Bibliography


Novels

The Esther Diamond Series
The Chronicles of Sirkara
Media Tie-In
  • The Purifying Fire: A Planeswalker Novel (Wizards of the Coast, July 2009)
Romance novels (written as Laura Leone)
  • One Sultry Summer (Silhouette Books, 1989)
  • A Wilder Name (Silhouette Books, 1989)
  • Ulterior Motives (Silhouette Books, 1989)
  • Guilty Secrets (Silhouette Books, 1990)
  • A Woman’s Work (Silhouette Books, 1990)
  • Upon A Midnight Clear (Silhouette Books, 1990)
  • The Black Sheep (Silhouette Books, 1991)
  • Celestial Bodies (Silhouette Books, 1991)
  • The Bandit King (Silhouette Books, 1991)
  • Untouched By Man (Silhouette Books, 1992)
  • Under The Voodoo Moon (Silhouette Books, 1993)
  • Sleight of Hand (Meteor/Kismet, 1993)
  • Fever Dreams (Kensington Books, 1997)
  • Fallen From Grace (Five Star, 2003)
  • Nights of Fire (Ellora’s Cave, 2004)

Non-Fiction

Books
Contributor
  • “Cape Town Townships,” The Reader’s Companion To South Africa (Harcourt, Brance, & Co., 1999)
  • “Book Proposal: In Legend Born,” I Have this Nifty Idea, Now What Do I Do With It? (Wildside, 2001)
  • “The Good, the Bad, and the Ambivalent,” Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show (BenBella Books, 2003)
  • “That Angel Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” Five Seasons of Angel: Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Discuss Their Favorite Vampire (BenBella Books, 2004)
  • “The Charm of Charmed,” Totally Charmed: Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of Three (BenBella Books, 2005)
  • “Bride & Prejudice,” Flirting with Pride & Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece (BenBella, 2005)
  • “Are Brain-Dead Chimpanzees Eating My Shelf Space?” Star Wars On Trial: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time (BenBella, 2006)

