20 #StoryADayMay #W4WS Host

Today, in addition to my story, I’m happy to announce that I’m one of the beneficiaries of this month’s Writers4Writers promotion. The other is Laura Eno You’re invited to join in, of course!

Stephen Tremp, one of the founders, says this:

Hosted by Mary Pax, Christine Raines, C.M. Brown, and myself Writers helping other writers to succeed.

The writer posts an image of their book along with a short blurb and a link to Kindle on their blog. Visitors may share the link with their FB friends. Also visit the W4WS Facebook Page.

The author posts pre-written Tweets on his/her blog. Visitors may simply copy and paste Tweets into Twitter. Or they could go to #W4WS on Twitter and Retweet.

Mine for Facebook:

sageCSAGE: Usurper. Lost Heir. Runaway bride. Land on the brink of civil war. All so familiar, until Tortoise — the Divine Creature who ignores the rules of right and wrong — challenges his fellow divinities to meddle. Suddenly, children targeted for murder are adopted, swordsmen turn into blacksmiths, and none are reliably who or what they seem. The four Divine Animals are afoot: Tortoise, Dragon, Unicorn, and Phoenix. Hold on tight.
The Fall of Onagros, Book 1 of Sage
Bargain with Fate, Book 2 of Sage

Mine for Twitter:

sage_fate_NEW_180The Fall of Onagros, Book 1 of SAGE #fantasy #trilogy “intriguing, intricate new fantasy series” http://www.amzn.com/B00AYF6546 5 stars #W4WS

Bargain With Fate, Book 2 of SAGE #fantasy #trilogy “getting more engrossing all the time” http:www.amzn.com/B00CLUUO9O/ 5 stars #W4WS


by Marian Allen

shortstorymonthx240I opened the door slowly for my guest, careful of my candle’s flame. My eyes are accustomed to the gloom, but a gentleman is always considerate of his visitors, even if they only come on business. So few people want to visit me, and none of them stay long. It’s no wonder I want to emigrate.

He seemed startled when I answered the door myself, no doubt expecting a butler in a house this large. Too much house for me, by far, a remnant of the time I felt the need to impress my neighbors. As I led him up the staircase to his room, I saw the place as he must see it, and I regretted not bringing in a cleaning crew; the dust and cobwebs I usually ignored must disgust someone accustomed to gleam and sparkle.

Old. Everything here was old, including – especially – me.

I had laid out a simple meal in my guest’s room; that one room, at least, was immaculate. That much, I could manage on my own.

The poor man was becoming uneasy. I knew my smile was unnerving, but I was just so glad to have him here at last! Soon, our business would be done and I would be a proud landowner in a new country. The very thought of leaving this stagnant existence invigorated me!

He invited me to share his repast, but I declined. He offered me a drink. We could toast the beginning of our business connection.

It seemed a poor way to begin a relationship, but I refused.

I never drink … wine.

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “20 #StoryADayMay #W4WS Host

  1. Carolyn Brown

    May 20, 2013 at 7:33am

    Welcome to W4W’s Marian! I hope you enjoy the experience and thank you for taking part in our monthly meme!

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      Marian Allen

      May 20, 2013 at 7:36am

      Thanks very much, Carolyn! Thanks for letting me be a part of the crew. 🙂 I’m enjoying finding and promoting writers new to me.

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  2. Laura Eno

    May 20, 2013 at 8:29am

    Hi Marian! We’re W4WS buddies this month! I like the sound of Sage. Thanks for putting it on my radar…and my toppling TBR pile. 😉

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  3. Jane

    May 20, 2013 at 8:32am

    Ah, the everlasting Vlad the -er- well, you know.
    Fun story. What a lovely vignette.

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  4. Shelly

    May 20, 2013 at 9:54am

    You’ve been Tweeted, Facebooked, and Linkedin.

    Good Luck!

    Hugs and chocolate,

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  5. Jen Christopherson

    May 20, 2013 at 10:45am

    Howdy Marian!
    I have been so selfish and I wish to apologize to you for that! I have finally found the time to do a little “snooping”!!! LOL I chose to come and see you first! I get to chat with you a little here and there, but I have rarely read what you write! I am sorry.

    I like this story! It is gloomy, spooky and sends shivers up my spine! LOL

    Ok, so now I need to ask a few questions! LOL Who knew, right?!?

    How do I get more information about this writers4writers? It sounds like a wonderful opportunity!

    Where do you get all those ideas for stories? Can I steal them or do I have to make up my own?!? LOL

    Wow! I love your site!!!

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  6. Maryann Miller

    May 20, 2013 at 11:25am

    Congrats on the promotional opportunity. I tweeted for you.

    Loved the flash fiction. I found it ironic that you wrote about someone definitely older that the usual protagonist. I just wrote a short story with a 70 something protagonist, and that got me to wondering why I have been writing about older folks of late. Then I realized that maybe that is because they are now my peers. (smile)

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      Marian Allen

      May 20, 2013 at 3:23pm

      LOL! I’ve always had elderly protagonists or elderly prominent characters. I’m probably of the last generation that was taught to revere our elders, which caused me to pay a lot more attention to them than subsequent generations. It’s weird, being one now. I’m like, “I’ll be I was right; just because they were older doesn’t mean they were any smarter!” heh

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  7. Mary Pax

    May 20, 2013 at 11:41am

    Hope you get a big push this week Marian. And a nice piece to showcase with the promo. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      May 20, 2013 at 3:24pm

      I’m certainly getting more traffic and more comments, so I’m having fun, whether I sell books or not. 🙂

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  8. Michelle Wallace

    May 20, 2013 at 12:00pm

    Hi Marian!
    I’ve tweeted. This is great promo for your book! Everything of the best!
    I also enjoyed your short piece.

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  9. PK Hrezo

    May 20, 2013 at 12:26pm

    Got ya all tweeted up, Marian! Have a great day! 🙂

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  10. unikorna

    May 20, 2013 at 2:01pm

    Good luck with Sage…I am a huge fantasy reader and devourer :).

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  11. Kiril Kundurazieff

    May 20, 2013 at 10:31pm

    I saw this one coming a mile away…and loved it! 😀

    Congrats on the Writers4Writers promotion!

    I am back home from Blog Paws and the cats are back home as well,

    Nikita has just posted his own Day 20 and is off to take an evening nap. 😀

    Day 20 = Exit Stage Right

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      Marian Allen

      May 21, 2013 at 6:17am

      Always a pleasure to meet another Wale aficionado. 🙂

      Good to have you back!

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  12. Melissa Bradley

    May 21, 2013 at 11:25am

    Sorry I am so late on the W4WS, I meant to post, but have been discombobulated. Here’s to huge successes!

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