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In this collection from Odd Voice Out press, we discover the stories of twelve teenagers who stand out from the crowd and who’ll not easily be forgotten

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

 

Odd Voices
An Anthology of Not So Normal Narrators
Genre: Short Story Anthology of diverse YA voices
with stories by
K.C. Finn, Kell Cowley, Eddie House,
Mary Ball Howkins, Tonia Markou, Jack Bumby,
A Rose, Colby Wren Fierek, Oceania Chee, Catherine Johnson
In every new story we pick up, we’re seeking an exciting original voice. So why are there still voices we don’t hear from nearly enough? Why are there characters that so rarely take centre stage? In this collection from Odd Voice Out press, we discover the stories of twelve teenagers who stand out from the crowd and who’ll not easily be forgotten.
With settings that range from Scotland to Syria, Mexico to Mauritius, Africa to Russia, these stories take us to all corners of the globe and into the lives of young people with their own unique circumstances and perspectives. Characters dealing with issues of culture and class, exploring their sexuality and gender identity, or letting us into their experiences with illness, disability or neurodiversity. Their tales span all genres and can’t be reduced to labels. These are stories about bending the rules and breaking the law. Stories of fighting for survival and finding your place in the world. Stories of family solidarity, unlikely friendships and aching first love told by teenagers who don’t always fit in and aren’t often heard.
With a foreword by award winning YA author Catherine Johnson, this anthology brings together the top ten stories of Odd Voice Out’s 2019 Not So Normal Narrators contest, as well as bonus stories from in-house authors Kell Cowley and K.C. Finn.
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Teens of Tomorrow Writing Contest Information:
YA Fiction’s March into the Future
Open for Entries: Friday 21st February, 2020
Deadline: Monday 31st August, 2020
Prompt: Future-Focused Diverse Teen Fiction
Prize: £200, £100, £50 (First, second and third prize respectively)
Publication: A dedicated anthology will include the top ten tales, available winter 2020/21.
Wordcount: 2000 – 5000
Internationally open to entrants aged fourteen and above.
We stand at the dawn of a new and uncertain decade. Here at Odd Voice Out press we are calling for short stories that reflect the socio-political issues that young people are dealing with now and will continue to tackle in the coming years. Entries submitted to our Teens of Tomorrow contest can be any genre – fantastical or realistic – and they may be set in the future, the present or even the past, provided that they centre on forward-looking teenage characters grappling with the world around them, the times ahead of them and the roles they personally aspire to play. Send us your utopias, dystopias, protest stories, political thrillers, social satires, climate fiction and prophetic steampunk.
Turn the hashtags trending today into a powerful YA story of tomorrow!
Enter @ http://contest.oddvoiceout.com
Any inquiries to oddvoiceout@gmail.com
The Full Details
Your short stories with ‘odd voices’ must be written for a YA audience (that’s around 12 to 19 years old), but other than that they may be set in any genre or time period. This means that relevant content which is sexual, violent or contains extreme language will be accepted, provided it is somewhat moderated for a teen audience, rather than for adults (think about movies rated 15, compared to 18).
Our contest is open to writers aged fourteen and over from all nationalities and backgrounds (you should be at least fourteen years old by the closing date for entries). Entries must be no more 5,000 words long and be a minimum of 2000 words. Your entry should not have been previously published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been highly placed (e.g. shortlisted or semi-finalist) in another competition at any other time. Longlisted stories are acceptable, provided they have not been in print or online in full.
After our closing date of Monday 31st August, we will select ten finalists to feature in an anthology collection that will be made available in ebook and print editions, to be released alongside our usual book range. The winning entry will also receive a £200 cash prize, whilst second and third place will receive £100 and £50 respectively. All ten finalists will also be invited to participate in social media promotions, live events, interviews and broadcasts as per the promotion schedule for the anthology.
To cover prize fees and reading time, there is a small entry fee of £4 per story, payable via PayPal at the time of entering. Authors may enter up to five different stories, but must pay the entry fee for each one as a separate entry and transaction.
Co-authored stories are accepted, up to a maximum of two authors per story, and in the event of winning, authors would share the prize money evenly.
Odd Voice Out is an independent literary press, publishing YA and crossover stories filled with unique characters thrown into extraordinary circumstances. Our genre-bending books take contemporary social and political themes and explore them through a range of historical, futuristic, surreal and supernatural settings. Our diverse young heroes are never your typical leading guys and girls, but are flawed insecure misfits struggling with everything from racial and sexual identity, to body issues, disabilities, mental health and worst of all, being teenagers growing up in worlds gone mad.
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A town isolated from the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible, and logic is determined by reality

