The Uncollected Anthology – Issue # 5, Magical Libraries

The Uncollected Anthology Issue # 5, Magical Libraries, is available! This issue features stories from Dean Wesley Smith (our awesome guest author), Dayle A. Dermatis, Michele Lang, Annie Reed, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and yours truly. Click here for a peek at the fantastic story descriptions and the gorgeous covers, as well as a little info on The Uncollected Anthology itself.

Because I’m now writing more than one series set in this amazingly huge universe, I’ve gone ahead and given the most of the novels and stories already written a series name of their own – The Faery Chronicles. “All the Words in All the Worlds,” my offering in the current issue of The Uncollected Anthology, is a Faery Chronicles story. It marks the appearance of a new character, Chris Garcia, whose new magical power allows him to find the lost.

All the Words in All the World UA cover reduced

When Chris Garcia reads the magical morning Metro section of the newspaper, one and only one article stands out: a girl named Alice must find something precious she’s lost before nightfall or go to Hell.

Chris figures his newfound magical skill of finding the lost will save her. Instead, he walks straight into a trap. If he fails to find a way out before the sun sets, he dooms Alice—and himself—forever.

“All the Words in All the Worlds” is on sale at these fine places.

Kobo

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

***

I’ve written two other stories in which Chris appears, “When Gods Hunger” and “Lightning in a Bottle.” Both of these were written during the Oregon Writers Network Fantasy Workshop this past April. I’ll be releasing these in the coming days for sale, and also making them available to read for free here on my website. Keep an eye out for them.

I hope you enjoy the new issue of The Uncollected Anthology. So many great authors. So many awesome stories!

Posted in new fiction, The Hunt Universe, The Uncollected Anthology, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on The Uncollected Anthology – Issue # 5, Magical Libraries

Alchemy & Steam is here!

Yesterday marked the release of the Fiction River volume Alchemy & Steam, edited by the wonderful Kerrie L. Hughes. I feel privileged for my story Heart to be included in such a fantastic collection, and honored to share the table of contents with writers whose work I love. Many thanks to the series editors, the amazing Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. Also: Steampunk! So much steampunk! And look at this gorgeous cover.

FR Alchemy & Steam ebook cover web

The inspiration for Heart came from a fever dream on a very blustery January night. When I woke, most of the dream had faded, but it left me with the image of a clockwork heart, the roar of a passing train, and deep sorrow over the death of a beloved man. By the time I’d finished my morning tea, my imagination had hatched a plot.

I loved writing Heart and look forward to hatching further plots set in its darkly magical, underground world.

Alchemy & Steam is on sale in trade paper and electronic form everywhere. Grab your copy and enjoy!

Links:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble – Nook

Barnes and Noble – Trade Paper

Smashwords

Kobo

For more about the awesome Fiction River series, click here.

Posted in Fiction River, new fiction, writing | Comments Off on Alchemy & Steam is here!

New Fiction – Silver Dust

The Uncollected Anthology Issue 4, Portals & Passageways is fresh and filled with amazing fiction. Here’s a bit about my story in this issue, Silver Dust, which is set in the Hunt Universe.

This story stands alone and can be enjoyed independently of the rest of the Hunt Universe tales. It also directly follows my story Phoenix, which appeared in The Uncollected Anthology Issue 2: Winter Witches.

Walker Portals & Passageways Cover Final 2 x 3 (2)

Silver had it all—eternal life, long-term memory, and a real sweet princess gig as the heir to the Faery King’s throne. But then the Faery realm caught a terrible disease, and she tried to save her people by taking the sickness into herself. She ended up banished with a price on her head and only days to live. The cure cost her memory and left her in hiding, a stranger to herself.

When her one friend in all the worlds disappears while trying to help her find a way home, Silver must come out of the shadows to save him. She must face the danger and the unknown lurking in the Human and Faery realms—and in her own strange heart and soul.

Silver Dust is on sale at these fine places.

Kobo
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords

***

Portals & Passageways also contains stories by these fantastic writers.

JC Andrijeski (Our Awesome Guest Author)

Leah Cutter

Dayle A. Dermatis

Annie Reed

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Phaedra Weldon

Be sure to check them out!

For more info on my Uncollected Anthology stories, click here. For more info on The Uncollected Anthology itself and other issues, check out the anthology’s website here.

Posted in new fiction, The Hunt Universe, The Uncollected Anthology, Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Fiction – Silver Dust

Free Fiction – Heartfire – from The Uncollected Anthology, Issue No. 3, Heartspells

Happy February!

In honor of the rapidly approaching Valentine’s Day (and, really, when is love inappropriate?), my novelette Heartfire from Issue No. 3 of The Uncollected Anthology, Heartspells, is free to read.

