Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology – Gluttony available as an eBook and paperback on Amazon

2016 is nearing its end and the SDS team is probably not alone in thinking “Good riddance!”

It’s been quite literally a hell of a year, and as we bid it farewell by eating and drinking more than we should, we can’t help but think that Gluttony is especially prominent these festive days. Top trouser buttons are secretly undone underneath the festive tablecloth,  elastic waist bands become your favorite accessories and the scale gets conveniently forgotten in some dark corner of the house, until January comes around and we all remember that gorging on every piece of food that comes our way may not be the way to go for the rest of the year.

We have a saying here in the SDS Team which goes something like “If you can’t stuff your face with turkey, then at least read about it!”

Your favorite sin is explored in every way imaginable in the fourth volume of the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology: Gluttony. Buy yourself, or a friend, a present that indulges not only your taste buds but also yout literary palate.

Have fun these last days of 2016 with your loved ones, and don’t forget to enjoy some peace and quiet with a good book as well.

Until next year (and many more sins to come)…

The SDS Team

Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology – Envy available as an eBook and paperback on Amazon

It is out, it is loaded and it is shiny!

The third volume in the SDS series is finally here, with sixteen stories that will satisfy all tastes. You can buy it on Amazon as an eBook or a paperback.


Petrolhead by Teresa Bassett

Although Josh’s family is better off than Ricky’s, the two boys have always been the best of friends, linked by their joint passion for cars. Josh can talk to Ricky about anything. All except the things that really matter, like the way he feels about Louise. As resentments bubble beneath the surface, an unexpected windfall sets the three of them on a fateful course.

What’s Yours is Mine by P.R. Blackburn

An anxious young man with a troubled past seizes the life he always wanted. As he prepares for an evening of dinner with the girl of his dreams, the opportunity to show her how perfect his life has become is all that matters anymore. But beneath the crushing pressure of perfection, can he continue to suppress the memories of a hellish childhood?

Between Stars by Embe Charpentier

As stars twinkle above, Stella shines below. Though she finds her envy of others’ lives corrupts her, the eventual insight into the depth and breadth of life’s boundless experience serves her well.

Caveman Carnage by Guy Cheston

Gron accepts his simple life – hunt, eat, mate, sleep. Occasionally, bathe. His tribe acknowledges him as the alpha. He is content.  That is, until he visits another tribe and discovers there are those who have more than he does. When the tribe asks for his help in fighting a one-eyed man, he agrees.  But will his envy over their possessions lead him to make enemies of his new friends?

Mike by Marko Davidovic

Friendship can be a fickle thing at times. Going into high school, Sanjay is desperately attempting to find his identity as the only brown-skinned kid in a virtually all-white town. To him, one-time friend Mike represents everything he doesn’t want to be identified with in high school; he’s weird, obnoxious, and socially awkward. Mike, however, sees a good friend in him. This annoys Sanjay, but as he struggles to find his own place among his peers, he’s soon forced to evaluate who his real friends are.

I Wish by Joana Hill

Alice has always felt like she lived in the shadow of her older sister Mandy- she’s smart, beautiful, and easily gets things when Alice has to struggle.  But Mandy doesn’t feel the same way and wants to repair their relationship- with a magical genie, of all things.  Suddenly, Alice is forced to confront her own feelings, and decide whether it’s worth it to hold on to them, or forgive and forget.

Wind and Rain by Tamara Linden

“Many a song has been written for me and that lying, murderous wretch who was once my kin. She wasn’t my sister, mind. Even Isobel wouldn’t stoop so low as that, or so I believed back when I counted my years of misery in decades rather than centuries. I comfort myself with the knowledge that she has surely been burning in hell for her sins nearly as long as I have been bound here by my own grief.”

German Cuisine by E.N. Loizis

Dysfunctional families come in many shapes and sizes—Alex and Fiona have learned to deal with their own by leaning on each other and eating copious amounts of home-made food. When Alex leaves to find happiness away from home, how will Fiona be able to cope with being on her own?

Amb-Rose by Tonia Markou

Rob Cooper is handsome, athletic and popular, but most importantly, unrivaled — until his new neighbor Ambrose arrives at school. Rob won’t stand around and let the new kid overthrow him, so he does everything he can to make Ambrose’s life miserable. When his scheming backfires and terrible rumors about Ambrose’s family spread around school, Rob learns the hard way that nobody’s perfect, especially not himself.

