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Busy as a Bee! Update Time!

May 30, 2011

I’m a bad blogger. Bad! And believe me, there is endless guilt over it. If you’ll forgive me, I’ll finally give you an update? *begs your indulgence* ^_^

Between writing, publishing, my day job (massage therapy), and packing for my move to Florida, I’ve been rather swamped. There are, however, quite a few exciting pieces of news from Storm Moon Press. To give a primer before the long explanations, just take a look at our current release schedule for the rest of this year:

May 27th — “Apples and Regret and Wasted Time” — short story by Cornelia Grey
June 17th — Wild Passions — anthology of anthropomorphic M/M short stories
July 1st — Where He Belongs — collection of shorts by Rachel Haimowitz
July 18th — Daughters of Artemis — anthology of F/F alpha female werewolf short stories
September 23rd — Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley — novella by S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet (me)
October 7th — Crescendo: Book II of Song of the Fallen — novel by Rachel Haimowitz
November 4th — Counterpunch — novel by Aleksandr Voinov
December 16th — Polyfidelity — novel by S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet

As you can see, Saundra and I have postponed our own releases to make a bit of room for new authors at Storm Moon Press!

  • Cornelia Grey is a very talented upcoming author who contributed a short story to our Wild Passions anthology. When she shared her standalone short story “Apples and Regret and Wasted Time” with us, we fell in love with it’s bittersweet glimpse into the lives of two men on opposite sides of the moral spectrum who share a past of passion and pain and meet again after three years apart. There are several things I love about this short story, but one of my favorites is that both characters remain unnamed. It narrows the world of these characters down to just Him and Me, which is incredibly intense and effective for this story. Interested? Intrigued? Read an excerpt over on the Storm Moon Press page. You can also read one of the reviews for it at Top2Bottom Reviews, Cryselle’s Craziness, or Between the Covers. For patrons of Goodreads, we have a giveaway going for a PDF copy. Comment here before 11:59pm EST this Friday, June 3rd, for a chance to win!
  • Wild Passions is only a couple weeks away from release day! This anthropomorphic collection features six M/M erotic short stories by Angelia Sparrow, Wayne Mansfield, Cari Z, Cornelia Grey, Elizabeth Hyder, and a collaboration between myself and S.L. Armstrong. Our story is a glimpse at our larger fantasy world, Egaea, and follows the feral-Maith Alec and Nahele in their bid to be Alpha of their feral clan. Read more about it at the Storm Moon Press page, and be sure to Enter on Goodreads for a chance to win one of five print copies!
  • We have officially contracted with the talented Rachel Haimowitz to publish a small collection of short stories in her Belonging-verse titled Where He Belongs. All the shorts surround the character of Daniel from her previous book, Anchored. The collection will be released July 1st, 2011, and we have an awesome pre-sales raffle going on for it at the Storm Moon Press website. Every pre-order between May 13th and June 30th will be entered into a raffle for one of three exclusive prizes: a poster of the cover art signed by Rachel Haimowitz, a chapbook of the Where He Belongs collection signed by Rachel Haimowitz, or a $5.00 gift certificate for the Storm Moon Press store. In addition, all pre-orders will be available for download 48 hours prior to the official release. The collection is only $1.99, so go and pre-order for your chance to win the goodies!
  • Daughters of Artemis, our anthology featuring the alpha female werewolves in F/F short stories, is on schedule for release in mid-July. Featured authors in this anthology are Della Buckland, Shashauna Thomas, Erik Moore, Marie Carlson, and myself. Saundra may also contribute, but it will be last minute if she does. I’ll explain more below, but lets finish explaining the list first. ^_^
  • Bastian & Riley’s story has been postponed due to the need for a few rewrites, but we plan to have that out in both e-book and print in September. Our proofreaders and editor are amazing and pointed out several issues that Saundra and I will work to resolve so we put the best book out there that we can.
  • In addition to publishing Where He Belongs, we have also contracted with Rachel Haimowitz to publish Crescendo, the second book in the Song of the Fallen series (sequel to Counterpoint, which was published through Guilty Pleasures). We’re very excited about this novel, which will be released on October 7th, 2011! We’ll have all sorts of giveaways and promotion fun for this one in a couple months. ^_-
  • We’re proud to announce that Aleksandr Voinov has joined the ranks of Storm Moon Press! His novel, Counterpunch, is set in the Belonging-verse (shared with Rachel Haimowitz’s works), and follows a cop-turned-slave-and-prizefighter Brooklyn Marshall in his fight to overturn the wrongful conviction that took away his freedom.
  • Lastly this year, we’ll be releasing Polyfidelity in mid-December. This was pushed back a season because of all the extra work Saundra, Roger, and I will be doing (along with our editor and our cover artist ^_-) for all these releases from other authors. We’ll also have a Gun!Porn anthology to work on for an early 2012 release, so there will be a lot going on as we write, edit, and release this poly novel.

