A Young Fairy’s Summer Night

“What do you suggest we do?” Mom’s voice rang out from the house. Even though I was in the yard, her voice easily carried past the screen door to where I was laying in the grass.

“I thought year-round school would be better for her, but maybe we were wrong,” Dad said.

Yes, you were very wrong. I was stuck in class while all the other kids were off enjoying their summer. Lame.

“The teacher said Lisa’s having a hard time fitting in. The other kids haven’t been the nicest.”

“She’s changing; I can see it. Sixth grade is hard enough without having to deal with this…”

“We had no idea what to expect,” Mom’s voice was a whisper. “This is unprecedented in your world. A half human child…”

Say what?

I looked up at the dusk sky as the evening’s first few stars began to appear. The sun had almost set and the cicadas buzzed in the trees.

What was wrong with me? I suppressed the moisture that formed in my eyes and returned my attention to their conversation.

“Rowland, I don’t know what to do.” Mom was crying now.

“It’s okay,  Eliza, we’ll sit down with her and figure this out.”

Oh no you won’t.

I shot up from my perch on the grass and marched through our back gate and into the wooded area behind our house.

I was so upset, I almost missed the little sparkling light fluttering around my head. It seemed to be flying with purpose, beckoning me deeper into the woods. Curious, I followed.

“Where are we going, little guy?”

Through shrubs and over moss-covered boulders I trudged, until finally, the fluttering light came to rest on the side of an enormous tree. The tree was so tall, I couldn’t see its top, and it was wide enough to fit three of me side-by-side. Other sparkling lights joined us until the air was full of their magical presence. A moment later, the tree began to glow from beneath its bark. As it did, my skin shimmered with a faint turquoise hue.

Whoa.

Enchanted, I refocused on the base of the tree where an open door had formed. On instinct, I stepped through.

The second I did, I knew beyond a doubt I had found the answer to my question. I was half fairy, and I had just entered my home world.

DFQMNDThis is my entry into the Dark Fairy Queen Midsummer Night’s Dream writing contest

So here are the details:
It is summer, a faint breeze blows, and the leaves are rustling. As dusk falls, the fireflies glow in a distant meadow. Have you not felt the magic of a summer night? Your story should.
Let us celebrate a midsummer night by creating 400 words.

For your theme, your story must take place, at least in part, on a summer evening. Also, choose one from the following list:

Dreams

Fairytales

Myths

In case you’ve read it, this story also ties in with an ongoing series I’m writing about Rowland and Eliza called The Transformation.

Five Sentence Fiction-Vindictive

“Do your worst, you have no power over me,” Dathan said after taking a gun-butt to the face.

“It was always you… this vindictive nightmare was all orchestrated you.”

“Carlo, let’s be reasonable.”

“Don’t speak; your sly words will not get you off the hook this time.”

“You say I’m the vindictive one, but which of us is holding the gun?”

In honor of No Exit being released, I’ve centered this week’s Five Sentence Fiction entry around two of the book’s characters.

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No Exit is Now Available!

By now, hopefully you’ve heard the great news, No Exit was released on Tuesday! It is currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

In case you’re wondering, here is what No Exit is all about:

Even dreams come with a price tag…

Aspiring archeologist, Rebekah White, is given the prestigious opportunity to work for the world’s largest archeology company. It does not take long for her to realize the CEO, Dathan Castero, has his own agenda for her, and what the public sees is not at all what goes on behind the scenes. As she works with the artifacts, Rebekah starts to develop an inexplicable and supernatural ability. Who are Rebekah’s true allies?

Dathan’s dark motives mixed with Rebekah’s blind devotion kickstart a downward spiral that will blur moral lines as Rebekah is drawn deeper into this archeological underworld.

Want to read a sample first? No problem! Click here to check out a couple excerpts!

And remember, I’ve giving away a free ebook. It’s open until the end of the month, so there’s still plenty of time to enter!

No Exit eBook Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

I’m giving away a FREE digital copy of my upcoming novel No Exit. The giveaway will run until the end of the month.

 

Five Sentence Fiction – Abandon

I hadn’t meant to come back… or forward, I should say… but time, like so many things, is beyond our control.

In a flash I was taken from the present and dropped into a house identical to ours, but a century old, broken and condemned.

