Chantiki’s Boudoir – A Vintage Ladies Magazine

Chantiki's Boudoir coverFVP Featured Author Victoria Bastedo has graced us with this delightful, daring entertaining selection of quaint articles, helpful advice, terrifying advertisements, and a travel diary in her lively, turn of the century magazine. Chantiki’s Boudoir is now available on AmazonAlso features a short-story by esteemed guest author, Kennedy J. Quinn, “The Fickle Face of Time” ~A tale of a vexing vixen, a beguiling beauty, and the gentleman caught in their spell.

Spotlight: Kennedy J. Quinn & Cameron Tower and Ellen Rowan -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

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Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is coming soon. Release is September 1st. But I hope you’ve been enjoying the ride here at FVP’s website learning about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project.

Kennedy J. Quinn is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Cameron Tower & Ellen Rowan. Cam & Ellen collaborated on a metal sculpture fabricated from found and reclaimed pieces, and added some gauges and gears inspired by Kennedy’s writings. Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Cam’s and Ellen’s other work and a snippet of Kennedy’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

Cameron Tower:

Ellen Rowan:

Find more of Cam’s work at c_tower_studios on Instagram and more from Ellen at zaellen on Instagram and Recaptivation on Facebook 

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Mash-up of Speculative Fiction/Steam Era Time Travel – Thoughts run OFF THE RAILS into dementia and alternate reality. Love stories run parallel through tests of time. Can a steam train break through space-time into dimensions of the mind? Is it true, all you need is love?  By Sheri J. Kennedy & Kennedy J. Quinn * Paired Artists: Kristin Tetuán and Cameron Tower & Ellen Rowan

Snippet from “Off the Rails” by Kennedy J. Quinn (& Sheri J. Kennedy):

“Your grandmother,” he said to Marlene, “my dear Lizzie, told me often of the many other journeys she chose, but she always wondered if ours was meant to be? For though she’d used the stone amulets hoping to find me in 1941 on our momentous day, she at first had no success. My shop in Boston had changed, and I wasn’t in when she arrived. She left upset, and climbed aboard at the nearby station to ride the steam train home to 1910. When the train was moving, she contacted her gem and arrived at Snoqualmie Depot, as had happened before. But as she stepped off the train, toward the platform, her ankle turned on the steps and she fell and hit her head. She lost consciousness.”

“Was she alright?” Barry asked. Marlene took his hand this time, and he met her reassuring eyes.

“I was sitting here – right here – upon an evening, thinking and staring out the window into the light. I lost my train of thought, and there she was.  Read more…

Kennedy has a special note for fans: I know you’re waiting for Book III: Dreams Key, in the Miss LiV Adventures series, and I assure you, it’s on it’s way this Fall! But in the meanwhile… I have an EASTER EGG for those of you who have read (or want to read) Books I & II: In this Anthology’s story “Off the Rails,” what’s Mrs. Scott’s first name? DON’T SPOIL BY ANSWERING IN COMMENTS – BUT IF YOU SEND ME THE CORRECT ANSWER THROUGH THE CONTACT PAGE ON MISS LIV ADVENTURES, I’LL ENTER YOU INTO A DRAWING FOR A FREE SIGNED COPY OF BOOK III: DREAMS KEY! To be eligible, submit your answer before the release of Dreams Key later this Fall.

Find more from Kennedy at MissLivAdventures.com , Kennedy J. Quinn Author Page  @Kennedy J Quinn on Twitter, KennedyJQuinn on Facebook and on her FVP Author Page

All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!

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THE LOST TRAIN COVER

Spotlight: Casondra Brewster & Gayll Morrison -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

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Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is coming soon. Release is September 1st. But you can hop on board here at FVP’s website in the next weeks to learn more about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project.

 

Casondra Brewster is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Gayll Morrison. Gayll’s painting, from a historical photograph was complete before the pair connected on the project, but Casondra thought it caught the mood and was well in sync with her story theme. Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Gayll’s other works and a snippet of Casondra’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

 

 

 

 

Find more of Gayll Morrison’s work at gayllery.biz 

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Dark Speculative Fiction – A young woman finds herself AT A LOSS when her train of thought careens through modern life and a state of ‘great collective trauma’.  By Casondra Brewster * Paired Artist: Gayll Morrison

Snippet from “At a Loss” by Casondra Brewster:

“Diane Osman. I have a one o’clock appointment with Dr. Case,” she looked around and there didn’t seem to be any other patients about.

“Oh,” the receptionist looked at her screen and then up at Diane, “Dr. Case isn’t seeing patients today. Are you sure your appointment was today?”

