New Release: Mirror, Mirror by Christina Engela


A few months ago I published two novellas – “Duck Blind” and “The Next Room”, but over the last little while or so it became apparent to me and to my publisher that since these two stories are really so closely related I should wrap them up tightly in one bundle! That bundle is “Mirror, Mirror” – which I’m very pleased to announce, was released during the night!

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Read “Duck Blind” by Christina Engela!


“Now just you rest here a while!” Mandy told Charlie once they arrived at what Charlie had thought until then was his cabin on Freedom. He checked the number on the door to confirm – it was the same one. It even clicked, hissed and slid aside in the same disconcerting way. Inside, the cabin looked exactly as he’d left it that morning – couch and throw all messed up – bed still nicely straight, shower towel draped across the top of the closed toilet in the adjacent bathroom. The only differences he noticed were details he’d ostensibly missed that morning – like a silky pink nightgown hung inside the wardrobe, visible through the open wardrobe door with the mirror on the inside – and at the foot of the bed lay a pair of maroon fluffy slippers that looked like a pair of neatly taxidermied matching alien caterpillars. He’d also failed to notice the second toothbrush in the glass by the bathroom mirror earlier.

Everything around him – everywhere on this…ship seemed to be in its place, to belong – except for him!

“This can’t be happening.” Charlie murmured as Mandy assisted him onto the bed like an invalid. “My name’s Charles Branson… people call me Charlie! It’s May 19, 2025 – a Saturday – and I’m a facilitator for Interstellar Vacations LLC – and there’s no such thing as space liners, or time travel!”
“No,” Mandy corrected, leaning over him. “It’s the first of February, 2773 – a Thursday. You’re Andy Niksn, Captain of one of the finest space liners between the Sol System to Quantum Eternica – my boss, and the man I love!” She laid a kiss on his startled lips, and to his surprise, he kissed her back.
“The 28th century?” He asked.
“Only for another 27 years.” Mandy Fringle joked, pulling herself closer.
“Really? What happens then?”
“Then it’ll be the 29th century, silly!” She giggled.
“So if this is really 2773,” He muttered, “I’ve got a shit-load of catching up to do!”
“I’m sure.” She smiled, relaxing. “And you’re off to a very good start!”

Back in Charlie’s world – universe, reality, whatever – Phil Pots had made sure there were plenty of clauses in IV’s HR policy to make fraternization between employees – or even worse – between management and employees, as difficult as possible! In fact, Phil had made sure Charlie’d read them, and signed them TWICE to make sure!

Even he – Charlie Branson, who had quite the self-image as a bit of a Don Juan and cock of the walk – paled at the thought of losing his shares as penalty for dallying with an Interstellar Vacations employee on the clock! IV was after all more than just something he helped start, it was his meal ticket and future! …But, as was becoming increasingly and insistently clear to the boggled former amateur adult movie part-time extra, this was not Charlie’s world anymore…

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If you would like to know more about Christina Engela and her writing, please feel free to browse her website.

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4 Recent New Releases!


Newly released in February 2020, currently available in eBook format via Lulu and Smashwords – coming soon to Amazon – four new titles by Christina Engela!

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Quadruple New Releases! Four New Books At Once!


Newly released TODAY in eBook format via Lulu and Smashwords – coming soon to Amazon – four new titles by Christina Engela!

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Coming Soon – “Duck Blind”!


Announcing “Duck Blind“, a new novella by Christina Engela that has it all: sci-fi, thrills, mystery, wonder, pretense, delusion, a touch of romance, philosophy, blind panic, hysteria – and cosplayers and roleplayers!

Things aren’t always as they seem. Neither is Charlie Branson.

Outwardly, Charlie appeared to be the successful, respected, somewhat over-paid Captain of a commercial space liner. Charlie loved his job, and not just because being a semi-silent partner in Intersteller Vacations LLC paid well – but also because the uniform was a babe-magnet!

In truth, it was 2025 – space liners did not yet exist, Charlie was just a roleplayer after bumming out as an aspiring porno flick extra – and the space liner Freedom was really just a very expensive set – a fancy simulator for wealthy clients! For 3 years, the company had taken passengers on simulated cruises into deep space to forget the real world for a while, to get away from it all – and they loved them for it!

Trouble was, in an atmosphere where people were locked away from reality for weeks at a time, and cos-playing and roleplaying redefined ‘normal’, telling fact and fantasy apart became more complicated than expected… For those who preferred the pleasant escape from the harsh realities of life outside, like Charlie, wishing it could all just be real became something almost like a prayer.

As it turned out, someone heard him.

The answer wasn’t quite what he expected.

Coming very soon in paperback and eBook formats! Audiobooks to follow!


If you would like to know more about Christina Engela and her writing, please feel free to browse her website.

If you’d like to send Christina Engela a question about her life as a writer or transactivist, please send an email to christinaengela@gmail.com or use the Contact form.

Show your appreciation for Christina’s work!

All material copyright © Christina Engela, 2020.

“Duck Blind” by Christina Engela – Coming Soon!


Things aren’t always as they seem. Neither was Charlie Branson.

Outwardly, Charlie appeared to be the successful, respected, somewhat over-paid Captain of a commercial space liner. Charlie loved his job, and not just because being a semi-silent partner in Intersteller Vacations LLC paid well – but also because the uniform was a babe-magnet!

In truth, it was 2025 – space liners did not yet exist, Charlie was just a roleplayer after bumming out as an aspiring porno flick extra – and the space liner Freedom was really just a very expensive set – a fancy simulator for wealthy clients! For 3 years, the company had taken passengers on simulated cruises into deep space to forget the real world for a while, to get away from it all – and they loved them for it!

Trouble was, in an atmosphere where people were locked away from reality for weeks at a time, and cos-playing and roleplaying redefined ‘normal’, telling fact and fantasy apart became more complicated than expected… For those who preferred the pleasant escape from the harsh realities of life outside, like Charlie, wishing it could all just be real became something almost like a prayer.

As it turned out, someone heard him.

Announcing “Duck Blind“, a new novella by Christina Engela that has it all: sci-fi, thrills, mystery, wonder, pretense, delusion, a touch of romance, philosophy, blind panic, hysteria – and cosplayers and roleplayers!

Coming soon in paperback, eBook and audiobook formats!

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