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
The
Knowing
The
Bulwark Anthology Book 1
by
Brit Lunden
Genre:
Paranormal Thriller
 
Bulwark-
a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from
the outside world. Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what
strange things can happen when the rest of the world can’t see you?
JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the
memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an
instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood red
earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an
impossible relationship. Will the memories of past lives help or
hinder the path of their love? Based on the original novella Bulwark,
by Brit Lunden, The Knowing continues the story of a town isolated
from the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible,
and logic is determined by reality.
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The
Illusion
The
Bulwark Anthology Book 2
by
DJ Cooper
 
Things
are not what they seem in the small American town of
Bulwark.

 

 

 

Hospital
lights flicker for no reason. Townsfolk are overcome with a salacious
appetite for the demise of others.

 

 

Accompanied
by would-be boyfriend Deputy Terence Blake, Dr Peter Kent is caught
in the middle of mind-bending events.

 

 

A
café opens in town. The food is great. It’s the unexpected
distortions in time and the surrounding world that make Peter
question his mind and his grip on reality.

 

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The
Craving
The
Bulwark Anthology Book 3
by
R.L. Jackson
 

 

Bulwark a
wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth

 

from
the outside world.

 

 

 

Savannah
Daniels is looking forward to spending some alone time with her
longtime boyfriend, Marshall. Everything during this fun-filled
spring break was moving along fine, until his awkward cousin Stefano,
and his equally weird girlfriend, Sheena decide to crash the party.
It didn’t take a college graduate to realize something was
definitely up with these two blood-sucking intruders, and it isn’t
long before the true intentions about what they are and what they
want become clear. 
Savannah
is powerless to stop their attack on Marshall but with capabilities
passed down from her grandmother, she finds the tools she needs to
stop them and hopefully prevent Marshall’s transitioning. When all
three disappear before she can act, Savannah jumps into high-gear
tracking their every move. Finally, her journey takes her to Bulwark,
Georgia where she learns things are equally as complicated there, and
more than just vampires go bump in the night.
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The
Window
The
Bulwark Anthology Book 4
by
E.H. Graham
 
Brianna
Scott has nothing but her window and pet cat to entertain her. Stuck
inside for more years than she can remember with a degenerative
disease, she has become invisible and has retreated from her small
community. Only Jim, the town grocer and old high school friend,
seems to care about her lonely existence.

 

 

 

However,
when the window in her living room provides her a front row seat to
the latest mysteries haunting her small town, Brianna discovers that
some things cannot be unseen.

 

 

Based
on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Window is the
fourth volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.

 

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The
Missing Branch
The
Bulwark Anthology Book 5
by
Kay McLeod
 
Trapped
in a tedious job without fulfillment, ambitions, or a boyfriend, Izzie
Murray’s only passion is researching her ancestry. But the
beautiful mural of her family tree switches from a distraction to an
obsession once she hits a mysterious gap in the timeline. Why would
an entire family just disappear?

 

With
an intense craving to find the last pieces of the puzzle, Izzie
ditches her life in England to investigate the last known whereabouts
of the family – the little town of Bulwark, Georgia. Between the
unnatural behavior of the local wildlife, tales of witches, and the
overpowering draw of a puddle of weird goo, she’s only finding more
questions to answer. The instant attraction to the one resident in
town that seems to be on her side isn’t helping either.

 

Bulwark
does not give up its secrets easily. And sometimes things were hidden
for a reason.

