This evocative and ultimately uplifting story is sure to please – Publishers Weekly

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Decommissioner Thirty-Seven returns in the second book in the Tales of the Polity series and finds that the past can be a difficult thing to escape…

Decommissioner Thirty-Seven is not the most conventional decommissioner at the Ministry of Divinities, but she takes her role of helping fading gods to retire seriously—and feels bad when things go wrong. Take the decommissioning of Laloran-morna, former god of warm ocean waves: she botched that, somehow, and now he spurts saltwater when upset. When seawater invades a development project in Laloran-morna’s old haunts, suspicion naturally falls on him. But is the retired god the source of the problem? Or is it the work of a mortal saboteur? Searching for the answer to these questions brings Thirty-Seven face-to-face with a past she’d rather forget.

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by Francesca Forrest

ebook: $3.99
paperback: $9.99, 162 pages

Read an excerpt: The opening pages of Lagoonfire

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Book 2 in the Tales of the Polity series. The Inconvenient God is Book 1.

About the Author

Francesca Forrest is the author of Lagoonfire’s predecessor story, The Inconvenient God, as well as Pen Pal (2013), a hard-to-classify novel from the margins. Her short stories have appeared in Not One of Us, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and other online and print venues. She’s currently working on a third story about Decommissioner Thirty-Seven that builds on the events in Lagoonfire.

She blogs at, and you can follow her on Twitter at @morinotsuma.

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