Hello all! Quick note this week to tell you I'll be on the WROTE Podcast this week - 12/18. We talk about the year of Bad Things, where Romance is compared to when I started, recent and upcoming projects.
Baz and Vance are super fun to talk to and things do get hilarious here and there. :D
You can catch it on YouTube at the WROTE channel
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Or if you don't want to see me talk with my hands for fifty minutes, you can tune in to the audio from the website:
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Current things are in limbo right now, so let's talk a bit about next year. Hurry up, 2021, we've had more than enough of this year.
First up will be Geoffrey the Very Strange, part of the Magic Emporium series with a whole bunch of cool authors like Meghan Maslow and Kim Fielding. The first story, by Jackie James, is set to release 1/14/21.
Geoffrey is scheduled for 3/18/21 and I do have a short synopsis for youthat may or may not be the actual blurb:
Aspic encounters Geoffrey while working alone in an herbalist's shop and, initially, isn't certain he's human. Geoffrey is a theoretical necromancer experimenting with replacements for blood magic for summoning and raising the dead. His current line of inquiry involves seashells and do they have any in stock?
When Geoffrey finally has some sort of success, Aspic is with him in his lab, but the results aren't at all what Geoffrey was aiming for. Instead of raising the dead rabbit on his table, the spell animates the seashells and rocks, which flee the lab. They soon discover that the spell-animated shells etc. are "zombies" in that they can "infect" other inanimate objects.
Geoffrey and Aspic need to find a spell to de-animate them before the world is overrun by seashells and stones gone mad.
The next item on my 2021 list is a big one - a return to the Variant Configurations series. This would involve a couple of things...
The plan, long ago, was for a three book series. Only one was ever published. Yes, yes, we won't go into all that. The first book, Rarely Pure and Never Simple has been out of print and off the e-shelves for some time, and Mischief Corner Books is happy to do a re-issue.
The deal is that I have to at least have the second book written before the first gets reissued. That's the second thing for 2021, then - to finish book 2, From the Noblest Motives. If I have time and a good idea, the third book would follow.
That's all the definite plans for 2021 so far with a probable lesbian holiday story at the end of the year again. Anything beyond this will be extra icing.
It's almost time. A brand new ESTO Universe novella launching on November 17 - a thing that hasn't happened since 2013! Up for pre-order now!
By Imperial Decree - where we get to explore more of both the Galactic Hansa and the Altairian Empire through the setting and the characters. There's royalty/commoner and fake engagement tropes going on, an AI ferret, and a lightning sword.
You may even, if you're very polite, meet the Empress. \o/
Come pre-order your copy here :D :
Where are we now? Briefly, the rewrites are done after content edits. So far, we're still on track for 11/17 for By Imperial Decree.
Um, my 30K novella is now 38K, but that's not as huge a jump as some rewrites have been this year (*cough* A Fine Mess *cough*.)
Also, I'll be doing a Facebook Live Ask Me Anything hour on Sunday, November 1.
1 pm EST, my FB group. It's a public group, so I think anyone can come?
Come chat with me! :D
Some snips and snails about Where Things Are:
It's a simple old story--princess, dragon, knight--simple unless they're all the same person.
Laila should be finishing Safety Protocols for Human Holidays a little before schedule. So looking forward to having that out there for you!
The calendar is booked out for quite a while. (2023? Something like that.) My editor has the whole list, but I find it's best to concentrate on the things in front of me so I don't run screaming into the void.
So what's in front of me? Three things:
By Imperial Decree (an ESTO story)
This will be one of the shorter ESTO works, probably under 30K, about parts of the galaxy we haven't visited yet: a mechanic on a Galactic Hansa station and the Altairian prince who sort of falls into his lap.
Slated as this year's lesbian science fiction humor holiday story. I'll be getting started with the actual writing as soon as Imperial Decree is finished.
Snillek inherits her estranged mother's royal throne, much to her dismay. There are secrets. There is a serious misunderstanding. Shenanigans ensue. (No, that's not the real blurb. Editor would never speak to me again.)
Geoffrey the Very Strange (part of the Magic Emporium collection coming out next year)
It's all the fault of the folks at Queer Sci Fi. Honestly, I can't remember how it came up, but I'd made an offhand remark about an theoretical necromancer named Geoffrey the Very Strange who proposed the use of seashells instead of blood magic.
Um. Yes. Shenanigans ensue. There are notes and a general plan. This one's due out sometime in March of 2021.
We kept it kind of secret-ish, but with the lovely refresh on the ESTO Universe covers, MCB decided to do an audio for *drumroll****
Ken Teutsch/Bill Hare did a wonderful job on the voice work and we're now just waiting on approval at ACX. I'll certainly let you know when it's up!
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
Barnes and Noble
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 ✅
Barnes and Noble
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.
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.