My writing group, Saucy Ink, publish a book of short stories from time to time. Each book revolves around a specific theme.
Saucy Chronicles I: The Unicorns
These are definitely not the unicorns of fairytales (although there is at least one fairytale here). Rather, they are good, evil, chaotic, and calm. And while unicorns are the theme, they aren’t always the central characters—but they are always significant.
My story is the capstone at the end of the collection, entitled The Taxidermist.
THE TAXIDERMIST: The Hunter is growing old—dying, in fact. But when a young girl intrudes into his life, he is forced to decide, quickly, whether she is what she seems, and whether he can be again what he once was.
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Saucy Chronicles II: The Dragons
Nine new and different stories about one of the most beloved creatures in all fantasy: DRAGONS!.
We’ve got metal dragons, fire-breathing dragons, shape-shifting dragons, and adorable little hero dragons. We’ve got urban fantasy, high fantasy, humorous stories, deadly mysteries, and more!
My own story is Love’s Champion, an urban fantasy featuring a cowboy riding one of Hephaestus’s metal dragons to pay an official visit to Aphrodite’s Champion.
LOVE’S CHAMPION: As an Arbiter for the Gods and Goddesses of the Greek pantheon, Nathaniel was no stranger to their squabbles, both large and petty. Even so, he found himself ill-prepared when a “simple favor” turned into a battle that forced him to question the gap between the letter of the law and his own moral code.
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What Others Are Saying
Laura, on Goodreads I recommend reading the full review, if you’re interested. Each story is reviewed individually!
This book is a collection of stories written and self-published by an international group of writers, and I liked their theme (and attitude) so much that I shrugged off my doubts about self-published material and bought the Kindle book. My reviews of self-published books almost always begin by saying “while the book could really have benefited from the services of a professional editor…” But in this case, I’m going to have to start by saying how impressed I am with the editing work done for this collection.
THE TAXIDERMIST, by Taven Moore
This was my favorite story in the entire collection. The character of the Taxidermist was beautifully created. His wants, needs, and situation in life were cleverly revealed. Of all the elements I mentioned liking from the stories above, this one brought together very tidily some of my favorites: I wasn’t sure who to root for at the beginning, redemption is offered for those who have failed, and ah, the twist! The beautiful twist at the end! Really, really nicely done.