Introducing Under Her Protection

Turtleduck Press has brought out a new anthology and I have been remiss in not attending to it earlier. Bad Di! However, to introduce it is Erin Zarro, so I'll let Erin take it away from here. I'll follow this up with a post on my thoughts in a couple of days, life permitting.

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "dudes in distress"?

Well, I think of a guy in need of help of some sort. I also wonder who's giving the help, or doing the rescuing.

This time, it's a woman. But not just any woman. She's strong. She's sympathetic. She's smart. She's not afraid to run to a man's rescue. But, most of all, she's special, because it takes a special woman to turn the trope upside down and right side up.

The theme of our new anthology is exactly that: damsels who are doing the rescuing, special woman who save men. And men who need their saving. We at Turtleduck Press never go for what's normal or usual; we try to mix things up and walk the path less traveled. We exist to be different, which is why this anthology is so us.

We also decided to add an element of romance, because let's face it, blossoming romance adds a whole new dimension to the saving, right?


"Under Her Protection: Stories of Women to the Rescue" contains four stories with four different heroines saving four different men. Each of us wrote our own take on the theme, and the results were varied and interesting. Here they are:

KD Sarge's "Guardian" tells of a scholar who needs saving by a warrior who isn't who she seems to be.

My novella "Reaper Girl" is about a grim reaper who accidentally reaps the soul of a man who's very much alive – and must fight the Underworld to get it back.

Siri Paulson's "The Raja and the Madman" tells the story of a maidservant who befriends the madman in the tower.

And, finally, Kit Campbell's "Drifting" is about a girl, unsatisfied with her life, who receives an odd letter about a cursed Prince in a Faerie world.

We hope these stories will let you into a corner of our world, a world where women take care of the men, a world where reapers, warriors, maidservants, and travelers to Faerie fight for their happily ever after and get the guy at the end.

You can read more about this anthology or purchase it here.

All proceeds go to UNICEF, as always.

And, happy reading!


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