Last year, Upper Rubber Boot Books ran a Kickstarter for an anthology of solarpunk stories, and backers (like me!) got to see the cover art before the rest of the world. If you saw my announcement last Monday, you'll understand that I have a very strong interest in this emerging science fiction subgenre.
There's a lot of discussion about what solarpunk is or isn't, but the truth is there just hasn't been enough written to set the tropes and expectations yet. Some of what has been called "climate fiction" could be called solarpunk as well, if it presents an optimistic view of the future (which much of it does not). How do Sunvault editors Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland define solarpunk? Here's from the Sunvault website:
Solarpunk follows in the tradition of steampunk and cyberpunk as the embodiment of a counterculture ideology: innovating a way of life that is better for the present and ultimately better for the future. Concepts like clean energy and sustainability are integral to solarpunk as they are outlets for societal reform. The fight for positive change is where -punk comes into play.
Sunvault will contain stories by Jaymee Goh, Lev Mirov, Kristine Ong Muslim, Daniel José Older, Nisi Shawl, Bogi Takács, Lavie Tidhar, A.C. Wise, and a whole bunch of others.
Ready to see the cover? Here it is:
The first cover reveal I hosted on my blog last summer was for Randi Perrin's debut novel, Virtue of Death, a paranormal romance about a woman who runs a successful bakery by day and is an angel of death by night (and the handsome food critic she gets tangled up with, of course). Now, I'm pleased to hear the second novel in the Earthbound Angels series will be landing February 4, 2017. The protagonist of Promises of Virtue is Cheryl, the snarky best friend from the first book, so it's sure to be amazing.
Ready for the cover?
Love has never been Cheryl Brigham’s plan. She’s not cut out for second dates, relationships, or happily ever afters.
This cover, while equally as gorgeous as the first one, has less of a paranormal feel than the first one, as does the description. Still, we know Cheryl is an angel, and who can resist a Paris-based love story? That castle in the background is beautiful.
The ebook of Promises of Virtue is available for pre-order now, and the paperback will be available in February. It's book two in the Earthbound Angels series, and I've heard Randi talk about being hard at work on the third book. I know I plan to collect all three.
About the Author
Randi Perrin has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).
She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children—all of which think they are people too.
A pop-culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.
Today, I'm excited to participate in the cover reveal for Julia Ember's new YA Fantasy TIGER'S WATCH, coming August 2017 from Harmony Ink Press. I'm totally bummed that this is a full year away from being on my shelf, because it sounds amazing. Julia Ember is one of the amazing authors who has really heeded the call of "We Need Diverse Books" by writing compelling and beautiful fantasy with LGBT+ characters in settings that draw from cultural sources other than Medieval Europe. If you haven't picked up her first novel UNICORN TRACKS yet, I highly recommend it.
Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as an inhabiter, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But when the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.
About the Author
Originally from the Windy City, Julia Ember now resides in Sunny Scotland where she learned to enjoy both haggis and black pudding. She spends her days working as a professional Book Nerd for a large book distribution firm, and her nights writing YA Romantic Fantasy novels.
A world traveler since childhood, Julia has now visited over 60 countries. Her travels inspire the fictional worlds she writes about and she populates those worlds with magic and monsters.
Find her online at julia-ember.com or @jules_chronicle.
The anthology STARWARD TALES is now available, featuring my science fiction Cassandra retelling, "As Dust Rolls Toward the Mountains." STARWARD TALES is a collection of short stories, poems, and visual art retelling legends, myths, and fairy tales as science fiction, published by Manawaker Studio.
Below is an excerpt of my story, "As Dust Rolls Toward the Mountains." This story was originally published in Kasma SF Magazine in April 2014, and I'm thrilled that editor CB Droege thought it was a good fit to reprint in STARWARD TALES. It will be a real treat to receive the physical copy of this book (though of course, it's also available in ebook). Apparently there will also be an audiobook version? I'll post about that when more details are available.
Cassie went blind the day before the asteroid struck. There had been no warnings from NASA or the White House, just as Cassie's loss of sight had not been foreshadowed by blurriness or headaches. Once blind, though, Cassie warned our mountain town about the asteroid. No one believed her, of course.
If you pick up a copy of STARWARD TALES, please leave an honest review! Books without reviews tend to sink into Amazon's black holes. Help keep this one sailing through space?
Title: Virtue of Death
Series: Earthbound Angels #1
Author: Randi Perrin
Release Date: August 20, 2016
Presented By: Itsy Bitsy Book BitsSynopsis: At eighteen, Sera Moore chose to go to culinary school while a higher power selected her to become an angel, specifically, an angel of death. Now, twelve years later, Sera’s a successful baker during the day and performs her angelic duties at night. The only thing missing in her life is a man, but the last thing she wants is to fall head over wings in love. It seems her relationships are unable to survive once she reveals her nighttime activities, so it’s easier to not even bother. But when a tenacious food critic won't take a hint, can Sera lower her wings long enough to risk her heart one more time? Author Bio: Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer). She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children (all of which think they are people, too). A pop culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.
One of the things I wanted to do with this blog is provide a platform for cover reveals and book announcements for other writers I know—especially debut authors. So if we've interacted either in real life or through social media, and you have a speculative fiction book coming out soon, please hit me up and let me help you out.
I'm thrilled to have Randi Perrin's VIRTUE OF DEATH as my first cover reveal. Due out August 20th, this will be the first (of hopefully many) in her Earthbound Angels series from romance press Hot Tree Publishing. I haven't read it yet, but I will definitely be picking up a copy, and probably in paperback, because just look at this gorgeous wrap!
The color scheme of this cover is what catches my attention, and the way that beautiful blue is echoed in Sera's eyes and necklace, but what really intrigues me is the ethereal nature of the angel wing. You can almost miss it if you don't look closely enough. I'm guessing that's entirely intentional, though, since this is the type of contemporary fantasy where supernatural creatures are still hidden from mainstream society. And I have heard Randi insist, "My angels don't have feathers!" So that wing makes me very curious.
I haven't read enough paranormal romance to really know the best comparisons, but I'm guessing if you enjoyed FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT by Darynda Jones or GRAVE WITCH by Kalayna Price, you're going to fall in love with VIRTUE OF DEATH.
Want more hints about the story? Check out the book trailer below, and follow Randi Perrin on Facebook for periodic teasers (and frequent pictures of hot men).