Monthly Archives: December 2012

Publisher’s Weekly gives me a Christmas present

I’ve already posted about this in a few places, but what the hell, might as well put it here too:

LineandOrbitSo I’m sitting on the couch in my parents’ house on Christmas Day evening, watching The West Wing with my brother and sister and dad and surfing around on my laptop, and I see that Publisher’s Weekly has reviewed Line and Orbit. Instant. Anxiety. omg what if they hated it

They didn’t.

Moraine (In the Pale Moonlight) and debut author Soem collaborate on a deliciously fulfilling gay sci-fi romance…Readers will fall for the engaging dialogue, wonderfully fleshed-out characters, a sexy and realistic romance, fully realized world-building, and a genuinely interesting science fictional core issue to work through. This phenomenal novel marks Moraine and Soem as authors to watch.

So Merry effing Christmas to me, basically.

Not every review is post-worthy, clearly, but this is the first starred review I’ve ever gotten from PW, and it’s my first novel, so yeah, I’m a little chuffed. Hopefully others like it as much.

A poem for the Solstice

photo by Rob Wanenchak

At dusk, a great flare of winter lightning photographed the bay:
Waves were broken scrolls. Beyond Donegal, white mountains
hung in a narrow bas-relief frozen on sky.

Later, there was sleet: trees down
on the Drumholm road; near Timoney’s farm, a frantic goose
pinned under branches.

All night long, we spoke of loneliness,
long winter, while winter sang in the chimneys.

Then the sky cleared and a marvel began: The hills turned blue;
in the valley a blue cottage sent up the day’s first plume of smoke.
It gathered like a dream drenched in frost.

That should have been all. We had worn out night.

But single-file, deliberate, five heifers, a black bull, three calves stepped through the broken fence.

They arranged themselves between the house and hedge: a kind of diagram:
a shifting pattern grazing frozen weeds.

Their image is with me still. The backs of the cattle are patchy with frost blue as morning.

– John Unterecker, “Midwinter”

Fantastic Erotica – “dangerous”

Charlie Jane Anders over at io9 has reviewed Circlet Press’s Fantastic Eroticafantasic_erotica_cover_comp_400x600which includes my SF short “Catch and Release” – and calls it “[possibly] the year’s most dangerous science fiction anthology”. Which is awesome.

So why do I say the stories in Fantastic Erotica are dangerous? It’s not because they feature anything nonconsensual or especially squicky — although sex with a Lovecraftian horror might just weird some people out, I suppose. Nor is it because there’s quite a lot of non-heteronormative sex in here — you’re a grown-up, you can handle that. It’s more that these stories feature authentic characters who are changed and shaped by some weird and outlandish sexual experiences. They struggle with how much control to give up, and how much of their constructed selves to let go of. They discover that much of what they were taught about the world is false or incomplete. Through really hot sex.

Again, Fantastic Erotica is available here in ebook and print editions. Give awesome porn for Christmas!

The “Next Big Thing” Blog Hop

So I’ve been tagged in the Next Big Thing blog hop that’s been going around, by the marvelous Catherine Lundoff – who you should really be paying attention to. I just finished her novel Silver Moon and enjoyed it hugely (menopausal werewolves; you can’t imagine what a breath of fresh air that is).

So here’s me.

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