Long time, no see. Just popping in really quick to tell you that you can get 7 stories for the price of $0.99 between now and May 29 on Amazon and Smashwords. If you’re interested in fantasy fiction and especially interested in diverse reads and want something fast to read over this holiday weekend, then check out Insignia, Volume 3. The stories in Insignia, Volume 3 take place throughout Southeast Asia, so you can “travel” to another continent while enjoying a backyard barbecue with the family. It’s a win-win!
I contributed a little tale of revenge to this particular anthology. I realize now that I forgot to make a formal post about it. It’s been a wonderful experience to have my story included in such a talented pool of writers.
Here’s a quick excerpt of my story, “The Third Eye.”
Some say the only way out of the provinces is to marry someone rich. When a class graduates, it’s almost as if a great migration happens, as hundreds of hopeful women pack up and head to the city. Many will come back. Some will stay because they found success, or simply because they’re too ashamed to come back.
My sister was one of those girls. The night before she was to leave for Manila with a group of girls from neighboring villages, she told me how our superstitions would be the end of us. How if we kept believing in imaginary creatures, we’d always be seen as stupid. Ignorant. Impossible.
She spat on our beliefs, cursed our way of living, and then pointed to a tree where a family of duwende lived. Our family apologized to them on her behalf and offered them food, but my sister rolled her eyes at us. I guess she was too sophisticated for such things. She had too many dream and aspirations.
But all of that ambition was wasted.
Her body was found beside the duwende tree in the morning.
You can read more excerpts of the other terrific stories here:
“Horse Feet” by Celestine Trinidad
“Interlude” by Eve Shi
“The Island” by Melvin Yong
“Running from Shadows” by Joyce Chng
“Never Seen” by Kelly Matsuura
“Spirit of Regret” by Eliza Chan
Remember: This sale ends on May 29, so grab any one of the Insignia books for only $0.99!