Twelve-year-old BFF’s Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, want to be sisters. Ginnie’s widowed dad plus Tillie’s divorced mom could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again.
Ginnie and Tillie come up with the perfect scheme to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ (aka OSS). After all, if they can’t get Dad to move on, Tillie can’t move in.
When Monique isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events.
Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children and 3 in-law kids, eleven granddarlings, 5 cats, and many real and imaginary friends.
She is the author of five published books (and several unpublished ones) and is in two anthologies. You can find more about Monique and her works at: www.moniquebucheger.blogspot.com
Uncle Jake leaned closer and lowered his voice. “Ginnie, if you don’t tell me, I’m going to have to presume the worst and let him deal with you.”
Fury fizzed through her body. “You’re not my dad! You don’t get to boss me.”
“Seriously?” He pointed his spoon at her. “You really want to go there?”
Ginnie considered her options.
Navigating the choppy waters of her dad’s anger was one thing, but sailing into the not-so-chartered waters of Uncle Jake’s ire was something else. She searched his face. His eyes offered sympathy. “I’m doing this under protest.”
Do you prefer your stories in audio? Undercurrents: An Anthology of What Lies Beneath has been released as an audio book. You’ll hear twenty-three stories by Kevin J. Anderson, Jody Lynn Nye and several others–including me. 🙂
If Kindle’s more your thing, the ebook is just $2.99 for a limited time.
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).
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.
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. 27
Writers of the Future, Vol. 28
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. 😀
I 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.
I’ve been watching this Hugo thing unfold with an ever-growing sense of disquiet. A lot of people are angry right now, and the anger isn’t helping anyone. In fact, it’s hurting people all over fandom, no matter where they stand on the Hugos.
Sometimes anger is productive, but I haven’t seen anything remotely productive out of this yet, so maybe it’s time to start talking about books.
“Oh, so we’re supposed to make nice and sweep it all under the rug?”
No. Talking about books doesn’t sweep anything under the rug. What it does is build common ground, and common ground is that place where productive conversations can eventually happen. Anger and more anger just makes everyone defensive. Doors slam, walls go up and people become more insular, not less.
“Why us, Kary? Why do we have to go first?” Because there’s a lot of our stuff on the ballot.
If you love it so much that you nominated it, it’s time to tell the world about it. Which is your favorite, Dark Between the Stars or Skin Game, or was it something else entirely? Write a post on why your pick is so awesome. Put it on your blog, your Tumblr, your Facebook, etc. Heck, put it here as a comment.
Then do the same for your second favorite or something in one of the other categories. If we all do that, the internet will be brimming with book recommendations instead of outrage, which, frankly, would make it a much nicer place to be than it is now.
“But they started it!” At some point, it doesn’t matter who started it.
You know what started it? Books started it. Stories we love, by authors we love. Middle Earth. Ringworld. Westeros. Gotham City. That’s what started it. Mary Shelley. H.G. Wells. Jules Verne. They started it, too.
So let’s take a page from the Dread Pirate Roberts. Let’s put down our swords and rocks and talk about books like the genre intended.