Blog Tour Invite: Fateful Turns (A #StrangeLit Anthology)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Today, I'm opening up the sign-ups for the first out of four paranormal/fantasy short story anthologies by Filipino authors I'm touring!

#StrangeLit: Fateful Turns

Maybe once upon a time we all were ordinary, until the day life took a fateful turn. Do we accept this, or run from it? Explore the path of extraordinary choices in these stories:

The Mermaid From Siquijor by Justine Camacho-Tajonera
Spirit by Nina Tuballes
The Lady in Pink by Carla de Guzman
The Eternal Harmony Funeral Home by JM Agustin
Fate by Sue Donymko
Glimmer by Ren Mayari
The Warrior's Dilemma by Sette Luis
Harvesting Nightblooms by Will J. Sarm
Enduring Attachments by Johann Farson
Sparks of Circumstance by Chi Rodriguez
The Rite of Passage by Rose Gallardo

#StrangeLit was a writing class held in 2015. For five weeks, participating authors wrote paranormal/fantasy stories, and this ebook bundle is a collection of work produced during the class. Read more #StrangeLit stories in the anthologies INCREDIBLE TRUTHS, DARKEST DREAMS, and KILLER SEASONS.

The Mermaid From Siquijor
A novella by Justine Camacho-Tajonera

Lorie Cenas gets invited to go on a diving trip to Siquijor, an island famed for its connection to the supernatural, to heal from a broken heart. She accepts but her friend doesn't know that Lorie has a secret: she already has a deep connection to the island, the place where her mother died a long time ago.

There, she meets Marceau Egasse, a French diver and marine ecologist, who is passionate about the ocean but skeptical about the island's mystic powers; and Elena, a mysterious island woman, who has secrets of her own.

Elena wants something from Lorie that she is not willing to give up. Will Lorie heal wounds from her past in Siquijor? Will she find love and a kindred spirit? Or is the island a maelstrom that will consume her, just like it did her mother?

Spirit
A novel by Nina Tuballes

Fifty years ago on the 21st of December 2012, the world as we knew it, ended.
The earth was divided into two territories: Babylon and Necropolis. Babylonians believe that it was God's wrath that caused the cataclysmic event that led to whatever the world has become. Some believed it to be a scientific phenomenon, but only those who wields the power of Spirit knows the truth.
Prophesied Savior of Humankind, that's what Serenity is for the wielders. The strongest among them. But is her strength enough to deal with her brother's lie, her altered memories, the cult that rapes and kills women, the Risen who devours the living, and the truth about everything?
Will Dime, her broken and clueless soul mate, be able to save her from herself? And will she on the other hand, have the power to save Dime from himself?

With the immense power in her hands, saving the world seem as easy as one, two, three, but as seduction and the pleasure of it tingling at her fingertips, the chance of being consumed and destroyed by it increases.

The Lady in Pink
A novella by Carla de Guzman

Martha Ford can see ghosts. She always has, and when she moved to Paris, she's found that ghosts are much better company than real people can ever be. She takes a job cleaning up an apartment in the Ninth Arrondisement where she and Henri Beaugiron stumble across the portrait of his great-great Grandmother, Marthe de Florian. But Marthe's ghost is determined to take over Martha's body, and unless Martha can find out why, she could lose everything to the city of Lights.

The Eternal Harmony Funeral Home
A short story by JM Agustin

Peter "Pit" Rosario is your typical under achiever. Never the good student, nor the athlete -- nor anything, really. Pit is the epitome of unmotivated. While normal college students study for tests, go out with friends, and go to class; you can find Pit in front of a computer, playing his horror games.

But when death visits the family of one Pit's closest friends, he finds himself away from his computer chair and at the wake of someone he barely knows. In a strange place and out of his element, Pit has never felt as uncomfortable as he is now and he just wishes he could go home and play his horror games.

To make matters worse, there's a weird janitress following him around; smelling him with her long crooked nose as he walks by; staring at him with her dark sunken eyes from a distance. Looking at the strange old lady, Pit knows there's something seriously wrong with her.

