Genre: Fantasy

Sea Talker

Sea Talker

Hated by the people around him, sixteen-year-old Mercaj expects everything to change for the better with the arrival of his predestined soulmate. After she fails to show up, he's forced into exile where he discovers long-forgotten powers over the sea, which despite his efforts to carve out a peaceful place of his own, might just destroy the whole world. More info →
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The Fairy in the Hotpot

The Fairy in the Hotpot

Like most first year university students, Jill just wants to fit in and get along with her new roommates. Unfortunately, dead fairies at dinner don’t make for good first impressions. More info →
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Series: Donosti Fae, Book 1
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult Fantasy
It took Daniel, a young Brit visiting the Basque city of San Sebastian, all of three days to fall in love with the city and never want to leave. But who - or what - has fallen in love with him? More info →
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Kitchen Ambitions

Kitchen Ambitions

Magic and murder make creating the perfect salad a real challenge. More info →
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An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life

An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life

For thousands of years fairy godmothers have helped princesses break curses and marry Prince Charming. Gail, however, is not a princess and isn't interested in meeting Prince Charming, so no godmother for her. Instead, she gets a fairy life-coach who decides that Gail's social life is flatlining and needs resusciating, stat. Whether Gail agrees with her or not. More info →
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Response to Genre: Fantasy

  1. Hey Alex, just checking in to see what you are up to. Great website. Watching on your blog!

    Congratulations on your book!

    Pauline Hoffman CPO
    Just in Time Solutions

    • A very definite Someday – once I clear my life of some lingering responsibilities, I’ll be back to blogging – and to wrapping up Someday Syndrome. I have a whole bunch of plans for this blog fiction-wise but I didn’t want to overload myself and turn this love into a chore…

    • Actually I opted for both, but went for the hyphens as the main site and the non-hyphens as a redirect.

      I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of blogging again.

  2. Ah, that makes sense. I did something similar, using my name without the middle initial as a redirect — something I hadn’t even thought about until you mentioned your dilemma.

    I’ve always enjoyed your blog posts, even when I haven’t commented, so it’s good to see you getting back into it.

  3. Oh, thanks for the reminder! Set up – but unfortunately the RSS button is at the bottom of the screen – must remember to add some text to the sidebar to allow people to sign up to RSS that way.

  4. Bwhahahahahaha …. but how can you not like unicorns? I mean really :-)

    Loved your reviews, and if I actually had time to read just for fun as opposed to doing Silver & Grace book reviews I MIGHT consider a Kindle since it means I can do previews.


    I still love the tactile feel of holding a book.

    • The only unicorn I like is the one in Through the Looking Glass because he’s not all virginal or magical – he spends his day fighting with a lion and disbelieves in little girls.

  5. It’s been out for a while, so you may have seen it already, but I’m going to suggest you check out Jon Gibbs’s Fur-Face. The beginning of the product description on the Kindle store: “An evil scientist with a dastardly invention. A sadistic billionaire with a diabolical plan. What stands in their way? Two teenagers and one amazing cat. The bad guys don’t stand a chance!”

    Loved the reviews!

  6. I’m a big fan of rabbits. Of course, mine tend to be plot bunnies (sometimes with “great BIG teeth!”), but I love the Watership Down reference and the tailoring clothes for wings — something I’ve always wondered about.

    So is this supposed to be standalone, or is it part of a serial?

  7. Very nice. I have to read it again with a dictionary. But I think I understand it more or less. And I like it!!
    My conclusion: I need a fairy godmother in my life!!! 😉

  8. Neat blog, Gail / Alex ! I love the style and feel it’s going to be a page-turner!
    But ouch! Having an 18-year old girl mention “I like sex too (who doesn’t?)” in a book intended for 14 to 18 year-old teenagers makes me feel uncomfortable as a parent…

    • @Cat – Thanks! Glad you like it. Re: the sex comment, did you never read Judy Blume at that age? Plus don’t 12 year-olds watch Gossip Girl or 90210? 😉

  9. OK, you got me there, I don’t know all these authors or series! I am French and grew up reading Sci-fi and mysteries – no sex. And my soon-to-be 18 year-old daughter reads fantasy and vampire stories that only recently got hot. I have to guess French girls are not living up to their reputation and are way behind American girls 😉

  10. awesome alex absolutely amazing, actually admitting life not where it should be and actioning it for something else! mr inspiration 2010!