So, there you have it. We’ve been very busy bees. ^_^

To explain a little bit more about the Daughters of Artemis bit, I need to give you a bit of a health update for Saundra. She’s had a problem with her gallbladder for quite some time, and, to make a long story short, she had a gallbladder attack that wouldn’t subside, so she went to the ER on May 20th. They did end up taking out her gallbladder and had no complications with the laparoscopic surgery. She’s back at home now and recovering. Because of the stress of surgery and all the discomfort of recovery, she’s taking a bit of a break from writing. In the case of Daughters of Artemis, we were on a bit of a time crunch to begin with, and the stress of having to come up with a story under these circumstances is just not something any of us want her to have to go through. Because of that, I’m attempting to write a short story for the anthology myself. Solo works always make me a little nervous, but I’m also kind of excited about the challenge of writing something original in a shorter period of time. 😀

For my short story, which is still untitled at this point, I drew inspiration from the Russian Far East, where grey wolves have a competitive exclusion relationship with the Amur tigers. Because their prey are so similar (red deer, wild boar, roe deer, etc.), there is an inverse relationship between tigers and wolves. When tigers are healthy and unthreatened by poachers, wolves are moved nearly to extinction in the area. Conversely, if poachers kill a large number of the tigers, the wolves flourish and take up the slack left by the lower number of tigers. They’re in constant competition for food, and I found that a very interesting element that I wanted to weave into my story, which led to there being a rivalry between werewolves and weretigers in my story. It’s going to be an interesting one!

In other news, I’m packing up for my move down to Florida at the end of June. Just a few weeks away! I’m stoked and nervous all at once! I’ve never made such a large move before. Even if most of my things are going into storage instead of moving with me, it’s still the farthest from home I will have ever been for an extended period. Yay for new adventures! I’m just hoping those new adventures don’t include any tornadoes as I travel across the country. O_o

I put in my two-week notice at my day job today. I’m pretty confident that they’ll let me work my final two weeks, since I have requests at my massage job and do good work. I’ve been pretty open about the fact that I’m moving in June, but it’ll be the official announcement to my management. I’m hoping a letter of recommendation and nothing but good feelings will come from it all. Hey, I even heard they were about to hire a couple new people, so it’s kind of good timing that they’ll be able to give my shifts over to others, right? *chuckles* I think it will go smoothly, which is a blessing.

To close up this mega-update, I’ll end with a fun bit! A few weeks ago, Rachel Haimowitz held an e-auction, selling off both Kari Gregg and Aleksandr Voinov as slaves (all in good fun XD). You can read all about the bidding wars that ensued on twitter and the live chat they held over on Rachel’s blog post. I had some pretty stiff competition (pun only partially intended), but in the end, I joined forces with Amara Devonte and Brita Addams. Our combined forces won us Aleks Voinov for the steep price of kidnapped Paul Walker and Michael Fassbender, a genetically engineered copy of Rachel’s fictional character Daniel (from Belonging-verse), a cruise ship, private island, and a vast naked army to protect said prizes. Wow! XD

All things said and done, I can now proclaim that…

On that note, have a great Memorial Day, everyone! ^_^

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