About brsanders

Pronouns: they/them/their. B R Sanders is a white, genderqueer writer who lives and works in Denver, CO, with their family and two cats. B writes about queer elves, mostly, as featured in their two novels, the award-winning ARIAH and their debut novel RESISTANCE, both of which are set in the same universe. They love drinking coffee and sleeping, but alas, drinking coffee makes it hard to sleep. Stay in touch with B on twitter (@B_R_Sanders) or with their newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bgYFjf

EXTRACTION Cover Reveal!

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Look at all that cover!!!

I am SO excited to share this with you! I’ve been sitting on it for weeks, and it’s gorgeous, and as the release date approaches for the book I could not be more thrilled! Ok, so first:

About The Cover Artist: C. Bedford

The cover for Extraction is a commissioned digital painting created by C. Bedford. This wraparound cover features Rethnali against some of the landscapes she travels through in the story.

Bedford also designed the covers for Ariah and the second edition of Resistance, which gives this cover the same visual identity as the the other two Aerdh novels.

C. Bedford is social!

Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Deviant Art

About the Book: Extraction

“There is no justice in convenience.”

Rethnali, a newly-minted captain in the long-standing and brutal elvish rebellion, wants to do more than keep her soldiers alive. She wants to turn the tide of the war for her people. When her old captain and mentor, Li, shows up at her camp with orders to go deep into enemy territory, she may have the opportunity to do just that.

But as Rethnali’s mission unfolds, she realizes that she is just a pawn in a larger game. While she tries to protect her soldiers, she is forced to decide the course of her future and the future of the elvish rebellion itself. Extraction is a story of lives shaped by hard choices and unforeseen consequences.

EXTRACTION will be available on Amazon in ebook and paperback formats on November 21st, 2017, and will be up for pre-order soon! Watch this space, or sign up for my newsletter for an alert to get information about pre-orders! If you want the book even sooner than that, my Patreon subscribers will get an early bird release of the book!

Enter the Resistance Giveaway!

RESISTANCE Final Draft

Guess what–the second edition of Resistance is out, but you can get your copy for free!

The second edition of Resistance, which has a beautiful new cover by C. Bedford and additional short fiction related to the novel, is now available for purchase on Amazon. The ebook is available now, and the paperback will be available within a week.

But! Two entrants in the giveway will win their choice of a free ebook or paperba/ck. Enter now for your chance to win! The giveaway will be open to entrants until Sunday, 8/27/2017. Winners will be announced on Monday, 8/28/2017.

Enter below!

RESISTANCE Re-Release!

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Hi friends!

I am so excited to show you the new cover C. Bedford has created for Resistance! Isn’t is lovely? I love every damn thing about it! She has captured so many awesome little details here–Rivna’s tattoos, Shandolin’s neck wounds, the messy back alley in the City.

Which brings me to my next point. Have you read Resistance? Were you thinking about it, but then were like ‘oh well, shit, now it’s out of print’? Guess what! I’m re-releasing it through the Kraken Collective!

The formal re-release of the second edition will go live August 15. But Patreon subscribers at the $4 level (Word Hoarder) will get an ebook sent to them next Sunday!

Subscribers at the $6 level (Completionist) will get both the ebook next Sunday and will have a signed copy of the second edition print book sent to them as soon as that’s available (on or around August 15).

The second edition has minor changes to the text and includes a small selection of additional short fiction related to the novel. I hope you enjoy it!

“Sigils” is available on Patreon!

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cover design by Samantha Cantu

It’s here! Patreon subscribers at the $1 level and up now have access to “On The Market.” Not a subscriber? It’s not too late–sign up, and you can get the story! Here’s the blurb:

The City of Mages is built, but it is not safe. One of the mages is murdering the others, and Resident 5613 has been assigned to find out why–and stop the murderer if they can.

The story is attached here in the following formats: PDF, MOBI, and EPUB.

This one’s different than a lot of my other Aerdh stuff. The Magi are explored in greater depth–so if you’ve had wonderings about how the City of Mages came to be, this story fills in some of those gaps. And while there is the requisite amount of social justice navel gazing in this one, as always, this one is also a murder mystery.

As always, thank you for reading! Reviews are welcome and appreciated if you feel so moved! “Sigils” has a Goodreads page here.

