fun, I wanted to share a sweet little quiz a found:

The Faery Oracle:

Morgana Le Fay:
The famous, and infamous, faery queen who is better known as the sorceress accompanying Merlin. She had magical powers above all and was a skilled necromancer and changeling. She was beautiful, ingenious in her art, and incredibly powerful.

So not surprised with this result, are you? ;)

and this one.

BAHARI, THE SEA NYMPH

Fairy of Intuition and Inspiration

Those who are seen as sensitive and highly artistic souls commune deeply with our mystical and intuitive fairy of the sea. In tune with those forces which are usually unknown to others, this tender and sympathetic fairy is a devoted healer.

Find your Inner Fairy using Fairy Line’s quiz!

Real-Life Ancient Magic Books Guest post by Vanessa Finaughty

There are very few things in life I love better than a book, and if it’s old? Oh, dear.I’ve been known to Geek out about them. (Did I ever tell you I owned a reproduction Medieval manuscript?) *removes Geek hat*  So when my next guest, author Vanessa Finaughty, mentioned she had a little essay about ancient books, ancient books of magic, at that, I couldn’t resist. So without further ado, I’ll let her enlighten us on the subject. Vanessa, you have the floor.

Real-Life Ancient Magic Books

Guest post by Vanessa Finaughty

Perhaps most modern humans don’t believe in magic, but ancient humans certainly did, as is evidenced by some of the magic books that have survived the passing of time. Who knows how many more intriguing books of the same sort once existed or, better still, are yet to be discovered?

To celebrate the Wizard of Ends virtual book tour, I thought it would be fun to share a little about some of the ancient magic books discovered thus far – in the real world.

old bookThe Book of Thoth

This is probably the best-known ancient magic book, around which there is much controversy. One could write a book about the Book of Thoth – and many have – which is why this will get its own blog post on 25 October. The Book of Thoth is a collection of Ancient Egyptian texts believed to be written by Thoth, the god of knowledge and writing. Another Book of Thoth is said to exist, an ancient spell book. In it are two spells, it’s said, one that enables the reader to perceive the gods, and one that enables the reader to comprehend animals. Many believe this second Book of Thoth to be a myth, but I have to wonder…

The Voynich Manuscript

This has been carbon dated to the early 15th century, and has often been called ‘the most mysterious manuscript’. Written in an unknown language, it’s filled with illustrations of tiny naked people, astronomical charts and strange plants. Based on the illustrations, it’s believed to have six sections, namely herbs, recipes, human biology, medicine, cosmology and astronomy. Many have claimed it a hoax – a rather elaborate one, don’t you think? It has passed through the hands of alchemists and priests. It could be a book of magic… ;-)

The Sword of Moses

This is the apocryphal Hebrew book of magic. Its text is believed to pre-date the 11th century, and only a fragment of it still exists. The book is said to include descriptions of angels and ‘heavenly realms’, invocations, prayers and rituals required in order to use the ‘sword’ – a long list of magical names that appear in the book, each for a specific purpose.

The Book of Soyga

This is a 16th century manuscript that once belonged to one of Europe’s most famous magicians, John Dee. Some of it is coded, but some is written in Latin, so we know the book holds information on spells, demonology and angels.

Have you invented an ancient book for one of your stories? Have you included a real ancient book in any of them? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Wizard of Ends, book 1

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author Vinessa Finaughty
About the Author
Vanessa Finaughty is an author of many genres who now focuses on fantasy and science fiction. She’s published 15 books, of which 6 are fantasy. Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’.
Vanessa has always been passionate about books, and knew from a young age that she wanted to write them one day. She loves animals, coffee and the smell of wet grass, and hates liars, sweltering weather and long queues. Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, mythology, aliens and outer space, ancient history, life’s mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.

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Publication dates

Wizard of Ends, Book 1: 9 October 2014

Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature: 23 October 2014

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Thank you for being my guest today, Vanessa and for your fascinating post! I just love old books, don’t you, folks? Thank you all for coming by and enjoy the books! And Vanessa, good luck with Wizard of Ends!