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Holly Lisle (1960–) is an American {{fantasy}} author. Her first novel, ''Fire in the Mists'', was chosen as the best first novel of the year by the Baltimore SF Society in 1992. Another of her early works, the ''Glenraven'' series, was co-authored by Creator/MarionZimmerBradley, and was among Bradley's last works--Bradley died shortly after the series was finished.

Lisle has written over 30 novels, including several {{Paranormal Romance}}s, and has also published several non-fiction books about writing. Other authors she has collaborated with include Creator/MercedesLackey and Creator/SMStirling. She is one of only a handful of authors who have been authorized to write stories in the ''Literature/HaroldShea'' series.
!! Works with a page on this Wiki:
* ''Literature/TheSecretTexts'' (series)

!! Selected other works:
* The "Arhel" series:
** ''Fire in the Mist'' (1992)
** ''Bones of the Past'' (1993)
** ''Mind of the Magic'' (1995)
* ''When the Bough Breaks'' (1992, with Creator/MercedesLackey)
* ''Minerva Wakes'' (1993)
* ''The Rose Sea'' (1994, with Creator/SMStirling)
* "Glenraven" series (with Creator/MarionZimmerBradley)
** ''Glenraven'' (1996)
** ''In the Rift: Glenraven II'' (1998)
* ''Hunting the Corrigan's Blood'' (1997)
* "World Gates" series
** ''Memory of Fire'' (2002)
** ''The Wreck of Heaven'' (2003)
** ''Gods Old and Dark'' (2004)
* ''Midnight Rain'' (2004)
* ''Last Girl Dancing'' (2005)
* The "Korre" series:
** ''Talyn'' (2005)
** ''Hawkspar'' (2008)

!! Tropes in her other works:
* ArtInitiatesLife: The title character of ''Minerva Wakes'' discovers she'd acquired this ability, while her husband Darryl had gained RewritingReality. Learning to use their powers together was about all that saved them, because the powers [[MissedTheCall had been intended for somebody else]], and now could only be passed to their "rightful" users by the ''death'' of Minerva and Darryl.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Cadence Drake in ''Hunting the Corrigan's Blood'', due to her mother's gene splicing as a political statement.
* DirtyHarriet: ''Last Girl Dancing'' is a textbook example of this trope: the protagonist is a female cop who goes undercover as a stripper to find a serial killer.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: In ''Talyn'', the main character of the same name begins with limited use of something called the Hagedwar, a tool which grants the user power restrained only by how well they know how to use said tool. However, as the heat gets turned up, Talyn conveniently learns how to do such extraordinary things with the Hagedwar that she essentially becomes a demigoddess.
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse: Comes up in the ''Literature/WorldGates'' trilogy, especially when one character talks to the fellow that was her husband, only he's a still-alive version in another universe.
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: Temporary variant: at the beginning of ''Hell on High'', God announces he's taking his first vacation in, well, ever. Two angels take advantage of his not being around to go AWOL to Earth, so they can try to convince a demon they knew before the Fall to repent and return. At the end of the book, God comes back and reveals [[spoiler:he was giving them an opportunity to do just that]].
* KarmaHoudini: The abusive, murderous husband in ''Literature/MidnightRain'' does get what's coming to him, but his wealthy family, who switched him with another guy in a coma to fake his death and aid and abet his stalking of the main character, gets off.
* MamaBear: The cover blurb from ''Literature/MinervaWakes'' notes: "Three rules govern life: Never give up on your dreams. Always do what is right. And NEVER mess with the Mommy."
* MissedTheCall: In ''Minerva Wakes'', Minerva and her husband were sold wedding rings that were supposed to wake their innate magical abilities and turn them into magical guardians who stand against the [[BigBad Unweaver]]. When this is finally explained to her, Minerva is startled but ready to step up and meet her destiny; she's less than thrilled when it is further explained that the people who were ''supposed'' to get the rings showed up half an hour later.
* ParentalIncest: In ''When the Bough Breaks'', a young girl is being molested by her father and develops psychic powers and split personalities. You later find out the dad used to be mentally tortured by his own father, and his eventual [[{{Karma}} comeuppance is very fitting.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: ''Talyn'', a fantasy, includes "pogging" to refer to sex. The character's a soldier, so she uses it quite a bit.

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