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Adoption Day: A new short story!

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Adoption Day: A new short story!

Here's the surprise I promised for the 450th post on this blog: A new short story! It features Henrietta Honeycutt and Duncan Wizansky, two characters who debuted in Redblade (needless to say, there are spoilers ahead). It's a slice of life story, much like "That's Amore", and there's only a little magic...unless the magic in the human heart counts. If you like this, feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line, and you're welcome to share the link all over social media! Spread the word! Adoption Day a short story by Robert Dahlen It had been an even more chaotic Sunday morning than usual at the Wonderland Diner and Tavern. A group of visi

That's Amore! : A Monkey Queen short story

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That's Amore! : A Monkey Queen short story

It's almost Valentine's Day! To mark the day, after the cut is the premiere of a new Monkey Queen short story, "That's Amore!" Be warned: There are spoilers, especially for the endings of A Tiding Of Magpies and Redblade. Scylla had just finished preparing her tea, and was setting the cup and saucer on the table by her favorite chair, when she heard the knocking on the door. "Perfectly timed," the black-clad faerie murmured as she walked over. She glanced through the peephole, nodded, and opened the door. "Hey," Beth McGill said. "Am I early?" "A bit," Scylla said, "but I can work with it." She stepped aside as Beth entered the apartment,

The Troll And The Garter: A Monkey Queen Story

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The Troll And The Garter: A Monkey Queen Story

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the fifth Monkey Queen book, Redblade! Continue at your own risk! It had been a long Saturday for Abigail Main-Drake, but in a good way. She had returned to Nortonville for the first time since she had toured Cooper College and met Beth McGill, fought against and then alongside Michiko Koyama, the Monkey Queen, and helped to defeat the sorceress Lady Midday. In the end, Abby had been invited to work with Michiko and Beth to watch and protect the Emigre communities once she had graduated from high school, and she had happily accepted. Spring break had begun, and Abby's parents had been pleased with her progress in

Redblade: Read Chapter One!

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Redblade: Read Chapter One!

Redblade, the fifth Monkey Queen book, should be going on sale sometime this week. I’m pleased to present the official preview, with Chapter One here! Be advised that this spoils the ending of A Tiding Of Magpies. I hope you enjoy this, and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments! Chapter One Michiko Koyama was grinning as she started up the winding trail, a smile that spread to her brown eyes. “The rain’s finally gone!” she said, snapping her fingers. The seeming with the yellow sweater and the black jeans vanished, revealing her “Monkey Queen” outfit, the black t-shirt and leggings, the

Redblade: Read Chapter Two!

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Redblade: Read Chapter Two!

Redblade, the fifth Monkey Queen book, should be going on sale sometime this week. I’m pleased to present the official preview, with Chapter Two here! If you missed Chapter One, click here! http://fav.me/d9k0wpv (Be advised that it spoils the ending of A Tiding Of Magpies.) I hope you enjoy this, and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments! Chapter Two “I’ll get you!” The thin bald man in the dark robe struggled in the automaton’s grasp, glaring at the pixie in the purple jumpsuit. “All of you! I’ll have my revenge! Release me at once!” he snapped over his shoulder at the autom

The Names Of The Stars: A Tale of the Far Lands

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The Names Of The Stars: A Tale of the Far Lands

It was an excellent breakfast. Michiko Koyama, the Monkey Queen, and her best friend and partner in adventure, Beth McGill, had wrapped up a quest early that morning, and Princess Jiao's men had found a restaurant near the Bridge of Magpies with an owner who was all too happy to wake up early and get paid for feeding royalty. There were seven of them at the table—Michiko, Beth, Jiao, Prince Yun, Merchant Sheng and his girlfriend, the wizard Jade Crane, and the elderly priestess Auntie Ting. The priestess had taken a liking to Beth during their quest, and had been telling her some of the classic tales of the Far Lands. She had finished

A Tiding Of Magpies - Chapter Two!

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A Tiding Of Magpies - Chapter Two!

You've read Chapter One of the upcoming Monkey Queen book, A Tiding Of Magpies; now, you can read Chapter Two! If you missed Chapter One, you can read it here! http://fav.me/d8sfvt4 Also, you can read an excerpt from Chapter Four - "The Author, The Archer And The King Of Magpies" - here! http://fav.me/d8m1ui2 Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment, favorite and share! It was windy on the mountain, windy and cold, and Michiko's long red scarf danced as she looked around the narrow peak. What is this place? she thought. Why am I here? Where's Beth? She could see four other mountains in the near distance, all of them tall and slender. A

A Tiding Of Magpies - Chapter One!

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A Tiding Of Magpies - Chapter One!

