Bearly-coverCassandra Khaw is one of the most exciting emerging talents of speculative fiction. And she has plenty of published works to prove this statement, short stories like “In the Rustle of Pages” (Shimmer 25), “The Games That We Play” (Clockwork Phoenix 5), “Breathe” (Clarkesworld 116) or “And in Our Daughters We Find a Voice” (The Dark Magazine, November 2016), just to name a few that caught my eye, and the novellas “Hammers on Bone” ( Publishing) and “Food of the Gods” (Abaddon Books), collecting the two Rupert Wong adventures “Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef” and “Rupert Wong and the End of the Earth”, make a strong testimony of Cassandra Khaw’s talent. For a fan of her writing, as I have become with each new work I read, there is nothing more delightful than the prospect of submerging in more such stories. The news could not be better in this case, Cassandra Khaw will publish three more of her tales this summer, “A Song for Quiet” in August, a story that sees a return to the world of “Hammers on Bone”, “These Deathless Bones”, a novella due to be released in July on, and “Bearly a Lady”, also in July from Book Smugglers Publishing. The Book Smugglers took a brave step from blogging into publishing and so far their efforts have been admirable and commending. Their valiant attempt of publishing original and bright voices of speculative fiction will include Cassandra Khaw’s too. “Bearly a Lady” is a rom-com urban fantasy that is also “the first foray of the author into lighter, fluffier fair”. Now, not so long ago there was nothing that could send me rushing in the opposite direction than hearing rom-com. If I am completely honest it still does, but now and again I fight the urge of running away from it because dismissing it entirely will not help me enrich my reading, or viewing, experience. And since “Bearly a Lady” is in the hands of Cassandra Khaw I have a small measure of guarantee that I won’t be disappointed by venturing in this genre again. The novella will be available starting from July 18th.

Zelda McCartney (almost) has it all: a badass superhero name, an awesome vampire roommate, and her dream job at a glossy fashion magazine (plus the clothes to prove it).

The only issue in Zelda’s almost-perfect life? The uncontrollable need to transform into a werebear once a month.

Just when Zelda thinks things are finally turning around and she lands a hot date with Jake, her high school crush and alpha werewolf of Kensington, life gets complicated. Zelda receives an unusual work assignment from her fashionable boss: play bodyguard for devilishly charming fae nobleman Benedict (incidentally, her boss’s nephew) for two weeks. Will Zelda be able to resist his charms long enough to get together with Jake? And will she want to?

Because true love might have been waiting around the corner the whole time in the form of Janine, Zelda’s long-time crush and colleague.

What’s a werebear to do?

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