I am very excited to announce that a new short story of mine, “Solomon’s Paradox” is about to see the world in the newest anthology from Novelists Inc. I Never Thought I’d See You Again.
Here’s the blurb:
I never thought I’d see you again.
What comes to your mind when you see that phrase? A reunion with a former lover? A shocking encounter with a dark face from your past? A dearly held memory come to life . . . or one you’ve tried desperately to purge from your mind?
In this extraordinary collection of original fiction, sixteen great storytellers spin the tales that filled their imaginations when considering that sentence:
New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan brings us the reunion of father and daughter under deadly circumstances.
USA Today bestselling author Janet Tronstad weaves a tale of lost love on a Christmas Eve during the Great Depression.
New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day traverses realities to pull together generations.
USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Shay returns to her Hidden Cove series to tell of a father returning to his son’s life . . . and turning that life upside down.
Romance, suspense, and magic, secrets unearthed, mysteries revealed, and promises finally kept – all of this and much, much more comes to you in this unforgettable anthology that is every bit as evocative as the title that served as its inspiration.
Obviously, I’m not one of the NYT or USA Today bestselling authors. Still, I am so proud of this story. I’ve been dabbling in science fictional worlds all my writing life, and the idea behind “Solomon’s Paradox” required a near future setting, where brain transfer neuroscience was possible, but still experimental. When the anthology call went out, the request was for stories that fit the title theme (I Never Thought I’d See You Again). I knew a story set in my science fiction version of the near future would fit perfectly. But I wondered if I could do the idea justice in a short story. The editor and copy editor both thought I did.
A Quick Taste of “Solomon’s Paradox”
Imagine this: your son and his best friend are in a car accident. Your son does not survive; his best friend does. Now imagine that you can have your son back…but only for a year.
Karen doesn’t have to imagine it, she has to live through it, if she can.
The boy who would be Jake for a year flinched when the engine of the Explorer growled to life. He reached to turn on the music, his hand mashing the knob without grace. They’d said it would take a few weeks for him to get used to his borrowed body. They hadn’t bothered to indicate how long it might take me.
At the first angry strains of the song, he looked at me. “Since when did you start listening to heavy metal?”
My hand, efficient, graceful, my own, reached out and switched the music off.
He stared out the front windshield for a while, and then asked, “Would you rather I didn’t come home?”
“Where else would you stay?”
He didn’t say anything, but somehow I knew. “With her? With Nancy?” They hadn’t mentioned that in all the pre-procedure interviews. They’d said she’d agreed with the procedure. Not that either of us had any choice. Eighteen was old enough. No mother needed to sign o# on this madness.
His fingers quietly, clumsily, wrapped around the door release. A flicker of atavistic glee filled me. He was afraid. Good. He should be.
I thought about all the times I had warned him not to touch the door release. That he could accidentally open the door and fall out. I took the familiar turns more sharply than usual, and stomped the brake harder at every stop.
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“Solomon’s Paradox” is only available in the anthology right now. After the anthology has been released (July 30th), I will be able to publish the story independently. BUT, just for those of you who read this: if you subscribe to my newsletter (inaugural issue delayed, but coming out July 5th), I will send you a special link to download the story for free on my birthday, September 22nd (have to wait until the anthology is available for a few weeks…remember, there are *bestselling* authors with fabulous stories in that baby, so the entire anthology will be a delicious 16-story read).
Finally, a poll to confirm my bias