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Sample Chapter: Mussorgsky Riddle

Mussorgsky RiddleI know you’ve all been waaaaaiiiiiiting on this, and here it is: a sample chapter of the book I’ve been frothing about so enthusiastically of late! It’s no longer for sale through TSL, but that’s okay–visit the Curiosity Quills Press page, or other places, like Amazon, to pick up this great, GREAT book (and its equally fantastic sequels!). 😀

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Diversity at SFF Conventions: What’s the Point?

A regular offering at most SFF conventions, these days, are panels discussing Diversity–amongst fandom, amongst convention staff, in movies, in books, you name it, there’s an angle for it. Whether we’re discussing handicap, race, or gender, there’s a panel about bringing more of “that” into some aspect of SFF.

There’s been a lot of push back about the trend. Some very nasty things have been said, and folks on both sides of the aisle have been threatened and harassed. A lot of misinformation is going around, a lot of “my friend says this so it must be true”, a lot of admirable but misdirected loyalty leading to exaggerated fights both on and offline.

I’m not in the center here; I’m a white middle class cis-female with no handicaps or illnesses beyond chronic depression and a tendency to get bronchitis in the winter. I’m not the one to talk in this arena. For a more detailed explanation of why I believe that, please check out The Brutal Truth Every White Feminist Needs To Hear“, “I Don’t Discuss Racism With White People“, and “Aph’s Guide To … Moving Over“.

I’m far more interested in finding out what the folks actually affected by this debate have to say. So I started asking around, wanting to dig deeper than the 45 minute “-Ism 101” stuff that is all convention panels can reasonably hope to cover. And I came out with some surprising answers.


I’m still taking answers, so if you want in on this series of posts, please do contact me (lioness at thescribblinglion dot com) and I’ll send you the starter questions. I already have queries out to several other folks, but have not yet received their answers.


The goal here is to provoke discussion, not to push proclamations of what must be done. I’m completely fascinated by the range of answers. I’ve chosen to change the names of all participants, in part to allow them to speak freely and in part to avoid having a reader’s personal knowledge of the speaker influence their responses to the answers provided. It’s hard to call a good friend out on their bullshit, after all, and a few of the responses here will undoubtedly provoke that reaction–again, on both sides of the aisle.

I have my opinions. I’m not afraid to voice them. But this series isn’t about me: it’s about the folks who are actually in the middle of what we’re arguing about. So out of respect, I’ll be keeping my mouth shut as much as possible, and simply encouraging readers to talk it all out. I chose The Scribbling Lion as a platform for these interviews in part for that reason, and in part because TSL aims to be about fandom, conventions, and community.

BE AWARE: I do moderate first-time comments; after that, your comments will go live without moderation. If that gets abused, I’ll put everything under moderation for the duration. IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE submitting your comments due to unexpected blacklisting or other server issues on my end, please contact me directly and I’ll do my best to resolve the problem.

ALSO BE AWARE: I allow open discussion from all angles, but NO personal attacks. You’re welcome to say “I completely disagree and this is why” — you may NOT say “you’re an idiot and I hope you don’t breed”. I will not tolerate insults or mudslinging. Stay on topic and don’t get personal. This can be harder than it sounds. I’ll give out a couple of warnings for near-misses.

Read the first installment of the Diversity Discussion here.


Please read the entire interview page before you look at this next link: if you want to know how each person identifies themselves as far as race/gender/orientation, I have a key here.


 

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Moonlight, Monsters and Mayhem: Gail Z. Martin

Today, I’m honored to turn this space over to award-winning author, damn good writer, promoter, and friend Gail Z Martin, for some yattering about her favorite holiday and what trouble she has bubbling away lately!

Days of the DeadI love Fall. It’s cooler and cozy, perfect for curling up with a hot cup of tea or coffee and a good book. And it’s the time of the year for my second-favorite holiday—Halloween!

What’s not to love? It’s also the season for All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain, and Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

This year, Trick or Treat season has a LOT more treats in store with THREE big events all going on at the same time!

