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March 6th, 2011

Coming in June 2011 From HarpHaven Publishing

Cover Art and Design by Melanie Fletcher

An anthology of original science fiction, fantasy, and related genre short fiction on the world’s oldest profession

Gala Book Launch at A-Kon 22.


Thanks to the good folks at A-Kon, The Ladies of Trade Town will celebrate its official debut in high style.. Among the festivities being hosted by the convention, and featuring as many of the contributors as we can gather together, are:


A "Meet The Ladies & Gentlemen Of Trade Town" Panel

A Mass Autographing Event

The Ladies Of Trade Town Launch Party

A-Kon 22 will take place June 10 - 12, 2011 at the Sheraton Dallas (formerly the Adams Mark) in downtown Dallas. All Book Launch events are scheduled for Saturday, June 12, with the panel and mass autographing on Saturday afternoon (time and location to be announced), and the Launch Party scheduled for 7:00 pm in function space on the 38th floor of the Sheraton. Further details as we have them.


Trade Town Table of Contents Announced

"Introduction" by Elizabeth Moon

"Call Me Madam" (Editor's Introduction) by Lee Martindale

"The Ballad of Eskimo Nell Revisted Or John Henry Was A Piston-Driving Man" by Jim Reader

"First Fruits" by Merlyn Finn

"Dreams of Blood and Milk" by Mary A. Turzillo

"What A Man Wants" by Cecilia Tan

"A Touch of Ginger" by Melanie Fletcher

"The Queen of Knaves" by Tracy S. Morrist

"In The House of Allures" by Rob Chilson

"Silk and Steam" by Brandie Tarvin

"Art" by Gloria Oliver (Bwahahaha)

"Do Unto Others" by Rebecca McFarland Kyle

"Duty Free" by Mark W. Tiedemann

"At Mother Laurie's House of Bliss" by Catherine Lundoff

"The Lady of Trade Town" by Lee Martindale

"The Last Virgin" by Jana Oliver

"The Oldest Profession?" by Melinda LaFevers

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Info, sample chapters, and free reads at www.gloriaoliver.com

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