As promised, I have two stories here for your pleasure, complete with their new banners.
The first is It Takes Two. This is a story I wrote for Kinnik, a new author, as part of the summer Story Exchange that was run by Queen of Area Five. If you haven’t read Kinnik’s ‘Into the Blood’ it is well worth the visit. The Queen has recently updated ‘Ride the Lightning’, and her story, ‘A Marriage of Inconvenience’ was one of those tales that hooked me on Eric and Sookie forever. I have links to both of these authors on this site.
It Takes Two was based on a prompt provided by Kinnik. What if… Eric and Sookie didn’t stay apart? Instead they jumped into co-habiting, but found, as many do, that all the little things that they do are really annoying? How well would Eric’s long hours and rules about his house sit with the telepath? And how would a thousand year old vampire tolerate the harsh chemical smells of a woman who likes to clean and who prefers to shop at Walmart? This tale examines what might happen, and how it might play out. The banner is a new one by Sephrenia. Every time I look at that lady-like pink, Playtex glove I snicker!
The second update is a story I wrote this past May, Sluagh Sidhe, or The Wild Ride. Sidhe is one of the words used for the Fae. I wrote this tale for the Historic Fiction contest run by Area 5 Bloody Pen. (By the way, there is a contest underway for Day of the Dead sponsored by Area 5 Bloody Pen. If you haven’t had a chance to write your Fall/Hallowe’en/spook-inspired story, there is still time to get it in. There is a link to Area 5 on this site.) I hadn’t originally written this story to be a part of the Swimming saga, but as I continued writing Far Reach I realized that the premise (how Eric and Niall meet for the first time) provided context that explained their later relationship. In this version, Eric is sent to Niall in Ireland to pay off a bet that Appius lost. The vampire ends up saving the Prince’s life, and in the process introduces him to the woman who will become Fintan and Dermot’s mother. It’s a fast-paced, adventurous fairy tale, and it now has a new banner, thanks to Sephrenia. Yes… I did ask for the image of Lee Pace playing Thranduil for the younger Niall, and I am pleased with how closely is resembles Niall’s description in the book.
I will be formally launching the summary page for A Distant Horizon and the epilogue for The Far Reach tomorrow. Thank you for all your support and hope you have a great weekend.