naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Default)
Hey, everyone!

It's time for the Circlet Press author chat for Like a Treasure Found!

As you know Bob, Sargon's story The Ancient Shrine of the Double Cross is in the anthology, along with some really great stories by other really great authors (Sacchi Green, OMG).

Stop by the Circlet Press Livejournal between now and Sunday and talk to the anthology authors! As a bonus, one commenter will be chosen at random to receive a copy!

What are you waiting for? It's a chance to talk about pirates, sex, and writing! Go and help make this a successful event!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Default)
Hey!

First, and most briefly, we're rolling stuff out on the Kindle, finally. We're trying it out on Hour of the Gryphon first.



So, if you've been holding off because you don't want to sign up with a Smashwords account, you can do it through the Great Smiling Satan. It's still available on Smashwords in pretty much every format you could wish for, of course.

If you do grab it through Amazon, let me know how it looks! I am so jazzed to see it have an official Amazon page and everything. It's awesome.

Next, Sargon's got a story in the new Circlet Press anthology, Like a Treasure Found: Erotic Tales of Pirates!



Available right here, and on sale until September 13!

Table of Contents:

On Arid Seas by Bernie Mojzes
Of Great Renown by Diane Kepler
The Pirate from the Sky by Sacchi Green
The Ancient Shrine of the Double Cross by Paul Batteiger
A Shelter From All Storms by Kaysee Renee Robichaud
Daniel by Emily Moreton
The Final Voyage of the Devil’s Prow by Cèsar Sanchez Zapata

Here's an excerpt from Sargon's story, The Ancient Shrine of the Double Cross!

The entrance was choked with vines, but they could thread their way through until they were out of the light. Jim relaxed a bit when they were out of sight of her ship, but she still might try something at any moment.

He let go of her and she stepped away. She had that big broomhandle Mauser strapped to her right hip, and he kept a close eye on that. She looked him up and down with her green eyes glinting in the darkness like a jaguar sizing him up for dinner.

"Why Jim Slade you look like a month of disasters," she smirked at him. He tensed when she reached out and picked at his ragged shirt, as if trying to pull the tatters back together. Then she put her bare hand on his chest and traced her finger along the scratch he'd gotten in a fight with that big Cimarroon down by the river. "Still, I'd lick you down to a nub if I had the time."

He was looking her over too. The dark, tawny skin, the heavy features and wide, full lips. Sun had bleached her hair lighter than when he'd seen her last, with little braids at her temples keeping it out of her eyes. Her shirt was cut short and the sleeves ripped off to keep cool. Her pants slung low over her wide hips showed her golden belly with sweat tricking down the curves. Rips here and there showed her skin through down to her boots, laced tight up her calves.

Jim remembered licking those calves while he thrust between her thighs, feeling her liquid and hot, her breasts under his hands as she heaved and panted-

He made himself stop, shook his head like a wet dog. Get back in the game. He batted her hand aside and motioned at her with his .45. "Get moving. If you're keeping that saber, use it."

She smirked and turned, set to hacking the vines down to clear a path. She flicked on her light here and there to see, chopped down the thicker vines with quick cuts of her old CSA cavalry sword. He admired the play of her muscles under her skin as she worked.

Lilly cut a path and he followed her, watching and listening as insects skittered away from them in the darkness, half seen and glad for it. He knew damned well what kinds of nightmare bugs they had in this damned country.

He made sure to keep up with her, but not too close. He ducked swinging vines, pushed hanging moss out of his face, took a step, and the floor dropped out from under him.


C'mon! PIRATE SEX. This is a seriously awesome story. Just SO much fun. Go show the love. This is definitely an Adventurotica story, by the way. Tell your pirate-loving friends!



Also, Tony Frazier's awesome superhero novel Hero Go Home is up on Smashwords and Amazon!

Superhero Digger appears in his very first novel! When he is approached by some former teammates to join a new supergroup, Digger jumps at the chance, even though his role is only to mentor a younger, more powerful hero. But then a mysterious figure from his past warns him that all is not as it seems, and soon, all hell breaks loose. Literally.

Green monkeys and a Silver Scorpion! A Man Who's Known By Many Names! Balloon Armor! Ninja Robots! A Valkyrie Riding a Giant Wolf! A Deus Ex Machina! An Alien Invasion! Superbattles Galore! Hell on Earth! All in Color for a Dime!

Okay, that last one was a lie. It's a prose novel, and it's $3.99. But all the rest, seriously. Go read it.


I can hardly sum it up better than that. Frazier is one of the most flat-out funny people I know, and his writing is absolutely no exception. His blogs (The Stole Frazier's Brain! and Hero Go Home) are worth sticking around for, too. Cheesy movies, classic comics, and old radio serials galore! And superheroes. There should be more superhero prose fiction in the world. And it should be like this.

. . .

