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Carolyn Kay enjoys crossing genres, and imagining what normally inanimate objects would do if given life. She is currently collaborating with award-winning illustrator, Chaz Kemp, on the World of Ashelon, a series of novellas set in a steampunk fantasy world. When she’s not writing, she can be seen dancing with Batavia, a tribal fusion belly dance troupe, knitting or playing with her beloved cats. You can catch up on her latest shenanigans at carolynkayauthor.com.
FICTION FOUNDRY PRESENTS: IN THE WOODS
Strange things can happen in the woods.
Sometimes they’re frightening.
Sometimes they’re funny.
Sometimes they’re just plain weird.
The authors of the Fiction Foundry writers’ critique group have taken it upon themselves to explore all the strange things that happen in the often majestic and yet often harsh woodlands.
Featuring contributions by John H. Howard, Sangita Kalarickal, Josh Snider, Carolyn Kay, Robert Lewis, Charli Cowan, Henry Snider, Shiloh Silveira, Kari J. Wolfe, Christophe Maso, and Hollie Snider, this anthology brings us out of urban life and shows a world of forest spirits, haints, mental illness, parasitic spiders, werewolves, out of control plants, evil forces, reincarnation, humans with animal ears, witches, and Lovecraftian horrors.
And all of them can be found…In the Woods.
Novels and Novellas
Fallana Sian: Gallesel's Tale, Vol. 3
Released October 17, 2020
Tensions are high in the Hidden Lands. A rogue tribe of elves, the Svellvega, are recruiting their fae brethren and preparing for war, but a bigger threat looms. Murik, the ruthless pirate who maimed Galessel, is hellbent on destroying the Hidden Lands, one genocide at a time. In this third and final installment of Galessel’s tale, Galessel is still sikevra – an outcast. She and her erstwhile companions: Navarre, the swordsman; Clove, her faun best friend; Morgan, the sharp-shooter; Samga, the archer; and Eirsal, the sylph, race throughout the Hidden Lands to try to stop Murik and his Hammer Guardian allies. Will Galessel and her friends be able to save the Hidden Lands? Or will magic and the fae fade from the world forever?
Sikevra: Galessel's Tale: Vol. 2
Released April 4, 2018
Sikevra–the word carries a variety of meanings to the fae: outlaw, bane, traitor, hated beast. There is no being in the Hidden Lands more reviled or more disgusting. Sikevra are banished and exiled forever. The gods themselves state that their souls are destroyed upon death with no hope of salvation in the afterlife. Princess Galessel is sikevra. It doesn’t matter that she committed no crime or had done nothing to deserve the marks she bears; she is now loathed by the very people she is trying to save.
Can Galessel and her loyal friend, Clove, save the fae living in Ashelon before someone can collect the bounty on her head? Can she foil Queen Victoria’s scheme to invade the Hidden Lands? And if that weren’t enough, the Hammer Guardians have returned to slay as many of the fae folk they can get their hands on…starting with Galessel and Clove.
Dien-Vek: An Ashelon Novella
Released February 5, 2017
The year is 1850 in the world of man.Fifty years ago, a comet crashed into the continent of Zorrovia, bringing destruction and a magical curse. Faerie glamour is no more. All of the fae folk—elves, trolls, goblins, gnomes, faeries and their kith and kin have been revealed to mankind. Now the mortals of Ashelon and the citizens of the Hidden Lands struggle to coexist.Galessel, Princess of the Elven court, is the newly appointed ambassador to Queen Victoria of Ashelon. She’s nervous about her new post, and curious to see for herself how the beings of the Hidden Lands are faring among the mortals. What she discovers leads her down a path that could change her world forever.Ashelon is a land where true steampunk is on display. These aren’t just pretty little Victorian tales. These are gritty stories about multi-cultural punks fighting against the establishment in an attempt to destroy Imperialism. Only one thing stands in their way: Ashelon’s Queen Victoria and the gods that are on her side.