This was really fun! As part of the short story bundle I’m in, Short Flights (of the Imagination), I answered some interesting questions about my weird western short story in the collection “Unsafe, Unsound”, what I’m working on now (Scout Shannon, of course), and some other things. You can check it out now on Sherry D. Ramsey’s website.
Today is publication day for IN QUAKING HILLS, the sequel to UNDER FALLING SKIES and the second in the TRAVELS OF SCOUT SHANNON series. (I just finished up book 3 and have a sense of what book 4 will be, with a strong inkling there will be a book 5). It’s out in print and eBook pretty much everywhere. Here is the back of book copy:
After spending the last four days of her life hiding out from a deadly solar particle storm in an underground bunker, trapped with six treacherous women and a trio of girl assassins, Scout Shannon just wants to find the man who conned her mentor and leave her home world for good.
Alas, the long-threatened war draws nearer and Scout finds herself caught in the middle, surrounded by rebels and bandits. Worse, she carries a pocketful of dangerous secrets with no one to entrust them to.
And the hills keep shaking. Something lurks deep underground. Something massive. Something world-destroying. Scout leaves in three days. If she lives that long.
“In Quaking Hills”, the sequel to “Under Falling Skies” and the second book in “The Travels of Scout Shannon” series, a young adult science fiction novel for fans of plucky heroines, complicated boys, and loyal dog sidekicks.
It was awesome to wake up to a bunch of sales already from people who clicked preordered their copy – thanks so much you guys! And the end of this book has a sample from the opening of book 3, which will be about in mid March. These books are so fun to write, and it’s always a kick to see my dogs on the cover.
My short story “In the Waste Places” is in a story bundle featuring all tales of swords and sword wielders. Cool! There are a lot of terrific writers in this collection, be sure to check it out.
Here’s the back copy description for my contribution, “In the Waste Places”:
Ku-Aya drives her goats towards home, but danger follows close at their heels. Hungry hyenas desperate for food, sure, but something worse that drives the hyenas on.
The fog. It rolls in from the mountains at sunset. The cities built walls to protect them, but Ku-Aya’s village lies bare, only standing stones marking the graves of her ancestors keep her safe. If she reaches them in time.
A stranger fights the hyenas but stands in motionless terror at the fog. Ku-Aya knows a citydweller when she sees one, but why so far from the cities?
“In the Waste Places”, a high fantasy set in the “Goddess-Bereft World”, continues the story of Enanatuma from the story “Oil Fire”.
Check it out here!
My short story “Gardens of Wind” is part of a short story bundle that goes on sale today! There is a wide variety of tales in this bundle from a bunch of terrific writers, such a great way to sample a bunch of great fiction. You can check it out here.
And here’s the sales copy for my contribution:
Akeli lives in a village of tethered balloons and airships far above the unlivable surface of the Earth, but under the cruel thumb of her uncle.
Her baby girl fell down to Earth a year ago. An airship full of sailors docks and her uncle demands Akeli get a new baby for the good of the clan.
Her cousins know all about wooing men. They always outshine quiet Akeli. But not today.
A familiar story of village life in a most unfamiliar village.
Second bit of writing news this week: my novella I RISE INTO A DAYBREAK is coming out next Tuesday, September 26 and is already available for preorder.
This is my “what if Alien had been a rite of passage movie?” novella.
Here’s the back of the book sales copy:
When a cosmic monstrosity swallowed the Earth, the survivors fled to hide among the stars. The scars on Kara’s mind linger from infancy to adolescence. The monster follows them wherever they go. Kara knows this whatever the others say.
Then Kara and her family crash land near an empty mining town on an abandoned world. The pilot utters not a word, lost speechless in a terror Kara knows all too well.
No functional pilot? No escape. And something lurks in the rainy fog, watching them.
“I Rise into a Daybreak”, a sci-fi horror novella where rite de passage meets cosmic terror.