I'm thrilled to announce that I've had a story accepted for this fall's SWORD AND SORCERESS 33 anthology, published by the Marion Zimmer Bradley estate and edited by Elisabeth Waters and Deborah J. Ross. I submit a story most years but don't often make the final cut, so it's exciting to win a place in the book. As you may guess from the title even if you haven't read any of the previous volumes, the series comprises "sword and sorcery" fantasy with female protagonists. Here are the contents of the forthcoming anthology, which we're encouraged to share:
SWORD AND SORCERESS 33 TABLE OF CONTENTS
WRESTLING THE OCEAN by Pauline J. Alama
HAUNTED BOOK NOOK by Margaret L. Carter
THE HOOD AND THE WOOD by Lorie Calkins
SINGING TO STONE by Catherine Mintz
THE RIVER LADY’S PALE HANDS by M. P. Ericson
LIN’S HOARD by Deirdre M. Murphy
THE CITADEL IN THE ICE by Dave Smeds
ALL IN A NAME by Jessie D. Eaker
DEATH EVERLASTING by Jonathan Shipley
BALANCING ACT by Marella Sands
FIRST ACT OF SAINT BASTARD by T. R. North
THE FALLEN MAN by Deborah J. Ross
A FAMILIAR’S PREDICAMENT by Jane Lindskold
THE SECRET ARMY by Jennifer Linnea
COMING HOME TO ROOST by L. S. Patton
FROM THE MOUTHS OF SERPENTS by Evey Brett
MAGIC WORDS by Alisa Cohen
CHARMING by Melissa Mead
My tale features a ghost in the library of a magical university, with a bit of humor.
SWORD AND SORCERESS has had a complicated publishing history, perhaps symptomatic of the shifting tides of publishing in the past few decades. It began as a long-running series of mass market paperbacks from DAW Books. After DAW and SWORD AND SORCERESS parted ways following MZB's death, a lapse of a few years was followed by several volumes in trade paperback from a small press. Finally, up to the present, the annual trade paperbacks have been published by the Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust itself.
A few years ago, the Trust also resumed producing Darkover anthologies, a project that had been dormant for a long time. Now they're publishing a new one each May, in trade paperback rather than the former mass market format.
Most of the works released by the Trust are also available as e-books. Moreover, many stories from the anthologies, plus some other short pieces by anthology contributors, are sold on Amazon as stand-alone e-books. You can find them here. (If you scroll down far enough, you'll find a selection of my short stories.):MZB Works in Kindle
Another anthology series from the Bradley estate, now on its fourth volume, is called LACE AND BLADE. It contains swashbuckling tales of adventure with touches of magic and romance. I would characterize the first volume as "perfectly targeted to Zorro fans," although subsequent anthologies have gradually widened their scope.
You can find out about the various books and series at the link below. Also, the Trust produces some audiobooks and CDs. In short, they offer a prime example of taking advantage of the full range of available media and formats to reach fans:Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works
Margaret L. CarterCarter's Crypt