26 Flash Fiction Stories based on the novel Where the Carnies Are
Meet many amazing and talented carnies including a fortune teller, an illusionist, and a contortionist in these stories of triumph and defeat. The magic will take your breath away and spark your imagination. Get an up-close and personal look at some of the secondary characters from Where the Carnies Are. This collection of 26 flash fiction stories can be read before or after reading the fascinating novel that takes readers to a secret land concealing a kingdom of carnies.
This collection of 26 flash fiction stories started out as my project for the annual A to Z Blogging Challenge. Since I failed and only finished half of them, I pushed myself to write the rest in the following months. Although the stories turned out to be fairly difficult for me to write, I think anyone who reads them will enjoy and relate to at least one of them. Each story contains a look at one of 23 different characters. Well, technically 24 characters, but you’ll see what I mean.
Each story is a heart-warming piece of life, meant to inspire and spread happiness to those who read them. My goal was to create characters with problems that the average person can relate to. Each story and character is unique. With a dash of magic, the people you’ll read about will help you learn to celebrate and embrace your individuality.
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Where the Carnies Are
Olive can’t catch a break. However, she did catch her boyfriend cheating on her, she lost her job, and she stumbled into a portal leading to a secret carnival kingdom which she can’t escape. The good news? She meets an eccentric, but stunningly handsome knife thrower. The bad news? She can’t go home for another two months.
The world she lands in is full of sideshow characters, terrifying amusement rides and her biological parents’ past. She was born a carny, but raised as a normal human. Magic lives in her blood, but hasn’t reached her heart. To find out who she really is, and why carnies are disappearing, Olive must deceive the king with the help of Alex the knife thrower.
Olive and Alex play a dangerous game with their emotions when they decide to have a fling during Olive’s stay. They both lead different lives and being together would mean one of them giving up the life they’ve always known.
Tricks and traps are around every corner in this kingdom. Few can be trusted and Olive will need all the help she can get to make it through unscathed.