The Shop is Back!

I’ve finally gotten enough of the crazed cats to run in a sufficiently straight-ish line to where I am rebooting The Shop. I’m still adding inventory as I have time and energy, and I’m still kicking dust off the edges and making things pretty, but there’s enough there to be going on with for now. Please take a look, let me know what you think, and definitely alert me to any glitches!

Thanks for your help and your support! This is where it gets FUN again!

It’s Winter, Which Means…

…Winter is PRIME READING TIME. There’s just nothing better than sitting in a comfy chair with a cup of hot chocolate and a great book. We can’t help you with the first two, but we DO have a FANTASTIC selection of books. Want to get away from politics and escape into a world of cozy mystery? Pick up Angela P Wade‘s Edward Red Mage series. Want something grittier and more surreal? Dive into Cassandra Khaw’s worlds. How about YA targeted magical surrealism? Frances Hardinge has that category nailed. We could go on, but really, the best choice here is to take a look through our Pack Page for recommendations.

And if you are looking to dive into political or historical works, we have suggestions there too: Ijeoma Oluo, Kelley Fanto Deetz, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (academic/scholarly work), and Imani Gandy, for a start.

What are you waiting for? Go order your stack of reading joys now! Or, you could go to Retro Daddio and buy something from our table there. There’s also AtomaCon 2018 coming up, as we may have mentioned once or twice by this point. We’ll be there with books to sell! In any case, start loading up your TBR stack for those cold days when staying home with a book is just the ticket.

 

Upcoming Stuff!

We’re stretching our legs after a bit of a social-withdrawal nap; Stuff’s Been Going On, you know how it goes. But it’s time to look ahead to the last convention we’ll be appearing at this year: AtomaCon of SouthCarolina! The Scribbling Lion will have a table there, and Leona R Wisoker will be on panels. Other folks to see while at the convention include Gail Z Martin (always an excellent panelist!), John Hartness (I’m considering starting a betting pool on what color his hair will be this time!), Gray Rinehart (definitely go listen to his music performances!), Misty Massey (whose books are on our shortlist of “we want to sell these!”), Nicole Kurtz (also an amazing panelist!), Darin Kennedy (whose work is not on our table ONLY because he’s got his own this time around),  and SO many others. Note that we didn’t mention their writing talents, because, HEY, of course they’re fantastic or we wouldn’t be calling them out by name. They’re all very, very good panelists who truly love meeting their fans and fellow geeks.

The staff at Atomacon are some of the best folks we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, from the standpoint of being a vendor and a panelist. This convention really ought to be on your To Do list this year, if it’s not already. Go follow the convention Facebook page for the latest updates!

It’s Cookin’!

*kicks door open*

*takes a deep breath*

LET’S GET COOKING!

In just a few days, Feeding The Muse: Recipes For Authors, Recipes By Authors will launch, and I’m mad-squirrelly with excitement. It’s been a long road and a strange one, but the result is incredible: a collection of recipes from nine different authors, each with their own voice and opinion, techniques and priorities. Allen L Wold talks about the role family and travel have had in developing his recipes. Jonah Knight offers tips on managing a healthy breakfast in a hurry. Steven Savage lines up tidy step by step instructions. Then there’s the more “eh, about yay” approach from Leona R Wisoker and Edward Morris. Gail Martin offers up a recipe that would fit just fine into her Deadly Curiosities series. Elektra Hammond’s entry showcases her usual precision and passion. Danny Birt’s recipes are … well, they’re very Danny Birt, is all we can say, and we love them all. Malcolm Gin rounds out the collection with a taste of Hapa Home Cooking.

The recipes range from vegan to completely omnivorous, from simple to complex, from comfort food to something you can throw together in a hotel while at a convention (without stinking out your roomates, even!).  Feeding The Muse is only going to be available in ebook form at this time.

Official release date is July 31. The price is currently set at $1.99; we have no plans to change that for at least a month, but it may go up slightly in October. So grab your copy now, and get ready to enjoy the eclectic kitchen wisdom of the Nine Writers!

Cookbook Progress!

I haven’t been shouting about it yet, but those folks in the know have been asking about when Feeding The Muse: Recipes For Authors, Recipes By Authors, is going to launch. I’m delighted to report that the last few learning curves have been rounded, and the last few wrinkles are being ironed out. IN OTHER WORDS, my ever-shifting deadline (remember, Those Who Knew, I’d originally planned this for January? HAH.) — is growing roots. I’m not going to tempt Fate (I’ve already irritated the Muses, and god help me if I annoy Fate one more time!) by setting out a hard date, but I’ll lean in and whisper: very soon now. Very, very soon.

Here’s the cover art. I can give you that much. And a few snips of what’s inside. I’M SO EXCITED by the way, this is a FUN collection!

Stay tuned for updates. Soon. Sooooooooooon.

 

 

Inventory Update

Our inventory for the next three months should remain stable, unless we sell out of something (which we would, of course, LOVE to do!).  Please check the Amazon listing for the most up to date information, as this page will be the last place to update stock quantity. Here’s the current list, with blurbs and buy links:


The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke BolanderTHE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING, Brooke Bolander

“…a heart-wrenching alternative history … that imagines an intersection between the Radium Girls and noble, sentient elephants.”

