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Deborah J. Ross
My misspent youth was passed in California and Oregon, growing my hair long, protesting everything and gathering useless academic degrees before realizing the true "work of my heart" was storytelling. I have been writing science fiction and fantasy professionally since 1982, served as Secretary... show more

My misspent youth was passed in California and Oregon, growing my hair long, protesting everything and gathering useless academic degrees before realizing the true "work of my heart" was storytelling. I have been writing science fiction and fantasy professionally since 1982, served as Secretary of SFWA and have taught writing and led writer's workshops. I'm also a member of the online writer's coop, www.bookviewcafe.com.As Deborah Wheeler, I wrote 2 science fiction novels, JAYDIUM and NORTHLIGHT, as well as short stories in ASIMOV'S, FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, SISTERS OF THE NIGHT, STAR WARS: TALES FROM JABBA'S PALACE, REALMS OF FANTASY, and almost all of the SWORD & SORCERESS and Darkover anthologies. My most recent projects -- under my birth name, Ross -- include Darkover novels with the late Marion Zimmer Bradley: and an original fantasy series, THE SEVEN-PETALED SHIELD. I made my editorial debut in 2008 with LACE AND BLADE. I live in the redwood forests near Santa Cruz with my husband, writer Dave Trowbridge. In between writing, I've lived in France, worked as a medical assistant to a cardiologist, revived an elementary school library, studied Hebrew and yoga, and have been active in the women's martial arts network and local Quaker community.
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Books by the Lake
Books by the Lake rated it 2 years ago
The description of this fantasy anthology promises swordfighting and romance. Well, there is some of both in here, though not in every story; but that isn't the key to what gives the book unity. I realized part way through that many of the stories take place in settings where social dynamics involve...
Coffee2words
Coffee2words rated it 3 years ago
Overall this collection of stories only made up approx 70% of the book (the rest was dedicated to promotion of the author's other works) and left quite a bit to be desired. There weren't really any creepy stories here, and the 'horror' was in very small quantities. My favourite story by quite a way ...
sushmapillai14
sushmapillai14 rated it 5 years ago
The book is a compilation of ten different stories. My favourites were Death comes for Maggie McDaniel by Grayson Bray Morris which had an unexpected and doleful ending; and Druid Stones by Rayne Hall for it tells how individuals scruple to help strangers. The most weird or rather funny was Creature...
The Reading Jackalope
The Reading Jackalope rated it 6 years ago
I... don't know what to do with this book. It starts out very good. I LOVE the concept and the world building. I love the idea of doing a fantasy story around Israel and the Middle East and the LONG history there. However, I can't go higher then a two because of the structure of the book. First, thi...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, in the dark days pre-Buffy, it was hard to find a female action hero. And yes, little girls need them, and teens, and even young women. So when the first Sword and Sorceress was published, I immediately grabbed it, and it was love at first sight of the cov...
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