Flight Anthology Pubbed Today!

front-coverHello everyone!

Guess what? The 2016 Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology Flight is here, and I have a story in it! My scifi piece is entitled “A Sub Mechanic’s Panic.” It’s surrounded by some other amazing stories; I’m so happy to be included!

Here’s a bit about the competition:

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions, and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

Other important details and links:

The book is available in eBook form (4.99), and will soon be available in paperback with b/w illustrations inside (12.99) and in a special collector’s edition with color illustrations (24.99).
Publisher (info only, no buy link yet)
Goodreads Series Page
Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Apple: Coming soon

If you like speculative fiction in the LGBT sphere, check out this anthology! I said it earlier but I’ll say it again, there are some amazing stories in this book, and I’m so happy to be among them.

(Also, writing a 300-word story is tough; fellow writers, you should try it sometime.)

I hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday!
Warm regards,

The Wax Bullet War

One of the assignments I was given in Ooligan Press lab was to read one of our backlist books and post the review on two review sites, like Amazon and Goodreads. I did just that, but I also wanted to share it here, too, since the book is a powerful one indeed. The book I read is called The Wax Bullet War, written by Sean Davis and published in April of 2014.


The Wax Bullet War

Wax Bullet War is a compelling narrative, one that speaks to the horrors a soldier faces in war and to the struggles he faces at home. It is a powerful read, an emotional rollercoaster through death of comrades in arms and friends, to lost lovers, to ethics of war and the world, and beyond. Sean’s voice is perfect, crisp, clear, and straight to the point, filled with a dark humor that keeps the momentum of the story moving forward. His tale of PTSD when he returns home is a chilling reminder of how powerful war is and how it affects our soldiers on the ground and at home. If you’ve never been to war (or had friends or family who’ve been to war), read this book. It’s true description of what goes over there and how the men and women deal with it is an insightful read. I would highly recommend this book to my friends and family.


So why, since I posted this review to Amazon and Goodreads, am I sharing it on here, too?

Because it’s important. Because this book is one of the select non-fiction books I’ve read that struck me as something deeper. And because I’m recommending it to all of you. It’s a one-of-a-kind read, and I’m proud that I work for the press that published it.

Have a great Halloween, folks! Keep it spooky (and safe) out there!
Warm regards,

Self Publishing a Novel?

Well, I’m thinking about it. My NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) novella actually, I’ve been going through it and, while it’s a different field then I’ve done and in multiple point of views, I really like it. And I mean… I really like it. The story, the characters, the world building, everything! I keep going back and reading the story. For being written in a month, it turned out pretty good, and I’m considering putting it out there.

How can I make this happen though?
Here are some things I’ve brainstormed thus far… 

I’ve gone through and edited it, of course, but before I actually self-publish the thing I would like my core writing group to read it too so I know there’s nothing confusing in it that I missed. 

It’s extremely important to have a riveting cover for the book. I’d have to figure out how to make one, or have an artist make one for me (I have a fair amount of friends who are artistic). 

Amazon.com most likely, but I’d like to find out if there are other e-book outlets too… I must do some research!

My facebook/twitter pages
I could create an author website though, too, I’ve seen a bunch of self-publishers do this sort of thing and honestly I think it’s a pretty good idea.

Hmm, so much to do! But the editing process will take the longest I think. (That and finding a good e-publisher.) I honestly think this story is a good one though, and I think people will like it. Topping at 72,022 words, It’s got bio-technology, a divided warring world and even some romance sprinkled in. I just haven’t really breached this type of publishing before so I’m woefully lacking in knowledge of the area.

Have any of you been through this self-publishing world? Any advice would be appreciated…

Warmest regards,