Jean Marie Ward

fiction, nonfiction and all points in between

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Reflections of Evil

Beware the image you see in that mirror! It may not be what it see to be, a simple reflection of the real world. It may have a dark reality of its own, harboring beings, creatures and spirits beyond imagination. Untold terrors may lurk in that funhouse mirror, and the image imprisoned in that gilded frame may be the result of a curse, a spell or it could be a gateway to another plane of existence …or entre to Hell itself. Here in London’s famed Hellfire Lounge, a coven of authors–John L. French, J. Brad Staal, KT Pinto, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, C.J. Henderson, R. Allen Leider, Don Alfieri, Paul Kupperberg, Jean Marie Ward and Patrick Thomas–bring you chilling tales and dire warnings of the dangers of reflected evil! And, for the first time anywhere–the TRUTH about the most famous magic mirror of all time!

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Hellebore & Rue

A Mardi Gras for Fans

Slip into the magic…

Magic that detects crime, magic that heals, magic that destroys: all this and more in the hands of queer women who use their powers to shape their worlds and their destinies.

A Mardi Gras for Fans

“Personal Demons” by Jean Marie Ward caught me totally off guard with a tale of what happens when a serious practitioner gives proof of the reality beyond the flesh…

Jarla Tangh

…A quiet, effective story that has a much deeper subtext exploring identity than is apparent on the first reading.

Gayle Grazen, FanGirlTastic

…one of the strongest of the book, “Personal Demons” by Jean Marie Ward. Ward sets up an almost real world scenario, with a nurse (whose lover has inadvertently outed her as a witch) being asked to help a child who has been possessed. The ending of this story is very powerful.

Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus

…if you’re seeking a lesbian counterweight to the heavily heterosexual slant of urban fantasy, or looking for tough, smart, believable, sympathetic, fascinating protagonists, you’ll find a great deal to recommend Hellebore & Rue.

Cynthia Ward for Black Gate


2011 Rainbow Awards, Best SF/Fantasy

A Mardi Gras for Fans

ALA 2012 Over the Rainbow LGBT Book for Adult Readers

A Mardi Gras for Fans

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The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity

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They’re here…

What if the fae were still here, living among us? Perhaps living in secret, doing their best to pass for human? Or perhaps their existence is acknowledged, but they’re still struggling to fit in. How have they survived? Are they outcasts clinging to the edges of society, or do their powers ensure success in the mortal realm?

Here are fourteen fabulous stories by Seanan McGuire, Susan Jett, Kari Sperring, Juliet E. McKenna, Avery Shade, Kristine Smith, Barbara Ashford, April Steenburgh, Anton Strout, S.C. Butler, Jean Marie Ward, Shannon Page, Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear and Jim C. Hines–ranging from humor to dark fantasy–that explore how the creatures of fae are fitting into the modern world.

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…All of the stories were equally captivating. The editors have also done a good job in selecting stories that represent a cross section of the various types of fantasy story on offer today.

Richard Marcus for BlogCritics.org

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Dragon’s Lure

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Legends of a New Age, Book One

…An excellent anthology of one sparkling gem of dragon lore after another…

Professor Crazy, BSC Reviews


WSFA Small Press Award Finalist

What is the deal with virgins?

Why would a dragon want to swallow the moon?

Is a bed of treasure really to be desired?

What does it take to lure a dragon? These nineteen tempting tales of draconic wonder will broaden your understanding of the legendary creatures that have fascinated mankind throughout time and across cultures. Everything you always wanted to know about dragons, but no one has survived to ask… With stories by John Grant, C.E. Murphy, C.J. Henderson, Jean Marie Ward, Keith R.A. DeCandido, David B. Coe and more!

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Fantasy Art Templates

Fantasy Art Templates

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Ready-made artwork

to copy, adapt, scan & paint

Illustrations by Rafi Adrian Zulkarnain.

Text by Jean Marie Ward.

Fantasy artists, graphic designers and art students will value this book’s many shortcuts for creating fantasy art. The author-illustrator team provides templates—and descriptions—for more than fifty fantasy types, including wizards, male and female warriors, elves and fairies, giants, pirates, mythical gods, angels and devils, dragons, griffins, ogres, ghouls, goblins, sirens and many others. The templates capture each figure in a series of action poses that designers can adapt to portray famous characters or invent new ones.

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With Nine

You Get Vanyr

Sometimes you make a wish

Sometimes you make a wish. 

Sometimes you wish you hadn’t.

…A great fantasy.

Harriet Klausner

The plot is thought provoking, the characters are in the midst of coming-of-age crises, and the immortals are seriously hot.  What more could a reader ask?

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