For the last year or so, while I’ve been deciding what to do with them, two of my fairy tale retellings for middle graders have been tugging at my sleeve, eagerly asking ‘Are we there yet?’
I’m pleased to say that we’ve finally arrived – at least, at the first stop. Stop One is where anyone can download these stories for free from Smashwords!
However, to my mind, middle grade stories of this type are much more fun for their readers when they’re in a print copy, with illustrations. So Stop Two, further down the line, will be when I re-release these texts as illustrated, printed fiction.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these FREE, short e-stories!
A tale of sisterly love and science. While Kate and Rupert's parents are off touring the kingdom, Cousin Garil is in charge. He lets Rupert do anything he wants, but Kate isn't allowed to do any of the things she likes to do: no horse riding, no playing ball with her brother, no eating competitions — and, worse of all, no more lessons with Rupert's tutor. With Cousin Garil breathing down her neck and Rupert acting more toad-like every day, Kate’s plans to become a scientist are hard to put into action. Yet when Rupert gets himself into a fix, Kate's love of science might be all that can save him. A short story of
5, 800 words for middle-grade readers.
Hah and Grr were abandoned in the wood as babies and raised by Mother Wolf. They are happy, but they are the weakest of the pack and they are often hungry. One day, when they are following in the tracks of their lupine family, they smell something wonderful on the wind and follow their noses to a strange den in the woods, where they find delicious foods that fill their bellies. In the confusion that follows, Hah and Grr must decide whether their future lies with Man or Wolf. A short story of 5, 100 words for middle grade readers.
My first new story of the year is available in the e-magazine SPACEPORTS AND SPIDERSILK, a zine that publishes science fiction, fantasy fiction and poetry for children.
In my science fiction short story, TRASH MONSTERS, Jimmy finds a friendly monster beached on the sand near his house and helps it back into the sea. It's made of trash and he has trouble convincing anyone else it's real, especially his Dad, who is a marine biologist.
The January edition of SPACEPORTS AND SPIDERSILK is available for download at Smashwords for the very affordable price of just $1.00.
Please do let me know if you enjoy Jimmy's story - and the other stories in the January issue.
I had a great time in Wellington at The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales Book Launch!
What a delightful location at The Children's Bookshop in Kilbirnie.
It was fantastic to meet keen readers and many of the other contributors to the anthology.
The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales is now for sale as a print and ebook on Amazon and in its print form at several New Zealand book stores (in Christchurch, get it at The Children's Bookshop on Blenheim Road). It's a perfect read for Christmas!
With Christmas fast approaching, keep a lookout for my story of Christmas cheer in Phantom Feather Press's Best of Christmas Twisty Tales, a New Zealand anthology for children.
Originally posted on Phantom Feather Press:
We have fantastic news! We received so many amazing Christmas stories that we’ve expanded our anthology.
From the outset, we had anticipated accepting 25 stories, but now 27 wonderful authors have 31 quirky stories in The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales. We’d like to thank all of our our writers—including iconic NZ authors Joy Cowley and David Hill, and best-selling Australian sci-fi author Dave Freer.
For a full list of Twisty Christmas Tales authors, see below.
Our illustrator Geoff Popham has been doodling since he was tiny. Now he’s not so tiny and he’s still at it, working as a freelance graphic designer, illustrating books when no one’s looking. He’s been working hard to create twisty illustrations for our stories. Stay tuned to see more of Geoff’s great twisty Christmas art.
Santa over Auckland by Geoff Popham
In the meantime, join us on our sleigh as we whip across NZ pastures, scattering fairy dust, heading for a Christmas BBQ!
This Christmas, you can read Twisty Christmas Tales by these authors:
Shelley Chappell , Michelle Child, William Cook, Debbie Cowens, Joy Cowley, Denise Cush, Marion Day, Simon Fogarty, Dave Freer, Peter Friend, Jan Goldie, David Hill, Tim Jones, Charlotte Kieft, Lyn McConchie, Eileen Mueller, Jeena Murphy, Lee Murray, Robyn P, Murray, Lorraine Orman, A.J. Ponder, D.M. Potter, Dan Rabarts, Darian Smith, Kerrie Anne Spicer, Anne Wilkins, Sophie Yorkston.
The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales is available on Amazon from late October.
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