From Laura's Blog
Published: June 29, 2015
Last year I adopted my 3 cats, Hector, Achilles, & Poe, from the Cat Adoption Team (C.A.T.). Teenagers at the time, the lads have grown up to be very handsome adults, as you can see.I was so impressed with the work C.A.T. was doing, and the good spirits with which they do it, that I started volunteering for the organization. This includes doing a shift or two each month at the adoption center, ... » read more
The Seventh Esther Diamond Novel
R.I.P. = Reanimated, Infernal, and Pretty damn dangerous!
After struggling actress Esther Diamond gets cast in a guest role on The Dirty Thirty, a TV crime drama about depravity and corruption in the New York Police Department, her ex-almost/sometime boyfriend, NYPD’s Detective Connor Lopez, vows he’ll never forgive Esther for convincing her narcissistic co-star to add verisimilitude to his performance as a morally bankrupt cop by shadowing Lopez on the job.
But Esther’s fellow thespian is her best bet for keeping an eye on Lopez 24/7—and, more to the point, on Lopez’s new partner, Detective Quinn. Esther and her friend Max, a 350-year-old mage whose day job is protecting New York City from Evil, suspect Quinn of being involved in the latest mystical mayhem to menace Manhattan—where corpses suddenly aren’t staying quite as dead as they should.
While Max and Esther try to determine what Quinn’s role is in the supernatural reanimation of the deceased downtown, a part-time mortician courts Esther, and a dangerous foe with deadly intent changes everyone’s dinner plans one cold winter night…
“Fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series will appreciate this series’ lively heroine and the appealing combination of humor, mystery, and romance.”
— Library Journal
New Short Story, Set in Sileria!
I’ve written a short story called “Friendship” for Blackguards: Tales of Assassins Mercenaries, & Rogues, ed. J.M. Martin, a new anthology that’s now available.
“Friendship” is set in Sileria several years before In Legend Born takes place. When an aristocrat offers Kiloran his friendship–always a very loaded word in Sileria–in exchange for help with a problem, the shrewd old waterlord sees an opportunity to outmaneuver Baran, an increasingly powerful rival in the Honored Society. And so he sends Najdan, one of his most trusted assassins, on a secret and dangerous mission.
Ragnarok Publications commissioned artists Oksana Dmitrienko & Orion Zangara to do original interior illustrations for every story in the collection, so it’s going to be a gorgeous anthology. The drawing above, of course, is the illustration for “Friendship,” done by Oksana Dmitrienko.