PROJECT UPDATE – IF WE HAD KNOWN


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edited by Mike McPhail

Beyond the Cradle of mankind, the universe is vast, unknown,
dangerous to the unwary…or those caught in the path of intrepid explorers proceeding without forethought.

Thirteen authors explore what it is to pioneer the future with tales fraught with danger and remorse, tempered with hope, luck, and serendipity. We face the monsters. We face the truth. We face ourselves.

Whether the frontier is that of science or space, there is no doubt that at some point one must ask …If we had known, would we have followed this course?


Contents

The Necessary Enemy by Ian Randal Strock

The Steady Drone of Silence by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

The Last Man on Earth by Jody Lynn Nye

Chasing the Ball by Peter Prellwitz

The Janus Choice by Jeff Young

Between Scylla and Charybdis by Patrick Thomas

The Star Gazers by James Chambers

Giraffe Children by Robert E. Waters

Good Advice by John L. French

Egg by Christopher M. Hiles

Youth by Judi Fleming

Meeting the Other by Nancy Jane Moore

The Third Heaven by Robert Greenberger

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eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


This has been a quiet week, but congrats go out to G&G author Jody Lynn Nye for her spotlight in the below Steampunk Cavaliers review. Well Done!

G&GRed-Gold Leaf-150As a fan of fairy tales, fantasy, and steampunk, this collection grabbed my attention immediately. […]It was hard to choose a favorite story… Chris Pavesic, Steampunk Cavaliers


proof-front-sister If you want a “feel good” read, you’ll have fun. John McKown, Amazon

 

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – JODY LYNN NYE


eSpec Books interviews Jody Lynn Nye, contributor to The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, currently funding on Kickstarter as a part of the #Make100 campaign.

eSB: What is your idea of a bad-ass faerie?

baf-itselemental_lgJLN: Faeries are tough, because they have to be. They are a part of raw nature, which doesn’t suffer fools or forgive, but at the same time, is entirely impersonal. The fact that faeries have personalities makes it all the more interesting when they intersect with humans. We have all these expectations, of faeries granting wishes, or being a sweet little companion on our travels in the outer wilderness, but what do you do if the faerie in question hasn’t read the story you did?  

eSB: Can you tell us a little about your story, “Fifteen Percent”, that was selected for The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries?

JLN: “Fifteen Percent” is about a writer in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and his muse/agent, a filandiere named Ninette. Marcel isn’t the most conscientious person in the world. In a way, he does live for his art, because when he’s not writing, he’s just not taking care of himself. Ninette makes sure that he works and reaps all the benefits of his work. In exchange, she takes the standard agent’s cut of fifteen percent of the gross. In this case, the fifteen percent means a cut from every part of the creative writing. Filandieres consume filliandrethe energy from creative endeavors. Marcel comes to realize that by her nature she diminishes the very work that she is plugging to New York editors, and resents the hell out of it. On the other hand, what choice does he have? It’s a devil’s bargain. Marcel has access to the mystical side of life, which inspires him to write great things. Ninette feeds from his work.

I had never heard of filandieres before I chose them from the list of spirit faeries, but they sounded so interesting. With a French name, the setting just chose itself. It had to take place in New Orleans and the surrounding environs. In Louisiana, all these creatures exist just beneath the surface of normality. In the city, in the bayou, in every small town, there are legends. Some are benevolent, but most are dark and dangerous. Marcel’s and Ninette’s relationship is one of abusive co-dependence, but I found it touching and funny at the same time.

eSB: What would your fae character’s signature drink be and why?

JLN: Hurricane. Of course. Ninette could ride the real whirlwind if she wanted to.

eSB: What kind of challenges did you find writing for this series?

JLN: Finding any information at all about filandieres. They were unfamiliar to me. Danielle gave me a link to Monstropedia.org, but that was the only location I have found the name, and that website has disappeared.

eSB: What is your first recollection of faeries growing up?

