Rainbow Snippets

Back from vacation, head crammed full of new sights that lead to new ideas. Now to find time to actually write any of them. Newport Rhode Island was super expensive fun. The geography alone would make for a nice setting even if you forget about the plethora of Gilded Age mansions (which I can not).

One last time with my faerie short story with ManLoveRomance Press, Conned. For context, Roy and Sion had been encouraged to kiss for the fangirls but Roy bowed out. Sion followed him to the elevator to apologize if he had pushed things to far and Roy explained it was more about the police force still not being very forward thinking about gay cops.

Snippet (which I think snuck over 2 sentences. Oops)
“All I could see was those pictures ending up all over the net, especially if we had kissed. I would not want to have to explain that at work, which I suppose is a bit paranoid.”

“No, no, I don’t blame you.” Sion waved a hand, his odd eyes sweeping over Roy, lingering just a bit too long on his lips. “I’m not offended.”

“Good…because I really wanted to kiss you, and I knew that would be trouble for me,” Roy said, rubbing a hand over his face. Had he really just said that?

Sion smirked. “Do you still want to? We have a floor or two—”

Buy link You can find Conned here

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Sunday Small Talk

Just a hurried post as I prepare to go on vacation. Or as I see it, research for future stories because that is often the case. I’m looking forward to it (in spite of the fact I picked an area of the country that’s bloody expensive).

As expected DSP turned down my Christmas story. Well I have to say a steampunk adventures IS a weird holiday story. I am very grateful that they let me know in time to send it on to Nine Star Press which maybe is what I should have done in the first place. I’d like to get a toe in the door with them after all. They’re putting out some interesting stuff.

I haven’t touched Blood Red but I had to get that class done like I said and I did. The rough draft is more or less finished which makes me very happy.

So I’d best get to bed. The plane leaves early.

Rainbow Snippets

Getting ready for my vacation (which technically I should have canceled because the new hire declined the contract so we need to find a replacement ASAP but I’m not going to do it as I canceled once already for all of this).

Have more of Conned. Last week we met Sion, the elf prince, getting ready for the anime con. Meet Roy, homicide detective and uber geek who’s going to the con without his usual companion, his partner at work. He’s in the dealer’s room shopping for crap he doesn’t need but desperately wants.

A teen dressed up out of Naruto shrieked. “Can I have a picture?”

It took Roy a moment to realize she meant him. He turned to see who the other half of the ‘two’ might be and found himself gazing down into the eyes of an Edwin Silverleaf cosplayer holding a Crossed Swords figurine. Wow, his eyes are amazing. The contacts are even the right shade of amber. Those slit-pupiled eyes blinked then ‘Edwin’ smiled.

Buy link You can find Conned here

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If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

We Have Always Been There

Women are used to being erased. Our contributions are often over looked, purposefully so. How many times in history class did you hear the name Sybil Ludington? She only rode 40 miles and roused an army 400 strong (basically double Paul Revere) when she was sixteen. As a scientist educated in the 1980s-1990s, I saw only one woman scientist, Marie Curie, in the texts yet there were so many more. At least Rosalind Franklin is now in the books (but still almost no women show up in texts). Hedy Lamarr is only now getting recognition for her contributions to science being too female and too pretty to be taken seriously in her day.

Today I read this article from Tor by another woman peeved by an article in a major journal bemoaning a lack of women authors in SF and that maybe women would get better roles in SF movies/TV if women wrote it. I’d like to know if that author was just lazy and didn’t do the research (going off all the numb nuts on social media telling women to stop whining and write it if they want it) or did they simply ignore facts and erase women from the history of speculative fiction.

Because let’s be honest here: women have always been part of spec fic. You can argue they helped to create spec fic. Most people are aware of Mary Shelley of course and Frankenstein being such seminal SF (and horror) written in 1818 but printed several years later. However, there have been even earlier lady authors of SF such as Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn who wrote in the middle 1600s (I should see if I can get the blazing world by Cavendish, it would be interesting to see).

There was a “golden age” of women in spec fic in the 1960s but before that there were still women writing SF. In the earliest days there was Gertrude Barrows Bennett who is credited with creating Dark Fantasy in the nineteen-teens. Also in the teens and twenties were Miriam Allen DeFord & Clare Winger Harris. In the 30s- 50s, there was the great Andre Norton, along with Leigh Brackett and C.L. Moore. Granted they wrote under male or gender neutral names but they were there. Moore could have been a grand master if not for her illness.

