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Heather Ewings

Heather Ewings is an Australian author of mostly Speculative Fiction. With a MA in History and a fascination with myth and folklore, Heather’s stories usually feature some form of magical creature. Her short stories have appeared online at Asymmetry Fiction and Lite Lit One, and in anthologies by Insignia Stories, Black Hare Press, Deadset Press and Specul8 Publishing. In 2018 her novella What the Tide Brings was selected to be part of The People’s Library project, and was published in April 2020.

 What the Tide Brings

BY HEATHER EWINGS 

Myna’s a selkie, though she doesn’t know it.

With her firstborn pronounced dead and taken before Myna can see her, it takes the birth of a second daughter, years later, to begin to mend Myna’s broken heart.

But then her firstborn returns, and shares the truth about Myna’s past.

Myna has a choice; retrieve her skin and return to the ocean—to the family she never knew and the daughter she's long grieved for, or remain on land with the husband she loves, and the daughter who can never enter the sea.


Mark Scheel

Mark Scheel grew up in east-Kansas farm country. Prior to writing full time he served overseas with The American Red Cross, taught at Emporia State University, was an information specialist with the Johnson County Library in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and a prose editor for Kansas City Voices magazine.

He co-authored the Book of Youth and the River: The Mississippi Adventure of Raymond Kurtz, Sr, and his collection of stories and poems, A Backward View, was awarded the 1998 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award from the Kansas Authors Club.

His blog series, The Pebble: Life, Love, Politics and Geezer Wisdom, was published in book form in 2015 and his fiction collection titled, And Eve Said Yes: Seven Stories and a Novella, appeared from Waldorf Publishing in 2019. 

Star Chaser

BY MARK SCHEEL 

BY AUTHOR MARK SCHEEL & ILLUSTRATOR JOSEPH MAINO

 

"THESE HUMANS, WHO CHASE AFTER THE STARS, ARE CALLED POETS."

 

MARK SCHEEL'S  STAR CHASER is "a creative burst exploring the relationships among ancient legend, the life cycle, the autobiographical and modern day angst."

Star Chaser is divided into three sections: "Yesterday," "Today" and "Tomorrow." This division signifies the reality all of us must confront living our lives.

Throughout the collection, many of the poems are given an added richness and extended implication via the accomplished photography of Joseph Maino.

Such is the scope and beauty of Star Chaser. While Mr. Scheel may still deem himself poetically a "star chaser," it is clear that, like the Northern Lights themselves, he has illuminated our horizon with a book of poetry that transcends the emotionally empty and hollow halls of academe and reaches out, longingly and lovingly, to grasp and finally catch those faraway stars." 

-Glen Enloe, author of When Cowboys Rode Away.