All The Exciting Newsy Things!

  1. From The Ground Up has a release date! Mark September 25 on your calendars, ladies and gents, because this is one book for writers you are not going to want to miss! 😉 If you want to keep up to date with FGU, have access to early cover release, possibly ARCs, and definitely the chance to win free copies, you’ll want to sign up to the FGU notification list. Go here, sign up – you won’t be added to any other lists (including my main newsletter), you’ll ONLY receive pre-release and release info about FGU, and the list will be defunct after this year 😉
  2. Any chance you’ll be near Edmonton, Canada on the aforementioned September 25? If so, block out 1pm to 3pm on your Sunday afternoon because I WILL BE IN TOWN!!! That’s right! I, the Australian author who is perpetually on the wrong side of the world for nearly EVERYTHING, am going to CANADA FOR THE FGU LAUNCH!!!!!! *\o/* SO. MUCH. EXCITEMENT. The release/signing will be at Variant Edition Comics 🙂 🙂 🙂
  3. Also releasing this year (this is the year of releases, YAY!) is the Darkness & Good anthology 🙂 Some of you have followed my and Liana’s little short story blog since its inception in January 2014; although it’s been on hiatus for a few months (mostly because Baby), we have plans to refresh it again in 2016, and an anthology of all your favourite stories — plus some brand new content — will be hitting the shelves in July. Again, subscribe to my mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out on the details.

 

So, that’s my exciting news for now. So many releases! An overseas trip! ALL THE GLEEFUL YAY!!!!

Also, mailing list. You should sign up. I love you!!! <3 😀

(Also-also, FGU notification list. Just in case. O:))

Inkprint Press Opening Sale!

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Inkprint Press has a fully functioning website at last! To celebrate, all books are on sale for 50% off RRP. The sale concludes Monday November 16 AEDT (Sunday Nov. 15 10pm EST). Additionally, whenever you buy ebooks direct from Inkprint Press, you will receive both the .mobi file and the .epub file together, at no extra cost!

Inkprint Press is a small independent publisher, publishing science fiction, science fiction romance, and fantasy for adults and young adults. At present offerings include short story collections and novellas, but plans to publish some novels are underway.

Inkprint Press’s online shop (www.inkprintpress.com/shop) sells ebooks and signed bookplates, and plans to offer print brooks (both signed and unsigned) from early next week. These print books will come with gratis copies of both the .mobi and .epub files for readers who like to carry their library with them, or to donate to a friend.

Watch out for the addition of more book-related items over the coming months!

For more information, head to www.inkprintpress.com, or sign up for the mailing list at www.inkprintpress.com/subscribe.

Announcements and Stories and Adminy Glories!

Because who doesn’t love a good rhyme, amirite? O:)

ANYway. I meant to post about all this two, maybe three weeks ago, but then the site went down because I tried to update wordpress, and then I was away for a week because my darlingest baby sister graduated from high school, and then Stuff. And Things. And probably a lot of Nonsense.

Anyway (redux). Here we are. It’s nearly the end of September (behold, the terror!!) and I am staring down the barrel of a scant 9 more school weeks until summer/Christmas holidays. This, my friend, is a Very Exciting Thing.

But not the Thing I am here to discuss. Man, this is becoming entirely circumlocutious. *ahem*.

POINT NUMBER ONE:
Woo, I have a new book that will be releasing at the end of October! *o/* *

It is a very niche book, one that will doubtless not interest many people, and that was a beast of a bleeding headache to format, but hey! It’s an addition to the line-up and there is a school that is maybe-possibly interested in buying a class set, so chalk that one up to a win. /nodnod.

Oh wait, you want to know what the book IS?! o.O Sure. That… makes sense. It’s called Where Your Treasure Is, and as the subtitle boldly proclaims, it is a book of seven Christian plays for young people. You’ll also note the cunning use of my middle initial in the author’s name bit; this is to serve as a warning flag for people who might not be interested in Christian-related Things, m’kay?

Look, there is even a pretty cover!

Where Your Treasure Is

 

So yes. It is a book of plays, I will create a page for it on the website sometime soonish, the page will show the back cover which lists the various plays and summaries thereof, and it will be available at the end of October. Depending on work and Other Things, I may be organised enough to organise a preorder period for the e-version, too.

Yay! Book!

POINT NUMBER TWO:
Point number two is less dramatic but probably of more general interest: Liana and I discovered we were more prolific in our earlier writing days (i.e. the last couple of years :P) than we had guessed, and the Darkness and Good short story blog now has fodder all the way through to mid-February next year (allowing for January off). Hooray! You can find a new short story there EVERY SINGLE WEEK, alternating between Liana and me, on a variety of sff-related themes. Stories for the remainder of the year will post US Friday/AU Saturday. Next year we’ll be switching to a US Mon/AU Tues schedule. Because, um, because??

But anyway: tl;dr – THERE ARE STORIES. FOR FREE. YOU SHOULD READ THEM HERE.

Thus concludes what is quite possibly the most rambly and least coherent blog post I have ever written. Oy. *Cookies* if you made it all the way through.

* *o/* is a cheerleader, arms up the in air, waving poms. Just in case I needed to clarify. Because my DARLING husband decided it was …something else. So I thought I’d better. Clarify, that is. *sigh*.

FGU Outtakes: 9 Awesome World Things You Should Know About

This time, a happier post.

Most of you should be aware by now that I have been busily beavering away on FGU, or From The Ground Up as it’s more properly know. If not, you’re either new, or have been tuning me out with remarkable efficacy 😛 In the first instance, HI WELCOME NICE TO MEET YOU!! And in the second, it’s safe to come out again now: THE BOOK IS DONE.

