Lady Blackwing, A SciFi/Fantasy Mini by Devorah Fox



Mercedes is just trying to make her way through life: taking classes, working her shift as a barista, and writing short stories that she never seems to finish. After a minor accident, she finds herself imbued with startling powers. She projects future events and rewrites the past, with disastrous consequences. Her first attempts to use her strange talents incite a zombie attack and bring an Egyptian goddess to life. Stunned by awesome abilities that she can’t seem to control, Mercedes wonders if she’s been cursed. Can she be cured? And if she can’t, what then?

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Before she knew it, she had filled three notebook pages. She looked at the pencil which had held its sharp point. “Half the pressure, twice the speed.” No kidding.
She’d gotten the laundry-room scene set. Feverishly, she wrote.

    The zombies lumber in, wizened and wild-eyed, filling the room with the noxious odors of must and mold, damp dirt, decay, and blood.
    They block the doorway, leaving no exit for the sole occupant, a young woman ...

Mercedes paused, picturing the lone woman. She looked a lot like Mercedes except that this Mercedes was taller. Curvier, too, with buff arms and shoulders and legs. Instead of unruly black hair, long shiny auburn hair tumbled in smooth, graceful waves down her back.
     The zombies advance on her, knocking over rolling carts and folding tables.
     Mercedes scours the room with her eyes, searching for something with which to defend herself, a weapon. She could try bonking them on the head with the fire extinguisher but skulls are surprisingly hard to crack.
     She sees a better option. She grabs the portable defibrillator from its wall mount and strips the covers from the adhesive pads. As one zombie after another attacks her, Mercedes holds the pads against the monster’s temples. Without waiting for the “Analyze” function to determine if defibrillating is necessary, she presses the orange “Shock” button. The zombie does a sickening Saint Vitus dance and collapses. Mercedes kicks it aside and attacks the next one.
     One after another, their brains fried, the zombies fall into twitching heaps that stink of burned flesh and putrefaction. Their would-be victim vaults over their bodies, sprints out of the laundry room, and races away to the safety of her apartment.

Mercedes laid down the pencil, panting as if she had actually raced across the complex.


Blurb: Mercedes is just trying to make her way through life: taking classes, working her shift as a barista, and writing short stories that she never seems to finish. After a minor accident, she finds herself imbued with startling powers. She projects future events and rewrites the past, with disastrous consequences. Her first attempts to use her strange talents incite a zombie attack and bring an Egyptian goddess to life. Stunned by awesome abilities that she can’t seem to control, Mercedes wonders if she’s been cursed. Can she be cured? And if she can’t, what then?
author bio: "What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series including “The Redoubt,” voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016, and ”The Lost King,” awarded the All Authors Certificate of Excellence. She also wrote “Detour,” ranked in the Top Ten Thrillers in Preditor/Editors Readers’ Choice Poll and “The Zen Detective,” a finalist in the Golden Books Award Contest. She co-authored the contemporary thriller, “Naked Came the Sharks,” with Jed Donellie, contributed to “Masters of Time: a SciFi/Fantasy Time Travel Anthology,” and “Magic Unveiled: An Anthology,” and has several Mystery Mini Short Reads to her name. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com.


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My inspiration for this book: I felt that it was time for a new superhero, a female, and one who was something other than simply a more powerful weapon.




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