Monday, June 18, 2018

New Author Photos

My aunt came for a visit from Florida last week. We had a lovely time, and took some new author photos! Now I have a variety to pick from for all my upcoming publications, with various jaunty hats.

Also, those of you who subscribe to the Diabolical Plots newsletter got a story from me in their inbox this morning... The rest of you can read it for free on the website next month. It's a good one, too, about Jesus and an atheist going on an adventure to save the world from Satan!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Review: Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers by Sarena Ulibarri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full disclosure, I'm one of the authors. But my rating is for the other 16 stories and the book as a whole. I didn't love all the stories, but I enjoyed them all.

"Caught Root" by Julia K. Patt
A sweet story but it ended just when I was getting into it.

"The Spider and the Stars" by D.K. Mok
Look out, Charlotte's Web. The literary world has another spider to ugly-cry over, and her name is Artemis. (Seriously. That plaque on the statue near the end. Too beautiful.)

"Riot of the Wind and Sun" by Jennifer Lee Rossman
Oh look, it's me! I'm so honored that my little Australian town is part of this book, and part of the beginning of this new genre. Solarpunk is still in its infancy, still being defined, and to have even a small hand in it is just... amazing.

"Fyrewall" by Stefani Cox
Didn't really grab my attention, but I love the diversity in The Council! Points for mentioning disabled people during an evacuation.

"Watch Out, Red Crusher!" by Shel Graves
Me excitedly telling my mom about this story: "It's like Divergent but with mood rings and the people emit light and if you're a bad color you have go live on the Freeway with the thieves!"

"The Call of the Wold" by Holly Schofield
I found the plot of this one less exciting than the other stories, but it was a really enjoyable read with a narrator who has an amusing way of speaking.

"Camping With City Boy" by Jerri Jerreat
I didn't particularly care for this story. It feels less polished than the others, and the plot was... uninteresting to me. Most of that is probably just my fondness for the big stories about space and robots, but most of the sci-fi in this story was in the background. And I would have dumped city boy out of the canoe very soon after page 1.

"A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine" by Jaymee Goh
I want more of this story and its crocodile farm! It's rare that a story featuring something like crocodiles used as a means of human body disposal still manages to be light and hopeful.

"Midsummer Night's Heist" by Commando Jugendstil and Tales from the EV Studio
I feel like this story and my story would be friends. A bunch of people working through the night on basically a big art installation. My one complaint is that the character who uses a wheelchair wasn't out IN the fun, but rather stayed home and coordinated stuff.

"Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees" by Wendy Nikel
Too beautiful. Sentient tree machine contemplating its own existence.

"New Siberia" by Blake Jessop
Hate the use of the word "cr*ppled," but otherwise very nice. Got an alien snake lady in it.

"Grover: Case #C09 920, 'The Most Dangerous Blend'" by Edward Edmonds
A little grittier take on solarpunk. I generally don't love murder mysteries unless they're super funny cozies that have an amateur detective with a cat, so this story isn't really my type. I do want to know so much more about Ishani and the world she lives in, though.

"Amber Waves" by Sam S. Kepfield
A fine story that's a little more realistic than the others.

"Grow, Give, Repeat" by Gregory Scheckler
Pros: A chicken named Frumpy Bob. Cons: Frumpy Bob dies. And that about sums up this story for me: It's adorable and sweet but bad things happen to chickens and it made me sad. Still hopeful at the end, though.

"Cable Town Delivery" by M. Lopes da Silva
Traveling library visits a town in the sky. My only complaint is that this is not an entire novel.

"Women of White Water" by Helen Kenwright
I was pleased to see magic woven into what is ostensibly a sci-fi book. And with old trans people, too!

"Under the Northern Lights" by Charlotte M. Ray
Could there be a more sweet and pure romance to end this book with? No. No, there could not be.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Coober Pedy - And All My Upcoming Anthologies

Couple brief updates. It's been a busy month.


I dd a guest post over on the World Weaver Press blog about Coober Pedy, the real-life inspiration for my Glass and Gardens story.


And I just realized I have stories in SIX anthologies coming out in the second half of the year! What! I'm not sure I've announced them all here, but here they are. I'll put up more details on my stories when they get closer.


Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack

Love & Bubbles

Battling in All Her Finery: Tales of Women Who Rule

Unidentified Funny Objects 7

We Shall Be Monsters

From a Cat's View

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers is Published!

Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, featuring my story Riot of the Wind and Sun, is published!

Solarpunk is a type of optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies. The seventeen stories in this volume are not dull utopias—they grapple with real issues such as the future and ethics of our food sources, the connection between technology and nature, and the interpersonal conflicts that arise no matter how peaceful the world is. In these pages you’ll find a guerilla art installation in Milan, a murder mystery set in a weather manipulation facility, and a world where you are judged by the glow of your solar nanite implants. From an opal mine in Australia to the seed vault at Svalbard, from a wheat farm in Kansas to a crocodile ranch in Malaysia, these are stories of adaptation, ingenuity, and optimism for the future of our world and others. For readers who are tired of dystopias and apocalypses, these visions of a brighter future will be a breath of fresh air.

I'm always honored to be included in an anthology, but it's especially exciting because solarpunk is such a new genre. We're building it as we go, and my little Australian opal mines are forever going to be a part of the genre's infancy.



World Weaver Press


Friday, June 1, 2018

Anachronism Tour

The release party for Anachronism starts today with a post on Clare Diston's blog, where I'm talking about how my novella almost didn't happen. Thanks, Clare!

And Sarena Ulibarri, editor of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers (not to mention my upcoming novel), was kind enough to interview me on her blog:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Anachronism is Published!!!!!

My time travel novella Anachronism is now available in ebook and paperback! It's been in the works for close to two years, but now I can finally introduce the world to Petra, Moses, and Davenport!




I would love it if you could leave a review on Amazon if you like the book. (Not only do reviews help me sell more books, but it helps all the authors at my publisher get more attention for their books.

For the next week or so, my blog is going to feature interviews and guest posts I did to promote the book, so check back there if you're interested.

Oh, and get this: Yesterday I sold a copy of Anachronism to the local bookstore in the mall and they took down Neil DeGrasse Tyson's book to put mine on display. No big deal. Just my book replacing the book of my favorite living scientist.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Illustration Reveal!

Brief programming note: Anachronism comes out in TWO DAYS and the next week is going to be WILD with blog tours and release party stuff. And Glass and Gardens: Solarpunnk Summers comes out next Tuesday. And then my aunt is visiting from Florida and you won't hear from me for a while.


Now, on to the reveal...


This is the illustration for "Login," my Rumplestiltskin retelling featured in BRAVE NEW GIRLS: TALES OF HEROINES WHO HACK!

Sharon Emmitt is the artist, and is also my friend's sister. I believe this is her first published artwork.

BRAVE NEW GIRLS: TALES OF HEROINES WHO HACK will be released on July 5! Preorder now: