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eBook Recommendations by Eugen Bacon

Bio: Eugen M. Bacon, MSc, studied at the University of Greenwich, UK and graduated with distinction. She now lives in Australia. A Computer Science graduate mentally re-engineered into creative writing, she is the author of several published books and award-winning short stories that touch anything under the sun. Sex, murder, drugs, humour, fear, love... Her model writer is Toni Morrison. Eugen also reviews fiction for Readers Review, and is scheduled to assume an editing role for an upcoming anthology series in the UK.

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1 Twilight Crossings II: Four Novellas of Fantasy and Romance
by Sheri L. McGathy & Shannah Biondine & Jeanne Allen
  Together again ... Award-winning fantasy authors Jeanine Berry, Sheri L. McGathy, Shannah Biondine, and Jeanne Allen reunite to bring you Twilight Crossings II, another extraordinary anthology born within the enchanted realms of twilight. When Tanner is hired to find the mythical city of Sha-da-nay, little does she know that what she seeks is far different than what she'll find. For buried in the darkest depths of the Hagath Forest is a truth that can set her free, if only she is willing to trul... more info>> 2004

Words: 93960 - Reading Time: 268-375 min.
Category: Fantasy

"A hush settles over the land. Time seems to slow, and for the briefest of moments, you behold the beauty of twilight." Mysterious bubbles float into a simmering pot. A mesmeric foreword from Sheri L. McGathy affirms what I already know: I love her writing. There is always a magical quality, something insightful, an exquisite element almost literary. Her tales are well thought, finely told, wonderfully readable, and are sometimes almost calming. Where Lies Beauty questions beauty, confronts perfection. Tanner and her brother, Conn, are Seekers. Faylon is a New Worlder who will pay anything in gold to go in a treacherous journey beyond the Divide. Only Seekers can guide him into ruins of the ancient mages, into the cursed forest of Sha-da-nay, The City of light. Parallels: superb characterization opens the reader to the magnificence of slave Manny whose scars much remind Tanner of her own gruesome past, but whose pure eyes carry greater youth than dawn. Sheri L. McGathy draws a clear yet intricate world, one so full of myths, its very land breathes. Shannah Biondine's Mourn a Moonreft Sky skilfully paints a voyage bursting with mystery in the core of a medieval world. A slain wizard, a stolen Umbra Amulate, a Glacian quest. Zavend, a rare Waniand scholar, travels far. He seeks the assistance of amorous Capt Praxis, a female of hidden thoughts. But she is also a skilled rider of griffons, terrible beasts. Only first they have to catch one such creature before the pursuit can begin. Jeanine Berry's The Well of Forever holds definite darkness inside beauty. Caireya is a slave and a seer in an ancient palace, a fortress that has survived the Cataclysm. Caireya's powers allow her the ability to unearth things. Younger sister, Eronne, has a healing gift. But, since the vanishing of the great sorcerer, Lohar, the two females are towed onto an expedition to Maricor by their master, Demor. His greed will not sleep until his hands clasp a magical wand with legendary powers. Through spell, he manages to weave a shell of the great mage, a grand find. But the simulacrum has powers of its own, and in the wrong hands... Jeanne Allen's Viking imaginings beget The Treasure of Arvalis, a historical romance full of action. Temple priestess, Eirena, is not spared visions that hold much foreboding. When these visions come true, and the land of Ignatia is tossed into a horrific fate, Eirena must convert a barbarian, a warrior of intrinsic savagery, into a liberator of the people. Twilight Crossings II is a remarkable novel. It carries individual tales so full of charm; four astonishing novellas as much filled with adventure as enchantment.

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2 Illuminated Manuscripts: Ten Magical Tales
by Lazette Gifford
  Writers are the only true magicians in the world. They create worlds with words, and in the case of fantasy, they bring magic into our lives. Because of writers we can converse with dragons, follow a quest for the sake of good, and find love lost through the centuries. The Illuminated Manuscripts anthology is a collection of ten wondrous and magical tales ranging from epic to contemporary and from fairy tale to historical fantasy. Within this collection you will find pretty tales, dark tales and... more info>> 2005

Words: 62259 - Reading Time: 177-249 min.
Category: Fantasy

A common ingredient of magic binds this cocktail of new talent consolidated by author Lazette Gifford. A fiery she-were transforms at whim from beast to naked woman, thus spicing Darwin A. Garrison's 'Hell Forge' where succubae creatures Hob and monstrous hellspawn unleash carnage. A mortal on the throes of death alters a frost dragon's karma in Cheryl Peugh's 'The North Watch'. Kate Paulk introduces a telepathic chimera that accompanies a lone female, raises, in consequence, the wrath of a lecherous Elder, and pilots odyssey to the heart of Eilithia where royal siblings have suddenly vanished. A mountain dwarf is the protagonist besotted with a miller's daughter in Deborah Millitello's story. A human child pursues her quest to become a dragon rider in Fred S. Dubson's tale. Sarah A. Hoyt takes us to Beijing where a foreigner couples with a mystic fox. Soldiers, dragons, hunters and butchery; Marilyn Peake's 'Dragon Fire' is, from the word go, a survival chronicle not for the fainthearted. Betrayal, sorcery, and a man turns into a musical statue full of much yenning in Lee Barwood's 'The Minstrel'. Carol Hightshoe visits the medieval legend of Merlin and the Sword in a new light. To clinch the fantasy ride of knights, fiends and what else, Lazette Gifford sprinkles a touch of the Nile into the pot of enchantment. Do you dare?

