What I'm Reading Now
( Doctor Strange #24, Generations The Unworthy Thor And The Mighty Thor #1, Iceman #4, Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #3, Secret Empire #9, X-Men Gold #10 )
What I'm Reading Next
I miss reading books. I should read a book.
J.L. Cheatham II took his four-year-old daughter to the Tukwila Barnes & Noble to find her a book about her newest obsession — dinosaurs. Once they got to the kids’ section, he started looking around, and he noticed something: There were plenty of books about dinosaurs, but on “all the covers of the children’s books,” Cheatham tells me, “there were no black or brown faces.” He decided right then and there to write his daughter a dinosaur book that starred kids who look like her. After months of research, Cheatham published his first book: The Family Jones and the Eggs of Rex.
Cheatham learned then that publication isn’t the end of a process; it’s the very beginning. Authors today have to promote their own books and network around the clock. Cheatham was invited to participate in the Toronto Urban Book Expo, and “it blew my mind. Just the energy, the crowd, the music — everything.” When he returned home, Cheatham tried to get in contact with Seattle’s expo for authors of color. He quickly realized that this event simply doesn’t exist. Nobody in Seattle had put together an inclusive event for authors of color to find their fans, network, and celebrate their community.
So, naturally, Cheatham did it himself. Now, the Seattle Urban Book Expo is in its second year, and it’s grown at an exponential rate. The Expo happens on Saturday August 26th at Washington Hall from 1 to 5, and at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd, Cheatham and other Expo authors will sit on a panel at the Seattle Public Library downtown to talk about their books and their experiences as authors. All are welcome.
What can people expect? Cheatham says “the goal is to have a literary party.” He’s signed up 20 authors for the Expo — more than twice last year’s roster — from a range of genres including comics, sci-fi, romance, erotica, and self-help. Part of Washington Hall will be turned over to kids’ entertainment (including face-painting and coloring writing classes) and the parking lot next to Washington Hall will be a full-service food court anchored by the Catfish Corner food truck. “I want people to show up and stay for a bit,” Cheatham explains.
As someone who has worked in and covered the book scene in Seattle for almost two decades, I’m embarrassed to admit to Cheatham that I don’t recognize many of the names of the participants at the Expo. Seattle is a segregated city in a lot of ways, and it seems that our literary scene is no exception. Cheatham is working hard to create an environment that puts these authors in front of the entire city. “We all want an opportunity. We just want a chance to show our work,” he says.
When that happens, things get better for everyone. As Cheatham puts it, “We just need to cultivate this bubbling artistic atmosphere that’s going on here in Seattle, you know?”
Thanks to everyone for your feedback and enthusiasm on “Imprinted.” I’m looking at a tentative release date of January 9, 2018. I’m planning to confirm this and start getting preorder links posted over the next month or two.
A lot of you said you’d be happy to pay $2.99 for this 15,000-word novelette. From your comments, it’s a combination of loving the Magic ex Libris stories, and wanting me to get those nice 70% royalties that you don’t get with anything under $2.99. Others thought $2.99 was a little steep.
What I’m thinking about doing is launching the book at $2.99. Then, after it’s been out for a month or two, I’ll drop the price to $1.99. That way folks have a little more choice about what they’re willing to pay.
A few people said they’d prefer a print edition, and I’m looking into that. I wouldn’t expect a lot of sales here, and we’d be talking about a pretty slim volume, but it’s gotten easier to set up print-on-demand, so I should be able to make that option available.
Finally, here’s the synopsis I’ve put together. What do you think?
Jeneta’s magic could give us the stars…or destroy everyone around her.
Seventeen-year-old libriomancer Jeneta Aboderin is a prodigy, determined to move on from the horrors she’s faced and use her power to create a better future. To show the world that magic isn’t a threat to be feared, but a tool of hope. After eight months, she’s ready to present the Venture, a magically-created ship capable of reaching Mars within hours. It will mark a new phase of human exploration and discovery.
But at a crucial moment, her spell is wrested from her control and twisted against her. Whoever sabotaged her magic then begins to strike down those around her. The attacker haunts her thoughts and dreams, reviving Jeneta’s past traumas. And the most powerful magic-users at New Millennium are unable to help.
How do you stop an enemy who strikes from within your own mind?
This 15,000-word novelette is set eight months after the events of Revisionary.
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
I keep checking FedEx to see if the package with the contracts/check was delivered. By 10:30 they said! But at 11 am, it's still in transit. Sigh. eta: And delivered as of 11:20 am. Whew./eta
Anyway. It's time for what I'm reading Wednesday:
What I've just finished
What I'm currently reading
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, the third book of the Broken Earth trilogy. I'm not finding it quite as compelling as the first two books. ( spoilers ) I'm about 60% through, so I imagine more terrible things are coming.
What I'm reading next
As always, it's a mystery. I have many things on my iPad, so we'll see what catches my fancy.
Croatia's only beach bar for dogs have quite the menu for the pups. It's definitely a special treat when a specialty brewed beer is made for the dogs! Before you get worried, this is not your ordinary beer. This beer is made from chicken and vegetables, and for dessert…. Well they've got some ice cream made from banana's, peanuts, yoghurt and soy milk! Owners along with their very excited and happy dogs can each get a sun bed, and take a refreshing dive in the blue Adriatic waters.
