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Apr. 2nd, 2016 | 12:57 pm

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Patreon poll! I am still considering the logistics, but will probably start in June or July. My goals are fairly modest: if I get $100 in a given month, I’ll post a 250-750 word sketch set in the Points universe; if I get $200, I’ll post a Points sketch plus either a second Points sketch or a 250-750 word sketch from one of my other worlds/WIPs. As the interest was primarily in the Points, this seems like the best way to structure things. I’ll also be posting some ridiculous goals in case this takes off, but those will be clearly marked as such. Patreon lets you contribute as little as $1/month, which I hope will make it easier for people to contribute.

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Lethe Press Ebook sale!

Mar. 4th, 2016 | 02:38 pm

Lethe Press turns 15 this month, and in celebration is holding an ebook sale! Buy any 3 of their ebooks direct from the press, and the price per book drops to $1.50. That means all 4 Points books can be had for $6.00, and the Mathey and Lynes novels for $3.00. For $3.00 more, you can get my other two Lammy winners (besides Point of Dreams and Death By Silver), Trouble and Her Friends and Shadow Man — in fact, you can get all my Lethe ebooks for less than the price of a single trade paperback copy.

That’s not to mention all the other Lethe Press novels currently on sale in ebook form. Steve Berman has put together some bundles on the front page (let me recommend both the fantastical sampler and Jeff Mann’s Civil War collection — well, and the horror collection has some excellent titles, too!) or you can shop from the entire catalog.

If you’ve been wanting to try either of my fantasy/mystery series, or if you have friends who are curious about them, now is definitely the time to buy. If you’re curious about the range of queer lit Lethe publishes, this is definitely the time to check them out. The anniversary sale runs through the end of March.

ETA: because the special sale process is a little convoluted, here's how you need to get there if you're not buying one of the pre-selected bundles. On the front page, the second item down is labeled "March Ebook Extravaganza" with a big rainbow 15 logo, and a price of $1.50. If you use the attached "add to cart" button, it will put one unnamed book in the cart. Adjust the number to "3" (to get the deal - or more if you're buying more), add the books' titles in the "notes" area along with the format, and that should do it.

ETA again: scratch all that, the prices have now been added to each title. Just pick your books and go! :-)

(But, oh, Steve, couldn’t you have found a better picture? :-)

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A Poll...

Feb. 26th, 2016 | 06:57 pm

I am considering setting up a Patreon, and am looking for input. Basically, my idea is to do the kind of Patreon I enjoy subscribing to — one where I can get little extras from writers (and worlds, and characters) that I enjoy. So what I’m proposing is to offer at least one 300-500 word snippet per month; if I reach certain funding level, I’d offer a second 300-500 word snippet for that month. But that begs the question — is anyone interested, and just what should those snippets be about? Here are the things that have occurred to me.

Poll #2038071 To Patreon or Not To Patreon

What (if anything) would you like to see in a Patreon from me?

Life in Astreiant - sketches from the world and characters that I’d like to explore that just won’t fit into a novel
Work in Progress - bits from projects I’m working on at the moment
Neither - Patreon’s not my thing

The Astreiant sketches would be bits of backstory, scenes from points of view other than Philip and Nico’s (what Istre really thinks of Ghost Tide, how Sohier feels about working for Nico, what Estradere thinks about Coindarel’s new project, etc.), possibly some different versions of scenes that made it into the novels.

Work in Progress would be what it says on the tin: snippets from things that I’m currently writing. At the moment, that’s a novelization of the short story Finders; a Mathey & Lynes novella, By the Beautiful Sea; Point of Sighs; Fire Season, the 6th Order of the Air novel; and Water Horse, about the king of a beleaguered kingdom who will twist even the fatal prophecies to save his people — it’s turned out to be a reversal of the old fantasy trope of the evil queer wizard-king. I’ll try not to give you scenes from anything that isn’t actually at the first draft stage, but I can’t promise that everything in this group would end up becoming a finished story.

Why a Patreon? Well, for the most basic of reasons: it’s nice to get a steady monthly income, regardless of size — in this case, regularity is as important as the amount. And I admit it would be fun to have an excuse to polish up some of the odd bits that would otherwise have no home...

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Quick Update - Oath Bound

Feb. 19th, 2016 | 03:56 pm

Jo and I have just turned in the galleys for the trade paperback, so it should be available from the usual sources shortly! I'll post as soon as it's available for pre-order as well.

