Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Mythic Tales: A 14 Ebook Boxset (Myth, Monsters and Mayhem) by A.L. Butcher ETAL

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Myth, Monsters and Mayhem


A collection of tales told in the old mythic style or set in ancient times, with fairies, monsters and daring deeds. From dark fantasy worlds to the legendary past of our own, myths and legends abound.

Book #1: Beneath the Knowe – Anthea Sharp

Can music overcome fey magic? When the chieftain’s infant son is stolen away by the fey folk of the Bright Court, Maeve Donnelly journeys beneath the faerie hill to save the child. Her only weapon is a simple pennywhistle, and the music running in her bard-gifted blood…

Beneath the Knowe is a short story of 7,000 words (approx. 30 pages) originally published in the Northwest Independent Writers Association Anthology “Thirteen.”

Book #2: Tales of Erana – A. L. Butcher

Five short tales of fantasy and fantasy romance set in the dark world of Erana; the world of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles. Some are new and the others have been expanded and revised from the original versions.

The Moon on the Water: The tale of the love between a goddess and a warrior and the terrible curse it brought.

The Tale of Treyna the Beloved: When a mortal woman is pursued by two rival gods even the heavens are wrought by magic.

Storm-Born: A lonely magician finds companionship with a creature of the storm but magic demands a price, what price will it be?

The Blue Phial: A lesson in listening to instruction carefully, lest one makes an embarrassing mistake.

The Legend of Oeliana: A story of a nymph and a toad, jealous magic and debts repaid.

Book #3: A Sword’s Poem – Leah Cutter

Hikaru and her one true love Norihiko defy both their families and kitsune (fox fairy) tradition by getting married.

However, an evil magician kills Norihiko, steals his soul, then reforges it into a sword.

Hikaru seeks the sword, determined to break the curse and bring back her one true love, no matter the cost to herself or her family.

Set in Heian era Japan and composed of three novellas: The Making, The Breaking, and The Reforging.

Book #4: On the Edge of Faerie -Stefon Mears

Book #5: Sorcha’s Heart – Debbie Mumford

A legendary relic, a dragon-wrought amulet, the Heart of Fire may be the salvation of her people, and Sorcha is willing to pay any price to obtain it, but when she discovers the price is the loss of her humanity, she learns caution too late. Only a hero can save her now, but he isn’t human.

Book #6: Tales Fabulous and Fairy Volume 1 – Kim Antieau

Enter the enchanting and exotic world of Kim Antieau’s imagination in these eight stories inspired by classic folk and fairy tales. This collection includes: “Foundling,” “Seeing Pink,” “Briar Rose,” “Dragon Pearl,” “Rose Red and Snow White,” “The Señorita and the Cactus Thorn,” “The Raven Sisters,” and “A Strange Attractor.”

Book #7: Tempus – Janet Morris

Relive the iconic adventures of Tempus the Black and his Sacred Band through the eyes of Nikodemos, his right-side companion, as Niko seeks his spirit’s balance on Bandara’s misty isles. Five early tales of the Stepsons in a world of thieves, novelized with additional stories available nowhere else. Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band once again, or for the first time. PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Parts of this work have been published in substantially similar form in several volumes of the million-selling shared universe series, Thieves World® and in the Janet Morris’ first Sacred Band novel, Beyond Sanctuary.

Book #8: Caught in Amber – J.M. Ney-Grimm

When young Fae awakens in a locked and deserted castle, she remembers nothing. Who she is, where she comes from, none of it.

Beauty from all the ages graces the castle—medieval towers, renaissance columns, and gothic vaults—but underneath the loveliness a lurking evil stirs.

Fae hates the loneliness and the sense of hidden malice oppressing her. Even more, she hates the feeling that just around some receding corner of lost memory lies the answer to her predicament—an answer just out of reach.

An answer essential to surviving this castle’s dangers—both subtle and not so subtle. Somewhere in her forgotten past lies the key.

A mythic tale of family and betrayal told with all the twists and moments of sheer joy that J.M. Ney-Grimm brings to epic fantasy.

Book #9: Warden of Power – Karen L. Abrahamson

In the First Age of the World, Lazar, First among the magical beings called Cartos who inhabit Pangea, seeks to control his wayward kin’s use of Cartos magick. For Lazar and his kind can control and change the landscape, reshaping the mountains and plains as they see fit. Lazar has foreseen that wanton magical change leads to destruction , but his kin don’t hold his views.

