There’s only one thing better than a story by a great author–it’s one by several great authors. And that’s just exactly what this book offers.
Just from the title, it is clear that it is an anthology of stories that would not be your average puppies-and-rainbows genre. So what exactly does this book contain? Keep reading, and you will find out….
Open the door and unlock the secrets in eleven short stories from The Secret Door Society, an organization of fantasy and science fiction authors dedicated to charitable work. All proceeds from this anthology benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in their quest to cure Type One Diabetes (T1D).
In these pages you’ll discover a modern woman trapped in an old fashioned dreamscape, a futuristic temp worker who fights against her programming, a beautiful vampire’s secret mission disrupted by betrayal, a sorcerer’s epic battle against a water dragon, the source of magical mirrors—and more. There are tales for every science fiction and fantasy taste, including new works from award-winning authors Johnny Worthen, Lehua Parker, Christine Haggerty, and Adrienne Monson.
Join us in the fight against T1D as you peek into a world of magical and mysterious doorways—if you dare.
Now, a good set of stories that are brought together for a good cause is even better than an anthology! We have short blurbs for each one, and I’d like to present them for you. This blog will have a somewhat different twist; I am going to meld the authors’ info with their book blurbs. So here we go:
Isabelle is tired of hiding what makes her unique. She is ready to stand out and stand up. As the Princess of Aylan it is her duty to lead her people by exposing the biggest lie of all. In order to do so, she must face her past and her mother’s abandonment head on. What she discovers may be more than her kingdom can handle.
Excerpt: “We were once a great, happy people. We had freedom. We had courage. I want to bring that back. Today, I return that to you by bringing back what we thought was lost.” I looked around, “Mother?”
Unique Thing MeriAnn loves pushing herself to the limits through trail running and an Ironman Triathlon laterin 2015.
MERIANN BOXALL resides in the mountains of Northern Utah with her husband and two children. A work-at-home mom she has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She finds herself teaching college courses online and writing grants for nonprofit organizations. Growing up in a small town rich with culture she developed a love for the art of storytelling. She is an avid reader who loves being outdoors, boating, and trail-running in the mountains that surround her home.
Room 517 By Angela Hartley
Head-strong, quirky Elise is always leaping before she looks. This time she’s landed on an accidental time-travel adventure. Running from her controlling ex (who also happens to be a wizard), she discovers what put the ‘evil’ in medieval, and that snakes are always better as handbags. Join Elise on this wacky journey of self-realization, and you too will unlock her secret.
Excerpt: “Kill the witch! Kill the witch!” Villagers chanted. They gathered around the house. Great! Now they resorted to name-calling. Really mature. So I did what any strong, capable twenty-year-old would in my position. I opened the window and shouted. “Seriously?!”
Interesting author tidbit: Room 517 was my first attempt at writing humor, but Diabetes is no laughing matter for me. My oldest daughter has lived with Type 1 for over 9 years. She’s my hero and my heart.
ANGELA HARTLEY spent much of her childhood being shuffled from house to house with only books for companionship. The magic she found in the written word saved her in many ways, transporting her into worlds far more enjoyable than the one she resided in. Literature became a passion and the idea of writing carried her through years of uncertainty. Following her father’s tragic death in 2005, she decided it was time to let go of the past and pursue her dreams. With the love and support of her family, she’s built worlds of her own full of procreating angels and demon rock stars. Her debut New Adult horror novel, Copper Descent, was released through Fox Hollow Publications in May 2014. Angela currently resides in Midway, Utah with her three children and husband.
Rothe has strived for twenty years to complete the spell to fix everything. Summoning a dragon to gain the final ingredient is only the beginning.
Excerpt: A loud sucking noise sounded from below. Rothe hurried to the cliff edge to see a whirlpool opening a doorway into the ocean depths. A dark shadow shifted under the surface and Rothe moved away from the edge.
Interesting tidbit: I have insulin resistance. While not the same as diabetes, many of the effects are similar. That being said, it hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the outdoors where I drew inspiration for my story. I’m happy to support such a great cause.
JESSICA PARKER is a fantasy author currently working on a fairytale series. Her adventures in the written word have occurred as long as she can remember; reading stories of dragons, magic, romance, and the power of one person inspired Jessica to write stories of her own. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, swimming, movies and cooking.
Reflection By Terra Luft
Jadayell is devoted to abolishing the ban on reflections, but her family is responsible for upholding it and protecting the real reasons behind it. In her quest to satisfy her personal desires, she uncovers a secret with the power to destroy the world. Will she choose the greater good of the people, or her own selfish needs?
TERRA LUFT is a speculative fiction writer and prolific blogger. An overachiever by nature, she tackles every project with coffee and sarcasm and believes all rules exist to be broken. She works full-time by day and writes by night, always searching for that ever elusive work/life balance people tell her exists. She lives in Utah with her husband and two daughters, their naughty dog, and a cat who stole her heart.
