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…

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.

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…

Wine & Words is Back! Feb. 28th

We can’t wait to be back out to meet you and read for you! See you this Thursday! Our books will also be available, and we’re happy to sign them! Don’t miss it! Black Dog Art’s Cafe’ Snoqualmie.

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Wine & Words (and we) are Back

After a brief summer hiatus, FVP is back with Fall events, looking forward to NaNoWriMo events and Holiday events! Although I say we’ve been gone, perhaps it was more of an inward focus on writing. Our group members have been moving forward on their WIPs and a few new self-pubs came out, such as Victoria Bastedo’s The Time Mechanic 

I hope you’ll join us for Wine & Words Spoken Word Evening at Black Dog in Snoqualmie, October 4th. It’s always a fun and entertaining literary evening. Spotlight Author will be FVP’s own, David S. Moore. See you there!

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Wine & Words is Back!

Join us Thursday, March 8th from 6:00-9:00pm for Wine & Words at The Black Dog Arts Cafe’ in Snoqualmie! FVP’s Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo with be our Special Guest for this evening of Author Readings and tasty treats. All ages welcome. A Literary Open Mic will follow the program. See you there!

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Happy Holly Days! Si View Bazaar…Books!

Our Holiday Tradition…FVP Books will have a booth at Si View Holiday Bazaar in North Bend on December 2, 2017. Come on out between 9-3 and Meet our Authors and Find lots of Great Books for Gifts or to Read During the Holidays.  Also stop in at the Holiday Festival in downtown North Bend afterwards for a fun family celebration and tree lighting. See you there!

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Save the Date – Seattle’s Readerfest!

Readerfest is coming to The Brig & Amphitheater at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Saturday, September 9th! Free to Attend… Authors, Books, Music, Costumes. Cosplay is welcome and encouraged!

FVP Books will have a booth, so come by and meet our authors along with many others from the NW and afar.

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Writing Tip: Take It Home – Victoria Bastedo

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Victoria Bastedo

Another great writing tip shared by FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo:

All characters need a home. It’s like meeting a new friend at work or at church. You may laugh in the hallways or at break time, but after a while the friendship doesn’t progress until you take that person home. It’s that way in a lot of shows on television too, as well as in love stories; meeting the family for the first time means something.

So give your characters a home, even if your story is set (as my current one is) on a spaceship. On the Enterprise in Star Trek we saw Spock at home in his quarters, playing a lute. In Middle Earth our hobbits returned to their hole in Bag End.

If you see a thriller where the spy only lives his life in hotel rooms and Moneypenny is his deepest relationship, there may be some excitement and fancy gadgetry, but there’s not a lot of personal connection.

Even if the home is oppressive at the beginning of the story and the goal is to get away from it, bring your characters to a home worth having by the end. Building that house makes a richer story.

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