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Fire Queen, Dark Lady
by M.C.A. Hogarth (Goodreads Author)
Helen has a bad habit; she gives people nicknames, an eccentricity she thought harmless until bestowing one made the database analyst at her office disappear. She doesn't have long to find out what happened and fix it before the Name drains her coworker away forever....
Published April 18th 2011 by Stardancer Studios
(first published January 1st 2011)
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I have not found anywhere that this fits with Hogarth's larger universes (although she is so amazingly prolific that might simply be me). It is a good read although it did not strike me as having the same thought provokingness as much of her work. Really if that is the worst that I can say, even as a self proclaimed short-story hater, she is doing really well.
Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human ...moreMore about M.C.A. Hogarth...