“I’m certain of it,” Diane said and looked at the clock on the wall above the receptionist’s head. It read 12:56 p.m. “I’m a little bit late, but still before my appointment time. I’m certain.”

“Alright, let me call someone; please have a seat in the yellow chair there, and I’ll call you shortly.”

A line of chairs stood watch behind Diane, against the wall that faced the receptionist’s desk. They boasted rainbow colors with a black chair in between all of them. A woman, a bit younger than herself, sat in the purple chair. Funny enough she wore a purple face mask. Diane had not seen her come in. She wasn’t there when I came in. Maybe she’s waiting for someone? Diane took her place in the yellow chair.

The thought she was forgetting something haunted her. But she was certain her OB/GYN appointment was right now. She dug through her purse, because she remembered asking for an appointment card. They were reluctant to give her one because of the virus epidemic. She remembered showing it to her husband. She put it in her calendar. She was certain. Where is that card?

The receptionist hung up the receiver. “Ms. Robles?” The woman in the purple chair got up. Diane watched and thought the woman looked familiar with dark hair and light eyes. The receptionist handed the woman some paperwork and the woman sat back down in the purple chair and began filling it out. She doesn’t look pregnant. Diane dallied in her recollection that she hadn’t looked pregnant the first time she came here either. She smiled at the woman, but the woman didn’t see Diane’s smile. She was focused on her paperwork. Read more…

Find more from Casondra at CasondraBrewster.com , Casondra Brewster Author Page and on her FVP Author Page

All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!

GET THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY HERE

THE LOST TRAIN COVER

Spotlight: Tommia Wright & Madison Wachter -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

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Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is coming soon. Release is September 1st. But you can hop on board here at FVP’s website in the next weeks to learn more about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project.

 

Tommia Wright                              Madison Wachter

Tommia Wright is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Madison Wachter. Madison painted independently, but added some stars and moon phases in response to requested elements to relate to Tommia’s short story. Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Madison’s paintings and a snippet of Tommia’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

 

Find more of Madison Wachter’s work at AshenNewt.com and AshenNewt by Madison on Facebook.

STORY DESCRIPTION:

A remarkable coffee shop turned intergalactic train, offers escape from a dystopic earth. An eclectic mix of vibrant souls seek tracks to a more hopeful future on THE L.O.S.T. TRAIN.  By Tommia Wright * Paired Artist: Madison Wachter

Snippet from “THE L.O.S.T. TRAIN: An Unexpected Journey” by Tommia Wright:

When Andy strolled by, Roberta frowned and tried again. “What’s going on and who exactly are you?”

“I told you. Andy Colleagues. Consider me your guide, storyteller, translator, mate, and for the moment,” he smiled as his hands rushed over a series of levers and buttons behind the counter, “mini-conductor.” Looking behind her, she saw all the new arrivals sitting in booths that weren’t there before, and the door to the street had vanished.

Andy came around the counter and handed her a fresh cup of tea. Welcome to the L.O.S.T. Train. Well, the Galaxy Lounge until your sleeper is ready.”

Roberta wondered if she should have something stronger to drink. “I think one of us has lost their mind.”

Andy’s shoulders fell. “Oh dear. Rather fumbling through this again, aren’t I. The L.O.S.T. Train is for Liberation of Stranded Travelers. That would be you and many of your lot here. And before I forget, in case anything should happen, here is your Whistler’s Walker and Lean-Tow.” Read more…

Find more from Tommia at Tommia’s Tablet and on her FVP Author Page

All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!

GET THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY HERE

THE LOST TRAIN COVER

The Lost Train – Release September 1st

FVP Anthology-THE LOST TRAIN CoverThe train is almost here! We’re so excited to present this Anthology in cooperation with Artists from North Bend Art & IndustryAvailable on Amazon. 

The project rallied artists to work together online while isolated during the lockdown and continues to support and inspire them through this time of social separation and change. They are excited to share these 7 stories and 10 artworks to encourage and entertain the community around them.

There will be posts about the Authors, Artists, stories and artworks posted here on FVP over the next couple weeks, so stay tuned. Learn more about it now…

Book Review: Moordym Downs by Victoria Bastedo — Rachel Author Barnard

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Moordym Downs by Victoria Bastedo A Fiction/Mystery novel published by Amazon Digital Services (06/07/2020) Summary: “Like the wind comes on purpose to nudge you. You look out into the expanse and you feel like that land knows mysteries you’ve been trying to understand all your life. All you have to do is go out there. […]

via Book Review: Moordym Downs by Victoria Bastedo — Rachel Author Barnard

Enjoy this review of FVP featured author, Victoria Bastedo’s new release: Moordym Downs, by FVP featured author, Rachel Barnard.

