Leslie Claire Walker

Biography

I live in the lush (humid and green) and darkly magical (crazy insane) bayou country of southeast Texas with various companions, including a Doggie Ranger and two cats, one older and distinguished and the other young with hellion ambitions. I am a legal secretary by day and a fiction writer at all other times. In my rare spare minutes, I play the lever harp (mostly Irish tunes) and enjoy gluten-free baking adventures.

I write in the fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and young adult genres. I love to sit in my writing chair in the early mornings with the world's biggest mug of coffee and have no idea where the story will take me next.

My fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Chiaroscuro, Electric Velocipede, GUD Magazine, and DAW Books anthologies.

Where to find Leslie Claire Walker online


Books

Blood to Blood
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,250. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Malek—the serpent from the Garden of Eden—counts himself among the local gods. The last time he rode with the others under the moonlight, his one and only apprentice died a terrible death. So when the invitation for the next midnight ride arrives on his doorstep, he refuses. Until a human girl he cares about becomes the gods’ target. He may be her only chance to survive.
Heartache
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2012 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Former femme fatale Alice thought she had it made. No more fairies. No more magic. But just when she thought she'd gotten out, the Otherworld pulls her back in--into a double-crossing, twisted tale of kidnapping and vengeful rivals. She'll need all her wits to survive. She'll need heart, too. Too bad she doesn't have one.
Night Wish
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,290. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A Faery curse turns Night into a monster destined to kill and devour all who venture into his haunted forest. Allie—the only person who has ever been able to touch his human heart—tries to help him over and over again with terrible consequences. If she can't find a way to save him, both of them will be lost forever. With bonus story "Bones."
The Apple King
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Gage backpacks across the country in the wake of his wife's death—until he awakens chained to an apple tree in the middle of nowhere. It doesn't take long for him to understand that he's trapped in the shade of a magical tree. Or that the tree aims to take his soul. But if he has to die—to give up his life for love—he wants more than anything to make it count. With bonus story "Invocation."
Fairy Tales From the Dark Side
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,820. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2012 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Five fairy tales twisted by the demons of the human—and not so human—soul. Be careful what you wish for and whom you trust. Includes Snow for Flowers, Time and Memory, Outcast, Treasure, and Your Blood.
Blacktop
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Leigh and her husband Jason signed on to fight a war without end. When Jason gives his life for the cause, Leigh loses herself. She must discover who she has become -- and who the enemy truly is. With bonus story "Fortunate Brave."
Invocation
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Shel's grandfather couldn’t keep his big mouth shut. That unfortunate character trait got the old man murdered. But plenty of people hated him for far worse reasons. Shel still despises him for what he did to people she loves—and because his ghost haunts her. She’ll find a way to get rid of him for good—by hook, crook, or magic. With bonus story "The Apple King."
Afterlife: Tales of Life, Death, and the Road Less Traveled
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,270. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A short story sixpack - six tales of life, death, and the road less traveled. Includes As the Crow Flies, Max Velocity, Fortunate Brave, Offerings, The Devil Wears Combat Boots, and The Truth According to Margot Williams.
As the Crow Flies
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,930. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Violet can’t handle her own ghostly afterlife—or the thought of leaving it—until another lost soul teaches her the true meaning of salvation. With bonus story "The Truth According to Margot Williams."
Swashbuckler
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Hatch knows fraternity parties, intermittent studying, and life inside a bloody horror novel. What he doesn’t know—how to escape a pirate bent on revenge—could kill him. When the pirate strikes, Hatch breaks through a wall—and out of his book—into a paranormal romance with the enemy hot on his trail. He hopes the tough girl detective he falls for can save him. And that he can save her.
Fortunate Brave
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When troops die faster than they can be replaced, the military raises its veterans from the dead—including Evie’s grandfather. Evie copes with his sudden appearance and departure, but her grandfather’s return drives Evie’s mother to the edge of sanity. Evie will find a way to help and die—or kill—trying. With bonus story "Blacktop."
Max Velocity
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,030. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Fan should’ve known better, but desire overrode common sense and she ended up pregnant. Breeding. The worst word in the world, because of what it means. Forcible capture. Registration. Planting. Harvesting. Death. She prays that her beloved Denny will rescue her. When he does, she finally understands the meaning of another word. Helpless. With bonus story "The Devil Wears Combat Boots."
Hanged Man
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Griff broke the law and missed his own wedding on account of getting caught. To add insult to injury, his bride-to-be married a better prospect and hopped the final transport off-planet, leaving Griff to his immediate punishment and worse—a lifetime trapped on a used-up world. What kind of future could a would-be adventurer like himself conjure from dust, dreams, and beer?
Treasure
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,650. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Addie pays quick cash for cursed objects. That's how she makes the innocent safe--and how she atones every single day for the terrible bargain she made as a young, abused girl on the street. She never speaks of the vile price she paid for freedom or the crime she committed--until the victim strolls through the door of her shop carrying the worst curse of all. With bonus story "Outcast."
