Joy E. Rancatore

Writing the Soul with Heart

The following stories form a series of short fiction exploring some of the Faerie Shepherds and Shepherdesses within my fantasy world. The main character of the series of fantasy novels I am currently world-building is Elspeth. A fiery and independent Faerie Shepherdess, Elspeth learns that her prophecy is reverently whispered amongst the Faerie folk. In these tales, you will meet many more special Shepherds and Shepherdesses.

My goal is to post one story each month for as long as possible. Each of these stories found special inspiration in writing prompts from a delightful online challenge called #BlogBattle. As you will read on their site, “Blog Battle is a monthly writing prompt meant to inspire writers and entertain readers.”

The Crux Anthology, compiled by Rachael Ritchey; including In addition to the stories available to you here, you can read a more detailed piece of short fiction about the start of Elspeth’s Training. This tale, titled “Ealiverel Awakened,” appears as the second of sixteen delightful adventure stories in The Crux Anthology. The quotes featured on this page come from that story. Click the button for more details on the collection.

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