Don’t you love finding a new author and then discovering she has a series? The Aerling Series by DelSheree Gladden will be available exclusively on Kindle as a regular ebook and as part of the Kindle Unlimited program. As a bonus, there are 3 EXCLUSIVE short stories Aerling fans will only find in the box set. Curious about how Mason and Olivia first met, or about how the Parker family turned out, and what about Mason and Olivia’s future? You’ll only find out in the Aerling Series Box Set!
Olivia’s best friend is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And she’s pretty sure he’s not a hallucination. He’s just Mason.
He is, however, invisible. Being invisible won’t keep him safe for long.
Intangible: Mason is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And he’s most definitely not a hallucination. Mason is an Aerling, and the Sentinels’ number one target.
Invincible: Mason is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And he’s definitely not a hallucination. Mason is the one Aerling capable of saving an entire world. He thought he was going home, but surviving Sentinel attacks and making it back to the Aerling world is only the beginning of Mason’s fight to protect the ones he loves.
The Beginning (Short Story)
Ever wondered what was going through Olivia’s head when she spotted a dirty, crying little boy in her front yard at five years old? See the day she met and took in Mason, and experience everything she saw and felt the day her journey truly began.
First Step (Short Story)
The end of the Aerling war leaves every Aerling on Earth with a choice to make. Stay on Earth…the only home they know…and remain unseen by nearly everyone, or give up the familiar and embrace their new home. The choice isn’t easy for Conner Parker, and an emotional connection to his new neighbor Serena complicates it even more.
The Epilogue (Short Story)
Every Aerling fan wants to know, what happens to Mason and Olivia after the war? Where does Molly end up? What about Shane? Catch up with your favorite characters ten years after the end of Invincible to see what an irrevocable bond between worlds and people has created.
Here’s the book trailer. And a few excerpts from the stories themselves.
Excerpt from “Dance with the Devil” by Carole Ann Moleti
Taina settled onto the cold, metal chair, her back erect, stomach lurching like she was in a confessional about to disclose her deepest, darkest secrets. Only now, she was not only violating the Catholic teachings she’d already rejected when deciding to follow the way of the Goddess, she was about to plunge into brujería and all its dark secrets.
Carole’s work has appeared in a variety of speculative fiction venues including Lightspeed, The Internet Review of Science Fiction, Tangent Online, The Portal, and The Fix. Her short stories set in the world of her novels are feature in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires,Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, and Seer: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance.
Excerpt for “A Good Trade” by Tracie McBride.
It is said that if a gryphon finds you captivating enough, it will not kill you, but will only take a little of your blood, and might even grant you a wish in return, and in one desperate corner of my mind I hope that a gryphon’s blessing might be powerful enough to over-ride Nadia’s prophecy.
Tracie is a New Zealander who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications, including Horror Library Vols 4 and 5,FISH anthology and the Stoker Award-nominated Horror for Good. Her debut collection Ghosts Can Bleed contains much of the work that earned her a Sir Julius Vogel Award in 2008. She helps to wrangle slush for Dark Moon Digest and is the vice president of Dark Continents Publishing. She welcomes visitors to her blog.
When I was a graduate teaching assistant, I had a small speech I would give before Valentine’s Day. “A day when men hate women for being materialistic and women hate men for being unoriginal.”
“Bitter,” a blonde undergrad muttered underneath her breath from the front row. “I’m not,” I insisted. “I resent the pressure to spend money by florists, stationery makers, and chocolatiers.”
I went to a women’s college (which now admits men, the subject of my first novel, Saving Peace). Valentine’s Day was more like a week. Special long tables were brought into the foyer to handle all the flowers, teddy bears, and gifts, people were sending to students on campus. The pressure to avoid this part of a small campus was so great, the “Peanut” program sprang up. You gave your peanut a small treat everyday and on the final day, at the end of the week, revealed your secret identity.
Yes, that’s how fragile women are around Valentine’s Day.
The best way to celebrate love is to show kindness, not only to those who love, but those who need it. Check out the excerpts from a few of the stories below and consider giving this unique title as a gift to a friend or true love.
EXCERPT from Michael J Holley’s story:
Standing at the top of the narrow, contemporary staircase provided Emily with her first view of it down below.
It looked as though it was highlighted in Technicolor compared with the doormat and Habitat umbrella stand that was stood next to it. The crimson shade of red offended her senses at this time of the morning and her heart sank. What kind of a moron has played a joke on her this time, she thought to herself as she carefully padded down the open slatted stairs?
EXCERPT from Sonia Wright’s story:
Throughout tea the conversation was polite but uncomfortable. Adam’s father tried to make the occasion light hearted by adding the odd joke. Mother on the other hand showed her instant dislike for Ramona by making snide remarks about the way she dressed. Ramona saw a future battle looming on the horizon with this lady, but it will keep until Adam had become her husband.
Excerpt from “Careless Cupid” by Vanessa Wester:
Celina watched her assignment. She had obviously picked the short straw on this one. Seriously, this one had no chance of luring any female attention – none at all. She could see potential. Yet, the way he stared at the floor all the time, the shabby loosely fitting and badly tailored grey suit, and that hair… the hair was wrong on so many levels.
Excerpt from James Smith’s story:
I laugh along with Neil, although I don’t find anything Max has just said remotely amusing. Over the next ten minutes, different men join the group, but the words used in their greetings are frighteningly similar, it appears that these men are deeply unhappy with their lives. “Still at least we have team building,” states Neil.