A Life-Saving Mission


A mystical vision of an airship appears to fifteen-year-old Juanita in 1894. The long-dead captain commands her to prevent California’s thrown-away people—including young children—from boarding trains to an asylum. That institution’s director plots murder to reduce the inmate population.  

Spirits watch over Juanita. But who is she? A mystic in love who holds life sacred? Or a ghost-possessed railroad-saboteur?


To save innocent lives Juanita must take lives of the corrupt. How can she reconcile her assignment with her belief in the sacredness of all human life? And will she survive to marry her betrothed? 

Juanita sets out despite inner trepidation to sabotage the railroad. Her ancestor Billy, the ghost of a steam locomotive engineer, guides her. Then bit by bit, she discovers the gut-wrenching truths all of her ancestors neglected to reveal. 


Ghosts, Goggles, Guns and Grit 


Come visit Juanita’s world—an alternate nineteenth-century California—where spirits meet steampunk, where both love and anger emanate from beyond the grave. 




Sand Hill Review Press, Publisher
Cover art by Julie Dillon,
winner of Hugo & Chesley Awards.

More about Laurel Anne Hill at http://www.laurelannehill.com. 


Anticipated Book Release Schedule
e-book on Amazon: October 29, 2016

Trade paper: Launch on Saturday,
February 4, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

at Borderlands Books
866 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-8203

Buy at Borderland Books


Once Upon a Scream
A murder, a troubled marriage, a mysterious benefactor, and a Russian fairy tale add up to terror and redemption in the sewers of Paris. Read “Commanding the Stones” by Laurel Anne Hill in the

…there was a tradition of telling tales with elements of the fantastic along with the frightful. Adults and children alike took heed not to go into the deep, dark woods, treat a stranger poorly, or make a deal with someone—or something—without regard for the consequences. Be careful of what you wish for, you just might get it. 

From wish-granting trolls, to plague curses, and evil enchantresses, these tales will have you hiding under the covers in hopes they don’t find you. So lock you doors, shutter your windows, and get ready to SCREAM. 

Edited by Dan Shaurette.
 Horroraddicts.net Publishing, May 2016. 
Available on Amazon.com. 

Authors: V.E. Battaglia, Adam L. Bealby, Chantal Boudreau, Wayne Faust, Charles Frierman, Laurel Anne Hill, Nickie Jamison, C.S. Kane, Shannon Lawrence, Sara E. Lundberg, MD Maurice, Alison McBain, Lynn McSweeney, Emerian Rich, Dan Shaurette, J. Malcolm Stewart, DJ Tyrer, K.L. Wallis 

Fault Zone TransformRead “Going Revolutionary” and “Learning the Bones” by Laurel Anne Hill in  FAULT ZONE: TRANSFORM .

Once again, the warm hearts and wild minds of the San Francisco Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club have poured their genius, talent and perceptions into the fault zone that is our existence here in California. This year’s theme, transform, suggests change. But change for the better or for the worse? After all, transformation is not always pretty and we may not like what we are becoming. But we will, without a doubt, be changed.

Fault Zone: Transform, the sixth book in the Fault Zone series, was edited by Ann Foster and published by Sand Hill Review Press.

Authored by Kevin Arnold, Sue Barizon, Bill Baynes, Jo Carpignano, Belinda Chua, Ann Foster, Darlene Frank, Jeannine Gerkman, Laurel Anne Hill, Diane Jacobson, Michele Jessen, Marjorie Bicknell Johnson, Beverly Kalinin, Sam Kauffman, Maurine Killough, Ida J. Lewenstein, Diane Lee Moomey, Lisa Meltzer Penn, TR Poulson, Don Redman, Frank A. Saunders, Martha Clark Scala, Jim Stanfield, Dave M. Strom, Ollie May Trost Welch, and Nanci Lee Woody.

Do you love the horror genre? Do you look at horror as a lifestyle? Do the "norms" not understand your love of the macabre?

Horror Addicts Guide to LifeDespair no longer, my friend, for within your grasp is a book written by those who look at horror as a way of life, just like you.

 HORROR ADDICTS GUIDE TO LIFE (Edited by David Watson) is your guide to living a horrifying existence. Featuring interviews with Midnight Syndicate, Valentine Wolfe, and The Gothic Tea Society. Laurel Anne Hill has contributed her short piece: "Practicing Safe Satisfaction."

