Countdown to UNKEPT

Bannerwing Books is counting down to March 2!

Unkept, by Ericka Clay, will be released on March 2! Bannerwing Books knows you’ll fall under the gritty spell of Vienna and Heather — we’ve been excited about this project for months, and now we’d like to welcome you to explore Unkept.
UNKEPT a novelUnkept welcomes readers to Burling Gates, Missouri

As the live-in manager at her father’s funeral home in Burling Gates, Missouri, Vienna Oaks has succumbed to the mediocrity and abject loneliness of her life.  Her days are suspended between the mundane and the misery of her clients’ throttling grief, of changing light bulbs, and encountering strangers as bereft as she. But after orchestrating the funeral for a little boy named Parker prompts a severe panic attack, she finds herself at a personal crossroads in which she is forced to confront the pregnancy she’s been hiding, her childhood nemesis, the boy she never stopped loving, and the deep-seated secret surrounding her mother’s death more than a decade before.

In another part of town, Heather Turnbull has just learned from her estranged father that her mother, a lifelong recluse, has died.  When making arrangements for her funeral, Heather chooses Oaks Family Funeral home, where she comes face to face with Vienna – the woman she tortured throughout grade school, the woman who has recently had an affair with her husband.

Together, Vienna and Heather navigate through a makeshift friendship born of circumstance and devised to assuage their ambivalence towards motherhood and their tenuous relationship with reality, discovering, in tandem, the art of forgiveness and the will to go on.

With humor and poignancy, Ericka Clay’s debut novel, Unkept, explores the thorny landscape of childhood trauma and the ferocious politics between little girls — and the adults they become.


More about Unkept‘s author, Ericka Clay

Ericka Clay is a published novelist represented by Robyn Russell and the founding editor of Tipsy Lit.  Ericka has been awarded a number of times by Writers Digest for various short fiction pieces, she has written three novels (one of which placed as a quarter-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest) and is in the process of writing her fourth novel, White Smoke. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, daughter, two dogs and a particularly unruly imagination.


What you can do while counting down to March 2



Precipice, Volume III now available for pre-order

PrecipicePrecipice: The Literary Anthology of Write on Edge, Volume III is now available for pre-order.Storytellers took this year’s theme of Boundaries to heart, exploring the lines drawn by law, the universe, and human nature. With short stories, memoir, and poetry, Precipice, Volume III is a collection you won’t want to miss. Order your copy today!

Introducing Blackfern Girls by Elizabeth Yon

Bannerwing Books introduces Blackfern Girls

We are thrilled to announce Elizabeth Yon’s newest collection of stories, Blackfern Girls. Yon’s prose is dark, eerie, and unforgettable, and Blackfern Girls comprises four tales that will capture the reader from the first page.

Elizabeth Yon books

The stories of Blackfern Girls

In “The Undertakers,” Frankie Blanchard’s mother abandons the eight year-old girl on her sister’s remote farm. Frankie’s cousins, Ariel and Poppy, are less than happy to receive her. They have a horrifying secret of their own, and Frankie must find the courage to save another innocent.

In “The Skeptic,” Juliet Pinkney is born into a tradition of paranormal chicanery, and takes for granted that contact with spirits is a ruse perpetrated on the marks. At the same time her first love blossoms in all its sweetness, she is confronted with the dark reality of Sparrowgate House, and pays a terrible price for her disbelief.

In “Local Honey,” Sylvia Peach stands on the cusp of young womanhood, and at the precipice of a repulsive marriage. Her yearning for independence and romance lead her to an alliance with the strange Dark sisters, and the enigmatic Nathan Love. In their forest inn, she will learn that death is a long and varied journey.

In “The Queen of Ever After,” Cricket Carpenter spins worlds, and companions, from air. Abandoned by her father, and orphaned when first her mother, and then her beloved grandmother die, she embarks on a quest for the mythical land of Ever After accompanied by her imaginary father figure, Pop, and Rob, the wild young farm hand.

Elizabeth Yon and Bannerwing Books

Elizabeth Yon isn’t a stranger to Bannerwing Books. Her short story “Love Apples” was featured in Echoes in Darkness, and we can’t wait for you to read even more of her work.

