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About the Authors
Jodi L. Milner
Jodi Milner lives among the most epic vistas of the Rocky Mountains in Utah and uses them for inspiration when writing fantasy. When not shepherding her children, she dreams of magic and getting a good night’s sleep. She’s published fiction and poetry in the online literary magazine Soft Whispers.
Timothy Vincent splits his time between his home in Kentucky and his work in Nanjing, China. A published writer and scholar, he teaches for an American Overseas program. His previous creative writing publications include: “Prince of the Blue Castle” (The Bacon Review 2013); “Star-Crossed” (Winner, Terri Ann Armstrong Short Story Contest, Suspense Magazine, 2012); He was a top 25 finalist inGlimmer Train’s new writer contest in 2010.
Elise Stephens illustrated and wrote her own storybooks from an early age, binding them with staples, and displaying them to a captive audience of family and friends. She thanks her mother for teaching her the confidence to perform, and thanks her father for reading books out loud to her. She received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction in 2007 and was a quarter-finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She has published two novels. Moonlight and Oranges (2011) and Forecast (2013).
Thaxson Patterson II
Thaxson Patterson II is a 30-something, single, African-American writer, living in Denver, Colorado. He is the child of an Air Force retiree and loving mother who’s wild about superheroes and fantasy literature. His lifelong obsession with a variety of literary genres including Lovecraftian horror, Stephen King supernatural tales, and the heroic myths from antiquity and Jack Kirby fueled his passion for art design.
Scott E. Tarbet
Scott E. Tarbet is the author of “A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk” from Xchyler Publishing; “Tombstone”, in the paranormal anthology “Shades & Shadows”; “Ganesh”, in the Steampunk anthology “Terra Mechanica”. He writes in several speculative fiction genres, sings opera, and was married in full Elizabethan regalia. He loves Steampunk waltzes, cosplay conventions of all flavors, and slow-smokes thousands of pounds of authentic Texas-style barbeque.
F.M. Longo spent most of his career as a software designer and consultant. An accomplished musician, he played professionally with several jazz greats, and he has won awards for his photography. He now has his own boutique publicity agency, and spends most of his time writing press releases, designing print ads, and producing radio spots. He is also the co-editor of the regional newsletter for a large non-profit organization. Longo lives in a small rural town in Western Connecticut.
Ginger Mann is a poet, musician, and digital security engineer. If you can’t find her doing those things, look for a woman chasing around her small children with a camera. A Texas artist, she enjoys writing for other Texans. Her song, “River Night”, premiered on October 12, 2013 in North Austin. During that same weekend, her first short story, “China Doll,” began selling on Amazon.com.
She is also a key writer, and digital security adviser, for “Think Before You Click,” the Cyber-Safety campaign of legal counsel, Rick Mann. Ginger lives with her family in the Austin, Texas area.
J.R. Potter has succeeded in the great dream of never growing up. He writes for young readers, and those like him who don’t want to give up on magic.
He feels he has been lucky to bring this world to life through publication in The Portland Review, through winning short story competitions in the realms of Horror and Fantasy, and through a continued bond with his faithful publisher Xchyler Publishing who truly lives up to their motto “enhancing lives one book at a time.” He invites readers to “come fly with me inside a WWII robot, or step out on the wings of a pneumatic ‘Whirly-Bird’ in my upcoming novel Pneumatica: Adventures in Steampunk.
Danielle E. Shipley
Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them.
When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing, publishing, and all that authorial jazz, she’s probably blogging about it at EverOnWord.wordpress.com.
TC Phillips hails from tropical central Queensland in Australia, where he currently lives with his loving wife, three young children, a spoilt cat, and an overactive imagination. An avid reader from a young age, he has held a long standing attraction for the written word and is excited to able to make his own contributions to the vibrant and ever shifting world of storytelling. Holding degrees in both Theatre Studies and Education, he is also currently completing his Master of Arts (writing) through Swinburne University of Technology.
