Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Toll Of Another Bell Anthology ★✩✮✯✰ HAPPY RELEASE DAY ★✩✮✯✰

The Toll of Another Bell 
A Fantasy Anthology

A collection of out-of-this-world short stories that ring true in mortal hearts.

The Guardian of Souls realizes her life is incomplete and sacrifices everything to find what’s missing.
Jodi L. Milner lives among the most epic vistas of the
 Rocky Mountains in Utah and uses them for inspiration when writing fantasy.
 When not shepherding her children, she dreams of magic and getting a good night's sleep. 
She's published fiction and poetry in the online literary magazine Soft Whispers.

To achieve the status of Magi, Jyn must pass his father’s ultimate test.

Timothy Vincent splits his time between his home in Kentucky and his work in Nanjing, China. 
A published writer and scholar, he teaches for an American Overseas program. 
His previous creative writing publications include:
 “Prince of the Blue Castle” (The Bacon Review 2013); “Star-Crossed” (Winner, Terri Ann Armstrong Short Story Contest, Suspense Magazine, 2012); “The Blanket” and “Standing on the Doorstep with Borges” (The WriteRoom Literary Magazine). He was a top 25 finalist in Glimmer Train’s new writer contest in 2010.

Orion loses his wife on their wedding day and uses dark magic to seek her in the afterlife.

Elise Stephens illustrated and wrote her own storybooks from an early age, binding them with staples, and displaying them to a captive audience of family and friends. 
She thanks her mother for teaching her the confidence to perform, and thanks her father for reading books out loud to her.
 She received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction in 2007 and was a quarter-finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. 
She has published two novels. Moonlight and Oranges (2011) and Forecast (2013). She lives with her husband and son in Seattle where she loves to paint, sing, see live theater, dance in the rain, and eat tiramisu in generous proportions.

Life Under Research Conditions: Can a bioweapon possess a soul and make choices to save humanity?

Thaxson Patterson II is a 30-something, single, African American writer, living in Denver, Colorado.
He is the child of an Air Force retiree and loving mother who’s wild about superheroes and fantasy literature. He graduated from the University of Denver in 2003 with a degree in Electronic Media Art Design.
His lifelong obsession with a variety of literary genres including Lovecraftian horror, Stephen King supernatural tales, and the heroic myths from antiquity and Jack Kirby fueled his passion for art design.
 His family has been a constant thorn of encouragement in his side. Writing has been an ongoing journey full of creativity, joy, and tears spanning several years.

The Year of No Foals: A miraculous colt and a mysterious old man bring healing to a family ripped apart by tragedy.

Scott E. Tarbet  is the author of "A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk" from Xchyler Publishing; "Tombstone", in the paranormal anthology "Shades & Shadows"; "Ganesh", in the Steampunk anthology "Terra Mechanica".
 He writes in several speculative fiction genres, sings opera, and was married in full Elizabethan regalia.
He loves Steampunk waltzes, cosplay  conventions of all flavors, and slow-smokes thousands of pounds of authentic Texas-style barbecue. An avid skier, hiker, golfer, and tandem kayaker. He makes his home in the mountains of Utah.
Follow Scott E. Tarbet  online at Online or on Twitter @SETarbet.

Naoki No Yokai: Yokai  have overrun a local village, and it’s up to Saga Naoki to discover the reason why.

F.M. Longo spent most of his career as a software designer and consultant. An accomplished musician, he played professionally with several jazz greats, and he has won awards for his photography. He now has his own boutique publicity agency, and spends most of his time writing press releases, designing print ads, and producing radio spots. He is also the co-editor of the regional newsletter for a large non-profit organization. Longo lives in a small rural town in Western Connecticut.

Jilted River: An Appalachian fairy tale attracts visitors to a state park, but then they start to disappear.

Ginger Mann is a poet, musician, and digital security engineer. If you can't find her doing those things, look for a woman chasing around her small children with a camera. A Texas artist, she enjoys writing for other Texans. Her song, "River Night", premiered on October 12, 2013 in North Austin.
During that same weekend, her first short story, "China Doll," began selling on
She is also a key writer, and digital security adviser, for "Think Before You Click," the Cyber-Safety campaign of legal counsel, Rick Mann. Ginger lives with her family in the Austin, Texas area.

Tower Gods: A thirteen-year-old boy with an oxygen mask befits the role of hero in Watcher Benson’s eyes.
J.R. Potter has succeeded in the great dream of never growing up. He writes for young readers, and those like him who don’t want to give up on magic. He like dinosaurs who can speak with polished accents, who wear vest coats and carry robotic briefcases; he likes fearless young girls with mechanical arms who risk everything for love and honor and a glimpse of the world above the clouds; he like to rewrite and re-imagine the past because it feels both old and new all at once, and well, the victors of history have been doing it for years.
Potter’s  world is equal parts fantasy, obsession, and transformation. He feels he has been lucky to bring this world to life through publication in The Portland Review, through winning short story competitions in the realms of Horror and Fantasy, and through a continued bond with his faithful publisher Xchyler Publishing who truly lives up to their motto “enhancing lives one book at a time." He invites readers to “come fly with me inside a WWII robot, or step out on the wings of a pneumatic ‘Whirly-Bird’ in my upcoming novel Pneumatica: Adventures in Steampunk. Together I know we will find some magic.”

Reality As We Know It: Where otherworldly magic fails, is Row’s friendship enough to mend Singer’s grieving heart?

Danielle E. Shipley's first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. Or so she thought.
 Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them.
She's also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she's not living the highs and lows of writing, publishing, and all that authorial jazz, she's probably blogging about it at

60 Seconds to Midnight: Fleeing an ancient evil, a young woman from amongst the stars finds unlikely refuge on Earth.
TC Phillips hails from tropical central Queensland in Australia, where he currently lives with his loving wife, three young children, a spoiled cat, and an overactive imagination.
An avid reader from a young age, he has held a long standing attraction for the written word and is excited to able to make his own contributions to the vibrant and ever shifting world of storytelling. Holding degrees in both Theatre Studies and Education, he is also currently completing his Master of Arts (writing) through Swinburne University of Technology.

This is a collection of many sub genres. It was a wonderful way to get a look into several different stories without the wait through hundreds of pages. You will get a look into fairy tale, fantasy, mythology and even a little steampunk.
Each one individual in that you might have a light easy read, or you be taken to another level of deep intrigue.
Breath” by Jodi Milner
Fauna,is the main character in this wonderful story of fantasy. We get to delve into her world of confusion, love, and nurturing. You get a glimpse of her siblings struggle with supporting her without the understanding of the feelings that she deals with day to day.
Phoenix” by Elise Stephens
This story is an emotional ride. The heartache of finding THE ONE, only to have her ripped away on their wedding day. Deciding against a suicide he finds another option. But what will the price of that decision be? Dark magic always has a price. Will he ever see her again?

Life Under Research” by Thaxson Patterson II
Can a bioweapon possess a soul and make choices to save humanity?” That is the question I read as looking at the Author blurb. And this story will have you asking the same thing. Is it possible to feel empathy towards a “monster”? I say yes. After reading this story I have to say the lines between good and not are a little thinner.

Scott Tarbet's "The Year of No Foals." Is well written and wonderfully engaging. Mr Tarbet is able to in my opinion write successfully from a female (young female at that) perspective. Rarely have I read one be as easily to follow as this. The story line is also well written and easy to follow and enjoy.

I am currently still reading this and re-reading some of the ones Ive already mentioned. I am not sure I was able to enjoy them to their fullest as I read. The other stories include Goblins, emotion, magical worlds and so much more. I cannot wait to finish this Anthology.

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