Evelyn Puerto, Author

Looking for the adventures in life…real or imagined

Branching Out in My Reading

Woman reading book

This summer I branched out from reading the usual fantasy. Along with one fantasy (can’t do without it!), I read two detective novels and a western. Here’s what I thought of them. Shatter Me Shatter…

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Best Fantasy I’ve Read this Year


  What makes a great read? For me, it’s characters I care about who live in a world that draws me in. It doesn’t matter what genre, characters are key. They need to grow and…

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Little Decisions

Woman feeling regret

  Short Fiction Break has published my short story about redemption! You can read Little Decisions here. Make sure you leave me a comment to let me know what you think. Enjoy!


The Significance of Snapdragons


This story was originally published in Short Fiction Break on April 10, 2018. Enjoy! My neck tensed, and I felt a tingling sensation spread between my shoulder blades as I dropped the can of spray…

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The Traders of Tlefas


Traders play a big part in Raising Fear, especially three friends. Tarkio Tarkio is the first trader that Iskra, our heroine, meets. He’s serious and responsible. Usually. He makes one fatal mistake, thinking he’s just…

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Meet the Riskers


The villagers in Tlefas all know to shun the savage, barbaric riskers. But have they been told the truth about this outcaste group? As I’ve written about them, I’ve tried to imagine what they’d look…

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Why Write?


  When I was three, my mother gave me one of the best gifts anyone has ever given me. That gift was the ability to learn to read. This gift opened up the world of…

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The People of Tlefas, Part 1


I’m getting close to finishing Raising Fear! Now that I’ve got the events of the story straight, I’m ready to move on to more detailed editing. And that means, among other things, knowing just what…

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Falling Down to the Stars

Starry Night Sky

  Here’s a short story I wrote that was originally published in Short Fiction Break. Enjoy! Gritting her teeth, Nadia seized her knife and viciously swung it, chopping down hard. Another potato fell apart in…

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The Significance of Snapdragons


  I took a chance and entered a fantasy story in The Write Practice’s spring contest. You can read The Significance of Snapdragons over at Short Fiction Break, where all the contest stories were published….

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