On Vega V, all life has a price.
No one knows that better than Quennessa Ariadne Nigella Kilroy, last and only survivor of House Kilroy. Paranoid and hot-tempered with borderline poor impulse... More > control except when she’s working; Quen has carried four years of survivor’s guilt over the massacre of her clan entire. With an underlying mission to find whoever had her clan murdered, and a desperate need to prove herself, she ends up Guildmistress of all Assassins because no one wants the job.
And no one expects her to live out the year.
On a world like Five where lifespans are measured in centuries, people hang on to grudges for decades. With that many suspects to choose from, and her own past come back to haunt her, Quen is running out of time.< Less
The magic has left Oz. Glinda has gone, taking with her all of the magical creatures. The people left behind have been working to rebuild their country with little magic to aid them. Now the Guild of... More > Alchemists are performing illegal experiments, the nobles of Oz are plotting against the Queen, and there are rumors that ancient enemies are returning. Only the Wizard has the wisdom to foresee the coming dangers, but does he have the power to stop it? Standing against the coming dark are a teenage spy, a cynical police detective, and an absent-minded inventor. Each of them has unique skills and knowledge that might be able to save all of Oz from a terrible plot to destroy the Queen, or it might just get them all killed.< Less
Right before her 41st birthday, Angela N. Hunt began blogging about training for her first marathon. To her shock, it got a lot of responses and comments, including this one:
I have a request.
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Write a book about your training and running a marathon. Even a short book. Throw in ruminations about your mother insulting you about it, and about missing your father. Tell us about your girls, and publishing, and what it is to be a working mom with daughters in a world where women are still treated as second class citizens. Tie together running and writing and sci-fi and life in the way only you can.
I would read the Hell out of that. I would hand a copy to Winter when she’s old enough and tell her she can do anything.
This is that book.
Because Angela realized it was not just Winter that needed to hear about her nights of training. It was her own daughters. It was and is anyone’s daughter who needs to hear: don’t listen to the naysayers. Put on your running shoes.
And run.< Less
The Hero of the Rift is dead. And he’d like to stay that way. Brass Jack Solomon, retired spy and provocateur, has worked hard to be forgotten, since the alternative is to be very dead and... More > remembered everywhere. But when a young Imperial Psi-Lord decides he should throw a revolution in the name of true love, Jack finds himself shepherding the naïve and enthusiastic youth into hiding, before the Empire of Man can come calling and put an end to the young lord’s plans. However, Lady Destiny and the Empire have plans of their own for Jack. Deep in the grip of a twenty-year war with the Organi and desperate to win, the Empire has set its sights on Lem-Bob, a low-tech backwater of a world, and on the young lord Jack’s trying so hard to hide. Except no plan survives first contact with the enemy, and before he knows it, the Empire gives Jack a choice: fight for the Empire... or die. Now Jack will have to leave his retirement and get back in the Game—even if it means leaving everyone he cares about behind.< Less