Thank you for your interest in “The Letters.”
When my editor came to me with an idea for an anthology, the concept of The Letters exploded. At once I saw the beginning, the middle, then end, and the final end. I plot my stories, but I bend where the story goes as I write. I never force an ending or a path on my characters. What emerged was a 10,000 word heart-melting romance. But this was destined to have no happy ending. If you are looking for a boy-meets-girl and “they live happily ever after,” you are in the wrong place.
The Letters has three parts.
Part one, “To You,” is a short story that appears in the anthology Amor Vincent Omnia. This is the reader’s edition and has a forced happy ending to accommodate the anthology. I hate it. The author edition, the edition I meant to write, is available only to my subscribers.
Part two, “For You,” is a 10,000 word short story that appears in the anthology Good Things. This edition is written as it was meant to be.
Part three, “With You,” is not yet written and is on hold until further notice. I can’t see the ending. I only see flashes of images in my head. Until those images sharpen, I can’t write this. part two is written in such a way that there may never be a continuation.
To You (The Letters Part #1)
Written in second person point of view, “I” speak to “you” in a series of letters, recalling the day we met and fell in love. But fate had other plans. Desperate to escape the horrors of my reality, I return to the land of my youth. Little did I know you would be there. You came to me in a moment’s breath, and in that time I loved you. But fate had different plans, and all within a second our fate changed and you were before death negotiating my life in exchange for our love.
To You is one of two short stories that introduce the prelude to the showdown between you and I and Death.
“How much do you love her?” she asked.
I knew very well how much. I was there with the Death Witch negotiating the cost of your life. I thought that too clearly attested my love for you. That’s not what she wanted and I knew it. What she wanted was for me to grovel. I wouldn’t give her such pleasure. Little did I know then how much that would cost me.
In this anthology, read five tales of love and beauty that’s always more than skin deep. From illness to injury and time to circumstance, from fantasy to literary and paranormal to historical, love is always love and always beautiful.
100% of the author proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to breast cancer foundations to help prevention, research, treatment, and support.
To You is one of five short stories that appear in Amor Vincit Omnia.
Frankenstein. The Phantom of the Opera. Edgar Allan Poe. Dracula. These books have haunted me for years. Such beauty, such insanely sad and gorgeous detail. Frankenstein is not what you think it is. The Phantom of the Opera is also like this, but that is for another time. I have a point. These classic Gothic stories stole my heart and ever since, I have wanted nothing more than to write stories just as sweeping in detail. Just as heartbreaking. Just as beautiful as these classics. That was my goal with “To You.” When asked to contribute to a romance anthology, I responded with To You, a Gothic romance told in the second person point of view.
I don’t believe in happy endings without paying a very costly price. Happily ever after is earned in my stories if it happens at all, and the price for that “happy ending” is high. my editor will be releasing a romance anthology where you can read Part #1 of The Letters. The Letters is a short story series that appears in a collection of Anthologies. It is a paranormal/Gothic romance that evolves into an urban fantasy and is composed of three short stories. Each short story is a stand alone that appears in three separate anthologies.
- To You is Book#1 of The Letters consisting of 7,000 words found in the anthology Amor Vincit Omnia released in 11 November 2015.
- For You is Book #2 of The Letters and is about 8,000 words long. It is part of an anthology due to release 18 August 2016.
- With You is Book #3 of The Letters projected to be 10,000 words long and is part of an anthology due to release Winter 2016.
More in this Series
With You (Currently Writing)