The Godmother by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
In traditional fairy tales, fairy godmothers show up when they are least expected but most needed, to right wrongs and assist those in peril. Enter Felicity Fortune. Summoned to Seattle by a sweet but burned-out young social worker named Rose, she sets out to solve problems both modern and ageless with magic and kindness.
Felicity discovers many young people in danger in the city. Hank and Gigi have been abandoned by their mother and kidnapped by a child molester. Cindy has just been fired from her job by her own stepsisters and booted out of her family home. Snohomish is hiding in the woods from a hit man hired by her jealous supermodel stepmom. Dico is living on the streets, unable to get any breaks... until he meets a magic cat. Any of this sound familiar? ;)
In this entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking novel, we see that today's problems are not as new as we mig... Read More
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough(1947- )
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough also writes science fiction with Anne McCaffrey. She won a Nebula award for The Healer’s War in 1990. You can read her comments about her novels at Elizabeth Ann Scarborough’s website.
The Godmother — (1994-1998) Publisher: Donning a crystal pendant of unsuspected power and wishing for a fairy godmother who will save all of Seattle, social worker Rose Samson is amazed by the prompt arrival of the silver-haired Felicity Fortune and her magical powers.
The Godmother by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Argonia — (1982-1985) Publisher: Maggie Brown was a hearthwitch, good at whipping up banquets and starting up fires. But her magic was not much good for tracking down her faery step-sister who’d run away with a gypsy. So she set out with Ching, the talking cat, and Colin Songsmith, a travelling minstrel, to bring back the beautiful Amberwine.
The Songkiller — (1991-1992)
Nothing Sacred & Last Refuge — (1991-1992) Young adult. Taken prisoner when her plane is shot down over the Himalayas, Viveka Vanachek arrives at a secret POW camp where time has no meaning and the lines between captive and captor begin to blur.
Cleopatra — (2002-2004) Publisher: Leda Hubbard, a forensic pathologist, gets the job of her dreams when an old school friend hires her to collect and authenticate the DNA of the famous Cleopatra. It’s all great fun for Leda until, during a massive disaster, her colorful dad, the dig’s security specialist, is killed by a group trying to hijack the precious material for a “blend,” a process in which the queen’s DNA is used to import her memories, personality, and character traits to a new host. They screw up, however, and get Leda’s dad’s DNA instead. To keep the queen from going to the murderers, Leda blends with Cleopatra herself, learning a lot more about Egypt than she ever wanted to know.
Song of Sorcery — (1982) Publisher: Elizabeth Ann Scarborough’s Song of Sorcery is another light-hearted contemporary fantasy adventure which will please the author’s many fans. Colin Songsmith sings a song to an old witch who takes an unlikely revenge. The witch’s granddaughter rescues him from the dire threat of being eaten alive by the cat. She hears the song, which happens to concern her recently married sister and a gypsy. Convinced that she has to save her sister, she takes the minstrel, the cat and her magical resources to Rowan Castle. The story is rich with descriptive details of setting and encounters with magical and fantastic creatures such as a talking cat, a lovesick dragon, and a bear prince. The characters speak in contemporary slang which plays nicely against the traditional fantastic settings.
Bronwyn’s Bane — (1983) Publisher: Sleeping Beauty had it easy. Her curse only made her take a nap when she turned 16. As if it wasn’t bad enough already that because of her frost giant heritage from her father the king’s side of the family she was 6 feet tall when she was only 12 years old, poor Princess Bronwyn (the Bold) of Argonia was cursed at birth to tell nothing but lies. With her father away at war and her mother heavily pregnant, Bronwyn is even more in the way than usual, so she gets packed off to Wormroost, her aunt’s place in the glaciers, and en route she meets her musician/magician cousin Carole , a not-so-brave gypsy lad, and a princess-turned-swan. The lot of them encounter monsters, sorcerers, sea serpents, mercenary mages and sirens — many of whom are related to them. Without quite intending to, they embark on a quest to end the war, heal a battle-ravaged land, end a ban on magic and lift Bronwyn’s Bane.
