Christmas Lites Authors: Dani J Caile

Every year, a group of talented authors bands together under the guidance of a great 51PhQyYi12Leditor, Amy Eye, to provide readers with the best Christmas Lites’ edition yet. I asked my fellow anthologists if they wanted to talk about the inspiration behind their shorts, and they enthusiastically answered with insightful posts.

Without further ado, let’s welcome Dani J Caile, our first featured author, who wrote for the anthology a science fiction short, Ulysses II.

About the making of Ulysses II:

“When I first heard about the anthology “Christmas Lites“, I jumped at the chance, especially when I found out that every cent was going to such a worthy cause (NCADV). The only thing I regret is that I got to 12313654_930040423699027_6522444894343036484_nhear about it so late, as this is the fifth collection. But I feel lucky to be included this time.
My story, “Ulysses II”, is set at Christmas time, 2256, a time when almost all traditions have been forgotten in favour of survival against an alien race threatening to annihilate the human race. The aliens represent the violence forever present in our lives, ready to pounce at any moment, and the humans try to keep the status quo of peace and tranquility. In the end, it is only the ‘call’ of Christmas that rescues the humans onboard Ulysses II from certain death or a life of slavery. On another thought, the POV isn’t from the hero trying to control the situation and push for a conclusion, rather the POV of a sideliner, a coward, a bystander to the action, but with the means to ‘give’ the solution. We all have that power, and some even have luck on their side, if they try.
I’m reading the anthology now and it’s full of heartwarming Christmas stories. I feel honoured to be in this company of writers. I’d like to thank Amy Eye for allowing me to contribute.”

Dani J Caile

Dani J Caile is a teacher and proofreader (BA in Philology specialising in Pedagogy) who is 12295237_930041737032229_5383007049790910287_ncurrently residing in Budapest, Hungary. After a lifetime of reading clones and a decade of proofreading coffee table books, in retaliation he has written 5 fantasy books and 1 novella, including ‘Man by a tree’, ‘The Bethlehem Fiasco’, ‘The Rage of Atlantis’, ‘Manna-X’ and ‘TDX2’, (plus ‘Alice on the Outside-In’). His latest book, ‘How to Build a Castle in Seven Easy Steps’, is available now. He has also published a short story compilation on smashwords.com called ‘Dani’s Shorts’ available for free, and his stories can be found in many anthologies. When not writing, dabbling in Shakespeare, teaching English, proofreading, washing up, hoovering, and driving all over the place, he is busy with his loving and long-suffering family.

http://danijcaile.blogspot.hu/
Twitter: @jedlica
Free ebook (Dani’s Shorts 5): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/587914

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Christmas Lites Authors: Dani J Caile

Something to Read on the Ride

Copertina Sandro BeneficenzaI am quite proud to be part of two great charity projects this year. Something to Read on the Ride, edited by author Stella Wilkinson, is the first of the two anthologies for which I donated a short, while Alessandro Fiorini donated the cover.  The book, suitable for all adult readers from 18 – 80,  covers a large range of subjects, from space travel to zombies, romance, humor and tragedy, and from unusual occurrences to every day situations. Stories were donated by authors who hang out at the Writers’ CaféSomething to Read on the Ride is only $2.99, and all the proceeds from the sales will go to Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, a Children’s Hospital Charity.

My contribute to the anthology, The Centennial Grape, is a science fiction short with a moody atmosphere, homage to the science fiction I grew up with and loved.

Have a great time commuting.

Something to Read on the Ride