Fantastic Depths: Now Available

Our latest collaboration–a fantasy anthology–is now available for order!

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Fantastic Depths

(artwork by John Matz)

Buy it from:

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Amazon.com

An excerpt can be read on Amazon.com (click “Look Inside”); below is the blurb from the back of the book:

Fantastic Depths is the fourth collection of short fiction published by the Ambage, presenting nearly forty stories written within the fantasy genre by over twenty authors. It features writing from returning authors such as E.R. Alwardby, Nate Deisinger, Nicholas Farrell, W.R. Krueger, and Caleb Peiffer (author of The Second Death), as well as several other new and returning authors.

From dragons to bumblebees; from epic quests to normal lives forever altered by the spark of magic-the stories here explore the depths of ideas and the limitless possibilities of imagination to charm and enchant readers.

This was a fun one, and definitely my favorite so far–and it has nearly 100 more pages, nearly 10 more authors, and nearly 10 more stories than our last anthology, Constellations. We hope you will consider purchasing it!

-Ambage Hosts

Fantastic Depths: Coming Soon!

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I’m here once again to take a moment out of our usual posts to announce the next Ambage publication: Fantastic Depths, a fantasy anthology.

This is certainly our biggest project yet, with over 20 authors contributing and nearly 40 stories written within the genre of fantasy (including short stories, poems, and even a short play), and nearly 100 more pages than the last anthology, Constellations.

We are very close to being done, and hope to have the final product within a week or so for purchase in paperback format. The image above is a small glimpse of the cover artwork.

For those interested, below is part of the official blurb that will be on the back of the book:

From dragons to bumblebees; from epic quests to normal lives forever altered by the spark of magic–the stories here explore the depths of ideas and the limitless possibilities of imagination to charm and enchant readers. 

Contributing Authors:
E.R. Alwardby — Joshua Bom — Eli Brockway — Vincent Bryant — Timothy L. Cerepaka — Nate Deisinger — Nicholas Farrell —  T.E. Fukushima — Lin Graves — Caleb Haggerty — Aimee Hudson — Alex Humva — W.R. Krueger — Nick Matousch — John Matz — Peter Matz — Nicole Michelle — K.L. Neri — Andrew Page — Caleb Peiffer — Chelsea Smith — C.R. Wright

Thank you in advance to those who purchase it and support us! We hope you will enjoy it.

-Ambage Hosts

Crooked Ways: Now on Kindle!

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Crooked Ways

an Ambage Halloween Collection

Just in time for Halloween, our latest collection–Crooked Ways: an Ambage Halloween Collection–is available on Kindle for only $0.99! Please consider purchasing it and giving it a read today. It’s also enrolled in Kindle Matchbook, meaning if you buy the paperback version from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version for free!

Buy it from:

Kindle
Createspace

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Thank you to everyone that purchases it! We really appreciate your generosity.

-Ambage Hosts

Crooked Ways: Now Available!

It is our pleasure to announce that our latest collaboration–a collection of Halloween-themed stories–is now available for order!

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Crooked Ways

an Ambage Halloween Collection

(amazing artwork by John Matz)

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Available for only $3.99, please consider purchasing it and telling your friends! The e-book will tentatively be released around October 31st.

Crooked Ways

. . . is a small collection of stories and poems centered around the theme of Halloween. It is the Ambage’s third foray into publication and features stories from seven authors, including Nate Deisinger and Caleb Peiffer (author of The Second Death). From the classical approach of horror and suspense, to the religious take of All Hallows’ Eve; from unusual job opportunities, to unknown evils; the stories here explore the many different interpretations of Halloween.

Contributing Authors: E.R. Alwardby, Nate Deisinger, Nicholas Foireann, John Matz, Nicole Michelle, Andrew Page, and Caleb Peiffer.

Coming Soon: An Ambage Halloween Collection

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Taking a break from our usual posts, we wanted to take a moment to announce the next Ambage publication: Crooked Ways. In August, we decided that we wanted to produce something for Halloween, yet with the short notice we knew we wouldn’t be able to produce a full-fledged anthology. Instead, we decided to focus on quality over quantity and ended up with a small collection of 10 stories by 7 authors,

Halloween can mean many things. One could take it as a holiday of horror, fantasy, religion, monsters, and more. In this collection, we decided to build on that and explore many of these interpretations and themes, creating a diverse set of stories and poems.

But alas, the work is not quite done. A few days ago all finalized stories were submitted, and now we’re getting near the end, hopefully to have it ready for release around October 31st. We’ll let you all know when we have more concrete dates for publication–the collection will be available in both paperback (only $3.99, tentatively) and e-book form.

