Monthly Archives: December 2013

Book Release: The First Unforgivable Thing

The First Unforgivable Thing, my contribution to the Darkest Worlds charity anthology, is now available on  its own! This story is set in the world of the Internal Defense series and takes place between Necessary Sacrifices and No Return, but can also be read on its own. For this one I took a break from Becca’s perspective to show the story of someone else working for the resistance – someone who will also make an appearance in No Return – and I’m very happy with how it turned out. (Which is saying something, really – I usually have to be convinced my writing is any good. I actually like this one.)

 

The First Unforgivable Thing

 

The First Unforgivable Thing

When a dissident working undercover as an interrogator is ordered to torture a confession from the only girl he’s ever loved, he chooses to defy both the totalitarian regime and the resistance by helping her escape—but she has an agenda of her own…

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Book Release: Through a Tangled Wood

My short story “Flight,” a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is now available in the anthology Through a Tangled WoodThrough a Tangled Wood is an anthology of unconventional fairy tale retellings, from a post-apocalyptic Hansel and Gretel to a look at Snow White from her stepmother’s point of view. The anthology is free on all the major ebook stores, so go grab a copy! Or if you’re not convinced, scroll down to read descriptions of all the stories.
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Through a Tangled Wood

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A variety of writers come together to twist traditional fairy tales into unusual and mysterious stories. From Beauty and the Beast, to Hansel and Gretel, to the Ugly Duckling, these stories will be sure to pull you into a fantastical world of princes, romance, and maybe a little science fiction.

“Plan B” by Katie French. When Nolan is selected as one of the few candidates to work in the Breeders’ hospital, he thinks all his troubles are over. Now he can afford precious medicine to save his ailing father. He’s heard of the Breeders’ cruelty, of their inhuman experiments, but he’s sure they’re fabrications. Then he stumbles into the Plan B room and learns how truly awful the Breeders can be.

“Tailless” by Ariele Sieling. A retelling of the Ugly Duckling, set on a far away planet in an unknown galaxy. While fighting a war with her people’s biggest enemy, young Bode struggles to understand why she feels out of place in her community, and why she, unlike her comrades, was born without a tail.

“I Am the Maid” by Sarah Dalton. A hostile zombie killing Maid Marian meets an ill-behaved ex-soldier Robin in this post-apocalyptic retelling of Robin Hood. When a young girl falls deathly sick, the two are forced to join forces in order to outwit the Sheriff, and the mysterious Guy Gisbon.

“Three Wishes” by Marijon Braden. When Aladdin rubbed the magic lamp, things went pretty well for him. But a few thousand years later, the world has changed and the genie is old, cranky, and doesn’t play fair. Young Alison thinks she’s found the answer to all her prayers, but instead finds that having wishes come true isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

“Killing Snow White” by Jamie Campbell. A magical retelling of the story of Snow White, told entirely by the Evil Queen who supposedly tried to poison her. Think Snow White is innocent? Think again.

“A House in the Woods” by H.S. Stone. At the conclusion of a scavenger hunt for Old World artifacts, Hansel and Gretel find themselves lost on the outskirts of the city after dark. They stumble upon a house in the nearby woods, hoping that they will find help inside, but the house’s inhabitant has other ideas.

“Flight” by Zoe Cannon. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Dragged to the palace at swordpoint, commanded to cure the cursed prince with a kiss, Lucia wants nothing more than to return to her solitary world of books and magical study. But she soon discovers that she and the prince share more in common than she could have imagined… and that the truth behind his curse could destroy—or save—them both.

Land of Masks and Moonlight by S.K. Falls

World of Shell and Bone has been one of my favorite indie dystopias since I read it last year. The second book in the series, Land of Masks and Moonlight, comes out today, complete with a new (and beautiful) cover redesign for both books in the series. I was lucky enough to beta-read this one, and if you’re a fan of the first book, you’ll definitely want to pick it up. (And if you haven’t read the first book, go grab it now while it’s on sale!)

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The sequel to the Amazon Top 20 science fiction bestseller is here!

Three weeks on a ship to China as a stowaway. Backbreaking labor in paddy fields. A one-room shack for a house.

Vika Cannon will endure anything if it means giving her unborn child and her sister Ceres a chance to grow up. The Great Land may be fraught with dangers of its own, but it’s still safer than the grim Asylums and stinging acid rains of their poisoned home. The brutal conditions seem a small price to pay…especially with Shale Underwood to come home to.

But when a local cell of New Amanian Radicals is captured, Vika knows it’s only a matter of time before her true identity is revealed. In order to survive, she must immerse herself in an underground society where masked strangers revel in the spoils of illicit power.

A mistake now could result in her unmasking—and the obliteration of everything Vika holds dear. As the net around her cinches tighter, she begins to understand that nothing in life is free.

What will Vika trade for her family’s safety?

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To celebrate the release of Land of Masks and Moonlight, it is being offered for $2.99 for one day only, until December 10 at 11:59 Eastern! After that, the price will go up to $3.99.

Haven’t started the series yet? Book 1, World of Shell and Bone, is only $0.99 until December 12th!

 

About S.K. Falls

SKFalls_Newer_100x100A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, S.K. Falls enjoys alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where she lives and imbibes coffee. Her husband and two small children seem not to mind when she hastily scribbles novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads.

Since no writer’s biography is complete without mention of her menagerie of animals, you should know she has one dog that doubles as a footstool, a second that functions as a vacuum cleaner, and a cat that ensures she never forgets that her hands are, first and foremost, for pouring cat food.

S.K. Falls is represented by Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

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