The Angel by Yvette O’Kay

Envy is something undestroyable, an idea in the manifestation of a human form. Love isn’t something that comes easily or often. Unfortunately as it happens with so many others, the woman of his affections fell prey to betrayal and heartbreak. So the only question remaining is, what would you do if you were an almost all powerful being and someone took away the person you loved?

The Limits of [an] Olive [Branch] by Blake Parker

When Sebastian Evans—with his gorgeous grey eyes and exquisite cheekbones—asks Olive out for a date, she’s ecstatic. Finally(!) things are going right for her.

Well, until Olive hears the nasty rumour that’s flying around school. It’s 100% untrue and 100% percent about Olive. Suddenly, Olive finds herself all alone as the whole school turns on her. She’s not even sure if Sebastian believes the lies. Will she let herself to be overwrought with negative feelings or will she fight this battle one day at a time?

Only as Directed by John Rickett

Emily’s teeth look like bits of drywall, jammed into pink Play-doh. Nothing like Jesse’s bright, wide smile. And since Dad and Mom won’t pay for braces, when Em stumbles upon a Google ad for Dentate, promising fast-results at a fraction of the cost of braces and whitening treatments, she dumps her meager savings into what she hopes is miracle treatment.

The Selkie by Shannon Leigh Rivera

Don’t go to land and don’t trust the humans—this is the most important selkie rule. Only Niamh, driven to away by her cruel mother, doesn’t see why she shouldn’t trust them. Curious and full of desire, she is lured into the human world and swept up in her youthful passions. Will she prove her people wrong or will she learn the hard way that envy leads a fool to ruin?

Guardians by K.T. Stephens

Seventeen-year-old Derek Ramsey is a born leader and quarterback of his high school football team, the Warriors. Along with the other teens of his tribe, he attends two Seeker gatherings every year, solely to be granted a vision that will disclose his animal guardian. Unfortunately, this is Derek’s tenth, and last, Seeker week. If the god Binder doesn’t grant him a guardian, he’ll not only be expelled from the clan, but there’s no way Tara will accept his marriage proposal. As the Great Reveal grows closer, can Derek let go of his anger and accept his fate?

Valedictorian, Smaledictorian by M.J. Travis

Although Maria is valedictorian of her graduating class, when she is around pretty, popular Caitlin, she turns into a bumbling toddler. With only three weeks left until commencement, and still no ideas about what to write for her speech, Maria overhears a conversation that leaves her questioning everything she believed to be true about herself and her own insecurities.

The Envelope by Luke Winters

Sebastian Shaw is at home minding his six-year-old son when the postman arrives with a plain white envelope. What is inside will change everything about Shaw’s life: who he is, what he does, and his entire place in the world. Shaw knows how powerful the contents are, but is he ready to open it?









Cover reveal – Seven Deadly Sins YA Anthology: Envy

We know you’ve been waiting for updates, and finally we can give you some.

The Envy Volume of Seven Deadly Sins – A YA Anthology is coming around quite nicely: Edits are being made. Blurbs are being written… But most of all happy dances are being had. So many of them 🙂

Feast your eyes on the beauty that is the cover of the Envy Volume, done by super talented Luke Spooner, a.k.a. Carrion House.

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Envy can either drive us to be better or sink into self-pity and resentment. It can make us miserable and petty, or be the driving force behind positive change.

From cavemen to immortals and ghosts to valedictorians, the characters of our stories know what it’s like to want and not to have. How far will each one go to possess what they covet?

To be released in April.

Can you feel the excitement? We certainly can!

Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology – Sloth available as an eBook and paperback on Amazon

It’s that time of year again! The time to run around dressed as a firefigher, a superhero, a supervillain, Walter White, Frankenstein’s monster, a zombie or (for the weirdos out there) a princess, demanding people to hand over their candy or be tricked until they surrender, muahahahaha!

It’s also the time of year to finally get your hands on the Sloth Volume of the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology! Today marks the release of the second book in our series. You can at last download —or for the dinosaurs amongst us— buy a copy made out of processed wood (!) of another marvelous collection of short stories. See below what’s in store for you if you do decide to read some great fiction along with helping children read more.