Just Published: “The Music of the Spheres”

“The Music of the Spheres” is included in Capricious, issue 7available for purchase here.

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Polyphemus is a small, far-flung planet shrouded in darkness. While it is survivable for human life, many do not thrive there. But Wren does. Wren, blind and young and musical, walks across the skin of Polyphemus and feels the planet’s beating heart.

I love this story! It’s about finding a place you belong. It’s about dis/ability. It’s about how sometimes what is alien is actually familiar and vice versa. I am so glad it found a home. Pick up a copy of Capricious issue 7–all the stories in it are truly lovely.

“On The Market” is available on Patreon!

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It’s here! Patreon subscribers at the $1 level and up now have access to “On The Market.” Not a subscriber? It’s not too late–sign up, and you can get the story! Here’s the blurb:

Liro is stymied by a painting that could make or break his nascent artistic career. Shai is a runaway, come to the City of Mages looking for solace, and finding it only in the drug dens. When their paths cross, the moment changes both their lives.

The story is attached here in the following formats: PDF, MOBI, and EPUB.

The following TRIGGER WARNINGS apply for this story:
– addiction/substance abuse (both main characters)
– sex work
– attempted suicide

All things considered I think this is a pretty uplifting story, but the warnings above are definitely warranted.

Thank you for reading! Reviews are welcome and appreciated if you feel so moved! “On The Market” has a Goodreads page here.

“On The Market” – Cover Reveal and Release Date!

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Look at that! “On the Market” has a cover! Annnnnd it has a release date–next Sunday, this short story will be available to Patreon subscribers at the $1 level and up!

Here’s the Official Blurb:

Liro is stymied by a painting that could make or break his nascent artistic career. Shai is a runaway, come to the City of Mages looking for solace, and finding it only in the drug dens. When their paths cross, the moment changes both their lives.

(That was really hard to write. I hate writing blurbs. For what it’s worth, what I wanted to write was ‘Hey, read this, it’s about two queer mixed-race dudes dealing with self-acceptance and addiction. Also…um, trigger warning for addiction.’)

For those of you wondering, that is the same Liro from ARIAH (but quite a bit younger). This story is set in the City of Mages and is just under 6k words. Oh! Also, it has a Goodreads page here.

Patreon 2.0

Hi friends! I’ve done some thinking, and it’s time to revamp this Patreon. Not drastically – this is still a venue for exclusive Aerdh-focused fiction – but enough that I hope it will create a more consistent output from me, and therefore yield more consistent rewards for you all. As such, here are the revised subscriber levels, goals, and a draft release schedule through the end of this year.*

You can see this year’s release schedule by subscriber level above. Leave me a comment if you have any thoughts or questions!

2017 Release Schedule

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Subscriber Levels and Rewards

If you are a current subscriber, you may need to take a close look at these new levels and make sure that you are still happy with your current level.

$1 – Short and Sweet

  • Access to all unpaid update posts
  • Access to new, previously unreleased short stories (below 10,000 words) set in the Aerdh universe
    • These will be exclusive to Patreon subscribers for one calendar year before having a wider retail release.

$2 – Slim Volumes All

  • All $1 rewards plus:
  • Access to any new, previously unreleased novellas (between 10,000 and 30,000 words) set in the Aerdh universe
    • These will be exclusive to Patreon subscribers for one calendar year before having a wider retail release.

$4 – Word Hoarder

  • All $1 rewards, all $2 rewards plus:
  • Early and automatic access to all novel releases (ebook formats only)
    • Includes both Aerdh novels and any non-Aerdh novels
    • Subscriber price is lower than ebook retail price
    • Patreon access will be 2 weeks to one month earlier than retail access to ebooks

$6 – Completionist (limit of 5 subscribers per calendar year)

  • All $1 rewards, $2 rewards, $4 rewards plus:
  • Signed paperback edition of all novel releases
  • Choice of 1 project of 10k word scope (commission or edit)

Patreon Goals

$100 – Monthly AMAs

Do you have questions about writing? Publishing? Character arcs in Aerdh? Worldbuilding in Aerdh? Life in general? If I get to this goal level, then I will unlock a monthly AMA session, hosted on Google hangouts, where Patreon subscribers can ask me anything they want.

