The Bloodiest Sword is King, a flash fiction story

Medieval Fantasy, Quick Read, & A Little Dark

The Bloodiest Sword is King by Bria Burton
A stranger approaches the gate to the Catastrapha's kingdom, and Xildar must decide whether he is a friend or foe.

Free Today Only READ NOW Fantasy Friday 5/24/19
Each weekday, Havok Publishing presents a genre-themed story, and my first flash fiction story is appearing today in their Fantasy Friday slot.
My short stories tend to range between 5,000 and 15,000 words. In other words, they're not very short. I made a goal to attempt a flash fiction story many years ago, but until today I'd never succeeded in publishing a 1,000 word or less story. I'm very pleased that "The Bloodiest Sword is King" was selected for publication in Havok. The story has some dark elements and violence, but my goal was to avoid graphic or gratuitous violence. You, dear reader, can let me know if I've succeeded. My greatest hope is that the deeper message comes through. I'll write a sepa…

The Dying Light of Stars on the Journey Into Podcast

Space Stations, Moon Colonies, A Space Bridge, & A Lone Survivor

Valla Hale is trapped aboard Earth S-1 Station where an unexplained mass casualty event has left her devastated and alone. But everything is on lock-down and she's running out of time to escape.
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ME: Mind Blown!
Winner of the Journey Into Writing Contest
About two and a half years ago, I wrote a speculative fiction story for a podcast contest. The contest rules were simple: the title must include "Journey Into," the genre should be spec fic (science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror), and there had to be a journey of some kind within the story.

For the contest, I wanted to write a science fiction story involving isolation either on or near the moon. I brainstormed ways to incorporate a moon colony. Eventually, I decided to set the story on a space station near Earth connected by a 350,000 km b…

Today in History: An American Revolutionary Heroine & a Sci-Fi Twist

April 26, 1777
It's not a holiday, nor a date most would associate with the American Revolution. Even the name Sybil Ludington conjures up a daring, sixteen-year-old revolutionary for few Americans today. In time, I hope that will change.

In “Her Midnight Ride,” a short story featured in The Prometheus Saga Vol. 2, Sybil is the main protagonist fighting for American Independence.

A Revolutionary Heroine & a Sci-Fi Twist
While the story is based on historical facts, the premise of each short story in The Prometheus Saga revolves around the idea that an alien presence is observing humanity throughout history, watching how we evolve over time and intervening when desired. The collected stories are part of a science fiction anthology created by the Alvarium Experiment.

In “Her Midnight Ride,” history dominates and the science fiction is subtly woven in. My goal was to shed light on Sybil while telling an entertaining story with a sci-fi twist. I didn’t want the science fiction to overw…

I Need Help With a Title (and you get Two Free Ebooks)

Judging A Book By Its Title I'm looking for feedback on some title choices that I've been mulling over. If you send me a reply at, I'll send you one of my ebooks and an ebook from fantasy & sci-fi author C.L. Roman for FREE!

Scroll down to see what the title choices are and send me an email to let me know which one you think sounds best. Or you can tell me your title idea.

The Freebies The Running Girls by Bria Burton This heartwarming, quick read will touch your heart as you join 17-year-old Clara on a 500-mile summer running challenge. To Clara's dismay, her parents make her run with the weird girl, Joan, but little does Clara know that there's more to Joan than meets the eye. 

Catalyst by C.L. Roman This prequel to the Outcast Angels series begins with the Maker at war with Lucifer and the Fallen - setting the stage for an epic battle that good may not be able to win. When a child is taken for sacrifice, the angels fight to save him,…

Her Midnight Ride Now Featured in a Collected Print Anthology


Volume 2 of The Prometheus Saga has now become a collected print anthology.

Featuring my short story, "Her Midnight Ride."
In The Prometheus Saga 2, eight award-winning and accomplished authors invite you to explore the depths of the human experience alongside an ever-watching presence sent to Earth by an advanced alien intelligence. The Prometheus Probe lives among us, witnessing the progress of our civilization and the development of our weaknesses, follies, wisdom, and strengths. It watches, morphing from one human form to another--a friend, a coworker, a lover, a comrade in arms. Its life spans tens of thousands of years. As history unfolds before its eyes, its alien creators analyze in real time. And sometimes advise.

The groundbreaking Volume One of The Prometheus Saga garnered critical praise and numerous literary awards. In Volume Two, the authors of the Alvarium Experiment invite you on eight new journeys through history that reveal the alien obs…

What 9/11 Means to Me and My Novel, Sprinter

Never Forget

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It's been 17 years since terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center, killing almost 3,000 people including rescuers. One plane crashed into the Pentagon, killing nearly 200. The plane that was bound for another target crashed into a field, the lives of those on the plane numbering 40 people. Most of us remember where we were on 9/11/01. Some lost family, friends, and loved ones.

Where Was I on 9/11/01? As a sophomore at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, where I would later earn my B.A. in English, I was in poetry class at the time of the attack in New York City. Not until after class did I hear from people in the hallways that the World Trade Center had been struck by planes.
From a visit to my alma mater in 2016

When I left class, I walked to the house on Saragossa Street where I lived with six other female roommates. I found most of them glued to the television. And I couldn't look away, either. For hours we watched the footage fr…