Winter Magic – An Anthology Update

Autumn Colours

I thought I had better post an update here as well as on my writing blog, in case anyone who was interested missed it.  The anthology I mentioned in this post, “Winter Magic” is going ahead and is now open to submissions of microfiction, flash fiction, short stories and poetry.  All the details can be found here.

Thanks so much for your support.  Enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂

Would you be interested…?

UPDATE: the anthology “Winter Magic” is now going ahead.  Yay!  Check out the submission guidelines for this project and to learn about future projects, by following this link.  Can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with.

I posted this on my writing blog (Sammi Scribbles) yesterday, but thought I should post it here too, for anyone who missed it that might be interested 🙂

This week has been a whirlwind of ideas.  Sometimes it feels like having too many ideas is just as bad as having writer’s block.  Or is it worse? 😉

So, I thought before I go any further and get carried away (which may or may not already have happened), I might put one of these ideas out there and see what kind or response it gets.  And my!  Am I nervous about doing it.  Take a big, deep breath, Sammi!

So what is this idea?  I was thinking of launching a little side project that would release multi-author anthologies out into the e-world.  And the first of these projects would be an anthology of short stories, flash fiction and poetry inspired by the theme of…wait for it…”Winter Magic”.

Now, all the details are not finalised and what follows is not set in stone, but if you think this might be something that interests you, please read on to see what I have already come up with:

  • The most important point to note is that the primary purpose of this endeavour is to help get writers work seen by as many people as possible.  After all, that’s what we as writers want isn’t?  No, it’s what we need if we are going to get anywhere in this industry.
  • The deadline for submissions would be around 17 November 2016
  • The proposed release date for the anthology would be around 1 December 2016
  • The anthology will be posted online – probably on Wattpad via an account set up specifically for the anthologies.  Yes, I have ideas for many, many others 🙂  This way I won’t be taking credit for anyone else’s work.  You will need a Wattpad account (they’re free to set up and it only takes a matter of minutes) but you are not required to be active on the site.  This is so that I can link your work with your own account / profile as well as having the work attributed to you within the anthology. (Why Wattpad?  Because there is already a strong, supportive readership in place, and work that is posted there is protected.  Also anthologies and collaborations are quite popular on the site too).
  • Unfortunately, you won’t get paid, but all authors will get a PDF copy of the anthology – which won’t be available anywhere else, to anyone else (one small exception might be for book reviewers not on Wattpad as part of the promotional side of the anthology).
  • All genres will be accepted except fanfiction.
  • Reprints will be accepted as long as you hold the rights to the work.
  • Rights remain with the authors at all times.

So those are the bare bones of it.  There are more details, but I thought they could wait until the submission call is released, if it is released.  This will depend if anyone is interested in submitting something for consideration.  The question is, are you?  If yes, please let me know by commenting below or contacting me – don’t worry, you are not committing to anything, only giving me an idea as to whether this little endeavour would be worth my time and effort, and yours.

Thanks so much for reading.  It’s appreciated 🙂

August is ‘Historical Fiction’ month at Sammi Loves Books!

Historical Fiction MonthFollowing the fun and success of July’s ‘Indie Only’ month at Sammi Loves Books, I thought I would do the whole thing again – with a different theme, of course!

So, for the whole of August I am planning on only reading and reviewing historical fiction on Sammi Loves Books.

If you have any recommendations, I am all ears…comment below or contact me via the form on the ‘contact me’ page.

I welcome suggestions that includes but is not limited to short works of fiction published on blogs and websites.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Sammi x


Please note:  Depending on the number of suggestions received it may not be possible to follow up every recommendation.


Why ‘Indie Only’ month?

The main reason behind ‘Indie Only’ month is that I wanted to set myself a different type of reading challenge, and this was the first idea that manifested.

And I must say, I am really looking forward to it.  I don’t know how many stories I will get through, or how many reviews I will get posted but that’s the fun of the challenge.  I aim to do as many as my time allows.

I still haven’t decided on a set list for the month, although I have a few ideas of where to begin…

Don’t Forget: There is still time to post any recommendations or suggestions that you may have.  I am happy to include any short works of fiction (less that 5,000 words, total) posted on blogs or websites, including serials, as well as published works.  Comment below or via the form on the contact page…

Have a great weekend!

July is ‘Indie Only’ month at Sammi Loves Books!

