Some more cool Moonshine stuff happening:
- Fantasy Hive is hosting an exclusive first-chapter excerpt of Moonshine, if you want a preview
- I was on my fellow Angry Robot Sean Grigsby’s podcast, Cosmic Dragon, along with another fellow Robot, Alex Wells talking about our books.
- A reminder that the Goodreads giveaway runs until February 10. They’re giving away 10 paperback copies of Moonshine.
- Moonshine received a favorable review in Publishers Weekly!
And here’s the usual reminder that A) I will be at University Bookstore in Seattle on February 10 at 6:00 PM, and B) there’s still a bit of time to pre-order Moonshine if you haven’t already:
Some updates for this fine, rainy day (at least where I’m at). We’re getting oh-so close the release of Moonshine on February 1 (ebook and UK paperback) and February 6 (US paperback), and I’ve got some fun happenings happening in light of that:
- Reminder: On February 10, 2018, you can find me at the University Bookstore in Seattle for an hour-long signing/Q&A. Details below:
- There’s a Goodreads giveaway for 10 print copies of Moonshine! The giveaway runs until February 10!
- There’s a character interview with Daisy Dell at CandidCeillie. Wowzer!
And more along the way! In the meantime, have another shameless pre-order plug:
I feel like I may be missing a few obvious points, but I didn’t want to delay the content warning list for Moonshine much longer, so I’ve added what I have so far to my Content Warnings page, where you can also still find information about A Study of Fiber and Demons. As usual, if anyone is worried about potential content not listed on the content warning page, I’m always happen to clarify via Twitter or my contact page.
In the meantime, while it looks like Moonshine is no longer available on NetGalley for reviewers, there’s still some time to pre-order, sooooo, here come the links!
Happiest and newest of years! Now, Moonshine is less than a month to publication, so I don’t need to tell you that you can still pre-order Moonshine or (for reviewers) request the digital ARC on NetGalley, right? No, of course not. You already know that, because you’re smart and well-informed.
What might be new information is that I’m currently working on writing up a list of content warnings for Moonshine. I’m hoping to get it posted by next week, but this kind of thing does take a while to thoroughly assemble (and Moonshine is about twice as long as A Study of Fiber and Demons, and that one took me quite a bit of time as it was). If you’re a reviewer or a reader just eager to know what to expect before you get your hands on it on release day, and you need particular warnings before then, please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or via my shiny new contact form here on the site. I’m happy to spoil things (privately) for the sake of letting folks make the decisions they need to about approaching my books. I can also add warnings to the list after it’s posted, as I’m sure there will be elements in need of warning that I didn’t consider the first time around and, obviously, I can’t account for everything with this kind of thing.
In the meantime, I’ve also added an Upcoming Events page! (I tried adding a proper calendar, but WordPress outsmarted me on that one, *shake fist*). Keep an eye there for, well, upcoming events. There will be more added soon.
It’s actually not festive at all, only some updates and reminders! Let’s just get right into it!
- Moonshine is a little under 2 months to publication (aaaaahhhh!), which means there’s still plenty of time to pre-order! Pre-order the ebook from Angry Robot or check the other available vendors listed on Moonshine’s page.
- Excited for Moonshine’s queer fantasy hijinks but can’t wait until February? My fantasy romance novellas A Study of Fiber and Demons and For All the Gold in the Vault are available for purchase now. Even better: they’re both currently on sale!
- If you’re a reviewer, you don’t have to wait for Moonshine, because the ARCs are currently available! Request on NetGalley here, or for those who are not the NetGalley types, please drop an email to Angry Robot Publicist Extraordinaire Penny Reeve at email@example.com to request a review copy.
There will be more updates soon–I’ve been busy with grad school the past few weeks, but I’m through finals now. Over December I’ll have a lot more time to throw together some more fun updates, but for now, I wanted to keep everyone up to date on the basics.
