Elizabeth McCoy

Biography

Elizabeth McCoy's fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress #7, in the "Best In Show" anthology by Sofawolf*, and in the fanzine "Pawprints" (published by Conrad Wong & T. Jordan Peacock). Her tabletop RPG writing is published by Steve Jackson Games. As her author bios in SJ Games' material continually state, she lives in the Frozen Wastelands of New England, with a spouse, child, and assorted cats.

She hopes that her work will be enjoyed, and is always a bit awkward about referring to herself in the third person.

*Best in Show has been re-published as: "Furry!: The Best Anthropomorphic Fiction!" (Fred Patten, ed.)

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Books

Crucible
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 171,100. Language: American English. Published: October 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When Dareus traveled to the Empire to seek a bride for his brother, he didn't plan on getting captured by pirates. Now he's got the clothes on his back and a few hidden alchemies, his traveling companions are an Imperial Wind-priest and a foreign "Bride of the Gods," and they're making a cross-country trek through ancient, poisoned battlegrounds – all while staying ahead of the slavers.
Принц-медведь (The Bear Prince, Russian Translation)
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Series: Fantasy Folktales. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,330. Language: Russian. Published: January 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
"Принц-медведь" - это три народные сказки из некого вымышленного мира. Какие сказки рассказывают родители детям на ночь, если в их мире слабая магия работает по-настоящему? Какие байки плетут уличные сказители, чтобы слушатели кидали им монеты? О жизни магического мира расскажут его сказки: "Принц-медведь", "Принцесса и клок овечьей шерсти", а также "Самоцвет-Звездосвет-Луносвет".
Легенда об Утренней Звезде (Legend of the Morning Star, Russian translation)
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Series: Fantasy Folktales. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: Russian. Published: April 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Давным-давно, во времена, когда драконы еще не истребили богов, жила-была принцесса... Ветерки-добродушные духи воздуха-пересмеивались и сплетничали о красивой смертной девушке, которая-ну и ну-почти не уступает им в искусстве танца. Подслушав разговоры ветерков, cолнечный бог заинтересовался. И послал своего слугу Кайро проследить за девушкой-проверить, так ли она красива, как уверяют ветерки...
Plague
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Series: Lord Alchemist. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
When sickness comes to the country of Cymelia, alchemists and herb-witches create the healing brews that save lives. But this illness is different; the usual measures have little effect. Master Iathor is his city's best hope to discover a cure – but even with his alchemical skills, the plague is spreading through the city, and amongst his own household... (Plague is a prequel to Herb-Witch.)
All That Glitters
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Series: Lord Alchemist. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,590. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Jani, hired to blackmail the Lord Alchemist into disinheriting his "mongrel" heir, Iontho, mistakes said heir for a servant - and Iontho poses as her alchemically-bound minion to uncover her mysterious employer. The travel's wretched, but the company's better than either'd hoped, and young hormones are fully engaged - but can youth and unexpected skills defeat age and treachery? (Mature scenes.)
Recruiting Drive
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Series: Kintaran Universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,750. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Coli and her sister have gotten their ship out of hock, but without enough crew, the Choosaraf will slide back into debt. They need a Negotiator to help the merchant clanship recover -- and Coli will have to find one on her own, without her sister guarding her back. Previously published in Fantastic Furry Stories #2 and Best in Show, this is a direct sequel to "Spoonfuls of Sugar."
Snips and Snails
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Series: Kintaran Universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Haatha Chaas'-Eighth is an Mmsar poet, content to live alone though his brothers all have families of their own. Unfortunately, someone left a clutch of eggs in his back yard, and now he's got to deal with hatchling Mmsar, which are no better than vermin at that age. But one hatchling, despite its lack of sapience, has an intriguing cunning... (Contains possibly-disturbing alien family patterns.)
Queen of Roses
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,420. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.71 from 7 reviews)
Sarafina was content to be an accountant, insulated from the public as she kept the numbers behaving. But when the First Daris Bank is bought out, her indenture is sold to a cruise ship and Sarafina is thrust into a job she was never meant for. Now she's dealing with a motley crew, drunkard captain, flirtatious first officer, fire-sale equipment, and worst of all . . . Passengers.
Herb-Wife
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Series: Lord Alchemist, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 136,900. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
