"Beware the Little White Rabbit"
Alice in Wilderland
by Jessica Bayliss
Alice snapped off another shot and checked the image in her camera’s viewfinder. The light was wrong. She adjusted some settings and brushed a furry caterpillar off her subject, the rare Adders-Mouth orchid, an endangered species in the state of Connecticut. Or, at least she thought it was an Adders-Mouth.
She plucked a waxen petal and pinched it, releasing a delicate cucumber fragrance. Now she had no doubt the tiny bloom was one of the rare specimens on her list. And in another minute, she’d have the perfect pic to bring back to the Wilderland Ecological Society, the group that had arranged this weekend trip.She glanced toward the path. There was no sign of her group through the thick growth of trees and brush. She was so not supposed to lag behind. Brooks was going to chew her out for sure, but if she got this shot, it would be worth their guide’s legendary wrath. Alice was determined to get into a top ecology program when she applied to colleges this year, and this summer elective was just the kind of extracurricular all the best schools liked to see.
Not to mention the fact that Alice needed something to fill her time, occupy her mind until the day she could get out of here for good.
On April 14, Leap Books released the anthology of stories inspired by the 150th anniversary of "Alice in Wonderland." Get your Kindle edition here. Print purchase links will go live soon. In the meantime, don't forget about the teasers and story art on Leap Books blog, and there' are still these little goodies: the snazzy animated cover designed by Gaetano Pezzillo to create this snazzy animated cover and the fabulous trailer.
Check out a sneak peek of my story, "Alice in Wilderland," below.
Are you ready to join us down the rabbit hole?
"Beware the Little White Rabbit" has something for everyone whether you're a fan of contemporary romance, steampunk fantasy, thrillers, or post-apocalyptic adventures. And then there's my little story about an innocent hike through the woods gone awry.
Just remember: Curiosity often Leads to Trouble. And we can't wait!
For more details about the anthology and info about the release, be sure to check back here and on the Leap Books Blog.