The Desert Siren
by Kim Antieau
Connie once yearned for a life filled with imagination and passion but settled for life on the family’s ranch in the Arizona borderlands. She doesn’t think about the life she could have had until her husband deserts her and leaves Connie broke and the ranch nearly bankrupt. In desperation, Connie searches for a band of mystical and magical wild “sea” horses her aunt Delilah believed roamed the borderlands, brought to this country by Connie’s ancestors. Aunt Delilah believed only those who had the gift, those she called sea horse sirens, could find them. Time is running out, and finding the Irish horses could be Connie’s last chance to save the land and her own life.
Kim Antieau has written many novels, short stories, poems, and essays. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Asimov’s SF, The Clinton Street Quarterly, The Journal of Mythic Arts, EarthFirst!, Alternet, Sage Woman, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. She was the founder, editor, and publisher of Daughters of Nyx: A Magazine of Goddess Stories, Mythmaking, and Fairy Tales. Her work has twice been short-listed for the James Tiptree Award and has appeared in many best-of-the-year anthologies. Critics have admired her “literary fearlessness” and her vivid language and imagination. Her first novel, The Jigsaw Woman, is a modern classic of feminist literature. She is also the author of a science fiction novel, The Gaia Websters, and a contemporary tale set in the desert Southwest, Church of the Old Mermaids. Her other novels include Her Frozen Wild, The Fish Wife, and Coyote Cowgirl. Broken Moon, a novel for young adults, was a selection of the Junior Library Guild. She has also written other YA novels, including Deathmark, The Blue Tail, Ruby’s Imagine, and Mercy, Unbound. Kim lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, writer Mario Milosevic. Learn more about Kim and her writing at www.kimantieau.com.
- Green Snake Publishing, September 2012
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