What’s coming in July?

Well, other than Camp Nanowrimo? (if you’re local to me, you will have your invite to the server – if you’re not, part of my local crew, I’ll also be running on WayWard InkSlingers, and you’re welcome to join me there! There’s sprints and all sorts of fun.

And I’ll be launching some new projects and new things that people can get involved in – three anthologies, a PPC project and The Indie Summer Club! More on that later though!

July’s releases

Freebies!

Footnotes to a Lesson

Free to newsletter subscribers

Also included in Memento Mori, this is a ‘thinking man’s zombie’ short story.
After the plague that created them is cured, a few zombies remain – this is the story of one of them.

Funhouse

Free to newsletter subscribers

The book before AMFAR. Pitting Suki and Mae against an issue in the Watchtower, this Garrett/AMFAR crossover explains the beginning of the end in their Universe.
Suki, the Housemother meets Maehb, the White Priestess

Out Among the Stars

Free to newsletter subscribers

Originally included in a collection called ‘Once Upon a Twist’, this is my scifi start to my own ‘Once upon a Twist’ project.
A sci-fi retelling of Setana and the Blacksmith’s dog!

Book releases in July

21 Healthy Habits

RERELEASE!

One of the hardest things to do, once you’ve lost your way, is to find it back. In this 21 day guide of mindful meditation and habits that set your day and night up right, Kai Viola looks at how to form habits, why it’s important for mental health and what you can do to adapt and find time to write.
21 Healthy Habits talks about the foundations of habits, some frameworks you can follow and other information you can use to build your world.

Burlesque Under Lockdown

NEW!

It was only supposed to be one last dance…
A weekend away.
Her best friends’ stag party and hen parties combined… Their best friends from their childhood. Her best friends are off-limits – but the rest?
What is a girl to do?
A story from the Garret Universe – meet Suki before she became a House Mother.
A novella from the Love Under Lockdown Project.  For more books, visit Love Under Lockdown Series

Existence Oblivion

NEW!

Can one soul prevent Oblivion?  Maybe with a little help from her friends
Maebh had discovered early on that of all the things she had to deal with, sometimes using her middle name was easier than explaining why “Maebh” was a trick name. So she was Mae to her close friends, Hellenna professionally (Siobhan, again…arguments).

And that’s just for starters. I’ll be sharing daily writing prompts, support for writers and artists as they take part in Camp Nanowrimo, and adjusting to new normals and more. Plus, adding a few brand new websites to the mix.

Newsletter – June 28th

No newsletter this week – Mailerlite seems to be having problems and I don’t want to risk it.

Instead, please check out the new things we’ve added to the blog!

Our Freebies also has a subscribable calendar, and we’ve added a 2020 release calendar too!

Wednesday Inspiration restarts this week, and a new feature – a monthly roundup of everyting I’ve read, played, listened to and watched. I think that’s gonna be a bigger post than I expect, but we’ll see what happens.

How is everyone? Lockdown is sorta lifted here – non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen soon, but I’ve already decided that it’s safer for me to stay home unless I really need something, so my behaviour isn’t going to change any time soon. Masks are hard to find here that aren’t just bandanas, or tubes of cloth, so I’m hanging around till I can solve that.

Oh, and I’ll be running stuff for Camp Nanowrimo this month too – if you join the Wayward Inkslingers Discord, we’ll be sprinting. If you’re local, there’s a specific one for those that are under my care due to being in my region too!

Our Newsletter Archive

We’ll share the main posts and link to the archived posts for each of our Sunday Newsletters here!

Did you know I have a Reader group?

Well, I do! I run giveaways, and announce things to there first, and ask opinions, share snippets and more. There’s no cost, charge or obligation in joining, but you could score ARCs or exclusive goodies.

Delays…inevitable…shingles…bah

Well, I wish this was good news, but it’s not.
Existence Oblivion, which was due to release tomorrow, was cancelled at the last minute for…reasons unknown. We’ve decided, as I’m sick and have shingles that the best plan is to work an extra month into the schedule and get everything done – right – and as best as we can.

The shingles is across my face too, so I’m struggling with a lot right now – I’m probably sleeping about 50% more, which, for an insomniac, is really impressive, but not fun.

The new release schedule is:
30th JuneExistence Oblivion
8th July21 Healthy Habits reissue
30th July Glass Block reissue
August 30thRogue – To Honor Anubis and Osiris
November 12th…And miles to go before I sleep
November 30thSnowblind

I understand – and share – the dissapointment this must bring, but we’ve already lodged the new version to go live and as soon as I can, I’ll update links and we’ll be there and it’ll be sorted. I hope.

The giveaway will run as set up.

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Did you know I have a Reader group?

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What’s in a name?

