Some snips and snails about Where Things Are:
It's a simple old story--princess, dragon, knight--simple unless they're all the same person.
Laila should be finishing Safety Protocols for Human Holidays a little before schedule. So looking forward to having that out there for you!
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!
It has begun! The amazing Vance Bastian is back in the studio with the Brimstone crew, currently working on The Hunt for Red Fluffy!
I can't wait for you all to hear!
It's here! Release the frogs!
I mean... Shax! Come back! I was kidding!
*ahem* Anyway. We'll track our intrepid captain down later. Right now it's time for the Beside A Black Tarn audio release, narrated and voiced by the amazing Vance Bastian!
In which Vance voices all the characters you've heard before, plus one rather astonishing one. I don't know how he did it...
It's Brimstone. It's an homage to Edgar Allan Poe. It's a disaster of...well, you'll have to have a listen.
Beside A Black Tarn
Narrated & Voiced by Vance Bastian
When Shax stumbles across rumors of an experimental house that responds to the occupant’s brain functions, creating scenarios to please and delight, naturally, he wants to steal it. But with the return of a troubled and hunted Julian Parallax and an overabundance of Poe references, even Shax’s scheming may not be enough to get the Brimstone crew out alive this time.
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!
More or less, at any rate.
Right now, right this second:
Safety Protocols For Human Holidays is up for pre-order. Release is December 9 as part of MCB's A Holiday To Remember collection this year. Something different this year - a science fiction humor piece that's not Brimstone.
Also right now (!!)
Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists is in audio! Up on Amazon and Audible now, iTunes link coming in the next couple of days. Narrated by the marvelous (and did we mention patient?) Michael Pauley.
Poltergeists has also just received an Honorable Mention in this year's Rainbow Awards - yay!
Pre-order links goes up for All The World's An Undead Stage next Tuesday! Waaaaagh! The last book in the Offbeat Crimes series (this story arc, at any rate), concerns Erasmus and Carrington, the answers to some burning questions, and undead actors.
By the end of November
I'm determined to get to the end of Pack Up The Moon - Brandywine Investigations 5. It's looking very likely at this point.
Oh, hi! It's Thursday again. *twitches* How do the weeks keep slipping away like that?
All sorts of exciting fun things to tell you this week.
Safety Protocols For Human Holidays is up for pre-order!
Part of MIschief Corner Books "A Holiday To Remember" collection this year (and there are ten other fabulous stories), mine is a F/F science fiction humor piece, because of course it is. :D
All The World's An Undead Stage goes up for pre-order on November 21!
Book 6 in the Offbeat Crimes series, the last one in this story arc, Ras and Carrington are back to face more bad things and many of the questions you've been asking get answers.
AUDIO! 2 specifically, coming to your ears very soon.
Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists, narrated by Michael Pauley, is complete and just waiting for the gods of ACX/Audible to get the links up. Fingers crossed that it's sooner rather than later.
Potato Surprise, A Brimstone Prequel, narrated by the man of a thousand voices, Vance Bastian, recording is complete. Probably will be early December when we can get editing done and get it through ACX.
Finally, I'm NaNo-ing this year. Don't know what possessed me. (Yes, I do. But we won't talk about that.) The thinking is that if I have word count to live up to, I might finish the next Brandywine story. Fingers crossed there, too.
The news this week in bullet points!
Feral Dust Bunnies
Offbeat Crimes 4
(Gay Paranormal Humor)
General Release June 20!
Barnes and Noble
Offbeat Crimes, Volume 2
Contains Skim Blood & Savage Verse and Feral Dust Bunnies.
Vassily the Beautiful
An ESTO Universe novel
Narrated by Greg Boudreaux
(Gay Science Fiction Romance)
Shax's War: Brimstone 3
Narrated by Vance Bastian
Coming soon to Audio!
The big news this week, if you haven't seen me jumping up and down and shrieking about it yet, is the release of Vassily the Beautiful on audio. (!!) Greg Boudreaux lends his voice talents to the characters and narration and it is everything you could ever want in Vassily. It is all the things.
Cheese and crows. It's worth a listen just for Sumerki alone.
It's up at Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
Also, Vance Bastian is doing edits on the final couple of chapters for Shax's War: Brimnstone 3. The boys are back, and you all will get to hear Vance's interpretation of the new characters. (Leopold is so cute, and Mac is...I'm not giving it away. You'll have to wait. :D )
So we should have Shax's War before the month is out of the Audible gods are kind!
So excited this week! Too many exclamation points! Greg Tremblay is hard at work as I type on the audio version of Vassily the Beautiful.
Exact release dates are a little wibbly-wobbly, but soooon! As in late this month, early next. Just think of me as a flopping flail fish until then. :D Vassily is a retelling of the Russian fairytale Vasilisa the Beautiful, reset as a science fiction novel in the ESTO Universe.
Vassily The Beautiful
Mischief Corner Books
Barnes and Noble
Coming soon to Audio!
Vassily Belikov, composer and pampered son of privilege, suffered neurological damage in the accident that killed his father. Resentful of his invalid status, he lives as a recluse, dependent on his mother, until the day she brings home a new husband with two sons of his own.
His mother’s kidnapping leaves him at the mercy of his amoral stepfather. Fighting addiction, fear, and physical shortcomings, he's forced to seek out the criminal mastermind Baba Yaga for a replacement part. While she agrees to a deal if he beats his addiction, paranoia infuses her household. Drawn to her fierce youngest son, certain his actions are carefully measured, Vassily must find the courage to face his fears and his desires if he expects to survive.
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.