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Jan. 11th, 2016 | 02:03 pm

I wouldn’t have said that I was a massive Bowie fan. I liked a lot of his music, was fascinated by his films and by his videos, and even the stuff I didn’t like was worth having heard, always worth thinking about. But as a queer woman coming of age in the 1980s, Bowie was more than his art. He was himself, in all his public personas, a promise that “flaunting it” was worth it.

Listening to my friends today, I’m reminded of how many Bowies there were. Years ago, N., Lisa’s 18-years-older-than-us sister, made us listen to Jean Genie after we made her watch Labyrinth; in graduate school, it was a ritual to meet my pack of fellow queers to drink scorpion bowls and play Under Pressure on the jukebox, in a bar above a Chinese restaurant where there was also a standing challenge to drink 69 different beers in less than 3 months. This morning over coffee, another friend laughed when I said I had always wanted to be Jareth — “Of course you did!” — and told her story of hearing Bowie in concert. In my guitar-wanker phase, I discovered Reeves Gabrels because of Bowie, and read and re-read an article of Gabrels’ called “Fishing with Architecture,” about looking at your own art through the lens of completely different and often unlikely ones. Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, the Man Who Fell to Earth and the man who wrote Lazarus (and what a jagged, disturbing video that is) - and the man who wrote Lazarus the musical, currently on Broadway.

I think it’s that multiplicity that I loved most about Bowie: invention, re-invention, re-re-invention, the deep and passionate pursuit of the things that mattered to him — more than that, the things he knew he could make matter to you, too. And always with style and utter fabulosity, because fabulous — flaunting it, whatever the it was — has power. Fabulous is a challenge to the world, and Bowie nailed it, over and over again.
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Endings and Beginnings

Dec. 30th, 2015 | 06:12 pm

It’s the eve of New Year’s Eve, and still ridiculously warm — so warm that the boys who got hoverboards for Christmas have been wearing shorts to try them out, though today it’s raining hard enough to keep everyone indoors. I have been to the grocery store to get supplies for the traditional New Year’s Day meal - ham, black-eyed peas, collard greens, onions, champagne. I bought fresh black-eyed peas, and the young man who bagged my groceries said, “oh, for New Year’s? This year, everybody wants frozen, we’re all out already.” “I don’t mind cooking fresh,” I said. “For a while, I wasn’t able to get them fresh, living up North.” “Still,” he said, looking for something positive. “I hear there’s good farmland in upper New York state.” “So I hear,” I said, and we wished each other a happy new year and went on our ways

It’s been a good year, mostly. I got 3 new novels out — SGA The Third Path, the 8th book of the Legacy series; Wind Raker,* in which our heroes test a seaplane and investigate what seems to be an archeologial mystery on Hawaii; and Oath Bound (just out), in which Gilchrist Aviation gets involved with the Ethiopian war and Jerry gets his Alexandria dig — reissues of The Jazz, Mighty Good Road, and The Game Beyond; and finally a Stargate: Atlantis novella, Lost Queen, told entirely from the point of view of the Wraith. I sold a short story, Mercy Mission, in the Star Wars universe — it opens the compilation volume Rise of the Empire — and I also sold a story, Firstborn, Lastborn, to Athena Andreadis’s anthology To Shape the Dark. I am just about halfway done with Water Horse, the fantasy novel I began a little over a year ago; even though I’ve been working on it between the paying projects, I’m very pleased with progress so far. And of course I’ve been working on a lot of things that are due next year…

Speaking of which, I have another Stargate: Atlantis novella due in January, taking place on Sateda after the events of Third Path — Ronon and Radek Zelenka team up with now-retired USAF pilot Mel Hocken to explore the land outside Sateda’s capital, only to stumble into unexpected trouble. Amy and I are committed to delivering a Mathey and Lynes novella, working title By the Beautiful Sea, in which Ned and Julian make what may prove to be an ill-advised visit to the seashore. I have gotten Point of Sighs to the stage where only two of the index cards say things like “somehow they figure out who killed the tea-captain” and “then they confront the Riverdeme,” and that means it’s almost ready to start writing. I have been researching smoke jumpers for Fire Season, and — oh, yes — I’ve done quite a bit of work on another project, but I can’t really say much about that one yet.

