Valarie Savage Kinney

“We had a crowd at the house that night, and even though I was careful about the frailty of my glass; even though I remembered to hold it just tightly enough to keep my grasp, but not so tightly I caused it any more harm; even though I was cautious about the perspiration dripping down the sides... even so, my glass still broke. It broke in the darkness, the deep of the night so black the stars were barely visible. Just before 1 a.m., when the rest of the world had the audacity to be sleeping, that’s when it happened. And the world continued to slumber, just as it always had, just as if my glass, my special, perfect glass, had not just shattered all over the floor.” 

My soul had gone to sleep the day my sister died, and I wasn’t keen on the idea of waking it up. Being numb is a whole lot easier to handle than raw, screaming agony.

And then I found out my brother had terminal lung cancer. What follows is my journey through the grief of losing my siblings. I wrote a lot during these years of aching loss and grief, and most of it is not pretty, but it is honest and real. My hope with this book is that others who are mourning might realize they are not alone in the way they feel. Deep grief changes people, that’s just a fact. It’s not an experience one can just “get over.” We can learn to live with it, though, accepting the waves of emotion that sometimes strike us out of nowhere. And in time, laughter will come again.

Secrets of Windy Springs Book Four

Life hasn’t gone the way Dashiel Winston once thought it would. His ability has destroyed his marriage, wreaked havoc on his mind, and left him weighted by the burdens of his past decisions. At fifty-seven, he lives alone with little company beyond the voices vying for attention in his head. For too many years, he’s buried himself in the fantasy life he’s created; everyone who knows him sees him as the flamboyant, addled pirate, Captain Dash. He’s loving, he’s jovial... and his heart is about to break from the terrible pain it carries. 

 

When his deepest secrets are forced out in the open and his most treasured relationship threatened, he’s left with a choice: come clean about the decades of lies he’s built his life upon, or risk losing both his family and his sanity. 

Previously Found in Kapow 1 and 2

The Dealanach Anáil were being hunted. The ancient race of giants with a talent for breathing golden lightning are being slaughtered throughout Scotland. Aurelius had hoped his infant daughter would not inherit his superhuman traits, but in this regard, he was disappointed. There is no safe place to hide her in 18th century Scotland, so Aurelius takes his child to the only place he knows the hunters will not find her: hundreds of years in the future, to America. 

Copper has grown into an angry young woman. Once she comes into her powers, she unleashes a torrent of fury on innocents. In her wake lies a trail of death, covered in golden ashes. When the father who abandoned her returns - along with a sister she never knew existed- sparks fly. 

But their personal feuds must be set aside when they realize the terrible truth: once again, the hunters have found them.

Secrets of Windy Springs Book Three 

Evie O’Connor isn’t a typical three-year-old. She hears the cries of the dead and the dying. Her burgeoning ability brings the scars of a painful past into her parent’s lives. No matter how hard she tries to forget, the effects of neglect and abuse linger in Keisha O’Connor’s mind. Nightmares, anxiety, and something more sinister have a grip on her she can’t break. When her daughter Evie makes a terrifying announcement, the walls surrounding her perfect life come tumbling down. At the Windy Springs Renaissance Festival, the familiar isn’t what it seems. A bizarre twist of fate puts Evie in danger as the Rennies band together to save the child… and possibly take down one of their own.

Secrets of Windy Springs Book Two

Twisted magic pervades the enchanted forest at Windy Springs Renaissance Festival. Strange physical symptoms plague Keisha as her second season of vending at Windy Springs begins.


Violence and destruction bring fear to the festival as long-harbored secrets threaten to emerge. When stunning truths are unveiled, Keisha struggles to come to grips with a new reality. Will her relationship with Rogan withstand the coming changes or will the darkness he reveals about his past destroy the promise of their future? 

…Consumption is a chilling collection chronicling the stories of six people consuming or being consumed by something unnatural. The Satisfaction of Mercy Mercy was left for dead in the toxic sewers of Detroit, and now she is consumed with the need for revenge. Jagged Disintegration Kelsey has fallen victim to a terrible virus with the power to destroy her life from the inside out. The Wedding Takeover Laura is determined to finally have her perfect wedding day, even if she must steal it from someone else. To Scotland! Eric is broken-hearted when his best online friend disappears, and he’d give anything to have her back… but not like this. Creeping Moss Celeste didn’t notice the first black spots, until they spread and took over every aspect of her life. Maternal Consumption Samaria has fought the gnawing hunger in her gut for years, until she’s finally satisfied by eating something she shouldn’t.