Indie Only


For the whole of July I am planning on only reviewing fiction by Indie authors on Sammi Loves Books.

If you have any recommendations, I am all ears…comment below or contact me via the form on the ‘contact me’ page.

I welcome suggestions that include short works of fiction published on blogs and websites.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Sammi x


Please note:

  1. Depending on the number of suggestions received it may not be possible to follow up every recommendation.
  2. I reserve the right to read only the books and short stories that I want to read. 😉


Author Spotlight: Carol J Forrester

These days I find I am really enjoying short works of fiction, something that I discussed in Musings…Short Stories and Flash Fiction (click here), and which in turn introduced me to the work of Carol J Forrester…

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Carol J Forrester writes beautifully.  If you check out her site, you will find plenty of poetry, short stories and pieces of flash fiction to keep your inner reader content for…well…a long time 🙂  There is so much to choose from I hardly knew where to begin.

So I took my time exploring…What I quickly came to realise as I began reading was that her writing style is both elegant and versatile, often leaving you wondering what happened before and after the piece you have just read, drawing you in.  She also has an amazing ability to get a lot of detail into her short pieces and each one is very readable.  Great for when you want to read something but don’t have much time on your hands.  Some pieces are thought-provoking, some will make you smile but all are well-written and evocative; I found as I read the stories they immediately came to life…

Short Stories and Flash Fiction

Under this section I came across so many short pieces that really captured the imagination and covering a number of differing subjects and genres.

Some particular favourites from the “5 Sentence Fiction” included: The One, Alley Blades and Our Secrets.  The author really knows how to make good use of those five sentences!

Our Secrets by Carol J Forrester

(used with permission)

Even when the sun found its way to England, her aunt kept the summer house boarded up and bolted shut.

“It isn’t safe.” she’d say, hands resting on Tanya’s shoulders as she steered the child back towards the main house where the rooms were filled with blooming flowers and climbing plants that wove around banisters.

When the cancer set in, years later, stripping Tanya’s aunt of everything that had made her beautiful… they found the papers.

The black and white photos which held more colour than the sunken cheeks of her aunt; a thousand smiles scattered across feet worn floorboards in a summer house Tanya had though the key was lost to.

Untouched, the summer rooms held more dust than furniture and upon the master bed lay her aunt, breath gone, clutching the photo of a woman Tanya could not recognise and her mother refused to look at or name; “she was no one, a mistake, distraction, a ghost your aunt could never let go.”

And from “100-150 Word Stories” I loved The Haunting, which is my favourite read of the day, closely followed by Our Secrets (see above).  Other favourites from section included Bliss and Shadow Twists.

The Haunting by Carol J Forrester

(used with permission)

They rattled around the house at all hours of the night. A three AM door slam then hurried whispers and broken plates. You could hear their footsteps from cellar to attic; not a single room was spared their clamour, but she’d be damned if she let them get the best of her.

When she summoned the Reverend, he simply shook his head of perpetually thinning hair and gave a blackened grin.

“I’m afraid this is a little out of my league my dear.” he said. “This is beyond your everyday exorcism. Students are somewhat trickier to evict than ghosts.”

In my opinion, this is definitely flash fiction at its best!


“Headquarters” is Carol’s online fiction series.  These longer pieces centre around Sasha who runs Headquarters, an international organisation set up by her grandfather to promote world peace.  Since his death however, things haven’t exactly gone to plan…

To begin reading Headquarters, check out the story’s table of contents here.  I have only read the first few chapters so far, but I am already hooked and eager to know what happens next…

And did I mention she has published a book of her poetry, Before the Words Run Out…

To read some of Carol’s fabulous writing – and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed – why not check out her site:

Musings…Short Stories and Flash Fiction

I love short stories at the moment.  Flash fiction too.  I love both reading them and having a go composing my own.

I never used to be such a fan, but over the past couple of years that has changed dramatically.  Now I can’t get enough of them.  I think it has something to do with accomplishing something in a smaller amount of time…  I also think it is a great way to begin exploring a genre you wouldn’t necessarily normally read.

Do you have a favourite short story or a favourite short story author?  Do you enjoy writing short stories or flash fiction?  Are there any out there that you would recommend I search out and review? Or perhaps you yourself have written something that you would like me to review?  Feel free to contact me if you do…

To see some of the flash fiction I have written, including the new one I wrote last night, please visit my writing site.

Have a great weekend!