A native Chicagoan, Jody Lynn Nye is a New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty books and 165 short stories. As a part of Bill Fawcett & Associates (she is the '& Associates'), she has helped to edit more than two hundred books, including forty anthologies, with a few under her own name. She and Bill are the authors of Conventional Wisdom, another in the Million Dollar Writing series for Wordfire Press.

Her solo work tends toward the humorous side of SF and fantasy. Along with her individual writing, Jody has collaborated with several notable professionals in the field, including Anne McCaffrey, Robert Asprin, John Ringo, and Piers Anthony. She collaborated with Robert Asprin on a number of his famous Myth-Adventures series, and has continued both that and his Dragons Wild series since his death in 2008. Jody runs the two-day intensive writers' workshop at DragonCon, every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, GA. She is also a judge for the Writers of the Future contest, the largest speculative fiction contest in the world.

Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Bill Fawcett, a writer, game designer, military historian and book packager, and three feline overlords, Athena, Minx, and Marmalade. Check out her websites at www.jodylynnnye.com and mythadventures.net. She is on Facebook as Jody Lynn Nye and Twitter @JodyLynnNye.

Daring by Jody Lynn Nye

Daring is a collection of fantasy and science fiction stories from New York Times bestselling author Jody Lynn Nye. Each story is a small world of its own, ranging from flat-out farce featuring self-rescuing princesses in "Don't Break the Chain," to the fears of young mutants being deported from Earth on a faulty spaceship, in "Rite of Passage," to "Mything in Dreamland," featuring Skeeve and Aahz from Robert Asprin's beloved Myth-Adventures. Teen readers will be able to see themselves in the young heroes who pull themselves out of hopeless situations again and again, through humor, drama and adventure.


I am honored that New York Times bestselling author Jody Lynn Nye assembled this collection of fantastic short stories to debut in this bundle. Ranging from a humorous vampire story to King Arthur on the battlefield to young princesses rescuing a prince, this collection features an entertaining group of young adult protagonists. – Allyson Longueira




From "The Stuff of Legends"

"I've done no harm! Put me down!"

Duffy paid no attention to the kender's protests. He'd been interrupted in the middle of hearing his favorite legend — just as they were getting to the battle. The pleasant rapture of imagination was broken, as thoroughly as if he'd had a bucket of water dashed in his face. At the very least, Duffy wanted the source of his discomfiture out and gone. One of the other patrons of the pub opened the door for them, and he carried the kicking kender out into the moonlit night.

"The road's that way," Duffy started to say. "The r—"

He swallowed and tried again.

"The r—"

"That's a dragon, isn't it?" the kender asked brightly, swinging from his right hand. "My, a well-grown specimen it is too. Its tail goes clear around the building and comes back again. I didn't know dragons slept like that, did you? Oof!"

Duffy dropped the gnome-creature on the ground and scrambled back into the pub.

"There's a dragon out there!" he bawled.