Authors know Phoenix Sullivan and her blog where she dissects query letters and helps polish them. She is also known as an author herself. Over the years, her short stories have been published under her real name in various pro anthologies and magazines. Marion Zimmer Bradley was her first editor. In the corporate world, Phoenix was a professional writer and editor for 23 years.
Her two most recent books have caught my attention and I decided to present them here - because after all this is a site to talk about stories. :-)
The first book is an anthology put together and edited by Phoenix, entitled "Extinct Doesn't Mean Forever". The topic intrigued me enormously - I am an openly declared archaeology/palaeontology buff for those who know me, and I couldn't pass up on such a book. 19 stories by very good authors exploring the "what if..." theme - What if an extinct creature were to return to life? What are the ethical and other implications? The authors tackle a wide range of possibilities - from saber-tooth cats, to mammoth, to Neanderthals, to "angels" returning. It's an intriguing anthology, boldly put together and with great surprises waiting at every page turn.
Extinct is now available at:
Barnes and Noble
The second book was written by Phoenix herself and it is an amazing novel. It's called "Spoil of war" and it is an Arthurian era saga. *squee!* I can't tell you how much I love Arthur and the Round Table and all the mythology surrounding that legend. As Jennifer Blake, NY Times Bestselling Author, says in her review of the book: "Spoil of War is a fascinating account of early Britain, a gripping tale of lust, love and the horrors of ancient warfare. Beautifully written, filled with myriad period details and compelling characters, it takes you deep into the heart of a brutal era -- and into the nature of feminine honor, feminine courage. I was enthralled." Need I say more?
Spoil of war is available at:
Barnes and Noble
These two books are great - I own them, have read them, and will re-read them! If you like good science fiction and arthurian sagas with strong women characters and a dash of romance, I highly recommend them - as a reader to another.
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