Women Heroes in The Seven-Petaled Shield

Novels begin in many different ways, drawing their “motive energy” or “visions of ultimate coolness” from varied sources. Which is a high-falutin’ way of saying that there is no one right way in which to begin a story. It can … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Jewish Heroine of the Renaissance

Back in the 1990s, when themed anthologies were all the rage, I heard about one that was right up my alley and open to submission: Ancient Enchantresses, to be edited by Kathleen M. Massie-Ferch and Martin H. Greenberg for DAW. The editors … Continue reading

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Having Fun With Women Characters in Thunderlord (aka “Jane Austen on Darkover”)

Across genres, we accept the importance of bonds between brothers; I would argue that in speculative fiction, at least, we give less weight to the loyalty and emotional intimacy between sisters. This may be due to the domestic setting for … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Pearls of Fire, Dreams of Steel, by Deborah J. Ross

Pearls of Fire, Dreams of Steel by Deborah J. Ross A magical pearl turns a young girl into warrior without pity… A dragon bound to an amulet of amber seeks the aid of a forest wizard… A bitter, crippled fairy … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Azkhantian Tales by Deborah J. Ross

Azkhantian Tales by Deborah J. Ross Linned Ar-Veddris arrived home with an Azkhantian horde thundering at her heels. She had spotted their camp just before twilight from the slopes leading to the Plain of Thirst. She’d planned on camping at … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Northlight by Deborah J. Ross

Northlight by Deborah J. Ross      The people who’d been waiting gathered around Pateros, their voices like the cries of rock-doves. They surrounded him, touching his sleeve and shaking his hand, each one in turn. Then they backed off, lingering. … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Transfusion and Other Tales of Hope by Deborah J. Ross

Transfusion And Other Tales of Hope by Deborah J. Ross The vampire has known only evil since he was made, until an unlikely friendship reconnects him with life… Two women mourning two dead mothers tread the boundaries between grief and … Continue reading

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