The Hitherto Secret Experiments of Marie Curie
Luckily for humanity, scientist Marie Curie applied her brilliant mind and indomitable spirit to expanding the frontiers of science, but what if she had instead drifted toward the darkness?
At the cusp of between child- and adulthood, at the crossroads between science and superstition, a teen Marie Curie faces the factual and the fantastic in this fabulous collection of stories that inspire, delight, and ask the question: What if she had used her talents for diabolical purposes?
The Hitherto Secret Experiments of Marie Curie includes twenty short stories and poems by award-winning writers including New York Times bestselling authors Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, Jane Yolen, Alethea Kontis, and Jonathan Maberry, plus Sarah Beth Durst, Lissa Price, Christine Taylor-Butler, Mylo Carbia, Jo Whittemore, Dee Leone, Susanne L. Lambdin, Steve Pantazis, Emily McCosh, Henry Herz, Bryan Thomas Schmidt & GP Charles.
The Art of Storytelling
I strive to write exciting books with deep plots and intricate subplots interwoven to create a compelling story. Readers want to bond with characters and relate to their problems. With fifteen novels now published, I have learned it’s not always the main character readers relate to in a story, and more often than not, it’s the secondary characters who win their hearts—characters who may lack confidence or courage and have strange quirks or dark pasts.
When building a world, it’s essential to research and know what you’re writing about, so I rely on history and my own life experiences to make my stories believable. Building solid, multi-faceted characters is just as important as world craft. A hero and/or heroine is only effective if the antagonist is a real threat, and every villain is a hero in their own mind. Therefore, I want my readers to understand why the antagonist feels animosity toward the protagonist or the world at large and possibly sympathize with them and their situation.
While working in my family law practice, I learned there is more than one side to any story. You have to listen to both individuals in a legal matter in order to fully understand the case, and in fiction, it’s the same thing. The author’s job is capture the reader’s interest and to solicit strong emotions about the characters and the situations they are placed in. Just like real life, it’s a matter of perspective on who a reader empathizes with and roots for in a story. People are complicated, after all. A reader deserves to know the full story and why characters are motivated to act or react as they do and feel satisfied with the final outcome by the time they read 'The End.'
- Susanne L. Lambdin, Author
This dark fantasy series is about Taliesin, a young woman adopted by the Raven Clan, who scavenge off battlefields by permission of the King of Caladonia. With an amazing ability to locate magical weapons, in a realm where magic is outlawed, Taliesin finds a magical sword, a mysterious map, and a royal flag, which launches her into the middle of a civil war in the realm of Caladonia, with major factions, including the Eagle Clan and Wolf Clan, hunting for the ‘girl with the magical gift'.
DEAD HEARTS NOVELS
Book 1 in the Dead Hearts Series follow Cadence Sinclair was a seventeen year old girl from America’s heartland who loved horseback riding, a comfortable pair of jeans, and hanging out with her friends.
That was before the Scourge.
It’s been eleven months since a deadly virus wiped out billions. For the few who remain, life as they knew it is over. Nations fell, governments were rendered obsolete, and resources became scarce. The human race had to start over, facing even greater odds . . .
Her team, the Fighting Tigers, face increasing dangers threatening the stability of the camp. An uprising in their fragile, new home may bring further devastation, but what they discover lurking beyond their security fences could be the end of the human race.
This was like a cross between the 'Vampire Diaries' and 'The Walking Dead,' with lots of twists and turns that had me riveted from Chap 1 on. Love the strong female lead, quite fearless, while maintaining her humanity in a hostile post apocalyptic environment, I truly enjoyed this book and can't wait to get the next one.