Great Summer Time Read!

stonemaidenxlgThe Stone Maiden and Other Tales
Robert Krog

From sorcerers to space captains, from common criminals to common housewives, this collection contains the stories of a variety of characters from a diversity of genres. Fans of adventure, suspense, humor, horror, fantasy, and science fiction will find tales to treasure. Every story invites the reader into a world where things are not always what they seem, where events do not always turn out as one expects.

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*The Stone Maiden
“a creature protected beyond use.”
“I remember the days when I did things.”

*Gilbames the Unwise
“Came the Dark One, the Great Troll from the Northern Waste,”

*Acantha
“Why did you not take his foot like you took her arm?”

*The Hand of Darden
“Apprentice, heed my direction, walk carefully away from the light.”

*I Would Have My Bones in the Earth Facing North
“slain him, butchered him, and preserved him for later meals.”

*Nothing to Lose is Nearly Enough
“It takes ten days in the chamber to turn a physically fit man who is willing to give up the possibility of procreation into a steel-skinned warrior.”

*The Three Epiphanies of Seqeranc
“That is what the stones tell me. Be on your way.”

*A Fifty-Five Gallon Drum
“By the brilliant point of light coming from the tip of the welder, she saw a tiny, rotund form working away at some concave contraption.”

*Tell Me Your Dreams
“You murder me so gently.”

*The Fortunate Few
“You can’t escape the Dead King,” She clucked comfortingly to him as she dragged him into a dank, dark, stinking room

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Summer is for Short Stories!

Let’s get your Summer reading season started right!

Moonlight Sonata
by Elizabeth Donald

 

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These are the dark, ethereal stories of Moonlight Sonata. Tales bound to disturb your sleep and chill your heart; a new collection from the award-winning author of Setting Suns and Nocturne Infernum, Elizabeth Donald.

All that can kill you is what you carry with you:
Imagine a haunted church, where the ground has turned sour and something walks in the shadows at night to the mournful hymns.
A silent covered bridge that no one dares to cross.
Angry spirits that cry out from beneath the ground of a cemetery that will not lie still.
An ageless man bound in love to a mortal woman, forever moving, forever haunted.
A police officer chasing a suspect into the woods – and suspects they are no longer alone.
A woman preparing to leave her husband, watched by unseen eyes in the corner of the room.
A voice that can speak only through a radio, a voice from beyond death itself.
A man haunted by an ageless face that brings tragedy to his life whenever it appears.
A girl whose imagination carries her beyond the point of no return in a future where dreams become reality – and so do nightmares.

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Pirates aren’t just in the past! Puzzle your way to the treasure.

Solve your way through these wonderful pirate tales with words like marauder, plunder, and dragon, filling your sails with fun. Explore the past, present, and future of our favorite scallywags in these 24 amazing tales of bravado, daring, and dastardly deeds committed by the legendary pirates. Find the first occurrence of each word and look for the answers to the questions as you search for treasure.

Puzzle Fun Continues. Are you up to the challenge?

It’s the latest in fun with a Find-a-word puzzle for  The Stone Maiden and Other Tales. Wench, imminent, and imagination, these words will draw you into a collection of stories covering sorcerers, space captains, common criminals, or even common housewives.

Every story invites the reader into a world where things are not always what they seem, where events do not always turn out as one expects. Download the puzzle, find the words, and unlock hours of fun!

Cities of the Dead and Appearances!

Enjoy our very own Kalila as she gives a tour of the Cities of the Dead in New Orleans!

Appearances: Call and reserve your space early.  We are booking up quickly.

3/24/18 Hernando Topic: The Beginner’s Guide to Writing for Publication
When do you call yourself a writer? Writing style- Pantser / Plotter. Why did you become a writer? What is & purpose of – Beta Readers, a Critique Group or Writer’s Group. Genre Blending – Where Do I Fit In – How to decide what genre you write. Balancing the day job while writing. Did you choose the genre or did it pick you? Do you write with an audience in mind? How do you keep from giving up before the story is finished?
Hernando Public Library – 370 W Commerce St – (662) 429-4439 – 10am – 1pm Central Time

4/19/18 Writing Series – Keeping it Fresh –
Tips to keep your readers engaged. Foreshadowing. How to hint at what’s to come. Select your main characters, but use smaller characters to provide fresh tension, support or humor.
7pm Germantown Community Library – 1925 Exeter Rd. 901-757-7323

5/15/18 Writing Shorts – Keeping it Tight –
Writing Vivid with Fewer Words
7pm Germantown Community Library – 1925 Exeter Rd. 901-757-7323

6/21/18 Crafting Successful Love Scenes –
How to build tension and were to draw the line. Tease, none or all out.
7pm Germantown Community Library – 1925 Exeter Rd. 901-757-7323

6/30/18 Hernando Topic: Writing Romance! Polish your work and make it shine – before you hit send!  Rules are meant to be broken sometimes, but you must learn them before breaking them. The Rule of Three – One of the oldest techniques in writing used to create engaging content. Have you finished your first short story or novel? Formatting 101 – Follow the Guidelines. Grammar & Punctuation – Common Mistakes that Drive Editor’s Crazy.
Hernando Public Library – 370 W Commerce St – (662) 429-4439 – 10am – 1pm Central Time