Conventions have been few and far between this year, so I'm excited for the couple still coming up! Flame Con takes place in the Times Square Sheraton in Manhattan, August 20-21.
I'll be there for Mischief Corner Books and the table will be here at Pub #9:
We'll have books by Toni Griffin, Freddy MacKay (who will be with me :D ), Evelyn Benvie, J. Scott Coatsworth, and a number of other authors (yes, mine, too, lol), plus these new releases!
Come say hi, pick up some fun swag, buy some books! :D
It's Friday - hooray! This week, I'm reading to you from EF Schraeder's new horror humor novella, As Fast As She Can. Monsters as protagonists? Why, of course! Just a gentle warning to listeners that this is horror - take that as you need. Come have a listen :)
As Fast As She Can
by E.F. Schraeder
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Living in a quiet house on the outskirts of town, Ginger isn’t like the other girls.
When she wakes up and discovers the unthinkable about her adoptive parents, she runs away and goes on a rampage straight to the only friend she has. Can she control what they both become?
With a violent, growing hunger and more questions than answers, Ginger has nowhere to turn.
About E.F. :
E.F. Schraeder is the author of the queer gothic novella Liar: Memoir of a Haunting (Omnium Gatherum, 2021), which was an Imadjinn Award finalist in 2022. Schraeder is also the author of a story collection and two poetry chapbooks.
Schraeder's recent work has appeared in Lost Contact, Strange Horizons, The Feminist Wire, Birthing Monsters, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Lavender Review, and other journals and anthologies. Schraeder’s nonfiction has been included in Vastarien: A Literary Journal; Radical Teacher; the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom blog, and elsewhere. Awarded first place in Crystal Lake Publishing’s 2021 Poetry Contest, E.F. Schraeder’s work also placed as a semi-finalist in Headmistress Press’ Charlotte Mew Contest (2019). Current creative projects a full length manuscript of poems and an unruly collection of essays. An ex-professor and youth librarian, Schraeder holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and advanced degree in Library Science. An Active Member in the Horror Writers Association and a Lifetime Member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, E. F. Schraeder believes in ghosts, magic, and dogs.
Author Website: https://www.efschraeder.com
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5989787.E_F_Schraeder?f
Author Liminal Fiction (LimFic.com): https://www.limfic.com/mbm-book-author/e-f-schraeder-2/
Author Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/E-F-Schraeder/e/B014YYIOK0?
Yep. Working on it. :) I have such a beautiful cover for it courtesy of Natasha Snow, so I have to finish now.
From the Noblest Motives is a little over 60K and closing in on the end. What was planned out as a twelve chapter novel has become fourteen, I still have to go back and fill in some things, and the final word count after content editor gets hold of it is anyone's guess at this point.
I'm just not a fast writer. All the writing advice in the world hasn't changed that over the years. I futz over words, over sentences, keep having different, sometimes better, sometimes additional ideas. So it's never a straightforward, damn the torpedoes, tally-ho! sort of enterprise.
I'll get there. And then I've seen a mock up of the cover for book 3. So I better get a wiggle on.
Happy Friday, all! This week I have an excerpt from the newest S.R. Cronin novel, She's the One Who Won't Behave, #6 in her series The War Stories of Seven Troublesome Sisters. Alternative Universe historical, bi characters, poly relationships - hooray! Don't forget the giveaway at the end of the post and come have a listen. :)
She's The One Who Won't Behave
The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters
by S.R. Cronin
Gypsum, the sixth of seven sisters, has always been a rebel. Yet no one thought she would go so far as to join the reczavy, a group living in tents on the edge of the desert and known for their sexual promiscuity and playful ways.
But as the date of the Mongols’ return draws near, Ilarians of all types must work together if they are to have any hope of surviving. And the reczavy, for all of their odd ways, do have plenty of tricks up their sleeves. Well, up their sleeves whenever they are bothering to wear clothes, that is.
Gypsum is touched when her oldest sister Ryalgar comes to call, and brings an olive branch with her. Ryalgar recognizes that the reczavy have as much to lose as anyone, and as much to contribute. Will Gypsum accept a key role in the plan to stop the invasion? Of course she will.
Unfortunately, her playmates don’t all feel the same sense of urgency. Many would rather simply enjoy the time they have left. A few claim to be allergic to long term planning. And some are too busy with their own poorly-timed plans to overthrow the government Ilari already has.
Good thing needlepoint is the one traditional skill at which Gypsum has always excelled. She will need to thread a fine needle in order to coax this recalcitrant group into becoming life-saving warriors of a very different kind.
About S.R. :
Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.
She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels. She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Although she’s lost several beloved cats on her journey, she’s been lucky enough to gain a husband and three kids who love her despite how odd she is.
Today she lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she also answers a hot-line, volunteers for SFWA, and plans her future travels.
Author Website: https://troublesome7sisters.xyz/
Author Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/sherrie.cronin/
Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/46Ascending
Author Twitter: Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinnabar01
Author Instagram: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s.r.cronin/
Author Goodreads: Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5805814.Sherrie_Cronin
Author Amazon: Amazon: www.amazon.com/Sherrie-Cronin/e/B007FRMO9Q
Yes, I sang the intro to Hammer Time for that title. Sorry. It's time for a cover reveal for Variant Configurations 2!
From the Noblest Motives features our Shudder McKenzie in full earth surfing mode - huge thanks to Natasha Snow for this gorgeous image. :D
Release date coming very soon! I'm closing in on the end of the story and should be getting it to the publisher in the next couple of weeks. (I hope.)
It's Friday - hooray! Time for me to read to you. :) This week, we have the return of our friend, Ellie Thomas, and another m/m historical romance romp! This one is Regency, with, as Ellie puts it, "society parties, mistakenly sent letters, talking people out of fighting duels, and all that Georgette Heyer influenced malarkey..." Come have a listen!
by Ellie Thomas
In Regency London, Jolyon Everett is determined to dissuade his irascible friend, Captain Ben Harding, from fighting a duel. However, before commencing on the pressing business of defusing Ben’s misplaced anger, Jo writes two letters, one to Percy Havilland, his very demanding paramour and the other to his tailor, Daniel Walters. With those trifles out of the way, he can concentrate on persuading Ben to reprieve young Edward Stephens, a newly qualified doctor, who Jo suspects has a serious crush on Ben.
But the best-laid plans can go awry, as do the letters and, as well as a furious Ben, Jo finds himself at the mercy of an outraged Percy and an amorous tailor. Can he convince Ben not to shoot Edward after all? Will he soothe Percy’s ruffled feathers? And might Jo realise that true love can be found under the most unexpected conditions?
Ellie Thomas lives by the sea. She comes from a teaching background and goes for long seaside walks where she daydreams about history. She is a voracious reader especially about anything historical. She mainly writes historical gay romance.
Ellie also writes historical erotic romance as L. E. Thomas.
A few snips and snails this week for News Bites!
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.