New Story Sale and Women Up to No Good Anthology Preorders

So, I have two bits of publishing news to share with you today.

First, Uncanny has accepted my story “Before the World Crumbles Away” for publication! I’m so excited this story has found such a great home and this will be my third (!) fiction publication in Uncanny.

Second, the anthology, Women Up to No Good, which contains my story “Five Meters Ahead, Two Centuries Away” is now available for pre-order, which you can get for Kobo or on Amazon.

So basically, it’s been a good time for stories that have titles that ends in “Away”. Maybe I should title more stories that way.

Baltimore Book Festival Schedule 2018

So, next up, I’m going to be at the Baltimore Book Festival in a few weeks! This festival happens every year around the Inner Harbor and authors from up and down the Eastern Seaboard like to attend. It’s always a lot of fun.

I’ll be on two panels this year over in the Science Fiction Writers of America’s tent.

1. Saturday, September 29th @ 1pm

Short Fiction: The Beating Heart of SF/F

“Novels may get all the press, but some writers do their most interesting work at the shorter lengths, where they are free to be more experimental. Find out the great reasons to read short stories, novelettes, and novellas, which ones to read, and where to read them.”

Panelists: Sarah Pinsker, AT Greenblatt, KJ Kabza, Sam J. Miller, Irette Y. Patterson, Karlo Yeager Rodriguez

2. Sunday, September 30th @ 2 pm

Fantastic Places & Where to Find Them: Wakanda, Westeros, and Beyond

“In all genres, locations can often be so vividly imagined they become characters in themselves. Our authors talk about their favorite hidden, lost, invented, reinvented spaces, and whether or not anyone would want to live there.”

Panelists: L. Penelope, Lara Elena Donnelly, A.T. Greenblatt, Ilana C. Myer, Vivian Shaw, Jon Skovron

If you’re planning on attending, please feel free to come up and say hello!

Story Link Love – James D. MacDonald and Debra Doyle Edition

If you’re in need of some good stories, but have all ready blown through your book allowance for the month, I have a solution. Two of the instructors from Viable Paradise are offering some of their E-books for free for a limited time.


Doyle & Macdonald E-books

You can find all these titles on Smashwords:

Val Sherwood, Werewolf
Your coupon code is BF49C (not case-sensitive).

Two From the Mageworlds
Your coupon code is RM33C (not case-sensitive).

Looking For Futures
Your coupon code is GH96Z (not case-sensitive).

Vampires and Shapeshifters
Your coupon code is FH79D (not case-sensitive).

Ghosts and Legends
Your coupon code is PX95A (not case-sensitive).

Witch Garden and Other Stories
Your coupon code is EB52M (not case-sensitive).

The Confessions of Peter Crossman
Your coupon code is VW94F (not case-sensitive).

Note: All coupons expire 17 November 2013

Enjoy!

A Book Lover’s Tale

I am a book creeper. I love looking over strangers’ shoulders to see what they’re reading; whether they borrowed it from the library or it’s worth buying in hardcover, whether the author is a household name or someone that is still mostly unknown. E-readers are the bane of my existence.

Public transportation is the best place for this, particularly trains and subways. I’m usually reading too, so the way I see it, it’s fair game.

But a few weeks ago I was on the train to Baltimore and the unimaginable happened – I had no book to read. I tried to keep myself entertained during the ride: I fidgeted with my phone, scanned the emergency procedure pamphlet tucked in the seat in front of me, studied the scenery. It worked for about twenty minutes.

I was also trying to figure out which book the guy next to me was reading. I knew it was one of the Millennium Series novels, but I couldn’t figure out which one without being completely obvious. So, I broke the rules of book creeping (desperate times called for desperate measures) and I asked him.

Turns out, he was one of those bookworms who didn’t mind being interrupted from his book.

Honestly, I can’t remember what his name was, but let’s call him Matt. Matt was on a mission to read the book before he saw the movie. He’d realized that Hollywood rarely did justice to the original story. Which was why he was reading The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo.

As we talked I realized that Matt was a late bloomer, in the bookworm sense at least. He admitted that he never really liked books until recently and he talked about the novels he read with a new found excitement. He was probably one of those guys in high school who scanned Sparknotes and asked kids like me was the major themes of the book were.

“It’s kinda a shame that I didn’t read more sooner,” he said, “books are really great.”

It was actually a really nice conversation. I think I recommended I, Robot and I am Legend as well as The Girl Who Played with Fire. But it made me wonder what makes reading a passion for people. Why do some people gravitate instantly to it as soon as they have a basic understanding of letters while others discover it later? And why do some people never find it at all?

I think it’s partially attributed to attention span. But mostly I think it’s based on the reader’s ability to believe in someone that doesn’t exist and to be able to empathize with that imaginary person. Books become a passion when you’re not just reading words on a page, but taking them in and believing them without reservation.

Right before the train got to the station and we gathering up our things, Matt leaned over and said: “You know the Harry Potter movies? They suck compared to the novels.”

And so J. K. Rowling welcomes another fan to her legions.