So as one year ends and the next begins, I wish all of us good luck and folding money!

*edited because somehow I forgot one...

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Lost Queen!

Dec. 27th, 2015 | 12:32 pm

The ebook of SGA: Lost Queen is now available for preorder on Amazon, and will be released tomorrow! This is something a little different for Fandemonium — a 40,000 word novella (about 115 pages, if you’re old school), told entirely from the point of view of the Wraith — and I’m very grateful to the folks at Fandemonium for letting me loose on this.

The queens Moonwhite and Light Breaking have hunted in tandem for an unusually long time, but now Light Breaking wants to ally with Alabaster’s hive — and through them with the Lanteans — while Moonwhite argues that they should keep their distance. Tensions between the sisters’ hives are high, their blades and clevermen braced for trouble, when Moonwhite disappears on what should have been a quick visit to her sister’s hive. Forced to seek the Lanteans’ help, the queens’ consorts must trust their enemies and each other if they are to save their missing queen.

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Oath Bound!

Dec. 14th, 2015 | 02:23 pm

I thought this was going to be a cover reveal post, but the book is also live on all the usual sites — Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. Paper copies should be available in January.

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So what’s it about?

As the threat of European war looms, the Kingdom of Ethiopia is one of the first to come under attack from the Fascist powers. When Dr. Jerry Ballard’s long-anticipated dig in Alexandria is interrupted by the arrival of his old friend Iskinder on a secret mission for the Ethiopian Emperor, Jerry has to make a stand — even if it means delaying his dream of finding the lost tomb of Alexander the Great. Fortunately, the rest of the Lodge, Alma, Lewis, Mitch, and Stasi are in Sicily showing the Catalina flying boat at a prestigious European air show. Bound by oaths and friendship, they undertake a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean and into the heart of a battle where they will be tested as never before.

Archeology, magic, and aviation — will they be enough to defeat this new threat?

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New Storybundle - And What a Deal It Is!

Dec. 11th, 2015 | 03:04 pm

If you’re looking for a treat to get you through the shortest days of winter, or a gift for a fan (including for yourself), Steven Savile has come up with an amazing Storybundle. To begin with, it’s huge — 12 basic titles (at a base cost of $7), or 30 titles total at the bonus price of $15. More than that, those 30 books include complete trilogies, novels, and collections by both new and familiar authors — the theme is “New Worlds,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find. My own Silence Leigh trilogy, The Roads of Heaven, is part of it, and so is Jody Lynn Nye’s Mythology trilogy, Craig Shaw Gardner’s Ebenezum trilogy, Bradley Beaulieu’s Lays of Anuskaya (yep, a trilogy), 3 books of DJ Butler’s Rock Band Fights Evil series (how can anyone resist that?), plus many, many more. I’ve included the cover banner behind a cut because it’s big, but, seriously, you could take this bundle into hibernation with you, and emerge satisfied sometime around spring.
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Spectrum Awards 2014/2015

Dec. 5th, 2015 | 04:37 pm

Some nice news from this year’s Chessiecon! The Spectrum Awards for 2014/2015 (for books published in 2013 and 2014) were announced there: Death By Silver won for 2013 and Fairs’ Point for 2014. I’ve linked to the official handouts because not only were A Death at the Dionysus Club and Wind Raker also short-listed, but there are a lot of very good books on the lists for both years. In fact, I’m very proud to claim Jill Shultz as a former student; Angel on the Ropes is twisty, complicated SF with a strong romantic subplot — and circuses! Daughter of Mystery (Heather Rose Jones) is a fascinating take on both magic and the Ruritanian novel; I devoured Charm of Magpies, A Case of Possession, and Flight of Magpies (KJ Charles) over Thanksgiving last year, and would love to read more of both the characters and the weird neo-Victorian magic system. Jordan L. Hawke (Widdershins, Threshold, Stormhaven, Necropolis, and Bloodline) blends Lovecraftian horror and a complicated gay relationship in a magic-touched America. There’s The Mercury Waltz, the sequel to Kathy Koja’s Under the Poppy, and Lynn Flewelling has another Nightrunners novel, Shards of Time.

And those are just the books I’ve read. A lot of good queer-themed SF/F has been published over the last two years! I’ve already gone on a buying binge — I suspect some of you will, too.

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