Saturday Book Showcase: The Mystery of Shadow Hills

SHADOW HILLS FRONT COVERSkylar Robbins: The Mystery of Shadow Hills
by Carrie Cross
4.6 star average on 29 reviews
195 pages

Thirteen-year-old sleuth Skylar Robbins plans to become a private detective like her grandfather. Stuck at her bullying cousin Gwendolyn’s Malibu estate for the summer, Skylar brings her detective kit, portable spy tools, and her journal for taking notes in secret code. She had no idea how dangerous the summer would prove to be.

On the first day of summer school an odd classmate named Kat passes a note in backward writing, introducing Skylar to the secret world of witchcraft. Practical Skylar didn’t believe in magic  — until the spells they perform in an abandoned garden actually appear to be working.

When Kat tells her that a mysterious group is doing wicked things up in Shadow Hills at night, she can’t help but investigate. The teen sleuth uses the tools in her detective kit and faces her most embarrassing fear to find the truth.

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Flash Fiction Challenge: Recalculating

Flash Fiction prompt 022 windshield feather frost COMP
Photo Copyright K. S. Brooks

The frosty designs on the windshield looked pretty until I remembered where I was: lost.

The GPS had said to turn left and follow County Road 2941 for thirty miles. Thirty miles turned into fifty on a winding mountain dirt road. When it got dark, I parked in the first pull-out I could find. Then I fell asleep.

I wasn’t sure if the morning light, the aching cold in my feet, or my hungry stomach woke me. Or maybe it was that weird noise…

Welcome to the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. In 250 words or less, write a story incorporating the elements in the picture and/or the written prompt above. Do not include the prompt in your entry. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level.

Use the comment section below to submit your entry. Entries will be accepted until Tuesday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. No political or religious entries, please.

On Wednesday afternoon, we will open voting to the public with an online poll for the best writing entry accompanying the photo. Voting will be open until 5:00 PM Thursday.

On Friday afternoon, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature. Then, at year end, the winners will be featured in an anthology like this one. Best of luck to you all in your writing!

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The John Gardner Fiction Award

Binghamton University Center for WritersThe Binghamton Center for Writers has opened submissions for the John Gardner Fiction Award which will go to the strongest novel or collection of fiction published in 2014.

Prize: $1,000.00

Entry fee: FREE

Deadline: March 1, 2015

For more information, please visit their website.

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