Sloth Stories

The Locker Monster by Elizabeth Archer

Mom always told you to clean up, or you’d regret it. But how bad could your locker get? Two girls find out it could get much stranger than they ever expected. . .

Tangled Threads by Teresa Bassett  

Art student Raine loves her boyfriend, but his lazy ways drive her crazy. When her self-portrait is included in an art exhibition, her relationship also comes under scrutiny.

David and the Devil by RL Black

David Wheeler takes the lazy way out of a school assignment, and pays the ultimate price.

Puzzled by Embe Charpentier

An obsession with puzzles isn’t unusual. But for either Jolene or Priscilla, solving their mutual mystery may lead to murder – or living death.

Regrets and Reflections by Alisia Faust

Too focused on her blossoming sexuality, Briana ignores her family’s attempt to contact her. By the time they reach her, it’s already too late. . .

Natural Enemies by Sylvia Heike

Zombies aren’t the only thing wanting to eat you in the woods, but no one believes a teenager.

Five Definitions of Sloth, With Examples by Rae Kennedy

When her foster mother requests a written task, Maisie takes the opportunity to write a letter to the authorities that will reveal years of neglect, abuse and alcoholism. The question is: will they believe her?

Micro-motivity by Chris Kennedy 

Greg forgoes college to run the Youth Hostel his stepfather owns. He cooks for the guests and even has a time schedule to get everything done, so what is the problem with his stepfather?

Eternal Life by Yvette O’Kay

What if that feeling of laziness wasn’t just a feeling after all? What if it was someone or something prompting you to do those things?

the truth by Blake Parker

Olivia seems like the average teenager – indolent and unmotivated. But someone knows the real truth.

One More Level by John Rickett

As Josh’s bond with the game World of Dragons strengthens, his bond with his mother—and his own reality—is threatened.

Earth Ethics 5~Ö: Sloth by Kathy Steinemann

In a time that could be the future—or now—aliens learn about a deadly human sin known as sloth.

Treasures by K.T. Stephens 

When Jay is forced to complete community service, he finds much more than yard work: an old man with a strange story, a treasure hunt involving his father and a foreigner who has been searching for peace for over sixty years. But the biggest surprise is yet to come.

By Birth Alone by M.J. Travis

Brian may be a born athlete, but will his lack of responsibility and feelings of entitlement cause the defeat of not only himself, but also his team?

Cover reveal – Sloth Volume

Fitting the theme of our second Volume, Sloth, we have neglected to update our blog with news on the upcoming issue for far too long. This doesn’t mean there aren’t any to share: Our minions have been working day and night to find the stories for the second Volume of our Anthology. After many hours searching for the right mix of horror, romance, supernatural, humor and realistic fiction, we are proud to say that the second Volume will soon be released as an ebook and a paperback via Amazon and Barnes and Noble (you may start dancing now).

To top it all, we have asked our favorite artist, Luke Spooner a.k.a. Carrion House to do the cover and couldn’t be more excited about the end result. To celebrate our 100th Facebook page like, and because we cannot freaking wait to show the world, here is the cover for you to oggle. Ready?

Sloth, Seven Deadly SinsFourteen writers, some you may already know from the Pride Issue, others new to our little love project, have written fourteen amazing stories inspired by probably one of the most common sins we all daily commit, a.k.a. the little hairy, smelly animal from Ice Age: Sloth.

Check out our blog in the days to come for more news on the stories, or like our Facebook Page to get updates!

Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology – Pride available as an eBook and paperback on Amazon and B&N

We are very happy to announce the official publication of the Pride Volume of Seven Deadly Sins, a YA Anthology as an eBook and a paperback!

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All proceeds go to the charity FirstBook.

If you read and enjoy the Anthology, we’d love to hear from you on Goodreads or Amazon. Our writers survive on words of support from readers across the globe and generous amounts of coffee 🙂

Our stories: A wish from the Fountain, In the Name of Art and Love, Commando & The Tasmanian Girl

A wish from the Fountain by Alisia Faust

Stevie is smart–smarter than any other girl in school–and cannot understand why Asher rejects her proposal for a date. Finding herself unusually confused, she travels to the edge of the school to seek advice from Stephanie, the spirit inside a forgotten fountain, but what Stephanie advises is not what Stevie expected.

