I know, I know! It’s September, time for my annual Summer Reading Roundup! But this year I have not one, but TWO things that I need to announce, so sadly I will skip that. (*cough*I read 43 books!*cough*)
What are the announcements? Well, brace yourselves, kiddies! Because Auntie Jessica has been working on some Very Unusual Projects, and they are about to launch!
First, I am so very honored to announce that I have a short story in The Monster Hunter Files, an anthology edited by Larry Correia, and set in his world of, well, monster hunters! Heavily armed, tough talking, (but also hilarious) monster hunters.
My story, A Knight of the Enchanted Forest, was a sheer delight to write. Larry and I have been friends for years, and I am also a big fan of his books, so I jumped at the chance to revisit my favorite location in his books: The Enchanted Forest Trailer Park. Yep. Going to see the elves in the Enchanted Forest takes on a whole new meaning in Larry’s books. And of course, what’s a trailer park without lawn gnomes? Right?
Other authors in the collection include Larry (naturally), Jim Butcher, Jonathan Maberry, and a dozen or so more. That comes out on October 3rd, in time for some Halloween reading!
*Parental warning: My story is YA, but most of the other authors write solidly for adults. I can guarantee there will be salty language, and monster-killing violence.
Second, are you feeling . . . romantic?
Because, my darlings, I have written . . . a rrrrromance!
That’s RIGHT. I, Me, Moi, She Who Struggles With Kissing In Books, was invited to write a novella for a ROMANCE COLLECTION. (What were they thinking?!) Well, what they were thinking was, Who, who, WHO shall we ask to write a retold fairy tale in our next Timeless Romance Anthology, Happily Ever After Collection?
"Well, Georgette Heyer has passed, so perhaps, Jessica Day George . . .?"
And I said, YES. Because, you see, many years ago I worked at a bookstore. And at that bookstore I was responsible for not only the science fiction and fantasy section, but also for the romance section. And I shelved many, many romances. Romances about cops. Sheikhs. Billionaire playboys who secretly want to settle down. And I thought, I would like to write a romance, not for the kissing, but for the other stuff. Characters in romances have a lot of adventures. There are always pirates and bandits and sinking ships and missing treasure and dastardly uncles! But there is one subgenre that is dear to my heart: cowboys. Cowboy romances were inexplicably my favorite. (This is shocking to all of us.) The guys were always named Caleb or Daniel. They were always hard-working, handsome, and good to their mamas. I once had a page-a-day calendar called Married By Midnight. Of course it involved a rancher, a beautiful teacher, and A Very Specific Will. It was awesome. But a fairy tale? With cowboys?
Well, why couldn’t The Seven Swans take place in Montana? Hmmm? And so I am very pleased to say that my novella, Mail-Order Princess, will be a part of the Happily Ever After Collection of Timeless Romances, launching on October 24th! The other amazing authors are Heather B. Moore, Julie Wright, Sarah M. Eden, Julie Daines, and Annette Lyon.
So there you have it! Two very different anthologies, one month!
I was going to put the covers here, but I'm having the Worst Time with my blog just now, so I'll do it later!