Friday and time for me to read to you! Today I have an excerpt from Jeanne G'Fellers fantasy, Keeping House. Fey in Appalachia, strange bargains, and me trying to do accents. :o
Appalachian Elementals 2
by Jeanne G'Fellers
Centenary Rhodes is caught in a deal she didn’t make. Thanks to her eternal lover, Stowne’s, quick thinking, she’ll live forever, but there’s a hitch. Cent’s now fey, and three months out of the year she’ll live on the other side of Embreeville Mountain among the Hunter Fey, serving their king, Dane Gow.
As Cent begins wading through the anachronisms that come with being a Hunter, she learns that nothing is what it initially seems. Cent shares several past lives with Dane, who wants her back, and Stowne’s lied to Cent so many times that she’s having doubts about their marriage. To make matters worse, the past Hunter Kings are influencing Dane’s behavior, and the youngest Hunter, Brinn, might well be the most dangerous of them all.
It’s going to be a cold, dark spring, and Cent needs to unite both sides of Embreeville mountain before her eternal life, her relationship with Dane, and her marriage to Stowne come permanently undone.
Another rich Contemporary Appalachian tale about fantastic people and the magic they possess, including LGBTQIA+ characters Human and otherwise.
Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Science Fiction and Fantasy author Jeanne G’Fellers' early memories include watching the original Star Trek series with their father and reading the books their librarian mother brought home. Jeanne’s writing influences include Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, and Frank Herbert.
Jeanne lives in Northeast Tennessee with their spouse and five crazy felines. Their home is tucked against a small woodland where they regularly see deer, turkeys, raccoons, and experience the magic of the natural world.
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Hey! Tomorrow's episode of the WROTE podcast includes me talking with Baz about intentions in SF, queer fiction as social barometer, and with both Vance and Baz about tons of other things. I may have been rude...a little. ;)
The episode will go live tomorrow here:
Or you can just go to the WROTE website tomorrow.
I have a lovely excerpt today from Lou Hoffman's Dragon's Rise: Sunchild Chronicles 4! This is YA fantasy, and one I've been trying to keep up with. Dragon's Rise is on pre-order now and releases July 9. :)
Also, this is part of a blog tour, so don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom!
The Sunchild Chronicles 4
by Lou Hoffman
Harmony Ink Press
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Days ago, with the help of his living sword Ciarrah, Lucky fought through an army of wraiths led by the undead horror that was once his mother. Though he’s seen more bloodshed in his short life than many seasoned warriors, his destiny as the chosen Sun Child of the magical world called Ethra demands more. Otherworldly enemies are regrouping, barely fazed by a single defeat. If they won’t rest, then neither can he.
He travels to the capital city with ancient wizard Thurlock, but instead of allies, he meets open betrayal. An old friend of Thurlock’s and some young supporters boost his morale, but how much help will they offer against zombies, dragons, and evil magic users? In the epic battle looming on the horizon, everything he’s gathered, from mystical tools to a winged horse, a loyal dog, shifter and dragon allies, and even an army at his side might not be enough. Will he measure up to fate’s challenge… or be trampled by it?
Lou Hoffmann, a mother and grandmother now, has carried on her love affair with books for more than half a century, and she hasn’t even made a dent in the list of books she’d love to read—partly because the list keeps growing. She reads factual things—books about physics and history and fractal chaos, but when she wants truth, she looks for it in quality fiction. She loves all sorts of wonderful things: music and silence, laughter and tears, youth and age, sunshine and storms, forests and fields, flora and fauna, rivers and seas. Even good movies and popcorn! Those things help her breathe, and everyone she knows helps her write. (Special mention goes to (1) George the Lady Cat and (2) readers.) Proud to be a bisexual, biracial woman (of European and Native American descent),
Lou considers every person a treasure not to be taken for granted. In her life, she’s seen the world’s willingness to embrace differences change, change back, and change again in dozens of ways, but she has great hope for the world the youth of today will create. She writes for readers who find themselves anywhere on the spectrums of age, sexuality, and gender, aiming to create characters that live not only in their stories, but always in your imagination and your heart.
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Launching this coming Tuesday - July 9 - The Mage on the Hill gets its German translation!
Der Magier auf dem Berg, releases at Dreamspinner for German language readers.
Translation by the lovely Feliz Faber. :)
Tobys wilde Magie ist tödlich. Die Magier-Gilden haben ihn aufgegeben und es ist nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis sein Leben mit einem spektakulären, katastrophalen Knall enden wird. Seine einzige Hoffnung ist ein verbannter Zauberer, der zurückgezogen im Exil lebt – und Gerüchten zufolge den Verstand verloren haben soll.
