Heroes prevail… usually.
You sit close to a campfire, depending on its faint, flickering light to ward off the darkness. Yet the fire cannot hold back dark memories, thoughts of your fallen kingdom, of monsters across the land, of magic gone awry. Around fires like yours are seated other travelers, refugees from catastrophes none dare mention. Kings and queens huddle shoulder to shoulder with peasants, wizards share scraps with slaves, and each wishes only to be saved. Some will be lucky, for heroes yet remain in their lands. For others, hope was not among the provisions stuffed into a pack when fleeing home.
Eventually the silence of the night grows too heavy, and someone speaks. They tell a tale of loss, of foolish pride and tragic mistake. With bravery stoked by company, others speak up, each sharing their own sorrows. Before long, there are enough tales to fill a volume. The conversations continue through the night, and by the time dawn has filtered through the gnarled tree limbs, journeys must continue, and one by one, the strangers trudge away. Their worlds may have ended, but they have survived another night. They will continue on, seeking to rebuild upon the ruins of great dreams. Their stories linger upon the air, drifting into time like the smoke from their extinguished fires, fed only by faint embers.
This book contains eleven stories set in worlds where an apocalypse has already come, but the characters you’ll read about aren’t quite ready for the end.
The authors and stories featured in The End Was Not the End: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales include:
Deedee Davies - "The Halls of War"
Desmond Reddick - "Blood and Fire"
Scott Sandridge - "Make Way for Utopia"
Jay Wilburn - "Twenty Year Plan"
Mandi M. Lynch - "Nightmares and Dragonscapes"
Magda Knight - "The Stone-Sword"
William Ransom - "In the Hills Beyond Twilight"
Steven S. Long - "Blade of Fire"
Bill Blume - "Waist Deep"
Darra L. Hofman - "Ben"
Nathen Gallagher - "Story's End"
The End Was Not the End: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales will be released in the first week of April in Trade Paperback and eBook formats. For further information and updates on The End Was Not the End: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales, please visit the Seventh Star Press site at www.seventhstarpress.com
Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.