My first audio story, read by The Voice of Dog!

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Greetings, friends! Today, my short story “Of a Hawk and a Lighthouse” has been released on the podcast The Voice of Dog by Khaki!

In this story, an abandoned lighthouse on a lonely cliff receives an unexpected visitor. Her new friend helps the lighthouse shine again. But will it last?

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You can listen to Khaki’s lovely reading of my story here: https://anchor.fm/the-voice-of-dog/episodes/Of-a-Hawk-and-a-Lighthouse-by-Amy-Clare-Fontaine-egeflv/a-a2l6r9b I hope it adds some light to your day!

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!! ‘Japanese Fantasy Drabbles’ is OUT NOW!!

Hi! Want to read about a cat demon, a turtle ghost, and blade-wielding weasels? Check out my drabbles in this newly released anthology! Many other colorful characters await you in its pages. And look at that amazing cover art!

Best wishes,

Amy Clare Fontaine

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INS-JFD-releaseday-promo-JPGCONGRATULATIONS  to all the authors who provided the incredible stories for this collection! It was so much fun to collaborate with past Insignia Series contributors as well as many new international writers.

And SPECIAL THANKS to Toshiya Kamei, who translated about 15 of drabbles for this book. He’s an INSIGNIA STAR! 

JAPANESE FANASY DRABBLES ( Insignia Drabbles Vol.1.) 

This anthology includes 79 drabbles (100-word stories) inspired by Japanese folklore and yôkai tales, as well as original fantasy and science fiction pieces.

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All Contributors:

Amy Clare Fontaine – A.S. Charly – Bayveen O’Connell – Beth W. Patterson
Carmen Indalecio – Charles Reis – Charles Venable – Christine Richmond – D.J. Tyrer
Eisuke Aikawa – Emma K. Leadley – Heather Ewings – Jacek Wilkos – J.M. Wong
Joel R. Hunt – John H. Dromey – Joyce Chng – Juan Takai – K.B. Elijah
Kelly Matsuura – Kimberly Rei – Kyosuke…

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Pre-order ‘Japanese Fantasy Drabbles’!

The Japanese Fantasy Drabbles anthology from Insignia Stories is now up for pre-order on Amazon for just 99 [US] cents and will be released on April 16! 80 stories of Japanese mythology for 99 cents! This includes three new stories from me–about sickle weasels, a turtle ghost, and a cat demon–and the first published stories of my good friend Carmen Indalecio! Get it now at the pre-order rate, folks! It’s a steal! With gratitude and love, Amy Clare Fontaine

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The Kindle pre-order link for ‘Japanese Fantasy Drabbles’ is now live! 

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Releasing on April 16th, this anthology features 80 drabbles (100-word stories) inspired by Japanese folklore and yokai tales, as well as original fantasy and science fiction pieces.

CONTRIBUTORS:
Amy Clare Fontaine – A.S. Charly – Bayveen O’Connell – Beth W. Patterson
Carmen Indalecio – Charles Reis – Charles Venable – Christine Richmond – D.J. Tyrer
Eisuke Aikawa – Emma K. Leadley – Heather Ewings – Jacek Wilkos – J.M. Wong
Joel R. Hunt – John H. Dromey – Joyce Chng – Juan Takai – K.B. Elijah
Kelly Matsuura – Kimberly Rei – Kyosuke Higuchi – Malena Salazar Maciá
Massimo Soumaré – Mina Ikemoto – Monica Schultz – N.M. Brown – Natsumi Tanaka
Rich Rurshell – Russell Hemmell – Sheenah Freitas – S.J. Fujimoto – Stephen Christie
Steve Stred – ToJo – Toshiya Kamei (Translator) – Vonnie Winslow Crist…

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A Hollywood Werewolf and Three Poems: Free Writings Out Now in Echoes!

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Hi, friends! Recently I said goodbye to the town I lived in for the past year, McAllen, Texas. My favorite thing about McAllen was its fabulous library, as well as the friends I made there.

I had the good fortune of being part of the McAllen Public Library Writing Circle, a writing group that meets monthly at the library. An anthology they just published features three new poems and one new story from me, as well as work from other great authors, on the theme of “echoes.”

My story, “What Spawned the Sequel,” is about a rejected werewolf actress who dreams of giving a speech at the Oscars. Her dream comes true, but not in quite the way she hoped. My three poems in the anthology range in scope from national political catastrophes to a casual chat in a coffee shop.

You can access the Echoes anthology for FREE here: https://mplwritingcircle.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/echoes-anthology-1.pdf You can also buy or borrow paperbacks at the McAllen Public Library, where you can check out Beyond Acacia Ridge too!