  11. @sammi – thanks! It takes a lot of self-awareness to know when to stop and make a major change in direction – but since I had a clear idea of my destination it was an easy course change to make.

  12. I love the idea of your YA roundup! I’m a new fan to YA fiction – or at least new to embracing my love for YA. On a recent trip to NYC I borrowed my guy’s ebook reader to check out how I like the technology and decided to download The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for my first ebook. LOVED. I’ve since downloaded the final two books, finishing off the whole series in a week. Good YA can be so great – I feel bad for snubbing it for so long. Thanks for sharing your YA roundup!
    While none of the following are new releases, the exerpts I’ve read will have me moving on to Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.
    p.s. I’ve asked Santa for a Kindle of my very own 😉

  13. @LoriW I’ve been hearing wonderful things about The Hunger Games. I think I’ll need to hole up over Xmas with them. 😉 Thanks as well for the other suggestions – I’ll check them out.

    Hopefully Santa is good to you with the new Kindle 3 – I received my Kindle 2 one month before they announced the new one.

  14. I’m totally with her on What Not to Wear! They are so brutal. Thanks, I can tear my own ego down without it being televised. I know I’m not a fashion plate, so there! (And sometimes Stacy wears the most hideous things, and I wonder how she can bear to be seen in them.)

    Love the characterization of her roommate, and I’m beginning to wonder whether this curse includes her sense of adventure, so even the thought of going shopping gets put out of her head — much safer, more boring, to stay home and watch the soaps.

    • @Erin Thanks! This is one of those moments where I nod sagely and say “why yes, that was my exact intent” but then I’d be lying so I’ll have to give the subtly credit to my muse who knows what to do even when (or should I say especially?) I don’t give her direct orders.

  15. Having read several of Scott Westerfeld’s books, I urge you to give him another chance. Check out Leviathan, the book that came before Behemoth. (Kindle link:

    Not having received my (pre-ordered) copy of Behemoth yet (it’ll be shipped next week, when Riordan’s new book, The Lost Hero, also pre-ordered, is released), I can’t say whether the “on guard” error was something he did deliberately or an error (possibly introduced by someone else who worked on the book — I’ve seen some doozies in books I’ve proofed, and I imagine not every proofreader catches editing mistakes in content), but I can say if you can can get past it, you’ll probably enjoy the book.

    • @Erin – Okay, I’ll give the sample another go. If you like his books then I’ll give him a second chance. 😉

    • Thanks Shannon! The best part of this was coming up with the slang and it’ll be fun to use it again in subsequent stories.

  16. Very nice! I’m not sure it stands on its own quite as well as the last one — the end doesn’t feel resolved, but more like a scene break. I think Linda’s trying to sneak in as an unplanned novel-length project.

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  18. I agree completely. This was definitely unfinished and that didn’t make me happy as it’s not really a flash story – more like a snippet – but yeah my muse is offering me a new novel (or longer short story) and I’ll let her play here.

    Linda has another snippet to offer about her hating to go space walking and hopefully that one will come up next week as a complete story in flash length.

  19. No, funnily enough no name. It was something that never came up. I think Gail keeps her as The Boss as a way to keep the bank and the job distant. She doesn’t want to think about moving up or any sort of ambition, so of course the boss can’t have a human face.

    Or something like that…

  20. @Erin

    I *think* Amanda is getting a feel for the curse, but of course you never really know what fairies are thinking, so I could be wrong. 😉

  21. So what girl-dressed-as-a-boy book are you reading?

    I like Dylan, and I like the Hapsburg heir in disguise, too, but there are definitely some bits where I talk with my son about how something was written (for example the Tesla machines that emit the thunderous roar and then have lightning, which bugged my son since everyone knows thunder comes afterward). In general, though, I think the premise is good.

    I don’t know what’s up with the prologues. I know before I started writing, it never occurred to me to skip a prologue or ask whether it needed to be there. Now, I’m always suspicious. I saw someone (don’t remember who) who said that having a prologue was like having to hook your readers with two different first chapters. That’s an awful lot of work.

    • @Erin – Anne Lyle’s (hopefully soon to be published) A Mirror for London, set in an alternate Elizabethan England. It’s very well done and totally believable.

  22. Heh. I notice that neither Amanda nor Andrew mentioned the measurables. Love this entry! And can’t wait to see what’s in the magazine — Gail’s photo, taken at the art show?

