Hello, Friday! And hello to all of you! This week, the lovely EJ Russell allows me to read from her new holiday short - and we get to learn a new word. :D (Or at least I do. Maybe you all knew it already.)
If you'd like to know all about swants, start here :)
How To Transform Woolly Sweaters Into Sassy Pants
A Swants Soiree
by EJ Russell
Introverted software engineer Brent Levine struggles with the life part of work-life balance, but to hold on to his new job, he’ll have to embrace his employer’s dreaded “staff enrichment” events. This year’s annual ugly holiday sweater party will strain his ambition to remain inconspicuous: everyone has to wear sweaters converted into pants—aka “swants.”
Brent’s an ace at coding, but when it comes to handcrafts, he’s definitely at the far left end of the bell curve. Luckily he encounters seriously cute theater costumer Jonathan at the Goodwill Outlet. Jonathan offers Brent both an acceptably ugly sweater and his expertise in swants conversion. Attraction sparks on Brent’s side, but can Jonathan be interested in a guy like him?
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar "Homemade for the Holidays."
E.J. Russell—grace, mother of three, recovering actor—holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business intelligence consultant (as one does). She’s recently abandoned data wrangling, however, and spends her days wrestling words. Her paranormal romantic comedy, The Druid Next Door, was a 2018 RITA® finalist and the winner of the 2017 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Fantasy Romance.
E.J. is married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, CH loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and B) would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).
E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
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Updated info on this year's holiday stories! Three are already available with the next one releasing this coming Tuesday. Some are also available in paperback!
Tricks, Treats, and a Spider (11/19) by Kassandra Lea (m/m contemporary, Halloween)
Manny's excitement over the first Halloween in their new house deflates after vandalism and theft point to targeted homophobia.
Mischief Corner Books
Stealing Gifts (11/26) by Mere Rain (m/m contemporary, Thanksgiving/Christmas)
Guilt over the theft of a rare book prompts Jarrell to risk returning it to its owner – and accidentally wakes him.
Mischief Corner Books
Barnes & Noble
Wind Me Up, One More Time (12/3) by Kari Trenten (f/f fantasy/steampunk, YA)
Natalie and Grace move with their mother to the city for safety, but the wheels of industry grind steadily in Verity and all may not be as safe as it seems.
Mischief Corner Books
Barnes & Noble
Paperback coming soon!
Ghosts, Gangster and Garland (12/10) by Jana Denardo (f/f/m poly paranormal, Yule/Christmas)
Three monster hunters on a relaxing vacation to a lovely, snowy B&B find ghosts and dangerous hauntings waiting instead.
Barnes & Noble
The Solstice Pudding (12/17) by Angel Martinez (f/f science fiction humor, Solstice)
Shandi Leavenworth, chief of small craft engineering, makes a series of Very Bad Decisions while trying to attract the interest of her long-time crush.
Links coming soon!
The annual lesbian science fiction humor holiday story is a go! Off on beta stage now and to the editor as quickly as possible.
The first one of these I did was on a ship, the second on a planet, so this year, it's on a space station. :D
The Solstice Pudding (alternative title: Shandi Makes A Series Of Very Bad Decisions) comes out 12/17 - and I'll have links for you as soon as is humanly possible.
Chief Engineer Shandi Leavenworth has been crushing on Major Tyra Sur ever since she joined station staff, though the laconic customs officer doesn't give up personal information easily. A few scraps of information lead Shandi to the perfect Solstice present, until of course everything goes horribly wrong.
Major Sur took the job on Onwa Station for the stability, the quiet, and out of a need to be useful. It's been all of those things up until the moment the woman she's been quietly flirting with at the bar puts in a desperate call for help. There's no question they need to save the station, but Tyra's not so sure about saving their budding relationship.
*deep breath in - deep breath out* OK, if you haven't seen yet, the release for Yule Planet was moved up to 12/22 - this Saturday. (!!!!) So, yay, early release!
Pre-order is up in all the pre-order places.
Join me and Sofia as she goes on the perfect holiday for the holidays - and, naturally, things go horribly wrong. :D
Escape From The Holidays
release date 12/22/2018
Also coming in Paperback!
Barnes and Noble
Sofia Cancino is tired of her mundane life, her artificial environment and her large, boisterous family descending every holiday season. She's promised herself this year will be different and books a stay on the exclusive—and expensive--holiday-themed resort, Yule Planet. She looks forward to being pampered while reconnecting with Old Earth traditions steeped in the magic and mysticism of nature. Everything will be perfect and she'll leave as a more authentic human, better connected to her roots.
