Every girl dreams of her knight in shining armor riding in on a white horse, sweeping her off her feet, and living happily ever after. But what happens when prince charming is actually a nerd wrapped in tin foil whose horse is a rusty Camaro?
Welcome to the world of Romantic Ruckus, where happily ever after isn't so happy after all.
Airika Sneve -Anne E. Johnson - B. T. Petro - B. Tanton
Cathy Douglas - Christine Edwards - Dayna Ingram - Dina Lyuber
Gerri Leen - Giovanni Valentino - John H. Dromey - John Julius
Jonathan Todd Riley - Leo Norman - Lisa McCormack - Melissa Osburn
Melodie Corrigall - Ross Baxter - Ryan Priest - Sandra J. Kachurek
Shannon Brisson - Tim Jeffreys - Tom Jolly - Tyson West
For the month of August, the ebook of our first anthology Alternate Hilarities will be 99 cents.
About KARA LEIGH MILLER
Kara is a multi-published author who isn't afraid to push the boundaries. All of Kara's books can be found on her Website. Kara is a member of The Romance Writers of America, the CNY Romance Writers, and the CNY Writers Haven. Writing is her passion and she spends countless hours reading, writing, and studying the craft of young adult writing. In addition to her contributions here at Strange Musings Press, she's the Managing Editor for Anaiah Press, a Christian fiction press.
Strange Musings Press
We are a small publisher founded and run by two authors with a variety of skills and talents. Visit our Staff page for more information about who we are.
Currently, Strange Musings Press is strictly an e-publisher of anthologies: Alternate Hilarities , Romantic Ruckus, and Alternate Hilarities 2 - Vampires Suck . We are now reading for Alternate Hilarities 3: Hysterical Realms
We DO NOT accept or publish stand alone stories, novels, or novellas at this time so please don't query us for those. We'll send you a humorous and snarky rejection letter.
The goal of these anthologies is to help aspiring authors get published and to have fun. Everything we do here is in the spirit of humor. If we offend you in any way, well, we probably don't care =)
Take a moment to look around and submit a story or two if you'd like. Got questions? Got a joke you want to tell us? Want to tell us how awesome we are? Stand in line and send us an email at: email@example.com.
Here is a list of some of the stories in Romantic Ruckus.
First Love by Ross Baxter
Dating can be a heartbreaking learning experience at the best of times. We’ve all been let down at one time or another, but add alcohol, science and telepathy to the mix and the results can be a true education.
A Mouse of a Different Color by Tyson West
Her daughter was having a princess birthday party and milf Chastity, no longer a princess, chanced on her own private Beauty and the Beast party. However, she learned you can’t always tell a beast by its cover.
Anything for You, Baby by Tyson West
Why did Clyde turn Bonnie on?
Why do good girls do bad guys?
Benign by Dayna Ingram
Benign traces the single moment - brief as the flame of a struck match yet twice as scorching - in the life of a woman when she simultaneously discovers, obtains, and, in obtaining, loses everything she never knew she desired, embodied in the dermatological abnormality of a passing stranger.
Bullets and Blackbirds by Lisa McCormack
When Kelly’s Secret Santa gifts become sinister, she turns to her gorgeous sexy boyfriend for comfort. But Secret Santa knows more than he’s telling. The darkest gift is yet to come.
Dead Party by Fred Jolly
If you got invited to a zombie party, would you wear your cutest top? See what happens when you mix smart cars, hot women, and barbeque sauce together at this year’s weirdest get-together. And find out why the words “zombie” and “lust” just don’t go together that well.
Hot Flashes by John H. Dromey
This fore-“word”-play is a verbal tease,
An intro to prose that aims to please.
Wanna join the Smile High Club? Read on.
If At First You Don’t Succeed By Gerri Leen
Gorgeous gowns, dancing, and a handsome prince: what girl wouldn’t want to attend a ball at the castle and find true love? This not terribly experienced Fairy Godmother is about to meet Cinderella, who doesn't want to go and has to be compelled, by means fair … and not so.
That Girl with the Wicked Long Hair by Gerri Leen
Rapunzel is a pretty strange story no matter how you tell it. Even so, the Brothers Grimm might be a little surprised at this narrator's technique. But finally we get the real scoop on Rapunzel, her wacky hijinks, and of course, her wicked long hair.
The Good Whiskey Made Me Do It by CHRISTINE EDWARDS
What really happens when the common man comes into money? Jeff inherits not only wealth, but also wisdom, and his wife doesn’t approve of the latter. His problems don’t end there, and he blames it all on the good whiskey.
Wireless Love Triangle by Jason Graff
Man loves his wireless devices. They make life more convenient How best to show our appreciation? What thoughts are worth sharing? And, what do we do when they love us back?
Young Zombies in Love by John H. Dromey
What should women do if men are attracted by their beauty and ignore their brains completely? That is the question. Is dating a zombie the answer?
The Murano Glass Cat by John Julius
Finn is a bad guy. After his girl catches him out, he decides to become a nice guy. He changes his routine, his hobbies and even his job. Can Finn switch up his game and treat his girl the way she deserves? Or will he be tempted again?
The Story So Far By B. Tanton
Danger! Beware!! Before reading The Story so Far, are you a sexually broad-minded adult? If not, proceed with the utmost caution.
Lingering By Melissa Osburn
After being widowed for two years, Gabe decides to start dating again. Her dead husband doesn't think it's such a great idea though.
Eye to Eye by Melodie Corrigal
A young man’s platonic passion for, and persistent loyalty to, his first love—spuds—creates friction in his later sexual dalliances. His innocent affection transforms initially loving mates into intolerant and unforgiving ex-partners.
The Love Gun by Anne E. Johnson
Professor Malik Jonas designed an ingenious weapon that could disintegrate the enemy. He never imagined that a simple smile could disintegrate his heart.
An Eye for Love by Dina Lyuber
What’s worse than spending Valentine’s Day alone? A lot of things, as Candace finds out after her best friend Pam drags her out for drinks.
Migration by Sandra J. Kachurek
Tom dreams of being a big-time photographer instead of a data entry man. His dream takes him to the roof of his office building in hopes of snapping a few shots of butterflies. What develops is a surprising lesson about nature, human nature.
Big Screen Romance by Sandra J. Kachurek
Trudi's got a plan to get her boyfriend back, whether he wants her or not. Her scheme unrolls on Halloween night. When she realizes she can't have him, then she'll take whatever he's got, which may be even better.
Samantha and the Queen by Cathy Douglas
You might think finding fairy-tale love would be easy when you're the most powerful woman in the world, and you have the help of a professional Relationship Scientist and her high-tech matchmaker. But beware, for the (alternate) universe is full of gold diggers!
Change of Tastes by Ryan Priest
In every city there’s an area or a street, written down nowhere but known to all. A place where the traditional lines blur and even the most taboo debauchery can be bought…for a price.
The Angry Automaton by Tim Jeffreys
I used to lie awake at night, laughing to myself, imagining him slipping her the hose. Tweaking her dials. Pushing his pipe into her socket.
A Blind Date to Die for by Giovanni Valentino
Dating is difficult but it shouldn’t be hazardous to your health. Unless she’s the one.
1st prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card
2nd prize: 3 digital copy of Death of a Waterfall by Kara Leigh Miller
3rd prize: 3 digital copies of Alternate Hilarities