First off, there’s my annual Days of the Dead blog tour, which is bigger and better than ever—so big it has its own blog post just to tell you all about the giveaways, 40 international blog partners and big surprises. There’s something for everyone plus reveals of the covers for Vendetta, the new Deadly Curiosities novel; No Reprieve, the new Blaine McFadden short story: Spook House, the new Deadly Curiosities short story with a Halloween theme; Arctic Prison, the first in a new series of Blaine McFadden novellas set in the Ascendant Kingdoms world and more! You won’t want to miss a thing—including a TON of links to excerpts from my books/stories/anthologies and a SLEW of my author friends! Go to www.AscendantKingdoms.com to get the details!

Then there’s the Full Moon Blog Tour, where I’m one of 25 bloggers with October-fantastic musings and a NEW set of giveaways. All of the authors are members of Broad Universe, which promotes women writing speculative fiction. Of course, the blog tour and three big book giveaways are open to everyone—you don’t have to be a member or female to enjoy or win! Details here.

And there’s even MORE! I’m one of 11 bestselling authors who are offering you a chance to get The Swaggiest Swag for free! All you have to do is send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (ok, it’ll cost you a stamp and an envelope) to get cool bookmarks, postcards, book swag and neat-o stuff from folks like Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, Laura Anne Gilman, Darynda Jones, Christina Henry, Stuart Jaffe, John Hartness—and me! You can find out more about it here, but hurry—this Swaggy offer turns into a pumpkin and goes away on 11/1.

DeadlyCuriositiesSo stay tuned to my Winter Kingdoms Facebook page, the AscendantKingdoms.com web site, my DisquietingVisions.com blog. Best of all, join my Chronicles newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any of the October-awesomeness because I’ll be posting new stuff throughout the tour!

My Days of the Dead blog tour runs through October 31 with never-before-seen cover art, brand new excerpts from upcoming books and recent short stories, interviews, guest blog posts, giveaways and more!

Plus, I’ll be including extra excerpt links for my stories and for books by author friends of mine. You’ve got to visit the participating sites to get the goodies, just like Trick or Treat! Details here.

Book swag is the new Trick-or-Treat! Grab your envelope of book swag awesomeness from me & 10 authors  before 11/1!

DEADLY CURIOSITIES-VENDETTATrick or Treat! Excerpt from my new urban fantasy novel Vendetta, set in my Deadly Curiosities world here.

(Vendetta Officially Launches Dec. 29)

More Treats!

Enter to win a copy of Deadly Curiosities!

Enter to win a copy of Iron & Blood!

Treats Not Tricks!

Here’s an excerpt from Unsung Nellie Bly

More Halloween goodies!

An excerpt from Pony Express

Halloween loot! Read an excerpt from Wicked Dreams, another one of my Deadly Curiosities stories!


Gail Z Martin

About the Author

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the upcoming novel Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Dec. 2015, Solaris Books) as well as the epic fantasy novel Shadow and Flame (March, 2016 Orbit Books) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga. Shadowed Path, an anthology of Jonmarc Vahanian short stories set in the world of The Summoner, debuts from Solaris books in June, 2016.

Other books include The Jake Desmet Adventures, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin, as well as Ice Forged, Reign of Ash and War of Shadows in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, Dark Lady’s Chosen) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn, The Dread) from Orbit Books and the urban fantasy novel Deadly Curiosities from Solaris Books.

I&B final coverGail writes four series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, The Deadly Curiosities Adventures, The King’s Convicts series, and together with Larry N. Martin, The Storm and Fury Adventures. Her work has appeared in over 20 US/UK anthologies. Newest anthologies include: The Big Bad 2, Athena’s Daughters, Realms of Imagination, Heroes, With Great Power, and (co-authored with Larry N. Martin) Space, Contact Light, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens.


ABOUT BROAD UNIVERSE

Broad Universe is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror and other speculative genres.

Click on the graphic at left to find out more about the Full Moon Blog Tour, or click here to find out about Broad Universe itself.