Aquasynthesis Anthology by Splashdown Books 6


What do you get when a publishers’ authors band together to create a collection of short stories and then tie them together with a narrative thread? The result is Aquasynthesis by Splashdown Books.

I don’t usually read anthologies of short stories. As some of you know, I generally prefer epic fantasies that can be used as doorstops. However, after an email exchange with Splashdown’s owner and founder, Grace Bridges, I decided to read the book out of curiosity. I must say, the quality of the writing was pretty good.

Know that most of the stories have a definite Christian bent, so if you like inspirational sci-fi and fantasy short stories, you should give this one a try.

Aquasynthesis is edited by Grace Bridges and the narrative tying the stories together is written by Walt Staples. The authors of the short stories are: Fred Warren, Caprice Hokstad, P.A. Baines, Adam Graham, R.L. Copple, Travis Perry, Mike Lynch, Keven Newsome, Kat Heckenbach, and Ryan Grabow. (For more on the authors, click on their name above.)

The book is available in paperback and ebook formats (Kindle and Nook) and can also be downloaded from Smashwords. For more information click here.

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6 thoughts on “Aquasynthesis Anthology by Splashdown Books

  • Caprice Hokstad

    Thanks for the mention and the link, Dona. I’m glad you enjoyed Aquasynthesis. I too, prefer the long epics (reading and writing them) but this anthology gives you a preview of some of those longer works you may not be familiar with.

    • Dona

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by. “The Fettered Soul” was a very powerful story and very memorable. I loved Timmilina and the way you allowed me (the reader) to get inside her head and truly feel what she was feeling. Good job. Is the short a prequel to The Duke’s Handmaid?

  • Caprice Hokstad

    Yes, Fettered Soul is a prequel set about two years before The Duke’s Handmaid. The sequel to TDH is Nor Iron Bars a Cage, and there will be a third novel completing the trilogy sometime next year. So glad you liked the short!

  • Travis Perry

    I was glad to have the chance to contribute stories to Aquasynthesis, but I’d like to comment on how much I enjoyed everyone ELSE’s stories. It’s only natural to have favorites, but I thought every last story in the book was good. And it was a real delight to read the collection weaved together with a single story. Good job everyone!

    • admin

      Travis: “Old Saint Nick” has to be the most unusual Christmas story I’ve ever heard! Very creative–and a good message. And you’re right. There was a really nice mix of stories in the book. A little for everyone. Thanks for stopping by!