The Harem of Aman Akbar — (1984) Publisher: It was all that detestable djinn’s doing. For Rasa Ulliovna, fierce third daughter of a tribal chieftan, being stolen away by a genie to be the bride of Aman Akbar, lord of the far-off land of Kharristan, was hardly a fate worse than death. Rasa could almost forgive her new husband’s long and mysterious absences when she felt his sweet touch and looked into his deep, dark eyes.
The Christening Quest — (1985) Publisher: Going on a quest with a handsome prince might sound like a dream, but Prince Rupert’s cousin Carole came to feel that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Carole agreed to accompany her hunky cousin to Miragenia to christen his baby niece. But it was really hard to even explain the situation to anyone, how the little Princess had been stolen from her mother’s side by Miragenians who had demanded fifteen years of the first-born’s life in exchange for a bit of help during wartime. Or how the baby had been taken before magical christening gifts could be bestowed upon her for her protection and character development. The ladies surrounding Rupert (also known as Rowan the Romantic and Rowan the Rake) didn’t care about some baby and didn’t hear anything about the mission because they were too busy sighing over him. Crowd control was an obvious problem, as was extricating Rupert from more than one involuntary engagement. When at last the two, with the help of dubious questing companions including a love-stricken pink and purple dragon, arrived at the theocracy of Gorequartz where the baby had been fostered out to a queen, they found themselves in trouble of a completely different complexion. Their most deadly nemesis was none other than a giant crystal ‘god’ seemingly created in Rupert’s own image!
The Drastic Dragon of Draco, Texas — (1986) Publisher: A madcap new fantasy adventure! Determined to become an author of western penny dreadful novels like her idol, Ned Buntline, a young San Francisco newspaper editor christens herself Valentine Lovelace (after a floozie acquaintance of her father’s) and heads east for the Wild West. She finds it in spades in the Texas Big Bend when she is kidnapped from a mule train by Comanches and ends up the guest of a ruthless comanchero, a sort of wild west warlord, after the Comanches are distracted by a… dragon? Fort Draco, as the comanchero fort is known, is as full of intrigue and nighttime carryings-on as a modern day romantic novel, but Frank Drake, the owner, is no hero. If Valentine wants to save herself and the less-guilty if not entirely innocent folks who live there, she must defeat heat stroke, gunslingers, a couple of fake rainmakers and their camel, hostile Indians, the voice haunting her dreams (not in a good way) and a dragon who not only is gobbling all the livestock and transportation in the area but is guarding the only water hole in fifty miles of drought-ridden desert. And she must do it all while taking good notes, of course. This is a western but not as we know it and a fantasy set where we’re not used to it.
The Goldcamp Vampire — (1987) Publisher: A high-spirited fantasy adventure! Pelagia Harper, aka Valentine Lovelace, published her memoirs of her time in Draco Texas and became an established writer — at least in her own mind. But when her father dies and her stepmother steals her royalties, she finds herself destitute. Also haunted. The ghost of her papa keeps popping up everywhere. When her father’s old flame, Sasha Devine, offers her a way out of her poverty, Pelagia jumps on it before she knows what’s involved. In 1897, the two ladies must travel North to the Klondike (the Wild West is a relative term as far as V. Lovelace is concerned) escorting the coffin of a man said to be Lost-Cause Lawson, a prospector. It turns out the man beneath the coffin lid is not as dead as he was supposed to be and somehow, Pelagia ends up being accused of murdering a Mountie. Apparently the sensible solution to that is to fake her own suicide. The upshot is that when she finally does arrive in Dawson City with Sasha, she is obliged to take employment as a dance hall girl and a flamenco dancer (Corazon, the Belle of Barcelone). Her boss seems nice though. Very sociable, especially with all of his new female employees. It isn’t long before Pelagia learns that Vasily Vladovitch Bledinoff is giving the biting cold some competition. It isn’t until her friend Captain Lomax receives a new book from England, written by a fellow named Bram Stoker, that she begins to get a clue what exactly is going on with the mode for black velvet neck bands the girls are all sporting. Then there’s all of those really smart wolves, the threat of starvation and disease, and other strange and unusual wildlife. This book is about what life was like for a female artiste in Dawson City as it was during the Gold Rush–when everyone was there to strike it rich except for the vampires, who were there for the night life.