JLN: Probably the same as most American kids: Tinkerbell. I thought she was fascinating. She was so jealous of Peter Pan’s relationship with Wendy, or anyone else who took attention away from her. She was adorable, but she could be downright mean. After that, I found lots of references to faeries in literature and the movies. Pinocchio’s Blue Faerie was a benevolent presence. I loved Cinderella’s Faerie Godmother.

eSB: Do you have any plans to expand your story…or write in the same universe? If so, what more can your readers expect?

JLN: I hadn’t thought about it, but following Marcel, a very ordinary human with an extraordinary imagination and talent, able to trip into mystical surroundings with the help of his faerie agent could be a lot of fun.

eSB: What are some of your own works readers can look for?

Layout 1JLN: My website is www.jodylynnnye.com. I have lots of books. My current series, the Lord Thomas Kinago books from Baen, is like PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster, but in space. Thomas is an over-privileged, wealthy aristocrat with a good heart but far too much imagination and time on his hands. Parsons, his ‘aide-de-camp,’ helps to keep him out of trouble, most of the time.

eSB: What projects of your own do you have coming up?

JLN: In July, the first of my collaborations with Travis Taylor is coming out. Moon Beam is a hard SF novel for young adults. Set on the Moon, it follows six young scientists working on awesome projects, like building a space telescope out of an existing crater. We want to get young people thinking they can become involved in STEM projects.

eSB: How can readers find out more about you? 

JLN: Visit my website, check in with me on social media, or come up and talk to me at conventions.


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Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.  

Since 1987 she has published over 45 books and more than 150 short stories. 

Her newest series is the Lord Thomas Kinago books, beginning with View From the Imperium (Baen Books), a humorous military SF novel. Her newest books are Rhythm of the Imperium, third in the Lord Thomas Kinago series; an e-collection of cat stories, Cats Triumphant! (Event Horizon), Wishing on a Star, part of the Stellar Guild series, with Angelina Adams, (Arc Manor Press) and a collection of holiday stories, A Circle of Celebrations (WordFire Press) , and her novella in the second in the Clan of the Claw series, Tooth and Claw. 

Check out her websites at www.jodynye.com and mythadventures.net. She is on Facebook as Jody Lynn Nye and Twitter @JodyLynnNye.

SOCIAL MEDIA USER IDs

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jodylynn.nye

Twitter – @JodyLynnNye

Goodreads – Jody Lynn Nye

Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/Jody-Lynn-Nye/e/B000AQ0B5I/

NEW KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN – THE BEST OF BAD-ASS FAERIES


Currently, Kickstarter is running a promotional campaign Make/100. As a part of that campaign, creators launch a project that includes a limited edition, 100-Backer reward.

eSpec is taking this opportunity to launch a project that is near and dear to my heart, a Best of Bad-Ass Faeries anthology commemorating a decade of this award-winning anthology series that has shocked and delighted readers through four epic volumes. The series is out of print, but we will bring you the highlights of its glory. <grin>

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The stories selected for inclusion, based on fan and reviewer response, are as follows:

Bad-Ass Faeries  

  • Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano – The Ballad of the Seven-Up Sprite  
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido – House Arrest
  • Adam P. Knave – Futuristic Cybernetic Faerie Assassin Hassballah  
  • Jesse Harris – Hidden in the Folds  

Just Plain Bad  

  • James Chambers – Way of the Bone  
  • CJ Henderson – Do You Believe?  
  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail – Within the Guardian Bell  
  • John Passarella – Twilight Crossing  
  • Jeffrey Lyman- Grimm Necessity  
  • Bernie Mojzes – Moonshine

In All Their Glory  

  • L. Jagi Lamplighter – A Not-So-Silent Night  
  • John L. French – So Many Deaths  
  • James Daniel Ross – The Natural-Born Spy  
  • Robert E. Waters – At The Grasshopper’s Hill  
  • Kelly A. Harmon – Selkskin Deep  

It’s Elemental  

  • DL Thurston – The Face of the Serpent  
  • Patrick Thomas – Looking a Gift Horse  
  • Jody Lynn Nye – Fifteen Percent  
  • Lee C. Hillman – Bad Blood  
  • NR Brown – Melia’s Best Wave

We hope you will help us celebrate these great authors!

