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AETHER, a unique painted drawing by Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay Area artist and jeweler. Inquiries and bids to acquire this remarkable artwork are accepted on this page. http://www.lisamason.com/aether.html

Alana, the beloved Turkish Angora cat of Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, and Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay Area artist http://www.lisamason.com/alanacat.html
One Day in the Life of Alexa, a 2017 novella by Lisa Mason. In Print and an ebook on all retailers worldwide. How long do you want to live? Alexa, an experimental Tester of a longevity drug confronts environmental, political, and personal perils as she grapples with tough questions of life, love, and death in the future. “An appealing narrator and subtly powerful emotional rhythms.” –Goodreads http://www.lisamason.com/alexa.html
ARACHNE, back in Print and an ebook worldwide of the first novel by Lisa Mason published in hardcover by William Morrow, trade paper by Eos Books, and mass market paperback by AvoNova. Deemed “a cyberpunk classic” by The Boston Globe, ARACHNE debuted in the top ten on the Locus Hardcover Bestseller List. The sequel is CYBERWEB
http://www.lisamason.com/arachne.html
ANYTHING FOR YOU, a Lisa Mason story published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Here’s my interview with F&SF http://lisamason.com/anythinginterview.html
The Artificial Intelligence Storybundle curated by Lisa Mason goes live from March 29 to April 20, 2017. Kathleen Ann Goonan, Lisa Mason, Laura J. Mixon, Linda Nagata, Samuel Peralta, Ryan Schneider, Walter Jon Williams (Plus stories by William Gibson, Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, Jonathan Lethem, and more). Lisa Mason’s two AI novels, ARACHNE and CYBERWEB are included http://lisamason.com/aibundle.html
ATHENA, the new beloved Lilac-point Siamese, Turkish Angora mix cat adopted in 2015 by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, and Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay area artist and jeweler. ADORABLE CAT PIX! http://www.lisamason.com/athena.html

