witchsistah

the-gallium-knight:

rachelhaimowitz:

riptidepublishing:

Lemme tell you why this book is so awesome.

I mean, yes, there is a black bisexual hero. And a mad lesbian governess. And a half-Chinese genderqueer sky pirate. THERE IS ALSO A KRAKEN (which may or may not be queer). And an aethership. But the narrative is the real star of this show. Look at this blurb. Look at it.

A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies!

Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life … and his heart.

Thrill! As our hero battles dreadful kraken above Prosperity. Gasp! As the miracles of clockwork engineering allow a dead man to wreak his vengeance upon the living. Marvel! At the aerial escapades of the aethership, Shadowless.

Beware! The licentious and unchristian example set by the opium-addled navigatress, Miss Grey. Disapprove Strongly! Of the utter moral iniquity of the dastardly crime prince, Milord. Swoon! At the dashing skycaptain, Byron Kae. Swoon Again! At the tormented clergyman, Ruben Crowe.

This volume (available in print, and for the first time on mechanical book-reading devices) contains the complete original text of Piccadilly’s memoirs as first serialised in All the Year Round. Some passages may prove unsettling to unmarried gentlemen of a sensitive disposition.

Plus it’s only the first in a series! (Early next year there’ll be a whole collection of novelettes set in this world.) And it was written by the hilarious, brilliant, Lambda Literary Award nominated Alexis Hall (of Glitterland and Kate Kane: Paranormal Investigator fame)! And it’s on pre-sale for only $4.99 (or $13.59 if you prefer a paper copy with that gorgeous full jacket, or $16.79 if you want both)! Whaaaaaaat is not to love? :D

Story time. This was actually the very first manuscript Alexis ever subbed us. He sent it in for a steampunk call, and originally it was full of footnotes, Good Omens style. They were hilarious, but presented something of an enormous problem for an e-first publisher two years ago, so despite me being more excited about this manuscript than I had been about just about any other slush in the history of space and time, I regretfully had to reject. Alexis was actually the first author I have ever scheduled a call with to reject over the phone because I felt the story was so stunningly brilliant that I wanted to gush at him while I let him down gently. I also wanted to beg him for anything else he’d ever written or was considering writing. We got Glitterland, Iron & Velvet, and Shadows & Dreams out of that exchange :D

So, fast forward a couple years, and imagine my unrestrained delight (okay, he probably heard me squeeing across the pond in England) when he re-subbed the manuscript with no footnotes. Suddenly we had a book we could format for easy consumption on an e-reader. Boy did we sign that contract fast :D

So, yeah. If you feel even the teeniest, tiniest bit inclined to trust my taste, you’re gonna want to check this one out <3

(is that Donald Glover)

writeswrongs

writeswrongs:

Earlier today I shared a story I wrote for the Portland Observer. Unfortunately, I had misinterpreted information George Fox had issued in its new housing policy statement. 

Jayce is STILL battling for housing and George Fox has NOT backed down! Can you take a moment to support Jayce in his continued fight to earn on-campus housing? Please sign and share his change.org petition today and write George Fox to let them know you want more

writeswrongs

writeswrongs:

Jayce Marcus's story has made it around to the The New York Times and the greater headlines of internationally recognized papers, but he’s a local hero too. I’m proud we got to feature Jayce in this week’s Portland Observer- complete with an interview and background for those of you who have not already heard of his outstanding struggle to find housing at George Fox University because of his sexual identity and background. He is a local civil rights hero for people of color and the trans community at large.

vigilanteespresso
There is something about poverty that smells like death. Dead dreams dropping off the heart like leaves in a dry season and rotting around the feet; impulses smothered too long in the fetid air of underground caves. The soul lives in a sickly air. People can be slave-ships in shoes.
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (New York:  HarperCollins, 1996), 87. (Originally published 1942)

Eggplant Literary Productions Update

In case you thought Eggplant Literary Productions couldn’t get any worse: Bogi Takács, one of the writers for the Spellbound anthology, has posted that Eggplant is shutting down and that e has yet to be paid.