The wait is over! Here's your chance to read the first chapter of the upcoming fourth Monkey Queen book, A Tiding Of Magpies! You can also read Chapter Two here - http://fav.me/d8sfyhn - and an excerpt from Chapter Four - "The Author, The Archer And The King Of Magpies" - here! http://fav.me/d8m1ui2 Enjoy! Comments, shares and favorites welcome! "It's always about the stories, isn't it?" Beth McGill raised an eyebrow as she and the hobgoblin standing next to her waited near the entrance to the maze of hallways and rooms that took up the back of the converted warehouse. In front of them was a public square, with actual grass and trees, lit b

A Game Of Scones: A Monkey Queen short story!

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A Game Of Scones: A Monkey Queen short story!

If you guessed this was the short story that would be premiering today, you were right! Here's Michiko and Beth's latest adventure, "A Game Of Scones"! “Sometimes,” Michiko the Monkey Queen said after everything had been resolved, “trouble starts when and where you least expect it.” For Michiko and her roommate and partner in adventure, Beth McGill, it started one Sunday morning while they were on their weekly walk along the trail to the Wonderland Diner and Tavern, for breakfast and conversation with their Emigre friends. The informal dress code at Wonderland was “determinedly casual”, so Michiko wore a

Three Women In A Stew: A Monkey Queen short story!

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Three Women In A Stew: A Monkey Queen short story!

If you guessed this was the short story that would be premiering today, you were right! Here's Michiko and Beth's latest adventure, "Three Women In A Stew (To Say Nothing Of The Guinea Pig)"! It may have been late October, with summer gone and autumn looming, but someone had forgotten to tell that to the weather. It was hot, and getting hotter as the day went on, without any breezes and fog from the not too distant Pacific Ocean rolling in. Throughout the town, people pulled out every trick they had used back in August to stay cool, some of which actually worked. The heat gave the afternoon a hint of lethargy, but newish roommates Michiko K
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Adoption Day: A new short story!

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Adoption Day: A new short story!

Here's the surprise I promised for the 450th post on this blog: A new short story! It features Henrietta Honeycutt and Duncan Wizansky, two characters who debuted in Redblade (needless to say, there are spoilers ahead). It's a slice of life story, much like "That's Amore", and there's only a little magic...unless the magic in the human heart counts. If you like this, feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line, and you're welcome to share the link all over social media! Spread the word! Adoption Day a short story by Robert Dahlen It had been an even more chaotic Sunday morning than usual at the Wonderland Diner and Tavern. A group of visi

That's Amore! : A Monkey Queen short story

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That's Amore! : A Monkey Queen short story

It's almost Valentine's Day! To mark the day, after the cut is the premiere of a new Monkey Queen short story, "That's Amore!" Be warned: There are spoilers, especially for the endings of A Tiding Of Magpies and Redblade. Scylla had just finished preparing her tea, and was setting the cup and saucer on the table by her favorite chair, when she heard the knocking on the door. "Perfectly timed," the black-clad faerie murmured as she walked over. She glanced through the peephole, nodded, and opened the door. "Hey," Beth McGill said. "Am I early?" "A bit," Scylla said, "but I can work with it." She stepped aside as Beth entered the apartment,

The Troll And The Garter: A Monkey Queen Story

T

The Troll And The Garter: A Monkey Queen Story

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the fifth Monkey Queen book, Redblade! Continue at your own risk! It had been a long Saturday for Abigail Main-Drake, but in a good way. She had returned to Nortonville for the first time since she had toured Cooper College and met Beth McGill, fought against and then alongside Michiko Koyama, the Monkey Queen, and helped to defeat the sorceress Lady Midday. In the end, Abby had been invited to work with Michiko and Beth to watch and protect the Emigre communities once she had graduated from high school, and she had happily accepted. Spring break had begun, and Abby's parents had been pleased with her progress in

Redblade: Read Chapter One!

R

Redblade: Read Chapter One!

Redblade, the fifth Monkey Queen book, should be going on sale sometime this week. I’m pleased to present the official preview, with Chapter One here! Be advised that this spoils the ending of A Tiding Of Magpies. I hope you enjoy this, and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments! Chapter One Michiko Koyama was grinning as she started up the winding trail, a smile that spread to her brown eyes. “The rain’s finally gone!” she said, snapping her fingers. The seeming with the yellow sweater and the black jeans vanished, revealing her “Monkey Queen” outfit, the black t-shirt and leggings, the

Redblade: Read Chapter Two!

R

Redblade: Read Chapter Two!

Redblade, the fifth Monkey Queen book, should be going on sale sometime this week. I’m pleased to present the official preview, with Chapter Two here! If you missed Chapter One, click here! http://fav.me/d9k0wpv (Be advised that it spoils the ending of A Tiding Of Magpies.) I hope you enjoy this, and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments! Chapter Two “I’ll get you!” The thin bald man in the dark robe struggled in the automaton’s grasp, glaring at the pixie in the purple jumpsuit. “All of you! I’ll have my revenge! Release me at once!” he snapped over his shoulder at the autom

The Names Of The Stars: A Tale of the Far Lands

T

The Names Of The Stars: A Tale of the Far Lands

It was an excellent breakfast. Michiko Koyama, the Monkey Queen, and her best friend and partner in adventure, Beth McGill, had wrapped up a quest early that morning, and Princess Jiao's men had found a restaurant near the Bridge of Magpies with an owner who was all too happy to wake up early and get paid for feeding royalty. There were seven of them at the table—Michiko, Beth, Jiao, Prince Yun, Merchant Sheng and his girlfriend, the wizard Jade Crane, and the elderly priestess Auntie Ting. The priestess had taken a liking to Beth during their quest, and had been telling her some of the classic tales of the Far Lands. She had finished

A Tiding Of Magpies - Chapter Two!

