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Eight Stories.

248 pages.

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In 2006, I agreed to teach a creative-writing class at United Technologies Center in Bangor, Maine--something that writers aren't supposed to do. The saying goes that those who can write do write; those who cannot write teach creative-writing classes. I was comfortable enough with my skills that I could do both. The goal was to help them through the bumps and publish a local-interest anthology via a POD.

The class was a stellar success, but only four students signed up. One decided not to proceed with the intensive editing and polishing that would go on for months following the end of the class. I couldn't publish even a local-interest anthology with just three stories.

So, I offered a story of my own to my students, who acted as my editor in order for the story to be accepted, and then I solicited stories from writer colleagues of mine who had been published. What began as a local-interest anthology took on a life of its own, and became something of a great success.

It's called Enchantments: The Many Facets of Magic, and it's just that. Eight writers have penned eight stories that showcase various types of magic. There's contemporary fantasy, science-fiction, horror, sword & sorcery, super hero, legendary fantasy, adventure fantasy, and mainstream fiction, in eight unique styles.

There's something in here for everyone!

From the back of the book:

To our writers, it means many different things.

MAGIC is a unicorn in rural New England, even if only the children believe it’s there.

MAGIC is a human finding impossible love, and breath, deep beneath the dark waves.

MAGIC is a prophecy championed by elemental wizards fighting against their oppressors.

MAGIC is strange, empowered objects in a world that is not quite what it seems.

MAGIC is a brilliant scientist whose potions transform him into a super hero… with a little help.

MAGIC is the love of music found in a nursing home, binding two unlikely friends together.

MAGIC is finding faith in a powerful deity, and trusting that his miracles will save an army and a kingdom.

MAGIC is supernatural witchcraft wielded by a vengeful and psychotic math teacher.

In Enchantments: The Many Facets of Magic, eight writers bring
you eight very different perspectives on what magic could be.


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