Wednesday Briefs: July 4, 2018

Here is a list of all the authors flashing this week, along with a brief snippet from their latest free work. Click the link after the snippet to be taken to the complete story on the author’s home page

An Offer I Could Not Refuse: Part 16 by Michael Mandrake

The moment I sensed my father’s spirit in the room, I jerked awake. I turned to the left, staring into the weary brown eyes of the man everyone had told me I’d resembled. Now, I looked nothing like Jacob Winston. Though our facial features were similar, I had fangs and claws. Traits that Jacob and the entire Winston family hated. Though they hadn’t tried to revolt recently, the spirit was still there. My clan had always had the feeling we would one day rise again.

“Not now.”

“No, I won’t allow it,” I said to him.

“How could you? My youngest child. The one I held in my arms only days before I was murdered? If anything, you should be angrier than your older brothers and sisters? Why have you betrayed me?”

Hearing his sad words, I closed my eyes tight. “Though I am sorry for hurting you, I will not apologize for what I’ve done. I fell in love…”

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Denied: Chapter Thirty-eight by Cia Nordwell

Lack of gravity didn’t stop all of the intruders. There were spacers among the soldiers invading the ship, and some aliens just didn’t seem to be hampered by the lack of gravity at all. One rather thick alien just thinned out his hands and used the thin, flexible flaps to propel himself gracefully through the air.

I’m assuming it was a he, from the sheer bulk. Deke was going to be pissed if it turned out to be a woman, because the alien flipped gracefully around two of his guards and smacked them both together with those hands.

If they’d 

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In Pieces #10 (4.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Swallowing a sigh, Ryan followed Ben up the wide front steps and into the house. Questions would obviously have to wait for now.

“Starting the tour of Le Grand Mansion, here we have the foyer,” Ben said in a faux tour guide voice as he gestured widely. “What you and I might call the hallway.” He winked at Ryan, drawing him in as if they shared a private joke. Ryan understood what he was saying—neither one of them came from money, this was how the upper class lived. He couldn’t help but think Ben intended to change that with Salvation.

A circular wrought iron staircase wound its way to the second floor.

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Here Kitty Kitty: Chapter 9.1 by Carol Pedroso

A week passed with no more attacks and the small family settled into life in the bear den. The kits made friends with some of the cubs and Simon and Kitryn often found themselves overrun with small animals.

They continued to have regular meetings with Elder Patrick, but new leads were few and far between. The only news was that a representative from the nearby Vampire Clan would be arriving that evening. Simon wasn’t sure what he thought about meeting another of his kind. On one hand, he could gain someone who would teach him about what he now was

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