So… December disappeared. All of a sudden I was studying for my exams, then I wrote the three I needed to do, and then it was the holidays, and I was driving somewhere. Star Wars happened. I got very little sleep, then all I did was sleep, and I rang in the New Year while playing a game of Super Dungeon Explore.
Have you played this game?? It’s so incredible and complex! We started to play at 10 and didn’t stop until 2am and we weren’t even done. And yes, I definitely made the dad-joke of “Oh, come on guys, we need to wrap this up. We’ve been playing this game since last year!” I would apologize for the bad joke, but I’m not that sorry. Okay, maybe a little.
So–back to book things–because I have a lot of stuff going on! I had one release earlier this week called The Invisibles:
I was about to describe this book as “the one where I geek out about comics” and then I realized, oh come one. This is–and will be–far from the only one. Either way, it’s my sweet YA title that is wrapped up in nostalgia. It starts off a bit heavy, but I assure you, the tone gets lighter and happy ending is guaranteed. Oh, and there may be a sequel soon. Haven’t signed the contract yet, but the draft of the next story is complete.
On Sunday, I have another release called Cracks In The Pavement:
When professors Stephanie and Lee rent out a room, Joe, a singer for a local band, moves in and becomes more than they bargained for. While Stephanie insists her attraction is not a mid-life crisis, Lee falls hard for Joe and longs to help him start his music career. Before anything can happen between them, Stephanie and Lee realize they must the ones to take the first step towards change.
The blurb is above, but I refer to this one as my “poly punk professor story” since two profs are the main couple (Lee & Stephanie). They rent out their room to Joe, a punk guy from a band. They spend a lot of time being poly and adorable and in love. Part of this could be considered a New Romance, of sorts, since all three characters talk about leaving hometowns (which makes it sound like a pop punk song, and I’m totally okay with that). I had a lot of fun writing this and I hope people enjoy it.
I also have two new listings on LT3 for upcoming stories in Feb & March. The first is Homesick at Space Camp, a sci-fi romp that’s part summer camp narrative about robots and AIs. Oh, and dancing. Have I mentioned how much I love this story (and the cover??? Natasha Snow did such a good job!) because I had so. much. fun. writing this one.
The planet Zaffre is known for two things: blue sand deserts and the fact it’s number one in robots mechanics and AI software development. Eastyn Ptolemy, a human worker from Earth, patrols Zaffre’s main loading docks during his night shifts. Ever since coming to Zaffre with his sister, Genna, his life has been easier—but also far too quiet.
To break up the monotony on one of his shifts, Eastyn listens to the local radio station where DJ Milo does all-night requests. After many late nights spent with Milo on the phone, Eastyn realizes he is actually Milo Struthers, former guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Lightning Years. Only now, after a bad accident, Milo has been reduced to a sophisticated AI that runs the radio station, struggling for a proper body and autonomy…
The next one from LT3 in March is for their Solitary Traveler’s collection, about asexual and aromantic queer identities. As soon as I saw the prompt, I knew I had to write something for it. So behold The Life and Death of Eli and Jay:
Eli and Jay have known one another since they were children. Their life on the Star Belt government reserve in Saskatchewan isn’t great, but the people—like Tantoo, Eli’s grandmother, Jay’s sisters and grandmother Buffy—have always made life tolerable.
Until the day Jay kisses Eli, only to be rejected, and a moment of misunderstanding drives the two friends apart for years. When tragedy strikes, Eli wonders if the event will be enough to draw the two together once more.
Another gorgeous cover by Natasha Snow. The title & blurb may seem a bit heavy, but I assure you, there are happy endings. I can’t talk about what the title actually means without spoiling it, so trust me on this! I’m really excited to share this story because it’s about an ace character (Eli), which is awesome, and because both Eli and Jay are Native. The Star Belt reserve I discuss in the story is fictional, but many of the stories Eli and Jay have (especially some conversations they have at a party) are based on stories my friend Janette has told me. She’s as hilarious as she is critical, so I hope I’ve managed to create the same kind of energy with the character Jay.
I have a few other releases & covers coming for the first half of 2016, but I’ll hold off on those for now. Now I’m off to take a nap, because really, I’m still recovering from December. I hope you all had a safe & healthy New Years and continue that trend for 2016. 🙂