The Lord Alchemist must be immune to hostile potions. But in all of Cymelia, there are only three: Iathor, his brother Iasen, and the half-barbarian herb-witch, Kessa. Iathor has secured a betrothal, but his brother has vowed to prevent the marriage - by any means necessary. And Kessa's own dark secrets may sabotage any hope of a happy ending.
Herb-Witch
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Series: Lord Alchemist, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 124,770. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 7 reviews)
The Lord Alchemist must be immune to hostile brews. But in all Cymelia, there are only two: Iathor and his feckless brother. Kessa's a half-breed herb-witch, arrested for unintended crimes. When Iathor discovers her immunity, he'll do whatever he must to court her - guilty or not. All they have in common is alchemist's immunity, and an ability to get on each other's nerves. Will it be enough?
Shadow of a Memory
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Series: Kintaran Universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the universe of the Kintarans, there are tall tales of what lies in the far reaches of space. Some of them may be true... (A sequel to "Wahnt.")
Sweet Phantom
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Price: Free! Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The story has been adapted more than once: the mysterious, somewhat murderous, Phantom of the Opera, who tutors a poor chorus girl till she can sing solo upon the stage - and kidnaps her in a fit of jealousy. But what if the Opera-house Ghost really was... dead?
Wahnt
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Series: Kintaran Universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Kintara Station was once run by a Consortium of clans; now a single Wahn (leader) rules... uneasily. But a clan-leader has hired a notorious privateer as his champion, the shaman sire of Kintara Station's new Wahn has involved himself, and the station - lacking weapons - is a big, fat target for pirates. Previously published in Pawprints, Wahnt contains violence, and is suitable for teens and up.
Uniqueness Counts
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Series: Kintaran Universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,330. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Kinahran (Moonfur to humans) and her little sister are determined to make their fortunes and not return to their clanship in defeat. But fortunes require jobs, and two Kintarans with little experience can't be picky. So even if the ship crew includes a certain sensor expert from their past... and even if it's a wild merfah chase... They'll just have to do their best.
Spoonfuls of Sugar
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Series: Kintaran Universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Coli-nfaran and Klarin-yal have a problem: their clanship's new leader wants to make the ship into a pirate-hunter instead of a merchant craft. The only way they can save their home is to raise enough money to buy it out from under Daz-Ral. Volunteering as experimental subjects will make enough cash, but why is the job so profitable? It can't be that easy, for so much money...
What Really Matters
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Series: Kintaran Universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,330. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When the clanship stops at an uninhabited, terrestrial planet, Kinahran and her friends want to play and explore. But a mishap leaves their adult mentor unconscious, and when they try to radio for help, the signal is jammed! Have pirates taken Kinahran's mother and baby sister hostage? Five young Kintarans, alone in the wilderness, must find out what's going on.
The Legend of the Morning Star
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Series: Lord Alchemist · Fantasy Folktales. Price: Free! Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Mortal women have always fascinated gods - and wind-spirits have carried news of a beautiful princess to the sun-god, Allyon. But his servant, sent to investigate, falls in love and defies his master. Narrated by the Wind-priest Ches, this is the story of the Morning Star. (Set in the same universe as "The Bear Prince," this is a fantasy folktale for slightly older ears.)
The Best Revenge
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Series: Kintaran Universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
When 5-year-old Kinahran breaks her hind leg falling off a crate (she was pushed!), she's stuck in her mother's cabin on their clanship, unable to play all day with her young friends. Intolerable! And it's all her cousin's fault! But she's got a computer, a screwdriver, and a plan... for the Best Revenge.
Leaping Lizards
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Series: Kintaran Universe. Price: Free! Words: 7,580. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
When her clanship's sensors are damaged, Captain Klarin-yal hires an expensive human expert to effect repairs. Unfortunately, the human is afraid of reptiles. More unfortunately, during the explosion, a pregnant reptilian pet escaped into the ship... Now it's up to Kinahran, a young Kintaran, to find the pet before the human flees in disgust, leaving the clanship crippled.
The Bear Prince
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Series: Lord Alchemist · Fantasy Folktales. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
The Bear Prince is a collection of three folktales from a fictional universe. When small magics are real, what stories do parents tell their children at night? What tales do storytellers spin, so their listeners will toss them a few coins? Find out, in "The Bear Prince," "The Princess and the Sheep's Wool," and "The Jewel of Moon and Starlight."