A history of KushkaPress – and Kushka (Jenuine Wildtansy)

The girlie below was the first cat I adopted as an adult. And, of all the things I could tell you about her, the biggest thing was she was extraordinary. All pets are, but Kushka… She was an old soul.

We adopted her in 2007 – just as I was finishing my first year of Uni. Kushka came with her name, her history of five owners that we tracked, minimum. You see, Kushka – or Jenuine WildTansy – or my favorite, Office Cat, if she wasn’t getting Kush or Kushie was an F4 bengal.More than that though, she was my companion, my beloved, my little sparky dreamer Bengals shimmer – its to do with their hair shafts) and that shimmer was the least remarkable thing about her.

…in a basket

Asleep….

Immortal


One of the major problems she had was a permanent respratory infection. What that was was a fancy way of saying all she did was sneeze, poor thing. Constantly, like clockwork, we had her at the vets for antibiotic shots, but she also needed some interesting things fixed. like a prolapsed eyelid, pancreatitis and more.
For all that though, she was a doll. If you’ve never encountered a Bengal, they’re loud, boistrous cats, that do a tonne of mischevious stuff. They’re bred down from leapord cats, down to F4, when they become Bengals. Before that, they’re hybrids.
From what we knew of Kushka, she was a foundation Bengal in the UK – or at least, one of the first F4’s. I’ve not been able to track her family line really – a few award winners that were her kits, but what we also knew was that she wasn’t a cat that was kept, as far as we knew, as a pet. She was a commodity, a valuable breeding tool. I’m not saying she wasn’t cared for, we don’t know that. What we do know is that she hadn’t really gotten to stay in a home for more than a few years, if she was bred from then passed through several households. There were five on her list when we registered her with the pedigree tracking group. And when we moved house, the genuine fear she exhibited was…heartbreaking. We made jokes, but we both thought she was terrified that she was being sent away.
But we didn’t. She came with us. Because she was sick, we could never kennel her, not really, so we’d either get a housesitter, or she’d travel with us to Scotland. And travelled well. We knew she came from somewhere north of our hometown, but she was sweet tempered, clever, lithe and just…one of a kind. She’d sit and give paw, mostly on command (that’s a big deal for a cat), she knew when it was 11am and cuddle time and would close my laptop. She played games with us. Peek-a-boo with Tempus, who she’d come down and give a hard time if he paused longer between peeks around the corner. Our office chairs were hers. Our blankets too. She’d steam while I was having a bath – so every evening, I’d put her pillow on the toilet seat and she’d jump up and go to sleep. She played fetch and fishing, but, as we think she was primarily bred from, she didn’t really know some games cats do, so we taught her. Catfishing with yarn was her favorite. Which made knitting more of a chore than it should have sometimes. Mostly, she was my shadow. I’ve never known a cat to be such a little ghost to another person, but though she loved Tempus and the kids, she was definitely my girl.
In February 2013, I had to do the hardest thing I’ve ever done – supported and backed by my partner. She was my girl, so I held her when we had her put to sleep – catastrophic pneumonia, unseen till then diabeties and a growth – we just couldn’t fight the tide any more. It still aches to think about. So…that’s why I named the press KushkaPress. So my girl, immortal in the hearts of our family, could live onin other ways.

Kushka though, is other things, in the real world. It’s a river, in Turkmenistan, and is considered to be part of the range of the Persian Leopard. And, I’m pretty much of the thought that words and knowledge should flow like rivers untouched. So, there’s multiple layers if you go looking.
Above though, you can see the logo, and two photos of her.
She was, and remains, my little love, though, we have adopted a half Bengal-Half Norwegian loudmouth bigger love called Eiryss, and her sister by household, Haley, who we suspect is a lot Russian Blue, but mostly, British shorthair. Life goes on, even if sometimes we wish it didn’t, but Kushie will always – always – have a special place in my heart, and my books. And she showed Tempus WHY I’m so obsessed with Bengals as a breed. We rescue, but we were lucky – our first rescue was a Bengal.

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https://www.facebook.com/haleyandeiryss/https://www.facebook.com/haleyandeiryss/(and yes, you might be forgiven for thinking the tabby is Kush. Its not. Its Eiryss, while the grey is our Haley Boo.) These little superstars have their own page and Instagram too! We adopted them a few months after Kushka’s passing, from a lovely woman who we remain in contact with to this day. Haley is hand-reared and a wee lovebug, Eiryss is a bit more standoffish, but purrs so loud you can hear her down a floor. And drools when she does. Both are wee superstars.

Did you know I have a Reader group?

Well, I do! I run giveaways, and announce things to there first, and ask opinions, share snippets and more. There’s no cost, charge or obligation in joining, but you could score ARCs or exclusive goodies.