Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.
One step toward understanding.
One stride toward survival.
One leap toward flying free from the past.
“A delightful insight into the origins of one of my favorite characters in the Star Touched world!”
~ Maria V Snyder, New York Times best-selling author and PRISM Award Winner
“If you read Star Touched, you’ll love Hummingbird. If you haven’t read Star Touched, now you’ll want to.”
~ Kathy Steinemann
“Set in the world of Star Touched, this short story puts the reader in the mind and body of a newly-hatched hummingbird. Except this is no ordinary hummingbird! Charming and captivating, and a must-read for anyone who loves watching birds.”
~ T. C. Weber, author of the BetterWorld cyberpunk trilogy and other works.
A hidden past – A deadly secret
Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.
But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.
This short story was originally published in Young Adventurers.
Eighteen year old Tatiana is running from her past and her Star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.
Her power to heal is sometimes overshadowed by the ability to create ravaging fires. Fleeing the fear induced persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. This civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Tatiana is once again left with the choice to flee or to stay and fight for the new life she has built. Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends… and herself.
“A unique and finely crafted debut novel, the characters touched my heart as I was drawn into their plight and compelled to finish!”
— New York Times bestselling Author Maria V. Snyder
“[Star Touched] is fast-paced with well-defined characters and dialog that snaps. The ravaged, post-technological American society is depicted with sure strokes. The story draws one in and keeps one reading. And that’s exactly what one wants from a book.”
— “A.L. Sirois, author of THE BOHEMIAN MAGICIAN.”
“A great YA dystopian novel exploring the challenges of being different, acceptance, maturity, and friendship. Get Star Touched by A.L. Kaplan as soon as it launches in October.”
— Steven Southard
July 2022 issue of the literary journal of the Maryland Writers’ Association published in January and July.
Contributors to this issue:
Editor: Barbara Morrison
President: Amy Kaplan
Poetry: Shirley J. Brewer, Kari Martindale, Sara Palmer, Patrick McGann, Ellen Coffey, Lois Perch Villemaire, Roderick Deacey.
Memoir & Personal Essays: Kenneth Weiss, Gregory May, Sarah Birnback.
Flash Fiction & Short Stories: J. L. Brzezinski, A. L. Kaplan, Teresa Norman, Elayne Bond Hyman.
The Indies Unlimited 2018 Flash Fiction Anthology features a year’s worth of winning entries from the IndiesUnlimited.com weekly flash fiction challenge. These stories were hand-picked by judges and editors. This collection contains 57 stories by 32 different authors from around the world, with full color pictures by award-winning photographer K. S. Brooks. From a soul-eating jack-o’lantern to a man’s unexplainable shadow, there are a myriad of genres and stories to appeal to every taste.
Authors with stories in the anthology include: Dana Adams, Allen Alright, Mary Kay Bonfante, Robert K. Blechman, E. Carr, E.J. Cooke, Rachelle Cory, Alyssa Devine, Bill Engleson, N.T. Franklin, Rutger Galtiarii, Diana Garcia, Judith Garcia, Dusty May Jane, A.L. Kaplan, Pharrel Katz, Dale E. Lehman, T. McGrath, Tamara McLanahan, Kevin P. Michaels, Antonia Overstreet, Mr. Pish, Diane Selby, Lou Silvestri, Jeremy James Smith, Lexi Storm, Stephannie Tallent, Ken Talley, Dana Vacca, Morgan Winters, JB Wocoski, and Ann Zimmerman.
The Indies Unlimited 2016 Flash Fiction Anthology features a year’s worth of winning entries from the IndiesUnlimited.com weekly flash fiction challenge. These stories were hand-picked by judges and editors. This collection contains 33 stories by 19 different authors from around the world, with full color pictures by award-winning photographer K. S. Brooks. From a war veteran at Christmas to a woman protecting her cat from zombies, there are a myriad of genres and stories to appeal to every taste.
Authors with stories in the anthology include: Melissa Bowersock, Bill Engleson, RB Frank, Judith Garcia, Stacy Haas, Joseph Andrew Hesch, Dusty May Jane, A. L. Kaplan, Christopher “Irish Goat” Knodel, Dale E. Lehman, Stephen R. Paolini, Lynn Sheridan, Jack Sichterman, Lou Silvestri, Steven M. Stucko, Marc Twine, Morgan Winters, JB Wocoski, and Cindy Young-Turner.
In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats. ~ English Proverb
Egyptian cats. Victorian cats. Space Cats. Cat stories in pre-history Mexico, grim magical worlds, during the zombie
apocalypse, and a typical neighborhood give a glimpse into the mysterious lives of felines. And each cat, whether friend or fiend, believes in this truth: In a Cat’s Eye, all things belong to cats.
Cat-lovers and readers of science fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror will find a tale to sink their claws into from an international roster of authors.