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  • The Weight of Blood, (The Half-Orcs, Book 1) on April 19, 2010

    A bloodily-fluffy read, and I bought the second book already. I found the grim-to-goofy shifts a little jarring, but still cared about what was happening to the characters. My sole complaint is that the editing -- mainly in punctuation -- started breaking down noticeably after the first few chapters. It's not horribly garbled (indeed, many people less editing-obsessed than I might not notice!) but it could use a pedantic punctuator's editing pass. (And horses are guided by reins. Reigns are what kings do.)
  • The Cost of Betrayal, (The Half-Orcs, Book 2) on June 03, 2010
    (no rating)
    Mr. Daglish could still use a copyeditor with a good grasp of punctuation (when someone asks a question, use a question mark within the quotes, and not a comma, before the "s/he asked" part), and the story drags a bit in near the middle with extremely detailed and graphic fight scenes. It's also showing its D&D roots more strongly than the first book (which could be a bonus or a drawback, depending on how one feels about D&D!). If you enjoy extremely detailed, gory, and graphic battles, though, you won't be disappointed! Characterization is still fluffy, though with enough detail that the characters rarely feel interchangeable, and very D&D in feel -- the world rates life cheaply, and forgiveness comes easy to main characters unless it personally affects them. For me, this is jarring; the detailed combat makes me want more emotional nuance and detail as well. However, Harruq's emotional crisis point (when he becomes [spoiler]) is well done; I hope that his redemption is achieved by his deeds, and not by "suffering enough" on its own. Qurrah, busily digging his own grave, has two moments of Plot-Required Stupidity (genre-savvy tip: when framed, the real criminal should be kept alive to testify), but the rest of the brothers' conflicts are within their characters and motivations. It ends on not-quite-a-cliffhanger-but-close. I'm awaiting the next book -- will be looking for it after I finish the review, in fact -- but I'm probably going to be price-sensitive on it.
  • Lady Ice on May 25, 2011

    A very impressive experiment: a graphic novel in epub format! (Well, and others -- I grabbed the epub one.) If I were able to set font-size by-book and not globally, to shrink the license boilerplate text, it would have fit my iPad perfectly. As it was, I had a few pages where I was switching back and forth to read the full word-balloon -- but considering I like a very large default font for reading, that's m'own fault. For the plot, it was a nice diversion. There are a few manga-style jumps, where the reader has to work more to figure out what's going on between panels, and I would have liked to know more about the widower's former family and what happened to them. I fear that I also grumbled at people being glad that someone'd stopped being a warrior; why can't someone be a warrior *and* a lady, eh? Still, worth checking out.
  • The Temporary Earl on Aug. 26, 2011

    This is a combination murder mystery and romance. The characters are really quite entertaining, overall, and for the most part, the off-again-on-again emotional connection of our protagonists feels pretty reasonable. The mystery part doesn't quite follow all the mystery tropes (mystery buffs may be disappointed), from what I know of mystery tropes, but it's being an unexpectedly deep backset to a romance, with romancy tropes -- and those seeking romance tropes should be satisfied, methinks. I do quibble at the scene where the readers are given the who-dun-it identity; I wish there'd been some other way to get that data across. But it's pretty minor and a personal quibble; I just don't like "spoilers" for mysteries, even when the author's doing the "spoiling"! My main complaint is the last two chapters, where the emotional half of the situation wraps up in a way that is kind of... syrupy-sweet. I think that Vanessa's personality was shifted to something overly traditional, instead of pleasingly tart. (I liked her attitude, darnit! Why shouldn't a fulfilled romance still have a few prickles amidst the roses?) Still, that's two chapters out of many, and since I can't do half-stars, I'll err on the side of more, rather than less.
  • A Touch of Night on Sep. 01, 2011

