*Yeah, I’m days late posting this. Yeah, I’m okay. This weekend just got really weird, what with the classless behavior of the SF Aristos, at the same time we were putting a home for sale AND dealing with paperwork and last minute stuff AND figuring out some things we forgot when moving boy out AND still recovering from beyond massive auto-immune attack. Now I’ve delivered Black Tide short, after dissuading it from becoming a novel. Betas say it’s good. I’ll write the other two overdue shorts today, then swing to novels including Witch’s Daughter and finishing Rogue Magic. (And also, yes, Darkship Revenge, Dragons and the Shifters’ Bowl of Red.) This means, now and then you’ll get a filler post like this. I have a post percolating about “signaling” and “elites” but it will wait. Love you all.*
Happy Saturday, minions, henchmen, partners-in-villainy, and other associates of our beloved Beautiful but Evil Space Princess! As we pause for a moment in our depredations against all that is good, right, and SJW-approved in the name of the Evil League of Evil, I offer you some reading material to slake your thirst for entertainment. Adventure, magic, heroism, science, freedom of contract, oppressive cisheteronormative patriarchy, all that is good in books! So go enjoy a good (evil) book for a while, and return rejuvenated to your nefarious efforts to bring down the Holy SFWA Empire. Oh, and gentlemen: don’t forget to practice twirling those moustachios!
As always, future promo post entries can (and should!) be sent to my email. Happy reading!
Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster
Codemonkey, minion wrangler, and teetotal tippler
PS: Since I lack a proper sarcasm font, the humour-impaired should probably just ignore that whole first paragraph.
John Van Stry
Demigods and Deities
Portals of Infinity: Book Five
Life can be complicated for those who the gods pick as their champions, and for William, it’s really no different. Between dealing with issues at home for his god Feliogustus, to helping Queen Rachel defend Hiland against the growing threat of Barassa, to being loaned out to other gods in other spheres, William has been kept busy.
Many of these tasks have had consequences however. Some of those William expected, and for one of them the time has come to deal with it and a trip back to Sireen may soon be in order. Complicating that matter however are those who are holding a grudge against William for his thwarting of their actions. But when the followers of another god kidnap his youngest child, William’s first question is, is this revenge, or is there something special about his child? With both his god, and the goddess Aryanna mostly mute on the issue, beyond their one command to keep the child ‘hidden’, William wonders what it is they won’t say, and why.
As always, there are things you need to take on faith when you work for a god, but sometimes their responses can be very frustrating. Especially when they order you not to ask questions, but the welfare of your own child is involved. Add to that some equally strange discoveries about his old foe Cenewyg back on Earth, which are also affecting his life and William is left with more questions than for which he has answers.
Chupacabra hunting. Murder. Vacations aren’t supposed to turn out like this.
When Hawke Decroux gets an invitation from an old friend to come to New Mexico and help track down some chupacabras, it seems like a simple enough request. Hang out with a friend, enjoy some sun, help a few locals out, and maybe, just maybe, catch a live chupacabra and net a sweet fifty thousand dollar reward as the cherry on top of the deal.
But as Hawke arrives, he finds that his friend has turned up missing. The animal attacks are growing more violent and frequent, far more dangerous than any chupacabra attack seen before. Something strange is going on in Silver Dreams, and if Hawke can’t figure out what it is, the entire town might find itself facing a situation far worse than a few missing farm animals… a horror straight from their darkest nightmares.
A wave of possibilities rolls across the land and nothing remains the same IN ITS WAKE… Dinosaurs. Dragons. Clowns. From nineteenth-century China to the moons of Saturn, from the Renaissance to the aftermath of apocalypse, these eighteen stories share one theme – change, like you’ve never seen it before.
NOW, EVERYTHING CHANGES!
Read stories penned by Aurora, Hugo, and Nebula Award winners, as well as
up-and-coming authors, in a single volume.
Freelance Familiars Book 1
When Thomas Khatt awakens to the magical world following the sudden, violent death of his elderly Archmagus neighbor, he doesn’t get the standard package of awesome power combined with a hero destiny. Nope, he trades his thumbs in for a tail, tawny fur and four feet with a very low co-efficient of friction on linoleum. His destiny as one of three talking mountain lions in the magical world? To be sold at auction and bonded to some pimply faced apprentice for life. Thomas would rather eat dirty kitty litter.
Armed only with an impressive set of chompers and buckets of snark, Thomas faces off against a lightning-bolt throwing granny and a sexy union recruiter as he desperately tries to hold the threads of his old life together. To stay off the leash he’ll have to take advantage of the chaos caused by the Archmagus’ death and help the local Inquisition solve his murder. A pyromanic squirrel, religious werewolves, and cat-hating cops all add to the chaos as Thomas attempts to become the first Freelance Familiar.