Margaret McGaffey Fisk
Margaret McGaffey Fisk is a storyteller whose tales often cross genres and worlds to bring the events and characters to life. She currently writes romance, science fiction, and fantasy but will go wherever the story takes her.
A daughter of diplomats, her early years were filled with many cultures, both very much alive and long turned to dust, and people who both pondered the great thoughts and were grand pranksters. Whether from wild adventures into the desert to climb sand mountains, poking around little known archeological sites, or visiting bazaars and inner cities, she came out of that time with a love of culture and an all too sharp awareness of culture clash.
She currently lives in a Nevada desertscape with her husband, and a rotating collection of cats and sons. When not exercising her creative muscles, she has been known to tame the relatives of beasts in the wild--feral cats. In a different time, you'd find her before a bonfire or with a mug of ale and a lute spinning tales for all who are in earshot. Now, though, you can read her explorations of loyalty, love, and conflict wherever you might be.
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Threats (The Steamship Chronicles, Book Two)
A cabin boy with aspirations for a captaincy of his own and a Natural who can bend the aether to her will and transform machinery struggle to survive and succeed as they cross the Atlantic in the weakest of the British merchant steam-sail hybrids in this Victorian Era steampunk adventure. This is the second in a tightly knit series.
A Country Masquerade: A Sweet Regency Romance (Uncommon Lords and Ladies, Book Two)
Unthinking criticism, bad timing, and a young lady's stubborn nature turn the perfect match into a recipe for disaster. A Regency Era sweet romance appropriate for all ages, A Country Masquerade begins with Lady Barbara Whitfeld overhearing the man she's infatuated with criticizing her and anger drives her to show him just what frivolity looks like.
Secrets (The Steamship Chronicles, Book One)
A Victorian Era steampunk adventure with steam, sail, and troublemaking sentient machines. Join Samantha Crill, a Natural able to transform machinery, and Nathaniel Bowden, nobleman turned cabin boy, in their harrowing adventures as they try to find a balance between his ambitions, her talents, and the fears of those around her.
Forged: A Fantasy Short Story
A swordsmith’s unappreciated apprentice puts her career, and even her life, on the line to confront a knight with a deadly secret.
Sworn to protect her sister from an unjust law in steam-driven Victorian England, Lily’s wayward heart settles on the one man she cannot have: a police officer.
A sweet romance set in an alternate Victorian England.
Dreams of escaping the colony of Ceric become reality when Trina is discovered by her wealthy grandfather, but will the price be too high to pay?
Melnae grew up on tales of fire-eating demons and even fought in the shahran's army. Now, a demon force approaches her home while her daughter bears the mark of a fire-eater. Can she protect her daughter without betraying her people?
Curve of Her Claw
Fall into a world where beauty is a facade, and one elf is pushed beyond reason to rid herself of the smooth-skinned curse.
Curve of Her Claw tells the tale of a young elf trying to earn a place in the tribal memory. The elves in this dark fantasy, however, have little in common with the tall, beautiful faerie kind who often condemn humanity for brutal natures.
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- Kat Among The Pigeons
on June 01, 2011
Kat Among the Pigeons is a whimsical tale of a Fae who knows her limitations and enjoys her simple life in an unimportant corner of the world where she maintains the border between Fae and the human world. She can talk only to birds and cats, a limitation no other Fae seems to share, and her inner pool of magic is quite small. However, when one thing after another goes wrong and the Fae world is too busy with events they think are more important, Kat figures out how to solve each and every problem with the help of her allies, both cats and birds of all shapes and sizes, and one lone human who gets thrust into magic against his will, but embraces it…along with Kat.
Now by that description, it might sound like the current trend in urban fantasy, but remember the word “whimsical.”
Is the world threatened by a disaster well beyond what the other Fae imagine she’s dealing with? Is she fending off magical creatures both large and small that are supposedly well beyond her ability?
