- Yaoi Con - very soon. I'll be flying out to California October 5 (Thursday) and will be at the con all weekend. The amazing Catherine Dair joins me for the weekend and J.Scott Coatsworth will drive up for Sunday. :D
- Safety Protocols For Human Holidays - is DONE. With the trusty beta right now. :) We'll see if any major ripping and shredding needs to be done after that. (I'm going to make deadline *sobs in relief*)
- Back to work on Offbeat Crimes 6 for the rest of the week (and every week hereafter until it's complete.)
- There's a super sekrit project in the works. But I can't tell you about it now. That's why it's sekrit.
Okay. Let me see if I can remember all the things for this week. Always seem to forget something.
It's been a while since we visited the ESTO Universe. I've been writing on the funny side of things for so long, everyone may have forgotten I have a serious side...
An ESTO Universe Story
Mischief Corner Books
While the cell is sparse and cold, at least this one has a bed. The figure resting there is too thin; too still, the prominent bones the result of long starvation, the stillness the product of too much anguish and abuse. He watches, though. An anxious, intelligent mind still occupies this frail and failing body, one that watches and wonders about the new guard occupying his cell each night.
I will agonize and dither over a title for a story for days - weeks! - and then complain about it to Freddy. Suddenly, the title's right there. Because sometimes brain needs a kickstart or perhaps just a kick.
The holiday story, for inclusion in Mischief Corner Books A Holiday To Remember collection this year, will be titled "Safety Protocols for Human Holidays." This is not one of my more serious stories. I felt I needed to tell you that. (Ha!)
Release date is scheduled for December 9. :D
Also - quick reminder that I'll be at Yaoi Con this year (Oct. 6-8 in Santa Clara, CA) at the Mischief Corner Books table. Freddy MacKay will be there and Catherine Dair as our special guest. J. Scott Coatsworth will be joining us on Sunday. Come see us in the dealers room - come for a chat, a hug, some books and some bunnies!
So...there's this holiday story I'm not done with yet that I talk about in the recording. Just a wee bit of a teaser read of that today.
Also, if you happen to be interested in Mischief Corner's holiday call, all the info is on the Submissions Page for the A Holiday To Remember collection. In brief bullet points:
It's here! Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs is available now at Pride Publishing's website for early download. If you have a favorite distributor that isn't Pride Publishing, the book is up for pre-order all of those places but you'll have to wait until October 3 - not so long now!
Prepare for hoax animals galore, Alex Wolf, Jason Shen, Audacity (of course), all the officers and entities of the 77th and some fun new characters. :)
Stuff happening right this moment? I'm taking a short break from novel writing and working on a holiday short story for Mischief Corner Book's A Holiday To Remember collection for this year. Yes, it will be SF and it will be (probably) a standalone story. It will also be a F/F story since MCB is accepting all queer pairings this year - yay! And that's all I'm telling you. Ha.
Back to the beginning here with Offbeat Crimes for a quick visit with Kyle in Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the story that started all this paranormal madness. :)
As of next Tuesday, books 1-5 will be available over at Pride Publishing. 1-4 available there now and at all the regular lovely distributors. Jackalopes, ahoy!
Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs - it's almost time! Pride release next week!! If you're waiting for the general October release (10/3) and want to pre-order, though, those links are coming online too:
Also - we have a cover for Offbeat Crimes 6 - All The World's An Undead Stage (and you just might be able to read part of the first chapter at the end of Jackalopes, too. Just so you know.) From the wonderful Emmy Ellis - she's given us Erasmus Graham:
Happy Thursday! Some fun things for this week. :D
Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs is up for pre-order at Pride Publishing. Yaay! Release at the Pride website is September 5, and general release October 3. Audacity the kitten is back, and oh, and her daddy, Alex, might be back too, along with Jason and the entire 77th squad. Trouble with State Paranormal. Weird stuff in the city. A good time is had by all. Maybe.
Tune in to the WROTE podcast tomorrow because someone left host Vance Bastian and I unsupervised. Mwahahahaha! We talk about Offbeat Crimes and lots of other things. An outtake for you to see how terribly serious we are about the whole thing:
A couple of extra things about audio (!!)
Two audiobooks in the works for this fall. Vance Bastian has just signed on to do the voice work for Potato Surprise: A Brimstone Prequel, and MIchael Pauley will be doing the voice work for Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists, so look for more on those coming soon!
Something a little different today for reading day - a couple of poems from Langston Hughes. Please forgive my scratchy voice. The cold from heck decided to visit this week. We sometimes forget the power of poetry, both personal and social, in our modern world of sound bites and prose fiction but poetry can serve as a reminder, a connector, and an illuminator far greater than any tweet.
For more information on Langston Hughes and other writers of the Harlem Renaissance, a good place to start is here:
The poems I've selected for you are from The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry (ed. 1973) and from the Academy of American Poets.
Something unusual (for me) happened this week. A publisher offered me a contract on an unfinished story. I've certainly made promises to publishers before, but Pride has enough confidence in me that we've signed a contract on All The World's An Undead Stage (Offbeat Crimes #6) on the merits of the first chapter. I am pleased and humbled...
And slightly terrified. :o This is a deadline I must not, cannot miss.
Anyway, the new release dates for Undead Stage below:
Preorder: 21st November
Early download: 5th December
General Release: 2nd January 2018
Jackalopes and Woofen-Poofs goes up for pre-order next Tuesday!
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.