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The 2021 Awards Eligibility Post!

As the good folks over on that twitter have reminded me, it’s time to shout about the fings wot I had published this year.

Just the two short stories this year, but I’m very proud of both so…

Cover of Book of Love anthology

‘Rapture on the Lonely Shore’ appeared in The Fox Spirit Book of Love

About: mermaids, nuns, and the sweet music they make… [Ace protag, platonic wlw, historic fantasy]

Extract:

At night the mermaids sing.

Their voices echo clear and ethereal over the gentle hushing of the waves, rising into the air in a chorus that easily surpasses the daylight efforts of the Abbey choir.

I am not the only one to haunt the tiny windows that look out on mermaid-speckled water. Nor am I the only one drawn down the stairs and out into the cooling night, and onwards to the low wall that guards the gardens from the cliff edge.

Novice Morwen joins her voice to theirs, singing a fisherman’s shanty in a clear, almost taunting voice. Laughter rises up from the sea and first one then two then three mermaids join her bawdier tune, the rest holding true to their notes in a blending of one sea song to the other.

I wonder how she dares challenge them so, why she doesn’t fear ending their music with her intrusion, but then Novice Morwen was born and raised on Asenora’s Isle, so perhaps she understands their ways enough to risk what we mainlanders would never dream of. 

I glance at the other nuns lined up beside me, expecting disapproval at such heathen ways but all are calm, smiling, almost approving of the spectacle, and near one of the wych elms I think I can even see Abbess Wenna nodding along to the song.

For the first time since joining the sisterhood, I begin to feel I might belong.

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Available in epub/mobi direct from Fox Spirit Books or via Amazon in Paperback or Kindle formats.

And for the horror fans….

‘Songs in the Dark’ appeared in The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters

About: mermaid revenge and a new wife dealing with the consequences of her smuggler husband’s mistakes… [wlw, historic horror, dark fantasy, gothic horror if you squint]

Extract:

“Who have you brought me?” the mermaid asks. She is pale as a wraith, with a mass of lanky seaweed-like hair draped down her head and scales that glint silvery in the lantern light. As she floats in front of us there seems to be something of the snake about her movements. I glimpse curved fangs in her mouth, and I wonder if they are as small as they look or if, like the cobra, their true size will only be revealed when she opens her jaws wide enough to feed.

And I wonder how Pedrick can stand to do business with such a thing as her.

Available from Amazon in Paperback or Kindle formats, or from Hive in Paperback

Happy reading! x

Horrors 3 is alive. Ish!

Yeeeesssssssssss my pretties. The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters is here! Available to buy right now in kindle from the Amzn here and paperback out on Friday but available to pre-order from Amzn here or go indie and try Hive here!

Aaaaanyhoo! Yes. Full contents list:

Glorious cover art by Daniele Serra.

Stories:

Build Your Own Monster!!! Guaranteed to Scare the Whole Family by Bryn Fortey and Johnny Mains
The Head by Garry Kilworth
Inappetence by Steve Rasnic Tem
Songs in the Dark by Jenny Barber
The Beast of Bathwick by Sarah Ash
Cuckoo Flower by Tom Johnstone
A Song for Christmas by Ashe Woodward
Dream a Little Dream of Me and My Shadow by Adrian Cole
Memories of Clover by K T Wagner
Sun, Sand, Stone by Marion Pitman
Redwater by Simon Bestwick
Dreamcatcher by Pauline E Dungate
The Daughters by Tim Jeffreys
Black Spots by John Llewellyn Probert
Echoes of Days Passed by Mike Chinn
What the Snow Brings by Ralph Robert Moore

My fantabulous delightful story is, as mentioned previously, a mermaid gothic-ish horror with a deal-breaking smuggler and the new wife who gets dragged into the consequences of his mistakes…

It’s also part of the Mermaids of St Senara universe which keen readers may have encountered in my Fox Spirit Book of Love story earlier this year.

In related news, the Mermaids of St Senara patreon is definitely going live end of November, which I’m all the excite about. Dedicated post about all that coming in a couple of weeks!

Mermaid Horror

Coming very soon – ‘Songs in the Dark’ – soon to be appearing in The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters…

Like my story in the Fox Spirit Book of Love, this is set on St Senara and is a mermaid horror with a deal-breaking smuggler and the new wife who gets dragged into the consequences of his mistakes…

Horrors is not available to buy until 31st October, unless you’re a UK peep who’s at the stage of venturing outside, then you can get an advance copy signed by fantabulous people, plus free glass of wine, at the amazing Alchemy Press Living and the Dead Signing/Launch at Fantasycon on 25th September at 2pm. (The Jury’s Inn Hotel, Broad St, Birmingham.)

