2017 Blog Schedule

Expect a new post every Friday.

Weekly posts will include reviews, writing tips and inspirations, as well as new additions to the Genre Love series. The Genre Love blog series provides some insight into aspects of the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres that inspire, amuse, illuminate and entertain us.

Exceptions/Extras

Anime and manga related topics will be posted once a month, on the 15th.

Major News will be posted immediately.

Reviews, Guest Posts, and Interviews will be posted at optimal times, as agreed upon by the parties involved.

Schedule Changes/Updates

The schedule will be updated to accommodate the Spec-Fic-Trifecta Podcast (Coming Soon).

Hybrid Published in Black Girl Magic Lit Mag

My short story, Hybrid, has been published in Issue#5 of Black Girl Magic Lit Mag. This issue, dubbed the 2017 All SciFi Issue, invited stories with the theme New Year, New Worlds.

Hybrid takes place in the not-so-distant future. Humanity is beginning to branch out into the solar system and one aspiring astronaut is about to catch a glimpse of what’s waiting for us out there in the universe when she confronts a monstrous ghost of the American space program’s past.

The story is set at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Although I do plan on going there someday, I must admit that I’ve never been to Cape Canaveral, much less the Kennedy Space Center. As such, great liberties were taken with Geography and History in the writing of this story.

Try as I may, I can’t quite recall what inspired this particular story but Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine keeps coming to mind so maybe I was reading that book at the time. In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed working on Hybrid and I hope that readers will enjoy it too.

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A New Place to Read My Stories

I’ve made a new website to share all my Spec Fic webserials and free short fiction in one place.

The site is www.specfics.com

The following stories are ongoing:

Blood Binds

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What if you could hop across dimensions? Would you spend fifty years slumming it in a backwater world where few believe in magic or even the multiverse? Would you befriend a vampire because he happens to be the doppelganger of your dead child? Helioselene is a wayfarer, descended from a clan of transdimensional nomads. Her stolen peace on earth is shattered by an attempt of her life, closely followed by the arrival of her estranged husband, Charls. He brings devastating news. Someone is killing wayfarers–Helioselene’s kin, to be precise.

Firecracker

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Cassandra Baron is a god. She’s got the awesome powers to prove it. Too bad they can’t keep her out of trouble.

The Advent of Hegira

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This is the SEQUEL to Slumfairy and Starchaser! In this story, Sumida is accompanied by the mercenary, Bex Atria and an alien named Klang. Her survival will depend on three things: dumb luck, Bex’s talent for weaseling out of a sticky situation and Klang’s penchant for secretly murdering anything that threatens the well-being of his beloved Bex.

Dorian’s Task

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Dorian, wayward prince of Avanu, has a very important mission. He is transporting secret intelligence but can’t seem to remember to whom or why. Torrin, humble servant of Avanu, thinks that there’s more wrong with Dorian than being a little messed up in the head.

Sea Witch Song, a Novelette

When I set out to do NaNoWriMo this year, I wasn’t sure how far I would get with my story. I certainly didn’t expect said story to rapidly escalate and end way under 50 thousand words. I went with the flow, quit NaNoWriMo, and spent the rest of November editing and polishing the story. The result is my newly published novelette, Sea Witch Song.

Sea Witch Song

seawitchsongsmTarah Jackson died at sea. Her secret lover, Uma Brown, attends the funeral with no choice but to bottle up her grief. At Tarah’s wake, a drunken fisherman claims that Tarah was killed by a monster from the deep. Late that night, while the other fishermen who witnessed Tarah’s death drink and wrestle with memories of the monstrous encounter about which they dare not speak, Uma Brown takes a bottle of rum and her fiddle to the sea. There she plays a song raw with grief. She lets the tears fall free. She drinks from the bottle, cries out the heavens, and curses the sea. Along comes the monster from the deep.

Sea Witch Song is currently available for download at the following locations:

AmazonAppleKoboInktera | SmashwordsMore to come

Excerpt

Somber men in charcoal suits carried the empty casket. Uma watched, stricken, as they lowered it into the gaping hole beneath the sycamore tree. That crowd that had gathered was silent, many still struggling to come to grips with the reality that had brought them all together in this moment. Tarah Jackson had died at sea. Jasmin Island’s beloved daughter had fallen overboard during a storm ten days earlier and presumably drowned in the crushing embrace of violent waves. Now, with no body to bury, her family was holding the service in the cemetery behind the old Baptist church.

Indifferent to the scene unfolding below them, raucous seagulls shrieked, swooping across the sky. The breeze buffeting against the church building carried the salty scent of the sea mingled with the earthy sweetness of sugar cane from farms far afield. The grass was springy, the ground still moist from rain two hours earlier. The afternoon sun was obscenely bright. It was far too fine a day for a funeral.

On the Brink – Cover Redesign

onthebrink_300I have uploaded a new cover for my ebook, On the Brink.

On the Brink is a humble little omnibus of my short science fiction, horror, and urban fiction.

Some of the stories included might have a familiar ring to them, as I have shared them on my blog and made them available as one-shot downloads previously.

This omnibus is more or less an introduction to my work for those who haven’t downloaded the one-shots or read the webfics posted on my site.

In the Stories

Two women with shadowy pasts gravitate towards each other.Ginger, an android, is dispatched to free the denizens of a smart-city gone mad.A spirit medium tries to pin down a ghost. Survivors of a spaceship accident land on different worlds.

A mermaid encounters land for the first time.A traveler meets a shapeshifter in a rural bar.An astronaut dreams in hypersleep.Space miners encounter a legendary asteroid.Sofie Tenna’s blood contract with the legendary vampire, Andromeda Five goes awry.An experimental pilot and her starship come under fire after picking up a distress signal from one of their kind.A primeval monster brings an urban nightmare to life. Far future witch meets earth deity.

The cover image has not updated in the various stores yet. I will update this post with links when it does.