Thursday, October 18, 2018

LOVE & BUBBLES IS PUBLISHED!

LOVE & BUBBLES, an anthology of queer romance under the sea, is PUBLISHED!!!!

 

Dive into romance with these twelve stories of queer love beneath the waves!

 

Love & Bubbles is a short fiction anthology of love stories united by an underwater theme and featuring characters from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

Amazon links coming soon, but you can order the paperback or download the ebook now at this link: https://gumroad.com/jayleejames Profits are split between the authors, so every sale is helping pay them.

Go on a deep-sea voyage to study a brand-new species alongside a cute, distracted scientist. Discover your magic with a water witch and the help of a cute mermaid. Explore the waters of an alien ocean. Get summoned to the surface with a grumpy old merman and his non-binary water demon neighbor. Swim with a catfish goddess, rescue a dolphin... and so much more!

 

Stories by:

 

Evvan Burke, Jaylee James (Editor), Jennifer Lee Rossman (Editor), Lia Cooper, Lizzie Colt, M. Hollis, Maggie Derrick, Mharie West, Minerva Cerridwen, Riley Sidell, V. S. Holmes, and Victoria Zelvin.

 

Note: Stories in this book could be categorized as "sweet" romance. They are all rated PG-13 with no heat level to speak of, meaning there is no on-page sex.

Paperback copies come with a free digital download of the ebook as epub, mobi, and pdf formats.

 

My story, Shallows, is about two men trying to rescue a dolphin from an aquarium... but one of them is secretly an encantado, a Brazilian dolphin shapeshifter. Encantados are a real mythological creature that I've loved since they were featured in an episode of The Wild Thornberrys. They're usually more on the evil side, but my Adriano is sweet and awkward.

 

But I'm not just an author this time! I'm also an editor! Jaylee edited the first anthology I was part of, Circuits & Slippers, and was gracious enough to take me on as er assistant when I asked er about editing.

My attitude was, to quote Legally Blonde, "What, like it's hard?"

Yes, it's hard. But it's also something I'm really passionate about. I've been in a lot of anthologies (a few that I haven't gotten around to announcing yet; stay tuned). I've had good editors and not so good editors, and I want to be one of the good ones. I want to nurture new authors, help people polish their words.

I want to be someone who amplifies stories about people who don't always have their voices heard.

 

I think we did that in this book, and I hope you'll enjoy it and donate copies to libraries and give them to LGBTQ+ youth so everyone can see that people like us can have happily ever afters.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Love & Bubbles Author Interview: Evvan Burke

Today I'm hosting an interview with Love & Bubbles author Evvan Burke, whole story Color and Pressure is a heist/romance between nervous deep-sea diver Liam and eccentric scientist Virgil, set in a submarine exploring the deepest parts of the ocean.


 

Evvan Burke is a UCSD graduate in Critical Gender Studies and Writing. His work can be found crawling out of the graveyard of print media. He can occasionally be found on Phaserburn.tumblr.com, and @Phaserburn on Instagram and Twitter.

 

What is your favorite thing about your story?



I think I have a good twist. I can't talk much about it, for obvious reasons, but I'm pretty proud of it.

What was the inspiration for your luminescent sea creatures?


Real life! Deep sea creatures range from super beautiful, super weird and so weird it's beautiful. But for these specific creatures, I thought a lot what Sea Hares would be like if they could glow.


Do you have a favorite memory of the ocean you'd like to share?


I learned how to scuba dive the summer before I started High School. It's part of the inspiration for having my characters go deep sea diving, because it is simultaneously so magical and so terrifying.


Which story in the anthology (not your own) are you most excited to read?


All of them! It sounds like everyone created amazing worlds for their stories. But I'm excited for "Summoned" for the grumpy merman alone.

Preorder here, and in case you missed it, I did a guest post about editing an anthology over at Mehek Writes: https://mehekwrites.com/2018/10/15/guest-post-jennifer-lee-rossman-on-editing-an-anthology-for-the-first-time/

Monday, October 15, 2018

Love & Bubbles Interview: V.S. Holmes

Today I'm pleased to host an interview with Love & Bubbles author V.S. Holmes!
 
V. S. Holmes is a gender-queer contract archaeologist and the author of Reforged and the Nel Bently Books. Smoke and Rain, the first in her fantasy quartet, was chosen for New Apple Literary’s 2015 Excellence in Independent Publishing Award. She can be found online at vsholmes.com, facebook.com/authorvsholmes, and @VS_Holmes.
 
Her L&B story is Familiar Waters. Bia, a catfish goddess, and her partner, Iguazu the river spirit, must hold onto each other tighter than ever when global warming changes their home.
 
You've written other fiction involving the sea. What's your favorite thing about writing ocean stories? I have! My short The Tempest, in the Out of the Darkness dark fantasy anthology, takes place on the ocean, and there are ocean-themes in some of my upcoming books. I'm fairly scared of water, though I force myself to face my fear by cave-diving and snorkeling at springs. I find the ocean--and any vast, unforgiving landscape--fascinating, and I like to explore stories where the environment is as much of an obstacle as the antagonist. My time in the Yucatan diving in cenotes inspired the jungle feel of Familiar Waters, though the South American jungle is very different in a lot of ways.

