French-born Aliette de Bodard writes SF and fantasy in English–her second language. Her work has appeared in Interzone and other professional venues.
Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, but the ease and grace that come to her in fighting leathers vanishes when battles turn to politics-and she becomes the only envoy to a strange realm with nothing to rely on but her wits and knives.
Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears stilettos and red lipstick. She is the author of the short story collection Beautiful Sorrows, the novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love and her debut novel Nameless. He