The third installment of Hero & Heroine is out! The magazine features stories in many diverse fiction genres, by authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tracy Falbe, and our very own Tara Maya, as well as many others.
Courage & Honor.
Romance & Passion.
Magic & Science.
We’ve included many genres of speculative fiction in Hero & Heroine Magazine. You’ll find everything from Hard Science Fiction to Steamy Paranormal Romance, from Steampunk to Time Travel, from High Fantasy to Urban Fantasy. All the stories, whatever the subgenre, have Happy Endings, or at least Happy For Now endings… and although not all the stories include a love story, any that do end Happily Ever After.
“Over the Hills and Far Away,” by Douglas Kolacki
A powerful curse can become an even stronger blessing.
He didn’t know what he was in for when he married a movie actress’ doppelganger in a magical land. But this will be the least of his worries when their greatest threat emerges from the woods…
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal, 3,600 words
“An Orc at the Ball,” by Michael Stephens
An Orc goes to the Spring Ball…
When Scagie an Orc of the Bog decides to go on her own to the Spring Ball, what she finds on the dance floor is more than just a boring High Court ceremony.
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Young Adult, 6000 words
“Attack on Vetanium,” by Tracy Falbe
A surprise attack.
Dreibrand and Miranda are nurturing settlements in Nufal. Shan, the king of the rys, has recently redeemed this land that had been left in ruins for thousands of years. To everyone’s shock and horror, two tabre rise from a long hibernation. They are the sole survivors of an ancient war with the rys, and they have come for revenge….Dreibrand and Miranda are the hero and heroine of The Rys Chronicles. At this point in the saga, they are nurturing settlements in Nufal. Shan, the king of the rys, has recently redeemed this land that had been left in ruins for thousands of years. To everyone’s shock and horror, two tabre have risen from a long hibernation. They are the sole survivors of an ancient war with the rys, and they have come for revenge.
Genre: Epic Fantasy, 4,100 words
“The Speed of Love,” Deborah Walker
Love is patient…
They move at a different pace than humans. What can bridge the gap?
Genre: Science Fiction Romance / Flash Fiction
“The Corn Maiden,” by Tara Maya
A woman without memories…but not without a past.
The childless couple had always yearned for a child. Then they found a lovely, fragile maiden in a field and took her in. But she is not like other young women…
Genre: Epic Fantasy / Flash Fiction
“The Falcons of Narabedla,” by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Flung into the far future…
In 1957, Mike Kenscott, a veteran of the Korean, is back home in the Sierra Nevada mountains, trying to re-adjust to civilian life, when he suddenly finds himself flung into the far future. To the people of this era, when two suns shine in the skies of Earth, Mike is known as Adric, master of the Crimson Tower, warlord and conqueror.
Mike’s only chance to return to his own identity is to find the Keep of the Dreamer. To do that he must determine who is friend and who is foe, evade the terrible falcons of Narabedla—whose touch can enslave a man’s mind—and possibly start a revolution.
But the biggest battle will be inside his own mind—because the real Adric wants his body back…
Genre: Retro Future / Science Fiction, 12,0000 words
“First Steps of a Hero,” by Judith Rook
He has a lot to learn…
Escaping from the local bully is part of David’s life, but when the bully threatens his sister, the peaceable young school-leaver must turn into a hero as best he can.
He needs help, and he gets it – from an enigmatic man who lives in a parallel dimension. But with the man comes a danger which could threaten the safety of Earth, and only David can deal with it.He needs help, and he gets it – from an enigmatic man who lives in a parallel dimension. But with the man comes a danger which could threaten the safety of Earth, and only David can deal with it.
Check out all these awesome stories available in this summer’s new issue and check out past issues over on Amazon!