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The Forgotten Stormrider

The Forgotten Stormrider

The morning stretches wet and crisp over the garden. Up above, clouds still hang in layers of gray, trailing toward the dark horizon. The storm moves farther with every blink, with every hitching inhale. Zbu tears eir eyes away from it with difficulty, chest heaving in the stillness, ground solid beneath eir feet.

March 2020 flash fiction (fantasy, found family). Read here.

Author’s note: Zbu’s name comes from the word zbucium which means agitation and is used to describe storms. The folklore that inspired this piece is connected to the drought song, Paparuda, a ritualistic calling for rain. A modern version of the song is here.

The Confessionist

The Confessionist

Short Story: Science Fiction, Transgender, Mythology, POC MC.

Release date:  est. May 2020

Vemund’s life is about to change as he visits his latest customer.

Anthology: Community of Magic Pens

Editor: E.D.E. Bell

Publisher: Atthis Arts

Preorders available! | Preoder here | Preorder options include special hardcover editions. Limited availability (until early April), so hurry!

Release Day: Vast

Release Day: Vast

Release day!

Vast: Stories of Mind, Soul and Consciousness in a Technological Age is the first anthology from Orchid’s Lantern edited by C.R. Dudley. Ten stories exploring the boundaries between the physical world and the mind, on the backdrop of technological progress.

My short Luz Beyond the Glass looks at what it takes to achieve symbiosis with the planet that sustains us.

Details here and here.

On social media: Twitter | Tumblr | Pillowfort | FB | Patreon

Red Quartergiant

Red Quartergiant

We knew from the moment it appeared that something was wrong—fundamentally, intrinsically incorrect about the giant star.

Our expedition ship entered observable distance during what counted as morning in the void of space. The rendering software spat out sensor-captured shot after shot, but nothing could replace our own eyes. Permanently shadowed by the other planets, we could only ever see about a quarter of its body. Around it, matter—red, plasmatic in essence—spiraled inward, seemingly static.

February 2020 flash fiction (science fiction, space). Read here.

Release Day: Havesskadi

Release Day: Havesskadi

Havesskadi, the first installment of the Dragon Souls series is out now!

Links NineStarPress | GoodReads | Amazon | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |

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Tags high fantasy, dragons, mythical creatures, magic, shifters, sentient castles, asexual, slow burn, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA+

The red dragon is hunting her own. Up in the icy peaks of the northern mountains, Orsie Havesskadi spends his days hiding from her, but eventually he is found and his dragon magic stolen. Cursed to wander the lands as a mortal unless he recovers his magic before twenty-four rising crescents have passed, Orsie embarks on an arduous journey. Spurred by the whispers in his mind, his quest takes him to a castle hidden deep in a forest.

Arkeva Flitz, a skilled garrison archer, discovers an abandoned castle in the woods. Trapped there, he spends his days with his two companions, one cruel, the other soothing. One day, a young man arrives at his gates, and soon they are confined by heavy snowfalls and in danger from what slumbers in the shadows of the castle.

Havesskadi: February 24th

Havesskadi: February 24th

Who is ready for February 24th?

In Havesskadi, the country of Danv is inspired by Dacia, a.k.a. ancient Romania. In these lands, Feb. 24th is still celebrated, since old times, as the Dragobete.

The day for blooming love, Dragobete is one of the two Romanian events marking the arrival of spring.

On Feb. 24th, read about Orsie and Ark making their way through a cold winter to find solace in each other.

Preorder here!

Havesskadi: Exclusive Cover Reveal & Preorders

Havesskadi: Exclusive Cover Reveal & Preorders

Happy end-of-winter or end-of-summer, depending on hemisphere, everyone!

Orsie’s arduous journey and Ark’s magical entrapment are back on paper, both physical and virtual. The first installment of the future Dragon Souls series, Havesskadi is an #ownvoices ace story with dragon shapeshifters and their magical dragonsouls.

LGBTQ Reads has hosted a lovely exclusive cover reveal for Havesskadi‘s new look. Check it out!

Good news! Preorders are available for Ninestar Press, here.

More good news! Between 14 feb. and 17 feb. 2020, everything is 40% off at Ninestar Press, so be sure to check out my works with them.

Be crimes, do gay! And lavish kindness on yourself.

 

Luz Beyond the Glass

Luz Beyond the Glass

Short Story: Science Fiction, Artificial Intelligence, Symbiosis.

Release date:  28 February 2020

Around the world, glass spheres sit in gardens. Everybody knows what they do. They are here to absorb the pollution out of the ground and water and air, to cleanse the filth the ancestors left behind. Most don’t know, however, what resides inside them.

Anthology: Vast: Stories of Mind, Soul and Consciousness in a Technological Age

Editor: C.R. Dudley

Publisher: Orchid’s Lantern

Out now! | Orchid’s Lantern | Goodreads | Paperback (Orchid’s Lantern) | Waterstones | AmazonWordery | Book DepositoryFoyles | Barnes & Noble |  Kobo |

Deathless

Deathless

My name is Amara and I was lost once.

When I was six, I learned the universal truth, just like everyone else. Whatever you’re skilled at is the one thing you cannot have. Like a shoemaker walking with blistered feet on cobblestone, or a seamstress dressed in tattered rags.

January 2020 flash fiction (urban fantasy, death). Read here.

2019 Retrospective

2019 Retrospective

In 2019 my literary journey has reached some new turns in the road. Although longer works are still in progress (plotting underway, let the interweaving begin), I’ve met some satisfying milestones. Selling short fiction to magazines has been one of those things that felt like a required stamp on my Writer CardTM. Semi-pro so far; hey, progress! And many thanks to those editors who believed in my works! With great joy, my novel Havesskadi has received the Rainbow Award for Best Asexual Debut Book. Celebrations are in order, with cake of the black-grey-white-purple variety (get it?).

That said, here are my works of 2019. This list serves as an award eligibility post, too!

  • Erebus (2019) Short Story (1400 words): Science Fiction, Space, Mythology, Death, Slipstream. Selene Quarterly, Volume 2, Issue 2 | Online here | Semi-pro.
  • Peripheric Synthesized (2019) Flash (900 words): Science Fiction, Space, Artificial Intelligence, Fictional Non-fiction, Time Travel. Sci Phi Journal, Issue 3/2019 | Online here | Semi-pro.
  • Snowdrop in a Storm (2019) Novella (18300 words): Contemporary, Holiday, Interracial, Transgender, Romance. Publisher: NineStar Press; Snow Globes Series.
  • Sunbound (2019) Flash (900 words): Science Fiction, Winter holidays. Anthology: Gay Apparel | A queer holiday charity anthology project collecting stories from all over the world | Counts as self-published.
  • Across the Mirror Lake (2019) Flash (300 words): Science Fiction, Space Travel, Portals, Transgender. Anthology: Migration | Publisher Other Worlds Ink | This work has been part of Queer Sci Fi’s Sixth Annual Flash Fiction Contest and has received an honorable mention.

In 2020 new releases await impatiently, just around the corner. In 2021, it will be an immense honor to be part of the excellent lineup for the Trans-Galactic Bike Ride: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories of Transgender and Nonbinary Adventurers.

Stay tuned, and remember: keep your hands, arms, tentacles and antennae inside the train at all times!

Happy New Year!