Hi all! A little spooky excerpt today, not from one of my own works but by the writer and historian Washington Irving. If you've never read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in its original, I highly recommend it. Sort of the height of dramatic irony and still it's creepy and a lot of fun.
My reading today is from my copy of Rip Van Winkle And Other Stories, Nelson Doubleday 1955, but this one online has some lovely older illustrations:
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
I don't have tons of new stuff to tell you this week but here's what I'm up to:
We're ramping up for the holiday stories over at Mischief Corner Books (yay!) I have it on good authority that there will be eleven stories in all, with two science fiction and one paranormal in the mix. Cover art is on the way, schedules are being finalized.
Stories begin releasing November 29 and will continue releasing singly until December 30. Covers? You want to see covers? Well, sure. :D These will be the first four releases:
Work on All the World's an Undead Stage is slowly picking up speed. I need these zombies to move like the Twenty-Eight Days Later variety, though, and not shambling like Night Of the Living Dead ones if I'm going to make deadline. Fingers crossed!
Hi all and Happy Friday! Our special guest this week is J. Scott Coatsworth and his new science fiction novel, The Stark Divide, Space not as the final frontier, but as a last desperate one:
The Stark Divide
by J. Scott Coatsworth
Liminal Sky (Book One)
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.
DSP Publications (eBook): https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-stark-divide-by-j-scott-coatsworth-415-b
QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/book/the-stark-divide/
Taking a bit of a break from updates on Offbeat Crimes and Holiday stories for a Special News Bulletin of sorts.
We all know that Shax speaks French - he would say flawlessly. I can't verify that. You'd have to ask a native speaker to evaluate his Hell provinces accent.
But very soon here, Shax's adventures will also be translated into French. :o The lovely folks over at Reines-Beaux Publishing have contracted the Brimstone works for translation with the first coming out sometime Nov/Dec of this year and releases ongoing through early 2019.
More to share as we get closer. You know our Shaxy is absurdly pleased. There will be much preening, gods help me.
Happy Friday and time for a reading! This week's excerpt is from another ESTO Universe story - and as I say in the recording, this one is currently out of print. Sorry about that - but we should be taking care of it relatively soon. So, a bit from Sub Zero...
Major Aren Dalsgaard's newest assignment is to investigate a series of murders on the frigid planet, Drass, where relations between the Treaty settlers and the natives have taken a nasty turn. A linguist and trained xenologist, Major Dalsgaard should be the ideal Special Investigations officer for the assignment. So what's the problem? Drass is where he died, over a hundred and twenty years ago.
Sent by his family to the chigyel city, Nyachung finds himself confronted with a murder charge, racial prejudice, and a man who claims to be a hero from his grandmother’s generation. The man could be crazy or he could be lying. But the sincerity in those spring-green eyes disturbs Nyachung more than anything else he encounters in the foreigners’ city.
Some weeks are quiet and some weeks are all the things!
I'm at Yaoi Con this week at the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency for Mischief Corner Books. The convention is October 6-8 and they do have day passes. The amazing Catherine Dair will be with me as our guest (and much needed pair of hands!) and will be debuting her ultra cute Pip & Skip line of plushies.
Come say hi, and pick up some books and bunnies!
Jackalopes and Woofen-Poofs: Offbeat Crimes 5 is out everywhere! Yep - in ebook and paperback. Return to the 77th Precinct as Officer Wolf and his boyfriend ACO Jason Shen have another bizarre puzzle on their hands. And Audacity, of course.
The MCB holiday event "A Holiday To Remember" is now through its submissions period. Stories will start releasing 11/29 - just in time for the holidays - and will continue throughout December. I'm pleased to say I have a story in this collection, a F/F science fiction humor holiday romance (can I get any more sub-genres in there?)
Safety Protocols For Human Holidays releases 12/9 - Join Growlan Security Officer Raskli as she tries to determine what's caused the ship's single Human to begin displaying aberrant (even for a human) behavior.
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.