Obviously (gestures at …everything…) my Mermaids of St Senara patreon got a smidge delayed, but! I’m finishing the editing on the launch stories right now so hoping that November is when things will all go live. Supporters can expect a mermaid story every month plus random bonus stories and other St Senara related content… Stay tuned for more news on that…

Fox Spirit Love-Fest

Today, calloo callay, the Fox Spirit Book of Love has gone live! Woohoo!

Cover of Book of Love anthology

Here’s the deets:

‘These are probably not the love stories you are looking for…..

…. but they should be.’

Love. That many-splendoured thing. It can move mountains and make fools of us all, but what is it? Does it come courtesy of a cherub’s bow? Is it a battlefield? Endless? Crazy? Only available on a Friday? Well, the answer might be between these covers. Inside you’ll find stories from fantastical worlds to fairy tales, from dark places to virtual reality, tales of transformation, hope, and despair. Above all else, each one is, at heart, about love.

Edited by C.A. Yates, with cover by the combined might of C.A. Yates, Paul Yates and Vincent Holland-Keen.

Contents:

Decomposing Corpses: A Love Story by Douglas J. Ogurek
The Holy Waters by Dolly Garland
Jixxa, My Love by Alec McQuay
End Times in Paris by James Bennett
Love in The Age Of… by David Tallerman
The First Day of Khirshi-Da by Joyce Chng
By Blade And Bloom by Xan van Rooyen
The Fine Art of Fortune-Telling by Michelle Ann King
A Curse That’s Not For Breaking by Lawrence Harding
A True Wish by Charlotte Bond
Notes on a Haunting by Kit West
Subatomic for ‘It Must be Love’ by Emma K. Leadley
The Twelfth Day by Ro Smith
The Wind’s Son by K.C. Shaw
Salt Ocean by Lisa Shea
Enchanted Garden by K.A. Laity
Rapture on the Lonely Shore by Jenny Barber
The Whale and the Moon by G. Clark Hellery

My story – ‘Rapture on the Lonely Shore’ – comes from my Mermaids of St Senara universe (look out for more St Senara stories on my patreon launching later this month!) ‘Rapture’ tells the tale of mermaids and nuns and the sweet music they make…

You can get yourself an epub/mobi copy of the Fox Spirit Book of Love direct from their website here or pop to Amzn for the kindle version here or the paperback version here!

Flash Recs

So last week I finally started catching up on my Daily Science Fiction email backlog… (If you like flash fiction, then you might want to check out Daily Science Fiction, purveyors of, yes, daily flash fic delivered online or via email, and yours for the stunning price of free!)

Which I mainly mention as the lead in to some flash fic recs!

And, lo! A Listicle! Here are some of the ones I particularly loved…

A Heart, An Egg, A Lock of Hair by Kelly M Sandoval – a modern love story with echoes of the folktales where sorcerers hide their heart in improbable places.

A Thousand Times Over by Tamoha Sengupta – mermaids!

Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise – a look at Wendy full grown and what it takes to protect your daughter from Peter Pan.

Of Puddings and Prophecies by Helen French – two friends in a prophecy competition where interpretation is everything.

Last To Know by Leanne A. Styles – aliens and family secrets.

Go check ’em out and have a bounce around the DSF site for more free fic!

Out Now! Fearless Genre Warriors

Fearless Genre Warriors Cover

Today Fearless Genre Warriors went live! Hurrah!

With illustrations by Kieran Walsh and cover art by Vincent Holland-Keen, Fearless Genre Warriors: A Fox Spirit Sampler brings you a selection of twenty six short stories, three poems, and two pieces of non-fiction pulled from the full range of Fox Spirit Books anthologies and collections!

It is now available to download in one handy file containing mobi, epub, pdf & azk formats, for absolute nada from the Fox Spirit Books website.

You can get your free copy from http://www.foxspirit.co.uk/free-fiction/

Scroll down to the Facebook Giveaway option and use FoxBook as your password and there you go!

But who’s in it, you may be wondering… sooooo many fantastic people! Let me introduce you to them:

Part One: Fables and Fabulations

Cheryl Morgan, K.A. Laity, Andrew Reid, A.J. Fitzwalter, Carol Borden, Chloë Yates, Steven Savile, VC Linde, Sarah Cawkwell and Alasdair Stuart

Part Two: Before Dawn

Jan Siegel, Nick Wood, Ren Warom, Tracy Fahey, KT Davies, W.P. Johnson, Ian Whates, Carol Borden, James Bennett, Alec McQuay, K.A. Laity and Aliya Whitely

Part Three: Touch Magic, Pass it On

Jan Siegel, Tim Major, Steve Lockley, Margrét Helgadóttir, Chloë Yates, Li Huijia, Yukimi Ogawa, Gaie Sebold and more from Alasdair Stuart

And I should also probably mention that genre wise, Fearless Genre Warriors covers it all – we have horror tales, fantasy tales, SF tales, crime tales, humorous tales, and tales that blend any or all of the above! So whatever your fiction thing is, we’ve got you covered!

