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About Stephanie A. Cain
Stephanie A. Cain grew up in Indiana, where much of her urban fantasy is set, but unfortunately has been unable to visit Amethir or Tamnen, where her epic fantasy novels are set.
She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Creative Writing, with a Medieval Studies minor. She has two-thirds of a Master of Library Science, but ran out of money and enthusiasm for grad school at about the same time. Despite this, her years of work in libraries were not wasted--besides having a lot of librarian friends (everyone should have at least one) she also spent a great deal of time hanging out in the stacks at 398.2, which gave rise to many of her urban fantasy stories.
She currently works at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, where she spends her time doing historical research, giving tours of a Victorian man-cave, and serving as a one-woman IT department.
Stephanie's favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Moon, Tamora Pierce, Garth Nix, and Robin McKinley.
A proud crazy cat lady, Stephanie is happily owned by Eowyn, Strider, and Eustace Clarence Scrubb. In her free time, she enjoys hiking (except for the spiders), bird-watching, visiting wineries, and collecting anything with owls on it. She likes to unwind by playing World of Warcraft and Skyrim. She enjoys organizing things, is overly fond of notebooks, and visits office supply stores for fun. She owns way more movie scores and fountain pens than she can actually afford.
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Retellings of familiar favourites from new perspectives, and brand new stories share the pages of this fairy-themed collection. Within these offerings you’ll find fairy music and food, contracts (making and breaking them), changelings, circles and curses–these stories deliver all the things you already love about fairies and a few new tricks as well.
A dusting of dragons, shapeshifters and ogres accompany these tales which include feminist fairies overcoming trauma, Norse fairies breaking the rules to interfere in human affairs, intergalactic fairies hitching a ride to a new home, political satire featuring an idiot king and talking animals, a new Robin Archer story, fairy run nightclubs and so, so much more.
Altogether this anthology includes twenty-six brand new tales–one for each letter of the alphabet–from contributors Pete Aldin, Steve Bornstein, Andrew Bourelle, Stephanie A. Cain, Beth Cato, Sara Cleto, Cory Cone, Danielle Davis, Megan Engelhardt, Michael Fosburg, Joseph Halden, Lynn Hardaker, L.S. Johnson, Michael M. Jones, Jeanne Kramer-Smyth, Samantha Kymmell-Harvey, C.S. MacCath, Jonathan C. Parrish, Alexandra Seidel, Michael B. Tager, Rachel M. Thompson, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Brittany Warman, Lilah Wild, Suzanne J. Willis and BD Wilson.
When she wakes up alive–yeah, she’s as surprised as you are–she keeps seeing people her friends can’t see. She can’t get those people to talk to her, though, and one of them looks hauntingly familiar, even though it’s no one Chloe actually knows.
A handsome Indiana State Trooper with secrets of his own tells her that her would-be killer is tied to an open robbery case. While they work together to bring a relentless killer to justice, Chloe has increasingly disturbing encounters with the shades only she can see.
She finally realizes her death (and subsequent resurrection) has given her a connection to the restless dead of Indianapolis, and with a recent homicide rate over a hundred a year, there are a lot of restless dead in Indianapolis. What’s a conventional, Catholic cop to do?
Catch the crook, get the guy, and say a few Hail Marys just to be safe.
Izbel Cantara of the Fifth Family needs a husband if she wants to keep her family's estate. She travels to the king's midwinter celebrations, the traditional time for the nobility to arrange marriage contracts, in hopes of finding an alternate to marrying her conniving cousin Willat. She knows she needs to negotiate a marriage.
She doesn't expect to fall in love.
Against a backdrop of court intrigue and international alliances, Izbel is forced to make a decision between fulfilling her duty to her family or pursuing her own happiness.
Now she has to save the world.
Azmei travels to Amethir, whose prince she promised three years ago to marry. With her is Hawk, the man who loves her, and Yar, the Voice of Dragons. They carry a terrifying message for the king of Amethir: the gods are waking and the world is about to shake.
Prince Vistaren of Amethir has also received a frightening warning, this one from a powerful stormwitch–weather magic is failing. Patterns of storms are beginning to build outside their prescribed season. While the Stormwitch Academy officially denies any problems, there are hints of trouble yet to come.
Azmei and Vistaren know they must act. But the king refuses to listen to them and the land is beginning to tear itself apart. Facing pirate attacks, seadragon swarms, and a strange woman who uses magic in a way no stormwitch should, Vistaren and Azmei know they must find a way to set things right.
But what price is too high to save the world?
