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Because I know some of you got eReaders of one type or another for the holidays. And because as much I love writing, I also have to eat and pay bills. So here is my post-holidays marketing sales pitch for all my available books, both print and electronic.

Coffee For Your Body, Flames For Your Soul: Urban Fantasy Short Story

It came to the diner looking for a soul to devour.

At a late-night diner, the manager finds himself faced with a nightmare from his past: The Nalusachita, a mythical-creature of his Choctaw ancestors.

Determined to protect his customers from the shape-changing soul-stealer but unsure how, the manager sets out to clear the restaurant at closing time.

What neither manager or monster counted on was the eccentric patrons of the diner, and how they would react to the mythical creature…

Coffee For Your Body, Flames For Your Soul is available in ebook at Musa Publishing, Amazon, and Smashwords.

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The Horror at Cold Springs: Steampunk / Supernatural Western Novella

When a disparate group of travelers find themselves stranded in a ghost town on the western Nebraska frontier, will they unravel the mystery of the missing townsfolk and survive to tell the tale?

The Horror at Cold Springs is available in print from The Sam's Dot Publishing Bookstore and in all ebook formats from Smashwords.

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Last Car to Annwn Station: Urban Fantasy Novel / Paranormal Romance - Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women's Fiction Blog pick for Top Ten Books, 2011.

“The fare is ten cents, miss.”

Mae Malveaux, an attorney with Minneapolis Child Protective Services, is burnt-out, tired and frustrated. Passing on an invite from Jill, her flirtatious coworker, Mae just wants a quiet night in. Leaving the office late, she’s surprised to find the Heritage Line streetcars up and running and hops aboard, eager for a quick trip home.
But this is no ordinary streetcar. Death is one of its riders, and Mae is thrust into Annwn, a realm of magic and danger.

“Your transfer, miss. You’ll need that.”

Mae’s life is turned upside down as human and fae worlds collide. Her budding relationship with Jill takes a perilous turn when they are hunted by mythical beasts, and Mae is drawn into a deadly power struggle. With Jill at her side, Mae must straddle both worlds and fight a war she barely comprehends, for not only does the fate of Annwn rest in her hands, but the lives of both a human and fae child…

Last Car to Annwn Station is available in ebook format at Carina Press, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and in audio format at Audible.

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Shimmers & Shadows: Short Story Collection

These diverse short stories unfold where the faery realm intersects with the mundane world of the Twin Cities, in the spacefaring future of exploration and adventure, and in a mythical land of sorcery and danger. Here you will find tales of adventure, horror, enchantment, humor, tragedy, and romance where:
…a young outcast strikes a hard bargain with the Muddy River
…two very different spirits find sanctuary in a historic shopping mall
…a space transport captain makes a difficult choice and falls headlong into the middle of a conspiracy
…a fallen Seelie champion is caught between his dark past and unusual mortal friends
…estranged lovers discover whether science or magic will save their dying Earth
…death is not the end, time does not always run in a straight line, and the rain blesses both mortals and fae.

Shimmers & Shadows is available at Lulu and in ebook for Kindle from Amazon.

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Should We Drown In Feathered Sleep: Near-Future Post-Apocalypse Fantasy Novella -- Long Listed for the 2010 Nebula Award.

A New Order

A new world is emerging years after war destroyed society. In a Minnesota lake, the last surviving loons, direct descendants of the legendary First Pair, await the one who can help heal the earth. Each year a human sacrifice is brought to them to be endowed with special gifts, but they come at a terrible price.

A Free Spirit

Even as the rest of the world rebuilds, Grace Kriske’s life is shattered. Unable to walk, she feels utterly dependent on her family and trapped in a community that disapproves of her rebellious ways. Grace’s only solace is her lover, David Tvedt, a trader who wants to take her away with him—if she’d let him.

An Impossible Choice

Yet something else calls to Grace—the loons. They haunt her dreams, lurking in her mind as if part of her deepest primal self. But when Grace is chosen as the new sacrifice, she’s afraid. Will she risk everything to help the community that shuns her, or will she choose her own path?

Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep is available in ebook at Carina Press, Amazon, and B&N. and in audio format at Audible.
mmerriam: (Default)
Because I know some of you got eReaders of one type or another for the holidays. And because as much I love writing, I also have to eat and pay bills. So here is my post-holidays marketing sales pitch for all my available books, both print and electronic.

Coffee For Your Body, Flames For Your Soul: Urban Fantasy Short Story

It came to the diner looking for a soul to devour.

At a late-night diner, the manager finds himself faced with a nightmare from his past: The Nalusachita, a mythical-creature of his Choctaw ancestors.

Determined to protect his customers from the shape-changing soul-stealer but unsure how, the manager sets out to clear the restaurant at closing time.

What neither manager or monster counted on was the eccentric patrons of the diner, and how they would react to the mythical creature…

Coffee For Your Body, Flames For Your Soul is available in ebook Musa Publishing, Amazon, and Smashwords.

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The Horror at Cold Springs: Steampunk / Supernatural Western Novella

When a disparate group of travelers find themselves stranded in a ghost town on the western Nebraska frontier, will they unravel the mystery of the missing townsfolk and survive to tell the tale?

The Horror at Cold Springs is available in print from The Sam's Dot Publishing Bookstore and in all ebook formats from Smashwords.

#

Last Car to Annwn Station: Urban Fantasy Novel

“The fare is ten cents, miss.”

Mae Malveaux, an attorney with Minneapolis Child Protective Services, is burnt-out, tired and frustrated. Passing on an invite from Jill, her flirtatious coworker, Mae just wants a quiet night in. Leaving the office late, she’s surprised to find the Heritage Line streetcars up and running and hops aboard, eager for a quick trip home.
But this is no ordinary streetcar. Death is one of its riders, and Mae is thrust into Annwn, a realm of magic and danger.

“Your transfer, miss. You’ll need that.”

Mae’s life is turned upside down as human and fae worlds collide. Her budding relationship with Jill takes a perilous turn when they are hunted by mythical beasts, and Mae is drawn into a deadly power struggle. With Jill at her side, Mae must straddle both worlds and fight a war she barely comprehends, for not only does the fate of Annwn rest in her hands, but the lives of both a human and fae child…

Last Car to Annwn Station is available in ebook format at Carina Press, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and in audio format at Audible.

#

Shimmers & Shadows: Short Story Collection

These diverse short stories unfold where the faery realm intersects with the mundane world of the Twin Cities, in the spacefaring future of exploration and adventure, and in a mythical land of sorcery and danger. Here you will find tales of adventure, horror, enchantment, humor, tragedy, and romance where:
…a young outcast strikes a hard bargain with the Muddy River
…two very different spirits find sanctuary in a historic shopping mall
…a space transport captain makes a difficult choice and falls headlong into the middle of a conspiracy
…a fallen Seelie champion is caught between his dark past and unusual mortal friends
…estranged lovers discover whether science or magic will save their dying Earth
…death is not the end, time does not always run in a straight line, and the rain blesses both mortals and fae.

Shimmers & Shadows is available at Lulu and in ebook for Kindle from Amazon.

#

Should We Drown In Feathered Sleep: Near-Future Post-Apocalypse Fantasy

A New Order

A new world is emerging years after war destroyed society. In a Minnesota lake, the last surviving loons, direct descendants of the legendary First Pair, await the one who can help heal the earth. Each year a human sacrifice is brought to them to be endowed with special gifts, but they come at a terrible price.

A Free Spirit

Even as the rest of the world rebuilds, Grace Kriske’s life is shattered. Unable to walk, she feels utterly dependent on her family and trapped in a community that disapproves of her rebellious ways. Grace’s only solace is her lover, David Tvedt, a trader who wants to take her away with him—if she’d let him.

An Impossible Choice

Yet something else calls to Grace—the loons. They haunt her dreams, lurking in her mind as if part of her deepest primal self. But when Grace is chosen as the new sacrifice, she’s afraid. Will she risk everything to help the community that shuns her, or will she choose her own path?

Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep is available in ebook at Carina Press, Amazon, and B&N. and in audio format at Audible.
mmerriam: (Grace)
Culinary Carnivale reviews "Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep."

Karalynn Lee likes my title.

Here are the pages at Carina Press and Amazon where you will be able to purchase it next Tuesday.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic near-future fantasy, my short story, "All the Leaves Your Bed," which appeared in Shiny #4 and got a positive review from The Fix, is set in the same world, as is "Out Among the Singing Void," which appeared in the sadly defunct Fictitious Force. However, you can read it for free here.
mmerriam: (Grace)
Culinary Carnivale reviews "Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep."

Karalynn Lee likes my title.

Here are the pages at Carina Press and Amazon where you will be able to purchase it next Tuesday.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic near-future fantasy, my short story, "All the Leaves Your Bed," which appeared in Shiny #4 and got a positive review from The Fix, is set in the same world, as is "Out Among the Singing Void," which appeared in the sadly defunct Fictitious Force. However, you can read it for free here.
mmerriam: (Old Lynx)
Effective today, I am no longer reading slush for Fantasy Magazine. It was a great experience, very educational and eye-opening, but I need to refocus on my own writing.

Also, I am stepping down as the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Convention Liaison and Programming Coordinator, effective 12:01 am on 2 August 2010 (the end of Diversicon).
mmerriam: (Old Lynx)
Effective today, I am no longer reading slush for Fantasy Magazine. It was a great experience, very educational and eye-opening, but I need to refocus on my own writing.

Also, I am stepping down as the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Convention Liaison and Programming Coordinator, effective 12:01 am on 2 August 2010 (the end of Diversicon).

Edits Sent

Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:29 pm
mmerriam: (Coffee)
I finished the first round of edits on Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep and sent them to my editor at Carina Press. This was one of the hardest rewrites I have ever finished. The pages were covered in corrections, word changes, and entire new sections.

I have done rewrites before for short story markets. I've done some fairly extensive work on short pieces after workshops, writers groups, and especially at the suggestion of editors who have purchased a story. I've received some greet feedback and learned valuable lessons during those rewrites. The editors at the Australian magazines I've appeared in were especially patient and willing to teach. But working with a veteran book editor who worked first for Samhain Publishing, and now at Harlequin's ebook imprint has been an education.

I've been worried for the last two or three years that I'd hit a plateau as a writer, and was unable to find my way to the next level. I think this experience, coupled with reading slush for a major SFWA-pro magazine (Fantasy Magazine) is the exact push I needed.

The Online Writing Workshop helped me reach a certain skill level very quickly, allowing me to sell my stories consistently at the small press and semi-professional level, and I will always be thankful for my time on OWW.

Reading slush (reading a lot of slush) has helped me to understand why some stories fail while others succeed. It helped me see what it takes to catch the attention of the reader, how to maintain that attention through the middle, and then give the reader a satisfying pay-off at the end. I've learned so much from reading slush and seeing why things go wrong over and over, and why those stories that work – well – work.

Working with the editor at Carina Press, I've discovered how little, despite eight years of hard work and nearly 70 sales, I really know about writing. I've learned more in one week about word choice, sentence structure, creating flow, creating tension, how to bring a character into sharp focus, and bringing the story back around for a satisfying end than in the last three years of crits and workshops. I got an education in pacing and tone and theme and story structure.

I've learned so much from my editor at Carina Press. Now I need to take these lessons and apply them to all my projects.

Edits Sent

Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:29 pm
mmerriam: (Coffee)
I finished the first round of edits on Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep and sent them to my editor at Carina Press. This was one of the hardest rewrites I have ever finished. The pages were covered in corrections, word changes, and entire new sections.

