Hello, everyone! Another Friday has arrived. This week I'm reading to you from the new historical fantasy from Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell, The Harp and the Sea. Magic, curses, men in kilts - you know you want it. ;)
The Harp and the Sea
by Lou Sylvre & Anne Barwell
Release date July 27!
In 1605, Robbie Elliot—a Reiver and musician from the Scottish borders—nearly went to the gallows. The Witch of the Hermitage saved him with a ruse, but weeks later, she cursed him to an ethereal existence in the sea. He has seven chances to come alive, come ashore, and find true love. For over a century, Robbie’s been lost to that magic; six times love has failed. When he washes ashore on the Isle of Skye in 1745, he’s arrived at his last chance at love, his last chance at life.
Highland warrior Ian MacDonald came to Skye for loyalty and rebellion. He’s lost once at love, and stands as an outsider in his own clan. When Ian’s uncle and laird sends him to lonely Skye to hide and protect treasure meant for Bonnie Prince Charlie’s coffers, he resigns himself to a solitary life—his only companion the eternal sea. Lonely doldrums transform into romance and mystery when the tide brings beautiful Robbie Elliot and his broken harp ashore.
A curse dogs them, enemies hunt them, and war looms over their lives. Robbie and Ian will fight with love, will, and the sword. But without the help of magic and ancient gods, will it be enough to win them a future together?
The final Brimstone releases in five days!
For all the Brimstone that's fit to Brimstone - including reading order and all the buy links - check out the Brimstone page on this website.
For the blog tour posts so far for A Fine Mess: Brimstone 7, take a peek here!
Brimstone Questions from Readers pt 1 - at Matt Doyle Media
Fluffy's Stray - a brand new ficlet for the blog tour - at Wicked Faerie Reviews
Stay tuned for more!
Happy Friday, Everyone! This week, I have an exciting excerpt from J. Scott Coatsworth's newly released SF novel, The Stark Divide. All the space stuff!!! Come have a listen :)
And don't forget the giveaway at the bottom of the post!
The Stark Divide
Liminal Sky: The Ariadne Cycle 1
by J. Scott Coatsworth
Some stories are epic.
The Earth is in a state of collapse, with wars breaking out over resources and an environment pushed to the edge by human greed.
Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials harvested from the asteroid belt. This is the story of one of them—43 Ariadne, or Forever, as her inhabitants call her—a living world that carries the remaining hopes of humanity, and the three generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers working to colonize her.
From her humble beginnings as a seedling saved from disaster to the start of her journey across the void of space toward a new home for the human race, The Stark Divide tells the tales of the world, the people who made her, and the few who will become something altogether beyond human.
Humankind has just taken its first step toward the stars.
Scott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were.
He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.
A Rainbow Award winning and runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, Liminal Fiction, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is a full member member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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Next Tuesday starts the blog tour for A Fine Mess: Brimstone 7. There will be the usual regular tour posts, but there will be treats scattered among them just about every day.
I don't know which blog gets which post, so these will be a fun surprise for me, too. :D
Some of the special items will include:
I'll be letting you know what's where every day on FB and Twitter - so look for those starting Tuesday signaled by a special graphic Gus Li made for me!
Happy Friday, Everyone! This week, I'm reading to you from Sara Codair's new Evanstar Chronicles story, Power Inversion. Nasty demons coming out of the woodwork! Come have a listen:
Evanstar Chronicles 2
by Sara Codair
Do you have to be a monster to fight one?
Erin Evanstar is a demon hunter, a protector of humanity from nightmarish predators that feed on people's fears and flesh. They are settling into their dual life of being a teen and hunting demons.
When a tentacled horror abducts Erin's partner, José, Erin and their family go on the hunt to get him back. But Erin gets an ultimatum: help the Fallen Angels bring on the apocalypse or watch José die. Erin will do anything to save José, but fighting monsters comes with a grim price--becoming one themselves.
Sara Codair is an author of short stories and novels, which are packed with action, adventure, magic, and the bizarre. They partially owe their success to their faithful feline writing partner, Goose the Meowditor-In-Chief, who likes to “edit” their work by deleting entire pages.
If Sara isn’t writing, they’re probably teaching, swimming in the lake, reading fantasy, or walking their dog.
Author Website: https://saracodair.com/
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Soon my news posts, etc. are going to be all Brimstone, all the time, but not quite yet. :)
A little IMP news first. For those of you not familiar, IMP (Interplanetary Multispecies Pact) is a shared universe I developed and share with Freddy MacKay. The basic premise:
Yervath space - where an ancient race of dual-strand genetic beings set up IMP for their own devices. Hey. They had the tech. Everyone else had to go along.
While IMP is aware of Earth, Sol system is considered a primitive backwater. They keep an eye on us, but most of the time, we're a footnote beyond the edges of civilized space.
The IMP Universe had three stories so far, and while A Christmas Cactus for the General has been available, the other two have not for some time. Until now. All three titles have new covers and all three will soon be back out in the wild.
A Christmas Cactus for the General (available now in ebook, paperback should be up this week)
Exiled to Earth for perhaps the worst failure in Irasolan history, General Teer must assimilate or die. Earth is too warm, too wet, too foreign, but he does the best he can even though human males are loud, childish louts whom he can't imitate successfully.
When a grieving seaplane pilot strikes up a strange and uneasy friendship with him, he finds he may have been too quick to judge human males. They are strange to look at, but perhaps not as unbearable as he thought.
A Message from the Home Office (release date August 25)
Being an OIL (Onsite Inter-species Liaison) for the Interplanetary Multispecies Pact has never been an easy job. In fact it's a crap job when stuck on a backwater nowhere planet like Earth.
But cobra Yervath Sissal Naganos manages. The demotion was swift and heavy-handed, but he'll climb back out of this hell eventually. Humans don't meet his social needs, so, yes, it's been lonely and he tells himself he likes the solitude. That is, until IMP sends him an irritating new assistant he never asked for. Now his peace is well and truly disturbed and his paranoid diplomatic reflexes have reawakened. The worst part is the kid didn't have to be so cute.
The Nut Job
by Freddy MacKay (coming this fall)
Captain Spencer's attempt to complete a simple nut harvest on Earth goes spectacularly wrong.
Last but not least, I have an ARC lottery running on my FB group for A Fine Mess: Brimstone 7. You do need to be a group member to enter.
Happy Friday, everyone! This week I'm reading a Brimstone Journal ficlet for you - Apprentice. This is the story where Julian first meets Kendra Hayes, which will become important later. :D
As promised in the audio, these are the Brimstone Journal stories that are important to A Fine Mess, coming up July 28:
From The Brimstone Journals: Collection 1
From The Brimstone Journals: Collection 2
From The Brimstone Journals: Collection 3
Thursday News Bites - Message
Just a short word about A Message From the Home Office:
This is a novella from the IMP Universe, where A Christmas Cactus for the General also lives. But while Christmas Cactus is a serious story, Message is...not as much.
The original story was for an April Fool's anthology and involved a number of prompts - and honestly, some of that just didn't work in rewrites.
It's been expanded by about 10K, and I hope preserves a gently sarcastic feel to the story of isolated diplomat Sissal, who didn't ask for an assistant, and Richard, who has an AGENDA. ;)
Currently with the line editor, on the calendar for an August release.
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.