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From Amazon bestselling and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Mayhem in the Air, a supernatural anthology of ten thrilling tales. Meet hot robots, hungry winds and the goddess of chaos. Explore alien planets, purgatorial realms, and a shocking place where people bury the living with their dead. Mayhem in the Air is the second, long-awaited story collection from the dynamic and inventive Untethered Realms group.

“A Strange Penitence” by Catherine Stine – A young artist pays a supernatural price when a drawing trip to North Carolina turns deadly.

“Mass Transit” by Graeme Ing – For Emily, mind over matter is not just a saying, but the gateway to her career among the largest starships built by man.

“A Tangled Weave” by River Fairchild – A TimePulse rips through the Great Tapestry of Life, leaving Earth’s history in a jumble, and Death and Chronos in a race to save the world yet again.

“Corrosive” by M. Pax – In a world ruined by pollutants, Bex sets off to establish a new homestead with her dreamy robotic man. Already farming her plot of land is another dreamy man with radical ideas, presenting new challenges as corrosive as the air.

“Saving Scrooge: A Short Story Prequel to the Saving Marley Series” by Gwen Gardner – Marley is sent from purgatory to save the soul of his old friend. Can he save his own in the bargain?

“The Silent Wind” by Christine Rains – A team of specialists must dispel a mysterious storm on an alien planet to prepare it for colonization. One by one the crew disappears until only a seasoned soldier remains. How can he battle a hungry wind that makes no noise?

“Paper Lanterns” by Cherie Reich: In order to keep his promise to his daughter, Mayor Alfred Merry must betray the woman he loves.

“Chaos. Hope. Love.” by Misha Gerrick – Although Eris is the goddess of chaos, her life has fallen into a nice and comfortable routine. Until someone from her past shows up in her bookstore.

“Cardinal Sin” by Julie Flanders: Beleaguered hospital workers bury the living with the dead in the midst of a tuberculosis epidemic and a seething spirit vows vengeance from the skies.

“The Ark” by Cathrina Constantine -Plagued with memory flashes of fiery explosions and running for her life, Fallon emerges from a drugged stupor to find herself in an airborne Ark, and the earth below is a drowning wasteland.


First published October 1, 2015

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Cherie Reich

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Cherie Reich has more books than she can ever read and more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn't stop this bookworm from trying to complete her goals, even if it means curbing her TV obsession. She is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia.

For more information, please visit Cherie’s website (http://smarturl.it/CReichWebsite) and blog (http://cheriereich.blogspot.com).

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November 11, 2015
Blame it on Julie Flanders for luring me into buying this book. See, that sneaky gal put a teaser from her story"Cardinal Sin" on her blog.You know, just enough to pique someone's interest, kinda like a store offering a tempting loss leader in its flyer, just to get customers in the door. The big difference? Unlike those misleading ads, this book actually delivers the goods. Not just in Flanders' story, but in every single one of the short stories offered by this untethered group of ten talented writers. Speculative fiction writers, they call themselves. They claim their work falls into the genres of fantasy,sci-fi, and just plain weird. Untethered by concerns about norms, they simply write... well. Interesting stuff. Different? Yes, and deliciously so.

Talking about "delicious," I would recommend that readers enjoy one savory story at a time, and allow ample time to fully appreciate and digest it before moving on to the next. Don't be a glutton and gorge on all ten "courses" at one sitting, although that's certainly an easy thing to do. In other words, do as I say, and not as I do. (erp)

Four and a half stars.
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Author 9 books38 followers
June 12, 2016
An excellent anthology that provides a great introduction to the talented authors featured here. While each story was short, a lot was packed in, with intriguing elements that in several cases I'd love to have seen developed further. An ideal way to spend a few hours for any lover of speculative fiction.
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September 22, 2015
I am one of the authors in Mayhem in the Air where the focus is on the element air. “Paper Lanterns” takes place in the near future, around 2025. In order to keep his promise to his daughter, Mayor Alfred Merry must betray the woman he loves. This story is set within a series I'd like to write one day called To the Future, which you'll understand where I got the series title by reading this tale. The story also includes paper magics, which I will explore more in the To the Future series.
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