Wednesday Briefs: June 30, 2021

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 Unholy Alliance #5 (2.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

“Morning, Char! Feeling better? Come sit down by the fire. I’m making us some breakfast. I’ll be done here in just a second.”

Again with the familiarity?  I didn’t know whether I was mad about that or just irritated because he talked so damn much. Being on my own, I wasn’t used to early morning conversations. But I bit my tongue rather than let him know he’d managed to annoy me. Oh well, I wouldn’t have to endure him for much longer, now that I had shaken off my torpor of the night before. Couldn’t hurt to eat a little something before I took my leave, could it?  Although there was the nagging question of what to do

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The Garret Farm: Part 1 by J Ray Lamb

The Garret Farm was just under 2100 acres of flat grassland in west central Illinois. It was one of the larger operations in the area. It had started as a five acre gift to Garrets several generations previous. Each boom bust cycle brought opportunities to expand the family holdings.

By the early 1950s, they were just over 400 acres that were disjointed with a few 40 acre stands that were not connected to the main holdings.

The Farm Crisis of the 1980s saw a massive expansion of the family operations as they were able to buy out neighbors

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Ancalagon Chapter Forty-five by Cia Nordwell

“Well of course I did. He’s a human.” Mereval narrowed her eyes at Bouncer. “We know all about cerops.”  

“Really? Including why one would docilely follow a human? And stand in a room with a predator who stunned him once before and has caged him several times without attacking?” The male who was circling them as he spoke paused when he was standing to my right and stared at Bouncer. “Did you do something to him?” he asked.  

I blinked. “Like what?”  

“Chemicals? A mechanical control device of some sort?” he guessed.  

“No.” I bit the word off. “That would

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