Tuesday, November 12, 2019

I'm on a Children's Fiction Rec List

Read Me A Story, Ink has included my story "Dragon's Hoard" as a five-star read on its list of stories to read aloud to kids, in the grade 5-8 category. Thanks to Dave Henderson, whose story "Dragon Jet Propulsion" is also on the list, for posting about it on Facebook so I could find out about it.

Our stories were originally published in Wings of Change, edited by Lyn Worthen. "Green Camouflage" by Jamie Aldis, "The Soul By Which We Measure Ours" by C.H. Hung, "Of Dragons and Centaurs" by Deb Logan, and "Old Enough to Volunteer" by Laura Ware were also in Wings of Change, and included on the recommendation list. Lyn obviously put together an awesome anthology. :D

Monday, April 8, 2019

New Release -- Uncanny Valley

A new book called The Uncanny Valley is now available!

This is a novelette, a contemporary fantasy about 10K words long, set in Silicon Valley.

"Uncanny Valley" is part of a group project called The Uncollected Anthology. It started in 2015, with a group of writers who loved urban and contemporary fantasy and wanted to write for more theme anthologies in those areas. But putting an anthology together is a lot of work, and that work doesn't stop when the book comes out. Nobody wanted to do that on a regular basis.

Then writer Dayle Dermatis got the idea of doing an uncollected anthology, where they'd write to a theme, but each writer would publish their own story as a separate e-book. They could coordinate release dates, use a cover template so the stories all looked like they went together, and have everyone chip in on promoting the project.

Later on, when bundling became viable as a do-it-yourself process, they started collecting the Uncollected Anthology, so now if you want all the stories, you can buy an actual anthology of each of the thrice-yearly issues. Or you can buy one or more of the individual stories, whichever you prefer.

Individual story: "The Uncanny Valley:"

Darcy James, a Detective Sergeant with the recently-formed Uncanny Crime Division, always has more on her plate than there are hours in the day. Hysterical civilians are screaming "Magic!" every time they catch a cold or get a flat tire. Overdosing on a new uncanny drug called Turbo results in gruesome death. And what's up with the dogs commuting into downtown every day on the train?

Somehow Darcy has to figure out what's real and what's not in a world turned inside-out, hopefully before anyone else dies.

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The whole anthology:

All sorts of things make their way into a city.

They come, they breed, they adapt. One day, you’re looking at a raccoon breaking into a garbage can.

The next day, you’re not sure what you’re looking at, but it has intelligent eyes, lizard scales, and tentacles.

Should you get rid of it, or try to tame it? Spray some repellant, set out cheese for a midnight snack, or set the whole city on fire?

Can you make friends? And if you can, will it be more trouble than it’s worth?

Or will it lead to something glorious?

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Release -- Wings of Change

A new anthology called Wings of Change released today!

Tales of wise, ancient dragons dispensing wisdom, hoarding treasure, terrorizing villages, and doing battle with noble heroes have long fascinated us. But dragons were not born old and wise, nor were heroes born brave and noble.

Wings of Change gathers tales of young dragons growing into their scales, and human youths making choices that shape their destinies -- destinies that will be forever changed by their interaction with the dragons.

My story in this book, "A Dragon's Hoard," is about a young dragon engaging on a rite of adulthood -- searching beyond the lands she knows for the first item that will form the basis of her adult hoard. Then things get weird....

This anthology contains:

"Scales of Lapis and Jasper" by Anj Dockrey
"The Greatest in Iceland" by Grayson Towler
"Trial by Fire" by Erin Fitzgerald
"Two Against the Skitters" by Jana S. Brown
"The Prize" by Melissa McShane
"The Shadow Dragon" by L.D.B. Taylor
"Care and Feeding" by Edward Ahern
"Old Enough to Volunteer" by Laura Ware
"Touch of the Silver Dragon" by Claire Davon
"Blossoms in the Desert" by Joni B. Haws
"Dragon's Hoard" by Angela Penrose
"A Most Unserious Dragon" by Annie Reed
"Dragon Jet Propulsion" by David H. Hendrickson
"Imuji" by Liz Pierce
"Green Camouflage" by Jamie Aldis
"Invincible" by Stephanie Barr
"Star Dragon" by C.M. Brennan
"The Soul By Which We Measure Ours" by C.H. Hung
"Of Dragons and Centaurs" by Deb Logan
"Claws of Change" by Deanna Baran
"The Last of a Thing" by Douglas Smith
"Saffron Dragon" by Jodi L. Milner
"A Dragon Bigger Than My Stories" by Jonathon Mast

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New Release -- Feel the Love

A new anthology called Feel the Love just released recently.

Love. An essential and important part of the human experience. And in Feel the Love, editor Mark Leslie takes readers on a journey through the various forms of that powerful emotion. From the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, these eighteen talented writers brilliantly capture the concept of love. Comforting and thoughtful, uplifting and warm, these stories might just restore your faith in humanity.

My story in this book, "Loving Abby," is an SF story about a colony whose children begin to vanish.

This anthology contains:

“Thief” by Michael Kowal
“Death’s Other Cousin” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Making Amends” by David Stier
“Frostwitch vs. the Ravages of Time” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Goddess Killer” by Lauryn Christopher
“Love Locks” by Dale Hartley Emery
“Love Bots” by Dæmon Crowe
“Loving Abby” by Angela Penrose
“Foiled” by Brigid Collins
“A Love to Remember” by Tonya D. Price
“The Refurbished Companion” by Kelly Washington
“The Secret of Catnip” by Stefon Mears
“Lifeblood” by Alexandra Brandt
“Who Loves the Unloved?” by Laura Ware
“Henry and Beth at the Funeral Home” by Joe Cron
“Truth and Lies” by David H. Hendrickson
“With Love in Their Hearts” by Robert Jeschonek
“Every Day New, Bright and Beautiful” by Annie Reed

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