Fairyeater: Book One of the Fairy Guardian Chronicles
All fifteen-year-old Akeela has ever wanted is an ordinary family who will love her. But the only mother she has ever known is the old hag, Krezma, who berates her night and day. Why did the old woman even take her in?
But Krezma knows her charge is no ordinary child. She can see the auras surrounding living things and can communicate with fairies. And the birthmark on her palm reveals a secret Krezma must hold close for the child’s safety.
A secret that the witch, Tzmet, hunts for night and day, drying and eating fairies for the power they contain. When Akeela discovers her fate lies in being the next Fairy Guardian, all hope for an ordinary life dissipates like the dreams they were. She must protect the fairies from the witch—and an even darker power that threatens them all.
Akeela is unwillingly thrust into an adventure that will not end until she decides to accept her fate and give up on her dream. Maybe even her life.
Writers will get this.
Okay, so you’re writing along, minding your own business, and suddenly a character drops himself into your story. Seriously! Where did he come from? Why is he there?
I was writing this scene:
She (Tzmet) enjoyed her musings until a short whistle brought her up. "Halt!" she called. After the lurching stopped, she pulled the curtain aside and peered out the window. The breeze ruffled her beaver's hair wig and she shaded her eyes from the setting sun. A figure the size of a five-year-old child stood off the road, alongside of an oak tree.
When I wrote about the whistle, I stopped. Who whistled? I had no idea! But Tzmet knew. How could that be? One of my characters knew another character I didn’t! Ain’t writing fun? So, I had to find out who had pushed themselves into the story.
Unplanned, unexpected characters. They happen. And what an author needs to know is if they will help or hinder the story. I had to figure that out. So, I went to my Good Faerie, Bad Faerie book and looked at other fay creatures. I decided to use boggarts, although those who know this fay race will not recognize them in Fairyeater.
BOGGARTS – my description
They are a little bigger than a 5-year-old child, about 3-foot-tall, with olive green skin, long brown hair which they pull back and braid, piercing black eyes, and short, pointed beards. The men wear nothing except a loin cloth, preferring to leave their muscular, hairy bodies to the elements. The women, while as hairy as the men except without beards, like to keep themselves more covered, wearing knee-length tunics.
Their diet consists mostly of skunk cabbage and various swamp animals. But they’ll eat pretty much anything they can get.
They have the ability to move silently, and for stealing whatever they set their minds on. They served Riss’aird in his rise to power but deserted the castle before the spell backfired.
Brimridge is the leader and Brimridge is who Tzmet heard whistle. They start out not trusting each other, but an interesting thing happened as the story progressed. They became alliances and then friends. This changed Tzmet’s character arc and also the storyline, and I think it’s stronger.
"I thought I recognized that whistle," Tzmet sneered. "Well, well, well. Brimridge. I wish I could say it's pleasant to see you again."
The boggart bowed. "My lady, Tzmet."
Tzmet snorted. "Stop the pretense of respect. What do you want?"
Brimridge stroked his short beard. His black eyes sparkled. "My lady, I have the utmost respect for you."
"Hmmmm, maybe so, but you have no loyalty."
"I am loyal, wicked lady. But I also have a strong sense self preservation." Brimridge patted his chest. "However, I feel the stirrings of the great and mighty Riss'aird and thought perhaps you could use my services once again."
And after thinking about it, Tzmet decides to let Brimridge and his family to come to the castle. After all, you never know when you might need allies.
She held his gaze for several moments before she spoke. "I may have use for your services. Move your people into the lower chambers of my castle and wait for me."
Where I can keep an eye on you, she thought.
Unlikely friendships. They’re the stuff stories are made of.
Pam Halter has been a children’s book author since 1995. The first book in her Willoughby and Friends series, Willoughby and the Terribly Itchy Itch, won the 2018 Realm Award in the children’s category, and she also received a Reader’s Choice Award in 2015 for her short story, “Tick Tock,” in Realmscapes. Fairyeater is her first fantasy novel. She lives in South Jersey, deep in farmland, and enjoys long walks on country roads where she discovers fairy homes, emerging dragons, and trees eating wood gnomes.
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Our authors tell us the scariest story they've ever read ...
We recently asked Fellowship of Fantasy authors what the scariest story they'd ever read was. Here are some of their answers.