Hope you all like links, because I’ve just updated Moonshine’s page to include a bunch of pre-order links, including the option to pre-order the ebook directly from Angry Robot. If you’re more of a paper and ink kind of reader, I would personally recommend pre-ordering from my local bookstore, Powell’s. Can’t be assed to go to Moonshine’s page to see all the options? Don’t worry, I’ve pasted them here, too:
In other news (well, more of a reminder), I have a book signing at University Bookstore in Seattle on February 10, 2018. Until then, I’ll be working on an events page for this site so you can look up any upcoming Moonshine shenanigans without having to rely on me sporadically telling you, because that’s not an ideal system. For now, here are the important details you’ll need if you want to plan a visit to see me in Seattle in February:
Book Signing and Q&A
February 10, 2018 from 6:00PM to 7:00PM
- Copyedits for Moonshine have come and gone. With the book shifting ever closer to its Final Form, I imagine things are going to start heating up on the marketing and publicity end of things for Moonshine, so I should have a lot more to share with you soon.
- My first term in grad school is going well, though it seems all of my anxiety about feeling overwhelmed was fully justified. But I’m staying on top of my work for now, and with my copyedits already out of the way, that takes a bit of the weight off.
- I have an Instagram now! Finally, a way to inject desaturated Fall Aesthetic directly into my bloodstream. And so much less existentially crushing than Twitter…
- I’m making progress on my cosplays for Kumoricon, with Taako and pajama-themed Terra Branford essentially finished, and Edward (also from The Adventure Zone) close to done.
- Speaking of Kumoricon, I will be there! Specifically, I will be a panelist on the LGBTQ+ Gaymes and Gaymers panel, and I’ll be talking about Final Fantasy IX’s Quina and neopronouns. If you’ll be at Kumoricon on Friday October 27th, please stop by! Still waiting to hear if I got into cosplay chess, too…
Aside from that, I’ve been spending my spare moments playing FFXII Zodiac Age and Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! (the two greatest games of 2017, and that’s just a fact), and working on the sequel for Moonshine, though of course I took a break from that when I was working on the copyedits. I should be able to really lock down on writing for a while now, but it’ll be a tight fit between midterms and conventions and holidays… ugh. When was the last time I had a vacation again?
Summer’s almost over for me, so I figured it would be good to review some of my reading escapades before I get slammed with grad school and copyedits and have no time for any books except those that I am directly involved in producing. So! Here’s a look back on my summer reads this year.
Last year, in my lumbering effort to catch up on Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings universe, I read through the Liveship Trader trilogy, which was a worthwhile effort but, damn, those books are heavy. In all senses of the term. This year, I wanted to focus on books that are a little more light-hearted or at least was more “creepy because zombies” and less “creepy because prevalent systematic sexual violence”. I also wanted to expand my reading to incorporate more men of color, since up until this point, the number of fantasy books written by MOC that I’ve read has been tragically tiny. Here are the books I’ve read this summer:
Half-Resurrection Blues and Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel José Older. The first two books in Older’s Bone Street Rumba series, a creepy urban fantasy series set in New York about an undead man named Carlos Delacruz who works as a sort of freelance MIB agent but, like, for ghosts instead of aliens. Both books focus on Carlos becoming entangled in the mechanisms of sinister supernatural groups who endanger both the humans and the ghosts of New York. These books were great fun, and Carlos is an incredible jackass of a main character who’s just sensitive enough to be sympathetic. The various types of ghosts and zombies and cultists made Oogey Boogey-style out of bugs bring a great fantasy element to the authenticity of the bustling New York setting (I assume, I’ve never been to New York, but Older sure makes it feel realistic). Midnight Taxi Tango was especially stand-out to me as Older expands the point of view characters to include Kia, Carlos’ teen friend who gains the ability to see ghosts after she gets caught in the crossfires of supernatural conspiracies, and Reza, a butch lesbian gangster who likewise becomes entangled. Older’s talent for character voice, which was already apparent in the first book with just Carlos’ PoV, is really showcased once he expands the main cast of the series. The third book, Battle Hill Bolero, is on my to-read list, so here’s hoping I can make some time for it before next summer rolls around.
Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi. This book has been on my to-read list since I first got in talks with Angry Robot about Moonshine. While I was researching them, the cover of Kojiki’s sequel, Kokoro, really caught my eye. I haven’t yet read Kokoro, but Kojiki was definitely worth the ride. I will admit: I learned in the course of reading this book that my stamina for long battle sequences is not what it used to be, and that slowed me down quite a bit. But if epic, landscape-destroying clashes between gods and their minions is your speed, this book should be very enjoyable. It follow Keiko Yamada as she travels to Japan to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance and encounters an old ally of his, a kami named Yui. Yui introduces Keiko to a conflict among the kami surrounding the kami of fire threatening to destroy the world in pursuit of his obsession over the kami of water. The story does end up focusing quite a bit more heavily on the kami than I was expecting, and I would have liked to have seen more of Keiko herself, but the conflict between the embodiments of the elements does make for some very vivid scenes and sort of cinematic battle sequences.
Silent Hall by N.S. Dolkart. This was an exception to my search for MOC authors, and I picked it up more because after reading through the above books, despite my immense enjoyment of them, I was really just feeling some high fantasy, and this was another book whose cover caught my attention as I was signing on with Angry Robot. Silent Hall follows five teens who are the sole survivors of an island cursed by a god, who then fall in with a mysterious wizard as they attempt to rebuild their lives on the mainland among the warring followers of various gods. The book follows them through a series of sometimes loosely-connected adventures which gave the story a very Earthsea-esque flow that I was really feeling. The five main characters were all excellent–realistically flawed but very easy to root for, which is exactly what one would hope for with a cast of frightened, desperate teens. It was only Hunter who came off a little weaker than the others in the first half of the book, but this was largely the result of his general stoicism and he grew into himself as the story went on. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was Narky as the traditional roguish scoundrel who shined a little brighter to me than the others (plus, greatest naming of a fantasy character ever?), but they all had strong personalities that harkened to but didn’t rely too heavily standard fantasy archetypes. (Although, again, Narky’s adherence to archetypes really only bolstered my opinion of him, since he is very much My Type in terms of fantasy characters.) It’s a great, mythological sort of story that brings all of high fantasy’s good stuff to the table without having all that Good Ol’ Boy fantasy nonsense of its genre predecessors from the 90s and early 2000s.
As for what I’m reading now, I’m working on one print book and one ebook: Among the Fallen by N.S. Dolkart, the sequel to Silent Hall, and Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus, a steampunk novella about a Jamaican ex-spy on the run with a young boy wanted by multiple political factions (this is yet another book that has wooed me largely by the sheer beauty of its cover, but while the premise is pretty straightforward, the execution has been lovely.) I’m loving both so far, and while I might be able to finish up Buffalo Soldier in my last week of summer, I don’t know if I’ll get far enough into Among the Fallen before school starts to really count it as a “summer read.”
Overall, while I couldn’t get through as much recreational reading as I wanted, I made some solid choices with what I was able to get into. For those of you with more spare time to read than I have, I highly recommend any of these titles. In the meantime, despite my soon-to-be-limited free time, I’m hoping to carve out enough reading time this fall to finish Among the Fallen and get into Jeannette Ng’s upcoming Under the Pendulum Sun and Linsey Miller’s recently released Mask of Shadows.
Hello again, here’s another summer update!
- Moonshine’s cover was officially revealed on Barnes and Noble’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog!
- UPDATE: the artist, John Coulthart, has just posted a rundown of what he used as inspiration and reference for creating the cover.
- Beth Phelan, creator of the wonderful Twitter pitch event #DVPit, interviewed me and Mike Underwood from Angry Robot to talk about the role #DVPit had in AR’s acquisition of Moonshine
- I’m scheduled for a book signing at University Book Store in Seattle, WA on February 10th. More about this as the date gets closer, but for now I guess I should make an events/appearances schedule here on the site, huh?
- Less Than Three Press is having a summer sale that ends tomorrow, September 8th. You can get ebooks of For All the Gold in the Vault and A Study of Fiber and Demons for 25% off or the print version of A Study and Fiber and Demons for 20% off.
- I was struck with some heavy Final Fantasy VI nostalgia a couple of weeks ago and made these little character sprites for the cast of A Study of Fiber and Demons:
Finally, I’m in the home stretch with my edits for Moonshine, so I’ll be finishing those this weekend and returning to drafting the second Moonshine book. And hopefully titling it because boy would I love to have something to call it.