Interview with Lisa Mason regarding her well-received dark fantasy, “Aurelia,” published in the January-February 2018 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction http://www.lisamason.com/aureliainterview.html
Bast Books publishes print books and ebooks of Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, including Mason’s backlist books and stories, and new books and stories. NEW PRINT EDITIONS of ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ALEXA, SUMMER OF LOVE, THE GILDED AGE, THE GARDEN OF ABRACADABRA, ARACHNE, CYBERWEB, and STRANGE LADIES: 7 STORIES are now available!
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Bast Collectible Books offers signed first editions and other rare books, including The Essential Ellison SIGNED by Harlan Ellison, Beat poetry, science fiction and fantasy, a gorgeous 1890s cookbook, and art and literary books. William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, John Steinbeck, David Brin, and more The signed Andy Warhol sold http://www.lisamason.com/bastcollectiblebooks.html
“The Bicycle Whisperer,” a near-future story by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, about runaways, homeless teenagers, and bicycles, published in the May-June 2018 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The page includes the cover, contents, and reviews http://www.lisamason.com/bicycle.html
Interview with Lisa Mason for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction regarding her controversial story, “The Bicycle Whisperer” in the May-June 2018 Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction http://www.lisamason.com/bicycleinterview.html
My Author’s Bio at http://www.lisamason.com/lisabio.html
My Books page (the titles published by Bantam and HarperCollins) at http://www.lisamason.com/lisabooks.html
My interview with the book blog, Write Castles in the Sky http://www.lisamason.com/castlesinthesky.html
A five-star passionate historical romantic suspense, Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) by Lisa Mason, includes the four books in the miniseries. Lily is a feisty suffragist in 1895 compelled into a web of murder and corruption resulting from controversial 1890s US immigration policy. During her journey, she falls in love with Dr. Jackson Tremaine and together they solve the mystery of the Celestial http://www.lisamason.com/celestialgirlomnibus.html
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CHROME, my new speculative fiction. The novel is now an ebook at all retailers worldwide, the print edition is forthcoming in August, 2019. http://www.lisamason.com/chrome.html
CYBERWEB, Back in Print and an ebook worldwide of the second novel by Lisa Mason published in hardcover by William Morrow, trade paper by Eos Books, and mass market paperback by AvoNova. Cyberweb was deemed “a cyberpunk classic” by The Boston Globe and is the sequel to ARACHNE, which debuted in the top ten on the Locus Hardcover Bestseller List
http://www.lisamason.com/cyberweb.html
DAUGHTER TAO by Lisa Mason, the science fiction and fantasy author. A 5-star magical historical fantasy about Chinese alchemy and Chinese unicorns first published in Peter S. Beagle’s anthology, Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism). “The characters come alive and you really care about them.” Reader Review
http://www.lisamason.com/daughteroftao.html
Keep Fit, Keep Writing: A Roundtable about physical fitness with Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Kevin J. Anderson, Lisa Mason, and Linda Nagata (Part 1: Move It!). Mountain-climbing for Kevin, lake-walking for Lisa, a gym treadmill for Linda
http://www.lisamason.com/fitnessblog1.html
Keep Fit, Keep Writing: A Roundtable about diet with Authors Kevin J. Anderson, Lisa Mason, and Linda Nagata (Part 2: Chow Down!). The Paleo Diet for Kevin, a mostly vegetarian, low fat diet for Lisa, general healthy eating for Linda
http://www.lisamason.com/fitnessblog2.html
EVERY MYSTERY UNEXPLAINED, an historical fantasy about stage magic and real magic, love and loss by Lisa Mason, the science fiction and fantasy author. The novelette was first published in David Copperfield’s anthology, Tales of the Impossible (HarperPrism). “The story I was hoping for….” The Writerly Reader Blog
http://www.lisamason.com/everymystery.html
An Interview with Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, with Festivale, the book-showcasing website, discussing with whom Mason would like to head out into the universe on a space ship and what she would take with her
http://www.lisamason.com/festivaleinterview.html
The Garden of Abracadabra is the bestselling urban fantasy by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author. After her mother on her death-bed urges her to study Real Magic, Abby Teller becomes the superintendent of a magical apartment building to finance her studies at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts. She discovers all her tenants are some stripe of supernatural entity and is compelled into a supernatural murder investigation. “Very entertaining urban fantasy.” In Print and an ebook on all retailers worldwide http://www.lisamason.com/gardenabracadabra.html
Lisa Mason’s classic time travel to 1895, The Gilded Age, was published previously in print as The Golden Nineties by Bantam Books. A New York Times Notable Book and a New York Public Library Recommended Book. NOW BACK IN PRINT from Bast Books and as an ebook on all retailers worldwide. Zhu Wong is a time-traveler from a far-future China. She is compelled into a dangerous time travel to 1895 San Francisco to rescue a slave girl whose fate holds the key to the future. The sequel to Summer of Love. Brand-new reviews!
http://www.lisamason.com/gildedage.html
A contemporary fantasy story about cancer, AIDS, death, and Egyptian magic. Hummers by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 5th Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Press), and nominated for the Nebula Award. A woman comes to grips with her own impending death with the magic of hummingbirds
http://www.lisamason.com/hummersstory.html
ILLYRIA, MY LOVE, a controversial speculative story by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, is published exclusively by Bast Books. Channeling Fritz Leiber’s classic story, “The Man Who Never Grew Young,” and Martin Amis’ Time’s Arrow, Illyria, My Love takes us on one woman’s journey through wartime and the shocking secret of her obsessive love for a man http://lisamason.com/illyria.html
The official website of Lisa Mason, the author of science fiction, fantasy, modern fantasy, romantic suspense, time travel, cyberpunk, humor, short stories, and screenplays. Adorable cat pictures, blogs and interviews, forthcoming works, and art and bespoke jewelry by Mason’s husband, Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay Area artist, jeweler, and sculptor. All links, all readers worldwide. NEW PRINT BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE for SUMMER OF LOVE, THE GILDED AGE, THE GARDEN OF ABRACADABRA, ARACHNE, CYBERWEB, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ALEXA, and STRANGE LADIES: 7 STORIES! FORTHCOMING IN 2019: CHROME http://www.lisamason.com/index.html
The Story of Luna, the beloved blue mink Tonkinese cat adopted years ago by Lisa Mason the fantasy and science fiction writer and Tom Robinson the artist, jeweler, and sculptor http://www.lisamason.com/lunacat.html
Forthcoming books, screenplays, and stories by Lisa Mason in science fiction, fantasy, modern fantasy, and cyberpunk, including The Labyrinth of Illusions, Book 2 of the Abracadabra Series, and Oddities, a second collection of previously published and new stories, Pangaea I and Pangaea II as print and ebooks, and, in 2019, CHROME, a new high-concept science fiction novel
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Lisa Mason’s interview with NFReads.com, a fascinating mainstream website featuring interviews with authors and other notable people in public eye. Mason talks about her current and forthcoming works http://www.lisamason.com/nfreadsinterview.html
Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, chats about writing with author Ryan Schneider in a discussion about inspiration, the writing process, print books and ebooks, and the state of the publishing http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan1.html

Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, chats about writing in a follow-up interview with author Ryan Schneider in a discussion about writing influences, movies, print books and ebooks, and the state of the publishing business http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan2.html
The PHILIP K. DICK AWARD STORYBUNDLE, curated by Lisa Mason, included eleven PKD finalists and winners, including Lisa Mason’s SUMMER OF LOVE
http://www.lisamason.com/philipkdickawardbundle.html
“Riddle”, a dark erotic fantasy by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was published in the September-October 2017 68th Anniversary issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. This is Mason’s interview with F&SF, plus several reviews of the story. “Riddle” received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Horror 2017 anthology edited by Ellen Datlow http://www.lisamason.com/riddlepage.html
Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, chats with author Ryan Schneider about THE GARDEN OF ABRACADABRA, Mason’s urban fantasy novel about Abby Teller, who takes the job of superintendent of a magical apartment building to finance her studies in Real Magic at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts http://www.lisamason.com/ryanchatswithlisaaboutabracadabra.html
SHAKEN, a short sexy science fiction thriller by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was published first as “Deus Ex Machina” in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, in Transcendental Tales from Asimov’s (Donning Press), and translated and published worldwide. The retitled and expanded novella, SHAKEN, is an ebook on all retailers worldwide http://www.lisamason.com/shaken.html

