Some of the short stories from Perchance to Dream, the anthology of Shakespeare retellings I edited last year, have recently been published as Kindle singles, and I’ve been really enjoying seeing the covers that go along with the stories. First up is Onyx by Alicia Michaels:
The year is 3015, and the planet Earth is no more. Existing on space stations strewn about the galaxy, humans are searching for a new planet to call home. Their explorations have led to war with many alien races, leaving their numbers decimated and their position in the universe unstable.
A humanoid alien captured during one of Earth’s many wars, Onyx is given his freedom in return for joining the planet’s army. He is placed in an elite unit, where he quickly proves himself a good soldier and climbs the ranks. Many shun him because even though he looks like a human, they know he isn’t one. However, there is one person who does not fear him. Onyx cannot help but love Dia, and marries her against her father’s will. Yet, their happy union is threatened when Isaias, Onyx’s ensign begins whispering secrets of Dia’s infidelity into his ear.
When the web of lies, truths, and half-truths begin to engulf Onyx, he finds himself unable to discern who his real friends and enemies are … which will lead to him making one of the biggest mistakes of his life.
The other story is The Taming of the Dudebro, by Jane Watson:
Patricia’s dream is coming true: she is directing her own play, a one-act written by her best friend, Grizz, for the school’s annual Drama Festival. Everything seems to be perfect until her teacher assigns Kurt Minola, the biggest jerk in the school, to work on her play. Kurt is lazy, selfish and irresponsible. The only good thing about him is his attractive twin brother, Ben—but even he can’t seem to change Kurt’s attitude. Kurt’s presence turns Patricia’s dream into a nightmare… until Patricia and Grizz decide to take matters into their own hands, and subject this insufferable surfer-dude to some taming.
Jane is also planning on continuing her story as a novella series, with each upcoming story based on a different Shakespeare play. I’m interested to see the direction she’ll take the series. Next up is going to be A Midsummer Night’s Dudebro XD
I love the covers of both of these! They really showcase the different natures of the stories (and demonstrate what an eclectic variety PtD’s stories had!). I’m tempted to see what I could find for “Gale”, now 😉
I’ll be sure to share if any of the other stories from Perchance to Dream are released as ebooks. In the meantime, don’t forget that you can read all eleven stories in the anthology now for just $3.99, or free on Kindle Unlimited!