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This 10,000 word short story is perfect for your lunch break, workout, or while you wait in line at the mall. Read it today to get into the Christmas spirit any time of the year!
Threat of invasion looms. Oraeyn dreams of glory on the battlefield. Instead, he must engage in a battle of wills with a headstrong princess while ushering her to safety (and boredom) in a small village. But they must put aside their differences to save their homeland and complete the second part of their mission: seek out the legendary King’s Warrior to persuade him to take up arms once more.
When their journey leads them to the lost realm of the dragons they get more adventure than either of them bargained for!
With her powers of wind and lightning at her fingertips, Helen arrives at London, prepared to rescue her brother from his catastrophic choice to abandon the House of Slide, leaving safety behind her.
However, soon she finds her plans upended, stuck in the city in the middle of a civil war as Houses fight Houses. Worst of all, she is now at the mercy of an unethical Hybrid Assassin, Matthew, who knows more about Helen than she knows about herself.
Helen must come to grips with her own place in the House, the truth about why her brother left, and what part she’ll play in a world where the stakes aren’t only your freedom and your sanity, but your very soul.
Cat’s Cradle Time Yarns
Night Prowlers by Tony Thorne MBE
Locard’s Tale by Candy Korman
Tomcat’s True Story by Lara Biyuts
The Sleepy Cat’s Treasure Hunt by Donnie Nelson
Punky by Monica Brinkman
The 13th Time by Carol Sumilas Boshears
Long Time I Hunt by Erin Lale
‘The Medium’ by Susannah MacDonald
The cat on the cover is Beni-Wan Cat-Obi. He was the dream cat of Time Yarns Universe originator and anthology editor Erin Lale, who found him through a Bengal Cat breed rescue website and adopted him from 9th Life Hawaii. Since the Bengal breed is illegal in Hawaii, the no-kill shelter flew Beni to the mainland to be adopted in Nevada, where his breed is legal. He had been a wharf cat in Maui before being rescued. His age was unknown, but lived in Nevada for 3 years. He died of lung cancer while this anthology was being edited. Erin dedicates this anthology to his memory and to the continuing plight of Bengal Cats picked up by shelters in states where the breed cannot be adopted locally, and to other cats and dogs affected by breed bans.
Time Yarns is a shared world. It’s a different kind of shared world, in which the stories don’t necessarily share any characters, but in which physics and magic work the same way across all the stories in the Time Yarns Universe. Time Yarns is a universe of alternate time continua.
The characters, settings, etc. in stories written by universe originator Erin Lale can be freely used by other writers, artists, etc. The stories and artwork by other creators are copyrighted by the writers and artists and their characters and other work belong to them.
In addition to the Time Yarns short story anthologies, Time Yarns also publishes Lale’s novels, operates the Time Yarns website, and has produced a Time Yarns Universe trailer.
Watch the Time Yarns Universe trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW3hvRVmRCY
Quotes from the Review by Susannah MacDonald:
About Night Prowlers:
“The reader is lead easily into the twists and turns of this amusing piece.”
About Locard’s Tale:
“This paranormal tale of tails, begins with the sweep of a cat’s plumed tail,
and continues with the introduction of this distinctive cat, Locard. Locard is
found after a hurricane, and his presence weaves, suitably catlike, through the
ins and outs of Jeremy’s quest to discover the truth behind the family mystery,
that of an `icy’ cold case.”
About The Sleepy Cat’s Treasure Hunt
“The story is full of this richly comic imagery.”
About The 13th Time
“…original and touching.”
About Long Time I Hunt
“This delightful and beautifully written story, draws together elements of
traditional culture and spirituality, with a narrative told from the cat’s point
Leigh Latham dreamed of marrying a man of wealth. When she chooses money over love, she turns her back on family and friends. But life doesn’t go quite as Leigh planned.
When the dream becomes a nightmare, Leigh flees Philadelphia. With nowhere else to go, she returns to the friends she left behind. Can she possibly hope to find forgiveness?
Marshal Rory Johnston thought he was over Leigh. Now he isn’t so sure they can be just friends. Is Leigh hiding something, running from someone? Can he protect her and his heart at the same time?
Will history repeat itself? Or can loyal friendship grow into a love to last a lifetime?
It’s the year 2037. Sixty thousand miles out in space orbits the asteroid called Vesper, Earth’s new second moon and the private property of the richest man in history. No one knows what he has been building there, but suddenly the future of the human race depends on finding out — and fast.
For fifteen-year-old Ronn Evans, what begins as another ordinary day in school winds up very differently when he and his cousins are all but kidnapped by their own government to be sent into space. To their amazement, they learn that they are the only ones who can get inside the mysterious asteroid to see what has gone terribly wrong.
There are other players in the game and time is running out. Will the cousins ever see Earth again?
Some seriously clever sleight of hand is needed if aspiring lawyer Caro Addison is ever going to enjoy this Christmas. To avoid an unwanted marriage proposal, she needs a distraction as neat as the tricks used by The Phantom, the audacious diamond thief who has left Scotland Yard clueless.
While her detective inspector uncle methodically hunts the villain, Caro decides to investigate a suspect of her own – the handsome Tobias Black, a magician extraordinaire, known as The Dark Duke. He’s the only one with the means, motive and opportunity but the art of illusion means not everything is as it seems, in both crime and affairs of the heart.
As Christmas Day draws near, Caro must decide whether it is worth risking reputations and friendships in order to follow her desires.