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Coraline. I’m a bit of an arachnophobe, so the Other Mother was just... *shivers*
H. A. Titus
Hm. Well, The House of Leaves caused me to have a waking nightmare one night while I was trudging through it (it's a long, difficult book to read), so I'm going to say that. I'd never had a book give me nightmares before.
That would have to be a toss-up between Frank Peretti's "The Oath" and Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Both books sent that snaking shiver of fear up my spine that wouldn't let me turn the light out for fear that the Dragon or Dracula might be lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce once darkness reigned...
Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
The Oath by Frank Peretti.
C. O. Bonham
This is a hard question, because there are different kinds of scary, but I'll say first there's a reason THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson is so iconic and the progenitor of the haunted house genre. There's another short story, and I'm so bad because I can't remember the author or the title, but I think of it nearly every time I see a cardboard box on the road, about Native American shapeshifters which have concealed themselves in our modern society, feeding as roadside trash on roadkill -- and the occasional too-curious human.
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Tintin and The Seven Crystal Balls ... it had this desiccated mummy that (in a dream sequence, but still freaky) sneaked up on our bold young reporter, Tintin, and tossed a crystal ball at him. There were people in comas and it was all so very very scary for nine-year-old me.
H. L. Burke
Our authors tell us their favorite scary monsters!
We recently asked Fellowship of Fantasy authors to tell us about their favorite scary monsters. We've gathered some of their answers into this collection of creepy critters for your enjoyment!
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ALL OF THEM. Seriously, I enjoy old folklore and how it ties into universal human emotions and needs. But I have spent the most time writing about youkai (non-human entities in Japanese folklore) and western European fae.
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Favorite scary monster of lore: Yzma transformed into a kitten in The Emperor's New Groove. She replaces the bunny from Monte Python & The Holy Grail as the most adorable, seeming innocent creature, that will straight-up murder you. She's cold-sweat terrifying... and with that voice! Not even close.
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Probably going to have to go with vampires. Mostly because the Dracula character in "Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein" terrified me when I was a kid. Yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds...
Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
The Chupacabra for sure. It's a blood-sucking creature--definitely not something I'd want to cross paths with in the dark of night!
The Gaelic Sluagh (sloo-ah), which was said to eat souls and occasionally appeared as a flock of crows.
H. A. Titus
Were wolves. I'm just a dog person I guess.
C. O. Bonham
About Mythic Orbits
You might be wondering what in the world “Mythic Orbits ” refers to. I’m not sure if it will help reassure you to tell you the name Mythic Orbits was simply intended to suggest both science fiction and fantasy and to identify these books in a distinctive way, along with any that follow after in the series.
Just as these anthologies represent a wide variety of genres, there is no common theme to these tales, though the subject of empathy or lack thereof does come up in them repeatedly. This is most definitely not an anthology about orbits which are somehow mystical.
These anthologies are a showcase for the best stories submitted in the general field of speculative fiction by Christian authors. They represent a wide variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal.
The main goal of these anthologies was to demonstrate that Christian authors can write speculative fiction well. Stories with a wide range of appeal are included here, mostly serious, some with humor, some with “happy endings” and others clearly not so happy. All of them worth reading.
Some of these stories feature Christian characters in speculative fiction worlds, some make use of Christian themes either subtly or overtly, while some have no discernible connection to Christianity at all. Christian authors are featured in this collection rather than specifically Christian-themed stories.
So, is it widely-known all over the world that Christians write speculative fiction?
Well, clearly Christians who themselves are speculative fiction writers know what they write. But does everybody else?
Especially when we're talking about theologically conservative Christians, Evangelicals of some sort, professed Bible-believing Christians, do people know about their works? Is it legitimate for people to wonder if writers with personal convictions along these lines produce speculative fiction, that is, science fiction and fantasy and related genres like LitRPG, paranormal, and horror?
These books provide an answer: Not only do Christian writers produce speculative fiction stories, they write some great ones.
Enjoy these examples!
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Mythic Orbits 2016
Fourteen of the best speculative fiction stories by Christian authors, spinning science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal genres into worlds of intrigue and delight. Featuring Graxin by Kerry Nietz, author of Amish Vampires in Space and A Star Curiously Singing, Mythic Orbits 2016 has something for every speculative fiction fan.