In the Name of Art and Love by Sylvia Heike

Picture by Cristian Bortes

Ruby has always dreamt of having a love lock. Now with Jack that dream is finally coming true. They hang their love lock to a bridge only to discover most locks stolen soon after. How will Ruby and Jack reconcile with the loss? Meanwhile, Mona would do anything for her artist boyfriend Angelo. This includes boycotting Valentine’s Day and stealing other people’s love locks. But when Angelo only seems to care about his art, Mona comes to question the purpose of the theft they’ve committed and even their whole relationship. Has Angelo’s artistic vision turned into pride?

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Picture by Kevin N. Murphy

Commando by Willow Becker

It’s Jesse Malvino’s senior year, and, to him, that means only one thing – one last chance to take his struggling band into the spotlight. Fortunately, this year Jesse has a foolproof plan to get his band noticed by a visiting talent scout. But, when an unexpected wardrobe malfunction steals the band’s thunder, it leads to far more exposure than he bargained for.

The Tasmanian Girl by S. Sadedin

Andy’s no nerd, but he does know a thing or two about biology. So he leaps at the chance to help cat-eyed Lili on a science project with her geeky boyfriend Terence. And he’s even more excited when Lili reveals the secret laboratory in her father’s basement, packed with costly equipment and exotic samples. But as the project progresses, Terence seems increasingly unhinged. And there is something odd about these experiments. Even Andy starts to wonder: Lili is their muse, but what exactly is she inspiring them to create, and why?


Our stories: Great-Grat Aunty Edna & A Mother’s Pride

Great-Great Aunty Edna by Anita Russo

There is nothing more that Amber wants than to show off her beach-body and all-year tan in front of steamy Aaron Wilkinson. However, her mother has different plans for Amber’s day ­– cleaning Great-Great Aunty Edna’s revolting, hovel of a house. Amongst the mouse poo, dust mites, and mould, Amber’s pride takes an unexpected reality check.

A Mother’s Pride by Teresa Bassett

Shy Ruth can’t believe her luck when she is befriended by popular student Laura Mortoe. Laura appears to have it all: brains, beauty, and parents who dote on her. Before long, however, Ruth glimpses her new friend’s darker side. When the Mortoe family take both girls on a weekend trip to the coast, Laura’s behaviour spirals out of control—with tragic consequences.

Our stories: Balancing Act & Seeing Better

Balancing Act by K.T. Stephens

With the help of his older brothers, Joey ran away from abusive parents and joined the circus, becoming part of a successful tightrope act. Ten years later, he scorns anyone who doesn’t live up to his standards—especially the new acrobat who consistently fails. It’s in Joey’s nature to pick on Lewis, even though his actions garner negative but much-desired attention from the circus strongman. He can’t trade his pride for acceptance. Or can he?

Seeing Better by Eliza Archer

A girl finds that sometimes the world as isn’t the way you’ve been seeing it all your life. It just takes looking at it with clearer vision.

Excerpt from the character interview Jena Baxter did with Balancing Act’s Joey.

It’s great to have you, Joey. Would you tell us a little bit about your story?
“Ohh, that kind of interview. I thought I was going to get chewed out. Again.” He brightens, sitting a bit straighter. “Sure. See, my brothers and I are tightrope walkers. That’s why we joined the circus. I’m really good.” His brows draw in. “At least, that’s what my brothers and everyone else tell me.”
“It sounds like you having really protective brothers. I hope they aren’t as bad as Selene’s,” he says glancing toward the door. “Are you all pretty close?”
Joey shrugs. “I guess. We take care of each other. The twins are eleven years older than me and like to boss me around. Things are good when they don’t drink our pay away, but I’d still rather be with them than anywhere else.”
Tolor nods. “I agree, there’s nothing like spending time with family. Juliette, Selene and Colovere are my family now.”
He frowns. “The notes I have suggest your parents were abusive. What was it like being separated from them? Were you glad to go with your brothers?”
To read the entire interview visit Jena Baxter Books