I’m terribly excited about this, you guys. It is bookday!
From the backcopy of the anthology:
For thousands of years, the Moon has inspired stories and legends about heroic animals, violent deities, and criminal humans. In modern times, those tales have been overshadowed by vampires and werewolves. It’s time for the Moon and her denizens to take back the night.
My story, “With the Sun and the Moon in His Eyes” is about the Stars, betrayed and cast down into the world alone, and the lengths he will go to in order to reclaim what he lost. Have a sample!
“My lord,” I greet Moon in his cell. A simple room: obsidian blocks set with a thousand mirrors. There are no doors. “How do you fare?”
Moon sits in the center of the floor, hands relaxed upon knees, face serene and eyes closed. He will not look at the mirrors. “Better than you shall.”
I kneel beside him and trace the line of his smooth, silver jaw. I remember his lips, cool and soft, a caress in the never-darkness. “More empty threats, my lord? Surely, if your lover were to come to your aid, he would have done so.” I smile, but Moon does not see. I grip his chin until dark bands spread across his flesh.
He shrugs aside the bruises. “Your time is not ours.”
I release his jaw. One day, I will force him to look on me and remember. But not yet. (My weakness will show, not his.) “Sun will not come for you,” I tell my once-lover. “He is vain and stands alone in the sky now.”
Moon touches a finger against the darkened imprints of my hand upon his chin. His eyes remain closed. “You know nothing,” Moon says, lip curled. I used to love that contempt, the hauteur, the pain-laced affection.
I laugh, furious. “Alas, my lord, I know everything.”
–from “With The Sun and The Moon in His Eyes” by A. Merc Rustad © 2012
(Love, betrayal, loss, destruction, the consequences of one’s choices–and the hope of redemption, even at world’s end. It is a sad little story and I’m very proud of it.)
You can read the rest in the anthology, along with other fabulous offerings!
The full TOC:
The Secondary 4 Class of Prettygood Park High School by Claude Lalumière
The Buried Moon by Marie Bilodeau
The Dowser by Kevin Cockle
Moon Dream by Rebecca M. Senese
Tidal Tantrums by C. A. Lang
With The Sun and The Moon in His Eyes by A. Merc Rustad
On The Labrador Shore, She Waits by Krista D. Ball
White Moon byTheresa Crater
Shara’s Path by David L. Cradock
Small Seven’s Secrets by Billie Milholland
Husks by Isabella Drzemczewska Hodson
Sunset at the Sea of Fertility by Tony Noland
Bitter Harvest by Jay Raven
A Moonrise in Seven Hours by Lori Strongin
Aloha Moon by Shereen Vedam
Cherry Blossoms by Amy Laurens
The Black Mermaid and the Moon by Chrystalla Thoma
Je Me Souviens by Edward Willett
Moon Laws, Dream Laws by Ada Hoffmann
(And thank you to everyone who reads and spreads the word! I do hope you enjoy the anthology. :))