When Connor O’Malley agrees to take on the position of sheriff, he finds himself thrust into the middle of a mystery—who is snitching the town’s watch-gears and wheels? The mystery deepens as Connor explores his new “territory” and finds that San Francisco—a riotous combination of wooden structures and canvas tents swarming over the hills, interrupted here and there by grounded ships transformed into shops or hotels—reminds him of a gangly colt whose long, wobbly legs want to go different directions at the same time.
And like that colt, the town holds itself in coiled tension that suddenly explodes.
Into a fiery inferno.
On Christmas Eve.
The Giver: Louisa Swann
While “discovering” herself as a writer, Louisa experimented with a variety of day jobs, including slush reader, editor, and managing editor, gaining insider information on the world of writing and publishing. At the same time, she built her writing skills by not only writing, but taking classes, attending conferences, chatting with other writers, and … writing some more. Louisa is the chaotic imagination behind a wide variety of writings, from Star Trek short stories to quirky fantasy, from humor-laden tales to dark, shadowy noir, the kind of imagination that resulted in nightmares when she was small, “stage plays” when she was a teeny bopper (do they even use that term anymore?), angst-filled poetry in her teens, and short stories and novels when she finally realized that same imagination could actually prove useful. Modern “country/western” comes to life under the pen name Jonesey Carlson and dark fantasy/noir under the pen name Lisa Gaines — everything else is Louisa’s “game.”
Find her at: http://www.louisaswann.com.