BUT, if you would like a sneak peek, we are hoping to launch the book with between 5-10 reader reviews up on Amazon on release day! We have eARCs (electronic Advanced Review Copies) available for readers who are willing to post reviews on release day. If you’re interested, please email me and let me know if you would prefer a pdf, mobi or epub version of the book!
Cargo is a novella, so it’s a quick read, and it’s exciting, too: it’s got intrigue and pirates and grapples with Big Questions, all in under 20,000 words! To whet your appetite, the blurb for the novella is below:
Roake attracts bad luck like half-buried coins attract magpies. Roake is as clever and hard to kill as a weasel. Whenever his bad luck gets the better of him—whether it’s when his father sells him to the army or when the pirates capture him as a ship slave—Roake finds a way to survive the situation. Sometimes, that means running. Sometimes, that means staying put and playing the odds. Always it means taking a calculated risk.
In CARGO, Roake tells his own story. Roake tells us what he’s done and what’s been done to him to make sense of his life. Like every young man, he wants his choices to matter. He wants his friendships to endure. He wants to leave a mark. Telling his own story is how Roake does it.
Who wouldn’t want to get their hands on an early release copy of that?
I’m thrilled to announce that my novelette, “Matters Of Scale”, has been published as a stand-alone work by Inkstained Succubus Press! The issue is available for purchase here, and I encourage y’all to check it out! Here’s a synopsis of the story to whet your appetite:
Moshel has hidden himself away for years, trying to keep the emotions of others from driving him mad. It’s in mechanics alone that he can find relief, the reliable tick of clockwork his escape. It’s only when he meets his counterpart, Tovah, that he realizes all may not be as it seems in his world, and there may be a way to change it. It’s all a matter of scale.
First, many thanks to the lovely folks over at Inkstained Succubus. I was thrilled to work with them again! I wrote this story as a response to a call Inkstained put out for steampunk short stories about a year ago, and when I hear steampunk, I think clockworks, and when I think clockworks, I think about the Semadran elves in Aerdh, my secondary fantasy universe. And no Semadran elf is more Seamdran than Moshel Atoosa’Avvah.
Moshel was formally introduced in my debut novel, Resistance but I have been writing him as long as I have been writing fiction. Moshel is the very first character I fleshed out on my own, and his is the very first novel that I wrote by myself. It was terrible–maudlin and overwrought, and it will never see the light of day. But I cut my teeth on him. Over and over. And he’s evolved as I have evolved.
In his formal introduction in Resistance, readers meet Moshel as a middle-aged man, someone who knows himself well, who has figured out who he is and what he wants. He still has room to grow, to surprise himself, but he is a man in control of himself. In “Matters Of Scale”, Moshel is not there yet. He is young yet, just barely out of adolescence, and still grappling with the weight of his own mind. In Resistance, Moshel is an almost paternal figure for Shandolin–gracious and supportive and competent. But he wasn’t always like that. He chides her for being brash, but I’ve written him so long…I know Moshel. I know he had a brashness, once, too. And I saw a call for steampunk, and thought about clocksprings, and then I thought about Moshel, but young and out of control and struggling.
I’m glad this episode in Moshel’s history has come to light. I wonder what other bits and pieces of him have yet to surface.
I identify as genderqueer. I identify as non-binary. My pronouns are they/them/their. I am transgender.
For me, being trans* means:
- existing on a sliding scale of gender
- having fought through years of social conditioning and outright oppression to figure out who I am
- finally being comfortable in my own mind and body
- being closeted at work for fear that I will be fired (there are no protections for trans* people where I am, and I am my family’s breadwinner)
- speaking up about trans* issues at work anyway (it is a glass closet)
- having my right to parent my child called into question
- building a community of other trans* and gender-variant people who fucking get it
- valuing the cisgender allies I have in my life who, by some miracle also fucking get it
Writers’ personal experience seeps into what they write, sometimes on purpose and sometimes inadvertently. I am a trans* writer–I am also a white writer, and a writer with a complicated class history and a queer writer and a writer who struggles with mental and physical disabilities. All of these things shape the form and the content of my writing. My interlinked identities inform the kinds of characters I create, the worlds they live in and the words they speak.
I am proud to be a trans* writer. I hope to breathe life into trans* characters who are real, who speak to other trans* people, who contribute to a body of literature that is growing and blossoming and making a whole community of people who have always been here, but who have always been pushed to the margins finally visible. We are here. We have always been here. We will always be here.
Bela hunts for pay,
gets Dean into a nice tux,
and is made of win.
Choose the books you read
to coma patients wisely;
some are listening.
Dean flipped the order:
Then open Hell Gate.
My short story, “Real Monsters” is now available for purchase on Amazon for $.99, but is available for free to those who subscribe to my Author Newsletter! Story blurb is below:
Scylla and Charybdis are sea monsters, but they didn’t start that way. In “Real Monsters,” Scylla tells her story. In Scylla’s version of events, what lies between Scylla and Charybdis is not death and destruction but a radical and vibrant love story. “Real Monsters” uses Greek myth to interrogate what some conceive of as monstrous forms of love.
I won’t speak for you, but there is a peculiar kind of frustration that comes when you find out an author you read regularly has released something new unbeknownst to you and you somehow missed it. Or there was a giveaway and you missed the window.
Not on my watch, though! No, friends, that’s why I’m rolling out the B R Sanders Author Newsletter. I won’t blow up your inbox, but I will deliver unto you an email in these specific cases:
- a new short story or book of mine has been released
- there’s a possibility of delightful free things (like giveaways)
And that’s it! Any other pieces of news or meandering thoughts of mine have a home on this blog. So if you’re interested, click here to subscribe!
– B R Sanders
Oh, look, it’s Gordon
who still wants to hunt Sammy.
Then Sam’s luck turns bad.
Altana Burrows has always been special.
She’s smart, talented, and quick to learn. She also has a secret, and whenever she tries to tell anyone about it—her friends, her family, the school psychiatrist—they accuse her of letting her imagination run away with her. They don’t believe her. They don’t understand.
They don’t know about Ilmarinen.
They don’t know about the prophecy, or the role Altana will play in it. But the people of Ilmarinen know, and they will help her: a young hunter with a dangerous secret; a talking horse who loves to play; a little girl with a big axe; a beautiful woman in a red dress. Eventually, they will all play a part in Altana’s story, and the fate of a world will rest in their hands.
That is, if they can figure out how to kill a god.
ILMARINEN is a newly released young adult fantasy novel from Illusio & Baqer, an imprint of The Zharmae Publishing Press by Marilla Mulwane. It’s available for purchase from amazon here!