For those who heard me read from Pack Up the Moon in Rhode Island and at Annie's Book Stop in Worcester (nearly a year ago), it's finally here.
Brandywine Investigations: Family Matters is the second Brandywine omnibus to release. The first one, Brandywine Investigations: Open For Business, contained the first three novella length Brandywine stories. (About 125K words total.)
This one contains book 4, novel length Bulls, Books and Bacchanals, 4.5 , the short story Midwinter Dancing, and book 5, novel length Pack Up The Moon. The new omnibus comes in at about 136K words. Um, those are a few words, there.
Thank you for you patience and I hope you enjoy. I do suggest that the stories be read in order, so if you're at all interested in gods in the modern world, red panda library assistants and what really happened to a certain legendary dragon, I suggest starting with the first omnibus.
If you've been waiting for the second? Here it is...
Brandywine Investigations: Family Matters
Release Date February 28
With his career firmly established and his reputation as a successful PI growing, Hades should have the perfect life with his human lover, his faithful ferryman, his dogs and the parts of his family still speaking to him. But murder and chaos are never far away for death lords as his nephew Dionysus and his oldest friend Charon are drawn into the maelstrom.
Books, Bulls, & Bacchanals: Brandywine Investigations #4
The god of wine and orgies teams up with the librarian of the gods to investigate a murder. Should go well, don't you think?
Midwinter Dancing: Brandywine Investigations #4.5
Ing's grandmother has always told her about meeting the old gods. She's never believed it until one snowy midwinter night.
Pack Up the Moon: Brandywine Investigations #5
Death isn't working within normal parameters. Charon the ferryman needs to figure out why before it's too late, with or without the help of a certain, paws-in-everything raccoon god.
Please note: Books, Bulls & Bacchanals has been re-edited with a few story adjustments for this edition.
IT'S DONE! After only about, oh, a year - Pack Up The Moon (Brandywine 5) is off to the faithful beta for rip and shred, um, critique. Yes. That's what I meant. So - nearly there, depending on how strenuous rewrites will be. :D
I'm so sorry, to anyone who heard me read at Bishounen Con last year (or at the bookstore the night before) that it's taken so long. Things got...thingy. That and Offbeat Crimes took over my life for a bit.
Anyway - this will go into an omnibus like the first Brandywine set to include Books, Bulls and Bacchanals and the short story "Midwinter Dancing" with this one.
Also - look for the audio edition for Potato Surprise: A Brimstone Prequel, hopefully this week. It's in that "processing" stage at ACX - soon.
Vance Bastian has lent his considerable talents to the Brimstone crew and universe once again and I'm so excited for everyone to hear!
The winners of the Shaxenger Hunt for audio codes (when we have them) were:
and A Shax Groupie :D
Congratulations! Links coming soon!
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)
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.
Got a little hairy there at the end, but All The World's An Undead Stage is now off to the editor!
*wheee* *confetti* And there was much rejoicing.
Erasmus and Carrington's second story goes up for pre-order November 21, with a release date of January 2, 2018. (Pride's changed the release schedule a bit so there will be one release date from now on rather than two - makes things a little easier.)
All The World's An Undead Stage
In this last story of the series arc, I'll answer all the questions I'm willing to answer. No, you won't get to know everything. Some characters like their privacy.
So this means once I get some administrative stuff done that I've been neglecting *ahem* I can start recovering from The Year Of Offbeat Crimes - as amazingly fun as it has been - and get back to some other things. Brandywine is on deck next.
A certain squirrel has insisted that I do NaNoWriMo this year - not so much for writing a whole new novel this month, but for the daily word count. We'll see how that goes. :D
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!
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.
Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs - it's almost time! Pride release next week!! If you're waiting for the general October release (10/3) and want to pre-order, though, those links are coming online too:
Also - we have a cover for Offbeat Crimes 6 - All The World's An Undead Stage (and you just might be able to read part of the first chapter at the end of Jackalopes, too. Just so you know.) From the wonderful Emmy Ellis - she's given us Erasmus Graham:
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!
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay 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.