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Bridget and the Banshee

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Another work by the inestimable MJ Barros, this picture captures the characters from my short story Changeling in a tender moment.

On the left, you have Bridget Flanagan, an Irish peasant woman, no longer young.  She’s seen her husband into his grave…and only recently figured out why she never got as “silly” over him as other girls got over the lads when they were young.

On the right is a banshee, one of the Good Folk, a spirit of death.  A creature of terrible power compared to the mortal before her, she’s finding it very strange that she’s the one who feels shy and vulnerable right now:

“What do you think I am?” [The banshee] demanded. “A nymph? A dryad? Some elf-lady who sits on a cushion all day listening to her charmed mortal poets making verses for her? I’m a death-spirit!” Then her voice lost its strength, and the next words came out sounding suspiciously like sobs. “I’m hideous! No mortal can bear the sight of me, let alone actually want to stay with me! Oh, you’d put on a brave face for a time, but all the while you’d be looking for some way to get yourself free!”

Was that all? Oh, it’d be one thing if she’d be struck blind or dead to look at her new bride, but the silly creature was just talking about ugly, and what was a bit of ugly? Did the poor thing think Jimmy had been some golden-haired angel?

“Well now…” Bridget said as she climbed to her feet (saints have mercy on her knees!). “Why don’t you let me be the judge of what I can bear?”

She reached for the banshee’s hood, and the spirit actually flinched away from her.

“Don’t…”

“Easy now,” Bridget soothed. “This won’t hurt.”

With a sigh, the banshee closed its eerie blue eyes, and let Bridget take hold of the hood. She drew it back slowly, just in case blind or dead were still options, but then she saw her sweetheart’s face and she smiled.

Like her hands, the banshee’s face was nothing but a normal woman’s. A rather handsome one, actually, with a strong jaw and gray hair cropped mannishly short.

“Oh, aye, hideous you are…” Bridget grinned.

The banshee flinched again, and Bridget hurried to reach her point.

“…when you stand next to Queen Mab all day, as I’m sure you must. Here among us mortals, you just look like your younger days are behind you, and sure, isn’t that what being mortal is? You’re a handsome woman.”

Then, before the banshee could open her eyes, Bridget Flanagan leaned in and kissed her.

 

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Changeling Is Available for Free Download Now Through Thursday!

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I thought that I’d change it up a little this week, and have the featured story be a romance instead of horror. Of course, being who I am, even the romance is a bit uncanny.

If you want to see what I mean, head on over and download yourself a free copy of Changeling from Amazon.

And while you’re there, of course, check out the rest of the library.

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Changeling Is Back Up At Amazon!

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The banshee are spirits of death. Some were once human; some are of the Good Folk, come up from the darkest shadows under the hill. In the end, it makes no difference. The banshee sing death, and that is the whole of it. When the banshee come singing, death follows behind, and there is no fighting it. No appeal, no bargains to be made. But tonight, Bridget Flanagan has an offer that the banshee have never heard before…

The story of undying love is once again available for purchase at Amazon.

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My Valentine’s Day Stories

It’s funny, I was in such a hurry to make sure these stories were up in time for Valentine’s Day, and then things got so busy that I forgot to share them with all of you!

So here they are – three stories of different aspects of love, all available at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble absolutely free.

Knowing What I Know Now Title

Ryan Hall has been here before. He knows his way around. He knows what’s going to happen, and he knows what you’re going to do.

The only thing he doesn’t know is what he’s going to do about it.

Ryan Hall has lived his life over and over again, different every time, always trying to get it right. Every new choice is a different lifetime. But now, at the end, it all comes down to one choice: his own happiness, or the great love of his life?

Available for free at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

Here Be Dragons Title

Zack has a secret. A secret that he’s kept hidden for a long, long time – longer than most people can easily imagine. But now he’s met Eileen, and the time has come for the secret to be told.

Available for free at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

Changeling Title

The banshee are spirits of death. Some were once human; some are of the Good Folk, come up from the darkest shadows under the hill. In the end, it makes no difference. The banshee sing death, and that is the whole of it. When the banshee come singing, death follows behind, and there is no fighting it. No appeal, no bargains to be made. But tonight, Bridget Flanagan has an offer that the banshee have never heard before…

Available for free at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

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