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER – 2016 RECAP


This has been an interesting year for us at eSpec Books, in every connotation of the word.

We have held three successful Kickstarters, funding a total of seven books, we have released ten titles in print and/or ebook this year, and we have become self-employeed…but not salaried. 

Our Best Sellers for the year were:

Print

  1. The Weird Wild West
  2. Gaslight & Grimm
  3. Best of Defending the Future
  4. POST
  5. Dogs of War – Reissued / In the Lamplight (tie)

eBook

  1. The Weird Wild West
  2. Gaslight & Grimm
  3. Best of Defending the Future
  4. Dogs of War – Reissue
  5. In the Lamplight

We have signed books with award-winning, bestselling authors  Jack Campbell, Brenda Cooper, Bud Sparhawk, and David Sherman, and have brought on some exciting newcomers in our anthology projects.

At Balticon we connected with old friends, had a fire alarm, and held a pretty amazing launch party where we got to meet quite a few of our authors for the first time in person, as well as gave away loads of prizes and sold lots of book. We also had enough goodies left over that we provided food for the party after us, and they still had leftovers to send to the con suite when they were done.

 


We have also started a new reprint line of books, Paper Phoenix Press and released our first title under that imprint.

All in all, this has been an amazing year of growth for us, if also one of readjustment.

Thank you all for joining us on this journey. We hope you’ll continue to follow along in the new year.

Be nice, be happy, be safe this holiday season!

Danielle McPhail, Mike McPhail, and Greg Schauer

eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


Just wanted to share with you a bit of good news. We were contacted by The Steampunk Journal this morning to inform us they had reviewed Gaslight & Grimm. It has received a score of 9.3 out of 10 and been awarded the Splendid! Award.

Congrats go to Elaine Corvidae, Jody Lynn Nye, Danny Birt, Jean Marie Ward, Bernie Mojzes, Jonah Knight, and Christine Norris for being spotlighted in the review.

“Gaslight & Grimm can easily be considered a class act. […] If you like steampunk and fairy-tales, then I highly recommend this book. It will keep you thoroughly entertained again and again.” Nemma Wollenfang, The Steampunk Journal

ON A SEMI-RELATED NOTE

We are one week in to our current Kickstarter campaign. This is our first novel campaign and we are featuring books by two bestselling authors, Jack Campbell and Brenda Cooper. If you could help us spread the word or even check it out yourself, that would be great. The URL is http://tiny.cc/Novels2016

Here is are the descriptions of the books:

THE SISTER PARADOX

by Jack Campbell

Liam is his parents’ only child, and that’s just fine with him.  

Until the day the sister-he-never-had shows up at school. 

Just to make it worse, the sword-wielding Kari tells him they have an important quest to complete. 

 And that’s how Liam finds himself dragged into another world, facing basilisks and unicorns, cursed objects, elves, and even a dragon, all magical and dangerous, but none more so than the sister he didn’t have until that morning. A sister who turns out to be quite good with her sword, and ready to use it when faced with things like a dragon as long as her brother is at her side.   

Liam begins to realize two things: it’s going to be a very long day, and having a sister can be weird.  

But most unsettling of all, he’s not sure he minds…

POST

by Brenda Cooper

The world, for some, has crumbled.   

Disease and natural disasters have brought on social collapse in the Pacific Northwest.  

For Sage, born and raised in the safe haven of the Oregon Botanical Gardens, that has never been more than academic. What more could she ask for than to be safe and fed?  

But life in the Garden is static.  

Sage longs to experience the world beyond the Garden walls as society climbs from the chaos. Her reckless exploration forces her elders to give her a choice: Stay here, hidden in safety, or go and never return.  

Sage chooses to leave.  

Will she learn soon enough on her journey that the world outside the Garden follows no law? 

That there is no predator more dangerous than man?  

Will she learn soon enough that to rebuild the world one must be ready to fight for it?  

She will need to if she chooses to live.