Synopsis: Fox Chase- a steampunk short story. There is no polite way to meet over a dead body. But for Kassandra Leyden, who speaks to the dead for a living, these can things happen. Her new acquaintance, Manfred Bremstrung, has one purpose in mind- protect the King’s nephew. Kassandra finds herself working side by side with Bremstrung to protect the young royal against deadly creatures with murderous intent. Sometimes the fox is not the only unfortunate to be hunted. Continue reading
Synopsis: Two nerds at a sci-fi convention make a new friend…
Bookish Things: 8 pages. The cover is simple but eye catching in bright yellow.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.97.
Well this was a fun little tale. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and even the backstory of a slightly strange sci-fi show with a small but loyal following of fans, even though I’m not a huge sci-fi fan myself.
This was amusing and very enjoyable. If you feel like trying one of Tony’s short stories I would recommend this one.
Synopsis: A September 11th firefighter takes a break to tell a stranger about his day…
Bookish Things: 7 pages. The cover doesn’t lend itself to the story that much, but it works.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.77.
This was a fantastic short story, full of amazingly well written scenes and just enough information to make the story gut-wrenching.
A little paranormal twist thrown in for good measure and you have yourself a pretty awesome little story.
I would certainly recommend this one.
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.
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.