David S. Moore – Desiree’ – Anthology Sneak Peek III

As you may know, FVP’s new Anthology, Free-flowing Stories, will be released online and at our sale on Dec. 6th.

Here’s a teaser and a snippet from the third story:

DESIRÉE  by David S. Moore

Dr. Leonard Brown, PhD in proteomics, heads a team of biochemists who are responsible for perfecting the genetic gifts of young women who will one day become betrothed to the world’s most wealthy men.  But after many years of devoted work he’s beginning to have his doubts about the morality of his chosen occupation.

Velvety lips with a tinge of vaginal rose. Mysterious eyes—greenish, with hints of turquoise and haunting gold. Skin an indeterminate copper—a bit Somali, a bit Tahitian, but mostly unidentifiable. High cheekbones, a delicate nose, soft chin. A magnetic face, even without a bit of makeup; unforgettable.

I know every line and shade of that beautiful visage. My office is filled with dozens of photos of her- laughing, sleeping, eating, playing, bathing. Like the others, I have long since been captivated by the spell—a profound beauty, deeply disturbing and visceral. Part of the job, Avery says; part of the job. The only antidote is inundation. Immerse yourself in so many photos, so many images that you simply cannot think of her as anything other than a subject for study.

They bring us skin and blood samples every month. I and the others of my team test and retest. We look for any hint of genetic drift. Even the slightest deviation from the profile must be reported. And then? Avery won’t say. He just clenches his teeth and finds any excuse for an exit. It’s never happened in the fifteen year history of the company. Or so says Marketing. But we test anyway, to assure our customers of the very finest product.

Avery Stevens—brilliant, though a bit too arrogant. Harvard PhD in Bioengineering at 19; did his doctoral thesis on the genetics of obsession; created a genetically engineered retrovirus that confers supernormal intelligence at twenty-two; founded his own company at twenty-four; hundred-billionaire at twenty-nine. But RejuveMates, he has said in numerous press releases, is by far his finest work…..

Want more? You can get the Anthology December 6th, December 13th & December 18th at our events. We’ll have a link to Amazon for online purchase as soon as it is released.

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Kennedy J. Quinn – Dark Descensions – Anthology Sneak Peek II

As you may know, FVP’s new Anthology, Free-flowing Stories, will be released online and at our sale on Dec. 6th.

Here’s a teaser and a snippet from the second story:

Kennedy j Quinn portrait bw anthologyDARK DESCENSIONS  by Kennedy J. Quinn

There comes a time in all of our lives when enough is too much. In this prequel to SECRET ORDER OF THE OVERWORLD the young Glendra is shaken from enlightened vision to fury. She influences the direction of the Sisterhood, mixing Darkness and Light into a complex brew that boils into the future of the Overworld. 

The young Glendra stood, her face flushed with emotion.  She held high a small piece of Catalyst in her hand, and a wide gap opened in the hearth in the midst of the flames. The room caught its breath as Glendra rushed forward, charging into the back of the man’s chair and knocking him to the stone floor. “Bind him!” she screamed.

Three of the youngest Sisters awaiting her cue subdued and bound him in seconds. Before the others could stop her, Glendra kicked him repeatedly, rolling him into the gap in the fire created by the black block she held. He fell into the hole, tumbling as if down a stairwell. The gap snapped away, back into crackling flames. He had disappeared from the Overworld into the realm Underneath, where none of them could follow even if they dared.

“Glendra, you…” Kestra’s admonishment dropped off into the silent awe of the women surrounding her. All eyes were fastened on Glendra’s as she turned toward them. They had become shining inky black—even where the whites had been. They were darker than the robes she wore. The flickering flames reflected on their eerie surface and chilled them all to their ceremonial bones….

Want more? You can get the Anthology December 6th, December 13th & December 18th at our events. We’ll have a link to Amazon for online purchase as soon as it is released.

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Kathleen Gabriel – Can’t Stop Singing -Anthology Sneak Peek I

As you may know, FVP’s new Anthology, Free-flowing Stories, will be released online and at our sale on Dec. 6th.

Here’s a teaser and a snippet from the first story:

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Here’s what happens when those songs that get stuck in your head go bad.

Songs came to her.