Do the names in your story have any special meaning?
They do! Iguazu is a river that serves as a portion of the border between Argentina and Brazil. It's best known for the beautiful Iguazu Falls just to the east of Paraguay. Bia is a shortening of the phonetic Spanish for "voyager" -- viajero.

Does your work as an archeologist influence your writing?
It certainly influences my Nel Bently Books, as Nel is also an archaeologist (though of the academic variety). I get to travel a lot, and often spend up to ten hours a day outside. We hike to very remote locations, often untouched by humans for several hundred years--even thousands. That close relationship with nature, particularly the wild, has a deep influence on my worlds. Our role as contract archaeologists to protect Native people's cultural histories from destruction and development also adds a lasting respect for other cultures and humans.
 

FreakShow Character Introduction: Theon

Every Monday from now until December 3rd, I'm introducing a character from my debut novel, Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic FreakShow! Today's character is...

 

Theon!

 

Theon is one half of Jack's communications specialist. He's black, confident bordering on arrogant, and not afraid to tell you what you're doing wrong. And Jack has a wee little crush on him.

 

Theon is a freak, a descendant of people who were genetically engineered to have superhuman abilities when they hear a certain song. Along with Parthen and Theon, he performs as psychic, conjoined triplets (more about that in the next weeks). He can also read minds.

 

Most of my characters were inspired by lyrics from American Pie. Theon is the "father" in "the father, son, and the holy ghost." His name actually comes from the Latin word for "god."

 

I imagine Theon as looking like Michael Ealy. (I have trouble distinguishing faces but "casting" the movie version of your book is apparently a Thing, so I maaay have asked some people "what is the name of a very pretty black man?")

 

Preorder here and add it on Goodreads!

 

Come back next Monday to meet Parthen!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Love & Bubbles Cover Reveal!

Love & Bubbles
An anthology of queer underwater love stories
Edited by Jaylee James & Jennifer Lee Rossman 

 
 
 
Dive into romance with these thirteen stories of queer love under the sea!

Love & Bubbles is a short fiction anthology of love stories united by an underwater theme and featuring characters from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

Go on a deep-sea voyage to study a brand-new species alongside a cute, distracted scientist. Discover your magic with a water witch and the help of a cute mermaid. Explore the waters of an alien ocean. Get summoned to the surface with a grumpy old merman and his non-binary water demon neighbor. Swim with a catfish goddess, rescue a dolphin... and so much more!

Featuring stories by: 

Evvan Burke
Minerva Cerridwen
Lizzie Colt
Lia Cooper
Maggie Derrick
M. Hollis
V. S. Holmes
Jaylee James
Jennifer Lee Rossman
Riley Sidell
Mharie West
Victoria Zelvin 
 
About the Editors:

Jaylee James is a nonbinary writer, editor, and story curator native to Kansas City who is best known as the editor of Circuits & Slippers, an anthology of science-fiction fairytales, and Vitality Magazine, which published LGBTQ+ genre fiction between 2014-2016. E also writes a smattering of short fiction and video games. Learn more at JayleeJames.com.
 
Jennifer Lee Rossman is a science fiction geek from Oneonta, New York, who has never ever threatened to run over anyone with her wheelchair. Nope, definitely not. Her debut novel, Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic Freakshow, will be published in December 2018. She blogs at jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com and tweets @JenLRossman.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic Freakshow Giveaway!

Want to win a signed copy of Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic Freakshow AND this starry carnival cross stitch?


We're holding a giveaway all this week over at World Weaver Press's blog (and you can read the first few pages of chapter one):

https://www.worldweaverpress.com/blog/giveaway-jack-jetstarks-intergalactic-freakshow

Monday, October 8, 2018

FreakShow Character Introduction: Merulo

Every Monday from now until December 3rd, I'm introducing a character from my debut novel, Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic FreakShow! Today's character is...

 

Merulo!

 

 
Merulo is Jack's first mate. He is asexual and aromantic, and comes from a toxic planet called Valeo. Having grown up in a wasteland, he has a passion for protecting the environment and bringing peace to the universe... but he also really enjoys bloodshed and war. Merulo is a conflicted man, but you won't find anyone more loyal.

 

Merulo is a freak, a descendant of people who were genetically engineered to have superhuman abilities when they hear a certain song. He turns into a beast, sort of a combination of a werewolf and a bigfoot.

 

Most of my characters were inspired by lyrics from American Pie, and musicians referenced in it. Merulo is based partially on John Lennon ("Lennon" means "blackbird," and the Latin name for blackbird is "merula"), and his home planet being a radiation hazard was inspired by "the birds flew off with a fallout shelter."

 

If Jack is Han Solo, Merulo is Chewbacca. I even accidentally drew inspiration from the prison transfer scene. My "dream casting" for Merulo would be Sean Baek, who plays Fancy on Killjoys.

 

Preorder here and add it on Goodreads!

 

Come back next Monday to meet Theon!