Misti Wolanski

Aleyi epic fantasy for YA+ Darkworld urban fantasy for YA+ Overhill urban fantasy for adults

Aleyi

high fantasy for ages 14+

On Aleyi, the Creator originally made one sentient race, but magic affects those who dare risk insanity to cast it. Spells for light decrease the caster’s need for it. Healing spells wreck the health of if not kill the caster… Using magic to diminish another’s life increases your own.

And those side effects are inherited by mages’ children. Between those only somewhat predictable effects and the likelihood of mages to go insane, most folks opt not to use magic.

Some people don’t have that choice.

Chronicles of Marsdenfel

novels: more than 40,000 words
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Tales of loathsome kings and prophesied saviors aren’t so appealing when you are a royal bastard of prophecy…

Evonalé Yunan has never cared for tales of loathsome tyrants, seduced maids, and prophesied saviors. She herself is supposed to somehow free her grandmother’s enslaved queendom. But she’s merely a child, and her father is the powerful fire mage who subjugates the realm.

Evonalé has therefore fled home, her two half-siblings, and the father who really should’ve been her uncle. (If she could, she would flee her lethal and not quite insane faery godmother, too, but that’s a side issue.)

Unfortunately, it’s the middle of winter. Fortunately, following her mother’s directions has put her in another king’s hunting grounds. To Evonalé’s bewilderment, that king picks her up and gives her a place in his palace. The prince seeks her out to tease and befriend.

Then one of Cook’s daughters starts teaching her magic, and a scullery maid proves herself immune to poison.

Evonalé isn’t the only one with secrets.

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Thousands of readers have enjoyed this novel on Wattpad—loving the plot, the characters, the honest portrayal of both people and psychological issues. If you want run-of-the-mill epic fantasy, this is not the book for you. But if you’re the type of reader who wishes fantasy stories would dig into the characters more…this might just be the series for you.

(A novel of about 79k words or 4.8 hours’ reading for the average reader.)

Contains some mature themes and responsible use of alcohol. The narrator’s family is sadistic.

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She has the magic to save her friends—but it’ll cost their trust to use it, if not her life…

Lallie Nonsire Cobbleson is no stranger to prejudice. From the orphanage that kicked her out for not quite being human, to those who spurn and shun her because she’s different, she knows full well how most folk like people they find strange. So when her friend, the illegitimate Evonalé Yunan, gets a crown and a husband, it doesn’t surprise Lallie that assassins coming follow.

Assassins that Lallie can kill in return, if she wants to. If she dares admit what she’s become.

But folk fear and hate what Lallie is with good reason. Protecting her friend the queen will force her to stop playing human and to admit what she is, abandoning the only life she’s ever known. And that’s only if she survives those friends whose trust she’ll shred by admitting her lies—and the magic she’ll have to use in doing it.

Sometimes, knowing what you are isn’t such a good thing.

(A novel of about 78k words or 4.7 hours’ reading for the average reader.)

Contains some mature themes, violence, and mental illness.

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She can regain what her father gave up, but it’ll cost all she has to get it…

Geddis Feyim is tired of others complaining because they have all she ever wanted. Her father and elder sister serve as prophets for the king, their father’s half-brother, but that doesn’t help the rest of the family. Her mother’s dead, her brother’s insane, and she’s working herself sick to keep her uncle’s castle clean despite other servants’ incompetence.

Something has to change.

She can’t become nobility or earn a title, but she’s a reasonably educated young woman, with Finding magic and blood ties to a few of the more powerful realms in the area. She has options. More than she wants to consider.

Whatever she chooses, it’ll shape the rest of her life.

(A novel of about 76k words or 4.6 hours’ reading for the average reader.)

Contains some mature themes, emotional neglect, and infidelity.

