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20 April 2016 @ 07:09 pm
 
At last, I have finished - and had formatted, and put up on line - two new Further Adventures!

"Castle of Horror" is the cast of Bride of the Rat-God, filming in Reno where Christine's latest boyfriend (film-star Tor Westlake) is getting a divorce. The castle, on the outskirts of town, was built by an eccentric gold-miner millionaire and is supposed to be haunted, so of course Tor Westlake wants to hold a seance there to find out who's going to win the Belmont Stakes, much to the annoyance of the film-crew from the OTHER film company that's shooting there, a black film company from Chicago. (They're filming on the same sets by night, something that was commonly done). (THEIR female star is ALSO in Reno getting a divorce). Norah doesn't think holding a seance in a haunted castle is such a good idea, and the behavior of Christine's three magical Pekingese is causing her to suspect that something is very wrong with the whole setup.

"Death on the Moon" (and I screwed up the "What is this story about?" section on Amazon, so I have to go back in and repair that) is Rose Janvier sleuthing again, assisted by Hannibal because Ben is off helping a friend of theirs with a difficult pregnancy out of town. Professor Tixall has come to New Orleans with a telescope so powerful that it can see life on the Moon (exactly as, at the same time, Sir John Herschel was supposed to have discovered it). Rose is pretty sure this is a hoax, but a harmless one. When her housekeeper's daughter sneaks in after hours and looks through the telescope, the girl sees one of the "Moon people" kill another. Rose knows murder has been done, but how to prove it when it's supposed to have taken place on another planet?

These are both on both Amazon (for $4.99) and Smashwords (for $5.00) (about the cost of a fancy latte at Starbucks, I'm told...).

In addition I put up a collection of George Alec Effinger's haiku, written (as far as I can tell) back when he was living in the East Village in the '70s. The collection is called "Bliss-Bestowing Hands," and I'm still wrangling around with Smashwords, whose automatic algorithims have choked on the concept of Barbara Hambly putting up a book by George Alec Effinger. (They told me to take out an account as a pseudonym, but when I asked them, "Isn't it going to give me trouble about there being other George Alec Effinger books out on line?" they hemmed and hawed and haven't yet gotten back to me.) I will keep everyone posted.

The poems are sweet and funny and sad and very typical of George, and I'd be happy to see them out there, finally. I'm a bit vexed because Amazon won't let me charge LESS than $2.99, and I'd put them up on Smashwords for $1.99... and now of course Smashwords is giving me problems) (completely aside from the fact that Smashwords will publish in a whole bunch of different formats).

AND my condensed-format class is over, so I'm only teaching Monday nights and can FINALLY concentrate on Ashers/Ysidro #7 - on which I'm WAY behind.
 
 
 
Elizabeth McCoyarchangelbeth on April 21st, 2016 02:41 am (UTC)
You might consider putting it up in your name on Smashwords but making it very clear that you're the Editor, not the author -- most of the anthologies I'm in tend to be in the editor's name, after all, and while it's not an anthology, per se, it's poetry edited by you, and presumably copyright has transferred to you.

(But yeah, Smashwords' inability to allow for even secure nom de plumes has kept me from getting around to putting up some erotica (...let's be honest here, smut...) short stories I've got. I need to make my spouse take out an account there for them...)

Amazon won't let $1.99 work? Bwah? I though it would just insist on doing the 30% royalty instead of the 70% one, if you get out of the 2.99-9.99 zone.
barbara_hamblybarbara_hambly on April 21st, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)
No, they won't let me use the "Editor."
I'll have to re-check the 30% royalty thing.
Elizabeth McCoy: Hubris Requests Exact Changearchangelbeth on April 22nd, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
*shakes a fist at Smashwords*

*ponder* New account for "George Alec Effinger (Estate)" O:/ That would at least make no bones about it not being his account, per se.
Nicholas D. Rosen: forcendrosen on June 11th, 2016 05:35 am (UTC)
I've bought and read "Castle of Horror," and reviewed it on Amazon. Keep up the great work, please!