Pending Anthology

Hello everybody.

My flash fiction is being consolidated into an anthology with 13 writers, due for release sometime in 2013.  Therefore, any stories that previously appeared here were removed pending publication.

Autumn Notebook

Autumn — the perfect time to curl up by the fireside with a good book. Here are some of my picks for fall.

– Maeve Binchy just released “A Week in Winter” weaving her magic through one week at an Irish great house turned inn. I’m eager to read it! Available digitally.

– Jami Davenport just released “Love at First Snow”, a charming tale of an injured NFL player to heads to his family’s vacation home in the San Juan islands to recuperate.  Readers love it! Available digitally.

– Diana Gabaldon  just released  “A Trail of Fire”, a group of short stories tied to the Outlander series. Can’t wait to read it! Available in paperback.

– Anthea Lawson released “To Wed the Earl”, a Regency romance with a bonus short story included. A delightful read! Available digitally.

– I can’t go without mentioning my own new digital release, “What Dreams May Come – a paranormal anthology”, by Gail Harkins. Gentle hauntings in the modern age,   past life dreams, and the ghost’s perspective on things.

Happy Reading!

Accepting the Impossible

Perhaps it’s the fog that swirls between the hills and follows the rivers inland, or the proliferation of spider webs that spans any open walkway that, this time of year, encourage our minds to accept the possibility of the impossible.

But the supernatural world doesn’t confine itself to the days around All Hallows Eve, when the portals between worlds are open. Sometimes the spirits slip through and choose to linger. Sometimes they have never left.

Ghosts are not a topic of easy conversation, as the heroine in “Light and Shadows,” the first story in my short story anthology, “What Dreams May Come,” learns too well. And yet…the spirits will have their way. That cloying scent of magnolia where there should be none, a cat running berserk late at night, an image that watches us as we hover between sleep and wakefulness…Is it real or merely our imaginations? What can we do about it?

And, from a ghost’s perspective, why would we want to do anything? Bodyguard Victor Sun, the ghost in the second story, “The Guardian,” has never heard the words “Mission accomplished.” After his sudden death, he soldiers on, orchestrating the lives and loves of succeeding generations of the Li family, whom he swore to protect. But, can flesh and blood stand up to a ghost?

Can reality stand up to dreams? The title story, “What Dreams May Come,” begins with a recurring dream of ancient lovers that is sufficiently worrisome that Kate agrees to past life regression therapy. Is her financé Henry really the ancient warrior Hinto? If they are one and the same, is that a reason to end the engagement or for wedding bells to ring?

Now, in mid-October, the veil between life and death will soon be rent, for at least a day. What spirits will visit you? Will they bring comfort or sorrow? Cautions or hope? Will you face your own personal spirits with courage, or with fear? The choice is yours. Your future is in your hands.

Reposted from http://www.serenazane.author.blogspot.com

What Dreams May Come

A fog has settled over the land, replacing yesterday’s warmth and sunshine with  a grayness that saps the green forests of their color and turns the golden grasses to dun-colored sticks. It is, in essence, a harbinger of autumn, bringing the hope of rains…rains that should have begun in September.

This is a time to contemplate changes and partitions in life…and in death. If death is only a horizon, as the Carly Simon song says, the apparitions that come in the night may just be real. Maybe. We don’t really know.

“What Dreams May Come”, my short anthology of short stories, comes out this month from Rainforest Press. Expect three short reads about changing, partitions and taking charge in the here or hereafter.

I’ll be discussing this new collection Wednesday, October 10, with fellow writer Serena Zane at her site: http://www.serenazaneauthor.blogspot.com

Come join us, and tell us what you’re thinking.

Kind regards,

Gail