July and August Releases

New short story releases for July and August!

August’s is “Beacon” (first published in Beacon and Other Stories, so if you have that collection, you already have this story!).

Paicia and her family live in a future of green rooftops, shared makerspaces, and community gardens. With the help of beacon technology, they’ve even managed to save bees from colony collapse and protect human food sources. But when a rogue drone kidnaps one of their family’s bee swarms, Paicia learns that not everyone has moved into a greener future. And the more she finds out about the “ashers,” the more determined she is to stop the abductions and bring her bees home.

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And July’s story was “Unquiet Skies” (first published in Flights from the Rock from Engen Books, and also included in Beacon and Other Stories).

In 1919, racers are gathering on the rocky island of Newfoundland to attempt the first transatlantic flight. And while young Collie is excited to see the pilots arriving with their crates of airplane parts, he has larger concerns–like Awdwith and the other dragons who have taken refuge in Newfoundland’s wind-swept interior to escape the now too-busy skies over the British Isles. A successful race might mean the dragons will have to move again, and Collie can’t bear the thought of losing Awdwith’s friendship. But when the aviators Collie has befriended encounter danger, will he be forced to choose sides?

“Unquiet Skies” is also just .99 across platforms.

The “Starting Hurricanes” StoryBundle

This month, I’m excited to be part of the Starting Hurricanes StoryBundle, curated by Athena Andreadis of Candlemark & Gleam. This bundle offers eleven wonderful speculative works exploring the concept of great changes brought about by ordinary people. No Chosen Ones  or demi-gods here–in this bundle it is the small things (and ordinary people), that, like the flutter of butterfly wings, might roil the winds of change into a hurricane.

In this bundle you will find, among other things, devastated Earths, humanity in complex interplanetary conflicts, disquieting alien biologies, and exiles in search of a home. The subgenres include space opera, near-future dystopia, far futures with magic-like technology, first contacts, and planetfalls. Some names you might recognize; others you might not…but there are worlds and wonder to discover behind each one.

If you’re not familiar with StoryBundle, you pay what you want for the first few books, and unlock the entire bundle for $15 or more. The basic bundle includes (in any ebook format):
Dreams of Earth by Bud Sparhawk
The Janus Legacy by Lisa von Biela
Jumpship Hope by Adria Laycraft
One’s Aspect to the Sun by Sherry D. Ramsey

For the bonus price of just $15 (or more), you get all four initial books, plus seven more for a total of eleven!
Fault Lines by Kelly Jennings
The Wan by Bo Balder
River of Dust by Alexander Jablokov
Finders by Melissa Scott
Collaborators by Deborah J. Ross
White Wing by Shariann Lewitt and Susan Shwartz
Edge of Heaven by RB Kelly

Read more about all the books right here!

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides:
• Get quality reads: works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
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• Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
• Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now!
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StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com. For more information, visit their website at storybundle.com, tweet them @storybundle and like them on Facebook.

New Release Catch-Up

My plan to release a new title every month continues, although I’ve fallen behind in posting them here. So let’s have a little catch-up post so you can see if you’ve missed any!

February: “Machine Language”

On the damaged colony ship Strelka, limping toward the sanctuary of a nearby planet, Yuka and the other surviving colonists–even the children–struggle to keep the ship moving. They pilot remote rovers on the planet’s inhospitable surface, searching for a region where they might have a chance at survival. But tensions on the ship are high, and the few left uninjured in the disaster–the Fulls–hold themselves separate from the many who survived, but not intact. When Yuka’s remote rover encounters a robotic explorer that didn’t come from the Strelka, she’s not sure what it means…or who to trust with the information. If she can communicate with it, she might gain valuable planetary data. But what if it poses a threat to the colony even more dangerous than the ones they already face?

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March: “ePrayer”

Larry is a call center employee at ePrayer, a service that offers computer-generated prayers recited on the customer’s behalf. He harbours a secret affection for his supervisor and simmering doubts about the efficacy of digital devotions. Then one day he takes a call that changes his life…and his understanding of death. He’ll have to risk everything to set things right for one of ePrayer’s clients…or rather, former clients.

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April: “Station Run”

Vonni’s life on Unity Station seems normal enough–school, gaming, watching the traders and starships come and go. No-one suspects she’s hacked into the Virtual Reality learning program, Station Run, outpacing the game’s slow, measured advancement to unlock and explore higher levels of virtual immersion on the space station. Then, in the virtual Unity Station, Vonni meets Dart, a scruffy boy who claims to live in a sector of the station that doesn’t exist. As she struggles to stay in the “game,” Vonni comes to realize that her programming skills have unearthed a closely-guarded secret–one that will rock the world of Unity Station and those who live there. As long as Vonni can get the word out before the administration tracks her down.

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May: “Captain Sable and the Canid Complication: A tale of pirate cats and sundry other scoundrels”

Captain Sable and the crew of the pirate ship Able Mouser might be the scourge of the seas, but Sable has a soft spot when it comes to underdogs–of any species. When a birdfolk stowaway is discovered on her ship, Sable contemplates making him walk the plank; that is, until she hears his tale of the Canid Empire’s plan to take over his people’s island home and enslave them. But with the Empire dogs ensconced on the island and in the waters around it, how can one pirate ship hope to drive them off? Captain Sable will have to be at her canniest–and cattiest–to pull it off…and hope she has at least one of her nine lives left.

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June: “B.R.A.N.E. Inc.”

When Nicole called for a photocopier repairman, she wasn’t prepared for him to tell her there was something living inside the machine. She also hadn’t gotten up that morning expecting to be recruited to help save the world. But a flashpoint portal on the roof of her office building isn’t something she can ignore–not when she sees what’s waiting on the other side.

At least it’s not another boring Monday morning at the office.

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Whew! It’s been fun keeping up these monthly releases. Stay tuned for what the coming months have in store!

Come-From-Aways

My January release is live! It’s a standalone short story about small towns, strangers, and friends, and you can find it at your favourite retailer by following this link.

Mac Laidlaw returned to his small hometown after a decade away, with big plans to build a theme park and put the place “on the map.”

​​​​​​​For Louise Coldbrook, the town’s mayor (and Mac’s one-that-got-away), Mac’s plans are nothing but bad news. The town has a good thing going–a very, very secret good thing–and the last thing they want is attention from the rest of the world. But Mac’s not a man to take no for an answer…not this time, anyway. And certainly not without a really good explanation, which is the last thing Louise can offer him.

​​​​​​​Not if she wants to keep the town’s secret safe.

It’s just .99 across all platforms, so what are you waiting for? :)

Subordinate Clauses

Earlier this month, I released “Subordinate Clauses,” an Olympia Investigations holiday short story, across all platforms.

When a clutch of elves hire Acacia to investigate a plot against Santa Claus and an elf kidnapping, she has only her supernatural detection abilities to guide her in the right direction. As the days count down and the presents pile up, will Acacia and Oliver be able to find the perpetrator, rescue the elves, and save Christmas?

If you’re in the mood for some fun holiday urban fantasy, you should check it out! Just .99 at your favourite retailer.