Praise for the Storms in Amethir series:
"From the prologue, I was reminded strongly of one of my favorite authors, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Stormseer didn't disappoint. Stephanie Cain writes with the same sense of rich history--the world Razem and Azmei live in is fully realized and absolutely believable....Cain writes with a subtlety that reminds me, again, of Kay, or perhaps Patricia McKillip's Riddle Master Trilogy, particularly when it comes to her characters. They're beautifully drawn with enough sharp, memorable details that the reader gets a sense of who they are and what makes them tick, and some of the quieter character moments of Stormseer have stuck with me after finishing the book."
- Meg Burden, author of Northlander and The King Commands
"This series just gets better and better. The characters have depth, the story isn't predictable (whoa, Yarro!) and i can't wait for the next book to be published. This is good stuff."
- Amazon Review of Stormseer
"Enjoyable high-fantasy with a well-drawn cast of characters, including a compelling female lead. What I liked best about the writing is how it engaged all my senses and gave dimension to rapidly moving scenes and changing points of view. I was completely immersed in the world, and moved quickly through the pages."
- Amazon Review of Stormseer
"'Whenever that particularly disconcerting [romantic] desire hit her, she went looking for a Strid ship to attack. Blowing things up always made her feel better.'
And that's when I decided I would enjoy reading about Captain Arama Dzornaea."
- Laura VanArendonk Baugh, author of Kitsune-Tsuki and Kitsune-Mochi
A series full of strong female characters, heroines, self-rescuing princesses, pirates, princes, and prophets.
Commander Hawk of the Tamnese army was captured by the Strid after being left for dead on the battlefield. After years as a prisoner of war, he is finally ransomed--only to find he has no place left in the world. His parents are dead and his command has long since been given to another. At loose ends, he agrees to an undertaking for the crown--seek out the truth about Princess Azmei's killer.
Yarro Perslyn has been captive to the Voices in his head for most of his short life. The only family who ever cared for him was his sister Orya, and she disappeared. Now the mysterious Voices in his head are saying something new. They are real, and they want Yarro to free them.
Princess, prisoner, and prophet collide in the embattled region between the two kingdoms. But will they be in time to prevent more death, or will the rising storm break them all?
But he's still having nightmares. Dreams. Visions. His world turns upside down when he meets a handsome homicide detective with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police who says the visions aren't PTSD--they're premonitions.
Elliott Blake is certain he's right about Martin's visions--he's not just a detective, he's also a werewolf with preternatural senses, and PTSD symptoms have a different scent than premonitions. And his case that has way too many things in common with Martin's visions to be a coincidence.
The problem is, whoever killed Ainsley Shaw has killed again, and Elliott's no closer to catching the killer. If he could just get Martin to trust him, they could work the case together--and maybe figure out what to do with the attraction between them.
Unfortunately, the killer has other plans...
When the duke's daughter goes missing, Sennae takes the opportunity to prove herself--and maybe find romance on the way.
Princess Azmei of Tamnen was raised to serve her kingdom, and she has agreed to travel to the diplomatic nation of Ranarr to meet with Amethir's Crown Prince. Her father hopes that a marriage treaty between Azmei and Prince Vistaren will put an end to the decades-long war between Tamnen and their neighboring country Strid.
But Vistaren has secrets of his own, and even their blossoming friendship can't set Azmei's mind at ease. And not everyone wants the war to end. Azmei must evade multiple assassination attempts before she even finalizes her agreement with Prince Vistaren. Azmei must transform herself from bookish princess to lethal warrior in her attempts to save herself, her family, and her kingdom.
Along her journey, Azmei will meet Captain Arama Dzornaea, the most famous lady privateer in the world; Jacin Hawk, a former political prisoner disabled in the war; Orya, a cunning and worldly cloth merchant; and Yarro, a young man who hears Voices inside his head.
Storms are gathering on the horizon. Long-dormant Powers are waking. Azmei and her band of unlikely allies must determine how to save not only her kingdom, but the entire world, from certain destruction.
In this omnibus edition:
The Midwinter Royal
Teeth In Their Song
and an original story written just for this omnibus!
Each path demands a high price. If Gabriel refuses the Elite Corps, he may lose the Prince's trust. But if he joins the Elite Corps, he fears he will lose himself.
Azmei knows she is sailing into a precarious situation. After all, the correspondence she’s traded with Vistaren doesn’t guarantee he’ll be a man she can respect or love. She can’t stand the thought of seeing her generation decimated by the bloody conflict with neighboring Strid. Yet while she has sworn to serve her brother, the heir to Tamnen’s throne, Azmei isn’t certain this is the best way to do so.
What Azmei doesn’t know is that her new friend, Orya, is not who she seems to be, and that Prince Vistaren has secrets of his own. And on top of that, there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent the alliance between Tamnen and Amethir...
There is a storm on the horizon, and its shadow may grow to cover the whole world.
NOTE: The first book in this series, STORMSINGER, should be permanently free. The third book in this series, STORMSEER, is priced at $0.99 as a special promotion June 4 - 6!
Cover art by Phuoc Quan