Songs came to her without preface or forewarning.

Sometimes it was an eight-bar phrase, and nothing more.

Sometimes it was the same eight-bar phrase, over and over.

An earworm, her psychiatrist called it. Everybody gets them. If it worries you, we can increase your anti-anxiety meds.

Snort. Yeah, right.

Songs kept coming to her. They would start up while she was singing something else, startling her into stopping to listen—to find out what the new song had to say.

But they were never new. She listened and recognized them, every one of them. Some she had not heard or thought of in years. Bare melody, sometimes a simple harmony came along for the ride. A bit of a song, a few bars of a chorus, a snip of a verse.

But all were other people’s songs. Just like in college, when she’d failed composition three times and failed to get her bachelor of music degree because of it; there were no original songs in her head.

Gradually the orchestration improved—percussion, bass lines, harmonies, secondary themes—until it was as complete as any expert recording.

Then the music lengthened. It would still start anywhere in the piece, but longer bits came to her. Instead of eight bars she would hear an entire verse, or the chorus.

After four months, she no longer needed a stereo. But she still could not choose what to listen to, in what order, or when.

Concertos came. Operettas. Symphony movements. Elvis at his best with symphonic backup. The Moody Blues. The Grateful Dead. Frank Sinatra did it his way.

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The songs kept coming, and she saw them as an opportunity to practice singing. The songs became louder and more insistent and she had to sing, she could not refuse.

People on the train were amused, but when she didn’t respond to their questions, they shrank away from her.

Customers and co-workers complained. Her boss told her to stop.

She tried to stop singing, but all she could do was to lower her volume, and not very much. The music was loud, and she had to participate.

She tried to control the dancing. That, too, was difficult.

The muzak in the store where she worked was just loud enough to keep the shoppers in a friendly, positive, purchasing sort of mood. The music in her head was louder. One day while making photocopies at the customer service counter she sang a hip-bumping New Orleans tune, throwing her head back and letting it all out….

Want more? You can get the Anthology December 6th, December 13th & December 18th at our events. We’ll have a link to Amazon for online purchase as soon as it is released.Anthology 2014 final cover treats

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A Release Party…And YOU are Invited!!

Our FVP Featured Authors are so excited to share our New Release Anthology, Free-flowing Stories, with you! Please attend our party and reading event on Thursday, December 18th 7-9pm at The Black Dog Arts Cafe’ in Snoqulamie, WA. 8062 Railroad Ave. SE, 98065, 425-831-DOGS (3647)

Also, to celebrate with us, please LIKE our brand new Facebook PageFree-flowing Stories from FreeValley Publishing. We hope you’ll enjoy this new place to see what’s up at FreeValley and to learn more about and interact with our featured authors!

 We’ll be reading from the new anthology, chatting and sharing a good time with you all. The new anthology and our authors’ other books will be available for signing and purchase… just in time for last minute gifts for book lovers!

We can’t wait to see you there!!!

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FVP Book Sale – December 6th!

The publications of all or our FVP Featured Authors will be available at Si View Community Center’s Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 6th from 10-3.

This will also mark the first sale date for FreeValley Publishing’s new release short-story anthology, Free-flowing Stories! We hope to see you in North Bend on the 6th!

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Free-flowing Stories – Upcoming Release – FVP’s First Anthology!

At last, our first FreeValley Publishing Anthology is complete! Release date is December 6th!

These short stories represent works from all of our Featured Authors. The Anthology is a substantial and varied collection. It’s a great way to get a sumptuous sample of our each of our author’s writing, and it makes a great gift!

It will be available online and from our authors at 3 different events in December:

  • December 6th – Si View Holiday Bazaar – Si View Community Center in North Bend.
  • December 13th – Gifts for Geeks – AFK Elixirs & Eatery in Renton
  • December 18th – Anthology Reading Event – The Black Dog in Snoqualmie

More details on these events will follow soon. We can’t wait to share our stories with you!

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30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #1

FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo is one of many authors taking part in this great blog series…and there’s a magnificent prize available for you to enter to win!  See more…

Vicky shares her gratitude for this sweet boxer, Thatcher. More…pet-photography-melbourne-

Thanks, Mysti Parker, for hosting this project on your blog! Capture

 

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