Heartspells Cover Final Thumbnail

***

— Vengeance is mine. —

Someone kills a woman in the alley behind Snake Bite Tattoo—a clear declaration of war against its dangerous proprietor, Malek, the serpent from the Garden of Eden made an immortal man. If he can work a spell in time to bring the woman back to temporary life, she can tell him who murdered her and why. He’ll track them down and make they pay. End of story.

But he doesn’t count on remembering that he once knew her, or the feelings that rise in him along with the memories. Or that the reason for her death and the declaration of war are not what they seem.

 “For more than a decade now, I have adored the work of Leslie Claire Walker.”
– Kristine Kathryn Rusch

***

Heartfire is set in the Hunt Universe. It fits into the universe chronology like this:

Hunt
Snakebite
Demon
Breathless
Blood to Blood
Phoenix
Heartfire
Girl in Black

The story also stands alone, so it would be fine to read even if you haven’t read anything else set in the world of Hunt.

To read, click here. I hope you enjoy it!

Posted in free fiction, new fiction, The Hunt Universe, The Uncollected Anthology, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Free Fiction – Heartfire – from The Uncollected Anthology, Issue No. 3, Heartspells

The Uncollected Anthology – Issue # 3: Heartspells

Merry holidays, all!

Coming up on January 1st, the third issue of The Uncollected Anthology will be released. This issue contains amazing urban fantasy stories by:

Leah Cutter

Dayle A. Dermatis

Michele Lang

Annie Reed

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Phaedra Weldon

and yours truly!

***

My story in Heartspells is Heartfire, a story set in the Hunt Universe.

Heartspells Cover Final Thumbnail

— Vengeance is mine. —

Someone kills a woman in the alley behind Snake Bite Tattoo—a clear declaration of war against its dangerous proprietor, Malek, the serpent from the Garden of Eden made an immortal man. If he can work a spell in time to bring the woman back to temporary life, she can tell him who murdered her and why. He’ll track them down and make they pay. End of story.

But he doesn’t count on remembering that he once knew her, or the feelings that rise in him along with the memories. Or that the reason for her death and the declaration of war are not what they seem.

“For more than a decade now, I have adored the work of Leslie Claire Walker.”- Kristine Kathryn Rusch

***

Heartfire fits into the Hunt chronology like this:

Hunt

Snakebite

Demon

Breathless

Blood to Blood

Phoenix

Heartfire

Girl in Black

***

An especially cool thing about Heartfire is that it marks the beginning of a new urban fantasy series built around Malek. I’m working away on the first novel and having a blast.

Merry Holiday and Happy New Year to all of you. May your 2015 be filled to the brim with love, laughter, success, prosperity, and all good things.

Posted in new fiction, The Hunt Universe, The Uncollected Anthology, Uncategorized, writing | Comments Off on The Uncollected Anthology – Issue # 3: Heartspells

Free to Read – Winter Witches Story, “Phoenix”

For the next two weeks, my story “Phoenix” from The Uncollected Anthology Issue 2, Winter Witches, is free to read. Check it out below!

Phoenix

by

Leslie Claire Walker

A mystery girl appears in the midst of a winter thunderstorm, seeking a witch to break a terrible curse. The problem: banishment from the Faery Realm. The witch: seventeen-year-old Stacy, young to the Craft but rich in power and reputation thanks to her hand in thwarting the last apocalypse. The catch: helping the girl leads to certain death.

Winter Witches Phoenix Final Cover

To read, click here. If you read, I hope you enjoy!

Posted in free fiction, new fiction, The Uncollected Anthology, Uncategorized, writing | Comments Off on Free to Read – Winter Witches Story, “Phoenix”

The Uncollected Anthology – Issue #2 – Winter Witches

Issue # 2 of The Uncollected Anthology, Winter Witches, arrives on October 1st! Check out The Uncollected Anthology page here on my site or The Uncollected Anthology websitefor all the info and links to the other awesome stories in this issue. A bit about my story in Winter Witches:

Winter Witches Phoenix Final Cover

Phoenix

by

Leslie Claire Walker

A Hunt Universe Story

A mystery girl appears in the midst of a winter thunderstorm, seeking a witch to break a terrible curse. The problem: banishment from the Faery Realm. The witch: seventeen-year-old Stacy, young to the Craft but rich in power and reputation thanks to her hand in thwarting the last apocalypse. The catch: helping the girl leads to certain death.

***

Phoenix is a story in the Hunt Universe. It fits into the Hunt chronology like this:

Hunt

Snakebite

Demon

Breathless

Blood to Blood

Phoenix

Girl in Black

***

If you read it, I hope you enjoy!

