From Laura's Blog
Published: January 30, 2015
I started writing this in response to a post in a discussion on The Passive Voice, a blog I read regularly, in which a writer whom I respect noted that one of the drawbacks with indie writing (aka self-publishing) in sf/f is that the work so rarely gets noticed in awards venues, seldom getting nominated or appearing on awards ballots. But my response got so long, I thought to myself, you know, this is ... » read more
The Seventh Esther Diamond Novel
R.I.P. = Reanimated, Infernal, and Pretty damn dangerous!
After struggling actress Esther Diamond gets cast in a guest role on The Dirty Thirty, a TV crime drama about depravity and corruption in the New York Police Department, her ex-almost/sometime boyfriend, NYPD’s Detective Connor Lopez, vows he’ll never forgive Esther for convincing her narcissistic co-star to add verisimilitude to his performance as a morally bankrupt cop by shadowing Lopez on the job.
But Esther’s fellow thespian is her best bet for keeping an eye on Lopez 24/7—and, more to the point, on Lopez’s new partner, Detective Quinn. Esther and her friend Max, a 350-year-old mage whose day job is protecting New York City from Evil, suspect Quinn of being involved in the latest mystical mayhem to menace Manhattan—where corpses suddenly aren’t staying quite as dead as they should.
While Max and Esther try to determine what Quinn’s role is in the supernatural reanimation of the deceased downtown, a part-time mortician courts Esther, and a dangerous foe with deadly intent changes everyone’s dinner plans one cold winter night…
“Fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series will appreciate this series’ lively heroine and the appealing combination of humor, mystery, and romance.”
— Library Journal
New Short Story, Set in Sileria!
I’ve written a short story called “Friendship” for Blackguards: Tales of Assassins Mercenaries, & Rogues, ed. J.M. Martin, a new anthology coming out in 2015 from Ragnarok Publications.
“Friendship” is set in Sileria several years before In Legend Born takes place. When an aristocrat offers Kiloran his friendship–always a very loaded word in Sileria–in exchange for help with a problem, the shrewd old waterlord sees an opportunity to outmaneuver Baran, an increasingly powerful rival in the Honored Society. And so he sends Najdan, one of his most trusted assassins, on a secret and dangerous mission.
Ragnarok Publications commissioned artists Oksana Dmitrienko & Orion Zangara to do original interior illustrations for every story in the collection, so it’s going to be a gorgeous anthology. The drawing above, of course, is the illustration for “Friendship,” done by Oksana Dmitrienko.
You can see the full set of illustrations here. I don’t yet have a release date or “buy” link for Blackguards, but those should be coming soon, and I’ll post them here on my website as soon as I have them.