Cover Reveal! ‘Japanese Fantasy Drabbles’ (Insignia Drabbles #1)

Check out this amazing cover! I have three 100-word stories in this book about lesser-known yōkai (supernatural beings of Japan). Also, a friend of mine (Carmen Indalecio) has her first ever published stories in this book! I can’t wait to read them! Congrats, Carmen! ❤

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Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m very excited to share the cover for our upcoming anthology: Japanese Fantasy Drabbles. It is the first planned release in the new Insignia Drabbles series. I haven’t decided the release date yet, but it will likely be mid-February.

For now, enjoy the cover!

~Kelly Matsuura~

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This anthology includes 80 drabbles (100-word stories) inspired by Japanese folklore and yōkai tales, as well as original fantasy and science fiction pieces. You’ll find wicked cats and dragons; ghosts and monsters; spaceships and time travelers; and much more. This collection has it all!

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Furry Book Month!

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Happy Furry Book Month, everyone!

Furry books are books that feature anthropomorphic animals. These animals could live like humans, with clothes and houses and cars and such (as in The Wind in the Willows) or be similar to their real-life counterparts in behavior and lifestyle, only sharing with humans their intelligence and/or language (as in Watership Down).

As you can tell from these two examples, anthropomorphic animals are prominent in classic literature. However, our history of telling stories about such characters predates even these beloved novels, going all the way back to the fables of Aesop and Jean de La Fontaine—and still farther, to ancient mythology.

What’s exciting about furry literature is that it is timeless. Humans have always wondered what it would be like to slip into another creature’s skin, to see through the eyes of other beings that share our planet. We still wonder this, even today. Over the years, zoologists have given us invaluable insights into the perception and cognition of nonhuman animals, and we are continually learning more. But ultimately, I think a lot about the lives of our fellow creatures will always remain mysterious to us. That’s where imagination comes in.

Furry literature is still here, and in fact there are now several publishers who specialize in furry books, not to mention a Furry Writers’ Guild and awards unique to the furry writing community. October has been chosen as a time to celebrate and promote anthropomorphic animal literature, with the goal of sharing our love for it and making more people aware of its ongoing relevance.

With this goal in mind, furry publishers often run discounts on their books this month. Goal Publications is one of these publishers. Goal Publications is offering 15% off all the books in their online store this month, both print and ebook (excluding bundle deals), if you use coupon code FBM2019 at checkout, from now through the end of October. This deal includes my hyena novelette Beyond Acacia Ridge and two furry anthologies that feature my stories, A Glimpse of Anthropomorphic Literature and The Daily Grind, the latter of which I helped to edit. If you’re interested in getting 15% off on these or other great furry books, please check out their store: https://www.goalpublications.com/storefront.html

This month, I hope to finally read Watership Down and to also read Nexus Nine, the newest novel from one of my favorite authors, Mary E. Lowd. What will you be reading for Furry Book Month?

Drunk Rabbits, Foster Foxes, Jackalope Wives, and More — The Cóyotl Awards Anthology Now Up for Preorder!

The Cóyotl Awards Anthology is now available for preorder from FurPlanet Productions! Here is the preorder link: https://furplanet.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=1060

This anthology features stories that won or were nominated for the Cóyotl Awards, which are voted on yearly by the Furry Writers’ Guild. The Furry Writers’ Guild, of which I am a proud member, exists to support, inform, elevate, and promote quality anthropomorphic animal fiction and its creators. In this spirit, the Cóyotl Awards were founded to recognize quality anthropomorphic literature.

Having read and enjoyed several of the stories in this anthology, which were written by some of my favorite authors, I can attest to their excellence. The editor of this anthology was the late Fred Patten, who unfortunately passed away before it was published. As an editor, reviewer, writer, and fan, Fred’s contributions to the field of anthropomorphic literature were invaluable. I am so grateful for all he did to support me and other writers. He will be greatly missed.

The amazing writer and editor Mary E. Lowd is the current Awards Chair for the Cóyotls. Her passion and hard work have kept them running for the past several years. Many thanks to Mary for her service to the FWG community.

My story in this anthology is “The Moon Fox,” which was first published by Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores and was my first Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America qualifying sale. It was illustrated beautifully by Fran Eisemann, as seen below (stock used in her photomanipulation: “140” by m-everham-stock and “Full Moon” by raven2663; rights for this content remain with the creators):

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“The Moon Fox” was nominated for the 2017 Cóyotl Award for Best Short Story. You can read “The Moon Fox” for free at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores at this link: https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/fiction-all/stories-for-young-people-from-4-to-400/the-moon-fox/ But be sure to check out The Cóyotl Awards Anthology for other award-nominated and award-winning furry stories!

