Sample from, Leap, A Night Portals Short Story

LEAP


A Night Portals Short Story

“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”
—Terence McKenna

It was colder than usual. The top of the ragged tent flapped and waved as Charlotte opened her sleep crusted eyes. Sara Ann’s arm laid across her throat and she gently picked up her little sister’s appendage and laid it back over the little girl’s small torso.
She laid there for a moment trying to lull herself back to sleep, but she was already too much awake. She needed to get up anyway, she thought. Today was her Leap Day. She’d been chosen yesterday for this important calling, and Charlotte wanted to be ready.


Just one more good day with her parents and little sister before she took her leap and went somewhere else. She was excited as were most of the people who had gone before her, with just a touch of fear. But the tribe Wiseman assured her that where she was going, the land was plentiful with food and warmth. A place where you didn’t have to worry about radioactive meat and water. A place where you slept on soft blankets and pillows, that never had to be shared.

“Everyone had one.” The tribe Wiseman said. Charlotte believed him. He bore the mark of the “Sigh.”


Charlotte recalled the little creature that was drawn on the Wiseman’s arm. Round head, round ears, and a round jolly belly, that wiggled as the Wiseman moved his saggy fleshy arm.

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5 Indie Authors you should be reading

5 authors, you should be reading. nightportals.com

Ernie Howard's Night Portals

This weeks Indies are a powerful group. We have a few USA Today bestselling authors and an author from across the pond who changed the game, in my opinion. These authors are numbered but not in order of brilliance, but they are all worth the read. Explore these authors.

5) Eamon Ambrose

My book pick: Zero Hour: Omnibus Edition 

4) Jason Lavelle

My book pick: A Flutter of Darkness

3) Katie Salidas

My book pick: A Weapon Of Magical Destruction (Agents of A.S.S.E.T. Book 1)

2) Patrice Fitzgerald

My book pick: Karma of the Silo: the Collection: a WOOL story

1) Megg Jensen

My book pick: Dragonlands, Books 1 – 3: Hidden, Hunted, and Retribution

There ya have it. I have read all these authors at one time or…

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Book Review: Melody 8 – Books 1-3 by Ernie Howard

Chris Fried reviews Melody 8

The Indie Athenaeum

Book Title: Melody 8 – Books 1-3

AuthorErnie Howard

Publication Date: October 7, 2019

Available On: Amazon as an eBook and as a paperback

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Melody is a seventeen-year-old girl living in a post-apocalyptic world where music of any kind is completely banned. A township is ruled over by a brutal warlord and his cohorts. All the while, Melody and her mother try to survive their bleak existence. But when the warlord comes to their home, it’s just the beginning of the changes that will forever alter Melody’s world. And everything that she thought she knew will be upended and thrown out the window.

Melody is processing everything she learned m81about her destiny and what she needs to do to follow through on it. Caught between safety and uncertainty, she decides she must seek out others like her who…

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5 Indie Authors you should be reading

5 Indie Authors you should be reading

Ernie Howard's Night Portals

**DISCLAIMER** Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission from them.

Happy Tuesday! Once again I have five more indie authors, and once again you should read all they have to offer. We have everything from Science Fiction to Horror to fiction with a message. I hope you enjoy my picks, they are talented and deserve your reading eyes.

Once again these picks are numbered but not in order of brilliance.

5) Michael Patrick Hicks

My book pick: The Resurrectionists (The Salem Hawley Series Book 1)

4) Peter Cawdron

My Book pick: 3zekiel (First Contact)

3) Ann Christy

My Book pick: Between Life and Death: The In-Betweener

2) Philip Harris

My Book pick: Serial Killer Z: Volume One 

1)Samuel Peralta

My Book pick: Memory’s…

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Reading Room: Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 26 – published by Daniel Arthur Smith

The Reading room, Tales From the Canyons of the Damned #26

The Indie Athenaeum

Book Title: Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 26

Authors: Hunter C. Eden, Philip Harris, Jeff Bowles, Ernie HowardDaniel Arthur Smith

EditorJessica West

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Available onAmazon as an eBook and a paperback

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Canyons of the Damned tells five paranormal-themed tales that will make your hair stand on end while sending an electrifying chill down your spine. This issue features stories about demons, spirits, fortune, glory, revenge, and deception. Check out how these concepts are turned into storytelling gold, starting with:

Hunter C. Eden’s “Catch and Release” – A canyons25demon from hell possesses a thirty-something mother’s body and starts wrecking her life and embracing hedonism. The husband is distressed – what is he going to do to save his wife?

The unbridled chaos this…

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The Night Portals Boxed Set is 99 cents today!

Night Portals Boxed set is 99 cents today

Ernie Howard's Night Portals

I wrote this series of short stories last year. To see if I could publish one story a month. I pretty much succeeded with the exception of writing eight stories instead of the twelve I wanted to. That’s ok though, the eight are longer and the left over four will be in the next Night Portal series.

This series is one that I am very proud of. It showed me I could put out entertaining stories quickly.

I’ve discounted the boxed set from the regular 2.99 price to just .99. Amazon only let me do it one day so take advantage of this sale! Thanks my friend.

Get the boxed set for 99 cents. Only today. All three stories for only 99 cents. https://amzn.to/2REpZiz

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Sample of, The Light Through the Water

The sensation is peculiar. Everything is nothing but consciousness. Existing through my memories that pass by on a continuous timeline. I don’t know where my mind begins, and my body ends, or if I even have a body. Once nothing, and now something. Just floating. But I remember my name is Ryan. I existed out there, whatever out there means.


It’s been months since I have opened my eyes, but I see. Each event of my life ticks by in vivid color and meaning. Falling off my bike when I was five. I can feel the skin that goes missing from my knee. I run home with blood running down my legs as my friends look on in shock. I run into my house into my healthy mother’s arms. I can feel the love I feel now as I float when she puts her arms around me. Unconditional, an all-enveloping ether of love. The memory clicks by and is replaced with a hospital bed. I am ten years old and I don’t want to go into the room my father is gesturing towards. Death is in that room. I can sense it in my little body. I can smell it as if it were unpleasant food cooking in a witch’s cauldron. Like in that story the woman in the room used to read to me.

Read The Light through the Water HERE