Gunsmoke & Dragonfire

UPDATE – April 7th, 2019: Now that the proof has been approved, you can snag a paperback copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire from Amazon, too!

UPDATE – March 27th, 2019: Trade paperback and hardcover copies of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire can now be pre-ordered directly from Aradia Publishing!

Gunsmoke & Dragonfire is finally here! It’s a hearty anthology of 25 fantasy Western stories (which dabbles into other speculative genres, like science fiction, post-apocalyptic, and cattlepunk, too). The book’s also a pretty special release for me, since my little tale’s both the first one in the collection and the story behind the cover art.

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The tale, Inheritance, is a brief encounter between a gunslinger and an enchanter, brought together by their late fathers’ past dealings. I wrote it after being inspired by the anthology’s title during its call for submissions, and I’m thrilled that Diane Morrison, Gunsmoke & Dragonfire’s awesome editor, was kind enough to include it in the book. You can snag the ebook on Amazon right now, and paperbacks should be available soon!

Unrealpolitik

JayHenge Publishing‘s latest short story anthology, Unrealpolitik, has officially been released! I’ve been anxiously awaiting its debut for months after having my first deeply political story, Like Clockwork, accepted into its pages. The tale mashes extremist politics and gladiatorial combat together in a fast and furious civicspunk romp.

Like Clockwork means a lot to me. It was more than a story idea; it was an avenue for venting frustration with the ongoing Trumpian dumpster fire (and the system which spawned it) when I first wrote it more than a year ago. It was something I needed to write, and it feels great to finally have it out in the open amidst all the political craziness.

Unrealpolitik is stuffed with 37 stories, all focused on exploring political themes through the lens of speculative fiction. If you want to escape the real world’s constant flurry of headlines and dive into this little trove of fiction, hop on over to Amazon. The anthology’s available in paperback and Kindle editions, so whether you prefer flipping pages or scrolling on a screen, you’ll be able to scratch your readerly itch.

Under Her Wing

It’s been a little while, but I’ve finally got another bit of flash fiction out! It’s Under Her Wing, a little contemporary fantasy tale about an adopted dragon and an abandoned drone. The piece was inspired by this awesome Chris Howard illustration for the October 2018 issue of With Painted Words, an online magazine featuring prose and poetry prompted by different images every month. Check out the tale for yourself here.

Lucent Dreaming Interview

The lovely folks over at Lucent Dreaming (the creative writing magazine which published my magical realism story The Collection in their first issue) kindly reached out and asked if I would do an interview. I was super flattered and excited, so of course I said yes and gave it a whirl. One of their questions also gave me the opportunity to shed some light on a few great resources for short fiction writers to try and find publishers for their work, something which tends to be a huge mystery to fledgling word-wranglers. You can check out the interview here!

Drabbledark

Fans of extreme brevity, rejoice! Drabbledark is nearly out. It’s an anthology of drabbles, stories told in exactly 100 words (excluding the title). There’s 101 stories from 86 writers with a lot of variety; my contribution is post-apocalyptic, but the themes of the pieces run the gamut from monsters and murders to stalkers and summonings. The sole common denominator is, as the title suggests, that the stories within are all quite dark.

Usually I wait until an official publication date to mention anything which includes my work, but Drabbledark’s a bit of a special case. Technically the book releases on the 20th, but the paperback version was made available slightly early to account for shipping times. You can find both with a quick hop over to Amazon.

But wait, there’s more! Drabbledark’s editor, Eric S. Fomley, also recently launched Martian, an online magazine specifically dedicated to publishing science fiction drabbles. I’ve got a tidbit of military scifi coming up over there sometime, too.

Tales of Ruma

Tales of Ruma is finally out! It’s an awesome collection of 17 short stories inspired by the myths and legends of ancient Rome, Ruma (an RPG setting created by the editor, Martin Greening), and Greece. The stories come in all sorts of flavors; you’ll find tales of the gods, telepathic unicorns, giant elemental creatures, and gritty, bloody battles. I’m super honored to have been included alongside a bunch of really spectacular writers.

My story’s a brief battle scene titled From the Pan to the Flames. I wrote it specifically for Martin’s Ruma setting in the hopes of contributing to his fledgling world and was thrilled when he accepted it into the anthology. It was also a really magical experience to see and hold my work in print for the first time–my story in Lucent Dreaming was published first, but my copy of their debut issue took a bit of time to get across the pond.

The book is available in both paperback and Kindle editions via Amazon. You can take a sneak peak at the first story in the book, The Question that Matters by Jody Lynn Nye, thanks to Amazon’s nifty Look Inside feature. If you want to get even more of an idea of what the anthology has to offer, Jonathan Ficke (a fellow Tales of Ruma contributor) did a great rundown of all of the stories over on his website.