New Release! Shards: A Noblebright Fantasy Anthology


Shards: A Noblebright Fantasy Anthology is out! This is the third anthology I’ve published through Spring Song Press. The first two have received some great reviews, and I hope you love this one just as much!

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Shards of lives, shards of a broken heart, shards of broken pottery or glass, shards of myth and memory… each author in this exciting collection of fantasy has interpreted the theme in a different way. Focused on noblebright fantasy, this anthology includes stories that edge toward grimbright and nobledark, exploring themes of despair tempered by hope and brokenness tempered by redemption. 

This anthology features stories from:

B. Morris Allen, J.E. Bates, Jade Black, Gustavo Bondoni, Bokerah Brumley, Stephen Case, R. K. Duncan, M.C. Dwyer, Chloe Garner, Kelly A. Harmon, Pete Alex Harris, Ben Howels, Tom Jolly, Brandon M. Lindsay, Alice Loweecey, Jason J. McCuiston, Alex McGilvery, Ville Meriläinen, Jennifer R. Povey, Holly Lyn Walrath, Pat Woods, and Richard Zwicker.

Edited by Robert McCowen and C. J. Brightley.

I was at the Occoquan Arts and Crafts Festival in Occoquan, VA, this weekend – we had lovely weather, and it was great to meet friends, fans, and readers both new and old! Thank you to those who encouraged me to hurry up with Book 4 – I’m on it!

I will also be at the following events this fall:

  • Oct 6 – 9AM – 3PM – Fall Festival at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308 (free to attend)
  • Nov 3 – 9AM – 4PM – Woodson Holiday Happenings at W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031 (free to attend)
  • Nov 10 – 9AM – 3PM – The Robinson Marketplace at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22032 (free to attend)
  • Nov 30 10AM – 6PM, Dec 1 10AM – 6PM, Dec 2 – 11 AM – 4PM – Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show – Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401 (tickets available at the door)

Please come see me! I’d love to say hello in person.

If you’re new, or haven’t seen the announcements already, I also run PhoenixCrate, a noblebright fantasy subscription book box. We just announced the theme for our December box: Unexpected Magic! Find more details here and here.

JA Andrews just released the second book in her Keeper Chronicles series, and it is fantastic! If you love noblebright epic fantasy, you’ll love Pursuit of Shadows.

  • Killien, the unyielding clan chief who’s becoming increasingly volatile.

  • Sora, the suspicious ranger who sees more than she should.

  • A swarm of frost goblins that devour with tooth and claw.

The list of people and things that could get Will killed keeps growing.

While Alaric is in Queensland, searching for Kordan’s Wellstone, Keeper Will is over the mountains in the hostile Roven Sweep, searching for his missing sister.

After catching a glimpse of a woman who could be her in a Keeper-hating Roven clan. Will convinces Killien to let him travel north with them to their summer homes.

Under the relentless suspicions of Sora, a tenuous friendship grows between Will and Killien, who talks of building peace among the hostile Roven.

Except Will’s thin disguise as a storyteller is crumbling quickly and Sora may already know who he is.

The more Will gets to know Killien, the more troubling things he learns. Killien’s hatred for Keepers runs deep, and for all his talk of peace, the man’s greatest wish is to control a vicious army.

And a dragon.

But Will doesn’t know that the chief has taken more from him than just his sister.

And Killien controls enough power to gain everything he wants.

Happy reading!