A time warp, a worm hole, maybe —  but my wife is long gone, my children probably thought I abandoned them, and my grandchildren — they never knew my face.

I lost a lifetime, and now I’m facing a lifetime without them.

But… and this is the key… if time travel brought me here, who’s to say it can’t take me back?

This is my entry for the Five Sentence Fiction challenge at lilliemcferrin.com

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Five Sentence Fiction – Offering

“Carlo, you don’t want to do this; you don’t want to kill me,” my long-time enemy said in a serene voice.

I pressed the gun barrel harder against his temple, and said, “After what you did to Julia, you would dare to tell me what I do or don’t want?”

“I’m offering you an olive branch here — I know my word means little, and you would just as well end me, but she is indeed alive.”

I wanted to doubt him, to repay to him all the agony he was due after quenching the only light in this dark and undeserving man’s life.

Yet that little voice in my head whispered unceasingly, “What if…”

This is my entry into this week’s Five Sentence Fiction at lilliemcferrin.com

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New Website, New Book, and Free Download!

Hi Everyone!

I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. I took a little hiatus from blogging. But I’m back now, and I’ve definitely been busy during this time away.

My first novel, No Exit, is about to be published on March 17th! With my new site, you’ll still see my blog posts in your reader, but I now have a newsletter, if you’d like to join. And as a bonus for signing up for the newsletter, you’ll receive a FREE download of a short story prequel to No Exit.

I’m also giving away a few ARC copies of my novel in exchange for writing a review on launch day, so if you’re interested, go to the contact page on my website and send me a message: https://christinakrieger.com/about/contact/

Thanks for reading!

Five Sentence Fiction – Fresh

Here we go… nothing I can’t handle… just a girl in a new town, with a new name and a new life.

I’ve been on the run for the better part of a year now, but somehow, no matter how many times I start over, those blasted wolf hunters always manage to track me down.

I had hoped this fresh start would be the one, the time when I could finally stop looking over my shoulder.

But you know what, I’m not backing down this time.

We’ll see what they think when the next full moon comes around.

This is my entry into this week’s Five Sentence Fiction at lilliemcferrin.com

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Dark Fairy Queen Writerly Bridal Shower Entry

Title: A Very Faery Wedding

Author: Christina Krieger

eBook: Yes

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“I announce from this day onward, you are eternally joined faeries.”

A few hours earlier…

“Come quickly, Eliza,” an elderly faery said with a friendly smile, grabbing Eliza by the arm and leading her inside. “We must get you ready. No time to waste.”

Eliza had barely crossed over from the human world to the faery realm. Her newly transformed skin glittered and reflected the light as she moved. She would also have to get used to her new pair of wings. Eliza turned her head to marvel at them once more. Apparently, every faery’s wings had a color unique only to them. It was known as the faery’s gwenfaer. Her wings were a pearly light gold. She couldn’t believe it. This was actually happening. Eliza, once human and completely unaware that faeries even existed, had crossed into a whole new realm and turned faery herself. All because she had fallen in love with Rowland, a faery native to this world. She was the only one ever to do so, and her actions had caused quite an uproar. Many faeries found her transformation incredibly romantic, but a few found her to be an abomination.

Eliza tucked all that aside; she had to get ready for her wedding, after all.

As she entered the woman’s house, ten other faeries rushed at her, surrounding her with smiles and squeals of excitement. They simultaneously started to replace her current clothes with her wedding gown.

“It is customary for the bride to wear her husband’s gwenfaer,” the elderly lady said, who was evidently supervising all the other faeries getting her ready.

The gown was beyond beautiful. The entire dress was the same deep royal blue as Rowland’s wings, and it was covered in shimmering blue stones that shone with a brilliance she had never seen on earth. As they slipped the dress over her head, Eliza saw the intricate weave pattern in the delicate lace-like fabric. Slots at her back allowed her wings to slide through with ease. Her hair was then curled and adorned with the same jewels that covered her dress. When she finally got to look in the mirror, all the faeries gasped at her reflection.

“You look radiant,” one of them said, barely able to get out the sentence due to her excitement. “Rowland will probably fall out of the sky when he sees you.”

The faeries led her outside where she met Rowland in an expansive field under the boughs of what looked like a giant weeping willow. All the limbs were covered in blue and gold shimmering flowers. Countless faeries flocked to watch the ceremony, but Eliza hardly noticed. She was too fixated on Rowland, who was staring intently into her eyes.

