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 There are only hours to go in this great deal on up to 12 books by authors like Melissa Scott, KJ Charles, A. C. Wise, Geonn Cannon, and me! And as an extra incentive, Tomorrow I'll be giving away 5 Alpennia e-books to random interested bundle buyers. Watch this space for how to enter.
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I don't usually highlight reviews in my blog (I have separate pages for that), but I woke up to a really lovely Goodreads review of The Mystic Marriage from fellow Storybundle author K.J. Charles. If you have ever wanted to try some incredibly well-writen historical fantasy featuring gay male protagonists, K.J. Charles is pretty much the ruler of that sub-genre and I'm immensely flattered to be sharing a special LGBT+ SFF Storybundle with them and other equally talented authors. This truly is an unequally chance to think, "If I like the sort of writing and themes I find in the Alpennia books, what other authors are there writing similar work?"

[Amended to pronoun ambiguity until I have a chance to clarify my apparently erroneous assumption about K.J.'s gender!]

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I'm doing a pair of podcast episodes on both Sappho the historic woman, and Sappho the legend and icon, including a tour through how her poetry was received and translated over time. I'd love for folks to support the existence of this show (part of The Lesbian Talk Show) with downloads and show feedback. Show my podcast host that people are clamoring for more stories of women-loving-women taken from the pages of history books.

Here's the current episode link.


And here's a page with links to all the past shows, so you can catch up.

I don't do the podcast for fame and fortune--I do it for love. It would be cool to get some love back. Subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast feed (such as iTunes, Podbean, or Stitcher) and it would be fabulous if you left a rating and review specifically mentioning how much you enjoy the history podcast.
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 It occurs to me that I would work my way through my current blogging dry spell by reprising a bunch of old LJ posts (now here on DW) that I want to have live on my Alpennia blog. Up until now, the stuff I've been moving over has been assigned its historic date. And I could see doing that with things that have a clear temporality (like in-process writing blogs). But some of the essays and think pieces could just be tagged "originally posted on [date]". I dunno. I don't want to duplicate my entire LJ at Alpennia--a lot of it was ephemera--but especially the writing-related stuff would be nice to have all in one place.

What do you think?
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One of the things that struck me when I was reading through lists of November 2016 books was the number written by obviously prolific authors (based on series number) that somehow never get mentioned in the SFF blogs, or featured on SFF podcasts, or discussed in the social media spaces where I hang out. It makes me feel...well, not any less hungry for my work to be talked about, but at least a little bit less alone. I'm sure I've heard Nalini Singh's name before, but I was a bit startled to discover how prolific she is: Goodreads lists 164 distinct works! Archangel's Heart is the ninth book in her Guild Hunter series and that is far from the only extensive series she has written in the genres of SFF and paranormal romance.

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory. Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is. Nothing will ever be the same again.


I have no aspirations to write over 100 novels! But I love the sense of an expanding story, like a highway that will take me through mountains and over plains and into unexplored cities. Mother of Souls is another step on that road for my characters, opening them up to the larger world of mysticism and peril that was only hinted at in the earlier books.

The Great November Book Release Re-Boot is a blog series talking about November 2016 releases that may have been overshadowed by unfortunate political events.

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