The Olive Conspiracy

The newest Mangoverse adventure is out in eBook–and it starts on Sukkot! The Olive Conspiracy is a love story between women, between queen and country, and between farmers and their crops. This one introduces a new f/f couple in addition to the established pair, and both stay together and survive the book.

When Ezra tries to blackmail Chef Yael about her being trans, she throws him out of her restaurant and immediately reports him to the queen. But when police find Ezra stabbed to death, Queen Shulamit realizes he may have also tried to extort someone more dangerous than a feisty old lady.

The royal investigation leads straight to an international terrorist plot to destroy her country’s economy–and worse, her first love, Crown Princess Carolina of Imbrio, may be involved. Since she’s got a dragon-shifting wizard at her disposal, contacts with friendly foreign witches, and the support of her partner Aviva, Shulamit has hope. What she doesn’t have is time.

Amazon Kindle (paperback link coming in September) Preorder paperback from WoC-owned indie shop Wild Iris Books (ships in September)

Included free with the eBook on the publisher’s site but separately on Kindle: Tales from Perach, five in-universe standalone short stories that include f/f, m/m, trans romance, and a royal family with two moms and two dads celebrating Purim.

Art credit for the opening scene illustration above: theloserfish

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Shira Glassman is "a bisexual Jewish violinist passionately inspired by German and French opera and Agatha Christie novels. She and her agender same-sex spouse live in north central Florida, where the alligators are mostly harmless because they're too lazy to be bothered."

Bibliography:

  • The Second Mango (2013, Prizm Books) Golden Crown Literary Society finalist for Young Adult
  • Climbing the Date Palm (2014, Prizm Books) - "The Artist and the Devil" (2014, Vitality's free minizine, online only)
  • A Harvest of Ripe Figs (2015, Prizm Books — due out 1/21/2015)
  • Tales from Outer Lands (included free with the Figs paperback, but available as a separate eBook 2/11/2015)

She says "It's worth noting that every single one of those works has at least one bisexual character, and that "The Artist and the Devil" directly confronts and punctures biphobic stereotypes where one of the two short stories in the Tales, "Aviva and the Aliens", stars a bisexual woman rescuing herself and keeping her girlfriend safe, too. I am currently working on book four of the Mangoverse series."