Okay. Let me see if I can remember all the things for this week. Always seem to forget something.
It's here! Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs is available now at Pride Publishing's website for early download. If you have a favorite distributor that isn't Pride Publishing, the book is up for pre-order all of those places but you'll have to wait until October 3 - not so long now!
Prepare for hoax animals galore, Alex Wolf, Jason Shen, Audacity (of course), all the officers and entities of the 77th and some fun new characters. :)
Stuff happening right this moment? I'm taking a short break from novel writing and working on a holiday short story for Mischief Corner Book's A Holiday To Remember collection for this year. Yes, it will be SF and it will be (probably) a standalone story. It will also be a F/F story since MCB is accepting all queer pairings this year - yay! And that's all I'm telling you. Ha.
Something unusual (for me) happened this week. A publisher offered me a contract on an unfinished story. I've certainly made promises to publishers before, but Pride has enough confidence in me that we've signed a contract on All The World's An Undead Stage (Offbeat Crimes #6) on the merits of the first chapter. I am pleased and humbled...
And slightly terrified. :o This is a deadline I must not, cannot miss.
Anyway, the new release dates for Undead Stage below:
Preorder: 21st November
Early download: 5th December
General Release: 2nd January 2018
Jackalopes and Woofen-Poofs goes up for pre-order next Tuesday!
All sorts of fun news for Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs: Offbeat Crimes 5!
First - I have the first round edits back. Working on those diligently this week.
Second - we have blurb!!
Hoax animals and a consulting vampire on the prowl-ACO Jason Shen never thought having a cop boyfriend would be this hard.
All Animal Control Officer Jason Shen ever wanted was a quiet life of rescuing lost kittens and helping animals in need. Having a paranormal cop boyfriend guarantees an end to the quiet part. What at first seems a random encounter with jackalopes in the park might be more than chance and when State Paranormal sends a handsome, charming vampire to consult with the Seventy-Seventh, he finds his relationship with Alex on shaky ground.
Officer Alex Wolf hoped his humaning skills were improving but now he can’t unravel the strange politics at State Paranormal or why Jason’s family seems to hate him. There’s no time to puzzle things out either. Bizarre animals are loose in the city, Jason’s acting strange, and is the vampire captain from State flirting with him? Wolf’s going to have to keep his head in the game if he’s going to have any chance of putting the pieces together and keeping the city safe from the strange critters terrorizing its streets.
And last but not least we have the lovely cover - featuring Wolf, because this is the second Wolf book - from Emmy Ellis!!! Jackalope included! Yaaaaaay!
Hello all! Reading from AURA #3 today, Kellen's Awakening - there is, for certain interested parties, a squirrel in this scene.
Angel Martinez and Bellora Quinn
A socially challenged pixie and a former playboy incubus find themselves in the center of the maelstrom as AURA struggles to find a source for the escalating violence threatening the city.
The staff at AURA has had a busy summer. Between chronic understaffing, dealing with warring goblin factions and an unusual number of hazardous Events, everyone is overworked. Sinistrus the incubus, newly hired as an AURA medic, actually enjoys his busy new life of responsible employee and faithful lover to his gorgeous police sergeant, Ness the centaur. Life would be perfect, except for a niggling suspicion about a colleague. Everyone else seems to disagree, but Sin’s certain something’s not right with that pixie.
Kellen, a pixie crossover, loves his job working in AURA medical, even if he is something of an outsider. His job and the friends he manages to make are happy spots in an otherwise dark and secretive life. As the rest of AURA tries to discover the root of the inexplicable rise in violence and large-scale Events, Kellen fights to preserve his own life and what dignity he has left.
The news this week in bullet points!
Feral Dust Bunnies
Offbeat Crimes 4
(Gay Paranormal Humor)
General Release June 20!
Barnes and Noble
Offbeat Crimes, Volume 2
Contains Skim Blood & Savage Verse and Feral Dust Bunnies.
Vassily the Beautiful
An ESTO Universe novel
Narrated by Greg Boudreaux
(Gay Science Fiction Romance)
Shax's War: Brimstone 3
Narrated by Vance Bastian
Coming soon to Audio!
This one's a couple of years old now but I like revisiting Rafi from time to time. :) In case you're interested, here's the link to the entire list of Rafael's rules for How To Safely Navigate Vampirism.
Rafael Schiller, vampire and sexual god without peer, believes himself the top of the food chain, until a bizarre creature feeding in an alley scares the deathless hell out of him.
Available as a standalone or in the 50's MIxed Tape Anthology
The news this week is all Offbeat Crimes related. I did agree to this publication schedule for the series. Everyone please keep reminding me of that. :D
Skim Blood and Savage Verse is out in the wild - released in all the usual places! Carrington's had some lovely reviews so far, with the most common theme being - it wasn't enough! He'll be back. Never fear. Linky stuff below for his first story.
Also (!) Feral Dust Bunnies (OC #4) is with the editor - my new editor! Offbeat Crimes #4 is scheduled to go up for preorder May 9 and I do have a blurb for you:
Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of “paranormal” calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the animal control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.
Animal control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.
Last but not least, I've started the skeletal plotting on OC #5 which has the working title, Drop Bears and Snipe Hunts. We'll see how that goes...
Skim Blood and Savage Verse
Offbeat Crimes 3
Out now wherever the best ebooks are sold ;)
Barnes and Noble
Hi all! Time for the news portion of the week. In personal news, my spring garden has been pretty much smooshed by our late season ice storm. It started out as just heavy, wet snow, but turned into clingy ice by sunrise. We've lost half of our tallest pine and the pine branches have done a lot of damage to other plants in their falling. I'm hoping that's the last gasp so the snow will clear and we can see how bad it really is. You can sort of see the mess in this pic:
My stint as Author of the Month continues over at My Fiction Nook today with the focus on Offbeat Crimes - yaaaay! Plus a personal story from me - one I've told before but I feel it's relevant now.
Skim Blood and Savage Verse is included in the rundown - though for an excerpt, go to the Pride Publishing page. We didn't have the official excerpt when I sent all the stuff to Sandra at MFN. (Skim Blood is available at Pride - general release is coming April 4!)
Not Offbeat Crimes related - Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists is up for Book of the Week over at Love Bytes. So, you know, if you have a chance and you'd care to vote...
Love Bytes Book of the Week Poll
Last but not least - I'm working. Promise. Feral Dust Bunnies is moving along, finally. Anyone who's been with me a bit knows I struggle badly at the beginning of writing a story and it gathers momentum like an avalanche of doom as I progress. Should hit about the halfway point before the end of the week. :)
Thought I read a bit from the WIP - Feral Dust Bunnies. This will be Offbeat Crimes 4 - slated to release in the summer if all goes well and I can get my butt in gear:
In case you're interested -the first three Offbeat Crimes books are available at Pride Publishing and all the nice distributors on the web. :) (Don't they look pretty 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.