Something a little different this week since I didn't have anything scheduled - I'll explain why I'm reading this particular poem in the audio.
My dad spent his career studying poetry. The rhythms and structures are different from prose - they make our brains think in different patterns. It's important. Anyway... On to the poem:
Someone left the door open at the publisher and A Message From The Home Office got out! It's out there at the book vendors running around without supervision!
You can grab a net and snag your own copy at the links below :)
Mischief Corner Books
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Also - some quick updates on ESTO stories:
Prisoner 374215 has a stunning new cover and will be going into audio production soon. More on that later.
A Matter of Faces also has a fabulous new cover.
Both of these shorter works will be joined by a new ESTO novella in October - By Imperial Decree. Fingers crossed that I don't foul up the deadline.
Don't these covers look wonderful together?
This coming Tuesday, August 25, A Message from the Home Office releases! If you've pre-ordered, thank you, thank you, thank you. :) You still can, of course, or wait until it's live Tuesday.
It will be available in both ebook and paperback, for those readers who like to have something to take to bed...er, to hold on tight to...that is, well, Paperback!
The story of a disgraced interstellar diplomat banished to the backwater planet Earth and the new annoying new assistant he positively, absolutely did NOT ask for.
Fun tropes include:
Forced Proximity ✅
A Grumpy Pants ✅
Why Didn't You Clean That ✅
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It's Friday once again. Funny how that happens every week. Today, I'm reading an excerpt for you from the second Ariadne/Liminal Sky novel, THe Rising Tide, by J. Scott Coatsworth. What's left of humanity, a generation shjp, and a shuttle in trouble in this excerpt!
The Rising Tide
A Liminal Sky novel/ Ariadne Cycle 2
by J. Scott Coatsworth
The Earth is dead.
Five years after the Collapse, the remnants of humanity travel through the stars inside Forever: a living, ever-evolving, self-contained generation ship.
When Eddy Tremaine and Andrissa “Andy” Hammond find a hidden world-within-a-world under the mountains, the discovery triggers a chain of events that could fundamentally alter or extinguish life as they know it, culminate in the takeover of the world mind, and end free will for humankind.
Eddy, Andy, and a handful of other unlikely heroes must find the courage and ingenuity to stand against the rising tide. Otherwise they might be living through the end days of human history.
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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A Message from the Home Office releases 8/25! 12 more days! All the pre-order links are up if you want to snag it beforehand. :D
Next up is an ESTO story and takes place in a part of the universe we haven't visited before: a Galactic Hansa station. I'm about halfway into the writing (I think), and there is a blurb now. :D
By Imperial Decree
Marsh Kensinger's work as the utility mechanic for Bremen Station keeps his life interesting - but never quite as interesting as finding a pilot still hidden inside a hibernation drawer in what should have been a salvage craft. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but the Altairian Imperial crest on the private craft and the semi-conscious pilot's odd questions pique his always-whirling curiosity.
Still unattached at a concerning age for an imperial son, Prince Shiro Shinohara hadn't been running from the endless, mind-numbing rounds of omiai his mother, the Empress, had mandated. Not exactly. He'd just wanted a break from persistent suitors at the family retreat on Ceti Tau. The short respite becomes a panicked flight for his life when one of the suitors stalking him attacks the family compound.
Worried for the soldiers he was forced to leave behind, afraid there's a conspiracy to kidnap him, Shiro confides in the handsome mechanic who found him, and in a moment of panic, concocts the fiction of a serious relationship with Marsh. It's only until Shiro's people can reach him and he can press charges back home. Marsh is willing to play along and Shiro's just going to have to keep himself together and not, under any circumstances, fall for the wonderful, generous man who refuses to stop helping him.
Hi all! Welcome to another Friday! This week, I'm reading from the upcoming August 25 release, A Message From The Home Office. Internal office politics. A cobra shifter. And the assistant he didn't ask for. (Also a cameo from the main character in Freddy MacKay's The Nut Job. You'll know him when you see him.)
A Message From The Home Office
by Angel Martinez
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Sissal Naganos, cobra yervath and diplomat banished to the hinterlands, didn't ask for an assistant, and he certainly didn't ask for such an annoying one.
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.
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.