Uncollected Anthology Series
anthology: a collection of selected literary pieces
uncollected: not collected or gathered together
oxymoron: a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings
The Uncollected Anthology series is indeed an oxymoron. Sprung from the minds of seven fabulous authors who love fantasy, short stories, and each other’s writing, the series’ main goal is to bring you quality urban fantasy fiction.
Every three months, the authors pick a theme and write a short story for that theme. But instead of bundling the stories together, they each sell their own stories. No muss, no fuss—you can buy one story, or you can buy them all. (We’ll be honest: we hope you buy them all!)
Uncollected Anthology: When you can’t get enough of the stories you love.
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Issue 11: Bewitching Love
The Bee-Keeper’s Daughter
A ghostly swarm of bees haunt Elizabeth. They coat strangers in pollen while holding her still, making her watch.
Then they come for her. Sting her. Give her magical power, but at such a cost.
Why do they attack her? What do they want? And how can she make them go away?
Set in the same world as “The Midnight Gardener” and “Lost Stars”.
Part of the Uncollected Anthology series, written for the theme, “Bewitching Love.”
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Jar of Souls
First, our FABULOUS guest writer, Lisa Silverthorne!
Finding an unconscious man on the steps of her magical perfume shop is just the beginning of Seattle sorceress Avery Starling’s troubles. She’s drawn to Braxtan Rhodes, a handsome and intriguing young man who reeks of a strange dark magic that is slowly killing him. Pushing her healing air magic to its limits, Avery puts her heart on the line to battle a powerful Fey queen for Braxtan’s soul.
Hedging the Witch
The First Rule of Witchcraft: Harm none.
The Second Rule of Witchcraft: Practice magic only when you’re clear of mind.
That includes not practicing magic while drunk.
When drunken scrying goes awry, Madison connects with Brody, a cute guy trapped…somewhere. Freeing him becomes her obsession.
Does the Second Rule of Witchcraft count when it comes to love?
Marcy, a young Boston mage, works in a spellworkers’ boiler room on the wrong side of town. Magical malware in her brain threatens both her friends and her livelihood. She has to chase down the cause, but she’s running out of time.
Meanwhile, Marcy’s boss, a wolf shifter up against the full moon, grapples with secret demons of his own. And a malevolent, relentless evil hungers to burn them both.
On the midnight streets of Boston, they must fight an ancient and terrible adversary. And unless they surrender to the fire, they might not make it until morning.
When Helmie—a pampered Persian cat worth millions—goes missing, the estate hires not one but two investigators to find him.
Kelsie uses magic to track down lost animals. But in this case, even she wonders if she can find Helmie.
Travis normally uses his investigation skills to track down people, not lost pets. And he works alone.
But when the pair find themselves on the same trail to Helmie’s whereabouts, they realize finding Helmie will prove only the beginning. Rescuing him might just take more magic than any of them realize.
“Rusch is a great storyteller. ”
—RT Book Reviews
To save the people she loves, Erynn consented to carry within herself the soul of the cruel man who once enslaved them—Sebastian, London’s criminal mastermind and soul-dealing sorcerer. Day by day, she wonders whether she will become as evil as he was—and whether her friends will be forced to kill her to keep that evil from destroying them all.
Now, Sebastian’s restless soul wakes her in the darkest hours of night. He compels her to search the dungeons beneath her home to uncover a secret so explosive it may turn her against her friends.
Erynn’s discovery may leave her with no choice but to trust Sebastian with the shreds of her life and her clockwork heart. She and Sebastian both understand that the consequences of such trust could be deadly.
In fact, they’re counting on it.
Oracle is a standalone novella, and the third story in Leslie Claire Walker’s series, The Clockwork Heart Tales.
Sorcery. Alchemy. Necromancy. Friends and enemies who have lost everything but the fire of magic that burns within.
Join Erynn’s journey of courage, strength, and heart. Bewitching love awaits…
“There is a complexity to Leslie Claire Walker’s stories that invites the imagination to put away the worries of the day-to-day and abandon oneself in realms as fraught with danger as they are joy.” – Phaedra Weldon, National Bestselling Author
Love’s Breaking Storm
One big-city were-cat seeks anyone to save her from her new home. A dog filled suburb. (Shudder.)