It’s more how she’s doing it and how she remains blind to her own skills because of a lifetime of being patted on the shoulder as consolation for her limits that carries the story. She tries to put her life on hold, and that doesn’t work out so well. Kat doesn’t trust herself and comes up with explanations that, while plausible, are not the true ones.
Though at times Kat’s blindness seemed a little too strong, it fits with her character. She’s extremely clever, but only when pressed with her back to the wall. Kat downgrades her abilities and fails to recognize how skilled she has grown with avoiding the clash of technology and magic. She can see her cousin’s sloppy waste of magic, but not how much she has accomplished with fewer resources.
Blend that in with funny moments of Kat trying to keep David, the man she’s interested in, from discovering just what she’s able to do, and a hilarious byplay on a recorded tape between two birds that the humans cannot understand, but Kat can, and you have a fun read. It might not race from crisis to crisis, nor solve world hunger, but Kat Among the Pigeons gave me a good number of enjoyable hours.
- Video Vixen
on May 14, 2013
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over:
Showing the true power of an eReader, I started Video Vixen because I was out and about when I finished the book I was reading. I needed something to entertain, so figured I’d read a short work to pass the time.
Well, Video Vixen was not what I was expecting. It had been on my eReader for some time. I don’t even remember where I picked it up or why, but it was probably because I found the concept of looking past the assumptions to the reality of what it takes to put together a daytime soap intriguing. When I saw the page count, I almost went looking for another title, but since I’d already opened it, I gave the start a chance and never regretted the decision.
I’ve read only a few titles classified erotica, and honestly, I wouldn’t have known this one was except when I opened it on my computer this morning to get the title, it was one of the tags. I’ll admit the sex parts were both more explicit and less than in most romances I read, and if that had been the main focus of this book…well, it’s not the strong point.
So what is the strong point?
The story. I’m all about story, and this one has trouble written all over it. In the very beginning, you learn about Vikki/Vixen, a woman whose momentary assist became a rising star acting career. She credits her success to the support of the real professionals around her at Always Tomorrow. Vixen is her personality opposite, but taking on that role gives her the ability to do what she believes worthwhile. She believes in soap opera as a vehicle for entertainment, escape, and education, exposing the public to a variety of important topics and how to find help regarding those.
Vikki is the innocent, Vixen is the seductress, and the show needs Vikki to play her part both on and off the stage. The public mixes the character with the actor often, and even more in her case because she’s so high profile and is the villain everyone loves to hate.
She’s a focused, dedicated, loyal woman with deep feelings. At the same time, she’s up for the game, willing to step out of her comfort zone, and even plays it up when confronted by not quite fans. She’s having fun being Vixen Mallory, the black widow of daytime television.
Daniel, on the other hand, is an award winning investigative reporter who doesn’t think soap operas are worth his, or anyone’s, time. But he ends up firing the man assigned this story, and when his gut responds more to her fully clothed layout in Playboy than the centerfold, he wants to meet her in person.
Yes, there’s an element of instant, physical attraction, but it doesn’t bloom until they learn more about each other, something they have every opportunity to do when the cast and writers beg Vikki to keep him distracted because they’ve each got something in their past they want to stay there.
It’s a tangled web she weaves, both for her and Daniel. Vikki has to face up to moral dilemmas, the dual demands of her own feelings and those of her friends, and the need to put her own past behind her and come back to life after losing her first love.
Daniel, on the other hand, has his assumptions handed to him about the soaps, and not just by Vikki either. The contradictions in her behavior let him see beyond the glamour, but at the same time he’s not against playing along.
The story line is complicated and draws you in, the characters are deep, and the interactions are both fun and well done. Even the seduction worked for me, if not so much the end result.
If I had to rate this book by stars, it would probably be no more than three, which is why I don’t like the star system. There were some rough parts in the text even beyond the sex, but I was looking to be entertained and got more than I’d bargained for. Story and characters are Elaine Raco Chase’s strengths, and she excels in those aspects.