Coming out of hiatus briefly to tell you about an awesome anthology coming out. My crit partner and roommate, Stephanie Loree, has her short story SKIN SCRIPT inside.
If Steph gets enough votes and sells enough copies of the anthology through her portal, she'll get a book deal with Open Heart Publishing, so please, please, please check out the link below and support a truly amazing author.
Here's a blurb from the story:
Hook: A man who can tattoo the future falls in love with a dangerous client.
What the publisher had to say: "Stephanie’s unique and visionary work tells a creative story about fore-ordained love, and fore-ordained lives. You’ll quickly agree that this story is unlike any other!"
She smiled. “I’ll try to keep my hands to myself.”
He caught himself grinning as he began. “Talk to me about you. I want to know it all.”
“You already do, limner,” she said, “but I’ll tell you anyway.”
As he filled in her future, she relayed her past. And when the pain ceased, they smiled. Together they whispered deeper truths under florescent lights. Skin against skin.
Twice Jules negated her death. Maybe his too, he couldn’t know.
Years would pass in guile and secret rendezvous. Mistakes that might have led to their discovery, simply erased. No taint of their love allowed on her neck, no exchange of passion interrupted by a curious father.
Her skin consumed him as he worked. The smell of iron and ink. The smooth delicacy of her touch. The flavor of peppermint lip-gloss. The heat. He might illuminate her body, but she carved a channel inside Jules. She liberated him from a prison of plastic walls and cold steel. Worse, she made him laugh.
Steph talks a little bit more about the story here.
You can buy a copy of the anthology through Steph's portal here.
You really won't regret it. SKIN SCRIPT is an amazing tale. It's stayed with me since I first read it, and will continue to do so.
Thanks for your support!