And I love space opera.
That’s why I’m writing one, and that’s also why today I am pretty stoked that the third installment of my sci fi series, the Far Seek Chronicles, is going to the printer next week. The Edge of Rebellion should be ready for mass consumption the end of this month.
Commander Kai Tinsdale knows something’s afoot when she receives orders to post to the military base Koto on the virtually impassable jungle planet Hanzey. Rumors of rebellion against the Coalition are spreading across the quadrants, and the threat of war makes Kai all the more suspicious about her assignment. What does Major Tinniset Vic, the ranking officer at Koto, want with Kai? How might the decade-old destruction of a Hanzien city pertain to Kai’s new posting?
The only person she trusts, former Academy bunkmate turned trader Torri Rendego, is running merchant routes in other quadrants and may be facing her own problems in the growing rebellion. So Kai must play the hand she’s dealt in a high-stakes game of intrigue and revenge where Major Vic holds all the cards and where a gamble could unleash a war all its own on Hanzey.
The Chronicles are a space opera with an ol’ skool pulp fiction kinda thing going on — that is, the books are shortish novels that are clearly serialized. Each installment generally picks up where the previous installment left off. Certain themes and plots carry through, and I stick with some core characters but introduce a few others who show up in later installments. So if you dig that kind of thing, check back around the end of the month. Hopefully, I’ll get sales links and info that I can post by then.
In the meantime, here’s an Edge of Rebellion excerpt.
And if you’re interested, a review.
About 10 days ago I blogged about sexism in sci fi (and we can extend that to publishing and writing in general, sadly).
If you have not read it, please read Kameron Hurley’s awesome piece on writing women into fiction, and ways not to do that.
Here, I want to talk a little bit more about that and then bring your attention to cover art as one of the layers (author Jim Hines’ term) in the giant reeking onion that is sexism. More on that below. First, I want to call your attention to a particular blog post…
Join me for more…
Hi, peeps. Hope this week has treated you well.
I’m on a tech jag, lately.
I’m going to be updating my desktop in the next couple of months or so. I’m currently on Mac laptops and a PC desktop that is still running — wait for it — XP. Which I personally think was the last good platform Microsoft put out. I bought this desktop in 2005, I think it was, and here it is 2013 and it’s still going.
Want to hear me rant n’ rave more about tech stuff? Sure you do. Keep reading…
Author Eden Glenn had me over for a spot of tea and a little Q&A today. We talked about my latest novella, From the Boots Up, writing, and a couple other things. I’m giving away a .pdf of From the Boots Up, so come on down and comment if you’d like in on the drawing.
Click this link to go over to Eden’s and hang out with me.
Oh, and it’s National Hug Your Cat Day, so if you have a kitty, give it some lovies.
Whew. Sorry about the delay; I’ve been crazy busy. I finished up the edits for the third in my sci fi series, The Edge of Rebellion. Cover coming soon as well as an excerpt. I’ll post them here and on my main site don’tcha know, so stay tuned.
I’m also sending the fourth in my New Mexico series, Day of the Dead, in for edits. We’re hoping to have that out by the end of the year. WOOOO! Stay tuned for a cover and excerpt from that, too.
Thanks again, everybody, for stopping by during the (blog) Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Much appreciated. I discovered some new authors, so I’m pretty stoked. Plus it was just really great to build a bit of community.
Anyway, I wanted to bring your attention to sci fi writer Kameron Hurley. By all means, read her work, but also, for the love of goddesses, read her blogs, too, because she is on point when it comes to dealing with how women are represented in fiction and science fiction. I just recently found out about what appears to be some major sexism at the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) not only through Hurley, but also through E. Catherine Tobler.
Hi, kids. I blogged some resources and organizations over at Women and Words to donate to on this Memorial Day. Find that here.
Commemorate those veterans who are lost, remember their families, and let’s also help our veterans still with us, and their families, as well.
The Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia ends today. Thanks to all who participated, and thanks to all the readers who came by. I’ll be picking a winner tonight and notifying said winner within 30 minutes of the 9 PM EST drawing and I’ll post that winner’s name (the handle he or she left on the comment) on the blog I did for the hop.
