Charity Tahmaseb was a 2003 Golden Heart finalist, and one of her short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-author, with Darcy Vance, of The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, and lives in Minnesota. Visit her at thegeekgirlsguide.com/wordpress.
Darcy Vance's essays on family life have appeared in regional newspapers and her first novel was a finalist in the Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest. She is the co-author, with Charity Tahmaseb, of The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, and lives in Indiana. Visit her at thegeekgirlsguide.com/wordpress.
Step from the well-trodden path and into the world of sour magic and unexpected consequences. Here you’ll discover how to:
Duel with a scarred war prince
Defeat a (dashing) bandit king with your own army of toads
Venture into the depths of the forest for your heart’s desire
Forge a bond so strong it defies even death
Straying from the Path includes two brand-new novellas and four short stories in the (forthcoming) Sour Magic series of fairy tales, perfect for anyone who loves retellings and fairy tale adaptations.
Remember, anything can happen when you stray from the path.
But Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy sexagenarian! How can Polly stop herself from falling for Xander Cooper, the suddenly-hot skateboarder who keeps showing up while she’s working at Wild Waves water park, when Grandma is picking up guys at the bookstore and flirting with the dishwasher repairman?
No advice column can prepare Polly for what happens when she goes on a group camping trip with three too many ex-boyfriends and the tempting Xander. Polly is forced to face her feelings and figure out if she can be in love—and still be herself.
Katy and her grandmother have always used coffee to catch ghosts. It pays the bills and keeps them in high-end beans. But after Katy’s grandmother dies, it’s as if she’s taken all the ghosts with her.
Until Katy discovers there’s a rival ghost hunter in town, one who uses tea--of all things--and one who has stolen all her clients. But when an epic infestation threatens, Katy can’t help but get involved. It will take all her wits--and some excellent Kona blend--to fight the ghost in the coffee machine.
Ghost in the Coffee Machine is a short story of approximately 4,000 words. The story was first published in Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic. This story is now the pilot episode for the Coffee and Ghosts serial.
***Now includes episode 2, Giving Up the Ghosts***
If coffee hasn't yet topped your list as the most versatile substance on Earth, consider "The Ghost in the Coffee Machine" by Charity Tahmaseb. ~ Lori Parker, Word of the Nerd
Coffee and Ghosts: The Seasons List
Season 1 is made up of five novelette/novella-length episodes:
Episode 1: Ghost in the Coffee Machine
Episode 2: Giving Up the Ghosts
Episode 3: The Ghost Whisperer
Episode 4: Gone Ghost
Episode 5: Must Love Ghosts
Season 2 is made up of three novella-length episodes:
Episode 1: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Episode 2: The Ghost That Got Away
Episode 3: The Wedding Ghost
Season 3 is made up of three novella-length episodes:
Episode 1: Ghosts and Consequences
Episode 2: A Few Good Ghosts
Episode 3: Nothing but the Ghosts
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Issue #4 includes 12 short stories:
"Circus in the Bloodwarm Rain" — Cat Rambo
"Forever" — Rachel Pollack
"The Dragonmaster's Ghost" — Henry Szabranski
"Restart" — William Reid
"Feeling All Right" — Richard Zwicker
"Universe in a Teacup" — Seth Chambers
"Skipping Stones" — Erin Cole
"Incriminating Evidence" — Charity Tahmaseb
"Posthumous" — James B. Willard
"Your Cities" — Anaea Lay
"Seaside Sirens, 1848" — Anna Zumbro
"#Dragonspit" — William Meikle
In the non-fiction section, this issue features:
-Interview With Author Cat Rambo
-Interview With Author Charity Tahmaseb
-Interview With Author William Meikle
-Interview With Editor Lynne Thomas
-Artist Spotlight: Kuldar Leement
-Book Review: Half a King (by Joe Abercrombie)
-Movie Review: Interstellar (2014) (Christopher Nolan)
The magazine is open to most sub-genres of science fiction, including hard SF, military, apocalyptic & post-apocalyptic, space opera, time travel, cyberpunk, steampunk, and humorous. Similarly for fantasy, we accept most sub-genres, including alternate world, dark fantasy, heroic, high or epic, historical, medieval, mythic, sword & sorcery, urban fantasy, and humorous. The magazine also publishes horror and paranormal short fiction.