Feline Blue?


Being a HUGE lover of animals, cats and doggies in particular, today’s post has a distinctly furry feel. Way back in September 2013, while I was still struggling with my illness, I entered a rather exciting feline-themed short story competition for lovely UK publishers, Kristell Ink owned by Grimbold Books.

To my utter delight, my short story, ‘Feline Blue’, was well received and the editor of Grimbold Books, Sammy HK Smith, wanted to include it in their brilliant new anthology of short stories, Felinity, which will be published 18th May 2014 – in just one week’s time!

I’m SO excited!!!! 😀

In addition to writing my shape-shifting short story, ‘Feline Blue’, I also illustrated it. 😀

Feline Blue illustration B

To give you all a flavour of the book, here are a few words from the publishers:

‘Grimbold Books is proud to present our first Kristell Inkling, a collection of feline inspired flash fiction stories written by authors from all around the world. This collection celebrates what we regard as the most important factor when writing: write foremost for pleasure. The stories showcased in this book are full of laughter, grit, odd contraptions and a lot of fur, with a loud purring nod to our beloved genres of science fiction and fantasy.

Felinity, noun, plural fel-in-ities. 1. The quality of being cat-like. 2. A divine being, a cat.

With over twenty stories that celebrate the feline form, our first collection of flash fiction contains stories from seasoned and new writers.

41wpCDigqbL._SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU02_AA160_[1]Here are the sales link:

UK: http://www.amazon.com/Felinity-F-E-Smith-ebook/dp/B00JSC8VSY/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1399394925&sr=8-1&keywords=felinity

US: http://www.amazon.com/Felinity-F-E-Smith-ebook/dp/B00JSC8VSY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1399721614&sr=1-1&keywords=felinity

From the publishers:

‘These stories were originally written as entries for our first birthday competition. We knew we wanted to incorporate the fantastical feline form, and so our five hundred word flash fiction brief was born: science fiction, fantasy, and even a combination of both. We received so many high quality stories, the best of which made us laugh, cry, and think.

Our youngest author is just eleven years old and her story, Diamond of Earth, reminds us how deep a child’s imagination goes. We loved her tale, and the time she took to enter the competition.

Contained herein are stories involving other worlds, feline overlords, shape-shifters, portals, immortality, and many more…

This collection celebrates the idea that writing should be fun and something enjoyed by all ages.

Our competition winner, A F E Smith penned the charming story, ‘Nein Lives’, and so we open the book with her contribution. We would like to thank both AFE Smith and carocaroediting.co.uk for editing and proofreading services.’

I must say, that apart from the wonderful short stories and illustrations, Felinity also boasts some awesome cover art, by the talented Hazel Butler.

Check it out folks! 😀 xx


So, whether you like furry four-legged friends, science-fiction, fantasy or just excellent writing and quirky original short stories, Felinity is definitely for you! Enjoy! 😀 xx

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In memory of my own gorgeous feline friend, Mimi, who died suddenly last November and who’s 19th birthday it was on Saturday (1996-2013). xxxxx

11 thoughts on “Feline Blue?

  1. HUGE congratulations to you for your accomplishment. Sounds like there are very extremely talented writers and artists involved in the project. I love the cover and of course, your illustration. I’m definitely looking forward to reading it.

    • Ahhh, thank you, Tricia, it really is a jolly good read, lots of strange, quirky, funny and dark little stories and there’s some lovely artwork in there too. Thank you sweetie, you’re so kind. 😀 xx

  2. Great illustration, Sophie. Looking forward to this. So miss my feline companion.

    Question, would you like to participate in a blog journey as one of three life-artists. Check my dear friend’s invitation to decide. http://ruthieshuerto.wordpress.com/
    No hard rules here, just offering a window to your creative process, and, ideally, handing on the baton.

    • Thanks honey, that’s so kind of you. Lol, yes I’d love to participate in the blog journey/hop, but I’m afraid I’ve already been asked by Katrina, great minds must think alike! 😛 Thank you for thinking of me sweetie, let me know how things are going for CoM. xxx

  3. M T McGuire says:

    Weeee! Nice job. Sorry about your cat, I miss Chewie, who died just over a year ago.



    • Thanks honey. Losing a furry member of the family is always so hard. Mimi was 18yrs old but in great health so we thought we had at least 3 or 4 more years with her, it was just so shocking and sudden. Sorry about your Chewie, honey. xxx

  4. cnlesley says:

    Reblogged this on cnlesley and commented:
    I have stories in this wonderful anthology, too.

  5. Can I pinch this post too, please? I don’t know where you got the pics but they look gorgeous.

    • That’s fine honey. The illustration is my own and the others are cover art for Felinity, created by Hazel Butler, so as a fellow Felinity author, steal away! 😀 xx

  6. Reblogged this on Jane Dougherty Writes and commented:
    I have a story in this anthology too and Sophie has provided some lovely illustrations in her post. Thanks Sophie 🙂

  7. hierath says:

    Reblogged this on Joanne Hall and commented:
    Sophie E Tallis shares her thoughs on “Felinity”, which I will be reviewing soon on Making Things Up For a Living….

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