Tag Archives: shorter stories

“The Governess Affair” by Courtney Milan

28 Sep
A white woman with long, curly reddish brown hair, wearing a long bright yellow gown, looking down to the daisy corsage she's holding

This novella is a prequel to The Duchess War; it establishes one of the most important relationships for the hero of that novel, and thus is the first installment of the Brothers Sinister series, despite having been written a couple of years after the release of that book.

Reader, beware: backstory of physical abuse by a parent, backstory of rape, difficult sibling relationships, general trauma, and a most lovely scene of consent, seduction, and sex.

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“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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“Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight”, by Alyssa Cole

19 Jan
Cover for Agnes Moor's Wild Knight. The bottom half shows a medieval keep; the top half is a partial shot of a knight wearing armor, holding a shield at his feet.

The theme for this month’s TBR Challenge is “Quickies”, and honestly this 23 page novella absolutely embodies the letter if not the spirit of it.1 (I’m still thinking about it.)

And, would you look at that! it’s also absolutely an Unusual Historical, both in setting (1508 Scotland) and characters (our heroine is Black, in 1508 Scotland)

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