The Healer’s War — (1988) Won a 1990 Nebula Award. Publisher: Although perhaps best-known for her lightly humorous fantasies and for her collaborations with Anne McCaffrey on the Petaybee series and the Acorna series, Elizabeth Anne Scarborough has also written Healer’s War, a classic novel of the Vietnam War, enriched with a magical, mystical twist, which won the 1989 Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1988. The Minneapolis Star Tribune called it “A brutal and beautiful book.” Scarborough herself was a nurse in Vietnam during the war and she draws on her own personal experiences to create the central character, Lt. Kitty McCulley. McCulley, a young and inexperienced nurse tossed into a stressful and chaotic situation, is having a difficult time reconciling her duty to help and heal with the indifference and overt racism of some of her colleagues and with the horrendously damaged soldiers and Vietnamese civilians whom she encounters during her service at the China Beach medical facilities. She is unexpectedly helped by the mysterious and inexplicable properties of an amulet, given to her by one of her patients, an elderly, dying Vietnamese holy man, which allows her to see other people’s “auras” and to understand more about them as a result. This eventually leads to a strange, almost surrealistic journey through the jungle, accompanied by a one-legged boy and a battle-seasoned but crazed soldier and, by the end of the journey, McCulley has found herself and a way to live and survive through the madness and destruction.
Carol for Another Christmas — (1996) Publisher: Monica Banks is a workaholic. There’s no room in her life for home, family, or love. Until on snowy night when a ghost from Christmas past — a spirit named Ebenezer Scrooge — appears to take her on a journey through her own life to teach her that it’s never to late to let the joy of the season into our heart…
The Lady in the Loch — (1998) Publisher: In a novel encompassing historical fact, science fiction, folklore, and intrigue, the newly-appointed sheriff of Edinburgh, Scotland, is confronted with the strange slayings of gypsy women, murders that hint of black magic.
Scarborough Fair and Other Stories — (2003) Publisher: Scarborough Fair and Other Stories includes: “Introduction” “The Mummies of the Motorway”, 2001 “Final Vows”, 1998 “Whirlwinds”, 1998 “Worse Than the Curse”, 2000 “Boon Companion”, 2002 “Long Time Coming Home”, with Rick Reaser, 2002 “Mu Mao and the Court Oracle”, 2001 “Don’t Go Out in Holy Underwear or Victoria’s Secret or Space Panties!!!”, 1996 “The Invisible Woman’s Clever Disguise”, 2000 “A Rare Breed”, 1995.
Petaybee — (1993-2007) Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Publisher: Strange things were happening on the icy planet called Petaybee. Unauthorized genetically engineered species had been spotted, while some people were simply disappearing. None of the locals were talking to the company, so the company sent disabled combat veteran Yanaba Maddock to spy. But a strange thing happened. With her relocation to the arctic planet came a return of Yana’s health and strength. And the more she got to know the people of Petaybee, the more determined she became to protect her new home….
Acorna — (1997-2007) Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Margaret Ball. Publisher: “Something’s Alive In There!” She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead, funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken bones. A trio of grizzled prospectors found her drifting in an escape pod amid the asteroids, adopted her, and took her to the bandit planet Kezdet, a place where no questions are asked and the girl might grow up free. But Kezdet has its own dark secret. The prosperity of the planet is based on a hideous trade in child slave labor, administered by “The Piper” — a mystery man with special plans for Acorna and her powers. But free little girls have a way of growing into freedom-loving young women, and Acorna has special plans all her own.
Barque Cats — (2010) Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Publisher: Pilot, engineer, doctor — ship’s cat? Since the early days of interstellar travel, the so-called Barque Cats have become essential to the well-staffed space vessel. Assisted by humans — Cat Persons — with whom they share a deep and loving bond, the Barque Cats are responsible for keeping spacecraft free of vermin, for alerting crews to environmental hazards, and for acting as morale officers. But a widespread epidemic affecting livestock on numerous planets throws the felines’ future into doubt. Suddenly the galactic government announces a plan to impound and possibly destroy all exposed animals, including the Barque Cats. With the clock racing against them, a handful of very special kittens and their humans will join forces to save the Barque Cats, and quite possibly the universe as they know it, from total destruction.