Freddy here with another Stuff We Like post. I had to think long and hard over the post this week. Last week's post is hard to follow up. I finally decided I couldn't so I went with something simple.
Yes. My post this week is about the star at the center of our solar system.
Why is it something I like? Well, how could I not? Because of sunshine we have beautiful trees and flowers - oxygen to breathe, nice side effect if you ask me - and it helps us feel better. Sunshine is something people need. Their body needs it. And after a long, cold winter (though I admit I'm one of the freaks who love those), it is nice to have the sun back.
I was out geocaching with friends Saturday. All I wore were pants, t-shirt, and a light cardigan (which was kinda hot but I've been sick, so better safe than sorry). It was in the 50s with the sun, and I was in heaven. I could barely contain my excitement as we walked around looking for caches, skipping and hopping along head of them more than once, happily putting my hands in holes and dirty concrete looking for the hidden finds. For me it was perfect. Sunshine, cool air, and playing around outside with friends.
And we were only geocaching because the sun was out, warming us, gracing us, allowing the weather to be nice enough for us to run around. My friend P wouldn't have gone with A and I if the sun hadn't been out, toasting us on a lovely winter day. Some people, like P, aren't big outdoorsy people, but if the sun is out, half the battle is over. At this point in the year, with spring so close, we crave the sun, need it to keep moving forward into another season and another change in our lives.
Winter can beat people down. The cold, the snow, all the nice and salt building up around the city, not to mention the long dark days or overcast days with no sun. (Yet despite all this I love winter time, there are some great aspects to the season). But our bodies get to a point in which it says "Something's gotta give" because as lifeforms on this planet, the sun is something that we need. We wouldn't be here without it, and I am grateful its there to break the cold, dark days.
A lovely review from Teresa at Prism Book Alliance gave Freddy's Sock Poacher 4.5/5 Stars.
"I found the Sock Poacher and the Shower Thief charming! Despite starting out on a misunderstanding, this is a couple that do well together."
"It was quirky, fun and a little over the top; from the meddling grandmothers to the sheriff, everyone’s love was evident."
You can find the whole review HERE.
First, we'd like to let everyone know we've complied the Brimstone stories starring Shax, The Demon Prince of Thieves, in his very own omnibus for the 2014 Rainbow Con in Florida (Easter weekend in April). Angel will have them with her so stop her and say hello. The omnibus will be available for general release in Late May of this year.
Second, Freddy's Internment will also be getting a paperback release and will hit bookshelves next week. Congrats, Freddy!
The upcoming MCB anthology, Not in the Stars, has a diverse group of stories to share with everyone. For this anthology, the theme was Science Fiction—which is as broad as the stars are many. We have aliens introducing themselves to Earth for the first time, surprise guests showing up at a science fiction convention, a steampunk inspired trip to the moon, and angels and demons voyaging through space (with the usual disastrous results.)
In two weeks, Mischief Corner Anthologies #4 will hit the virtual bookshelves and we hope that you want to take a voyage into the unknown with us. Below we have the concepts and blurbs for each contribution.
Banners and Blurbs
We have Toni's Finding Connor: The Borillian Twist, Book 1. She turns human society on its head with her new story of us finding out there is more than just man in the universe.
Mark, a RAAF fighter pilot, is on leave for the first time since the aliens decided to say 'Hello'. He meets Connor, a numbers man for a casino, at a gay bar and danced the night away. Their one night together changes their entire lives and what people think they know about life on Earth.
Mathilde's story, The Usual Conventions: Unconventional Romances 1, gives "hooking up at SciFi conventions" a whole new spin.
When Chris meets the alien—man—of his dreams, "Ensign Brodeich Geinn" aka actor Brody Gates, it's as one of the coordinators for the first annual Science Fiction Convention in North Carolina. To his delight, Brody seems to return his interest, albeit in typical alien "Brodeich" fashion. Awkward alien or not, Chris is more than willing to play out any sexual fantasy for his SciFi crush, especially when Brody fumbles over the simplest of human conventions.
Freddy's story, Feel Me, takes place in an alternate Earth universe where different fuels drive human endeavors. The main attraction, the Elevator to the Moon Colony.
One terrorist blast changed Master Tobias Zimmer's entire existence, relegating him to being nothing more than just a "Coppies" because of the metal replacing his flesh. As the once future Shogun of moon colony Orion 1, he now idles his time away keeping tabs on the Loyalists while his father and brother broker negotiations with the Earth Consortium.
A confrontation with his childhood enemy, Dr. Thorsten Nordenfelt, sets into motion events that cannot be undone and puts Tobias's sheltered heart at the center of the colony's attempts to free itself from the repressive Earth's rule.
Lastly, but not least, we have Angel's Shax's War: Brimstone 3. Shax is up to his usual tricks, starting with a game of Trauma Ball and an over the top dinner to show off his Ness. Too bad the games don't stay so simple.
The boys desperately need a vacation. With the not-quite-ill-gotten gains from the Frog incident, Shax takes the Brimstone's crew to the exclusive resort planet, Opal. What could possibly go wrong there?
UPDATE - 3/1/2014
Angel has made it in off the wait list and will be a Featured Author at GRL 2014!
It is time to celebrate!
We are excited to announce that Freddy, Mathilde, Silvia and Toni were all able to snag at spot at the 2014 GRL Retreat. Angel is currently on the wait list hoping (as we do too) to get in, but no worries, she will join us either as an author or a reader. (Someone has to keep Freddy out of too much trouble ;) ).
If you would like more information about the event, click the logo below and find out about all the fun to be had this October!