Happy Friday and time for a reading! This week's excerpt is from another ESTO Universe story - and as I say in the recording, this one is currently out of print. Sorry about that - but we should be taking care of it relatively soon. So, a bit from Sub Zero...
Major Aren Dalsgaard's newest assignment is to investigate a series of murders on the frigid planet, Drass, where relations between the Treaty settlers and the natives have taken a nasty turn. A linguist and trained xenologist, Major Dalsgaard should be the ideal Special Investigations officer for the assignment. So what's the problem? Drass is where he died, over a hundred and twenty years ago.
Sent by his family to the chigyel city, Nyachung finds himself confronted with a murder charge, racial prejudice, and a man who claims to be a hero from his grandmother’s generation. The man could be crazy or he could be lying. But the sincerity in those spring-green eyes disturbs Nyachung more than anything else he encounters in the foreigners’ city.
Or various sightings of various things. So - what do I have to tell you this week? First a teensy bit of sad news - no Rainbow Con. I'm sorry about not being able to see some of you in July. Hoping to get some different cons organized for next year. I will still be at Yaoi Con in October, though.
Offbeat Crimes News!
Skim Blood and Savage Verse has its general release on Tuesday, April 4! Anyone waiting for Amazon, Kobo, etc. etc. to go live, we're almost there!
Links if you need them!
Also - a free prequel to Skim Blood here on the blog, Hunter Green Pea Coat. You'll understand when you read it.
Working feverishly on Offbeat Crimes 4 now. Feral Dust Bunnies will make it by deadline or very shortly thereafter. Closing in on the end here.
Vassily the Beautiful, I'm very excited to say, will be coming to audio late spring/ early summer. And who picked up the audio contract? The marvelous Greg Tremblay! Very excited about this project. :)
Vassily is a science fiction fairytale retelling of the old Russian story, Vasilisa the Beautiful, available from Mischief Corner Books and all the usual distributors. :)
"A Matter of Faces" first appeared in the Cabin for Two anthology at Mischief Corner Books in 2013. Has it really been that long?
A Matter of Faces
Any landing you can crawl away from is a good one.
A data privateer crash-lands on a barely habitable moon where he's rescued by a research scientist who refuses to show his face. Though suspicious and paranoid by necessity, Rhodi finds himself drawn to the soft-spoken man behind the mask.
Professor Covington prefers being isolated with his research. He has good reason to limit human contact, but he can’t abandon anyone to the ravages of a fickle and dangerous environment. He knows Rhodi’s hiding things. It’s none of his business and his mysterious guest will leave once a nasty native virus has run its course. Strange how the thought makes him less happy by the hour.
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.