Amethyst Stormrider is a 30 something woman living in a small former logging town at the base of a very tall, snowy, and increasingly stirring volcano in Northern California. She has two children, one who is autistic and one that has chronic anxiety and depression, both of which she loves dearly and who both live with her. All money that she generates from the sales of her stories she uses in providing for her children and her daughter's cat.
She also writes under Teresa Garcia and as LadyRainStarDragon. As Teresa Garcia she has several books published by THG StarDragon Publishing, and in the Megalithica/Immanion anthology “Women's Voices in Magic.” She must share her room with books she has collected over the years, and her son's collection of Transformers that seem to always be taking over the house – to her daughter's great dismay.
The planet of Jardinia is peopled by plant-based beings. The third of a series of short stories, this can be taken for what it is, a flos Geneticist distracted by the results of a breeding project, or read with other stories from the planet to see a much deeper current of evolution and exploration.
Includes planetary glossary.
Jardinia, a planet where all life is plant based, whether mobile or not.
The wer, met in "Pollinations of Jardinia: Flowers of Desire," are not the only predatory species on Jardinia. Meet the snus in this short horror story. What happens when a flos leaves her Garden? It depends on if she keeps company, and how careful she is.
Horror warning: Snus tend to eat flos.
A whole planet where flowers are the dominant species, and evolved to fill mobile roles as well as sedentary ones. Orchida, an apprentice herbalist in her culture, follows a strange hunch, and finds what may be the cure for her Garden's fertility problem. She finds much more than a cure though.
This is a wonderful short story. I greatly enjoyed how the female lead came to terms with herself and faced her fears... and how she had to live with the consequences. It had me holding mybreath, waiting to hear what the tiger lord would do.