Bargains, Short Stories, and the Final Interim Fate
Oh, my goodness. I’ve been off-line longer than I wanted to. A few health issues will do that to you, but I’m on the mend. I’m still a bit slow answering things, but I hope to rectify all that.
Of course, being offline has put me behind on the news. First, and most important, as of today, you can get the final book in the Interim Fates trilogy. Brittany Bends takes place in my old hometown of Superior, Wisconsin. Brittany, the last of the Interim Fates, must make a choice that her sisters have somehow avoided. Besides dealing with American high school, the formerly magical Brittany must also get a job.
I had a lot of fun writing this book, and I hope you have a lot of fun reading it. You can find the book at your favorite bookstore (both brick-and-mortar and online) or you can get ordering information here.
If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, Tiffany Tumbles and Crystal Caves, you might want to start with them. Or start with Simply Irresistible, in which the Interim Fates first get introduced. (And check out this week’s free fiction for another story I also wrote under my Grayson pen name.)
Because I’ve been offline so long, I neglected to let you know about two short story publications. Mike Resnick has opted to reprint my award-winning story, “Red Letter Day.” You can read it online at Galaxy’s Edge Magazine or you can pony up for the entire issue. (I’d suggest buying the entire issue because there’s lots of great fiction in it.)
Secondly, I have a story in the latest volume of Fiction River. John Helfers edited Recycled Pulp, and it’s a fantastic anthology. John had writers use pulp titles for non-pulp stories. I was there when he bought the bulk of the stories, and I had no idea how he was going to put this anthology together after that. The stories are strong, but the unifying theme isn’t unifying. And yet John made it work.
In fact, I was so impressed after I read the final volume that I wrote him a little editing fan letter. (I’m one of the series editors, so I read each volume after the editors turn it in.) I suggest picking up this edition of Fiction River—and I would do so even if I didn’t have a story in the issue (or a vested interest). I think it’s truly wonderful.
Finally, the bargains.
As those of you who get my newsletter already know, I’ve agreed to be part of a boxed set of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novellas. I’m doing this as an experiment, to learn about new ways of promoting works and to see what kind of numbers it takes to hit lists.
I’m learning a lot from the other women in the boxed set. They’re generous people and amazing writers. One point of a boxed set (or a bundle, which I’ve done as well) is to introduce my readers to their readers (and vice versa). If you spend the whopping huge sum of 99 cents, you can read novellas from Caridad Pineiro, Rosemary Edghill, Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, Pauline Baird Jones, Julia Mills, Susan Scott, and Melissa Snark. I am really honored to be part of this group.
My novella, “Show Trial,” comes from my faerie justice series of stories, which were initially published by Baen’s Universe. I hope to write a series of novels in that world. When I went to Germany a few years ago, I deliberately added Nuremberg to my itinerary so that I could write “Show Trial.” I’m quite proud of the piece, and hope you take this opportunity to enjoy it as well.
One of the promotions that we’re doing is a raffle for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Just click this link and follow the instructions. (This is one of the experiments I mentioned.)
We’re trying for some velocity (meaning selling a lot of copies this first week), so if you’re interested in the set, please pick it up in the next few days. Thank you!
So, there’s a mountain of great stuff in this one little post. If you need something to read, you have a lot of choice–and varied choice! I hope you enjoy it all.