Simple Magic By Christine Haggerty
After Soria and her companion are sent by one of the Five Elders to the earth’s surface to kill a human family, Soria discovers that a deeper secret lies beneath the command.
CHRISTINE HAGGERTY, author of The Plague Legacy series, grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her life’s passion is to craft stories of strength and survival. As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche combining both skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.
Good Enough to Die For By: C.R. Asay
Molly, an unwanted shelter dog, is given a second chance when she bonds with a lady, carrying the tangy scents of otherworldly fear.
C.R. ASAY joined the Utah National Guard at the age of seventeen. After spending time in the 625th Military Police Corp she transferred to the 19th Special Forces group as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend, and graduated from college so that she could embark on the most exciting adventure of all; being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable mention from the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. C. R. Asay currently resides in West Jordan, Utah, with her husband, four children, and a dog. There is always a dog.
Temp By: Michael Darling
A futuristic temp worker finds romance and a terrible secret in her new crew. To preserve the truth that could change her life, she’ll have to overcome the programming used by the UP corporation to control her. But the price may be more costly, and personal, than she bargained for. True Sight
MICHAEL DARLING has been a butcher, a cartoonist, and an award-winning magician. He fell in love with science-fiction after reading Madeleine L’Engles’ A Wrinkle in Time. The synergistic mingling of words, art, theater, and magic have led to many projects in the years since. Michael’s fiction was first published in college and his non-fiction has appeared in the book Teach by Magic and MAGIC Magazine. Death by Magic and The Mystery of Dr. D’Arq have been produced for the stage along with radio scripts for The Faith and Families Report that aired in more than 80 markets worldwide. As an actor and singer, Michael has appeared in more than 15 plays and musicals. As Michelangelo, he has entertained audiences with his own brand of magic and illusion in hundreds of shows and has appeared with the Utah Symphony and toured with Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller production. Michael is currently working magic with an urban fantasy novel as well as an epic fantasy series for young adults. His short stories have been accepted for publication in 2015.
LEHUA PARKER is the award-winning author of the MG/YA series the Niuhi Shark Saga: One Boy, No Water; One Shark, No Swim; and One Truth, No Lie. Originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Lehua is currently an author, book doctor, public speaker, soccer mom, and playwright. An advocate of literacy and indigenous cultural narratives, you can find her at http://www.LehuaParker.com, lurking on Facebook when she should be finishing her next novel, or folding laundry.
ADRIENNE MONSON is the award winning author of the Blood Inheritance trilogy and a paranormal Regency novella, Eyes of Persuasion. She resides in Utah with her husband and two children where she works on more stories to share with the world. She also enjoys reading, kickboxing, and cooking.
SAM MCCLENDON is a world championship martial artist and Science Fiction/Fantasy enthusiast. Having survived cancer, he now pursues his dream of becoming a published writer, and works to help build a community of support for aspiring writers in Utah. Currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah, he works in the IT field for a local software company
JOHNNY WORTHEN is the tie-dye wearing author of the nationally acclaimed young adult paranormal Eleanor, the Unseen, and the adult occult thriller, Beatrysel, and Dr. Stuart’s Heart. His short story, The Point, appears in the Dark Fiction anthology Little Visible Delight, and look for his genre-bending comedy noire, The Finger Trap in 2015. Trained in modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Johnny writes upmarket multi-genre fiction. “I write what I like to read,” he says. “That guarantees me at least one fan.” Johnny lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and sons.
CALLIE STOKER gained a love for stories early in life. Her first favorite series was The Indian in the Cupboard. The idea of a boy’s toy coming alive in a magic cupboard gripped her imagination and never let go. In the past decade, Callie has honed her editing skills by studying the writing craft and defining the elements that make a story work. She can read any story, any rocky first draft, and provide the first aid it needs to live off the page, and resonate in the minds of readers. She works with new writers and published authors by treated editing as an opportunity to teach and encourage, instead of just correct. Her business, The Manuscript Doctor, offers several services dedicated to help stories at every stage reach their potential and change their readers forever.
FAUN JACKSON began her career in photography when her four children were young. She has been involved in multiple art forms for 21 years, and her extensive training and experience as an artist has allowed her to transform her photographs into works of art. She and her husband enjoy living in a beautiful Southern Utah town, and are the grandparents of four children. Faun continues to develop her talents and establish her career in fine art photography.
JOSHUA ROBERTSON, CRIMSON EDGE PUBLISHING COMPANY, is a small publisher specializing in Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Horror, and Tabletop Game Guides. It is our mission to publish quality, progressive fiction to meet the literary needs of the book community. It is our goal to adapt and evolve with market trends and competition, pursue effective communication with our authors, and provide exceptional service that will ensure our clients and readers are satisfied. Please check out our website to learn more and to check out our other publications.
That sure is a terrific line-up! I hope that everyone has enjoyed checking this anthology out. For more info go to