Friday, January 4, 2019

Nice shoutout for MEDUSA'S TOUCH

If you need additional incentive to come to my Queer Romance Ink Author Takeover tomorrow (QRI Facebook Group, 2-3PM CST), my novel MEDUSA'S TOUCH just got a nice shoutout and rec on acclaimed science fiction author Martha Wells's blog! 💖

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Queer Romance Ink event coming up this Saturday

Coming up this Saturday, 1/5/19 at 12-1 PST, I'll be doing an #AuthorTakeover at ⁦‪@QueeromanceInk‬⁩! Stop by to chat, ask me about my work and get entered to win a signed copy of my novel MEDUSA'S TOUCH! #authorchat #bookgiveaway You do need to join the Facebook group to participate.

Friday, December 28, 2018

2018 Year in Review Post

Xposting from my main blog.

Well, 2018 was a year...and so very much of one. It's difficult to disconnect my personal life from the national and global trainwreck, but I'll do my best. It was still a hard year: bad health news for close friends, bad financial and other news for others, the unexpected ending of a long-term friendship, my mother's increasing dementia, the sudden and abrupt news that I wasn't going to be laid off after all (bear in mind that I had three years to plan and prep for a nice break and down time, which I'm not getting), other sundry things. On the other hand, there was a lot of good stuff, too. Queen of Swords Press grew, I went to a lot of great events and met nice people, I'm ending the year with almost all the same people in my life that I hoped would still be there, I had some interesting new experiences and have been learning a lot, I don't have to go job hunting at the moment and I'm a lot healthier than I was this time last year (Norovirus recovery takes longer than you would think).

Starting with the events and experiences part of things, I was interviewed on North Manchester FM's radio show "Hannah's BookShelf" by the amazing Hannah Kate herself, then appeared a few weeks later on the Cocktail Hour Podcast. I did a reading at the University of Minnesota's Tretter Collection in March for the annual Quatrefoil Library's Women's Reading, went to ClexaCon in Las Vegas as a vendor with my pals from Blind Eye Books and hosted a Queen of Swords Press party at WisCon. I got interviewed at Shelfies by Bill Kieffer,  got interviewed with author Rachel Gold in the St. Cloud Times (best headline ever!), interviewed by Paul Weimer at the Skiffy and Fanty Blog and answered 5 Questions for author Loren Rhodes. As Emily L. Byrne, I did the WLW Blog Hop, and had guest posts up at I Heart Lesfic, Women & Words and on Sacchi Green's blog, Reaching Out. In addition to ClexaCon and WisCon, I did readings and panels at Outwrite in Washington, D.C., DreamHaven Books and Eat My Words Books and WordBrew 6 in Minneapolis. Queen of Swords Press had tables at St. Cloud Pride, the Twin Cities Book Festival, the Minnesota Women's Art Festival, 2 instances of the Books and Beer Pop-up Store, the Queer Author Holiday Fair and probably something I'm forgetting.

Writing and editing
. Queen of Swords Press/me and company put out three books this year:

Catherine had 6 stories published this year:
  • “A Winter’s Tale” in A Few More Winter Tales edited by Matthew Bright. December, 2018 (Fantasy).
  • “A Cry in the Night,” forthcoming TBD. World of Darkness: Ghosthunters (final title TBD).
  • “The Letter of Marque” reprinted on Curious Fictions. August, 2018. (Historical)
  • “Faceless” and “Firebird” reprinted in the OutWrite 2018 Journal, Issue 1. August, 2018 (Fantasy).
  • “The Mask and the Amontillado,” Tales of the Unanticipated #32, edited by Eric Heideman, July, 2018. (Horror)
  • “One Night in Saint Martin,” March, 2018. Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast, edited by Heather Rose Jones. (Historical)
  • And had an excerpt from Silver Moon in D.C.'s Metro Weekly

Emily (Other Me) had 4 stories published this year - I also helped raise money for Rainbow Railroad, The Aliveness Project and SAGE: Advocating for LGBT Seniors, donated book packages to Con or Bust and Sirens, and volunteered for my second year in a row as a member of the Community Review Board at PFund Foundation. Wow! I did more than I thought I had! Plus more fun stuff in progress, of course. Big shoutout to all the venues that hosted me, the Press and colleagues, all the other writers who tabled with or did appearances with me, to my wife Jana for helping out and splitting a table at the MN Women's Festival, to my authors, cover artists, copy editor, book designer, videographer and web guru (not all the same person!), to the folks who interviewed me, bought books, reviewed my work, the folks who boosted the signal and recommended books to others, folks who helped with marketing and to my friends who were there for me this year - thank you all very much!

Now for a brief respite, then on to 2019!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Happy holiday and book sales!

 Wishing all of you celebrating a Merry Christmas! And everyone else a happy Tuesday!

ALL of my books are on sale at Smashwords this week - 12/25-1/1/19.
My erotica collection, Desire, is on sale at the I Heart Lesfic Mega Sale from 12/26-12/30.




Saturday, December 22, 2018

New podcast!

‪Ooh! Check out this reading of my story "An Incident in Whitechapel" from my erotic short story collection, KNIFE'S EDGE, on the terrific Nobilis Erotica Podcast!

Monday, December 17, 2018

DESIRE makes a year's best list!

Reviewer and author Terrance Aldon Shaw included my erotica collection, Desire, on Big Brain Erotica's Best of 2018 list! Regular readers may recall that he also included my story "Toads, Diamonds and the Occasional Pearl" from Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms in his Best of 2017 list. I am thrilled and happy to make the list two years running!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

New guest blog post for BLE v. 3

My guest blog post for Best Lesbian Erotica v. 3 is up at editor Sacchi  Green's blog today! "Rainbow's End" is about queer bookstores and cute Goth girls and chance meetings that turn into something more. Check it out!