“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light, Edie.”   


Nyctophobic Eden Summerhill has nowhere to go but the lonely family farmhouse she’s inherited, but the darkness is waiting there for her.                                                                                                         

– Elizabeth Yon, “Love Apples”

Blackfern Girls is available for pre-order now.

Introducing Precipice, Volume 3

The Bannerwing Books editorial team is pleased to announce the Precipice, Volume 3 contributing authors. Precipice, Volume 3 will be released in October, 2014.


Duffy Batzer

Valerie Boersma

Shelton Keys Dunning

Sara Healy

Dina Honour

Ashley Kagaoan

Laura Lord

Jennifer Williams

Elizabeth Yon


Elaine Alguire

Melissa Kirtley

Morgan Kellum

Andrea Mowery

Kristin Shaw

Janice Wilberg


Habiba Barry

Angie Kinghorn

Kirsten Piccini

To this year’s contributing authors: Your interpretations of the “Boundaries” theme were varied, creative and inspiring. We can’t wait to share your words this fall.

Thank you to all of the authors who submitted.


Welcome, Author Ericka Clay!

The ink is newly dried on Bannerwing’s agreement with author Ericka Clay to release her novel, Unkept, early next year. Ericka is a force to be reckoned with: novelist, blogger, and founding editor of Tipsy Lit, an online magazine that promotes the work of indie authors. We are thrilled to be working with her.

We are also thrilled to kick off our YouTube channel with Ericka introducing herself to you as only she can:

Connect with Ericka online: | Tipsy Lit | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

Precipice, Volume Three, and Our Contest Winners!

Write on Edge is the community that forged the partnership at the heart of this venture, and the writers there will always hold a special place in Bannerwing’s heart. This year, to mark the third volume of Write on Edge’s literary anthology, Precipice, we co-hosted a writing contest, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, “It takes two to make an accident.”

The community was asked to vote for one entry to be included in Precipice, and the editors have chosen one as well. These writers brought their best to the table, and we thank them for their sharing their work with us. We’re looking forward to reading your submissions to this year’s anthology!

Now, on to the celebrating!

The Winners of the “It Takes Two” Writing Contest, whose entries will be included in Precipice, Volume 3.

Congratulations to Ashley Kagaoan: her entry, “Words We Never Say“, is our community winner!

The Editor’s Choice spot goes to Valerie Boersma, The Word Pirate, for her piece “Fool For Love.”


And now, the details on Precipice, Volume 3!

This year, the theme is Boundaries. Submissions will open on April 1 and run through May 31st. We expect, as with the last two volumes, to publish in October. For details on submission formatting, check out the Our Literary Anthology tab on Write on Edge.

Happy Writing!

It Takes Two to Make an Accident: A Writing Contest

2014 will mark the third year of collaboration between Write on Edge and Bannerwing Books: Precipice, our literary anthology, is turning three!

To celebrate, we are co-hosting a flash-writing contest with Write on Edge! From the entry pool, two pieces will be chosen for inclusion in Precipice, Volume 3, one chosen by the community, one by the editors. We will announce the theme for this year’s collection along with the winners on Monday, March 3.

From today until Friday, February 21, you can link your entry (just like you do for our writing prompts) in the Linky below. From Saturday, February 22-Friday, February 28, community voting will be open via the linky.

“It takes two to make an accident.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The details:

  • 1000 word limit, all genres of creative writing are welcome.
  • linky is open until Friday, February 21, at 11:55pm Pacific
  • Use the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote above as an opening/closing line or draw inspiration from it, your choice.
  • Community voting opens 2/22 and closes 2/28 at 11:55pm Pacific.
  • Community and editorial choice winners will be announced on Write on Edge and Bannerwing Books on Monday, March 3, 2014.
  • All entries must be original work, only published on your personal blog/website, and by entering you give Write on Edge and Bannerwing Books permission to reprint your entry in Precipice, Volume III‘s print and digital formats, as well as permission to edit for grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.
  • Have fun!


We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Welcome, Stephanie Ayers!

Bannerwing Books welcomes Stephanie Ayers to the family today, as we celebrate the official release of her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part!