“You look absolutely stunning,” he said in a whisper.

Eliza smiled. “So do you.”

Rowland’s tunic was a pearly gold, the exact color of her gwenfaer. Eliza then understood the tradition. Rowland wore nothing but pearly gold and had royal blue wings. She wore royal blue and had gold wings. It was a symbol of how their lives would be forever intertwined.

The king of the realm appeared and attempted to start the ceremony. But before he could say anything, a fire erupted in the middle of the field. Balls of flame started raining from above and all the spectators immediately scattered. As if by magic, the fire started to move on its own, taking the shape of letters.

“We need to get you two out of here,” the King said.

As they flew into the sky, they saw what the letters said: Abomination

All of this because she had crossed over into their world. It was all her fault.

The King led them far from the willow tree and into a cave high above the ground.

“You should be safe here, at least for a while.”

“Now what do we do?” Eliza said as Rowland wrapped his arms around her.

“We continue the ceremony of course. If you two don’t join, they win. We have no reason not to proceed.”

Rowland and Eliza both nodded.

“As the king of this realm, I announce from this day onward, you are eternally joined faeries. May your love forever be an example and inspiration for generations to come, and may your union be blessed for the noble stand you have both taken.”

Rowland gently rested his hand on the side of Eliza’s face and pulled her in for their first kiss as joined faeries… but it would certainly not be their last.

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This is my entry into the Dark Fairy Queen Writerly Bridal Shower, where we all write wedding-themed flash fiction as a gift to the lovely Anna Meade who is getting married!

Click here to see more details on the Writerly Bridal Shower

This can be a stand-alone story, however the characters come from a flash fiction piece I wrote for one of Anna’s famous contests. I figured that would be fitting. You can read more about Rowland and Eliza here.

Congratulations, Anna!

Gateway to Reality Scavenger Hunt Blog Tour

Hello all!

Last week I helped announce the release of Becca J Campbell’s newest novel, Gateway to Reality. If you missed her guest post, check it out here.

In that post, I promised you all my official review as well as information on how to get more entries into Becca’s fabulous giveaway. So here it is…

Gateway to Reality by Becca J Campbell is a science fiction novel that turns our perception of what is real and what is fantasy on its head. In the book, Wes discovers that our world is not real. In fact, it is a creation of our minds as an escape from the real Existence, where nothing makes sense and logic doesn’t exist. But the worlds are more connected than we think…

I loved Gateway to Reality. If you’ve read the Circle books by Ted Dekker, they are similar in that when a character is asleep in our world, he awakes in the other. But beyond that, this is a new and original story that will take you to another world, root you there with lovable characters, and drive you forward with an intriguing and mysterious storyline. Fans of Becca J Campbell’s other works such as Foreign Identity and the Sub-Normal Series will love her latest. Not only does she demonstrate once again that she is a master of science fiction, but she eloquently weaves a love story into the mix and wraps it together with a message of staying true to what is real and not being bound to a fantasy.

I would definitely recommend Gateway to Reality and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Now, on to the giveaway!

The Scavenger Hunt Blog Tour

You can enter the giveaway now, but to really amp up your odds at snatching one of these prize packs, check out each site along the blog tour.

Schedule

April 1st     Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Reviews

April 2nd     The Peasants Revolt

April 3rd     Catharsis of the Bogue

April 4th     The Pen and Whisk

April 5th     Write for Life

April 6th     S.M. Boyce

April 8th     Paranormal Lounge

April 9th     Lisa Is a Bookworm

April 10th     Jade Kerrion

April 11th     Paper Book Princess

April 12th     Now is Gone

April 13th     Worlds Away Book Blog

April 15th     FU Only Knew

April 17th     Sarcasm and Lemons

April 18th     Brandon R. Luffman

Your Fifth Clue

Wes visits many worlds in the Existence. Here’s your challenge in this scavenger hunt:

Collect the names of the fifteen worlds in Gateway to Reality (one will be revealed each day).

Following the schedule above, collect a world name at each stop, and when you have them all, plug that list of 15 worlds into the giveaway below to win a BONUS TEN ENTRIES.

Here’s Your Fifth World: Marilyn’s World

Continue with your hunt tomorrow at S.M. Boyce.

Good luck!

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