In a Cat’s Eye is purr-fect reading for a dark night–just beware of paws on the stairs.
Featuring fiction from: Jody Lynn Nye, Gail Z. Martin, A. L. Sirois, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Doug C. Souza, Oliver Smith, Jeremy Gottwig, K. I. Borrowman, Gregory L. Norris, Christine Lucas, R. S. Pyne, Steven R. Southard, Joanna Hoyt, A. L. Kaplan, Elektra Hammond, and Alex Shvartsman.
The Indies Unlimited 2015 Flash Fiction Anthology features a year’s worth of winning entries from the IndiesUnlimited.com weekly flash fiction challenge. It contains 51 stories by 36 different authors from around the world, with full color pictures by award-winning photographer K. S. Brooks and thought-provoking prompts by five-star author Stephen Hise. From a war veteran’s revenge to the misadventures of Og – everyone’s favorite caveman, there are a myriad of genres and stories to appeal to every taste.
Included in the anthology are stories by: Susan Berry, Robert Capko, AV Carden, Victoria Ann Carr, Thomas Diehl, Leland Dirks, Jules Dixon, Stephen Douglass, Ed Drury, S.K. Fischer, Kira Flynn, R.B. Frank, Christine Frost, Terveen Gill, Dusty May Jane, A. L. Kaplan, Zack Lester, William Lewis, S.A. Molteni, John D. Ottini, Rachel Palmer, Brenda Perlin, Daniel Peyton, Greg Phelan, Diane Selby, Hannah Selby, S.B. Smith, Chris Sparks, Sara Stark, Kat Stiles, Steven M. Stucko, Janni Styles, James R. Tate, Richard Trisdale, Byron Wade, and M.P. Witwer.
The Indies Unlimited 2014 Flash Fiction Anthology features a year’s worth of winning entries from the IndiesUnlimited.com weekly flash fiction challenge. It contains 50 stories by 34 different authors from around the world, with full color pictures by award-winning photographer K. S. Brooks and thought-provoking prompts by five-star author Stephen Hise. From a magic marmot to a zombie trick-or-treater, there are a myriad of genres and stories to appeal to every taste.
Authors with stories in the anthology include: Annette Rochelle Aben, Ralph L. Angelo, Jr., R.L. Austin, Laurie Boris, Melissa Bowersock, Christian A. Brown, Lynne Cantwell, A.V. Carden, Victoria A. Carr, Joan Childs, DW Davis, Leland Dirks, Jennifer Don, Ed Drury, Kathryn El-Assal, Sylvia Heike, Jamie R. Hershberger, Yvonne Hertzberger, Chris James, Howard Johnson, Vickie Johnstone, A. L. Kaplan, K.L. Kelso, L.A. Lewandowski, Angela Luo, S.A. Molteni, Kevin D. Montgomery, Arlene R. O’Neil, Sasha A. Palmer, Brenda Perlin, Sara Stark, Kathy Steinemann, Dick C. Waters, and Mandy White.
WELCOME TO A WORLD OF ADVENTURE Enter here for cool stories of action, adventure and intrigue, featuring heroes and heroines who prove you don’t have to be a grownup to save the day.
Inside you’ll find: A teenage spy trapped on a train with men who want to kill her.
A young man earning his pay hunting dragons in a hot air balloon.
A girl who talks to wolves in a frightening dystopian future.
And Young Jack solves a mystery years before he grows up to be F. Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack.
PLUS 14 more thrilling tales set in the past, the present, the future, and in worlds of fantasy, written by Jeffrey Westhoff, Jeff Ayers, Kevin Lauderdale, Victoria Pitts Caine, Kevin Singer, C.A. Verstraete, David Perlmutter, M.M. rumberg, A. L. Kaplan, Deborah Walker, Anne E. Johnson, Chantal Boudreau, David Turnbull, Milo James Fowler, Jack Mulcahy, Nathan Hystad, and H.L. Pauff.
Suppose you saw something you couldn’t explain. And then suppose it turned out to be something far stranger, or funnier, or more horrifying than you ever expected. That element of surprise, and a different way of looking at things, is what this anthology is all about. Most of the short stories take less than fifteen minutes to read, and the ultra-short drabbles take less than thirty seconds.
Kathy Steinemann, Amber Hayward, A. L. Kaplan, and Donna Milward, share their tales and fantasies in this book of drabbles, flash fiction, and short stories. The foreword is provided by Barbara Galler-Smith.
Why would the government force an artist to paint portraits of despots or drug lords? Why would healthy people die for no obvious reason? Do you suppose that wishes could ever be dangerous? What’s a BioInterFace Fluxxatron? Do aliens watch reality shows? Why would someone pay double the usual rate to move a heavy trunk? Why is the mud from Sludge Flats so valuable?
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