Bibliography


Novels

The Esther Diamond Series

This series is also available in full-cast audiobook format.

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 Books, 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 Books, 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 Books, 1994); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Under a Sky More Fiercely Blue” (By Any Other Fame, DAW Books, 1994); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “The Muse Afire” (Weird Tales From Shakespeare, DAW Books, 1994)
  • “Those Rowdy Royals!” (Alien Pregnant By Elvis!, DAW Books, 1994); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Saint Frankie” (Alternate Outlaws, Tor Books, 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 Books, 1995); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “A Wind From Heaven” (Ancient Enchantresses, DAW Books, 1995); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Enter the Night” (Orphans of the Night, Walker, 1995)
  • “The Lily Maid of Astolat” (Return To Avalon, DAW Books, 1996); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “The Hound Lover” (Phantoms of the Night, DAW Books, 1996; reprinted in Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire, Prime Books, 2012)
  • “Wall Street Wizards” (The Shimmering Door, Harper, 1996)
  • “Amandla!” (Alternate Tyrants, Tor Books, 1997)
  • “In Zodiac We Trust” (Zodaic Fantastic, DAW Books, 1997)
  • “Highway To Heaven” (Highwaymen, Robbers, & Rogues, DAW Books, 1997); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Terrible Monkey” (Return of the Dinosaurs, DAW Books, 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 Books, 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 Books, 2001); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Freddy Nearby” (Silicon Dreams, DAW Books, 2001)
  • “The Capo of Darkness” (Vengeance Fantastic, DAW Books, 2002; reprinted in This Is My Funniest, Baen Books, 2006); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Wallgate” (The Shadow of the Wall, Cumberland House, 2002)
  • “First Familiars” (Familiars, DAW Books, 2002)
  • “The Spin Wizard” (Pharaoh Fantastic, DAW Books, 2002); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Licensed To Reclaim” (Women Writing SF As Men, DAW Books, 2003); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “The Prodigy” (The Sorcerer’s Academy, DAW Books, 2003)
  • “The Magic Keyboard” (The Magic Shop, DAW Books, 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 Books, 2005)
  • “Jesus H. Christ” (Time After Time, DAW Books, 2005); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Greek To Me” (Hags, Sirens, & Other Bad Girls, DAW Books, 2006)
  • “Lady Roxanne LaBelle” (The Magic Toy Box, DAW Books, 2006)
  • “Creation: The Launch!” (Baen’s Universe, 2007); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Camelot’s Greatest Hits” (Fate Fantastic, DAW Books, 2007); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “By Any Other Name” (Mystery Date, DAW Books, 2008); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Something Virtual This Way Comes” (Something Wicked This Way Comes, DAW Books, 2008; reprinted in Funny Horror, UFO Publishing, 2017)
  • “Peacekeeping Mission” (Front Lines, DAW Books, 2008; reprinted in The Mammoth Book of SF Wars, Running Press, 2012)
  • “Fang Fest” (Enchantment Place, DAW Books, 2008)
  • “Temporal Management” (Witch High, DAW Books, 2008)
  • “The Infernal Revenant Service” (Better Off Undead, DAW Books, 2008); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “The Spear of Destiny” (Swordplay, DAW Books, 2009); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “Project: Creation” (Intelligent Design, DAW Books, 2009); included in Highway To Heaven.
  • “The Quin Quart” (The Trouble With Heroes, DAW Books, 2009); included in Maybe You’ve Heard of Me?
  • “Mortal Mix-Up” (Human For A Day, DAW Books, 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 e-mag, Nov 2016)
  • “The ∏ Files” (Unidentified Funny Objects 5, UFO Publishing, 2016)
  • “Cthulhu, P.I.” (The Cackle of Cthulhu, Baen Books, 2017)
  • TBA (Unidentified Funny Objects 6, UFO Publishing, 2017)
  • “Galatea” (Heart’s Kiss e-mag, Feb, Apr, & June, 2017)

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).