Lazette Gifford

The Myth of Zette

On the day Lazette was born The Muses wept, mostly because they knew that one of them would have no rest for a long time.  The Graces, always anxious to be certain their poor cousins had enough to do, dropped off the notice themselves.  When The Muses saw the snippets of the future, they quailed at the work ahead.  The Graces smirked, and quickly left before they were coerced into a new little project like that one that had somehow mutated into the Renaissance.

 
The most difficult decision remaining to The Muses turned out to be which of them would take up the challenge of the little insomniac with far too much imagination.
 
When they turned to Aoede, she pointed out that a new age of music had barely begun, and she already had her hands full preparing Elvis and Ringo.  Erato,  Euterpe, and Terpsichore -- who had all been rather disdainful of Rock and Roll until now -- suddenly found a true and abiding interest in it, and threw themselves into the work with Aoede before someone suggested that one of them take the problem child.
 
They thought Calliope, being the oldest might stand a chance, but she (rather too quickly, the others thought) pointed out that the age of Epic Poetry was in abeyance, and it would hardly be fair to start a baby along that path.  They almost argued... but Calliope always had the last word.  Epic poets were like that.
 
Clio waved them away and went back to the proliferation of post-war historians, and the others decided maybe she had more than enough already.  Melete and Mneme took their cues from Earato, Euepre and Terpischore and decided that history needed all the help it could get.
 
And that left Melpomene, who began to wail as soon as they turned to her -- but then she, being the muse of Tragedy, tended to do that quite often anyway.  When the others pressed her anyway, she began to panic until she spotted her sister, Polymnia, busy with quill and paper, and so immersed in her work that she never even noticed the ruckus around her.  Melphomene rushed to her side and put a hand on Polymnia’s shoulder.
 
"What now?" Polymnia demanded, looking at Mel with utter exasperation.  "I?m in the middle of a scene!  Why is it I can?t get two pages written without some interruption?  For the love of the Gods, don?t you eight have anything better to do than bother me?"
 
"We have a problem," Calliope said, barely able to hide a malicious grin.  She?d been waiting for the moment to get even ever since prose replaced poetry as the favored form, and now she knew she had her chance.  "We?ve been handed a child who needs a muse. We?re all so busy, Poly.  Maybe you...?"
 
"Yes, yes, fine.  Just put the name in with the others."
 
And she went back to writing, and sealed the baby’s fate, as well as those of several poor, unsuspecting keyboards...
 

 
Okay, a little more seriously (though not much!) --
 
I am an obsessive writer  who lives in Nebraska with my husband, far too many cats, and a useless dog.  I began writing in the dark ages before home computers, and usually produce at least half a dozen novels and twice as many short stories every year.  So be prepared.  There’s no telling where the stories might turn up if they escape.  (Or maybe that’s the cats....)
 
I usually can?t think of anything I?d rather do than spend time creating stories.  My work has appeared in a number of ezines and small press publcations, and I?ve sold several novels to ebook publishers as well. 
 
News of  my latest publications can always be found at http://lazette.net along with samples  of my work and links to my other obsession, photography.
 
I am also the owner of Forward Motion, a web site for writers. (http://fmwriters.com).  The site has nearly 5000 members and offers classes, chat rooms, boards, critique groups and support for writers at all levels of their careers.
 
And I am  the managing editor of Vision: A Resource for Writers (http://lazette.net/vision).  This epublication offers advice and insight from writers in a number of different genres, and on numerous writing-related subjects.
 
If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at zette@cableone.net
 
 

Titles Available from Lazette Gifford



[The Dark Staff Series -- Book 1]
Having the attention of the gods is not always a blessing...

The long, magical wars ended when the elves left the lands of men, conjuring an impenetrable barrier to keep the humans out of their new realm. They left man only with the sorcery he could create, taking all the creatures of magic to Ishan with them... except for one...
[The Dark Staff Series -- Book 2]
As a prince in hiding comes of age, his world is beset by unexplained evil. Brendan, The Keeper of the Song, is a former slave who became King's Bard, and has kept many secrets down through the years. Not the least of those secrets is that he's not entirely human. Loyal to the royal family, he undertakes a mission to reach the prince and deliver unsettling news of an unexpected danger in the guise of a magician named Tabor who wants the throne for himself.
[The Dark Staff Series - Book III]
Reluctantly leaving behind Brendan's world and their friends, Abby and Tristan follow a path into a darkness lit by diamonds, and find themselves in a place where magic is rarely known, and where evil doesn't always need the impetus of the Kiya to grow strong. But magic draws magic, even here -- and they are dropped into the care of a startled ship's captain -- who also happens to be a very powerful mage.

In order to track down and trap the Kiya, they join forces with an unusual array of allies, including the captain-mage, a smuggler who once held the Kiya -- and threw her away -- and a prince of questionable character.

Meanwhile, Tabor plays at a dangerous game with his demon father and the less than human High Priest, Braith. In an attempt to gain power of his own and free himself from his father's sadistic control, he secretly employs magics that help him stay a step ahead of the others in an attempt to gain the Kiya before Abby and Tristan collect yet another part of the prize.

