New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mercedes Lackey presents three exciting short urban fantasy novels featuring three resourceful heroines and three different takes on the modern world and on magics both modern and ancient.Arcanum 101: Diana Tregarde, practicing witch, romance novelist, Guardian of the Earth. Studying at Harvard, Diana is approached by Joe O'Brian, a young cop who has already seen more than one unusual thing during his budding career. The distraught mother of a kidnap victim is taking advice from a ""psychic"" and interfering in the police investigation. Will Diana prove that the psychic is a fake? Unfortunately, the psychic is not a fake, but a very wicked witch--and the child's kidnapper. Drums: Jennifer Talldeer, shaman, private investigator, member of the Osage tribe. Most of Jennie's work is regular PI stuff, but Nathan Begay brings her a problem she's never seen before. His girlfriend, Caroline, is Chickasaw to his Navaho, but that's not the problem. Somehow, Caroline has attracted the attention of an angry Osage ghost. Thwarted in love while alive, the ghost has chosen Caroline to be his bride in death. Ghost in the Machine: Ellen McBridge: computer programmer extraordinaire, techno-shaman. The programmers and players of a new MMORPG find that the game's ""boss,"" a wendigo, is ""killing"" everyone--even the programmers' characters with their god-like powers. A brilliant debugger, Ellen discoveres that the massive computing power of the game's servers have created a breach between the supernatural world and our own. This wendigo isn't a bit of code, it's the real thing . . . and it's on the brink of breaking out of the computers and into the real world. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
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November 09, 2010
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Excerpt from Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
This is the first Diana Tregarde story in decades. And in a sense this is the first Diana Tregarde story, period.
It takes place in the early 1970s and it will be hard for anyone younger than thirty to realize what a very different world that was. Computers were the size of buildings. We were still putting men on the moon, but there is more computing power in a common iPhone than there was at all of Cape Kennedy. Watergate was about to happen. Nixon hadn't yet resigned. U.S. soldiers were still fighting and dying in Vietnam. There was no such thing as being "openly gay." There also was no such thing as HIV.
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Brian Jones were all recently dead of various self-indulgences, but John Lennon was still alive.
The only time you saw windmills was on a farm or in Holland.
Gas was twenty-five cents a gallon, threatening to go up to thirty.
No one had ever heard of, much less seen, a Japanese manga.
Britney Spears wasn't even born. Neither was Leonardo DiCaprio.
Stand-up comedians only performed in nightclubs with bad reputations, or in Las Vegas. No one would consider going out for a night of comedy.
There was no MTV. Anytime there was a rock-themed television program, it was an event. There was barely cable TV. Most people made do with three channels and what was not yet called PBS. When you had cable TV, you had a whole twelve channels!
"Portable" music was via a transistor radio.
No one had ever heard of rap. And if anyone had heard a rap song, they would have considered it a quaint offshoot of beat poetry, which was so, so 1950s.
You bought most of your reading material at the drugstore from revolving racks, or digest-size monthly fiction magazines in a small magazine rack, unless you were really lucky and were in a town big enough to actually have a bookstore.
Research meant going to the library and looking things up in books.
So as you read this, if you find yourself thinking, "Well, why didn't they just--" the answer is probably, "Because they didn't have it then."