“The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria” by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, is a literary historical fantasy story about Surrealist women artists during World War II exiled from Europe to Mexico City. The story was first published in the Full Spectrum 5 anthology (Bantam) and inspired by the lives of Mason’s favorite Surrealist artists, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington http://www.lisamason.com/sixtythirdanniversary.html
STORIES by LISA MASON Fantasy, modern fantasy, horror, and science fiction short stories by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, published in magazines and anthologies worldwide http://www.lisamason.com/stories.html
Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, curated The STORY COLLECTION STORYBUNDLE, which included eight award-winning story collections by Karen Joy Fowler, Lewis Shiner, Lisa Mason, Pat Murphy, Elizabeth Hand, Walter Jon Williams, Kathe Koja, and C.C. Finlay http://lisamason.com/storycollectionbundle.html
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories by Lisa Mason, a five-star collection, presents science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction previously published in magazines and anthologies worldwide. “A must-read collection.” “Lisa Mason may just be the female Philip K. Dick.” IN PRINT and an ebook on all retailers worldwide http://www.lisamason.com/strangeladies.html
SUMMER OF LOVE, the bestselling five-star classic time travel to 1967, by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was originally published by Bantam. Now SUMMER OF LOVE is Back in Print from Bast Books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble and an ebook on all retailers worldwide. A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist, San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book, and James Tiptree, Jr Award Nominee. New 2018 Review!
http://www.lisamason.com/summeroflove.html
Charles De Lint’s review of Summer of Love by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. http://lisamason.com/solfsfreview.html
Reviews of Summer of Love by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, published by Faren Miller, the eminent book reviewer for Locus Magazine, the Trade Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field, and the award-winning science fiction author Lewis Shiner. http://lisamason.com/sollocusshinerreviews.html
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, is a short, sweet memoir about a brief life in a garden and Mason’s first inspiration to write at the age of eight, leading to her first story, Arachne, published in Omni, then to her first two early cyberpunk novels, Arachne and Cyberweb. Yes, there was an orb weaver named Patty! The ebook includes Mason’s first Omni story, Arachne http://www.lisamason.com/mycharlotte.html
Eon’s Kiss, Book 1 of the Eon Trilogy, is a passionate paranormal New Adult romance by modern fantasy author, Suzanna Moore. Two more books in the trilogy are planned but have not been announced
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Tesla, A Screenplay, is a feature-length biopic about the eccentric genius inventor of AC electricity and radio, Nikola Tesla, by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author. Read by Hollywood producers. Out for auction http://www.lisamason.com/tesla.html

“Taiga” by Lisa Mason, is an SF story by the fantasy and science fiction author published in Not One of Us, Digest # 61, a poetry and fiction digest edited by John Benson in April 2019. Includes Mason’s interview about “Taiga.” http://www.lisamason.com/taiga.html
Lisa Mason, the bestselling author of Summer of Love and The Gilded Age, talks time travel with Laura Vosika, author of Blue Bells of Scotland, discussing methods of time travel, historical research, time machines, social commentary, and classic time travel books, Blogs 1 through 3 http://www.lisamason.com/timetravelblogs1to3.html
Lisa Mason, the bestselling author of Summer of Love and The Gilded Age talks time travel with Laura Vosika, author of Blue Bells of Scotland, discussing methods of time travel, historical research, time machines, social commentary, and classic time travel books, Blogs 4 and 5
http://www.lisamason.com/timetravelblogs4to5.html
Tomorrow’s Child, a high-concept science fiction story by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was published in Omni Magazine. A high-powered executive, who is about to lose his only daughter to critical burn wounds, will try anything to save her life. The story is in development as a feature-length movie at Universal Pictures. The ebook includes Lisa Mason’s 30-day blog, The Story Behind The Story That Sold To The Movies
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Unique, handmade abstract symbolist art of Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay Area artist, jeweler, and sculptor. Tom Robinson is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Art College, and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. Drawings and paintings on paper and on wood panel. New! A desktop stabile is now available! Purchase Tom Robinson artwork directly on this page.
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Handmade unique necklaces, earrings, and rings by Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay area artist, jeweler, and sculptor, including Sculpture Necklace # 8, the Europa pendant, the Modern Tiki Pendant, and the hand-finished solid sterling silver Ankh. Tom Robinson is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Art College, and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. Purchase Tom Robinson jewelry directly on this page
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The artist’s bio and statement by TOM ROBINSON, the San Francisco Bay Area artist, jeweler, and sculptor. Tom Robinson is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Art College, and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
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U F uh-O is a five-star adaptation of a screenplay in the vein of Men In Black and Galaxy Quest, a science fiction comedy about families and children, aliens and UFOs. Novella and screenplay by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author http://www.lisamason.com/ufo.html
Ronovan’s Lit World Interview with Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author
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The Gilded Age (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book). On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. BACK IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Gilded-Age-Time-Travel/dp/1975853172/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gilded-age-a-time-travel-lisa-mason/1106038566.
The Garden of Abracadabra (“Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy . . . I want to read more!) On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. NOW IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978148291/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-garden-of-abracadabra-lisa-mason/1108093507
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Strange Ladies: 7 Stories (“A must-read collection—The San Francisco Review of Books). On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle world wide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. NOW IN PRINT at https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Ladies-Stories-Lisa-Mason/dp/1981104380/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/strange-ladies-lisa-mason/1115861322.
One Day in the Life of Alexa (“Five stars! An appealing narrator and subtly powerful emotional rhythms”). On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. Order the beautiful trade paperback NOW IN PRINT at https://www.amazon.com/One-Life-Alexa-Lisa-Mason/dp/1546783091 or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-day-in-the-life-of-alexa-lisa-mason/1126431598.
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Hummers (in Fifth Annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror) On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.
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Daughter of the Tao by Lisa Mason
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Dragon

Sing Lin skips down Fish Alley, seeking fresh shrimp for Master’s supper.

