Published! Next Stop on the #13

I love the number thirteen. I was born on the 13th of March and turned 13 on Friday the 13th. I decided that thirteen would have to be my lucky number.

There’s even a word for it: triskadecaphilia. Technically, it means obsession with the Front Cover, Next Stop on the #13number thirteen and I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed. I think.

Which leads me to a story titled “Triskadecaphilia” by the Haiku Ninja herself, Dover Whitecliff, in a new anthology we’re both in, Next Stop on the #13This anthology contains a whole lotta punk: steampunk, dieselpunk, and solarpunk, plus some historical fantasy and straight up historical fiction.

My own story is “Riverhag,” a story set 500 years in the future, in a London 40 meters under water. I’m exploring the #solarpunk genre and this is my first foray.

The characters run a rusty freight barge up and down the Thames basin, skirting the remains of skyscrapers. It’s a light-hearted story (What? No heartbreak?) about one of their trips involving exotic pets and river monsters. Something about monsters in the water keeps turning up in my stories. Hmm. Must be something Jungian going on. One of the characters was loosely based on my caustically funny grandmother and I had a blast using quotes from her.

A whole array of other authors contributed to this anthology: Harry Turtledove, Anthony Francis, T.E. MacArthur, Katherine Morse, David Drake (aka Drake and McTrowell), Lillian Csernica, Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Chip Michael, Eddie Louise, and Michael Tierney.

What’s your lucky number? Any fellow triskadecaphilians out there?

Not one but TWO anthologies

The folks at Thinking Ink Press are releasing two of the anthologies I helped create! They are reissuing Twelve Hours Later, the first book of the Later trilogy, and they are publishing Some Time Later, the third book of the trilogy. The Later books are charity steampunk anthologies that I edited. I also contributed stories.

Some Time Later at TIP

Some Time Later: Fantastic Voyages in Alternate Worlds will be available soon through booksellers in print and e-book editions and at Clockwork Alchemy 2017. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to local literacy programs.

Fantastic Review! SeriousReading Magazine — A Volcanolady’s Blog

The suspense filled scenes and unique mix of history and fascinating technology used by the author give this book an upper hand in the market.

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T.E. MacArthur, a fellow author, writes thrilling steampunk-esque adventures (she likes to call it “Victorian science fiction”) starring a “lady scientist” so of course I’m going to love them. The third in the Volcano Lady series is great and we are anxiously awaiting book four, available for preorder now.