- 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!
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.
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:
All sorts of fun news for Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs: Offbeat Crimes 5!
First - I have the first round edits back. Working on those diligently this week.
Second - we have blurb!!
Hoax animals and a consulting vampire on the prowl-ACO Jason Shen never thought having a cop boyfriend would be this hard.
All Animal Control Officer Jason Shen ever wanted was a quiet life of rescuing lost kittens and helping animals in need. Having a paranormal cop boyfriend guarantees an end to the quiet part. What at first seems a random encounter with jackalopes in the park might be more than chance and when State Paranormal sends a handsome, charming vampire to consult with the Seventy-Seventh, he finds his relationship with Alex on shaky ground.
Officer Alex Wolf hoped his humaning skills were improving but now he can’t unravel the strange politics at State Paranormal or why Jason’s family seems to hate him. There’s no time to puzzle things out either. Bizarre animals are loose in the city, Jason’s acting strange, and is the vampire captain from State flirting with him? Wolf’s going to have to keep his head in the game if he’s going to have any chance of putting the pieces together and keeping the city safe from the strange critters terrorizing its streets.
And last but not least we have the lovely cover - featuring Wolf, because this is the second Wolf book - from Emmy Ellis!!! Jackalope included! Yaaaaaay!
We've had homicidal giant snapping turtles, time-warping pill bugs, savage books and feral dust bunnies. Kyle, Vikash, Carrington and Alex Wolf have all had their say. It's time to work on getting the last two stories in the series arc out to you.
Jackalopes and Woofen-Poofs: Offbeat Crimes 5
Is with my lovely and ever-patient editor. This is the second Alex and Jason story, and features both Jason's and Alex's POV's. We do have dates for pre-order and release:
Pre-order: August 22
Early download (at Pride Publishing): September 5
General release: October 3
I'll share the blurb when it's approved but I will say there are several, ah, interesting encounters in this one.
All the World's An Undead Stage: Offbeat Crimes 6
Is in its fledgling stages. All mapped out and begun, though, and about 6K in. Yes, we all know I move with agonizing deliberation at the beginning of a story. Don't worry. I'll get it in on time. It's slated for a late fall release and will be the second Carrington and Erasmus book with shared POV between them.
That's all I have shareable for now! Stay tuned for more coming up. :)
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!
We're five days out! General release for Dust Bunnies on June 20!
For those of you who've been waiting for the Amazon, Kobo, etc. links - you get to meet The Kitten next week!
I'm also hard at work on Jackalopes and Woofenpoofs - looks like about the 2/3's mark! (Maybe.)
Feral Dust Bunnies
Offbeat Crimes 4
Barnes and Noble
Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the Animal Control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.
Animal Control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.
The big news this week, if you haven't seen me jumping up and down and shrieking about it yet, is the release of Vassily the Beautiful on audio. (!!) Greg Boudreaux lends his voice talents to the characters and narration and it is everything you could ever want in Vassily. It is all the things.
Cheese and crows. It's worth a listen just for Sumerki alone.
It's up at Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
Also, Vance Bastian is doing edits on the final couple of chapters for Shax's War: Brimnstone 3. The boys are back, and you all will get to hear Vance's interpretation of the new characters. (Leopold is so cute, and Mac is...I'm not giving it away. You'll have to wait. :D )
So we should have Shax's War before the month is out of the Audible gods are kind!
My dark little heart is going pitter-pat this morning - just checked the site and Vassily is now listed as "Headed to Retail" for the audio version! Soon, oh so soon, we'll be able to share the amazing narration work Greg Boudreaux did with this book. I'm not kidding. It's amazing. For those of you waiting to hear Sumi's voice, you won't be disappointed.
Keep an eye out on the web - hoping to have links for you in the next couple of days here. :)
Work is ongoing on the next Offbeat Crimes novel, Jackalopes and Woofen-Poofs - at about 21K now and moving right along. I have internal deadlines that I'm worried about meeting but I'll do the best I can.
Offbeat Crimes 4, Feral Dust Bunnies, is available at Pride PUblishing right now and up for pre-order everywhere else. Two things about that:
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.