Story Update – Factor Four Magazine has closed

I received an email yesterday from the editor of Factor Four Magazine informing me that the magazine has closed and all stories have been released (you can read the full announcement here). Unfortunately, this means that my story “Employable Skills,” which had recently been accepted by the magazine, will not be published in its pages. I’m disappointed that you won’t get to see the story in print any time soon, but I’m grateful that the editor took the time to notify authors and release stories–I’ve had several stories caught in limbo before when a magazine disappears without a trace, and it is nice to know that I’m free to find a new home for my story.

In the meantime, you can check out my published stories here, or you can find almost all of them collected in Sorcery & Widgets. Also, keep an eye out for the Smashwords End of the Year Sale, which will take place between December 25th and January 1st and include a deal on the ebook version of Sorcery & Widgets.

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ACPL Local Author Book Sale – Event Wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who attended the ACPL Local Author Book Sale yesterday and to those who weren’t able to make it but supported my work from afar! I enjoyed visiting with friends and family who stopped by along with meeting new readers and chatting with other local authors. Many people took advantage of my free sample stories shaped like tiny books (don’t forget to redeem the codes by the first of the year!). I recently added a free stories page to my website so that there will always be sample stories for you to check out. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for my mailing list, but want to be notified of news and new releases, just send me a message through my contact form and mention that you want to be added.

Image of the winning ticket being drawn

Almost everyone who stopped by my table entered for a chance to win a signed copy of Sorcery & Widgets. I drew the winner today, and they have been notified–congratulations!

Thanks again to everyone who made this event a success!

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ACPL Local Author Book Sale – Event Details and Deals!

Author Table & Giveaways

Everything is ready for my table at the ACPL Local Author Book Sale! I’ll be selling paperback copies of Sorcery & Widgets at a special event price, and I’ll be on hand throughout the event to personally sign your copy. If you’d rather leave your reading to chance, you can enter to win a signed copy of the book. I’ll also be giving out coupon codes so that you can download a free sample story from the collection–all you have to do is visit my table!

Event Details

In case you missed the details in my previous post, the ACPL Local Author Book Sale is coming up this Saturday, November 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main library. Over 40 authors representing a variety of genres will be there, so there should be something for everyone! The sale is part of the Holly Shopping event on Small Business Saturday, which means that you can ride the trolley for free all over the downtown area and visit shops along the way. The library is stop #20 on the red line. Check out the full guidebook for info on the other stops, parking, and a map of the locations.

Holly Shopping

If you have any questions prior to the event, you can get in touch with me through my Contact page. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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New Release – Sorcery & Widgets – Paperback and Ebook

Looking for a story to read, but you can’t decide whether you’re in the mood for something short or long, science fiction or fantasy? I have the collection for you!

I finally finished putting together the collection of nearly all of my published stories: Sorcery & Widgets: Collections 1 & 2. And for the first time, this collection is available in paperback as well as ebook format. Sorcery & Widgets contains the entirety of Sorcery & Spaceships AND Widgets & Wizardry, which means there are sixteen fantasy and science fiction stories of varying lengths in all.* Each story is represented by one of the symbols on the cover of the collection. In addition to the stories themselves, I’ve included brief author notes after each story in the collection to give you some insight into what I was thinking when I wrote them.

Please note: all of these stories have been previously published in magazines, individually as ebooks, and in collected editions, so before you buy, be sure it includes something that you don’t already have on your virtual bookshelf! And don’t forget, I’ll be selling and signing paperback copies of Sorcery & Widgets at the ACPL Local Author Book Sale later this month (the first batch arrived today!)–I’ll also have giveaways and a special price for the event, so consider attending if you’re in the area. But in the meantime, check out the cover–I did all of the design and layout for the cover and the interior–and scroll below the image for the description from the back of the book:

Explore new worlds—both magical and those among the stars—in this collection of science fiction and fantasy stories:

Claimed by the Sea: Itziar knows Guardians are supposed to protect the islands and call dragons from the sky, but she’s looking for power…and redemption

Konstantin: Konstantin’s brain is hardwired to the ship, and there’s just one problem: someone is trying to shut down the ship—and him—for good

Inheritance of Nightmares: Sian’s hound form isn’t fast enough to outrun the beastie that hunts her, and she doesn’t think the reclusive Dagr can help, especially since he has nightmares of his own

Changing Keys: Niall never wanted any magical updates, but it looks like he might not have a choice if he wants to protect those closest to him and the woman he loved and lost

Running Into the Rain: Pursued by the citymen, intergalactic spy Greg Meredith flees toward the ranchlands, desperate to access his neurochip to find what went wrong

Captain Sable’s Crew: Some would call him a pirate, but Captain Devlin Sable is more concerned with forming a reliable crew. The Empire has other ideas—it wants him dead, and it’s willing to pay in gold

From novelettes to flash fiction, this collection features sixteen stories. Mages, new tech, prophecies, superheroes, intersecting timelines, dragons, spaceships, and more await within the pages of Sorcery & Widgets.


*Stories included in Sorcery & Widgets: Claimed by the Sea, Konstantin, Dear Superhero, Racing the Sand, Retirement, A Small Kindness, H2O, Inheritance of Nightmares, Sparkles, Changing Keys, Nothing Altered, The Day the Future Invaded, Trying to Fly, Running Into the Rain, Captain Sable’s Crew, A Prophecy and the People

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Mark your calendars – ACPL Local Author Book Sale November 30th

The Allen County Public Library will be having a Local Author Book Sale on November 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I’ll have a table where I’ll be selling my soon-to-be-released story collection, which contains almost all of my published work. I’m also putting together some fun things for the event, and I’ll have more details on those soon. But if you’re in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area, I wanted you to be able to mark it on your calendar so you can plan to attend the event.

