Saturday, October 13, 2012

Excerpt from "If" by Brittany J Chadwick in the anthology 'If'

Book Blurb:

The stories of If:

Amy Browne: "And So It Begins: the Birth of Paisley" Short (Paisley)story: The kingdom rejoices at the birth of a new princess. If only grandma had been more careful, the baby would not have floated up, up and away.

Andi Caldwell: "Saint Theresa" Short Story: Theresa had something in common with her namesake Saint Theresa: seeking terrible vengeance on those closest to her. If only she had known then what she knows now--that the saint was no saint in her young life, either.

Angel Sharum: "As If You Cared" Short story: If Robert hadn’t been so alienated by his wife’s manic depression, maybe the cure wouldn’t have proved so deadly.

"If You’d Only Listened" Short story: Nobody ever listened to Will, not his mother, not even his best friend Dale—NOBODY! If they had, maybe Will wouldn’t have decided it’s time for Judgement Day.

"I’m Sorry" Flash story: Sorry, Charlie.

"I Want You Back" Flash fiction: If only Nathan would’ve washed his own dirty shirts.

LL Darroch: "Artemis Unbound" Short story: A scarlet ribbon always around her neck. Oh, dear, if poor Henry had only known or had guessed why his beloved never took it off.

"The Bracelet" Short story: If Mattie can only conjure up fake spirits, how can one that keeps taunting her with a bracelet prove to be too real.

"UserError" Flash fiction: If you’re going to use a computer to cheat, don’t drink coffee.

“Green Cheese” Flash Fiction: Green Cheese: What if the moon really was made of green cheese?

"Fortress" Poetry: If the past is a dead thing, should a tombstone marks its grave?

Brittany Joy Chadwick "IF" Short story: If Frank could only believe in his Imaginary Friend.

Robert L. Arend "Snow Globe Short story: If only Ralph hadn’t been so ambitious, greedy and selfish, he and his family might not be homeless and struggling to survive the harsh Philadelphia winter. If only he could change their present by changing his past.

"The Andre Peterson Conspiracy" Short Story: If Sirhan Sirhan didn’t kill Robert F. Kennedy, who did? Time will tell.

Read an excerpt from "If" 
"Sparse place, doncha think?" She - Greta - shook her head. "Shame."

"I'm sorry..." He didn't like how that sounded, like he was apologizing to some teenage cat burglar in his own house.

Greta shrugged again. "I can make it better, I think. Just gimme a week."

"Wh-what? Wait, I'm lost, who are you and what the hell are you doing in my apartment?" He found his agitation and put it to use.

"Beats me. It's the rules." She shoved her hands in her pockets and leaned away.

"What rules?"

She turned her head to look at him. "The rules of being an IF." She cleared her throat. "Section Thirteen clearly states that if a claimed girl or boy humanoid no longer believes in their designated IF, then said IF is to report to the closest vessel of friendship ASAP. That stands for as soon as possible, you know."

Frank balled his fists. "I know what it means, and I still have no idea what you’re talking about."

She turned completely and clasped her hands behind her back. "I'm an IF - Imaginary Friend." When he didn't react, she hit her forehead. "God, don't you know anything? Imaginary Friends, you know, invisible friends of lonely children."
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About the author:
Brittany J. Chadwick was born in El Paso, Texas (1989) and lives there still. She has been working on publishing her voice and has finally done so with her first publication, 'IF - A Short Story Anthology' alongside her fellow Circle 8 Writers Group.

She looks forward to more publications with C8 Group as well as a solo career to expand the little worlds in her head for all to enjoy. She encourages outreach and constructive criticism and will never shy away from an opinion on her work.

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