BLACKGUARDS Anthology Series, Book 3
KNAVES: A BLACKGUARDS ANTHOLOGY
Editors: Alana Joli Abbott & Melanie R. Meadors
Foreword: Howard Tayler
Authors: Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Anna Smith Spark, Cullen Bunn, Cat Rambo, Shanna Germain, Anton Strout, Walidah Imarisha, Linda Robertson, Clay Sanger, Maurice Broaddus, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Toiya Finley, Lian Hearn, & Kenny Soward
A medieval swindler gets caught with his proverbial pants down; a foolproof plan to pick up some cash via AI, until things take an unexpected and deadly turn; a legendary bodyguard is hired to protect precious cargo, but who will protect the cargo from him?
The protagonists of this short story collection are not all anti-heroes telling their side of the story. They are also heroic people faced with hard decisions, forced to reckon with darker sides of themselves. They are villains surprised to find they have a noble side to themselves, and they are those trying to atone for past evils they have done.
The 14 brand new stories deal with the complex idea of morality and will make readers wonder what side is the right side. Featuring original stories from Mercedes Lackey, Cullen Bunn, Lian Hearn, Anton Strout, and many more!
Series: Blackguards Book Three
Release Date: November 2018
Page Count: 288
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
ALANA JOLI ABBOTT
Alana Joli Abbott has been an editor for eighteen years, working on a variety of projects including biographies, news articles, reference books, role playing games, and fiction. At Outland, she has served as co-editor to anthologies, including Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters.
Alana is the author of the novels Into the Reach, Departure,and Regaining Home, the interactive multiple choice novel apps Choice of Kung Fu, Showdown at Willow Creek, and Choice of the Pirate, and she has written for the comics including Cowboys and Aliens II and Ithaca. Her game writing has been featured in Steampunk Musha, the award winning Serenity Adventures, and Dungeon and Dragon magazines. Alana has visited ancient ruins around the world; sung madrigals semi-professionally; and earned her black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.
MELANIE R. MEADORS
Melanie R. Meadors is the publisher at Outland Entertainment, where she uses her marketing, social media, and business experience to bring Outland works to the world. When she’s not an Outlander, Melanie is the co-director of the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium, the general b*tch monkey and blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, and the marketing and publicity consultant for Mechanical Muse. Melanie is also an editor of anthologies, including Hath No Fury and MECH: Age of Steel. She is the author of fantasy where heroes don’t wear shining armor and bad guys lose to nerds who outsmart them. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Champions of Aetaltis and Kaiju Rising 2: Reign of Monsters, and she was a finalist in the Baen Memorial Science Fiction Contest.