Nothing beats the smell of a burning witch.
Or so Uncle Zhiguli, the witch-burner-in-chief of a sawmill town on the lower Columbia River, has always believed.
When he takes it into his head to rid his beloved area of its new high priestess, he and his nephew, Misha, organize a raid on her coven’s next Sabbat. However, the new high priestess has made plans of her own. In a twinkling, a straightforward witch-burning turns into a hot time in the moonlight atop Humbug Mountain, completely with gunfire and marshmallows.
This story of obsession and revenge twists and turns through a maze of channels and shoals worthy of its setting before finally reaching the wide expanse of its conclusion.
About the Author: Jamie McNabb lives within sight of the Pacific Ocean. When not writing, he sails, runs aground, and waits for the tide to lift him clear. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines and online publications.
From Publishers Weekly
The title of romance writer Smith’s latest (after On Bear Mountain) alludes to a pink marble hideaway on the family estate in Burnt Stand, N.C., where Darl Union grows up fabulously wealthy but lonely, the orphan granddaughter of Swan Hardigree Samples, town autocrat and owner of Hardigree Marble Company. On a hot summer day in 1972, seven-year-old Darl watches as 10-year-old Eli Wade and his family push their broken-down pickup into town. She knows from the minute she sees Eli that the two of them are meant to be together, but the Wades’ presence in Burnt Stand stirs up long-buried troubles. When those troubles culminate in a murder, the Wades suffer the consequences, and Darl and Eli are torn apart. Twenty-five years later, Darl has become a defense attorney passionately devoted to mercy and justice, and Eli is a reformed high-stakes gambler, with millions of dollars to spend on pet causes. After Swan suffers a heart attack, Darl and Eli find themselves back in Burnt Stand, still in love, but haunted by the unsolved mystery in their past. The exotic family history of the Hardigrees (involving prostitution, arson, out-of-wedlock births, half-siblings of different races and smalltown empire-building) colors the tale in florid shades, and Smith piles on plot twists with a heavy hand. The late 20th-century setting is a bit incongruous the dynastic goings-on seem better suited to an earlier era but Smith knows how to generate genuine emotion, and readers will be wringing out their hankies by the time the protracted conclusion rolls around. Southern author tour.
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In March 2011, a group of new writers gathered on the Terrace of Australian publisher Allen & Unwin for the introduction to the first ever Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin ‘Writing a Novel’ course under the tutelage of award winning authors Kathryn Heyman and James Bradley.
There was, on that night, a sense of thrill and also mystery. Six months later, as the work in this volume testifies, those writers have, to a one, demonstrated commitment, passion, willingness to work, to play, to create, to take risks and to trust.
This anthology records those achievements. The diversity of genre, subject and style in this volume is an eloquent reminder of the fact that despite our contemporary anxiety about the future of books and writing, literature hasn’t gone anywhere: there are new and exciting voices emerging all around us, possessed not just of the desire to tell stories but to say something that matters, to articulate something new and important about the world.
Most of the names of the writers whose work appears in this volume are likely to be unfamiliar at present, but there is no doubt many will not remain so. They are: Adrienne Adams, Maralyn Bennett, Geoffrey Burgess, Georgina Crawford, Jami Crittle, Diana Daly, Fred Fink, Sally Gibbons, Deborah Guyon, Emma Harcourt, Rowena Helston, Debra Jopson, Elizabeth Jurman, Catriona Ling, Ann McCutcheon, Lyn McDonald, Kate O’Brien, Mariza O’Keeffe, Jo Riccioni, Jane Riley, Robert Scoble, Jacqueline Stack, Kerry Stephenson, Luke Sullivan, Carolyn Swindell, Brigitte Trenear and Susan Wyndham.
Dana Stabenow won an Edgar Award for her books about Kate Shugak, a resourceful Indian woman living in Alaska. The series is full of respect for the landscape and the hard work it takes to survive in the far north. Now she starts a new series starring Liam Campbell, an Alaskan State Trooper with a troubled past and an uncertain future; the environmental issues of the 1980s appear to have been back-burnered in favor of the personal needs and feelings of the 1990s.
