“Ashes,” my prequel short story to “Socks” (1000 Words project) is now available on Kindle. I’ve been meaning to upload it for some time, but never did. Until now! So, not only can you find it on Smashwords, you can also find it on Amazon for 99 cents. 🙂
A 7,500-word young adult, post-apocalyptic romance: When rebels attack the city, two teens race to save the last existing library before it is destroyed.
The sky is darker than I remember, and a shape forms above me, blurry. “Matthew?” I ask. My head smarts. I cough, tasting acrid smoke, and my fingers touch a sticky warmness on my forehead. There’s a cut there; I don’t remember why. The gray metal of a helicopter glints in the fire from the building a block away. The warning system is playing repeatedly, but for the life of me, I can’t tell what it says. A firm hand grips mine and then it’s Cory who yanks me to my feet, not Matthew. “Come on!” he says. “We’ve got to get inside.”
What else is there to do? He half drags me into the lobby of a restaurant. Traces of fresh pancakes and hot maple syrup and pungent coffee smells mix with the ashy gunpowder odor from outside. The place is astonishingly empty for the morning hour. We navigate past upturned chairs and coffee stains, broken mugs lying forgotten on the floor.
Then we’re in the kitchen, where thick ceramic tiles block out the sounds of chaos. Cory grabs the handle of the bunker and twists it, praying for it to turn. He pulls me to him, holding me tight as another explosion rattles the foundation. My head against his chest; his heart beat competes with the explosions like a drum.
“You okay, Serena?” he asks.
I’m not sure. “What happened?” I can’t seem to remember why Cory is here. All I know is that I trust him more than Matthew, and there’s a sickness in the pit of my stomach at the thought of the other.”
“Socks” is available on Smashwords for free
2 responses to “Ashes – Short Story Now Available on Kindle”
Great to see you promoting your books again Stephanie 🙂
Are you going to add to your existing ones?
Well, at the moment Ashes is the only one I’m adding at the moment. If it gets much reception, I may go ahead and right the continuation (taking place right after Socks), but my real focus is on the YA/NA sci-fi manuscript my husband and I are working on right now (Distant Horizon). It’s one we’re attempting to trade publish first. I recently completed a rough draft manuscript for one of that series.
I have written a couple other short stories I’m considering publishing like these, but they still need to be edited, and they’re a bit short, so I may wait until I’ve written a few more and then compile them into an anthology. Not sure yet.
Thanks for your interest. 🙂