Tales from Aleyi:
from the Association for the Magically Creative

short stories: fewer than 7,500 words
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All young Lallie Nonsire wanted was a quiet life, minding her own business and ignoring what she is by birth. After her magic betrays her by saving a friend’s life, she’ll settle for escaping Saf before she’s turned into a live torch. But where can the child of a despised race flee?

(A short story of about 2.6k words or 9 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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For women like Flory, fear comes far more easily than trust. Is the strange dwarf visitor another person she should fear, or might he be what she needs, to be able to trust again?

(A short story of about 3.2k words or 12 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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Honovi knows she"s going crazy. It"s only a matter of time, since she"s stuck in a monochromatic land of creepy.

She"s a shade, stuck in a plane of reality separate from the primary one, completely incapable of manifesting a body in the primary plane. With someone killing off the felven royal heirs, Honovi"s been asked to play godparent. She"d love it, a distraction from the grayscale monotony that"s her life.

But can she get there without her own plane of existence stopping her?

(A short story of about 2.3k words or 8 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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Faed Nirmoh once dreamed of growing up and having a job he enjoyed, a wife he loved, and children of his own. Instead, his particular magical gifts have landed him a job he hates, while being harassed to marry a woman he despises. Is there anyone who can accept him for what he is?

(A short story of about 4.6k words or 17 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

Contains violence, attempted murder, and unwarranted prejudice.

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Faed Nirmoh"s impulsive streak has gotten him into trouble before, and he might"ve outdone himself, this time. He"s promised his bodyguard something that was foolish enough, because if either of them screw up it could lead to Nirmoh being forced to marry a woman he loathes. But then Nirmoh even more foolishly arranged to meet his superior before he figured out an excuse that would let him keep his promise. Has he stuck himself with an insane, despicable wife, or can he find a way out of it by lunchtime?

(A short story of about 5.5k words or 20 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

Contains violence, misplaced grudges, and manipulation of bureaucracy.

Darkworld

dark urban fantasy for ages 16+

So you’re mundane, without a hint of magic. Great. Just go live your life. Marry, have kids, and don’t worry about the Magiks who share this world.

Unless you or your significant other don’t know your biological parents. Then you might have a problem. It might be as minimal as being pregnant for 10–12 months, when the baby takes after its Magik grandparent.

Or your deadbeat father might’ve been a werewolf, and your mom was lucky. Your kid might Change and claw his way out of Mom around month 6. Your roulette to play.

Darkworld Chronicles:
Destiny Walker

novels: more than 40,000 words
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Is saving a friend worth starting a war?

Destiny Walker is an exceptional student despite her youth, sullenness, and the werewolf baby she left on a stranger"s doorstep. Across the Atlantic, Kismet Baros was a rare type of Magik who was under the protection of the vampire court. Only Destiny and the judge who emancipated her know why Kismet no longer exists.

When powerful Magiks from Kismet"s past show up, Destiny must decide what she is—person or property—and if she’s willing to sacrifice the few friends she has.

If she isn’t, she"ll be the gunpowder that sparks World War III.

A fast-paced dark urban fantasy novel, wherein a girl must figure out if it"s worth starting a war to save her friend.

(A novel of about 60k words or 3.6 hours’ reading for the average reader.)

Contains mature themes, some violence and gore, and a few cases of adult language.

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Is freedom always worth the cost?

After the life-changing events of the past week, Destiny Walker knows she’s messed up, but she isn’t stupid. Her magic’s missing at the moment, some big-name Magiks want her dead, and as long as she’s property of the director of the vampire internal affairs agency, she has protections she wouldn’t have if she were a person.

The problem with the ‘property’ thing is what kind she is: concubine. Her owner ignores that part of it, perhaps because he’s fonder of her than is good for him. Regardless, after what her previous owner put her through, she’s perfectly happy with the haven her new owner provides. She’s not the only one he protects, and she’ll do whatever she must, to keep him safe.

No matter who’s behind the attempts to kill him.

A fast-paced dark urban fantasy novel wherein a girl must figure out what she wants despite others’ interference.

