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About Becky Burkheart
Becky takes frequent flights of fantasy, in real life as well as in her writing. It's said that life is stranger than fiction, but Becky's out to prove it's possible to integrate it both ways. Whether she's racing her Arabian horses through the woods, rapid firing her .45 or gargoyling from local rooftops, Becky finds it hard to stay grounded in the real world. Although she has yet to ride in a space ship (she did get to simulate crashing a 727) or to meet a real vampire (that she's aware of), anachronistic dress, "QaQ poHmey" and pints of brew (yes, it comes in pints) are standard fare on the odd weekend.
If you love Halloween but are so-so about Christmas - these stories are for you. Scary, funny, sweet or sad - they're all TWISTED.
The half-elven Daleena agrees to be the Dragonlord's consort, unaware she's going to be bound to a magical jewel that's stuck inside the hero who insists on rescuing her.
Joren, a hero for hire, agrees to one last job before he retires. He didn't count on being cursed with a magical jewel, or that the lady isn't a lady but only wants to be a lady, and doesn't want to be rescued from the dragon...or does she?
Given the chance to attain all she’s never dared to dream of, will Daleena throw it away, choosing instead to wander alongside her hero?
What is it to be a priestess and a queen but a life of service to the people and the gods?
Historic legend tells us Hercules stole the Golden Girdle of War from the Amazon Queen, Hippolyte, at the command of King Eurytheus. Once it was taken back to Mycene – the trail grows cold.
In BLOODCUP the young warrior-priestess Aekhosora seizes command in the aftermath of that bloody theft to lead the army of her people on a vengeful journey south to recover the girdle. Plunging into the marshes of the Danube, through Thrace, past Mount Olympus, with only a brief stop at Delphi, they march on Theseus and all but take Athens before they continue south to death and slavery at Megara.
Suffering the whims of slavery, she struggles to stay true to her god, her goal and the man who takes her home, a man who finds himself the master of a queen striving to restore a lost and scattered people.
This is a fresh retelling of the classic myth.
As history is told by the victors, what has passed down through the ages is exactly what the Queen wanted us to know. Now read the true tale, the story of a great queen, bidding her time, and at long last reclaiming her own.
Vicious, legend calls us, and bloodthirsty, yet my sisters and I did only as we were bid.
Read the truth behind the Third Labor of Herakles, the so-called theft of the flesh-eating mares, as told by Diomedes' Blac as she makes her choice.
As guardian of Lerna, I understand well the gods' penchant for capriciousness, yet still I rage against the murder of blood-kin. Enraged, I welcomed Herakles to my gate, thinking to grant him passage to the underworld. In the end, the gods' willed it not to be.
You've heard others' tales, now hear mine.
Read the truth of the labors of Herakles as told by the ones who suffered his wrath. Heads of the Hydra is the second of 12 short stories each told by the so-called monster