She swings her wicker shopping basket with a frivolous hand, her young heart bobbing with innocent joy. The city air is ripe with the odors of raw sea creatures and sandalwood incense, of the mouthwatering scent of peanut oil smoking in someone’s hot wok.

A mooie jai just doesn’t skip down the streets of Tangrenbu, not on most days. Certainly not on a day as fresh and crisp as this, with sunlight sparkling high above and a cool west wind from the sea. A day which Cook would have gladly savored for himself.

A lucky day.

But Cook has injured himself. His ankle has swollen up like a bundle of newspapers left out in a night rain. Cook took a wrong step into a pothole on Jasmine Avenue, and now he cannot step at all.

Cook had seized her skinny arm as Sing Lin had knelt over the wash basin, scrubbing the sheets for Master’s bed. He flung her to her feet and said, “Here, you lazy girl, go get two pounds shrimp for Master’s supper, and make quick.”

“Yes, Cook,” she murmured.

Sing Lin had washed her hands and face, and retied her queue, and smoothed the wrinkles from her black cotton sahm. And she set out with Cook’s coins and her wicker shopping basket, her young heart bobbing with innocent joy. Shrimp is double good luck because, first, here she is, out of the house in such a long time. And because, second, Master will let Cook give her one spicy fried shrimp with her usual supper of boiled rice and greens. “You the shrimp girl, anyway,” Cook joked in his dour way. “Master bought you for ten pieces of gold, plus five pounds shrimp.”

Two more skips and a hop and a jump, and Sing Lin finds herself among the peddlers of Fish Alley. They are, one and all, clad in blue-denim sahms. Yet all are not alike in the throng of blue tunics and trousers, a truth that even Sing Lin’s eyes can discern. The ones wearing jaunty felt fedoras have taken to the new ways of the city. The ones in embroidered satin caps have not. And the ones who cannot escape their lot in life no matter where they flee to wear the flat straw cone of peasantry. They are, one and all, men. There is not a woman in sight, unless Sing Lin peeks at her own reflection in a shop window, and even she’s not a woman, not yet.

Master employs many men just like the fish peddlers in his drayage business along the waterfront. Once she overheard him talking to Cook. They are not, of course, human beings, Master had said. They are oxen to be led by a ring through the nose. Later, lying on her straw pallet in the pantry, Sing Lin had wondered for a long time what Master must think of her.

Now she glimpses the longing and the bitterness in the fish peddlers’ eyes and something else, something strange and disturbing. Anxiety casts a shadow on her happiness, and she is only too aware she does not belong here. After all, a mooie jai just doesn’t skip down the streets of Tangrenbu. It’s not a proper thing. Not on any day.

Fish Alley is not really much of an alley, and certainly not at all an actual street on which horses and wagons travel as they do on other city streets. It is only a mean, narrow passage permitting pedestrian traffic from east to west and back again. Ancient shacks line its gutters, tenements abandoned long ago by fortune-seekers, their claims staked out now by landlords and merchants like Master. Within these shacks dwell the peddlers and the draymen of Tangrenbu, men tripled up to a room, drifting in and out of the city with the fickle tides of bust or boom.

The clapboard walls are covered over with bulletins, strips of red rice paper announcing the news near and far in bold, black slashes of calligraphy. Sing Lin spies a t’ai chi adorning a lintel, a little circle comprised of two teardrops, one red, one black, with a spot of each color in the opposite drop. The t’ai chi is triple good luck, that’s what Cook says. First, for the red, which is yang, thus fiery and excitable, and, second, for the black, which is yin, thus cool and restful. And third for the spots, which rouse restfulness into excitement, and calm excitement into rest.

Oh! A t’ai chi!

Sing Lin is positively glowing with good luck.

She strolls among straw baskets bulging with the sea’s bounty. There are speckled black oysters tossed on handfuls of dank seaweed. Mottled green crabs with their slow, pinching claws. And shrimp, of course, translucent blue and sooty like ill-made glass before they spill into the wok and cook up clean and deliciously pink. She pauses before a basket of salmon, lovely lithe creatures paved in silvery scales. Some of the fish are still flopping. The air is tainted with their brackishness and the smell of their blood. Sing Lin’s heart catches at the sight of the salmon struggling in their death throes.

“Hey, you little girl. Why such a sad face?”

Sing Lin turns, startled. A girl? A girl! Another girl! Whoever sees a girl in Tangrenbu? Yet it’s true, another girl stands beside her. In a black cotton sahm just like hers, a wicker shopping basket slung over her arm, ‘her queue wound around her head in an ebony crown. She is taller than Sing Lin by a handspan and very skinny. Her face is as round as the moon, her eyes almond-shaped slivers of mischief, her skin as flawless as a piece of polished ivory. Her laughing mouth quirks to the left as if she would tell you things you didn’t especially want to hear, but she’ll insist on telling you anyway. Around her neck she’s strung a black silk cord which holds, on the end of it, a tiny t’ai chi. Little shadows pool beneath the high bones of her flat cheeks.