Did she just lick me!?

Fate
A short story by Sue Donymko

All he ever wanted...
All Daniel Santiago ever wanted was to get laid, like any other normal guy. But with his powers come a strange curse that cannot be broken, unless he meets The One.

...was what she cannot give.
All her life, Felicity simply followed what her family told her she was fated to become. But a chance encounter with Daniel makes her rethink that maybe her life can be something other than entirely black...

Glimmer
A novella by Ren Mayari

Hiraya was a theater group run by people whose beauty Amber calls 'otherworldly' (exhibit A: her boss, Amarissa with her pale skin and grey eyes). There are other things at Hiraya that she found strange as well. The first time she went there, the people she met started upon seeing her as though she was someone else. Amber also thinks there were times that she thought Amarissa's eyes would turn blue, but that could just be a trick of the light. And since she started working as an intern at Hiraya, the dreams came almost every night - the dream with the lady with the brown wavy hair she's been having ever since she was little. There's also the headaches accompanied by some hallucinations. Or were they visions?

The Warrior's Dilemma
A short story by Sette Luis

Nicolla is out to prove that she does not need a man. Tristan does not want to fall in love with a woman. Fate brought them together. Can Tristan allow himself to fall in love when it will cause him his death? Will Nicolla allow herself to love when it will mean admitting that she needs a man?

Harvesting Nightblooms
A novella by Will J. Sarm

Prom is supposedly the most memorable night of a teenage girl's life. But when Alexis Briar wakes up in a coffin, in an entirely different world, her prom experience is about to go on a whole other level of unforgettable. Summoned to the plague-ridden world of Endor by Ash, a mysterious boy with powers over the dead, he tells her that her only way back is if she helps him save his world from a rabid disease. Not exactly the easiest thing to do. Can Alexis do the impossible and make it back home, or will she end up marooned in Endor with the necromancer with whom she has never felt more alive?

Enduring Attachments
A short story by Johann Farson

In the not-so-distant future, one man finds that there are some things he just can't get over.

Sparks of Circumstance
A short story by Chi Rodriguez

At eighteen, Jana Cross begins to dream.

Sometimes, her dreams are of a cafe that sells a different kind of coffee. Here, espresso shots are focus and discipline, sugars and syrups are encouragement, tea and milk are calm, and whipped cream is joy.

Sometimes, she dreams of another realm, an enchanted forest with different creatures doing her bidding and her subjects calling her by a different name. She dreams of power, of striking fear. She dreams of things that aren't real.

Or are they?

When danger finds Jana, she begins to follow her dreams. Will they lead her to her death? Or will they finally lead her to the truth?

This is the beginning of her story.

The Rite of Passage
A short story by Rose Gallardo

As the town prepares for the the Big One and an eclipse that would put everything into darkness, an ancient beast is about to stir and create havoc on Earth. An unlikely hero will rise to save the the town from carnage and ultimate destruction. A young girl named Karla and her feeble grandfather Tomas is the town's only hope for salvation. Will she accept her fate and face the mighty Bakunawa or perish like her parents?

Tour Details:

1. November 9 - 13, 2015
2. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, interviews, guest posts
3. There will be a tour-wide giveaway.
4. Electronic review copies will be provided.
5. You don't have to review each story. You can review it as a whole bundle or certain stories only.

Tour Schedule

November 9

The Ultimate Fangirl - Review
pakwanstripes - Excerpt

November 10

Cinderella Stories - Excerpt

November 11

racquelsarah - Excerpt

November 12

Her Book Thoughts - Review + Excerpt
TheCatWhoDoesntMeow - Review + Excerpt
JeanzBookReadNReview - Review + Excerpt
I Like It Dog-Eared - Review
Books for YA - Review

November 13

Le Bibliophile~ - Review + Excerpt
The Phantom Paragrapher - Review
Writing and Lovin' It - Excerpt
The Bookstore Diaries - Excerpt
Tara Tries to Write - Excerpt
Channeling Chi - Excerpt

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