Susie Stillwater summoned a djinn and made a wish to go to an alternate reality where her siblings were still alive. Susie Stillwater switched places with her alternate counterpart and got her wish. Her story is over.
But Susan Stillwater’s story is just beginning. She’s stuck in a not-quite-right version of her home town, where her brother and sister are dead, the magical investigation bureau is asking her about the illegal summoning of a djinn, and a talking lizard claims he only wants to help. Susan has to find her missing mother, dodge sleazy-hot men who want favors, and try to find a way home again…
…all before the djinn collects payment for his wishes, which weren’t as free as Susie thought.
Coffee shop barista Kit Melbourne inherited a magic jewel to let her tell the humans from the glamour-disguised faeries, the Goth poseurs from the real vampires. Her bindi lets her know which witch casts real spells and which one just went through the motions. The only trouble is, plenty of people want a jewel like hers. And someone is willing to kill for it.
Something is wrong with Kit’s boyfriend, really wrong. Kit knows he’s under a curse, but no one seems to believe her or want to help her–except Fain, the sexy vampire with ulterior motives. When she’s not working inhuman hours making a fake forest for the creepy and mysterious Ms. Yseulta, Kit is busy gathering the ingredients to throw off the curse. The only trouble is, the last ingredient grows in the Realm of the Faerie, a place that probably doesn’t even exist. And time is running out…
Despite her broken heart, Kit has finally gotten her life under control. She’s got an exciting new job as Dayrunner to the Vampire Guild Leader. She has a new circle of friends, new teachers, and a boyfriend who can’t get enough of her.
She’s frustrated that every ward she makes falls apart when she’s not looking, and she hasn’t been able to keep her nosy friends from asking the wrong questions. However, she’s sure that once she convinces the human-hating Guild that she’s not really involved with the coup attempts against her boss, and once she figures out who keeps leaving death curses for her, and if she could just fall out of love with her ex-boyfriend, she’d have everything under control.
Rosenkranz is dead, along with her host Paisey. Morales is convinced that the killer is a vampire hunter, and Paisey was merely collateral damage. Why else would Rosenkranz have been completely decapitated? But as Kit investigates Rosenkranz’s host, she discovers that Paisey wasn’t a human at all, but an immigrant from the Realm of the Faerie. Kit becomes convinced that Paisey was the real target. Rosenkranz just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Morales doesn’t believe in faeries, and thinks that Kit’s faerie killer theory is just a crazy story. Until Kit goes missing…
COOP DE GRACE The complete, two-year collection of chicken comics from the website of the same name. Paperback
Two literary science fiction short stories about women making difficult life choices. The A side, “Emily’s Fifth Birthday” was a semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest. The B side, “Alternative Medicine,” was originally published in Alternative Coordinates.
Two fantasy short stories about people who are haunted by (and protected by) the unseen. The A side “Voice Like a Cello” was originally published in Fantasy Magazine, and was a Locus recommended pick for 2009. The B side, “Bear Country” is an award-winning story originally published in the print magazine Pagans and Witches.
Two humorous fantasy short stories involving cats. “Mean Little Kitty” is available for the first time.”Waiting Room at the Hero League” was originally published in Big Pulp.
Two weird, funny, horror stories. “Gingerbread House,” which originally appeared in Weird Tales in 2010, involves a reality show in which contestants live in a house made of cake in the middle of nowhere. “Joey’s Undead Dog” deals what happens when a young necromancer suddenly comes into his powers.
Poisoned Bluestripe & The Machine and Her Mahout: Two hard science fiction short stories about the perils of colonization. In Poisoned Bluestripe, an idealistic investigator tries to prove a colonial culture innocent of genocide. The Machine and Her Mahout, a semi-finalist for the Writers of the Future contest, deals with the enduring love between a man and his sentient mining machine. Smashwords Kindle
- BayCon Program, “The Magician’s Butler”; May 2012
- In Englisch, “My Bloody Disability”; May 2011
- Crossed Genres, “The Red and Green Kerchief”; August 2010
- Alternative Coordinates, “Alternative Medicine”; May 2010
- Weird Tales, “Gingerbread House”; April 2010
- Pagans and Witches, “Bear Country”; February 2010
- Last Drink Bird Head, “Cocktail Napkin Name”; Wyrm Publications, October 2009
- Fantasy Magazine, “Voice Like a Cello”; May 2009
- A Fly in Amber, “Marshmallows”; March 2009
- Big Pulp, “Waiting Room at the Hero League”; January 2009
- The Living Dead, “She’s Taking Her Tits to the Grave”; Night Shade Books, September 2008
- Coyote Wild, “Melder’s Drink”; June 2008
- Ideomancer, “She’s Taking Her Tits to the Grave“; June 2008
- Susurrus: The Literature of Madness, “Oysters”; March 2008
- Riverwalk Journal, “A Job Well Done”; November 2007