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Around the shifting borders of the Twelve Kingdoms, trade and conflict, danger and adventure put every traveler on guard . . . but some have everything to lose.
Once she was known as Jenna, Imperial Princess of Dasnaria, schooled in graceful dance and comely submission. Until the man her parents married her off to almost killed her with his brutality.
Now, all she knows is that the ship she’s boarded is bound away from her vicious homeland. The warrior woman aboard says Jenna’s skill in dancing might translate into a more lethal ability. Danu’s fighter priestesses will take her in, disguise her as one of their own—and allow her to keep her silence.
But it’s only a matter of time until Jenna’s monster of a husband hunts her down. Her best chance to stay hidden is to hire out as bodyguard to a caravan traveling to a far-off land, home to beasts and people so unfamiliar they seem like part of a fairy tale. But her supposed prowess in combat is a fraud. And sooner or later, Jenna’s flight will end in battle—or betrayal . . .
Praise for The Mark of the Tala
“Magnificent . . . a richly detailed fantasy world.” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, Top Pick
“Well written and swooningly romantic.” —Library Journal, starred review
When I was a little girl, I found a tattered copy of MYTHOLOGY by Edith Hamilton at a used book sale.
The subtitle is “Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes” and it has an image of Perseus with the head of
Medusa. He’s naked, posed with a very phallic sword against a full moon (or setting sun) and oh wow,
did I want to know what that was all about!
Yes, I was reading way ahead of my grade level. No, my mother never tried to stop me. Yes, I still have
that book. (Published by Little, Brown in 1953.)
Of course I read the tiny print cover to cover, and I keep it because I use it for reference still.
While the tale of Perseus and Medusa turned out to be interesting – though I sympathized with Medusa,
naturally – the one that truly seized my imagination was the tale of Persephone (or Proserpine).
Like most kids, I was fascination by abductions of all kinds. In this book, Persephone is carried off –
complete with a dramatic illustration that includes fabulous horses, a chariot, and her long hair
streaming behind her – by a god described as “the lord of the dark underworld, the king of the
What’s not to love?? (I’m also Team Loki. I have my themes.)
Interestingly, this tale is traditionally framed as her mother, Demeter’s. Not all that much focus is placed
on Persephone and what actually happens to her – which, of course, led me to imagine all sorts of
In some ways, by writing PRISONER OF THE CROWN, I’m still working out that fascination. I always
wondered what it was like for these young, innocent daughters sold or stolen away into marriage. While
my dark fantasies lead me into tantalizing sexual territory (which I’ve explored in other stories), I also
know that these scenarios were the last thing from romantic for many women trapped in them. That’s
what PRISONER is about. It’s not a romance. It’s a story of a young woman with no power to save
herself, who finally does.
She’s Persephone freed.
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The Sickness unto Death
The Synth revolution has come at last. The supposedly synthetic beings humans crafted to do their dirty work for them have fully actualized their own humanity—and they no longer acquiesce in their enslavement. Victory in the struggle to tear down the institutions of oppression seems just a matter of time. But the halls of power are not so easily shaken—and a counterstrike is inevitable.
Former Detective Jason Campbell has pledged his life to the Synthetic cause. So when a mysterious virus starts wiping out Synths left and right—and shows signs of mutating to target everyone else—he must lead a race against time to prevent the outbreak of the most horrific plague the world has ever seen. If he succeeds, he’ll expose the moral bankruptcy of the depraved elites who will stop at nothing to restore the old order. If he fails, it could mean the end of life on this planet. For both Synth and Human.
Praise for SINthetic
“Darkly engrossing, SINthetic shines a stark light on the age-old question, what does it mean to be human?”—Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author
How to Spot a Synthetic
They look like us. Act like us. But they’re not human. Created in a lab to do the tasks humans can’t be bothered with, synthetics are custom built to serve. But how can you tell if the menial behind the counter, the nanny watching over the children in the park, or the landscaper tending the flowers is one of us… or one of them? Perhaps it’s best to let the marketing department at Walton Biogenics answer that question…
Excerpt taken from a recent Walton Biogenics advertising campaign…
Purpose Built. Each synthetic is designed with care and precision to be perfectly suited to their intended use. Through the application of extensive, patented genetic technology, we at Walton Biogenics have sculpted your new synthetic to the tightest specifications for the task at hand. Laborers boast a significantly higher degree of muscle fibers; undercity workers conform to physical standards compatible with the tight quarters they must negotiate, and domestics bring a balance of pleasing aesthetics and readiness to serve in any way you see fit.
Works of Art. At Walton Biogenics, we believe that a synthetic should be more than just a tool. Aesthetics matter, and while form may follow function, we strive to make every synthetic a work of art. Our dedicated focus to bilateral symmetry, classic lines, and appealing curves will ensure that your investment in one of our synthetics will not only get the job done, but will keep a smile on your face for years to come.
The Finest Programming. We don’t just grow synthetics and ship them out the door. When you purchase a Walton Biogenics synthetic, you can be sure that, in addition to being designed from the ground up to meet your needs, they have undergone extensive training and programming, so that they can handle any task within their design specifications. But more than that, we make sure that every synthetic is capable of even more. Whatever model you choose, they’ll come standard with a suite of skills guaranteed to cover your basic needs – and even some more exotic ones!
The Walton Biogenics Promise. In modern times, it seems like nothing is built to last. Walton Biogenics is here to change that. Our synthetics are guaranteed to work, period. If you experience any problems or performance issues, simply take your synthetic to any one of our convenient service centers and you’ll be provided a replacement, free of charge, with no questions asked. That’s our promise.
*Note: Offer excludes products intentionally damaged by the purchaser.
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