Trisha J. Wooldridge has been a freelance editor, copywriter, journalist, and author for over thirteen years.
She’s edited over forty books, three online courses, four tutoring manuals, several issues of Massachusetts Horse magazine, mutual fund resource information, and the text for the Dungeons & Dragons: Stormreach, massive multi-player online role playing game.
As a journalist, she’s reviewed restaurants, wine, beer, and whiskey; she’s covered international food trade and controversy over migrant tomato workers; and she’s spotlighted over two dozen horsewomen and horse rescues throughout Massachusetts.
Her work includes over a dozen short stories and poems, including pieces in the EPIC award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies and the Stoker award-nominated New England Horror Writer anthologies.
Under the name T.J. Wooldridge, she’s published three middle grade novels: The Kelpie, The Earl’s Childe, and Silent Starsong.
As the writer half of a comic team, she creates, markets, and scripts for the vampire webcomic Aurelio. She is the former president of Broad Universe, as well as a member of New England Horror Writers, the Horror Writers Association, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Find out more at www.anovelfriend.com.
Mirror of Hearts
Trisha J. Wooldridge
Roger Hunter has served the Lady White for longer than his life span should have allowed, at a cost higher than his conscience should have allowed, yet he has only questioned orders once, a long time ago.
The one time he decided to listen to his own heart.
And it wasn’t enough to break the spell he submitted to: The power of another heart’s song.
Now, his heart is drawn to the lovely Melody Devonshire, Lady White’s orphaned niece, but will the whispers of love be loud enough to overcome the call of power over life, itself?
Or must another heart be sacrificed before Roger can see his true destiny?
Kelly A. Harmon used to write truthful, honest stories about authors and thespians, senators and statesmen, movie stars and murderers. Now she writes lies, which is infinitely more satisfying, but lacks the convenience of doorstep delivery.
She is an award-winning journalist and author, and a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. A Baltimore native, she writes the Charm City Darkness series, which includes the novels Stoned in Charm City, A Favor for a Fiend, and the soon to be published, A Blue Collar Proposition. Her science fiction and fantasy stories can be found in Triangulation: Dark Glass, Hellebore and Rue, and Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace and Misery.
Ms. Harmon is a former newspaper reporter and editor, and now edits for Pole to Pole Publishing, a small Baltimore publisher. She is co-editor of Hides the Dark Tower along with Vonnie Winslow Crist. For more information, visit her blog at http://kellyaharmn.com, or, find her on Facebook and Twitter: http://facebook.com/Kelly-A-Harmon1, https://twitter.com/kellyaharmon.
Jeremy Zimmerman is a teller of tales who dislikes cute euphemisms for writing like “teller of tales.” He is the author of the young adult superhero book, Kensei, and its sequel is due out Winter 2015-2016. In his copious spare time he is the co-editor of Mad Scientist Journal. He lives in Seattle with five cats and his lovely wife (and fellow author) Dawn Vogel. You can find him at www.bolthy.com.
Robert E. Waters has been writing science fiction and fantasy professionally since 2003 with his first publication in Weird Tales, “The Assassin’s Retirement Party,” his first Nalo Thoran story. Since then, he has gone on to publish many others, including the story contained in this anthology. Robert has also published 30 additional stories in various on-line and print magazines and anthologies, including Eric Flint’s on-line Grantville Gazette, the magazine dedicated to publishing stories set in Baen Book’s 1632/Ring of Fire alternate history series. Robert lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Beth, their son Jason, and their cat Buzz. Visit his website as www.roberternestwaters.com.
Jeff Stehman and his wife live in the woods of northern Minnesota, where he divides the seasons into canoeing, cross-country skiing, and those few weeks in between when his writing output improves. His fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Jim Baen’s Universe, and the UFO Press anthology Unidentified Funny Objects.
Steven R. Southard’s short stories stack up in ten different anthologies including Dead Bait, Quest for Atlantis, and Avast, Ye Airships! He’s the tall and looming author of the What Man Hath Wrought series, with thirteen stories at last count. An engineer and former submariner, Steve takes readers to new heights with engaging characters in distant places and varied historical periods. He towers over the genres of steampunk, clockpunk, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Seek him in his lofty perches at www.stevenrsouthard.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/steven.southard.16, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StevenRSouthard.
Laura Shovan is poetry editor for the literary journal Little Patuxent Review. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize. Laura edited the Maryland Writers’ Association anthology Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems and co-edited Voices Fly: An Anthology of Exercises and Poems from the Maryland State Arts Council Artists-in-Residence Program, for which she teaches. Laura is a Rita Dove Poetry Award finalist and won a Gettysburg Review Conference for Writers scholarship. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, her novel-in-verse for children, debuts in April, 2016 from Wendy Lamb Books/Random House. During the 2015-2016 school year, Laura is serving as the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s Writer-in-Residence. She blogs about arts education at www.authoramok.com and tweets @LauraShovan.
Alex Shvartsman is a writer and translator from Brooklyn, NY. Over 80 of his short stories have appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories and his steampunkthumor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent were both published in 2015. His website is www.alexshvartsman.com.
Jonathan Shipley, a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, writes short stories and novels in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Last year he was one of eight finalists for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award with a whimsical story about Hell, and the After Death anthology where he was a contributing author won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award. His list of publications is pushing up to the half-century mark with a half-dozen additional stories sold and pending. With his short fiction on track, his on-going goal is to find a publishing home for his nine novels that range in a vast story arc from Nazi occultism to vampires to futuristic space opera. When not writing, he is immersed in the restoration of an old cattle baron’s mansion in Fort Worth, Texas, which occasionally he also uses as a setting for stories—though not the overly grim ones. A hundred-year-old mansion has enough strange noises in the night without creating causes over and above the usual old house shifting and creaking. A listing of his short fiction can be found at www.shipleyscifi.com/publishedworks.