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  25. *snicker* Has she managed to say “no” to Amanda yet about anything? Nope. What makes her think she can this time?

    Eagerly awaiting the next installment.

  26. @Marisa

    Thanks so much! I’m intrigued by him as well. He hasn’t revealed much about himself to me either. If he wants me to write more about him, however, he’s going to have to tell me *something* soon! 😉

  27. Amazing what the mind can do to you. I wonder if Space Boy is another kid from another flight that drifted beyond the gravity well. I fear someday she’ll listen to Space Boy, and it won’t be good. Nice piece.

    Welcome to #FridayFlash.

  28. I can’t help thinking no good will come of her listening to Space Boy but she might have some fun, as well. With a name like Comet she probably needs to get out in space more – not that you’d get me up there or outside the spacecraft. Great story and welcome to #fridayflash

  29. @Aiden
    Thanks! At 15, parents are always a source of tension. 😉

    Glad to be a part of it. It seems to be turning into the playground for a new novel. I’m excited to see where it goes.

    I have a feeling Space Boy is going to be as mysterious to me as he is to Linda. I’m enjoying the suspense.

    Thanks! I’m having fun creating slang although I’m also translating the stories into Spanish for friends here and the slang just doesn’t translate. At least not with my intermediate level of Spanish…

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  32. The story flowed extremely well. Even though scenes ended, or thoughts reflected, the story did not feel broken up. The scene where the children playing was very realistic. Then you find out they are on a space ship very far away from a white picket fence. Realistic characters, thoughts and emotions. Really enjoyed it.

  33. @Lara
    Thanks so much! I’m glad that the story didn’t feel broken up because it’s coming out as vignettes of a larger story (my muse isn’t giving me much choice about it) so it’s difficult to do without making it feel choppy.

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  35. I liked the portrayal of the medic with no bedside manner. This brings tension into the scene later where she won’t describe what is happening and neither do her parents. Like how this tied in with “space boy”.

    • Thanks Aidan – these Friday Flashes seem to be coming out as an extended story. I’m curious to see where the characters what to do…

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  38. @Jax
    LOL! Thanks! When I was 16 I was convinced that magic was just a matter of believe that what you wanted to change was different from the current state. If only that were true, eh?

  39. Great to see this story continue to unfold. This boy sounds very complex, but he has somehow managed to maintain an innocence and youthful vibrancy by being able to roam and test the limits of space. Kind of like a scifi peter pan. Really cool!

  40. @Lara: I hadn’t thought of him like Peter Pan, but yes, he’s very much so. Time to go do some re-reading. (And thanks for the edit)

  41. Of course, the real question is whether others will see her eyes as pink. I’m really enjoying Space Boy and Linda’s interactions.

    This bit implies that her infection is in the past, so she’s already told her parents about him, hasn’t she? Should she consider what they said about his existence at the time? Just idle thoughts.

    • @Erin: Good questions! It’s getting hard to write these stories as separate stories that anyone could read without needed to read earlier ones, but yes, this one does happen after her parents know. That scene is going to have to wait until I string the pieces together into a novel I think. Not something that 1000 words could cover…

    • Thanks Mike! It’s fun to write and even more fun to write it as a series of short pieces. I can explore the characters without the stress of having to make it into a coherent story (yet).

  42. Tweeted this one out. Really enjoyed the light touch of tone, intimate third person capable of admitting this was “way cool,” and the way you brought the twig creature out so quickly and nonchalantly.

    • @John
      Thanks! This one came out of the first line that came to me on the walk to the library today to go write. I love when stories come out like this. I think I’ll explore this world some more.

    • @Adam
      Thanks! Someone mentioned Babylon 5 to me the other day and I was thinking that TV needs another show like that on the air again…

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  44. Interesting world you’ve created here. I like the setting in spain (?) and was amused that the stick creature is much better than us americans able to understand and speak at least two languages.

  45. Thanks Aidan! Yes, it’s Spain (the Basque Country to be exact) and I figured if a bunch of twigs had intelligence, it would probably speak many languages… 😉

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  47. Very curiosity-piquing, oh,she’ll be there alright, because she hungers for excitement, and he promised that no harm will come to her while he lives….

    But.. what if he is one of the undead that can turn into a bat?

