Heroic Fantasy Short Stories Author Copies and More!

In all the fuss of the last few weeks, my author copies for Flame Tree Publishing’s Heroic Fantasy Short Stories anthology arrived, and they are even more beautiful than I’d been led to believe. Be warned, what follows is a strip tease for book lovers everywhere.

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First the cover, with veins of gold wrapping around the front, back, spine of the book.

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Here’s another angle.

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And another. Are you feeling hot? We haven’t even peeked under the covers yet 😉

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Inside, past silky silver endpapers, we reach the lovingly detailed title page.

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What follows are stories both new and old capturing the best parts about heroic fantasy—dashing battles, brave warriors, sweeping adventures, and monsters most foul.

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My story, “Those Who Wear Their White Hair Proudly,” details a young woman’s exploits as she’s conscripted into a mysterious Order of female warriors tasked with keeping the world safe from monsters. My Pinterest board captures some of the inspiration that helped me write the story. Over at the Flame Tree Publishing blog, I talked some more about the story and my writing process.

The books are available September 29th through most online retailers, or, if you prefer, you can order them directly through the publisher’s website.

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In addition to this volume of Flame Tree Publishing’s Gothic Fantasy series, I’m happy to announce I’ll also be a contributor to their Agents & Spies short story collection. Yay! I’ll have more details about that closer to its release later this year.

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September To-Read!

This month! First, how is it already September? Second, there are some great books out this month by some dear friends of mine.

Yesterday, Catherine Schaff-Stump’s debut The Vessel of Ra was released into the world from Curiosity Quills Press. It’s the sumptuous start to a historical fantasy series exploring warring magical families in Venice (and beyond). And look at that cover!

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Pick it up from Amazon today!

Later this month, Fran Wilde returns with Horizon, the third and final book in her Bone Universe series from Tor. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the close to this celebrated series, and you don’t want to miss this high-flying finale!

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And in case you missed it, be sure to check out the award-wining Updraft, and the sequel Cloudbound, which just came out in paperback. Hurray! The books are available from all major retailers.

Finally, while technically this is an August release, Victor Milán’s The Dinosaur Princess is now out in the wild. Vic is a fellow NM author and one of the best adventure writers around, so be sure to check out his action-packed Dinosaur Lords series.

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And here’s Vic happily signing books at our local independent bookstore Page 1 this past weekend.

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Happy reading!

Odds and Ends

The last few months have been a whirlwind in my personal life, making wording a bit more difficult than I’d like. But! Some fun things have been happening.

 

StarShipSofa Podcast of “Jump Cut”

One of my favorite stories has been turned into a podcast by the team at StarShipSofa! “Jump Cut” originally appeared in Unlikely Story’s Journal of Unlikely Cryptography last year. The story is wonderfully narrated by Mike Boris and includes an interview with U of Washington professor Ryan Calo on robot law. Check it out!

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It’s also cool to see some of the scifi elements I included in the story become closer to reality. Recently, Ars Technica profiled a company called Halo Neuroscience that uses electrical impulses to stimulate parts of athletes’ brains to boost performance. Very similar to the performance-enhancing implants central to my story. To see more how Halo’s technology works, check out the video below:

 

 

SF Signal Mindmeld on the best writing advice

I was recently asked “What’s the best writing advice I’ve ever received?” for SF Signal’s Mindmeld feature, a roundtable of SF/F writers. Over the years, different nuggets of writerly wisdom have stayed with me, often as a function of where I am with my craft. Check out the column to see what’s guiding me these days.

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There’s also more fantastic advice from Alex Kourvo, Nghi Vo, David D. Levine, Pear Nuallak, Jon McGoran, Janet Harriett, Adrian Van Young, Yolanda Sfetsos, Robert Kroese, Kallen Dewey Kentner, and of course moi.

 

 

Reprint of “Forge and Fledge” in Spaceports and Spidersilk

Earlier this year, my story “Forge and Fledge” was included in the January 2016 issue of Spaceports and Spidersilk, a speculative fiction magazine for young adults. It was originally published in the now-defunct but not forgotten Crossed Genres Magazine and focuses on a young teen’s yearning for a better life than a hydrocarbon mining rig floating in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon, Titan. Support the magazine and all the other talented authors in the issue.

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Recently, Titan’s been in the news thanks to Cassini spacecraft’s most recent flyby, confirming that methane fills one of the largest hydrocarbon lakes on the moon’s surface. Cool stuff!

 

 

Paperback release of The Change anthology

Last but not least, The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth, featuring my story “Against the Wind,” is now available in paperback! So get yourself to the bookseller of your choice, and snap up a copy today for a great collection of post-apocalyptic adventure stories.

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That’s it for me!

Oh Hai, 2015!

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It’s been a while. 2014 is gone, and much of January for that matter, and 2015 is here to stay. I promised myself I’d start blogging more regularly, but you can see how that’s turned out. Between the holidays, a poorly-timed cold, and tons of writing, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time to ring in the New Year properly.

But the writing is going well, even if I don’t have much to show for it. Revisions to two WIPs have commanded most of my attention lately, and my short stories in circulation have dwindled as a result. But luckily I have a bunch of new ideas that I’m looking forward to fleshing out to keep me busy well into 2015.

But there’s more in store for this year!

On March 10, 2015, The Infinite releases from Skyscape, the sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone by my fantastic critique partner Lori M. Lee. This YA fantasy series about a girl who can manipulate the threads of time and finds herself at the center of a conflict between the gods has a great mix of action, adventure, and romance. Add it to you TBR pile!

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June 2, The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth releases from Roc and features my story “Against the Wind.” Set in S.M. Stirling’s post-apocalyptic Emberverse, where all electronics, explosives, and internal combustion engines mysteriously cease working and humanity must find a way to survive, this anthology is a great introduction to Steve’s world or fun companion to his novels, and I’m honored to be a part of it!

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Finally, this September will see the release of Fran Wilde’s debut fantasy Updraft from Tor, which yours truly had a sneak peek at during its development. Fran’s a wonderful writer and trusted friend, so I hope you’ll check out her story of bone towers, man-made wings, and creatures that roam the clouds!

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Hopefully 2015 will have even more amazing things to come. In the meantime, happy writing!