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3 The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr
by George R.R. Martin
  Tired and bloody from her battle with the Seven, Sharra stumbles through the gate onto a pristine planet, the kingdom and prison of a solitary singer doomed to await Sharra's arrival... 1976

Words: 7250 - Reading Time: 20-29 min.
Category: Fantasy

George R. R. Martin's description of Sharra is a love song best read with a goblet of wine. First published in 1976, 'The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr' is an epic, a mystical tale full of much yearning. It begins in a valley caught in twilight when Sharri slips from one world, wounded and blood-stained. She kneels by a rocky stream where murky green water runs swift; crawls to an exhausted sleep under a dour tree. Here, in a land of suncycles, a wistful man of charcoal hair--a king, a god with a fog voice whose music is an infinity of beauty and mournful mists of a faraway horizon that shimmers and colours air--carries her to his castle where the lives of two people: one imprisoned in a world, the other a wanderer between worlds--indelibly touch. The writing is vivid as night, its clarity sharp and honest. I have a foible of steering clear of rave reviews, five star ratings and media hype; sometimes gems hide in the unnoticed. Classed as fantasy, this story of immense wealth is bound to slip the majority of mainstream lovers who would, otherwise, have clawed for it on knees and tears. If any one such reader stumbles upon this review, race. Race hard for this eShort.

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4 Death Between the Stars
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  A Terran ignores xenophic bigotry and shares a starship cabin with a non-human telepath, with unexpected results. 1956

Words: 5703 - Reading Time: 16-22 min.
Category: Science Fiction

I read this story--my first Marion Zimmer Bradley--out of intrigue. Zimmer Bradley's work is quickly snapped within milliseconds of release on Fictionwise to quickly top the charts. Humans and aliens on starships are exhausted subjects--but not in 1956. Ah! Marion Zimmer Bradley is an artist who wrote well way before her time. This probably explains the current appeal of her stories still. 'Death Between the Stars' is a compelling tale of human nature when faced with something different or perplexing. The writing is deliberate and refined; the alien with a ghastly telepathic touch utterly plausible even to the hardest cynic. Me. The writer's grip of Sci-Fi is startling. Characters and their dialogue perfectly paint scenes--humanoid or other--that culminate almost shockingly into an astonishing twist. To the Science Fiction die-hards, lovers of Darrell Bain, George R. R. Martin and the like, Zimmer Bradley will not disappoint. Try her Darkover series (jointly written with Elisabeth Waters).

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5 The Birth of Spring
by Sheri L. McGathy
  When the Winter King stays the wheel, refusing to allow the season to turn, the Summer Queen has no choice but to declare war. Yet, there is one within the southern realms unwilling to see the people of Faery wage war. Astara, daughter of the Summer Queen, has taken it upon herself to journey alone to the northern realms, seek out the Winter King, and beg him if she must, to release the wheel. The season must be allowed to change. The people of Faery could not go to war, for if they did, the lan... more info>> 2006

Words: 8885 - Reading Time: 25-35 min.
Category: Fantasy

Astara journeys through a sea of ice, pelted with incessant beads of snow, her effort to repeal the folly of a young Winter King. 'The Birth of Spring' reminds me in more ways than one of the enchantment of George R. R. Martin. It is a tale that much 'wishes told', one that unfurls the realms of Faery swathed in a smog of time. Sheri L. McGathy is a fine story teller. Her writing cannot be rushed. So curl up in a warm blanket, clasp a cup of tea and succumb to the magical veil of fantasy.

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6 One Drink Before You Go
by Michael Spence
  Fifteen years ago the enemy king killed her husband. Now he's eating in her inn. Man does not live by roast kradlik alone ... you need something special to go with it. 1998

Words: 1285 - Reading Time: 3-5 min.
Category: Fantasy

Michael Spence's 'One Drink Before You Go' is an ancient tale as current in appeal as it is age-old. Another gem from Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Worlds.

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7 Twisted Tails: An Anthology to Surprise and Delight
by J. Richard Jacobs
  Writing short stories is not easy. The reason it isn't easy is because they are short. The writer is still charged with producing living characters who have personalities: good, bad, or milksop. Add to that a dynamic narrative that gives you, the reader, an opportunity to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste what the folks who inhabit those little stories do, and the authors have a demanding job on their hands. Short stories are a great deal more than sitting on an old apple crate and hammering awa... more info>> 2006

Words: 106694 - Reading Time: 304-426 min.
Category: Fantasy

Twisted Tails is a delightfully perverse anthology from a charming cast of fellow suspects including EPPIE finalist and twice winner of Dream Realm Awards, Steve Lazarowitz. J, a gravely mental astronomer, and Peter Prellwitz, another several time EPPIE finalist, join the motley mob to weave warped tales well spiced and brilliant. Personal favorites emerge from Jeremy Davis, Biff Mitchell and... Ahem, not me! J has outclassed the bar in this compilation. Purely a collector's treasure.

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8 From Hollywood Experts and Published Authors: Words of Wisdom for Starving Artists
by Jo Kelly & Natalie C. Bandlow & Marilyn Peake
  This book opens with copyright information from Lincoln D. Bandlow, an attorney specializing in intellectual property law in Century City and the out-going President of the Los Angeles Copyright Society. The remaining pages include a treasure trove of information from: a personal manager for Hollywood actors, a Hollywood teacher and movie extra, a "Fictionwise eBook Author of the Year", an owner/co-owner of two websites listed among the "Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers", a retired ... more info>> 2007

Words: 36958 - Reading Time: 105-147 min.
Category: Self Improvement

A writers' bible. From Hollywood Experts & Published Writers: Words of Wisdom for Starving Artists is a treasure trove that encompasses a wide range of topical subjects facing budding and established artists. This staggering arena (assembled and edited by Marilyn Peake) offers first-rate, experienced-based counsel enveloping heartaches, triumphs, pitfalls and legalities from Hollywood, Dullsville to--not Sweet Home, Alabama--the Shards Universe.

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