(A novel of about 60k words or 3.6 hours’ reading for the average reader.)

Contains mature themes, violence and gore, and some “adult” language.

Tales from the Darkworld

short stories: fewer than 7,500 words
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13th century Italy: Jillian’s just a sorceress who’s trying to survive the politics and civil wars and witch hunts. The one time she ever loved a man ended up being the death of her. Then she meets a werewolf who’ll change what life she has…

(A short story of about 3.3k words or 12 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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Late 16th century London: Jillian recognizes signs of sorcery working against that new fellow, Shakespeare, and her Romeo likes the man"s plays too much for her to let him fall prey to it. But he"s not the only one they"re out to kill…

(A short story of about 3k words or 11 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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Sometimes, what you are and what those around you are willing to accept don’t match up, even if you are a selkie.

(A short story of about 6.4k words or 23 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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Rescuing a boy from a gator had been enough excitement for Ember’s evening, but the night’s just beginning.

(A short story of about 6.4k words or 23 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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While waiting for her boyfriend to treat her to her first drink for her 21st birthday, Ember hears a gun. That’s not quite the kind of excitement she was looking for, but she can’t just ignore it.

(A short story of about 3.6k words or 13 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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Emris Winters doesn’t advertise what she is—with reason. Her kind have a hard time maintaining both autonomy and sanity, and she’s managed it for centuries.

And a budding necromancer has discovered her particular vulnerabilities.

(A short story of about 4.1k words or 15 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

Contains mild “adult” language, recreational drug use, violence, gore, and kissing cousins.

Overhill

urban fantasy for ages 18+

Overhill Chronicles

flash fiction: 1,000 words or fewer
short stories: fewer than 7,500 words
novelettes: between 7,500 words and 17,500 words

most feature Lyn:

Vampires aren’t (un)dead—they’re just what result when an unseelie fae messes with a human. Most vampires don’t know about their fae origins, but Lyn’s special. So special that she’s lethally allergic to sunlight, that she’s lived nearly two centuries but still has to work under the table, and that she really can’t afford to be snacked on. It’s a long story. Here’s part of it.

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Even bicentinarian vampires can have family issues…

After the events of “PRIMpriety”, Lyn’s several-generations-removed cousin now hires her to help out the precinct. But this latest scene is less human, not a crime, and dangerous in a different way than any of them bargained for.

This story is included in the Primpriety bundle.

(A short story of about 7.1k words or 26 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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Even learning new things, like how to fire a gun, can’t always improve a gal’s night when she’s 200 and still physically a kid…

(A short story of about 5k words or 18 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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"My father was a vampire," she tells you. And maybe she makes you believe it…

This story is included in the Primpriety bundle.

(A flash fiction of about 1.8k words or 7 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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Lyn’s sense of self-preservation ensures that she behaves even when she"s starving, but not all of her kind follow the rules…

This story is included in the Primpriety bundle.

(A short story of about 4k words or 15 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

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Some days, it doesn’t pay to get out of bed…

When a bloke attacks his girlfriend outside Lyn’s apartment at midday, Lyn can’t save the twist without burning to death, herself. Lyn Burgess is a vampire, one of the rare few with the shadeshall, a rare illness that spawned the myth that sunlight burns all vampires to ashes.

A cop friend of Lyn’s (her cousin, several generations removed—not that she’s told him) confesses that they can’t figure out where the murderer went afterwards. Lyn lets her cousin bribe her into tracking the murderer—but little do they know that the murder was only the lure…

This story is included in the Primpriety bundle.

(A novelette of about 17k words or 1 hours’ reading for the average reader.)

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101 authors. 101 very short stories

(A flash fiction of about 1k words or 4 minutes’ reading for the average reader.)

Contains a variety of genres and authors. My particular story (“Indy-San”) features black humor and a prank where somebody gets scared, but nobody gets hurt.