Mythic Orbits Vol. 2
In a series praised by both Tosca Lee, Kathy Tyers, and Kerry Nietz, this anthology of eleven speculative fiction stories by Christian authors shines in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and LitRPG genres. Featuring Kat Heckenbach’s “Mark the Days,” this collection has something for every speculative fiction fan.
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Guest Post by Author Naomi P. Cohen
Guest Post by Author A. J. Bakke!
* What was your inspiration for your story in the anthology?
My cats already think catnip is magical. :)
* Tell us about the cat(s) in your life.
I currently live with five cats. Ginger the calico queen, Pumpkin the orange cat celebrity wannabe, Breve the spazzfluff, Molasses the fluffy clutz, and Tapioca the quietly adorable.
Guest post by Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales author:
Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
What was your inspiration for your story in the anthology?
Back in January of 2017, I participated in a writing contest for Speculative Faith. The challenge was to write a piece of flash fiction between 100-300 words that started from the prompt: “Kendall didn’t care if the other candidates thought he was power hungry — nothing could stop him from going after his destiny.” “Destined for Greatness” started its life as my entry for that contest. When the fairy tale and cat anthologies were announced, I had a burst of inspiration for how I could make Kendall’s life even more miserable than I already had and potentially tie it in to the fairy-tale series I’m planning to write after I finish my fantasy/gaslamp series. Thus, the story expanded slightly and became a strange blend of humorous cat story and original fairy tale.
Tell us about the cat(s) in your life.
There are no cats in my life currently. Unless you count my brother’s cats, which I enjoy petting when we visit them. I had a cat when I was younger, an enormous gray-striped cat I named “Tigger.” He was the epitome of an independent cat with a mind of his own. He was the sort of cat who would meow to go out, then change his mind halfway across the threshold. If I really wanted him to make up his mind, I’d have to hold the door open and stand there as though I really didn’t care what he did.
My 4-year old son is quite allergic to cats, so it doesn’t look like there will be any cats in my future… which honestly only bothers me because cats are a great marketing tool for authors. I like cats okay, but I’ve always been more of a dog-person… which is probably why my cat story has a bit of a strange/somewhat dark sense of humor to it!
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Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales
Rating PG for Mild Violence, Reference to Suicide
There's just something magical about cats. 16 original stories featuring everyone's favorite mini-tigers!
An Unexpected Adventure
by Kandi J Wyatt
When four eighth graders discover a dragon’s egg, they must choose between protecting their treasure from the NSA or protecting their town from a growing dragon!
Earthcore Book 2: Volcano City
by Grace Bridges
New Zealand’s largest city. Forty-nine volcanoes. What’s one more? Earthcore superpowers fade with distance from the dragons’ springs, but a million people are in danger.
Faithless: The Ironfire Legacy Book 2
by Janeen Ippolito
Rating PG-13 for Mild Swearing, Implied Sex, Sensuality, Hard Topics, and Violence
To save the family he doesn't remember, airship captain Shance Windkeeper must take down a notorious death unicorn before she captivates and enslaves an entire city.
The Wolf Prince (The Faeries of Myrnius Book 2)
by Claire M. Banschbach
Rating PG for Mild Violence
When a sorcerer turns Prince Killian into a wolf, it’s up to him and his brother to stop the sorcerer before he kills them all.
The Green Princess, book 2: Fallow
by H. L. Burke
Rating PG for Sensuality and Implied Sex, Mild Swearing
As powers war, Kit and Bryce are caught in schemes not of their making. Schemes that could bring them together, or tear them apart forever.
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There's just something magical about cats.
Fierce hunters content to rest upon our sofas. Sweet friends but stubbornly independent. Fluffy little murder balls with jellybean toes and razor-sharp claws. It's easier to answer what cats aren't than what they are.
In this purr-fect collection, awesome authors pounce upon the challenge of the mysterious cat like the elusive little red dot it is. Curl up with sixteen stories all featuring our furry, frisky, fabulous feline friends. Inside, you'll find adorable house cats, majestic big cats, and imperious cat-dragons. You'll meet cats who are their owners' protectors, who help them find true love, and who tackle the challenges of caring for their clumsy human companions in hilarious, heartwarming, and harrowing ways.
This fifth anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy features new and returning authors, dedicated to giving you the best in cat-related fantasy fiction.
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