I've given you stuff to read! Why are you still here? Go click!
naamah_darling: A five-pointed star around a crescent moon, superimposed over a photo of the real full moon. (Witches' Mark)
Witches' Mark Chapter 22: Bad Ideas is up over at [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams!

This is where shit starts to get real. The first real confrontation between our good gal and our bad guy, and the point at which things start to go seriously wrong.

Way fun.

I have also released an erotic short on Smashwords for $0.99.

Wings



When Sara finally works up the nerve to get the tattoo she's always wanted, she finds that the intimacy of pain is a fine prelude to the intimacy of pleasure. Tempted by her handsome young tattoo artist, grounded by her adoring husband, will she fall or will she fly? Short but sweet, this erotic story is sure to get under your skin.

Wings has previously appeared on ScarletLetters.com and in The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol. 4, edited by Maxim Jakubowski.

So, there it is! Click on the picture to get there. I am really proud of that cover. Looks sharp.

It's regular contemporary erotica, not Adventurotica. I have a number of shorts lying around gathering dust, and I'm in the process of prepping them for release as e-books. I just need to do covers for all of them, which will be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

Yeesh. I don't like writing sales blurbs, though. I wish I could outsource that shit.

And don't forget about Hour of the Gryphon and Pride and Prostitutes!

I have been really tired and feeling unwell, so I haven't gotten around to sorting out the stuff I'm going to sell, so right now we're relying on donations from [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams readers. We will need to be getting a non-totaled car soon, though, so I need to get on that. Until then, if you donate even a dollar, you can read the story in progress and the ~700,000 words of other porn that's up there already. It's a really bloody good deal.





naamah_darling: A five-pointed star around a crescent moon, superimposed over a photo of the real full moon. (Witches' Mark)
Witches' Mark Chapter 22: Bad Ideas is up over at [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams!

This is where shit starts to get real. The first real confrontation between our good gal and our bad guy, and the point at which things start to go seriously wrong.

Way fun.

I have also released an erotic short on Smashwords for $0.99.

Wings



When Sara finally works up the nerve to get the tattoo she's always wanted, she finds that the intimacy of pain is a fine prelude to the intimacy of pleasure. Tempted by her handsome young tattoo artist, grounded by her adoring husband, will she fall or will she fly? Short but sweet, this erotic story is sure to get under your skin.

Wings has previously appeared on ScarletLetters.com and in The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol. 4, edited by Maxim Jakubowski.

So, there it is! Click on the picture to get there. I am really proud of that cover. Looks sharp.

It's regular contemporary erotica, not Adventurotica. I have a number of shorts lying around gathering dust, and I'm in the process of prepping them for release as e-books. I just need to do covers for all of them, which will be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

Yeesh. I don't like writing sales blurbs, though. I wish I could outsource that shit.

And don't forget about Hour of the Gryphon and Pride and Prostitutes!

I have been really tired and feeling unwell, so I haven't gotten around to sorting out the stuff I'm going to sell, so right now we're relying on donations from [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams readers. We will need to be getting a non-totaled car soon, though, so I need to get on that. Until then, if you donate even a dollar, you can read the story in progress and the ~700,000 words of other porn that's up there already. It's a really bloody good deal.





naamah_darling: The letter A in a compass rose. (Adventurotica)
I just want to say, very briefly, that Smashwords has earned my loyalty and my respect.

It's a small outfit; I don't know how many people actually work there, but it's not very many, and when I have asked support questions, it was the site's founder who answered them both times.

Twice now, they have helped me out: once to patiently point me at something I could have found if I'd been looking in the right place, and second, to fix a stupid, stupid mistake I had made that required some account surgery to fix. Something I was pretty sure they would not be willing/able to do.

Also, not only do they call their adult content filter the "prude filter," it's opt-in, not opt-out.

I do not hesitate to recommend them, if self e-publishing is how you want to go about getting your stuff out there and you don't want to mess with conversion software yourself. Everything I have done so far has been easy and painless, and their style/formatting guide is both thorough and easy to understand (whereas documentation for the Kindle publication platform totally stinks), and has enabled me to, twice, format e-books that came out on the other side of the Meatgrinder as good-looking, legible e-books.

The only complaint I have is that there is currently no way to assign dual authorship to a book. That's unfortunate, but hardly a dealbreaker, and I am hopeful that the founder, Mark Coker, will address that in some way in the future, given that he seems committed to steering Smashwords in a writer-friendly direction. So far the site seems very responsive to authors' needs.

Others have complained that it takes time for books to get approved for this or that, or that communications go unanswered. Yes, this happens, but I'm not complaining. When you understand how few people are on staff there, it becomes understandable. The wait for premium listing is tolerable. If you need support, and you don't hear back in 48 hours, try them again. They are extremely friendly and helpful.

