The cover illustration for Issue #5 of Etherea Magazine. The shadow of a large, eldritch deer with glowing eyes looms over a figure standing in a field of flowers in the foreground. The title of the magazine and the names of the contributors surround the illustration.
The cover of Issue #5 of Etherea Magazine (with my name on it as one of the contributors!)

It’s out in the world, so I can officially announce that my flash piece, “The Latest Reviews of The Best Walking Tours of Faerie on ElusiveBooks.com,” has been published in Issue #5 of Etherea Magazine! (ETA: And now it’s posted on Etherea Magazine’s site!)

I’m really proud of this sale, not only because this little story-that-isn’t-a-story is the quirkiest thing I’ve ever written, but also because I thought no one would want it. It was a huge reminder to me to not self reject. And now it’s found a lovely home with some other amazing stories.

Etherea Magazine is a new science fiction and fantasy publication hailing from Australia, and they’ve been publishing stories from all over the world since August of this year. I’m honored the editor, Aidan Wilson, chose my piece to be in the table of contents of this month’s issue. The magazine includes a beautiful illustration with each piece they publish, and the one for mine is no exception.

A green, femme presenting fairy wearing a floral crown and green fingerless gloves stares at the viewer, her chin in the palm of her hand. The title of the story and the name of the writer are printed in white under her face.
The illustration for my story in Etherea Magazine’s Issue #5.

I mean, just look at that fairy! LOOK AT HER! SQUEEE!

Anyway, please head on over to Etherea Magazine, read some of the stories and book reviews they’ve posted from past issues, and maybe even show them some love by buying an issue or two (perhaps even Issue #5 *wink, wink*). I’m sure they would greatly appreciate the support.

A special thanks to my friends, Valerie Valdes and Chelsea Counsell, for beta reading this quirky little flash and giving me some excellent feedback. And much love to my writing community, especially the Isle of Write, for all their support throughout my writing journey.

And, as always, thanks for reading.

A. Cook

Amanda Cook is a writer and stay at home mom who lives in a southern Indiana woods with her spouse, kids, and one clingy dog. In the Before Times (and sometimes even now), she could/can be found helping out with her kids' school, catching up on her toppling TBR pile, playing games with her friends, hanging out at virtual conventions, crying over period dramas, or sewing yet another cosplay. Her second novel, "When We Were Forgotten," was the winner of the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book from the Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards. She writes short speculative fiction that can be found at various markets and here on her blog.

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