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A Tiding Of Magpies - Chapter Two!

You've read Chapter One of the upcoming Monkey Queen book, A Tiding Of Magpies; now, you can read Chapter Two! If you missed Chapter One, you can read it here! http://fav.me/d8sfvt4 Also, you can read an excerpt from Chapter Four - "The Author, The Archer And The King Of Magpies" - here! http://fav.me/d8m1ui2 Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment, favorite and share! It was windy on the mountain, windy and cold, and Michiko's long red scarf danced as she looked around the narrow peak. What is this place? she thought. Why am I here? Where's Beth? She could see four other mountains in the near distance, all of them tall and slender. A

A Tiding Of Magpies - Chapter One!

A

A Tiding Of Magpies - Chapter One!

The wait is over! Here's your chance to read the first chapter of the upcoming fourth Monkey Queen book, A Tiding Of Magpies! You can also read Chapter Two here - http://fav.me/d8sfyhn - and an excerpt from Chapter Four - "The Author, The Archer And The King Of Magpies" - here! http://fav.me/d8m1ui2 Enjoy! Comments, shares and favorites welcome! "It's always about the stories, isn't it?" Beth McGill raised an eyebrow as she and the hobgoblin standing next to her waited near the entrance to the maze of hallways and rooms that took up the back of the converted warehouse. In front of them was a public square, with actual grass and trees, lit b

A Game Of Scones: A Monkey Queen short story!

A

A Game Of Scones: A Monkey Queen short story!

If you guessed this was the short story that would be premiering today, you were right! Here's Michiko and Beth's latest adventure, "A Game Of Scones"! “Sometimes,” Michiko the Monkey Queen said after everything had been resolved, “trouble starts when and where you least expect it.” For Michiko and her roommate and partner in adventure, Beth McGill, it started one Sunday morning while they were on their weekly walk along the trail to the Wonderland Diner and Tavern, for breakfast and conversation with their Emigre friends. The informal dress code at Wonderland was “determinedly casual”, so Michiko wore a

Three Women In A Stew: A Monkey Queen short story!

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Three Women In A Stew: A Monkey Queen short story!

If you guessed this was the short story that would be premiering today, you were right! Here's Michiko and Beth's latest adventure, "Three Women In A Stew (To Say Nothing Of The Guinea Pig)"! It may have been late October, with summer gone and autumn looming, but someone had forgotten to tell that to the weather. It was hot, and getting hotter as the day went on, without any breezes and fog from the not too distant Pacific Ocean rolling in. Throughout the town, people pulled out every trick they had used back in August to stay cool, some of which actually worked. The heat gave the afternoon a hint of lethargy, but newish roommates Michiko K

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Fantasy author, all-around wisecracker, baker of cookies, wearer of nice hats and penguin aficionado. Get the Monkey Queen series at your favorite e-book store! Three books out, and the fourth, A Tiding Of Magpies, is coming in May! Read short stories and previews in my gallery!

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The Crown Of Kylthena has been found at last!

The Crown Of Kylthena has been found at last!

I'm thrilled to announce that, at long last, the sixth Monkey Queen book, The Crown Of Kylthena, has been published! Get your copy at Amazon, or search your favorite ebook retailer for "Robert Dahlen" or "Monkey Queen"! And check out this gorgeous cover by the amazing ~Willow-San (https://www.deviantart.com/willow-san) !

Monkey Queen Book 6 update

Monkey Queen Book 6 update

First, the good news: The Crown Of Kylthena, the sixth Monkey Queen book, is almost done. The story is in place; all it needs is one last thorough edit. Now, the bad: The cover is still not ready. ~Willow-San (https://www.deviantart.com/willow-san) has come down with a severe case of tendinitis in her wrist. She's getting better, but it's a slow process, and she won't be drawing again until she's recovered. Between that and her pending thesis, it's still uncertain when the cover will get done. It's one of things that's beyond anyone's control, and it's safe to say that it's more important to have Willow get over her tendinitis and keep it from coming back than it is to finish

May Sale! Monkey Queen ebook one for 99 cents!

May Sale! Monkey Queen ebook one for 99 cents!

The May Sale is on! Through May 21, the first Monkey Queen ebook, Of Introductions And Abductions, is just 99 cents US/CA/AU, £0.99 UK and €0,99 for most European countries! Get buying links and more info here!

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