New Stories About Old Friends: for those who don't know, I continue to write short stories and novelettes about the characters of my old Del Rey fantasy serieses. These are available on Smashwords (smashwords.com) and on Amazon Kindle Direct. Most are $4.99. Smashwords supports all the major platforms (epub, kobo, mobi, pdf, etc), and I believe markets to sites for Nook, ePub, etc. Kindle Direct is - well, for Kindle.
So far, there are 5 Antryg and Joanna novelettes, 3 tales about Sun Wolf and Starhawk, 4 stories about Benjamin January (actually, two of these are about what Rose does while Ben is out of town), 2 each concerning John and Jenny in the Winterlands, and the gang at the Keep of Dare. Also available are the 4 stories that I wrote, over the years, for Sherlock Holmes anthologies, two of which are fantasy and two of which are "straight" Holmes stories: two are narrated by Watson, two by Mrs. Watson. Lastly, there is the vampire-on-the-Titanic novelette, "Sunrise on Running Water," in which Don Simon Ysidro from my vampire series has a very brief cameo (he has FAR too much sense to be on the Titanic himself).
I used to sell these stories on my personal website - I no longer do.
But, I will continue to write new stories about old friends, and post them on Smashwords and Kindle Direct (and announce them on LJ and FB... Twitter just makes me crazy).
I hope you all enjoy them!
Apologies for being a slacker - a lot of stuff going on with my class, and being done around being VERY tired in the wake of Shot #2. About 24 hrs after the second vaccine I got a mild headache, mild sore throat, really sore arm and intermittent chills, along with severe fatigue. Everything went away after a good night's sleep, but the fatigue has come back - presumably a sign that my immune system is hard at work.
News from Open Road Media: Time of the Dark, downpriced to $1.99 Wednesday, Feb. 24, US and Canada (digital, as always). The Silicon Mage downpriced to $1.99 Thursday, also US and Canada, and George's Budayeen Series, down to $3.99 the same day. (Presumably When Gravity Fails, Fire in the Sun, and Exile Kiss - s-f noir in his Raymond Chandler vein).
Wednesday, Feb 17, both Dragonsbane and Dog Wizard go on sale through Open Road Media - digital, US and Canada, $1.99 apiece! Two of my absolute favorites.
In other news, Feb 17 is the day I get Shot #2 (Pfitzer) at a drive-thru clinic near my home - fingers crossed that nothing screws up!
AND, I have been listening to the Blackstone Media audio recording of "Die Upon a Kiss," Ben January #5. Ron Butler, who reads it, has such a pleasant, mellow voice. Blackstone is bringing out the first 11 of the January mysteries in unabridged audio. I've got Free Man of Color, Fever Season, Graveyard Dust, Sold Down the River, and now Die Upon a Kiss already, so their production is pretty efficient.
Staying quietly indoors and scrambling to pull together class lectures before contracts come through for the next couple of mysteries. The scrubby little bush outside my study window turns out to be a camellia plant, which just put out a gorgeous, full-moon white blossom, to welcome the Year of the Ox.
A big THANK YOU to all the people who are organizing and running the COVID vaccine Point of Dispersal sites! AMAZINGLY well-organized - I was in the slow-and-go drive-through line at Cal State Northridge for about 45 minutes (WAY less than I've experienced getting into the RenFaire!). Everybody knew what they were doing, there were enough people to make it go smoothly, I got my shot without getting out of my car, they made me stay a little extra time because I have food allergies and the concept of an allergy of any kind made them extra cautious, and I didn't even get the headache they promised me.
Glad I got it yesterday, because it's supposed to pour like Noah's Flood this afternoon.
All is well.
Two of George's best short stories, downpriced on Open Road Media, 99 cents Saturday, January 30, US and Canada. I can't quite tell whether it's 99 cents apiece for "The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, EVERYTHING," and "Target Berlin," or 99 cents for an omnibus mini-volume containing both... but in either case, well worth the price. Both from his early, silly days - the first s-f (more or less) and the second pretty much straight silly fantasy. What a mind that man had!
I, meanwhile, continue to have weird issues with my computer. I SO look forward to getting my vaccine shot (this afternoon, IF the drive-up site doesn't get rained out!), so I won't be terrified to have Mr. Computer Guy come in and deal with it.
Wish me luck!
More from Open Road Media!
The Rainbow Abyss - the first half of the Magic Nazis duology Sun-Cross - will be downpriced to $1.99 on January 16th, US and Canada (and I assume the second book, Magicians of Night, will follow shortly...)
Several of George's books will be downpriced also. The Budayeen Cycle - When Gravity Fails, Fire in the Sun, and The Exile Kiss - will be $3.99, US and Canada, on January 17... Just in time for George's birthday, which was on the 10th. Two of his short, strange early fantasies - Heroics and Those Gentle Voices - as well as the collection of his short stories, Live From Planet Earth, will be $1.99 apiece, US and Canada, on the 16th. (All I remember about Heroics was that somebody had coated the Great Plains in Teflon... for what reason I am at a loss to recall).
Three weeks til classes start, so I will be putting in most of my time for the next week making sure everything is prepped and ready to go!
Stay safe out there!
Sorry - again - for the lag in posting; it's been difficult to get work done over the past week or so.
Silicon Mage - probably one of my all-time favorites of the books I've written - on sale, digital, US and Canada, $1.99, tomorrow, Jan 10 (Sunday). Open Road Media.
And a happy New Year! Thank you, to all of you who've stuck with me through what has been a strange and tiring year.
I turned in the manuscript for the Hollywood murder mystery that will probably be called "Scandal in Babylon" - a new mystery series whose heroine, Emma, an English WW-1 widow, acts as secretary and dog-brusher to her gaudy and extravagant sister-in-law Kitty (a.k.a. silent film vamp Camille de la Mare)... it's good to be writing about 1920s Hollywood again, though this is straight mystery, no fantasy.
I've turned in outlines for another Ben January book and a second book in the Hollywood series, though I won't hear anything on them for awhile.
I've been spending part of each day prepping for the history class I'll be teaching in Spring: MUCH more work, as it's a live-online, streaming-over-Zoom.
And I've been working on a couple of further adventures, though it's been difficult going, with all else that's going on.
I'm planning an extremely quiet New Year's Eve, even by my standards - and I habitually leave whatever party I'm at at 10:30, so I can be home well before midnight.
To all of you, a safe New Year's Eve, and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Here's hoping everyone had a peaceful and gentle holiday. Family Zoom and Christmas movies; evening before the fireplace with the cats.
The third book of George's Budayeen trilogy - the Exile Kiss - on sale (digital) from Open Road Media, Tuesday, Dec. 29, $1.99.
Also on sale, same day (Dec. 29) Dog Wizard, the third book of my Windrose Chronicles - and one of my all-time favorites of my own books - also $1.99.
Both books, US and Canada.
And for a little Christmas Present from Open Road Media: Dragonsbane, digital, US and Canada, $1.99.
One of my all-time favorites, though it was one of the most difficult to write.
A happy holiday to all!