I have done rewrites before for short story markets. I've done some fairly extensive work on short pieces after workshops, writers groups, and especially at the suggestion of editors who have purchased a story. I've received some greet feedback and learned valuable lessons during those rewrites. The editors at the Australian magazines I've appeared in where especially patient and willing to teach. But working with a veteran book editor who worked first for Samhain Publishing, and now at Harlequin's ebook imprint has been an education.

I've been worried for the last two or three years that I'd hit a plateau as a writer, and was unable to find my way to the next level. I think this experience, coupled with reading slush for a major SFWA-pro magazine (Fantasy Magazine) is the exact push I needed.

The Online Writing Workshop helped me reach a certain skill level very quickly, allowing me to sell my stories consistently at the small press and semi-professional level, and I will always be thankful for my time on OWW.

Reading slush (reading a lot of slush) has helped me to understand why some stories fail while other succeed. It had helped me see what it takes to catch the attention of the reader, how to maintain that attention through the middle, and then give the reader a satisfying pay off at the end. I've learned so much from reading slush and seeing why things go wrong over and over, and why those stories that work – well – work.

Working with the editor at Carina Press, I've discovered how little, despite eight years of hard work and nearly 70 sales, I really know about writing. I've learned more in one week about word choice, sentence structure, creating flow, creating tension, how to bring a character into sharp focus, and bringing the story back around for a satisfying end than in the last three years of crits and workshops. I got an education is pacing and tone and theme and story structure.

I've learned so much from my editor at Carina Press. Now I need to take these lessons and apply them to all my projects.
mmerriam: (Default)
After revewing the local SF/F/H conventions and a few of the regional ones, it looks like I'll be at Minicon, 4th Street Fantasy, and CONvergence in 2008, with the possibility of adding Diversicon because I keep meaning to go, and maybe Con of the North to get my gaming fix.

I think I'm going to pass on World Fantasy Convention until 2010 in Columbus, OH, unless I end up with a burning professional need to go to WFC before then. Who knows when, if, or ever I'll be attending Worldcon.

ETA:There is still a possibility that we might go to WFC 2008 in Calgary. [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I are going to talk about it after Christmas and decide then.
mmerriam: (Default)
After revewing the local SF/F/H conventions and a few of the regional ones, it looks like I'll be at Minicon, 4th Street Fantasy, and CONvergence in 2008, with the possibility of adding Diversicon because I keep meaning to go, and maybe Con of the North to get my gaming fix.

I think I'm going to pass on World Fantasy Convention until 2010 in Columbus, OH, unless I end up with a burning professional need to go to WFC before then. Who knows when, if, or ever I'll be attending Worldcon.

ETA:There is still a possibility that we might go to WFC 2008 in Calgary. [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I are going to talk about it after Christmas and decide then.
mmerriam: (Default)
Why am I just now finding out about this "Fantasy Matters Conference" at the University of Minnesota? How did I not know this was happening? Aarrrggg!!!

We wrapped up the SF RPG yesterday, in a marathon finale. I'm glad to finally be done with it. It seemed like the players had a good session. Now I shall take a few months off from running a game and rest a bit. I have promised to run another campaign for some folks, and then I might be turning in the GM/DM hat (what, you don't have a GM/DM hat? Actually, neither do we) for a couple of years.

I am expecting a lazy day today, and then off to D.C. in the morning. I expect to be out of touch while gone (leaving Monday morning and getting home Wednesday night) so don't break the intarwebs while I'm away.
mmerriam: (Default)
Why am I just now finding out about this "Fantasy Matters Conference" at the University of Minnesota? How did I not know this was happening? Aarrrggg!!!

We wrapped up the SF RPG yesterday, in a marathon finale. I'm glad to finally be done with it. It seemed like the players had a good session. Now I shall take a few months off from running a game and rest a bit. I have promised to run another campaign for some folks, and then I might be turning in the GM/DM hat (what, you don't have a GM/DM hat? Actually, neither do we) for a couple of years.

I am expecting a lazy day today, and then off to D.C. in the morning. I expect to be out of touch while gone (leaving Monday morning and getting home Wednesday night) so don't break the intarwebs while I'm away.

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