Authors: Kristin Battestella, Mimielle, Emerian Rich, Dan Shaurette, Steven Rose Jr., Garth von Buchholz, H.E. Roulo, Sparky Lee Anderson, Mary Abshire, Chantal Boudreau, Jeff Carlson, Catt Dahman, Dean Farnell, Sandra Harris, Willo Hausman, Laurel Anne Hill, Sapphire Neal, James Newman, Loren Rhoads, Chris Ringler, Jessica Robinson, Eden Royce, Sumiko Saulson, Patricia Santos Marcantonio, J. Malcolm Stewart, Stoneslide Corrective, Mimi A. Williams, and Ron Vitale. With art by Carmen Masloski and Lnoir.


Adventure! Drama! Mystery! Humor! Its all here in the third TALES OF FORTANNIS anthology of short stories: "A BARD DAY'S KNIGHT."
(Double Dragon Press, 2015).

Read "Blinded," Laurel Anne Hill's new fantasy short story, in   "A BARD DAY'S KNIGHT."

"A BARD DAY'S KNIGHT," edited by (Michael A. Ventrella), includes stories by Michael A. Ventrella, Bernie Mojzes, KT Pinto, Jon Cory, Mark Mensch, Christine L. Hardy, Roy C. Booth and Brian Woods, Laurel Anne Hill, Derek Beebe, Shane Porteous, Beth W. Patterson, Tera Fulbright, Angela Pritchett, and Mike Strauss.

Purchase A Bard Day's Knight on  Amazon. This book is available in electronic and trade paper versions.

Here's an excerpt from the review by  Ryk Spoor  , author of Grand Central Arena and Phoenix Rising:

What is really fascinating about an anthology like this is seeing what the world of Fortannis looks like through eyes with so many different perspectives. Old familiar friends are here – Ventrella's own squires Terin and Darlissa, Curso Brambletoes the clever, subtle hobling, exiled sellsword Sarlon and his companions Minnow and Mumblepeg – and new ones, including a unique view of the life of a rather unusual Goblin in "Shiny Savior", the eponymous and clever hero of "The Life and Death and Life of Beryl Truesword", Brenlund in "Blinded" who has to overcome his preconceptions to save both himself and others from a terrible fate.


Fault Zone: Diverge




Read "Fowl Consequences," Laurel Anne Hill's new fantasy/horror short story in Fault Zone: Diverge (Sand Hill Review Press, 2014), an anthology of stories (fiction and nonfiction) and poems.


Don't miss Volume Five of Fault Zone! The edgy San Francisco/Peninsula Writers chose the equally edgy Thomas Ekkens's cover to wrap up their superb collection of short stories and poems. Kudos to editors Audrey Kalman and Linda Okerland. Stories by Kevin Arnold, Sue Barizon, Jo Carpignano, Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, Emily Eddins, Ann Foster, Darlene Frank, James Hanna, Karen Hartley, Laurel Anne Hill, Diane Jacobson, Amy Kelm, Maurine Killough, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Elise Frances Miller, Diane Lee Moomey, Lucy Ann Murray, Linda Okerlund, Lisa Meltzer Penn, Frank A. Saunders, Martha Clark Scala, Ellen Six, Eve Visconti, Wendy Walter, and Ollie Mae Trost Welch.


Purchase Fault Zone: Diverge on  Amazon  .  Fault Zone: Diverge is available in both trade paper and electronic versions. 

Fault Zone

Read "The Storm Riders," a fantasy short story by Laurel Anne Hill in Fault Zone: Shift (Sand Hill Review Press, 2013), an anthology of stories and poems.

The San Francisco/Peninsula Writers have done it again. This is their fourth volume of short stories. Novelists Max Tomlinson, David Hirzel, Margaret Davis, James Hanna, Diane Lee Moomey, and Laurel Anne Hill join forces to produce a stellar anthology. Senior poet laureate Jo Carpignano and award winning poet Maurine Killough will jog your sensibilities. This anthology is chock full of great stories by professional and prize-winning writers. Other authors include Lois Young, Tina Gibson, Darlene Frank, Diane Jacobson, Martha Clark Scala, Don Redmon, Frank A. Saunders, Sue Barizon, Karen Hartley, Ann Foster, Tim Woolf, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Lisa Melzer Penn, Wendy M. Voorsanger, Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, Tory Hartmann, and Lucy Ann Murray. 