Ten talented authors, ten unique fantasy tales, The Toll of Another Bell is an entertaining anthology for anyone who enjoys swift storytelling but with lots of twists and turns.
Spotlighting TC Phillips‘ 60 Seconds to Midnight, the short is a well-paced entertainer for the fan of fantasy but leaves the reader wanting much more when the story does come to an end. “Fleeing an ancient evil, a young woman from amongst the stars finds unlikely refuge on Earth.” This is the story of Ylana. But wait, there is a twist!
Among the few to survive near annihilation of her race by the Daimons, Ylana is forced to flee her home with her grandfather. Using a Mind Bridge to escape with just seconds to spare before her own near demise, Ylana wakes on Earth in the body of Victoria. Twist one.
Having been held captive in an asylum because of the voice in her head and the talk of monsters, Victoria is soon freed by “The Doctor.” Sent on behalf of her grandfather, The Doctor is responsible for Ylana / Victoria’s passage to Prague where she will be safe in the confines of The Conclave, a safe haven for those like her who have traveled the Bridge much like her and perhaps even be reunited with her grandfather.
She sets out to find her grandfather but quickly realizes the Daimons have found their way into this realm. Twist two. As she fights for her survival, Ylana / Victoria realizes she has the power to defeat the very Daimons who’ve taken everything from her. Twist three.
Equipped with the knowledge and power of how to tactically defeat the Daimons, Ylana / Victoria chooses to leave Prague and travel to St. Petersburg in search of her grandfather. The End.
As much as I enjoyed Ylana / Victoria’s story, I wanted to know how her story would end. Argh. Still, I truly enjoyed this short on so many levels.
The writing, elegant and fluid. The pacing, rhythmic. The story arc, rather brilliant. Overall, I enjoyed 60 Seconds to Midnight and am hoping TC will finish Ylana / Victoria’s story and send it my way so I can quell my curiosity.
Q/A with Author TC Phillips
How did you arrive at the concept of the story?
The process of writing 60 Seconds to Midnight was a little back-to-front from my usual approach and strangely enough the title itself came before anything. The title is somewhat of a veiled reference to the famous Doomsday Clock, and that in turn inspired the first scene which charts the destruction of Ylana’s entire home world. Once I had that, the rest just flowed naturally.
What genres do you enjoy reading? Writing?
I’m an avid fan of fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction, though I will admit that I definetly need to schedule more time for reading.
As for writing, I am constantly drawn back to the 19th Century and nearly everything I write, such as 60 Seconds to Midnight, will have some connection to the period. This stems from a mispent childhood with my nose buried between the pages of my mother’s copies of Poe and Conan Doyle anthologies.
Wow, there are far too many to mention them all, so the big ones which spring straight to mind:. Poe and Conan Doyle from before; Tolkien, of course (I don’t imagine anyone who tries their hand at fantasy could not be a fan of the Godfather); Raymond E. Feist; Katherine Kerr; Douglas Adams; David Eddings; Robert Jordan. I could go on ad nauseam.
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Playlist for this short story?
I am a massive and unashamed fan of The Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is one of my music idols. Naturally their track “Doomsday Clock” played more than a few times whilst I was writing 60 Seconds.
What’s coming next for you?
Luckily, I have just had another story accepted by Xchyler Publishing to feature in their upcoming 2015 Steampunk anthology, which is due out in May. So in the immediate future I’ll be coming off fresh from the editing process of Toll of Another Bell to launch straight into another one.
I’ve also got my final four units of my Masters study in creative writing looming, so between that, and paying due heed to the half a dozen other stories I’ve got on the boil, 2015 promises to be a busy year.
Will you be stateside any time soon? Where can your fans meet you?
I’m literally a week away from jumping a plane for my first visit to the US (that is if customs allow me in the country). I’ll be catching up with the Xchyler crew at the Steamathon convention at the Main Street Station Casino in Las Vegas from Feb 6-8. It promises to be a fantastic event and I can’t wait to finally meet up with some of the X team in person.