My haiku “cold moon” translated into French on Tempslibres

I’m delighted to have a haiku translated into French by Serge Tome at Tempslibres. This one first appeared in Issue 44 of Stardust Haiku:

cold moon
a jellyfish cradled
in darkness

lune froide
une méduse bercée
dans l’obscurité

https://www.tempslibres.org/tl/tlphp/dbhk03.php?id=8938&lg=f

Witch Doctors Inc: The Awakening (excerpt)

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The frog explosion wasn’t my fault. I followed all the instructions. One wisp of prairie smoke, two scoops of moonwort, a pinch of baby’s breath. Add 3 carats of fire quartz and bring to boil.

That should’ve given me a memory-enhancing spell. It should’ve given me a cauldron of leaping blue liquid that I could scoop into a vial to give my next client.

It didn’t.

It gave me frogs.

A room full of them.

I don’t know why my spells keep going wrong. I follow instructions to the letter. I do all my reading. I did, after all, get grades high enough for acceptance into the intern programme at Witch Doctors Incorporated. So why do I have a room full of frogs?

I should rewind. My name is Lily. I’m an intern at Witch Doctors Inc., a company that specialises in curing magical maladies. The name is tongue-in-cheek. We’re not really witches, of course. Witches aren’t real. I’m not one of those people who believe in the old legends. I don’t think there was ever a Dark Witch who stalked the earth. Magic comes from the fire quartz. It isn’t something that can be manipulated by a person’s thoughts.

I specialise in the science of magic. Magic is energy and its reactions are predictable. I’ve never found magical theory hard. People said I had a natural talent for it. I had a few disasters in the lab, but I mostly did well in school. Witch Doctors Inc. was always my end game. I loved the mystery of it. A client would turn up with a problem they couldn’t explain. A Witch Doctor would find the cause and cook up some medicine accordingly.

They saw curses, hexes, even fire quartz addiction. I expected to love every minute of my internship. Instead, I feel like I’m the one who’s cursed.

I’ve cleaned up the frogs. I’m in my quarters now, sulking. My cat Onyx is curled up on my bed.

So you messed up another spell.

“I did it right,” I grumble. “The fire quartz was bad.”

Fire quartz does not go bad.

“Then why is there frog goop all over the potions room floor?”

Onyx lifts one lazy eyelid. You have much to learn.

I’m the only one who can hear Onyx. Too bad for me, he never has anything useful to say.

I’m lying on my back on the rug in the centre of my room. The chandelier twinkles above me. This place is full of opportunities. It’s been my dream for so long. I’m just worried that I’ll never be good enough to be here.

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The Awakening is a FREE read at:

Smashwords (included Kindle version)
Apple iBooks
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Scribd

 

“The Awakening” is now available for free at Smashwords :)

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There’s nothing more dangerous than an unstable witch. Can Lily unlock the secrets of her past before she hurts everyone she loves? 

Excited to announce that my short story “The Awakening” is now available for free at Smashwords. Kindle (mobi), Epub and PDF versions can be downloaded straight from Smashwords. You can also read online by clicking the “online reader” option. Since it’s a free book, I don’t think you need a Smashwords account to read or download it.

Here’s the blurb:

Welcome to Witch Doctors Inc. Got a problem? We’ll solve it. Warts? Easy. Got an enemy after you? We’ll find ’em. Been cursed? Have one of our glittering elixirs.
But you’d better watch your step. There are real witches about. Frogs have taken over the potions room, clients have been poisoned, and there’s an insidious presence watching us from the stars.
So bear with us a moment. We’ll need time to solve this mystery. If we can’t fix this, we’re doomed. And so, unfortunately, are you.

 

So if you like to read fantasy (especially slightly dark fantasy with witches, interstellar legends, and a touch of humour) feel  free to check it out. Here’s the link to the book’s Smashwords page: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1039901

Cover Reveal for my free short story “The Awakening” :)

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I’m super excited to share the cover for my upcoming dark fantasy short story “The Awakening” with you guys. The cover and mock-up were designed by BRoseDesignz.

“The Awakening” is about a newborn witch struggling to control her powers. It will be available for free on Smashwords sometime this week. Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and a few other retailers will follow.

If you’re interested in dark fantasy with a touch of fun you might like to check this one out. I’ll put up the link when it’s out 🙂