These Other Doors: A Collection of More-Than-Mundane Tales

Life is a series of choices, of doors we can walk through or leave behind. Of stories we tell and stories we keep to ourselves.

The short stories and poetry of this collection present both events no one in this world has faced:

  • flesh-eating deer that arise from glowing, golden flowers
  • a thin membrane that allows two girls from very different worlds to see and talk to each other
  • an unnatural rain that fills the air and people’s lungs until they cannot breathe
  • a being temporarily trapped in our world who falls in love with a woman who dances with the ocean

…and events that perhaps some of us have:

  • a love that holds itself back, but seeks, yearns, longs to be released
  • a girl pursuing freedom among the trees from a past and future that seek to control her
  • two people trying to determine whether they even exist

Together, These Other Doors tell a story of breaking free, of learning to love and be loved. Together, the characters inside find the doors open to them.

And they walk through.

The Kitten Psychologist Collection

Psychoanalyze a kitten? Preposterous.

A talking kitten? Beyond reason.

A talking kitten that must be convinced to act reasonably? Completely and utterly impossible. See: kitten.

But for the sake of the kitten’s owners, not only is this psychologist going to give it a red-hot try—everyone might just end up surprised by what they learn about themselves.

The complete Kitten Psychologist collection, with all six heart-warming tales in this funny and endearing series.

“…a story to savor, a place to escape to that refreshes and delights.”

~Teddi Deppner, author of The Author Collector, in her review of Hidden in Sealskin

Like Mist Over the Eyes (White Changeling #2)

Sometimes there was a man weeping.
Sometimes there was a fire.
But always there was the sword.

Adren escaped with her life back in Watorej, but her tussle with the potion-maker has knocked something loose in her mind. Really loose. The dreams—if they even are dreams—are frequent and disturbing, and Adren finds it increasingly difficult to keep a grip on her own mind. Luckily Nadin is around to help out, but for how long? His human side, however slight it may be, ensures that he’ll eventually turn on her… doesn’t it?

For now, Adren and Nadin still search for the cure to the unicorn’s madness, and soon they stumble into an age-old feud between a fairy mound and the nearby human town. With one side seeing her as a plaything and the other as a threat to be stamped out, it’s up to Adren to find the middle ground—but doing so comes uncomfortably close to challenging her most coveted prejudices.

The long-sought cure might be merely one good bargain away, but as the game turns ever more deadly amid shifting allegiances and ancient legends turn out to be all too real, Adren must hold it all together before a full-blown war breaks loose. She has to conquer her demons or else everyone will face the consequences.

Especially the unicorn.

“…a story to savor, a place to escape to that refreshes and delights.”

~Teddi Deppner, author of The Author Collector, in her review of Hidden in Sealskin

The Illuminated Heart

Dagný’s only brother, Kaj, is dead. He died of illness before his life had really begun, and Dagný blames God for it.

About a week after his death, Kaj comes back as a draugur, a creature intent on the ruin of those it had known in life. With his unholy power, he kills their crops, causes their animals to go insane, and brings them to the brink of starvation. Every single member of Dagný’s village, convinced that her family has brought this curse upon themselves through sin, leaves them alone to die.

Then, one day, a polar bear arrives at their door with a proposition:

“Give me your youngest daughter, and I will make you wealthy.”

The adventure that follows thrusts Dagný into a world where the supernatural intrudes on the natural as a matter of course, where she must act without any assurance of safety, and where she must decide whether to throw away all she’s believed or finally trust in it for the first time.

(Part of the Undead Fairy Tales Collection. Check out Emily Casey’s books for more.)

“A stunning Icelandic fable”
~Rachael Stephen, author of State of Flux

“…the prose is utterly gorgeous and the story is captivating.”
~Bethan Healy

“…touching and compelling.”
~Margaret Pinard, author of the Remnants series

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