Of Cats and Lost Socks in “The Witches’ Brew” bundle!

ofcatsandlostsocks_cover_smWhat better way to kick off October than to announce my newest Suburbia short story: Of Cats and Lost Socks.


A witch. A cat. A curse.

When Emmaline McMurtree falls victim to a rival witch’s curse, it’s up to her familiar, Marley, to save the day.




Of Cats and Lost Socks is now available in The Witches’ Brew Bundle, exclusively through BundleRabbit. Check it out!


Imuji in “Fantasy in the City” collection

ImujiCover72_600x900I’m excited to announce a new Olympus High short story – Imuji.

Tim’s would-be girlfriend has snakes in her hair.
His best friend appears to be incombustible.
And during the night, a dragon tattoo has appeared
on Tim’s arm, a symbol of his half-Korean heritage.

Tim MacLaren was an ordinary student at Olympus High,
until the day after his seventeenth birthday when he discovered
that, like most of his friends, he was anything but “ordinary.”


Imuji is part of the Fantasy in the City bundle – an exciting collection of twenty short urban fantasy stories, offered through BundleRabbit.

Fantasy in the City bundle cover

What’s BundleRabbit? I’m glad you asked! BundleRabbit is a cool new way you can get collections of stories, by authors you know and authors new to you. The Fantasy in the City bundle is only available for a limited time, so you’ll want to “hop” on over right away!



— Liz

A drop of rain…

Amy_leaves Sitting by my window, drinking my morning coffee and watching this crazy spring weather, I couldn’t help but think just how magical the rain really is. I love the rain and a good thunder storm, I love how it can truly go with every mood/emotion. It gives life, washes away the dirt, and brings beauty to the scary things in life.

Too often, we let ourselves be distracted by the busy-ness of our everyday lives, and miss the beauty of something as simple as a raindrop.

Whether it’s a gentle spring shower or a full-blown thunderstorm, or simply the scent of raindrops pattering in the dust on a hot summer day, I hope you’ll take a moment to find the magic in the little things.

Spring into Books

Liz Pierce_LUWevent_1I’ll be reading an excerpt of Dead Fred from the Fiction River: Sparks anthology at the League of Utah Writers Spring into Books event on May 28th.

I’ll have copies of the anthology available for purchase, as well as previews from Eternally Grounded and Phouka (both available on Amazon and Kobo) and Imuji (coming soon from BuundleRabbit), all part of my Olympus High short story collection, .

Hope to see you there!



Eternally Grounded, an Olympus High short story by Liz Pierce  Phouka, an Olympus High short story by Liz Pierce  Imuji, an Olympus High short story by Liz Pierce







UPDATE: It was wonderful seeing so many people at the Spring Into Books event – and thanks for dropping by my website! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter (the form is in the upper right corner of the page) for updates on future appearances and publications! And happy reading, everyone!   –Liz

“Dead Fred” in Fiction River: Sparks

FR Sparks ebook cover webI’ve written several short stories about the characters in Just Another Day in Suburbia, and writing for this anthology gave me the opportunity to tell you a little more about Muzak’s friend, Grace Hewlett.

In Dead Fred, which takes place about three years before the events in Just Another Day in Suburbia, Grace is still in high school – and trying to figure out what she thinks about the school’s new janitor, a zombie named Fred. Her father makes an appearance, together with the dreaded Mrs. Simpson, as do Mrs. McMurtree and her cat, Marley.

I had a wonderful time writing Dead Fred, and was delighted that my editor, Rebecca Moesta, chose to include it in this collection with so many other wonderful stories. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Fiction River: Sparks is available in electronic and paper formats from WMG Publishing, or your favorite electronic bookstore.



Phouka_cover_600x900Fiona’s mother and siblings are fairies. Sparkles everywhere. Her uncle is a leprechaun, complete with rainbow and pot of gold. But Fiona takes after her father’s side of the family – the plain-old human side, without a drop of magic of her own.

And while the leprechaun did agree to grant her wish for her very own magic, she should have known better than for it to turn out exactly as she’d hoped for…

An Olympus High short story

Available on Amazon and Kobo, and coming soon to Nook and iBooks. $0.99

Woodland Music

Japanese woodland xylophone

A magical, inspiring video of a large xylophone winding through the forest of Kyushu, Japan, made me think of walking through Faerie and hearing this beautiful music playing in the distance. And imagine,  if while you were listening it started to lightly rain – not just any rain, but a warm rain, glistening with all the colors of the forest.

It’s so peaceful – the beautiful sounds of nature together with the clicking of the ball dropping down the wood is simply magnificent, and magnificently simple! It constantly amazes me, the things that people create. It shows us that there is still plenty of magic to be shared here in the Real World.

To experience this beautiful video for yourself, follow this link: “Touch Wood in a Japanese Forest with Bach.”

Now *that’s* my idea of a troll…!

Shadowrun-style troll from pbphouse.com forum discussionI’ve been trolling the web (pun intended) to see if I could find a picture of a troll that came vaguely close to the way I see Masaman. In my mind, he’s not some oogly-boogly ugly creature that goes “growl” in the night, but is incapable of saying anything else. Likewise, he’s not a soft, squishy cartoon character with skin colored in primary colors. Even the fabulous Freemont Troll on the cover of the novel isn’t really how I see Masaman.

The trolls in the world of Just Another Day in Suburbia are reasonably realistic-looking guys. They’re big dudes, who wear heavy boots and durable clothing. Think of the biggest, baddest biker dude you can imagine, and then make him even bigger. He might have an attitude, or he might be a really nice guy – he just happens to live under a bridge. Or, in Masaman’s case, on Oak Tree Lane.

Anyway, as you can see, I finally did find a troll that is as close to my idea of what a troll looks like as I can imagine – if you’ve played the role-playing game Shadowrun, you’re already familiar with the world this big guy comes from (of course, my trolls don’t usually carry heavy weaponry… )

So there you are … that’s my idea of a troll!

Up, Up, and Away!

hto air balloonsI’m sort of Goblin-like when it comes to hot air balloons – no matter how many times I watch them take off, I still love the variety of colors and patterns different balloonists come up with. So when I have the opportunity to go to a balloon festival, I’ll happily get up early and go with my friends to watch the huge, colorful creations fill and rise just after sunrise.

(And because I’m Goblin-like when it comes to hot-air balloons, I thought I’d also link to this cool video of Hot Air Balloons on YouTube.)



If a tree falls…

"Bye-Bye Big Tree" - photo by Liz Pierce, 060411There’s a row of poplars along the back fence. They’re probably too close to the fence – the original owners of the house planted them, not us – but they’re an excellent screen between us and the neighbors.

Sadly, one of the trees took some serious damage over the winter, and didn’t survive. It was, of course, the one that was perfectly positioned to shade the back porch from both the afternoon sun and the neighbor’s yard. Much as we regret doing so, we’ve had to take it out to prevent the dead, dying, and drying branches from breaking off and landing on something (or someone).

I’m going to miss that tree – both for the shade it provided, and the sound of the wind blowing through the branches and rustling the leaves.

Bye-bye big tree.