The fish peddlers stare at her—Sing Lin can’t help but notice–as if she is a two-headed, five-legged pig.

“Well? I’m waiting for your answer,” she says. Ah. A little empress she is.

“I’m . . . I’m sorry the pretty fishes must die.”

The girl mimics weeping and a face full of sorrow, then grins. “Your heart is too soft, little girl. Salmon is delicious! It will put some meat on those matchsticks you call your arms and legs.” She widens her eyes and drops her mouth, the very picture of scandalized disbelief. “Don’t tell me your master is so cruel he never lets a little girl like you ever taste salmon.”

Sing Lin stares down, ashamed. Her big bony toes bulge out of her straw sandals. Peasant toes. She is not someone who tastes salmon, but then–she lifts her chin–she doesn’t want to admit that to this bossy girl. “Sometimes Master gives me spicy fried shrimp with my rice and greens.”

“You mean one little shrimp, don’t you?” At Sing Lin’s abashed nod, the girl throws back her head and laughs, a sound like the tinkling of a silver bell.

The fish peddlers murmur. Sing Lin is only too aware of their eyes. “Don’t laugh like that,” she mutters. “They’re all looking.”

“Ho! Let them look. Come over here into the shade with me, if you’re so worried.”

The girl takes her arm and draws her into the shadows beneath a balcony. The balcony has a great curved railing painted the rich velvety yellow of an egg yolk. “I am Kwai Yin.”

“I am Sing Lin.”

“You are mooie jai?”

“Yes.”

“Me, too.”

The language they once spoke in the old country is as vast as the ancient land from which it had sprung. There are so many dialects that Sing Lin, a girl from the north, would have trouble understanding Kwai Yin, a girl from the south, if they spoke in their mother tongues. So they twist their tongues around another language altogether. The pigeon language of the new country. Of Tangrenbu.

“Where’s your master’s cook, anyway?” Kwai Yin says, looking her up and down. “What’s a girl like you doing, gadding about Fish Alley?”

“Cook stepped into a pothole. Now he can’t take a step!” Sing Lin suppresses a giggle, nervous and not a little awed. This bossy girl, a mooie jai, too? And her master lets her taste salmon? What else does her master let her do? “What’re you doing, gadding about Fish Alley?”

“Shopping, of course.” As if such a pastime for a mooie jai is nothing.

Which it is not. Not in Tangrenbu.

Sing Lin is bursting with questions, but her throat clenches. The balcony may shield them from the sun and from the fish peddlers’ eyes, but affords no relief from the stink of a bin filled with offal. She spies fish heads and fish fins and husked shrimp shells, the flat little mitt of a manta that wandered into some fisherman’s net. Sing Lin wrinkles her nose, presses fingers to her throat. “Oh, let’s go someplace else!”

But Kwai Yin peers into the bin, avid with curiosity. “Wait, wait. Look there!”

And there, next to the manta, lies another dead little creature, speckled gray, serpentine like an eel. But it is not an eel. It has four fragile legs, each tipped with a foot, and stubby toes, and claws as thick as darning needles. In the way that a sea horse resembles a horse, the tiny head resembles that of an ox. There are bovine ears and round eyes, a broad snout with flaring nostrils. The jaws hang slack, baring fangs that would have given your finger a nasty bite.

“Poor thing,” Sing Lin murmurs. “What is it?”

“Your heart is way too soft,” Kwai Yin says. “That is lung.”

“What is lung?”

“It’s a dragon. Did you ever see such a lousy little dragon?”

“A dragon! That’s a dragon?”

“I know, it was so tiny and weak. Thrown away with the fish heads. The sea must be awfully full of poisons these days.”

Sing Lin eyes the creature. “But there’s no such thing as a dragon. Not really.”

Kwai Yin whips around, her eyes flashing. “Then what is that, I ask you? It is lung, the dragon, I’m telling you, one of the four Fabulous Creatures. Usually he’s bigger and stronger than ten oxen. And his roar! Usually his roar shakes the rooftops off castles. Usually he’s handsome and powerful and brave. Ignorant girl, don’t you know anything about the four Fabulous Creatures?”

Sing Lin shakes her head. Yet she will not stare at her toes, not now. She’s eager to learn. “Please tell me.”

“They are the Dragon, the Phoenix, the Unicorn, and the Tortoise,” Kwai Yin says in her imperious way, counting out the creatures on her fingers. “My Teacher taught me this, and many other things.” She adds in a voice not quite so proud, “I had a Teacher once, you know.”

She pulls Sing Lin away from the vile bin. Angling down from the balcony is buttress of iron scrollwork, which reaches halfway to the street. Kwai Yin slings her basket handles over her head, and leaps up, and seizes the scrollwork in her fist. She walks her feet up the wall, hooks her leg over the buttress, and straddles it, flushed and triumphant. Mounted on her perch, she leans down and holds out her hand. “Come on up. Let’s get some fresh air.”

Sing Lin slings her basket handles over her head, too, and leaps up, and seizes Kwai Yin’s hand. She walks up the wall, too. Kwai Yin pulls her onto the buttress, and they climb up onto the cool stone floor of the balcony. They sit with their legs sticking out beneath the egg-yolk yellow railing and dangle their feet, gazing down at Fish Alley.

