Black Friday? Bah, Humbug.

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I am not a fan of the post-festive economic feeding frenzy that erupts in the wake of Thanksgiving. So, for those of you who would rather read than shop today, I give you ‪#‎PHANTASMA‬ !

Like, I’m literally giving it to you. Seriously. It’s free. All weekend.

Click, and ye shall receive:

An eclectic collection of speculative short fiction by authors Anne Charnock, Jodi McIsaac, Kate Maruyama, Roberta Trahan, J.D. Horn, and award-winning poet Jason Kirk.

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#PhantasmaStories: Oh, the horror!

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What untapped magnificence lies dormant in the subconscious mind, just beyond our ability to reach? And what monstrosities lurk there, trapped in the shadowy recesses, waiting to be released? These are the quintessential questions that haunt my daily existence.

And so I journeyed into the dark depths of the tortured soul with five of my author friends, to bring you a collection of paranormal and speculative short fiction and verse.

At its heart, my story UNDERCURRENTS is a a super-hero origin story. But it is also a cautionary tale, one that might make you wonder how much you really want to know about yourself.

Diedre Morneau is like any one of millions of people in today’s world, plagued by a common yet debilitating medical condition for which there is no explanation or cure. The desperate drive to escape her suffering takes Diedre on a dark and dangerous journey that ultimately ends with the beginning of another.

Intrigued? I hope so.

If not, don’t worry. There’s more:

From Jodi McIsaac, Pro Patria Moria is the tale of an Irish soldier who encounters fairies offering magical aid, but will that magic help save those he holds dearest?

In Kate Maruyama’s Akiko, a curse laid in Japan finds its mark in the City of Angels.

Anne Charnock’s The Adoption explores a new age of sexual equality and reproductive freedom where bio-engineered foetuses are gestated in artificial wombs. But what becomes of tomorrow’s orphans?

J.D. Horn gives us Pitch, wherein a goat-faced boy sets out with a rifle to kill his father, the Devil, in 1950s rural Georgia.

The Guardian from the Sea by Jason Kirk is weird fiction in verse form, in which a wheelchair-bound mermaid finds love in an adult-video store, and barely escapes to regret it.

ON SALE NOW!

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An eclectic collection of speculative short stories by Anne Charnock (2013 Philip K. Dick Award finalist), Jodi McIsaac (“A Cure for Madness,” the Thin Veil series), Kate Maruyama (“Harrowgate”), Roberta Trahan (The Dream Stewards epic fantasy series), J.D. Horn (“Shivaree,” the Witching Savannah series), and award-winning poet Jason Kirk

Join the conversastion at #PhantasmaStories !!

Feel the chill in the air?!! PHANTASMA is coming…

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Available September 22nd – a creepy collection of paranormal and speculative short fiction and verse from best-selling and award winning authors JD Horn, Kate Maruyama, Anne Charnock, Jason Kirk, Jodi McIsaac, and me!

In celebration of the upcoming release, PHANTASMA authors discuss short fiction and the stories that inspired them on Anne Charnock’s blog:

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Warning: May Include Vampires

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My author buddy and uber-talented urban fantasy author Melissa F. Olson is celebrating the upcoming release of BOUNDARY LINES – the second book in her Boundary Magic series – with a huge giveaway!

For a chance to win some spellbinding swag, including books by Shannon Mayer and Jodi McIsaac (and me), just click the image below to like and share Melissa’s FB photo.

Better hurry – giveaway ends on 9/16/15!

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Jet City Comic Show: October 31 – November 1 (Tacoma Convention Center)

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Big news! Just returned from Sasquan (Worldcon 2015) in Spokane, WA – where much fun was had meeting and greeting and eating and signing books – to hear that I have been added to the guest list at this years Jet City Comic Show!

I’ll be appearing along with fellow 47North authors Camille Griep (Letters to Zell) and Kate Danley (The Woodcutter). And so very honored to be listed in the company of SFF greats like Terry Brooks and Robin Hobb. Big fangirl moment.

More details to be posted as programming and schedule are confirmed.

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Today Only: It’s Like #ComiCon For Your #Kindle!

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In celebration of SDCC 2015, Amazon has a special promotion on over 70 comic and SFF titles, all for only $1.99 each – including both books in my Dream Stewards Series, THE WELL OF TEARS and THE KEYS TO THE REALMS! Click the image below to get this deal. HURRY – it’s only for one day!

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Black Moon Rising

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Also known as the dark moon, today’s lunar super-phenom is synonymous in folklore with the Lilith Myth – Eve’s shadowy alter ego. Historically depicted as a demoness and cast as the wanton woman in cautionary tales, the Lilith spirit more accurately and appropriately represents the fiercest and most independent aspects of the divine feminine. For feminists, Lilith calls to mind the qualities of free-will, self-determination, strength, and power.

Here’s a particularly informative and detailed article on the history of Lilith, with links to more reading:  The Lilith Library

Another article on the metaphoric relationship between the Lilith Myth and the perceptions of women in history and religion : Eve and the Identity of Women

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And for the more scientific minded moon watcher, there’s some good information on why tonight’s moon is so special over at Universe Today .

Ageism in Fiction – When did I get so OLD?!!

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One of the most unexpected responses to my debut novel, THE WELL OF TEARS, was the negative reaction from younger female readers about the age of the protagonist in the book (she’s around 40), and the fact that she has a long-standing, functional, and happy life partnership.

Really?!!

THE WELL OF TEARS is more or less a multi-generational family saga  with characters who range in age from 19 to 153. The lead protagonist, a sorceress called Alwen who embarks on a quest she has waited half her life to complete, must face a host of complicated challenges and heart-rending losses – the kind that come to someone who has lived long enough to acquire the obligations that come with adulthood – duty to family and community, and to self.

Concepts that are, apparently, inaccessible and / or alienating to younger women.

Really?!!

As a wife, mother, sister, aunt, and feminist – this pains me. It seriously pangs my heart to discover that the only kind of relationship angst some young women want to experience in their reading is whether or not the girl gets the guy. As if there isn’t far more riveting relationship angst to come after the hook up?

Wow. Come on, ladies. Dream bigger.

How I wish I’d been able to find a heroine in the stories I read in my twenties to model the woman I wanted to become, rather than female leads who merely made me feel less alone in my own romantic quagmires. But then, maybe I shouldn’t expect more from readers who are still giving jell-o shot syringes five star reviews ;).

So tell me, young(er) women readers of SFF – why is an older protagonist so unappealing to you? I really wanna know.

When Women Rule the World – If Hermione Were The Main Character in Harry Potter

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In keeping with my #girlpower mantra and feminist mood this week, I leave you with this fabulously funny (and probably NSFW due to multiple F-bombs) post from BuzzFeed – If Hermione Were The Main Character in Harry Potter: (aka Hermione Grainger and the Goddamn Patriarchy):

(click here to be taken to Daniel Dalton’s badass #bosswitch article)

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