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Introducing the Love Sucks Anthology!

Coming June 13, 2015…

Love Sucks

 

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Another amazing anthology from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, featuring short stories of love gone wrong.

 

Edited by Mariana Thorn.

Picture by Lindsey Jayne.

 

 

Dreams Eternal Magazine: Kickstarter to Raise $5,000 to Get Off the Ground + Submission Call

‘Dreams Eternal Magazine is a subscription based bi-monthly E-Zine for Speculative Fiction. We began in January 2015. Our mission is to introduce readers to new writers while promoting independent authors. Each page of the E-Zine is filled with short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and interviews. Our goal is to bring aspiring writers to the foreground and allow their “one day” to become this day. With experience in the indie publishing world as well as working in literature review magazines, we promise to bring our best quality to the table.’

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Help a new ezine get off the ground – and bring into the literary world new stories, poems, and thoughts from established and new writers! Especially indie writers, because they’re fabulous, too.

Dreams Eternal Magazine is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 in funds. As the Editor-in-Chief, Amber Morant, recently posted on their website:

In order to help us pay our writers, artists, and editors I decided to create a Kickstarter. None of this money will line my pockets and will go into paying for services for everyone. Some of the backer rewards are for year subscriptions as well as subscriptions for yourself and a friend.

So I come to you all, the fans, to help make Dreams Eternal the best magazine that supports Independent and Small Published Writers. We want them to be qualified for SFWA.org memberships and by submitting to us we can do this without worries.

 

You can donate $1 or wayyyyy more. Check out the Kickstarter page for more info and the rewards you can earn just for donating.

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They’re also looking for more submissions in the following genres:

– Science Fiction
– Fantasy
– Steam/Cyber Punk
– Dystopian/Utopian

In the future, they plan to introduce themes for the issues.

For more  info on manuscript length, format, and all of that good stuff, check out the guidelines on their site. It’s real easy… I just submitted a few poems.

 

►► And I can’t forget… the launch party on Facebook on June 1, 2015 to celebrate the first issue. It includes prizes, including the grand prize: a free subscription to the Dreams Eternal. Why not pop on over and say hello?

New Release: “A Siren for the Dead” by Rosa Sophia

Happy New Release to Rosa Sophia
and her new science fiction, A Siren for the Dead!

 A SIREN FOR THE DEAD COVER

 

Aldon never got anywhere on his good looks, at least not according to his late wife.

At forty-two, his only companion is a cat named Tilly, and he’s turned to drinking in his off-hours to quiet the discontent in his head. As a city cop, he carries a heavy weight on his shoulders. Though he’s troubled by his own problems, he never lets them get in the way of helping people.

Now he’s needed more than ever. When the daughter of a nobleman goes missing, Aldon is sent to an alien planet to retrieve her.

But there’s one catch. The woman he seeks is unique. She is a siren, and she can raise the dead.

 

BUY A Siren for the Dead:

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& the listing on Goodreads to leave reviews!

 

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Excerpt:
A Siren for the Dead by Rosa Sophia

 

In Loam Square, at the center of Nalakien City, hordes of under-dwellers thrust up from the tunnel that led straight down to the sewers. People chanted and hollered on the sides of the square, watching them spout forth, all wielding weapons and shouting.

General Kemmer signaled his constables and watched as the cops strode forward, weapons in hand. The general, a man in his late thirties, was a wild-eyed, paranoid sort, who tried his hardest not to let the job affect his senses.

It was hard to do, and every city cop knew that. In most rural places, paperwork was the main part of being a cop. But a city like Nalakien had layers, secrets—and Callin Kemmer had unearthed enough of them to know there were more beneath the surface, waiting to be discovered.

He slunk into a nearby alleyway and listened to the ensuing brawl while crouching behind a dumpster. His black armored vest pushed forward as he leaned against the stone wall. He wasn’t being a coward, no, not ever; he was calling for backup.

He reached into an inner pocket with a steady hand and retrieved a small silver device. It had a short, stocky antenna in the top right corner. Below that was a compact screen that showcased the date and the year—1972—as well as how much battery power was left on the device. The general flipped open the top; the buttons and screen were illuminated by a soft blue glow.

From beyond the alley, he could hear screaming. People were dying, and it wasn’t just the under-dwellers, it was the cops too. Kemmer keyed his password, then accessed a list of contacts.

He pressed a button and put the flip-phone to his ear just as a blood-curdling shriek filled the air and the body of a constable was thrown violently into the alley. A loud crack and the sickening way in which the man had been killed told Kemmer this wasn’t any ordinary brawl.

He stared at the body as the ground shook.

His eyes darted around the alley, searching for a way out.

There wasn’t one.

 

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About the author:

Rosa Sophia is the author of Taking 1960 and Check Out Time, Mystery novels released by Oaklight Publishing. She works as an editor for small presses, traditionally published authors, and authors who plan to self-publish. She currently resides in south Florida. For more information, please visit her website.

 

Website: http://rosasophia.com
Blog: https://backwordswriter.wordpress.com

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Woolens Are Overprotective

Giggling at this fantastic, witty piece by Elan Mudrow. Truly a fun read. Three of my fave lines just to whet the literary appetite…

“Nylons want to make
Believe they are free and easy
But run when the going gets tough”

Ain’t that the truth.
– RAB

Elan Mudrow

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Argyles are in cahoots

With high waters

And can recite, from memory,

Dialogue from Star Trek

Nylons want to make

Believe they are free and easy

But run when the going gets tough

Woolens are overprotective

Leg warmers brag

And want to be looked at

Especially if teamed with cut-offs

Knee-highs play games

But are slipped off easily

No-shows always peek, peep,

and take a gander at bony ankles

Crew socks are players

Dress socks have personality disorders.

They go to church, weddings, funerals

And dinner parties, Otherwise,

They stay at home in the drawer.

Panty hose, Ahh fuck, who named those?

Tights need to keep it together

Stay positive, be sensible, never droop

Or get too down about things

Toe socks get overly attached

Sock puppets are imposters

Never believe them

They are gloves! I swear!

Tubing needs to be outlawed

Fishnets catch more then they can handle

Bobby…

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Poem: Taken Into Thy Lungs

Taken Into Thy Lungs

thus you rested
your eyes closed
peaceful in the eternity of beauty
as if encased in glass
and not a coffin of rippling water

 

Inspired by the #HeartSoup prompt #179, “Eyes Closed”, and originally published on my Twitter.

 

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