After much finagling - an excerpt from book 3 of the Offbeat Crimes series - yay! Carrington gets called on the carpet:
Skim Blood & Savage Verse
Offbeat Crimes 3
When a ferocious book attacks Carrington at his own birthday party, he believes it’s an isolated incident. But similar books soon pop up all over town, menacing innocent people with harsh bits of poetry and blank verse that deliver damaging physical blows. It’s a frustrating case with too many variables and not enough answers, and the stakes go up with each attack.
With the help of his misfit squad mates at the 77th and the public library’s Rare Books Department, the missing pieces decrease but not Carrington’s vexations. His commanding officer rakes him over the coals at the beginning of every shift. His police partner has lost patience with what she sees as his delusional relationship choices and his inability to pick the right man in a vast field of two. City Hall demands that the books be stopped immediately. It’s enough to put a nutritionally challenged vampire off his skim blood.
Get the kids inside and lock the doors! Those feral dust bunnies are on the rampage!
Or it could just be that the book is out at Pride Publishing. :) Feral Dust Bunnies - Offbeat Crimes 4 is now available for early download at Pride, and is up for pre-order at all the other usual places (general release 6/20.) Come get your wolf and kitten!
For those who like paperbacks, there will also by a paperback edition by general release, too. Offbeat Crimes: Volume 2 will include Skim Blood and Savage Verse and Feral Dust Bunnies in one convenient package. Hooray!
Feral Dust Bunnies
Offbeat Crimes 4
Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the Animal Control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.
Animal Control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.
Happy Friday! Week 2 in our little miniseries of Offbeat Crimes readings today. :) The Pill Bugs of Time, written on the threads that began from a sort of wistful, throwaway comment from my co-author, Bellora Quinn. We're at the beginning here, in the squad room:
The Pill Bugs of Time
Offbeat Crimes 2
Barnes and Noble
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.
So excited this week! Too many exclamation points! Greg Tremblay is hard at work as I type on the audio version of Vassily the Beautiful.
Exact release dates are a little wibbly-wobbly, but soooon! As in late this month, early next. Just think of me as a flopping flail fish until then. :D Vassily is a retelling of the Russian fairytale Vasilisa the Beautiful, reset as a science fiction novel in the ESTO Universe.
Vassily The Beautiful
Mischief Corner Books
Barnes and Noble
Coming soon to Audio!
Vassily Belikov, composer and pampered son of privilege, suffered neurological damage in the accident that killed his father. Resentful of his invalid status, he lives as a recluse, dependent on his mother, until the day she brings home a new husband with two sons of his own.
His mother’s kidnapping leaves him at the mercy of his amoral stepfather. Fighting addiction, fear, and physical shortcomings, he's forced to seek out the criminal mastermind Baba Yaga for a replacement part. While she agrees to a deal if he beats his addiction, paranoia infuses her household. Drawn to her fierce youngest son, certain his actions are carefully measured, Vassily must find the courage to face his fears and his desires if he expects to survive.
Friday! Time for a read. :) Doing a short series of Friday Reading Days from the Offbeat Crimes series since we're ramping up for the release of Feral Dust Bunnies. Kyle gets the floor today:
Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters
Offbeat Crimes 1
Barnes and Noble
Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.
Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.
We've got preorder links coming in for Feral Dust Bunnies. Couple still outstanding, but here's a start:
This one's from the beginning of Offbeat Crimes #5 - it could be seen as a little spoilery? Soooo - if you don't want Feral Dust Bunnies spoilers, don't listen to this one. ;)
The WIP is so new there's not even a blurb yet - bwahahahahaha! Heh.
Right, then. Remember how I said this year was all about the new release and there wouldn't be any more orphaned books?
Probably no one's noticed yet, and that's okay since these are back list books, but you may notice the Endangered Fae series and Rarely Pure coming down one at a time. Possibly you've noticed that Finn and Rarely Pure and Never Simple are already down.
I think it's important to emphasize here that this is not a reflection on the publisher. Nothing bad happened here. The contracts came up or are coming up and it was time to move on.
Um, yeah. So now I need to figure out what to do with those. Maybe not right this second...
Sorry about that.
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.