$200 – Serial Monthly Content

Here’s an idea I’ve been playing around with: serialized monthly fiction delivered to your email inbox like clockwork! I’ve got a few different narratives I think it could work for, but I definitely need some additional start up funds to make it work (for cover art, copy edits, etc), so this is a stretch goal for now.

Other Things of Note

I’m going to start placing last year’s rewards/releases up for retail as they hit the one-year mark, and I’m going to make that a standard practice from here on out as I’ve gotten some requests for access to materials released through Patreon from people without access to it. A delayed release schedule like that seems the fairest way to both meet that need and honor you lovely people who have subscribed here, but please let me know if there’s an angle I’ve missed by doing this.

I’m making a concerted effort to keep my blog, Patreon, and newsletter all relatively aligned, which means they are somewhat duplicative. I’m not sure how many of you are subscribed to my newsletter, but that is where I typically let folks know about new releases. Random thoughts go on the blog. Free Patreon posts always get cross-posted on both the blog and the newsletter.

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*I have much of 2018 sketched out, too, but that is pretty far down the line, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Book Review: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab


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Notes on Diversity:
It’s subtle, but it’s there. The ruling family of Red London–Kell’s London–are definitely brown folks. And Rhy Maresh, the crown prince of Red London, seems pretty canonically bisexual. Lila is definitely gender non-conforming. I am not venturing that she’s trans or genderqueer, but she is performing, quite consciously, a very butch and very hard kind of femininity.

Now, that does mean that our leads, Kell and Lila, read as straight-ish and White. The major antagonists are also White. So it’s a decidedly White book, but there are at least queer brown people in power, so there’s that.

Review:
V.E. Schwab has two enormous strength going for here in this book: first, she can write; second, she can fascinate. She constructs effortlessly emotional sentences. The book reads fluidly, quickly, and packs a great number of punches. Schwab is a smooth and evocative writer, which is needed when outlining the nuanced differences between the various Londons.

Which brings me to point two: the story’s hook is great. Four parallel Londons, each linked and locked by magic, each with its own history and relationship with magic. And within all of those worlds, there are only two people–Kell and Holland–who can travel between them. Only two people who can see these other worlds and report back and forth.

The opening scene is masterfully done, and tragic, and beautifully sets the stage for everything to follow. This is a tale of obsession and sacrifice, and all of that is spelled out in those opening interactions Kell has.

We start with Kell as he travels and as he flirts with danger, and then the plot ratchets up when his flirtations get the best of him. But by then, Lila Bard, hungry thief and sharp-tongued street rat, has already linked her fate with his. They cut a blood-soaked trail from one London to the next, plagued by an artifact they only half understand, while hunted by the sadistic rulers of White London–a London hungry for power and dominance.

I loved this book. It wasn’t perfect–the plot took too long to fall into place, which meant the pacing was uneven, but the story and the world was fascinating enough that I kept going anyway. Lila is a deeply fascinating character. The counterpoint of her poverty to Kell’s confused by privileged life bore out interesting moments and conversations throughout.

I’m one of the lucky ones who can read the next book in the series right now.

I’m Playing World of Warcraft Again

A few years ago, back before I had a kid, I used to play World of Warcraft. I started playing because a good friend of mine started playing. And she started playing because a friend of hers was playing. We leveled up together, joined his guild. Friend started dating her friend. I mailed a holy priest and got into healing. Did some raiding. Wrath of the Lich King came out. Friend and friend-of-friend broke up. Guild split up. I realized I needed to focus on finishing my dissertation anyway and stopped playing.

And now here I am again. 

Look the world is terrible, and I need something that helps me unplug. WoW’s stream of endless, mind-numbing quests is exactly perfect for that. I actually always really liked leveling. And, perversely, leveling healing characters. So now I’m back again. 

It’s bizarre–it’s like going back to your hometown and noticing all the things that have and haven’t changed. The Cataclysm expansion totally blew apart and stitched back together old world Azeroth zones. They are prettier than they used to be, and the quest lines are darker than I remember them being. Spending and talent trees are so much more streamlined than they used to be. Everything is half-familiar.

I’ve rolled a Draenei Shaman. I’m doing every Alliance quest in every zone (including the starter zones–they give killer rep). I’ll report back on my weird experiences here.