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Sarah A HoytSarah A. Hoyt was born in Portugal and learned to write with a quill pen in her village school. She penned her first “novel” with ballpoint at around the age of six. And since it was pretty easy — all twenty pages of Enid Blyton rip-off — she decided to become a novelist. She now lives in Colorado with her husband, her teenage sons, and cats. Learn more at Sarah A. Hoyt’s website.

Ill Met by Moonlight: Amusing Shakespearean fantasy

Ill Met by Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt

Quicksilver is a faery version of Prince Hamlet. He is the rightful ruler of his people, but his inheritance has been usurped by his murderous brother. He can only wreak revenge and claim his birthright with the help of a mortal, and Will Shakespeare seems like just the man for the job. Luckily, Quicksilver has a gender-shifting talent, and Will is much intrigued by Q's female aspect...

Will has an agenda as well; his wife has been kidnapped by the aforementioned usurping king, to be a nurse to the king's daughter. Worse, the king eventually plans to make Anne his new queen. Will must save Anne from the faery kingdom before it's too late.

Ill Met by Moonlight (2001) is an amusing romp consisting of a generous helping of Hamlet, set in the world of A Midsummer Night's Dream, spiced up with fairy-nurse ... Read More

All Night Awake: Not as good as Ill Met

All Night Awake by Sarah A. Hoyt

I wasn't expecting a sequel to Ill Met by Moonlight. That novel was complete and satisfactory in itself, so the appearance of a sequel came as a pleasant surprise.

Unfortunately, I didn't like All Night Awake quite as much as Ill Met by Moonlight, for several reasons. First, the metaphysics were more confusing than in the first book. Second, the constant use of Shakespearean quotes gets a little heavy-handed from time to time. Third, this book doesn't stand on its own as well as Ill Met by Moonlight; it would make no sense without the first volume and too obviously sets up the third.

That said, All Night Awake is worth reading if you enjoyed Ill Met by Moonlight and want to catch up with the characters. Quicksilver, the gender-ben... Read More

Heart of Light: Romantic adventure + alternate history + fantasy quest

Heart of Light by Sarah A. Hoyt

Known for her diversity, the Portugal-born Sarah A. Hoyt has written dozens of short stories and several novels including the Shakespearean Fantasies series, the Musketeer Mystery books, and the Shifters urban fantasy series. She has also written a historical romance under the pseudonym Laurien Gardner, a collaborative novel with SF author Eric Flint, and co-edits the forthcoming anthology Something Magic This Way Comes (below).

In Ms. Hoyt’s Magical British Empire series, which kicks off with Heart of Light, the author introduces an alternate nineteenth century era where magic not only exis... Read More


Shifters — (2006-2014) Publisher: Every one of us has the beast inside. But for Kyrie Smith, the beast is no metaphor. Since she was 15, when she first shape-shifted into a savage, black panther, Kyrie has questioned her humanity. Although she’s managed to keep her inner beast secret most of the time, the panther occasionally emerges to strike unbidden. Terrified she’ll hurt someone while in panther form, Kyrie moves from town to town, searching for a way to feel human again. Kyrie’s lonely life changes forever while waitressing at a cheap diner in Goldport, Colorado. Investigating frantic screams from the parking lot, Kyrie stumbles upon a blood-spattered dragon crouching over a mangled human corpse. The dragon shape-shifts back into her co-worker, Tom, naked, dazed and unable to remember how he got there. Thrust into an ever-changing world of shifters, where shape-shifting dragons, giant cats and other beasts wage a secret war behind humanity’s back, Kyrie may find the answers she seeks — with help from Tom, a mythical object called the Pearl of Heaven, and her own inner beast.

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Darkship & Earth’s Revolution — (2010-  ) Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you don’t ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater night of space in her father’s space cruiser, knowing that there was a stranger in her room. In a short time, after taking out the stranger — who turned out to be one of her father’s bodyguards up to no good, she was hurtling away from the ship in a lifeboat to get help. But what she got instead would be the adventure of a lifetime — if she managed to survive…

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Sarah A. Hoyt and Martin Greenberg Something Magic This Way ComesSomething Magic This Way Comes — (2008) Publisher: “In the earliest days of humankind, everything in the world seemed magical. Gods and demons, spirits and sprites were considered to be responsible for everything from life and death, to the turning of the seasons, to the abundance or failure of crops. Today, much that was once attributed to magic has been explained by science, and in our technologically driven world, the question is whether there is still a place for magic. For twenty of fantasy’s finest imaginers, the answer is obviously, “Yes.” So welcome to visionary, modern-day realms of magic where surprising things can still happen. From a Gypsy fortune-teller’s transforming prophecy… to a troubled teen seeking a haven from his family woes… to a mysterious gathering of cats at Cape Canavaral… and a kid out to spook his best friend into believing that werewolves are real… here are stories that will amuse you or send chills down your spine or have you looking wistfully around the next corner, hoping to find a bit of magic all your own…”

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsWings — (2008) Publisher: Eighteen finely crafted tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction by the author of Ill Met In Moonlight and Draw One In The Dark. Some of the outstanding stories in the collection are “Titan,” a tale of young Leonardo Da Vinci finding his genuis through ancient gods; “What She Left Behind,” Pedro finds he is born of the fairy, but has to choose between the mortal realm, and the enchanted land of fairy, “Wings,” an artist with severed arms makes the long trip up a jagged mountain to die by the hooves of flying horses, “Sugarbush Soul,” Madrastan sugar is the most powerful drug selling on Earth, but can Lindy stop the drug from being transported to Earth? These and many other entertaining stories await you from the imagination of Sarah A. Hoyt.