Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Dangerous Lovers; Roses and Thorns

Welcome to the shadowy and not-so-shadowy space behind Sally's books. If you're not familiar with this blog, scroll down to see what it's all about.

 Dangerous Lovers: Roses and Thorns Post 45

Dangerous Lovers: Roses and Thorns (2004) is a collection of short stories, all of which have something to do with Valentine's Day. They are all fantasy, sf or horror, and not one is what you might call a typical romance. I've always enjoyed the short story form, and in the '80s, '90s and early 2000s I wrote quite a few for different markets. This batch were written when ebooks were on the rise and, like Windsinger (Post 10) and Fairy on the Christmas Tree (Post 35) it was published under the Lark Westerly name. I have a handful of these in a mix of paranormal/sf genres and as they are in no way suitable for children, it suits me and the readers to have them under this separate name.

Most of the stories in this collection are on the long side, and two of them are special favourites. One is Moon Madness, in which a werewolf girl gets more than a touch obsessed with a hermit, and the other is A New Broom in which a dowdy woman encounters a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman whose cleaners are not your average suckers. Moon Madness has a networlding connection with another of my books, but it's highly unlikely anyone else would notice. Another story, Ten, takes place in the same world as Windsinger, though they have no characters in common. 

If your taste runs to black comedy, horror, sf romance, vampires, vengeance, obsession, moonlight serenades, biters bit, petardal hoistings and vats of champagne, you might find these Valentine stories entertaining. If you prefer moon to rhyme with June and love with dove... you probably won't!

Somewhat to my surprise Amazon Au has the Kindle edition HERE.

About the Blog

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. This preamble will be pasted to the top of each post, so feel free to skip it in future.

The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

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