- 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*)
- Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs is coming up on its general release - October 3! Almost there! Though you can get the ebook at Pride if you can't wait. ;)
- 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.
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.
Happy Friday! A little Christmas to try to cool down mentally. ;)
A Christmas Cactus for the General
By Angel Martinez
Cover Artist: Catherine Dair
Mischief Corner Books
Exiled to Earth for perhaps the worst failure in Irasolan history, General Teer must assimilate or die. Earth is too warm, too wet, too foreign, but he does the best he can even though human males are loud, childish louts whom he can't imitate successfully. When a grieving seaplane pilot strikes up a strange and uneasy friendship with him, he finds he may have been too quick to judge human males. They are strange to look at, but perhaps not as unbearable as he thought.
The news this week in bullet points!
Feral Dust Bunnies
Offbeat Crimes 4
(Gay Paranormal Humor)
General Release June 20!
Barnes and Noble
Offbeat Crimes, Volume 2
Contains Skim Blood & Savage Verse and Feral Dust Bunnies.
Vassily the Beautiful
An ESTO Universe novel
Narrated by Greg Boudreaux
(Gay Science Fiction Romance)
Shax's War: Brimstone 3
Narrated by Vance Bastian
Coming soon to Audio!
So excited this week! Too many exclamation points! Greg Tremblay is hard at work as I type on the audio version of Vassily the Beautiful.
Exact release dates are a little wibbly-wobbly, but soooon! As in late this month, early next. Just think of me as a flopping flail fish until then. :D Vassily is a retelling of the Russian fairytale Vasilisa the Beautiful, reset as a science fiction novel in the ESTO Universe.
Vassily The Beautiful
Mischief Corner Books
Barnes and Noble
Coming soon to Audio!
Vassily Belikov, composer and pampered son of privilege, suffered neurological damage in the accident that killed his father. Resentful of his invalid status, he lives as a recluse, dependent on his mother, until the day she brings home a new husband with two sons of his own.
His mother’s kidnapping leaves him at the mercy of his amoral stepfather. Fighting addiction, fear, and physical shortcomings, he's forced to seek out the criminal mastermind Baba Yaga for a replacement part. While she agrees to a deal if he beats his addiction, paranoia infuses her household. Drawn to her fierce youngest son, certain his actions are carefully measured, Vassily must find the courage to face his fears and his desires if he expects to survive.
Or various sightings of various things. So - what do I have to tell you this week? First a teensy bit of sad news - no Rainbow Con. I'm sorry about not being able to see some of you in July. Hoping to get some different cons organized for next year. I will still be at Yaoi Con in October, though.
Offbeat Crimes News!
Skim Blood and Savage Verse has its general release on Tuesday, April 4! Anyone waiting for Amazon, Kobo, etc. etc. to go live, we're almost there!
Links if you need them!
Also - a free prequel to Skim Blood here on the blog, Hunter Green Pea Coat. You'll understand when you read it.
Working feverishly on Offbeat Crimes 4 now. Feral Dust Bunnies will make it by deadline or very shortly thereafter. Closing in on the end here.
Vassily the Beautiful, I'm very excited to say, will be coming to audio late spring/ early summer. And who picked up the audio contract? The marvelous Greg Tremblay! Very excited about this project. :)
Vassily is a science fiction fairytale retelling of the old Russian story, Vasilisa the Beautiful, available from Mischief Corner Books and all the usual distributors. :)
For anyone who hasn't seen the news yet, Carrington got his contract! Pride Publishing will put his story up for preorder in February, with the early download in March and the general release in April.
Skim Blood and Savage Verse is Offbeat Crimes #3, featuring nutritionally-challenged vampire, Carrington Loveless III and all of his misfit freak squad mates.
Pride website: 3/7
General Release: 4/4
Also - It's Australia Day! Happy Straya Day to all my Aussie friends! In honor of the day, Mischief Corner Books has put their whole site on sale - 30% off, use the coupon in the graphic at checkout.
2017. Most years I have trouble remembering that the year has changed. Oddly, I have no such difficulties this year. Yeah... Odd...
Uncommonly Tidy Potergeists releases next Wednesday! Thank you everyone who has pre-ordered. Remember if you pre-ordered from All Romance and have trouble getting a refund to email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They'll get you taken care of so you still get the book you paid for. This is my first all-new story to come out since April of 2016. Yes. Last year just went all to heck and back with re-releases, didn't it? I declare 2017:
The Year of the New Story!
Yes, there are a couple of re-releases to take care of still, but the vast majority have been rewritten, re-edited, launched and out. Whew. Starting the year off right with Poltergiests, which is not only new but has an ace protagonist. From there I have on the docket:
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.