Secrets of Windy Springs Book One

Keisha is pregnant and on the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend. Hiding out at Windy Springs Renaissance Festival, she discovers a world of magic. Stepping into new and unfamiliar territory, she finds herself among people different from any she’s met before. Though she feels she’ll never fit in, Keisha finds hope when she meets Rogan, who plays the troll. As friendship blossoms into romance, she soon discovers that Rogan, as well as others at Windy Springs, have abilities beyond the average individual – abilities that the child growing within her shares as well. When danger comes to Windy Springs, she’ll need the combined powers of Rogan and his friends to keep her and the baby safe.

The weaker sex? There’s no such thing! Enter Anna, who fights against evil for what she knows is right. Enter Chessie, who must battle prejudice and overcome the torment she holds inside. Read Delia’s story, a struggle against domestic violence. Follow the tale of Apple as she struggles with her demons. And be inside the story with nameless women who must deal with the loss of a child, the inner struggle of uncertain sexuality, the escape from domestic violence, the healing of assault, and the finding of love. These characters embody the strength of women, strip away the illusion of weakness, and bring hope of things to come. The authors of The Sisterhood bring you these poignant short stories and demonstrate there is nothing weak about women!

Celebrate the modern uprising of strong female role models with the stories of KAPOW Kick A** Powerfully Original Women Super female main characters. SUPER comic book-worthy POWER. Seven stories written in literary form inspired by the classic super heroes and heroines with the virtuous women completing the cliffhanging tales of Volume One of this dual anthology. Can their noble intentions and super powers save the day? Good versus Evil. Choose your side and place your bets. 7DS Books proudly presents KAPOW Volume Two. Good Girls Edition

Drinking. Drugging. Cutting. Exxel Jensen has spent his life finding ways to rid himself of the Heckler, and failed miserably. On the surface, his future is bright: a beautiful wife, a child on the way, and a career he loves as a stand up comedian. Beneath the surface lurks the darkness: crippling depression, anxiety, and alcoholism. Helena Jensen has seen her husband spiral downward before and feels helpless to stop it as she watches him falling again. She would do anything to help him, anything to diminish the pain that plagues him. Exxel knows she would, and he also knows she can’t. Because the person fueling his depression and addictions is someone she can’t see. And how can he explain the Heckler to anyone, when he doesn’t even understand it himself?

Celebrate the modern uprising of strong female role models with the stories of KAPOW Kick A** Powerfully Original Women Super female main characters. SUPER comic book-worthy POWER. Seven stories written in literary form inspired by the classic tales of super heroes and heroines with the bad women setting the stage for the opening of this dual anthology with their wicked ways, super strengths, and master plans of domination and demise. 7DS Books proudly presents KAPOW Bad Girls Edition

We're often told tales of the underworlds to feed the darkest corners of our nightmares. We tuck them away with the sunlight and laugh away the fear our minds created. But the daylight offers no relief for Zari. She's hidden her waking nightmare as nothing more than a damaged past. The venom of her secrets consumes her, as well as those she cares for most. Emmett, the love of her life and the only one with a past dark enough to respect her space, becomes a pawn in the war against the demonic force which is her bloodright. Can Zari overpower those out to get her to feed on the innocent? Can she save Emmett from the evil of Slither?

Narrated By: Valarie Savage Kinney

"Faith for faith and soul for soul Division was the war The halt for peace, it stopped the love And alone, their hearts were torn." Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Atheist, Satanism, Confucianism, Buddhism, A keeper for them all. Seven Dragons must join together in order to open the ring of Heavens and stop mankind from continuing its own demise.

Two strangers are thrown together through insurmountable tragedy. Since his family disintegrated a decade ago, Jake has kept his heart safely ensconced within the protective walls he’s erected. Determined to live out his life alone and free of the burden of love, Jake’s world is turned upside down when the grief of a woman he hardly knows calls him to step out of his comfort zone. Once Marnie enters the picture, he tries not to notice how broken, how pitiful…and how beautiful she is. Jake is torn between doing the right thing for himself….and doing the right thing. Devastated by loss after loss, Marnie is left a shell of her former self. After losing her home in a fire and numbed by yet another heartbreaking tragedy, she is unable to communicate or even function on her own. Marnie finds she must place her trust in a quirky stranger and his three-legged dog. Desperate to reach out to the only stability in her life—Jake—but paralyzed by pain, she struggles to pick up the shattered pieces of hope. Marnie wonders if she will ever learn to live or love—again. One year. One apartment. Two strangers, each wrapped in their own personal turmoil. Can Jake and Marnie overcome the obstacles before them and find love despite the odds?

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Flint Area Writers 2016.

Content by Melodie Bolt.

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