If you haven’t read about the Radium Girls, by the way, here’s another book for you.

5 copies remaining in inventory as of 5/21/18


Sha'Daa: PAWNSSha’Daa: PAWNS and INKED

“The mother of all apocalypses, The Sha’Daa, is back and more terrifying than ever as multiple portals to horrifying hell dimensions open all across the Earth, but there is still hope….”

In PAWNS, each story is told from the point of view of the demons as they try to breach the dimension between dimensions and bring the hordes of Hell to Earth. Obviously they fail … but how? And at what cost to the survivors?

In INKED, each story centers around a magical tattoo, and takes place within a sharply limited time frame and range of locations. The fun, as always, is in seeing how each author spins the constraints and requirements into a galloping fun story.

2 copies of each remaining in stock as of 5/21/18


Dress Like A WomanDress Like A Woman, Vanessa Friedman

A woman can be a firefighter, surgeon, astronaut, military officer, athlete, judge, and scientist. So what does it mean to dress like a woman? Dress Like a Woman turns that question on its head by sharing a myriad of interpretations across history. The book includes more than 240 incredible photographs that illustrate how women’s roles have changed over the last century.”

This book really hit me in the gut at times, with a deep sense of pride in being part of a long history of fighters. The photographs really are that stunning.

1 copy remaining as of 5/21/18


So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma OluoSo You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

“… a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word.”

 

4 copies remaining as of 5/21/18


Cloak of Obscurity, Angela P WadeCloak of Obscurity, Angela P Wade

“Young wizard-for-hire Edward Red Mage was no hero, and he certainly didn’t consider himself an instrument of Divine Justice–until he was called upon to save the life of one of his best friends.”

4 copies remaining as of 5/21//18

Queen Isabeau's Book, Angela P WadeQueen Isabeau’s Book, Angela P Wade

“All wizard-for-hire Edward Red Mage really wants is to tell fortunes and cast spells for the lower classes of Belcamp-a-Lyr. But when an attempt is made on the life of the King’s Royal Wizard, Edward has to take his place. Can a common-born wizard protect a Queen from a conspiracy against the throne? And can he avoid the advances of a beautiful, but possibly murderous, circus performer?”

7 copies remaining as of 5/21/18

The Mermaid and the Monster, Angela P WadeThe Mermaid and the Monster, Angela P Wade

“When someone, or something, leaves a trail of headless corpses around Belcamp, Edward Red Mage finds himself investigating some of the lowest and most depraved places and people of his career. He traces the deaths to one seedy tavern . . . but is blocked from further investigation for fear of creating a scandal. Meanwhile, his childhood flame, Elizabeth Fuller, is back in town. She’s as attractive as ever, and seems to be attracted to him. The only catch? She’s married. With a serial killer stalking the city, and a worldly woman stalking Edward, what could possibly go wrong?”

5 copies remaining as of 5/21/18


The Wizard of Macatawa, Tom DoyleThe Wizard of Macatawa, Tom Doyle

“…this collection contains a mix of fantasy and science fiction short stories, twelve in all, including “While Ireland Holds These Graves” which earned Doyle a win with Writers of the Future.”

2 copies remaining as of 5/21/18


Going Through The Change, Samantha BryantGoing Through The Change, Samantha Bryant

“Going through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated—super-heroic changes.”

2 copies left as of 5/21/18

Change of Life, Samantha BryantChange of Life, Samantha Bryant

“With great power comes…great frustration. Several months after the events of Going Through the Change, retired corporate vice president (and occasional lizard-woman) Patricia O’Neill is embroiled in a search for the mad scientist who brought the “change” upon them all. Meanwhile, Flygirl Jessica Roark and gender-bending strongman Linda/Leonel Alvarez have joined a mysterious covert agency known only as The Department. They’re training hard, in hopes of using their newfound powers for the greater good. Patricia thinks they’re being used….”

3 copies left as of 5/21/18

Face The Change, Samantha BryantFace The Change, Samantha Bryant

“The Menopausal Superheroes are coming out of the closet and the pressure is high, on the job and on the homefront.”

5 copies left as of 5/21/18


The Lie Tree, Frances HardingeThe Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge

“Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy—a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered…”

1 copy left as of 5/21/18

A Skinful of Shadows, Frances HardingeA Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge

“…a dark YA historical fantasy set in the early part of the English Civil War. Makepeace is an illegitimate daughter of the aristocratic Fellmotte family, and as such, she shares their unique hereditary gift: the capacity to be possessed by ghosts. Reluctant to accept her appointed destiny as vessel for a coterie of her ancestors, she escapes. As she flees the pursuing Fellmottes across war-torn England, she accumulates a motley crew of her own allies, including outcasts, misfits, criminals, and one extremely angry dead bear.”

4 copies left as of 5/21/18


Secrets of the Sands, Leona R WisokerSecrets of the Sands, Leona R Wisoker

When Cafad Scratha was a child, someone murdered his entire family. People have questioned his sanity ever since. As the last Scratha, he’s dedicated his life to catching the murderers. Now a desert lord, one of the mysterious elite of the southlands, he stands above every mundane political imperative and rule of courtesy—or so it seems until the king of the northlands tries to bring Scratha to heel.

