Fraternal twins Rowan and Snowden eke out a subsistence sort of life in the woods. It's hard in the winter but they have each other and it's peaceful. Until a bear show up prowling around the house - a very strange bear indeed. A little reading from Chapter 2:
Wild Rose, Silent Snow
Content with the quiet isolation of their lake house, Snowden and Rowan Hadley survive on summer jobs and winter hunting, unable to move on since their parents died. Their peace is shattered by a strange, human-acclimated bear who insists on following Rowan like a giant hunting dog and again by the discovery of a naked, surly stranger in the snow.
Both bear and man lead the Hadley brothers into a strange, surreal world where sorcery and RPG software intertwine. Curses and magical traps lie in wait around every turn. Rowan and Snowden will need to adjust their view of how the world works, and quickly, if they want to live through rescuing their enchanted princes.
Two small reminders for this week (besides have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate):
Wild Rose, Silent Snow launches at Pride on 11/29 (next Tuesday) with the lovely new Emmy Ellis cover
The Brimstone Journals: Volume 1 will release 12/24 - these are all the Journals up to a certain date this year. (I think it was September.) Gathered together for you in chronological order (Shax's timeline, not in the order I wrote them) and with the added bonus of a special holiday short story that won't be posted anywhere else.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the US! I know, I know, it's next week, but if I do this reading next Friday, it'll be after Thanksgiving. Anyway - this is a short story that I'm reading in its entirety which takes place in the Endangered Fae universe. After the end of No Fae Is An Island. Tearmann Island is the little bird sanctuary island that the Canadian government gives to the fae as their "place to stand" in the human world. The fae consulate is there, where Diego and Finn the pooka live. Anyway. Thanksgiving with fae.
Endangered Fae the series lives at MLR Press. Finn, the pooka who gets lost in New York, Diego, the novelist who finds him, all of their friends, relations and colleagues. For more info see Amazon, All Romance or MLR Press
Always have been a big believer in Fairy Tales. Oh, not that I truly believe I'm going to meet Baba Yaga in the woods someday. Maybe. I probably don't believe that. I should say instead that I'm a believer in the power of Fairy Tales and have written several long-winded blog posts over the years about them.
Long and the short of it is this: Fairy Tales are for times of uncertainty. Really bad things happen and sometimes not everyone survives, but good wins in the end. They are stories to hold back the dark.
This is what attracts me to them and what's driven me to retell more than one.
For this week, I have Boots at Pride and up for pre-order at Amazon and Wild Rose, Silent Snow up for pre-order at Pride, both gay retellings and both set in modern day US spots.
Yes, despite everything, a reading this week. I went with Boots because A) a friend suggested it B) it launched at Pride this week and C) we need fairytales right now. Stories to keep back the dark.
A Tilted Fairytale
Willem’s father never approved of his artistic talents, his choices in life, or the fact that he’s gay. When the only thing Horst leaves to Willem is the family cat, he thinks it’s his father’s last insult from the grave. That is, until the cat starts talking to him.
Though Willem’s lost his boyfriend, his home, and his job, Kasha, who claims to be a magic cat, reassures him that all will be well. All he needs is Willem’s trust and a good pair of boots. But giving boots to a talking cat has unexpected consequences when odd events ambush Willem at every turn, such as the appearance of a handsome stranger in his arms at night. While he begins to suspect Kasha’s plans might be dangerous for all involved, how can he distrust such a charming kitty in cowboy boots?
It's going to tough to muster much enthusiasm this week. Doing my best to continue as usual, but it's not an easy thing. This doesn't mean I'm going to curl into a ball for the next four years and hope we come through it. So much no. Those of us who write queer stories need to keep writing them, now more than ever. As I said on my front page:
We need to tell stories, whether these are contemporary or through the tools spec fic gives us. We need self-expression. We need heroes. As Bernard Hayman writes, "fictional worlds have the potential to act as irreplaceable portals through which we can grapple with not only our tumultuous past and difficult present, but also the promise of a more hopeful future."
So. Onward. We had the release of Boots this week on the Pride Publishing site. You can snag it now or pre-order at Amazon. All the rest of the linkies and distribution releases arrive on 12/6.
In other news this week - the first volume of Brimstone Journals will be released at Mischief Corner Books on 12/24. That's a holiday present for you guys and will contain a little holiday ficlet that didn't appear on the MCB website in the weekly Brimstone Journals.
"A Matter of Faces" first appeared in the Cabin for Two anthology at Mischief Corner Books in 2013. Has it really been that long?
A Matter of Faces
Any landing you can crawl away from is a good one.
A data privateer crash-lands on a barely habitable moon where he's rescued by a research scientist who refuses to show his face. Though suspicious and paranoid by necessity, Rhodi finds himself drawn to the soft-spoken man behind the mask.
Professor Covington prefers being isolated with his research. He has good reason to limit human contact, but he can’t abandon anyone to the ravages of a fickle and dangerous environment. He knows Rhodi’s hiding things. It’s none of his business and his mysterious guest will leave once a nasty native virus has run its course. Strange how the thought makes him less happy by the hour.
Thought Thursdays would be a good time for news tidbits, to share where I am with the writey things.
Brandywine 5 (Pack Up the Moon) is in the middle of Chapter Seven, but I've had to put it aside for a moment because I went too slowly and now have a deadline looming. Don't worry, I won't abandon Charon and Azeban.
Offbeat Crimes 3 is the looming item, since I promised my editor the next story before winter. Since these aren't long novels, generally (hopefully), I should be all right. This one is titled "Skim Blood and Savage Verse" - if you hadn't guessed from the title, it's Carrington's story and there is a first scene done. Hooray for progress!
In the Oh Gods What Have I Done department - I've sent a proposal to Dreamspinner for their new Dreamspun Beyond category romance line. This is a bit of stretch writing for me, since Category Romance is not my normal venue. And they may still find that it doesn't fit once it's written. So - 5K sample due March 1, story due June 1. "The Mage on the Hill" - look for magic and people who need each other. :o
Other than that, my conventions are done for the year and I can breathe again!
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.