Laura VanArendonk Baugh
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Circles & Crossroads Laura VanArendonk Baugh
These are the first and second stories of Robin Archer, the half-Fae charged by the Fairy Queen to protect human children from human predators. With some snark, a gun, and a touch of magic, Robin works just barely outside human law to save kids. AND ONLY THE EYES OF CHILDREN: When a child is abducted, the police can't act fast enough to save her. Robin Archer can. (This Pushcart Prize-nominated story was originally published in FAE.) ORPHAN HEIRS & SHADES OF NIGHT: A Halloween tale! When children start disappearing from a Halloween festival, Robin recognizes crimes from another time.
The Lonely Frost Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Tsurugu no Kiyomori has been called to engage his supernatural skills once again. In a terrified mountainside village, tradesmen and goods are vanishing into chill air. Tsurugu must determine whether the disappearances are the work of human thieves or supernatural youkai. But even an experienced onmyouji like Tsurugu is not prepared for what he will find. “The Lonely Frost” is set in the world of Kitsune Tales, following the events of Kitsune-Tsuki, but it can be read independently of the series.
Bait Laura VanArendonk Baugh
They eat us to live. We eat them to live forever. When Tomás Torres agrees to consult on an unsuccessful rare species breeding program, he finds his new patients are fish with oddly humanoid face and torso—merfolk. Legend says eating a mermaid grants immortality, and early trials suggest the meat is a powerful curative with incredible potential. The corporation with a successful fish farm will command nutrition and pharmaceutical markets. But the fish are not reproducing. Before they can begin to evaluate the breeding program, Tomás and fellow consultant Dr. Alyssa Cooper learn staff at the facility are dying, devoured after falling into tanks they had no reason to approach. Tomás and Alyssa must discover the secrets of carnivorous mermaids—but Nature will not wait for research.
Social, Civil, and Savvy: Training and Socializing Puppies to Become the Best Possible Dogs Laura VanArendonk Baugh
You want a dog who is confident and happy, able to distinguish between friend and threat, capable of intense focus on her work, and able to relax and play when you need some puppy love. But these attributes are not born, they are created through proper socialization. So much can be done in a pup’s first few months to equip her for our human world and expectations. A well-socialized puppy is not only a happier puppy but is also a better-mannered and more reliable pet. Learn how to raise a puppy to be: More comfortable and confident Upbeat and bold from family life to excursions to vet clinics Less reactive and excitable A better learner with better memory A more creative thinker and better training partner This practical approach to socialization, with plenty of detail and easy-to-follow
The Songweaver's Vow Laura VanArendonk Baugh
When Euthalia’s father trades her to Viking raiders, her best hope is to be made a wife instead of a slave. She gets her wish – sort of – when she is sacrificed as a bride to a god. Her inhuman husband seems kind, but he visits only in the dark of night and will not allow her to look upon him. By day Euthalia becomes known as a storyteller, spinning ancient Greek tales to entertain Asgard’s gods and monsters. When one of her stories precipitates a god’s murder and horrific retribution, Euthalia discovers there is a monster in her bed as well. Alone in a hostile Asgard, Euthalia must ally with a spiteful goddess to sway Odin himself before bloody tragedy opens Ragnarok, the prophesied end of the world.
The Butcher of Scarlet Hollow Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Epifania is good with a knife -- she has to be, running a butcher shop -- and she knows the weapon which has killed four people in her small village isn't a good blade. It's harder to say whether the victims were werewolves or innocent humans, as they're all the same once dead. When woodcutter Peter appears in the village, Epifania's aged Granny has her suspicions, but no one is ready for what happens when they go hunting wolves.