Well. I tend to go from no news to too much news. Fasten your seatbelts. Secure the lap bars. This is a bit.
Gravitational Attraction - An ESTO Universe Novel returns next week! May 11. This is a reissue - aside from the glorious new cover and a few necessary edits, there have been no changes or additions.
Turk and Isaac are back in their fast-paced, culture clash space opera! Pre-orders are up now if you want to snag one early:
Barnes & Noble
Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Variant Configurations 1 is approaching the end of rewrites - and these are serious rewrites. Just about everything from some of the characters, to the order of events, to the worldbuilding, to the romance needed some help. (Don't despair, dear readers who enjoyed it before. It is, when it's all said and done, the same story. But I hope it's a better told, more compelling story.)
Some things needed more help than others. But once rewrites are done and it's in the hands of line editor, we should be getting a firm date from the publisher on the reissue.
Also - I can confirm that Variant Configurations will be a three book series. Some high level plotting has begun so I don't lose my way and there are working titles:
From the Noblest Motives: VC 2
In All Its Tainted Glory: VC 3
The goal is to have all three out this year. But I need to emphasize this is a goal and not a firm promise in case Stuff Happens.
Offbeat Crimes is going through translation right now! Starting with, not shockingly, Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, which has been translated into Italian and French so far.
Something to keep close for a bit, too, is that Offbeat Crimes is in the queue for audio as well. :D In the queue being the operative word. I'll probably have more news on that farther into the summer.
Gelatina Al Lime E Altri Mostri
Kyle Monroe, il suo irritante nuovo partner e i loro compagni freak del 77° Distretto devono imparare a lavorare assieme per fermare un crudele assassino che potrebbe perfino non essere umano.
L’incontro con una strana creatura gelatinosa in un vicolo lascia Kyle Monroe segnato per sempre, svelando strane abilità che vorrebbe non avere e facendogli ottenere la riassegnazione a un distretto in cui tutti i poliziotti hanno abilità paranormali difettate.
Proprio quando sta iniziando ad abituarsi ai suoi compagni di squadra, arriva il suo nuovo partner. Alto, fisicamente perfetto e a suo dire senza alcun talento psichico malfunzionante, Vikash Soren irrita Kyle in ogni modo. Ma, per quanto gli piacerebbe odiarlo, Kyle si ritrova stranamente attratto da lui, e le loro non-abilità si intersecano in modi inattesi. Se riusciranno a imparare a lavorare insieme, potrebbero essere in grado di fermare il misterioso assassino che sta lasciando corpi mutilati lungo le rive dello Schuylkill.
Gélatine de citron vert et autres monstres
Kyle Monroe, son nouveau partenaire irritant et leurs collègues bizarres du 77e arrondissement doivent apprendre à travailler ensemble pour arrêter un meurtrier vicieux qui n`est peut-être même pas humain. La rencontre de Kyle Monroe avec une étrange créature gélatineuse dans une ruelle le laisse marqué et changé à jamais, révélant des capacités étranges qu`il souhaiterait ne pas avoir et lui valant d`être réaffecté dans un commissariat où tous les flics ont des capacités paranormales défectueuses.
At least for now. We have some serious science fiction on deck for the next couple of months.
Coming up next:
An ESTO Universe novel
Actually, the original ESTO Universe novel. This is where it all began, folks. The reissue has a gorgeous new cover that gives it more of the look and feel of the other ESTO stories.
There have been a few correction edits, but no substantial changes were made. It's just been missing from the catalog for a while and it feels wonderful to have Turk and Isaac back.
Up for pre-order now, releasing May 11.
Barnes & Noble
After that, the rewritten, re-edited, heaven only knows right now how much additional verbiage:
Rarely Pure and Never Simple
Variant Configurations 1
So far, we have over 6K of added content. Final count to come... Scheduled for June so far. Firm date to follow.
I have to ask this every few days because my plate is a bit of a platter right now. Doing my best to keep up. :D
Current State of All the Projects:
Geoffrey the Very Strange - up for pre-order now
The Anti-Quest - in line edits, currently on track
Gravitational Attraction - rereleasing, on track
In 2012, I started work on a story in answer to a superhero prompt. Naturally, I wanted to write a science fiction take on it - as you do - and Variant Configurations was the result. Originally meant to be a three book series, things happened and only the first book ever released.
I do try to keep my promises, even if sometimes I'm a little late...
Rarely Pure and Never Simple - rewrites in progress, on track
From The Noblest Motives - brand new, on track so far
I'm not going to discuss this part further then to say I have received my full rights back from Dreamspinner, without issues, per my request.
The happier part of this news is that all of my ESTO Universe books will now live in one place at Mischief Corner Books, and I can, when I'm ready, continue the Web of Arcana series.
(Hint: I am not ready. There's so much to do.)
The Gravitational Attraction cover did not come back with the book, though, since the rights belong to the artist. So I'm pleased to be able to share the brand new cover for the Grav. Attraction reissue. (It's a beauty :D )
It's almost time. A brand new ESTO Universe novella launching on November 17 - a thing that hasn't happened since 2013! Up for pre-order now!
By Imperial Decree - where we get to explore more of both the Galactic Hansa and the Altairian Empire through the setting and the characters. There's royalty/commoner and fake engagement tropes going on, an AI ferret, and a lightning sword.
You may even, if you're very polite, meet the Empress. \o/
Come pre-order your copy here :D :
Where are we now? Briefly, the rewrites are done after content edits. So far, we're still on track for 11/17 for By Imperial Decree.
Um, my 30K novella is now 38K, but that's not as huge a jump as some rewrites have been this year (*cough* A Fine Mess *cough*.)
Also, I'll be doing a Facebook Live Ask Me Anything hour on Sunday, November 1.
1 pm EST, my FB group. It's a public group, so I think anyone can come?
Come chat with me! :D
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!
The calendar is booked out for quite a while. (2023? Something like that.) My editor has the whole list, but I find it's best to concentrate on the things in front of me so I don't run screaming into the void.
So what's in front of me? Three things:
By Imperial Decree (an ESTO story)
This will be one of the shorter ESTO works, probably under 30K, about parts of the galaxy we haven't visited yet: a mechanic on a Galactic Hansa station and the Altairian prince who sort of falls into his lap.
Slated as this year's lesbian science fiction humor holiday story. I'll be getting started with the actual writing as soon as Imperial Decree is finished.
Snillek inherits her estranged mother's royal throne, much to her dismay. There are secrets. There is a serious misunderstanding. Shenanigans ensue. (No, that's not the real blurb. Editor would never speak to me again.)
Geoffrey the Very Strange (part of the Magic Emporium collection coming out next year)
It's all the fault of the folks at Queer Sci Fi. Honestly, I can't remember how it came up, but I'd made an offhand remark about an theoretical necromancer named Geoffrey the Very Strange who proposed the use of seashells instead of blood magic.
Um. Yes. Shenanigans ensue. There are notes and a general plan. This one's due out sometime in March of 2021.
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!
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
Barnes and Noble
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?
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.