7 copies left as of 5/21/18

Guardians of the Desert, Leona R WisokerGuardians of the Desert, Leona R Wisoker

Not long ago, Alyea Peysimun was a shallow young noblewoman maneuvering for personal power. Her first attempt at politics proved far more dangerous than she dreamed possible, and nearly ended her life. Now she is a desert lord, one of the powerful, little-understood southern elite. But power changes everything … —including who to call friend and enemy.

Plenty of copies left as of 5/21/18

Fallen City, Leona R WisokerFallen City, Leona R Wisoker

Dekstakheiq (Deiq) is a human-hakrethe crossbreed called a hakrakha. He is worshiped as a demigod, immune to human laws, largely indifferent to human wants and needs. He seeks only to amuse himself — usually by stirring up trouble amongst the humans. But being all-powerful is boring, and spending so much time around the humans has changed Deiq more than he ever expected … much to the displeasure of his hakrethe kin.

Plenty of copies left as of 5/21/18

Bells of the Kingdom, Leona R WisokerBells of the Kingdom, Leona R Wisoker

Ha’reye and humanity have misunderstood one another for over a thousand years–and that may be the only reason humanity still exists….

Plenty of copies left as of 5/21/18

 

Fires of the Desert, Leona R Wisoker

Sometimes, love just gets in the way…

Plenty of copies left as of 5/21/18

 

A Small Price to Pay, Leona R WisokerA Small Price to Pay, Leona R Wisoker

Cuna, an ambitious young woman, breaks with tradition and risks her life to become an assassin-spy, but the cost of her choices is far higher than even she expected.

AVAILABLE IN EBOOK ONLY, AND THROUGH SMASHWORDS.

 

Salt City, Leona R WisokerSalt City, Leona R Wisoker

As the northern kingdom begins its spiral into that dark time later named “The Purge”, Moir’s choices set him on a uniquely perilous road, binding his future to the whim of creatures that were old before humanity was born. He must decide who he serves: Church, King, gods … or something so tenebrous and dangerous that it could well overshadow every one of those entities.

Plenty of copies left as of 5/21/18

Servants of the Sands, Leona R WisokerServants of the Sands, Leona R Wisoker

A ubiquitous southern saying: “Everyone serves, in the end”. Another: “The teyanain are involved, eventually, in everything.” People rarely consider how those two statements overlap….

Plenty of copies left as of 5/21/18


Hammers on Bone by Cassandra KhawHammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw

John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He’s been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad…

3 copies left as of 5/21/18


Los Nefilim, Teresa FrohockLos Nefilim, Teresa Frohock

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of daimonic and angelic descent, is pulled into the ranks of Los Nefilim in order to protect his newly-found son. As an angelic war brews in the numinous realms, and Spain marches closer to civil war, the destiny of two worlds hangs on Diago’s actions. Yet it is the combined fates of his lover, Miquel, and his young son, Rafael, that weighs most heavily on his soul.

Lyrical and magical, Los Nefilim explores whether moving towards the light is necessarily the right move, and what it means to live amongst the shadows.

2 copies left as of 5/21/18


Erfworld book 1, Rob BalderErfworld, Rob Balder

The Battle for Gobwin Knob tells the story of obsessive strategy gamer Parson Gotti, who is magically summoned into a gamelike fantasy universe and forced to command an army in an all-too-real war. This is the first book in the long-running online graphic novel “Erfworld.”

2 copies left as of 5/21/18


Cats In Space, AnthologyCats In Space, Anthology

Seven stories about cats. In space. What else is there to say, really?

1 copy left as of 5/21/18


Shut Up And Eat 2, Angela PritchettShut Up And Eat 2, Angela Pritchett

Take a culinary adventure in the TARDIS with Shut Up and Eat Vol. 2! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Nine, Ready to Dine Cookbook. Explore each new episode from series nine with a full meal and relive the action and adventure right along with the Doctor, Clara, Osgood and others! Enjoy dishes like Missy’s Java Jump, Mini Zygon Gummies, The Osgood Box Mac n Cheese and many many more!

2 copies left as of 5/21/18


That’s all we have right now — but we have a list of books to add in as these sell out, so keep an eye on our Amazon Sales Page, please! And remember — LEAVE REVIEWS. Ask your local library to stock a book you particularly like, if they don’t already. Donate a copy, if you can! Support small bookstores, like, well, us — but also Orielis‘, and Oakley’s, and so many others. Look for the one closest to you! And don’t forget about the fabulous Little Free Libraries popping up everywhere. Those are great places to drop off a copy of your faves and find new titles!

The Only Harmless Great Thing

…will be back in inventory soon. We’ve just placed another order. Since it’s SO damn good, and sold SO well at RavenCon last weekend…  it’s worth restocking. Watch for it to reappear in our Amazon page catalog!

And if you’re interested in reading more work by Brooke Bolander, we’ve also just added a page to our Pack listings for her, with a list of alllll sorts of awesome free fiction you can go read RIGHT NOW.  Here it is.