I know, I know, it's not Friday, but this book comes out on Tuesday, 9/29, and I'm just tickled to be able to bring you a reading excerpt beforehand. Aliens, found family, science fiction humor, one excitable ship's captain with anger management issues - I bring you the newly rewritten and muchly expanded: The Nut Job by Freddy MacKay. Come have a listen!
The Nut Job
by Freddy MacKay
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Why aren't simple jobs ever simple?
All Captain Spencer had to do was drop off a new recruit to their OIL contact on Earth and gather a new supply of walnuts for the council on Mithuana for the yearly Coming of Age celebration. Simple, right? One slight problem. Spencer and his crew look less than human, which has caused problems when they've visited the backwater Sol planet before.
When two of his crew get caught unaware by a human hunter hell-bent on proving the Sasquatch's existence, they are suddenly on the run for their lives—wounded crew and all.
All Raijin wanted was a weekend away from all the crazy around town and his work at the library. With the anniversary of his dad's death looming, Raijin needs some alone time hiking through the forest where he and his dad used to spend time together. What could possibly interrupt him in the middle of nowhere? But Raijin should know better than anyone life does not go according to plan.
A talking demon squirrel was the last thing he expected to fall in his lap.
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
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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?
This coming Tuesday, August 25, A Message from the Home Office releases! If you've pre-ordered, thank you, thank you, thank you. :) You still can, of course, or wait until it's live Tuesday.
It will be available in both ebook and paperback, for those readers who like to have something to take to bed...er, to hold on tight to...that is, well, Paperback!
The story of a disgraced interstellar diplomat banished to the backwater planet Earth and the new annoying new assistant he positively, absolutely did NOT ask for.
Fun tropes include:
Forced Proximity ✅
A Grumpy Pants ✅
Why Didn't You Clean That ✅
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A Message from the Home Office releases 8/25! 12 more days! All the pre-order links are up if you want to snag it beforehand. :D
Next up is an ESTO story and takes place in a part of the universe we haven't visited before: a Galactic Hansa station. I'm about halfway into the writing (I think), and there is a blurb now. :D
By Imperial Decree
Marsh Kensinger's work as the utility mechanic for Bremen Station keeps his life interesting - but never quite as interesting as finding a pilot still hidden inside a hibernation drawer in what should have been a salvage craft. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but the Altairian Imperial crest on the private craft and the semi-conscious pilot's odd questions pique his always-whirling curiosity.
Still unattached at a concerning age for an imperial son, Prince Shiro Shinohara hadn't been running from the endless, mind-numbing rounds of omiai his mother, the Empress, had mandated. Not exactly. He'd just wanted a break from persistent suitors at the family retreat on Ceti Tau. The short respite becomes a panicked flight for his life when one of the suitors stalking him attacks the family compound.
Worried for the soldiers he was forced to leave behind, afraid there's a conspiracy to kidnap him, Shiro confides in the handsome mechanic who found him, and in a moment of panic, concocts the fiction of a serious relationship with Marsh. It's only until Shiro's people can reach him and he can press charges back home. Marsh is willing to play along and Shiro's just going to have to keep himself together and not, under any circumstances, fall for the wonderful, generous man who refuses to stop helping him.
Soon my news posts, etc. are going to be all Brimstone, all the time, but not quite yet. :)
A little IMP news first. For those of you not familiar, IMP (Interplanetary Multispecies Pact) is a shared universe I developed and share with Freddy MacKay. The basic premise:
Yervath space - where an ancient race of dual-strand genetic beings set up IMP for their own devices. Hey. They had the tech. Everyone else had to go along.
While IMP is aware of Earth, Sol system is considered a primitive backwater. They keep an eye on us, but most of the time, we're a footnote beyond the edges of civilized space.
The IMP Universe had three stories so far, and while A Christmas Cactus for the General has been available, the other two have not for some time. Until now. All three titles have new covers and all three will soon be back out in the wild.
A Christmas Cactus for the General (available now in ebook, paperback should be up this week)
Exiled to Earth for perhaps the worst failure in Irasolan history, General Teer must assimilate or die. Earth is too warm, too wet, too foreign, but he does the best he can even though human males are loud, childish louts whom he can't imitate successfully.
When a grieving seaplane pilot strikes up a strange and uneasy friendship with him, he finds he may have been too quick to judge human males. They are strange to look at, but perhaps not as unbearable as he thought.
A Message from the Home Office (release date August 25)
Being an OIL (Onsite Inter-species Liaison) for the Interplanetary Multispecies Pact has never been an easy job. In fact it's a crap job when stuck on a backwater nowhere planet like Earth.
But cobra Yervath Sissal Naganos manages. The demotion was swift and heavy-handed, but he'll climb back out of this hell eventually. Humans don't meet his social needs, so, yes, it's been lonely and he tells himself he likes the solitude. That is, until IMP sends him an irritating new assistant he never asked for. Now his peace is well and truly disturbed and his paranoid diplomatic reflexes have reawakened. The worst part is the kid didn't have to be so cute.
The Nut Job
by Freddy MacKay (coming this fall)
Captain Spencer's attempt to complete a simple nut harvest on Earth goes spectacularly wrong.
Last but not least, I have an ARC lottery running on my FB group for A Fine Mess: Brimstone 7. You do need to be a group member to enter.
Happy Friday! A little Christmas to try to cool down mentally. ;)
A Christmas Cactus for the General
By Angel Martinez
Cover Artist: Catherine Dair
Mischief Corner Books
Exiled to Earth for perhaps the worst failure in Irasolan history, General Teer must assimilate or die. Earth is too warm, too wet, too foreign, but he does the best he can even though human males are loud, childish louts whom he can't imitate successfully. When a grieving seaplane pilot strikes up a strange and uneasy friendship with him, he finds he may have been too quick to judge human males. They are strange to look at, but perhaps not as unbearable as he thought.
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.