"Is it real, brother?"
"Aye, little one. It is very real! It is called winter, and the white stuff that falls is called snow. Come, reach out and touch it."
If autumn marks the season of change, then the season of speculation begins with winter--a time to dream, a time to wonder. Winter Whimsy is a breathtaking collection of tales from eleven worlds; when the season brings both snow and otherworldly phenomena, eleven curious minds are called to explore the anomalies with wonder and awe.
As the snow quietly blankets the earth, a meteor soars overhead and becomes the buzz of a small town. An ice fairy attack leads to an unexpected and bizarre truth. A nighttime drive down a snow-covered road leads to the discovery of mysterious, orb-like lights. An empathic painter slips further and further into an ethereal state in which her waking life and dreams become blurred.
What does it all mean? What dangers lurk beneath all the whimsy and wonderment?
A free-spirited girl creates a snow angel at dusk, soon learning her actions may have summoned an ancient evil. A peculiar basket arrives at the doorstep of a mountain ogress. A witch-apprentice and her mentor trek deep into a forest rumored to hold a host of disturbed spirits. A young elf takes his frail brother to see his first snowfall despite his father's warnings about the dangers of the land.
An orphan train, a Yuletide blizzard, and phantasmagoria: in this collection of speculative fiction tales, the strange and new abound.
|Publisher:||Balance of Seven|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)|
About the Author
D Tinker Editing was formed by Dorothy Tinker with a love of language and a keen eye for details. Dorothy is an explorer of worlds (both this one and others) and an "editor of all trades." She helps authors steer their projects on course with a mind for their full story maps while keeping the plot sails trimmed with a precision and attention to detail she honed in university studying mathematics.
D Tinker Editing works with individual authors and small presses to refine their stories and make them shine. Dorothy is the copyediting and formatting force behind Inklings Publishing and recent HWG Press anthologies, and she is the Managing Editor of Balance of Seven literary alliance and publishing house.
Ynes Malakova holds a deep reverence for the beauty found in darkness. With intense imagery and lyrical prose, she celebrates life, death, and the specter-like boundary between them. Her five-part poetry collection-focused on finding magic in the mundane-was published in OWS Ink's Primal Elements anthology in June 2018, and her debut novel, The Viper Within, is quickly nearing completion.
Ynes is known for her gothic elegance and has a closet full of sugar skulls, roses, and lace. Her collection of work is available at ynesmalakova.com. Follow her on Twitter at @YnesMalakova.
Debbie Burns is a Molotov cocktail in Hello Kitty packaging who's been navigating trauma for the last thirty-plus years, weaving those truths into commercial fiction for the last eight, coaching creative visionaries for the last three, and firing glitter cannons since she realized she actually does like the color pink. International bestselling author and founder of Creative Central, Fiction Expedition, Sacred Rebels Mastermind, and many other delicious programs and transformative experiences, Deb is a kickass Soul Mapper and courage coach helping creative visionaries navigate their inner magic to transform their outer world. She's here to show you how to believe in yourself (and your art!) so strongly that the world can't help but believe in you too. You can find her living her Happily EPIC After in Utah (for now!) with her husband, Joe, and her not-so-little-but-totally-adorable pittie, Josser.
Table of Contents
The Snow Demon 1
M. Rose Callahan
Amautalik and the Wolf 23
The Cold Truth 39
Orphan Train 53
K. A. Fox
The Trapped Spirits of Yekaterin 69
Kelly Lynn Colby
Snow Battle 89
H. M. Forrest
Paranormal Polka Dots 103
Emily Van Engen
Ghost Lights 119
Elysium in the Snow 153
Missing in a Yuletide Blizzard 173
K. N. Gemme
About the Authors 201