The deadline to nominate for the Hugos draws nigh, so vote for what you love

Dear All,

It’s Hugo nomination season. In fact, the deadline to submit your Hugo nominations is Thursday, March 31st.

If you love something, nominate it. It’s really that easy.

  • Your ballot is anonymous.
  • You don’t have to fill out all five slots.
  • You don’t have to fill in all of the categories.
  • You can nominate even if you only read or watched one thing last year.
  • You can start your ballot now and change it or add to it right up until the deadline.

Poseidon's Eyes, by Kary EnglishIf you’d like to consider something of mine, please read Poseidon’s Eyes, a short story published in Volume 31 of Writers of the Future. If you don’t want to buy the whole book, you can read the story for free on Wattpad (you might have to register).

As you read it, I’d like to make a special request. Please don’t nominate the story because you like me or something else I’ve written, because I’m female, to piss someone off or because of what happened last year.

To my mind, there is only one valid reason to nominate something for a Hugo – because you love it.

Saturday 3/26 only – Kindle deals on Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan and John Scalzi

NeverwhereETA: As of Sunday morning, Neverwhere and Old Man’s War are still on sale.  Also, Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates!

Amazon is trying to bankrupt me. It’s the only explanation. But hey, if I go, you go, too.  😉

Deal #1 – Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, all 400 pages of the author’s preferred text, is just $1.99.

 

 

The Last OlympianDeal #2 – Rick Riordan’s The Last Olympian, book five in the Percy Jackson series, is also $1.99.

 

 

 

Old Man's WarDeal #3 – John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is $2.99.

 

 

 

Flowers for AlgernonDeal #4Flowers for Algernon, the classic by Daniel Keyes, is $1.99.

Get three freebies, including my newest story, from Phoenix Pick and Galaxy’s Edge

Galaxy's Edge, Issue 19, March of 2016
Galaxy’s Edge, Issue 19, March of 2016

My newest story is live in Issue 19 of Galaxy’s Edge.

Shattered Vessels, co-written with the talented Robert B Finegold, is a tale of love and loss, adventure and mysticism, and one too many knife fights.  It will take you from ancient Assyria to the Pyrenees to modern day San Francisco.

The issue is free to read until the next issue goes live (at which point the link I’ve included will take you to Issue 20 or beyond).

If you enjoy Galaxy’s Edge, please consider subscribing.

 

Best of Galaxy's Edge (2014-2014)
Best of Galaxy’s Edge (2014-2014)

Now for Freebies #2 and #3 – Please follow the instructions carefully!

Galaxy’s Edge is celebrating its fourth year in business, and in true Hobbit style, YOU get the presents.

1)  Go to the Phoenix Pick website.

2)  Scroll down a little until you find The Best of Galaxy’s Edge (2013-2014) in the anthologies section.

3)  Click “Publisher’s Direct EPUB” or “Publisher’s Direct MOBI” to put the ebook in your shopping cart.

4)  Enter GE3E (for the EPUB) or GE3M (for the mobi) in the Discount Code box.

5)  Viola!  Free ebook!

6) The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a pink box at the top of the Phoenix Pick page. That’s a Pay What You Want (including nothing) deal on The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett, plus a cheap three-book bundle featuring more Brackett, Hal Clement, Fred Pohl and others. The bundle isn’t free, but it’s a great deal on some classic SF.

Get four Writers of the Future anthologies for 99 cents each

Here’s the Writers of the Future sale I promised.  Galaxy Press is offering a killer deal on Volumes 26, 27, 28 and 29 of the popular Writers of the Future series.

If you like short fiction and discovering new writers, these are perfect for you. If you’re a writer or illustrator who’s thinking about entering, one of the best ways to learn what the contest likes is to read the anthos.

Here are your links.

Writers of the Future, Vol. 26
Writers of the Future, Vol. 26

 

Writers of the Future, Vol. 27
Writers of the Future, Vol. 27

 

Writers of the Future, Vol. 28
Writers of the Future, Vol. 28

 

Writers of the Future, Vol. 29
Writers of the Future, Vol. 29

 

P.S. I love the cover for V29 because it looks like Mr. Jetpack is standing on a pile of pancakes, one foot firmly planted on either side of the butter.  😀

 

 

 

“Flight of the Kikayon” is live on StarShipSofa!

FotKatStarShipSofaI love all of my stories, but Flight of the Kikayon is one of my favorites. It just went live as a podcast at StarShipSofa!

Kikayon is a sequel to Totaled, set some 200 years after Totaled ends. If you’ve read Totaled, you’ll notice similarities in the character choices, structure and motifs.  (And if you haven’t read Totaled, they’re far enough apart that each one stands alone.)

Whip up your snack or beverage of choice and settle in for a good listen.

This one’s a novelette, so you’ll need about 40 minutes.

P.S. They’re also doing a Patreon thing, and I think they do great work. If you can spare a buck a month, please support them.

Clarkesworld’s Year 3 anthology is just $0.99 on Kindle today

Clarkesworld Year 3
Clarkesworld Year 3

No, I’m not planning to turn my blog into a mini BookBub, but I’ve seen a couple of deals lately that are too good not to share.

If you like Clarkesworld, here’s a whole year’s worth of their stories for just 99 cents. It’s Clarkesworld: Year 3, which translates to 2012 – I think.

I have no clue how long this deal will last, so get it while the getting’s good. Oh, and stay tuned for my next post with four Writers of the Future anthos for 99 cents each.  😉

Please go read “Today I Am Paul,” by Martin L. Shoemaker

CWPaul
“Today I Am Paul,” by Martin L. Shoemaker. Clarkesworld #107, August, 2015.

I am just back from my annual pilgrimage to Superstars Writing Seminar, and I have returned with enough material for several blog posts rattling around in my head. But before I go there, in fact, while I am going there, please go read a wonderful short story by Martin L. Shoemaker called “Today I Am Paul.”

“Today I Am Paul” has been picked up by pretty much every Year’s Best or Best Of anthology, and it’s sold to several foreign markets.

This means you need to read it. NOW!  🙂

Thanks and kudos to Clarkesworld for publishing it.

 

My Jovian Award: A Nifty Tilting Planet

Jovian AwardI live in one of those places where the mail doesn’t come to the house. We all have PO boxes, so getting the mail requires a trip to the local post office. And that’s what I was doing a few days before Christmas when an unexpected package arrived. Believe me, no child on Christmas morning could have been more delighted than I was when I saw what was inside.

Yes, Virgina, it was my Jovian Award, and it’s breathtakingly beautiful. The photo doesn’t do it justice. The swirls are a deep, rich purple, and those sparkles near the bottom are coppery. The award is weighty, and it arrived in a velvet-lined presentation box.

The award came with a certificate that praised both the story and the way I conducted myself throughout Hugo season.

I’ll be frank, here – after everything that went on, this brought tears to my eyes. So thank you, Jovians, whoever you are.

Jovian Certificate