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The Fun of ARCs!

Nothing like opening your e-mail to see a notification that the ARC for the anthology your story is in is available! I can’t wait to see what Hollow Hills Books has done with “Storm-Spun” and what else is going to be along with it.

And it’s a good day for writing, since we’re currently going through Snowpocalypse Now here. The sun IS out, the goats are freezing, the drifts are over the Corgi’s head, but it’s a nice day to stay inside with more of my August Uncommon teas (not sure whether to fire up another cup of Golden Arrow or switch to Passage), writing Gorey-inspired suspenseful horror. Though it would be nice if the sun kind of went away for a bit to set the mood a little better. Bright sunshine’s killing the winter-isolation vibe here.

However that wasn’t a request for more snow out there. 12″ is more than enough, thanks.

Hollow Hills Press: Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grim

Check out this upcoming release note from Hollow Hills Press! Their new anthology, Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grim, will include my Russian-inspired short story “Storm-Spun.” I’ve been looking for a home for this one for quite some time, so I’m glad it’ll be out there (and I can start thinking about sequels and expanding.)

You can also take a look at my interview with Hollow Hills on their blog: Author Interview

Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grim is due out November 29, 2019.

 

First Review! Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts Vol 1

via Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts Vol 1

And I know whose I’m going to read next!

Vampires, Zombies, and Ghosts

No, believe it or not, my story isn’t a vampire story! It’s a ghost story, and needless to say, a wee bit of a romance, too.

Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts, Volume 1 (Read on the Run) by [Valenti, Catherine, Gienapp, Laurie Axinn, Fiorini, Lucy Ann, Long, Laird, Hinkle, Larry, Penncavage, Michael, Tomlinson, T. M., Leen, Geri, Leergaard, R. S., Howell, R. J.]

Now available for Kindle on Amazon!

Be sure to check it out. The paperback should be coming shortly.

Jet Setting in a Heat Wave!

Just back from a very fun, very fast, but very hot, trip to New York for the launch of Machinations and Mesmerism: A Tribute to E.T.A. Hoffman at The Footlight. Apparently if I’m going to New York, it’s going to be stupidly hot as instead of doing some exploring after arrival, I decided it was better to hit the hotel restaurant and take a car service over, since the heat index was pushing 105.

It was a small but enthusiastic turnout to see me, Michael Cisco, and LC von Hessen read our stories from the anthology and to hang out at the very fun little venue. Don’t let the address fool you-this is not a scary area (though the route the driver from the hotel took me gave me some interesting ideas for Aleks’s adventures as a P.A. in New York–more on her later. Remember, leash, curb, and clean up after your thug!*)

*Actual sign seen on a chain-link fence in one of the more dubious areas.

There was a strange theme of teeth going on with the readings. Of course, Sophie Vestergaard, my rather mundanely eerie character, has every good reason to be interested in them as besides her more unsavory hobbies, she’s a forensic ondontologist. I’m sure my mother (who used her DDS for much more general practice) would admit, it’s easier to examine the teeth when you can just flip the skull over and detach the lower jaw!

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I’d hoped to dress a little nicer, but after trying on everything in my closet I realized 110 in the shade combined with airline air conditioning meant jeans and a peasant blouse was the most practical thing I had. Not pictured: my new pearl-encrusted tiara from Half Lucid Jewelry, which the amazing and talented Kendra L. Saunders made me and which will be making its debut at a Cunard masquerade ball near you (if you’re in Nova Scotia or the North Atlantic.) Not only does she work for the fantastic Footlight and write the Dating an Alien Pop Star series, she makes sparkly things! For very reasonable prices, too.

Looking forward, I’m happy (and relieved) to announce that my story “Storm-Spun” will appear in the forthcoming Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grim anthology from Hollow Hills Books. Pleased, because I’m always happy when someone decides they want to pay me for my writing, and relieved because this is a story that’s been picked at and revised and resubmitted several times, so I’m thrilled it’s finally found an appreciative home. Hopefully this means there’s a reason to keep going now I’ve decided this one has longer potential after all!

Available, Forthcoming, and Jet-setting!

First, Urban Crime Short Stories are now available at Amazon!

I have my own copy in my hot little hands (and a couple spares; use the contact form if you’re interested in a signed copy!)

And now on lulu, with an Amazon edition coming soon, is Machinations and Mesmerism: A Tribute to E.T.A. Hoffman from Ulthar Press, including my short story “Deadhead”. Of course I had to submit. It’s Hoffman. I read The Nutcracker every year at Christmas (and sometimes in the middle of summer, too.)

Machinations and Mesmerism: Tales Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffman

Related to that, I have my first real jet-setting author experience coming. Ulthar Press is holding a book-launch party and readings at The Footlight in Queens, New York. I will be reading, as will several other contributors (and the fact the club’s managers include my friend the amazing and talented Kendra L. Saunders is just one of those weird coincidences Hoffman I’m sure would appreciate as much as I do.)

And coming up, Smoking Pen Press, publisher of A Kiss and a Promise (featuring my short story “Only Ever Slowly”) is only weeks from release of Vampires, Zombies, and Ghosts: Volume One, which will include my short story “GhostLife.”

In non-writerly (mostly) news, I have a question: how long in advance is too long to be planning everything you want to do on your September vacation? Like, daily itinerary! And given where I’m going, I’m hoping for some inspiration for Anders (see my Urban Crime entry) and Julie and their adventures on her home turf. I wonder what Anders will think of poutine?

Hope everyone is getting better weather than here. Not that I’m biased in both respects, but around here, this is excellent weather to chill a bottle of white and stay in the shade (or the air conditioning!) with a glass of wine and a good book.

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