And if you like what you read, don’t forget to check out the anthologies and collections they came from because there’s more fantastic Fox Spirit fiction waiting for you!

 

Coming Soon! Fearless Genre Warriors

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I’m thrilled to say that one of my editing projects is getting close to publication! Hurrah!  Coming very soon from Fox Spirit Books may I present – Fearless Genre Warriors: A Fox Spirit Sampler.

With illustrations by Kieran Walsh and cover art by Vincent Holland-Keen, Fearless Genre Warriors: A Fox Spirit Sampler brings you a selection of twenty six short stories, three poems, and two pieces of non-fiction pulled from the full range of Fox Spirit Books anthologies and collections!

You’ll find folklore and fairytales told with humour and heart, ancient gods in far-flung times, ravens and foxes, shamans and sacrifice and earthquake gods, werewolves and faeries and mad science, classic tales seen anew, fiction and reality colliding, bards and dragons and mighty heroes, oh my!

You’ll also find the tales told in the graveyard hours, twilight terrors and pre-dawn dread. There’s tales of death and resurrection, human monsters and monsters of legend, tricksy creatures both fae and other, from desert and hillside and moor, to the depths of space and the deepest sea. Stories of transformation and transference, of hope and revolution and survival and moving on. Stories where worlds are changed, new homes found, and lives altered for the better.

It will be available soon in digital format only, and how much will this epic volume of short fiction goodness cost you? Nothing! Nada! Zip! Zilch! Totally Zero! Free all the way!  Is that not the bargain of the year or what!

More news and download links coming soon!

State of the Jen: March 2018

Like most of the country, I am currently in shock at the existence of weather. (Snoooooooooow!)  But never mind that, update time!

Exo-Bloggage!

In February I managed guest posts in two (2! Count ’em!) places:

WiHM9-GrrrlLogoTall-BR-MAs part of the Fox Spirit Books celebration of Women in Horror Month I did a post about short horror fiction and the women who write it.  Go check out my post Short Fiction Queens or visit the round up post to see the full range of fab Foxy women in horror posts.

Not only! But also! The splendiferous Mark West has compiled another Mixtape blog, this time on short Stephen King fiction.  I did a short thing on ‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption’ and you can read it, and the rest of the picks, over on the Mixtape here!

Publication News!

horrors-vol-1-ver-3cAnd I am thrilled to announce I’ll be having a story published in the upcoming Alchemy Press Book of Horrors. My story ‘Down Along the Backroads’ is a bit of a weird post-apoc multi-world thing where new visitors to town stir up things best left unstirred. There’s a lovely bunch of horror folks joining me in the table of contents (see the full list here!) so look out for that around September time.

Booooooooooks!

I may have written a couple of non-fiction books.  I blame the mother ship entirely.

Thus – coming later in the year will be a couple of short taster guides for card divination! Let’s Try Tarot, co-written with Patricia Barber, will give the quick and easy way to try out tarot reading. Its companion volume, Let’s Try Cartomancy, covers quick and easy playing card divination. More news on those to follow!

 

Waxing Lyrical at Fox Spirit

Fox-Spirit-Logo-BFS-293x300Proving that you don’t need to be at a convention to be inspired by it, you’ll find me talking about the wonderful world of SFF online fiction over at the Fox Spirit Books blog. Yes, there are lists. Because how could there not.  And links aplenty! Hop on over!

Women for the Win!

ghost-summerThis morning I’m delighted to be part of Mark West’s latest short fic mixtape – it being Women in Horror month, the theme is, quite naturally, Women in Horror. My personal pick is for one of the many excellent stories in Tananarive Due‘s Ghost Summer: Stories collection, which is a book I enthusiastically recommend you all go out and buy, just because!   But the particular story I’ve picked is also available online at m’beloved Lightspeed so you can pop over to read the Mixtape then link through to read the story! (Is that a deal or what?)

Elsewhere across the interwebs, the gloriousness that is the Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse has resurrected from its shallow grave to fight the good fight once more, so you’ll find me and many others popping up there with info, meta and all manner of oddness.  Thus far we’ve covered survival rations and stocking your pantry, the art of protest signs, humour as an essential survival tool, how to date an egomaniacal dictator and my own contribution – a vaguely Resident Evil inspired ramble on Beware the Monsters.

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