Archive for the ‘Suburbia’ Category

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

October 1, 2016

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!

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“Dead Fred” in Fiction River: Sparks

March 31, 2016

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.

Enjoy!

Now *that’s* my idea of a troll…!

September 21, 2014

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!

Just Another Day in Suburbia

May 21, 2013

Just Another Day in Suburbia, a novel by Elizabeth Ann PierceForest Glen, Pennsylvania. A peaceful suburban neighborhood where nothing unusual ever happened — until the day Masaman the Troll moved out from under his bridge and bought the old fixer-upper on Oak Tree Lane.

Now Goblins swarm the neighbor’s front porch and kitchen windowsill in search of freshly baked pies and cookies; a cat-food eating Zombie canvasses the residents, looking for landscaping and interior decorating opportunities; and a Dwarf takes time out from Poker Night to investigate the rash of burglaries that suddenly plague the neighborhood.

And the Neighborhood Watch has no idea who it should be watching.

A suburban fantasy novel

Available on Kindle, Nook, XinXiiSmashwords and the iBook store. $4.99

And Then I Woke Up Dead

October 28, 2012

And Then I Woke Up Dead - a short novel by Elizabeth Ann PierceMuzak is definitely not your garden-variety, brain-gobbling zombie – he has higher aspirations than mindlessly sucking down on raw flesh. Then again, becoming a zombie was never part of his plans, either…

And Then I Woke Up Dead

Muzak knew about zombies – he’d seen them on the streets, doing the menial jobs they’d been created for, jobs no living person wanted to do. He just never expected to find himself shuffling along as one of the walking dead, anti-freeze coursing through his veins. To be honest, he’d had higher expectations of the after-life – and, at the very least, expected a better wardrobe.

A “Suburbia” short novel.

Available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. $2.99

Pinkerton Dwarf, P.I. – Case File 001: Renault

May 21, 2012

Pinkerton Dwarf, P.I. - Case File 001: Renault, a short novel by Elizabeth Ann PierceMore than a few people have asked for stories about some of the characters in Just Another Day in Suburbia, and I’ve been having a lot of fun obliging! This time, we go back a few years to Pinkerton’s first case…

Pinkerton Dwarf, P.I. – Case File 001: Renault

When the tall, red-haired woman walked into Grady’s Bar and Grill on that dark and stormy night, newly-licensed private investigator, Pinkerton Dwarf knew at a glance that she wasn’t the date he was waiting for. He did not know that Monica Renault would turn out to be his first official client, or that his date had gone awry before it even began.

A “Suburbia” short story.

Available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. $.99

No Plan for Chaos

January 21, 2012

No Plan for Chaos, a short novel by Elizabeth Ann Pierce

We first met the Goblins in Just Another Day in Suburbia, but did you ever wonder what happened the day they emigrated from Faerie to the Real World?

No Plan for Chaos

It’s raining… Goblins!

The Goblins emerged from the Faerie Realm into the Real World in the most unexpected manner: drifting in on the breeze, settling on rooftops, in the trees, in the road. In a world filled with unfamiliar dangers, Skeezix the Goblin discovers the key to the Goblins’ survival in the unlikeliest of places — a discarded cup of diet cola.

A “Suburbia” short novel

Available on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, and in the iBookstore. $1.99

“Trolling” for News

November 21, 2011

Freemont Troll Cleanup, Seattle TribuneSeattle’s “Freemont Troll” sculpture – which appears on the cover of Just Another Day in Suburbia, was recently in the news. It seems that vandals decided the enormous sculpture needed a bit of makeup.

Fortunately, the damage was superficial, and easily repaired.

Thanks to my Seattle friends for pointing out both the news item and the quick cleanup! I’m quite sure that Masaman, Rasta, and all the other trolls inspired by the Freemont sculpture are feeling quite relieved!

On the road to WorldCon!

July 21, 2011

Mini-Cooper, photo courtesy of www.Copyright-free-photos.org.ukIt’s a long way from Philadelphia to Reno – especially when you’re squeezed into a Mini with a Zombie, a Dwarf, a Goblin, and a Troll – so I’m not going to be attending WorldCon (aka: the World Science Fiction Convention) this year.

But I did want to invite you to hang out with Masaman and friends, and pick up your own copy of  JUST ANOTHER DAY IN SUBURBIA at the special, WorldCon-weekend price of $2.99 (with coupon code WG54G) – after all, another ebook isn’t going to crowd your luggage out of the car!

Enjoy!

Mini-Cooper photo courtesy of www.Copyright-free-photos.org.uk