Its that time of year again. Hearts, flowers, the love, the loathing. Well, it depends on your perspective. But Valentines Day is almost here.
Now, let me just tell you that Im not going to talk about romance titles in this blog. Thats probably what you were expecting. But I prefer to shake things up on Valentines Day. For example, I dont like receiving flowers on Valentines Day. I love flowers, dont get me wrong. But I tend to buck against the expected. And flowers on Valentines Day are, to me, passé.
Chocolates are pretty standard fare, too, but lets face it. Theyre made of chocolate. Who can turn down chocolate? Not me.
But I enjoy creativity on conscripted holidays. So, this Valentines Day, I have a suggestion: Pick up the Women in Fantasy StoryBundle for the person you love, be they your spouse, partner, friend, what have you.
This latest StoryBundle, curated by the incomparable Kristine Kathryn Rusch, features ten fantastic titles, including:
Book of Earth by Robin Brande
Hunt by Leslie Claire Walker
The Raven and the Dancing Tiger by Leah Cutter
Miles to Go by Laura Anne Gilman
Traitors by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Tides of Darkness by Judith Tarr
Fiction River: Hex in the City, edited by Kerrie L. Hughes
Marny: Feyguard Book 3 by Anthea Sharp
The Adventures of Myhr by P. N. Elrod
And heres the story behind the StoryBundle:
The Women in Fantasy Bundle sprang forth because of something that happened last year. Our curator Kristine Kathryn Rusch discovered that much of the history of women in the science fiction and fantasy field has been forgotten. It’s really true of science fictionso true that she’s done a series of projects to revive some of the lost/ignored works by women in sf, including a successful StoryBundle last August.
Women have a stronger presence in fantasy. We practically own the urban fantasy genre. High fantasythat kings and queens stuffseems to be dominated by male names at the moment, but readers know that women have written some of the classics in that genre as well. In this bundle, she’s combined writers whose work has spanned decades with writers who came to prominence in the 21st century. Some of the best of the best here, things you might have missed because of the attention paid to the more traditional stuff.
These writers build worlds, new worlds, worlds we’ve never seen before. The novels and novellas here are just a taste. Once you sample the work of these writers, you’ll want to read so much more. And there’s more available. Use this as your introduction to the work of great writers.
So, mix things up and help support Janis Ians Pearl Foundation with the Women in Fantasy StoryBundle. Great books, supporting charity: Now thats my kind of Valentines Day.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.