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Friday, March 8th, 2013
11:09 am - On writing The Children of Kings

I blog about writing The Children of Kings -- set mostly in the Dry Towns, a part of Darkover Marion didn't explore deeply -- here:


And in the coming weeks, I'll also talk about working with Marion and issues in writing in the Darkover world.

Please join me!

current mood: excited

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
11:25 am - The Children of Kings

The next Darkover book, The Children of Kings, has been scheduled for March 2013.

If you go to my blog: http://www.deborahjross.blogspot.com/2012/04/next-darkover-novel.html you'll find links to snippets and descriptions.

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
10:44 am - Marion on the ending of THE SHATTERED CHAIN

Thinking about reader reaction to subtle and difficult endings, I've posted an excerpt from a private letter Marion wrote, discussing why she ended THE SHATTERED CHAIN the way she did. Enjoy!


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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
11:41 am - Blog post on Marion

Just a note that I've put up a blog post entitled, "Channeling Marion?" on my blog: http://www.deborahjross.blogspot.com/

Comments welcome! (And you don't need an account to post, you can do it using the Anonymous button...just put your name at the bottom...or use your FB account.)

I'm about 2/3 through the first draft of THE CHILDREN OF KINGS and will be posting sneak preview chapters and snippets on my blog under "Read A Story."

Best to all!

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
9:11 am - Looking for source of a quotation

Hi all,

At some point I recall reading something where Bradley was discussing the place of Darkover fanfiction relating to her own work, and she said of Patricia Floss's story "The Other Side of the Mirror" (I'm reasonably certain that was it) that her reaction was "yes, this is canon now." Well now I'm looking through my copy of The Other Side of the Mirror and the introduction doesn't mention that. Does anyone know the source of the quotation?


current mood: curious

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011
9:30 pm - Zandru's Forge in Italian

The first two "Clingfire" books are now available in Italian (or will be, when
Zandru's Forge is released later this month). Luca Azzolini, a gracious Italian
fan, interviewed me for her blog and the posted the cover image. Oh. My. It's
utterly delicious!

The interview, for those of you who want to practice your Italian, is here: http://www.fantasymagazine.it/interviste/13767/sotto-al-sole-rosso-con-deborah-j-ross/

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Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
10:14 pm - Avalon Reincarnation Scheme

I hope this community is still active, there's a thing I'd like to share here. I've found out that recently Diana Paxson published a definitive table content about the reincarnation-relationships in the Avalon novels.

The karmic aspect had always been my favourite part of the whole story, and I've always had a lot of fun in trying to guess the various incarnations. It feels strange to finally have an answer after so many years.  As for me, I've guessed some names, but others had been a total surprise. I was completely wrong.

My Speculations are here, (the links are at the bottom, since I've started this review before knowing that the "canon" scheme was out)

What about yours? did you had more luck in guessing who was who?

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
12:43 am - Sword & Sorceress 25 - New Guidelines - Reading Period Announced


The new Sword and Sorceress reading period begins on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

The deadline will be Friday, May 14, 2010.

So get your story submissions ready and be sure to check the guidelines for Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress #25 for more details. As usual, it's recommended you take a look at any of the previous volumes to see what kind of stories editor Elisabeth Waters is looking for.

Good luck! :-)

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Friday, January 22nd, 2010
10:39 am - From Avalon to Darkover: New Adventures in the Worlds of MZB

Any of you in the Bay Area are invited to join me this Sunday (January 24) from 3 to 4:30 at Borderlands Books this Sunday (January 24) from 3 to 4:30.


It's a joint presentation with Diana L. Paxson; she'll be reading and signing the latest "Avalon" book, and I'll be reading and signing Hastur Lord, so the event should be lots of fun.

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Monday, November 30th, 2009
4:18 pm - HASTUR LORD chapters to read free!

HASTUR LORD, the new Darkover novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross, will be released on January 5, 2010.

To celebrate the completion and publication of Marion's last manuscript, Deborah will be posting chapters and blogging about the experience of collaborating with Marion on Book View Cafe (www.bookviewcafe.com)

Each Tuesday in December, you will be able to read a new chapter and blog, but the chapters will only be up until January 1. Please enjoy, and let your Darkover-loving friends know!

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Monday, September 28th, 2009
12:20 pm - HASTUR LORD

Hastur Lord is now available for pre-order from amazon.com

current mood: excited

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Monday, September 14th, 2009
11:17 am - Update on HASTUR LORD

I've turned in the revisions for HASTUR LORD, the next Darkover novel. Its release date in February 2010. Based on a partial manuscript Marion worked on in the last year of her life, this story fills in the gap between WORLD WRECKERS and EXILE'S SONG. With the newly-reformed Terran Federation a looming threat to Darkover's independence, Regis Hastur, Danilo Syrtis and Linnea Storn must work together to save not only their loved ones, but their world.

