The Awakening and Other Stories by Emma Meade

I’m launching my short story collection, The Awakening & Other Stories, next Monday December 10th. I wanted to share the cover, blurb and an excerpt here. Anyone who read my Friday Fiction posts last month will recognise the excerpt.

Blurb

Put on the kettle, close the curtains and curl up by the fire. Dive into 8 short tales, each with a slice of the paranormal.

Ghost Story – Who is the shadow in the window of the abandoned house, and what or who is he waiting for?
The Awakening – It’s time for Sabrina to wake up and face the light.
End of the Line – Cassie wants to die. When midnight rolls around, she stands on the tracks waiting for the train to come.
Milsa Loris – The once magnificent kingdom of Milsa Loris comes alive one night each winter. The King’s witch is brewing up a little magic, sure to make the soup all the tastier.
The Old Vampire – Hailey spent her life dreaming of a dark prince falling in love with her. He never showed up, until now.
The Knocking – Alison’s grandfather has one eye on the next life. After all, he’s heard a lot of rapping at his door lately.
The Boy on the Beach – Kate’s grandmother warns her about the boy with the green eyes. Will she pay heed?
Snowglobes– It’s busy at Calvin’s Cabins this Christmas. Eddie and Maggie are a young couple in trouble. Not to fear, Calvin is always ready to lend a hand.

Excerpt from “End of the Line”

End of the Line

In the distance, the familiar, white light appeared, cutting through the dark of midnight. She’d watched it come before, but always from the sidelines, imagining what it would be like to face such a beast.

            Cassie drew in a shaky breath and steeled herself. Legs splayed, arms by her sides, fists tightly clenched, she waited on the tracks as the train approached. Her legs shook, and strands of hair licked her cheeks in the gentle night’s breeze.

            She swallowed the fear threatening to overcome her. Hang in there, she told herself. Another sixty seconds, and it will all be over. No more drowning, murky thoughts, heavy dreams or stilted breathing. She lifted her head and stared straight ahead, willing her body to freeze.

            Closer now, but not coming fast enough. She was scared. As much as she desired to have it all over with, the fear gained ground. Could the driver see her yet? No, still too far away. Why had time slowed down? An ache began in her ankles, spreading up her legs and winding its way around her thighs and into her clenched hands.

            The feel of her fingernails scraping the soft flesh of her palms roused her, just as she became aware of the vibrations on the tracks.

            Cassie stumbled into the grass growing beside the tracks and ran, tears running down her cheeks. She stopped as she reached the first line of trees and leaned over, resting her hands on her thighs, trying to get her breath back.

            Damn it! She wanted to die. Why couldn’t she have stuck it out?

            The train thundered by, unaware of the woman hunched over in the darkness, sobbing. She raised her head to watch the carriages pass, slithering alongside Wilkins Woods like a dark snake. In thirty seconds, the night was once again silent.

            She’d try tomorrow night. Maybe pick up a bottle of Jack Daniel’s after work. Might help with the nerves.

            Slowly, her breathing returned to normal, and she wiped the tears away. Cassie followed the edge of the woods the mile back to her squalid flat. She let herself in and headed straight to bed. One more day. She could make it that far.

Curious to find out what happens to Cassie? Download the book. 🙂

Available at $1.99 from:         Smashwords        &         Amazon

or add it on Goodreads

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26 thoughts on “The Awakening and Other Stories by Emma Meade

  1. Wow! Great excerpt! I am intrigued not only in what happens next to Cassie….by why she finds herself in this situation..I look forward to reading and reviewing on the 15th:)

    Thanks for sharing and I wish you luck!

  2. Yay, almost there! I applaud you for the number of short stories you’re able to produce. If I can write one I jump up and down and feel so proud because I tend to make stories into novels or drop them. Love the snow on the blog 😀

    1. Cheers, Margaret. You do quite a bit of writing yourself. There are one or two stories in this collection that could become novellas, but then again, I’m feeling fairly lazy at the moment.

  3. Congrats on your newest release, and nice cover!
    I’m glad other commenters mentioned the snow on your blog I thought I was seeing little white spots and wondered if I hit my head recently. Nice effect, I’m gonna have to look into doing something like that (the snow effect not hitting my head).

    1. Thank you, Hubbard, and for being a beta reader. I don’t know where the snow came from but I’m not complaining. I’ll keep an eye out on your blog.

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