 

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The
Body
The
Bulwark Anthology Book 6
by
Kate Kelly
 
Small
town values. Big time secrets

 

 

 

Troubled
is an understatement when it comes to Rudd.

 

 

He’s
a cage fighter with a sordid past, and has no family or any friends
to his name. He does, however, have one enemy—Vic, his ultimate
rival in the cage. But even a match with Vic isn’t enough to stir
any emotions in the 28 year old man. He may as well be a shell. Body
only, no spirit.

 

 

It’s
the anniversary of his sister’s death when he takes a walk through
Bulwark’s strange woods and wanders a little too far. It’s there
in the dense, secluded gloom that he meets a glowing, transparent
woman named Lili. She isn’t real— she can’t be real, except
that she’s the only one that makes him feel anything at all. The
two form an unlikely friendship that quickly morphs into an
attraction neither can act on.

 

 

As
his final fight draws near, Rudd must face the demons of his past,
solve the mystery of Lili’s murder and deal with the inexplicable
love that is growing in his heart for someone who can never be his.

 

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The
Battle of Bulwark
The
Bulwark Anthology Book 7
by
Del Henderson III
 
Outside
of being the sheriff’s daughter, Claire Finnes’ life was the same as
any other 15-year-old. However, recurring nightmares and an encounter
with dead civil war soldier send Claire and her friends on a journey
that makes her question if those nightmares really were just dreams.
As she uncovers the dark history surrounding her small town Claire
begins to wonder, can a doomed future be changed?

 

 

 

Based
on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Battle of
Bulwark is the seventh volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.

 

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The
Darkness
The
Bulwark Anthology Book 8

 

by
Brittney Leigh
 
Bulwark-
a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from
the outside world.Bulwark, a quiet town… or is it? Four best
friends, Sophia, Scott, Chloe and Chris, are just trying to manage
their senior year at Bulwark high school when Sophia realizes that
her feelings for Chris are really meant for Scott. Before she can
deal with that though, the four friends then stumble upon Bulwarks
darkest secrets when a spell is cast on Bulwark High. Students have
been disappearing and no one has any clues as to their whereabouts.
With a town curfew set and parents on edge, the four friends decide
to take things into their own hands. Will they break the spell, or
will Bulwark High and the town be changed forever?Based on Bulwark, a
paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Darkness is the eighth volume
in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology
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Brit
Lunden
is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in
assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her
first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow
authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology.
Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off
stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a
house full of helpful ghosts.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Having
grown up with a love of everything futuristic, space and macabre,
DJ
Cooper

developed a vivid imagination and is known for a warped sense of
humour.

Desperately
clinging to the real world, DJ has been known to cry: Why can’t cars
fly yet? Weren’t we supposed to teleport by now?

In-between
large mugs of annoyingly lukewarm coffee, DJ enjoys walks with
earbuds full of loud music and ponders what it is Cossie the
fire-breathing, flying pet bearded dragon thinks about all day.

 
 
 
 
 
 

R.L
Jackson

is an independent filmmaker, magazine editor and screenwriter who
writes romance and romantic suspense with an aim for readers to, “Get
Lost In Intense Passion and Diverse Worlds.” She lives in south
Florida enjoys binge-watching Netflix, uses her treadmill as an
over-sized coat hanger, but loves to dance to the Fitness Marshall
videos on Youtube.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stepping
into the world of Adult Fiction and penned under the name
E.H.
Graham
,
The Window is the debut novel of this award-winning children’s
author. Whether reading or writing, Graham enjoys the escape into
worlds of mystery, fantasy and suspense.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kay
McLeod
Confession
time, I’m a fantasy addict! For as long as I can remember, I’ve
loved the concept of magical worlds.

I
was the kid with dragons doodled around the edge of her school work,
the one with her head constantly buried in a book. As a teen, I
shunned partying to play Magic the Gathering and DM Dungeons and
Dragons games.

Through
the years, I’ve always made up stories and took characters on
amazing adventures, in the privacy of my own mind. Now I want to
share them with other people.