Posted in new fiction, The Uncollected Anthology, Uncategorized, writing | Comments Off on The Uncollected Anthology – Issue #2 – Winter Witches

A New Hunt Universe Novel: Demon

Rudolph Diamond Davies III: Senior class clown. Hawaiian-shirt-wearing party dude. Apprentice Faery Seer trained to enforce the peace among humans, faeries, angels, and demons. No problem. Until a friend’s spell to summon a capital D Demon devastates Rude’s city in the blink of an eye. If Rude can’t find a way to stop it, the Demon will destroy not just his town, but the whole world.

Demon Ebook Cover 2014

 

The next book in the Hunt Universe saga is available to read as an ebook. A tradepaper version will be out later this year. Links are here:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo

I’m so excited about this story. Rude is a fun dude, even — and especially — when the situation is at its hairiest and scariest.

I hope you enjoy reading Demon as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Posted in new fiction, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A New Hunt Universe Novel: Demon

Announcing an Awesome New Project – The Uncollected Anthology

Bug

 

Announcing The Uncollected Anthology…of Urban Fantasy. This project was hatched on the Oregon Coast during the annual Oregon Writers Network Anthology Workshop. Several of us, at the urging of the awesome Dayle A. Dermatis, took a look around the room and realized that we were huge fans of each other’s writing and wanted to put something together to facilitate even more great stories. And so, we present The Uncollected Anthology.

uncollected: not collected or gathered together.

anthology: a collection of selected literary pieces.

oxymoron: a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings. The Uncollected Anthology series is indeed an oxymoron. Sprung from the minds of six fabulous authors who love fantasy, short stories, and each other’s writing, the series’ main goal is to bring you quality urban fantasy fiction.

Every three months, the authors pick a theme and write a short story for that theme. But instead of bundling the stories together, they each sell their own stories. No muss, no fuss—you can buy one story, or you can buy them all. (I hope you will want to buy them all, because they are incredible stories!)

The first issue is now live!

July 2014 – Magical Motorcycles with stories by:

Leah Cutter

Dayle A. Dermatis

Annie Reed

Phaedra Weldon

and Leslie Claire Walker

About my story in Issue #1 – Magical Motorcycles:

Blood-to-Blood-Motorcycle-Final-Cover-3

Blood to Blood

by

Leslie Claire Walker

A Hunt Universe Story

Malek—the serpent from the Garden of Eden—counts himself among the local gods. The last time he rode with the others under the moonlight, his one and only apprentice died a terrible death. So when the invitation for the next midnight ride arrives on his doorstep, he refuses.

Until a human girl he cares about becomes the gods’ target.

He may be her only chance to survive, but his help comes at a steep price.

***

On sale now at Kobo, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Soon to be on sale at iBooks.

Blood to Blood is a novelette (for all intents and purposes, a longer short story) set in the Hunt Universe. In chronological order, the Hunt Universe is:

Hunt

Snakebite

Demon

Breathless

Blood to Blood

Girl in Black

Just so you know where the story fits in the grand scheme of things.

The Awesomeness of Certain Parties, and Links

The Uncollected Anthology authors have partnered with Kobo books, for which many thanks are due to the awesome Mark Lefebvre, Kobo Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations. Check out TheUncollected Anthology’s group page on Kobo!

The awesome Stephanie Writt designed our UA logo and the template for our covers!

Thanks to the awesome Annie Reed and Michele Lang, who worked very hard on our group agreement. Although Michele doesn’t have a story in our Magical Motorcycles issue, I have high hopes for the next one!

The awesome Phaedra Weldon kicked ass and took initials (because she’s too awesome to take names) in designing our website. Check it out for more info on The Uncollected Anthology. We have a newsletter (quarterly, to tell you when a new issue is available).

I could not be more excited about this project, which is the brainchild of the awesome Dayle A. Dermatis! So many amazing authors. So many amazing stories. I’m so happy to count myself a member of this group.

Upcoming issues of The Uncollected Anthology:

Winter Witches

Heartspells

Portals and Passageways

I hope you enjoy the stories at least as much as I did. Happy reading!

Posted in new fiction, The Uncollected Anthology, writing | Comments Off on Announcing an Awesome New Project – The Uncollected Anthology

New fiction – “Shaman” in Fantasy Adrift

New fiction! My story “Shaman” appears in the Fantasy River anthology Fantasy Adrift. The story was inspired by my travel to Peru. I fell in love with the people I met and the Andes.

FR Fantasy Adrift ebook cover web

I’m very proud to have a story in an anthology with such amazing writers. So many great stories! Fantasy Adrift is available in print and ebook format everywhere.

Posted in new fiction, writing | Tagged , | Comments Off on New fiction – “Shaman” in Fantasy Adrift