Get down with the Awethors

This coming Sunday, April 12, I will be participating in a Facebook event that will draw together readers and a large number of authors. You can go to the Awethors Facebook group any time that day to interact with more than 150 authors. It is a world-wide event so it will actually go longer than 24 hours, kicking off in the morning UK time. You can also participate on Twitter with the hashtag #awethors. There will be prizes, and you can ask questions of the authors. I will come in around 2pm EDT to introduce myself and Disenchanted, to tell people about the April contest and to invite everyone to come read the first few chapters of Disenchanted. I will post them here on my website for two days only: Sunday and Monday.

So please come around and say hi, and save up your questions. If you post them here in the comments, I'll have time to think up fancy answers, LOL!

Release date for Disenchanted

I know I shouldn't announce things on April 1st. But I have a healthy perverse streak, so I am going to make an announcement on April 1st and mean it.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Disenchanted will be released on July 14th, 2015. Mark your calendars. Or sign up for my newsletter and let me remind you. I'm preparing a special treat for one lucky subscriber... Stay tuned for more news. If I announce too much on April 1st, I run the risk of not being believed.

Big news! Disenchanted has found a publisher

Am I excited? Well, yeah. When I can convince myself that this is really happening. I wrote Disenchanted years ago, found an agent, had agent woes, and put all writing aside when I was battling health issues. When I came back to the writing table, I decided I had had enough of tiny niches and started working on something entirely different. (Clairvoyant, in case you're wondering.) And then I was on Twitter one day, and they were having a pitch slam. Essentially, you present your book in140 characters (just try it!) and participating agents and editors can ask you to send them the full query. I threw out a single tweet on a whim and got an immediate nibble. The editor in question ended up asking for the full manuscript. Some time later, she resigned, and my manuscript slipped between the cracks. I finally contacted another editor, who invited me to send it in again. She ultimately turned it down, while saying some very nice things about my writing. In the meanwhile, I had also submitted it to Booktrope, again, more or less on a whim. That was going to be my last try before I set it aside for a few more years. I was rather shocked to hear back in short order. So the contract is now signed and we will be moving on from there.

And my flash fiction piece "The Red Dress" was accepted at Every Writer's Resource and is still, at this writing, featured on the Home Page. Pretty cool. It's been a good week.

We Read Diverse Books March Challenge

March's challenge will take us to one of the most discussed diversity categories of recent times: sexual orientation. Go out and read something in the LGBT range, something about and by someone who is different than you. I am going to ask a favour of people posting recommendations here: no erotica please.

I'm not well-versed in this area, so I can't give a lot of recommendations myself. For fiction there is Nicola Griffiths, whose Hild I recently reviewed. Charles M. Blow's recent memoir, Fire Shut Up in my Bones, would be an excellent choice. I also considering Andrew Hodges' biography Alan Turing: The Enigma.

Edited to Add: The New York Public Library published a list of selections that are neither erotica nor coming-out stories. (Have they been following my blog?) And Jo Walton is right at the top! I read the first couple of chapters of My Real Children and found it very promising.

And if you just discovered this reading challenge, there is nothing at all stopping you from working through at your own pace. 

The concept

January's challenge
February's challenge