Focus: Envy authors, post 3

Halfway through our ‘Release Week,’ and I offer you a look at four more authors and their stories. Oh, did I mention they’re all part of our book, Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology: Envy? This is the third volume in the series, all super stories, all highlighting a different theme.

(If anyone would like to post a review of this anthology, please contact me in the comment section below!!)


Only as Directed by John Rickett

Emily’s teeth look like bits of drywall, jammed into pink Play-doh. Nothing like Jesse’s bright, wide smile. And since Dad and Mom won’t pay for braces, when Em stumbles upon a Google ad for Dentate, promising fast-results at a fraction of the cost of braces and whitening treatments, she dumps her meager savings into what she hopes is miracle treatment.

**John Rickett dwells in the armpit of America, where he claws at the walls, escaping his suburban nightmare by performing woodworking ninjutsu and moonlighting as a word-sorcerer. He’s honored to once again appear in the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology, which featured his story “One More Level” in the Sloth edition. Recently, his post-apocalyptic fairytale retelling, Three Brittle Pigs was selected for The Molotov Cocktail’s 2015 prize-winners anthology.

Twitter @johnnyrickett


What’s Yours is Mine by P.R. Blackburn

An anxious young man with a troubled past seizes the life he always wanted. As he prepares for an evening of dinner with the girl of his dreams, the opportunity to show her how perfect his life has become is all that matters anymore. But beneath the crushing pressure of perfection, can he continue to suppress the memories of a hellish childhood?

**P.R. Blackburn lives his life endlessly searching for that elusive creative spark that brings life to new worlds and new possibilities. When he isn’t translating sporadic brainwaves into something tangible, he spends his time freelancing or absorbing solar radiation in Sydney with his fiancée. Hailing from the UK, they are part way through a spontaneous journey across the globe, with no end currently in sight.

Twitter: @PRBlackburn




Valedictorian, Smaledictorian by M.J. Travis

Although Maria is valedictorian of her graduating class, when she is around pretty, popular Caitlin, she turns into a bumbling toddler. With only three weeks left until commencement, and still no ideas about what to write for her speech, Maria overhears a conversation that leaves her questioning everything she believed to be true about herself and her own insecurities.

**M.J. Travis is a native southern Californian who began writing five years ago when her second child was no longer in need of constant supervision. Her love of books began at an early age. She mostly writes short stories for YA and children, but has just started to leap into the workings of a novel. This is her second publication in the Seven Deadly Sins series.


The Envelope by Luke Winters

Sebastian Shaw is at home minding his six-year-old son when the postman arrives with a plain white envelope. What is inside will change everything about Shaw’s life: who he is, what he does, and his entire place in the world. Shaw knows how powerful the contents are, but is he ready to open it?

**Luke Winters is from Norfolk in the east of England. He writes mostly for pleasure, since being medically discharged from the UK military after over twenty years as a medic. When he’s not writing, he spends his time running long distances—he’s already been beaten by Mo Farah twice in marathons (by some hours), and he has no realistic chance of beating Mo at any point in the near future (or ever). Luke also enjoys having long hair and a beard after so long not being allowed to grow either. Luke’s debut novel, ‘Man Down’ is scheduled for release in 2016.

Twitter: @lukewintersuk



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