Snippets are posted on my LJ http://deborahjross.livejournal.com/ and soon will be up on my website. Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009
4:48 pm - HASTUR LORD

Earlier this year, I turned in the manuscript for the next Darkover book, HASTUR LORD. This takes the place of previously-referenced projects, variously titled THE SHADOW KING and THE RELUCTANT KING. For various reasons, the MZB Literary Works Trust and I decided to go with a new title (and one that is more specifically Darkovan).

In the last year of her life, Marion began working on this project, and left about 150 pages of very rough draft. I used that and other notes to develop the story into a complete novel. It takes place between WORLD WRECKERS and EXILE'S SONG and is full of drama, adventure, and heartache. The Terrans have not given up their goals of exploiting and absorbing Darkover; Regis Hastur must deal with that threat while he balances his relationships with Danilo Syrtis and Linnea Storn . . . and a few surprise twists, thanks to Marion.

It's tentatively on the schedule for early 2010 and once the final manuscript has been approved, I'll post a teaser snippet, either here on on my website.

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3:14 pm - Contact info for Jean Lamb?


Does anyone have any contact info for Jean Lamb, who wrote some Darkover fanfic back in the day?

Thanks for any help!!!!

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009
3:42 pm - Some Fall of Atlantis fan art


I hope that this community is still active. Recently I've drawed some fan arts inspired to Marion Zimmer Bradley's novels,  and I'd like to share them.

Follow me at this link

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Monday, January 26th, 2009
11:53 pm - Picspam!

My Favorite Characters

( Click for Fangirl service )

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
2:24 pm - Favorite Characters???

I just finished re-reading all the novels on hand (still haven't found Storm Mistress), and wondered ... In one of the prefaces, MZB pretty strongly suggested that Lew Alton was her favorite character, and I have to wonder why. Both Kennard and Lew annoyed the socks off of me from the getgo, mainly because they tended to be stubborn and unwilling to look at things from any perspective other than their own.

I also found the changes in Lew from the dour, guilt-ridden, unhappy person he was when he joined the Senate and as seen in Marja's memories of him to the person he was in Exile's Song somewhat disconcerting. This was probably because I didn't see a lot of backstory reasons for the change. Was it just an ephiany when he realized that Dio was dying and she and his child were all that really mattered? I don't know ...

My own favorites are Jeff Kerwin and Javanne Hastur. Yes, yes, Javanne was just as stubborn and unwilling to look at things from any perspective other than her own as Kennard and Lew, but I truly enjoyed the 'cat fights' she'd get into. They were incredibly well-written, no matter which collaborator was writing her.  I didn't like her, but thoroughly enjoyed reading her. Jeff, on the other hand was a joy to read and a good guy all around. He tried to see other viewpoints and wasn't as self-involved as many of the other characters ...

current mood: contemplative

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Thursday, September 11th, 2008
12:28 am - Darkover Role Play?

I'm one of those crazies who re-read books regularly, and for some reason, Alton Gift screamed at me from the bookshelf last week. (I'd gotten the hard cover when it first came out, so it's been a while since I read it). Of course, that meant that I had to read the Exile's Song/Shadow Matrix/Traitors trilogy and then the Star of Danger omibus. I'm now waffling over which old friend to pull out next, but a couple of questions came to mind while I was reading -

First - The net is full of fans, fanfic, and role play, but has anyone found a role-play room using the Darkover setting? I would love to give it a shot using an original character (not one belonging to any of the real published authors). Or would that be infringing on rights? I know several roleplay sites that might welcome a new room, but don't want to step on any toes!

Second - Can anyone point me towards a genelogy chart anywhere? I'm confused on how Elaine Montray is related to Larry (or is she? What happened to Larry?). I'm also confused on Darius Zabal - I thought Cassilde was Madga Thorne's daughter by Damon Ridenow. Did I get that confused, and she's really Callista's daughter by Damon? (All the similar c-names do get confusing at times!)

Can't wait to see the newest Regis book though - I usually don't buy hardcovers, but this is going to be another exception!

current mood: curious

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Sunday, September 7th, 2008
5:45 pm

Hello, everyone!

I'm pretty much a fan of MZB's Avalon series, not quite as much a fan of the ones by Diana Paxson, and really wish The Forest House was a movie, and that the miniseries for The Mists of Avalon had more in it from the book. I read The Forest House first, about 2 years ago, and then read The Mists of Avalon, and recently read Lady of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon, and Priestess of Avalon. I'm currently in Italy and am commenting way too much on the Roman ruins to my family. :)

current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008
11:58 am - Order of Avalon Books

Can anyone help me with this? I'm trying to figure out what the chronological order of the Avalon books. I've read MoA, Forest House and started on Lady, but I would like to read them in order. Mainly I am not sure where Priestess and Ravens go. If I remember correctly there are parts where Priestess overlaps with others. Also, do you know if any more are planned, or will that be the full series?

So far as I know it goes:
 Fall of Atlantis
Ancestors of Avalon
(Priestess of Avalon?)
Ravens of Avalon
Forest House
Lady of Avalon
Mists of Avalon

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