Blog Tour Invite: Incredible Truths (A #StrangeLit Anthology)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Here's the second paranormal/fantasy short story bundle I'm touring!

#StrangeLit: Incredible Truths
Beware the tale that distracts you with the telling -- it's planting a truth in your mind, and you may find yourself believing in the incredible too. Sit back and let it happen, while reading:

Bloodline Maharlika by Anne Plaza
Shake-Ups by Elea Andrea Almazora
As The Night Ends by Alveel Kaith C.
31st by Cindy Dela Cruz
Stormy Hollow: The Hunt for the Divine Necklace by LC Mills
A Sky of Wishes by Kristel Ann Cruz
The Secret Society by S.J.M Fuertes
Talulikas Chronicles by Clark Feliciano
Nexus Book 1: Anathema by Ysa Arcangel
Viva Voce by DJ Paraguya

#StrangeLit was a writing class held in 2015. For five weeks, participating authors wrote paranormal/fantasy stories, and this ebook bundle is a collection of work produced during the class. Read more #StrangeLit stories in the anthologies DARKEST DREAMS, FATEFUL TURNS, and KILLER SEASONS.

Bloodline Maharlika
A novella by Anne Plaza

There's nothing ordinary about Owenn Magpantay the moment awareness seeped through her consciousness. A demi-goddess born from the line of maharlika and Bathala himself, Owenn is the hope for peace between mortal and the divine. But when the god Apolaki decried Bathala's love for humans, Owenn became his ultimate target. Together with her half-sister, the bathaluman Mayari, they travel to present day Manila where Owenn must eventually face the evil of Apolaki with the help of Companions descended from the warrior nobility.

A short story by Elea Andrea Almazora

25-year-old Rosie Rivas worries about a lot of things - her father's health, her desire to fix everything, and her own social anxiety. The last thing she wanted on a day when the rest of the world is dealing with earthquakes is to deal with strangers claiming to be family. She wanted a grand destiny even less.

But sometimes, what you don't want is exactly what you need.

As The Night Ends
A novella by Alveel Kaith C.

C is the one you go to when your life needs saving.

Need to pass an entrance exam? No sweat.
Girlfriend's birthday approaching and you don't have a gift? She'll have it before the day ends.
Sex tape needs to be deleted in boyfriend's computer? Can you give her something more challenging than that?

C cleans up your mess, and that's practically all you need to know.

The job was supposed to be simple. Pretend to be a high school classmate's girlfriend for the weekend, look pretty, and answer all questions appropriately. But then she finds herself awakened in the middle of the night and brought to a clearing where said classmate started spouting words like monsters, redemption, war, and savior.

Has C finally gotten herself into more trouble than she can handle?

A novella by Cindy Dela Cruz

Felicia just moved to Spring City, a thriving city which has surpassed the grandeur of any city in the Philippines. She was hoping to forget bad memories and to pick herself up again. The city was majestic and people she met were friendly, there's the helpful guard named Kanor and the good looking botanist next door, Chris. She also met a self-proclaimed witch with an eccentric hairstyle named Carlotta, who warned her never to open her door whatever happens on the 31st of October. Felicia was cynical, and she eventually forgot about the warning.

One evening after a nice date with Mr. Botanist, the doorbell in her apartment rang. Without even thinking of Carlotta's advice, she opened the door and found no one. Instead, she felt a gust of wind in her face. When she turned around, she almost fainted when she saw two weird looking creatures sitting in her living room.

Stormy Hollow: The Hunt for the Divine Necklace
A novella by LC Mills

Stormy Hollow, Georgia.

A land filled with willow trees, trellises, and flowers of every kind. Beautiful. Enchanting. But never what you imagine it to be.

For in Stormy Hallow, witches lives. Witches, who are the descendants of the survivors of the Salem Trial who decided to build their own community and call it Stormy Hollow. They kept it protected from the outside world, but not to their own breed.

