HM Chapbook Redux

At ReaderCon this weekend, my writer cohorts from the Homeless Moon and I will be premiering our second chapbook of all-original short fiction. This one is called Homeless Moon: Imaginary Places.

My story, “Adrift in Ishtakar,” is about a young doctor in a medieval Arabian world who is facing a terrible plague for the first time without her mentor, who disappeared the previous summer. But she receives an indication where he might be:

“I’ve seen that pendant,” Rifiq said, “decades ago. Didn’t it belong to–”

“Yes. That bombastic traveler says Al-Atibba sent him.”

“And you believe it?”

“His account does seem outlandish. But this pendant is the only sign in the last three months. The only sign at all.”

“His Radiance will be delighted to hear of this,” Rifiq said. “He’ll have soldiers in the saddle within the hour.”

But it was her duty to do every possible thing to cure these patients. She wasn’t needed here in Samarah, yet. And Al-Atibba had sent this messenger for her. She lifted the pendant close. It even smelled of him, of that crumbly, dry-parchment scent that had always lingered behind him as he paced.

She must go herself. And without asking the caliph for soldiers, or telling him at all–he would never let his Chief Healer journey so far from his own ill daughter. She would go alone.

If you’d like to read more, including the other four stories, look for a copy of the chapbook at ReaderCon or visit Homeless Moon: Imaginary Places to learn how you can order a paper copy or download a free electronic one.


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