Today, I had two stories release at Wyngraf, a magazine of cozy fantasy: “Weaving Serenity” in their debut issue, and “Lily and Ink,” a flash piece that ties in with “Weaving Serenity.” I’m so excited for everyone to read these stories!

“Weaving Serenity” holds a special place in my heart. I wrote the first draft in January of 2019, and it received 18 rejections from various short fiction markets before it found its home at Wyngraf. Wyngraf is the perfect venue for it, being a cozy fantasy about a mother and daughter facing their own personal conflicts along with ferocious dragons. There’s quite a bit of me in this story, and I’m so excited for everyone to read it. You can get your copy in e-book or paperback at Amazon.

In the meantime, you can also read “Lily and Ink” on Wyngraf’s website (link below) and find out what happens to another character from “Weaving Serenity” while her family is off having their own adventures.

Thanks for reading.

A. Cook


Editor’s Note: “Lily and Ink” takes places alongside Amanda Cook’s story “Weaving Serenity” in Wyngraf #1. Check out the magazine for more of Lily and the Calmers of Leafside.

Golden afternoon sun slanted through Mummy’s workroom window as Lily finished chasing cobwebs from the corners. She paused at Mummy’s worktable and ran a linen cloth along the rough grain, remembering how Papa had carved the table for Mummy before he left Leafside to calm dragons. It felt like ages since Mummy and Rhoda followed him into the mountains, their horses laden with provisions to last them several months at least. The trees had been crimson and canary yellow then; they were already budding anew. Lily wondered if she would still be cleaning the empty cottage all on her own when the leaves started turning again.

She sighed wistfully and tucked the cloth into her apron pocket before heading back to…

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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 and poetry that can be found at various markets and here on her blog.

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