It's a wonderful service, and the basic account creation and setup and book conversion costs you nothing, so you aren't out anything up front but whatever you spent making the cover. Your book is available for purchase as soon as it comes out the other side of the conversion process (an hour to several hours).

Highly recommended. I wish them lots of luck, and hope they stay a good company to work with!
naamah_darling: The letter A in a compass rose. (Adventurotica)
I just want to say, very briefly, that Smashwords has earned my loyalty and my respect.

It's a small outfit; I don't know how many people actually work there, but it's not very many, and when I have asked support questions, it was the site's founder who answered them both times.

Twice now, they have helped me out: once to patiently point me at something I could have found if I'd been looking in the right place, and second, to fix a stupid, stupid mistake I had made that required some account surgery to fix. Something I was pretty sure they would not be willing/able to do.

Also, not only do they call their adult content filter the "prude filter," it's opt-in, not opt-out.

I do not hesitate to recommend them, if self e-publishing is how you want to go about getting your stuff out there and you don't want to mess with conversion software yourself. Everything I have done so far has been easy and painless, and their style/formatting guide is both thorough and easy to understand (whereas documentation for the Kindle publication platform totally stinks), and has enabled me to, twice, format e-books that came out on the other side of the Meatgrinder as good-looking, legible e-books.

The only complaint I have is that there is currently no way to assign dual authorship to a book. That's unfortunate, but hardly a dealbreaker, and I am hopeful that the founder, Mark Coker, will address that in some way in the future, given that he seems committed to steering Smashwords in a writer-friendly direction. So far the site seems very responsive to authors' needs.

Others have complained that it takes time for books to get approved for this or that, or that communications go unanswered. Yes, this happens, but I'm not complaining. When you understand how few people are on staff there, it becomes understandable. The wait for premium listing is tolerable. If you need support, and you don't hear back in 48 hours, try them again. They are extremely friendly and helpful.

It's a wonderful service, and the basic account creation and setup and book conversion costs you nothing, so you aren't out anything up front but whatever you spent making the cover. Your book is available for purchase as soon as it comes out the other side of the conversion process (an hour to several hours).

Highly recommended. I wish them lots of luck, and hope they stay a good company to work with!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Pride and Prostitutes)
Hey! Pride and Prostitutes is on the bestsellers list at Smashwords!

Right now, the link is here. It's currently at #14!

It must be determined by how many copies have sold in a given time period, because it can't be quantity. I've sold 34, which is awesome, but probably not enough to qualify, on its own, as a bestselling anything.

Still! Keep up the good work, 'cause this is awesome! Thank you guys so, so much.

And don't forget! If you link and spread the word, then comment on this entry, you have a chance to win either a free e-book of your choice (of two, I know, the options are overwhelming, try not to hyperventilate) or a free month on [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams! I'll be doing the drawing after midnight US Central time tonight.

And the coupon code NK74H entered at checkout will still get you 20% off until tomorrow!

So happy. It's a tiny thing, but at this point I'll take any validation I can get!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Pride and Prostitutes)
Hey! Pride and Prostitutes is on the bestsellers list at Smashwords!

Right now, the link is here. It's currently at #14!

It must be determined by how many copies have sold in a given time period, because it can't be quantity. I've sold 34, which is awesome, but probably not enough to qualify, on its own, as a bestselling anything.

Still! Keep up the good work, 'cause this is awesome! Thank you guys so, so much.

And don't forget! If you link and spread the word, then comment on this entry, you have a chance to win either a free e-book of your choice (of two, I know, the options are overwhelming, try not to hyperventilate) or a free month on [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams! I'll be doing the drawing after midnight US Central time tonight.

And the coupon code NK74H entered at checkout will still get you 20% off until tomorrow!

So happy. It's a tiny thing, but at this point I'll take any validation I can get!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Pride and Prostitutes)
Pride and Prostitutes

Pride and Prostitutes is out in e-book format!

There is a bonus scene in there that is only available to folks that purchase the e-book.

From the copy:

Deal With the Devil Woman, an 8,000-word M/M/F scene in which bad-guy rancher Arch Whitlock's daughter Black Abby and her two rough-and-tumble ranch hands show Cas Kane exactly what goes on at the Whitlock Ranch when nobody's looking. Thanks to a lesson involving bit, bridle, pony tail, and riding crop, Cas learns the true meaning of "rode hard and put away wet." This scene is available only to those who purchase this e-book!


It's priced at $3.99! A complete fucking steal for 201,000+ words of hot Adventurotica-brand adventure sex, wild west style!

BUT if you order between now and Friday and use the promo code NK74H at checkout, you'll get 20% off! This only applies to Pride and Prostitutes, and you must remember to enter the code!

I have also dropped prices on Hour of the Gryphon! It's now $2.99. Pricing: proving to be difficult to get the hang of.

I am super, super excited about this.

