“Sigils” 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:

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.

Kickstarter for Ink & Locket’s WARRIOR antho!

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I am super excited to post this! My short story, “Things We’ll Never Know”, is included in Ink & Locket‘s Warrior anthology. The Warrior anthology includes YA stories where the heroes–the warriors–are QUILTBAG people. Here are three reasons why you should fund this kickstarterkickstarter:

Reason the First:#OwnVoices
There are so many queer and trans stories here written by queer and trans authors!* If you’re looking for representation, or if you know young ones looking for speculative fiction where they are the heroes, then this is the book to pick up. And right in time for the holidays.

Reason the Second: Kickstarter Rewards!!
If you’re buying the book for yourself, there are funding levels to gain extra content!

Or, you can donate the book!

Or, you can buy the book and get editing and reviews on your work!

Reason the Third: My Story Is Cool, I Promise
What would you do if an alien hologram appeared in your living room and spoke to you? What if it told you it came in peace? Would you believe it? Would you mistrust it? “Things We’ll Never Know” is the story of first contact, one family, and the questions that linger after the dust settles. My story features a trans woman heroine and is set in Denver, CO.

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*Mine is #ownvoices for some elements of it, but not others.

 

New Patreon Release: “A Matter Of Circumstance”

 

AMatterOfCircumstance_CoverA brand new, never-before-seen Aerdhverse story is available via my Patreon for subscribers at the $1 level and up! For information about Patreon subscriptions and the reward tiers, go here.

This one, “A Matter of Circumstance”, is directly tied to Ariah; I don’t think you have to have read the book to enjoy the story, but the context probably helps. Here’s a blurb about the story.


Ariah’s abduction throws everything into chaos. What are Sorcha and Shayat willing to sacrifice to get him back? How does their story change? What do they mean to each other now that he is not there to intercede?


If you read this story and feel moved to write a review, you can do so on Goodreads here!

Debrief: “The Sharpshooter”

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Never look too close at anything in the Myriad Carnvial; everything there is an illusion. Beneath the makeup and the wig and the costume in the gunslinger’s tent is Yves: French, genderqueer, armed with an enchanted gun. Trouble comes for Yves, but what happens when the West’s best shot is no great shot at all?

Publication date: 2/17/2016

Completion date: 7/31/2015

Number of times subbed:
Just once. I saw the call for queer and weird stories under the big top that Matthew Bright, the editor, put out on twitter, and could not respond fast enough. I’d worked with Matthew before, and he gave me the go ahead to put something together. I was THRILLED.

The story of the story:
I immediately had three of four ideas for queer and weird stories. The one that kept sticking and building out in my mind, though, was spurred by something that Matthew had mentioned: that there had been a weird west story slated in the anthology, but that the author had pulled out, so there was a hole, now. That plot just came together so fast, and so thoroughly.

“The Sharpshooter” is ultimately born from that seed–a weird west story where once you scratch the surface nothing is what it seems. Of course a western has to have a gunslinger, a suave and rakish gunslinger who ends up fighting a duel for their life. That’s the core of the story.

The fun part was digging into the nuts and bolts of this story. Why was this character a gunslinger? How did they end up at the carnival? What, exactly, was up with their gun? Were they going to get out of this scrape in one piece against all odds, and if so, how? It was an enormously fun piece to write.

Placing the story:
Easy peasy! This was one of those lovely times where the stars align, and the call to which you wrote the story actually accepts it.


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“The Adviser and the Diplomat” is out on Patreon!

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A brand-spanking-new Aerdverse short story is out today via my Patreon! It’s available to any subscriber at the $1 level and up.

I *LOVE* this one, y’all, and I hope you will, too. Here’s a blurb:

Iiva’s place as the Bachelor King’s adviser has always been precarious: an elf at the right hand of a human king is a dangerous thing. But when someone even stranger than Iiva comes to the king’s court, the delicate balance Iiva depends on is thrown into chaos. Iiva must make a reckoning of not only the present and the future, but the past as well.

 

 

 

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From my Patreon:

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It’s done! It’s polished; it’s edited! It needs all the finagling and publishing stuff. You know, a cover. Book layouts. Conversions to .mobi, .epub, .pdf. I’ll record an audio version. All of that prepping and production and finagling will probably take a couple of weeks, but I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW.

Y’all, I really like this one. It’s all political machinations and obliterating self-truth-revelations and unlikely friendships. I hope you like it, too.

It’s titled “The Adviser and the Diplomat”, and it’ll be delivered unto by the end of the month, cross my heart.


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This story will be accessible to subscribers at all tier levels of my Patreon, starting at $1. For more information about my Patreon tiers and rewards, go here.