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Yet Another New Book

Should anyone care, my latest novel has just been released. Out now in paperback and e-book editions from Queerteen Press, it’s a contemporary fantasy novel called Angles and Curves. It’s, as you might guess from the publisher’s name, a (nominally…) young-adult novel, though I assure you old-adults are just as likely to hate (or enjoy…) it, too.

Steve is a student at a rural Montana high school who is taking twelfth grade for the second time. There he meets Heather and Gretchen, two elves in a relationship who are outcasts just like him.

Though elvish kingdoms are formally recognized by the federal government, the Supreme Court doesn’t see elves as human, so they don’t benefit from the same basic rights that others do. Steve is transgendered, and can empathize with the elves’ plight. Friendships are forged between him and the elves when they realize all three have had problems with a bully named Melvin and the jocks at school, who are known to sexually assault elves.

Despite his age, Steve lives alone, and has to produce a “parent” for parent/teacher day. He enlists the help of his elvish friends to hire an adult, but their scheme backfires when they’re caught soliciting an undercover policewoman named Sara Raimi. However, with their newfound connection to Sara, they look to find a way to catch Melvin and his cohorts.

Angles and Curves is a fresh and enticing story about racism, sexism, and sexuality, and what it means to be human after all.

There are astonishingly few YA books with transgendered protagonists published every year, so if you like diversity in fiction (or just being brainwashed with the liberal communist queer agenda, or whatever they’re calling it this week) you might find this an interesting read.

You can buy Angles and Curves at Amazon (or as a paperback), as well as from iTunes, Smashwords, and elsewhere. The paperback can be ordered from most bookstores, or had online (with free worldwide shipping) from The Book Depository.

Published in: General, Meta | on May 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

“Everybody knows. Nobody cares.”

Over a decade ago, I worked in a large bookstore. It was a mostly fun job, largely because of the people who worked there.

I’ve worked in several bookstores over the years, and one thing I’ve noticed – and one thing that a lot of people often overlook, or try to – is that, for whatever reason or reasons, LGBTQ folks tend to make up a disproportionately large majority of the staff. Possibly not true for Christian bookstores, I admit, and I’m not sure about those few dying second-hand stores, but chain bookstores aren’t exactly institutions of rigid heterosexuality, if you get what I’m saying. And the people who work there are, by and large, anything but judgmental. I mean, I spent something like three years working with a woman who was a beaver. That was just her thing. She insisted she wasn’t a furry – “Furries are people who have an animal form,” she used to say, “I’m an animal with a human form. See the difference?” – and everybody just shrugged and completely failed to care, because she was a nice person and good at her job.

Anyway, now that the stage has been set, as it were, an inspirational little story from my retail adventures in the 1990s.
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Published in: Geekiness, Meta | on May 24th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Books and Things

Just a quick and probably pointless reminder that, if you’re in the US, and would like a free paperback of my first novel, you can enter the giveaway at Goodreads before midnight on the 18th. A handful will enter, a handful will win. You could be one of them.

Many months ago, I mentioned my “next” novel, and options I was considering for “publishing” it. I noted at the time that I was about two-thirds finished with it. Astute readers might notice that it’s spectacularly failed to materialize in the interim. Well, there’s a reason for that…
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Published in: Meta | on August 16th, 2011 | No Comments »

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Hi, it’s me again.

I try not to harp on about crap everyone is tired of hearing about, but – I promise – this is probably the last you’ll hear about my thrilling and exciting first novel, Mendacities, for quite a while.

Here’s the deal: I badly need your help.

For kicks and giggles more than any honest hope of winning, I’ve decided to enter Mendacities into this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, a/k/a ABNA, contest. In fact, I have entered Mendacities into the contest, though I can edit the submission through February 6th.

This is where you, dear reader, can help.
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Published in: Geekiness, Meta | on January 31st, 2011 | No Comments »

Holiday Sale on Mendacities

Since everyone else is trying to shift slow-moving merchandise by having a holiday sale… two special offers on Mendacities, the humorous adventure novel I wrote earlier in the year.

First, a coupon good for 50% off the e-book edition, through SmashWords: RQ29Y will lower the price to $0.99 USD, and is good through December 31st, 2010.

Secondly, I can’t do much of anything about the price of the paperback edition (Barnes and Noble’s website has the lowest price for American buyers, for what it’s worth), but I am offering three free copies to readers. Just shoot me an e-mail (mendacities /at/ Google’s well-known e-mail domain / .com) with “Holiday contest” in the subject line, by 23:59 GMT, Wednesday 1 Dec 2010. Include your first name (or nick/handle), and what country you’re in. Two entrants from the United States, and one from the rest of the world, will be selected at random on the morning of the 2nd, and contacted for physical mailing addresses.

Obligatory disclosure: I will never spam you, sell your e-mail or snail-mail address, or otherwise do anything to annoy you. Domestic winners get their copies drop-shipped by the printer; international winner gets a copy mailed by yours truly. Winners are under no obligation to say nice things about it, say anything about it, or even read the accursed thing. 🙂

The clock is ticking, people.

Published in: Geekiness, General, Meta | on November 29th, 2010 | No Comments »