This is a fun thing releasing next month. The Offbeat Crimes series will be released in two box sets. This first one contains:
Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters
The Pill Bugs of Time
Skim Blood and Savage Verse
For a steal of a price, too. :D
Also wanted to mention that the first industry review of The Mage on the Hill is scheduled in Foreword Magazine next month.
I'm both excited and quite terrified. :o
Welcome to Friday! This week's excerpt is from author M.D. Neu and involves one of my favorite topics - first contact between aliens and humans. (Just getting over a cold, so please forgive the stuffiness.)
A New World - Contact (Book 1)
by M. D. Neu
Nine Star Press
A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It's home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband.
On the cusp of the greatest announcement humankind has ever witnessed, Todd’s personal world is thrown into turmoil when his estranged brother shows up on his front porch with news of ships heading for Earth’s orbit. The ships are holding the Nentraee, a humanoid race who have come to Earth in need of help after fleeing the destruction of their homeworld. How will one man bridge the gap for both the Humans and Nentraee, amongst mistrust, terrorist attacks and personal loss? Will this be the start of a new age of man or will bigotry and miscommunication bring this small world to its knees and final end?
M.D. Neu is a LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing.
Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.
When M.D. Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric his husband of nineteen plus years.
Hello again and Happy Friday! This week I'm reading an excerpt from the exciting conclusion of Scott's science fiction trilogy, The Oberon Cycle. Ithani launches February 19!
Oberon Cycle 3
by J. Scott Coatsworth
Barnes and Noble
Time is running out.
After saving the world twice, Xander, Jameson, and friends plunge headlong into a new crisis. The ithani—the aliens who broke the world—have reawakened from their hundred millennia-long slumber. When Xander and Jameson disappear in a flash, an already fractured world is thrown into chaos.
The ithani plans, laid a hundred thousand years before, are finally coming to pass, and they threaten all life on Erro. Venin and Alix go on a desperate search for their missing friend and find more than they bargained for. And Quince, Robin, and Jessa discover a secret as old as the skythane themselves.
Will alien technology, unexpected help from the distant past, destiny, and some good old-fashioned firepower be enough to defeat an enemy with the ability to split a world? The final battle of the epic science fiction adventure that began in Skythane will decide the fate of lander and skythane alike. And in the north, the ithani rise….
Hello everyone and Happy Valentine's Day! You'd think this would be a romance author's favorite day, right? Eh. I've always been a little ambivalent about it. This probably explains why I only have one Valentine's Day story and that one was written as a challenge. (Angel, we're all SO surprised!)
Hey, no need for sarcasm. It was a fun challenge, though, with certain elements required as part of the story such as: an office party setting, an MC who hates Valentine's Day, an argument about Bert and Ernie's relationship, and an incompetent cupid.
It's a short story at about 8K, but it's also only .99 ;)
Enjoy the day if you have fun plans and enjoy your Thursday if you're not into the whole thing. Either way, Michael's virulent hatred of the day was fun to write.
Hearts and Flowers: A Tale of Hayfever and Bad Decor
Mischief Corner Books
Barnes and Noble
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.
Happy Friday, all! Today's reading is from TN Tarrant's SF/Fantasy Killian, book 1 in the Whispers From a Hidden World series. (Love this cover!)
Whispers from a Hidden World 1
by TN Tarrant
Barnes and Noble
Regent Killian Larrestes survived a harrowing attack and the betrayal of his family by his mother, and has since worked to help them all recover, learning the complexities of protecting and commanding a large, sprawling Clan.
Shiloh Zahirris is seeking Sanctuary from a marriage he doesn't want when he ends up under the protection of Killian Larrestes. Killian takes him in, and they find themselves falling in love. But will social objections, personal insecurities, and someone seeking revenge destroy their chance at happiness?
People ask me a lot of questions, but most of them are along the lines of Have you seen my keys? or Where's the cat? so I'll try to stick to questions relevant to current writing work and related items:
I'm very excited for the release of this story on February 5 for so many reasons. :) Our Reading Day excerpt is just a little longer this week - come with me to Thailand!
Waiting On The Rain
by Freddy MacKay
One young man desperate to make things right for the monks who raised him. Another looking to escape the limelight. The two best friends stuck in time because of promises.
A couple looking to make a bigger unconventional family—one young woman who wants to help the world become a more beautiful place, one transwoman looking to put down roots for the both of them.
Love isn’t always easy, but the good kind is worth fighting for, even when others don’t understand it. The story of what becomes of their love is what will be passed down into legend. Because stories like this, people remember.
When Jira, Boon, Areeya and Fon come together to celebrate Yee Peng and Loi Krathong, sparks fly and dreams coalesce. But that’s only the beginning…
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.