I want to thank some friends of ours that I cannot name (ahem) who borrowed a friend of a friend's genuine Western saddle for the photoshoot that we used for the cover image. If you go to this fucking enormous file at Flickr, you can see it original size. Not perfect, but still a damn fine job. Thank you guys for making it possible. That saddle smelled SO HOT.

I also want to thank Sargon. Because he is the best husband ever, and none of this would be happening without him. He's amazing, he really is.

Spread the word! Twitter, Facebook, LJ, whatever! Link me to it and at the end of the week I will pick someone to get a free book, whichever one they like, OR, put them down for a free month over at [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams, whichever they prefer!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Pride and Prostitutes)
Pride and Prostitutes

Pride and Prostitutes is out in e-book format!

There is a bonus scene in there that is only available to folks that purchase the e-book.

From the copy:

Deal With the Devil Woman, an 8,000-word M/M/F scene in which bad-guy rancher Arch Whitlock's daughter Black Abby and her two rough-and-tumble ranch hands show Cas Kane exactly what goes on at the Whitlock Ranch when nobody's looking. Thanks to a lesson involving bit, bridle, pony tail, and riding crop, Cas learns the true meaning of "rode hard and put away wet." This scene is available only to those who purchase this e-book!


It's priced at $3.99! A complete fucking steal for 201,000+ words of hot Adventurotica-brand adventure sex, wild west style!

BUT if you order between now and Friday and use the promo code NK74H at checkout, you'll get 20% off! This only applies to Pride and Prostitutes, and you must remember to enter the code!

I have also dropped prices on Hour of the Gryphon! It's now $2.99. Pricing: proving to be difficult to get the hang of.

I am super, super excited about this.

I want to thank some friends of ours that I cannot name (ahem) who borrowed a friend of a friend's genuine Western saddle for the photoshoot that we used for the cover image. If you go to this fucking enormous file at Flickr, you can see it original size. Not perfect, but still a damn fine job. Thank you guys for making it possible. That saddle smelled SO HOT.

I also want to thank Sargon. Because he is the best husband ever, and none of this would be happening without him. He's amazing, he really is.

Spread the word! Twitter, Facebook, LJ, whatever! Link me to it and at the end of the week I will pick someone to get a free book, whichever one they like, OR, put them down for a free month over at [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams, whichever they prefer!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Weird Tales)
Sucker Love: Celebrating the naughty tentacle

December has been declared a very Lovecraftian month over at Tor.com, and Weird Tales has partnered with them to provide some suitably tenta-cool content. Naturally, I was asked to write about tentacle sex. It was the single most awesome assignment I have ever had. It also turned out to be surprisingly difficult. There was so much more I could have said.

All of your (lovely) responses to the tentacle sex survey were what made this article possible. Well, that and the generous help of the folks at Whipspider Rubberworks, who make a really awesome tentacle sex toy, and who agreed to answer a few questions.

Thank you all so much for your help. Now go forth and enjoy the end result!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Weird Tales)
Sucker Love: Celebrating the naughty tentacle

December has been declared a very Lovecraftian month over at Tor.com, and Weird Tales has partnered with them to provide some suitably tenta-cool content. Naturally, I was asked to write about tentacle sex. It was the single most awesome assignment I have ever had. It also turned out to be surprisingly difficult. There was so much more I could have said.

All of your (lovely) responses to the tentacle sex survey were what made this article possible. Well, that and the generous help of the folks at Whipspider Rubberworks, who make a really awesome tentacle sex toy, and who agreed to answer a few questions.

Thank you all so much for your help. Now go forth and enjoy the end result!
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Deadline accomplished, headway made on next deadline.

So, without further ado, I take this brief interval of free time to present the fruits of others' labor! All of these people are very dear to me.

First, and I hope Marianne and Cherie aren't offended that I am totally putting him first, Sargon has a story appearing in the pirate anthology Fast Ships, Black Sails.



Amazon order page.

Night Shade books order page.

It's edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and features stories by Paul Batteiger (that's Sargon!), Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Naomi Novik, Michael Moorcock, and Garth Nix. And others. No offense intended to those I left off the list. Those are just the names that made me sit up and say "HOLY SHIT, NAOMI NOVIK AND MICHAEL MOORCOCK! ELIZABETH BEAR! SARAH MONETTE! I AM NOW AWESOME BY ASSOCIATION!"

Ahem. Anyway. Now THIS is fun:


It's a video of some of the authors reading aloud from their stories. Sargon's is the opener (after the song bit) with the pirate poem and atmospheric candlelight and his growly growling, and the squeaksqueaksqueaking of my crappy camera, which we will totally overlook because the growling is cool.

Some of the other authors totally had fun with theirs, too. Like, right now the embedded YouTube clip is showing me a guy in a bandanna with a rubber shark on his shoulder. That is not Sargon, but it is still cool.

