In the middle of things.
Like a bridge that touches two shores but doesn't belong to either of them.
So a story can touch the edges of two spheres, like between mortal and immortal, or fey and mundane. Or possibly be a smaller character's story, that takes place between the novels about The Great War.
Stories can also have a middling length. The general agreement is that short stories are usually under 6000 words, while novels officially start at 40,000.
But what about those tales that need a different length? That have more plot* than can be told in a short story, but aren't big enough to fill a novel?
One of the luxuries in this new world of publishing is that those stories don't have to automatically become trunk stories. They can be released out to the world, published on their own, instead of ignored and not written, or placed in a drawer, never to see the light of day.
This is a bundle of stories that take place in the middle of things. Some are about characters who are also in novels. Some are the stories that happen between the novels. Others are more thematic, stories that take place in between major world events.
These stories are also of middling length—greater than 10,000 words, shorter than 35,000.
There isn't a single genre here. There's science fiction. Fantasy. Superheroes. Young adult romance. The authors are also widely varied, with newcomers as well as USA Today and New York Times best sellers.
Some of the stories are new, first published here. Others have been available for a while.
So take a bite out of the middle. If you enjoy the taste, there are trails leading in both directions for you to follow.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
How to Babysit a Changeling by Anthea Sharp: a YA Urban Fantasy merging the worlds of the fey and computer games. It takes place in her award-winning Feyland series.
Forever Falls by Michael Warren Lucas: a hard science fiction story set in the Montague universe, where the physics are always different.
As Needed by Michael A Stackpole: a pulse-pounding fantasy thriller.
Heaven Painted as a Cop Car by Dean Wesley Smith: a romantic superhero ghost story. It takes places in his Poker Boy universe.
Siren by Blaze Ward: a science fiction thriller about Vo Arlo, one of the marines on the Republic of Aquitaine's Auberon. It takes place in the Alexandria Station universe.
Fly Me to the Moon by Mindy Klasky: a romance that takes place in her bestselling Harmony Springs universe.
Walking Gods by Leah Cutter: a fantasy involving gods and vengeance.
The Possession of Paavo Deshin by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: a science fiction mystery involving ghosts. It takes place in her award-winning Retrieval Artist series.
Waiting to Fly by Sherry D. Ramsey: a YA science fiction story.
Old Man by Daniel Keys Moran: a science fiction story that asks hard questions.
A NOTE FROM OUR SPONSOR: In addition to these wonderful tales, if you purchase all of them, you'll also receive a coupon for a free ebook from Kobo Books.
HOW IT WORKS:
The initial titles in the middlings bundle (minimum of $5 to purchase) are:
12 For 12: If you pay the bonus price of $12, you’ll get the initial five titles, plus the following (12 in total):