I
live with my husband and cat in Nottinghamshire in England. When I’m
not writing (or planning something I’m writing) I’m usually
working, reading, playing bass for my church’s worship team,
playing computer games (World of Warcraft, Dragon Age, Pokemon,
Minecraft) or drinking tea.

Mmm,
time to put the kettle on…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kate
Kelley

is a writer of epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance.
She spends her days banging on a keyboard and chugging coffee while
two small, feral children run around her feet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Del
Henderson III
,
born and raised in Illinois, enjoys writing, fueling his passion and
love for the noble art of putting pen to paper, or more appropriate,
keyboard to computer. Diving into pure imagination he has produced
works that grip his reader’s minds with mystery and suspense as they
are brought into the fascinating world of fiction.

 

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Brittney
Leigh

is gracing the Bulwark anthology as a debut author. She is a proud
graduate of SUNY Old Westbury College, with a bachelors degree in
Media & Communications. Gifted in singing, acting, and dancing,
she finds her voice reaches its highest ground in writing. She
resides in Long Island where the darkness of New York City comes to
sleep.
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An interview with DJ Cooper

 

 

1- Tell us about yourself?

I’m DJ Cooper and I’m very tired! I live in South East England, I’m married and I have two teenagers. I have successfully run my own business from home for the last eighteen years. For the last few years, I’ve juggled that business, family life, and writing.

2- What changes did 2019 bring to your writing?

I got to call myself an award-winning author for Missing Remnants thanks to Indie Authors Monthly magazine. I never expected that to happen, so thank you IAM. This year is the first time in recent years I’ve written something set on contemporary Earth. The town of Bulwark is not real but the setting was small-town America rather than in space or on an alien planet where I usually set a story.

3- Why did you do an anthology? Was it harder or easier than writing a full out novel? What was the hardest part?

Why? Exposure. Pure and simple. The more places you can showcase your work, the more chances you have of enticing one more reader into your world. The story for the anthology was shorter than a novel, so that part was easier. The anthology was challenging because it had a deadline, I don’t usually write to a deadline. I was also writing characters I did not create so I was mindful of building on them in a way that was credible. Another challenge was writing about something in America. I’m English. We wear trousers over here, pants are underwear. Everything had to be written with American terminology in mind.

4- How did you come up with your story?

There were snippets in the original story that sparked something in my imagination. The original contained aspects of Hansel and Gretel. I watched a TV programme called Mr Benn when I was a child. A man walks into a costume shop, tries on a costume, walks through a door and has an adventure. Of course, when I re-watched Mr Benn recently, I found I’d not remembered any of it correctly and I’d written something completely different but that’s not a bad thing.

5- what is the hardest part of being an indie?

Promotion and marketing. The trouble with being an indie is that you have to coordinate everything. Even if you’re passing things like editing and cover design over to a third party, an indie author is the publisher. We are responsible for everything. I wonder how many of us wish we could just write the book and have someone else do the rest for us. I know I do. Marketing is something that can be costly, hit and miss with results and just a completely alien thing for a lot of us to undertake. We have to promote ourselves. I’m sure there are many authors uncomfortable with the concept of waving their arms in the air and screaming I’m over here, look at me.

6- Do you stay with one genre, or jump around?

I can’t even live in this reality, let alone write in one genre! I am happier when I’m not constrained to only one thing. I always have been. Writing flows easier and quicker for me when I am not tied to a single genre. I’ll write science fiction, but it’ll have aspects of horror and humour. I’ll write horror but it’ll also have humour because people crack jokes in real life and the same person can also experience something horrific. I write a mixture of things, but I find that’s more realistic despite some of my more unrealistic settings. Humans are humans whether they’re on this planet or you’ve imagined them in space.

7- Share the process of this collaboration? What inspired you from the original story and how did you marry it to your own work?

The original story has a theme of weird things happening when a pool of green water is present. There were also modern-day characters who appeared to be from different eras. I kept those themes running through my story whilst also creating something that could be read as a standalone work.

