Tesara Mederos, card sharp

Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker. — Rounders Tesara Mederos, reluctant magic user, has another talent — that of card sharp. In The Sisters Mederos, she hustles the merchant ladies and their husbands at the elegant gaming tables of high society, pretending to be the breathless ingenue and really taking them for all their money. Note: there are Read more…

Bandit Girls, or The Sisters Mederos

So what is it about bandit girls? There are plenty of real-life stories about women who have taken up sword and pistol to join the ranks of villains. Pearl Hart robbed stagecoaches in the US West. Phoolan Devi was India’s Bandit Queen. That’s why I’m happy that my Yvienne Mederos joins the ranks of bandit girls the world (and secondary worlds) over. Did you know: The working title of The Sisters Mederos was Bandit Girls. Read more…

The Musketeers and literary swashbucklers

Been watching The Musketeers and enjoying it immensely. For a lot of people, The Count of Monte Cristo is their favorite Dumas, and I get that. But for me, when I picked up The Three Musketeers in ninth grade, it was like an explosion went off in my brain. About three years earlier I had the same experience with Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. Again, Treasure Island is people’s favorite, or The Strange Case of Read more…