It’s Here!

 A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon is now available! Read 20+ science fiction, fantasy, and horror tales in Esther Davis’s new short story collection.

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Print on Demand Coming to Draft2Digital

With most of my writing time going towards that novel I keep promising, I realize the blog posts have become a bit scarce. So I figured I’d drop in few words about my favorite self-publishing service and their latest announcement.

All you self-publishing author out there, let me recommend Draft2Digital, an eBook publishing and distribution service. Having personally used both Amazon and Draft2Digital, I’m thrilled about Draft2Digital’s latest announcement: Draft2Digital is beta testing their new Print on Demand service.

Currently, Draft2Digital lets authors distribute their eBooks through a dozen different channels, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, OverDrive, and Google Play Books. Authors can set their book to any price, including $0 if they want to give their readers a freebie. Draft2Digital takes their cut as a percentage of your sales, which means no upfront cost for you.

Their partner site Books2Read allows authors to display their books alongside an author page. (Here’s mine.) Books2Read provides each book a “UBL”, or Universal Book Link, which links readers to their favorite eBook provider when purchasing your book. Draft2Digital and Books2Read turn both self-publishing and self-marketing into a seamless process.
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How To Eat An Elephant

I started writing seriously in junior high. I took creative writing classes, went to workshops with authors, and entered every creative writing contest I could. I spent several summers dedicated to writing stories and studying how to write. And I read. Lots.

I guess writing tends to run in the family, because my dad is an author, too. He got a degree in English Literature, wasn’t satisfied with what his English professors had taught him, and went on to find all of the how-to writing books I ended up studying. Any skill I have in writing I credit to him. 

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Unless

At the crossroads we stand.
My bags I’ve packed.
I have my map, my ticket, my cash.
I leave tonight,
Unless you call me back.

~Esther Davis

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And Then 2018 Ended

You may have noticed a lack of blog posts this year–as in two posts on January 1st and a total of one posts for the next 11 months… :/ My lack of posting might be because of a near death experience. And life in general, like odd writing-related jobs and the constant bombardment of college course work. I don’t have a new story for you today sadly, but I will tell you about my insane year if you care to read.

Fiction hasn’t worked for me this year. I think Mr. Muse left on vacation last winter, lost his passport, and hasn’t found a way back into the country since. Not that Continue reading

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For A Friend

The worst pain is
   the invisible kind
   the kind that doesn’t leave scars
   the bruises that don’t blacken
   the wounds that don’t bleed
   the heart left in ashes and char
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Don’t suffer in silence
Don’t hide in the crowd
Don’t dam up the tears which would be
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Please, speak.
I’ll listen.
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And together we’ll wait as your
unseen brokenness heals
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~Esther Davis, 2018
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Tall Tale TV: The Baboons of Mars

“The Baboons of Mars” is now on Tall Tale TV! Check it out! (It’s free!)

Don’t you love the narration? Thanks Chris! Make sure to subscribe to Tall Tale TV on Youtube or sign up for his weekly mailing list.

Esther Davis writes family-friendly science fiction and fantasy. You can find more short stories in A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon and on her blog.

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eBooks on All Platforms!

Welcome to 2018, everyone! Hope you’ve had a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I just wanted write a quick update with some exciting news.

My ebooks won’t be limited to Kindle anymore. Thanks to Books2Read, you can now read them on Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Apple’s iTunes, Kobo, Scribd, 24 Symbols and many other platforms. Take a look:

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A few of the services have discounts and/or free trials going on right now, so give it a try and you could get a few free ebooks out of the deal! Other books are coming soon, so I’ll keep you updated. Check out my Publications page for a complete list.

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Esther Davis writes family-friendly science fiction and fantasy. You can find more short stories in A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon and on her blog.

Support her writing with a cup of hot cocoa on ko-fi.com. Subscribe above (or below for you mobile users) and follow her on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

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The Ivory Maiden

by Esther Davis

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I heard the bells on Christmas day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

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“You will not change my answer.”

“Why?”

Morgan turned toward the ceiling-high window, letting her red hair fall like a fiery wall between her and her sister. “I do what’s best for the city.”

“You can’t stop the townsfolk, you know,” Glenda said. “Barring her from the city means nothing. We’ll seek out the Ivory Maiden and present our wishes.”

“We?”

“Yes, Colwyn and I, and anyone else who wishes to join.”