Emily’s human companion believes she only lives one life: as a cat. So doesn’t take Emily into consideration when she moves them across the country. Away from everything Emily has ever known. Cleaning herself on the branch of a tree one summer’s day, Emily ponders the next step out of her lonely circumstance.
Enter one steaming hot guy with storms in his eyes.
Lightning, love and a hefty kitty-freak out fills Emily’s story as she discovers a new place for herself and a future she never (ever) imagined.
The Mouse Who Laughed
As a familiar, Ina expected to bond happily ever after with a single master or mistress.
And certainly not three.
But when her current Master turns on her, attacks her, she breaks the bond and flees for her life.
What’s a poor mouse to do?
If you need a pick-me-up, “The Mouse Who Laughed” fits the bill nicely as a warm fantasy about learning to stand on your own two (or four) feet.
Candles and Shadows
Pearl’s greatest magical gift? Knowing exactly what someone needs before they do. Opening up a magic shop seemed like the perfect way to help her use her gift.
The problem? The beautiful smartly-dressed woman who just walked in.
This woman wants something. Something only Pearl can provide.
Pearl’s fear? Figuring out exactly what this woman needs. And what the cost may be…
Pauli, the most recent of the Paulaleena fairies, must creep out of the woods and renew the pact with the human mayor of the nearby city.
The pact that keeps the world safe from the Dark Ones.
The pact forged by blood.
When this human mayor insists on seeing the Dark Ones herself, they both get more than they bargained for.
Wilson’s house is infested by pesky stars that dive-bomb him when he’s cooking or trying to relax.
Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Possibly it’s only one star. And kinda friendly, at that.
But it keeps coming at him. Disrupting his orderly life. Distracting him while he’s cooking.
He just has to deal with it. Make it behave.
He never considers the possibility that maybe it’s a sign…
Set in the same world as The Midnight Gardner.
The Sweet Shop
Tong Yi waits for something to happen—for his brother to return from the war zone, for his boss to trust him again, for his magical training to be expanded.
Then powerful wizard Uncle Bei takes him to The Sweet Shop—a magic shop more special and strange than Tong Yi has ever imagined.
Tong Yi finally returns to the war zone as well, delivering a message to a client he’d never expected.
But he must now make a decision about the war, about his place in it, about his magical training.
And everything, everything, has a price.
War On All Fronts
By Leah Cutter
Tong Yi carries the mysterious message of Zhang Gua Loa back to his boss.
The immortal had said there would be war. But between whom? And why?
Huli Transport takes advantage of the situation to become the messenger service of choice in the war zone. They promise to remain neutral, and to deliver messages to all sides.
In the meantime, Tong Yi has battles of his own to fight, both with his older brother and his own growing understanding of magic.
But in the middle of a war, is it possible for him to remain neutral? Or has his side already been chosen for him?
This novella is a sequel to the story, Dancing with Tong Yi which appeared in Uncollected Anthology, Issue 1: Magical Motorcycles.
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The Midnight Gardener
Now she must discover what it means to hold her heart open for another.
The Last Dancing Leaves
The adults claim that the electro-magnetic-pulse (EMP) knocked the world offline.
But nothing came back online afterward. And so the old world died.
Something important had changed. Rifts opened. Myst pooled in the cities and other places men lived, killing everyone, everything that didn’t flee.
Dark things live there now.
Evil things. Magic things.
But the kids know that not just evil creeps out of the myst. Good creatures come too: like the cat-woman with the tattooed fangs, the eight-legged dog boy, and the witches.
Brendon watches for the witches every year, hoping the Winter Witch will bless the blue-dragon-eggs he gathered, will hatch the beings hidden within.
For he knows they need something more to fight the myst and the creatures crawling out of it. Or else humanity is doomed.
This short story inspired the novel Of Myst and Folly.
Dancing with Tong Yi
Tong Yi works for Huli Transport, a company that specializes in rides and transportation for those who aren’t quite human.
When the newest job comes up—delivering a message to Zhang Guo Lao, one of the Eight Immortals—Tong Yi assumes the job will be tricky because the immortal likes to play games.
He has no idea that Zhang Guo Lao isn’t the only one interested in “dancing” with him.