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Urban Fantasy Short Story Dusk into Light

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Three years ago, I wrote a short story called, The Dark Rider. Silly title, right? Ha! I have a penchant for choosing the most quirky of matters. Today, I'm re-launching the story into a novelette titled: Dusk into Light: An Urban Fantasy Novelette. Read on to find out more.

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Urban Fantasy Novelette

An owl man, and a she-wolf show up at an alchemy shop.
There's a joke in there somewhere but Katrina doesn't see the punchline. The owl man wants her aunt's cauldron and the she-wolf wants to protect it. Turns out that the simple pot she thought was an ordinary kitchen accessory actually creates the elixir of life.

Just another ordinary day right?
Except Katrina's life gets turned upside down even further when her ex-boyfriend turns up. Can't a redhead get some slack? The stakes are high and her life's in danger. When it comes down to the wire; will Katrina run or stand and fight?

DUSK INTO LIGHT is a companion novelette in the Chronicles of Zaloria Romantic Fantasy series but it can be read as a stand-alone.

Glimpse into the Past of an Urban Fantasy story in the re-making

Urban Fantasy Story, Shirtless male stands within a dark forest
First Cover for Dark Rider. Yay for shirtless men! Wait, what?

I posted a little about this story when I was giving an example of my worst book covers in the entry: My Book Cover Failures. This story first started off as an erotica. Back then, I wanted to dabble in self-publishing but I had no clue how to even begin. There wasn't very much information available to a indie author like there is now. I thought that writing erotica was the only avenue for a new writer to establish themselves in the market.

Paranormal Fantasy Novel, A couple is enjoying their company together
Second Cover. I don't even know what I was thinking...

The story was set in a small village that still functioned like it existed in medieval-like times. Katrina (The Heroine of Dusk into Light) was a timid mouse of a woman. Her luck is abysmal in that she's dirt poor, and she has a bad habit of choosing the worst of men.

Ghost Romance Story, A male intimately holds a woman and they stand within a forest
Third cover. This version was popular in Australia for some reason.

Enter a mysterious phantom that constantly stalks a pathway during the festival week of Samhain. Katrina eventually discovers she has a forgotten past with the phantom and it leads to a rather bittersweet ending.

Urban Fantasy Novelette, Wendy May, A redhead stands against a bright city background
Fourth Cover. I decided to do away with the Daz3D face.

I decided to scrap the whole idea. The concept behind the phantom was that he was a 'dullahan' (A headless rider atop skeletal horse that wields a spinal chord as a whip) from Celtic mythology. If you've read my stories you'll see I'm inspired by a great deal of Celtic and Mexican myths. I'm going to revisit the dullahan concept for Halloween but I'll write him in another novelette.

The fifth cover. So close but not quite there yet

And then Dusk into Light was born. This time, Katrina is a tough heroine that has a cool hobby; dabbling in alchemy. Her life isn't great but she's learned to take the bad times and continues moving on to a brighter future.

She inherits an alchemy shop but it comes with an unwanted visitor called the Kenenbar. This is an owl creature that vaguely resembles a man and has pincers for feet.

Urban Fantasy Novel, Redhead standsbefore an alchemy shop
I kinda liked this one a lot.

Talk about creepy. But Katrina isn't alone when she discovers that a she-wolf has arrived to help her. Yep, this story guest-stars Acalia Itzchel from my PNR shifter fantasy: Song of the Wind.

urban fantasy female protagonist, redhead stands against a colorful background with magical elements
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Update: I completely rewrote the story. The latter part no longer applies. In that book series, I briefly mention that mortals aren't allowed in the realm of Zaloria. There's even a chapter that touches upon what happens when a human does stumble into the realm. I wanted to go further into Sahmloch (supernatural sanctuary) and how it ties to the realm of Zaloria but there wasn't a good enough spot in the series.

Which is why I'm creating these novelettes to feature or introduce characters that should have been in the main series but would have dragged the main story down. My next novelette featuring Sahmloch will have Masaya and Aidan, a vampire and red dragon couple that love to hate each other.

The first novel for Acalia's story will be coming very soon. I had to rewrite it to properly tell the tale. I hope you look forward it. Thanks for visiting and as always,

Happy Reading!
- Wendy May