Sing Lin is tingling with excitement and also with anxiety. She’s never done such a bold thing, climbing up on a stranger’s balcony. She glances over her shoulder. “What if the man who lives here comes home and finds us?”

“What if, you silly girl? Do you think he’s an ogre who will eat us?” She grabs Sing Lin’s arm and pretends she’s chewing on it, which makes Sing Lin laugh. “Stop being afraid of things that don’t matter. Now, listen. My Teacher said, the four Fabulous Creatures are manifestations of the Tao. Just loaded with so much luck you can’t even believe it.”

Sing Lin peers down at the little dead dragon. How could that could be lucky?

“They are rare and flighty things, the four Fabulous Creatures. You just don’t see a Fabulous Creature every day of the week.”

“I’ve never seen a dragon in my whole life. Not even a little one like that.”

Kwai Yin bobs her head. “Me, neither. My Teacher said, if ever you see a Fabulous Creature in the world, it means that the Tao is near. That the magic of the Tao will touch you.”

Sing Lin shivers with delight. “Magic!”

“Yes, but just look at that lousy little dragon. I see no Tao in Tangrenbu. I see no magic for mooie jai like you and me.”

Sing Lin does not want to be so easily discouraged. “But maybe magic will come!”

“Maybe.” Kwai Yin shrugs. “When did you come to Tangrenbu?”

“In the Year of the Tiger. The Swallow brought me here.”

There was a time when Sing Lin could not speak of that time at all. Of how her father sold her to a slaver in the seaport. Who sold her to the master of a clipper-ship named for a quick-winged bird. It didn’t seem right that a ship with a lovely name like the Swallow was a notorious slave ship, but so it was, carrying illegal human cargo from the old country to the new.

How grateful she’d been when they dragged her out of steerage and off the hellish ship into the cold sunlight of Tangrenbu. Grateful when they stripped off the filthy rags she’d worn for weeks. Grateful still when they stood her up, naked, on an auction block, and an auctioneer displayed her to a crowd of merchants. Grateful at last to go to Master for ten pieces of gold, plus five pounds shrimp. She is mooie jai, fated to serve at Master’s beck and call. She is grateful for one spicy fried shrimp with her boiled rice and greens.

She can say no more about the Swallow. What’s done is done.

“Oh ho, in the Year of the Tiger,” Kwai Yin is saying, her tone as tart as green oranges. “And how many celestial creatures did you count before the Tiger?”

Now Sing Lin grins. She likes this game of recounting the celestial creatures. She may not know anything about the four Fabulous Creatures, but the twelve celestial creatures, the creatures each of whom who rules over each year, these she knows well. Cook often asks her to recount the celestial creatures, too, and suddenly she realizes he has asked her this so she will remember how old she is. “I remember the Year of the Dog, but only a little because I was little.”

“Go on.”

“Then came the Boar, the Rat, and the Ox. Then the Tiger.”

“So you were five years old when your father sold you?”

Sing Lin says nothing. She cannot even say “yes,” though it’s true. “What about you?”

“Well, I can recount two more celestial creatures than you,” Kwai Yin says in her haughty way. “I saw the Monkey and the Rooster come and go long before the Year of the Dog.”

“Oh!” Sing Lin is delighted. Kwai Yin is two years older than her. Like a sister!

But Kwai Yin is stern, quizzing her further. “And after the Year of the Tiger?”

Sing Lin thinks carefully. “After the Tiger came the Hare.”

“Yes.”

“After the Hare came the Dragon.” She doesn’t want to look at the little dead dragon. “After the Dragon came the Snake. Oh, I’m afraid of snakes.”

“Now that is something to be afraid of. Once I picked up a sack of rice shipped in from the old country. And there, coiled underneath the sack, was the prettiest little piece of string, the color of a shining emerald. And do you know what that pretty little string was? It was a bamboo viper, the most deadliest snake in the whole world! If my master himself hadn’t pulled me away and killed it, I wouldn’t be here at all, talking to you.” She smiles at Sing Lin’s wide eyes. “Go on.”

“After the Snake came the Year of the Horse,” Sing Lin says cautiously. “Now it is the Year of the Ram.”

“Correct. And the new year coming?”

“The new year coming is the Year of the Monkey. I like the Monkey. He’s the Trickster. He likes to play games.” She improvises. “He’s the protector of bossy girls.”

“Yes, yes, very good.” Kwai Yin rewards her with a squeeze of her hand. “I was born in the Year of Monkey.”

“Then the new year coming will be your best lucky year!”

“Ho! Lots of luck, but who knows what kind.” A door suddenly bangs behind them. Kwai Yin cocks her head. “Oops, I hear the ogre. We better go!”

She swings herself over the railing, slides down the scrollwork, and leaps to the street–very much like a monkey. Sing Lin follows, clumsy with panic, banging her elbow hard on a strut of iron. There will be a bruise she will have to explain to Cook.

“Come on!” Kwai Yin says.

The girls dash away from the ogre, who is only a withered old man leaning over the yellow railing of his balcony with a perplexed look. They come to a breathless halt where the alley empties out onto Jasmine Avenue. A horse and hansom clatter by, and people stride by, too, clad in denim sahms or in the grand sweeping robes of merchants. Men, all of them men.

Men who stare at two mooie jai.

