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This week I’m taking a brief break from Onyx Sun to promote an anthology that I’ve been published in. It’s called Flight was released on Wednesday by Mischief Corner Books. It’s a collection of 300-word flash fiction, all of it LGBTQ spec fic.
Yesterday I shared one of the Judge’s Choice entries “Smoke” by Zev de Valera) chosen by J. Scott Coatsworth. Today, as promised, I’m sharing an excerpt from mine: “Paper Arrows.”
It seemed to be the only word he could say, the only word he could think.
It didn’t keep the nausea at bay.
Branth was no fighter. He would be killed in the first skirmish and Kiervan knew with absolute certainty that that was his plan.
The paper crumpled in his fist. He would set fire to it, destroy it as Branth had just destroyed him. Power built in his hands as tears built in his eyes.
“I love you, you son of a bitch.”
Flight Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Author: Various (including me!)
Cover & Illustrations Artist: Mila May
Length: 33.6 K
Format: ebook, print
Release Date: General release 9/21/16
Price: $4.99 eBook, $12.99 print b/w*, $24.99 print color*
*Book contains 5 illustrations inside.
Blurb: A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written. Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret – winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances. Some astonishing stories were submitted – from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones – and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.
Author Bio: In the first year of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest, we received about 15 entries for the theme “Endings”. In the second year, it was 115 for “Discovery”. This year, we had more than 170 entries from people around the world, and from all parts of the LGBTIQA rainbow. “Flight” represents 110 of those people and their stories.
If you join the QSF (Queer Science Fiction) newsletter this week, you get a free copy of Sanguine,
my SF, semi-paranormal, MM erotic romance.