Steph Close upStephanie Ayers spends much of her free time living in the alternate universes created inside her imagination or from the pages of another’s. When she’s not writing, she mothers her 4 children, loves her husband, attends church, and neglects housework as often as possible.

Connect with Stephanie online:
Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Google+

Til Death Do Us Part is a crossover between romantic suspense and psychological thriller, with an occult twist. The events in this story lead right up to Christmas, and priced at $1.99 for ebook and $6.99 for paperback, it’s perfect for the holiday season! Pick your copy up:

Til Death official book coverWhen Ian buys Elizabeth a Tiffany’s engagement ring, he unwittingly sets off a series of deadly events as the ring goes full circle — passing through the hands of a hopeful co-worker, a young delivery boy, a beloved daughter and her father, a drug addicted twin brother, a drug dealer, and a pawn shop — to be reunited with its intended.

Cameron D. Garriepy: From the Earth to the Moon

1266076_603328636357198_766185406_oThornton, Vermont, 1953: After six years in the Navy, the last three spent engaged in the Korean War, George Cartwright is coming home. No longer craving adventure, George wants nothing more than to start building a quiet life. When a beautiful, unexpected stranger meets his train, George understands why it’s called love at first sight. Ginny Fletcher is everything George never knew he wanted in a woman, but his love forces him to question the meaning of brotherhood, family, and the weight of promises.

From the Earth to the Moon is a work of short romantic fiction which includes an excerpt from the upcoming contemporary Thornton Vermont trilogy.

Announcing Echoes in Darkness

This Autumn is proving to be an exciting time for Bannerwing Books. Our partnership with Write on Edge continues with the release of Precipice, Volume II later this month. Cameron D. Garriepy will debut her Thornton Vermont romance series with From the Earth to the Moon in November, and our newest author, Stephanie Ayers, is getting ready to announce her debut romantic thriller novella for the holiday season.

Just in time for earlier sunsets and deeper, quieter Autumn nights when the moon is new and the veil between us and Other is thinnest, Bannerwing is releasing a fresh collection of tales for the season.

Echoes in Darkness
“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light…”

Available exclusively for Kindle October 9, 2013

Bannerwing Books, Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, Cameron D Garriepy, Kameko Murakami, Kate Shrewsday, Andra Watkins, Elizabeth Yon

Authors Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, Cameron D. Garriepy, Kameko Murakami, Kate Shrewsday, Andra Watkins, and Elizabeth Yon each present stories of darkness and light — physical… otherworldly… and in the human spirit. From dangerous to romantic to chilling, this collection showcases seven absorbing tales and an unforgettable cast of characters.

In Kate Shrewsday’s To Hear the Dead Proclaim, a trans-Atlantic air traveler comforts her seat mate with a sympathetic ear. His story allows her into the mind of a genius, but some conversations are best left unspoken.

In Flutters, Angela Amman takes us into the steamy Savannah heat, where the last surviving daughter in a family of women with extraordinary powers struggles to maintain her mother’s legacy at all costs.

Helen has lived her life obsessed with a statue, going so far as to travel the world for a glimpse of it in person. The consequences of her trip reveal an ancient curse and leave Helen’s life forever changed in Mandy Dawson’s Awakening.

Previously published as a stand-alone short, Cameron D. Garriepy’s Requiring of Care follows Lucy Montgomery to an unusual job interview. The would-be nanny is pulled into the world of Violet, a little girl who holds fragments of a haunting story.

Bad Deal, an excerpt from Andra Watkins’ forthcoming debut novel To Live Forever, introduces us to an unusual little girl named Emmaline Cagney. Emmaline longs to fly from the dark side of her mother’s affections, but what strangers lurk in the shadows?

From Kameko Murakami: A terrible accident robbed Danaë of her life, but not by killing her. Instead she is cursed, invisible to the world, with one exception: the dying. When her path crosses that of the one living man who knows she’s there, Danaë must decide if she is to remain Unseen.

Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light, Edie.” Nyctophobic Eden Summerhill has nowhere to go but the lonely family farmhouse she’s inherited, but the darkness is waiting there for her in Love Apples by Elizabeth Yon.