The girls press themselves against the wall of a dry goods shop, both alarmed, both trying to become invisible.

“I have seen twelve celestial animals come and go,” Kwai Yin says, shrinking from the traffic, her manner no longer so bold. “That’s why my master makes me eat salmon.”

Makes you!”

“Yes. Till my belly can hold no more, and sometimes I feel a little sick.”

Sing Lin cannot picture this tall, skinny girl eating so much salmon. For one thing, such rich meals have added no meat to the matchsticks she calls her arms and legs. Sing Lin should be glad Kwai Yin can feast so well on rich food her master insists that she eat. But her heart catches, like when she saw the salmon fishes dying. “Why does your master make you eat salmon till you’re sick?”

Kwai Yin says, cold and grim, “Because I must grow fat before I go to meet my fate.”

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Celestial Girl, A Lily Modjeska Mystery (Five stars) On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

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Tomorrow’s Child On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

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My Charlotte: Patty’s Story On Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, and Mexico.

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Sing Lin is a mooie jai, a girl sold into slavery at the age of five to a wealthy merchant in Tangrenbu, the ghetto of her people in the new country across the sea.

One lucky day, while she is out shopping by herself, she meets another mooie jai, Kwai Yin, a bossy, beautiful girl two years older. Kwai has a secret. Before she was sold into slavery, she had a Teacher who taught her about Tao Magic.

But Sing watches as Kwai succumbs to the terrifying fate of all slave girls in Tangrenbu. The Teachings haven’t helped.

Soon Sing is destined to go to the same fate. Will her invocation of Tao Magic save her?

Yes, there’s a unicorn—a Chinese unicorn—in the novella.

Published in the acclaimed anthology, Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism), which also included stories by Charles de Lint, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Sheckley, and Ellen Kushner.

Daughter of the Tao is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Daughter of the Tao is also on Amazon.com in Australia,  France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Daughter of the Tao
5.0 out of 5 stars
a beautiful novella! April 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
“The characters in this little book jumped off the page and you really cared what happened to them. It is a rare talent that can do that so well! This was a compelling tale of a girl sold into slavery as her culture allowed. I found myself hooked from the very first page as I followed her through the twists and turns of her life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a character-based story with a touch of magic and fantasy to it!”

So there you have it, my friends. This was another splendid anthology published in hardcover and mass market paperback.

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book). On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book). On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Time Travels to San Francisco (boxed set of Summer of Love and The Gilded Age). On US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, India, and Japan.

Arachne (a Locus Hardover Bestseller). On US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle in France Kindle, Germany Kindle, Italy Kindle, Netherlands Kindle, Spain Kindle, Mexico Kindle, Brazil Kindle, India Kindle, and Japan Kindle.

Cyberweb (sequel to Arachne). is on US Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Brazil Kindle, France Kindle, Germany Kindle, India Kindle, Italy Kindle, Japan Kindle, Mexico Kindle, Netherlands Kindle, and Spain Kindle.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories (“A must-read collection—The San Francisco Review of Books). On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

The Garden of Abracadabra (“Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy . . . I want to read more!) On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Celestial Girl, A Lily Modjeska Mystery (Five stars) On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Shaken On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Hummers On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

Daughter of the Tao On US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in AustraliaFrance, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Every Mystery Unexplained On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

Tomorrow’s Child On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

U F uh-O On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

Tesla, A Screenplay On US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story On Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, and Mexico.

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We covered short stories during the Story Collection Storybundle back in May of this year, in particular, with Pat Murphy’s beautiful tribute to the power of short stories, published as the introduction to her collection, Women Up To No Good from Untreed Reads. I had a few things to say about short stories, as well.

This isn’t a tribute to short stories as a significant contribution to the culture. This is about why writing short stories is a significant aspect of a writer’s career.

I love reading short stories for a quick fiction fix and an economical way to get to know a writer. And I love writing short stories. Some are easy, a gift from the Muse. Others are difficult, requiring research and multiple revisions.

The benefits of writing short stories for me include:

–Encouraging the flow of ideas. People talk about writer’s block. This is a very real phenomenon, some would say a nightmare. This is another topic altogether, but one of the best ways to break through a block is to take a break from your novel and write some stories.

–A constant reminder to write bold and write tight, which is easy to lose sight of when you’re writing a novel. When you’re writing a novel, you may think you can kick back and let the run-on sentences flow. Don’t do it. Write a story and regain your discipline.

–The opportunity to work frequently with professional copyeditors. I have the deepest respect for copyeditors, with whom I worked every day when I wrote law books. Copyeditors often suggest ways to better express a sentence, catch continuity errors, and correct the finer points of grammar and punctuation, all of which are instructive.

–The promotion of a writer’s work and name recognition. If the best publicity for a writer is the writing itself, then publishing stories launches the writing and the writer’s name to 20,000 or 30,000 diehard fans who love to read fiction so much they subscribe to a magazine.

–The opportunity to appear in exciting themed anthologies. When an editor conceives of an anthology centering around a theme, this too encourages the flow of ideas for a writer, permits a writer to work with editors she may have been unacquainted with, and adds to her body of work.
I’ve been delighted and honored to contribute stories to anthologies like Full Spectrum 5, ed. Jennifer Hershey (Bantam), Universe 2, ed. Robert Silverberg (Bantam), Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism), David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible (HarperPrism), Desire Burn: Women Writing from the Dark Side of Passion, ed. Janet Berliner (Carroll & Graf), and Fantastic Alice, New Stories from Wonderland, ed. Margaret Weis (Ace).