When a massive rift in Pangea triggers a series of devastating, magick-imbued quakes, it threatens the very fabric of Creation. Now Lazar and his squabbling kin must find the rift’s creator and stop the ruinous quakes. But ruin comes in many guises and the greatest threat to the Cartos Age might well be the bickering Cartos themselves.

Blood magick, earth magick, treachery and deceit underpin this latest epic fantasy set in Karen L. Abrahamson’s Cartos Universe. Set at the beginning of time, the novel provides the masterful origin story of the Cartos people. Filled with vivid characters and suspenseful plot twists, The Warden of Power is a must read for any Fantasy fan.

Book #10: Beautiful – Barbara G. Tarn

Kerrien prided himself on never getting lost, not even in the deepest, darkest forest. That skill came in handy when tracking someone. It gave him an edge over whomever he was looking for. But he sometimes was taken by surprise by what he found.

Kissing a prince awake might not be the smartest thing Kerrien ever did in his life. Especially since he’s now stuck with the beautiful sleeper with a puppy disposition, and has no idea of who sent him to sleep and why.

Feeling a stray cat himself, can Kerrien put up with the young prince demands? Cats and dogs are not supposed to get along, do they?

A fairy tale retelling, a sweet m/m romance, a Silvery Earth novel.

Book #11: Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries (Book 1) -Ron Vitale

Everyone knows the fairy tale of Cinderella and the glass slipper, but what happened to her after she married the Prince? Set in the late 1700s as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her new life. Her journey leads her to find her long lost Fairy Godmother and aids her to solve the mystery behind her mother’s death. Yet the Fey Lord, the Silver Fox, and the witch Renée also take notice in her and suddenly her world is turned upside down . . .

Find out if Cinderella does find her happily ever after in Lost, the dark and intriguing first book in the Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries series!

Book #12: Tales of the Faie: The Beginning of Days – Diana L. Wicker

Every culture has fairy tales, the tales of legend and lore that children hear at bedtime that teach lessons of history and morality, the little bits of truth that keep a culture whole. The Realm of Feyron is no different. Join the youth as they listen to the tales of the beginning days of the Faie.

Book #13: Angels and Djinn, Book 1: Raziel’s Shadow – Joseph Robert Lewis

The young falconer Zerai thought he was a long-lost prince. He thought he would be granted supernatural powers to slay an army of demons. He thought he would reclaim his grandfather’s empire. He thought wrong.

After years of living in the wilderness with other orphans, hiding from killer mercenaries and monsters, Zerai has lost all of his friends, leaving him alone on a quest to save his country. But even after he joins a company of legendary warriors and seers from the east, his chances of success seem bleak against the vast southern armies, packs of bloodthirsty ghuls, and huge fiery ifrits that have claimed his homeland.

As they journey through towering forests, vast savannas, and the mountains of the mysterious djinn, Zerai learns that he is not the great hero he had hoped to become. Instead he finds love in the arms of a young warrior woman struggling to accept that she may soon die. And with a humble heart, he arrives at a cursed city shrouded in darkness, where a witch queen has found immortality in the corpse of a fallen angel.

Drawn from elements of African history and mythology and inspired in part by the Arabian Nights, the epic fantasy series ANGELS AND DJINN takes readers to a dark world with heroes and lovers who are all too human, confronted with the fantastical and horrific creatures of a supernatural realm drawn from the strangest of dreams and worst of nightmares.

Book #14: Magic for a Rainy Day – Alexandra Brandt

Set in Scotland, Ireland, and the Pacific Northwest, these five stories share three things: a little rain, a little fantasy, and a lot of heart.

In “Sidewynd,” Sky Patel balances life between Edinburgh and its mirror in the faerie realm. Until the balance breaks.

In “The Flat Above the Wynd,” Sky’s inherited responsibilities double when past mistakes come back to haunt her.

In “Banoffee Pie and Black Pudding,” Alyssa Granville’s troubles begin with a strange gift from a stranger Irish man.

In “(Not a) Fairy Tale,” a bullied teenage girl learns a startling truth. But fairies don’t go to high school…do they?

In “They Stole My Love Last Night,” Celtic music, fairies, and ghosts collide, turning a bitter story sweet.

And in these pages, a rainy day might bring excitement with a whiff of danger. Or the kind of magic that brightens your week.