    • @Steve & @Aidan:

      Sorry for taking forever to get back to you. Life swamped me for a bit. Glad you enjoy the piece and there is definitely danger there for Paula. More than she thinks. 😉

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    • Thanks Lara! I had a lot of fun writing the book, especially since it doesn’t fit the traditional chapter structure. And with the comments I can combat the unreliable narrator problem of 1st person.

    • @Lara
      The fun thing is that I’m setting it in the city I live so I’m now picturing the wee folk as I walk around. 😉

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    • @Lara
      I’m not sure what Hannah will do with her death, but move on surely not. Now that she’s full of happiness instead of bitterness she needs to go explore the world.

      That is a tough question, isn’t it? Too bad she let herself have such a crappy life but yay at least to her soul (?) getting it right after so.

      Thanks! Every once in a while I like to get allegorical with my emotional imagery. 😉

  52. Quite an enjoyable and unusual story Alex, It’s hard to know whether to feel sorry for Hannah’s wasted life, or glad for her new-found happiness, even though it be in death.

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  54. Hi Alex, I’ve just been catching up on Friday Flash, I love all the stories, more please! Space boy reminds me of a teenage Q from Star Trek, mischivous and meddling, and dead happy Hannah is great fun, even if she doesn’t like it! Alicia xx

  55. Yes Alicia, Space Boy is sort of a teenage Q mixed with teenage Dr Who, and a touch of Zaphod Beeblebrox.

    Hannah is becoming a great character, although given how contrary she is by nature, she doesn’t want to cooperate and tell me her story. 😉

  56. Amused at the premise that there is a constant amount of happiness and for her to get rid of some of that she’ll have to make someone else happy. Yet, in the end we discover that happiness isn’t constant (or is it just that the teachers are losing a lot of happiness).

  57. I’ll take a planned vacation through a country of staggering beauty. Especially a paid planned vacation. Spontaneity will show up somewhere along the line. It’s what boredom is for (and alcohol, for the extremely bored).

    How come it says this was posted in 2004…? Are you playing with our heads?

  58. @John: It’s part of an extended series of posts “originally published” seven years ago. As for the planned vs unplanned vacations, I love them both. For Gail, however, the last thing she needs is someone else telling her what to do… 😉

  59. @Aidan: I hadn’t thought of happiness as something limited. I pictured it as something that expands and contracts depending on the situation. But it’s a fascinating concept. I might explore that…

  60. That’s a good enough excuse for republication, just funny that they’re popping up the same day X-number of years later.

    The advice was good enough, but the ending is just tempting fate. Never ask what else could go wrong. Learn the lessons of Frasier Crane.

  61. Wow, that’s actually pretty interesting.

    Now you have me wondering all sorts of things about the story.

    I’m curious about the politics of your world, the customs therein. Is casual murder as common as this flash implies? Or is Mark somewhat different?

    The only part I’d want to see strengthened a bit…and I could be so very wrong here…is that while I’m clearly supposed to care about William, I’m not quite convinced why I should.

    Otherwise, the suspense right off the bat is really great and it’s enough to make me care about Wiliam…it makes me want to know if he succeeded.

    • Thanks Frank! Actually, no, you’re not supposed to care about William – you’re supposed to hate him as the other two protagonists do. He’s the antagonist – and yes the world (or at least this part of it) is full of casual assassinations.

  62. I’m supposed to hate him?

    Hmmm. I guess it’s because it’s an excerpt because I didn’t quite get that hate. If the world is full of casual assasinations, he’s not really doing anything anyone else wouldn’t be doing. There’s nothing in his thoughts or actions that make him someone “bad” at this point.

    I came away definitely wanting to know more…and like I said, I had the feeling I should root for him :) I guess it’s because there’s really no reason to care about Mark at this point…so Mark feels like a throw away character (which may not be the case).

  63. A little late to the party, but I’m liking the Hannah story. I too came off a Being Human marathon over the holidays so that puts me into a ghost in the real world kinda mood.

    • @Elaine: You’re a little late to the party but I’m very late in greeting you. Glad Hannah’s interesting you. Today you get her ending.

  64. Late to this posting too – but I read Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie last year and really enjoyed it. I like Flavia. And Bradley’s second book, The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag was my first official Kindle purchase. I enjoyed that one too, although I think the first one may have been a bit more fun. Will be purchasing the 3rd book just out in the next bit too.

    • @Elaine – thanks for letting me know. I’ve put off getting the second one as there are so many other books I want to read, but it’s in my download list.