By the way, the poem does not appear in the story. The story has lots of snow and ice (it is about pirates that sail ON THE ICE when a mini ice-age freezes the Atlantic and . . . you just have to read it, it's really grim and manly). However, it was July when he shot the video, so he had to work with what he had. I think it came out pretty well. Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] lobanorth? You cannot see it, but your wolf pelt is the enormous thing in the background that, in fact, makes the background look black.

Here is a wallpaper I made to commemorate this piratical occasion:

Fast Ships, Black Sails fullscreen wallpaper

That is the fullscreen version; the widescreen version is here. Download, enjoy, order! And if anyone with more time or more excellent graphic skills wants to make a wallpaper of their own to share with us, please do so. The original is here and it is huge.

Second, Cherie Priest's ([livejournal.com profile] cmpriest's) Fathom comes out in December.



What is it about?

A decidedly dark departure from Priest’s Eden Moore saga (Four and Twenty Blackbirds, etc.), this stand-alone novel is equal parts horror, contemporary fantasy and apocalyptic thriller. During a summer vacation to her aunt’s coastal Florida home, innocent teen Nia sees her cousin Bernice commit a brutal murder and then get dragged into the ocean by a monstrous water witch. Nia becomes inadvertently entangled in a conflict between primordial creatures that endangers the very existence of humankind. Entombed in stone for countless years, Nia eventually emerges from her cocoon transformed, only to realize that an old god is close to awakening and destroying the world. Priest’s haunting lyricism and graceful narrative are complemented by the solemn, cynical thematic undercurrents with a tangible gravity and depth. This is arguably her most ambitious—and accomplished—work to date. (Dec.)

That's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about it. I think it sounds rockass awesome, and my copy is preordered. You, too, can preorder right now at Amazon.

She gets the best covers, I swear.

And, finally, I do not have a nifty cover graphic yet, but I do have a fabulous book to recommend.

Kate Harding of Shapely Prose and LiveJournal's own Marianne Kirby, aka [livejournal.com profile] onceupon, have written a book about body image and body acceptance that I think is going to rock the world.

It is called Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body. I've been eagerly awaiting this for some months, and am so proud of both Marianne and Kate, and so eager to both read it and to have it out there where it can do some good.

You can pre-order it here! I really, really recommend it.

It's very well and good to be told to accept your body the way it is (which is a good thing to do), that being fat is okay (and it is), but it's another thing to really accept that. And that is what this book is about. Learning to make peace with yourself, and what you are. And that is such an important thing to do, oh my god, people, it really is. So please, if this is an issue that has hurt you like it's hurt me and loads of other folks I know, give this one a try. I trust Kate and Marianne implicitly, and I know that their book will be both informative and helpful. Also very funny, because they rock like that.

I think that about concludes my publishing day. I am exhausted, but also very happy, and I hope you don't mind the spamming too much. These folks are all really important to me, I love them all, and I really want to see them all get the love and attention and marvelous fans that they can possibly get.
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Deadline accomplished, headway made on next deadline.

So, without further ado, I take this brief interval of free time to present the fruits of others' labor! All of these people are very dear to me.

First, and I hope Marianne and Cherie aren't offended that I am totally putting him first, Sargon has a story appearing in the pirate anthology Fast Ships, Black Sails.



Amazon order page.

Night Shade books order page.

It's edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and features stories by Paul Batteiger (that's Sargon!), Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Naomi Novik, Michael Moorcock, and Garth Nix. And others. No offense intended to those I left off the list. Those are just the names that made me sit up and say "HOLY SHIT, NAOMI NOVIK AND MICHAEL MOORCOCK! ELIZABETH BEAR! SARAH MONETTE! I AM NOW AWESOME BY ASSOCIATION!"

Ahem. Anyway. Now THIS is fun:


It's a video of some of the authors reading aloud from their stories. Sargon's is the opener (after the song bit) with the pirate poem and atmospheric candlelight and his growly growling, and the squeaksqueaksqueaking of my crappy camera, which we will totally overlook because the growling is cool.

Some of the other authors totally had fun with theirs, too. Like, right now the embedded YouTube clip is showing me a guy in a bandanna with a rubber shark on his shoulder. That is not Sargon, but it is still cool.

By the way, the poem does not appear in the story. The story has lots of snow and ice (it is about pirates that sail ON THE ICE when a mini ice-age freezes the Atlantic and . . . you just have to read it, it's really grim and manly). However, it was July when he shot the video, so he had to work with what he had. I think it came out pretty well. Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] lobanorth? You cannot see it, but your wolf pelt is the enormous thing in the background that, in fact, makes the background look black.