Myths and Legends


War did not know this, and battle will be fought when it chooses. Trolls, elves and men are but its creatures. So the war continued, month after bloody month, and neither side prevailed. With battle came those things which walk alongside war – disharmony, chaos and hatred.  It took much persuasion, and whispered entreaties in the passion of lovemaking to convince Acionna to fight for the Var. When gods become involved in war the odds are unfair and a price must surely be paid, but from whom is never clear.

Acionna held the wild magic, the primal Power, the very essence of sorcery and for the sake of her lover and his tribe she brought it to bear upon those they fought. From her fingers ran the torrents of the mountain, fierce and unyielding as they swept away the enemies. Sal trolls grabbed at rocks or thrust their weapons into the ground to no avail as warriors were swept over crevasses and into the hard rock walls. The ground beneath her enemies rippled and cracked, tumbling warriors and unsettling their battle beasts.

The Sal themselves fielded greater numbers; their tribe spanned many settlements and their Shaman had learned the secrets of the dark magic, traded for gold, for prisoners of war and for blood. The warriors of the tribe of Var were pushed back, and the rocks were stained red with blood as the sickness swept their ranks. Blood poured from eyes and mouths, drenching all about them. Twisting tendrils of magic grabbed at throats like unseen hands, choking away life and squeezing out hope. The dead rose on feet of bone, in the days before the trolls burned their dead and limbs hacked from torsos leapt, kicking, scratching, blinding until the trolls of Varris trembled. Their Shaman Lirana called the magic from the Relic of the Moon as her sight faded from eyes pulled from her face by the hands of the dead and her throat constricted with the dark, curse magic of her foes. The death-words of a Shaman carry much Power and the magic flowed with her blood to turn the attackers before her to stone; statues now diving forward in attack, and one with a stone arm clutched about the neck of a dying troll Shaman. With their Shaman slain the Var were demoralised, yet fought for their own survival as the Relic rolled from the hands of their queen.

Diving forward Hirik warrior Orlin Sal snatched the Relic of the Moon and raised it high; the victory chant of his tribe echoed among the towering peaks, a thunderous cacophony roaring among the paths and trails. The Relic soon reached their Shaman, who laughed and motioned her troops onwards. It was not enough to possess the Relic of the Moon, she wished to kill or enslave her enemies. More slaves bought her more magic, more wealth and more status. More blood could be traded with the fae. She had heard the words and seen the tendrils of magic from the previous owner and cried her own. Pouring forth like a torrent with the twisted darkness of the magic she held the Power turned her most of her kin and some of her foes to nought but statues. Frozen and fixed in rock and in time. Magic demands a price and on that plain of war that price was the lives and the futures of those who fought. Magic is fickle. Magic is wild and magic may be a blessing and it may be a curse.

Meet Author A.L. Butcher…

British-born Alexandra Butcher (a/k/a A. L. Butcher) is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer, a lover of science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her prose has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.  She writes with a sure and sometimes erotic sensibility of things that might have been, never were, but could be.

Alex is the author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles and the Tales of Erana lyrical fantasy series. She also has several short stories in the fantasy, fantasy romance genres with occasional forays into gothic style horror. With a background in politics, classical studies, ancient history and myth, her affinities bring an eclectic and unique flavour in her work, mixing reality and dream in alchemical proportions that bring her characters and worlds to life.


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6 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Mythic Tales: A 14 Ebook Boxset (Myth, Monsters and Mayhem) by A.L. Butcher ETAL

  1. As an author and a voracious book reviewer I loved getting my hands on anthologies, those wonderful collections of authors coming together to use their talents to write something around a specific theme for a specific genre. It’s a marvelous way of getting introduce to new authors you’ve never heard about as well as something new from those authors you love reading, Beside with the LOW COST there’s anything to lose since you’ll always find some stories you’re going to love reading

    • A L Butcher says:

      Thanks! It’s a great way to discover new books and authors. It benefits the reader as he or she gets a whole heap of books for a bargain price and it benefits the authors as they cross-pollinate readers and sell where they might not otherwise.

      I have 3 bundles this year (2017) since August, and half a dozen planned for next year. As a reader I have found some wonderful books.

  2. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Anthologies are how I’ve discovered many of my favorite authors. Thanks.

  3. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, A.L., and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. What a wonderful array of stories!! I can’t wait to get my hands on this anthology. Thanks for sharing your books with us!

  4. A L Butcher says:

    Mythic Tales is now only 4.99 until the end December and will only be available until the end of January!

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