Here's the skinny:
The pleasure of your company is requested.
Graceful feet tracing courtly steps.
Eyes behind jeweled masks meeting across a room of twirling dancers.
Gloved hands touching fleetingly—or gripping swords...
Anything can happen at a ball.
You are invited to enjoy these stories of fancy and fantasy from thirteen authors, framed in the splendor and elegance of a ballroom. Be it at a house party for diplomats and thieves, or Almacks in a side-universe in which the Patronesses have magic, or a medieval festival just after the plague years ...
Prepare to be swept into the enchantment of the dance!
"A Borrowed Heart" first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Sept/Oct 2011), and was later reprinted in their Russian-language "Best of" magazine (2012). It also appears in my collection, Transfusion and Other Tales of Hope (2015).