Featuring gripping Independent authors from around the world, FUSION is the first collection of short works published by Breakwater Harbor Books. Contributing heart-pumping tales of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Crime are seven stories that will thrill and rivet you. Authors from across a wide variety of genres, Dee Harrison, Ivan Amberlake, Claire C. Riley, Scott J. Toney, Mindy Haig, Cara Goldthorpe and C.M.T. Stibbe.
The Sliver of Abilon – A Mirrorsmith Tale – 'and you thought it was safe to look in the mirror?'
Diary of the Gone - Without a girlfriend, bullied by the Principal’s son, and haunted by the dead, Callum Blackwell thinks his life can’t get any worse. But he’s wrong.
Life Ever After. Nina's Story: Part one. – When the dead begin to rise, it's time to put your differences aside and run!
NovaFall – When the Meteor falls, the essences will come, forging flesh and planetary souls as one.
Cybilla. – To claim his Muse, one man must find the gate between the mortal and the immortal worlds.
Capturing Perfection – An artist's tale of love, loss and beauty in Renaissance Milan
Until The Ninth Hour – Until a man loses his daughter to a serial killer, until he loses his best friend, until he is down on his luck, Darryl Williams must put all thoughts of retaliation out of his mind.
An excerpt from Dee Harrison’s The Sliver of Abilon – A Mirrorsmith Tale
Junah Venmark, Master Mirrorsmith, exited the wayportal directly into the seaweed stench of Abilon. The foul odour tickled the back of his throat and he gagged on a rise of bile. Mirrorsmith Guild protocol demanded that he preview his destination before he arrived but it could not prepare him for an assault on his other senses. He vomited onto the trackway, just thankful that there was no-one to witness his most pitiful entrance ever. He loathed the smell of mouldy greens – it stirred up too many reminders of his wretched childhood in the back alleys of Varna, largest city on his homeworld of Vargo – but this was kabbige soup intensified tenfold.
When his heaving subsided, Junah sank down onto his rump, trying to ignore the early evening dew which was soaking into his leggings. He pulled a kerchief from his belt-purse, to wipe the spittle from his lips, and cursed this ill-favoured world. Sissik, his wail, chittered and scurried around him like a silver-furred cyclone, mewing her distress. Junah winced when she skipped onto his tender stomach, the better to peer into his face with her large, prosimian eyes. He ran a finger down her spine and she slowly relaxed beneath his touch.
Junah ill? She sent.
No, I’m fine, Little One he reassured her. He grimaced. The smell caught me out, that’s all.
Sissik wrinkled her own nose. Nasty, nasty stink, she concurred.
Junah delved into his purse a further time and extracted a couple of lozenges from a packet. A few chews later and he could smell nothing.
“Next time I’ll take ‘em before I get here,” he promised out loud. “Not that there’ll be a next time!”
Junah clambered to his feet and peeled the sodden fabric from his buttocks. Sissik took her accustomed place on his shoulders, hiding beneath his long, dark hair and curled around his neck like a fur collar. Wails were native to all the worlds of the Regium, even the undeveloped ones like Abilon. Some wails, the silver-furred ones like Sissik, were prized for their ability to generate the acoustic frequencies that Mirrorsmiths depended upon. Others, the plumper, browner ones, made good eating. Whenever Sissik irritated him, which was often, Junah threatened to dye her coat russet. Now, however, she was quiescent, understanding that it was time for work.
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About the Author
From the author: I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of a mathematician mother and basketball loving father, and so naturally my passion became writing! It all began as a youth when I wrote tales to go with the computer game Oregon Trail, creating stories to go with Jimmie getting typhoid or Susie getting small pox. Oh the fun of younger days... but one must advance. From there I tackled poetry and received a $100 prize in High School for winning a poetry contest. In college I earned degrees in Journalism and Public Relations. Later I married my wonderful wife, Laura, and we now have an amazing daughter that fills our lives with such joy! Just before I met Laura the idea came to me to write a Fantasy story based on the story of Noah's Ark in the Bible. It was a 'what if' tale centering on Maanta, a merboy who descends from people who, instead of drowning in the flood, adapted to be mer people. Because of Noah's age when he died in the Bible that also left things open for me to incorporate Noah in the book as well. Thus 'The Ark of Humanity' was born. Since then I have been inspired by other things and have gone on to write Eden Legacy and Lazarus, Man. Eden Legacy is another Fantasy work and Lazarus, Man is the story of Lazarus of Bethany, told through tale and tribulation. I've joined forces with other authors as a member of Breakwater Harbor Books and am enthusiastic about the worlds and stories to come! My family is my most treasured achievement. I don't just choose to write. Writing is a part of me.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I greatly enjoyed this Anthology. It is extremely well written and each work, though different, is engrossing. I'll be looking to pick up more books by the authors featured here soon. Thanks Breakwater Harbor Books for this opportunity to experience your authors.
A great collection of stories by some up and coming authors! Take a look!
This review is based solely on the story by Claire C. Riley called Life Ever After. This story was intense from start to finish! It's a must read for anyone who enjoys a chillingly realistic zombie themed book. Life Ever After takes place before the events in Claire C. Riley's book Odium. I couldn't put it down it was so intense, I just couldn't wait to see what would happen next!
Note: This review is only in reference to Mindy Haig’s Cybilla. Written in the first person narrative, this hauntingly beautiful tale tells the story of Oren Gale, a musician who seeks his muse, Cybilla. Gale has loved this beautiful woman since the moment she first came to his dream. Gale desperately searches for her, struggling to bring her back to the mortal world. He then crossed paths with many colourful characters like the daughters of the water, Kira and Dia, Janus, the old gentleman and Carmenta, the oracle. The story behind Cybilla ia astonishing, not what I had expected. Haig’s lyrical, powerful prose will leave you wanting more. What I like best about the short story is that Gale is a remarkable character. Even though he had his future stolen, he remained upbeat. Instead of being whiny and bitter, he-to phrase from the book-turned around and shared the water of life with a stranger. Memorable quote from Cybilla: Oh hope, you are a fragile thing. I received this book in exchange of my honest review.