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Lollipops, Garlic, and Basement Salamanders

Lollipops, Garlic, and Basement SalamandersAs I mentioned over on Wetknee last week, I've decided to team up with a few select authors whose writings complement my own.  I figure we'll all win --- the new authors will get a boost by being publicized on our site and email list and in the back of my books, my books will get a boost by being publicized in the back of their books, and our loyal readers will get a boost by hearing about quality ebooks (and when they're free or on sale).

Our first author is Aimee Easterling, who you can read more about here.  Today, we're launching her first short-story collection.  Even though it may be outside your primary genre, those of you who enjoyed Watermelon Summer will probably love Lollipops, Garlic, and Basement Salamanders because of its vivid portrayals of the natural world and a simple-living ethic.  Here's the blurb:

"Come home for Easter," Mom said, "I need you to clean out the basement."  Perhaps she'd known the task would attract me as the fetid odor of Skunk Cabbage blossoms attracts carrion-hunting flies.

So begins the first of three urban-fantasy short stories.  From the first page, Aimee Easterling's affinity for the natural world makes settings sparkle even before Fae enter the scene.  Soon the protagonists have to rescue errant children from fairyland, outwit a botanical wordsmith, and overcome a slumbering salamander.

Will they be clever enough to outwit the Fae?

Stay tuned for excerpts from the first short story this week, or buy the whole ebook for 99 cents.  If you don't mind waiting, you can also pick up the book for free on Friday --- stay tuned.  Thanks for reading, and double thanks if you find the time to leave a review on Amazon!  Your early reviews tempt strangers to take a chance on our books and are much appreciated.

This post is part of our Aimee Easterling Short Stories lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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