The Divine Necklace

Centuries ago, a war ensued over the original batch of witches that prompted them to be divided into two: the coven, and the alliance.
The alliance had the Divine Necklace to protect them - the necklace that's considered as the most powerful thing in the wizarding world.


Sixteen years ago, members of the coven, and the alliance, had an argument that led to the worst fight they had in years, killing members of the coven, including the Hazels - leaders of the coven, and prompting the survivors to cast a spell on members of the alliance, saying that they'll never be allowed in Stormy Hollow again.

But Hera Miller, leader of the alliance, cast a curse, saying that by the time the last witches turn sixteen, a new war would ensue. She also took half of the divine necklace with her, without the coven's knowledge.


Alexandra and Achelois Hazel have finally turned sixteen.
Little did they know that their celebration wouldn't really be a celebration, but a sign of things to come.
For their birthday marks the new wizarding war.
And nothing is going to stop the alliance now.

A Sky of Wishes
A short story by Kristel Ann Cruz

A world governed by logic and rules does not have time for childhood fantasies like wishing stars, or so we thought. After Stella gets diagnosed with a terminal illness, Aries turned to the sky and pleaded for his mother to be healed. Imagine his surprise when a Star manifests itself to him, willing to give him anything he wishes for. There is only one rule: Everything comes with a price. With his mother's life on the line, how far could he go? In a battle between fates and wishes, what would Aries be willing to give up?

The Secret Society
A novella by S.J.M Fuertes

Eighteen-year old, Maxine Drew is in search for the real reason why her dad died 8 years ago. As she begins her journey, she bumps into Seth, a guy from the Modern World who eventually takes her to LocHelm Academy, where everyone has a unique ability to help save the people of the Cosmos from the gruelling hands of the Government. Will she be able to discover herself and survive the future?

Talulikas Chronicles
A short story by Clark Feliciano

For buddies Allan and Isagani, this semester would be just the same as the last. Notes to take, exams to pass, and projects to be submitted. Plus of course there was Lillian, who behaved like a diva almost every morning making them rush to class and beat the bell. When Marissa, Lilian's childhood friend arrives and decides to enroll at the same school, things take an unexpected turn. A warrior, a damsel in distress and an overwhelmed companion. What else could possibly go wrong?

Nexus Book 1: Anathema
A novella by Ysa Arcangel

When the world was young, supernatural creatures walked among mankind freely. Chaos reigned as the supernatural beings sought supremacy. The human race was nearly wiped out of the face of the earth. Dark creatures preyed on the weaker. Demons inhabited human bodies and angels fell in love with them, hence Nexi, the cursed, were born.

Anathema has always seen strange things but never knew exactly why. Despite the pain, misery, agony and suffering it brings her, she has learned to accept her unique ability. As she strives to find out the reason for being able to travel through different realms and being a magnet to spirits of the dead, she realizes how little she knows about the truth of her existence.

When she is thrust in the middle of a war, a war that had been going on since the beginning of creation, she is joined by her longtime friend Alex, and a dark, mysterious stranger named Calix, who seemed to know more about her than she does herself.

Now Anathema must make a choice -- one that will save one world and destroy the other. Will she turn her back to the light she had always known and embrace the darkness within her?

Viva Voce
A short story by DJ Paraguya

When life give you lemons, you make lemonade. But when life gives you immortality, you literally will be going to live the tale. Even tale as old as time. Enter Artemio Katigbak, or Art for short. He writes and tells stories. Stories that which have been passed from generations to generations; be it word of mouth or writings on the cave. Traditions, alamats or hearsays, Art has tons of it. But when the death of a close friend linked to the source of the end of history, Art must take matters into his own hands, even if it will cause to break some laws; laws that made him into what he is right now.


Tour Details:

1. November 16 - 20, 2015
2. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, interviews, guest posts
3. There will be a tour-wide giveaway.
4. Electronic review copies will be provided.
5. You don't have to review each story. You can review it as a whole bundle or certain stories only.

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