It's been a rough year for a lot of folks and I don't think anyone I know will be sad that 2017 is over. Here's to the coming year - may it bring better things and the change we need.
Writing stuff? I have things in the works I'm not giving details on yet. We'll get there. But some definite things on the way:
Thank you all for your support throughout the year, your encouragement, and your excitement over the stories. Readers are author fuel and you all keep me going. :) Much love and best wishes for the coming year!
We're almost there! All the World's an Undead Stage releases January 2 - and while some lucky advance reviewers have already been devouring it, the wait's almost over for everyone else!
Haven't read any Offbeat Crimes yet? This would be a great time to start since the first two books in the series are on sale for .99 a piece and the fifth book is only 2.99. (They're all quite reasonably priced, actually, but this is even better. ;) )
All of the Offbeat Crimes books on sale can be found at Pride Publishing and All The World's An Undead Stage, the final story in the series arc, can be pre-ordered here:
Friday Reading Day - A Piece of Ourselves/New Beginnings, Holiday 8 and 9 of 11
Hello and happy holiday season Friday! Continuing readings from A Holiday To Remember this week with lovely contemporary stories from Tray Ellis and Jayne Lockwood! As with all the holiday stories still to come, these are available for pre-order now (links below.)
A Piece Of Ourselves by Tray Ellis, release date 12/23/17
Balancing holidays between two families can make cheerful celebrations into chores. Carson mom has overscheduled the Christmas holidays and she's more than insistent that boyfriend Tynan Harris come into the family fold. Tynan's patience is sorely as he tries to fit in time for his family and for time with Carson. Tynan needs to figure out how to find some breathing room, split their time more fairly, and make Christmas more than just tradition by rote.
New Beginnings by Jayne Lockwood, release date 12/20/17
Nick's gorgeous ex-fiancée left him on New Year’s Eve, a week after their engagement, and he still doesn’t know why. A chance meeting reveals that Sammi is now Sam, a transgender man. As the reasons for their break-up become clearer, Nick struggles to make sense of his new feelings.
IT'S DONE! After only about, oh, a year - Pack Up The Moon (Brandywine 5) is off to the faithful beta for rip and shred, um, critique. Yes. That's what I meant. So - nearly there, depending on how strenuous rewrites will be. :D
I'm so sorry, to anyone who heard me read at Bishounen Con last year (or at the bookstore the night before) that it's taken so long. Things got...thingy. That and Offbeat Crimes took over my life for a bit.
Anyway - this will go into an omnibus like the first Brandywine set to include Books, Bulls and Bacchanals and the short story "Midwinter Dancing" with this one.
Also - look for the audio edition for Potato Surprise: A Brimstone Prequel, hopefully this week. It's in that "processing" stage at ACX - soon.
Vance Bastian has lent his considerable talents to the Brimstone crew and universe once again and I'm so excited for everyone to hear!
The winners of the Shaxenger Hunt for audio codes (when we have them) were:
and A Shax Groupie :D
Congratulations! Links coming soon!
Friday Reading Day - Winter Home/ The Christmas Eve Craigslist Killer, Holiday 6 & 7 of 11
Hello everyone! We finally got the tree up yesterday and we're looking a bit more like Yule around here. Our Holiday stories are moving right along, too! By post time, you'll be able to pick up Watermelon Kisses, But To Love More, and Corey's Christmas Bundle from all the nice retail places. :) Safety Protocols For Human Holidays launches tomorrow! In the meantime, I have excerpts for you from one heartwarming, serious story and one not-so-serious story!
Winter Home by Kassandra Lea
release date: 12/16/17
Restoring an old Victorian manor has been keeping contractor Brett Hawkins busy. The project's meant to be complete by Christmas, but he's struggling with the deadline and with trying to help his beloved Manny with his holiday depression.
The Christmas Eve Craigslist Killer by Jill Wexler
release date: 12/18/17
Travis, the public library's computer geek, is content skirting the edges of social interaction, a guy someone like social, charming Connor would never fall for. But when Travis fails to find this year's hottest toy for his nephew, Connor finds one on Craigslist, hours away. A road trip with handsome, quirky Connor can only end badly.
Thursday News Bites - Safety Protocols on Saturday! Plus AtWaUS blog tour posts so you can read what you missed!
