Darcy scooped a level cup of flour into the mixing bowl. She brushed her bangs aside, smudging powder across her skin. The ten-year-old consulted the recipe once more. Her mom would be so proud. This was the first time she’d been trusted to stay at home alone—even if it was for only an hour. She… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: How to make a Brownie brownie
A monstrous growl echoed outside Rella’s bedroom door. She stepped back, crossed the worn rug, her spine flush with the stone wall. Her fingers twisted in the layers of fabric of her tattered gown. Roar! She hiccuped back fear. Splat! Her eyes went wide. Either that was the beast that had stood guard at her… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: Maiden Rescue
“Mama! I can’t sleep.” Travis pulled the covers over his eyes and waited. “What’s wrong, sweetheart?” His mom ran into the room, settled onto the bed, her head tilted. Travis dared to poke one eye back into the world. “I’m scared.” His mom tried to hide her smile. “Scared of what? Papa and I are… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: Monster Under the Bed
Today is the day! Allwyn will receive her wings, the most important event in a faerie’s life. She pads across damp moss-covered ground, shadows sprinkled around her from the great canopy of trees. She makes no sound as she moves, something she’s always taken pride in. With effort, she pushes open the door to the… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: The Awakening
Agatha bounced through the front door with a bright smile on her face. She could barely see over the object that filled her arms, the same one that put that smile in place. “Mama! Look what I made at school this week.” The six-year-old huffed to catch her breath as she gently—as gently as a… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: Fairy House
Hello friends! I've got some news for you! As some of you know, I have been on my journey to get published since 2013. During that time I've self-published some novellas, attended countless writer's conferences and local writer meetings, secured my amazing agents with Hartline Literary Agency, Cyle Young & Tessa Emily Hall, have had a… Continue reading Who Wants to Hear a HUGE Announcement About My Book?
I have fantastic news to share! This past weekend the Ohio Christian Writers Conference presented the Blue Seal Awards. I've learned that I placed in TWO of the categories! *throws confetti* 2nd place in the Flash Fiction category with my story, Fairy Academy 3rd place in the YA unpublished category with my novel, KEEN Congratulations… Continue reading Blue Seal Awards–Ohio Christian Writers Conference
Hello Caffeinated Fiction friends! I've got some fun news to share but promised my newsletter subscribers that I'd share with them first. Interested in finding out the juicy details now? I'd love for you to sign up for my newsletter! I've got a couple special announcements, PLUS a giveaway ONLY for my newsletter subscribers! Woot!… Continue reading Secrety-Secret News and Newsletter Sign-Ups!
“Wanna know when you’re gonna die?” Samantha shivered. Was Janie serious? What a morbid thought. She and her fellow eighth grader stood beneath a tree, outside the gates of the old Hamilton Cemetery. This classic rite of passage was their task for this All Hallows’ Eve. “I’ll go first.” Janie lifted her chin. Samantha watched… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: Do You Wanna Know?
Bones of Cobalt Blue by Cathy Hinkle (Stories of the Stars Flash Fiction Contest 3rd place winner) She landed with the practiced ease of centuries, blue talons gripping the cliff's edge. Wind whistled through the granite crags, and small stones scrabbled beneath her feet. With a low growl, she dove from the cliff. Unfurling… Continue reading Stories of the Stars Contest–“Bones of Cobalt Blue” by Cathy Hinkle