- Fri, 16:06: Got a batch of ORCHID CAROUSALS from @creativeguypub so I'm ready for the signing in Mansfield on Dec. 7th! http://t.co/jDKLt0YjTD
- Fri, 16:07: Here's the Facebook page for @GaryABraunbeck @authorlinda @timwaggoner and my signing in Mansfield on Dec. 7th: https://t.co/gOYLgmSFNK
- Sat, 06:43: I have some quibbles about how this was constructed, but I scored 34 out of 36 on this social intelligence test: http://t.co/kRYG0G2VA9
My latest book Orchid Carousals is free for Kindle this weekend worldwide ... you can download it from any of the Amazon stores:
... plus all the other Amazon stores.
The book will be free for Kindle through Monday night.
Fans of my urban fantasy series (Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess) have been asking me when the next Jessie Shimmer book will come out. And while I do intend to write more novels in the series, I've been focusing on short fiction the past couple of years; I've been writing new tales about Jessie and her friends that you'll find collected in Orchid Carousals and in anthologies such as Appalachian Undead.
These stories all stand on their own; you don't need to read Spellbent to enjoy them.
- "At the Royal Orchid: Part I" tells the story of how Jessie and Cooper became more than just friends.
- In "At the Royal Orchid: Part II", The Warlock confronts a stranger who tried to slip him an illicit love potion.
- "Demonized" gives readers a glimpse into Mother Karen's most private life.
- "Biscuit" (my collaboration with Kaysee Renee Robichaud) tells the tale of how Kai finally got over his crush on Jessie.
I had a lot of fun writing this collection, and I hope readers enjoy it, too.
I have PDF and .mobi review copies available.
If you're interested in owning a copy of my Stoker Award-winning story along with a lot of other great fiction, Apex is offering a special bundle:
In other news, I and authors such as Maurice Broaddus, Cat Rambo, and LaShawn M. Wanak will be in the anthology What Fates Impose.
The publisher is running a Kickstarter for the book, and there are still a lot of great pledge rewards to be had. Even if you just have a buck or two, please consider backing the project:
And finally, I'll be appearing at Context 26, a Columbus area convention for readers and writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Context 26 will be held the weekend of September 27-29 at the Holiday Inn in Worthington, Ohio. Author guests include Jack McDevitt, Elizabeth Bear, and Scott Lynch.
Publisher Jason Sizemore and editors Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon will be there with me, along with authors Gary Braunbeck, Kyle Johnson, and RJ Sullivan.
My story in Dark Faith: Invocations is entitled "Magdala Amygdala". It is on the preliminary Bram Stoker Award ballot, and this past week I found out that editor Ellen Datlow has selected it for her Best Horror of the Year (Volume 5).
I'm absolutely thrilled that my story will be a part of Datlow's anthology; here's the whole Table of Contents:
"Nikishi" by Lucy Taylor
I'm offering professional critiques of short stories, novellas and novels; I can critique entire or partial manuscripts. I will critique speculative fiction: works that fall somewhere in the realm of science fiction, fantasy, or horror. I will also look at paranormal fiction, but bear in mind that I am not a romance reader.
I have a lot of experience as a critiquer. I'm a graduate of th Clarion orkshop and for several years I've directed th Context Writing Workshops. Since January 2010, I've been an adjunct faculty member in Seton Hill University' MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction; my job is to help MFA students turn their works-in-progress into market-ready novels.
I used to be an editor for the prozine HMS Beagle n Strange Horizons, and I publishe Dark Planet or seven years. I know what helps grab the attention of a weary slush reader.
To date, I've made over 80 short fiction sales, over 50 poetry sales, and three professional novel sales. My work has won the Bram Stoker Award and has been selected for th LOCUS ecommended Reading List.
For more information, please visit http://www.sff.net/people/lucy-snyder/cr
The 2013 GoHs include Elizabeth Bear, Jack McDevitt, and John Joseph Adams -- very exciting! They're still working on the music and science guests.
I'll be coordinating the writing workshops again this year; I plan to have them posted sometime in April.
The convention is running a special Early Bird registration offer; from now through January 29th, you can register for the whole weekend for $30: http://www.contextsf.org/registration.h
Please note that the convention is in a different hotel this year.
Another wrinkle is that they were unable to avoid scheduling the convention during a home OSU football weekend. OSU fans have a way of booking all area hotels solid, so if you plan to stay in a hotel it'd be wise to book your room as early as possible:
On another note, Context has a new Twitter account ... please follow them at https://twitter.com/ContextSF
They're also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cont