Releasing today on Fantasy Magazine’s story podcast is Dominique Dickey’s unique and prolific short fiction, Slow Communication. I so enjoyed narrating this captivating story that travels from generation to generation. It’s a story shared amongst a long line of women, women who have come into contact at one moment in their lifetime, with an otherworldly being. Women who are given one chance to ask the question of a lifetime.
Slow Communication follows the life of 17 year old Darla Revere. Darla is a part of this conversation, this continuum, so to speak. Each of the Revere women, have in their lifetime, been visited by this alien – this leviathan. As a child, Darla had heard over and over again, that one day the leviathan would come for her, and that it would come for her when she least expected it. The leviathan’s contact would evoke immense joy and pain, simultaneously. All words, all ideas – would be knocked out of your mind by the sheer intensity of the contact, so you had better have your question ready; you needed to have it down pat. You had to know it better than you knew anything else in your life. And if you changed yourself too much, if you did not bear a resemblance to the women in your family line, the leviathan may not be able to find you when it was your time. Generation upon generation, questions from the Revere line, along with the leviathan’s answers, were documented, recorded, and passed down to the eldest Revere daughter in the family. Each daughter waited for this moment. Their moment. And thus far, only one daughter had lived to hear the answer to her question. Darla wanted to change all that.
One question to last a lifetime.
What would your question be?
To listen to Slow Communication, come on over to Fantasy Magazine, Issue 76 of the February offering, where you can listen free of charge here. This podcast was produced by Skyboat Media.
Step out and fly away … with a new fantasy from Fantasy Magazine!
I had so much fun narrating this captivating new fiction – I WOULD by Benjamin C. Kinney releasing this week in the July issue of Fantasy Magazine.
Kinney creates a world of magic in this bewitching story that is filled with rich characters and endless possibilities. Endless possibilities, that is … if you happen to be a seer.
A seer is a person who prophesies future events, and in I WOULD, Knira, is one such person. She receives her visions through the constellations in the sky. Knira however, is currently being held captive in a jeweled castle, by robber Queen, Iroda, Warden of the Tollgate. Queen Iroda wants to know what Knira sees in the constellations, and she will stop at nothing to get a glimpse of these visions. Two visitors soon arrive at the castle, Atyce Dragon-Slayer and her traveling companion, Despina – who is dressed in full mail regalia, with sword ready. The evening begins with a feast to welcome the visitors, … although these visitors are not really welcome. Each person in this intimate party, has their own feast in mind. As the tension mounts, Knira needs to find a way to cast her eye to the sky, so she can hatch a plan of escape. In one quick moment, she gets away from the guard with just enough time to throw open the shuttered windows. She stares into the sliver of night, and her visions immediately begin to unfold. She wonders “what would our lives be if we failed to strive for something glittering beyond our grasp?” If Knira decides to takes one of the paths that is indeed, glittering beyond her grasp … just how would it play out? As she is dragged away from the window, we soon learn, that there are many ways … to interpret a vision.
I WOULD can be found in Issue 69 of Fantasy Magazine. If you’d like to listen to to this story, please visit Fantasy Magazine here where you can listen or read the story, free of charge.
Big thank you to the always incredible team at Skyboat Media, for inviting me on the magic carpet ride into this enchanted world.
Song of Fire, Strength of Love! I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the audiobook and print release today of DIVIDED FIRE written by Jennifer San Filippo. I had so much fun co-narrating this exciting new YA Fantasy, alongside the awesome Brittany Pressley and published by the wonderful team at HMH Audio.
In this rich fantasy world, magic expresses itself through song. One of the many things I love about this book is the use of sign language. In Divided Fire, the gift of song appears in a person at a young age, and if they are deemed a singer, they are no longer able to use their voice to speak, and instead must sign in order to communicate. With this gift, their voice is used through song to control the world around them with magical ability over one of the elements, either – fire, water, air or earth.
In Divided Fire, I play Miren, who is separated unexpectedly from her younger sister Kesia when pirates invade their small fishing town. Because Kesia is one of a few remaining Fire Singers left, she is taken against her will. Miren, who doesn’t have the gift of song, but has a sharp mind and unrelenting spirit, vows to find Kesia and bring her home. Throughout Divided Fire, these two sisters journey through a war-torn world, across sea and land, amidst unexpected friends & enemies alike, and learn just how strong their bond of sisterly love truly is, as they fight against all odds to find their way back to each other.
Divided Fire is now available on Audible and at Amazon.com.
Landing today is a really cool Sci-fi story that I had so much fun narrating. Melting Like Metal is written by the talented Ada Hoffman, and sweeps us into the world where her novel, The Outside, takes place.
In Melting Like Metal, however, we are now in the POV of cyborg, Enga. As an angel of the God called Nemesis, Enga is no longer human. That’s not to say, she still doesn’t have her own share of struggles. She most definitely does. One of which, is she is not able to speak. For me as an narrator, this was an exciting challenge to play around with. Enga’s only way of communicating now, is by sending text messages from her heavily modified, technological brain.
This story takes off at warp speed and was truly awesome to work on. If you’d like to check out the podcast, just head on over to Lightspeed Magazine. This podcast was produced by the amazing team at Skyboat Media, and was edited by John Joseph Adams and hosted by Jim Freud.
So…are you ready? Let’s go LIGHTSPEED 🚀
This has to be one of my most favorite experiences as an audiobook narrator, to have had the opportunity to narrate a book series. Ru Emerson (Xena: Warrior Princess) wrote a wonderfully action-packed 6 book series called Night-Threads. I was given the incredible honor of playing the central role, Jennifer, who is not only smart, sassy and courageous, but also has a wry sense of humor. She gets involved in time travel, swordplay and of course, romance. I had an absolute blast working on all 6 books starting with The Calling of the Three. My heartfelt thanks to Skyboat Media for this awesome opportunity. It was an amazingly fun journey I won’t soon forget!
Book 1: The Calling of the Three
Book 2: The Two in Hiding
Book 3: One Land, One Duke
Book 4: The Craft of Light
Book 5: The Art of the Sword
Book 6: The Science of Power
View these and more titles like it in my Amazon Book Store