In relevant part:

By the time I came back – ie. nowish – I was greeted by the news that Eggplant Literary was closing. I still haven’t been informed by the publisher about this. I have no idea what’s going to happen with the anthology, whether backers will be refunded, anything. They seem to have emailed at least some of their writers, but they certainly haven’t emailed me.

The person in charge of my (former) company finances tells me Eggplant never paid me, despite the signed contract stating Eggplant would pay upon the receipt of contract. They did state that they had received my contract. There is a small possibility that maybe the transfer was misplaced (we got quite a few transfers from unexpectedly named Paypal accounts over the years), so I just emailed Eggplant to ask what happened.

The issue of delayed payment is extremely problematic in my case, since I’d explicitly told Raechel Henderson on May 29 that I would not be able to receive any payment after my arrival in the US (July 13), because it would be against my student visa terms. She’d assured me on Jun 03 that I would receive my payment well in advance.

I emailed her just now that since Eggplant seems to be in breach of contract with me, I request them to return my rights I signed away or I will be forced to take further action, unless they can prove that they really did pay me.

(reposted here with Bogi’s permission)

So not only did Eggplant a) mislead backers; b) ignore PoC when we pointed out issues with their Eurocentric guidelines; and c) refuse to refund backers (like Arachne Jericho and myself), they didn’t pay their writers.

This isn’t just unprofessional, this is outright scummy. I am beyond disgusted.

Signal boost this. Let Eggplant know that this is unacceptable.

Looking for a YA fantasy novel with a diverse group of characters?
A Synopsis
"WHAT KIND OF MONSTER ARE YOU?"
Most believe supernatural beings to only exist in fairy tales. For Victoria Wesley, a hot-headed teenage witch with a chip on her shoulder, the supernatural world is all too real.
Four years ago her parents were slaughtered for inexplicable reasons. As the sole survivor of her family, Victoria sets out to bring their killers to justice. In her determination to find out who was responsible she meets a group of young witches and a mysterious vampire named Adrien who make her question everything she thought she knew.
The world of the supernatural is far more complicated and dangerous than she ever realized. When ulterior motives are revealed knowing who to trust proves to be the hardest decision she’s ever made. When the lines between right and wrong are blurred Victoria has to figure out how far you can go before you become one of the bad guys.
Will Victoria be able to get what she wants without losing sight of who she is? Will she make it out of this alive?
You can buy Remains here
Read more about the author here
- See more at: http://wocinsolidarity.tumblr.com/post/91144485315/looking-for-a-ya-fantasy-novel-with-a-diverse#sthash.mcNfaYAK.dpuf

Looking for a YA fantasy novel with a diverse group of characters?

A Synopsis

"WHAT KIND OF MONSTER ARE YOU?"

Most believe supernatural beings to only exist in fairy tales. For Victoria Wesley, a hot-headed teenage witch with a chip on her shoulder, the supernatural world is all too real.

Four years ago her parents were slaughtered for inexplicable reasons. As the sole survivor of her family, Victoria sets out to bring their killers to justice. In her determination to find out who was responsible she meets a group of young witches and a mysterious vampire named Adrien who make her question everything she thought she knew.

The world of the supernatural is far more complicated and dangerous than she ever realized. When ulterior motives are revealed knowing who to trust proves to be the hardest decision she’s ever made. When the lines between right and wrong are blurred Victoria has to figure out how far you can go before you become one of the bad guys.

Will Victoria be able to get what she wants without losing sight of who she is? Will she make it out of this alive?

You can buy Remains here

Read more about the author here

- See more at: http://wocinsolidarity.tumblr.com/post/91144485315/looking-for-a-ya-fantasy-novel-with-a-diverse#sthash.mcNfaYAK.dpuf