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.
What? Overdramatic? Okay. Maybe it's not quite that bad. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! But holiday stories ARE up for pre-order for the Holiday To Remember Collection and the first one goes live 11/29 (Watermelon Kisses.) For the full schedule, blurbs, pre-order links and pretty covers, I've done a convenient blog post here: A Holiday To Remember
And yes, I do have a holiday story this year. :D Really should make an annual thing of it. Mine's up for pre-order now, too, and will go live on December 9.
Safety Protocols For Human Holidays
Growlan Raskli serves as the security officer on an interspecies ship. It's her job to keep the peace amid a wild array of cultural and physical differences. But when senior staff ask her to investigate the new aberrant behavior of their single Human crewmember, she's at a complete loss.
Also up for pre-order and releasing everywhere, all at once, on January 2, 2018, the final installment of the Offbeat Crimes series arc. If you've been following along, this is the one in which all of your questions get answered. No. Not that one. Um, not that one either... This is the one in which the questions I'm willing to answer get answered.
All The World's An Undead Stage
Offbeat Crimes 6
(Gay Paranormal Humor)
Don't forget that Shax and the Brimstone crew launched in French this week, too! Captain Shax will be trying to impress everyone with his French all week, I'm sure.
L'équipée infernale: La Soufrière, T1
(Hell For The Company - French edition)
Shax, le prince démoniaque des Voleurs, s'est réconcilié avec son existence d'exilé. Il s'amuse comme un fou à foncer d'un bout à l'autre de la galaxie pour sa reconversion professionnelle en tant que contrebandier de patrimoines hauts de gamme. Tout baigne pour lui, merci bien.
Bon, d'accord, les vaches anti-gravité lui posent quelques problèmes et certains de ses acheteurs vont finir par lui flanquer un ulcère, mais il s'en tire très bien jusqu'au jour où il rencontre un ange blessé dans une jungle psychédélique.
La seule raison qui le pousse à porter secours au jeune homme ailé, ce sont ses ailes dorées, mais la quantité de choses qu'il ignore au sujet des anges pourrait remplir une encyclopédie intergalactique...
Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Today I'm starting a series of readings for the holiday collection, "A Holiday To Remember" from Mischief Corner Books. Today's reading gets to be all by itself since it's the first story in the collection. :)
A Holiday To Remember
by Freddy MacKay
Release date November 29, 2017
Life hasn't been easy for Amir since he fled Iran after a brutal imprisonment. The trauma experienced at the hands of the guards left a dark spot on his soul. The one constant in his life since relocating to Chicago has been his lover—now husband—Esmail, whose steadfast love and support has soothed his wounded heart.
But this Shab-e Yalda, Amir wants to be the one giving his husband something special, because even after the darkest nights, the sun will rise again.
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.
Some weeks are quiet and some weeks are all the things!
I'm at Yaoi Con this week at the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency for Mischief Corner Books. The convention is October 6-8 and they do have day passes. The amazing Catherine Dair will be with me as our guest (and much needed pair of hands!) and will be debuting her ultra cute Pip & Skip line of plushies.
Come say hi, and pick up some books and bunnies!
Jackalopes and Woofen-Poofs: Offbeat Crimes 5 is out everywhere! Yep - in ebook and paperback. Return to the 77th Precinct as Officer Wolf and his boyfriend ACO Jason Shen have another bizarre puzzle on their hands. And Audacity, of course.
The MCB holiday event "A Holiday To Remember" is now through its submissions period. Stories will start releasing 11/29 - just in time for the holidays - and will continue throughout December. I'm pleased to say I have a story in this collection, a F/F science fiction humor holiday romance (can I get any more sub-genres in there?)
Safety Protocols For Human Holidays releases 12/9 - Join Growlan Security Officer Raskli as she tries to determine what's caused the ship's single Human to begin displaying aberrant (even for a human) behavior.
Okay. Let me see if I can remember all the things for this week. Always seem to forget something.
I will agonize and dither over a title for a story for days - weeks! - and then complain about it to Freddy. Suddenly, the title's right there. Because sometimes brain needs a kickstart or perhaps just a kick.
The holiday story, for inclusion in Mischief Corner Books A Holiday To Remember collection this year, will be titled "Safety Protocols for Human Holidays." This is not one of my more serious stories. I felt I needed to tell you that. (Ha!)
Release date is scheduled for December 9. :D
Also - quick reminder that I'll be at Yaoi Con this year (Oct. 6-8 in Santa Clara, CA) at the Mischief Corner Books table. Freddy MacKay will be there and Catherine Dair as our special guest. J. Scott Coatsworth will be joining us on Sunday. Come see us in the dealers room - come for a chat, a hug, some books and some bunnies!
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.