Here is a wallpaper I made to commemorate this piratical occasion:

Fast Ships, Black Sails fullscreen wallpaper

That is the fullscreen version; the widescreen version is here. Download, enjoy, order! And if anyone with more time or more excellent graphic skills wants to make a wallpaper of their own to share with us, please do so. The original is here and it is huge.

Second, Cherie Priest's ([livejournal.com profile] cmpriest's) Fathom comes out in December.



What is it about?

A decidedly dark departure from Priest’s Eden Moore saga (Four and Twenty Blackbirds, etc.), this stand-alone novel is equal parts horror, contemporary fantasy and apocalyptic thriller. During a summer vacation to her aunt’s coastal Florida home, innocent teen Nia sees her cousin Bernice commit a brutal murder and then get dragged into the ocean by a monstrous water witch. Nia becomes inadvertently entangled in a conflict between primordial creatures that endangers the very existence of humankind. Entombed in stone for countless years, Nia eventually emerges from her cocoon transformed, only to realize that an old god is close to awakening and destroying the world. Priest’s haunting lyricism and graceful narrative are complemented by the solemn, cynical thematic undercurrents with a tangible gravity and depth. This is arguably her most ambitious—and accomplished—work to date. (Dec.)

That's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about it. I think it sounds rockass awesome, and my copy is preordered. You, too, can preorder right now at Amazon.

She gets the best covers, I swear.

And, finally, I do not have a nifty cover graphic yet, but I do have a fabulous book to recommend.

Kate Harding of Shapely Prose and LiveJournal's own Marianne Kirby, aka [livejournal.com profile] onceupon, have written a book about body image and body acceptance that I think is going to rock the world.

It is called Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body. I've been eagerly awaiting this for some months, and am so proud of both Marianne and Kate, and so eager to both read it and to have it out there where it can do some good.

You can pre-order it here! I really, really recommend it.

It's very well and good to be told to accept your body the way it is (which is a good thing to do), that being fat is okay (and it is), but it's another thing to really accept that. And that is what this book is about. Learning to make peace with yourself, and what you are. And that is such an important thing to do, oh my god, people, it really is. So please, if this is an issue that has hurt you like it's hurt me and loads of other folks I know, give this one a try. I trust Kate and Marianne implicitly, and I know that their book will be both informative and helpful. Also very funny, because they rock like that.

I think that about concludes my publishing day. I am exhausted, but also very happy, and I hope you don't mind the spamming too much. These folks are all really important to me, I love them all, and I really want to see them all get the love and attention and marvelous fans that they can possibly get.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
I got my subscription copy of Weird Tales #348 today. This is the one with "Walking With the Beast" in it, my piece on being a bipolar lycanthrope. It even says it on the cover: "A bipolar werewolf." Neat, eh?

I got an illustration, too, by Star St. Germain, aka [livejournal.com profile] thisisstar, which I like very much. That is one pissed-off looking werewolf, I will tell you that for nothing.

If you don't have a copy, or have one coming to you, you can order one directly from Wildside Press. Or you could just, you know, subscribe.

I especially want to encourage you to do the latter.

Why?

Well, if you go to the website, where you can actually read the piece for free, and you scroll down to look at the bio, you will see why.

Amanda Gannon, WEIRD TALES’s new arts & culture editor, is a writer and artist living in Oklahoma with her husband, known as Sargon the Terrible. Their house is full of snakes — deliberately — and is also host to one catbot called Sif, a real cat named Fish, and one formless spawn of Tsathoggua, Tazendra, who for reasons both sinister and unfathomable is only pretending to be a cat.


So, yeah, that's my big news, the news I've been threatening you all with for ages now. I suppose, since it's right there on the internet for everyone and their cat to sniff at, I can announce it formally.

Hi. I'm the new arts and culture editor for Weird Tales.

With each issue, I will be bringing you a feature rounding up the best weird art I can find, and I will also be writing about general strangeness for the website on a weekly basis.

It is, of course, a tremendous honor, and if I seem to be sanguine it's only because I have already spent several weeks unable to sit down on a tail that won't stop wagging. I need that Lucian "Why, yes, I am made of awesome!" icon, because this one is woefully insufficient.

But seriously. This is, like, huge for me, emotionally. Weird Tales is the magazine that launched possibly the most influential speculative fiction/weird fiction writers, writers who defined the genre, and whose influence is pervasive even today: Lovecraft, Howard, and Bradbury. It was also home to two names I love with all my heart: Clark Ashton Smith and Fritz Leiber. You know, Smith. The guy Lovecraft wanted to be. And Leiber, the guy who made me want to be a writer in the first place. There's always C. L. Moore, Henry Kuttner, August Derleth, Lin Carter, Brian Lumley . . . Tanith fucking Lee. I have ranted this rant before. The list goes on and on. Being published once is a singular distinction. Being on staff is nothing less than . . . transcendent.

