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Keith Robinson is the author of the Island of Fog fantasy series containing magic and creatures from myth and legend. The author also has other sci-fi and fantasy work in the pipeline. Be sure to subscribe to his blog, 'like' him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter to keep up to date with forthcoming releases.

Free short story Bird-Girl and the Shaggy Beast now available

Posted on May 15, 2015 (Subscribe to Blog)

Wow, I left it late this month! So late that this story MAY have a lingering typo or two. If you spot any, please let me know and I'll correct it.

Bird-Girl and the Shaggy Beast
Though Robbie and Lauren had both experienced odd changes and full-blown transformations before, it was during the gathering of shapeshifters at the lighthouse that they really got the hang of it.

You can find the new short story section on the official Island of Fog page, or you can jump straight to it here.

Please let me know what you think by posting your comments here! And remember, a free short story will be published every month on the 15th. The schedule is as follows:

  • June 15 – Darcy
  • July 15 – Emily
  • August 15 – Ideas? What would YOU like to see?

As I wrote the title of this story, I was reminded of The Beauty and the Beast. Yes, Lauren is the beauty and Robbie is the beast. I think the similarity ends there, though. Robbie is not a horrible monster, after all, and it's his dimwitted happy ogre grin that Lauren likes so much.

Whether you agree or not, I'm finding it quite interesting to write these pieces from the various characters' points of view. You'll note that the scenes fit perfectly with the original book, and of course there's some overlap and dialog you've read before, but there are other bits that will be new. And if you read these short stories as a serial, they actually tell the entire Island of Fog tale in a clear, chronological manner, almost like a standalone variation of the novel.

Next up is Darcy, who will be a challenge to write for because her transformation scene in the book basically occurs while she's unconscious. So I'm thinking up ways to make her story more interesting than just banging her head and waking up. Ha!

Comment by MARIE on Saturday, May 16, 2015...

Hi I must say I have really enjoyed your books and I am a mature adult. I can't seem to download the short stories of the island of fog. Hopefully you can help me with this. And please keep up the good work.

Comment by KEITH ROBINSON on Sunday, May 17, 2015...

Thanks! I'm emailing you separately, Marie...

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