You might think there are one too many colorful eccentrics or jaunty drunks in the town of Newenham, where former Sergeant Campbell has been demoted after his own bout with booze and self-doubt. But you’ll definitely admire the way Stabenow jumpstarts her story: within a few minutes of his arrival from Anchorage, Campbell has to deal with one murder (a pilot almost decapitated by his propeller), one old girlfriend (the exotic and possibly dangerous Wy Chouinard), and a man held hostage in the town’s only decent burger joint–held for shooting out a jukebox that was playing Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.
Stabenow can also grab your attention with the details of everyday life in an Alaskan fishing village, such as this description of the contents of a light plane: “There was a handful of candy wrappers, two maps of Bristol Bay, five small green glass balls which Liam recognized as Japanese fishing floats, a walrus tusk broken off near the root, a survival kit, two firestarter logs, two parkas, two pairs of boots, a litre-sized plastic Pepsi bottle half full of yellow liquid, a clam gun, a bucket, three mismatched gloves and three handheld radios, which to Liam seemed a bit redundant.” The Kate Shugak books include A Cold Day for Murder, Breakup, A Cold-Blooded Business, Blood Will Tell, Dead in the Water, A Fatal Thaw, Killing Grounds, and Play with Fire. –Dick Adler
Every man has a little beast inside…every woman longs to tame him. Where will you be when the beast roars for you?
The quintisential geek, Vana had never had a lover.
The ultimate warrior, Dagon had never had a wife.
Thanks to a rift in space, she’s about to become both.
Old money, secrets, revenge, suspense, illicit love, women hurling toward a predetermined destiny.
It was unlikely they would ever meet. Yet fate brought them together first as naïve schoolgirls . . . then as complicated women facing events that would alter the shape of their lives forever.
NATALIE– betrayed by her first love and consoling herself with the richest husband in America who is both powerful and dangerous.
SARA – buried her ambitions until a blazing passion reminds her of all she has given up. Her suburban security is about to be shattered by a new job and a passionate affair.
MIRANDA – exotically beautiful, dangerously trusting and driven by her own sexuality. She is in love with a famous screenwriter whose scenario doesn’t include a wife.
Three women with little in common . . . except a pledge made when they were children when they knew nothing about what life would bring . . . a pledge they will be called upon to keep.
Rissa, the tormented Warlord of Tiyan, struggles to protect her people and Tiyan’s magical springs against enemies led by the King of Landis and traitors within her own walls. She must also protect the secret of Tiyan’s magic and the source her ultimate doom: the parasitic demon lurking within her, which has awoken to kill her and choose its new host: Taran, a near-blind slave of Tiyan’s enemy.
Taran’s sole motivation in life is his patient pursuit of vengeance for his family’s death. Coincidence lands him in Tiyan and at the center of the kingdom’s power struggle. The strength of Tiyan’s army, the allure of the magical waters, and the endangered Warlord at first are nothing more than a means to an end, until he looks beneath the surface to find a world – and a woman – worth fighting for. Fantasy romance. Non-erotica.
Miranda Fenster was known as the Fairy Tale Miss during the one disastrous London season that convinced her she would never have a happily-ever-after. But when her brother’s love match is thwarted by the impossibly proper Duke of Kerstone, Miranda sets off to convince the duke to champion her brother’s cause for love. Unfortunately, he is too proper to consider love a suitable reason for marriage, and too proper not to marry Miranda when they find themselves compromised. Now, Miranda has a second chance for happily-ever-after, if she can uncover her new husband’s darkest secret. Originally published by Kensington Zebra Ballad, October 2000.
Tears for Hesh is a short story of just over 3,200 words. Set in the world of The Guardian’s Apprentice, this is the story of Hesh, a young man who works for a coniving, power-hungry wizard who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Hesh is a gentle giant, towering above others, but soft spoken and afflicted with a stammer when he gets nervous. Sent on an errand for his master, he ucovers a terrible secret and must face the consequences.