Acquisitions Announcement: Critically acclaimed fantasy OUR LADY OF THE ISLANDS rereleased

By Alana Joli Abbott

We are delighted to have acquired the critically acclaimed fantasy novel Our Lady of the Islands by Shannon Page (A Sword in The Sun) and the late Jay Lake. A celebration of female friendship and cooperation, the novel is a feminist exploration of gender roles and expectations, as a woman is granted powers that society considers the domain of men.

Shannon Page and Jay Lake
Shannon Page and Jay Lake

Sian Katte is a successful middle-aged businesswoman in the tropical island nation of Alizar. Her life seems comfortable and well-arranged...until a violent encounter one evening leaves her with an unwanted magical power.

Arian des Chances is the wife of Alizar's ruler, with vast wealth and political influence. Yet for all her resources, she can only watch helplessly as her son draws nearer to death.

When crisis thrusts these two women together, they learn some surprising truths: about themselves, their loved ones, and Alizar itself. Because beneath a seemingly calm facade, Alizar's people - and a dead god - are stirring…

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s best books of 2014, Sian’s adventure explores the pursuit of an unwanted divine mission by a woman already balancing many roles, portraying an empathetic protagonist with “realism and grace,” according to Publishers Weekly’s starred review. We’re thrilled to put this novel back into print, with a gorgeous new cover from Outland’s own Jeremy Mohler, so we can welcome a new audience into Sian’s world. While you’re waiting, you can pick up Shannon Page’s recently released A Sword in The Sun or follow her on Facebook.

Outland Entertainment Founder Jeremy Mohler acquired world rights from Page and Lake’s estate in a two novel deal; the sequel to be written by Shannon Page and Mark J. Ferrari.

About Outland Entertainment: Outland Entertainment is an independent publisher specializing in transmedia worldbuilding in speculative long and short fiction, comics, graphic novels, tabletop and RPG games, and other forms of media. We design, produce, and distribute our products. Our works are distributed through our website and networks like IPG and Comixology.

About Shannon Page: Shannon Page was born on Halloween night and spent her early years on a back-to-the-land commune in northern California. A childhood without television gave her a great love of the written word. At seven, she wrote her first book, an illustrated adventure starring her cat Cleo. Sadly, that story is out of print, but her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static, Tor.com, the Proceedings of the 2002 International Oral History Association Congress, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. She also regularly publishes articles and personal essays on Medium.com.

Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication.
Shannon is a longtime yoga practitioner, has no tattoos (but she did recently get a television), and lives on lovely, remote Orcas Island, Washington, with her husband, author and illustrator Mark Ferrari. Visit her at www.shannonpage.net.

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