It's been several weeks now since I last did a promo post. First there was Christmas, when I did a special on my books. Then there was New Year's Day, when I did my annual reflection on the state of the author. And last Sunday I was at a convention, and didn't get back until late that evening. But I do want to get back into the habit of running promo posts at least semi-regularly.The Bandit and Her Gang by Joseph T. Major
The problems of governing, seeing to children, relationships, and keeping from being burned at the stake as witches continue to plague our Lady who was a Bandit, and her loved ones. More of a tale of ordinary life in an extraordinary world.
WARNING: Contains violence, sex, and family.
(The newest installment in the Lady Was a Bandit humorous fantasy series. Reading while eating or drinking strongly discouraged. Neither author nor reviewer can take responsibility for screens, keyboards or other electronics damaged as a result of ignoring this warning).Cobweb Bride: The Complete Boxed Set by Vera Nazarian
ontains the following complete novels:
- Cobweb Bride (Book One)
- Cobweb Empire (Book Two)
- Cobweb Forest (Book Three)
". . . Nazarian writes clean and true prose . . ."
"Set in an alternate Renaissance Europe, this series opener by Russian-born Nazarian combines the stylistic manner of a folktale with the trappings of an epic fantasy, one driven by compassion rather than heroics.... Fans of period fantasy and those who like stories that feel like fairy tales should appreciate this skillful novel by the twice Nebula Award-nominated author of Dreams of the Compass Rose and The Duke in His Castle."
"I really enjoyed the rich, complex and highly unusual storytelling in the Cobweb Bride. Nazarian does an excellent job of painting the Renaissance world of her alternate reality and bringing in interesting twists of fantasy to the story.... Everything about this story that was fresh and new. I loved the premise it was built on and I loved the story itself. The characters are rich, multi-dimensional, and so easy to get to know and identify with. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy when it comes out and in finding out more about what happens to the characters that still have a mission to carry out and how the story eventually resolves by the end of the trilogy. I recommend this book to readers of YA, lovers of fantasy, alternate-history, and alternate-reality. It was a terrific read."
--Tracy M. Riva, Midwest Book Review
"Cobweb Bride is astonishing and captivating; a lush fantasy of imagery and magical realism. The visuals are illustrated by the author's lyrical and metaphoric writing. Every chapter and scene revels in this mortal coil, surrounded by an expansive collage of characters immersed in a plot as rich and decadent as a Verdi opera.... The vibrancy of Ms. Nazarian's writing is sheer kaleidoscopic visualization. The folkloric-fable twists and turns recount shavings from the mythos of Hades and Persephone without boring you with a full-blown serving of predictability. The romance is as subtle as it is grim, with glimmers of hope taking us further to our doom--perhaps.... The overall tone is introspective, hauntingly quiet with elements of horror-fantasy that are as provocative as the works of Tanith Lee and Storm Constantine."
--Patrice, Romantic Historical Reviews, a 5-Star Top Pick
Many are called... She alone can save the world and become Death's bride.
COBWEB BRIDE is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death's ultimatum to the world.
What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?
In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary "pocket" of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill...
Covered in white cobwebs of a thousand snow spiders she lies in the darkness... Her skin is cold as snow... Her eyes, frozen... Her gaze, fiercely alive...
While kings and emperors send expeditions to search for a suitable Bride for Death, armies of the undead wage an endless war... A black knight roams the forest at the command of his undead father... Spies and political treacheries abound at the imperial Silver Court... Murdered lovers find themselves locked in the realm of the living...
Look closer--through the cobweb filaments of her hair and along each strand shine stars...
And one small village girl, Percy--an unwanted, ungainly middle daughter--is faced with the responsibility of granting her dying grandmother the desperate release she needs.
As a result, Percy joins the crowds of other young women of the land in a desperate quest to Death's own mysterious holding in the deepest forests of the North...
And everyone is trying to stop her.Zapped by Sherwood Smith
There are secret powers that might get you locked up or spirited away. And then there are the secrets that get you shunned. The first kind are surprisingly un-useful at helping with the second.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
(I really liked it because it avoided all the obvious pitfalls, including the simplistic Poor Oppressed Minority and the glorification of vigilante justice that so often becomes a part of the superhero trope).Past Future Present: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction
Sixteen speculative fiction writers have chosen works to represent themselves. The book has links to their websites, blogs, and to other work. "This is a map to fiction you will love." Contains: FOREWORD by Helen E Davis,THE BLESSED DAYS by Mike Allen, SOLDIERS HOME by William Barton, SEGUE by Keith Brooke, DEAD MAN STALKING by Alfred D. Byrd, NEEDLE AND SWORD by Marian Crane, THE HUMAN EQUATIONS by Dave Creek, GUARDIAN GARGOYLES OF THE GORGE by Helen E Davis, CROCODILE ROCK by Linda J. Dunn, THE GIRL WHO WAS UGLY by John Grant, THE NEW CORINTH by Roby James, BUT LOYAL TO HER OWN by Leigh Kimmel, EARTH, ASHES, DUST by Catherine Mintz, THE WITCH WHO MADE ADJUSTMENTS by Vera Nazarian, CREDO by Jonathan Shipley, SHADOW CHASING by Justin Stanchfield, A RHUMBA OF RATTLESNAKES by Elisabeth Waters.The Moon Mirror by Leigh Kimmel
Chelsea Ayles dreamed of going to the Moon since she was a child. Now her dream job at NASA has turned into a nightmare, thanks to those many blood-sucking arachnids. Yeah, politics, as in a Senator accusing her of destroying America's priceless heritage because she chose the moonrocks that were used to make a proof-of-concept mirror segment for a lunar telescope project. Now the mirror sits in her office like a bitter mockery of what might have been -- until the day her reflection turns into a handsome stranger who calls himself the Man in the Moon and offers her visions of a world that might have been. Visions that ignite a longing of an intensity she hasn't known since she was in grade school and watched videos of the Apollo lunar missions in science class.
(A good entry point into the Gus on the Moon timeline).
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