Book View Cafe celebrates its fifth anniversary with an anthology of our favorite stories. From the fantasy and science fiction of our roots to steampunk, romance, historical and mainstream; from humor to life's hardest challenges, across the spectrum from light to dark.
Book View Cafe's members include international best-selling authors and winners of the National Book Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and many others. Most have sold multiple novels to major publishers. Many have taught writing at workshops around the world. The knowledge of these professional authors is gathered into a volume that will help both new and experienced writers cope with the creative challenges and the nuts-and-bolts business issues of a career in writing fiction.
Len Whiting is smitten from the minute she sees the stranger's amazing eyes. She agrees to help Caeran find the healer he's been seeking in rural New Mexico. What Len doesn't know is that neither Caeran nor the healer is human: they're immortal lven, and they're locked in an ancient struggle with the vampires who are their kin. Len wants Caeran's love, and wants to help the healer find a cure - but first they must cope with the bloodthirsty vampire who's got his sights set on them all.
Feline investigator Leon, with opposable thumbs and the ability to talk, is possibly the most dangerous cat in the galaxy. Indentured to the Security department of Gamma Station until the cost of his creation is paid off, Leon alternates between harassing his human partner/roommate Devin and fighting sleazoid criminals, yet he still finds time to flirt with the lovely Leila, an exotic Burmese who lives in the swankiest level of the station. Will he win her heart, and more important - will he win his freedom?
When Manda notices a creepy white-haired goth watching her donate blood, her best friend Lenore panics and drags her to a tiny New Mexico village where she learns the horrible truth - the goth is a vampire...and she's the target. Hiding out in the village with Len's gorgeous boyfriend, Manda meets several of his kindred, strangely beautiful men who call themselves lven. She is drawn to Savhoran, who is troubled and recovering from an ominous wound, made by another vampire. Can Manda's heart survive the pain of loving an immortal who may himself be doomed?
A circle of impossibly beautiful men guards the campus against vicious, in human hunters. Steve's education, his love life, even his survival is at stake once he learns what the police don't know: The killer is immortal. The Immortal Saga is a contemporary novel written for lovers of fantasy and paranormal romance, especially those who like elves and vampires, and readers of books such as the Twilight series.
Wild Bill Hickok awakens to the feel of flesh crawling onto his bones. Alive again, in the graveyard in Deadwood on a cold October night, he has an irresistible compulsion to go to Atlantic City. There, in the mysterious and magical Black Queen casino, he joins a rogue’s gallery of resurrected scoundrels, all gamblers who were murdered like himself.
Midwinter, a time of darkness, a time to release past sorrows... Lord Paethor, young and haunted, accepts a mission from his king: to retrieve the enchanted sword Farslayer - or die in the attempt.
"Bland reader; trite story"
Holly Parker's life changes forever when she visits Enchantment Spring with her older sister Madison. They hike through the woods, and when they reach the spring, Holly's disappointed. A concrete coffin full of water? She expected a pool surrounded by flowers, birds, dancing dragonflies. But fine. They eat the lunch they packed, and lounge around in the sunshine a while. As they get ready to leave, Holly dabbles her fingers in the water. And sees a face beneath the surface.
Felisan, Governor of Alpinon, recalls the battle in which he and Jharan were certain they would be slain. On their way to Glenhallow, Eliani and her kindred must pass the battlefield at Skyruach, site of the greatest ælven conflict centuries before. As she and her kin listen to her father, Felisan, tell of the battle, she ponders the difficult decisions she must make when they reach the city where Turisan awaits her. Must she accept and use the mind speech she shares with him? Should she agree to his request that they hand fast? Either way, her life will never be the same.
The tale of the lven's struggle against their kindred foes, the vampiric alben, continues... Eliani and Turisan, mindspeakers separated by duty the day after their handfasting, yearn to be reunited as they aid in the fight to hold onto Fireshore. The capital city of that realm has been captured by the alben leader, Shalr, and along with it, Fireshore's governor and Eliani's beloved cousin! Shalr now has her eye on Woodrun, the center of Fireshore's darkwood production.
Many Paths is a new audiobook collection of original stories set in the magical world of the immortal lven (featured in Pati Nagle's Blood of the Kindred series of fantasy novels). Tales of courage, devotion, invention, and love, the stories range from short to novella in length and feature both familiar characters and new faces.
In the aftermath of battle, the people of Southfld must cope with devastating losses, including their governor...and seven of his successors. The Battle of Skyruach is over. Jharan, a captain of the Southfld Guard, grieves for his friend Maronin as he gathers the remnants of their two companies into one. Encamped on the battlefield, the lven army prepares to mourn the loss of Southfld's governor, even as two of the governor's subordinates come seeking Jharan with news that will change his life.
From the dark depths of the past to the bright hopes of the future, Pati Nagle's stories range across the palette of human emotion. Named for her Theodore Sturgeon Award Finalist story, Coyote Ugly includes fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, romance, mystery, and a few surprises. The rhythms, colors, and flavors of New Mexico enrich many of the stories. Curl up with this collection and your favorite hot cuppa, and prepare to escape the ordinary.
Fleeing the savages who destroyed his home, an lven bladesmith must forge a new weapon to destroy the enemies standing between him and freedom.Wounded and grieving the death of his love, Ghalran helps another survivor escape the raiders who destroyed their village. Enemies pursue them into the heart of the mountains, trapping them in a cavern warmed by fire slumbering deep in the earth. Ghalran senses he could make a new weapon here—one that will devastate his enemies—if he has the courage and the magical strength to tame the mountain's fiery heart.