Hello, Spring

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A lot can happen in three weeks. Yes, that’s how long its been since my last post. We, in the Southern Hemisphere have said goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring. Of course, the weather around here can’t quite make up its mind.

I love today for two reasons. One, because it’s officially Spring and two because the day and night are equal. Which somehow makes today seem more magical.

Aside from that, I’ve been busy writing. Working on a range of different stories, from drabbles right the way up to longer fiction. Right now I’m struggling with a 2,000 word short story. I love the concept but the words just aren’t flowing the way I want them to and I really hate the thought of having to give up on the submission opportunity so I’m stubbornly persisting with it in the hopes that something comes of it fairly soon.

So, fingers crossed. I think I’m going to need all the luck I can get.

If in the meantime you want to check out any one of the stories I’ve had accepted for publication so far, go here. And if you haven’t caught up on my mini Camelot Series you can do so here.

 

 

 

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Curses & Cauldrons

If you haven’t preordered your copy of Curses & Cauldrons you’d better do it fast! This anthology goes LIVE in a matter of hours!

Within the pages of this anthology are eight of my drabbles. I won’t spoil it by rehashing what they’re about as I’ve done that twice already in previous blogs… BUT what I will say is if you haven’t, get your copy now! You won’t regret it!

Get you copy here!

I’ve had a lot going on recently, not all of it good unfortunately. But, I’ve pulled myself out the other side and am back to making things happen once again.

So on to the business end of things… I’ve got a few story submissions to mention. Firstly, img_2357-1my story, Of Blood & Fire, was accepted into the Coffins & Dragons anthology by Dragon Soul Press. The release date has yet to be revealed but as soon as it is I’ll let you know.

Secondly, my story, A Storm Of Ravens, will be published in Divinity, an anthology by Iron Faerie Publishing. It’s scheduled for release on the 25th of October 2019.

I have other news to share, but I’ll make a separate post and share it when I’m not so strapped for time. Weekends don’t allow me much time at the PC. My kids have a tendency to hog it when I’m not quick enough. Roll on, Monday. LOL!

Myth & Magic

Iron Faerie Publishing are seeking submissions from 500 to 5000 words for their Myth and Magic anthology!

Love mythology and mythical beasts?

Then this submission opportunity is for you!

Open until full there’s still time to submit. And with over a dozen spots left to fill, you’d better get writing.

So, here’s three creatures I’ve stumbled upon during my research for this open call.

Basilisk – The Basilisk was a mythological creature so venomous that its mere glance could kill.

Chimera – From the right angle a chimera might look – if only for a second – like nothing more than a lion. But it’s far from it.

Harpy – Harpies are mythical creatures in Greek and Roman mythologies with the head of a woman and the body of a vulture.

I hope this open call and tiny selection of beasties inspires someone to write something great!

And the Winners are…

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I’m a little late with this post but better late than never. So… a few days ago I announced a giveaway of two eBooks featuring stories of mine.

The eBooks up for grabs were Lost and Fable.

There were seven entries and according to random.org, the winners are as follows:

Kelly and Ailish

Kelly has won an electronic copy of Lost and Ailish, an electronic copy of Fable. I hope you enjoy reading.

Thank You to everyone that participated and I’ll be reaching out to the winners shortly.

Birthday Giveaway #2

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I had such fun doing this last year that I decided to do it again.

From now until midnight August 1st, I’m hosting a giveaway.

Up for grabs is the following:

1 x ebook copy of Fable, featuring one of my short stories, Stealing Beauty.

1 x ebook copy of Lost, a collection of short stories.

To Enter:

Like this post and leave a comment below to be placed in the draw.

Entries  close at midnight (Perth, WA Time) 1st August 2019.

Winners will be announced at random courtesy of random.org. by midnight 2nd August 2019.

 

 

Angels, A Divine Microfiction Anthology is LIVE!

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Angels, Book #2 in the Dark Drabbles Series by Black Hare Press is AVAILABLE  on Amazon TODAY!

From the back of the book:

Beatific angels, holy wars, kitty saviours, epic battles between good and evil, devils and demons, fallen angels and many more tantalising tiny tales of blasphemy and piety.

What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?

More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.

I’m lucky enough to be among those three hundred, with my two drabbles, Lucifer and No Light, No Angels.

Lucifer is a story about the fallen angel, Lucifer. While No Light, No Angels is something a little more personal and deals with the moments immediately following my mother’s death. It’s oddly fitting that the anthology releases on the 23rd July… one day before the anniversary of my mum’s death.

Get your copy today! Available in eBook and Paperback

To find out more about Black Hare Press, visit: Black Hare Press

Fable is LIVE!