While dogs can relax on the beach, they also can partake in different activities, such as swimming and diving competitions, or an eating contest between dogs
Monty's Dog Beach bar in Crikvenica opened last year and is the only bar of it's kind in the Adriatic country, and it's a place you have to visit! Just look at all the fun these pups are having!
Honestly, it's like a variation on Lewis's law*: Boycs' explanation for why he hasn't been knighted shows why he mustn't be knighted.
However, speaking of white knights, a whole bunch of Boycott supporters have crawled out of the woodwork on twitter, claiming that the only reason their hero hasn't had the respect he deserves is because of that pesky domestic violence conviction from 1998, and after all, that was in France so it barely counts and anyway, she was probably lying.
And since most of them are talking about "new evidence" I thought it was my public duty to do a little gentle fact checking, as a resource for others who may have to deal with these pests.
( Read more... )
Anyway, as kalypso and I have known since the early 80s, the block to his knighthood lies not in his domestic violence conviction, his racism, his ban from Test cricket as a result of touring apartheid-era South Africa, his running out of Randall or his all-round painful personality. It lies in the deep dark reason everyone in the know knows, but no-one can talk about.
*"The comments below any article on feminism justify feminism".
Lots of Kris Ripper and Alexis Hall in this batch.
Breaking Down (Scientific Method Universe #4) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ripper once again puts zir characters through the emotional ringer.
This time we get the aftermath of an offscreen sexual assault and a breakup that's painful for everyone involved. ( read more )
Roller Coasters (Scientific Method Universe #5) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book really centers Will's struggles and insecurities about his place in Hugh and Truman's relationship, which is a thing I'd wanted (and Ripper had been working up to) for several books. ( read more )
The Boyfriends Tie the Knot (Scientific Method Universe #6) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
So much going on in this book and it's all just fabulous. ( read more )
The Honeymoon (The Scientific Method Universe #7) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
And with that the main arc about Will and Hugh and Truman's relationship comes to a perfect close. ( read more )
For Real - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a fabulous BDSM romance between two characters with an 18-year age difference. I love that kind of thing, but if large age differences make you uncomfortable this book is not for you. ( read more )
The Art Of Three - Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese ★ ★ ★
A sweet, relatively low-drama poly romance. ( read more )
Spectred Isle (Green Men #1) - K.J. Charles ★ ★ ★ ★
An excellent beginning to a new series. While the romance is central and significant, this is above-all a well-built supernatural fantasy. ( read more )
Extremes (Scientific Method Universe #8) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★
Short and incredibly intense. ( read more )
Silver Moon - Catherine Lundoff ★ ★ ★ ★
Menopausal werewolves! What's not to love? ( read more )
Glitterland (Glitterland #1) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★
There was a lot I loved about this book and a few things that really didn't work for me. ( read more )
Gays Of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista #1) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★
A charming romance with a delightfully disgruntled disabled protagonist. ( read more )
Aftermath (Glitterland #1.5) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★
A nice epilogue that ties up some dangling threads from the book, but I'm still just not in love with this couple.
Penric's Fox - Lois McMaster Bujold ★ ★ ★ ★
Probably my favourite of the Penric stories so far. Nominally a murder mystery, but there is only ever one obvious suspect. ( read more )
Sand and Ruin and Gold - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★
A disturbing and unsettling story about captivity and freedom and connection.
Romantic in its own way but decidedly not a romance.
In Vino - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★
Short story starring a secondary character from For Real, available for free for joining Hall's mailing list.
Fucked up, self-destructive asshole has fucked up, self-destructive and really ill-considered sex. It's like watching a train wreck. I really hot, decidedly kinky train wreck.
Fire Thief - Jordan Castillo Price ★ ★
Short story. Picked up as a first sample of a frequently-recced writer.
Enjoyable enough, but the way the love interest's disability was concealed and then revealed as if it were somehow shocking left me cold.
Shatterproof - Xen Sanders ★ ★ ★
I found this book frustrating. I liked it, but I really wanted to love it and I could just never get there. ( read more )
Daughter of Mystery (Alpennia #1) - Heather Rose Jones ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I LOVED this book and I'm definitely looking forward to the next two books in the series.
Complicated, smart and constantly-surprising fantasy with a great lesbian romance. ( read more )
Heart of the Steal - Avon Gale & Roan Parrish ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Well, that was completely delightful.
Philanthropist who dabbles in art theft meets cute guy at a party and decides to impress him with a gift of illicitly acquired art. Cute guy turns out to be an FBI Agent. Art Crimes divisions. Eh heh heh, oops? ( read more )
Prosperity (Prosperity #1) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I keep expecting the Prosperity series to be light and airy and vaguely fluffy. Airships! Skytowns! A street urchin named Piccadilly and a crime-lord named Milord! It sounds like the fluffiest of fluff. But it's so much more. It's also complex and tangled and so fucking honest about the complexity of love and emotion and connection. ( read more )