Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Today's blog post

Today's blog post is up at Silence in the Library Publishing...

guest post at SitL Publishing

I talk about the most common questions I get asked at cons!

And if you haven't pledged, take a look at our kickstarter

We've got tons of great additions for backers at $5 and more!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Some cool stuff regarding Athena's Daughters

Wow!  In one day, we are less than $1000 from the original publishing goal (and therefore much closer to reaching my stretch goal!  Thank you so much to everyone who has backed us so far!

I wanted to go ahead and share some story summaries, links to previews and blog posts from some of the authors.

Danielle Ackley- McPhail: Looking Back - If necessity is the mother of invention, then desperation is its sire. Lady Clara is left with stewardship of her lost cousin's inheritance and the uncertainty of her own fate. She employs the dubious assistance of an American inventor to find her cousin before all is lost, only neither could have anticipated the unique nature of their...success.
Preview Looking Back
Daniell's blog post.

Maggie Allen:  Lunar Camp - Having to spend her summer break at Camp on the Moon is more (and in some ways less) than thirteen-year-old, botany-loving Bee bargained for.
Preview Lunar Camp
Maggie talks on the Silence in the Library Blog.

Conley Lyons: Oh, Sisters, Let’s Go Down to the River - Mary Walker thought there weren't nothing scarier than cleaning out the inside of the family well. But she didn't ever count on hearing voices while she worked.
Conley Lyon's blog talks about it as well.

Gail Z Martin: Retribution - A vintage silver hip flask and a Roaring Twenties-era poker set spell trouble for Cassidy Kincaide when old ghosts turn murderous.  Cassidy runs Trifles and Folly, an antique and curio shop in historic, haunted Charleston, SC that has a secret mission: to get dangerous magical objects off the market. Can Cassidy discover what ties the tragic history of an abandoned hotel to the maliciously haunted objects before more people die?
Gail's blog talks about the project.
Preview Retribution

Jean Rabe: Visage - When Peaches' father goes missing along the Amazon River, she hires a guide to search for him. Instead, Peaches uncovers a grisly secret that stretches back centuries.

Sherwood Smith: Commando Bats - Commando Bats: what happens when old women get powers.
Sherwood talks about the project on her blog.

Janine Spendlove: Millie - What happens when a modern day military pilot, Major Sara Colón, meets a time traveling aviatrix?
Preview Millie

Vicki Steger-Johnson:  Burly and Cavendish Blend - It looks as though archaeologist, Abigail Watts, obsession with ancient artifacts will lead to her demise, when she and her cousin, Dawson Willoughby, are left to die in an abandoned Egyptian tomb.

DL Stever: Vernon’s Angel - Gentle Vernon's desire to become popular with the tough high school basketball team is only in his dreams.  When help comes in a most surprising way Vernon's life changes for the better.

C. A. Verstraete: The Songbird's Search - Marietta was plain-looking, but she had a voice the men found irresistible. Now with time ticking, she hoped to find just one who would appreciate her true, inner beauty.

Jean Marie Ward: The Gap in the Fence - A ten-year-old girl will do anything to save her best friend's dog from being put down--even bargain with the fairies who live behind "The Gap in the Fence."
Jean Marie talks about it on her blog.
Preview The Gap in the Fence

Fellow stretch goal author, Tricia Barr, talks about the Kickstarter on her blog.
Fellow stretch goal author, Tanya Spackman, posted a preview of her story.

There's a discussion group over at Goodreads for interested folks.  Ask Athena's Daughters

And of course, here's the link to the Kickstarter in case you haven't pledged yet. :)


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Athena's Daughters Kickstarter Launches!!

I get to be a stretch goal!!!

I've partnered with Silence in the Library Publishing, Kickstarter, and a host of renowned authors including names like Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Jean Rabe, Janine K. Spendlove , and many others in a new Kickstarter project titled Athena's Daughters.

Athena’s Daughters is a collection of short fiction from some of the best female science fiction and fantasy authors in the industry. This anthology features stories written by women about women. We are also incredibly excited to have an introduction to the anthology by retired astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Pam Melroy.

If the Kickstarter reaches the goal of $17,500, I, along with new author Tricia Barr, get to add stories to the anthology. If it reaches $18,000, every backer at $5 and up will receive a free digital download of my short story "Fires within the Blank Page."

Additionally, my fellow authors and I, and the staff at Silence in the Library Publishing believe that any good project should contribute something to improving the human community. In keeping with that goal, a portion of every book sold will go to RAINN. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

This is only a small portion of what is waiting for you when you visit the Athena's Daughters Kickstarter project page. Please join us and become a part of the Athena's Daughter's journey by visiting and contributing today!
Also, keep an eye on this space as I'll share more information about the stories and the authors as I get it!