Anthologies and Short Stories

Rehab is for Witches

Welcome to Little Raven: an unsullied, beautiful woodland hamlet in the heart of the Midwest. The sort of place where furry creatures romp about and spend their days bursting into song.
 
Actually, that’s a giant pack of lies.
Little Raven is a town…for witches.
 
And some of those witches might have bent the rules. A teensy bit. When six magical miscreants dabble with black magic, they end up together at Incantations, the town’s rehab center for witches gone awry. It’s a slap on the wrist for naughty witches. Pretty much a daycare center so they don’t wander off and start turning people into newts on a whim. Each witch must work through her addiction to black magic, and follow the tenets designed to lead them back to the path of the straight and narrow, as boring as that sounds. Even if following the tenets sucks worse than a group round of kum-bay-ya. Which sucks. Horribly.
 
We will admit we are powerless over magic—that our lives have become unmanageable.
We will make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the Goddess as we understand Her.
We will make a searching and fearless moral and magical inventory of ourselves.
We will admit to the Goddess, to ourselves, and to another being the exact nature of our magical wrongs.
We will make a list of all persons or beings we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
We will make direct amends to such beings whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
We are entirely ready to bow before the Goddess and have Her remove all our defect of character, even at the risk of being entirely stripped of our magic.
 
But this is just the start. There’s something rotten in Little Raven, something that seeks to take all the magic it can, and devour the inhabitants in the process. It will take the strength and power of all the witches to defeat the darkness seeping into their town, beat it back, and be rid of it forever…and maybe just make it through rehab while they’re saving the world.
For Christmas’ Sake: Naughty Edition
 
Rozaline doesn’t know it, but her pet shelter is in trouble. Her benefactor is ready to pull out, but instead of telling her, he’s orchestrated one last hurrah to give her enough money to last through the next year. That’s where super famous celebrity Charles Roulette comes in. His fans will pay to go on a date with him, in turn, the money he raises will go to Rozaline’s shelter. 

But there’s a catch. 

Because she owns the shelter, Rozaline can’t enter to win. Mina, Rozaline’s roommate and best friend and the daughter of the man ready to cut her loose, can. Her father pays to get Mina four dates with Charles. 

The price of betrayal? One hundred thousand dollars. 

Charles, however, only has eyes for one woman. Are years of friendship enough to transcend the betrayal of a lifetime? Who gets the man? And, for Christmas’ sake, what happens to the puppies?
For Christmas’ Sake: Nice Edition