Tag Archives: short stories

“The Year of the Crocodile” by Courtney Milan

16 Sep
Cover for "The Year of the Crocodile"; a Chinese young woman stands against a young white man, looking up at him over her shoulder. His arms come around her as he looks into his eyes.

This very short story is part of the Cyclone Saga, set a year after Trade Me, and as the events in Hold Me take place.

Reader, beware: there’s a rather high rate of swearing for the actual word count, and there’s also a sex scene.

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“Cooley’s Panther” and “Stalking Evan”, by Jody Wallace

31 Jan
Cover for Stalking Evan. The same white men and woman from the previous cover, faces touching, her eyes looking out to the reader. There's a black panther walking on the top of the title.

I want to highlight these two short-short stories as an example of how to establish intriguing worldbuilding in a very tight word count.

Genre romance readers, please note that while there’s a strong romance thread in both of these, there’s no HEA per se.

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“Secrets at Midnight” by Nalini Singh

5 Jan

This short story, set in the Psy/Changeling universe, is the first in the Night Shift anthology, and honestly, one of the blandest entries in the series. I do not recommend this as a starting point for the series or, really, Ms Singh’s writing.

Cover for Night Shift anthology showing a white woman holding her hair up, showing a tattoo of a tiger on her upper back
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“The Beast of Blackmoor”, by Milla Vane

3 Jan
Cover of The Beast of Blackmoor showing a bare chested muscular white man wearing a fur cloak, some sort of leather garment from waist to mid-thighs, and vambraces, holding a bladed polearm

I first read this story shortly after it was published as part of the Night Shift 1 paranormal romance anthology, back in late 2014. I was lost in the story from the word go, while well aware that it is set in a very dark world, with violence of every kind and abundant gore, and graphic sex on the page.

Reader, beware.

I finished it wishing for more stories, and I’m very glad they are now available.

(Also worth noting, Milla Vane is a pseudonym for Meljean Brook. 2)

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