Die einsamen Jahre in seinem Haus auf dem Berg waren nicht gut für Darius Valstad. Entstellt durch einen Magieunfall, bei dem Pittsburgh fast untergegangen wäre, treibt er durch seine Tage wie ein Gespenst, gefangen in Erinnerungen und Depression. Bis ein entkräfteter junger Mann in seiner Einfahrt zusammenbricht, einer, der behauptet, Darius sei seine letzte Chance. Zum ersten Mal seit fünfzehn Jahren muss Darius eine Wahl treffen. Soll er diesen Wildmagier seinem Schicksal überlassen oder ihn bei sich aufnehmen und versuchen, ihn zu unterrichten – was sie beide das Leben kosten könnte? Der alte Darius, ungestüm und draufgängerisch, hätte nicht gezögert. Darius, der Verbannte, weiß nicht, ob er die Energie aufbringen kann, es zu versuchen.
Hello all and Happy Friday! This week I have an excerpt from a mystery to read to you - The Mystery of the Moving Image, by C.S. Poe, to be exact. :) I personally enjoy the Snow and Winter series, so this was a fun read for me. It's on sale this month, too!
The Mystery of the Moving Image
Snow & Winter 3
by C.S. Poe
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It’s summer in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow is taking the next big step in his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter: they’re moving in together. What should have been a wonderful week of playing house and celebrating Calvin’s birthday comes to an abrupt end when a mysterious package arrives at the Emporium.
Inside is a Thomas Edison Kinetoscope, a movie viewer from the nineteenth century, invented by the grandfather of modern cinema, W. K. L. Dickson. And along with it, footage of a murder that took place over a hundred years ago.
Sebastian resists the urge to start sleuthing, even if the culprit is long dead and there’s no apparent danger. But break-ins at the Emporium, a robbery, and dead bodies aren’t as easy to ignore, and Sebastian soon realizes that the century-old murder will lead him to a modern-day killer.
However, even with Sebastian’s vast knowledge of Victorian America and his unrelenting perseverance in the face of danger, this may be the one mystery he won’t survive.
About C.S. Poe
C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and two-time EPIC award finalist, and a FAPA award-winning author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats.
C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers organization.
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There are things I'm hoping to get done this summer, and I'm snailing right along here.
* Web of Arcana 2 - I'm finishing up the second chapter. Hoping to find a happier place with this novel soon. Right now, the writing is still so tentative.
* The Hunt for Red Fluffy - yes, I know. It's coming. Developmental edits hit a snag, but we'll get there.
In honor of Juneteenth this week - the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation was delivered to Texas in 1865, two and a half years after the actual proclamation (for more on this event, see Juneteenth.com) - I won't be reading to you. It's important that you hear from someone else here - the inestimable Maya Angelou.
I was lucky enough to see her speak at my University in 1984. She filled the room. Yes, every seat was taken, but she filled that room. Her presence. Her oratory. The way she put all of herself into every poem she read. If you can watch this and not react with strong emotion, you have no heart.
The Mask was written by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Maya Angelou's spoken word performance brings it to life:
Friday has returned! This week, I get to read to you from a collection I've been waiting for - Tales From Ardulum which contains several stories from that universe including what's happening to our intrepid Neek and Co. a year after Third Don. :D
Tales From Ardulum
One year after saving the Neek homeworld and redefining the people’s religion, the crew of the Scarlet Lucidity returns to the Charted Systems for a much-needed break. For Nicholas and Yorden, the Systems will always be home, but for Emn and Atalant, too many memories compound with Emn’s strange new illness to provide much relaxation.
TALES FROM ARDULUM continues the journey of Atalant, Emn, Yorden, Nicholas, and Salice as they try to define their place in a galaxy that no longer needs them while battling the artifacts of Ardulan colonization. Other stories include Yorden’s acquisition of the Mercy’s Pledge (and his grudge against the galaxy), Atalant’s exile from her homeworld, Ekimet and Savath’s romance, and many others.
About the Author
J.S. Fields (@Galactoglucoman) is a scientist who has perhaps spent too much time around organic solvents. They enjoy roller derby, woodturning, making chainmail by hand, and cultivating fungi in the backs of minivans. Nonbinary, and yes, it matters.
Fields has lived in Thailand, Ireland, Canada, USA, and spent extensive time in many more places. Their current research takes them to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest each summer, where they traumatizes students with machetes and tangarana ants while looking for rare pigmenting fungi. They live with their partner and child, and a very fabulous lionhead rabbit named Merlin.
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J.S. Fields is giving away four prizes with this tour: a collectible soft enamel pin of the Mercy's Pledge (2), and a high res version of one of the interior illustrations (their choice, pick from Yorden, Nick, Emn, or Atalant) (2). Enter via Rafflecopter:
We had a wonderful time in Toronto with the Yaoi/Yuri North crew last month. I don't have a ton of conventions this year, but there are two more.
I'll be at Flame Con with Mischief Corner Books August 17-18
GRL Albuquerque, September 16-20
Hope to see you there!
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer 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.