Purchase Fault Zone:Shift at Amazon.comFault Zone: Shift is available in both trade paper and electronic versions. 


How Beer Saved the World

Read "Beware the Nine," a steampunk short story by Laurel Anne Hill, in  How Beer Saved the World  (Sky Warrior Books, 2013).

Here's a book that takes issue with the popular image of beer as the drink of sports-watching couch potatoes: How Beer Saved the World, an anthology of quirky short stories celebrating beer. Edited by Book View Cafe’s Phyllis Irene Radford, this is a collection of 14 different takes on positive outcomes brought on by beer. Contributing authors include  Brenda Clough,  Irene Radford,  Shannon Page,  Mark J Ferrari,  Frog and Esther Jones,  G. David Nordley,  Bob Brown,  Nancy Jane Moore,  Joyce Reyonds-Ward,  Laurel Anne Hill, and others.  

Beer goes back to the early days of the human race. As it says in the introduction, “Fermented grains have been a mainstay of the human diet almost as long as we have been human.” So pour yourself a cold one and sit down with these stories.

How Beer Saved the World  is available in ebook form from  Amazon  and  Smashwords . Purchase the trade paper version at Amazon.com.

A Bard in the Hand, Laurel Ann Hill AuthorRead "The Golden Gifts," by Laurel Anne Hill in Michael Ventrella's new anthology A Bard in the Hand (Double Dragon Publishing, 2013). 

Welcome to Fortannis ― a place where adventure waits to waylay you around every corner. It's a land where humans mingle with stubborn dwarves, mysterious elves, and feathered biata against shape-shifting gryphons, necromantic zombies, and silly goblins. It's a land where things are never as they seem; where good and evil are not always clear-cut, and where the strong do not always prevail.

Amazon  and  Barnes & Noble  .

Horrible Disaters CWC Berkeley


Read "Till Death Do Us Part," by Laurel Anne Hill, in HORRIBLE DISASTERS (HorrorAddicts.net, 2013), a short-story anthology. The backdrop for'Till Death Do Us Part is the Berkeley, California, fire of 1923.

In HORRIBLE DISASTERS, thirteen authors from around the globe share their visions of terror set during real natural disasters throughout history. Travel back in time to earth shattering events like the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the Winter of Terror avalanches, 1950. What supernatural events went unnoticed? What creatures caused such destruction without remorse? Stock your emergency kit, hunker in your bunker, and prepare for… Horrible Disasters. Proceeds go to help disaster relief globally by way of the Rescue Task Force.




Read "Unsettled," by Laurel Anne Hill

An Anthology of Stories

Fault Zone Over the Edge Laurel Anne Hill

This amazing anthology was written by the San Francisco/Peninsula Writers Club (CWC SF/Peninsula Branch) and published by the Sand Hill Review Press. The work was edited by Lisa Meltzer Penn, Audrey Kalman and Tory Hartmann.

Here's what author Mary F. Burns has to say about Fault Zone: Over the Edge: 

Talk about edgy! Fault Zone: Over the Edge is a collection of fantastical, intense and spirited writing that arises straight out of the chthonic beating heart of storytelling. From the wildly civilized animals of the imagination to the barely civilized humans who roam the cities and suburbs of America, these stories and poems take the reader on a literary journey into some very dark places that nonetheless shine with the light of truth.

—Mary F. Burns, Author of J-The Woman Who Wrote the Bible and Portraits of an Artist


"Moon-Flame Woman” by Laurel Anne Hill  


SHANGHAI STEAM: Now nominated for an Aurora Award!


A Steampunk-Wuxia Anthology

Shanghai Steam 
Shanghai Steam is a unique mashup of steampunk and the Chinese literary genre known as Wuxi (loosely translated as martial hero). 

Stories by: Camille Alexa, Shen Braun, Amanda Clark, Ray Dean, Tim Ford, Laurel Anne Hill, Minsoo Kang, William H. Keith, Crystal Koo, Frank Larnerd, Emily Mah, Derwin Mak, Brent Nichols, Frances Pauli, Jennifer Rahn, Tim Reynolds, Julia A. Rosenthal, Nick Tramdack, K. H. Vaughan.

