Shadow Blossom


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Sequel to “The Dragonscale” in “The Arbedenion Trilogy.”

The story continues thirty years later…

After her plans to destroy the Elven race are thwarted, Vampire Queen Gicessa spends time gathering together her army and unleashes her fury at another race. The Elves prepare for battle, and all looks well when Selkina marries for an alliance, until things go awry.
With new armies against them, the Elves are vastly outnumbered, especially when the dragons leave their realm. Their last hope is to trust in the appearance of an ancient legend. Legend states that she only appears when she’s needed most, and the Elven race depends on it now. Will she appear? Or is Shadow Blossom merely a legend?


This cover was a premade created by Dora and the fonts were added by the author.

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100 Fast and Funny


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100 Fast & Funny

By Barb Best
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Aug. 11, 2012
Words: 1,577 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9780983394617

Description

Award-winning humorist Barb Best offers 100 quips and one-liners for your amusement. Witty sayings on Love & Sex, Philosophy, Pain, Advice, Questions, and Aging will delight your mind and tickle your funny bone.

Smashwords Tightens Up On Permitted Erotica


Paypal managed to strike yet another blow on freedom of speech in America when they issued an ultimatum to Smashwords regarding erotica in their publication cue. After many negotiations, the independent publishing platform had to let the bigger dogs win. Smashwords will now be taking down hundreds if not thousands of erotica books from their system.

The problem is the type of erotica: stories dealing with incest, pseud0-incest, bestiality, rape, and similar sexual persuasions. Moralists object to material of this nature and have taken stands against its liberal publication throughout various periods in American history. It’s rocky ground for publishing houses of any type as a result, and more often than not I’ve seen those houses crumble more than once.

But as Mark Coker of Smashwords himself says in the related press release, “Regardless of your opinion on incest, it’s a slippery slope when we allow others to control what we think and write.  Fiction is fantasy.  It’s not real.  It unfolds in our imagination.  I’ve always believed fiction writers and readers should have the freedom to explore diverse topics and situations in the privacy of their own mind.  From an imagination perspective, erotica is little different from a literary novel that puts us inside the mind of farm animals (Animal Farm), or a thriller novel that puts us inside the mind of a terrorist, or a horror novel that puts us inside the mind of an axe-murderer or their victim. All fiction takes us somewhere.  We read fiction to be moved, and to feel.  Sometimes we want to feel touched, moved, or disturbed.  A reader should have the right to feel moved however they desire to be moved.”

I happen to agree with him, being the publisher and writer of Heavenly Bride – whose primary love interest is a young woman described as “barely legal” by a jealous teacher – and often find myself concerned on the directions Paypal takes based on their own version of high morality.  I don’t consider Heavenly Bride to be erotica per se, but it does have the occasional erotic situation. Even without that element, I often worry that I and it may someday fall under the line of fire just for the fact that it deals with an all too real situation: an older man falls in love with a younger woman, a student of his.

As Mark Coker puts it further, “The moralists forget that we humans are all sexual creatures, and the biggest sex organ is the brain.  If it were not the case, none of us would be here.   Erotica authors are facing discrimination, plain and simple.  Topics that are perfectly acceptable in mainstream fiction are verboten in erotica.  That’s not fair.”

So I continue to watch this virile situation with interest and may or may not keep you informed.

For more information on Smashwords’ stance in this matter and what is now allowed through their publication platform, check out the press release at the following link:

https://www.smashwords.com/press/release/27

A Troll’s Tail – epub format


Katrina speaking here.  This is one of my own stories that I spent all day formatting the epub for Goodreads. It’s also available on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Kindle and other places, but for Goodreads I wanted to take the opportunity to learn some more epub skills even though Smashwords doesn’t necessarily use them.

Specifically I was embedding fonts for the first time.

I also did the cover, but art wise that’s old news.

 Finnbhear is a young boy without a father. He loves his mother but there’s a bitter part of him and all he wants to do is sit in his favorite tree hole and sulk.

One day his best friend, a fairy named Kegal, gives him a special offer. Finnbhear must undertake a quest to cut off the tail of the old troll that lives in a cave nearby. If he succeeds and presents it to the Brown Man, he can become a fairy like Kegal. Then he could run away with his best friend and never have another care in the world…

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7922736-a-troll-s-tail

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The Girth Brothers and the Sandal Pointe Castle – ebook cover


Another fun one.

By Rick Berry
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Oct. 26, 2011
Words: 26647 (approximate)
Language: English

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Ebook short description

When Raz and O rescue Mac from Dr. Chickenman’s evil experiment, a huge sigh of relief is felt by all on the island of Sandal Pointe. But soon the townspeople realize that their nightmare has not ended when Sally, the town’s clerk, is taken from her office. Time is running out as Raz, O, and their newfound buddy Buffalo, “The Girth Brothers”, race to save Sally and restore peace to Sandal Pointe!