–Potential media options and sales. A high-concept story may sell to the movies. My Omni story, “Tomorrow’s Child,” was only 7,000 words but I earned more movie money from this project than I’d earned from all of my books put together.

Many screenwriters prefer to expand a short project than to expand a long project. City of Bones was a failure as a movie in part because the screenwriters tried to capture every moment of a 485-page terrific book in an hour and a half. It didn’t work. The new TV series is probably a better venue.

So there you have it, my friends, writers and readers. Short stories are important, in more ways the one!

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in Australia
, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India
, Mexico, and Netherlands.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India
, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India
, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Please visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for all my books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming works, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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Sing Lin is a mooie jai, a girl sold into slavery at the age of five to a wealthy merchant in Tangrenbu, the ghetto of her people in the new country across the sea.

One lucky day, while she is out shopping by herself, she meets another mooie jai, Kwai Yin, a bossy, beautiful girl two years older. Kwai has a secret. Before she was sold into slavery, she had a Teacher who taught her about Tao Magic.

But Sing watches as Kwai succumbs to the terrifying fate of all slave girls in Tangrenbu. The Teachings haven’t helped.

Soon Sing is destined to go to the same fate. Will her invocation of Tao Magic save her?

Yes, there’s a unicorn—a Chinese unicorn—in the novella.

Published in the acclaimed anthology, Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism), which also included stories by Charles de Lint, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Sheckley, and Ellen Kushner.

Daughter of the Tao is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Daughter of the Tao is also on Amazon.com in Australia,  France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Daughter of the Tao
5.0 out of 5 stars
a beautiful novella! April 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
“The characters in this little book jumped off the page and you really cared what happened to them. It is a rare talent that can do that so well! This was a compelling tale of a girl sold into slavery as her culture allowed. I found myself hooked from the very first page as I followed her through the twists and turns of her life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a character-based story with a touch of magic and fantasy to it!”

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in Australia
, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India
, Mexico, and Netherlands.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India
, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India
, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Please visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for all my books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming works, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the website where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

Sing Lin is a mooie jai, a girl sold into slavery at the age of five to a wealthy merchant in Tangrenbu, the ghetto of her people in the new country across the sea.

One lucky day, while she is out shopping by herself, she meets another mooie jai, Kwai Yin, a bossy, beautiful girl two years older. Kwai has a secret. Before she was sold into slavery, she had a Teacher who taught her about Tao Magic.

But Sing watches Kwai succumb to the terrifying fate of all slave girls in Tangrenbu.

Soon Sing is destined to go to the same fate. Will her invocation of Tao Magic save her?

Yes, there’s a unicorn—a Chinese unicorn—in my novella.

Published in the acclaimed anthology, Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism), a gorgeous hardcover anthology which also included stories by Charles de Lint, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Sheckley, and Ellen Kushner.

Daughter of the Tao is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Daughter of the Tao is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

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Review of Daughter of the Tao
5.0 out of 5 stars
a beautiful novella! April 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
“The characters in this little book jumped off the page and you really cared what happened to them. It is a rare talent that can do that so well! This was a compelling tale of a girl sold into slavery as her culture allowed. I found myself hooked from the very first page as I followed her through the twists and turns of her life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a character-based story with a touch of magic and fantasy to it!”

So there you have it, my friends. Do I have more books to offer you? Yes, I do!

From the author of Summer Of Love (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Gilded Age (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, and Mexico.

Whew! Did I forget anything? I don’t think so, but I didn’t include every title in this list, either. For that—

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by Tom Robinson, worldwide Amazon.com links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, on Wikipedia, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

Sing Lin is a mooie jai, a girl sold into slavery at the age of five to a wealthy merchant in Tangrenbu, the ghetto of her people in the new country across the sea.

One lucky day, while she is out shopping by herself, she meets another mooie jai, Kwai Yin, a bossy, beautiful girl two years older. Kwai has a secret. Before she was sold into slavery, she had a Teacher who taught her about Tao Magic.

But Sing watches Kwai succumb to the terrifying fate of all slave girls in Tangrenbu.

Soon Sing is destined to go to the same fate. Will her invocation of Tao Magic save her?

Yes, there’s a unicorn—a Chinese unicorn—in the novella.

Published in the acclaimed anthology, Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism), which also included stories by Charles de Lint, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Sheckley, and Ellen Kushner.

Daughter of the Tao 5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful novella! April 23, 2012 Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase The characters in this little book jumped off the page and you really cared what happened to them. It is a rare talent that can do that so well! This was a compelling tale of a girl sold into slavery as her culture allowed. I found myself hooked from the very first page as I followed her through the twists and turns of her life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a character-based story with a touch of magic and fantasy to it!

Daughter of the Tao is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Daughter of the Tao is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

From the author of Summer Of Love (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony. Summer of Love is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Gilded Age (a New York Times Notable Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Sony, and Smashwords. The Gilded Age is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Sony, and Smashwords. The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony; Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony. Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo; My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry, worldwide Amazon.com links for Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and Spain, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, on Wikipedia, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it,, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters. Thank you for your readership!