Edited by:

Ace Jordyn, Calvin D. Jim and Renee Bennett

More Information:
A History of Steampunk
Beyond Victoriana
List of Steampunk Works Steampunk Wiki
Official Release: World Fantasy Convention,
November 1-4, 2012 Toronto



The Vengeance Garden, a pirates-and-magic/horror short story by Laurel Anne Hill in the Spells and Swashbucklers   anthology  (Dragon Moon Press, 2012, Edited by Valerie Griswold-Ford)  

Spells and Swashbucklers

Wings of Revenge, a horror short story by Laurel Anne Hill in
The Wickeds, a Wicked Women Writers Anthology (Horror Addicts, 2012, Edited by Hollie Snider )

The Wickeds


Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of HEROES ARISE. Still in print!


Laurel Anne Hill entered
 Flight of Destiny in the 2011 Wicked Women Writers Challenge sponsored by
Horror Addicts.net.
She won their first-place award, granting her the title: "Most Wicked 2011."



Sky Compass Laurel Ann Hill


To listen to Laurel's winning story-

Click here to listen


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Read Laurel Anne Hill's short story "Grip of Chaos," in Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, an anthology edited by Michael Ventrella (Double Dragon Publishing, 2011).



Read Laurel Anne Hill's short story, "The Grave of Mario Bandini," in Fault Zone: Words from the Edge, an anthology edited by Lisa Meltzer-Penn (San Francisco/Peninsula California Writers Club, 2010)





Read Laurel Anne Hill's short story, "Thar Be Magic," in Rum and Runestones, an anthology of magic and piracy edited by Valerie Griswold-Ford (Dragon Moon Press, 2010).

Laurel Hill Rum


Rum and Runestons Laurel Ann Hill


Heroes Arise is a modern parable about timeless ideals: The pursuit of honor and justice, and the right to love and family. KOMENAR Publishing; ISBN 978-0-9772081-4-2; Hardcover 210 pages, 10 illustrations; Price $24.95. ISBN 978-0-9772081-5-9; Trade Paper, $15.95, Kindle Edition $5.75.
Heroes Arise" is now an ebook on Barnes & Noble.  ISBN-13: 978-0-9817271-2-7, Pub. Date: 09/15/2009

In a world where justice is achieved through careful customs of vengeance, Gundack pursues love and the preservation of his honor. But can he break the cycle of vengeance? Can he reach into his personal darkness and find the light of reason?

Desert kren are a nomadic people who believe their customs and mythology show them how to be honorable and thrive. Gundack, a trader and leader of the tribe, seeks revenge for the murder of his wife Talla in the prescribed manner of his people. According to kren custom, he must fulfill a vow of decreed vengeance against Tarr, the ruthless mountain kren responsible for Talla’s murder, and complete a pilgrimage to gain the right to marry the fair Eutoebi.

Gundack forms an unlikely alliance with the human Rheemar, who searches for a beloved sister stolen by Tarr. Rheemar’s mysterious past holds many secrets, including knowledge that could lead to the end of Tarr’s attacks on travelers and villagers and allow Gundack to return to his tribe in time for the Day of Marriages. But Rheemar is blinded by loyalties that he won’t reveal and ambitions that reflect a naive understanding of heroism.

As time grows short and some vows are satisfied, circumstances thrust Gundack into escalating tribal tensions. Only then does he realize that he must confront the oldest of kren beliefs: If vengeance swallows the land, Tharda shall bring a white light to give strength to the least of us, and unbelievers will make heroes arise. But can the least worthy prove themselves to be heroes, and the most worthy at least heroic?

Laurel Anne Hill has written a modern parable about timeless ideals: The pursuit of honor and justice, and the right to love and family. In an era when definitions of terrorism and heroism can seem fickle and where honor may be capricious, this debut author gives readers a story of great insight and inspiration.

Heroes Arise received a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for 2007 (bronze award, science fiction category) and was a finalist in the young adult category.

Heroes Arise was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, young adult and best cover design categories.

Heroes Arise is a story about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our personal darkness to find the light of reason.


Rum and Runestons Laurel Ann Hill

 Komar Publishing

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