I think I may have lost my mind this month. Really. I do still have a day job. But with the new anthology coming out and Rainbow Con, I may have overbooked things just a wee bit.
Saturday, March 29, I'll be all sorts of places.
The nice folks at Prism Book Alliance interviewed me - should be up on Saturday along with a giveaway :)
At 10am EST on Facebook, I'll be doing a live interview over on the Gay Sci-Fi group (drop in, interject, interrupt - it's all in good fun!)
At 2:00 pm EST, the Rainbow Gold reviews hands over the reins on their FB page to me - mwahaha! Bring your questions and smartass remarks. I do believe I'll be giving something away.
Starting on April 7, the Mischief Corner authors embark on a whirlwind blog tour courtesy of Pride Promotions to promote our new anthology Not In The Stars.
From 4/7, we'll be visiting bloggers, reviewers and friends to answer questions, talk about the stories and most likely give stuff away. You know how these things work.
If you want to meet me in person, (oh, c'mon, it'll be fun!) I'll be at:
At the Embassy Suites Tampa
Panels, reading, Q&A, signing - the whole shebang, and I'll have a special few copies of an early sneak peek book just for Rainbow Con! (Everyone else will have to wait until late May, so there :P )
Once upon a time, in a corporate tower in Wilmington, an unhappy drone toiled at a soul-sucking job. Something was missing - a terrible hole through the middle of her heart.
The little drone began to write and write and write, filling the gaping hole with words, with scenes, with stories. Pages and pages poured out while waiting for the endless meetings to start, during long commutes to other corporate towers in the empire and any time she could steal away mentally. Soon there was one novel, then another, and another. A kindly co-drone, who had begged to read the mad scribblings as they took shape, asked, "Are you going to get them published?"
Yes, of course the little drone was me and it was in 1999 that my friend asked this question. The Anchorage series was only a single book long at that time, the series itself had no title, and it was while the brave new world of e-publishing was still growing its stubby first wings.
There have been several editions of Marya since then, several stops and starts with publishers who closed or with whom I've had a parting of ways. Fifteen years later - ye gods, fifteen years - I've taken the series back and have decided to publish through our own consortium, Mischief Corner Books.
And, yes, that's my name on the cover. I know most of you know me as Angel - the slightly demented pixie who writes gay SFF, but Sandra is my birth name. Why the two names? What are you hiding? Are you ashamed of writing gay fiction? No. The separation is simple and, I think, necessary. My M/M stories are for grownups. They don't all have sex, and many have very little sex, but they are for adults.
Anchorage is for everyone.
These are novels adults would read, but they are suitable for younger readers as well, I'd say as young as ten or even a reading-precocious eight and I don't want the kids picking up Angel books by mistake. Sure, Angel gets more of the attention. She's much more outgoing and marketing savvy. But Sandra was writing and seeking publication first. Angel still sulks about this sometimes. Tough bananas. A little bit about Anchorage and the first book, Marya:
Centuries have passed since a desperate human expedition settled a planet circled by three moons, far from commercial or military space routes. Through loss of tech and the need to survive on this often-hostile new world, the largest portion of the colonists has reverted to a feudal society on the eastern continent.
Of course, they do not inhabit this planet alone...
by Sandra C. Stixrude
Mischief Corner Books
Also available from
Barnes and Noble (coming soon)
Traveling has always frightened Marya, but when the Ktar chooses her to protect the heir on his confirmation journey, she fights panic. A prophecy concerning the heir's death, ominous dreams of a mysterious city, and news that one of the heir's companions will betray him all point to disaster.
Unfortunately, the discovery of the assassin's identity is only the beginning. His menace pales in comparison to the ancient evil lurking in the mountains. When Marya is trapped and the men with her enslaved, she is faced with two choices: surrender to the alien being who offers her power, or ally with the handsome assassin she sought to thwart. One way she loses her soul, the other she may lose her heart.
I guess you can tell from the title that I'll be at Rainbow Con this year. Money's a bit tight, so I picked two cons - Rainbow in April and GRL in October. For Rainbow, I'm gonna be a busy little person...hosting two panels, on a third, Q&A, Reading and tons of nice folks to catch up with!
My schedule, if you're looking for me :) :
Thursday, 4:45pm - Q&A session
Friday, 2:15pm - Reading (don't know what I'm reading yet, but I'm reading)
Saturday, 11:00am - Hosting The Vagina Dialogue: Women in Genre Fiction
Saturday, 5:00pm - Hosting Rape: Not a Laughing Matter
Sunday, 10:00am - On the panel Religion and Genre Fiction
And in between I'll be around and will have a table in the author vendor room and will be causing havoc, er, I mean participating in as many things as I can. There will be photos, be forewarned, and there will be hugs.
See you all 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.