Synopsis: Ben thinks his son’s talk of the magical kingdom of Lukana is just typical childhood imagination. But one winter day, when seven year-old Eric sculpts a snow owl in his backyard, he seems to set in motion events that cannot be anything but magical. Now Ben faces the terrifying prospect of losing his only child to a wintry spirit… a spirit that just might be the boy’s true father.
Bookish Things: 11 pages. I love the cover, those eyes are so intense!
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.79.
The Snow Owl is a fantasy/paranormal story that rambles and twists in its writing about a young family who experience a rather interesting event.
I wish there’d been more time to explore the events leading up to the climax, I feel there would have been a greater emotional attachment to the characters. As it stands, this reads well but lacks depth.
Synopsis: Alex has a problem. He’s been digging a hole in his garden for the past few hours.
And he can’t remember why…
Bookish Things: 9 pages. Stock cover, this could do with a face lift.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.75.
This is a short mysterious tale of a man who joins us digging a hole in his backyard. The story takes us through the mystery of why he’s digging it and where his wife and housekeeper are.
Blood, mud, cops and asthma puffers; this is not my favourite of Tony’s but it’s an enjoyable short story.
Having done both plotting and pantsing (neither resulting in a finished manuscript), thought this article articulates some great points for the panthers out there.
A pantser’s guide to manuscript revision
Check out this list. Some real gems in there for anyone thinking of self publishing.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing
Synopsis: A dragon slayer arrives to rescue a threatened town, but the real threat—and the dragon’s true desires—are not necessarily one and the same.
“What Dragons Prefer” first appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Fall 1994; and republished in Dragons: A Celebration of the Greatest of Mythical Creatures, January 1996. You can also listen to the story as a podcast at Podcastle!
Bookish Things: 10 pages. The cover is simple, but it fits the book. There is now a newer cover on Amazon.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.03.
A very short fantasy story about a dragon seeker who is asked to help out a town.
Not for the kiddies, this one includes some adult themes, sexual advances and such as well as innuendo.
I quite liked the ending, I wish it was longer so we could get to explore the world and characters more.
Synopsis: A short story about a craving for chocolate…and murder…
Bookish Things: 9 pages. I wish this one had a more interesting cover (There is an updated cover on Amazon!). 4th last book of Tony’s to read… getting close to reading everything he’s published!
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.74.
If you’re curious about Tony’s writing and want to read a short story this one is a good one to try if the genre takes your fancy.