Our New FVP Anthology Coming Soon!

FVP Anthology-THE LOST TRAIN CoverI’m so excited to reveal the Cover for our new FVP Anthology – THE LOST TRAIN!

Eight of our Authors have been working hard in cooperation with nine Artists from North Bend Art & Industry on this themed publication. There are seven stories of various genres from a Children’s story to dark Speculative Fiction. Plenty of mystery, whimsy and heartwarming moments too. Watch for it in August. Pre-order date will be announced soon! All profits benefit NBA&I community Arts development projects.

Midnight or Something Darker

Have you got your copy of Jeffrey Cook’s latest book in the Gothcraft Series? GET IT NOW

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The first step is admitting you have a magic ring problem.

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Rae Schwarz is expected at her *ancestral* home, with its dark luxury, fairy-tale grandeur, and centralizing obsession. Fortunately, she’s a better witch than ever, and with people she can count on.
But will Rae be able to keep her head on straight, faced with everything she ever wanted? Addictions, after all, can run in families, even magical families.

Midnight or Something Darker concludes the story told in You’re Not a Real Goth Until You Sack Rome and SPF 1066.

Beyond the Witherstream

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Looking for an entertaining Free read? How about a Star Trek Novel… Beyond the Witherstream by FVP Featured Author, David S. Moore is available HERE. Enjoy!
Here’s a quick review, followed by the beginning of the story:  (Note, the excerpt skips a prologue chapter.)
Beyond the Witherstream is a classy, thoroughly written bit of Sci-Fi. The Witherstream itself is a unique concept, lyrically-developed, yet it fits in the Science Fiction genre. The world of Star Trek expands to include other ships, new worlds to see, and scientific conundrums deeper than I can understand, yet explained in detail by the obviously intelligent, author. I enjoyed reading this tale/adventure story, told in the grandiose tradition of Star Trek!”
-Victoria Bastedo, Author
Beyond the Witherstream:
Engineer Theresa Mathers stared blankly at her monitor and wondered
when the geniuses in charge of this project were finally going to realize that
Sector 140459258 was the most boring region of the entire Alpha Quadrant.
Sixty-six days she had spent on a tiny research vessel no bigger than a Holosuite
with three of the most aggravating personalities ever assembled in a single crew.
Their esteemed leader was none other than Captain Harding– the absolute
quintessence of an Alliance stuffed shirt who thought far too highly of his talents
as a research vessel captain.
Actually, she thought him rather cute at first– that thin little mustache of
his and his black hair and dark, dark eyes. She thought he looked rather dashing
in a rather grim, determined sort of way. Single, too, she noticed, with more than
a little interest. And he did seem so very considerate. He took her to lunch on
the second day of their two weeks of briefing on Starbase Nurana.
“You have the most lovely eyes,” he said.
For a moment she was too stunned to reply. “Why that’s so sweet of you
to say!”
“And listen, if you need any help with the material we’ve been covering in
our briefings, I’d be more than happy to render my assistance.”
“Well thank you Captain– that’s very thoughtful of you. I will definitely
consider it.”
For a microsend, maybe– but no more. Theresa was absolutely certain
that she did not need his assistance with any of the materials. In fact Theresa
had excelled at the Alliance Academy. In fact Theresa was an expert on virtually
every type of known and unknown phenomena that they might reasonably be
expected to encounter on the most boring expedition in Alliance history. No, very
certainly she did not need any help from Captain Harding on any of the subjects
that had been covered.
Still, she found herself thinking that someone at Alliance Command must
have thought he had talent. He was a Lieutenant only six months earlier and
now he was to captain this, the Rim Quest, the first of a new type of research
vessel on its maiden voyage! And they were to explore uncharted regions of the
Rim, the borders of Alliance space. It all seemed so very exciting until, on their
first day out, Captain Harding assembled the three of them in the mess hall and
informed them that he would be in charge of every aspect of the mission, from
setting the course to determining how their research data should be gathered.
And true to his word, Harding took every opportunity to foul up the entire mission
with his tedious, picayune pronouncements on the proper observation of every
minuscule procedure in the entire Alliance rulebook.
It didn’t take long for her to transfer her romantic interests back to the
mysterious, misunderstood detective Swain whose latest adventure, Swain
Spurned, had entertained millions from Goridon to Mindos IV. Besides, Harding
quickly developed an interest in Vena Tularea, Engineer and obedient sycophant
of his every decree– and most recently an occasional late night visitor to his
quarters. Wasn’t she just a wee bit jealous of Vena? Well, perhaps. READ MORE…