8- Would you do another anthology?

Yes, I think collaborating on an anthology is a great way to showcase what an author can do. Every author has a different set of readers they can reach. A collaboration means an author has a greater chance of reaching a wider audience.

9- What trends do you see in indie books?

There’s a lot of them! Both trends and indie books. It’s very difficult to be seen. I’ve seen authors try many things. Free is a massive trend at the moment. I’m hearing more and more authors refusing to give their books away for free because they’ve spent money getting them to the market in the first place. Competition is fierce and always will be. I don’t think the trend of hard work will ever change.

10- What makes your books stand out from the sea of indie authors out there?

I’m not unique, but I have a relatable author’s voice. I have a flair for humour and an ability to write a scene in a way that doesn’t drag. I zone out of books I read that interrupt the flow of action with passages of the description which don’t seem to move the story on. So, I like to avoid writing the things that bore me as a reader. We all have different preferences and that’s why there is potential for every decent author to find the readers who appreciate their work.

 
 

Some look to the sky in superstition, others look to the sky in fear, and yet, some look to the sky in contemplation

Saturday, July 7th, 2018
The
Curse of the Pirini Lilapa
Guardians
of the Core Book 2
by
Michael Thies
Genre:
Futuristic Fantasy
 
The
Trials have concluded. Coronation has elected a new apprentice to
Guardian of the Core. Since, Zain Berrese, Prince Hydro Paen, and
Eirek Mourse have gone their separate paths, thinking each other a
distant memory. But, it seems that fate has other plans. As the three
travel their paths, they find that their lives are not so separate
after all. The persons who they thought they were at the end of the
Trials are now tested even more as the suns draw closer to their
convergence. To an event known to bring only bad luck, sorrow, and
pain. To an event that occurs every 150 0years. To an event known as
Pirini Lilapa. 

 

 

Some
look to the sky in superstition, others look to the sky in fear, and
yet, some look to the sky in contemplation. For in the weeks and days
before the suns converge, plots perspire, deities die, and families
are fractured as no one is safe from their harsh and heinous gaze. .
.

 

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The
Trials of the Core
Guardians
of the Core Book 1
 
As
Edwyrd Eska approaches his two-hundredth year as Guardian of the
Core, he must find an apprentice to train under him. His title and
role compel him to safeguard and govern his universe, Gladonus, as
each Guardian before him has done and those after him shall continue
to do until relieved of such duties by will of the Ancients. Prince
Hydro Paen, Eirek Mourse, and Zain Berrese—amongst other
contestants—receive invitations to compete in a quest of Trials
intended to determine who will become Eska’s apprentice. An old
adage goes: “The toughest trials test you truest” – and these
events challenge their fortitude through tenuous partnerships,
intellectual rivalries, and battles of weapons’ mastery. Along the
way, each contestant must attempt to overcome personal demons that
haunt them. In this tale of ideal dreams and lucid aspirations, these
competitors find theirs threatened by deceit, betrayal, sabotage—and
even flesh—as all become vital to success…
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Michael
Thies graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a
Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Creative Writing and
Advertising. After a year in the marketing and sales field he
realized that it wasn’t his calling, so he went back to the
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for his second bachelor’s
degree, this time in English Education. Now, he is
a wanderlust traveler and global English Educator. Shortly after
receiving his English Education certificate and his TEFL certificate,
he spent one year living in Santiago, Chile interacting with the
people and the culture there. Currently he is 28 and living in China,
on the other side of the world, still interacting with the locals,
still adopting their culture, but more importantly, still writing. It
is these experiences that fuel the imagination of his mind.
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“The Miracle Mixer” by Theresa Nash a review

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

A readersfavorite.com review.

The Miracle Mixer is a really interesting, refreshing tale. It is well written and interestingly done. It has at least three different situations going on at the same time, but not in an intrusive way. The author did a great job keeping the reader interested in everything going on. I like the way the story is told and the role the character Reeshanna plays in it. She is lovable, naïve and in a great danger. (more…)