My dad read Lovecraft to me as a very young child. When I told him about this on Wednesday, he almost, as we say in my family, shit a golden kitten. I discovered the magazine when I was about eleven. My sister had old copies of the magazine lying around, and a hardcover anthology, which I read on nights I spent at her house. That is, in fact, how I discovered Leiber. So I owe them thanks, if I owe it to anyone: they fostered my weirdness gladly. And I owe my mom thanks, too, for making me a werewolf.

I feel I've done them proud, and hopefully I'll do the same for the magazine.

I'll be seeing you there!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
I got my subscription copy of Weird Tales #348 today. This is the one with "Walking With the Beast" in it, my piece on being a bipolar lycanthrope. It even says it on the cover: "A bipolar werewolf." Neat, eh?

I got an illustration, too, by Star St. Germain, aka [livejournal.com profile] thisisstar, which I like very much. That is one pissed-off looking werewolf, I will tell you that for nothing.

If you don't have a copy, or have one coming to you, you can order one directly from Wildside Press. Or you could just, you know, subscribe.

I especially want to encourage you to do the latter.

Why?

Well, if you go to the website, where you can actually read the piece for free, and you scroll down to look at the bio, you will see why.

Amanda Gannon, WEIRD TALES’s new arts & culture editor, is a writer and artist living in Oklahoma with her husband, known as Sargon the Terrible. Their house is full of snakes — deliberately — and is also host to one catbot called Sif, a real cat named Fish, and one formless spawn of Tsathoggua, Tazendra, who for reasons both sinister and unfathomable is only pretending to be a cat.


So, yeah, that's my big news, the news I've been threatening you all with for ages now. I suppose, since it's right there on the internet for everyone and their cat to sniff at, I can announce it formally.

Hi. I'm the new arts and culture editor for Weird Tales.

With each issue, I will be bringing you a feature rounding up the best weird art I can find, and I will also be writing about general strangeness for the website on a weekly basis.

It is, of course, a tremendous honor, and if I seem to be sanguine it's only because I have already spent several weeks unable to sit down on a tail that won't stop wagging. I need that Lucian "Why, yes, I am made of awesome!" icon, because this one is woefully insufficient.

But seriously. This is, like, huge for me, emotionally. Weird Tales is the magazine that launched possibly the most influential speculative fiction/weird fiction writers, writers who defined the genre, and whose influence is pervasive even today: Lovecraft, Howard, and Bradbury. It was also home to two names I love with all my heart: Clark Ashton Smith and Fritz Leiber. You know, Smith. The guy Lovecraft wanted to be. And Leiber, the guy who made me want to be a writer in the first place. There's always C. L. Moore, Henry Kuttner, August Derleth, Lin Carter, Brian Lumley . . . Tanith fucking Lee. I have ranted this rant before. The list goes on and on. Being published once is a singular distinction. Being on staff is nothing less than . . . transcendent.

My dad read Lovecraft to me as a very young child. When I told him about this on Wednesday, he almost, as we say in my family, shit a golden kitten. I discovered the magazine when I was about eleven. My sister had old copies of the magazine lying around, and a hardcover anthology, which I read on nights I spent at her house. That is, in fact, how I discovered Leiber. So I owe them thanks, if I owe it to anyone: they fostered my weirdness gladly. And I owe my mom thanks, too, for making me a werewolf.

I feel I've done them proud, and hopefully I'll do the same for the magazine.

I'll be seeing you there!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Alpha Female)
I've been sitting on this for roughly ever, but here's the news:

I've got a piece coming out in Weird Tales.

Yes, Weird Tales.

It's not fiction, so my name doesn't yet go on the list of beloved genre writers who've contributed short stories to its various incarnations.*

It is, however, about lycanthropy. About being bipolar. About learning what you are, and learning to accept it.

Walking With the Beast will be published under the magazine's new Weirdism nonfiction column, and will appear in issue #348.

"It was scary, being a werewolf’s child. My mother was a creative woman with a very animal ability to find delight in the strangest of places. She was fearless and full of adventure. But sometimes she became savage. Then it wasn’t hard to see the fur and fangs. Domesticated life in the midwestern suburbs—two kids, two cars, and dinner on the table at seven — didn’t suit her. She tried, but it made every day of her life into a struggle against her own nature. Like trapped creatures often do, she lashed out. Sometimes when the pressure became too much she would run away for hours, days at a time. As she grew older, a kind of caged sadness came over her. I never doubted that she loved me, but being her daughter was not easy, especially because I am a werewolf, too.

"The signs were there from my first hour. It was a full moon when they cut me from my mother. I was grinning and covered with fine, wolfish hairs. A skittish, quiet, grubby child, I felt more kinship with animals than with other children, and something in me inspired an almost preternatural friendliness in anything carnivorous and furry.

"Humanity’s strange history gives us tales of feral children raised by wolves, like the wild boy of Aveyron. But there I was, the inverse, something wild raised to be like a human child. . . ."


