Monday, May 21, 2012

Flash Fiction Blogfest & the Release of SUFFOCATE!

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to Shelli Johannes and her novella, SUFFOCATE, which releases today! 

When a science experiment goes wrong in the Biome, Eria uncovers a conspiracy about the very air she breathes. 

Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series.

It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres. 

Full Description: For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It's a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy that affects the very air she breathes. 

If those responsible find out what she knows, they won't stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.

The 2nd novelette in the series, CHOKE, is scheduled for Fall 2012. The 3rd, EXHALE, is scheduled for Winter 2013

You can add Suffocate to your Goodreads, and check it out on Amazon and B&N!

Today is also Cherie Reich's 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Blogfest. The only criteria was to begin with 'Lightning flashed,' and contain the entry to less than 300 words. I came in at 299. Please click HERE to read the other entries. 

Lightning flashed. I wished it hadn’t.

My heart sunk to my stomach, as my eyes captured what I’d rather not see, the truth all the more real now. But it couldn’t be. I’d made it home, back through the hidden portal connecting the here and now to where the Fates decide our eternal resting place. Sure, they had every right to be ticked that living mortals invaded their happy place and actually made it out. But that was the deal.

More shadows wisped into the air, the floor boards of this old barn too weak to keep them away. I peeked around a wooden beam, searching for anything to help me stop this. The rope and metal tools hanging from hooks would do me no good, not against these powers.

“Will.” Seri’s sultry tone draped over me.

I pushed off a hay bale, shocked she was here. The corners of her thick lips crimped at one end, as her irises flared a shade of emerald; she had such an amazing smile. Her sugary scent crept up my nostrils, noosing my rational thoughts and igniting every part of my body. I mentally traced her curvaceous figure and watched her scarlet strands lengthen to just below her shoulders. She was a daemon; I knew that. And she was as beautiful as the first time I saw her.

But her smile faded, worry scarring her gorgeous face. That was when I knew. A Death Dealer slid out from behind her, her lips mouthing I’m sorry.  

The inside of the barn exhaled a sigh as he laid his hands on my shoulders. Searing pain ravished my veins, my limbs, my memories fading from my mind. Seri screamed, pleaded.

Lightning flashed, and I gawked out a stained window pane. My reflection now mirrored theirs.


  1. So excited for Shelli. This sounds like a really good series.

    And I love your entry. It's very suspenseful.

  2. Wow, that series sounds excellent! Very exciting. As for your entry--you sure crammed a lot into 299 words! Riveting.

  3. I was about to be completely amazed by how many books Shelli is putting out, but now I see this is a short novella. It's still pretty awesome though!

    Love your flash fiction piece. So tense.

  4. ooooh, loved your flash fiction! so vivid! And SUFFOCATE sounds incredible!

  5. Love the flash fiction. Nice. Novella sounds awesome. =)

  6. Loved your flash piece! Beautiful imagery. I loved how you ended with lightning too.

  7. Yay for Shelli! And I agree with everyone else - great flash piece.

  8. oh wow! Yikes--a death dealer! Creepy flash fiction--I love it! :D

    and oh, man! Suffocate was VERY good. I was totally pulled in and surprised by the ending. Shelli does a super job w/it. Congrats to her~ :o) <3

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  10. Suffocate sounds intriguing as does your flash fiction piece! Thanks for sharing both of them.

  11. Oooh I loved that! I wanted to keep reading! :D Thanks for sharing.

  12. Got Suffocate on my TBR and thoroughly enjoyed your flash fiction piece. You packed so much, with wonderful word choice, into so little space. Great job!

  13. Suffocate is awesome isn't it Sheri? Your flash piece is bodacious! You rocked it! it is plain out edgy, pal. :-)


    so many booksies, so little time! *flails*

  15. Wonderful lightning flash piece, Sheri!

    And I love the titles of those three books! Way to pack the conflict into a one-word title!

  16. What a great flash fiction!!

    SUFFOCATE sounds interesting too. I love the cover.

  17. I love the idea of this flash fiction contest. Good luck, Sheri!

  18. Awesome flash fiction piece. I was mesmerized. I am also excited about Suffocate. The except really caught my attention and held it. I am looking forward to reading it.


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