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Employable Skills

My story “Employable Skills” has been accepted by Factor Four Magazine! It will appear in an upcoming issue (and I’ll let you know when it does), but in the meantime, you can check out the magazine here. Enjoy!

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Widgets & Wizardry is available!

I’ve put together a second collection of my previously published stories, Widgets & Wizardry (the first collection is Sorcery & Spaceships). Widgets & Wizardry includes nine of my stories that were published after I put together the first collection. Some of the stories are science fiction and some are fantasy, and the lengths range from flash fiction to novelette. Scroll down to find a more detailed description below the cover image. The collection is only available on Smashwords and Amazon at the moment, but I’ll update the info page as soon as it makes its way to the other retailers.

My next project is to put together a paperback collection (along with an ebook version) which will include all of the stories from Sorcery & Spaceships and Widgets & Wizardry, so if you want to hold off on buying this collection, you will soon have the opportunity to get almost all of my published stories in one place!

Widgets & Wizardry

In this science fiction and fantasy collection, explore new worlds–magical as well as those among the stars–where you will meet dragons, nightmare beasts, superheroes, shapeshifters, spies, and more. Encounter new tech and new communities filled with friendship, prophecy, rebellion, and revenge. This collection is ideal for the reader who enjoys a variety of sub-genres and lengths.

This collection includes nine stories by Beth Powers:

A Small Kindness: The potter-mage down the lane seems intent on putting Bram out of business, but when Bram offers a small kindness to a stranger, will it help or hurt his efforts to thwart his rival’s plan?

Retirement: With the intergalactic war over, they were supposed to be enjoying retirement. Instead, Mona learns that her husband has died in a gravcar accident, leaving her to hunt his killers. But the couple has too many enemies, and she doesn’t know where to start. She’ll have to untangle this new threat before she can retire in peace.

Inheritance of Nightmares: Even dragons could not defeat the nightmare beast that pursues Sian and her unique blend of magic. With nowhere else to go, she returns to the foothills she once called home. She knows it will track her there. It always does. Having escaped his own nightmares, Dagr lives a quiet existence in a mountain cave until his path crosses with Sian’s–and that of her nightmare beastie.

The Day the Future Invaded: The future invades in the middle of winter, bringing people, buildings, and technology. The scientists are stumped, but how will the average person react to all of these changes?

A Prophecy and the People: When the Bard’s tale is interrupted by soldiers from the fire king’s army, she must try to escape the town without letting her unpredictable magic destroy it. But the question is, have the townspeople been listening to her tale of prophecy and action? Will they aid her, or turn her over to the soldiers? Each person must decide for themselves.

Changing Keys: Everyone thinks Niall is dead, which leads him to believe he can finally get his life back on track. But when his old enemies return with a plan that involves a dangerous magical update, Niall must choose between the safety of those closest to him and the woman he loved and lost.

Dear Superhero: The solitary superhero must walk her path alone, concealing her identity and pushing all of her loved ones away. This is the way the superhero before her acted, but is this the way it has to be? A masked vigilante ponders these questions of connections to others and comes to her own conclusion.

Running Into the Rain: On the run from the citymen, intergalactic spy Greg Meredith has one hope of figuring out who is responsible for blowing his cover. He needs to escape his enemies and review the data on his neurochip. Running toward the ranchlands in the rain, he will encounter unexpected allies and enemies before he uncovers the truth.

Claimed by the Sea: The sea does not relinquish treasures. The mender understands and has no intention of saving the water-logged woman until he notices the islands on her arm. She is a Guardian. Guardians protect the islands. Guardians call dragons from the sky. Itziar knows this island needs a Guardian–children are being snatched under the cover of storm and darkness–but can she save them without losing herself?

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Free Flash Fiction!

I wanted to make a cover for my flash fiction story “The Day the Future Invaded” (originally published on Daily Science Fiction in 2016, and reprinted last year in Timeshift). It was one of my few published stories that I haven’t re-released as an ebook. But it now has a cover and an ebook version! Check it out:

The Day the Future Invaded

You can download it for free at Smashwords right now, and I’ll update the info page when it makes it to the other ebook stores. It’s my shortest story, so it’s a quick read–enjoy!


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A Prophecy and the People + Smashwords Sale!

“A Prophecy and the People,” which originally appeared in Outposts of Beyond (April 2018), is now available as an individual story on Smashwords and Amazon! (I’ll update the story page when it becomes available at the other ebook stores)

As a bonus, the Smashwords July Summer/Winter sale is happening now, and I’ve added “A Prophecy and the People” to the sale–you can get it for free until the end of the month with the coupon code SS100!

A Prophecy and the People

If you missed any of my other stories, they’re also available for free throughout the remainder of the sale, which ends July 31st. You can find the list on my author page on Smashwords. Please note, Fell Beasts & Fair is on the list, but isn’t part of the sale. I’m just a contributor on that one, so I don’t control the coupons, but everything else is free with the coupon code SS100!

Happy Reading!

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Inheritance of Nightmares is available at all of the ebook stores!

Inheritance of Nightmares,” which originally appeared in Fell Beasts and Fair (March 2018) is now available as an individual story! You can find it at all of the ebook stores: SmashwordsAmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, and Kobo. Happy Reading!

Inheritance of Nightmares

Also, if you need more reading material, I’m experimenting with the coupons on Smashwords, and you can get my short story collection, Sorcery & Spaceshipsfor half-price through April 30th with the coupon code KE32Z!


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