It's time! It's time! Safety Protocols For Human Holidays releases on December 9 to all the places. You can still pre-order until then, but wheeeee! It's release time! Inspired by the Human Steve posts of Tumblr, I haven't had this much fun writing a story since I first wrote Shax.
Safety Protocols for Human Holidays
By Angel Martinez
Release Date: December 9, 2017
As a security officer on an interspecies ship, Growlan Raskli's experienced in heading off species-specific aberrant behaviors in order to keep the peace. But when her captain asks her to find out what's bothering their sole human crew member, Raskli's out of her depths. She hardly knows anything about humans and she's not a psych doctor.
Something's definitely upset Human Jen, something to do with human holidays. The more time Raskli spends studying humans and interacting with the intriguing Human Jen, the more personal the assignment becomes. Determined to lift the dark cloud from Human Jen, Raskli will do whatever it takes—within safe parameters, of course.
All The World's An Undead Stage went on tour ahead of it's release in January. But this isn't just a blah blah blah promotion tour. There are explanations of things, and also character, um, interviews (more or less) and a flash piece with Pecca Teecosi. There are also prizes - did you know that?
For all the posts so far:
My Fiction Nook - a little post on the theme of family in Offbeat Crimes
Hearts On Fire - Officer Krisk Would Like A Word
The Novel Approach - a post on who the cast should reflect the setting :)
Love Bytes - an extra special flash fiction prequel with Pecca Teecosi
Anna Butler - a post about the Walnut Lane Bridge (you'll thank me later)
Jessie G. Books - paranormal vs urban fantasy (or You Got Vampires In My UF)
My blog - Yes, the Rare Books Department is a place
Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews-Zombie Origins: More Horrid Than You Thought
Bayou Book Junkies - An Interview with Carrington's Mom
Drops of Ink - An interview with the entity known as "Tim"
Erasmus shakes his head at me and tells me I've taken terrible liberties with his beloved Rare Books Department. (I have and I'll try to be sorry about that at some point.) It's only fair that I set a few things straight. So to speak.
The Rare Books Department is an actual place in the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, located on Vine Street. Also called the Parkway Central branch, since its right there, visible when you're on the Parkway. Rare Books is on the third floor and it really does have a glass-door entrance with gold lettering and it really does house the stuffed and mounted body of Grip, Charles Dicken's talking raven, in a glass case. As an aside, Grip is said to be the inspiration for the raven in Edgar Allen Poe's poem. Maybe? But the neon raven in Offbeat Crimes is called Edgar for the poet, so there's some kind of completed circle there.
While the staff in Rare Books takes great care for their collection, I've probably understated their public outreach efforts in the stories. The department is there, as its web page states, to serve the people of Philadelphia, as well as the students, scholars, and researchers who use its collections. Daily tours, exhibitions, and classes help to open the department’s collections to a wider public.
You can visit for tours Monday through Saturday, starting at 11am. You can make appointments for research in the reading room Monday through Friday. You can see the Elkins room, which was given to the library by William Elkins, who not only donated his books, but his actual library.
And, yes, they really do have an outstanding collection of Beatrix Potter illustrations and sketches with, I'm sure, an expert in her work whom I so ungraciously shoved aside to give the job to Erasmus. I very much doubt that they have locked cabinets of spell books, but how would I know? Maybe it's in the back somewhere.
They do plenty of special exhibitions as well. The current one as of this writing is "Big and Small, Books For All," of extraordinary books selected for their extreme sizes and unusual shapes, which runs until March 2018.
It's such an unusual and wonderful place, I couldn't possibly have made it up. For more information, please see their web page and go visit when you can.
Hello everyone and Happy December! Today's reading includes one new reading and one reprise of a reading I did back in the fall. Barreling through the Holiday To Remember stories! By post time, the first story - Watermelon Kisses - will be available everywhere and the second will be releasing on Saturday!
Secrets & Silk by Nicole Dennis release date 12/13/17
It's Secret Santa time at the office and David would rather be anywhere but participating in the festivities. A nasty co-worker's been harassing him and this year's Santa is the one person who knows David's own secret.
Safety Protocols For Human Holidays by Angel Martinez release date 12/9/17
Growlan Raskli serves as the security officer on an interspecies ship. It's her job to keep the peace amid a wild array of cultural and physical differences. But when senior staff ask her to investigate the new aberrant behavior of their single Human crewmember, she's at a complete loss.
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.