Self-Preservation
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Blue Devers smuggles women out of abusive relationships. He procures new identities and new lives, no questions asked—until one of the women winds up dead at the base of an Oregon coast cliff. The cops will call it suicide, but Blue knows Tamara MacDougall would never have jumped. He’ll find her killer. He owes her that. But he doesn’t expect the nasty turn the investigation takes.
Devil's in the Details
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
After John Johnson graduates from interior design school, he must face his father, Lucifer. Dad insists he go into the family business, and when the Devil insists, there’s no denying him. Question is, can John find a way to open a branch office that matches his design aesthetic?
Ever Rose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,200. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2011 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
If Briar Rose can’t find a suitable prince to kiss her awake in her own ancient time, can she find one in modern-day Central Park? The 13th Faery—who cursed the girl in the first place—lures the right man to Rose’s side. There the Faery discovers that oldest of lessons: You can lead a prince to a princess, but you can’t make him kiss her. With bonus story "The Greening," by Claire Crow.
Time and Memory
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,010. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Thomas awakens beneath a hawthorn tree to the Faery Queen's kiss. He discovers he’s not the first man―or the first Thomas―the queen has taken for a lover. He finds himself dangerously caught between the queen and her king, whose love is strained to the breaking point. Will Thomas survive to return to the human world? With bonus story "Snow for Flowers."
Offerings
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Emma makes her living as a decorator to the dead. Ghosts who refuse to move on live unseen among us, and she helps to make their chosen existence bearable. Her devotion to her calling comes from deep guilt―she raised a son who became a murderer. She wants more than anything to atone for his sins. Until the day one of her son’s victims lures her into a trap.
Grave
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The court convicts Vel of murdering her daughter and sentences her to forget the child. As Vel's memories fade, grief consumes her. She seeks a desperate solution. With bonus story "Blood Red."
Skin and Bone
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 61,700. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Stories create the world. They live on your skin. In your bones. Lose your stories? Cease to exist. The world will not remember you. Sally Gold has only one chance to stop that terrible death from happening to everything and everyone she loves: She must take a dangerous road into a parallel world and battle an evil older than time itself.
Bones
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,290. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Smoke salvages companies on the brink of bankruptcy. Lately every job seems cursed by an old man named Ballard with mysterious powers and a hunger for carrion. Ballard wants Smoke dead. Smoke wants to marry the old man's daughter. A twisted love story made for corporate hell. With bonus story "Night Wish."
Blood Red
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Tom meets the mysteriously beautiful Rachel at his favorite club. The chemistry feels undeniable. He takes her home, expecting to have a very good time. He absolutely does not expect that making love to Rachel allows her to own him—mind, body, and soul. Or that his seemingly harmless one night stand will become a feverish fairy tale nightmare from which he may never wake.
The Devil Wears Combat Boots
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,040. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Nick can’t bring his wife Jess back from the grave. His only chance to mend his and his son’s hearts is to replace her―with another Jess. One who looks just like theirs. A Jess from a parallel world. This new Jess yearns to be what they need. But she’s not now nor has she ever been a wife and a mother. In fact, she’s not what any of them bargained for. With bonus story "Max Velocity."
Outcast
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,650. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A singer of songs can make people feel and know. Beautiful things. Things people wished they could un-feel and un-know. But not if the keepers of secrets imprison him. The warden sends for him every day. The warden tells him stories he can never repeat. One day the stories will end and so will he. With bonus story "Treasure."
Dreamwalker
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 66,160. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Megan blames herself for her best friend’s death. She can gain absolution if she saves the life of a king in a world she sees only in dreams. Janek is a guard of Draca in that world, protecting the king on a night ride into haunted Dimwood Forest, where he and Megan come face to face with each other and with the king’s terrible secret. There begins the unraveling of the world.
Snow for Flowers
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,010. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Becca has lived all her life underground, kept safe from the brutal war on the surface by the magic of the stone men and the mysterious woman who dreams in her crystal coffin. When the woman dreams that Becca must travel topside, she has no choice but to go. Her mission: pluck one special little boy from the jaws of death and bring him back with her. With bonus story "Time and Memory."
The Truth According to Margot Williams
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,930. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2010 by Secret Fire Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Margot Williams makes a deal with a different sort of devil. The mysterious Grim Men get her life before Alzheimer’s steals her mind. In return she’ll have a new life as their messenger crow between the realms of life and death. It’s the perfect solution ― until she discovers that the Grim Men will erase her memory anyway. With bonus story "As the Crow Flies."

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