Happy Friday, everyone! End of the week - whew! Are you ready for some action-packed space opera? Of course you are. :D Today, I'm reading to you from Charlene Newcomb's Echoes of the Storm. (space battles - hooray!!) Come have a listen.
Echoes of the Storm
by Charlene Newcomb
A rebel double-crossed. A world fallen. And a relentless enemy who will not rest…
Jack Gamble is a shattered man. His lover betrayed him. His contacts in the resistance are scattered. And his best friend may be dead.
With the Galilei Empire closing in, Jack’s ship is intercepted by mercenaries under the command of Captain Ben Stone. Can Jack turn him to his cause, or will Ben turn him?
But Jack can’t afford any emotional entanglements. Not now. He has a rebellion to win and a homeworld to reclaim before the planet and its people are lost to the Empire forever.
If you like action-packed science fiction adventure with undercover spies, ace pilots, special forces teams, wild battles, and a slow-burn romance, then this space opera is the book for you.
Charlene Newcomb lives, works, and writes in Kansas. She is an academic librarian (recently retired) by trade, a U.S. Navy veteran, and has three grown children. When not at the library, she is still surrounded by books trying to fill her head with all things medieval and galaxies far, far away. She loves to travel and enjoys quiet places in the mountains or on rocky coasts. But even in Kansas she can let her imagination soar.
Happy Friday and happy it's not so hot here today! Hooray! Today I'm reading to you from the first book in Dani Hermit and Nevi Star's Burnouts series - Back Issues. Superheroes, paranormal shenanigans, erotic romance. This excerpt is safe for work and small ears, but I will have content warnings for the story down below. :)
Burn Outs 1
by Dani Hermit & Nevi Star
CW: dub/noncon, tragic backstories, explicit sex, angst, and cliffhangers.
In a world where a select few are granted superpowers, the Chosen are pitted in staged battles of good vs. evil. That is, until a Hero turned against the system and stole everyone's powers.
Can retired Villain Matt Evans restore balance to the world when his long dormant powers mysteriously come back on line? And can he do it while navigating the awkwardness of working with Colton Stevens - a former Hero who used to be Matt's public rival as well as his private lover.
About the Authors:
The writing duo behind several briefly notorious YuGiOh fanfics, Dani Hermit and Nevi Star have been romantically involved for over 20 years, though they have been telling stories together for even longer. A mutual love of slash fan-fiction and high fantasy novels lead to a love for each other that hasn't faded through the years.
Together they created the various incarnations of the characters who would one day emerge as the cast for their original works.
Dani does the cover design both for the Hermit & Star books as well as a side-hustle to pay for coffee. They’ve also been known to crochet odd little creatures, read Tarot, and play a wicked good game of Cards Against Humanity.
Art school survivor Nevi is working on designs for graphic novel versions of the Hermit & Star catalog, as well as drawing cute critters in the kawaii anime style of her own, when she’s not drowning in an ocean of baking shows and home shopping binges.
When not fully emerged in the imaginary worlds they've created, Dani and Nevi spend their time absorbing books, anime, and reality TV. They live in a lovely little community in suburban Indiana with their pirate crew and a few cats.
Audio news first!
Prisoner 374215 is out in audio - hooray! Come pick that up at Audible and Amazon:
The audio for A Fine Mess: Brimstone 7 is underway! I hope to have more news on that in the next couple of weeks for you - Vance Bastian does all the voices! :o
And finally, for those of you who read A Message from the Home Office, remember Captain Spencer who dumped Richard and ran away as fast as he could?
Want to know what happened after that?
The Nut Job by Freddy MacKay releases on September 29! You'll get to meet the rest of Spencer's unusual crew and poor Raijin, the human librarian, who gets caught up in Spencer's crazy. :D
The Nut Job
An IMP Universe Story
by Freddy MacKay
Why aren't simple jobs ever simple?
All Captain Spencer had to do was drop off a new recruit to their OIL contact on Earth and gather a new supply of walnuts for the council on Mithuana for the yearly Coming of Age celebration. Simple, right? One slight problem. Spencer and his crew look less than human, which has caused problems when they've visited the backwater Sol planet before.
When two of his crew get caught unaware by a human hunter hell-bent on proving the Sasquatch's existence, they are suddenly on the run for their lives—wounded crew and all.
All Raijin wanted was a weekend away from all the crazy around town and his work at the library. With the anniversary of his dad's death looming, Raijin needs some alone time hiking through the forest where he and his dad used to spend time together. What could possibly interrupt him in the middle of nowhere? But Raijin should know better than anyone life does not go according to plan.
A talking demon squirrel was the last thing he expected to fall in his lap.
Happy Friday, everyone! I'm so pleased to bring you an excerpt from Kim Fielding's upcoming story, The Solstice Kings! Paranormal, holiday-themed, mysterious goings-on. :D Come have a listen! (I think I know what Remy is, but I'm so very curious to find out!)
The Solstice Kings
by Kim Fielding
Coming October 6! Pre-order:
Miles Thorsen’s adopted family is… unusual. But that’s not why he fled after graduating from college. Now, after ten years of restless wandering, he returns home for the winter holiday celebration. The solstice is a time of change, and perhaps it’s time for Miles to face who he is, who he loves… and who he’ll become.
Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her family, her cat, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
A quick update this week on things in the works right now (THINGS!)
1. Prisoner 374215 audio is "Headed to Reatail" over at ACX. This could mean ACX uploads it today or next week - but soon...soon...
2. By Imperial Decree is nicely past the halfway point. About three and a half-ish chapters to go if I can get my writing butt in gear.
3. This year's holiday story is at least in the planning stages. Many of you know by now that the Annual Angel Martinez Lesbian Sci-fi Humor Holiday Romance has become a tradition. The title for this year?
More on that to come!
Here's to Friday, everyone! This week, I'm reading an excerpt from Aurora Lee Thornton's All or None, which is out now! :)
High fantasy, all the queer characters, very non-human characters - hooray! Come have a listen.
All Or None
Star Stories 1
by Aurora Lee Thornton
In a world where everyone has a soulmate, uniquely powerful mage Royiora and reluctant assassin Kalo collide in the worst of ways.
Royiora Daralkaen, the only mage alive able to use all five kinds of magic, has a near idyllic childhood in the country of Porescalia - before war breaks out with their antagonistic neighbors, Kloria.
Kalo Porla, a naturally magic-proof individual known as a Null, is trained to be as an assassin by the authoritarian empire known as the Domain.
When Kalo and his partner assassin are sent to kill a mage and his apprentice, it starts a journey neither man was prepared to begin.
Aurora is a nonbinary, asexual writer with a new goal in life: to write the queerest books possible. (And yes, xe means gay, but also weird is good too.)
Xe loves dragons and fantasy, and someday hopes to complete a (soft) science fiction novel as well. Currently, xe lives with xyr two cats.
Author Website: https://www.auroraleethornton.com
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We kept it kind of secret-ish, but with the lovely refresh on the ESTO Universe covers, MCB decided to do an audio for *drumroll****
Ken Teutsch/Bill Hare did a wonderful job on the voice work and we're now just waiting on approval at ACX. I'll certainly let you know when it's up!
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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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.