From Within the Mist is an anthology of stories by five of the top rated new blood in fantasy/SF (Speculative Fantasy) today; Jeanine Berry (The Sex Gates Trilogy), Sheri McGathy (Twilight Crossings), Rie Sheridan (The Blood that Binds), Lazette Gifford (The Dark Staff Series) and K. Allen Cross (Wolfheart). Selected by the editor for their proven accomplishments in the field, From Within the Mist presents for your enjoyment six stories of varying lengths that embody the true spirit of Speculative Fantasy. Taking place in the past and future, each tale will transport you to a realm that will not only entertain, but make you speculate on the possibilities.

From Within the Mist will bring you back to the purity of Speculative Fantasy!

In 2039 Los Angeles, half ruined by devastating quakes, is in the hands of three policing forces -- the National Feds, the State Militia and the city's own Local force, all of them squabbling over jurisdiction. Religious intolerance grows under the watchful eye of the CCP, and survival is a precarious game of chance and cunning.

And in this maelstrom of disaster, two Local detectives, working on their first case together, try to find a drug dealer with a secret he's willing to sell -- if he lives long enough.

Unfortunately, Elias Singer is about to learn that his new partner has a dangerous secret all his own...
Eons ago powerful mages cursed all magical beings to walk the land only in the dead of the night. The people of Dodano hide behind their shuttered windows and locked doors, never looking upon the creatures in the moon light. Gradually growing to despise all magic, they have even turned against the mages and outlawed their powerful art.
Terris Firedragon is not quite human -- but he’s not a dragon either, despite his name. Inheriting a curse from his grandfather, he’s made the best of life. Now his friends are in danger and he’s been drawn into the trouble just by association. He puts his unique talents -- and the curse -- to work for a good cause.
Raven is not liked or even trusted at the King’s Court. However, as the King’s Messenger he has understood is duty and never failed, even when he’s faced with a final message that could mean his death.
Dushan was already three days dead when I met him....

Left to die in the tomb of a murdered Kolti priest, Prince Tahir finds
himself working to avenge the death of someone he never knew, at least in
life. (Originally published by Eggplant Productions, Winter Sampler 2000)
The scientists on Mars have problems, not the least of which are experimental mice that somehow got lose during a quake. Between political power plays, mice in everything and damage from the quake, the people stationed at the Carter Complex already have more trouble than they can handle... but there is more on the way.
Something has followed Tim Smith for all his life as he found himself shuffled from one foster family to another. Now, at eighteen, he’s decided to escape the city.

He’s found peace in a small Maine town....

But he can?t outrun the trouble that has followed him all his life.
Lazette Gifford, Managing Editor of Vision: A Resource for Writers (http://lazette.net/vision) and the owner/site administrator of Forward Motion for Writers (http://fmwriters.com ), presents a collection of essays on the philosophy and act of writing. The collection of short essays covers everything from accepting that you are a writer to setting goals, and from writing short stories to resurrecting older manuscripts.

She also hopes to convey the joy she has found in writing and the enthusiasm that can help writers past the disappointment of plot lines that don?t quite work and the inevitable rejections, while still maintaining their love of creating stories.

The annual convention of the Fable, Fiction and Fantasy Muses has started in Atlantis... And this year there are going to be a few changes! The Musing of Four Muses is a cautionary tale for writers who ignore their gifts.

Leaving the bright beauty of Dacey’s reality behind, Abby and Tristan find themselves in a dying world draped in gray, where the people are bereft of hope until their arrival. Here Abby finds at least the semblance of peace and a time to rest....

However, the peace is an illusion in a place where the demon has already sat his ingenious trap, and the two will face a dangerous struggle that will drive them apart.
(Previously published in Dragons, Knights and Angels Ezine) Two men from another age, each with a mission that has kept them alive for centuries, meet to do battle in modern day LA.

Some friendships are dangerous....

When Crystal and Etric find themselves in an unusual amount of trouble they should have realized that two people they never expected to see again had returned to their reality. Abby and Tristan are back... and so is Tabor, who has problems all his own.

The crews of Freedom and Fame team up to save the emperor, protect the last remaining heir, and face the gods and demons as they again work to help Abby and Tristan in the latest battle of their long war.

With the final confrontation against the demon Gix looming closer, Aubreyan and Tristan seek a short time of peace to recover from their battles. However, Gix moves too quickly, and now the two, along with their allies, are forced into a running war to save other friends whom Gix has targeted.
Abby’s attempt to keep the others from the final battle only makes them more determined to join him -- at whatever the risk to themselves. As they face the demon at last, Abby is all too aware that his friends are both his strength and his weakness... and he knows they cannot all survive.
From Within the Mist is an anthology of stories by five of the top rated new blood in fantasy/SF (Speculative Fantasy) today; Jeanine Berry (The Sex Gates Trilogy), Sheri McGathy (Twilight Crossings), Rie Sheridan (The Blood that Binds), Lazette Gifford (The Dark Staff Series) and K. Allen Cross (Wolfheart). Selected by the editor for their proven accomplishments in the field, From Within the Mist presents for your enjoyment six stories of varying lengths that embody the true spirit of Speculative Fantasy. Taking place in the past and future, each tale will transport you to a realm that will not only entertain, but make you speculate on the possibilities.

From Within the Mist will bring you back to the purity of Speculative Fantasy!

Writers are the only true magicians in the world. They create worlds with words, and in the case of fantasy, they bring magic into our lives. Because of writers we can converse with dragons, follow a quest for the sake of good, and find love lost through the centuries.

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