Reference Links:

The Cóyotl Awards website: https://coyotlawards.org/

The Furry Writers’ Guild website: https://furrywritersguild.com/

King Arthur…is a Crow? ROAR Volume 10 Available for Preorder!

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Yes, it says “Just Raven” not “Just Crowing.” Shh.

While perusing online pages about Arthurian mythology one day, I stumbled across an intriguing bit of folklore: the rumor that King Arthur, rather than dying at his final battle, was reborn as a crow and would return one day to reclaim his throne.

As an avid lover of corvids (such clever birds!), this idea captured my imagination. I pictured Arthur, with all his kingly memories and chivalrous ideals, returning in modern times as a crow—to a world that had all but forgotten him. Thus, my story “The Corvid King” was born.

“The Corvid King” was accepted for ROAR Volume 10, an anthology of anthropomorphic animal stories published by Bad Dog Books, edited by Mary E. Lowd. This anthology, centered around the theme of “community,” is now available for preorder! It is also for sale at FurPlanet’s table at the Anthrocon convention in Pittsburgh, if you happen to be there today or this weekend. Excluding a story in an out-of-print college anthology, “The Corvid King” is my twentieth published short story!

Here is the print preorder link: https://furplanet.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=1061 Eventually an ebook version should also be available.

I hope “The Corvid King” will enchant you and rekindle your belief in magic. I look forward to reading the stories from the other fabulous authors in this book!

INSIGNIA Anthologies are FREE at Smashwords!!

The Insignia series is FREE on Smashwords this month with coupon code SS100! If you want to read seven excellent anthologies of fantasy, science fiction, and poetry with Asian characters, settings, and themes, now is your chance! Insignia: Asian Birds & Beasts (Volume 6) includes my story “The Star Ball” about a young entomologist-in-training and a kitsune who wants to take over Kyoto. Check it out-for FREE! And be sure to spread the word about the series!

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Hi everyone, welcome to July!

What’s the best thing about July every year? The SMASHWORDS SUMMER SALEof course!

I’m into it this year, and putting the Insignia Series anthologies – all seven – on FREEpromo all month long !!!

It’s a great chance to fill out your collection, or recommend the series to a friend. If you’re already a fan of the series, please help spread the word. 🙂

FREE at SMASHWORDS!!

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LINK TO THE INSIGNIA SERIES BOOKS ON SMASHWORDS

*Enter the coupon code (under the regular price listing) to claim your free download*

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Goal Publications June Discount Sale

Hey everyone! To celebrate reaching 400 followers on Twitter, Goal Publications is offering a special discount in their online store for the rest of June! You can get $4 off orders of $30 or more if you use coupon code TWITTER400 at checkout!

My novelette, Beyond Acacia Ridge, is available in paperback (https://www.goalpublications.com/store/p68/beyond-acacia-ridge-print.html) and ebook (https://www.goalpublications.com/store/p72/beyond-acacia-ridge-digital.html) formats from the Goal Publications online store. Beyond Acacia Ridge is a heartwarming, exciting fantasy adventure about two spotted hyenas who go on a quest to find out where the sun goes at night.

Another book you can find at the Goal Publications storefront is The Daily Grind, an anthology of fun short stories involving anthropomorphic animals and coffee. I edited this book with Madison Keller, and it features one of my short stories, “Properly Pounced Coffee,” about a disgruntled badger and his bumbling fox butler. The Daily Grind is available in paperback (https://www.goalpublications.com/store/p46/daily-grind-print.html) and ebook (https://www.goalpublications.com/store/p65/daily-grind-digital.html) formats.

At the Goal Publications store, you can also grab a paperback (https://www.goalpublications.com/store/p3/a-glimpse-of-anthropomorphic-literature-paperback.html) or ebook (https://www.goalpublications.com/store/p73/a-glimpse-of-anthropomorphic-literature-digital.html) copy of A Glimpse of Anthropomorphic Literature. This book features short stories about anthropomorphic animal characters, as well as a few insightful reviews of books that feature such characters. A Glimpse of Anthropomorphic Literature includes my bittersweet tale “Catching the Thief,” about a singing cow, a grumpy collie, and a crafty fox.

Be sure to check out the Goal Publications storefront this month for these and other great reads! Snag your TWITTER400 discount coupon while it lasts! Thank you, as always, for your support of my work. It means the world to me.