Jean Marie Ward

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The Rise of the Phoenix


Summer is the season
for the most fantastic con of all

MagnaCon is one of the largest gatherings of science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans in the world. But is that all it is? Rumor whispers there’s more than FX magic at work in its halls, meeting rooms and endless elevators. Discover what’s really going on behind the scenes of the greatest con of all in this anthology of stories by Nancy Knight, Jean Marie Ward, J.M. Whit, Trina Krieger, Georgiana Fields, Mary Marvella, Jeanne De Sa, Melba Moon, Michael Conley, Nan Manroe, Carol Shaughnessy, Todd Geller, Yasmine Bakhtiari, Dan McGirt, J.T. Arralle and Jesse Slade.

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Tales from the Vatican Vaults

Tales from
the Vatican Vaults


From the Vatican’s deepest vaults,
new light on world history

A captivating collection of 28 original science fiction and fantasy stories based on the same alternate world premise: a collection of documents that have been suppressed by the Vatican and hidden away for years, in some cases centuries, are revealed when the vaults are thrown open by a reforming pope.

Bizarre or not, it’s a fascinating anthology of Forteana. Not one of the 28 stories is a dud and several are excellent.

Mat Coward for Morning Star

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Cover of WERE-, an anthology edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray



Bring along some silver, just in case…

Werewolves rule the night in urban fantasy, but everyone knows there are other were-creatures out there just as dangerous and deadly, if not as common, each with their own issues as they struggle to fit into—or prey upon—society. What about the were-goats? The were-crows and were-wasps?

Here are seventeen stories of urban fantasy by today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that introduce you to some of those other were-creatures, the ones hiding in the dark background shadows, waiting to bite. Join Seanan McGuire, Ashley McConnell, Susan Jett, Eliora Smith, David B. Coe, April Steenburgh, Gini Koch, Mike Barretta, Elizabeth Kite, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jean Marie Ward, Katharine Kerr, Sarah Brand, Anneliese Belmond, Faith Hunter, Patricia Bray, and Phyllis Ames as they take you into the hidden corners of our world to see some lesser known were-creatures.

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Hellfire Lounge 5

Hellfire Lounge 5:
Purgatory Potpourri


Favorite tales from fourteen of the
Hellfire Lounge’s most unusual suspects

Friday night at the Hellfire Lounge, the swankiest club this side of Purgatory…appropriately enough, since Volume 5 is Purgatory Potpourri! A rowdy crowd of magical storytellers–R. Allen Leider, C.J. Henderson, KT Pinto, John French, J. Brad Staal, Patrick Thomas, Patrick Loveland, April Grey, Danielle Ackley-Mcphail, Robert Waters and Jean Marie Ward–gathers at the bar. Amidst the fun and frolic at Satan’s playground, they will amaze and terrify you with their supernatural tales. Pull up a chair and listen, but be warned, these tales will haunt your dreams long after last call! Purgatory? Nice place to visit, but… Actually it’s a pretty lousy place. The upshot is your final destination, assuming you’re on the fast track to Heaven. Even then, there’s a good chance they’ll lose your luggage. For those bound for the other place, these stories may or may not forcibly demonstrate that “crime does not pay”, but you can’t say you weren’t warned. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You may even scream. This is not a place where everyone knows your name…and you may want to keep it that way.

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Gaslight and Grimm


Discover timeless tales through lenses
polished in the age of steam.

Once Upon a Time, ageless tales were told from one generation to the next, filled with both wonders and warnings. Tales of handsome princes and wicked queens, of good-hearted folk and evil stepmothers. Tales of danger and caution and magic…classics that still echo in our hearts and memories even to this day, told from old, cherished books or from memory at Grandma’s knee. Oh yes, tales have been told…but never quite like these.

…In this tasty short fiction anthology, the editors have combined two appealing genres into something greater than the sum of its parts

John DeNardo for Kirkus

Recommended for when you want some Steampunk with a bit lighter touch, and are tired of the usual themes.

Gregory G. H. Rihn for Steampunk Chronicle

Just when you think that a famous fairytale can’t be re-imagined anymore, someone comes up with an original idea.

Kami Bryant for Indie Authors, Books and More

As a collection, Gaslight & Grimm is an absolute delight. There isn’t a single story in this that falls flat, and the mix of genres and themes, tales and characters, makes for a wonderfully varied and interesting anthology.

Kate Coe for SFFWorld

While you may know the classic fairy-tales that these stories are derived from back to front, none are what you would expect. “The (Steamy) Tale of Cinderella” I found particularly surprising and enjoyable, as well as Ward’s rendition, “The Clockwork Nightingale”. Both are composed splendidly.

Nemma Wollenfang for Steampunk Journal

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