    This is a very fun book. And, despite some presentational flaws, I'm rounding up five stars. (I'm an evil, evil stickler for copy-editing (watch the typos breed in my text now!), so dock half a star for typos.) The flaws: 1: There are a fair smattering of comma-errors, and one search-and-replace that turned "ramrod" to "raMr.od" -- probably because "Mr Name" is appropriate for UK/Regency spelling, and "Mr. Name" is required by American custom. There are a few other typos, but it's hardly unreadable -- and I am terribly touchy about such things. Other people are likely to be less-bothered. (And there is always a chance that the author might upload a repaired file; ebooks are handy that way!) 2: I quibble about the cover art. The dragon should be far more noble, much larger, and without the smirk. This is one of the times when the book should not be judged by the cover. So. Ignore the cover art, and cope with the typos, and develop a big grin. Pride and Prejudice meets were-creatures, from wolves to bears to dogs to dragons, and while I enjoyed the original P&P -- I do admit, adding were-dragons has quite improved it for me! No only do Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have to cope with the usual sorts of misunderstandings of the era, but certain misunderstandings are compounded by the need to speak around delicate matters, which permits people to assume... quite different things, to the amusement of the reader. Add in a dash of Noble Selflessness even when the true misunderstandings are resolved, and the romance is quite properly complicated. Also, since were-creatures' clothing does not change with them, there's a certain amount of "fan-service" -- though appropriately glossed! (No purple prose paroxysms of Paranormal P... er, Romance, though the admiring of a well-muscled body is perhaps not entirely period.) All this, and currently a freebie? Download it! It's an entertaining read.
  • Argo on Oct. 14, 2011

    I'll be honest; this wasn't the story I was expecting and it may well be suffering by half a star to a star because of it. The protagonist, Mira, isn't allowed to find out things that the readers are and isn't allowed to change the world she's in. So as the fluffy short story I was wanting... It disappointed. As a Twilight Zone experience? It's perfect. It sets up a world, it sets up some spooky contradictions, and then it rips the rug out from under everything, leaving the *reader* viewing everything differently. Read it in that mindset, of not-quite-horror-but-disquieting, and you'll probably find it pretty darn enjoyable. Typos/Grammar issues: Minimal. I think I found one or two awkward bits that stood out, but I find those in everything because I'm a pedant. Fellow pedants should breathe relatively easy on that front.
  • Argo on Oct. 14, 2011

    I'll be honest; this wasn't the story I was expecting and it may well be suffering by half a star to a star because of it. The protagonist, Mira, isn't allowed to find out things that the readers get to find out and isn't allowed to change the world she's in. So as the fluffy short story I was wanting... It disappointed. As a Twilight Zone experience? It's perfect. It sets up a world, it sets up some spooky contradictions, and then it rips the rug out from under everything, leaving the *reader* viewing everything differently. Read it in that mindset, of not-quite-horror-but-disquieting, and you'll probably find it pretty darn enjoyable. Typos/Grammar issues: Minimal. I think I found one or two awkward bits that stood out, but I find those in everything because I'm a pedant. Fellow pedants should breathe relatively easy on that front.
  • The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam) on March 06, 2013

    Feels like a first novel, & I'm enough of a punctuation pedant to wince now and then (plus: grisly, not grizzly!), but the dialogue is generally natural & the characters are fun. Some aspects of the plot/interactions feel simpler than is "realistic," which contributes to "first novel" feel. The action scenes, however, seem well-done -- not over-detailed, and no gratuitous thews. (Despite one character's wishes, probably!) There's a goodly number of amusing lines in it, which contributes to the overall "light" feel despite a high body count (mostly spear-carriers). I would bet other fans of Bujold's /Cordelia's Honor/ would find this an entertaining (if with fluffier feel) read. Usefully, while it does have a set-up for the rest of the series (of course!), it's not a frustrating cliffhanger. Always appreciated!
  • Toad Words And Other Stories on Aug. 05, 2014

    This is an awesome set of short stories (& a little poetry). Funny stuff, grim stuff, funny-and-grim stuff... Get. Read. It's good.