Monday October 25, 2021
Welcome to HERE BE NEWS, where each monday we bring you all the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic:
Tuesday October 19, 2021: Deb Bailey explains why Vampires are not just for Halloween and introduces her upcoming release, Worlds of Fire: Blood Red Moon
Thursday October 21, 2021: Maureen Bonatch talks about her upcoming book, Magic, Mimosas and Mistletoe, which was "Born in NaNoWri".
THE STAR ON THE TIP OF THE MOON
Sensuous Sci-Fi/Apocalyptic Romance
by Linda Mooney
Word Count: 19.2K
Astronaut Aldyn Mackie is on his return trip home after serving his stint on a small space station. During that time he and NASA have been following a nebula through space that’s on track to bypass Earth…or it was. Now it’s heading straight for the planet. Set to re-enter the atmosphere in the next hour, NASA gives Aldyn the go ahead, informing him that he should be safe as the nebula will be gone by the time he lands. After all, it’s just a cloud of ions, gases, and dust, right? What could go wrong?
When Aldyn lands it doesn’t take long to realize that something DID happen when the cloud enveloped the Earth. Something bad. The world has been wiped clean of every living thing. Gone, as if they’d just disappeared. And he soon discovers it’s terrifying being the last man alive.
Trying to plan for a future is nearly impossible with no other humans, no animals for food or companionship, no birds or plants, or even insects. Aldyn knows he will die eventually, if he doesn’t go mad first. But when he catches a few glimpses of a woman in reflections, he begins to question his sanity. Is she real? If she is, who is she, and what is she doing here? He is desperate for human interaction, but if she doesn’t actually exist, his reality, and what’s left of his life, will be miserable at best.
Warning! Contains Chinese food, absolute silence, explosions, the good stuff, desperation, poisoning, desolation, and one man doubting his sanity when presented with a future of love.
12 Timely Tales of Terror
by Linda Mooney writing as Gail Smith
Word Count: 24.5K
1:11 Epistaxis—Actual vampires don’t need fangs in order to feed.
2:22 Starlight, Starbright—An astronaut defies orders not to return to Earth, but he does anyway…with dire consequences.
3:33 Rescue—Two detectives go in search of thirteen missing children and the person responsible for their disappearances.
4:44 Forecast—A bizarre weather phenomenon envelopes a city.
5:55 Firewood—He was warned about going into the forest to gather firewood.
6:66 Sniffy—A young boy grieves for his beloved pet.
7:77 Fortune—A teenager is informed he’s going to meet his fate that evening.
8:88 Karma—An abused woman’s husband gets his just desserts.
9:99 Second Date—He only dates young women with a unique personality or physical makeup.
10:10 100 Strokes—To combat her thinning hair, she thought she’d use an old tried-and-true method.
11:11 Mosquitoes—Her job was to test the blood of mosquitoes for possible signs of infectious diseases.
12:12 Protector—He promised he would protect her until his dying day.
Buy Links: https://lindamooney.com/ClockingOut.htm
Just one more week until Halloween! I thought I'd take a look back at my first Halloween-set story, Visions Before Midnight. This is the seventh book in the Oberon series--which is currently out of print. I will be bringing it back (hopefully soon) and, in the meantime, I do have a short story taken from its pages, Hungry Heart, which is available for a limited time as part of the Revenge is Sweet anthology. I'll post the details below.