Looking for castles, princes, wizards, and quests?
Not your everyday fantasy, this collection of short stories takes you through the mists of time into intricate worlds alight with magic and betrayal, sorcery and lust. Mystical prophecies and unusual landscapes meet desire and desperation.
Here you’ll find …
A slave-mercenary struggling to save the life of his mistress.
A palace guard defending his city against the destroyer of prophecy.
A wanderer who brings more than just past grief into the lives of four sisters.
Two friends who go on a dangerous hunt to kill the witches destroying their village.
An outcast trying to outwit the village oracle and get justice for her murdered mother.
A captain who discovers how high the cost is to return the dead to their rightful homes.
You’ll be immersed in the unusual, if you dare. Open the door to wonder.
About the Author
Xina Marie Uhl lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and assorted furry and scaly pets. The setting of her first novel, Necropolis, along with much of her other writing, has been heavily influenced by her interest in ancient history. She holds both a BA and an MA in history. In addition to fiction writing, she teaches history and writes educational materials. When she isn't reading and writing, she enjoys hiking, photography, and planning new travel adventures. She maintains a blog at xuwriter.wordpress.com. Xina's available ebooks include: Necropolis The Gauntlet Thrown and The Challenge Accepted (with Cheryl Dyson) A Fairy Tail and Out of the Bag The Cat's Guide to Human Behavior She also maintains a web presence on Facebook (www.facebook.com/XinaMarieUhl) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/xuwriter) Born and raised in the Midwest, Janet Loftis fled to sunny California to escape the cold, dark winters, only to now explore the colder and darker sides of human nature in her horror and fantasy fiction. With a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology, and a MA combining Cultural Anthropology with Creative Writing, Janet's stories are inspired by the mythos of cultures around the world. From science-fiction to fantasy to horror, and from short stories to screenplays, Janet has seen her fiction published in a variety of online and print magazines, and placed in the finals and semi-finals of screenplay competitions. Next on Janet's agenda are more horror shorts, a horror screenplay, and the marketing of a family-friendly screenplay. The three stories published here are taken from Skin and Bones, a collection of eleven short stories and a novelette currently available from XC Publishing.net. These dark-tinged, anthropology-inspired tales will intrigue fans of horror, dark fantasy, magical realism, and science fiction. More short story collections by Janet L. Loftis: Zombies And Aliens Ivy League The Box Quadrilogy Wheels and Deals Connect with Janet online: Facebook (www.Facebook.com/JanetLoftis) Amazon Author Page (www.Amazon.com/author/JanetLoftis) Follow her blog The Far Places (janetloftis.wordpress. com) exploring creativity, travel and cats.