FREE: Muse in the Dark


Cover art by Sessha Batto

Muse in the Dark is free until Thursday from Kindle Select. It’s a collection of poetry, shorts and flash fiction from seven authors who write across a broad range of genres.

Contributors: Sessha Batto, Janus Gangi, Diane Nelson, Erin O’Quinn, Morgann Peters, Nya Rawlyns, Suzana Wylie

All of us are dedicated to inclusion and proceeds from sales goes to GLBT ADVOCACY & YOUTH SERVICES of Huntsville, Alabama.

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Here’s a teaser from the collection (get your hanky out):

HOPE by Diane Nelson

At the end of faith lies only hope…

They kept it dim in the ward, a kindness masking brave eyes with bottomless wells of comprehension: old souls in suffering, bodies wracked in a cruel parody of life suspended.

“How is she today?” Pausing, caregivers united in shared grief and determination to give those final journeys dignity and grace.

No child should die before her time.

“She has her good days and her bad.”

Today was bad, even the mother—she of faith and vows of atonement—wouldn’t miss the signs. Cheeks pinched to hollows, a pallor the shade of despair, eyes downcast on tiny hands clasped in rigid supplication.


“Yes, dear. I brought you something special today.”

A ray of hope, thin shoulders twitching with interest as the book passed from gnarled veined fists to a lap swaddled in innocence.


She opened the book and pointed, “A pony, dearest Sara, today I brought you a pony.”



About Nya Rawlyns

Nya Rawlyns doesn’t write typical romance. She writes emotion as a contact sport, rough and often raw. It need not be pleasant, heart-warming or forever after. What she seeks is what lies beneath—a dance of extremes, the intersect of need and desire, and the compromises we make when pain and pleasure become indistinguishable. ***** She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. ***** When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or three pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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