Petals and Blades Anthology


Series: Dreaming Rabbit Press Anthologies
Published by: Dreaming Rabbit Press
Release Date: 15 Aug 2018
Genre: Anthology, Fantasy
ISBN13: 978-1719801379

A collection of tragic fantasy stories.

Choices are made and actions are taken but sometimes, no matter what you do, tragedy befalls you and those closest to you. Grab your weapons, cut through the flowers, and find your way to these beautiful fantasy stories steeped in tragedy.

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“You know our job, right?”

Fire lit around Njemile’s fingers. She put them out in a fist and brushed her palms on the plates of her armor.

Raising his hands, Wikum laughed. The metal bobbles of his satchel jingled as his stomach moved up and down. “Forgive me for asking,” he whispered. “And people tell me my temper is short.”

It was a relief to see him walk back to the throne room, leaving Njemile alone in her space. He was another one of them, the people Avalrin had managed to dig his claws into. With Queen Zira withdrawing from the world, the bastard was blessed with opportunity.

The Queen Consort refused to see the queen since the day her deposition was decided. Though Zira had made every effort to be together, those efforts were soon depleted and a cloud took over her vibrant yellow eyes. Like a storm crowding the sun, remorse consumed Queen Zira and with her retreat, the days passed and the black moon rose.

It was an unpleasant task Njemile faced.

Shaking her head, she rubbed her eyes and turned from the hallway. Something like fear, a shiver of hot and cold tendrils spiraled up her spine as her fingers wrapped around the door to her room. It was another day she would push through the weight of the air and try to breathe normally. Her jaw hurt from fighting a frown. Her eyes burned from lack of sleep. Yet, there was a pull, an undeniable draw to the room, smelling those summer orchids and winter fox tulips that Duci filled her baths with. The feeling of a warm body next to her was comforting, being capable of hearing another person’s heart beating against her own chest made Njemile feel alive.

And it tore her soul to shreds.

With the dragging of her leather against the iron handle of the door, her knuckles pinching skin between material, Njemile pushed the door open, took a deep breath and straightened her back. She stepped into the room, closed the door and latched it.

-LionHead Rose by Xaneria Ann


Colby Bettley – Sacrifice for the Gods

Colby Bettley is a Scottish author. She is currently a student
focusing on History, Politics and Psychology but her main
passion is for English literature. She has a passion for reading
and writing and gives credit to her mother for inspiring her
passion in literature. From a young age, she wrote stories and
read as many books as possible. To this day, she reads books
in any spare time she can find. She also enjoys writing poetry
and loves photography, finding pleasure and inspiration in the
beauty of the nature around her. Her novel in progress is a
fantasy-based booked filled with the wonders of magic and
new beginnings – one of her favourite genres both to read and
write about. Her main aim of being an author is to provide
happiness to her readers in the way she finds happiness when
being absorbed into a book.


A.P. Sessler – The Maiden’s Heart

A resident of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, A.P. frequents an
alternate universe not too different from your own, where he
searches for that unique element that twists the everyday
commonplace into the weird. When he’s not writing fiction,
he composes music, makes art, muses about theology, and is
still searching for his inner genius. He also likes to dress in
funny clothes and talk about the first English colony in the
New World.
His short stories have appeared in e-magazines, audio
podcasts and print anthologies. A.P.’s most recent works
include short story The Mortal Coil published in Realities
Perceived and his novelettes The Stain in the Stairwell and
The First Suitor.
Find more about A.P. Sessler at


Katie Leonard – The Legend that is Azalea Darlo

Katherine Leonard lives and works in a small seaside resort in
England. Katherine has written and produced a number of
plays and a scripted web series whilst studying in Surrey.
Back in Surrey she also took the role as Vice President of
Surrey Writers Society. The piece submitted as part of this
anthology was influenced by her love for Dungeons and
Dragons and inspired by classic fantasy novels such as ‘The
Lord of the Rings’. She is currently working on a novel but
this will be her first published piece with intentions to
produce more short-form pieces in the future.


Russel Hemmell – The Leper King of Thessalia

Russell Hemmell is a statistician and social scientist from the
U.K, passionate about astrophysics and speculative fiction.
Recent stories in Crimson Streets, Helios Quarterly Magazine,
Not One of Us, and others. Finalist in The Canopus 100 Year
Starship Awards 2016-2017.
You can find more about Russell Hemmell at


Xaneria Ann – LionHead Rose

Xaneria Ann is a writer of fantasy romance with a flair
for the dramatic and a knack for drama. She is a sweets and
caffeine fueled writer who loves rabbits, elves, and magic. If
she is not writing or making art, she is playing video games
on the computer.
Find more about Xaneria Ann visit

Cover Artist

Cover Art Design by: Kiley Bishop

I’m 14 years old and I live in a small town in
Saskatchewan. I use drawing as a form of relaxation. I started
to draw when I was 9, it was mostly flowers at the start and
now I am a bit more imaginative with my drawings. I believe
I got my talent for drawing from my mom and my great

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