Happy Friday, everyone! I picked The Pill Bugs of Time for this week since Vikash managed to win the Steampunk/Fantasy category in the LR Cafe's Best of 2016 last week. He and I were both blindsided by this - though immensely pleased that readers have enjoyed the story. :D
The Pill Bugs of Time
Offbeat Crimes 2
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Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.
But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.
Well, hey! It's Thursday again! Somebody tell the weeks to slow down, please.
Next week at this time I'm going to be packing up the car and heading for Rhode Island and Massachusetts!
- First stop will be Annie's Book Stop where I'll be for an appearance starting at 7pm on Thursday, March 2. Hopefully I won't be too punchy from the drive. This should be interesting. ;) I'll be reading and chatting and signing if you so desire.
-Next stop - Bishounen Con! Where we'll get to hang out with the lovely Jordan Hawk and hubby, the talented Jill Marie Hackett and all of our friends from the Yaoi North tribe! Bishounen is from 3/3-3/5 and you can find me and Freddy in the Dealers Room most of the time, though we will have panels and readings.
OK. So that's the upcoming trip that I'm all excited about and losing sleep over. Cause that's what I do.
The other thing I wanted to mention this week is the WIP's. Those of you who've known me long enough have heard plenty of times that I'm only comfortable working on one thing. I may have other works started that I've set aside, but active works in progress? I want to be working on One Thing At A Time. (Possibly two if I'm co-authoring, since that's a different process.)
I'm currently working on four (FOUR!!!) active (ACTIVE!!!) WIP's. And trying not to hyperventilate with competing and overlapping deadlines coming up. There's the ongoing Marionettes in the Mist project that we're getting close to wrapping up. There's the next book in the Offbeat Crimes series, Feral Dust Bunnies, that's due scarily soon. There's the next Brandywine book, Pack Up the Moon, that Isn't on deadline but is still active. And finally there's a secret thing I'm working on that I need to hand in the first couple of chapters this week to see if the publisher wants me to go forward.
*pant* *wheeze* *gasp* I'm okay...I'm okay.
Hi all! Slight shift in the reading day since this is part of a blog tour for J. Scott Coatsworth's Skythane - a new science fiction novel from Dreamspinner! A little bit from near the beginning...
Also, a little bit of an extra today as Scott shares some of his process and what Skythane (then called something else) looked like originally!
J. Scott Coatsworth
In the process of writing Skythane, my first novel due out on February 17th, I went through a number of versions before the final book. There’s:
—The original few scenes written in the nineties
—The slightly longer version I started in 2014
—The half-novel, written in early 2015
—The NaNoWriMo from scratch version written in November 2015
—The two additional drafts reworked before submission
—The three edits after acceptance
A lot can change over so much time and so many versions.
So I thought it would be fun to dig up a bit from an early draft, when Jameson’s wings were grafted in rather than grown from his own body; before there was a Titania; before Quince even existed as a character.
Here’s the scene when Jameson first gets his wings. Hope you enjoy it!
Jameson awoke, groggy, his eyes encrusted with too much sleep, his muscles aching. He lay on his stomach on a hard pallet, and the air smelled of grease. His shoulders throbbed painfully.
He rubbed the sleep out of his eyes, looking around blearily at the grey, soulless room he found himself in.
Light slanted in from dirty windows set high above him - some sort of warehouse, maybe?
There was something laying on top of him, its weight pressing him down. He reached behind himself to push it off, and pain flared unexpectedly across his upper back.
Had there been some kind of accident? He pushed through the pain, like he'd learned to do when his father had hit him, shoving it into a little box.
How had he gotten here? The last few hours were fuzzy. He'd come to Oberon to investigate something and had met a man… Xander. He’d followed the native into the Slander. Something had happened after that, but he couldn’t bring it back.
"It takes a bit of getting used to," someone said from the other side of the room.
He turned his head and saw an angel. The man was shirtless, his bare chest chiseled like Jameson knew his would never be.
He was silhouetted against the outside light, and his wings, covered with ebony-black feathers, were extended on either side of his body. He was beautiful.
Jameson squeezed his eyes shut. "What takes getting used to? Who are you?"
The man laughed, a rich, deep laugh, kneeling to touch his face. “Name’s Xander, or did you already forget? And the wings are what takes getting used to, of course. Didn't you notice?"
Jameson jumped backwards, and his own set of wings flared out to either side of his body.
He looked at the beautiful white feathers and fainted dead-away.
My new novel, Skythane, is just out – and it combines my love of sci fi and secret reveals and MM romance. I hope you enjoy it!
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
by J. Scott Coatsworth
Cover Artist: Anne Caine
Release Date: 2/17/17
Dreamspinner - eBook
Dreamspinner - paperback
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Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnison, a handsome, cocky wing man with a troubled past.
Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.
Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.
Couple of VIT's this week (Very Important Things):
Hi everyone! Today I'm reading from the beginning of Quinn's Gambit: AURA 1, partly because it's up for a couple of things over at the PRG Reviewer's Choice Awards but mostly because it was too damn fun reading a Groof scene. You'll see what I mean.
In case you have a chance to vote in the PRG awards, a handy link:
Reviewer's Choice Awards 2016
After a terrible magical accident at Berkeley created unpredictable holes between realities, all manner of non-human creatures started popping into our world. These displacements, called Random Anomalous Reality Events or RARE, have taken magic out of fiction and relocated it firmly in reality, resulting in a great deal of chaos and confusion. Displaced elf Valerian works with AURA, the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation, to intercept these beings as they appear in the human world, helping the peaceful ones and subduing the violent, malevolent ones. It’s good, satisfying work, and Val would be happy if he wasn’t so lonely.
Quinten is a young mage just trying to get by, but New York isn’t the easiest city to make a living in. If his methods are sometimes morally dubious, his heart is still in the right place. Of course, for Quinn, the right place means firmly locked away, protected at all costs. Living by his wits and sometimes magically induced luck, he works as a ‘freelance magic user’, or unregistered mage and small-time con, according to the authorities. The last thing Quinn wants is to draw the cops’ attention, but when an Event happens right on top of him, he’s forced to turn to AURA for help. Valerian isn’t at all what he’d expected in an AURA cop, and he certainly wasn’t expecting to join forces with the sexy elf, a snarky drow and a bitter incubus, when certain individuals in power try to stop the RARE by any means necessary.
Things are not all what they seem at AURA headquarters, and a greater evil lurks at the top than anyone could have imagined.
Hi! It appears to be Thursday. That manic grin on my face stems from the realization that another week is sliding past me. I'm doomed. Anyway - News!
Gravitational Attraction has been translated into Italian! *muppet arm flail* Up for pre-order now at Dreamspinner, releasing March 7, 2017! (For anyone curious, this title is also available in French.)
Attirato da una misteriosa richiesta di soccorso, l’equipaggio della nave mercantile Hermes trova alla deriva nello spazio un vascello militare in apparenza vuoto. Al suo interno, sangue e resti umani imbrattano i corridoi e vi è un unico sopravvissuto, rinchiuso in una cella di custodia. L’uomo, bellissimo ma traumatizzato, attira l’attenzione dell’addetto alle comunicazioni della nave, Isaac Ozawa, che decide di prendersene cura, offrendogli la gentilezza e il calore di cui l’altro ha bisogno dopo gli orrori vissuti.
Isaac ha imparato sulla propria pelle cosa significhi essere diverso, essere un emarginato, e questo rafforza il loro legame. Un tempo pilota promettente, ha subito dei danni fisici dopo che il suo cervello non è riuscito a fondersi con l’impianto necessario a pilotare i potenti caccia della Flotta. Il cervello di Turk non è da meno. Come risultato di un esperimento militare fallito, le sue naturali capacità sono state aumentate a livelli pericolosi.
Quando un ammiraglio senza morale e assetato di potere rapisce Isaac, usandolo per convincere Turk a diventare l’arma catastrofica che ha sempre sognato, saranno necessari tutta la forza di Turk, l’ingegnosità dell’equipaggio della *Hermes*, l’aiuto degli enigmatici Drak’tar e la testardaggine dello stesso Isaac per riuscire a salvare l’intero universo.
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Translator: Victor Millais
In other news, Quinn's Gambit is up for Best M/M Paranormal Urban Fantasy and best M/M Paranormal Urban Fantasy Series over at the Paranormal Romance Guild. Voting is open until 2/12 - so if you have a chance, tons of good stuff to vote on!
Reviewer's Choice Awards for 2016
(The M/M items are toward the bottom and you do have to be signed into Google to vote.)
Somehow I've managed to overbook this year already, just so you know. It's only February.
Last but not least, I've been a good little author and have sent back final edits on Skim Blood & Savage Verse. Onward!
Hi all! Today I'm reading from my one and only Valentine's Day story - Hearts and Flowers: A Tale of Hayfever and Bad Decor, which is just a fun little short story romp for cynics who aren't so fond of the holiday.
Hearts and Flowers: A Tale of Hayfever and Bad Decor
Mischief Corner Books
Michael Sarver hates Valentine's Day. Between the flowers, the tacky decorations and his sleazy boss, he's certain he's about to experience the worst costumed office party in history.
But Cupid's minions and a certain Hawaiian god have other ideas. Let the mayhem begin.
That's a lot of things, isn't it? For a month where very little is happening, I have a bunch of news snippets today:
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.