There's more, of course, but you'll have to buy to read.

I am so jazzed, and very much hoping that this piece finds its way to someone who really needs the gift of a good metaphor.

I heartily encourage you to get yourself a copy, or buy one for the werewolf in your life.

"But," you say, "my bookstore doesn't carry genre magazines because they're a bunch of tooth-sucking Philistines!"

Well, you're in luck!

For about the next week, if you subscribe now, you'll still be able to get that issue – #348 – as your first issue. After that, you should be able to get it through back issues.

The fabulous news is that it could not come at a better time. Right now, they're running a three-issue trial run for only $10. That would be worth every penny even if I weren't appearing. I mean, seriously, dude, it's Weird Tales!

I'm going to be in Weird Tales. Holy crap.

My major thanks to Stephen, and also to those of you who helped me find my way into this thing -- albeit by accident. You know who you are, my little loups-garous.

* H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Fritz Leiber, C. L. Moore, Henry Kuttner, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, Frank Belknap Long, August Derleth. . . .
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Alpha Female)
I've been sitting on this for roughly ever, but here's the news:

I've got a piece coming out in Weird Tales.

Yes, Weird Tales.

It's not fiction, so my name doesn't yet go on the list of beloved genre writers who've contributed short stories to its various incarnations.*

It is, however, about lycanthropy. About being bipolar. About learning what you are, and learning to accept it.

Walking With the Beast will be published under the magazine's new Weirdism nonfiction column, and will appear in issue #348.

"It was scary, being a werewolf’s child. My mother was a creative woman with a very animal ability to find delight in the strangest of places. She was fearless and full of adventure. But sometimes she became savage. Then it wasn’t hard to see the fur and fangs. Domesticated life in the midwestern suburbs—two kids, two cars, and dinner on the table at seven — didn’t suit her. She tried, but it made every day of her life into a struggle against her own nature. Like trapped creatures often do, she lashed out. Sometimes when the pressure became too much she would run away for hours, days at a time. As she grew older, a kind of caged sadness came over her. I never doubted that she loved me, but being her daughter was not easy, especially because I am a werewolf, too.

"The signs were there from my first hour. It was a full moon when they cut me from my mother. I was grinning and covered with fine, wolfish hairs. A skittish, quiet, grubby child, I felt more kinship with animals than with other children, and something in me inspired an almost preternatural friendliness in anything carnivorous and furry.

"Humanity’s strange history gives us tales of feral children raised by wolves, like the wild boy of Aveyron. But there I was, the inverse, something wild raised to be like a human child. . . ."


There's more, of course, but you'll have to buy to read.

I am so jazzed, and very much hoping that this piece finds its way to someone who really needs the gift of a good metaphor.

I heartily encourage you to get yourself a copy, or buy one for the werewolf in your life.

"But," you say, "my bookstore doesn't carry genre magazines because they're a bunch of tooth-sucking Philistines!"

Well, you're in luck!

For about the next week, if you subscribe now, you'll still be able to get that issue – #348 – as your first issue. After that, you should be able to get it through back issues.

The fabulous news is that it could not come at a better time. Right now, they're running a three-issue trial run for only $10. That would be worth every penny even if I weren't appearing. I mean, seriously, dude, it's Weird Tales!

I'm going to be in Weird Tales. Holy crap.

My major thanks to Stephen, and also to those of you who helped me find my way into this thing -- albeit by accident. You know who you are, my little loups-garous.

* H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Fritz Leiber, C. L. Moore, Henry Kuttner, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, Frank Belknap Long, August Derleth. . . .
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Dangerous Booty)
Not only has [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 landed a spiff new job, he has an acceptance letter in hand. His story, "Cold Day In Hell" (title subject to change) was accepted for Jeff VanderMeer's forthcoming pirate anthology, Fast Ships, Black Sails.

Even the guidelines were written in pirate. In case that link out-pirates your parrot, the lubber's guidelines are there.

Thought I'd let you know that so you can keep an eye out (or two, if you have two) for it in October, which is its tentative release date.

'Cause, you know, we may not be around to tell you about it. All our good luck has clearly run out.

But hey, gift horse, mouth, don't go there. Happy news at last!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Dangerous Booty)
Not only has [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 landed a spiff new job, he has an acceptance letter in hand. His story, "Cold Day In Hell" (title subject to change) was accepted for Jeff VanderMeer's forthcoming pirate anthology, Fast Ships, Black Sails.

Even the guidelines were written in pirate. In case that link out-pirates your parrot, the lubber's guidelines are there.

Thought I'd let you know that so you can keep an eye out (or two, if you have two) for it in October, which is its tentative release date.

'Cause, you know, we may not be around to tell you about it. All our good luck has clearly run out.

But hey, gift horse, mouth, don't go there. Happy news at last!

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