Morgan kept her back turned, her gaze on the snow-coated courtyard outside. Frost crystals obscured the view, as if the horse drawn sleighs and ice coated Ever-Bearing Tree belonged on some moth-eaten tapestry. “I’ll have you arrested.”

“And break your nephew’s heart?” Glenda demanded.

“Better to crush his dreams while he’s young, before they’ve had time to embed themselves. This selfish wish-asking needs to end.” The words came out numb, as if they’d sat in the chilly air all morning before marching through Morgan’s mouth.

“Selfish? He’s asking the Maiden to heal his sick kitten!”

Morgan didn’t reply. Her lips felt heavy, frozen shut. Silence drafted through the room, its stillness broken only by the ticking of the grandfather clock. When she spoke, her voice seemed too loud, echoing off the vaulted ceiling. “The royal ambassador comes tomorrow. If we are to gain the king’s favor, his representative is to hear nothing of the Maiden or this wish making.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“That you better keep your visit to the witch silent enough that I have no grounds to order your arrest.”

Morgan felt her sister’s gaze laying siege on the fiery wall of hair flowing down her back. She needn’t look to see the vast room separating her and Glenda nor the oaken desk barricading them from one another.

“Ever since you took father’s place…” Glenda’s voice drifted off. The doorknob turned—groaning. “I don’t recognize you anymore.”

Morgan watched the fluttering snowfall long after the study door thudded shut. Through the window she watched Glenda, wrapped in a thick overcoat, exit the manor into the snowy courtyard. Colwyn, Glenda’s seven-year-old son, clung to her arm, trotting to keep up with his mother’s stride. He looked upward, saying something to his mother. Glenda shook her head.

Glenda handed money to a sleigh driver, then she and Colwyn boarded and disappear into the clutter of huts and brick-built businesses beyond the manor’s outer hedge.

A militiaman entered the room. “You called for horse rider, ma’am?”

“Follow my sister’s sleigh from afar,” Morgan said. “Don’t let her spot you, and tell no one what you see. No arrests are to be made. Just keep her safe from the bandits, and send a messenger to me once they’ve returned safely home.” Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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by Bruce Fingerhood

First off, thank you everyone for your support this past year! It’s been an adventure getting my first book published, and I’m extremely grateful to everyone who helped in anyway–whether by proofreading, spreading the word, or purchasing it yourself. As an author, I’m nothing without my readers. This time of year reminds me to be especially thankful for all of you.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I have published fewer short stories recently.  That’s because I’ve turned my attention to a bigger writing project. I’m finishing a novel.

I’ve been working on this novel for several years. I won’t give away details here, but I might slip in some sneak peeks over the coming months. Stay tuned! With any luck, I’ll complete it by this time next year. Call it a pre-New Year’s resolution.

In the mean time, what about the blog?

That depends on you. You’re the reader, after all. What do you want to see most? Writing tips? Flash fiction? Novel sneak peeks? Book/movie reviews/analysis? Let me know, and I’ll try to focus there.

Thanks again! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! (And remember, no Christmas music until AFTER you carve the turkey. Or ostrich. Ostriches are tasty, too.)

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Esther Davis writes family-friendly science fiction and fantasy. For more updates, make sure to subscribe above (or below for you mobile users) and follow her on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram if you haven’t already.

You can find more short stories in A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon or offer Esther your support on ko-fi.com. (Hot cocoa all around!)

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The Unmarked Headstone

Arya’s lonely Chevy pickup rumbled through the forest roads, the last of the autumn leaves still clinging to bare branches. She had no guides save John’s journal, filled with ink stained maps and a single name: Saint Joseph’s Cemetery.

She’d left behind no note. Who would read it? Her blind grandmother? An unconscious husband?

Besides, Arya had no time for notes, not after what she read in John’s journal.

It had to be tonight, on Hallows’ Eve.

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NOTES…

Welcome to October, fellow ghouls! …though it has been October for a while, hasn’t it? Anyway, this month’s story is a Amazon Kindle ebook. It includes my new story The Unmarked Headstone as well as one of my previously published works as bonus material. Check it out, and if you like it make sure to share with a fellow fiend–friend–jack-o-latern? Okay, I’m done with the lame puns for now.

For reminders and more stories subscribe above (below for you mobile users) or follow me on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram. If you liked to offer support, check out my ko-fi.com page. Thanks for reading!

 

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