Fable, the altered fairytale anthology is the debut release for Iron Faerie Publishing and features sixteen stories by sixteen different authors.

My story, Stealing Beauty, a alternative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is one of the stories featured.

It all began Once Upon A Time… Only these aren’t the fairytales you grew up with.

Get your copy today! Available in eBook and Paperback

To find out more about Iron Faerie Publishing, visit: Iron Faerie Publishing

Fable is in the Top 100!

Woohoo! 🎉

The anthology, featuring my short story, Stealing Beauty, is currently sitting at #95 for Fantasy Anthologies.

It’s really exciting and I can’t wait for Release Day on Friday!

So, please if you haven’t… PREORDER a copy of Fable now. Myself and the 15 other authors would love to see this anthology reach new heights!

Pre-order Today!

Pre-Order Fable Now!

Fable, the debut anthology from Iron Faerie Publishing is available to PREORDER!

My short story, Stealing Beauty, is one of sixteen stories featured within and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a bit of a twist to it.

It’s just over 3000 words and tells the story of Isabel who swaps places with her father, who was imprisoned for stealing a rose. Not longer after meeting the man who holds her captive, it is revealed that not only is he cursed but she is as well. Both victims of an enchantress who has cursed the entire town for their wrongdoings, no matter how slight.

It comes out officially on the 5 July 2019.

PREORDER NOW!

Goodbye Autumn

It’s Friday… finally. The end of another working week… for some and for others like me it’s the end of the school week which means… for me that my kids will with absolute certainty steal the computer out from under me to play whatever PC orientated game they can find while I concoct devious ways of luring them away from the PC so I can write.

Oh, the life of a mum of four. It’s hell I tell you. Send wine and chocolate. Actually scrap the wine and send Chardonnay, cause I hate wine and beer. Actually most alcohol. Unless it’s Baileys or Writer’s Tears. Yes! Look it up that stuff exists. Cost a small fortune. But it was worth it.

Because… Writer’s Tears… enough said.

I digress.

Winter is coming and truth be told I love Winter. I get to pile on the blankets without apologising. I’m always cold.

And with Winter comes birthdays along with anniversaries of things that I’d sooner forget because no matter how hard I try I’m almost always a wreck by July 24th.

Life is fleeting and I’m trying to not let it pass me by. I’m trying to get my words out into the world.

It’s really all I’ve got tonight.

Oh, and this rose from my garden.

Isn’t it pretty? I’ve been promising myself a red rose for years, partly because I loved the rose garden in my parents backyard and partially because I just love red roses.

Fable Cover Reveal

🦋✨Cover Reveal✨ 🦋

My short story, Beauty, which is my own take on Beauty and the Beast appears within its pages!!! 🥀

I cannot wait to share it! It’s so pretty 🥰

Fable, the debut anthology from Iron Faerie Publishing is compiled by Stacey Jaine McIntosh.

This anthology features 16 authors who have each weaved their own take on a fairytale, each with their own unique twist.

It’s set to release on the 5th of July, so keep an eye out for this and be sure to grab a copy when it drops!

Purchase links to follow once they become available.

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card when my Facebook group hits 200 Members!

All you have to do is join!

If you’ve liked any of what I’ve shared on my blog or are curious as to my next few releases please come along. I’d absolutely love to have you!

Author, Stacey Jaine McIntosh’s Fae Hollow

I love weaving Celtic mythology into my stories and writing about faeries and other paranormal beings. There’s so much fun to be had with creatures that can’t lie.

Submissions, Rejections… and Acceptances

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Submissions, Rejections… and Acceptances

It’s bravery, hope, sadness and glee… all wrapped up in a neat little package.

And do you know what I did despite receiving a rejection letter this week? I pushed on. In the wake of that rejection, I went onto receive three more acceptances, which pushes my total for the year up to 18! Not bad considering.

And that rejected story? Well… it’ll be fleshed out to a more respectable (novel) size and published.

So, all is not lost.

 

It’s Better to Believe

I thought I’d put it out there that Iron Faerie Publishing has a few Submission Calls currently open. The latest of which is…

✨Faeries Anthology✨

They are seeking stories about faeries from Irish, English, Welsh and Scottish origins be they from the Seelie or Unseelie Court or the unaligned. Dark and Light elves are also welcome, as well as the more domesticated (household) fey.

Genres wanted are urban fantasy and paranormal or dark paranormal fantasy. No horror.

Word Count: 2000 to 4000 (No stories over 4,000 or under 2,000 words will be accepted)

Submissions Close: 1st August 2019 or UNTIL FULL

Response Time : within 3 weeks after submissions close.

Compensation: A Contributors Copy (eBook)

Reprints Accepted: No

Estimated Release Date is TBA!

So, what are you waiting for? Get writing!