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MUST LOVE DRAGONS (2010)
Everyone knows that Heroes slay Dragons. Not everyone knows that Heroes also change diapers.
It’s the oldest story in the world; boy meets girl, boy marries girl, they have a family. But what happens when the girl makes more money than the boy, and he stays at home to raise the kids? What happens when pregnancy is rough on her, and he has to go back to work? And what happens when she’s a dragon, he’s a ranger, and a day at the office involves trolls, elves, magic, and lower back pain?
Linus Weedwhacker (shut it, he’s heard ’em all) knows first hand.
“Must Love Dragons is a whimsical novel that blends its fantasy world with recognizable elements from our own. A househusband hero, who has spent the past few years changing diapers and raising his family, has to go back to work in the Ranger trade. In his day job, trolls, elves and magic are as commonplace as lower back pain, but he has many mouths to feed, and a dragon of a wife to tend to! In Must Love Dragons, ordinary as well as extraordinary problems besiege heroes every day; it takes a good sense of humor as well as a stiff upper lip to make it through a typical working shift. Highly recommended.” ~Midwest Book Review
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RUNS IN GOOD CONDITION (2011)
Linus is back from his travels with money to burn and a grateful family. Only now he finds himself swept up in a danger worse than dragons and kobolds: Politics. Nominated for Union President Linus goes toe to toe with crooked leaders, a tank of water, dancing slippers, pop singers, corsets, and even a werewolf or two. That is if he even passes the qualifying rounds… and if he can avoid planting his foot in his mouth every two seconds.
Whether you’re liberal, conservative, or nihilist, there’s nothing as impolitic as Linus Weedwhacker: Candidate at Large.
“Marier can turn some of the absurdities of the [political] process on its head and come out with a tale that makes me forget that there are even more terrifying baddies out in the real world, waving babies and kissing flags.” ~The Introverted Wife
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MADAME BLUESTOCKING’S PENNYHORRID (2011)
A Hope/Crosby style buddy-comedy in a Steampunk/Fantasy World!
Introducing The Dynamic Wingaurd & Kelly: Blindsmen, Costermongers, Duffers, Dowsers, Factors, Fulkers, Legerdemainists, Limners, Noontenders, Machinists and makers of fine Wigs. One is a washed up, boozing wizard, one is a debonair walking disaster. They’re gentlemen of fortune who realize that the advantage goes not to the biggest hand, but the better bluff. Additionally that any landing you can walk away from is a good one, and chicks dig scars.
Can the pair of them stop arguing long enough to save the citizens of Poulipolis from a watery grave? How will they manage with a shifty working girl and a hardened police inspector dogging their tails? Follow the hijinks of the Dynamic Wingaurd & Kelly (and their blue dragon, Philomena) as they unravel clues in a mysterious underwater city.
“If you’re a fan of steampunk, fantasy, or you simply enjoy high adventure stories filled with comedy, this is a must-read!”~ Eric J. Krause (Author)
ANTHOLOGIES INCLUDING SHORT STORIES BY MONICA MARIER
EIGHTY NINE (LITERARY MIX TAPES) ANTHOLOGY
1989: a cusp between decades.The year the Berlin Wall came down and Voyager went up. Ted Bundy and Emperor Hirohito died. The birth of the first Bush administration and computer virus.
In San Francisco and Newcastle the ground shook, in Chernobyl it melted. Tiananmen Square rocked the world and Tank Man imprinted on the international consciousness. Communism and Thatcherism began their decline, Islamic fundamentalism its rise.
It was the year Batman burst onto the big screen, we went back to the future (again) Indiana Jones made it a trifecta at the box office and Michael Damian told us to rock on.
Based on a play list of 26 songs released in 1989, Eighty Nine re-imagines the social, political, cultural and personal experiences at the end of the decade which gave the world mullets, crimped hair, neon-coloured clothing, acid-wash denim, keytars, the walkman, Live Aid, the first compact disc and MTV.
100 STORIES FOR QUEENSLAND
“One hundred beautiful stories. Our stories. When so much was lost or destroyed, this was created. That’s something that can never recede or wash away.”
Kate Eltham – CEO of The Queensland Writers Centre
100 STORIES FOR QUEENSLAND has something for everyone, from slice of life to science fiction, fantasy to romance, crime to comedy, paranormal to literary fiction. Heart-warming, quirky, inspiring and funny, the stories between these covers will lift readers to higher ground.
All proceeds to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Appeal.
(Featured Short Story: The Night Faeries)
FROM STAGE DOOR SHADOWS
Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California- blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.
The stories re-introduce the women Bernie Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band’s seamstress, the music man’s wife and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars and has-beens.
From vaudeville to opera, piano bar and street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heartbeat.
(Featured short story: “Tiny Danseur”)
THE BEST OF FRIDAY FLASH VOLUME 2
In late 2009 J.M. Strother launched the #FridayFlash hashtag on Twitter and a new writing community was born. The hashtag has grown into a vibrant and thriving writing and reading community who embrace new, emerging and established writers from across the globe every week in celebration of the flash fiction form.
The Best of Friday Flash: Volume 2 brims with a second helping of poignant, uplifting, brutal, funny, melancholic and twisted snap shots of life: past present and future.
(Featured short story: “Joe Milgrave and the Devil”)
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