For those interested, below is the official blurb that will be on the back of the book:

Crooked Ways is a small collection of stories and poems centered around the theme of Halloween. It is the Ambage’s third foray into publication and features stories from seven authors, including Nate Deisinger and Caleb Peiffer (author of The Second Death). From the classical approach of horror and suspense, to the religious take of All Hallows’ Eve; from unusual job opportunities, to unknown evils; the stories here explore the many different interpretations of Halloween.

Contributing Authors:
E.R. Alwardby
Nate Deisinger
Nicholas Foireann
John Matz
Nicole Michelle
Andrew Page
Caleb Peiffer

Thank you in advance to those who purchase it and support us.

-Ambage Hosts

Sunday Editorial: Constellations

It’s my pleasure to officially announce that the second Ambage anthology is now on sale!

Constellations: an Ambage Anthology

Constellations

an Ambage Anthology of Science Fiction

(amazing artwork by John Matz)

Buy it from:
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Amazon

If at all possible, we definitely do prefer you purchase it from Createspace, as that way it supports the Ambage, but either way, purchasing it is the important thing! Note: The price was set at the lowest price possible, giving us none or very little profit depending on where you buy it — we’re not looking for profit here, all we want is for people to buy it, read it, and enjoy it.

Constellations

 . . . is the second anthology of short fiction published by the Ambage, the first being X:15, a collection of flash  fiction pieces organized around fifteen different themes. Constellations presents thirty-odd short stories written  specifically within the genre of science fiction, featuring stories from returning authors such as Nate Deisinger,  Will Krueger, John Matz, Andrew Page, and Caleb Peiffer (author of The Second Death), as well as several new  authors.

From the farthest reaches of space and time to the familiar realms of everyday life; from the cold impersonality  of the outside world to the intensely personal worlds of imagination, belief, and the mind—the stories  represented here explore a broad network of styles, themes, and experience, honed for the enjoyment of all  readers.

For anyone interested in a little back story on The Ambage and publishing its anthologies:

When I created a writers’ club 4 years ago on a LEGO fansite, I wanted to be able to have a place where I could interact with fellow authors, write with them, and encourage my own writing–in both writing more and writing better. Three years later, in June of 2012, after various incarnations and merging with a club started by Caleb Peiffer, Caleb and I created The Ambage along with Caleb Carraway (who came up with the name), John Matz, and Will Krueger. We decided to take that sense of community to that next level–to make that the focus of The Ambage (learn more about The Ambage by visiting the main page).

We did this first when John brought in the “Write-Offs”–short competitions taking place on Skype where a group of us writers would write for a specific theme for only 15 minutes, then share and critique our work with each other. But that still wasn’t enough–we still wanted to go further with the idea of community. It was then in the Fall when I had the idea of self-publishing an anthology with my fellow Ambage members, and began looking around for options. People liked the idea, but we never ended up doing much until January 2013 when finally we sat down, set deadlines, and began work on our first anthology, X:15, an anthology of flash fiction. Only a month later, we finished and published it (check out more on the “Published Works” page).

X:15 was designed around the idea of the Write-Offs, as the title itself is a timestamp–we would often begin at the start of the hour, and set the deadline for 15 minutes later, using the “X” to stand in for whatever timezone people were in. Again, in the spirit of the Write-Offs, we had 15 different themes that members could write for, using whichever genres they wished. And, finally, we had 15 authors, again keeping to the 15.

There were of course a few rough bumps along the way, but overall we all loved the experience, so we quickly set to work on starting another. For X:15, as a trial run of sorts, participation in the anthology was through invite-only, but for the next one we decided we would try opening it up to anyone who wanted to participate. The first order of business was creating a poll to see which over-arching genre would be used for the anthology, as we wanted to start doing genre anthologies, rather than allowing stories from any genre like we did in X:15.

Obviously, the choice was Science Fiction. As school had resumed for the Spring semester, we took our time with this one, taking 4 months instead of one. We also allowed longer stories, as this was no longer a flash fiction anthology modeled after the Write-Offs, but instead simply a Science Fiction anthology.

So here we are now, 4 months later, with our finished product: Constellations. I had a lot of fun with this one, as I was able to take in everything from X:15 and tweak various things to improve the administrating and formatting of this anthology. We definitely plan on publishing more anthologies in the future, using the experience of both X:15 and Constellations in an effort to make the next one even better–always improving.

We have several other collaborative ideas in the works that we hope to finish in the some-what-near future. Currently I myself am working on making some slight adjustments to the formatting of X:15 (and there will also be a slightly edited cover, thanks to John Matz) for a Second Edition, as well as creating a Kindle version of Constellations. Hopefully both will be out soon, but in the meantime, please consider buying a paperback copy of Constellations and telling your friends! Every little promotion helps, and our focus right now is promoting The Ambage.

-Andrew