Once we get to the 60s to today, I can’t even list all the women. Some of my favorites included Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley and CJ Cherryh (okay those two I didn’t like so much as felt like I needed to like them because I was an SF geek), Barbara Hambly, Octavia Butler, Diana Wynne Jones, Tanith Lee, Madeleine L’Engle , Anne McCaffrey, Vonda McIntyre, Joan D Vinge, Chelsea Quinn Yarbo , Lois McMaster Bujold, Emma Bull, Carol Nelson Douglas, Sheri S Tepper, Laurell K Hamilton, and so many more. I can’t even begin to name all the authors I love today. Even in the publishing houses I’m with you can find dozens of female spec fic authors (including myself). Just this year I’ve been enjoying Cherie Priest, J.K. Rowling, Charlaine Harris, Robyn Bennis, Leanna Renee Hieber, Nnedi Okorafor and while I didn’t actually enjoy Darynda Jones as much but I read her this year and should include her.

In the last few years with the sad puppies and their women should get out of SF rhetoric, it feels more hostile to women now than it did thirty years ago. The solace is women are writing Spec Fic more than ever. It’s time to admit it. Women have always been writing spec fic and we will remain.

Sunday Small Talk

So Conned is now out, I’m happy to say (though it reminds me that I’m paying for QueerRomance Ink and I haven’t put up ANY of my stories, idiot that I am). Check it out here.

Blurb Detective Roy Connolly never expected to find real elves and murder at his local anime convention.

Seeking a bonding experience with his formerly estranged son, Sion, a crown prince of the elves, takes him to something they both enjoy: a human anime convention. They both like humans and all their geeky creations so Sion anticipates an enjoyable weekend. He never expected an enemy assassin, armed with only a description of Sion’s cosplay, to start murdering his way through the convention.

Detective Roy Connolly, a closet geek, heads to the same anime con without his friend, Amelia. He’s surprised to find one of the most handsome men he’s ever seen cosplaying in the same anime style as his own, and even more delighted that Sion can’t keep his hands off him. Throwing caution to the wind, Roy jumps into a whirlwind relationship only to find himself in the cross hairs of an assassin.

Buy link You can find Conned here

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I did end up giving up on the Halloween short story, both of them really. With all the drama with the work issues, I didn’t write a thing and while I could conceivably finish it this week, (which I really do need to work on finishing lectures so that’s not really an option), I’m on vacation next week and wouldn’t have been able to edit it and that was before I learned my usual beta wouldn’t be available. I would like to finish them, maybe there’ll be a market next year.

So my camp nano, which I’m unlikely to finish even with the wimpy word count of 10K, is back to These Haunted HIlls which makes sense from a business stand point. It would be nice to finish a novel again.

Speaking of which I made considerable progress in revamping Blood Red.

That said, I’m struggling to write but that’s not new. I hate this, the depression that is creating the inability to concentrate.

Rainbow Snippets

Sorry I didn’t get to everyone’s last week. It was an insanely busy week interviewing new faculty and mentally exhausted in the evenings. I hope to do better this week.

I rather missed the release of one of my short stories so I’m going to take a break from These Haunted Hills to showcase the new story, Conned

Snippet (it’s a sentence too long as I didn’t want to give the wrong impression as to who’s talking to Sion)- Sion took a last look at his reflection. It hadn’t taken much magic to change his appearance to take on Edwin Silverleaf aspects. He didn’t even have to mask the sweep of his pointed ears.
“I’m sure you’re beautiful. Let’s get moving, you peacock,” a masculine voice called from the other room.
Sion huffed as he walked into the hotel suite’s living room. His son, Ioan, was dressed like a Catholic priest, a cane in his hand. Bishop from Dogs: Bullets and Carnage was a natural choice for Ioan, a blind man cosplaying a blind manga character.

Blurb Detective Roy Connolly never expected to find real elves and murder at his local anime convention.

Seeking a bonding experience with his formerly estranged son, Sion, a crown prince of the elves, takes him to something they both enjoy: a human anime convention. They both like humans and all their geeky creations so Sion anticipates an enjoyable weekend. He never expected an enemy assassin, armed with only a description of Sion’s cosplay, to start murdering his way through the convention.

Detective Roy Connolly, a closet geek, heads to the same anime con without his friend, Amelia. He’s surprised to find one of the most handsome men he’s ever seen cosplaying in the same anime style as his own, and even more delighted that Sion can’t keep his hands off him. Throwing caution to the wind, Roy jumps into a whirlwind relationship only to find himself in the cross hairs of an assassin.

Buy link You can find Conned here

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Rainbow Snippets

Another weekend, another few days of running around, back to Ohio for a week. Back to These Haunted Hills. I’m finishing up the scene with Cassia and Josh discussing Brendan. Last week Cass told Josh to display himself seductively against a tree. Here’s his response:

“Shut it! I’m sure he’s not looking for anyone new. Besides, no trees. I’m not getting splinters in my ass or ticks for that matter.”

“And on that note, I’ll let you get to sleep and those dreams I’m sure you can’t wait to have about the lovely, talented Mr. Halloran.”

“Goodbye, Cass.”

Josh hoped she was right about those dreams.

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!