Short Fiction

Collections
Short Stories
  • “No Room for the Unicorn” (Horse Fantastic, DAW Books 1991); included in my Highway To Heaven collection (see above).
  • “Avant Vanguard” (The Fantastic Adventures of Robin Hood, NAL 1991); included in my Maybe You’ve Heard of Me? collection (see above).
  • “We Are Not Amused” (Alternate Presidents, Tor Book 1992)
  • “The Abominable Snowman” (A Christmas Bestiary, DAW Books 1992); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Yasmine” (Aladdin: Master of the Lamp, DAW Books 1992)
  • “Heaven’s Only Daughter” (Whatdunnits, DAW Books 1992)
  • “Fluff the Tragic Dragon” (Dragon Fantastic, DAW Books 1992)
  • “A Fleeting Wisp of Glory” (Alternate Kennedys, Tor Books 1992)
  • “The Vatican Outfit” (Alternate Warriors, Tor Books 1993)
  • “When the Ego Alters” (Betcha Can’t Read Just One, Ace 1993)
  • “Curren’s Song” (Dinosaur Fantastic, DAW 1993); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Upon A Midnight Dreary” (Christmas Ghosts, DAW 1993; reprinted in Spec the Halls, Alliteration Ink 2011); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Confessional” (Deals With the Devil, DAW 1994); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Under a Sky More Fiercely Blue” (By Any Other Fame, DAW 1994); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “The Muse Afire” (Weird Tales From Shakespeare, DAW 1994)
  • “Those Rowdy Royals!” (Alien Pregnant By Elvis!, DAW 1994); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Saint Frankie” (Alternate Outlaws, Tor 1994)
  • “Ever Since Eden” (South From Midnight, Southern Fried Press 1994)
  • “Full Earth Tonight” (VB Tech Magazine, 1995)
  • “The Adventure of the Missing Coffin” (Sherlock Holmes in Orbit, DAW 1995); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “A Wind From Heaven” (Ancient Enchantresses, DAW 1995); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Enter the Night” (Orphans of the Night, Walker 1995)
  • “The Lily Maid of Astolat” (Return To Avalon, DAW 1996); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “The Hound Lover” (Phantoms of the Night, DAW 1996; reprinted in Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire, Prime Books 2012)
  • “Wall Street Wizards” (The Shimmering Door, Harper 1996)
  • “Amandla!” (Alternate Tyrants, Tor 1997)
  • “In Zodiac We Trust” (Zodaic Fantastic, DAW 1997)
  • “Highway To Heaven” (Highwaymen, Robbers, & Rogues, DAW 1997); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Terrible Monkey” (Return of the Dinosaurs, DAW 1997) (co-author: Kathy Chwedyk
  • “She of the Night” (Urban Nightmares, Baen Books 1997; written with Kathy Chwedyk); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Qadishtu” (Warrior Enchantresses, DAW 1998; written with Kathy Chwedyk); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “The Fortunes of Temperance” (Lamps On the Brow, JCP 1998); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “The Purple Rose of Romance” (Nerve, 1999)
  • “Homicidal Honeymoon” (Murder Most Romantic, Cumberland House 2001)
  • “Grievous Wounds” (Out of Avalon, DAW 2001); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Freddy Nearby” (Silicon Dreams, DAW 2001)
  • “The Capo of Darkness” (Vengeance Fantastic, DAW 2002; reprinted in This Is My Funniest, Baen Books 2006); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Wallgate” (The Shadow of the Wall, Cumberland 2002)
  • “First Familiars” (Familiars, DAW 2002)
  • “The Spin Wizard” (Pharaoh Fantastic, DAW 2002); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Licensed To Reclaim” (Women Writing SF As Men, DAW 2003); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “The Prodigy” (The Sorcerer’s Academy, DAW 2003)
  • “The Magic Keyboard” (The Magic Shop, DAW 2004)
  • “Doppelgangster” (Murder By Magic, Warner 2004; reprinted in The Dragon Done It, Baen Books 2008; & in The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told, Skyhorse 2010)
  • “Diary of a Galactic Emigre” (I, Alien, DAW 2005)
  • “Jesus H. Christ” (Time After Time, DAW 2005); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Greek To Me” (Hags, Sirens, & Other Bad Girls, DAW 2006)
  • “Lady Roxanne LaBelle” (The Magic Toy Box, DAW 2006)
  • “Creation: The Launch!” (Baen’s Universe, 2007); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Camelot’s Greatest Hits” (Fate Fantastic, DAW 2007); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “By Any Other Name” (Mystery Date, DAW 2008); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Something Virtual This Way Comes” (Something Wicked This Way Comes, DAW 2008)
  • “Peacekeeping Mission” (Front Lines, DAW 2008; reprinted in The Mammoth Book of SF Wars, Running Press, 2012)
  • “Fang Fest” (Enchantment Place, DAW 2008)
  • “Temporal Management” (Witch High, DAW 2008)
  • “The Infernal Revenant Service” (Better Off Undead, DAW 2008); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “The Spear of Destiny” (Swordplay, DAW 2009); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Project: Creation” (Intelligent Design, DAW 2009); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “The Quin Quart” (The Trouble With Heroes, DAW 2009); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Mortal Mix-Up” (Human For A Day, DAW 2011)
  • “The Story of My Unlife” (Cast of Characters, Fiction Studio Books, 2012)
  • “Your Name Here” (How To Save the World, Fiction River 2013)
  • “No Place Like Home” (When Dreams Come True, Written Dreams 2013)
  • “Fabian’s Wake” (I Never Thought I’d See You Again, Fiction Studio 2013)
  • “Dave the Mighty Steel-Thewed Avenger” (Urban Fantasy Magazine, Feb 2015; reprinted in Funny Fantasy, UFO Publishing 2016)
  • “A Girl’s Home Is Her Rent-Controlled Castle” (Chicks and Balances, Baen Books 2015)
  • “Friendship” (Blackguards, Ragnarok Publications 2015)
  • “The Spiel of the Glocken” (Temporally Out of Order, Zombies Need Brains 2015)
  • “Achilles Piquant and the Elsinore Vacillation” (Galaxy’s Edge  2016)
  • “The ∏ Files” (Unidentified Funny Objects 5, UFO Publishing 2016)

Miscellaneous

  • 2009 to present: Monthly opinion column, “The Mad Scribbler,” for Nink, the journal of Novelists, Inc.
  • 2006: Post-graduate journalism intern with The Associated Press in Jerusalem. Articles published on subjects including Israeli elections, the April 2006 Tel Aviv bombing, Easter in the Old City, pollution of the Jordan River, the Black Hebrews, and Israeli reggae enthusiasts, science fiction fans, and gaeolophiles.
  • 2000-2003: Monthly opinion column, “The Comely Curmudgeon,” for Nink (columns collected in Romance, Rejection, & Royalties).
  • 2001-2003: Quarterly opinion column, “The Filthy Pro,” for the SFWA Bulletin, the national magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (columns collected in Rejection, Romance, & Royalties).