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Alana Joli Abbott
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Still time to back this Kickstarter!
Come check out the adventures of three kickass women in France of the 17th century. Less than three days to check out this awesome anthology, Sisterhood of the Blade by Battlefield Press, Inc. on @Kickstarter http://kck.st/2g59ZFi In this book are works by +Ed Greenwood, +Erik de Bie, +Rachel Ventura, +Darren W. Pearce, +August Hahn, +Alana Joli Abbott, Rose Estees, Laura Smith, +Jennifer R. Povey among other writing superstars. 

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I have this short story in my inbox because I'm a contributor, but you can get a taste of +Ed Greenwood's newest short story for Sisterhood of the Blade right here!
This is an excerpt from the story Words to Die For by +Ed Greenwood, that will be part of the SotB Anthology.

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“Non! You devils! Nooooo!” Ysabeau Broichet’s howled words rose into a shriek of despair as the cold-eyed leader of the Cardinal’s men told her father coldly, “We gave you your chance not to be a traitor to France—but you persist in the wrong choice.” And he drew his sword across the throat of the held and helplessly-struggling man before him, then stepped smoothly back out of the way of the gouting blood. The Holyswords standing all around laughed as the doomed and dying innkeeper was released to stagger and sag to the floor. He only just had time to find his daughter with his eyes before they went dull and staring and he slumped onto his face amid the spreading blood. The maids swooned, joining Ysabeau’s mother—whom the Cardinal’s guards had already mutilated, slicing off her ears, one by one, and then the very tip of her nose, to try to get the folk of the Stag to confess where this damnable message was—in unconsciousness on the floor. Ysabeau scarcely noticed them falling. She was too busy shrieking and rushing at her father’s murderers, heedless of the bright sharp blades in their hands, her hands spread to claw and— One sword dipped to trip her, ungentle hands grappled her as she fell forward, and a brutal punch snapped her head back and left her senseless, so swiftly that Guillaume, the leader of the guards, was still wiping his sword on the hem of the inn cook’s dress ere his fellows lowered her to the floorboards to join the others. “Lock her in their strongroom, and this drudge—and the two wenches, too,” he ordered. “There’ll be time enough to try to persuade them later.” He leered, and was answered by a loud roar of approving laughter. Even Ambroise and Hector of the guards, bandaged and bloody thanks to the royal envoy, joined in. The biggest of their colleagues, Bernard, was already plucking the insensible spitfire up by a fistful of the back of her dress when a thought struck Guillaume and he snapped, “Wait! Strip them all first, in case one has the message hidden on her! And be sure to check in their hair!” Bernard let his beautiful burden fall back to the floorboards with a thud, but Guillaume’s words caused the two maids to spring awake from what had obviously been sham senselessness and fight the men bending over them. Phillipe yelled as his hair was pulled and his face clawed at, and Laurent bellowed out startled pain as his fingers were bitten, but hard blows and kicks soon overpowered the women, and the Cardinal’s guard crowded in around them to take part in the tearing of clothing.

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“All this talking is stealing my wind!” Adina warned, as they panted through the night, swords up before their faces against clawing branches. “Better we get it all sorted out now, before we get anywhere near the Stag!” Aimi gasped back. “We’ll have to slow then, and keep quiet!” “And then,” Adina retorted, “is when we’ll first be able to see where the Cardinal’s dogs are and what they’re actually up to, so we can make our plans! Not now!” “Sisters, sisters!” Padgett reproved, but there was laughter in her gusty words. “Have we ever run anywhere without talking to each other? Or done much of anything else?” “There’s such a thing as too much talk,” Adina said darkly. “Colorful oaths are talking,” Aimi reminded her. “And these leaning oaks, here, are past two-thirds of the way to the Stag, so we’ve not much time left! Now, as I see it, we can’t wait for daylight, nor count on none of the Cardinal’s blades knowing our faces, so posing as innocent lady travelers or locals is out.” “So it’s storm the place, with swords out!” They could hear Padgett’s merry grin. “Stealthily,” Aimi told her hand maidens, “and ’tis not just outfighting the foe—we must outwit them, and think like poor dead Tanquerel, to find the message he left.” “Stealthily? They are only ten-and-four! What need have we for stealth?” Padgett scoffed. “Hostages,” Aimi reminded her. “And we have only the lad’s wits and word to trust in that counting. More may’ve arrived since; the Cardinal never sends one man for a task when he can cow honest folk with a strutting dozen, yes?” There came a sharp crackling from ahead, startlingly loud in the night, and tongues of bright flame flared up, licking hungrily at the stars. Adina swore like a soldier. “They’ve started!” Aimi snapped. “Hurry!”

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/battlefieldpress/sisterhood-of-the-blade-anthology?ref=creator_nav

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Belatedly posting the picture of me and +Jennifer Jacob at the post-opening-night #SheLovesMe party.
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Happy book(ish) birthday, Heather!

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Well this was a long time ago...
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I'm loving the first serial from Serial Box!
Hi everyone!  So I've just launched a new digital publishing company, Serial Box Publishing.  The idea is to be like HBO for readers--publishing great weekly serialized fiction organized into seasons like a TV show. Each serial will deliver a new episode every week which can be enjoyed on its own, or read with the others to give a full season arc. 

We'll be releasing six new serials over the next year, in all sorts of genres.  Our first serial, Bookburners, officially launches today with episodes 1 and 2.  It's an urban fantasy--think Supernatural meets the Da Vinci Code.  If you were a fan of Buffy or The X-Files, I think you'll get a kick out of it. We're releasing it simultaneously in text and audio You can read episode 1 for free, and episode 2 is just $1.99 ($2.99 for both text and audio). You can subscribe to future episodes for $1.59 for both text and audio.

Anyways, please check us out!

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Check out Out of the Sea: An epistolary novel to be released in 2016 by Margaret McNellis on #Kickstarter #OutOfTheSea #EpistolaryNovel #MargaretMcNellis #Fiction #Crowdfunding A novel about vengeance, justice, and mercy that takes place at sea in the early 19th century...join the adventure! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/833257279/out-of-the-sea-an-epistolary-novel-to-be-released

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New game! "A Wise Use of Time" by Jim Dattilo (author of the award-winning "Zombie Exodus") is now available on Steam, iOS and Android. It's 25% off until Sep 11. Please reshare this with friends! The more downloads we get in the first week, the higher we'll rank in the App Store. We're also asking our fans to follow us on Steam to show support for interactive fiction on this platform. https://store.steampowered.com/login/?redir=curator/7026798/

With the power to freeze time, you can ransack a casino, rescue a celebrity, or cheat death itself!

"A Wise Use of Time" is a thrilling 260,000-word interactive sci-fi novel by Jim Dattilo, author of "Zombie Exodus," winner of the 2011 XYZZY "Special Recognition" award for interactive fiction. Your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

When you freeze time, no one can see you, hear you, or stop you, except, perhaps, a handful of mysterious time controllers like yourself. Every second you steal puts more stress on your body and mind.

Will you bring justice to the mobsters who run rampant in your city? Will you steal from them to provide for those in need? Will you share your power with friends and family? Will you destroy your own powers, or will your powers destroy you first?

* Play as male or female; gay, straight, or bisexual.
* Develop relationships with one of four main romantic options (or a secret one). Track your relationships and moral stats as they change.
* Level up your time-control powers, or nullify them to protect yourself and others.
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