Naturally, things go horribly wrong. Sofia's landing pod goes off course and instead of stepping out on the landing pad at the resort, she finds herself in the snow-swept perpetual winter of the planet's hinterlands. If that wasn't bad enough, she's "rescued" by a band of criminals on work release who run deliveries to the resort from far-flung shuttle delivery sites. They refuse to take her, a paying customer, to the resort and insist on dragging her along on their parcel run. Riding giant monsters. In frigid weather. Not to mention, Marta, who handles the monsters, obviously hates her.
If Sofia survives her vacation, she's definitely yelling at someone's supervisor until she gets a refund.
Happy December and Happy Friday! Today I have excerpts from the second set of Escape From The Holidays stories from MCB. This is a bit longer recording than I normally do - but this is something special. :)
Happy Friday! This week, I have something special - readings from 5 (five!) holiday stories, the first five in MCB's Escape From The Holidays collection. Very short excerpts, but enough to sample some flavors. :)
It's that time of year - and once again, Mischief Corner Books has a lovely holiday collection of stories for you. :D Contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, science fiction with queer characters all along the rainbow and holidays that aren't just about Christmas - MCB brings you stories of people trying, in some way, to get away from the holiday grind.
Many of the stories have pre-order links - listed below! Releases begin November 28. :)
Hello everyone! We finally got the tree up yesterday and we're looking a bit more like Yule around here. Our Holiday stories are moving right along, too! By post time, you'll be able to pick up Watermelon Kisses, But To Love More, and Corey's Christmas Bundle from all the nice retail places. :) Safety Protocols For Human Holidays launches tomorrow! In the meantime, I have excerpts for you from one heartwarming, serious story and one not-so-serious story!
Winter Home by Kassandra Lea
release date: 12/16/17
Restoring an old Victorian manor has been keeping contractor Brett Hawkins busy. The project's meant to be complete by Christmas, but he's struggling with the deadline and with trying to help his beloved Manny with his holiday depression.
The Christmas Eve Craigslist Killer by Jill Wexler
release date: 12/18/17
Travis, the public library's computer geek, is content skirting the edges of social interaction, a guy someone like social, charming Connor would never fall for. But when Travis fails to find this year's hottest toy for his nephew, Connor finds one on Craigslist, hours away. A road trip with handsome, quirky Connor can only end badly.
OK - so I'm not quite there yet. I'd hoped to have the next Brandywine story done by month end. It's close - at 48K for the word count and climbing, just not quite finished yet. Charon and Azeban's story will be completed soon, though. Then off to the beta to rip and shred. Pack Up The Moon - coming soon. :D
Next - The Holiday Stories Are Here!
Releases begin this week for A Holiday To Remember and continue until 12/30! For all the details, check the Mischief Corner Books website, where there's a lovely cover slideshow.
A Holiday To Remember
Also, All The World's An Undead Stage has gone on tour! Blog tour, that is. Look for interviews with characters you might not expect, columns from me and one original flash prequel piece. :D
My Fiction Nook - a little post on the theme of family in Offbeat Crimes
Hearts On Fire - Officer Krisk Would Like A Word
The Novel Approach - a post on who the cast should reflect the setting :)
Love Bytes - an extra special flash fiction prequel with Pecca Teecosi
Anna Butler - a post about the Walnut Lane Bridge (you'll thank me later)
Jessie G. Books - paranormal vs urban fantasy (or You Got Vampires In My UF)
Hello Everyone and Happy Friday! We're going to be doubling up on the readings for the next few weeks to get the holiday story readings in before the, er, holidays. I've so enjoyed all these stories and I'm so pleased to be able to share pieces of them with you. :) These stories are available for pre-order right now and releasing oh so soon!
But To Love More by Foster Bridget Cassidy
release date 12/2/17
Mel finally gets to go home for Christmas. In his absence, his hometown has changed and Carlos, his best friend’s little brother, is all grown up and interested in a relationship. But Carlos has his work cut out for him since Mel's having trouble seeing past the little brother part and his big brother Aldo's determined to keep them apart.
Corey's Christmas Bundle by Toni Griffin
release date 12/6/17
Return to the Australian Tableland and the Atherton Pack where Corey's about to make Christmas just a little more complicated for his mate and his pack.
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.