• Book Review: The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag - a YA fantasy

    Book Review: The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

    Title: The Sisters Grimm Author: Menna van Praag Publisher: Harper Voyager Publication date: March 31, 2020 Genre: Fantasy Summary: When a demon seeks to dominate humanity and spread darkness, he fathers a string of sons and daughters, pitting them against each other once his daughters turn 18 before giving them the choice of joining his side. Goldie, Scarlet, Bea, and Liyana are four such daughters. As children they discovered the unique link between them, their powers, and a magical place called Everwhere that can only be accessed in dreams at certain points in their lives, and specific gates. When they turned 13, Everwhere became lost to them, as well as their memories of the place and…

  • Guest Post: Appaloosa Sky by Karen Brenner

    Guest Post: Karen Brenner, Author of Appaloosa Sky

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to welcome Karen Brenner, author of the fiction novel Appaloosa Sky! Enjoy a brief excerpt from her novel and a short piece about what publishing a debut novel was like. Title: Appaloosa Sky Author: Karen Brenner Publisher: Brenner Pathways Publication date: December 13, 2019 Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction Summary (from Amazon): At only eleven years old, Ginny Spangler is left orphaned after a horse theft gone bad. As Ginny grows from a self-reliant young girl to the fiery matriarch of a sprawling Texas ranch family, she passes on her resiliency and bold spirit to her nieces, Scottie, Rory, and Georgie O’Brien – sisters that are growing up with a distant…

  • The Kidnappers’ Dilemma

    Cory: Al, I think we botched the kidnapping. Al: Botched it? Why do you say that? Cory: Candace wasn’t the girl we were supposed to get. Emily was! Al: Don’t tell me we’ve got her sister back there! Cory: Emily’s still in the house, Al. Al: Forget it. We can’t go back. Cory: Great. What do we tell the boss? Al: He’ll just have to make do with the sister. Cory: I think you’re nuts. He’ll kill us. Al: Just relax. I’ll handle it. Cory: Kidnapping this girl was a bad idea. We’re so dead. Al: Leave it to me, okay? Cory: Molly will never forgive you if you get…

  • Arachnia, part 5

    Kali sat still and quiet in the traveler’s sitting room, her black gown spread out around her, while the traveler himself paced across the room in front of her. “I keep telling you to leave,” Kali said. “You can avoid the mental anguish if you would just leave.” Seth turned flashing blue-gray eyes on her. “I can’t.” She leapt up and grabbed his arm. “Seth. You have to tell me. Now.” He shook his head and laughed. “Oh, you don’t understand it anymore, Kali. I’ve been here for months, torturing those poor men day after day. I’m getting quite good at it. Enjoying it, even.” Kali released his arm and…

  • Arachnia, part 4

    Ebony was waiting for him in the chamber of chains the following morning. She wore the same red gown as the day before, but her black curls were tied back this time. She looked refreshed and vibrant. The same couldn’t be said of the half-naked man tightly chained to the wall. Traveler studied this man carefully as the guard pulled the door closed. His shaggy blond hair fell across his dark eyes and his face looked tired, haggard, and thin. He was a tall, slender man with long limbs. He was gazing defiantly at Ebony and hardly seemed to notice the man standing by the door. “Traveler, this is former…

  • Arachnia, part 3

    “Very impressive,” Ebony murmured as they walked through the palace courtyard. Night had fallen and the air was fragrant with nightflowers. The red and silver flowers were in full bloom this time of year and the garden was full of them. “Thank you, my lady,” Traveler murmured. “It is only what I learned from the masters, and not even everything I saw.” “I look forward to watching more.” And I look forward to turning it on you, the traveler thought as he smiled into the dark, grateful for the hat’s wide brim and the moonless night. “I can teach you a great deal so you may continue it when I…

  • Arachnia, part 2

    “What?” Kali burst out. “You can’t!” Traveler glared over at her. “I have no choice, Kali.” She paced across the airy sitting room of her palace chambers. Black and red silk billowed out as a breeze wandered in from the balcony. Her black gown trailed on the red carpet as she paced. Traveler, now dressed in black with an equally black cloak and hat, reposed on a black and silver upholstered couch. Ebony’s younger sister whirled on him, distress clear in her black eyes as she stared at him. “How could you do this to me?” she whispered. “Those people she has imprisoned are my own agents!” He bounded to…