Thursday, September 13, 2012

News: Anthology Announcement

We've been sitting on this news for a few months now, and it's finally time to spill the beans!

From Publisher's Marketplace:

Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy: CARNIEPUNK, an anthology which combines the carnival setting and the world of urban fantasy, a place of deception, where monsters wait silently in the dark, featuring short stories by authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman, Delilah Dawson, Kelly Gay, Kevin Hearne, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole Peeler and Jaye Wells, to Adam Wilson at Pocket, for publication in August 2013, by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media.

I'm so excited to be part of this anthology with so many other amazing authors.  And the concept was a lot of fun to work with.  My story is called "Freak House" and is set in a completely new world, unrelated to my Dreg City and MetaWars books.

This is the story I pitched (and the final product was pretty spot-on):

Sheltered and raised by her gypsy mother, Shiloh Harrison has never explored the djinn heritage of her absentee father—until she learns he's been captured by a man whose underground paranormal freak show is the latest rage among the rich and elite.  Determined to embrace her djinn half and to prove herself to her gypsy Clan, Shiloh enlists the aid of a US Marshal on the verge of retiring and a lone werewolf with no Pack loyalties to help free her father and the other imprisoned Paras from the nightmare of this traveling Freak House.

The anthology is coming out in August 2013 from Pocket.  I'll keep y'all updated as I learn more!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Third Quarter Roundup

It's hard to believe that it's September.  Honestly, I feel like summer just started, and now it's over.  Labor Day Weekend is the official end to summer and the tourist season here on the Shore. In the world of retail, it means one thing: Christmas is coming. 

August just flew by for me.  I had an amazing time in New Orleans for Authors After Dark. The conference was a blast, and I loved being in the city.  It's gorgeous, especially in the historic areas. If visiting Nola is on your bucket list, I highly recommend it.  Just don't fly US Airways.  I still have anger with them over a cancelled flight and lost luggage.

Writing-wise, I'm almost finished with first round edits on TEMPEST (MetaWars #3) and will get that back to my editor this week.  TEMPEST also has a release date! You get Ethan's story on April 23, 2013. The MetaWars world expands even further this time, as Ethan Swift and Aaron Scott head to Manhattan Prison to assist Simon Hewitt in locating a few AWOL prisoners--and Ethan has a very personal reason for wanting to get into Manhattan....

Book 4, CHIMERA, will release in November 2013.  I'm over 1/3 into Renee's story, and I'm genuinely loving her.  A friend who just read TRANCE and CHANGELING for the first time tweeted me the other and said "Renee's kind of a bitch."  I laughed, then wrote back, "Yes, she is, but there's a reason for that!"  You'll just have to wait to find out.  *grin*

I turned in my anthology short last week. The antho will be out next summer with Pocket with a theme that I haven't seen before.  I keep promising more later, and later hasn't yet arrived.  Soon!

Other than that, I have no news.  The Sekrit Project is still out there.  I have a handful of Dreg City short stories in various stages of completion, and I hope to self-publish some of those while I keep working at Dreg City 5.  I'm looking forward to the new seasons of "Glee" and "The Walking Dead." I will probably watching "American Horror Story" again.  Mostly I'll be working, writing, and trying to occasionally hang out with friends, before the hell of Christmas in Retail World swallows me whole....