You know those nice quiet months? Like, oh, April, when there are no conventions or book fairs, and you only have one release? Um, yeah, seems like a long time ago now...
June is nutso crazy bonkers gonzo with waaaay too much going on. But I'll try to give you a rundown anyway, because if I don't enumerate, I'll get lost and eaten by the release dragons, and you'll never hear from me again. Oh! I mean, I have a lot to share with you! Yes! That's what I meant!
First up - a bit of Science Fiction drama!
The Color of His Crest - released 6/6/15 - a bittersweet short story of a multigendered world and a young person who just doesn't fit, no matter how hard he tries.
(.99 cents, you can't beat the price.)
Mischief Corner Books
The beautiful cover art (love this cover!) is by Catherine Dair.
Next - the return of AURA in the sequel to Quinn's Gambit!
Flax's Pursuit: AURA 2 - up for pre-order NOW at Amazon and Totally Bound, releasing on the Totally Bound site on 6/16 - A murderer haunts the city, turning the unwary to stone. Between hunting this evil and corralling new arrivals, Flax struggles to guard both his life and his heart. (general release 7/14, including print release)
In Appearance Land - I will be at the Hockessin Art and Book Fair on 6/20!
All sorts of local authors attend, I think there are 80 or so this year. If you're anywhere in the Delaware/Tri-state area, come see me. I'll be there as my given name self, Sandra Stixrude, but if you're planning on coming and want Angel books, let me know ahead of time!
Back to Releases - Offbeat Crimes is here! Paranormal Humor for your summer fun reads!
Philadelphia's 77th Precinct - the paranormal misfits squad
The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes 2) releases 6/21 at Amber Allure
Stick-throwing tumbleweeds, pill bugs and…time travel?
Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes 1) is out there already, waiting on the Amazon release, but that should be this week.
What good’s a squad of cops with psychic abilities if all of them are defective?
When I was a kid, I would cry when dragons died in stories. Even when they were supposed to be evil, scary dragons, it upset me. Why does the dragon always have to die? To me, Sigurd was a cowardly jerk and Prince Philip would never have my forgiveness. I even feel rather ambivalent about Bard the Bowman.
Of course, I've read better dragon stories since the old legend and fairytale days of childhood, but there's a lingering sadness in the back of my brain. Why does the dragon have to die? And, yes, I recognize that's it's more often than not a symbolic death, a metaphorical death, the old gods defeated by the new, the ancient ways supplanted. But there always seems to be another dragon for the hero to kill. So what if the dragon is more than a metaphorical stand in? What if, like the old crop gods, dragons, or a certain dragon, were doomed to a cycle of death-resurrection-death?
Ah. We have premise. And brain ran off with it into odd places, as it has a tendency to do. Dragons, Diamonds and Discord is Hermes' story, but it's also Fafnir's. Because he needed one.
Out now at Amber Allure, coming soon to Amazon, etc.
Dragons, Diamonds and Discord
Brandywine Investigations 3
part of the AmberPax "Kiss of Fire"
The most valuable pieces of jewelry are vanishing from the god Hermes’ Manhattan stores and the security feeds pick up only clouds of smoke. While the god of thieves, messengers, and commerce doesn’t appreciate someone stealing from him, he’s intrigued by this thief’s ingenuity and skill. When Hermes enlists his family to trap his burglar, he gets the surprise of his immortal life.
Fafnir just wants to be left alone. Doomed over the centuries to a never-ending cycle of violent death and painful rebirth, he had hoped to find an escape in the quiet life of author and illustrator. But there are forces at work he doesn’t understand, and his peace is shattered by the return to old cycles and the sudden interference of a beautiful and incredibly irritating Greek god.
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.