Published Short Fiction:

Alycia often writes fantasy and science fiction short stories as a testing ground for her longer fiction. The themes developed in these shorter tales will often be played out on a deeper level in her novellas and novels. Some of the short stories themselves also end up making their way into larger novel-driven universes. For example, while "Of Kelpie Lullabies", "Chosen Sacrifice", and "Sumari's Solitude" are all very diverse stories set in completely different time periods and geographical areas, all three short stories serve as inspiration for the Tempest Maiden series universe. If you want to better understand how the author builds her ideas into stories, reading her short fiction is a great introduction to the process.

 


 

Heros_Moment_Cover_2Heros_Moment_Cover_2 "Hero's Moment," July 2015.
Cameron’s dad, Doug Welch, died days after saving a girl from the fire at the town’s elementary school five years ago. On the eve of the latest ceremony honoring Doug’s heroic sacrifice, Cameron discovers a security video that shouldn’t exist. It reveals Doug risking life and limb once again, but its time stamp indicates that the event occurs years in the future. Something must explain this hero’s moment. Is it a software glitch, a cruel hoax, or is Doug more than a shadow haunting Cameron’s memory?

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When_the_Medium_ShattersWhen_the_Medium_Shatters "When the Medium Shatters," May 2015.

In a future where video and display technology have largely reinvented the way our brains make and store memories, find out what happens when the medium shatters.

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Paper_Castles_Cover_2Paper_Castles_Cover_2 "Paper Castles," February 2015.

When Kate Bennett first meets Jo Hitachi, she isn’t sure what to think. How can a person make a decent living selling origami in Washington, D.C.? But with each new paper sculpture that he makes, the simple artist hints that he’s more than he seems. He’s asking her to trust him, but can Kate really afford to trade in the security of her ambitious career for a life built out of love and paper castles?

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Twirling_Ballerina_CoverTwirling_Ballerina_Cover "The Twirling Ballerina," December 2014.

As her life dwindles, a mother and her daughter discover solace from an unexpected source—a ballerina figurine whose twirling dance is more than what it seems.

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Cleaning_2Cleaning_2 "The Cleaning," September 2014.

“We’re making a safer, cleaner world…” In the Digital Age, printed books have become as obsolete as the public libraries that house them. The government has spent millions of dollars to ensure that all print books are properly scanned and preserved as e-books before recycling…all except for the dangerous ones, that is.

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A_Song_Naia_CoverA_Song_Naia_Cover "A Song for Naia," May 2014.

Others of Ryad’s people have given up trying to free their destined lovers from the glacier. Only one will dare fight the ice after nightfall and for Naia’s sake he must succeed.

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Of_Kelpie_Lullabies_coverOf_Kelpie_Lullabies_cover "Of Kelpie Lullabies", May 2014.

Will a sorcerer’s gift truly prove powerful enough to break the fae curse or will Keiranna be doomed to remain in exile as a monster forever?

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Chosen_Sacrifice_CoverChosen_Sacrifice_Cover "Chosen Sacrifice," January 2014.

The Chosen Warrior’s sacrifice might bring hope to her people, but can Miya keep any for herself?

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Ravens_Fall_CoverRavens_Fall_Cover "Raven's Fall," Confabule.com, January 2013.

Could a world of dawn be so much better than Raven's own domain of dusk? The red cattail could give her the answer, but does she dare use it?

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Sumaris_Solitude_CoverSumaris_Solitude_Cover "Sumari's Solitude," Ruins Metropolis, Hadley Rille Books, June 2008.

The sun is setting on High Priestess Sumari’s reign. Will her last act of faith be enough to thwart a priesthood plot to assassinate her successor or will her enemies destroy all she holds dear?

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