Booksmugglers Hugo packet

So I meant to reblog this a while ago, but I’m only just getting around to it. My lovely publishers, the Booksmugglers, are Hugo finalists in the category Best Semiprozine! Hooray, applause, yay! I just want to congratulate them here, wish them lots of luck, and share their Hugo packet. That is all 🙂

As you may have heard, The Book Smugglers are finalists for this year’s Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention–aka Worldcon–which is also responsible for administering them each year. This year’s award ceremony will be held in Helsinki, Finland,…

via Hugo Voter Packet 2017 — The Book Smugglers

Happy nine years to the booksmugglers

My lovely publishers turned nine recently – a very happy birthday to them! The shared post includes quite a few exciting announcements (and I am so looking forward to seeing what they publish this year – it all looks amazing), including an anthology of the Superhero stories! You can now get all five (including my story The Life and Times of Angel Evans) in one awesome anthology for $4.99 as epub and mobi. And for those of you who struggle with screens, I have heard that it will be out in paper edition at some point this year (date to be confirmed). Happy reading one and all!

HAPPY SMUGGLIVUS, EVERYONE! As part of our Smugglivus Celebrations, we took a retrospective look at 2016 yesterday. Today, as we turn 9 (NINE!), we look forward to 2017–and make a few exciting announcements! ALL THE PLANS FOR 2017 Gods and Monsters! 2017 is the year of Gods and Monsters! Like Subversive Fairytales, First Contact and…

via The Book Smugglers Present 2017 — The Book Smugglers

Guest post on the Booksmugglers Smugglivus

I was lucky enough to be invited to join in with Smugglivus – here is my guest post 🙂

Welcome to Smugglivus 2016! Throughout this month, we will have guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2016, looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2017, and more. On the last day of Smugglivus, our guest is Meredith Debonnaire, writer and reviewer, author of The Life and…

via Six Things That Made Me Happy in 2016 with Meredith Debonnaire — The Book Smugglers

And she’s back!

Hello! how lovely to see you all again! How are you? Spiffing! etc etc etc

You may have noticed my absence, you may not have. As I am not fantastic at this whole blogging thing anyway, I won’t be at all offended if you didn’t. I was once again hijacked by LIFE, which got so busy that I forgot all about the existence of this lovely little bloggage.

So, here is a speedy update of what I’ve been up to:

Writing: two very exciting short stories, one high fantasy, one almost-high-but-not-really fantasy. A series of poems about a year in my life… I may never show that to anyone ever, I’m not sure at this point.

Editing: The Life and Times of Angel Evans, which will be published by the BookSmugglers in September, and let me just take a moment to be extremely excited about the cover art. ^.^ It is sooooooo gorgeous and I can’t wait until you all get to see it (I am buying the original – I intend to frame it and put it on my wall and spend hours admiring it because the artist is a genius). I’m a bit more scared about people reading my story, but hopefully most of you will enjoy it – it has magic, strange romance and the end of world (possibly)…

On the backburner: oh wow, so many things here…. Superheroes and sci-fi and giants, oh my!

Recently read: Now this is a looong list, but let’s just go for it. In no particular order we have:

  • The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
  • The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips (re-read)(SOOOOOO FUNNY)
  • Love & Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley and M Goodwin
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Powell
  • British Fairy Tales by Alan Garner (research)
  • The Wicked and the Divine big pretty doorstop edition by Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson and Cowles (why? Why did I do that to myself? My poor poor heart)
  • Kaleidoscope edited by Alicia Krasnostein and Julia Rios (re-read)
  • How to Piss Off a Failed Super Soldier by John Chu (part of the BookSmugglers Summer of Superheroes, well worth a read people and you can read it for free, visit this link )
  • ODY C: Off to Far Ithicaa by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (re-read)
  • The City and The City by China MiĂ©ville
  • Raising Steam and The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (I cried)
  • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (re-read)

Current reading: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (at least the fifth re-read), The Disappearing Dictionary by David Crystal and If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie, The Secret of Laughter by Shusha Guppy.

Given up on reading for now because I am too damn scared: Perdido Street Station by China MiĂ©ville…. I want to read this so much – I love the language and the world building and the intriguing intriguing story. However, it is also scarily as if China MiĂ©ville has a list of everything that triggers me and makes me lie awake at night and has put it in this book, using the kind of language that makes me want to keep reading. Nightmare fodder, but in the best way.

Humming and Hawing about: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (do I have to tell you who the author is?). I sort of want to, for the sake of completion. But then again, I thought it was over. I was okay with it being over. I’ve had ten years worth of fan conspiracies and theories and fanfiction and making my peace (or not)(more pretending it never happened if I’m honest) with the epilogue. I mean, I will eventually end up buying it because I hate having incomplete collections, but I’m not actually very excited. I’d like to go see it at the theatre, but alas I am not made of money so that’s unlikely.

On the note of Harry Potter, you may remember that me and my partner-in-crime were re-reading this with the genders all flipped. Again, this is something that has gone on hold because of LIFE, but if we start it up again I’ll update you on our thoughts about it. (I want to carry on because I am very excited about gender-swapped Voldemort).

Also, Star War: the Force Awakens! I know it was ages ago, but I am still swooning.

Hopefully, I’ll get some reviews up soon. If you look at any of those recently read titles and think ‘oh yeah, I’d love to read a review of that’ then leave me a comment and I’ll at least attempt to write one. Otherwise I’m just going to review whatever takes my fancy, whenever I have time.

And finally, enjoy this picture of me in the dress that I bought with some of the money from The Life and Times of Angel Evans – it is definitely the best dress that I own.

Meredith Debonnaire - fancy dress

Singing along to ‘Shia LaBeouf’ by Rob Cantor – if you do not know this song go and look it up now. I mean now. Right now. The live version.

Ciao for now!