Today I am featuring a sneak peek into Stephanie Ayers story exclusive to the Bending Time Anthology. Check it out below. Sounds interesting and make you want more…
“Forty-four dead he’s responsible for. Forty-four, and ye say he doesn’t deserve to die? Did they deserve to die?” Allan stepped closer to her. Sadness made his face longer than it was.
“No, but he didn’t shoot them.”
Allan laughed. “How could ye know that? Ya weren’t there.”
She turned sad eyes on Kane. “My heart knows he’s innocent, and that’s good enough for me. I plan to marry that man tomorrow.”
“Without proof, what your heart knows is useless. He will hang tomorrow.”
“It’s not fair. You can’t dictate love.” She rolled tear-filled eyes at him. Her head shook as she sucked in her cheeks.
“You’ll lose your position as a Pinkerton detective if ya marry an outlaw.”
“I can’t help who I love.”
“Oh I agree, but just because ye love him doesn’t mean he’s good for you.”
“And who are you to say?” Her chin jutted forward.
Allan shook his head at her resolve. “My dear Claire. If it were anyone but him, ye’d have my blessings.”
Claire turned away defeated. “And what if he wasn’t a criminal?”
Allan laughed. He couldn’t imagine a world where Kane Shaw wasn’t a criminal. “Impossible, but okay. If he weren’t a criminal, I wouldn’t care. Ye could marry him on Sunday and divorce him on Friday, and it would mean little as long as ya did your job.”
Time moves on.
The hands of the clock never stop – not even when the battery runs out or fate wills us to forget.
It is in the inevitable forward motion of time that we learn and try to remember.
But what happens when we go back?
Are the lessons taught or events that transpire forever altered?
What changes? What repeats? What ends and what begins?
Join us as we bend time in this multi-genre anthology in an attempt to unwind the very hands of time…
Stephanie Ayers is an international bestselling author who writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. A self-proclaimed word whisperer, she is a unicorn disguised as a human living in southwestern Ohio and a member of the Ohio Writers Association. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.
Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Absolution, Flash Fiction Addiction, and the upcoming Bending Time. She currently has two serials to her name, the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 series and her new high fantasy, the Destiny Defined series, which debuted March 7, 2019.
Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayer
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