Oh my gosh, the book is DONE. SO. MUCH. RELIEF. Mostly from my editor, who, when I blew my second deadline, was I’m pretty sure determined I was never going to finish. Sorry. *cookies for editor*. I got it in before the hard deadline. That’s a good thing, right? O:)

But anyway, long-story-short, I’ve spent the last year doing all sorts of research for FGU, and a lot of it didn’t end up fitting into the book. So for your daily dose of random today, Awesome Things I Learned While Writing FGU That You Should Learn Too! *o/*

1) There are social spiders. These spiders live in colonies that have two distinct roles: the warriors/food trappers, and the nurturers/offspring rearers. Shockingly enough, these spiders have the whole anti-discrim thing a lot more down-pat than humans do: every spider chooses its occupation, warrior or nurturer, based on its personality. You guys. That’s just seriously COOL.

2) Swarming has long been a source of bafflement, for scientists and anyone else who bothered to stop and think about it: How do all these individual creatures know where they’re going? How do they change directions so suddenly and all together? How do they determine when to swarm? Why do they swarm? WHAT IS THIS MYSTICAL SENSE? Turns out that the answer, at least in locusts, is to avoid cannibalism. Don’t believe me? This article explains it perfectly.

3) On a similar note, collectives of individuals often display this thing called ‘collective intelligence’ – the group as a whole is more intelligent than the individuals it contains (yes, this is a Thing, despite humanity often proving the opposite, that a group of people can be a whole lot stupider than its individuals :P). Schooling fish demonstrate this by a school’s ability to seek out shade, even though individual fish are really, really BAD at being able to get from areas of light to areas of dark.

4) If you’ve been following along on Twitter, you’ll have heard me freak out a couple of times that fungi are really just brainless insects with an external digestive system. (True facts. Fungi have waaay more in common with insects than plants. Oh the terror.) Well, it turns out that when you combine certain species of fungi with certain species of leaf-cutter ants, you get… a cow? Well, not actually a cow, but together the two totally separate species work together to mimic the digestive processes of a cow and its saliva/host of enzymes and bacteria. The ants literally use the fungus as their external digestive system, and the fungus uses the ants as saliva. BIZARRE.

5) Hexaflexagons. I have no words. Just… go watch the short video clip already.

6) Allow me to introduce you to the Anternet. Yep, scientists have discovered that behaviours ant colonies demonstrate (particularly when it comes to showing restraint in their gathering behaviours) are remarkably similar to internet protocols. Can humans think of nothing for themselves? 😀

7) One of the most exciting things for me was learning about all the things we still don’t have an answer to. It’s so easy, in our contemporary society, to assume that we have all the answers; that everything there is to be discovered has been; that there’s nothing new left in the world – or the universe. Happily, this is very untrue, and so: 13 things we still have basically no clue about.

8) You’ve probably heard theories that the Earth is close to carrying capacity, and that we’re going to run out of room. Well, I’ve got some good news for you: the population of the Earth is expected to stabilise as early as the middle of this century. Take a look at what the break down is expected to be.

9) And a reminder that was timely at some points during the writing process: Sleep is a Competitive Advantage. Get more of it.

Cherry Blossom Cover Reveal!

…Okay, that was freaky. Right as I typed the title, the TV in the next room said ‘cherry blossom tree’. Not just that, obviously, it’s part of some sitcom or movie, but still. TIMING.

*ahem* Anyway.

So! It is January! If you have been one of the sneaky few who has acquired a Cherry Blossom bookmark, you will know that this is the month in which the second of my short story collections releases! Except actually, due to some hiccups, it probably won’t be released until February. Sorry about that. But! You can have the cover, if nothing else :o) Innt she puurdy?

CB version 1.1 - Smaller

Blurb is over here, and yes, just like To Dust, I have bookmarks for this one too (which may or may not have a QR code on the back that will allow you to read it for free; I neither confirm nor deny). Feel free to shoot me a message requesting some here – just remember to include you’re postal, since my telepathy circuits are playing up 😉 😀 And no, I won’t keep your address or give it to anyone else. Promise.

Yay book! *o/*

Tales from the SFRB Released!

Whee! The anthology, Tales from the SFR Brigade, is on early release! You can pick a copy up FOR FREE from Smashwords in pretty much all existing formats 🙂

Please note that the anthology is NOT rated PG: there is sex and swearing, though neither on-scene in my story 😉 

Tales from the SFRB

Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.

• A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy.
• A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.
• A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.
• A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien.
• An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.
• A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.
• A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice.
• A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.

From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.

Download ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade’ for free today.

Whee! (have a cover)

The cover for the SFR Brigade anthology has been released! Isn’t it shiny? 🙂

SRFB Anthology

From the SFR Brigade website:

The anthology features nine stories from nine different authors in a  variety of styles and settings including space opera, near future,  apocalyptic, Earth-based and alien romance. (You may even discover some  favorite characters from Science Fiction Romance in the line-up. *wink*)

The price of the anthology? Free!

Our plan is to conquer the universe reach a wide  audience with this stellar story sampling–especially all the Science  Fiction Romance fans out there who don’t yet realize they are SFR fans! (Resistance is futile.)

We’re shooting for a midsummer launch of the Tales from the SFR Brigade Anthology.

 

Isn’t this exciting? I know the cover is not everyone’s cup of tea (my husband, for example :P) but I think the colours are gorgeous, and hello: MY NAME ON IT. With stellar, amazing, awesome, talented, brilliant co-authors.

And GUYS! It’s FREE!

This is a very exciting thing. You will be excited. As they say: resistance is futile 😀