Hope everyone had a safe weekend, and to those of you who serve or have served, thank you. To those families who have lost someone in service in our armed forces, our thoughts are with you and many of us are trying to help organizations that help veterans and their families if we can’t help you directly.
Thanks, all, and I’ll catch you later this week.
Happy reading, happy writing.
Go get you some! R.G. will be holding the drawing tonight, 9 PM EST.
And don’t forget the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, still ongoing, in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
I blogged, and you can get in on the prizes I’m offering by clicking RIGHT FREAKING HERE. We’ll be doing this ’til the 27th. If you go to the Hop website, you’ll see almost 200 other authors involved, and every one of ‘em is offering cool words and cool prizes to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
So there you go. Some cool stuff going on.
AND WE HAVE A WINNER of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of 1 of my books! Lisa W, come on down! YEEE-HA!!!! (Lisa, if you do not have an email message from me, check your spam filter)
Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. Thanks for the comments and thanks to those authors who participated in this hop. Happy reading, happy writing.
Hi, peeps. And hello, newcomers. Thanks for joining me today, which is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
I agreed to join in the (Blog) Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which is going on from May 17-27 on various blogs. I hope you’ll go and check out the others, too, to get an array of perspectives on this very important topic (and also to join in on some prize-winnin’!).
This day (commonly acronymed as IDAHO) was launched in 2004. It’s always on May 17th, which is the day in 1990 that the World Health Organization decided to remove homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses/disorders in the International Classification of Diseases. Transgender identity (referred to as transsexualism in the ICD), however, remains in the ICD as a “mental/behavioral disorder,” classified as a gender identity disorder.
Also, for those of you not in the know, I write F/F mysteries, sci fi, and romance, though all of my works generally include an array of characters. You can find out more about me here on my website (click “About”) and you can check out what I write here and here.
And here’s information about the giveaway I’m doing as part of this blog hop:
Answer the following question for a chance to receive a $25 gift card to Amazon.com and 1 copy of any one of my published books. Here’s my book list, which will explain the order of books in my two series (one is mystery, one is science fiction).
Here’s your question: Who is Alysia Yeoh? Give me a little bit of a reason as to why she might be considered important.
Put your answer in a comment on this post. Please include an actual, working email address when you fill out the comment form. Do NOT include your email address in the comment body, to avoid spam bots. Don’t worry. My little merry blog elves will make sure I get your email address. NOTE: I will notify the winner within 30 minutes of the drawing. If you do not hear from me, CHECK YOUR SPAM FILTER. Thank yuh. Thank yuh ver-uh much.
I’ll draw the winner randomly from all the correct answers on May 27th, 9 PM EST (US). Have fun!
All right. So let’s get global…
So this Friday is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. To mark that event, I’m participating in a blog hop that’ll be going on from May 17-27 on a whole bunch of different sites. For realz, yo. It’s a veritable cornucopia o’ blogging about this important issue. Seriously. Almost 200 authors/writers signed up.
My blog goes up on the 17th, and along with my thoughts about homophobia and transphobia (beyond the “totally sucks” kind of comments), I’m also doing a little giveaway. All the blog hoppers are doing giveaways, so when we launch, make sure you go and check out some of the other blogs to get some different perspectives, get introduced to new writers, and maybe snag some swag. My blog will include a handy linkie thing at the end that will send you flinging through cyberspace to other blogs involved in the hop.
Wanna see more info about who’s doing the hop? Here’s the link to the Blog Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
There you go. And now, just cuz every time I hear the word “hop” used with “blog,” I always think of Danny and the Juniors and this song.
On occasion, I re-post writing tips that I’ve gone over in the past. This one is from Women and Words (where I blog and co-admin). It’s the “As you know, Bob” syndrome or, in other parlance, a version of telling and not showing. Remember, you want to SHOW and not TELL. And you want to avoid info-dumps.
Happy reading, happy writing!