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Back in 2014, the lovely folks at Mischief Corner Books said, "Hey! Let's do a holiday anthology!" Naturally, I grumbled that I didn't DO holiday stories, but the running gag pattern had been established by now: Angel grumbles about the anthology theme. Various people involved say "I bet you can't do a science fiction one." Which, of course, means I have to write a science fiction whatever it is.
They know my weak spots, what can I say?
The result was a little novella that was included in what became a rather hefty anthology, Chestnuts Roasting (all credit to our friend Hank Edwards for the name.) A Christmas Cactus for the General was my answer to "someone misplaced for the holidays finds love" holiday stories. And while General Teer is bipedal and can, more or less, pass for human with most parts covered, he's different enough that I needed action figures to help get one scene right. (Aforesaid figures may have been Ganandorf and Goliath, not saying.)
I missed a couple of years in there - issues with over-commitment and trying to rehome work - but in 2017, Mischief Corner Books did two things. 1. The next holiday call came up "A Holiday to Remember" and 2. There was some grumbling at MCB that all the submissions were m/m.
Challenge accepted (even though no one directly challenged me.) I would write - just because I could - a lesbian science fiction holiday humor piece. Safety Protocols for Human Holidays (prompted by the lovely Tumblr posts about "Human Steve") is told entirely from the POV of the alien crew who are worried about changes in the behavior of their only human crew member. Shenanigans ensue.
Safety Protocols was so well-received, I promised I would do another in the same very specific sub-sub genre the following year. When MCB put up the call for "Escape from the Holidays," I knew the science fiction setting would have to be a story of an alien planet vacation gone horribly wrong.
Because of course it would have to be.
So the second annual lesbian science fiction holiday humor story, Yule Planet was born. :)
I'm working on the Third Annual Angel's lesbian science fiction humor holiday (tm) story this year, called, The Solstice Pudding. Since it's for this year's theme, When Holidays Attack, you'll already have a bit of a feel for it.
Cover coming so very soon. In the meantime, have a blurb!
Chief Engineer Shandi Leavenworth has been crushing on Major Tyra Sur ever since she joined station staff, though the laconic customs officer doesn't give up personal information easily. A few scraps of information leads Shandi to the perfect Solstice present, until of course everything goes horribly wrong.
Major Sur took the job on Onwa Station for the stability, the quiet, and out of a need to be useful. It's been all of those things up until the moment the woman she's been quietly flirting with at the bar puts in a desperate call for help. There's no question they need to save the station, but Tyra's not so sure about saving their budding relationship.
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.