||Double Dragon Publising
||Dec 1 2002
Double Dragon Publishing
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TWILIGHT CROSSINGS...four novellas of speculative fiction.
... ISADORA by Jeanne Allen: On an earth where nuclear war destroyed the old world, Isadora must fight for the freedom to explore truth.
On the edge of sunset, hidden within the blue-gray hues of the coming night, dwell the realms of twilight...
... TWIN STAR by Jeanine Berry: Forced to marry against her will, Sonneret must hide the secret powers of her race from a man she is beginning to love...a man who may destroy her people if he learns the truth.
... EIDOLON by Shannah Biondine: An unusual stranger comes to town in this fun tale about the old wild west with a devilish twist of humor...
...THIEF OF DREAMS by Sheri L. McGathy: Nerys Devi has met the man she could love with all her heart, the one she would share her dreams with. Yet, fate has other plans. Instead of sharing her dreams, will he now be doomed to haunt them?
Excerpt from "Isadora" by Jeanne Allen:
Clouds of gloom hung over the village, concealing all evidence the sky had ever been blue. Hubert Alder stood before the woman on trial. "Your powers of healing go beyond anyone born of this earth. Every one of our brethren who has contracted the scourge has succumbed. But you!" the Tribunal Lord thundered, the long sleeves of his black robe flapping like bat wings as he pointed an accusing finger. "You've used your power to cure a man who committed grave sins against our God. You visited him in prison while he was ill with the scourge. His recovery shortly thereafter enabled him to overpower the guards and make his escape!"
On the large, wooden dais, Hubert paced slowly, deliberately in front of the crowd, then turned on his heel to face the accused. His voice became soft, but it was not soothing. "Why, Kander, would you allow an evildoer like him a full recovery when good people are left to sufferunless you are evil yourself? My own wife died under your care." He bowed his head as if needing a moment to overcome the sadness of having lost his spouse. He lifted his head. "What say you, witch?"
Piers Anthony, best-selling author of the Xanth series
"Isadora" by Jeanne Allen is an alternate reality tale of America, with love across realities. Isa is about to be burned for witchcraft because she is curious about science. I thought of the Inquisition and the reaction of our present American administration to criticism. The oppressive feel is well presented, and the resolution consistent.
Melinda Rucker Haynes, award-winning author of The Eternal Trust
Twilight Crossings is a fantasy sampler of rare quality that discriminating readers of cutting-edge speculative fiction will adore.
Elaine Corvidae, award-winning author of WINTER'S ORPHANS
"Each of the four stories in TWILIGHT CROSSINGS pushes the bounds of speculative fiction in its own way, from an exploration of the price of foreknowledge, to giving the devil his due. This collection will satisfy any lover of thoughtful, provocative speculative fiction.
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